Monday, March 30, 2015

Power and Spark Challenge~Go for the Gold!

So, hey, it's been almost a month since I've popped in to my own blog...I've been busily stamping per the usual, but not so much blogging! That has to change it is the last day to submit a challenge to this month's Power Poppy's "Go for the Gold" challenge here.

Admittedly, this is a Christmas card, and I plan to enter it into SCS's Christmas card challenge. It will be in the pile for next year if I can bear to part with it! Chickadees have to be one of my favorite birds, and I was very challenged to color these images in an effort to resemble these sweet little creatures. Thanks to some help online, I think I did alright.
And just in case I forget and want to replicate my own is a little close up:

This image is matted very simply in SU's glittery gold and a cherry cobbler linen bow and Webster's sparklet to finish it off! A bit of gold spica pen to add sparkle to the flower centers...and we're golden!
Thanks so much for dropping in...may your day be blessed!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Pretty Pink Zinnia!

I have long been an admirer of many of the design team members of the now retired Flourishes stamps. This card was completely inspired by Christine of Christine Creations who now serves on the Power Poppy brigade team! She introduced me to pointillism via her blog a long time ago...and when I can remember; I love to use this for shading around a focal image.  The technical definition of "pointillism" is using points of ink in art to form a pattern. This doesn't actually form a pattern, but it adds a lot of color surrounding this pretty flower! I still have so many of the Flourishes stamps, many as of yet not inked I will be continuing to use these and feature them on my blog along with the newer "Power Poppy" stamps!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed my little card!!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hello My Dear~

Hello my Dears! So happy you're here and popped in for a minute! I wanted to share the other Valentine that didn't make it into my daughter's hands this year. Now that she is a newlywed, I seriously doubt that she is waiting for her Valentine from her Mom (for goodness sake!) but I still enjoy making them and hope in some small way they convey this huge love I can't contain!
This stamp is a retired Flourishes set, "Typeset." I have only previously used one of the sentiments...and when I was searching through my non-Valentine stamp sets, I thought this one would work well! Sounds like just something a Mom would say, right?
Thanks so much for looking, and I always love to know you were here...Blessings!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Sheltering Tree Valentine

I can tell I am going to love this set from SU!, Sheltering Tree! I created the two tones of flowering buds by stamping once in Strawberry Slush ink, then re inking my stamp and stamping off once on scrap paper before stamping the same buds again with a slight change in placement. I used a micron .01 pen and a ruler to add the short line from my branch to connect the punched heart shape. That idea came to me after completing the card, as I am meeting two wonderful friends for coffee today,  I wanted this card to be a friendship Valentine for these women who are faithful to meet with me for prayer for each other often. Their friendship is precious because we know that strength is derived when two or more are gathered to pray faithfully for each other. What a blessing to have friends like these...but I have to say that this friendship has taken much intentionality on my part...perseverance to contact, prepare in ways of hospitality with a home cooked soup or easy supper, hosting groups often and with prayer as the focus...but out of that has come deep roots and a desire to continue to meet, encourage, edify, and pray for one another. I do believe that these efforts are more than worth it and it is also pleasing to God when we meet together to pray! 
Thank you so much for your visit today. May you be blessed!
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Valentines in Vellum

Hi friends! Tomorrow is that wonderful day of the year when we celebrate Valentine's Day! I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon playing with different stamps that did not necessarily have a Valentine's day theme or sentiments...they seemed appropriate to the occasion. I'll be sharing one today, and several tomorrow.
This card uses a Flourishes stamp set that is now retired. I stamped in versamark, gold embossed, then filled in a few of the letters with a copic marker. The side vellum is Stampin Up's Gold Fancy Foil designer vellum. Those itty bitty tiny hearts are gold soft and lovely. I used a tiny heart punch to punch two of the hearts out to add to the top and bottom flourishes.The Embossing Folder is Cuttlebug's "Cross my Heart." The top heart was cut from SU's gold glossy paper with Spellinder's Hearts dies.
This will be submitted for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge using the below sketch:
Isn't this the cutest,and so versatile? Thanks for dropping by and Happy Valentine's Day!!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A Day for Daisies~freebie

Hi there! I discovered that "A day for Daisies" stamp store offers a free digital image now and again...I have always enjoyed the whimsy of these images and since it was free; decided to try a card! This little fairy image was fun to color up...a little stickles was added to her wings and a very simple layout with a new Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder for the background. The tag was stamped with a sentiment, and a little background flower was stamped in various colors to match the designer paper. a wisp of rose lace was cut to add to the gossamer effect. She is sweet, although this photo did not come out really well on this dark day.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I always look forward to any comments left here!! May you have a blessed day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lili of the Valley~Tea Party!

Hi friends, and welcome to my little corner of creativity! It's a new year, and I've been doing a little stamping! I was looking through some of my individual stamps the other day for this little cutie image after a friend and fellow stamper had been featuring a few of her cards from Lili of the Valley. I have had this image for awhile and been a little intimidated to color it. But once I started, it was so much fun, and where else will I find a Tiffany Blue teapot than in my own imagination? I liked that these girls have quite a lot of style going on with their pink polka dots and designer bags...I giggled a bit while coloring these.
The paper was the starting point, but by the time I was "finished" adding papers, ribbon, enamel dots, and that little blossomed punch stamp from "Flourishes," I almost wish I had chosen a bit smaller print for the background...but I still really like the end result.
Thank you for coming to my little tea party, I hope you leave with a smile!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

J-O-Y Mason Jars!!

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house! If you're anything like me, you are either scrambling or sacked out on the couch! Well, this evening, I am sacked out...but my craft room shows evidence of my last few days of activity. I saw these on Pintrest and had some large widemouthed Mason jars so decided to make these candle/tea light holders for our daughter for her first Christmas with her husband.
 These Mason Jars were featured on Suzanne Dean's blog,"Bitz of Me,"  here. She has excellent instructions on her blog with lots of pictures showing the process. The only changes I made were using felt and snowflake dies rather than stickers, and adding the Tim Holtz tinsel and pom pom trim along the mouths.  The jars were painted with Martha Stewart's craft paint in "Cloud." I painted one coat using up and down strokes, let them dry for a couple of hours, then applied a second coat. The jars were left alone overnight.A quick sanding using a sanding block and an emery board on the letters and they were ready for embellishing! I used felt from Papertrey Ink and my snowflake dies from Spellbinders to make the snowflakes. The flakes were layered in cream and blues with a hot glue gun. The chipboard letters were purchased in white glitter which saved time. I found the fun "snowball" fringe at Joanne's fabrics. The pretty vintage silver tinsel is Tim Holtz. The tinsel and ribbon trim were added with a hot glue gun.
The center jar with the letter "O" looked a little sparse, so added the snowball trim and tinsel. Each  jar rim received a thin coat of mod podge then dipped in Sparklets glitter. The glitter is actually made from glass crystals, so I tried to go easy with it...but it does add some pretty vintage sparkle!
I am including the battery operated tealight candles.
Thank you for dropping beverage of choice this month has been Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea! It tastes good, helps with congestion, relaxing, and festive without the calories! Wish you could join me!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ah-Choo! Tissue?

I've been a little crafty elf...making a tissue box cover! These are from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. Beulah, my dog, "found" the one I made from last year and chewed the I made another one. The papers are from last year's paper pad and no stamping...just sponged over the top of the embossing and sides  in white craft. I added a little glitter using dimond stickles to the snowflakes and flower centers. I wish the colors were a little more true...the overall look is very soft and dreamy; just like a walk in a winter wonderland!

Here's a little view from the top 
Thanks for your visit...wishing you sneeze-free days ahead!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Holiday Planner

Hi and welcome! I have been in Christmas planning mode for awhile now...busily stamping but not always taking the time to share here on my blog! On the right is a fun holiday planner for all the paper list makers (including me!) For this project, I relied on my Papertrey Ink notebooks. I used two; one on each side of the kraft paper base which made the notebook deeper than the usual. More space for more notes for the scatterbrained like me.  I used the lists as a template and double stacked them and then scored to get the best dimensions.  The base is kraft card stock, the designer paper is three different patterns from a  SU! (retired) paper pack and some SU! cute felt holly embellishments. This is my favorite planner I've made yet; so I duplicated it until I ran out of the notebooks. Something about all those polka dots and stripes and package topper that made me happy!
 The left is a fun "pumpkin box" from SU! My Stampin' Up demo had this little project at this month's club. We used the Christmas tree punch and a punched star for the top, red cherry cobbler sure looked cuter with the red and green m&m's inside in a clear cellophane bag...what you don't see those? Could be a Christmas elf helped themselves before this posting, but trust me, it was cute. These would be pretty table favors, or just a fun little gift for someone special! Just wanted to share some of the Christmas preparations going on in my stamp room. Thanks so much for your visit and until next time, blessings on your day!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Shake it Up with Shaker Cards!

Hi there~ it's been awhile! I ordered two beautiful stamp sets this week from Power Poppy and am playing along in their Power Poppy Peep of the Week Challenge here.
This is one of those tried this and tried that and this is what I ended up with. I wanted to use these pretty SU! sequins and snowflakes in a Shaker Card. Unfortunately, I added glitter to the mix and it stuck to the acetate. I am still searching for that serene blue to use on Christmas cards...this is a little darker than I wanted it to be! But with the beautiful church image at is still lovely!
Thanks for dropping by...may you be blessed!
Stamp: Power Poppy "O Holy Night"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leafing out into Something New!

I don't know where summer 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 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 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 often I make a card and then it waits a week or more to 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 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, 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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