Thursday, May 28, 2015

Flowers, flowers and more flowers ...

Hello my friends!
Today I have a card to share that has been sitting on my work table 'in pieces' for several days!  My mojo has been really lacking lately partly due to the fact that with the nice weather I had so much outside work to do that I preferred being outdoors vs in my cave.  
BUT ... I'm happy to say that I finally got it done and would like to share it with you today.

I have had this gorgeous Ken Oliver 'Watercolored Memories' background paper for quite some time now and FINALLY decided to use a sheet of it (versus hoard it ... lol).  
My image is from the Crafty Secrets Digital Flowers Printable Sheet - DPS-11
Decorative (white) backing panel is Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Spanish Collection Background' purchased through Dies R Us.  As well as the BoBunny 'Flourish' and the BoBunny 'Flutter' butterfly.  The mulberry rose is from Wild Rose Studio.

Since I mentioned all the outside work I have been doing, I thought I'd share a few photos of THOSE FLOWERS with you in this post also.  I love watching the various flowers come to life around our home and property!  You just have to love Mother Nature!!!

Asiatic Lilies



One of my all time favorites ... Bleeding Heart

We are lucky enough to have a nice level backyard and at the back of the property a wooded area which we have little by little turned into a 'picnic' area.  I have several perennials planted around the groves of trees (i.e. Hostas, Foam Plant, Coral Bells, Bleeding Heart, Phlox) but then I add impatience around the edge of the beds for a pop of color come summer time.  I finally got those planted last weekend (and oh my the mosquito bites I got in the process ... wow!).

 So now you know my excuse reason for not sharing as many card creations lately!  LOL
We also just planted 2 pink dogwood up in the picnic area so hopefully they will do well and add another spring time pop of color.

 Speaking of those new trees ... I'd better get outside and give them a drink of water.
 Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by today!
 As always ...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Take Time to Smell the Flowers!

Is your life as busy as mine?  
Hello Dear Friends!  Thanks for stopping by today!
I really need to 'take time to smell the flowers' ... 
life is just buzzin' by!

 There's a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters and our hostess Diane has given us a photo inspiration to create from today!  Check this out ...

 Isn't that a beautiful garden?  
I would love to be walking through there right now and I bet it smells wonderful with all the lavender and roses!  You can interpret this photo as you see it but I think Diane is looking for you to use the COLORS in this pretty picture!   I chose to go with the COLORS and the scene itself.  So pretty!

I had a lot of fun creating this garden scene. 
My husband teases me about always having to put 'birds in the sky' and 'butterflies on the flowers' ... so of course I had to finish off my flower garden with a couple little white butterflies that were laying on the work table just begging to be added.  

Here's an interesting little story for you ...
Did you know it's been said that when white butterflies follow you around, they are the spirit of loved ones just letting you know they are watching over you?  
Call me crazy!  But over the past couple of years, all summer long when I am outside mowing the lawn or working in the flower beds there are always TWO white butterflies following me around.  Since both my father and my father-in-law where avid gardeners, I'm assuming it must be them watching over what I'm doing and guiding me in the right direction.  
Call me crazy again!  But I have noticed that in these past couple of years my flowers have been SO vibrant in color and my lawn looks better than ever!  
Must be the help of our Dad's guiding hands!

Well, I will leave you with that and get back to business here in my crafting cave before it's time to get outside in those flower beds!

 I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun! 
I'd love to see what YOU create!
As always . . .


Papers:   white cs, SU pear pizazz cs, SU garden green cs, SU old olive cs, DCWV Latte matstack,
Dies:  Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches' Petite Vinery, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches' Blossoming Branch, Heartfelt Creations 'Birds & Blooms', Impression Obsession 'Fence', Joy!Craft 'grass', Poppy Stamps 'Classic Ribbons'
Accessories:  Kaiser pearls, TH Dusty Concord distress ink, sponge applicator, Prima flowers, Stickles, Martha Stewart '3 in 1' butterfly punch

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Saying "I DO"

Hello Dear Friends!
It's time once again to share an inspirational sample using die cuts for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you EVER need inspiration ... especially with using die cuts, please be sure to pop over to our Inspiration Blog.  Each week day Monday through Friday one of the team members will share a NEW creation using die cuts carried & available at our Dies R Us Store.
Please check it out!!

With wedding season right around the corner, I've been receiving some requests for wedding cards and this card was created for a lady who wanted something in purple & white but not a lot of layers or fuss.  So, this is what I came up with and she loved it!

The dies I chose for this card are:
Marianne 'Tiny's Love Birds'  LR0298

The only 'fussiness' I added to my card was the 'pearl necklace' and diamond Stickles on the birds wings and the brides dress.  I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color in the brides face/hair.  The pearls are actually purple though they look black in the photo.

This is a true showing of how quick & easy a wedding card can be created with just a few die cuts.  You will find dies available at the Dies R Us Store to cover a large variety of occasions.  Please be sure to pop over and have a peek.  I'm sure you'll find exactly what you're looking for!  AND at a very reasonable price!!!

Party Time Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes with a Twist of Die Cuts

A quick reminder that you still have a few days to participate in our 1st Anniversary Challenge at the Dies R Us Challenge BlogYOU could be one of our FIVE winner's ... HURRY!!

Time to get busy here in the cave!
So, until next time, have a fabulous day and as always . . .

Monday, May 25, 2015

Birds of Summer . . .

Hello dear friends!
 I hope you had a fabulous weekend! 
Ours was relatively quiet with the exception of the graduation excitement for grandson Jonathan.  If you follow me on Facebook you've already seen these photos (sorry ... family pride is overflowing) ... I am SO very proud of our 'little family' and just had to share that excitement with you all!

 This is a small country school (graduating class of 43) so they were seated more by height vs name.  
Jon is 6' 3" so he was FIRST in and LAST out!  LOL!


And to his parents for raising such a warm hearted, soft spoken, hard working young man. 

It was FIVE years ago when we stood in this very room congratulating granddaughter, Morgan on her high school graduation!

WOW ... time sure flies.  Now she is busy working for Medic Rescue ... going to school for her EMT license ... a fire-fighter and hopes to continue in her sign language.

Of course none of us know what the future holds but my wish for my grandchildren is to strive to achieve their goals ... whatever they might be ... keep their family bond as tight as it is today ... and to be HAPPY ... life is short  ... make each moment count!

Thanks for letting me share my family's joyous day with you all.

Now, onto the crafting side of my life!

Today I'd like to share a couple beautiful cards with you that I created using images and paper from Crafty Secrets!  The product I've used today are:

I just LOVE these papers and images!
They are fitting for so many occasions and the colors are beautiful!
I was in need of more birthday cards so that is the occasion I decided upon for my cards today.

Other items used on my cards:
Joanna Sheen lace dies, Sue Wilson Ivy Corner, Darice birdhouse charm, satin ribbon, baker's twine, TH distresser, MS frond punch, Prima flowers, Wild Orchid flowers, Fiskars swivel craft knife for fussy cutting

Thanks for stopping by!
It is Memorial Day and although we don't have a cookout or anything planned, I've put the holiday table cloth on the picnic table up in our picnic area where I hope we can sit and enjoy our afternoon meal.  I also need to get my annuals planted up there so hubby can sit and keep me company while I gt it done ... the last planting needing done for this year.

Happy Day All ...
As Always ...

Remember ...

Happy Memorial Day to all my U.S. friends!

Please take a moment out of your holiday fun festivities and remember those who lost their lives that we may keep our freedom!!
God please watch over our military boys & girls!

God Bless the U.S.A.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Have you missed me? LOL

Hello my friends and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Sorry I've been a bit MIA ... just so much going on outside with the weather being so nice.
But I'm pleased to say flowers are planted ... mulching is done ... deck is power washed and I'm ready to relax and enjoy summer!!!

Today's a big day for my family ... grandson, Jonathan graduates high school today.
Jonathan has gone to the career center the past 2 years taking up welding and graduated there this past Tuesday evening ... but today is graduation from his actual school ... Leetonia H.S.
Fun fact:
Leetonia H.S. is a relatively new school (K-12) and Jon's class is the 
FIRST graduating class who attended Leetonia all 12 years.

Now on a crafting note ...
I have been crafting but mostly filling orders and DT work.
I have an order for 10 tissue box covers ... would you like to see a few?

Well sorry to make this so short but it's going to be a busy day!
I promise to be back soon with some fabulous cards to inspire you with.
Till then and as always ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My favorite color ...

Hello Dear Friends!
Today I was in the mood to just create something in my favorite color combination ... purple & green (or for that matter, purple and ANYTHING!) lol
Here's what I came up with . . .

I've actually pulled out a couple of dies that I bought and never used.  Do you ever do that?  I see a die I just HAVE to HAVE then once I get it I put it away and forget to use it ... is that considered hoarding?  LOL

Anyways, I love how this came together.  Of course I'm sure you recognize the background paper as Graphic45 'Secret Garden' and the bird image comes from the Graphic45 'Time to Flourish' 8x8 paper pack.  A short while back I spent a day making homemade flowers and this is my last purple one ... guess I'd better get busy making a few more for my stash (in purple that is ... I still have other colors).

Here's a couple of close ups ...

A few challenges to share in today are:
Artistic Inspiration Challenge #131 - Anything Goes with a Twist of Swirls
Card Mania Challenge - Pearls and Swirls
Crafty Boots Challenge - Ribbon or Lace

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by to see what I have to share with you today!   I hope you find inspiration in my work ... I know I find so much inspiration from all of you!
Have a fabulous day and please stop back again real soon.  Now I'd better get outside in the flower beds ... I think that's the weeds I hear 'taking over!'

As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Lavender cs, Graphic45 dp, olive cs
Inks:  TH 'Dusty Concord', Memento 'Bamboo Leaves'
Dies:  Joanne Sheen 'Isobel Lace Border', Memory Box 'Forest Hummingbirds', BoBunny 'Flourish Dies', Sue Wilson 'Classic Rose'
Accessories:  MS Frond Punch, Eva crystal swirls, Kaiser pearls, SU dimensionals, large sponge daubers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Congratulations Graduate!

It's quickly approaching GRADUATION time of year
and I have FOUR graduation parties this year ... one of which is my grandson, Jonathan!

Hello Everyone!
Today I have a card to share that was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog where I am a team member.  You can see my creations every Tuesday and my team mates the other week days.  Need inspiration using die cuts?  Pop over and check 'em out then hop over to the Dies R Us store and place your order!  LOL  (that's what I do!)

The dies I've used on this creation are:

Remember, if by chance any of the dies you are wanting are Out Of Stock ... simply click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List', fill out the information and you will be notified as soon as it arrives back in stock. 

There is a nice GRADUATION themed selection of dies available at Dies R Us ... which makes grad card making so quick & easy.  Now if I could only figure out these kids school colors I'd be all set!  LOL!

Don't forget to join in our MONTH LONG Anniversary challenge going on at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  In honor of our 1st Anniversary, we will be choosing FIVE winner's for this challenge, who will receive a DRU gift voucher.  Please come join in the fun!

A few challenges:
My Sheri Crafts Challenge - Graduation
 Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft Challenge #4 - Anything Goes (or) CAS
Craftin Desert Diva's Craft It Up & Link It Up Challenge - Graduation

Guess I'd better get these other grad cards made before I run out of time!
Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Paper:  White, Black & Red card stock
Dies:  Listed above
Accessories:  Kaiser black pearls, pop dots

Monday, May 18, 2015

Flowers make me happy!!

Hello Blogging Friends!
Happy Monday to you and thanks for stopping by today!
Today I have another card created using the fabulous images/papers from Crafty Secrets.

After a bit of stenciling on the background paper, I started using some of the scraps I had laying on my table from other creations (lace panel, butterfly, ribbon).  I love when I can pull scraps together to make a beautiful card.  Of course using the gorgeous focus images from the Crafty Secrets Digital Flowers Printable Sheet - DPS-11  and Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection Kit - DPK-26
made it really easy!

Be sure to pop over to the Crafty Secrets Store and check out the amazing sale going on ...

Also please be sure to check out our BLOG and don't forget we have a new monthly Linky Party (Challenge) the 1st Monday of each month.  We offer FREE stuff for you to create with and play along ... just in case you don't have any Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage product in your stash YET.

Great Impressions May Challenge - Celebrate Spring
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #10 - Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #44 - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz May Challenge - Anything Goes w/bow

Well, it's the start of a new week and I have a TON of things on my ToDo List so I'd better get moving!  Hope you have a fabulous day today and week ahead!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Lavender cs, SU Groovy Guava cs, Prima 'princess' dp
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon, Tim Holtz distresser, Joanne Sheen 'Harriet' lace edger, Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly, The Crafter's Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage stencil, SU Groovy Guava ink, large sponge dauber, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cardabilities Reveal #123

Hello Dear Friends!
It is time once again for the new Sketch Reveal 
at the Cardabilities Sketch Challenge Blog.
But before I share today's sketch & card with you I have to share some EXCITING NEWS!
I've been asked to return to the Cardabilities Team for another term ... YAY!!!
I know I've said this before, but I'm not kidding when I tell you how much I am enjoying being on this team and working with these beautiful sketches!  These sketches truly make me be 'more' creative and think outside the box and I LOVE that!!!

Here's today's card and sketch ...

You will have until May 28th to join in our challenge and please be sure to review our rules.
One rule I'd like to mention is:  your entry can be shared with only 3 additional challenges in order to qualify for our prize. 

I adore vintage design and my friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) steered me towards these beautiful vintage images by PION design.  Maybe that's one reason why I so enjoy these sketches ... they work beautifully with the vintage style I love so much.

We are thrilled to have not one but TWO fabulous sponsors for this challenge!

Please be sure to click on their links and check 'em out!!

Challenges to share in today are:
ScrapbookerPhD Challenge - Mother's Day optional/ flowers
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Feminine
Crafting by Design - Flowers

Need more inspiration?
Pop over and check out the amazing designs from the rest of the team!
These ladies always make my jaw drop!!!
NEW TEAM begins in June ... another round of amazing talent ... wait till you see!  WOW!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Cardabilties!
As always . . .

Papers:  white cs,  SU pear pizazz cs, SU pink pirouette cs, Anna Griffin dp, Paper Pizazz dp,
Image:  PION design 'From Grandma's Attic-tinted' French ladies-PD3111
Dies:  Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Wings', Cottage Cutz 'Ivy', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizontal Fishtail Banners'
Stamps/Ink:  Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose', Stampendous / TH 'tea dye' and 'brushed corduroy', Memento 'bamboo leaves', TH 'spun sugar' 
Accessories:  Martha Stewart 'branch' punch, Martha Stewart 'frond' punch, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 'Sugar Plum Fairy' and 'Cranberry Zing', The Crafters Workshop 'Mini Butterfly Collage' stencil,