Saturday, June 12, 2010

Card For Deb and Dawn's Giveaway!

Although it's a rainy day, I'm happy to stay inside to get caught up and do a bit of crafting! Hopefully I can get a couple of cards made today. Life sure does get in the way sometimes!

I'm posting a card today that I made for Deborah. Patty organized a little card drive to help cheer Deborah up. She has had such a difficult time with pain lately. She deserves so much more! Deb is one of those lovely ladies in the Hero Arts Flickr pool, who gives and gives and gives! She always seems to do things for everyone else and it's nice to be part of something that gives to HER! Thank you to Patty for organizing this drive! Throughout the long weeks of pain that Deborah has endured, she continues to amaze me with her wonderful, positive attitude and fabulous humor! Her blog is a favorite of mine and makes me laugh out loud each time I read it! Here is the card I made for Deb.

The pretty paper behind the scalloped circle is from an Origami pack. I also used the same paper to make my first ever paper flower. The Hero Arts butterfly was embossed in gold. I hope it gave Deborah a bit of cheer.

Before I go, I want to let you know about a fun giveaway on Dawn's blog to celebrate her 250th post! Scoot on over and leave a comment to have a chance to win! And while you're there, look around....she is so very talented!

I hope your weekend is off to a good start! :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

First "Scene" card. . . . . Let's Chill!

Hello and happy Friday!

I think this is my first ever card with an actual scene. I have so much to learn about creating cards like this but it was so fun to try, and you can hardly go wrong with this adorable new stamp set from Hero Arts!

I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create the sky. The sun was made by using just a scallop punch and hand drawing the face. The waves and sand were hand cut. I took a few more pictures to try and show where I added the Glossy Accents and pop dots for dimension. Also used a white gel pen for fun! (Wasn't working very well though.)

I've had a couple of crazy, busy days and have not been able to comment on Flickr or blogs as much as I'd like. I'm hoping to catch up with all of that tonight!

It's a very gloomy, dark day here. We're suppose to maybe get some strong storms later, with large hail and damaging winds! Sure hope it doesn't happen!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look! I so appreciate it! Happy weekend to everyone! :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Flowers Starting to Bloom!

Happy Thursday to you!

After being at work yesterday, I spent the late afternoon and most of the evening with my sweet mom. She was actually feeling fairly good with less pain. For those of you who do not know, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a couple of months ago. I will some day do a post all about her, but for now, suffice it to say that she is an amazing woman who I admire and love so much! Her sense of humor, positive, optimistic attitude and love for life are still very much intact!

So, the reason I am telling you this is because I did not get a chance to make a card for today. Instead, I have a few more pictures of some of the flowers that have started to bloom around my yard. This first one is Veronica. I remember it being a darker shade of purple last year. This year it has such a pretty shade of lavender!

This next photo is of my Gaillardia. (Also called Blanket Flower.) When I took the picture, I still needed to plant some of the annuals in the garden. That's why you see only dirt around it, but isn't it beautiful?! When the flower is done blooming, there is the cutest little, soft, fuzzy "ball" left on the plant that lasts for days! And I love these colors!

Here is the first bloom from my Day Lilies! Love this bright yellow. I have two other lilies that are a beautiful, soft peach color, but they haven't bloomed yet.

And then there is this!! My huge, gorgeous Iris! They get bigger every year! It is such a deep purple! Looks fabulous near the bright yellow lilies!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the flowers! It's suppose to start raining later, and not stop until Sunday! I would so much rather have sunshine, but at least I have a hobby that I love....especially when it's raining outside! (Such a good excuse to stay in and craft!) Have a fabulous day! :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Something New For Me

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a good Wednesday! Last night I was having a fun time, jumping around to all the blogs I enjoy visiting. I had stopped at Lynda's blog where she posted a really neat link to a video tutorial on a card called "joy-fold." I watched the video and just HAD to try it! Now I know most of you have probably done this, or something similar (tri-fold) but I have never made one before. Of course it took me most of the night to finish, but it was so fun! Ya know that feeling, when you've gotten inspiration from somewhere, and you start pulling all the pieces together, and ya just get so excited?! Well, that's how it was for me! Sorry, I'll stop blabbering and show you the card now!

The little circle with the sentiment, holds down the folds.

Isn't that cool! I just love it! I've seen similar cards, like the tri-fold ones, from some of you ladies in the Flickr pool, but I didn't know how fun they were to create!! Why didn't anyone tell me that?! (just kidding!) All the paper used on the card is from a stack from S.E.I. called Aunt Gerti's Garden. It has lots of fun patterns in many of my favorite colors! I stamped the Hero Arts Hydrangea with ColorBox Orchid Pastel chalk ink, onto a scalloped circle Nestie. The Sentiment is also from Hero Arts.

So, if you happen to be like me, and have never tried one of these cards before, hop on over to Lynda's blog and click on the link! I'm tellin' ya, you're gonna love it! I want to thank Lynda for the link and for a wonderful blog that I love visiting for inspiration! I love looking at her photostream too.....take a look here. She has some beautiful creations! Have a warm and happy day! :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Once More with Color Layering

Morning all!

Well, I started back at work, with a short shift last night. All day yesterday, I kept saying to myself that I wish I didn't have to go back! To my surprise, I had a nice evening of catching up on all the things that pile up when one goes on vacation. Today will be my first full day back in the flower department and even though I think I could easily be retired without getting bored, I am looking forward to seeing my wonderful customers, friends at work and of course all the gorgeous flowers!

I have a card to share today. I posted it in the Flickr pool yesterday, but not on my blog, because I wanted to share the fabulous card I received from Kathy Racoosin instead. If you didn't get a chance to see it, scroll down to the post just below this WILL NOT be disappointed!

One more thing before I show you my card. Make sure you pop on over to Dawn's blog for a wonderful giveaway to celebrate her 250th post! So nice of her! :)

Okay, here is my card for today.

The card base is a pre-made one from an old "Card Kit in a Stack" from DCWV that I found at Micheal's for $3.00. You didn't really think I actually added some sewing on a card, did you?!.......I didn't think so! I wanted to do another card with the color layering technique. The text in the background is an Inkadinkado stamp, and I also used the Silhouette Spray and Wild Bouquet, along with the sentiment, all from Hero Arts. Both butterfly punches are from Martha Stewart.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm off to play with the flowers! It's especially nice to do that, when the weather is rainy and gloomy like today. I hope everyone has a fabulous lots! :)