Wednesday, March 04, 2015

365 Photo(s) of the Day

It was a lazy old no ‘real’ camera day for me but I managed to snap a few shots with my iPhone.


I mail.

Well I do like email, but I’m talking about real paper FOR ME, in an actual mail box, delivered by a flesh and blood person.  Specifically, not flyers (don’t get any) nor bills (those seem to populate most of my mailbox days) but letters that are written to me.  From my Compassion child, or family, or friends. 

I can never quite decide whether I want to just rip it open (thus some people who know me well add statements which read like a finger shake “wait till the day”) or do I wait until I get in the house to open – calmly, after making a coffee and all that. 

Do you like getting letters?  Do you write them? 



This scene captured my attention through the windowas I saw the light reflecting on a candle holder on the dining room table. I decided it would make a wonderful little moment as a photo.



big Sad smile here…

Mr Miles has beaten me at Scrabble a gazillion times lately.  As you can very well see.  One more loss and my name shall not appear at all.  He wears his glory and wisdom with such merriment, such glee.  I hear great echos of “Suck it Up, Buttercup”


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

365 Photo of the Day


I see the shapes of eyes. OR I think of my Mother in Law’s homemade cinnamon buns.  (digging one out of the freezer)

REGARDING my files: Thank you for those of you who are letting me know if some of my files are not downloading.  I have fixed the link for the Clover Leaf.  Please continue to let me know if you can’t get them.  PJ  - I cannot locate my flower file in SVG format, I could remake it for you in png or svg if you have patience.  Please send me an email at lalalime(at)hotmail{dot}com and we can talk!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Simon Card, 365 photo & a FREEBIE cutting file!

365 Photo for today (and a lovely poem to bring a smile as well)





Happiness is like a crystal,

Fair and exquisite and clear,

Broken in a million pieces,

Shattered, scattered far and near.

Now and then along life’s pathway,

Lo! Let some shining fragments fall;

But there are so many pieces

No one ever finds them all.


You may find a bit of beauty,

Or an honest share of wealth,

While another beside you

Gathers honor, love or health.

Vain to choose or grasp unduly,

Broken is the perfect ball;

And there are so many pieces

No one ever finds them all.


Yet the wise as on they journey

Treasure every fragment clear,

Fit them as they may together,

Imagining the shattered sphere,

Learning to be ever thankful,

Though their share of it is small;

For it has so many pieces

No one ever finds them all.

~ Priscilla Leonard



Simon Says Stamp Monday Card Challenge – Clover (I decided to go with the clover itself)


I chose to keep my card super simple with the clover (guess a shamrock counts, though I didn’t take the time to check if they are one and the same)  I used hunted and pecked through my stamps to find what I wanted to say.  The LUCKY is composed of individual letters from a Ki alphabet stamp set, the YOU’RE was 1/2 of a sentiment stamp from Michael Strong’s “Cloisonne Words and Phrases” (do you ever use just a partial portion of a stamp for your projects?)  and the MY FRIEND is from Stampendous.

And the lucky four leaf clover / aka shamrock is my own design. It’s a two layered cutting file and by gosh since I took the time to design it I may as well share it with you to enjoy as well.  The top layer has fold lines made into it so you can prop the petals up to look 3d.  (the reason mine is shiny is because I spritzed it with Goosebumps after I cut it)



Personal Use


(please let me know if you have any problems downloading my files)

Color Throwdown Challenge Card

The colors chosen for this Color #331 Throwdown Challenge evoked feelings of spring inside and I felt compelled to make a bright happy card to go along with the theme!

hot pink, light pink, green and kraft

I made this:

Color Throwdown 331 1 Barb Derksen


I used a teeny tiny stamp by My Favorite Things - flower stamp by Inkadinkadoo - a sheet of bright paper by Ki “Color Crush”

I have to say that of all the stamps I’ve used, I think My Favorite Things are which ones I reach for the most.  They just seem to appeal to me, inspire me.

I colored the flower image with watercolor pencils, neon gel pens and added highlights with a Star GellyRoll.

Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Retro Sketches Card & 365 Photo of the Day


The Daily Grind

First take on that makes a bed feel all the more snuggly in the morning.  Ever notice that?  All of a sudden the blankets feel just right, even if you didn’t sleep well at night, the moment you have to get out of bed you feel like you could fall off the brink of consciousness again.  The “grind” has gotcha! 

But that’s not really fair in my case.  For My handsome Mr gets up even before the early birds are getting’ their worms and he gives me a two-stage alarm warning.  The first time he wakes me up he tells me the time to unglue my eyes is a’comin and he gives me an extra 15 minutes to fade off.  Ah, I seem to have all sorts of mini-dreams happen in that gap and I remember them!  But the best is yet to come for when I’m woken the second time it’s to a cup of the best ever freshly brewed just-ground coffee which has done it’s happy burble in the cafetiere. And chocolate.  Dark chocolate. 

So “grind” is not a negative thing in my house. 

But that’s just the point!  If you’re feeling like your morning routine is a grind, take steps to make it the best thing it can be.  Do something enjoyable, uplifting!  Enjoy a quality beverage.  Make sure you give yourself time to really appreciate it.  A sweet of any sort will have plenty of time to melt off with a little fitness later on in the day, and isn’t it worth it just for that? 

I like to listen to the Daily Audio Bible each morning while I sip and sup.  I ♥ the way it’s narrated and it keeps me centered in God’s Word each day.  I watch the day dawn while I lean back against my pillows and soak in the scripture and offer up my prayers before I even get thinking about what my plans may be for the day.  It brings such a peace and joyfulness to the very first important minutes of the morning. 

How do you begin your day?

Retro Sketches #155 Challenge

I enjoyed this simple sketch – it used up a few scraps I had at hand.


And I whipped up this:



I used a snippet of paper by Heart and Home Collectables.  The Sunshine stamp is by Imaginisce and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

I made a light wash of yellow and orange watercolor on well dampened watercolor paper.  I dried it and stamped the Sunshine.  Lastly I filled in the sun with Diamond Accents.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CASual Fridays 137 and a FREEBIE cutting file

365 Photo of the Day

Feb-28-2015 Barb Derksen

Wow, I can hardly believe I’ve kept up my Photo of the Day for two entire months.  It does cause me to keep my lens in the front of my mind’s eye every day! 

I love buttons.  I have jars of them on display, sorted.  At one time (this will give you a chuckle) I wanted to get a visual of my efforts in doing sit-ups, and I had this (exausting and way cool at the time) idea that every time I’d do 10 sit-ups I’d sew a button on this plain blanket.  Mind you, I was doing several sets of sit-ups a day and eventually the blanket got very very heavy and I got exhausted.  It did look pretty cool though.  I know that blanket is haunting a corner of a closet somewhere. 

“Button your lip” “Cute as a button” “Stay buttoned down” – somehow just saying the word makes me feel warm and secure.


I managed to squeak in another card today – gotta love any challenge that has “casual” in it’s title… I chose to take up the challenge from Casual Friday’s #137 challenge inviting us to:

CFC137: Using spring colors, create a music themed project and keep it Clean And Simple.

So here I go:


CFC 137 Barb Derksen

I’m sorry to say I don’t see any identification on the designer paper I chose – but in my mind these bright colors do fit into a “spring” theme.  This sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  Music backdrop to the sentiment is a cut I created using my Silhouette Designer Edition Software and I’d like to share it with YOU!




Friday, February 27, 2015

365 Photo of the Day & Fusion Card


Today’s Photo


Whenever I see a chandelier or chandelier type item with crystals dangling I get a picture in my mind of my younger brother (he passed away some time ago)  When he was just a little feller he would pull one of those little red wagons around the streets of the small town we lived in.  Everyone knew him, and generally he was headed from our house up to our Grandma’s house with his wagon, and rarely did he return home with it empty.  Most likely he had a ball of dough or some small trinket from Grandma. 

While he walked along he sort of swayed to his own music, which he hummed out loud.  He was way ahead of the times, didn’t need an ipod, just sang himself whatever he knew!  One song he liked to sing and hum to was Charlie Pride’s “The Crystal Chandelier”

Fusion (Bowties and Other Things)

Today’s challenge gave us several choices to go with -

This week you are welcome to be inspired by:

-The Sketch

-The Bowties

-The Colours

-The Patterns in the Bow Ties

-The Woodgrain Bakcground

-A group of other items (not just bowties)

-And so on!


I chose the bowtie as I have had some sitting here longing to be used for some time now. Here’s my card:




A simple sentiment by Paper Smooches, the sweet bow and lace picked up from a Dollar Store, and embossing thanks to a Darice folder.

CAS(e) this Sketch Challenge 112 card

Happy to make a leeeetle bit of time for my creative side today (in between all the mundane and just plain yuck household chores.   I’ve taken a hankering to this week’s CAS(e) this Sketch Challenge 112

My card wound up looking like so:





I used:

ARGYLE Designer Paper by KI, SHIMMER SHEETZ acid free Mylar by ELIZABETH CRAFTS and a stamp by – (I think) Fiskars

Sweet, simple and there ya have it!  (I used my Silhouette Cameo to trace and cut the sentiment out of the Mylar.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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