Monday, February 8, 2016

First Attempt at the Attic Window!

I stretched a bit in my quilting this weekend.  I tackled what is called Attic Window.

I took a Disney Panel cut it up into 12 equal parts and framed each window to look like you are looking out at the panel.  Percision cutting and perfect 1/4 inch seams are essential to making this quilt work.

I tried, and it is not bad for a first time..  I learned how to …. that is what this sewing adventure is all about.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New Sewing Room, New Aspirations. 2016

My 27 year old son has bounced home more than once, and this month he left again.  Hopefully he is gone for good, not because I don't love him, but hey,,, I want a sewing room.  There are somethings in life that a girl needs..

So he left on January 15 and today January 31 I have a full fledge sewing room and I have had something like 30 hours to play in it in the past few weeks… Life is good.

Here is my latest projects.  I have been obsessed with Owls.  There are so many cute owls in the world. and I am enjoying making pillows, blankets, and drawing owls.  ( watch for some free digi-downloads)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Owl baby quilt for my first grandchild

No pattern just a bundle of cool fabrics that I bought off of I was so excited to meet our little darling, but she came a month early.  Because we did not know the gender, my fist quilt for her was in blues, greens, and yellows, but I had to make a custom quilt in pinks with her name embroidered on.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sewing Fun

After years of taking a break from my sewing I am slowly starting.  I have a passion for Asian fabris and tried a table runner for a change of pace and I was thrilled with my results of my first try.

Soon my first grandchild will arrive and I will be posting some sewing baby goodies,,, sew-excited!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Asian Screen.

I had some fun teaching the twins to make Asian Screens.  This active pair of 7 year olds love to do art and making this was fun for all of it kept us in the shade during a very hot day.

This stamp is a oldie, I have had it for years but barely had a chance to play with it.

Blue Screen by Tijana

Orange Screen by Alexus

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It has been awhile….

It has been many moons since I have posted something on my blog.

Although I have been creating items, not everything is worth blogging about.

I have a few special projects in the hopper, but for now I want to share my Rainyday Girl.

Found the digi on Etsy. and colored her with my Copic Markers.

I have a few girls who like to draw and color so these downloaded images are great for keeping them busy.  Had to try my hand at it. They are fun, now to make her into a card.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Gift Set for a very nice person.

Finding time to make anything these days is hard. I always thought after the kids moved out I would have more time. But it seems like less. Three dogs, Three pieces of property, and two jobs take up a large chunk of time, but now that summer is approaching I am taking the time to have some fun with stamps.

Had some fun whipping up this little set for a gift for a friend. This is one of my favorite stamp sets, and I have used it a few times to make similar sets,, good fun for a friend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

OSA - APE 10 2010-2011 Annual Publishing Event.

For the past year I have been the hostess of this exciting event. I want to thank all the participants for the beautiful work submitted. Although the work is long and tedious, as I completed each book I was amazed at how lovely the completed books looked.

Enjoy my chronology and photos of this event.


Oriental Stamp Art - Annual Publishing Event 10

The Journey July 2010-July 2011

Hostess Dee Beattie. New Westminster BC

blog address http:://


Theme: Geisha,

Colors and Tones: Green, Gold, Black

Size: 4 x 6 landscape.

Binding: Coptic Stitch


Annette W. Yupaica California

Annemiek G Zeeland Netherlands

Barb I Pinnellas Park Florida

Barbie D Oroville California

Cindy C Edmonton Alberta

Gene L Las Vegas Nevada

Janis G. Monrovia California

Kathy M. New Plymount New Zealand

Kavi C Hillsville Virginia

Melody C Port Angeles Washington

Pomaikai M. Shoreline Washington

Sandra G Houston Texas

Sonia E Waukesha, Wisconsin

Sonja I Edmonton Alberta

Sue F Centennial Colorado

Linda S. Columbia Montana

Wendy M. Spring Texas

Gift Book given to Heather T of Oregon for her ongoing commitment to the OSA website.


July 2010 I accept the role of hostess.

July 2010 Theme, Size & Colors announced

August 2010 Sign-up.

Sept 2010 First set of Artwork arrives

Dec 2010 Due date of Art Work

Jan 2011 Late Arrivals

Feb 2011 Hostess Page made

March 2011 Cutting and scoring of spines


Covers made for Heather T. and myself

Binding Begins

June 2011 Glueing pages

July 2011 Binding Completed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Banner for Cameron

My neice came over with her son Cameron who is 5.

OMG he is the cutest button in the world.

We crafted, we made a banner for his bedroom,,, he is so into Firetrucks and Firemen, and puppydog tails, and fire hydrants,,,

this was cut at 9 inches for the hydrants.

Oh, this was cute and fun

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Quick little birthday card.

I needed a quick little card for a little girl, and I pulled out this great stamp from MARI & ME.
Decided to make it a Challenge card for my favorite OSA Stamp group.
Used Circut Pagoda Cartridge for the branch and flowers.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Flower Making with the Cricut.

Making these flowers was tons of fun.
To start with I cut out 5 flower shapes from Plantin Schoolbook
The paper was a light peach
I cut the shapes at 1.5" 1.75" 2" 2.25" 2.5"
After that I ran them through the cuttlebug
and then I inked them with a dark peach versamark.
I glued them together with zip dry glue and added my bling.
The leaves were also done in the same manner.

Watch for me to make many more in upcoming weeks, these are addictive.

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Handcrafted Easel cards

Loads of fun making these Easel Cards, but the flowers were tons of fun.
Check my other post to see directions on how to make the flowers.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A card arrived today from Sandra G in Houston Texas.
I love the texture and the colors. This was a 1-1 mingle.
thanks so much Sandra

Sunday, May 2, 2010

National Scrapbooking day

In Honour of National Scrapbooking day I visited 2 stamps stores,
bought 3 punches, 6 stamps, new paper, my new cricut mats arrived
and I came home and made 7 cards.
I also got 2 free gifts. Yippee
Now that is what I call a great day!

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Cricut Cards using Pagoda Cart., made on National Scrapbooking Day
May 1 2010

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fun with Exploding Boxes

3 Co-Workers are expecting in August. Since the cards and Gifts will be from all of us NOT expecting , I thought these box cards would be nice for everyone to sign. They are so addicting to make.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Gay Paper Dolls.

My Brother in law is set to marry his partner
of 20 years.
I could not resist making a set of
Gay Paper Doll Grooms as a gift.
Congrats Lawrence and Martin,
may you live
"Happily Ever After"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

M & M number line for a Math Teacher

I made this for a grade 11 Math Teacher I work with. She has her classroom decked out in M&M trinkets and collectibles, but her walls are bare. I think she will get a real kick of this,,, I will surprise her and hang them in her room, while she is away on her Honeymoon.

I used Cricut paper dolls to make 9 1/2 inch dolls, but then cut off the heads.
The bodies, m's and #'s were made with Plaintif Schoolhouse.
The circles and ovals were cut at 6 inches, as well as the numbers.

The eyes and lips, and eyelashes were made with () {} and various size circles and ovals.

I sitll need to laminate these, and hopefully find some fun ribbon to embelish.
Thanks for looking,

Friday, January 22, 2010

Anesama Ningyoo

For the past 8 years I have been a member of OSA a website that showcases Oriental Stamp Art from members from all over the world. Members who wanted could have a photo album of their art work and handmade Asian cards. Due to rising costs the website will be shutting down in a few months. Members will be moving their work over to other website. I have chosen some of my favorite work to showcase here on my blog.

I love to make these dolls Anesama Ningyoo

Anesama ningyoo means "elder sister doll" in Japanese. There is a deep history to these paper dolls. In the Japanese feudal society, the common people were stuck within the social class in which they were born. These dolls were a way for young girls of the lower social classes to be a part of those other classes even if only through child's play. Most times, these anesama ningyoo were made by the elder sisters or women of the families. That is where the name originates. These dolls originally were made of various materials ranging from wood to rags. Eventually paper was used and chiyogami (Japanese paper covered with colorful patterns) allowed girls to have a wider array of kimonos for their dolls.

Enjoy some of my pictures