Monday, March 26, 2018

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. Audrey Hepburn

Here is western Washington we have a lot of woodland gardens. Woodland gardens are typically grown in full shade and include trees. Woodland plants often need cool moist conditions not full sun or arid areas. Planting native trees, understory shrubs, woodland plants or shade loving perennials can add to the beauty of a garden path or view from a window. Traditional garden flora for moist shade landscapes include bleeding hearts, daffodils, rhododendron, ferns, hydrangea, ivy, Japanese maple, violet and false goat's beard. I'm sure there are many more I've missed. Looking forward to enjoying woodland gardens this spring and summer.

My cards today were made with a woodland garden or two in mind. I used a cutting die from Hot Off the Press called Song Birds Frame. Trees form the frame around the focals, while song birds sit in the branches. I chose to frame some pictures from my collections, one for a thank you card and one for a very special birthday coming soon. 

A very favorite spot of our entire family - Discovery Bay on a calm June morning.

This wee one is grown but I want to remind her she will always be a sweet little girl to her Gramma.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Is Here

and it is grand!

I received a wonderful card kit from Simon Says Stamp with spring themes and I've been loving all the products and stamps in it. Here are a few cards I've made so far with this kit. Love the colors, love the themes, love the idea that spring is here.  The papers from Carta Bella are so beautiful, I cringe to cut them but oh, I like that someone will get to enjoy them when I send a greeting.

Yes, I'm thinking of gardening - can't wait.

Rainboots - so much fun!

This card is meant to be more masculine; could be either.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

That's the Irish for You!

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...
That's the Irish for You!

Last year I had my DNA test for ancestry done and found that I am almost entirely of English/Irish descent. I can truely celebrate the grandest of Irish holidays with pride. 

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."  Adrienne Cook

Of course, I did a wee bit of crafting for the holiday with some greetings for family and friends. I used some lovely vintage images, I believe they were postcards. Found them on line as I was investigating Celtic heritage. The cards are simple but I really like them and enjoyed the process of making them. Hope you do, too.

Monday, March 5, 2018

A SPRING Activity

Spring is nearly upon us. The promise of warm weather and spring showers is welcome news for many throughout the country.  Spring often means challenging water conditions for much of the west due to the bounty of rainfall this region receives this time of year. Even so, the American west is one of the best places to view birds - lots of them. To find the greatest diversity and concentrations of birds, look for the three things all birds require: water, cover and food. Waterways and coastal areas tend to offer some of the best bird watching opportunities, but forests, fields, mountains and deserts also are excellent habitats for a myriad of bird species. One of the beauties of bird watching is you don't have to go far to engage in the activity. Birds are everywhere. 
Have fun this spring, try a new activity.

Even tho spring is nearly here, I've been working on Christmas cards. Here are my latest. For these cards I used the Simon Says Stamp "Christmas Squad" stamp set from the December card kit.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the images to use on the cards. The music book background paper is a free printable I found on Pintrest. Fun cards to make. Still working towards my goal of one Christmas card each week.