Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Happy Fall

Seems impossible that my last post was January 2015.  Have not been crafting much except for taking coloring classes at Kit and Clowder, plus playing some with mixed media, and spending way too much time on Facebook.

This is one of the Mixed Media kits from a workshop I attended in Kansas City this past summer hosted by Scrapbook. The mixed media class was taught by Quick Quotes All I need to do is add the picture and it is complete.  Will be sharing the companion kit in another post later this week.

Not sure how many of you are still here but I'd love to hear what you think about this project.  I haven't been around to visit your blogs but if you are on Facebook then I've been seeing you there. Since I plan to be playing again, other than just on FB, I hope to be posting more here.

Hope this finds all of you doing well, are healthy, happy, and busy crafting for the holidays.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

Love & Hugs,
Granny Carol

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kit and Clowder Coloring Challenge

This adorable image "Green Moth Maiden" is from Ching-Chou-Kuik  and a freebie for the Palette Challenge at Kit and Clowder Facebook page.  She was so much fun and my first complete Copic colored image from taking the Skin and Hair class at Kit and Clowder.  Hope you like her!

I'll use her in a card soon but for now I'm focusing on learning new coloring skills from Kit and Clowder.  I have several classes downloaded to start and finish and I'm so excited to see such an improvement in my coloring.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day and I'll see you again soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Dessert Shop in Saint Joseph Missouri

802 South 10th Street
Saint Joseph, MO 64501

"Always Fresh and Never Frozen"

Please phone ahead to order and make sure your pie or dessert will be ready when you need it.

See Events for our special Dessert of the Day.

Visit our website for more details and menu.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Alyce Blog Hop

Merry Christmas Dear Alyce

Hi, and welcome to my stop on the Merry Christmas Alyce Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from Andrea's blog.  If you've just happened upon this blog and want to start at the beginning please click HERE.

Here's wishing one of the best coloring teachers in the land the Merriest of Christmases and Happy New Year!  The classes at Kit and Clowder are so detailed with amazing videos, step-by-step lesson plans, and practice sheets with fantastic images from sponsors.  Your always positive, constructive, and gentle feedback just blows me away.  I don't know how you do it all lady but you are such a jewel and one of a kind.  Thanks for all you do for all of us and for running such a fun, positive, and helpful Facebook group.

Image on the card is Christmas Tree Sprite with Gingerbread Boy from Aurora Wings, one of the wonderful sponsors of the Kit and Clowder classes and group.  You can find it HERE.

So glad you could join us for this wonderful Surprise Christmas Blog Hop for Alyce of Kit and Clowder.  Below is a list of the Blog Hop participants.  Hope you have the time to leave a little love with some Christmas wishes for Alyce and these amazing designers.

      Mari K
        Davinia Wood 
        Maya Go 
        Amy Osborn Purdie 
        Noelle Martin
        Kelli Arkell Hall
        Gail Neduzak
        Ronda Camire
      Krystal Edmond
     Cathie Borowski 
      Lisa Hendrick  
     Ceci Reyes
     Sonia Whitehall
         Carol Riepen-West
     Julie Reed
     Kristen Dishon
     Mila Scrap
     Jamie Peters
     Myndi Fraser
Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop on the hop is Julie.

Love, Hugs, and a Very Merry Christmas to all,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


To all of you that still follow an inactive blog, I'm coming back soon with some fun things to share with you.

Can't believe it is almost the first of October and that today is the first day of Fall.    It's been so long since I posted that I wasn't sure I'd remember how.  Seems I spend what time I have over with the FB crowd and working on my coloring classes by Alyce at Kit and Clowder.  Actually, I really haven't been doing much of that either because I'm still struggling with my right arm and hand.

Brett is still with us and a tremendous help but some days he doesn't move quite as fast as I think he should.......Got to stop and realize he's getting older too.  Of course, no two sets of priorities are the same so it is what it is.  Eventually it gets done.

Conley's dementia is progressing.  He struggles to dress himself, feed himself, and just do everyday things, but his attitude is still good and he's still on foot.  Maybe I should say underfoot most days (LOL) but I'm so glad he is still here and is somewhat cognizant.  Not much short term memory left but he still tells me he loves me everyday, gives me hugs, and kisses.  Can't ask for much more than that.

I just have all kinds of things to chat about but I'm headed to bed before I fall asleep at the computer. Hope to see you all soon.

Love & Hugs,
Granny (Carol)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Taking A Short Break

Thought I'd pop in and let you all know that I'm not going to be blogging for awhile.  Not sure just how long I'm going to be away.  My right arm is swelling quite a bit as is my wrist and fingers which is very painful to use at that point.  Seems every time I try to color or make something I have to stop after about 10 minutes and get so darn frustrated.   See the doctor next week so will wait and see what he says.

The 23rd my little Sparkey is having cataract surgery as he is going blind from the diabetes and can only see shadows now.  That will be taking up a lot of my time for 2 weeks.  At least he will be able to see again, play, and chase things after a few weeks. He's only 8 and should have quite a few good years left.  If nothing else he will get over being depressed and running into things.  The Vet Ophthalmologist is in Kansas City so that means several trips back and forth for pressure checks, follow-ups, etc. and I know I'm going to be exhausted.

Sharing my babies:
Sparkey (Age 8)
 Fritz (Rescue) Age 2 - Sparkey
 Playing tug of war

 Sleeping together in Molly's big bed (Molly (Lab) now deceased)
 Will pop in for updates as time allows.  Hope you are enjoying your summer or winter wherever you are.
Love & Hugs,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

DT Card for Southern Ridge Trading Company

Happy Tuesday from Missouri.
Today I'm sharing a card I've made using this adorable image (Pixie Nerd) from Saturated Canary, colored with Copics, during a Color Along with Alyce on the Kit and Clowder website.  I'm taking the wonderful Skin and Hair class by Alyce and I can really see an improvement in my coloring (sometimes).  Learning so much but my fingers don't always want to do what they are suppose to do...LOL  As Alyce says, practice, practice, practice.

I've chosen these wonderful pieces of chipboard by Karen to accent the card.  I wanted to keep it plain this time so you could see how it looks in it's natural form.  The pieces I've used are FRA 308,  and  leaves/branches GAR 285.  The flowers are from WOC.

You can find these chipboard pieces along with many others to chose from at Southern Ridge Trading Company.

Entering challenge: Kit and Clowder - Flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope to see you again soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chi Chi Memories sponsors CCAYR

Welcome to the Christmas Cards All Year Round May challenge sponsored by Chi Chi Memories.  The challenge is "Santa/Santas Hats".

My card showcases the cute Xmas Boy image available HERE.  He was colored with Copics and I apologize for not writing down the ones I used.  The DP is from Maja Designs Vintage Frost Basics and the card base is Heavenly White.  The Frostyville corner die is by Memory Box and the snowflake is by Joy 6002/2018.  I can't find the one for the reindeer as I've had it cut out and sitting in my stash box forever.  The flowers are from LLC.

There are two prizes this month from Chi Chi Memories and they are:
1) Any single Digi value to $3.99
2) 15% One time discount coupon

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Jingle Bells - 3 or More Layers
Jellypark Challenges - One for the Boys!

Be sure you hop on over to the CCAYR Challenge Blog to see all the cute and amazing designs by our talented Design Team.

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Monday, April 28, 2014


Are you interested in playing with chipboard? Are you interested in working with a great group of gals in a very relaxed team atmosphere?
Then check this out:
Include the following:
• Your name
• Email address
• City and country of where you live
• Blog address
• If you would like to write a little blurb to tell us a bit about yourself
• Are you on or have you been on any other Design Teams?
• Best way to contact you
Requirements of a Design Team Member:
• Complete two assignments per month according to calendar
• Post to your blog AND SRTC blog with photos and descriptions of your finished products.
• Participation in a blog hop every 2 or 3 months.
• Post on the team FB group and your own FB page.
• Make comments on any posts that are shared on the SRTC FB group.
• Repost any SRTC advertising for blog hops, sales or any regular SRTC items that could help in promoting.
• Send in any completed projects for trade shows if you are willing to part with a few pieces.
Your compensation
• Every 2 months you will receive your DT package ahead of time to allow you plenty of crafting time. BONUS: You will be able to pick your own designs!
• You will receive 20% off MSRP for products on the SRTC website.
***All crafter’s are given their own creative freedom so you can create whatever project/card you like with whatever theme you want. COOL HUH!!
Please send to Eulanda at and write DT CALL in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is May 16th, 2014.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Woot  Woot... Easter Candy at Southern Ridge Trading Company. Wishing a VERY Happy Happy Easter to you all.  I'm doing something a little different today as I want you to pick two (2) of the chipboard pieces above that you would like to see used in a design, card, or project.  The winner will receive the same two pieces from me to design their own project.. 

Following Guidelines:
Become a follower of the SRTC blog..
Join us on our Facebook Page HERE..
Leave a comment on the SRTC blog letting me know which 2 pieces you would like..

The winner will be drawn on April 30 and will be announced May 1, 2014, on the SRTC blog and on Facebook.  

Thank you so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Please take the time to see some gorgeous creations throughout the blog by the DT.

Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)