Monday, January 27, 2014

Puppy Love and Roses Rolled into One!

I have always loved Valentine's Day and enjoy giving my friends and family hand stamped cards. This little cutie puppy image is from a set "There She Goes." I spent the weekend getting out my Big Shot for the very first time and trying out some of my Mini Rolled Rose dies and felt. I mean I spent the weekend...literally. My fingers just couldn't seem to get the hang of the rolling and keeping the rose from unraveling or rolling the right way, and then gluing down the bunched felt before it had a chance to come apart. I ended up with a small baggie of roses in pink, chocolate brown, and aqua blue to show for my efforts. I just look at that bag and smile, knowing I will now have a few stashed reserve roses on hand when I need one. So this single rose is a star on my Valentine today!
I am entering this week's Crazy 4 Challenges 220 to make a Valentine using the colors pink, chocolate, cream and aqua!
Just curious, who do you send Valentine's cards to? Thanks for coming by...I am staying warm and dry inside stamping looks like a blizzard outside!
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Beulah at Six Months!

Hi there, puppy loving friends! Our daughter got this cute camera shot over the Christmas holidays at our condo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. You can see our newly renovated kitchen in the background, and this is one of my favorite expressions of our Beulah-girl...curious and playful. I also love this photo of Tom holding her. She is almost getting too big to sit in our laps my husband likes to tell me, "Our little girl is growing up..." And right now she is recovering from her surgery to spay her...oh, I feel so badly for her...she keeps looking at me with those wounded or is it sleepy? puppy eyes...and I just tell her she will feel better soon and give her lots of soothing puppy pats. Poor thing. I know she'll be back to her playful self in a few days...thanks so much for visiting and have a relaxing weekend~! *Oh, and when we picked her up last night at the vet's and we gave the receptionist her name, she says, "Oh, that was the really Pretty golden," if giving her special recognition. That was sweet, but I told her, "They are all really pretty..." And she laughed and agreed with me. Don't want to hurt any one's feelings...but truthfully, I think most dogs are "pretty," or "handsome..." but of course, Beulah is beautiful in our eyes. Awww....

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sympathy and Remembrance

My dear friend, Charlene Merrick, was heaven bound on January 2nd. She was very active on Splitcoast Stampers, had the honor of serving on the elite "Dirty Dozen" team, and was also one of the regular "teapotters" on my friend, Cindy Motherway's Teapot Tuesday Challenges. We " met" on SCS long before any of us had blogs, and became good friends through our love of stamping and mutual friends. We had so much fun, always bantering and enjoying commenting on each other's card galleries. It was a big treat when she and a friend, Barb, made the plane trip to Colorado and spent a weekend as a foursome together in 2009. I was the tour guide As we toured the area, And drove to a nearby mountain retreat, Estes Park for an overnight stay. We shopped, Hiked around Beat Lake, ate out for lunch, played games and just generally had a blast. That trip cemented our friendship. Those memories of laughter still bring me a giggle. I had always hoped to travel to Michigan to see her, but that didn't happen.
A close group of us decided to remember her birthday (today) by sending her husband, Terry Merrick, a card to honor her memory. The suggestion was made to choose a card from Charlene's Pinterest board of her favorites. I loved this card, taken from the " Flourishes" gallery. And even though I did not have the exact stamps, I substituted what I had...the overall look is much like the original. I hope her husband, Terry finds comfort in this card. 

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Button Up!!

We are experiencing a bit of balm here in Colorado today; so much so that I was able to open a couple of windows to "air" the place. Such a nice change from the arctic freeze we've been experiencing!
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #254 this week is "Button Up," in other words, use a button and make it a winter creation!
This is not a Flourishes is one I "hunted down" and my stamping friend helped me. It is a Darcie stamp...and I am happy to say, it's been inked up three times this winter.
I cut out the snow bank with white and popped it up on dimensionals. Then a light layer of glitter was glued on the rim of the snow. The background paper reminded me of snow flurries, so I just went with it...added a snowflake punch rimmed with glitter and a button with some red twine. This will go to a friend in the mail, hopefully this week!
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Winter is Calling

Hi friends! If you are stopping by...I wish you a warm welcome! Life has been pretty full and busy and a little too hectic for me with renovation deadlines of our mountain condo looming 10 days before Christmas! We had extended family coming this year and lots to do. Stamping time has been limited, but I did manage to pull out one of my very first stamp purchases. This was bought on E-bay for $33.00. It was one of my first ever know when you type in a minimum bid? My finger accidentally hit a few more digits than I realized...I think I was only bidding 3.30 at the time, and then my bid showed up as $330.00. I kind of panicked until the auction was finished, and I only paid a mere $33.00...which was about twice what I had intended. But, I still don't regret it as this is probably my favorite little girl to color up, and there is also one of a puppy in the set holding a mitten that pretty much steals my heart as well! Speaking of...our little puppy, Beulah, is now 6 months old...I will be sure to include a picture of her later this week as she is the sweetest!
 And now for a little close up...

That fun white stuff you heat set and it gets all fluffy and texture-y...I can't think of the name of it...and added pink pearls and used the background basics, also from SU! for snow in Memento Fog ink. I had so much fun visiting this set again...thank you for your visit as well! If you're still around, send me a little comment, would you?
Stay warm and cozy~
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