Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Home Tweet Home~

Our daughter recently had a housewarming party and I wanted to give her a cheery card for the occasion. My husband and I have spent quite a bit of time at her "new" place...especially my husband with lots of repairs and getting things in order. I am so proud of her and how quickly she has made a house into a beautiful home.

This is a Penny Black stamp, "Home Tweet Home" colored with copics. After assembling the card, I was rummaging through my drawers and found these adhesive felt sunflowers and added them along the bottom edge for a garden border. The birdhouse base was looking a little bare...so the addition really helped!
I am adding my card to this week's The Cat's Pajamas challenge to use bright colors!
Thank you so very much for popping in, and wishing you a blessed day!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Playing with Dahlias and Gingham

Hi friends!  I've just returned from a trip over the mountains to see my elderly Dad who has been living alone . I've been concerned and a little anxious with how he is managing. He was in a very bad car accident in April and should not be driving anyway...and it seems up to me to be the sane one to talk honestly and openly with him on such a sensitive subject.   My Dad refuses to wear a hearing aid most of the time; even though he has a new one and it works...I am praying after my brief list of concerns and admonition that he could have hurt someone else...that he will come to the conclusion to stop driving. I have also been searching for alternative sources of rides for him including government based programs, church volunteer?( oh, that would be an answer to prayer!) or Visiting Angels.
When my Mom was living, there was an amazing Christian woman who would come into their home with a scurry of busyness, bustling around cleaning , and praise on her lips all day long...I thought what a difference she made for my Mom and Dad. I actually called her up the other day as I was searching for transportation and she exclaimed, "I am an old woman, now...older than your Dad!! But if it weren't for that, I would certainly consider helping to drive him. " I had to laugh...what a blessing her attitude, her smiles, her joy were to my spirit!
My card uses a retired Flourishes stamp illustrated by Marcella and the sentiment is from the "Choose Joy" set by Papertrey ink. The image was water colored, splattered using a toothbrush, and flourishes and sequins and a seam binding bow added. Not the best water coloring job for sure...but there you have it!!
The sentiment is stamped in Momento London Fog.
Here it is:
Let us meet each other with a smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.
I am entering this month's Flourishes challenge,May Flowers!
Thank you for stopping by and hugs and smiles to you!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

April Showers~May Flowers!

Hello sweet friends! I know it's been awhile...we have had a" Major Moment" at our house...lasting about a month thus far. I recall back in late March my husband estimating the time it would take to complete an upstairs guest bath renovation. "I can do that in about five days," he says!!  Ha ha...I love that he is such an optimist...but me, the realist, said kindly, I will be happy if it takes 3 weeks. Well, we are going on about a month now and through lots of glitches, fixes, and numerous trips to Home Depot and Lowe's...we are nearing the finish. Once the plumbing is in...it will be up to me to finish out the details...and of course, I can't do that until I'm able to step into the room with the colors and see how they look together. I am so thankful my husband is a "can-do fix-it type " a mechanical engineer which has come in very handy with the plumbing.
Anyway, because a lot of my stamp room has not been accessible for awhile...I have not been up to my usual creative outlet. However, I have found that the art of color wheels and color challenges has helped me in other decorating endeavors like the bathroom for example. We can find ways to use our creative minds in all kinds of ways, and it is so healthy for the brain to do so.
I do believe all creativity stems from God, who this spring has graced us with lots of rain, sleet, and even snow...but the result is beautiful snowy white and pink blooms on trees giving way to verdant green baby leaves...and His color and creativity are ever evident in nature and all around us if we just pause to see.
My card today is for this month's Power Poppy challenge from the wonderfully talented and sweet lady, Katie Sims! The challenge to make a card/project using flowers...whoa...I think I can manage that! I have a lot of floral from Power Poppy...but this set is retired from Marcella from Flourishes. (no longer in business.)
I wanted to get back to some of my favorite colors: raspberries, soft pinks, and sage greens for this one. The coloring was achieved with copic markers and features a big floppy bow from a favorite snippet of ribbon that alas, is almost gone now...and a strand of gold thread.
I am submitting this card to this week's Word Art Wednesday blog as well...a wonderful stamping blog that glorifies God and has a weekly devotional as well!
Thank you so much for your visit...I know I haven't been blogging much; so if anyone is here...hello, hello, hello??? I appreciate you!
Have a blessed day!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Feel Better with Tulips!

I so enjoyed creating this card with my new-to-me Tulips stamp from Papertrey Ink. There is something so refreshing about just simple stamping with colorful inks and a simple layout as well. This is a one layer card. I used a background stamp to do the side panel just to add a bit of interest and added the sentiment for a friend who has been feeling under the weather. The butterfly has a bit of clear sparkle from a Wink of Stella pin...and this is my tribute to spring!! It is finally starting to feel like it outside as well...and after a long winter; I am definitely ready!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bear Necessities

Hi friends!! In our family, the month of March marks the birthday of our newest family member, my son-in-law, Ross. I had purchased this stamp just for him, as I know he loves sighting bears near our condo property in the mountains. Me...not so much...I have seen them a few times; and usually don't stick around long to size them up for a second look!
Not sure what to title this Bear critter with his catch of the day...so I referred back to the old song, Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book! Always did love that song and I of course, had it in my head the entire time it took to stamp out this cutie!

The stamp is a SU! new release...couldn't resist! The bear is colored with copics as well as the rainbow trout. The background is embossed with a PTI woodgrain which is very subtle. Little bit of glitter added to the fish and that's about it! Thanks so much for dropping in and wishing you a wonderful day!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Shy Pansies ~Power Poppy Challenge

Hi friends,
We are enjoying more spring like temperatures for the month of February. Since this is leap day I decided to take the opportunity and "switch up my shades" for this month's Power Poppy Challenge!!
This is another retired set from Marcella "A Year of Flowers." This time I used Kraft paper with a white embossed image and literally scribbled in some of my prisma pencils to achieve this look. The hardest part was the layout...I struggle with a circle if there isn't something on top of it. It reminds me of a bald lady's head...does anyone else feel that way?! So I made a frilly "bonnet" out of a doily, scrunching and ruffling it up...found some paper in lavender and purplish hues and added a vellum bitty dot butterfly to make her even more feminine. I have so enjoyed this month's Power Poppy challenge...I am sure I would have waited longer to try these and I've got to say I am loving the fun looks of different coloring mediums.
So what do you have planned for Leap Day? 
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

February Farewell~Garden Primrose!

Hi friends! I couldn't resist entering Power Poppy's monthly challenge to Switch up Your Shades this month!

I used a retired Flourishes stamp that I had never inked...this beautiful Primrose that I think looks almost regal in its refined state!! Usually primroses look so carefree...not sure but maybe the purple tones made it seem a little more formal. Either way, I used watercolors once again in a variety of shades and then a few tiny specks of white highlights with my signo gel pen. The blooms have a slight wash of glimmer with the Wink of Stella Pen. I was cleaning a cupboard and as usual, found a few hidden "treasures" like this washi tape duo which I decided, why not just try it in the corner to offset the cute as a button button in the bottom right corner. I liked the way it looked!!
I can't believe it is February here in Colorado. My climate reading in the car was 56 degrees which is unusual...but I spotted a young lady with tank top, shorts, and sandals walking...she looked a little blue with chill. But I think everyone is ready for Spring. We're fortunate to have had some above normal temps and blue skies! I hope you have a wonderful weekend...and thanks so much for dropping in!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I heart you! Valentine

Just sharing a quick Valentine I made this week for a girl friend! I used the sentiment from Power Poppy's "Springtime Love" set. I was searching for a good saying to go with this cute little heart stamp I've had for years, and this worked great, I thought! There is a vellum strip that I heart embossed and then added these Webster Sparklets "hide" the dimensionals. A pretty quick Valentine; and one that I hope brings a smile!

 A close up of the Vellum...thanks to Christine Okken of Christine Creations for giving a tutorial on  ways to use Vellum in card making  on the Power Poppy blog...this idea was fresh in my mind!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by...and your comments are always a bright spot to my day!

Power Poppy Challenge: Switch up Your Shades!

This month the Power Poppy challenge from Allison Cope is to use a different coloring medium than you normally do! I normally color images using copics...so this time I stretched myself a little bit and  used reinkers  diluted with water and fine tip paint brushes. The floral image is a SU! hostess set.   I followed a SCS tutorial on the" pleated skirt" fold for the cute paper fold. I made this for my daughter's birthday card and wanted something feminine and flirty. The designer paper is also from SU! The tiny paint splatter look is SU! Gorgeous Grunge which I used to add a bit of texture to my circle die and three sequins in sky blue from Doodlebug found at my local scrap booking store!
Thanks so much for peeking in~wishing you a blessed day!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Playing in the Snow~

Beulah loves the snow...sniffing it, rolling in it, running through it...she's our snow baby!!

You've Got Mail Valentine~3 Ways!

Just arrived home from a week long trip visiting my Father-in-Law in Florida...and needed a stamping break; if you know what I mean. There is nothing like coming home to my cheerful stamp space and creating!!
I recently ordered a stamp from Taylored Expressions, "You've got Mail." Knowing how much I love anything with little birds and noting the simplicity of this image and how easy it would be to color...I immediately fell in love! I tried three different styles from simple to simplest. Simple is as simple does...
Not quite so simple...this was a new die cut set I recently purchased from Impression Obsession..and I love them. For someone like me who has trouble figuring out how to best frame an image; this set took the guesswork out of it for me...left me with several die cuts from one run through my Big Shot to choose from. And there is cute stitching and scallops to boot! The paper was from a paper pack from Lily of the Valley.

The same die cuts using the smaller frame and the same paper pack. The middle panel was embossed with a tiny heart folder and a very old SU! sentiment I found that seemed to fit the occasion. I love how the sprinkle of hearts on the designer paper mimics the hearts in the stamped image.
So that is it...which one do you like? I was happy to try all of them...but I think I like the first two best when laid out before me.
Wishing you a happy day...thanks for popping in!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Miss Manners says, Send a Thank You note!!

Here is a trio of thank you cards I made to mail out after Christmas! I used SU's "Elements of Style" for the floral image and the sentiment is also SU! Apothecary art. They went so well together. The inks are Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, and Cherry Cobbler. I actually liked the crumb cake on the cream colored cardstock the best. The images are stamped and then mounted on the same color paper to give the card a little more presence. I almost added a pearl...but then that would have made them more difficult to mail. Instead, I brushed them with a Pearl Ex powder in pearl white...which adds a subtle shimmer. I didn't add that to the red, but the crumb cake and night of navy have a pearly look...which of course, always looks better in real life than on camera!  So, I basically have a one layer card and if I can just discipline myself to write out a note;  I can get these out soon.
This is my last entry for Power Poppy's Rewind  challenge, gifts! These would make a great gift set...I made 6 so I would have a few extra just for that purpose.
Thank you so much for popping in...wishing you a very Blessed New Year!!
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One last peek at Christmas!

I am not one to put away my Christmas decorations the day after, or even tomorrow, New Year's Day! I love the twinkling lights of my tree...and it helps me to keep it up for at least part of the cold dreary month of January to cheer me and warm my soul. So...on that note; I am sharing my last Christmas card using Power Poppy's adorable stamp set, "Cozy Cupfuls."
I get so much inspiration from the Power Poppy Brigade's Design Team...I saw this tree stamp done in a tall card size on Katie Sim's blog and thought it looked a little more grand with the length...so I went with the size and framed it out with a gold glitter paper. The sentiment was gold embossed on a polka dotted vellum...trimmed with lace. A textured bright pink card base added a little pop! The balls are glittered up in diamond stickles.
This card is for this month's Power Poppy challenge...add the gold, lots of gold and glittery goodness in this card!!
 Thank you so much for all your visit today! I hear birds singing outside my window...the sun is shining and hopefully we will warm up past our recent highs of way below freezing!!
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Gift Bag~Power Poppy Rewind!

It's less than a week before Christmas, and I just returned from an over the mountain 320 mile drive to my Dad's to spread a little Christmas cheer! I made this gift bag using two sheets of retired Stampin' Up! designer paper in plaid and wood grain. I made a simple circular tag that opens and added a cork cutout deer from Papertrey Ink. This is for Power Poppy's monthly challenge~Gift Packaging Challenge! I think it turned out so cute...perfect for a pair of socks or candy or coffee for that hard to shop for male in your home! Thanks for taking time to peek in...now back to unpacking!
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hi friends! I am sharing another card that I made attending a Stampin' Up! Christmas card class! This went together fairly quickly using the "Falling Snow" embossing folder, a snowflake and word die, glitter paper and red foil paper...it makes such a sparkly presentation and I was quite taken with the shiny red and sparkly silver against a white backdrop. I went home and added the doily because I love white feminine doilies on everything...making it mine!
Hope this brings a smile...as always, thank you for popping in and sharing your time with me.
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Joy! ~a bit of Nostalgia

Hi dear friends! In the flurry of Christmas preparations, I hope you will be singing familiar carols and hymns and let the joy of the season permeate your heart and settle your soul! We have been given the greatest gift, Jesus Christ, as the Savior of the world!! What joy, what peace, what an amazing God!!
This card was made in a Christmas card class using Stampin' Up paper and and embellishments. I loved the pom pom dot for the "J," don't you? Thank you so much for your visit!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Power and Spark Rewind Challenge!

It's beginning to look a lot like the mess before Christmas...in my house and especially the stamp room! As I "make merry" with all things ink and ribbon and jingle bells, chalkboard paint and stamps...but you wouldn't know it by coming here...so I hope to add a few of my Christmas cards and projects in the next few days!
This month my favorite stamp company, Power Poppy, is having a "Rewind Challenge," a repeat of any challenges over the past year. I chose to do the "Embellish It" challenge as that is what I do most often.
This Poinsettia card is watercolored and embellished with some intricate lacy dies and a big floppy bow of a pretty mix of Christmas ribbons and pearls.

I chose a soft vignette and even though it doesn't show the depth of reds and greens, it does make for a dreamy effect. Speaking of dreamy...the snow has left drifts among the pines and Christmas lights sparkle underneath. 
I am also entering my card for this week's Wordart Wednesday scripture challenge blog, "Anything Goes."
Wishing you joy as you prepare your heart for Christmas this year. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Word Art Wednesday #210

Hi dear friends! I am sharing a scripture card that I made using reinkers as my background. I wanted to make a Fall card featuring one of my favorite Bible verses. The scripture is a retired Stampin' Up that I recently pulled out to try a few different techniques. It is hard to tell, but the scripture is stamped in gold encore ink and has a subtle shimmer to it...it looks prettier in person! I wrapped twine lenthwise and added a single copper colored rhinestone to the corner.
I have been struggling with insomnia; so this is a verse I like to meditate on any time! I so appreciate your visit; and hope this scripture will encourage your heart.
I am entering this in this Week's Word Art Wednesday challenge; one of my favorite blogs with wonderful devotionals and scripture sharing.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Snow birds in Purple!

I am once again playing with Power Poppy stamps and joining this month's Embellish It challenge! I love this stamp illustrated by Marcella Hawley called "Heaven and Nature Sing!"  It is one of my very favorite images. I have colored it up last year in very traditional colors and made my birds Chickadees. Several of the Power Poppy design team members have inspired me to try the floral in non-traditional colors...so this is where this rich purple comes in. I colored the birds and flowers and holly berries in various shades of the copic violet family...then the background in blue to highlight. I added glaze to the berries to add some sparkle, and a little wink of Stella pen to the flower centers. The roses are Prima roses were smudged  with SU's Rich Razzleberry ink. The die cuts are all Spellbinders. Pearls were added for an extra flourish...now I just need to find someone who loves purple to give this to!!
Thanks as always, for stopping in and spending time...your visit is appreciated!
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Lilacs in the Fall

I wanted to try a little bit of shabby look with these lilacs, and also a more Fall centered theme...how did I do? My image was water colored, then I used some of the actual paper from the Prima packaging for the petite print pattern because I love that paper...and a big Prima flower that was in the packaging. My youngest daughter brought this adorable Prima Flower
package all the way from China. She had stopped in a scrap booking store and saw them and bought them for me as a souvenir. That was so sweet...so I've been trying to find fun ways to use them! I added a little twine bow behind the flower and a pretty jewel in the corner along with a Martha Stewart doily. I am submitting this to this month's Power Poppy's Power and Spark Challenge! You have this week to play along...Thanks so much for stopping in, I hope your day is blessed!
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Addition to the Family~Welcome Walter!!

Our daughter, Erin, with her new Mountain Bernese puppy, Walter! Walter is squirmy, wiggly, has an extremely long tongue, his eyes dance with merriment (kind of like Erin's)...and he has a little swagger in his puppy walk. He has mastered the stairs on our deck , is almost potty trained, and has won our hearts! He has made quite the impression on Instagram, with hundreds of fans and followers!  I can sure see why! And Erin is one happy puppy owner!! Thanks for sharing this "Major Moment" with me!!

Power Poppy November Challenge~Embellish This!

For today's card, I am participating in this month's "Power and Spark Challenge!" over on the Power Poppy blog!I have been stamping and will have a few cards to add to this collection soon. Here in Colorado, we woke up to a cold frost on the last of the autumnal leaves remaining on the trees.I don't know if I am quite ready for the bundling up of winter...but I can celebrate the coming season with a new card! This is a set from Flourishes (which is retired, but I heard, coming back?)...and I love these sweet birds. I attempted a little more masculine look to my card, then I had to add pearls, but I kept them masculine, because they are brown, right? I mean men do like brown pearls, I'm certain. Ha! My embellishments are pretty obvious...thanks so much for stopping in and taking a look!

I used retired SU! designer paper, colored in with copics, added a wink of stella clear pen over the branches, brown ribbon, pearls, and a snowflake die cut with pearly brown center! I hope you're staying cozy wherever you are!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Last year I took an online card class just to try out some new techniques and refine my stamping skills. It was actually really fun trying new ideas with paper, ink, and SU! Products!
This is one of my favorite cards I made using Stampin' Up's "Choose Happiness" set. 
The black cardstock has a stamped floral encore gold ink background. Sequins, doily, and gold thread were the embellishments. 
And here is a close up of the embossed birds:
I rarely stamp cards on black cardstock, but the gold encore ink really add a dash of formality and drama. Thank you so much for visiting...wishing you a day filled with joy and happiness!

Monday, August 31, 2015

One Year Anniversary!

One year ago...this happened...
Our beautiful daughter had her fairytale wedding in her princess gown...and her Prince Charming is just that! I am so happy they've celebrated their first year wedding anniversary this weekend.
I made an anniversary card to give them for this occasion...trying to use the soft muted shades from her wedding colors. My card is totally inspired from Lilybean Paperie's blog...nobody does shabby chic and beautiful like she does!!
Two vine die cuts, one in cardboard, the other in vellum...embossed with rose and gold detailed inks. A vellum overlay on the left panel, a floppy bow with underlying gold threads...stamped background in bridal rose ink with Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin Up and a few gold sequins to finish! The sentiment is also gold embossed. Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wedding Card in Gold~

I rarely make wedding cards because I rarely get to go to weddings anymore...but my beautiful niece married this past weekend and my husband and I , both daughters and respective husband and boyfriend also travelled to Woodinville, Washington for the grand affair! Her colors were champagne and gold...so I decided to use this gold vellum heart overlay over a gold embossed floral paper for the base. The stamp is SU! and is gold embossed. Tiny rhinestones and a champagne were added for flourish. The card is 5x7...which seemed appropriate for a wedding. This was actually easy, but I think it makes a keepsake for the bride and groom.
And here you can see a little more of the paper underneath and the gold embossing...shield your eyes!
There seems to be no easy way to capture gold without glare. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly this card came together using the overlay. I used mini glue dots under a few of the hearts to prevent the vellum from curling up.
Hope you enjoyed this card...blessings on your day!

Shabby and Chic~French Provincial Style!

Good morning friends! I just returned home from my niece's wedding in Washington state this week, so I will be having a simple wedding card to show you in a few days...but meanwhile...of course I had to stop by Power Poppy blog and find this month's challenge!
I don't make shabby chic cards often...and after a lot of fiddle and faddle, I finally finished two cards for the challenge. That's because one kept wanting to go a different direction with colors...I'm sure you know what I mean. I wanted to use the Power Poppy Lilacs stamp and also try out these new Peerless Water Colors that come in long bookmark looking papers with beautiful deep hues of every color. Once I stamped in Memento ink and began with the colors...I noticed right away that the saturation and hue was so deep and rich...I couldn't go with the soft images usually seen in Shabby Chic. My colors were bright blues, purples, flesh pink, shabby shutters greens, and that bright yellow that resembles the sun...it wasn't until this morning that I could recall the exact place of this color inspiration:
It was a few years ago in one of our travel ventures to Europe. I was on a perfumery tour in Grasse, France...where fields of lavender are grown for the glorious making of perfumes...it is the best smelling place ever, and very intoxicating! The colors of that area were so beautiful...this card maybe partially captures it. And believe it or not...the actual color inspiration was a tiny bathroom in a little cafe that actually played itself out in my card today. It was the prettiest bathroom I had ever seen...and one that I won't be duplicating in my home as it was very feminine...but my memory bank stored that and here it is...to the best of my limited artistry.
I do believe travel is one of the best ways to be inspired in all areas of life...beauty, knowledge, idealism, wonder...it is such a great investment and memories will find ways to stay alive and encourage in darker days.
Thanks so much for your visit today!

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's a Bright New Day!~Power Poppy "Hang Some Paper" Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today! I decided to make another card for Power Poppy's "Hang it Up Challenge" which you can see here using my latest set, "Lilac Time."

 I spent some much needed time stamping this weekend; determined to finally figure out these Spellbinder Borderabilities I had never used. I found a wonderful tutorial on YouTube and it helped so much to make this card. I used several of the Borderabilities and the sentiment from the set. Also, I stamped the individual flowers on white to make my own background paper~can you see it? It actually matched one of the design papers I used! Imagine that! The other three papers are from a pack of Basic Grey paper pack, "LilyKate." The pack contained the tag and I used that as my starting point for the sentiment.The tag is tied up with a pink taffeta ribbon, silver cording, and a petty floral button with rhinestone center.
One thing I find with stamping is no matter your mood...you can choose to pick up a wonderfully positive sentiment and let that be your focus and as you put your card together...it is a wonder how much your mood can lighten and countenance brighten. And then when you mail it...the blessing is two-fold.
Blessings on your day!~

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