Thursday, April 21, 2016

The one constant is change.

Home maintenance always means something is going to change......  We found ourselves having to replace a water heater, furnace and air conditioning unit this week. Our heat pump compressor gave out and will be more expensive to repair than replace. Then we discovered the hot water heater was leaking and also so old it, too, needed to be replaced. Next the construction engineer delivered the news that our furnace was now out of "code" because the space where it is located happens to be next to a bedroom and only separated by sliding doors; another replacement. The work is only half done and already there are yet more changes. Due to size restrictions the water heater has to be moved from it's original location by the furnace - thank heaven we have a closet in the utility room that will suffice. What a mess! It's always something new around here. Needless to say, I've not spent a lot of time in the craft room. Only one card to show today.

Another card I put together to send to Mom. Most of the papers came from a Simon Says Stamp card kit. The flowers and sequins are from my stash and the leaves I cut from green card stock using my Cricut Explore.  It was very fortunate to find colors and patterns that work together.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Roasting..... and not a chicken

It is unusually warm in the west; actually it's God awful hot and it's only April. Not only that but we are having heat pump cooling problems. Didn't realize how extremely spoiled by the air system we are. Must be our age, huh? On the lighter side, my lilacs are in full bloom and fragrant as ever. With the windows open for a breeze I can smell the lilacs all over the house. Heavenly! We have been busy in the garden, too. My son-in-law set up another raised planting bed for me and so far I've planted basil, thyme and celery. Looking to put in both curly and flat leaf parsley soon and maybe one rosemary plant. I truly hope this experiment goes well. So far everything looks healthy and strong. The strawberries and blueberries are flowering like crazy. 
Hope we get a good crop - enough to make jam.

Here are two quick cards I made over the last week.  My Christmas card for the week and a thank you, because I always need thank you cards. I enjoyed using non-traditional colors for the Christmas card and I tried my hand at foiling again for the thank you card. Also used a cricut cut paper stencil and an ink sponging technique for the scalloped circle behind the Project Life journal cards. Very simple and came together quickly.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Joy is the feeling of grinning inside."

Had to take my mother to the doctor yesterday and was a bit apprehensive about the visit because she was very unsettled the last time we saw her.  So happy to report that she was happy and contented and seems to be adjusting to her new life at assisted living. What a relief for both my sister and me. We had the doctor visit and a wonderful lunch; my niece and her little sweet baby joined us. It was great - thus, I'm grinning on the inside. The quote is from Melba Colgrove.

The card I'm displaying today is a very quickie all occasion card I put together from things I've had in my stash for a long while. The Fleur de Lis background paper is from a 8 X 8 paper pack from Deja Views.  The French blue color is so cheerful. My sentiment inside says "Take time to laugh for it is the music of the soul." 

The Fleur de Lis is often associated with the French monarchy. Writers described the three petals of the  stylized French lily as symbols of faith, wisdom and chivalry. Today it is the official emblem of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring has sprung!

Near seven in the evening and it's still 73 degrees here in Tacoma! Spectacular weather for the 2016 Mariner's home game opener. Hope it's nice tomorrow for the 83rd Daffodil Parade; another of our local spring festivities. I'm a bit sunburned from being outside for most of the past few days. We added some red cabbage plants to the garden and have been trying to clean up all the over winter yard mess. There was an exceptional amount of moss this year, it nearly took over. Hopefully, we'll eventually get grass again.
I have been able to get some things accomplished in the craft room, too.

Here are two very different cards. I sent the first little Hello card to my Mom to let her know I was thinking of her. Very simply done using stamp and water color markers.

This is a more masculine card but has some sassy bling, too. Just delight in the Steampunk style at times. This is another 3D paper tole die cut project from Hot of the Press.  I've had the background paper in my stash for a very long time; it matches so perfectly. Serendipity!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Springtide rituals.

Had a wonderful spring weekend, sunny and dry here in the northwest part of our nation.
Hubby and our son spent lots of time outside doing yard work and I was able to slip away into the craft room after tending my garden for a bit.  Time just flys by now - I realized I needed to work on some Mother's Day cards before May is here. Seems like just yesterday we were still in February. The two cards I'll tell you about today are both for family members for Mother's Day.  Both cards used paper tole 3D decoupage die cut kits I receive every other month from Paper Wishes, the company that really got me "hooked" on card making. Still love their products and use the paper tole as well as their Dazzles stickers frequently on my creations. One other thing I relish is that the company is located in Canby, Oregon so it's somewhat local and not a chain.

The pictures do not display the dimension on the focals as it looks in real life. There are at least three layers of cut outs on each focal and I've used foam tape in between to lift each layer. No sentiment on the outside of these, left the Happy Mother's Day for the inside. Two down - many more to go.

Friday, April 1, 2016

No foolin' it's April!

A beautiful day in our area of the country, too. My windows are open to a slight breeze and sunshine, gorgeous sunshine. Can't get enough of it. This is the third day in a row - so spoiled are we.Yesterday I planted four tomato plants - my small garden patch is looking greener. We have lettuce, green onions, spinach and snap peas in addition to the tomatoes.  My daughter is planting a variety of peppers, cucumbers, squash and more tomatoes, too. My son-in-law is helping and has donated lots of strawberry plants to add to the two blueberry bushes we started last year.  We're no where near self-sustaining but we are at least trying to get a nice harvest. Lots of salad stuff! 

The card I'm showing you today is a very simple card I've put together for one of my granddaughters. I used paper from Die Cuts With a View for the background. Sponged the edges with Distress ink (Broken China) and rounded the bottom corners. The butterfly and clock focal is a 3D foiled paper tole from Paper Wishes. I raised the layers with foam tape for the dimensional effect. The sequins were such a match for the paper I just had to include them and the bling is just to make it "girly".
Inside the sentiment reads "Happy Birthday  This time may be the time that matters most".