Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Scalloped Easter Eggs

Hello Friends!! I needed to make some more Easter cards for friends and family. This is what I came up with...not too orginal or exciting from some of you extremely creative artists out there. But, the ones I am sending to will get a kick out of the chicks.

Hope that you are getting some Spring where you live and not getting that horrible snow in the upper mid-west the TV folks have been talking about. If you are....stay safe!!

On a side note, hubby, Wayne, and I both excited as we both found jobs!! He in the IT field working for the USDA and me in Home Health Care as an Aide. At least it will keep a roof over our heads and the bill collectors at bay....not that we were that close to loosing everything...I just always wanted to say that. Hope and pray it never happens!!

  • Stamps - SU A Good Egg
  • Ink - SU Basic Black
  • Paper - SU Delicate Dots DSP, Certainly Celery, Winter White and Bashful Blue CS
  • Accessories - Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, SU Brads, MS Lacy Border Punch, SU 1 1/2", 1 3/8", 1/16", Scalloped Circle and Word Window Punches

Thanks for looking and leaving your comments....I so appreciate you!! Happy Crafting!!


Friday, March 27, 2009

One Of A Kind Bouquet for Mom

Good Morning All!! I am so happy that I finally got this card finished....it took a long time to cut, as you can imagine! But, I love to cut like this, always have. In fact, when scherenschnitte (see here) was really popular, I did it....still have the itty bitty scissors! Anyway, the inspiration was the paper and that really great Kiwi Green!! I have included a close up for you. Sorry it is a little dull looking but, IRL it is much better!!

  • Stamps - One of a Kind
  • Paper - K&Co Amy Butler DP, SU Rockabilly DSP, SEI, Basic Gray Periphery, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Naturals Ivory
  • Ink - Ranger Archival Ink and Shabby Shutters Distressing Ink
  • Accessories - SU Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Unknown Black Organza, 2 Way Glue, Dimensionals, SU Scallop Border Punch

Hope you have a great day and as always thanks for looking and leaving a comment if you wish.

Happy Crafting!!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Crochet some flowers, why don't ya!

Alright, I posted these babies because of the interest stirred on a SCS thread I started a while back looking for directions for them. I saw them in the new Stampin' Up! catalog and loved them. I knew I could make them but, as someone else said, "Why reinvent the wheel?" These were my first attempts. I really love the 2 layer flowers best!

Only one thing I would change would be the size of the openings on the other flowers. Someone said to try the Magic Ring Method. Tonight I will give that a try to see if that makes a difference...I will let you know. Here is the link for the Irish Double Crochet Flower for those of you crafty enough to pick up a hook and "go for it!"

I want to tell you that I did not create the directions for them, sadly. I wish I had!! But, I am grateful for those before me who did because they are a neat way to add texture to cards!!

On another note....our son, Clark, has gone home from the hospital today!! Wooo Hooo!! I am sure that no one is more happy than he is!! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for him!

Happy Crafting!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Signs of Spring

Hey there! Yes, yes, I am working on more cards but, I needed to take a break and show you what is going on in our garden, so far,this spring. I don't know which season I love more here....Spring or Fall. How about you?

This Bradford Pear tree is a different variety than the ones you normally see. We chose it a couple of years ago because when bad weather strikes, this tree holds up better. I love looking at the showy blossoms, too bad they don't smell as good as they look!

The violets are transplants from my Mom's house....she tells me she treats them as weeds! My mouth dropped open. I love violets, pansies and johnny jump-ups. Just something about the cute faces!!

Finally, this geranium is about 4 years old. We winter it over in our basement under grow lights starting about February. That's when we start giving it water and fertilizer too. We bring all our tropical plants....hibiscus, plumeria, jasmine, passion flower, bouganvilla and geraniums Oct. 1. They don't get any water or fertilizer until March. It is so nice to see a bit of summer so early!

Okay, okay....I will get back to making something now. I wish I had the finances to get some new stamp sets! I am getting tired of using old ones.....like Spring, I need something Fresh!

Went to see Clark at the hospital today and he is going home tomorrow. He is so happy and so are we not to have to sit one more day in that hospital!!

Have a great day and Happy Crafting!!


Monday, March 23, 2009

Easter Bunny Wagon

Howdy! Here is my take on the SFYTT for the week of March 21. It really challenged me to use colors I would normally not use. Having said that.....I LOVE Pink!! Weird, huh?

Anyway, I started this by crocheting my own flowers( I used a #10 thread and a #7 steel hook)....actually I have been making them for a few weeks and I finally used one! YEAH!! Then I wanted to make something with the new SU DPs I had bought in a Paper Share that my Demo started last month. You get one 6x6 sheet of each of the DP.....1/2 one month and 1/2 the next. Sweet, huh?

  • Stamps - Stampendous, Memory Box (flower row), SU Taggers Dozen

  • Paper - SU Whisper White and Soft Sky CS, SU Bella Birds DSP

  • Inks - SU Basic Black and Basic Gray

  • Accessories - Handmade Crocheted Flower, Basic Grey Button, Making Memories Brads, All Night Media Punch, SU Scalloped Border Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, SU Taffeta Ribbon
And just to let those of you who have been thinking about my son, Clark.....I am happy to report he was smiling and joking around today with everyone. The hospital staff had a couple more tests today to make sure he was well. But, I think he will go home tomorrow....at least I hope he does!

Hope all is well with you and that you have Spring Fever too!

Happy Crafting!!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sunny Easter Wishes - Mojo78

Okay....finally....after several days of trying to get this finished.....I did!! I think it is gorgeous! I wanted an Easter card that reminded me of when I was younger....the purples, lavenders and yellows, like the Easter dresses I wore to church on Easter morning.

The flowers are done on watercolor paper with a wash of Barely Banana re-inker. Then I used my Twinkling H2Os for some shimmer. Finally, I had difficulty coming up with a suitable flower center....so, I combined an orange colored brad and several layers of Crystal Effects and a liberal dose of chunky MS glitter. I think they look like little gumdrops.

  • Stamps - SU Delight in Life, All Holidays and Bud Basics
  • Ink - SU Barely Banana, Wild Wasabi and Certainly Celery, Basic Black
  • Paper - SU Barely Banana, Whisper White and Wild Wasabi CS, DCWV and Colorbok
  • Accessories - SU Grosgrain Ribbon, Making Memories Brads, Crystal Effects, MS Coarse Glitter, Twinkling H2Os - Sunburst and Gold Dust, Dimensionals, Aquapainters

Thanks to all of you who responded to yesterdays post with your kind words and prayers. I do appreciate you very much! Clark is still in the hospital, still with Pneumonia. He will be in over the weekend. He looks a bit better and yesterday he even managed a weak smile. He let me know he misses his school friends.

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!!


Friday, March 20, 2009

A Quick Note

I just wanted to let you know that I have been very busy and that I have not forgotten you. But, sadly, I am not posting anything but this today. Clark, our son, is in the hospital with Pneumonia and I have been spending all my time there. He is doing a bit better yesterday evening...sleeping at least....which is the best medicine for him!

I have been working on challenges, Mojo and SYFTT, in spurts. But, I am so tired that I just cannot get much headway. Hopefully, this weekend I can get them finished. They will be my Easter cards so, I have to get them done!

Hugs to all and Happy Crafting always!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Orlando and St. Patrick's Day

So sorry that I haven't posted before now. Just seems like everyday since we have been back has been something going on. Two Birthday parties....one for Clark, who turned 20, and one for my Mom and brother, Louis. Both parties were fun, of course!

And we have been getting ready for tax time as well....I bet some of you feel the same way.....YUCK! The only good thing about it is getting money back...Yeah!! Too bad it is already spent...boo hiss!

This is a pic of Wayne's sister and her family, my brother, Louis and us getting ready to board the monorail at Magic Kingdom. It was a chilly day and it never seemed to get any better
either.....the wind picked up later in the day! But, it was still good to be away from stress and troubles at home!!

Here is Louis at Sea World, again, another chilly day. But, everyone had fun watching and feeding the dolphins! Wayne and I went on the Kraken ride....OMG that was nuts! I screamed the entire time. By the way, my brother is a special needs fella too. He has Williams Syndrome which involves similar facial characteristics. He was a hoot..everyone was his friend!

Wayne and I in Canada at Epcot. Not quite as cold there, thank goodness. We ate Mexican and English pub food. We have been there before and this time was a bit of a let down, nothing really
exciting going
on. We probably won't go back for a while now.

Okay, finally here are two cards I just finished for St. Patrick's Day. Neither are very exciting but, I wanted to show you that I was doing something for the holiday.

I wanted to buy a cute lepruchan stamp but, we just cannot spend for luxuries right now. So, I made due with what I had on hand. I have had the Irish Blessing for quite some time and never used it. So, I guess it was time!

I love the Irish people, their country and personalities Wayne and I were there in 2006 and have been wanting to go back again. But, the economy is preventing us from going just yet.

  • Stamps - My Sentiments Exactly, SU Tag Time, Linen BG, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Hero Arts
  • Paper - 7Gypsies, SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Khaki and Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • Ink - SU Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Rust and Pumpkin Pie
  • Accessories - MS Lacy Border Punch, Cricut Die Cut Tag, Cording, Dimensionals, Sponges

I hope that life is treating you fairly and that blessings come your way too! Happy Crafting!!