Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Writer's World Wednesday - Moving Day

It's moving day. Not to Alaska quite yet, but of Writer's World Wednesday to it's new home over at

Yes...I now have a web page. Because I'm an author. Which still surprises me!

I'll remind you to head over there for the next few weeks.  It's still a work in progress, and I'm not sure how to add followers so you get notifications when a new post goes up.

I'll figure it out.

This blog will stay active with cards and other papercrafting projects.  It's my therapy after wrestling with character motivations and thematic elements. And because I have almost 250 followers between Blogger and Google+. Which completely surprises me!!

Until next time,

Saturday, May 16, 2015

More Goodbye Cards

I have more goodbyes to say, so that means another set of cards.  This time I used Freshly Made Sketches #186.

I embossed the flower from CTMH "Wavy Blooms" white on white then watercolored . Pretty straightforward, but I think it turned out so classy looking...which is great because the woman they are for is the definition of classy!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Writer's World Wednesday - Cowboy Competition

Well, folks, it's done!  "Cowboy Competition" is written and off to my critiquing partners for polishing before submission to my publisher.  But, in the meantime, here's a picture of the cover for this upcoming collection.

I love the juxtaposition of manly-man cowboys with pink, flowers, and lace. 

The other thing I love is that last name listed...Jamie Wright.  This is her first publication.  It's been fun to watch her squeal with joy over each level of the publication process the way I did with The Homestead Brides Collection.

I'm still squealing plenty, but there's just something extra special about the first time you see your name in print. 

This story has been a real struggle.  Like pulling teeth the entire time.  Once I wrote the last line, it very much felt like I'd lost 100lbs.  I've been smiling since Monday night.  I'm giving myself the rest of this week to concentrate on moving details and several "good-bye" functions.  I should have edits back by Friday (hopefully, they don't tell me it needs a total rewrite like they did with "Waiting on a Promise"), and then it's back to the grindstone.

In the meantime, I put together another proposal for a similar collection.  I should hear by the end of June if my story idea was accepted.

And such is the life of an author. Finish one; hope to sell the another.

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"Hello" for a Goodbye

My husband's commander and his wife are what's called "dual military." Basically, it means both of them are in the army.  He got here in June of last year; she didn't come until October.  She just got a new position which requires her to deploy soon; he will stay here to finish out his command.

Yep...that's how "dual military" folks roll.

I wanted to say good-bye to her with a set of cards she can use to say hello to folks back home.  I (mostly) used the this week's CAS(E) this Sketch for this:

All supplies are CTMH except where noted
  • Stamps: Shower Flowers, Happy Mail, Artfully Sent
  • Ink: Buttercup, Sorbet, Pixie, Garden Green, Topiary, Gypsy
  • Accessories: Glitter Glue (Studio G), Copic B000
  • Tools: Foam Tape, Micro-tip Scissors, Paint Brush, Spray Mister
  • Paper: I'm gonna let you CTMH folks guess on that one (but I'll tell you in a minute)
I stamped the two large flowers in Buttercup and Pixie, rolled the edges in Sorbet, and spritzed them with water to mix the two before stamping them.  I didn't bother doing the spritzing with the leaves.

Are you ready for that paper?  It's the packaging that comes in the stamp sets!  Because, if you follow me at all, you know I'm a paper hog.

My plan was to put the banner up with the flowers to more closely follow the sketch, but it just didn't go.  So...that's how I roll.

Until next time,

Friday, May 8, 2015

Making Tracks

It's that time of year again...PCS season.  I love that the army calls moving from here to there every three years a Permanent Change of Station.  There's nothing permanent about it, but I digress.

My husband has been fortunate to have an outstanding assistant here.  A bright young man, he was offered a chance to attend West Point but turned it down because he wants to become a game warden.  By combining sketch #396 from Mojo Monday and the color challenge from Color My Heart, I came up with this card to send him on his way.

Everything is CTMH, although most of the stamps are retired. The only current stamps are the woodgrain and arrows on the longer banner which come from the "Pathfinding Workshop on the Go." Incorporating the Hollyhock color was quite a challenge on a manly-man card.  I toned it down by sponging over the top with the Chocolate.  I was a little worried that hubby might veto it, but he gave the thumbs up sign.  Whew!

To make the sentiment stand out better, I went over it with Liquid Glass. I feels like the card still need something, but my usual accessories of ribbons, sequins, sewing, or pearls don't seem to be what's required.  If anyone has a bright idea, please share!  (Update:  After Papercraftingprincess's brilliant comment, here's version two:)

I like it better, but feel free to vote on your favorite.

In other news, I'm only 2500 words away from finishing my novella.  I was hoping to have it done today, but we have a luncheon and a dinner engagement to start saying our good-byes.  Like I said, it's that time of year!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Writer's World Wednesday - Word Count

17,549 words written; about 2500 left to go.  Need to get it done before Friday so I can start concentrating on purging until we can fit in 1000 sq. feet less space.

Going dark!

Until next time,

Friday, May 1, 2015


A couple weeks ago I decided that, once we get to Alaska, I'm going on a craft-buying fast.  Which, of course, meant I went on a bit of a splurge in the past few days.  One of the things I bought (on sale, so it hardly counts, right?) was the "Poppy" embossing folder from Anna Griffin.  It was the perfect thing to use for the CAS on Sunday "White" challenge.

I inked the folder with Crème Brulee from CTMH before running the paper through my Cuttlebug.  When it came out, the color was more intense than I wanted, so I painted over the top with pearl paint.  Pretty happy with how it turned out, though the picture doesn't do it justice. 

Isn't the pattern lovely?  On sale, people. On sale!

Until next time,