Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween Wreath

Just got back from vacation and have come down with the flu.  I did get the flu shot already this year but I am guessing this is a different strain. 

Impression Obsession - Wide Tree
Martha Stewart - Branch Punch
Memory Box - Scary Spiders, Ghost Trio & Spider Web Border
Poppy Stamps - Gourds & Pumpkins
Spellbinders - Grand Circles

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Halloween Flying Witch Pop-Up

First so sorry about the picture, I just can't figure out how to take a good picture of a pop-up design.

I just purchased the Karen Burniston Pop- Up die set.  Super easy to use, she also has a nice you tube video to watch to see where to place the floating floor.  I like the fact that you could use the floating floor for any type of design.

Karen Burniston - House & Fence Pop-Up
Impression Obsession - Happy Halloween & Flying Witch
Memory Box - Ghastly Ghosts, Swooping Bats, Perfect Pumpkins, Tiny Bubbles & Grim Cauldron
Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hydrangea Stem

Hello, I hope everyone is fine and staying cool.  It has been ages since I used the Martha Stewart punches To bad they don't make them anymore.

I punched a lighter purple and used the bigger Hydrangea flower to create the shape, then punched out the darker purple and filled the flower in.  The centers are Nuvo Crystal yellow drops.

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Martha Stewart - Punch around the page Eyelet Lace & Hydrangea Punch
Nuvo Crystal yellow drops

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Walking In The Rain

Still hot here, so I thought it would be fun to create a simple silhouette card with rain showers.

Impression Obsession - Girl With Easter Basket
Poppy Stamps - Stitched Umbrellas
Viva Glass Effect Gel

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pop-Up Birthday Design

This is the card laying flat.

Sorry about the picture but I couldn't figure out how to get a good photo.

Really what goes better than cake,  tea and flowers.

I have never made a pop-up design before and really it is so easy.  I cut the card stock 11" X 5"  then  folded the card stock in half, score the fold.   I actually had the card stock on my cutting mat and starting on the left side of paper scored at the 1" mark only score about 1" down. Then scored at the 1 1/2"   2 1/2", 3 1/2" 4" and 4 1/2".  You don't need to score the paper but I just wanted the cutting straight.  Then I cut down on each piece I scored 1" for small pop-ups,  1 1/2" for center.   When done it gives you three pop out pieces to work with.  Really you could make the pop up pieces any size and length.  I

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Impression Obsession - Tea Set & Paper Cone
Martha Stewart - Balloon PUnch
Memory Box - Sentimental Happy Birthday & Fancy Blossoms
My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame

Friday, July 27, 2018

Blowing Bubbles

Greetings everyone, it is super hot here so this card design made me think of summer days when I was a kid.  Just a simple silhouette design.

Fiskars 1/4" & 1/8" punch
Fiskars 1/2" circle punch
Impression Obsession - Girl with Easter basket & Boy with Easter Basket
Poppy Stamps _ Garden Step Ladder
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics B

My Lilies are in bloom and the yard smells so good.
Purple Pom Pom Dahlia

Tall Red Lily

Tall White Lily

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Glittery Butterfly

Greetings and hope everyone if fine.  I have not used glitter in ages.  I used some double sided sticky paper for the glitter.

Memory Box - Drifting Side Butterfly
Poppy Stamps - Bountiful Sunflower & Bountiful Sunflower Background
Elizabeth Craft - Transparent Double Sided Tap
Purple & Green Glitter

We took another day trip over to Mt Rainier

Really fun ride up to the top of the hill.  We had lunch at the Summit House Restaurant which has a breathtaking view of Mt Rainier 

Picture of the glaciers on Mt Rainier
Elevation 14, 111'

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Strolling in the garden

Hello and hope everyone is fine.  We took a day trip on Saturday just for something to do and drove over to eastern Washington.  Below are some of the highlights.

Impression Obsession - Girl with Easter Basket, Tiny Flowers & Hollyhocks
Memory Box - Stitched Clouds
Taylored Expression - Arbor Accessories & Garden Arbor & Gate

Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth was a dying logging town that decided to re-invent themselves into the look of a Bavaria village.  If you are interested in reading about the history I have added the link.
Deception Falls, Washington
Wonderful little walking trails around the falls with picnic tables and bathrooms.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Lily Stem

Hope everyone is fine and enjoying the start of summer.

My Favorite Things Die-namics Lily
Memory Box - Meridian Border& Dancing Tulips
Poppy Stamps - Climbing Vine

4th Of July fireworks (for those that live in the USA) , sorry about the picture but they are hard to photograph.

Red Bartlett Pear tree currently loaded with fruit until the deer and birds have their way with it.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Happy Birthday Balloon Delivery

Greetings,  today's design was really quick, I just punched some circles, attached them to string and die cut the truck for my masculine card.  Making masculine card designs are not easy for me, I always have to stop myself from adding flowers and such.

EK Success - 1/2" circle punch
Impression Obsession - Classic Truck
Spellbinders Matting Basics 5 X 7
Assorted Glitter paper

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Out For A Summer Stroll

Greetings and thank you for stopping by.  For today's design I used the Gentleman Leaping jacket and added a Martha Stewart Doily punch for the trim on the skirt.  I thought since the Lady was all dressed up her little dog should be also.

Memory Box - Gentleman Leaping & Lady Dancing
Martha Stewart - Doily punch
Poppy Stamps - Frenchy & Stitched Umbrellas
Spellbinders Nestabilities - 5 X 7 Matting Basics B

Monday, June 11, 2018

Delivering Flowers & Double Rainbow

I thought I would share with you some fun pictures.  

On my card I used the Enamel Accents to color the girls hair, when it drys to has a wavy texture to it.  Even though her legs are really to short to reach the pedals,  I will just pretend she is climbing onto the bike.

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers
Memory Box - Vintage Bicycle
Poppy Stamps - Puffy Cloud Border & Large Garden Cart
Ranger Ink Enamel Accents

We had some wild weather the other day, thunder, lightening, hail and heavy rain.  Then the sun would come out and my husband took a fabulous picture of this pretty cool double rainbow.  

Double Rainbow
Here is a better picture of the double rainbow

Lilies and Peonies blooming

This gorgeous red Lily is about 5 feet tall.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Garden Vine

Greetings and thank you for stopping by.

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frame
Martha Stewart - Hydrangea punch
Nuvo Crystal Drops - White

I found a great bread recipe on Pinterest and have made regular bread and cinnamon bread using the recipe.  
  I have been taking the bread recipe and cutting it in half to only make one loaf of bread.  If you are making two loaves then you will have to increase the cinnamon sugar mixture.   For the filling I use three teaspoons of cinnamon and about 1/4 cup of white sugar and one teaspoon of flour.  After the bread has risen the first time I roll it out  22 x 5 inches brush the dough using a egg/water mixture.  Then sprinkle on the cinnamon/sugar/flour mixture, start at short end and roll it, sealing the ends and pinching the dough together.  Place it into the greased loaf pan and let rise until about 1" over the bread loaf pan.  
This is the best bread recipe I have ever used.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Monochrome bird on a branch

Greetings, today's design was very easy, to get the bird to stand out I added a black die cut behind the white one.  I have been working in the yard.  Finally our weather has warmed up and my garden is starting to grow.  When we bought the property the garden boxes were already here.

Dee's Distinctively - Chickadee
Memory Box - Perched Reed Bird, Nutty Acorn & Woodland Branch
Poppy Stamps - Pine Springs

Broccoli, sage, chives. mint and cauliflower
I used Solo Cups over my cucumber seeds because the birds are eating the seedlings.

Snap peas growing

Every year a Steller's Jay makes a nest under out deck

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rhinestone Birthday

Greetings I have not been making cards lately, ever since Spring arrived I have been busy in the yard.
I thought I would show you some of the plants that are blooming right now.

Too bad the picture does not show the fun rhinestones very well but it sure made a card with a lot of bling.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone and I hope your day is very special.

Cuttlebug - Flower embossing folder
Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Lawn Fawn - Large stitched rectangle frame
Memory Box - Sentimental Happy Birthday
My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Poppy Stamps - Dianna Border
Orange Rhinestones

Blue Clematis 

Robin's Nest that fell out of the tree

Pink Dogwood Tree

Pink & Purple Rhododendrons 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tulip Bouquet

Hello, just a really quick flower bouquet design. Most of these dies/punches I haven't used in years.

Impression Obsession - Paper cone
Martha Stewart - Double Edge Doily Lace Trim Punch
Marvy - Daisy punch
Memory Box - Tulip Petals
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig
Spellbinders Card Creator - A2 Matting Basics A

Pacific Northwest Wild Trilliums, these come up every year.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Floating Butterfly

Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog.

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frames
Memory Box - Drifting Side Butterfly
My Favorite Things - Lily

Wow these little guys are hard to get a picture of I bought some peanuts in the shell and then sat down and waited for one of the Steller Jays to show up.  They really don't like getting near the house.  But they are sure a beautiful colored bird.  We also have Scrub Jays but they are not nearly as pretty.  It is funny the Steller Jay looks like he is looking at me.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Family Stroll

Greetings and thank you for stopping by.  My ducks are certainly all dressed up for their garden stroll.

Impression Obsession - Farm Girl (ducks), Tiny Flowers & Duck Set
Martha Stewart - Ribbon Bow & Monarch Butterfly
Memory Box - Prairie Grass, Gentleman Leaping (hat),Stitched Clouds & Grand Alder Tree
Spellbinders  - 5 X 7 Matting Basics A

My daffodils are blooming now and the Tulips will be blooming shortly.  I found a fun video of some Daffodil and Tulips growing fields in Washington.

Fun video of the Skagit Valley Tulips and Daffodil that are grown there each year.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Curvy Vine

Greetings, today's design was simple by using just two card stock colors.

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers
Memory Box - Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
Spellbinders -  5 X 7 Matting basics B

I have completed another fun puzzle, it gives me something to do with all the rain we get.
(I get most of my puzzles from Amazon) 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Delicate Blossoms

Hello and thank you all for stopping by.  We have had three days in a row of sun. Of course the rain is not far off again.  I am busy getting my garden boxes ready for Spring.

I sponged the clouds using a cloud mask.  For the hummingbird I really went all out, I used watercolor pencils, then coated the bird  with Sakura 3D crystal lacquer and sprinkled on glitter.  I added a little mounting tape behind for dimension.

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frames
Impression Obsession - Wide Tree
Memory Box - Delicate Blossoms & Forest Hummingbirds
Prismacolor - Watercolor pencils

Evening picture of a Washington State Ferry and The Great Wheel located downtown Seattle.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Butterfly in Motion

Greetings and I hope you are all well.  I saw a video on the Poppy Stamps website where Dave Brethauer used gold thread to create a moving butterfly.  I did not have double stick paper so I used wonder tape instead and the string sort of moved on my finished design. But the butterfly will spin around when the card is upright.

PS - I watched a video the other day on a product that cleans shower doors (the water spots and soap scum) , fiberglass etc.  It is called Amaz (Amazon ) As soon as it arrived I tried it on my shower doors, you use a Scotch Brite Dobie  cleaning pad (or something similar) which I got wet, scooped on a little of the paste and rubbed it on the shower doors.  Then you wait a minute or so and use a clean rag to wipe off.  Oh my gosh, the shower doors look like new and I even used it on a hard water stain on the fiberglass tub which removed the stain.  

Memory Box - Stitched Scalloped Circles & Drifting Side Butterfly
Spellbinders - M- Bossabilities Enchanted Embossing Folder
Gold Thread

Monday, March 5, 2018

Swirl Birthday Design

Wow I am really pulling out the hardly ever used dies.  I have had the Heartfelt Creations Layered Elegant Swirl die for years.  But I was thinking why not use it on the sides of a card design.  Once again, that Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottle filled with glue really came in handy attaching the Elegant Swirl die cut.  The flowers are coated with the Nuvo Collection Aqua Shimmer - Glitter pen which I am just loving the finished results.  Yes, I know I am almost gushing over that glitter pen.

Elizabeth Craft - Bunch of Flowers 4 (1030)
Memory Box - Sentimental Happy Birthday
Poppy Stamps - Massa Leaf Background
Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations - Layered Elegant Swirl
Spellbinders - Grand  Squares
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Yellow
Nuvo Collection Aqua Shimmer - Glitter pen
Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottle

Critter Camera  picture of Snow in yard on 2/21/2018

Critter Camera captured Coyote in backyard.

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