Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My first project

Yesterday my good friend Marcia and I unpacked my new Chalk Couture products and chose the board, transfer and colors of chalk paste to use.  I love our transfers as they are sticky with mesh which keeps the paste from bleeding. The transfers can be used 8 to 10 times if not more. 

Would you like to make some beautiful Christmas gifts? Do you need birthday gifts?  Do you want some fresh decor for your home?
Chalk Couture makes this all possible.
Please click below to see the transfers, chalk paste, ink and surfaces.  Don't hesitate to call me at 5745141423 or email

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A quick catalog view

I thought you might enjoy seeing previews of our catalog today.  Just click twice on the above video.
I am receiving my products on Monday and I can't wait to start chalking and creating.  I am in a craft show in our community in November and I hope to have some things to sell.  I will certainly being doing my Tee Shirts as I have done the last 2 craft shows, but this year I want to have some more fun things too. 

 I am decorating books, making cute small signs, and will have  make and take things from Chalk Couture.  So, it should be fun. 

 I do not do cards at this craft show for a couple of reasons.  A good friend of mine does cards and I do not want to compete with her.  I spend way to much time on the cards I make and I couldn't sell them for the price I would need to charge.

If you would like to see all the things in our catalog, please click on this link which takes me to my web site at Chalk Couture.

Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cute Wreath

Layering with Chalk Couture Paste is easy when you make this beautiful wreath.  It is fast and easy. If you would like to see all the transfers, click on the link below.  If you want to give it a try, you can order right on that page or give me a call at 574 514 1423 or email me at

You might need to click twice on the arrow to start the video 

Joan Fricker
Chalk Contour
Independent Designer

Monday, September 24, 2018

Exciting News

I am now an Independent Designer for Chalk Coutour!!!

Many of you have followed me for years and so this might not be a surprise to you as you know I love creating businesses.  I
truly meant it when I said I was retiring in 2014.  And, I did.
But, I still have a passion for business and one of the reason is my wonderful customers and friends I have made over those years that I have missed.  

 I accidentally discovered Chalk Couture a few weeks ago looking for something on YouTube.  I was totally blown away with the easy, quick process of their wonderful Screen Print Transfers. (you might call them Stencils but the company calls them Transfers).

Then this past weekend, I attended a fabulous Vintage Art Show here in Fort Myers and there was a Chalk Couture Booth at the show.  I spent a lot of time talking to the gals (they were from New Jersey) and after coming home to discuss it with Jon, I decided to join them and I am excited to share it with you.

Have you wanted to be creative making some signs, pictures, pillows or other crafty items for your home or gifts?  Perhaps you do craft shows and if so these sell like crazy at the shows.

 Of course I now live in Fort Myers, Florida so I won't be able to do my workshops with the products, but I will be sharing lots of video ideas on my website and also on other social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

I am not going in to much detail tonight, but will in the coming days.  I want to give you a chance to check out the company and product line by going to

My products should be arriving in the next few days and I will be busy creating some beautiful things with them.  We have a craft show in our community in November and I am considering doing another one at a large church if I can get things together for it and they have room.

Please don't hesitate to mail me at if you have any questions or leave me a comment below.

I look forward to hearing from you all again.  I have truly missed that part of my life.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018


I have way too much "stuff" in my craft room as I collected it all the years I owned Joan's Gardens.
I had more storage in Indiana than I do here.  So, I am going to start going through lots of dies etc and will be posting these items for sale at 50% off of retail.  Many of the items have not even been opened or used.  If used, usually 1 or 2 times.

I can only accept a check or PayPal as I do not have a credit card account any more.  If you want any item, please email me at  Please pass the word on to your friends and tell them
to subscribe to my blog and then they will also get an email announcing the items for sale.
Below are the first dies:

SALE 10.00
plus shipping

plus shipping
SALE $17.00
plus shipping
SALE 18.00
plus shipping

SALE $12.00
plus shipping

SALE 18.00
plus shipping

SALE 16.00
plus shipping

plus shipping

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Gate Fold Card

 The front and outside of the card.

 The inside of the card and the band is shown below.

The card opened

I know it has been a very long time since I have posted anything, but life has just gotten in the way.
We  have totally remodeled our home in Florida (which has been so fun) and I had major back surgery.  Between redecorating everything and recovering
 from surgery I just have not been able to sit down to my craft table to create other than cards for my "family".  I am still pretty limited on what I can do, but I am improving each day.  During this time I had lots of time to be on Pinterest and discover many things I want to do.

This is a Gate Fold card that I created with my Cricut.  I know I have told you how much I love this new Cricut Maker and they just keep adding new tools to it to make it even better.   The flower is an image by Anna Griffin that I have doubled for more dimension.

I will soon be adding a video of our newly remodeled home.  I have decorated it in Joanna Gaines Farmhouse Style and we LOVE it.  It is so fresh and bright and it is just perfect for us at this stage of our lives.

I sure do miss you all and would love to hear from you.  If you ever get to Fort Myers, please call me and hopefully we can get together.  My email is and my phone number is 574 514 1423.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A great week!

Jon and I at Boca Grande in front of the Banyan Tree.
Our daughter Lori came to visit with us for 10 days and we had a wonderful time.

Lori  under the Banyan Tree

We took a boat trip around Naples to see the beautiful million  dollar plus homes.
We also saw dolphins.  It was a gorgeous day too,

We did a lot of crafting and Lori made Tee Shirts for all the kids.
Sure hated to see her leave, but was very blessed with her visit.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Birthday Card for Kelsey

Kelsey, my 2nd Granddaughter is  a beautiful young woman inside and out.  She is the Mother of 4 adorable boys .  She and her husband Todd are doing a fantastic job raising them to love God, be kind and thankful.  I am so proud to be her Grandmother.

I made this card especially for Kelsey.  I think she will love it.  I used a  Cuttlebug Cut and Emboss folder,   I love this folder as it makes a simple gorgeous card.  Everything else was printed and then cut out with my Cricut.  Cutting has never been one of my favorite things to do, so the Cricut fills that need.  I love designing on the computer  and having the Cricut cut it out.  The new Cricut is so precise (my old one was not),  I am in love with it and it saves me so much time,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lori's birthday card

Our daughter Lori's birthday is next week,  I wanted to make her a special card.  Nothing went right and it took me over a day to finish it.  I was happy with it when I was done and I think she will love it.  I made her a card a few years ago with the perfect day script and she said she looked at it every morning and it started her day off right.  That card burned up in the fire, so I wanted to make her another one.

The scroll is a Sue Wilson die and the embossing folder is
 Embossalious by Crafters Companion.  The flowers and butterfly is by Anna Griffin.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mazelee's birthday card

Our Great Granddaughter, Mazelee Rose is turning 13 in a few days.  She is and has been so intrigued with fairies.  She loves them, she makes houses for them and she believes in them...strongly.  
I found this adorable fairly online and cut it out with my Cricut. I backed her with an Anna Griffins die which I also embossed and then I used a Craftwell Embossing folder behind it all.  Everything is popped up with dimensionals

I also found this sweet poem for Mazelee and included it on the inside of her card.  I think she will love it.

Happy birthday to a princess
Who we love to the moon and back
She is the fairy in our lives
Her smile is like a magic wand
Her hug is like a secret potion
Our lives spin into motion
Because of all the magic she has spun

Happy birthday

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Birthday card

Our Grandson Johnny's birthday  is next week, so I finished his card today.

He loves tools and his tool box. so I thought this card fit him nicely. 
I fluttered the balloons.+2 qwerty) 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cards and Shirts

I need several cards in the next few days, so I made a generic card that can be used for both occasions, Get Well and Birthday.  I love these corners from Cheery Lynn and the 

Scroll in the middle is from Memory Box.  I embossed the velum with a 6x6 Craftwell Embossing Folder.  The card is a 6x6 card.  The Flower is printed on my new Kodak Verite Craft Printer and I used the Cricut to cut it out.  This new technology is amazing.  fussy cutting was never one of my favorite things to do so this is perfect for me. 

 I have another Craft Fair coming  on February 17 in our Community.  On the way to Florida this year, I started thinking what I could do for the craft fairs.  A good friend was doing cards and even though they are not like mine, I did not want to compete with her.  I gave it a lot of thought and finally decided I could design a Pine Ridge Tee Shirt. (that is the name of our community)  I spent days learning how to use the new program for the Cricut (everything is done on the computer which I love).  I sold over 30 shirts at the Craft Fair, so by the time I got them all done I was pretty familiar with my new Cricut.  Now that I have my new craft room, it is much easier.  I can pretty much design anything anyone wants on a shirt, which makes it fun.  I hope to get some signs painted and cute boxes made before the Craft fair.  Lots to do, but I LOVE my new craft room and I could spend all day in it.  I have to force myself to go swimming in the morning at 8. ha

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Get Well Box

I have a new friend that just had some surgery and I wanted to send her a little something.  The box is much smaller than I anticipated, so next time I will increase the size of it.  I cut it all out with my Cricut which I am having so much fun learning to use.  I want to do some stenciling as my next adventure.

We had a Craft Fair in our community last fall,  so I designed Tee Shirt using the Pine Ridge Labels.
They loved them and on February 17 we will be having another one, so I must get to work and get some new things done.  I will be sharing them with you soon.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I am thrilled to show you a video of my new Craft Studio this morning.  We finally were able to move into it last week.  I have it usable, but certainly not organized the way I want it.  I absolutely LOVE it.    I hope to be able to start designing soon.
If you get to Fort Myers, Florida be sure and come to visit.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Birthday card

The builders finished my new  craft room yesterday. (pictures to come) I love it.  Now we can move our boxes and my 8 foot craft cabinet in and get everything unpacked.  I can't wait.
I made this cute Teapot birthday card for my oldest Granddaughter, Kara's birthday.
Because I am so limited with supplies and room, I made the card entirely with my new Cricut.
I will tell you more about that later.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Jon and I want  to wish you all a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Panko Chicken

Panko Chicken

This baked chicken recipe is one of my favorite chicken dishes. 

Delicious chicken coated in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Sooo easy, but your guests will never know how hard you didn't work!


4 large or 8 medium size skinless, boneless chicken breast halves -
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoons garlic powder, divided -
1 cup bread crumbs (I love Panko Bread Crumbs)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

I marinate my chicken and pork chops in butter milk all day. This makes for very moist chicken.
Then rinse it dry, and put between wax paper and pound dry so all pieces of chicken are the same size.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a shallow bowl, beat the egg with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. In a separate dish, mix bread crumbs with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Mix together the melted butter and lemon juice. Pour about 2/3 of the butter mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Tilt pan to coat the bottom. Spread mushrooms in an even layer in the bottom of the dish.

Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture. Place on top of the mushrooms. Drizzle remaining butter over the chicken, and sprinkle with parsley.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear.

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Card

Most of you are probably familiar with the Cricut.  I now own the newest Cricut Maker.  This machine is totally awesome.  I had an older Cricut years ago and it did not cut with precision at all.  Well, let me tell you this new one does.  It also will cut fabric with a new rotary blade and they're coming out with a knife blade that will cut very heavy things such as chip board.   I'm totally in love with it. So much that I bought my daughter and five granddaughters one for Christmas. I think it will be great for Lori as she home schools the 5 girls and I will have time to spend with them when we go north for the summer.

We  are adding on at craft room and computer room which I think I told you about in an earlier post. Because of hurricane Irma, it has been delayed getting started.  So, at this time my craft stuff is packed and all I really have to craft with is my new Cricut maker. The card  above I made totally with the Cricut, other than the embossing on the front.  The Cricut cut out the design, squares, leaves and even scored it at the top to fold. So much fun.

We have a Craft show in our Association on October 25, so I am selling Tee Shirts with the Pine Ridge Logo on them. I will show you some in my next post,  It has been a very fun new learning experience.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

News from Florida

It has been a while since I have had a chance to update you on what is going on in our lives.
You would not believe the whirlwind it has been since July.  We had an offer on our home on a Friday, our good friend Debbie arrived on Monday for a week long visit...,not a very relaxing one for her I must admit as she was a huge help packing.  Lori our daughter, good friends Sherry and Jeff Six and John and Marta Gerard helped pack us up and we left for Florida in 2 weeks and 3 days.  Unbelievable if you (some of you do) knew how much "stuff" we had.  I brought most of my crafting stuff with me too .  We had an estate sale selling everything our kids didn't want or we couldn't take with us.  We did not want to be there to see it go, so we left before it started and we hired a moving company to bring our big stuff.  The rest we broght in our truck and trailer.

Jon hurt his arm in Indiana, but we waited till we got to Florida to have it operated on. After unpacking most of our stuff from the moving company (no craft things are unpacked yet as we are adding on a 16x13 foot craft room) Jon had rotator cuff surgery where the doctor put in 10 screws.  He did great and has had no pain.  But, it limits us on what we can get done.

Then came Hurricane Irma (welcome to Florida, huh???)  We had to totally clear our courtyard, which I had just finished decorating and prepare our house.  We chose to stay in Florida as Jon was not able to drive the many hours it would have taken to get far away from Miss Irma.  

We were so blessed with no damage, but our association looks like a war zone,.  We lost 31 palm trees and several large trees. 3 trees fell on roofs, but as far as I know no damage was done.
Very scary indeed, but by the time it reached our house Irma was reduced to a category 2.  They say we had about 100 mile an hour wind, although we gals played cards all the time even using a flashlight after it got dark.  We were truly blessed.

I purchased a Cricut Air 2 from Terri at Joan's Gardens before I left and I am trying to teach myself how to use it.  I hope to make some Pine Ridge tee shirts at our craft show the end of August.  I have ordered the vinyl from Terri which should soon be here.

I will share what I am doing once I learn the program.  Would love to hear from you .


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Land That I Love - 4th of July Sign
Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!  We are so thankful for our country and all that has fought for our freedom.
May God Bless America!!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Birthday Card for a Special Friend

Marcia and I met at the pool in Florida 3 years ago when we each rented a condo in Fort Myers.  We became fast friends and it is because of her that we bought our Villa in Pine Ridge.  Marcia and Tom also bought a Condo in Pine Ridge at the same time.  They have since sold it and also bought a Villa.  She is a very special friend and I feel like I have known her all my life.

I used the Belleek Inspired Technique on the Embossing Die (which cuts and embosses at the same time).  If you are not familiar with it, you can read about it at Kittie Kraft's by clicking here!  She is a beautiful designer and explains this very well.

The flower is another one I made from the Foamiran foam.  That stuff is so fun to work with, but I need to order more.
I get my foam from here!.

If you want to see a beautiful flower made with the foam, check out Selma's latest post here!  It looks like she picked it fresh from the garden.  Selma is going to give me lessons. :)

I cute the top off of a red cup and placed it over the flower and put it inside a clear pouch to ship it.  I hope it arrives in good shape.  I thought that was a good way to protect it, so we will see once Marcia receives it.

I hope you enjoy the birthday card.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pineapple Fluff with Pretzels

This recipe is a huge hit every time I serve it and it is so easy.  The difference is you add the crushed pretzels just before you serve it, not as a crust. So yummy and easy.


•1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
•1/2 cup butter -- melted
•1/2 cup sugar -- divided

•1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
1/2 cup sugar
•1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple BE SURE TO DRAIN - I use Pineapple in its own juice not in heavy syrup -- drained
•1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping thawed
•In a small bowl, combine the pretzels, butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. 

 • Bake pretzel mixture at 400° for 7 minutes. Cool. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until creamy. Fold in pineapple and whipped topping; chill until serving. Just before serving, break pretzel mixture into small pieces; stir into pineapple mixture. Yield: 6 servings 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Foamiran Flower Card

Friends of ours had a death in their family.  She is a card maker, so I wanted to do something special for a card to send to them.  I just love working with this foam.  I love watching how it curves and changes when I put it on the iron.    I am experimenting with another die and hopefully it will be ready to show you soon.  I have lots of birthdays in June and July, plus some specialty cards that have to be made.  My gardens need my attention too.  And, I need to be packing things in my house.  Just not enough hours in the day.  Do you experience this too?

After I got this card put together, it was crooked.  I was so disgusted with myself.  So, I reached for my fabulous UN-DO and much to  my dismay, my bottle had tipped over and was empty.  I couldn't believe it.  I just can't craft without it.  I have 4 bottles I think in Florida and thought I had more here....but I don't.
If you haven't used this stuff, it is fantastic.  

The embossing folder I used is a Marianne and has been discontinued.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Standing Butterfly Card

I made this butterfly card for my granddaughter, Lisa who turned 13 this week.  She loves pink and always wants a pink card.  I think she will love her card.

The butterfly lays flat to mail.

The butterfly stands up.

This is a side view of the card.  Directions are below.

First I placed the Memory  Box Butterfly 98583 Delia die a little above the folded card stock and cut it out so there are two connected pieces.  Then I embossed it using a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called Kassie.  Next I cut another single butterfly with the same die and embossed it with the same folder.  A decorative Delia butterfly was die cut.

I scored the fold as deep as I could, then the butterfly that is laying down was scored with the ridge up to prop up the standing butterfly.  The single embossed butterfly was glued to the half of butterfly allowing it to stand above the double cut butterfly.  The decorative cut butterfly was attached to that butterfly.  Then a row of  rhinestones were glued to the middle of the top butterfly.