Friday, February 20, 2009

I seem to be in a groove

I have been busy working in my scraproom this week. I'm happy there amongst (amongst...really Joyce!) all of the stamps, papers, dies and inkpads everywhere!

First a banner for baby Ava (I really have to work on my picture-taking)

and a small journal for me. I have been wanting to use this dressform stamp for some time and I thought it worked well with the paper I chose (old K&CO) to cover the front of the journal. And, of course, always a paper flower. The pages are unlined so I think I will use this book to keep track of my many markers, inks, punches, dies and art pencils I have so I don't buy the same thing twice...not that I ever do that, do you? It is not uncommon for me to be shopping with my friend Mimi, and exclaim over some wonderful thing I see, and she says to me "You have that!" (That's why most of my friends are younger than me, I need all the help I can get!)

Two weeks ago, before the Valentine madness, my work table looked like this......but now, you can hardly see the top of it. (No picture supplied!)

I thought you'd like to see a recent picture of our Grandson, Charlie. He is 15 months old now and learning so many new skills. Both we and his parents have web cams so we're able to see him often...on line. It's cool to be able to do this but not the same as "in person" with big hugs, high fives and wet kisses! We hope to go visit him soon!

I'm off to babysit with a 3-month old sweet girl today. Such fun!

Have a fun Friday!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Great Give-away

No, not mine. I was reading Dawn's blog, The Feathered Nest, and she featured this wonderful blog, Theresa's Time-Worn Interiors and her 100th post giveaway. Go and take a look at her blog-it's lovely and she has some great links to other beautiful blogs as well. I love finding new and interesting blogs to read, don't you? And the prize gifts are terrific!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

To my family and friends, locally and in blogland.....

Happy Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day. It ranks right up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving in terms of decorations and food. I love making and sending Valentine cards to family and friends, decorating the house and the table with Valentine reminders and having dinner at home. The tradition in our family, and I'm not sure when this started, is to have "red" food for Valentine's Day. For David and me, this will mean dinner at home tonight, consisting of whole wheat raviolis in a tomato and mushroom sauce, Spring greens salad with dried cranberries and toasted pecans and garlic bread. (It's Ok-we'll both be eating it!) For dessert, chocolate mousse cheesecake.
Do you have any special Valentine traditions?
Some of the cards I sent....I have to give some explanation of this card (above) It is for my darling daughter, Michelle, who hates pink. Her favorite color is an orange Valentine for her! (You Are My Sunshine was her favorite song as a small girl)This card was for Michelle's BFF, Coutney. The little image is from Lulu at Home on Flickr. Lulu is the dearest person and her Flickr pictures are the best! Go take a look!

In addition to their Valentine cards, I sent Michelle and Courtney each a "Grow Your Own Man" kit. One got Mr. Right and the other, Mr. Perfect. I always remind my daughter, when you think you've found Mr. Right, make sure his first name isn't ALWAYS!

Did anyone guess who this was for?I have always been a card sender, even before I was a card maker. Even now, I make a fair number of cards but I am also a Hallmark Gold Crown member and help to keep them afloat. I have noticed that since I have been making cards, even my husband has been choosing cards for me (from the store) that look handmade. I told him that he's welcome to play with my supplies and create something if he'd like to.
My cards for David were funny.........(I made this one)
and sweet......This sweet card came from this wonderful artist, Sarah Jane, whose Etsy shop can be found here. She sells prints and cards and is very talented and a joy to work with. If my kiddles were still small, I know her artwork would be on their walls.
I hope your Valentine's Day is a happy day. If you don't have a special someone to spend the day with, then buy yourself some flowers and chocolate, watch a movie that you love or take yourself out for red food.
Kisses and hugs to you!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

February is a busy month!

Between Birthdays and Valentines Day...there are a lot of card giving occasions. I have discovered that once you make a card for someone, the expectation to always make cards for that person is high! Even though I have 100's of rubber stamps (and I love them) my favorite cards are made using vintage images and funny sayings. This month I have had fun making both kinds.

First was Mimi's birthday. Her card had to be girly and "vintagy". The image is from Flickr I think but I can't find the link...I'll keep looking.

Bev celebrated her birthday on the 11th and I sent this card
The images were from the CD that came with this book by this amazing woman, Sandra Evertson.
I have had the book for a while and pulled it out to play with it. Amazing artwork and so much fun to use the images!

Then it was Margie's birthday, too. Margie is the owner of Stamp Fanci. There was no way I was going to stamp a card for the Mistress of Rubber Stamps, and Margie likes my vintage cards so I made this card

The little girl image is from Lisa's Altered Art. Her images her so much fun to use. She sells her art through her website and through Etsy. Some close up pictures...
There was also a baby card to be made. (This will be given with the frame I posted about on Monday. The Mary Jane shoes were made using a Quickutx Revolution (4X4) die. I love them!)
This card was made because I bought the cakestand stamp, by Memory Box, at Stamp Fanci and had to try it out! The large scalloped border on this card was made using a Martha Stewart border punch...of course!
I will be back with some Valentine cards......and I haven't forgotten to post about my own Birthday.
My blog posts are either few and far between or so long they put you right to sleep. If you've read this far-thank you.

Monday, February 9, 2009

3 Friends-3 Frames-3 Different Looks

Three friends happened on some very cute bargain frames last week. Plain white, 5X7-inches, interesting MDF (particle board) mat. The mat was very easy to cover with paper. One frame (Bethanie's) will be a wedding gift,

One frame (mine) will be a baby gift, (The little girl in the frame is me....when I was a natural blonde)

Mimi decorated 2 frames that are available for sale in her Etsy shop here.

We all had fun with our that I've seen the others, I think I need to run and get more!

Monday, February 2, 2009

I am hoping my heart will continue beating in a regular pattern today...



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