Monday, February 28, 2022


Our hearts are heavy this week. We stand with Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸ’™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Gel Press Thanks

Here's my take on the new challenge over at the Beyond The Blue blog—to use what we've got—using a background I had in my stash of gel press prints. I have so many from all the techniques I've learned from Lydia Fiedler. If anything, I realized how few bold sentiment stamps I have.
The background is on watercolor paper. The image is Mama Elephant's Botanic Thanks.
I used Karin Markers to enhance the image to help it stand out a bit. This was so fun!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

2020 Is a Jerk

I'm not going to blather on about how long it's been since my last post. To be honest, I hate feeling like I MUST do all the things. Life is just dang busy, and blogging was not a priority for me #sorrynotsorry.

I saw each of my girls graduate high school, and college x 2 and my youngest joined the Navy 2 years ago (HOOYAH! Just like her PopPop, my dad). My hubby and I moved into our dream home, and both my parents have passed away.

I'm grateful my parents are not alive during this Covid-19 pandemic--because I would be yelling at them on the daily because I know they would HATE the order to stay at home. STUBBORN. I miss them terribly, but glad they are in Heaven and not dealing with the craziness of dumb people and washing our hands/don't touch your face and trying to just get. some. dang. toilet. paper. #freakinghoarders

I work in a level one trauma center in a city of 2 million. We've reduced our surgery case-load by half. We haven't seen a lot of Covid-19 patients--but we're all bracing for impact. We're anticipating seeing a surge within two weeks. I have friends who have volunteered to work in NYC for a few weeks.

I miss eating out--bottomless chips and salsa lol. I'm tired of doing dishes. I am grateful my kids are grown and I am not home-schooling because I'd have fired myself on day 3. I miss my Chibi Pooh, our Bichon Frise who passed away last year. We'd get another one, but my husband, who gets to work from home 100% now would be the one potty training the dog while I'm at work most days. We'll wait until all this is over....maybe next year?

I'm grateful for online communities and groups via Facebook and Instagram, and my bestie Lydia (UnderstandBlue) who has this incredible service to provide the best watercolors--for a fraction of the price of full tubes--by panning and selling them through her blog and facebook page. AHHHmazing. Take all my money lol.

Stay safe, stay inside, wash your hands, don't touch your face.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 needs to slow the HECK DOWN!!!

I tell ya...I was thinking I JUST POSTED my Christmas Card...and what do I realize? It is FREAKING APRIL 12th!! It is quite annoying to feel like I'm in a perpetual time suck!
Anywho--I've been spending lots of time crafting--painting, hand lettering, watercoloring...I've just been stingy about sharing it with you all. I know. So selfish. **wahh wahh**
You can see some of my art via my Instagram account @darth.sunshine it's a smattering of all things Dana, but some of it is fun, and artsy.
The new Stampin' Up catalog launches in a few weeks--and I'm quite excited about the new stamps and accessories! I'll share more soon!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016


My watercoloring set up: I used a popsicle maker to hold my water and brushes (OMSQUEEEE)! Saved space and my sanity when using 6 colors on one card!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas is coming....

Christmas cards are coming....BEFORE Christmas people! BEFORE the 25th! I can't believe New Year's cards from me this year. Big accomplishment...HUGE! LOL

2016 has been incredibly busy for me--my job is demanding and fulfilling (working in the Operating Room--LOVE IT!), and while I haven't crafted as much as I planned to this year (or blogged as much as I intended), I am happy with what I did make, and the time spent was more fun.
Hope you're able to make some time for crafting for 2017

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