Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Kitten and WOYWW #159

I have a new "grandcat" named Lily.  My son and his girlfriend brought her for a visit and I took a quick shot of her exploring out in my garden.  She's a cutie!  She looks so alert in this picture, but it I found it challenging  to get a good shot of her.  She was not used to being outside, so she was very distracted and constantly moving.

So it's Wednesday and here is what is on my workdesk- some new stamps from a company called Local King.  The owners/designers travel from one Rubber Stamp show to another and do lots of technique demonstrations.  Last year I bought a few sets from them at the Heirloom Productions Stamp and Scrapbook show, and I was happy to see that they now have die cuts to go with many of their sets.  I thought the dragonfly would be really pretty on a card, so it's stamped and ready to paint.

Over here you can see my new system for organizing challenge information.  I wrote each challenge name and info on an index card, that way I can shuffle them  around according to due dates, and compare to see if there are any similar colors or layouts so that I could combine entries.  I would love to hear how you keep track of challenges if you do them.  Please leave me a comment about this if you have time!

You can take a snoop around more desks if you stop over at Julia's Stamping Ground.  There are lots of creative spaces to see!

Last I wanted to show you a picture of my son and my husband.  We went out to brunch on Father's Day when he was home, and when they got dressed the guys each came down in the same color shirt.  They were suprised.  Funny!


  1. Lily is adorable! So dignified in this picture, or is she hunting something? Patsy from

  2. Lily is a cutie! I love the dragonfly stamp and diecut! I'm new at the card challenge thing. I'm trying to do the ones that give about 2 weeks to do a card. That way I don't feel so pressured. Not sure what the best method would be except maybe right on a calendar. Handsome men! Valerie #36

  3. How nice Barb to see pics of your lovely family including the little cutie.
    A friend gave me a card index tin for recipes and the lid has a slot on it for holding individual cards and typical me I never use anything for what it's really meant for, I use it for keeping my craft info like you.
    Have a good week Barb.
    Lynn xx

  4. Great family shots, and Lily is cute! Happy WOYWW, Helen 33

  5. Such awesome pictures of Lily and the family! Love the idea of being able to have dies that fit the stamps. Have a great week. Vickie #23

  6. Lily is adorable! Great family shots.

    Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #57

  7. Lily is beautiful. Love the dragonflies. As for challenges, I keep a list on computer in alphabetical order within each day of the week. I make a note if it's a 2 week challenge etc and also if there are restrictions for the number of entries or combining of challenges. Once it's set up it just means going to the day each day and changing the challenge. If you want more info please get in touch. Thanks for the opportunity of having a peep at your workspace - trying to make a few visits early this week! Hazel, WOYWW #87 x

  8. Love those dragonfly stamps, I think I have one somewhere! And Little Lily is lovely!! Happy Crafting! HaPpY WoYwW
    ((Lyn)) #20

  9. Liy is gorgeous.

    Love your dragon fly.


  10. Happy woyww, very organized, the whole entry card thing, I write the weeks challenges down on a scrap of paper which I then promptly lose and have to rely on my memory :( lol have fun, mark

  11. Adorable kitty! I wish I had a system for keeping track of challenges. I mean well, but I always miss the dates. Dani22

  12. Gorgeous cat, just want a cuddle, so cute.
    Sophie no.93

  13. Hi Barb You got a great shot of the kitty and your boys! Did they change their shirts or were they happy to be twins!?

    Love the Dragon fly stamps and die. That trend is getting more popular I think. Look forward to seeing him on a finished project.

    I have just remembered I promised to send you something - memory of a sieve. Sorry about that - will be with you in 5!

    Hugs from Helen 107

    Please pop to see Angenita (89) as she could do with a WOYWW hug today (pass it on)

  14. I think the dragonfly will be lovely on a card!
    And such a cute kitten!
    As far as challenges, I don't really have a method. I just print up a copy from the computer and have a little pile to the side of my desk when I have free time to work on one.
    I do have a binder to keep track of design team work though.
    Mary Jo #123

  15. Happy WOYWW. Great having a die to match a stamp. Lily the Kitten is gorgeous. Challenges - I write them down in a section of my notebook, with theme and last day for entry. If there is a sketch to follow, then I print that out and put it by my laptop. I don't do many challenges, so can easily see if they could combine with something else. I also check on Feline Playful when I have a card made to see if there are any other challenges I could enter. Ali x #61

  16. hey Barb, Lily is a cutie, and so are your husband and son! As for the challenges, I have 18 challenge blogs that I keep up with and have them all listed under 'challenge blogs" on my computer. That way I can run through them on a as need basis, being they are my regular challenges, I basically know when their challenges begin and end in my mind. I use to have to write them down but now I find it easier to just pop into the blog itself if I need to refresh what they need, or a deadline date. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  17. Hi Barb,

    Oh that little kittie is adorable!!! I have never participated in a challenge blog. Maybe when I retire.......

    The dragonfly stamp is beautiful - the die will definitely add a nice dimension to anything you create!

    Time got away from me so I didn't link up this week - but wanted to stop by and see what you've been up to!

    Oh, and those are two handsome men in your life!


  18. Wee LiLY is Gorgeous... love her!!! love the stamp set... lovely pic of your DH & DS.. Hugs MAY X X X#62

  19. I only know about the Feline Playful site. I check there and print out the weeks challenges. Once my cards are made, I enter the description of the card into a bound hournal that i keep just for challenges.
    I then number the challenges I am entering. I use this format:
    Challenge name, close date, winners announced date.

    Because i do not use the index card format, I then double check the rules as I link up my post and leave a comment.
    Yeay...I use a crummy system cuz this week I entered 2 different cards to 2 different challenges...only to discover that they only allowed 1 card entry per person. Whoops!

    So...I'm thinking i had better set up a system like yours!!!

    Thanks for the great idea.

  20. i also have a grandcat! i like your dragonfly stamp and the nice pic of father and son. happy WOYWW!
    blessings and hugs from #15
    peggy aplSEEDS

  21. Hi there Barbara, ah I really love those dragonflies - mm can see lots of uses! Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #25

  22. That's one cute kitty! Hmm I don't take part in challenges often but just tend to scribble down the ones I want to do in my notebook that's always by my laptop. Take care, am still snooping on Thursday. Zo xx 73

  23. hi barb
    That is one cute kitty, I bet you will have some fun with her.
    love that dragonfly die cut too, it is great the way you can get mathing sets now.
    Sorry I have taken so long to reply about the ATC swap, but I have been away (see last weeks WOYWW).
    Anyway I still have a couple left so if you wanrt to e mail me I will post it off.
    janet #60 fairy thoughts