Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beautiful Vine

Hello and thank you for stopping bye.  Today's design starting with making the flowers and coating them with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Then dotting the centers with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Purple.  I inked the edges of the green leaves with a darker shade of green then used Sizzix Susan Tierney-Cockburn tool kit to create veins on each leaf.  The edge of the paper was punched using the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch and then attached a light violet card stock to the inside of the card.

Materials:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Lace Corner Deco F
Die-namics - Lily
Elizabeth Craft - Garden Notes Small Poinsettia & Garden Notes Jasmine (just the leaves)
Martha Stewart - Eyelet Lace Punch Around The Page
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Purple
Poppy Stamps - Climbing Vine
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Sizzix Susan Tierney-Cockburn tool set

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Oregon Coast Trip

Greetings everyone, no card today I wanted to share some of the pictures from our weekend trip over at the Oregon Coast.

I have included an literary of places we went and things we did and links to the various places.

Oregon Coast Trip
Astoria
Hotel - Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa (really romantic place to stay)
Astoria Column

 Seaside
The Candyman - Salt Water Taffy (180 flavors)
Lots of shops
You might see the Roosevelt Elk herd along Highway 101

Cannon Beach
Shopping – fabulous shopping of low to high price art, clothes and accessories.

Tillamook
Railriders - four seated, pedal powered, rail road bicycle along an inactive portion of the Port of Tillamook Bay Rail Road
Cape Mears Lighthouse – Nice tour of  1889 non working lighthouse
Tillamook Cheese Factory – Lots of samples and buy the cheese curb (aka squeaky cheese)
Railriders - bike pedaling 6 miles each way

Newport
Yaguina Head Lighthouse – Nice interpretive center, tide pools, no access to inside lighthouse
Historic Bayfront area – shops
Hallmark Resort – Very nice hotel & ocean view
Georgie’s Beachside Grill Restaurant – Great food, make reservations ahead of time, wait can be long to get in.

Yaguina Head Lighthouse

Florence
Sea Lion Caves – Fun elevator ride down into cave where sea lions rest
Hecta Head Lighthouse – 12 miles from Florence, ½ mile walk up to lighthouse
Sand Dunes

Sea Lion Cave - take elevator down into cave


Gold Beach
Spinners seafood Steak Restaurant – Good food

Coos Bay
Shore Acres Park – Gorgeous gardens & gift shop, right on ocean bluff
Shore Acres Park - beautiful gardens 


Cave Junction

Oregon Caves – 1 ½ hour guided walking tour inside cave.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Blue Glittery Flowers

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping bye.  For today's design I inked the flowers in blue then coated the pedals with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and dusted them with blue glitter.  Next I put a dot of the Sakura Crystal Lacquer in the center of each flower and added some yellow beads.  I thought it made for a fun look.  I coated the butterfly with the Sakura Crystal Lacquer  and blue glitter also.  Then die cut the ovals and added the corners to complete the design.

Materials
Art Glitter - Blue
Cherry Lynn - Lace Corner Deco F
Elizabeth Craft - Bunch of Flowers 4
Poppy Stamps - Cheviot Butterfly, Delaney Butterfly & Climbing Vine
Sakura Crystal Lacquer
Spellbinders - Floral Oval
Spellbinders - Grand Ovals
Yellow Craft Beads

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Squirrel Play

Hello everyone I hope you are all well and if not I am sending positive thoughts your way.

Instead of adding leaves to the tree I thought it would be fun to use the Viva Decor Glass Effect pen and then sprinkler Art Glitter on top.  I added a green Viva Deco to the center of each flower.

Materials:
Art Glitter
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers, Fence & Wide Tree
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Hillside Borders & Stitched Rectangle Frame
Poppy Stamps - Frisky Squirrels & Fairy Flower
Viva Decor Pen - Glass Effect

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hummingbird Delight


I am sorry the picture is not very good, I just can't seem to get the glitter to show.
I thought I would create a fast and fun all white design today.  I used Sakura 3D crystal lacquer to coat the flowers and then sprinkled the Art Glitter on them.  I added a little mounting tape behind the flowers to add some dimension.

Materials:
Cheery Lynn- Lace Corner Deco F
Memory Box - Forest Hummingbirds
My Favorite Things - Lily
Mounting Tape
Art Glitter

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Spring Blooms

Greetings everyone.  A Happy Mother's Day to those that are a mom and if not a Happy Spring to all the fabulous women of the world.

I liked this scalloped frame from Mama Elephant and added the three pots of flowers which made for a quick design. I first saw this die on Lynn's blog.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers
Mama Elephant - Framed Tags Park Avenue Creative Cuts
Martha Stewart - Hydrangea punch
Memory Box - Garden Pots
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig & Fairy Flower
Mounting Tape
Glue, Glitter, Viva Clear Pen

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Riding With The Wind


Since I don't have a masculine bike die this poor kid is riding his sister's bike. I first masked the background to create the clouds.  I die cut the legs twice and attached as shown.  I thought it would be fun to have him riding with his best friend in the basket.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Kite, Boy with Easter Basket & Cardinals
Memory Box - Brand New Bicycle
Poppy Stamps - Country Basket & Frenchy
Spellbinders - 5 x 7 Matting Basics B
Taylored Expressions - Cloud Border Die
Glitter

This little chipmuck in sitting underneath the bird feeder waiting for the birds to drop sunflower seeds.  I guess it is better than a 200 pound black bear.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Blooming with Memories


For those that stop by my blog I mentioned that my father passed away in October 2016, at that time my mother also had developed ALS (progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord) After 6 months of battling the disease she passed away last Friday.  I was in the process of making this design for her for Mother's Day.

Materials:
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Garden Notes Small Poinsettia
Fiskars - 1/4" circle
Memory Box - Twisty Stalk
Nuvo - Crystal Drops Dandelion Yellow
Poppy Stamps - Fairy Flower
Spellbinders - Fleur De Lis Squares
Spellbinders - Classic Squares Large

Friday, April 21, 2017

White Orchids

Greetings and thank you all for stopping by.  I don't make a lot of all white cards because I have a really hard time getting the picture to turn out.

The other night the neighborhood black bear decided to pay us a visit, I have a really nice Squirrel Buster feeder hanging right next to the house mounted under the roof.  Well for some reason I couldn't sleep and got up and I am standing in the kitchen looking out the window.  I am thinking to myself I don't see the bird feeder.  So I look out the dining window and there is a huge male black bear looking right at me.  I start banging on the window he just continues to look at me, so I start shouting and banging and finally he runs off.  Now I have to open the sliding door and walk out there to pick up the feeder which in on the ground and the lid is off.  I am thinking to myself the entire time I sure hope that bear is really gone.  That is twice now that he has knocked it to the ground so now I have to bring it into the house every night.

Really simple design, I added mounting tape under the three Orchids and behind the first frame to add a little dimension.  Then just used two of the Matting Basics behind the first one.

Materials:
Memory Box - Twisty Stalk
Mounting Tape
My Favorite Things - Lily
Spellbinders - 5 x 7 Matting Basics B

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tulip Spray


Greetings and I hope everyone is well, if not I am sending positive thoughts out to you.
We are still having rain, not sure when the weather will actually be Spring like.

I first embossed the Paper Cone and then added the green Rhinestones.  I layered the Aubrey Blooms and coated them with Glossy Accents and Art Glitter.  Next I attached them to the Twisty Stalk and tucked them into the cone.  Finally I added mounting tape to the Stitched Rectangle Frame for a little dimension.

Materials:
Barbara Trombleys- Art Glitter 85 Crystal
Cuttlebug - Textile Embossing Folder
Impression Obsession - Paper Cone
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frame
Memory Box - Aubrey Bloom Set, Twisty Stalk & Tulip Petals
Mounting Tape
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig
Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents
Rhinestones

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Basket

Greetings and thank you for stopping by my blog.

I thought I would create a fun Spring basket.  To make die cutting the flowers quicker I folded the card stock in half, that way it die cut twice as many flowers. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops to the centers and used the Trailing Vines as the branches.

Materials:
Dee's Distinctively - Small Leaves
Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Impression Obsession - Basket
Mounting Tape - Behind the Frame
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Yellow
Poppy Stamps - Trailing Vine & Small Hydrangea Blooms


Weekend Adventure
Roozengaade - Daffodil fields Mt Vernon, Washington
15867 Beaver Marsh Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
There are several different growing fields where thousands of Daffodils can be seen from the road.

We drove by a farm house where there are two large trees in the front yard, each tree had 3 Bald Eagles (sorry I typed Golden but they are Bald Eagles)
The Washington Kingston Ferry coming into the terminal.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Let's Go Fly A Kite

Greetings everyone, I am so happy Spring is finally here.  Gosh I have not flown a kite in years but I can always remember having trouble getting the kite up in the air and staying there.

Recently I read an article about cleaning out the nests in your birdhouses, so I got up on a ladder to clean the three wooden birdhouses in the hopes birds will use them this year.  I opened the door on the first one and the nesting material is all the way up to the top with a little opening.  You really can not see into the nest, I start to reach up to grab the material and out jumps a Douglas Squirrel.  I almost fell off the ladder I was so surprised, I guess they are using the nest for their babies.  I just shut the door and moved on to the other two boxes.  The article never said other animals use birds nests.

Materials:
Art Glitter - Crystal 85 (clouds)
Impression Obsession - Kite & Girl With Easter Basket
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders
Memory Box - Stitched Clouds, Tiny Bow & Tiny Stockings
Mounting Tape (clouds)
Poppy Stamps - Patient Pup & Curious Cat
Ranger - Glossy Accents (shoes and kite)



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Splish Splash


Greetings and thank you all that stop by my blog.  Our weather here in the Pacific Northwest is still soggy and we just can't seem to get rid of that atmospheric river weather front.  So I thought today's design was just perfect for our weather.

I coated all the rain slickers with the Glossy Accents for shine.  I added a cape, pockets and bow to the rain slickers.  Each umbrella is coated with Glossy Accents and then Art Glitter.  Raindrops are created using the Viva Glass Effect Gel.  The white clouds are also coated and dusted with Art Glitter and mounting tape for dimension.

Materials:
Art Glitter - Crystal 85  (for umbrellas)
Impression Obsession - Boy with Easter Basket, Girl with Easter Basket, Boy with Flowers & Flying Witch (cape)
Memory Box - Stitched Clouds, Tiny Stockings & Tiny Box
Mounting Tape (clouds)
Poppy Stamps - Stitched Umbrellas
Ranger - Glossy Accents (rain slickers)
Viva - Glass Effect Gel Crystal Clear (raindrops)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Greetings

Hello, hope you are all well and looking forward to Spring.  I sure am.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers, Girls With Easter Basket (just use her arms) & Boy with Flowers
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frame & Stitched Hillside Borders
Memory Box - Baby Chicks, Pastry Labels & Small Alder Tree
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Carnation Pink
Poppy Stamps - Bushel Basket & Frisky Squirrels

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring Showers

Hi everyone, thank you for your wonderful comments on my previous post.

I used the Bushel Basket for the larger basket on the back of the bike and the basket part only from the Brand New Bicycle to the front of the bike.  I added some glitter to the umbrella and Nuvo Crystal Drops for the center of the flowers.  Pretty fast and easy design.

Materials:
Memory Box - Brand New Bicycle & Vintage Bicycle
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig, Small Hydrangea, Bushel Basket & Stitched Umbrellas

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Jasmine Blooms

Hi and I hope you are all fine.

I am practicing making shaped leaves and flowers.  I still need lots of practice but the Garden Notes Jasmine dies are easy to use and make some cute flowers.

Materials:
Elizabeth Craft - Garden Notes Jasmine
Poppy Stamps - Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
Spellbinders - Fleur De Lis Squares & Classic Squares Large
Gold Pearls

Coyote in the back yard.

Friday, February 24, 2017

All Occasion Card Design



Greetings everyone, thank you for the lovely comments on my last design. Gosh I had a terrible time taking a picture of this card.

Materials:
Dee's Distinctively - Small Leaves
Elizabeth Craft - Bunch of Flowers 4 (1030)
Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 2 (729)
Poppy Stamps - Climbing Vine
Spellbinders - Floral Ovals

Friday, February 17, 2017

Orchid Stem


Hello everyone we have had such crazy weather lately, first 6" of snow, then heavy rains with wind. Finally a couple of dry days.  I spent my time indoors making this design.  The Orchids are time consuming but worth the time.  I first die cut all the pieces, the darker orchids are from card stock called Sunflower.  The other one is light yellow.  For the stems I just die cut the flowers in green and cut them apart and glued to them to the stem. Even through I used Wink of Stella the picture does not show the wonderful sparkles.

Materials:
My Favorite Things - Lily
Wink of Stella
Card stock - Sunflower, Light Yellow, Black, White and Purple


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Strolling In The Garden

Hello everyone, hope you are well and if not I am sending good wishes out to you.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Wide Tree, Girl with Easter Basket, Cardinals, Tiny Flowers & Fence Trio
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders
Memory Box - Stitched Clouds
Poppy Stamps - Frisky Squirrels & Small Garden Sprig

Monday, February 6, 2017

Layered Holiday Design

Greetings everyone, I meant to post this design a while ago but it just never happened.  I created the entire design just using layers without mounting tape.  I cut several clouds and added them to the top of the card.  Then die cut the Village House, Country House and Manor House and just trimmed pieces from them until I had a house with a steeple and second story.

For the trees I added glitter card stock and the top snow covered stacker tree and used blue and red Nuvo Crystal Dots for the ornaments.

Materials:
Dee's Distinctively - Small Snow Covered Stacker Tree
Impression Obsession - Fir Trees, Boy with Easter Basket & Mountain Landscape Layers
Lawn Cuts - Puffy Cloud Borders & Stitched Hillsdie Borders
Memory Box - Star of Wonder, Village House, Country House, Manor House & Swirled Lollipops
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Red & Blue

Craft Note:  I recently purchased a thin galvanized metal board by ArtMinds from Michael's craft store and a package of magnets.  I have it on my craft table and I find the magnets really hold the paper in place while gluing and creating my cards.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Have The Sweetest Birthday


Greetings everyone, hope you are all doing well.

I thought the little cupcake stand die from Impression Obsession was super cute.  I used glitter paper for the frosting but the picture does not show it very well.  Before attaching to the polka paper I added a little mounting tape for dimension.  

Materials:

Cuttlebug - Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Die-namics- Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Impression Obsession - Cupcake Stand
Mounting Tape
Spellbinders - Floral Ovals

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pretty In Pink


Greetings everyone.  I hope you are well and finding lots of time to craft.

Sometimes when I start a card nothing goes right, but the stars must of been aligned that day because everything seemed to work for this design. I really went out of my comfort zone to create this design. I started with the white Floral Oval and added the solid pink Classic oval to the center.  

I ordered the Colorfin Pan Pastels from Amazon but I am the worst at coloring anything so I have been dragging my feet using the set.  I first die cut the flowers using a while card stock and then colored the flowers with the Permanent Red Tint & Magenta.  I added a yellow glitter card stock for the center of the flowers. Using the Climbing Vine die in green card stock I used it for the shape of the design, then tucked several Gentle leaves behind the flowers and added the larger Poinsettia leaf.  I attached white flowers to the Leafy Spring and tucked them around the foliage.  To complete the design I die cut the Meridian Border twice and added it to each side.

Materials:
Colorfin Pan Pastels - Ultra Soft Susan Gardens Artist Pastel Set 
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Garden Notes Small Poinsettia
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers
Memory Box - Meridian Border (retired)
Poppy Stamps - Blooming Poinsettia (leaf only), Climbing Vine, Gentle Leaf & Leafy Spring
Spellbinders - Floral Ovals & Classic Ovals Large
Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit by Susan Tieney Cockburn

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just a little Valentine


Hello, and a big thank you to everyone that stopped bye and left such nice comments on my last card.   I did not even know I had a Stitched Scalloped Circle but I thought it went really well with the design.

You will need to die cut the little girl twice, once in white and then red card stock to create her dress.  I added a glitter trim to the bottom of her dress.  To create the hair I die cut the head in brown card stock and just used scissors to create the hair.  I used mounting tape behind the girl to add a little dimension.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers & Girl with Easter Basket
Memory Box - Stitched Scalloped Circles
My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Mounting Tape
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig
Spellbinders -A2 Matting Basics A

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chibitronics Light Up Birthday Card

Finished Card 

With battery pressed on card

I wanted to try my hand at making a really simple light up card using the Chibitronics kit I ordered from Amazon.  It actually is very easy to use and I was able to get my card to light up on my first try.  The kit comes with a nice instruction booklet, LED Stickers in all colors, coin cell batteries, battery clip and a roll of self adhesive Copper tape.  I also watched several video's that feature different ways to create your lights.  I only wanted the candle to light up so I used one LED directly behind the candle.  I hope you will give this technique a try.

Materials:
Chibitronics Kit 
Poppy Stamps - Birthday Candles
Memory Box - Petite Cake & Pastry Labels
Impression Obsession - Happy Birthday
Spellbinders - Standard Circle Large

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

You're My Cup of Tea Valentine

Hello, and a big thank you to everyone that stopped bye and left such nice comments on my last card. I hope everyone is well, I am sure hoping for warmer weather soon.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tea Set
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frames
Memory Box - Scalloped Cake Stand
Poppy Stamps - Aston Side Table

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