Thursday, July 5, 2018

July- National Picnic Month

Hope you were able to picnic for the 4th! We did - in the back yard, but it was still a picnic. Actually we were able to watch the neighborhood fireworks from the back yard as well. 

I was thinking of Thanksgiving for part of this week. Here are two cards I made using cuts from my Cricut machine, some embossing folders and Pearl EX, a mica powder pigment. Just love the neutrals of fall amid the blazing colors of the leaves and berries.  The Pearl Ex is callled Sparkling Copper and in real life it does sparkle beautifully

I hope family members will enjoy these greetings.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thinking Green...

Background patterned paper of green and gold from Hot Off the Press was the inspiration for me to work on two cards I won't need until next year - yes, St Pat's cards.

I found the lovely images on the computer, saved them and then printed on glossy photo paper. The puppy is so adorable.... I matted on gold card stock and rounded all the corners. My card is embellished with dark green twine, a gold banner for the sentiment and green and gold sequins for some spring bling.

Owls are just too cute - this one is no exception.  I mounted this guy on a tag sponged with two green and one gold colored inks, Mowed Lawn from Ranger, Northern Pine and Galaxy Gold from Tsukineko. The green crepe ribbon is from my stash and the gold hearts are Dazzles stickers. I still have enough of the patterned paper for one more A2 sized card, all from one 12 x 12 sheet of paper.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Today's Cards

Water-colored florals paper from ModaScrap. Happy Birthday stamp from SSS - Beautiful Flowers stamp set. Sparkle added with Wink of Stella clear. Pink card stock from Simon Says Stamp cut at 4.25" and scored and folded at 5.5" to create an A2 sized card.

An early Valentine. Pink card stock from Simon Says Stamp again  cut at 4.25" and scored and folded at 5.5" to create an A2 sized card.  Background is LOVED stamped repeatedly. Stamp is from SSS - Beautiful Flowers stamp set. The black border and hearts are Dazzles stickers from Hot of The Press. The large heart sticker was placed on hot pink cardstock the fussy cut and mounted on card with foam tape for dimension. 

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.