Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy ATCs



I made up more ATC (artist trading cards) for our swap and extras to use on various cards. Glitter, copic pens, bazzill, eyelets and CTMH 'happy' from their August puzzle words. The cones and cupcakes came from a pif from our group (Scrapbook Place). Darling little stamps from a friend, thanks Anna.

Hope yoru day is 'happy'!!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quick CARD - KISS!


KISS - Keep it simple stamper! I took an extra ATC and attached it to an already made up card - just waiting for that extra plop of fun. I used various papers I've had on hand for eons, copics to color, jewel green eyelets, and pop dotted the ATC for some dimension away from the card.

Did I at least inspire you? I know we can add lace and all kinds of fluorishes yet - that may come the day I choose to use it. For now, it's perfect and it was simple!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finally - I'M BACK!



Whoever would've thought one wouldn't have time to post to a blog?!! Well it happened to me! With over 10 inches of rain in 48 hours last week we had/have numerous areas on our land needing fixing, including an area of the house as well. Drain tile could not hold all that wonderful moisture we at one time were willng to advertise "rain bait" for! Well enough is enough!

I'm getting ready for our swaps at Scrapbook Place! Anna (our wonderful hostess) dared me to do some ATCs - so I took 2 different groups. While I have about a month to complete them, I know I have to get everything done quickly. We have a weekend of camping coming up in August as well as a big birthday party at the lake for the great grandkids.

So this ATC is just triple mounted and I got to use my new ticket punch! Love that thing! I also am using my green flower eyelets Melissa sent me.........and would you even believe I'm back to using my Crop-A-Dile. The cherries and leaves were colored with copics and liquid glass spread over the cherries.

But not sure what word to use - so for now

HUGZ from me!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

More Garden Updates



Sadly, Jack has lost his pulpit, but hooray - he now has a lovely seed packet joined in the same area as the pulpit was. Look to the right of the stem under the leaf. The leaves are spotting and fading - but there is a promise it will return with even more jacks surrounding him. It's been fun following Jack on this blog.



My hummingbirds are drunk on hosta nectar this year. Of the hundreds of blooming hostas the hummers are having a party! One can quietly watch them in the dews of the morning and the quiet of the late sunset anytime. After a great rain, you can see the hummers sliding down the leaves of the hosta - supposedly taking their baths to rid themselves of lice.



This photo is a Montana Blue hosta (a miniature hosta), given to me as a gift from a felllow hovercrafter many years ago. This year it has tripled itself and is really doing a great job of blooming. I don't recall a bloom any year until now on this plant. The leaves are truly blue until the sun hits them. It's obvious I'm going to have to dig up more lawn to expand the bed!

So what do you think? Leave me a comment.......I'd love it!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Flowers in July


I'm taking time to work on cards in the background, so am updating you with some of the wonderful smells around my flower gardens.

First off is our lovely peppermint zinnias. Altho they are so easy to raise, I just have not raised zinnias much. So this year I did and am well pleased with their beauty and lasting color.

As hot as it has been in Wisconsin this year, my new butterfly bush is staunchly holding its ground. My friend Teresa sent it to me 2 years ago and it's a beauty.



The Candy Tuft Iris is a difficult touchy plant. But I have totally left it alone since I transplanted it several years ago and it continues to bloom and produce a lot of seed. I love its alternating leaf pattern.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Queen of the Month - our year comes to a close!


Yes, you read right - the Queen of the Month club on Scrapbook Place closes at the end of August, but - and that's the most important but of all - we begin a new club on September 1st. I will be one to renew my membership for sure. I have loved creating cards and sending images to the queen who reigns for each month.

This particular card is going to my bud, Teresa Rogers! She has been our loyal Queen in Residence for the past year. It hasn't been an easy reign with some of the members leaving the group and leaving a gap in the queens for each month, but each month we worked it out and incorporated new members, filled more months and had a wonderful time.

Teresa's fave colors are turquoise and browns (differing shades) so I thought I'd let Ms. Tilda pop off this page (and her royal seat) with lots of embellishments inside and outside!

The inside message says: You are the QUEEN! Nothing more needs to be said!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fairies and Roses!



(July 17, 2010 - UPDATE ON THIS CARD. At the time of this original post, I did not want it to leak out where the card would be sent. But now that it's arrived at its destination, congratulations to our August Queen of the Month, Barb Lobsinger! Hope you have a lovely reign. And enjoy this card!!!)

Wow, time does fly when one is busy! And this summer has me hopping all over the place! I finally settled down to take part in our group's July card challenge. We chose a variety of fruits and later those fruits were translated into actual card making items.

This card is a 6x6. I colored the image with my copics. I'm still learning about blending so don't look too closely! But I had to use at least one button, chipboard, metal, ribbon and color the image. I successfully did all 5.

Now on to the other 4 cards!