Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leafing out into Something New!

I don't know where summer went...it is with a bit of nostalgia I am noticing brighter blue days with the crisp of Autumn approaching.The mornings have been a bit too chilly to sit on our back porched in area of the deck...but I am anyways, with my polar bear robe and my polar bear looking Beulah beside me...and this week we are watching our daughter's dog, Daisy, so I also have one at my feet...well actually on top of my feet where she rests her head. With the end of summer wedding, summer seemed to go by too quickly, so now I am hoping to set a more leisurely pace for Fall. I love Fall and everything about it. It is my favorite season, although all seasons have their special nuances that sing to me.
I have two Pinterest inspired cards today, both with a lot of white space, bright colors, and minimal layers.
I made this for a dear friend who came to our daughter's wedding, which was 3 1/2 hours from our town and a 2 night hotel stay. She was like my own "Maid of Honor" only she was the Mother of the Bride's Maid of Honor"...meaning she was by my side, offered to do anything, get anything, complimented me about my dress, assured me, made me laugh, brought me champagne for toasts, and danced like a fool with me on stage...which my husband has a video he's keeping somewhere, which I have not seen...if I did I am sure I would be quite embarrassed. But let's just say, we had fun! Which really was my goal for after the ceremony...just enjoy the festivities!
My friend is a big Starbucks coffee drinker...so I was really excited when I found this gift card there today:
It will make a cute tuck in to the inside of my card, don't you think? I think she'll be tickled!
Anyway, I made her this card that was featured on the Papertrey Ink blog using the Mighty Oaks stamp set and matching die. I also used a wood grain embossing folder to add texture, which you might see more clearly if you click on the picture for magnification. The swirls were free handed with a silver gel pen.
So here is another one just like it...except for one thing:
The sentiment is one of my favorites, so I made another card using the sentiment stamped in a new color from SU!, Blue Lagoon. I stamped that thing at least 12 times before getting it straight, and so I had to include a picture.
The next card is using PTI's older set, Turning a New Leaf. This leaf is the closest I could find that wasn't more of an outline stamp and had a filled in image which made the overall look much more graphic.  I masked the image and stamped on Watercolor Paper.
I then used a very old SU! sentiment with the SU! word window and oval scallop punches to basically hide a boo boo. The colors are old olive and navy blue card stock, and the addition of more mustard inks to the olive and navy. 
These are not original ideas...though I have added my own changes, the ideas were from the PTI blog. 
I am always blessed to have you visit. The coffee pot is on and if you come to sit on my deck, I'm sure we'll have a pooch around to keep you warmed up!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Baby Card at Midnight

I am probably the only one who does this...decide on the way to bed at night to take one last peek into my stamp room...and unintentionally starting a card around midnight. Which is why I try not to do that. But this was a quickie card and almost embarrassing to post because of the lack of time put into it...although I have to say, I really like the vintage feel.
I used a retired Flourishes baby stamp set. First I ran a (new to me) Cuttlebug Embossing  frame (Rebecca) which helped to set off the images and gave me corners where there were none! Stamped on So Saffron designer series paper by SU! in a brown memento ink, first the chair, then the saying, then the ducky in the upper corner. I liked the balance. I didn't want to color, but just used a single copic to add a little "shading" to the images, and then brown pearls to finish off. Matted on a chocolate chip brown with a Very Vanilla card base. (SU!)
I liked that I didn't have to color. The stamps pretty much set the tone for the feel of this card. Even though it was simple, I liked the way it turned out.
Thanks for stopping by...wishing you a relaxing weekend!
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Hangin' Around!

I should be doing something in regard to wedding planning...
 or at least cleaning the house...but instead, I am just hanging around at the house today! Here is the future groom and Beulah! Aren't they a cute couple? Ross just scooped her up and she looked at me and seemed pretty relaxed...loose hanging jowls and all! She always makes me giggle!
Happy Friday, thanks for stopping by!!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Breathe In...

I haven't been stamping up my usual the past couple of months...but I could not resist participating in this week's Power Poppy blog "Peep of the Week" challenge. Marcella and the Bloom Brigade Team make it pretty easy...just stamp  any card or project using Power Poppy stamps or digital images and share it on their blog!
Since we are entering the last month of the wedding round up...I thought I would make this card for our soon to be wed daughter, Caitlyn. She has had over a year long engagement and yet this last month is just full of little details that need attention, on top of a new job and very busy schedule. She has a good attitude and help also, which never hurts...but thought this card from her Mom might be just the thing to relax and remember to Breathe In...
I used some of this beautiful designer paper to make a few bridal shower items, including a bride-to-be banner for the food table and strung these tiny envelopes (a Papertrey Ink envelope die) across a mirror for note writing. I had a couple of envelopes leftover and can't waste them...so paired them with this beautiful botanical from the "Springtime Love" set and used the very appropriate sentiment from the "Good Thinking Renewal" set! Of course, the second half of the saying, "Breathe Out" is used on the inside of the card along with a couple of strips of the designer paper with the shutters (which represent an open window, I believe...)
This is actually an A6 card size, which gives a little extra length for both the mini envelope and the tag adorned with ribbons to fit nicely.
This gorgeous image was stamped in versamark and embossed with ranger gold detailed embossing powder. I colored with a variety of copic markers and added some blue to the flowers to add a pop of the same color in the envelope. The tag has a bit of gold detailing around the edges and also stamped with a soft blue background stamp to add a bit more interest.
I need to get this in the mail today...so often I make a card and then it waits a week or more to mail...so going to scoot. Thanks so much for your visit!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Our Daughter's Bridal Shower!

Hi there, friends! If you are coming by for a little visit, welcome! I have been busy with planning the bridal shower for our oldest daughter, Caitlyn. Her little sister, Erin, and I spent about 2 months planning and each of us took on different responsibilities. It was clear from the start that I wanted more traditional (as in how I remembered my own bridal shower and the things that were important to me as her Mom) and our youngest daughter wanted more updated and fun ...so it was a good mix of traditional and fun and I think everyone from young to old had a good time.
I will be sharing some photographs and if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will answer you.
Pinterest was such a big help in choosing decorating ideas, color schemes, and special touches that made the shower even more special.
First...the where: we decided to host the shower at our daughter, Erin's place in downtown Denver. She has a townhouse that has a very large deck almost double the width of her family room with a sliding patio door leading outside. We bought a large canopy to use and even though the forecast was for rain...thankfully the day was fairly mild and just a bit of wind.
I asked
 a friend to make this pinterest inspired chalkboard art for the entryway welcome. It turned out better than I had hoped and we displayed it on a table with all the party favors for parting guests, a small floral vase of white hydrangeas and baby's breath, and above there were hanging tissue paper flowers in hues of pinks, corals, and mint!  The sign was very large and made a wonderful greeting for guests announcing the big event.

I wanted a way for the older married women (that would include myself, Sherrie, the mother of the groom, and two attending friends of mine... and newlyweds to pass on wedding advice and so made a smaller chalkboard sign asking for the guests to take some time and leave some important words of wisdom. After most of the guests had left, the mother of the groom and I sat down and tried to write out some of our thoughts for Caitlyn...but it was a little difficult to think through exactly what to say! The word "key" was used as I had keys hanging from the mason jar and another good friend made these cards "Key for a successful Marriage" for guests to write on. I gave the decorated mason jar to Caitlyn to keep.
The printed out cards for wedding advice
The Key to a Happy Marriage Sign

The Menu:
I made three varieties of quiche:
Spinach, Cheddar and Bacon
Leek, Bacon and Gruyere
Caramelized Onion with Bacon and Cheddar
Ceasar Salad (easy in a bag)
Erin made:
Caresse Skewers
Watermelon, Feta and Mint
Spanakopita (from Trader Joe's)
Shrimp Cocktail
Caitlyn (center) in white, Erin in pink
Me, Erin (no, we didn't plan on our dresses to match), and the guest of  honor, Caitlyn

Future Mother of bride (Traci-me) and Mother of Groom  (Sherrie)
Handmade Party Favors (Lavender sugar scrub with almond oil)
Erin made up a beautiful Mimosa Bar!
A couple of more shots of the main food and dessert table. I made signage for all the food and stamped little "picks" that said "Happy Day!"
Mini Cupcakes from a specialty bakery in Denver
Thanks so much for coming by for a visit! I will have a couple of more photographs and more detailed information in my next post. It was a special memory made and everyone that was there commented how lovely it was and how much fun they had! Most of all, I think the bride to be felt honored, blessed, and loved!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"Things to Do" Mini Notebook and Paper Foibles!

I've been a little quiet lately. It is wedding countdown time in our house...our oldest daughter is getting married this August after a year long engagement. Not having been through this before, I find I am feeling a multitude of mixed feelings all at once...but the one taking up the most space lately is stressed out!! Oh my...and I am not even planning the big event. I did innocently offer to address all the wedding invitations in my nicest handwriting and tried to add a little bit of calligraphy and embellishment to each address. My daughter ordered the invitations so I thought to myself how easy this will be...just address and mail! Well, the invites came with five separate inserts...the invitation itself, the RSVP card, inner envelope and envelope liner as well as the reception card. After a couple of weeks of hand cramps, it came time to add the liners. The liner was my fall from grace...I think I had a brain lapse the day I did those...each had an adhesive strip and all you had to do was line that liner evenly with the envelope flap...and after telling my husband that I could not go for a boat ride because I needed to "finish these up"...I spent an afternoon using my Un-Du adhesive remover to remove (pry) the liner adhesive and a lot of muttering under my breath because the liners kept coming out crooked on the top. I did 62 liners before I realized that maybe I was supposed to wait as I faintly recalled her fiance telling me he had a special ordered embosser with the return address. I quickly text ed our daughter and discovered that the liners were supposed to be inserted...glued in for good...after the envelope flap was embossed. Groan...
Now I had a simple wedding. It  was very special to me.  But it was not the grandiose event that young women have nowadays.  My husband and I were young and I was still in college when we were wed. I remember writing out my own invitations. There were no rsvp cards, liners, etc...it was just the invitation. Definitely no special order embosser. So I looked frantically online, googling and what not and I still don't have an answer. So I have 62 envelope liners to remove, then emboss the envelope flap, then reinsert. And hope there are no tears in these very expensive invitations. But that project is at a standstill because unlike Mom who can rearrange her schedule for months to accommodate her daughter's wedding planning...companies that make custom embossers take their time.
In between that I have bought one mother of the bride dress, special ordered and returned two more (in two different sizes) and ordered my last one and I am feeling much calmer now that I know I have a dress that is not layers of polyester with sequins and metallic covering me head to toe.That is four dresses and one to keep. What is it with Mother of the Bride dresses? I am ready to write a review on each of the sites I ordered from and mention that Mothers of the Bride are usually also menopausal and get hot.  We have an outdoor mountain wedding in August. I have been very gently but firmly instructed that black and ivory were not acceptable colors. The wedding party is in gray and blush...neither of which I want to wear in a gown. I don't wear sleeveless but I don't want to be covered in polyester either. It seems to me the options are very limited. But my dress is beautiful and I am just really happy it fit and I don't have to return it. It is silk, lightweight and airy, long sleeved and navy! And I am thankful.
Anyway...those are my wedding planning adventures(capers, mishaps) and I am ready for a break already.
I hadn't planned on writing about all of this.
But since this blog is a journal of "Major Moments" let's just say I have had several this past couple of weeks.
I took a break from the frantic run around to make this cute notebook. It reminds me of when I was young and would play "office" with my little notepads. Simple pretty colored papers that I would write very important notes and tear off.  I loved paper even back then.
Thanks so much for your visit and patience with this post. I am sure I will find humor in all of this someday!

This was using last week's Make it Monday tutorial on the Capture the Moment blog from Papertrey Ink.


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Favorite Peonies Card


This was such a beautiful weekend here in Colorado; following a long week of rains. The rains have greened up our lawn and the canopy of trees off our backyard deck has beckoned me to sit outside and just relax and listen to nature's sounds. And...my one peony bush is blooming! I had to make one last tribute to these gorgeous blooms. This one is fashioned in a blush pink peachy hue. It is my favorite from the single digital stamp I purchased from Power Poppy!
I appreciate you visiting, taking a moment of your day...and hope you leave here blessed! Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Aqua and Melon May Blog Hop



This month's challenge at Papertrey Ink is this oh so pretty inspiration photo! The challenge is to use Aqua and Melon...two of my favorite color combinations!
My card is pretty straightforward. I needed a birthday card for a sweet little four year old boy. I used PTI Tremendous Birthday for the image and the sentiment. The little dots were added with 3 copic markers to bring in more aqua and coral and add a festive look to the balloons!
I white embossed the birthday words and added some Mr. Huey white spray which got pretty much everywhere except the card! I used my copic marker to recolor some pink enamel dots to make them coral. Easy and it worked!
Thanks for stopping by~I haven't participated in this hop for over a year so I am looking forward to visiting your blogs and becoming more inspired to use my Papertrey Ink Stamps!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Unabashedly Upbeat and Word Art Wednesday Challenge

I am catching up on playing in a few of my favorite blog challenges over the weekend. It has been pouring rain and last night we had flash flood warnings just a couple of miles from us. We are also watching our daughter's black lab mix dog while they go on a fun little weekend trip...so it seems a good time to do a little stamping retreat! I love the encouraging scripture that Word Art Wednesday shares each week! It is wonderful to read scripture and when you make a card with it...the words have time to really seep in and you can meditate on it while you create.
This card was also inspired by the challenges over at Power Poppy using this month's digital released floral! The inspiration picture is an album cover  from Jazz Artist Thelonius Monk.
The challenge was to take any inspiration from the above album cover and make a card with it. I used a sheet of embossed paper as my canvas. I then used a water brush and just brush stroked LuminArte' in various shades over the paper, blending here and there. I did the same treatment with the peonies image. The card base and floral image were matted in black. A strip of silver edged ribbon dresses up the side, while tiny rhinestones add a little more glitz. 
To say this was a real challenge for me would be a true statement...I am so glad I tried it and could use the beautiful scripture to encourage a friend!!
Thanks for your visit as always. May you be blessed!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Peonies in Corals~Get Sketchy Challenge!!

I have been so enjoying the challenges at Power Poppy stamps! This Friday is a sketch challenge! What a pretty sketch to feature these peonies...the delicate lines and fun details! I resized the Peonies digital for the floral image. 
Here is my card recipe:
Stamps: Power Poppy Digital Peonies
Paper: PTI Kraft, SU! Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral , SU! DSP (retired)
Dies: Spellbinders , Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Doilies
Copics for Coloring
Accessories: Lace by May Arts, striped coral by SU! (retired)
2 Kaiser Sparklets

I have been trying something new to me: when coloring an image, I am coloring two! This gives me an extra for later, and cuts down on my brain having to think too hard which color combinations work together. I am finding it easier to be inspired and keep the copics coloring while they are still out on my desk. It also makes cards come together faster if I already have a colored image.
Thanks to Power Poppy for the fun challenge. The challenge goes through the end of this month, so you still have lots of time to join in!
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Beulah Baby!



This picture was taken on Mother's Day. We have two daughters,  but Beulah always cooperates better for pictures with her Auntie Erin. I think she knows Erin means business and she needs to behave! Beulah is standing on the ottoman that is in front of my chair. When she was a little puppy, I started putting her up on the ottoman and we would play like that all the time. She would love to nuzzle under my cozy afghan and chew on the fringe, or my fingers. Whichever. But now she is a big girl, and she still thinks of this as her "spot." Which I guess is better than the couch. But at about six months, she became too long for just the one ottoman, so I scooted over another one and now it looks like a choo choo of ottomans, and her "caboose" just kind of hangs over the edge. It really makes me giggle. Every single time. I have a few more to share but this is it for today. Thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rosie Posie Birthday

Just sharing another one of my favorite stamp sets by Papertrey Ink, Rosie Posie! This was our daughter's birthday card this year. We celebrated with a dinner at a Steakhouse in Denver with her sister, fiance, and Dad and I. I am so glad she is living closer to home again!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

CAS in Blues!

Hi! I am posting a quick CAS (Clean and Simple) card today using Papertrey Ink's Mums. I love that set and its versatility.
I  noticed I have a lot of pink cards on parade on this blog...so this one is done up in a couple of blues and stone gray (PTI ink) for the colors.
I added a couple of strips of scor-tape and used some dark blue glitter to dress up the sentiment. A couple of pearls and it is finished!
I am enjoying making these types of cards more and more as they are quick, full of color, and easy to mail!! And I do like to mail my cards.
Blessings on your day!

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Pop Goes the World Challenge!!

I have been waiting expectantly, excitedly, impatiently...for the first Power Poppy Challenge!! These are some of my very favorite stamps, so intricately detailed with beautiful fonts and realistic images.
I am just a little bit embarrassed to say when I saw this challenge photo:
I thought we were looking at some exotic place around the world from me...the colors reminded me of India, and I guess I didn't look too closely at the photo because in my mind, that barn resembled a pyramid.It must have been a bit too early this morning for me to concentrate...So imagine my surprise when I  read that the "world destination" of this beautiful photograph was actually in my own backyard...Loveland, Colorado!! Oh my, I giggled over that one...it really is a small world, isn't it? Loveland is about 10 minutes south of my Fort Collins home, and I drive the rural route often. We definitely need to get out more to see some of these gorgeous sunsets, though.
So for my card, I used the Power Poppy digital stamp, Peonies! I love these flowers so much that I tried planting one in my backyard a few years back. The area where I planted used to be a vegetable garden and gets a lot of afternoon sun. It hasn't flourished well...probably because it is lonely. I think I will try to plant a couple more where we recently pulled up a bunch of vines and see how they do in an area that isn't quite as  neglected.
I was inspired by the purple and grass green hues and used just a touch of the yellow in the flower centers. The papers are from a retired Flourishes Paper Collection: Crocus ; as well as the ribbon. I used a My Favorite Things Weekly sketch as well.
I love the font on this sentiment, don't you? I used a Kaisercraft Sparklet to accent the seam binding ribbon.
I would tell you the copics used...but there are too many as for some reason my printer ink wanted to bleed...so after a bit of leaving alone...I came in with some deeper violets to" hide" some of the ink bleeds.
I am still working on digital stamping and with the wonderful Power Poppy team tutorials as well as amazingly talented team; I will get this down eventually. 
Here is the sketch challenge at MFT blog:

That's it for today...as always, thanks for dropping by...I love reading each and every comment and connecting this way with you!!



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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday~Puppy Style!

This past October...our lives changed dramatically when after a very difficult season of consecutive losses (the most difficult was my Mother) ...we gained one very special puppy. I  named her Beulah. The name means "Promised Land," for that is what I believed we would see...a land of promise,  days of new hope, new beginnings, family relationships renewed, restored, happiness and joy after the state of sorrow begins to wane. I needed joy back in my life and I searched for a year for this little girl to join our family.
I spend so much of my time laughing now...and smiles seem to be a perpetual state of my heart. Puppies are a lot of work, I will be the first one to state that...but anyone who has had a puppy knows...the dividends outweigh the investment. I have heard friends tell me that they are about ready to get rid of a puppy after the first few months...and I just want to say, keep at it...keep training, keep giving lots of positive reinforcements, and realize that you are making an investment that will give back over many years!!
Beulah and her beloved socks sitting in our deck wicker chair. Sweet face! But the wicker couch that is on the other side? Well, that was chewed up before the end of summer! Naughty.
                                                    Our daughter, Erin, and Beulah
It was "puppy love" for our daughter, Erin, the first time she was able to fly in from her temporary home in Cupertino, California She could not get enough hugs, kisses, and carried her in her arms like this most of the weekend!  Melts my heart!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mums in Spring?


Hi there friends! Since it is officially spring here and it is roaring like a lion with overpowering winds...I have a a springy version of this Mum floral set from Papertrey Ink. I used a new to me text stamp and classic Birthday wishes stamped on an overlay vellum and white embossed. To be clear...this is a CASE and I don't know where I saw it originally, but I liked the tab treatment and wanted to use vellum. I like the simplicity of this card very much.
Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tiny packages ready for a flat mailer!

Do you ever feel like you have too much stamping stuff? Every once in awhile I will go through my stamps and papers and get a box ready to give away...but as anyone who is an enthusiastic stamper knows...there are always new stamps arriving in the mail, irresistible ribbons to add to your collections...and of course, the latest paper is always a fun find! I find I always have a lot of the 12x12 scrap booking paper collecting dust and lying below piles, leftover ribbon pieces, and odd flowers sitting in a drawer. Today I wanted to mail a friend a little surprise package and my usual method would be to find some bright colored tissue paper, wrap it up, and stuff it in a flat mailing envelope.
But this time, I decided to look through my paper scraps, then spied two pieces of spring yellow dotted ribbon laying on my desk...and an idea flourished.
So here is my version of "brown paper packages tied up in string..."
                                                        Various scrapbook paper, ribbon, doilies
                                                                 and Martha Stewart stick on flowers
                                                         I bought several packages of these
                                                             Prima Flowers years ago!


                                                I grabbed a doily for pretty framing!
If you are sending a package and are looking for ideas for easy and flat...just take a look around your stamp studio. These packages fit great in the lined mailers and only cost 2.50 to mail the entire package!
Sometimes it's the simplest and easiest ideas that make me happy!
Thanks for spending part of your day with me...blessings!
                                               
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