Author: saundralparker


First let me tell you about Dead Pool 2.  It was funny, gory, and not suitable for children, but if you like Ryan Reynolds and his humor, you’ll enjoy it immensely.   College friends who have relocated back here from Maryland love movies as much as we do.  The only difference is the wife doesn’t really like action movies.  Almost forty years of watching them with Rich have made them a staple for me, but at the end of the movie, she turned to me and said “That’s two hours I’ll never get back.”  I can’t tell you how hard I laughed at that.

So today was going to be the day I finished the album I’m making them for their new house.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see the house during the bricking phase and relied on Rich, who said “It’s brick colored.”  I made the cover of the album “brick” and guess what? It’s not really “brick colored” at all.  It’s more of a beige/tan brick, so the brick colored paper I bought and re-bought is not going to cut it.  Luckily I bought some white brick paper early on, and I think (keep that in mind) that I can color it and make it match their home better.  Of course I did say “think” so we really have no idea what my end result will look like.

I didn’t get up for the royal wedding, but did see (on YouTube) the beginning of Meghan’s walk down the aisle.  When the trumpets started, the little boy on the right holding her train was astounded, and utterly adorable.  If you haven’t seen it, he’s now an internet sensation.  Rich got up and asked if I watched any of the wedding and I only showed him the little boy and he just smiled.  You could tell that kid will remember that moment for the rest of his life, and what a moment to remember!

Mid-afternoon, we got a call from another of our college friends, wanting to go to dinner and gambling.  They texted the rest of our gang, and the eight of us met to donate money to the casino in Erie, PA.  We had a great time at dinner, and donated some money, then headed home in a horrific rainstorm.  It was hard to see the road, and I’m glad we left when we did, as I don’t think it would have been safe to drive after dark with it raining that hard.  We were glad to get home and the dogs were really glad to see us.  Honey hates wind, rain, basically anything unexpected, so she was super anxious when we got home.  She’s finally calmed down after an hour of laying with me.

I am committed to finishing that album tomorrow.  I’m going to have to remove the covers (YIKES!) and replace them with much sturdier cardboard, and change the color of the white bricks.  It might be a long day, but it’s not over until the fat lady sings.  Where did that saying come from?  I know it has to do with opera, but geez, can’t they let us sturdily built women have a break?



Today I went to a couple of garage sales with my girlfriend and I found some really fun metal plumbing tape that should be able to be die cut.  I can’t wait to try it, and when you only spend a quarter on it, it’s not too painful if it doesn’t work.  I also had to buy more cover paper at Joanns, for the album I’m making, as I punched holes through the back cover when it should have been the front….these things happen.

It was really muggy here today, which screamed “nap time” to me.  I was really worn out from all of the sweating I was doing (standing in two garages), that I couldn’t take it, and came home and took a much needed nap.  Is it me, or do naps become a rite of passage as we get older?  I’m thinking everything that goes around comes around.  We take naps as children, and as aging adults we take them as well.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to hold off the diaper phase as long as possible, and am seriously crossing my fingers on that one.

Rich took the dogs for a walk and they came home exhausted from the humidity, making me feel less old, and more sweaty.  They always run into the house and find me wherever I am, and hang with me.  Today, I was laying in bed (yes, back to the nap) and they were panting on me for as long as I could take it, which wasn’t very long.  I just am not equipped to have two big dogs pant on me (or is it at me?) when I’m already warm.  It was 95 degrees in North Carolina, and I was more warm here at 80 degrees, and I really thought it was humid there.  Huh, weird how these things work….Tomorrow, we’re spending some time with friends watching the Dead Pool movies, and I’ll give you my opinion of the second one when I update you tomorrow.  When you’re married, you normally mainly attend manly movies, and it’s the least I can do for Rich, considering the work he does for my YT channel.


I have to say, I think I’m a big baby.  I used to be able to travel, change time zones, and never have any issues.  Now, I took a one hour flight and I’ve been exhausted for three days..Who does that?  I really need to get a grip because we promised friends that we’d get up early on Friday, visit their new house, watch Dead Pool and then go see Dead Pool 2 in the theater.  What are the odds that I won’t sleep through the movie..Maybe both movies?

Today we took Bella to get her spring hair cut, and the groomer said she thought Bella has lost some weight.  Geez, why doesn’t anyone ever say that to me?  Probably because I’m Chubby McChubberson, and haven’t lost weight in years.  It’s not that I’m really whining about it, it is what it is.  I’ve been on steroids for so long that I can’t remember being less chubby.  The best part about this spring, is that I went through every drawer and closet and got rid of all of the clothes that don’t fit me.  Trust me when I tell you that I have had clothes for at least fifteen years.  It’s time to donate them.  Could they possibly even be remotely in style?  Yes, for an almost sixty year old woman.  Anyway, they are gone now and I feel revived. I think I need to do the same thing to my craft room and get rid of every stamp set I don’t think I’ll ever use.  It’s just a thought.

How to Line Up Layered Rubbernecker Stamps

David Miller, one of the owners of Rubbernecker Stamps, showed us how to line up their detail stamps, as well as how to watercolor on them. Here are some of the products he used:

Single Rose Stamp:

Ken Oliver Color Burst:

Rose Image he holds up and explains it is all one stamped image:

I couldn’t find the felt paper on their website, but I’m sure they’d be able to help you to get it if you contact them at (909)-927-8244 or

We really enjoyed this demonstration by David Miller and hope you do too.



Rich and I got back last night from spending the last four days in North Carolina with our nephew, who just graduated from University of NC Nursing School.  We spent the first two days with him and then my sister, my brother-in-law and his brother and wife came for the event on Saturday.

We’ve always been really close to our nephew, so spending quality time with him made the trip so special for us.  He took time off of work just to hang out with us.  We got to meet his girlfriend, who we loved, and spend some time with her as well.

Graduation was OK, in the basketball arena and kind of hot, long speeches, and a lot of waiting for the two minutes when your student walks across the stage.  They have a “pinning” ceremony, where the nurses have a significant person put their nursing pin on them.  Our nephew chose him mom, my sister, to pin him, as she’s not only his mom, but also an RN.  It was something special for them to share, and a lovely moment.  My sister has type one diabetes and has had it since age 4.  She’s 60 now, and she’s done remarkably well considering life expectancy when she was diagnosed, was twenty-five years with the disease.   She isn’t very stable on her feet, so they had a wheelchair to make sure she could get to the right spot and stand to pin him.  I was really proud and happy to be there, as was Rich.  We took a lot of photos and I’ll make sure to post one on my facebook page.

As for crafts, I did find a Jerry’s Art-a-rama there.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with their online website, they sell just about every art related thing you can think of.  I had so much fun just walking around and trying to figure out the uses of certain tools.  I didn’t buy much there, but it definitely was a lot of fun to roam around…

I’ll be posting videos again tomorrow and apologize for the big gap on the blog.  I wanted to write on it while I was away, but didn’t think you’d want to read a recap of the things I ate every day, as that was basically the focal point of our time there.  (OK, when isn’t it?)

Slide and Stand Card w IO Background Technique & Wendy Vecchi Inks

I promised that I would do a video using the Impression Obsession background technique and the new Wendy Vecchi inks.
I used old Stampin’ Up background stamps including rice paper, tea house, polka dot, and a french script stamp from an unknown maker.

The inks I used of Wendy Vecchi’s new Make Art Blendable inks were Prickly Pear, Fern Green, Cornflower Blue, Sunflower and Orange Blossom for the stenciling. I didn’t have a beige ink in the Wendy Vecchi inks, so used Crumb Cake from Stampin Up for the french script.

The leaf stencil came from Stampers Anonymous in the stamp set called Little Birdies that I’ll be showing you in an upcoming haul video. I used the stipple brush that was shown in the demonstration and I didn’t have great results, so went back to my 1″ chip brushes that I buy at Harbor Freight Liquidators in a pack of 36 for $10 with a 20% coupon, paid $8. I trim about 3/4″ off the top of the bristles so they are straight across. You need one for every color family, and one for distress oxides and pigment ink color families.  That means you can use one brush for all of your red dye based inks, but you can’t use that brush for red distress oxides or red pigment inks, those need to have a separate brush for the two (distress oxide and pigments)..

After stamping my backgrounds, I went around the outside edge with the Orange Blossom ink with my chip brush in orange blossom.

I trimmed the paper so my finished backgrounds were 5 1/2″ wide. I cut four strips of     1 1/2″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide (making sure that you are cutting in the direction your pattern goes.)  You’ll need two more strips of  3/4″ x 5 1/2″ from the patterned paper you created.

Then you’ll need a card stock color that will match the larger piece that you will layer card stock on, that is 5 7/8″ tall x 4 5/8″ wide. In my case, I used green card stock for this. I made a layer of white that is 5 3/4″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide.

The green card base is 11″ long by 5 3/4″ wide scored at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 7 1/4″, 8 1/4″, and 10″. Fold all of your scores so they are ready for the next stage. You should decorate before you fold the card, but we have one more step before decorating. Take an X-acto knife, (craft tool), and your score board. You need to make a mark on the 5 1/2″ score mark 1/2″ from either end, then using your X-acto knife, cut on the 5 1/2″ score line from 1/2″ from one end to 1/2″ from the other end. Then turn it around and cut it again on the same line so you have a bigger slit to slide paper through. It’s important that you follow that step so your card can slide things easily. To decorate your card, you’ll alternate your wide strips so the first section is blank, then you have a wide piece, then a thin piece, then wide, then another wide,, then thin, and your last section is blank. You will want to put tear tape up to the score line in the top and bottom sections of the card.
I decorated the white paper with the leaf stencil and the sunflower and orange blossom inks and off setting the stencil. Then I brushed over the left side with orange. I took some thin taffeta ribbon and wrapped it over the left side and tied a knot near the top and put a piece of patterned paper that was left over, I pushed under the ribbon.
To put the card together, fold down the top scored section and keep it folded down but leave the backing of the tear tape on it. Slide your center piece you decorated, into the cut you made, fold up the bottom piece and take your tear tape backing off and take the center piece and line it up so it’s straight and centered on the bottom of the card, then take the backing off the tear tape on the top of the card and holding the top with the piece folded down, just fold it down to the bottom and press. The card is done.
I showed how to make an envelope for it, and you’ll need 9″ square paper and place the paper like a baseball diamond and center your card in the middle of it. Then fold the sides in, and if your paper is too thick, use your stylus and rub the edges surrounding your card, so it makes folding the paper a lot easier. You’ll fold the bottom up and the top down, and trim the little corner pieces out. Put tear tape or wet glue on it, and the envelope is made.


I finished my nephew’s graduation card and was happy with the results.  Although I bought a bunch of nurse inspired embellishments, in the end, I put them inside the card, as I didn’t need them on the front, and didn’t want to waste them by losing track of them until someone else I know, (no idea who) would also become a nurse.

I just gave Rich the sticks for the background technique and that video is going to take forever for him to put online.  I hope he doesn’t kick it to the curb, because it’s a long one…Sad to say, if one doesn’t go live tomorrow, no videos will go up until Monday when we get back from North Carolina.

I’m excited to see my family, but still not feeling my best, and don’t like to travel when I my arthritis is having a meltdown.  Sometimes this disease can be really frustrating, and I realize that there are so many things that are worse than arthritis, and I really try to stay focused on that.  I hate that I talk about it so much on the channel, but I use this as a way to destress at the end of a day.  It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a try.

I’ll try to keep up at least a day or two while we’re in North Carolina, and I’ll give you an update when I get home..