Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Sketch

Here is my 365cards Sunday Sketch.
I use papers from The Linen Closet Matstack. The flower from the bridal section at Michaels. The ribbon, and pearls came from the top of my desk. ;)

Summer Nights

And the summer nights are upon us down here in NC. The humidity is beginning to rise. Pat's Saturday challenge is about summer fun. One of my happiest memories is when the boys were little, and I showed them how to catch fireflies. since Scott's death, I reflect back a lot about their childhood. Good, wonderful, happy times.

I used Cricut's Stretch Your imagination cartridge to cut out the canning jar and the fireflies. I used Plantain School house for the grass. I cut the canning jar out of the clear acetate, then the jar lid out of silver foil paper and roughed it up a little so it would look like one of the old "timey" type lids. I adhered the jar with3d dots, also the fireflies underneath the jar, and in the night skies. the others in grass were just stuck on. I hope you get out this summer and catch some fireflies. Be young again.
And yes always remember to catch and RELEASE those little wonders.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Around My House

My Mom, Sister and Niece came to visit today. As they were getting ready to leave, we walked around the house so Mom could see my flowers and garden. Ashley, my Niece took some shots with he phone camera. She takes better shots with it then I do my real camera. Hope you enjoy seeing them.
A shot of a wind chime in one of my Maples

The Clematis winding around my light post

And finally but most important. Miss Flossie Mae using her best manners for our company.
Thanks Ashley for sharing these today.

Friday, May 28, 2010

365 Cards Sunday Sketch

At 365 they have a Sunday Sketch challenge. Go here to see the sketch. I have all the elements of the sketch on it, just not in the same order. The paper was a scrap, so I have no ideal where it came from. Well everything on it was lying on my table. So this should qualify for a scrap challenge too if there is one out there somewhere. ;) Oh the main difference was that I made a first aid kit instead of a card. oops.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Shades of Brown

Shades of Brown, that is what my yard is going to look like if we have a dry summer, and don't get lots of rain this summer. But on to the Southern Breezes challenge this week. It is none other then "Shades of Brown" We have a friend that has a birthday next week and masculine cards are so very hard for me. He is a fantastic fisherman, always out fishing my husband. (Allan my DH, doesn't know I am sharing that) The image is digital, and I tweaked the image a little with some brown pencil. I went on to,layer it on 2 other shades of brown. I finished it off with 3 multi shades of brown buttons. Thanks for looking. I am off to do my rain dance now. ;)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

All Natural

At 365 cards, the challenge was to use something from nature on the card. This is a set of cards I made for a birthday present. I wanted to use the same base card and color scheme on all of them. She will have to hand deliver them because of the embellies. I have them in a padded mailer with card board protectors to send as the gift today. Birthday tomorrow. I am cutting it close I know. The photo below is zoom in on the card that qualifies for the challenge. I used the dried leaf spines on it. thanks for visiting.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Me and Mine

Today's post is nothing to do with paper, ribbons, embellies or the sort. I just wanted to share a few pictures of pictures of the things around my yard. The others were taken on my granddaughter's 21st birthday, back on the 3rd of May. Enjoy!!!
I always try to grow some nasturtiums because my mother always did when I was growing up.

Miss Flossie Mae just had to get in the above photo

The North 40 Feet that is (wink)

The first picture is of Amber my oldest Granddaughter on her 21st birthday, with the middle granddaughter, Madison. The second is of Amber and the youngest Granddaughter, Natalie.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Paint Chips

This week Pat is having us make a card using paint chips. Boy Allan was glad to find out the chips were for a card, and not me deciding that we were going to paint. I chose Spa Blue, Birds Nest, Sundress and Clay Ridge chips for my graduation card. I used the blues on the front and the greens on the inside. I cut the word Dream out using my Cricut Design Studio, so the letters would be all connected. The flowers came from Michaels in the bridal section. The other accent down the side came from my sewing basket. Then just 3 stick on pearls. On the inside I used the green chips to make a pocket on the left side to hold money or gift card. I finished it off with a graduation sentiment.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Flower, Southern Breezes and RAKS

This is a picture of one of the newest flowers to open in my garden today. Isn't it beautiful.
RAK's how much they mean to people. I am going to have to start doing better and do more of them myself. I have a friend whom I have never met, but has sent me a beautiful hand crafted card, every week since my son ,Scott died. Now I have to admit that I have never been that kind to anyone. Her gifts of love has taught me a valuable lesson. Her RAKS brings a smile to my often sad face when I open up my mailbox. Thank you Pam (Mugsy Creates) You are definitely one of a kind. And her creations are divine. Plus, she remembers I love purple and flowers. Please go visit her blog, she has such inspiration to share.

Now on to Pat's weekly challenge. It was a recipe. We were to have 3 layers circles, and like images on them. It is that time of year again, when Mom's vacation is over and the kids get out of school. ( I wished I could go back to that time in my life). So I chose to make a T/Y card for a teacher. I know teachers are probably absolutely tired of apples, apples, apples but I did a card with them on it anyway. ;) And yes I know pink and red doesn't go together, but honestly (and Flossie Mae is a witness for me) it looks that color in the picture only. I have a green and red dotted bottom layer, a red middle layer, and a green top layer. I used my Cricut to cut the little circles and the little apples. I used a Thanks sticker, distressed the circles a little glued down the apples, drew on the leaves, added a red ribbon, and popped the circles on with fat glue dots.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Strawberries & Chocolate

Two of my favorite things are Strawberries and Chocolate. So you know I just adore chocolate dipped strawberries. I plan on fixing some for Mother's Day lunch. Well I am going to fix them, whether I have enough to share at lunch, will be the question, cause I will tend to sample as I make them I am sure.

This week for Pat's challenge we were to make a spring card. Always when the Irises are in bloom, I start looking for road side markets, displaying the big juicy red berries. That is one of my favorite things about Spring. I happened upon THIS blog, and she has free strawberry box templates. She also has two different cards you can print out that coordinate with the boxes. I took the downloads a step farther and cut several of the berries out so I could layer them with the 3d dots. I also cut out the front of the 1st card, and layered it on black and green paper, and added a black polka dotted ribbon. I used the front of the 2nd card to use as the sentiment on the inside of the card, layering it also and added a cut out berry to finish it off. In the third picture of the inside of the card you can see that I used Sakura Glaze black pen to emphasize the seeds on the berries. I put the strawberry candies and kisses inside these, cutest little boxes. Everyone needs to hop over to her Blog - Schlosser Designs and see all the neat stuff she has to share.