Sunday, October 12, 2014

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea


 
 
 I hope you all had a great weekend. I have been very busy altering Altoids tins for an up coming class that I am teaching this week. I will share those with you after the class. Today's card is shabby chic. I used papers from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 8x8 pad. This line is great because it has designer paper and several pages of panels that can be cut apart for tags, which is what the pink rose is. The sentiment was created with SU's Curly Label punch and Modern Label punch. I think we sometimes forget how we can get such a different look by layering two different punches. I then used the Medium Oval to puch out the sentiment from SU Petite Pairs. The ribbon is also from SU which is Pool Party seam binding. This card took me all of 15 minutes.
 
 
 
 
The DH and I went out for diner Friday night and then to the movies to see The Judge. Is it possible for a middle aged woman to have a crush on a movie star? I have seen several Iron Man movies with Robert Downey Jr., but let me tell you, it wasn't until The Judge that I would have put a poster of him on the wall if I thought I could get away with it. That was one hot guy in this movie. I guess what is even more appealing is how he has turned his life around. You go RD! Oh and by the way, the  story line was great and I highly recommend it. Five stars from me.
 
~have fun and enjoy!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A little bird's nest


 
 
 It's Friday eve and one of my most favorite nights of the week. I thought I would get a post in before my favorite TV shows start. My weekend will be spent in my stamping studio making sample cards with some of the new Stampin' Up Christmas stamps. Later this month I will be teaching a class on altered Altoids tins at our stamp club so I need to make some samples for that as well.

This is a card that is all Stampin' Up and was very fun to make. I especially liked the nest which I used twine to make it look more realistic and to give the card more texture. I started out by embossing the Crisp Cantaloupe card stock with the Framed Tulips embossing folder. I cut the designer paper to fit just inside the embossed frame. The border was created with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch on Strawberry Slush card stock and the I layered pearls over the top. The stamp set for the nest and branch is from the Take Care set and the flowers are the Petite Petals Mini set punched out with the Petite Petals mini punch. I used twine to make the nest more realistic. The sentiment is also from the Take Care set and I punched that out with the Ticket Duo punch. The ink is Melon Mambo. For some reason the Strawberry Slush ink seems more red to me than the paper so I went with the Melon Mambo.



 
 
Well Grey's Anatomy is ready to start to I gotta run. My ultimate favorite show is Scandal and comes on right after Grey's, which I am so glad has moved up an hour. At least I stand a chance of not looking so bad on Friday mornings now that I can get that extra hour of sleep. At least that was my excuse.
 
~have fun and enjoy!
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

A few scraps

 
 
 
 
This card was created with leftover pieces from a previous card. I tied it all together with the flowers and scroll work. I am terrible for saving all my scraps but look how nicely it turned out. I have gotten better and now I only save the larger scraps. I must admit, my scrap drawers were getting pretty ridiculous. I have a rolling cart that has 6 drawers. One is filled with white scraps, one is cream, a  pink & black,  a yellow/orange/brown, a blue & green,  and a red/purple/metallic drawer. It sits right behind me and it is within arms reach so when I need a scrap it is right there.  I hate to waste paper but something had to give so now I toss out all the little scraps begrudgingly.  
 
The designer paper is All Abloom from SU. The card stock is also from SU and is Lost Lagoon and Barely Banana. The flowers were from the $2 bin at Michaels. I cut out the leaves with a Sizzix die called Branch w/Leaves and the scroll is Elegant Scrollwork from MemoryBox. The sentiment is from Just Right called Seeds of Kindness. The yellow panel was embossed with the Cluster Set embossing folder from Sizzix.
 
 
 
 
 


It has been a wonderful summer watching the twin fawns growing up and learning the survival methods they will need as they they continue to grow. They come to the yard daily and and they have now lost all their spots. We have also had a pair of cardinals that have raised their young in a nearby tree. I didn't realize how big of a role the male plays in raising the little ones. He feeds them and teaches them how to fend for themselves while the female starts laying her second brood of the summer. It is comical to see the young bird who is almost as large as the parents begging for food. We also have four turkeys that come almost daily. One tom and three hens - must be quite a fella cause the ladies sure seem to like him.

~have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Colored pencils

 
 
 
 

Friends- they certainly make the world a better place. For those of you who know me, you know I am not one to use my colored pencils very often, but when I got this new stamp from SU it screamed pencils. It is called Corner Garden and I was drawn to the shades of purple. It turned out better then I had expected. I a sentiment from Jillibean soup by Hampton Art called Handwritten Sentiments. There are several nice ones in this set. To fancy it up a bit I used the border punch from MS called Deco Fan and then added some rhinestones. After I had finally finished coloring the flowers I noticed a smudge and I was heartsick, but being a long time stamper I knew exactly what to do. I covered it up with the butterfly which is a Memory Box die cut called Pippi Butterfly.
 
 
 
The pencils I used are Prismacolor and the colors I used are below.
 
PC934 Lavender
PC956 Lilac
PC1008 Parma Violet
PC932 Violet
PC1096 Kelly Green
PC988 Marine Green


Another great weekend is almost over. I got all my chores done that I had on my list for the weekend (which is always a good feeling) and I even had some time to make this card. I also managed to squeeze in some time to soak up the sun. Not too many more 80 degree days left I am afraid. The leaves are turning, the nights are cooler and the deer are starting to get their winter coats. That's not a very good sign. I also like fall but I hate the end of summer just as much. I guess I can't have both, now can I.

Hope you all have a great week.

~Have fun and enjoy!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bucket List- check




 We headed up north to the U.P. for my sister-n-law's wedding last weekend but we took a few days off before and headed over to the west side of the state for some much needed fun. My children are still in disbelief that the DH and I went zip-lining and that it was my idea. Let me just say it was so liberating and awesome. We did the full 3 hour canopy tour and were 100 feet up in the air on some of the lines. There were 5 swinging suspended wooden bridges that we had to walk across to the 9 different zip-lines. The views were spectacular after the first 2 lines when I could stop focusing on technique and just enjoy the ride.

We rented a condo on the beach for two nights in Boyne City and we could see the entire harbor on the south shore of Lake Charlevoix from our balcony. At night we left the bedroom windows open and we could hear the waves lapping on the shore all night. What a view to wake up to each morning. After zip-lining in the morning, we made some lunch and took it down to the beach for an afternoon of sun and floating in the water. I have to say it was one of the most relaxing short vacations we have done in a long time and I can now cross zip-lining off my bucket list.

Today's card is all SU. The card stock is Pistachio Pudding and Mellon Mambo. The designer paper is All Abloom. Such a nice color combo for summer. I used the Deco Labels die for the sentiment which is from the stamp set Let Your Hair Down. Of course you know me, it has to have some bling and I layered that over some lime green ruffled gingham ribbon. Check out the little yellow birds, aren't they the cutest. They are expoxy clear stickers from Heidi Grace called Tweet Memories.



Still can't believe summer is over. Here in Michigan we didn't know it even started. I think I can count on one hand the number of hot steamy days we had. Hoping for some good thunderstorms today. I plan on spending the afternoon in my studio cleaning and organizing. Hopefully I will get some time to also make a few cards once I can see my desk. I always enjoy seeing the lightening and rain through the skylights and as always I will have a scented candle burning.
 
~have fun and enjoy! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A nice day for a buggy ride

The camera images certainly didn't do this card justice. It looks much prettier in real life, I think because of the rhinestones that I strategically placed on the designer paper in the center of the flowers. Anyway, I used KaiserCraft On This Day stamped in SU Island Indigo. The carriage was stamped on a white panel cut out with Spellbinders Gold Labels 4. Just behind that you can see the Opulent Ovals cut out of SU Lost Lagoon. The bottom edge is SU Island Indigo card stock and was punched out using MS Optic Dot punch. You can click on the image to enlarge if you wish.




What a beautiful summer day we had today and I couldn't help but think it would have been a perfect day to be out on a buggy like the stamped image on today's card.  After I made a wedding card and a few birthday cards, I spent some time sitting outside on the deck and you can certainly tell fall will be here soon by the position of the sun. I had to move my chair around a few times to stay in the sun. It makes me sad that summer is almost over but I love fall so it ends up being bitter sweet. I was out shopping yesterday and my heart went out to all the moms I saw with their kids starting their back to school shopping. Those are days that I certainly don't miss. The laundry is calling so I will have to stop here.

~have fun and enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Love the new color


 I couldn't wait to use the new SU color Lost Lagoon. I paired it up with this KaiserCraft Storyteller History designer paper. The Lost Lagoon pulled the teal colors out of the paper so nicely. The labels were cut out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels 28. I tucked the MemoryBox die Honey Blossom Sprig behind the Labels 28 a bit and added a few very small buttons for added texture. I stamped the bird in SU Baked Brown Sugar which is another one of my favorite colors. It is a Hampton Art stamp from the clear set Vintologie. The twig was stamped in SU Sahara Sand and it is a Stampendous stamp called Silhouette Sprig. Some old olive seam binding and a few round embellishments for bling and there you have it.



While I was away we had gone up to the family cottage in the Michigan's Upper Peninsula. For those of you who didn't know, this is where I was raised. My husband is also from up there and we met in college. My daughter came home from North Carolina with her dog and we all drove the 11 hours up to God's country. We stopped in at my in-laws and spent a night to check in on them- both have been sick the last few months. It sure helps to break the trip up. We drove 8 hours and then got up the next morning and did the last 3. We had some great weather again this year which as anyone in Michigan knows can change on a dime. I was worried that my DH was going to have a hard time going to the cottage without Jake and the fact that my daughter was bringing her dog might make it even worse but I think it was therapeutic for him. He said he felt a bit guilty at how nice and relaxing it was not having any of our own dog issues to deal with while traveling. I still find myself getting melancholy every now and then when I look around the house at places Jake used to lay down or when we get home and no one comes to great us at the door, but time will heal. I have been trying to arrange trips that we normally wouldn't take because of having a dog. We are heading back up to the UP in a few weeks for a family wedding so I think we will head over to the west side of the state and spend a night or two as tourists just for fun. We also planned a vacation around a work trip out to Scottsdale Arizona in October since we won't have the added expense of boarding a dog in a kennel. It's almost like going through empty nesting again once the last one leaves for college. No strings to hold us back.

~have fun and enjoy!