Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The cupcakes are chocolate, of course, and the liners were colored with copics to match the paper, the cupcakes themselves are cute stickers that are 3 dimensional...so neat!!
I colored my house mouse image with copics, and then cut him out, used some purty glitter a friend gave me on the hat and pom pom along with this cute polka dotted ribbon that another friend, Joanne (JoJot) included in a gift...and this is what I came up with! It's silly and fun, just like all the tea parties!! Thanks to my friends, I have new goodies to add to my cards...now I just need a birthday to send this to...
Have a wonderful day!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Today was Inspiration Challenge on SCS. I rarely have time to do the inspiration, but these little "odd forest purses" really caught my attention!
This verse was a gift given to me in a set from Our Daily Bread Stamps. I love the font on these stamps, and combined this with a flower from Petal Pushers.
The verse means a lot to me, as in my own personal life, I have been facing a lot of trials and transitions in life. I'd like to say I can handle all of these with the grace and ease of a seasoned traveler through life, but really I don't! If it weren't for the friend I have in Christ, and the strength that only He can give, I think I'd be struggling much more than I do! I am so thankful that I have a saviour and friend I can turn to that doesn't turn the lights off at night and go to sleep, that is there in all the mayhem called "Life" and is able, more than able, to be my strength.
Friday, May 22, 2009
So the headlines read, "Mangy Moose is Loose!!!" after I spotted this moose on our drive to Steamboat. My passengers, Lois and Peggysue , insisted I turn the car around to get a good shot...but what they didn't see the first time is "Mrs. Moose" getting all flirty with her moose lips all covered in red lipstick and her big bow trying to win over Mr. Moose. Now I feel kinda bad, because we all said, outloud, for the moose to hear, that this guy didn't look as handsome as most moose we had seen (mounted in some moose lodge or restaurant)...and in fact, I slipped and called him "mangy." I think he overheard and was an indignant moose, because this appeared, like I said, in the next day's "Moosely News. " So I think I need to write the editor in a formal apology!!
So, this moose card is my submission for the dork sisters' blog challenge, which had a series of lips on it, ( a make-up advertisement for Avon.) When I saw this flirty Mrs. Moose, I knew I wanted to use her in my card! Hope it gives you a giggle!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This photo was taken in downtown Steamboat Springs. Pictured left to right was me, (Traci, or Tracim on SCS) Cindy (Mothermark) and Joanne, (JoJot).
None of us like our picture taken, and no one ran for cover..how's that for cooperation?. We had beautiful weather and fun times! We took a little break from stamping to head to historic downtown and do a little souvenir shopping! I did not find any moose boxer shorts, although Lois found a cute sleepshirt with moose on it. Peggysue found a cute little bracelet for her daughter...not sure if anybody else bought anything!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
As you know, this past weekend was Mother's Day and my youngest daughter sent me a beautiful mixed boquet! Although she said the flowers weren't at all what she ordered, the colors were perfect for me, and the tulips with their deep throated orange-red and yellow tipped, along with gerber daisys inspired me to try these tumbled tiles coasters.
I had seen these, but wasn't sure how to attempt them on my own, until I saw a tutorial on Gina K's StampTV...what a huge help that was!!
Erin is pictured in the first post, she is thriving at her first year of college, and she astounds me with her inner and outer beauty, and I am so proud of her...so she and her older sister are where I gather inspiration first~~
The second picture is the boquet, and the third is the tumbled tile coasters. The tiles were stamped first with the Flourishes "gratitude" stamp in green, then the tulip in black stazon. The colors were filled in with the sponge daubers and more of the same stazon ink in blazing red, and mustard. The leaves and stem were filled in with the olive stazon. Felt pads were added to the bottom of the tiles to keep them from scratching wood surfaces.
Thanks for looking...and thanks Erin for the beautiful flowers!
Monday, May 11, 2009
I used this old but loved set, Garden Collage. The image was colored with copics and aged slightly with Tim Holtz distressed inks in tea dye. It was then mounted on a square purple and corner highlights were made with the piercing tool and template.
The background was stamped and then the dots and some of the leaves were highlighted with the signo white gel pen. Tiny silver brads were added to the corners, and a sheer organdy lavendar bow with polka dots is secured across the center.
I hope you like my card today, I was trying to veer away from my beloved pinks and settle down with a nice stately purple!
Have a great day, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
If it's strawberry season where you live, here is a quick and delicious recipe to try out for a refreshing dessert.
Note: I use Grand Marnier for the liquer You can find this in little tiny bottles at the Liquor Store
I have had this recipe since the 1987, it was on a handout from a local berry farm in Tualatin, Oregon. We lived there for 7 years after we were first married. I loved having local berry farms just down the street and would go and sometimes take our daughter to help pick strawberries off the vines. They were the plumpest juiciest berries I have ever tasted!
Here was another recipe on the little sheet of paper, for Strawberry Jam.
It read: Buy powdered or liquid pectin and follow directions.
Now how's that for a simple recipe?
Happy Saturday, and let me know if you give this a try, what you think. Or if you have a favorite strawberry recipe and want to share it here, I would love to see it!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
There was a challenge today on one of my favorite places to be, Splitcoast Stamper's...and it was to make a card in honor of a holiday in May! Do you know how many holidays there are in May, just google it and you'll be amazed! Besides Mother's Day, Memorial Day, May 10th is "Clean Your Room" Day...and the entire month is designated as Strawberry Month!
I really should be cleaning my room that is, my stamp room, but I wanted to use some of this sweet paper in my little supply stash! The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday sketch, check my sdie bar for the link to those...
I have a hard time with sketches, especially if the measurements aren't there...and I spent a lot longer getting this cut right before I just glued it all together. But I am pretty okay with the outcome, the little strawberry on top is cut out from the paper, then carefully added crystal effects, and with surgeon's precision, laid that on top of the cupcake!
When I was little, I always made my Mom birthday or Mother's Day cakes, and they always had to be pink! And that usually meant a strawberry or cherry cake...so this one is pink in the inside, just in case you were wondering!
Thanks for stopping in today...and tomorrow I am going to share a yummy and easy strawberry recipe...but for now it's time to eat dinner.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The author of this poem is unknown. I copied the poem on Word Processing and framed it out for the inside insert of my cards in the previous post.
Let me know what you think of it, it touched my heart so much I just had to pass it along!