Monday, June 27, 2011

Timeless Tuesday 124

I am back with a card to share for this weeks Timeless Tuesday.  Tammy has a sketch for you to use.  I love sketches.  It always takes one less thing I need to worry about, out of the equation.  I am not sure about the decision I made to cut the side of the scalloped circle off to look like the sketch.  If I had it to do over, I would leave it hanging off the side.  Oh well.  What is done is done.  Right?

I used some pretty Crate Paper Portrait collection papers, set from Flourishes called From The Desk Of, Cardstock from PTI in Rustic White, and Stamin' Up black, ribbon from Michales, Spellbinders dies Classic Circles LG and Eyelet Circles.  The tag is from PTI tiny tags, flower by Reccollections.  Ink is Memento Tuxedo Black, and Copics, E00, E33, E37, Y21, Y23, YR21, YG93, C1, C3.  Sponging was done with Tim Hotlz distress inks Vintage Photo and Antique Linen.

Here are the links to the rest of the design team:
Pat (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Saturday, June 25, 2011

CR84FN 32

Hello.  Just a quick post to let you know we are still running the CR84FN colors for two weeks through the summer.  That means you have an extra week to play along.
My cousin had a little boy a couple weeks ago and I just haven't had time to make a card until now.  The problem I came across was that I have only one stamp set baby related, which is an old set by Fiskars.  I see why I am so picky about my stamps.  These things didn't stamp very well, but I didn't have a choice.  I think the only other time I needed a baby stamp set was when she had her last baby a year and a half ago.  LOL

I used the sketch at Sweet Sunday  for inspiration.

These are the other designers who are playing along this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Let Go & Thank God

Many of you who visit here often know that my mom has been battling brain cancer for a little over a year now.  Well, this morning she passed.  My father and I were there by her side.  I can only be happy that it seems she went peacefully and wasn't in pain.  She fought a brave fight.  I have never seen anyone so determined to take a stand and fight for more time to be with their family.  She had a biopsy and brain surgery to debulk the tumor in May.  Never once did she complain about going through such a horrible surgery with little more than local to the skull.  I have learned so much from my mom through the years, and the most important thing I learned was how to be a very strong woman.  I never heard her say "why me" either.  I think through life I always looked to her on how I should feel about certain things, and I learned from her when her mother passed away 10 years ago that she is in a better place.   A place without suffering, a place where she can join her mother, father, and two sisters.  I take peace in knowing she will not be alone.

So I made a card this evening with her and God in mind.  I let her go, and I am thanking God for taking care of her.

Below are pictures that I took on Mother's Day 2010.  This was just before she started treatment and the last time I have a picture of her looking like herself.  My parents have spent many days sitting together on a swing.    I have a couple pictures in different states we have lived with them sitting on a swing.  Usually with a cup of coffee.   These photos have been cropped to take out all the brick behind us.  I did share these over a year ago when they were taken, so some of you may have seen them.

My mom and me.  The last picture I have of us together.

My mom and my sweet son, who will miss his grandma dearly.

I wanted to say thank you to all my sweet friends who visit me often and have helped me through this the last year.  I appreciate you all!  You have no idea.  :)

I did use the sketch at Mojo Monday for inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, June 20, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

I have been waiting a while for my pretty Zinnias to arrive.  Finally, today they came and I quickly colored and made a card for this weeks Timeless Tuesday challenge.

Here are the details:
This week is IN the BAG! Use brown grocery bag paper on your card or project. You can use a brown lunch bag to create a gift item or small scrapbook album. Or, you can use sections of the bag to create a background, border, or accent piece for your card or project. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

I am not so sure how I feel about all the peach.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do, it just didn't turn out that way.  What do you think?  I used more of the Basic Grey Sweet Threads paper and I used the brown bag as a border with my PTI banner border dies.  The Spellbinders die I used is a Scrap Mart Exclusive.  I also used Copics BV00, BV02, VO4, YG03, G21, G24, YR21, N0, 0.  Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen.  Seam binding is from Blue Bird Lane Etsy.  Pearls are Kaiser Craft.

These are my Zinnias in the back yard.  They are finally starting to bloom.  I planted a sherbet mix, but I haven't seen the hot pink blooms yet.  Maybe those are late bloomers.  Just as I went outside to take a picture of these pretties, my camera battery died.  So this was taken after then sun went down.

These are just close ups of the colors.  I found out when I was living in Iowa how much the sweet little Gold Finches LOVE these when the heads go to seed.  I also planted Sunflowers for them to eat on in the fall as well.  They are not quite blooming yet.  I will take more pictures as things start to open.  The dry conditions here haven't made for the prettiest of flowers.  I water every night, but they still don't look as good as my flowers in Iowa.  You want to talk about rain?  Move to Iowa....we got plenty!  My flowers were always so beautiful there.  Sigh...

I based my card today off the sketch at Card Patterns.

If you want to be eligible for the the $10 gift code to the Flourishes store you must link your card on the Flourishes blog post and leave a comment for all the designers.  Also, don't forget to leave a comment on the Flourishes blog letting them know you have done so after the fact.

Here are the links to the rest of the designers:

Pat (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sending You Birthday Wishes

I have been lazy the past few days and haven't created much.  I feel guilty when I do that.  All that crafty goodness just sits in my craft room waiting to be used.  I did get in there to make a card for the new CR84FN color challenge. This week we are celebrating Mona's birthday.  Happy Early Birthday!  Make sure to stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday!  It also just so happens to be her wedding Anniversary this week as well.

I know I just used this butterfly from PTI,  I just can't help myself really.  They are the prettiest butterflies I have ever seen.  I also used the die from Sending You and Turning a New Leaf.  The border punch is Effervesence from Fiskars.  The paper is from Crate Paper and My Minds Eye.  Ribbon is from Michales and twine is PTI.

I took this picture so you can see how I go about choosing my papers for a color challenge.  I pull out all my scraps of each color that is in the graphic and mix and match until I find what appeals to me the most.

Here is the beautiful graphic for you crafty inspiration.

I used the sketch at Mojo Monday to get me started.  I did have to make a couple changes to the design to make it work.  So it is loosely based.  :)

You can find the rest of the design team's creations by clicking on the links below.


Thanks so much for stopping by,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Flowers Feed the Soul

We are in need of a lot of rain here.  We have had hot and dry conditions for over a month now.  My poor flowers are not looking their best.  I totally believe the sentiment that I used on today's card.  I love to work in the yard tending to my beautiful flowers, it definitely feeds the soul.  Do you like to work in your yard?

This weeks Timeless Tuesday #122 hostess is  Maki and she is challenging us to use Circles and Squares.  Use a circle & square shape into your card/project. You can use as many as circles and squares but you have to use both shapes.

I used my new Basic Grey Sweet Threads paper and the set from Flourishes called From the Garden.  Pretty satin ribbon from Offray and Spellbinders dies Classic Circles and Eyelet Circles.  I used Copics V04, V12, YG03, YG93, G21 W1, E31, E33.  I started stitching on my card and my machine went all crazy on me.  I even went a little off when I stitched the top of the card.  I guess that is what I get for sewing in the dark using only the light on the machine.  hehe

To get me my cirlce and square shape I used the sketch at SFYTT.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE – PARTICIPATION RULES: Just leave a comment on the blog posts of each of the Timeless Tuesday designers!  Then link your card by using the Inlinkz widget HERE, and leave a comment letting us know that you’ve left your comments and linked your card.

Pat (Guest Designer)

Have a wonderful week,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Stitched Together with Love

I finally got some craft time today.  I have been so busy this week running around running errands and sitting with my mom.  I have wanted to make a card for this weeks Mojo Monday since the day it posted on Monday.  I am cutting it really close here to the deadline.  Then guess what?  My camera battery died.  So I had to charge that up.  Always something I tell ya!  :)

I used an old set from Just Right that I have only used 3 times now.  How sad is that?  Really?  I picked the Crate Paper papers first then chose the image.  I love this pretty paper and had to use it again.  I framed the sentiment with the stitching image that came with the set by cutting it out separately then using pop dots.  I layered that on top of a Spellbinders Lacey Circle cut.  I cut pieces of ribbon for the tails and used some pretty cream colored satin ribbon.  For the scalloped bottom I just cut circles using an old Fiskars circle squeeze punch and layered them on  top of each other.  Stitched around the whole card and added a little Maya Road stick pin to the bow.  There ya have it!  :)

You can find this fabulous sketch at Mojo Monday.  

I will be back Tuesday with my Timeless Tuesday stay tuned.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Timeless Tuesday/ Father's Day...and some news

Well guess what?  I am so excited, I will be joining the Timeless Tuesday team at Flourishes.  I am honored to be among such talent.  The girls are so sweet over at Flourishes, no matter what team, they are all amazing!

So on to the challenge for this week.  Silke is challenging us to make a Father's Day card.  I used the set called A Guiding Light.  My father is retired Navy.  He served for 21 years starting off on a submarine then on to big ships.  When I saw this set I knew I had to have is perfect!

I used papers from Websters Pages (Yacht Club) which is now available in a wonderful 123 kit in the store HERE.  I used Spellbinders standard Ovals and lightly colored the image then sponged with Tim Holtz distress ink.  I also added a little twine and tag.

I used the wonderful sentiment that is in this set for the inside of the card.  Let me tell you how much I LOVE this set.  See the faint rope that I stamped to the left?

This is the ship my father was on.  The USS Mount Whitney.  He retired when we lived in Virgina Beach.  I remember watching him come in on this ship many times over the 7 years we lived there.  I told him the other day that I wanted to travel the world and see a lot of different countries.  He told me to join the Navy.  I laughed.  He always told me when I was younger that I needed to join the military because I needed discipline.  Ha!  I think I am pretty darn disciplined.

Here are the links to the rest of the design team

Cupa (Iwona) filling in for Tammy
Pat (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bring Back Beautiful/ Beauty in the Spotlight

Guess what?  I am so honored to announce that I will be taking over as Design Team Coordinator over the Bring Back Beautiful design team.  I was so happy Julie asked me, and of coarse I said yes!  I think that the Flourishes is an amazing to work for, I couldn't be happier.  The botanical images are THE BEST for coloring with Copics.  Besides that, the girls on the Bring Back Beautiful team are extremely talented and so sweet.  What else can a girl ask for, right?

I would love to see you all play along with me on this challenge.  

Beauty in the Spotlight! If you haven't tried the Spotlight technique -- the goal is to make just part of your image POP! For this fun-filled challenge, let's use this technique and 'spotlight' only a portion of your image with color! Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge creation HERE to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB10. You have until June 30th to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!

****If you would like to see a video by the very talented Beate she goes in to great detail on this "spotlight" technique you can find it HERE.

I used my oh so pretty Pink Paislee paper Butterfly Garden and the Cherry Blossoms set from Flourishes that you can find in the Flourishes store.  I added a piece of  trim from Wrights and seam binding from the Bluebird Lane Etsy store.

You must go and see what the rest of the design team has created!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Birthday Wishes/ CR84FN 31

***My card was scheduled to post last night with everyone elses and somehow it didn't post.  So here we are.  :)

WOW!  This has been the busiest two weeks I have had in a long time.  I feel like I have horribly neglected all my wonderful blog friends.  Between the new release at The Craft's Meow and working an extra day at work for two weeks in a row, I am wiped out.  I did however squeeze a few minutes in to make a birthday card for Andrea Matthews, my design team mate at CR84FN  Thank goodness she lives just one state up from me, it doesn't have far to go.  Here's to hoping that it makes it on time.  HAPPY  BIRTHDAY Andrea!

I LOVE this color combo.  I am sure that a lot of you Shabby Chic girls will too.  I decided to use my beautiful Basic Grey Capella papers and the PTI set Mat Stack 3.  I used 2 different PTI butterfly dies and stitched them together.  I found a piece of pink twill ribbon in my stash.  I know I have some pale yellow hiding if I can just find it.  :)  The stick pin is from Maya Road and the lace trim is from Spare Parts which is Hobby Lobby brand.

Look at this pretty graphic.  Just lovely isn't it?


Thanks so much for stopping by,


Related Posts with Thumbnails
site design by designer blogs