Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Garden

First off, I made a master board by stamping with some distress inks, sponging on some distress inks and finally embossing.  Then, I cut it up into ATC size and created the springtime ATC and added butterfly fragment.  I used a couple of pieces of Stampin'Up! botanical paper for the background of the card; a bit of Glossy Accents to the bee and some ribbon and my card was complete.  I love using the ATC format for my focal point of a card and with the master board I have nine more little backgrounds to build upon.  Have a great day and thanks for looking.  Cheers!

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Distressing
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - Springtime
One Powerful Hour - Spring Into Autumn

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


These delightful daffodils are growing in our neighbours' tree!  Even though it is unseasonably cold here this year, the daffs know it is springtime and are happily blooming.  The first year we saw this, there was only one spindly flower that we never thought it would make another year, but each spring brings more blooms and the daffodils are flourishing.   We figure that one of our pesky, bulb-eating squirrels had stashed the bulb in the tree for a later snack, forgot about it and there was enough bits of soil to get it going.  I always look forward to spring and to the beauty that it brings.  Have a wonderful day!

'I can't know, only you can,
What makes my heart laugh,
 This branch of flowers
 Shaking in your wind.'   Rumi


Monday, April 4, 2011


In North America, Mother's Day is on May 8th but it is Mother's Day in the UK this week and the challenge for Sunday Postcard Art is "Mothers."  I made a very simple postcard using an image from enchanted mercantile, outlined it with a gold crylon pen and added a simple sentiment from Stampin'Up!  Happy Mother's Day to all moms who are celebrating this week!   Cheers!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Lost and Found!

I bought this stamp before Christmas and stamped it twice when I got it and just loved it.  I decided to make some special Christmas cards with it and couldn't find it anywhere!  After Christmas I organized my stamp drawers and got my husband to pull out the bottom drawer thinking maybe it had slipped over the back of the drawer - nothing.  Several times I have lifted up this wastebasket and vacuumed, pulled out the plastic bag full of paper bits and replaced it with a new one, but the other day I decided to wash the wastebasket and look what I found!  A little late for Christmas but a fun surprise!  Cheers!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Well, after a bit of a break from blogging, I finally have something to post.  My father has just turned 85 years old and a party is taking place tomorrow.  He also just bought himself a new car!  I hope I still feel like buying a new car at that age.  This is a picture of him as a young man and the little boy in the upper left corner is him at about 5 years.  I used some papers from a Tim Holtz stack and the car of course is one of his stamps.  A bit of weathered distress ink, some 7 Gypsies stamps and a couple of expressions and the card is ready.  Hey Dad - blow your horn and celebrate!  Cheers!

StampMan Challenge - Anything Tim
One Powerful Hour - Birthday Wishes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Hat