A New Home


When I bought the different letter dies I thought I would only use them for Arthur’s scrapbook and not for card making. But since I have bought them I have actually use letter dies now for several different types of cards (see my post on “The Breathtaking Bouquet”

The stamp set I used was a retired set from Stampin Up – “In the City” and the cardstock is also retired (Naturals Ivory). The blue cardstock is some that I picked up from JoAnne’s as I like to use textured cardstock for my bases.

I stamped the 3 house and tree in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I also stamped the cobblestone and clouds in the same ink. Then this stamp set is a two-step stamp and I picked different colors and stamped the colored parts of the card. I am either not the best at lining things up or do not like the white highlights the color stamps leave. Thus, I came back and used my Stampin Blends to finish off the card. The sun was stamped in Crushed Curry Ink.

I used the Classic Label Punch for my sentiment and layered two together. On the inside I had some envelope embellishments leftover from a Spellbinders Card Kit and had an older stamp set picked up at either JoAnne’s or Hobby Lobby that I have had in my stash for an unknown amount of time. The Congratulations was from the Peaceful Moments Set in the 2020 Mini Catalog. These were stamped in Balmy Blue.


After I was done with all the stamping and coloring. I lined up the dies on my grid and used repositionable tape to attach the letters and cut out on the card front. I glued down the card mat on the blue base. Then I used dimensionsals to pop-up the letters in the voided space. I also used dimensionals on the sentiment strip.

The Animal Scientist

Are you curious what we talked about at Iowa Pork Congress? Or what I do?

As I mentioned I have worked on enzymes mostly over the last 6 years of my career. Enzymes are produced naturally by our different organs, such as the pancreas, and by several bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms. We have discovered the uses of different enzymes over the years that have come from baking, wine, and cheese making. We harnessed nature’s natural gifts and learned how to produce them in large fermentation tanks, similar to how you would make beer. Certain enzymes help bread rise while others breakdown sugars and make alcohol. We utilize different types of enzymes to help animals digest their food better and be more efficient or sustainable with what we give them. Our goal as animal scientists is to produce food in a safe and sustainable manner. The use of enzymes such as phytase, has also allowed us to reduce the amount of P or N runoff from livestock and crop productions. This helps keeps our waterways flourishing and our land thriving for generations to come. It is quite incredible how far we have come in science in the last 75 years. And now I get to work on the next generation of enzymes that not only help animals digest food, but ones that can keep them healthy and happy. I have a lot of blue-sky ideas for my beloved pigs and hope to be able to see them implemented yet in my lifetime.

If you want to know more about what I do, please reach out….as I never thought I would be a scientist changing the world and still have time for my art…. hoping to touch the world in several different ways making the future a little brighter.






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