Monday, June 28, 2010

NEW TEDDY ONBOARD


I have a new grand nephew onboard! Mason Alan weighed 8 lb. 12 oz. at birth and is just a wonderful babe! I did a small 5x7 album 12 pages (24 sides) for Mom Shannon to enter some of his pictures in. I distressed all pages with a CTMH powder blue to keep the bulk down. But even with the addition of embellished photo mats, journal box areas and other embellies, the thickness grew. But I hope it will last many years so he can show his children in generations to come.




Sunday, June 27, 2010

OUR (?) NEW POOL!



Nikko got himself a new pool - it was a grand freecycle find! We got the idea at first from my brother and his Brittany Treena. He actually had a huge watering trough for her to jump in and cool off. Well we needed something a bit more shallow and today was our day!

And as you can see he's had a ball in it for the last hour! He runs out of it with his ball and jumps back in and splashes around just like a kid! His ball sinks tho and he has trouble retrieving it so with a little help from me or dad, he's catching it in mid-air and on his way again!

He is a bath loving dog so his draw to water comes very natural. Now to find us a pool on freecycle - yah right!!!!!

99 CENT cards!

Hallmark wishes they had this gal as their artist! Barb is a wonderful friend of mine who lives in Florida! She's a perfectionist by trade and all of her cards are out of this world! She just leaves me drooling every time I get to view another of her creations.

Recently she went back to ebay to sell her cards - it had been a while since she did any trading there. But I encourage you to check out 3 of her cards she has up for bid right now - only 99 cents starts the trading and chances are you can be one of the lucky ones!!!!!!

Trust me, her work is awesome; you will not be sorry! Click here for her ebay presentation.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

UP, GO - DO!!

Today was my UP, GO and DO day! No sitting on the internet for any unnecessary time - get up, go and do.....clean up craft shelves. Donate items to freecycle. I even gave away a dehumidifier since we had purchased an eco-friendly one. This gentleman was extremely happy to get it too - as his basement was way too wet right now with all the rains we are getting.

So I then decided to make up cards with bits of leftover cardkits!!! Isn't this a treasure of a friendship card? I know, you didn't think it was a card. You thought it was a flower perhaps? It's actually created out of cardstock - the original base which you can hardly see anymore came from a card kit a friend in Louisiana rakked me with. So I distressed the front of it, added 1/2 in a coordinating patterned paper, glittered the edges of the distressed area and added flowers and crocheted flowers with gems and then a little note for the friend it will go to.

I always love to add a bit of 'me' to everything I touch - and I love to create these crocheted flowers in many colors.

I hope this inspired you to take something pretty plain and make it your own creation! UP, GO and DO tomorrow!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Now my husband is not one who wants a lot of attention. Very self sufficient, a doer type person. He's probably going to be embarrassed that I put a photo here of him in shorts! lol! That's his buddy Nikko resting in the swing with him.

But if he needs something, he makes it rather than drive 15 miles to town. But his children and I thought perhaps he would be amazed at what a GARMIN nuvi would do for him. He had no idea we conspired behind the scenes, so on Friday a package arrived for him. One can tell he didn't believe what was in the package, he was totally surprised. This is difficult to do with him - as he will easily suspect me if I'm being sneaky with gifts! But we pulled this one off.

Ann Weber made the cute card resting on the seat! Thank you Shane & family, Jane & family, Terri & family and Christie & family!

Hug a Father today!

Blog Addition after Cuba City parade today:

It's Dairy Days in our humble little neighboring town and Verdon and 3 of his brothers entered 4 projects in the parade. The little white eco car is Verdon's 3 wheel bike. It's a hybrid of pedal and electric assist.

The 2nd photo is the 4 brothers, Homer is on a tractor that he converted to a Honda motorcycle engine and Vernon and Richard have self balancing trailers (with motors of course). It was a great parade.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sunflowers Do Grow Anywhere....

No special cards to upload today (yet)!! But I do have to share this lovely sunflower that decided it wanted to grow right in front of our garage door. And yes, we do use this garage door constantly. The funny thing about it all is that the sunflower is in the perfect spot to not be bumped by the car or the door. Now how did Mother Nature figure out that one? I've watered it a couple times but most of the time it needs very little care - just a 'hi' when I go by seems sufficient.

There is a separation in the cement floor of the garage and the driveway right where the seed must have dropped - errrrr been planted by a chipmunk. And there it has treasured its spot in life.
Here's a quick layout I did for this little remind of nature's ability.

Like the little sunflower, maybe that's what we all need to do - treasure our little spot in life! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

OTHER PAPER Challenge - Copic Creations

This was a great challenge - a Dad's day card resulted from my attempts to use up some really masculine 'other than paper' items! The card is much brighter in person.

The frog is stamped on some background paper that is really heavy duty cs from Club Scrap a friend gave me. There is also heavy mulberry with embedded skeleton leaves of which I only used one. 1/2 of the base of the card is a woven strand material I received as a gift! The stampset is from Stampin' Up.

I hope you get inspired and stretch your imagination - I've learned to at least try. Who knows what may result!

My Favorite Summer Memories - GINA K Challenge


What is your favorite summer memory! Gina K is giving us a challenge to post a card produced with ANY one of her stampsets depicting some of our favorite summer memories. There are a lot of entries already, they are all so gorgeous. While you visit Gina K - do the blog hop and I guarantee you will be impressed!

My favorite memory is walking to Middle School with girlfriends and picking Queen Anne's Lace flowers. We lived on the edge of a small town so there was no loss for wild flowers along the route. You know the ones - the ones that fold together and can hold a penny as they get more mature! Of course I never had many pennies but I did a lot of dreaming and carrying flowers!!!

This set was produced with Gina K's Botanical's set. Right now she has a special on thru June. Purchase this set and you get a card kit free from her! You can't beat that deal!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS AND FLOWERS - JUST SCRAPS Challenge

I am totally inspired again.......after a horrid brain block! I just was not creative for some reason and then all of a sudden it all just disappeared. Maybe all the rain we've endured lately!

Tonite I'm uploading a very fun 6x6 card. You must know that I don't do many 6x6s because I simply don't have envelopes for them! Stupid reason, but hey if it's cheaper to go the other route, I generally do. But in this instance, I needed space....Jean's challenge is all about Butterflies, Flower and Birds. Come join us by clicking on the link.

The paper was given to me by a friend - so I don't know the trade name. The bird tho is from a Craft Lounge stamp set that I have gotten a ton of mileage out of! I purchased the set after a friend had sent me an image - I was totally smitten! I used copics (of course!) and even brought out my old rebel, my hot glue gun! What a fun card it was to make, I'm glad I joined this challenge! This card goes to my lovely granddaughter for her birthday this month!

Monday, June 14, 2010

STASH MONDAY!

STASH MONDAY.......perfect description to the way the day ended. Almost started out as Trash Monday when our prospective DSL just would not work. Took until 3:12 pm this afternoon for the ISP to figure out what was wrong....and I sure was glad to see everything happen all at once.

So in honor of TRASH MONDAY...I pulled my STASH and created 5 (only 4 shown) birthday cards for 5 upcoming friends' birthdays! I'll STASH a surprise inside of each and wish them the greatest birthday ever! As most of you know, I'm always hesitant to make bows for cards. Well, my friend Barb in Winter Springs FL rakked me with a nice baggie full - and it's so wonderful to just pull a bow and adhere to the card! Thanks ever Barb!!!

Isn't that what we all want - one special day a year? Sometimes it's tough to get, kwim? Have yourself a great Tuesday!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A No Sentiment Card



And at last I've completed my card swap obligations! Plenty of room left for the recipient to add a small greeting.......I love this stamp set!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beauty in Embossed Resist Technique


This card was created also for our card swap...I took my inspiration from looking at my roses today! The "CONGRATULATIONS" is embossed first and then the stamp actually laid over that and gently wiped free of any coloring if any remain.




A thing of beauty is a joy for ever;
its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us,and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
....John Keats, "Endymion"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Catching Up on Cards..



This card was made by me to put in our card swap. Keeping it simple so I can finally get caught up. Last nite I finished up 20 more card fronts - all different this time. Some for the swap and the rest for sending to our troops.

Wow! Our household has picked up even more speed as we dodge between the rainy days and sunny days. The garden is yielding it's 2nd crop of beautiful lettuce and the herbs are just stretching to the sun!

It won't be long and we'll be picking black raspberries, as the mulberries are ripe already and hanging heavy on the trees.

Sunday my youngest daughter and I met and tried out the new restaurant in Madison, Salad Creations! It was a great place to eat, we'll do that one again. And onward we went to Archivers - true scrapbook buddies!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

THE BERRY BEST



It's strawberry season in lower Wisconsin! The ripe beauties are relished by man and bird alike as we found out. A robin had pecked his way thru our netting to devour a tummy full of juice! We lifted the net and let him out and then repaired the hole.

So from there I decided it's time again to get my "YOU'RE THE BERRY BEST" Stampin' Up set out of mothballs! I haven't used it in a long time and it's a joy to use. Bad me!

This lovely bunch of berries will go to a certain birthday daughter this month - think she'll like it?

I used liquid glass on the berries to make them really pop! What upset me is the way the scanner seems to shine on the liquid glass and dull it! Trust me they are a beautiful red!!! I did a hybrid of color on the berries - mostly water brush but the basket and rafia ribbon are all copics! A bit of magic mesh in the background, a bit of distressing with my BazzInks and wallah!

Happy Strawberry Shortcake to you too!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MILE MARKER #9 for PRINCESS RAGGS



In a cat's life, I guess that's like '81'??? I doubt it - as this gal is still very much the young queen of the household! But at 9, she has the total right to lay contentedly watching out the window at the bird feeders.