Popsicle Cards

This is my face when it is hot in Arizona and there are no cold popsicles in the freezer. Bawahaha!


I mean, you must roll that paint across your gel plate quickly or the dry heat will desiccate your printing plans.

I was speedy!

These are the StencilGirl® stencils I used….


… to create this pile of never-melting Popsicle fun!


You can get Popsicle “forever stamps” at the US Post Office for a limited time! They are even scented.  (I think they smell like Jolly Rancher Watermelon Candy.) When I saw them, I knew I had to make cards!

I made gelli printed papers – some stenciled, some not, hand cut the Popsicles and sticks, and then used Inktense pencils, Sharpie Pens, a white pen, Prima Watercolors, and washi tape to embellish.

I confess that I ordered washi tape especially to match the postage stamps; I am getting ahead of myself.

Making cards was FUN! FUN! FUN! I stopped counting at a dozen.

Are you old enough to remember sharing the other half of your orange creamsicle with a friend? I guess you can still buy “twin pops” but I do not think they are made by Popsicle.

I made my “Anything is Popsicle” card first. The “half for me and half for you” creamsicle actually pulls out.


Then I thought, who wants a creamsicle when you can have a margarita?


It is no secret that I love the Loose Women stencils.

I flipped the stencil so her hand was pointing up to hold the creamsicle.

Before painting with water:


Many people like to make their own cold fruit pops! Yum!


Those stamps are too much! Watermelon and strawberry and lime, oh my! Looks like one is even dipped in chocolate.

Did you call those red white and blue Popsicle “bullets” or “bombs”?


I was on a roll! I even cut drips on a few.


Of course, I had to get snarky.

The line about the stick I read somewhere. The response, well, I had to have the last word 🙂


As long as I made one ice cream cone, I went ahead and made more.


Sure bet…

Get it?

Hey, I work from home. I must amuse myself  🙂

A different line could be: Our friendship is a sure bet.

Wishing you a cool rest of the summer chillin’ with your friends!


P.S. The stencils I used:

4 Flowers, Loose Woman 1 & 2, Sea of Grapes, Twist Lattice, Night Sky  Night Sky is not pictured –  it fell into the black hole in my desk!

Stencil Club: June 2018, Nov, Aug, and Mar 2017, Nov and Apr 2016, and Dec 2013  – also sucked into the black hole, but both stencils will somehow appear in the middle of my desk in the next 24 hours…





Effort vindicated with Outstanding Writing Award

When Jeff Vandermeer returned from a tour of duty in Iraq to surprise his younger brother at graduation I was the lucky reporter assigned to the story.

“Brothers reunite at graduation”  http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2008/may/22/brothers_reunite_at/  was the last story I wrote as a reporter for the Payson Roundup Newspaper. Graduation ceremonies ended around 10 p.m. on a Thursday and was in the office until about 1:30 a.m. Friday crafting the story for the front page.”

This past evening, the story was given a mere Honorable Mention by a judge for the Arizona Press Women 2009 Communications Contest.

I admit my heart sank as I believe “Brothers… ” is one of the best feature stories I have ever written. The unknown judge wrote: “The extended stage/play metaphor is a bit labored and doesn’t really fit the occasion that well but the story has some nice moments.”

While I believe the judge was dead-on with comments on some of my other entries, and it was nice that the judge took the time to comment, “didn’t fit the occasion” made me bristle.

Payson is a small town and one of my beats was school activities. I knew the school. The judge did not. I met the younger brother Steven Vandermeer while covering another story. I was there. The Judge was not.

At the end of the evening I was stunned when the contest chair announced  “Brothers reunite at graduation” was recognized by the Arizona Newspaper Association  for the Arizona Press Women Communication Contest with the Outstanding Writing Award.

Kristin Gilger, Assistant Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications wrote of “Brothers…” in an e-mail to the contest chair:

“What makes this simple story compelling is the way it is constructed. The writer sets up her story like a stage play… Telling the story this way draws the reader in, gives the piece a dramatic narrative structure and also helps to capture the drama and fun of the event…. The author’s voice comes through, but it does not overwhelm the telling of the story or the real heroes–two brothers who are happy to be reunited.”


So although the story won’t be going on to nationals, I am delighted.

My journalism training was in the newsroom, and while my first editor, Jerry Thebado, told me “writing news stories is not rocket science, ” it is nice to hear from someone whose job it is to know that I am quite capable.

Kudos to photographer Andy Towle for staying up late to get the picture and editor Tom Brossart for the assignment. And, thanks to the Vandermeers for the flowers.

I also won the Outstanding Writing Award in 2007 for “Happy ending.” you can read it here:  http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2006/nov/30/happy_ending/