Sunday, February 27, 2011

Scrapbook Place Blog Hop #2

Thank you for joining us for our SECOND Scrapbook Place Blog Hop!  The theme for this month's hop is AMORE/LOVE/FRIENDSHIP........make it your way!

I decided to make an Easter card for the hop ~ one might ask why an Easter Card?  Well this wonderful fella has a heart and speaks with my love on Easter!

~*~ DEETS ~*~
Stamp:  Digi unknown
DP: STash
Ink: Kodak Ink Jet, CTMH and Copics
Embellishments: Stickles, bling, misc. ribbon.

Thanks so much for hopping by! Now it is time to see what the fabulous Allie has to share!

And remember, if you get lost along the hop, just come back here and click on the name and that will take you to the blog =)

Our featured blogger is Pat Martin who has a special something for you.  If you haven't been there yet, just click here and start there and you will be in the right order.





If you like what you see on the blog hop, you will want to check out the Scrapbook Place Blog for more inspiration and challenges!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Be a HERO at the Hambo Hoedown 4!

Well it's WEEK FOUR of the Hambo Hoedown Challenge.  If you are playing along with us, you know how much fun we are all having.  This week we had a sketch to follow which often makes it easier for everyone.  And since I have a bunch of boy birthdays including great grandpa coming up in March, all the elements started coming together for me.  So I made 4 of them!

Thank you to Hambo for providing this image at no charge!   Play along by using ANY Hambo image, and you'll get your next week's image free, it truly is that easy peasy!

I did not keep a list of my copics I used here but I kept it colorful.  Some double mounting, pop dotting, a few embellies and stitching, and a wonderful wish to my guy for a happy birthday!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

It's a Beach Theme at HAMBO HOEDOWN!

Come join our weekly challenge at HAMBO HOEDOWN.  This 6x6 card was created with the Hambo Pelican.  Color requirements are to use blue/tan/brown and make it a beach theme.  Very easily done tonite here in WI as we wait for yet one major snow/ice storm to hit us about midnite and continue for 36 hours.  OUCH!  I really would like to be in Florida!

The colors of my pelican look much MUCH better in real life!  My scanner is being balky tonite. 

DEETS are:
Paper from my stash
Magic mesh
Copics: W1, W2, YR31, YR00, YR61, E35, E00, B00, B02, B14, Y11
 and a bit of More Mustard Stamp'n'Write in the sand.
Lace created with MS punch

This card and many more will be sent to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in a CARDS FOR A CAUSE campaign going on in our Scrapbook/Card Making Group.  Come check out our blog!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hoorah for the Students of Alternative Energy Sources!

These are the students in ENERGY 3240: Fundamentals of Energy Sources class at the Univ. of Wisconsin - Platteville.   About 39 students and professors chose our home to tour and discuss alternative energy sources with my husband.  I took pictures, hahahaha!  Everyone who knows me, knows I can't stand still w/o talking, so we had a blast with everyone.  Lots of questions and we even got in a few questions of the group!
 It was the perfect day for solar usage too.  I baked up chocolate chip cookies and a rhubarb cake in the morning and presented the cookies to the students and profs.  Big hit there!  Ran out of cookies.  So I hid the rhubarb cake - no seriously I did not do that (hide the cake)!
Under observation were our solar oven; solar cooker; 2 solar water heaters; electric bikes; passive solar energy heating system of the south side of our home, and a few more items including our entire earth berm home.  I cannot tell them how much I appreciated their kindness and wonderful attention to my husband's display.  Seems like there wasn't enough time for everything, even tho they overstayed their allowed time.  From here they left to look at biomass at the coal power plant in Cassville.

Bella's St. Patrick's Day Tag!

Isn't she the sweetest!  I have no recollection how she came about  either.  This is from my stash of last year would you believe.  But she has beautiful green glitter - and she's all prepared to grace that bottle of Jack Daniels I'm giving for a gift on a certain birthday coming in March!

Hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The HAMBO HOEDOWN is having the greatest challenge using EYE MONSTER to relate some love.......all the love you want with those adoring eyes!  Our requirements are to use the stamp of course, another heart and also a sentiment.  Guess that's covered.

I used basically stash paper, doing a bit of distressing and double mounting - altho the pink backdrop from EYE MONSTER is actually dry embossed hearts from my Cuttlebug.  I colored with copics, and used:  C1, C3 Y21, YG03, YG23, and G85 as well as the colorless blender of course.  I did a bit of Smooch (pink) on his heart he's clutching so tight and then a bit of glitter and liquid glass from CTMH.  His eyes are popping out of his head with beauty - I used Liquid Glass on each of them also.  I punched a few hearts from my Sizzix and added some wiggle eyes!  My great grandkids are going to squeal when they open this valentine!

Come on over to HAMBO HOEDOWN - the stamps are the greatest and there's always a special going on!  I printed out several very large Eye Monsters and will make cards out of them too - I have lots of kiddos to surprise with Eye Monster!

Sunday, February 6, 2011


It's Super Bowl Sunday and of course in our house we are all rooting for the Packers.   At the HAMBO HOEDOWN, I picked myself up the free digi image and created a PACKER BACKER support card.  My daughter has reached a weight loss of 65 lb. thru Weight Watchers and this card gave me the perfect opportunity to show her our support.  You can see all the little Packer bears lifting her up on their helmets - well, there is always one difficult child in every bunch, right?  But note the M.V.P. comment and the scoreboard - Home team 65 - Visitor 0.  Get it???

 HOW TOS:  I created a 6x6 card with black cs and mounted true Packer green and gold atop it.  I fussy cut the images and restacked them on scrap paper to get the feel.  I laid magic mesh over distressed gold to look more football like.  I also distressed the magic mesh and even removed it about 1/2 way up the card to get the feeling of something else going on in the background.  Then I attached our little football bears and Shelly!

My copic colors used were: E00; E37; E35; Y11; Y15; Y13; G000; G07; G14; YR00.  There is some blending going on with the colorless blender as well.

The interior of the card has an appropriate meaning for my daughter.  She only has 15 to go and I plan on being in the members area the day she receives her lifetime goal pin!

That's all - such a sweet smile too!
 An afghan I crocheted for Shell's birthday!
 And she had her cake and ate a slice too!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Window full of flowers!

I have to share this gorgeous card I received in the mail today.  The colors are even better in person.  It opens to a beautiful bouquet inside and you can see the stick pin of beads and "For Linda" placed into the bouquet.  So close to Valentine's Day - this is just the perfect inspiration for all of us!  And much less expensive than those $75 bouquets, huh?!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's and Butterflies

It's February and Valentine's Day is fast approaching.  This is my last shot at getting my last few in the mail.  Today with no mail, I had a reprieve of one more day.  I'm using up the last of my appliques on cards - and it helps deplete my years of stash as well.  This card will be entered into Joan's Gardens Challenge.  Her requirements are:

1.  Use Yellow and Green
2.  a piece of trim
3.  a frame to call attention to your focal point
4.  embossing

I've covered all the bases here.  Wish me luck in the drawing!  :)

Queenly in Yellow/greens and just beauty!

This little queenly Tilda is on a gate fold card and colored in copics.  She's pop dotted off an embossed nestability heart (vellum and chalked in yellow) from their new set of 3 hearts.  This card is being entered into 2 challenges:

(which requires only green/yellow on the card/embossing/framed area and trim)
(which requires to follow a sketch on the blog website)

The center of the card is pretty straightforward and since it will be sent to our Queen of the Month, I added a die cut crown.  She'll also receive multiple images as well as a rak from me.  I hope she enjoys her reign for the month of February!

God does have a sense of humor!

At first glance I thought the pussy willow tree was sprouting their lovely white nubs!  But apparently the Lord wanted a good laugh at all of us as we dug out from under an additional 17 inches of snow this morning.  The willow ends are covered with an inkling of snow - very pretty.
There was/is beauty everywhere.  Husband couldn't wait to get the snowblower out and just have fun.  No sitting inside a cab for him - it wasn't long and he shed his jacket due to body heat!   We live in an earth berm home and our roof is literally on the left of the picture above - and he calculated we had about 17 ton of extra snow on it.  That meant snow blow the roof - just like we mow the roof in the summer!
 That's my hero and his little buddy!  Those are nordic walking poles, which we use on our walk.  WE usually do 3 miles every morning but today I'm sure he actually did 9!!!
Nikko loves this weather!  He does get ice globs in his paws and will lay down in the trail and wait for me to remove them; where upon he promptly will try to bite me thru the gloves.  Can't quite figure out how that transforms into a 'thank you'.
 We have a literal wildlife refuge on our 5 acres and I feed out about 13 feeders daily.  This is what the majority of them looked like this a.m.
About 2 p.m. this afternoon someone must have decided he had free time (or the township hired him!) and began blowing the snow off our little country road.  How cool! 

The groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter, huh?!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2009 Poinsettias living into 2011

 I wanted to post some of my poinsettia pics I took today.  These babies were from 2009 Christmas season.  I raised them thru the summer of 2010 in the flower beds, one didn't make it.  But these 2 huge beauties did and were able to brighten the solar room thru Christmas and New Years 2010/11 and onward.
 And I've been waiting for the center yellow flower to bloom.  This is what poinsettias do - just because the leaves turn white or red does not mean they are blooming.  The center must turn yellow and they are getting beautiful.  They sure drink a lot of water tho - but they are over 2 feet in height too.
I do a lot of misting their leaves to keep them healthy.  I hope you enjoyed your Christmas flowers too.  This is the first time ever I have carried over Poinsettias for such a long time.  It is fun.

February Calendar

Well it's February 1st and I needed to change my calendar.  This little kitty and calendar came from some lovely clip art I have on hand.  I had to freehand the dark aqua valentine behind her - nothing better than making your own valentines, is there!  Remember those days?  Those gorgeous fluorishes are black jewels I purchased from Joan's Gardens (  A bit of edging with my gold pen and some double mounting - easy peasy!  The paper is from my stash that never seems to end.  I take out and look back only to see more and more staring at me!  Thank Goodness we have a Stash Bash going on at Scrapbook Place!  Come see what it's all about!

 This calendar is being entered into the Scrapbook Place Challenge for this week!  Here's the sketch but we can deviate just to be creative.

And it continues to snow ouside!