Thursday, April 28, 2011
How about this: "Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love makes the ride worthwhile." That is by F. P. James.
An additional note to yesterday's post regarding "make it & mail it". I said that we all have cards we've made that we never mail. I wanted to be sure you know about a program called Operation Write Home. It provides hand-made cards to our troops so that they have something special to send to their families. I send a big batch of cards to them every year - some are cards I have made and just never sent, plus I make a batch of cards specifically for this program. It is so great. While I do not support the war(s), I do support the troops and this is a nice way to share the love and appreciation. Check it out and support them; it is a lovely cause. After all, there are no Hallmark stores in Afghanistan.
Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend. We will be in the Napa wine country.....fun!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
My uncle loves hippos (remember this one?), so I made this for him using Hero Arts CL155 and some guy-friendly papers. I also submitted this to Hero Arts monthly challenge for masculine cards.
This will make Uncle Norman smile for sure!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
We have a photographer in the family who had a birthday, so I decided to make this vintage-style card with an antique camera cut-out from my stash. The inside says "bring on the cake", Hero Arts CL371. Several layers and lots of Distress Inks. The label is cut with Nestibilities, the buttons and twine are from my stash.
Smile for the camera and have a great day!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Have you ever seen dried hydrangeas? They look very much like crepe paper. So, I broke out my brand new Hero Arts Hydrangea stamp (I bought this with my recent Hero Arts blog comment winnings - thanks, Hero Arts!) and went to town. As you may see, I stamped the flower twice and cut out portions from one and added them, with dimensionals, to give the flower some extra pop.
For this card I used the following Hero Arts supplies: Hero Hues note card and envelope, PS611 envelope liner template, Cling Dots CG139, Hydrangea K5376 and Good Things Message C2826. Also used my Copics, Color Box Ink in Stucco, Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Dotted Swiss embossing folder and Spellbinders Labels in my Cuttlebug, and the ribbon and the pin are from my stash.
Thanks to Cath and to Hero Arts! Have a wonderful weekend and a lovely Easter!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
This is some great Spring paper by K & Company. I love this plaid ribbon.
Looks like we will have good weather her for the weekend. Gary and I are so happy that our Aunt and Uncle will be joining us for Easter. Wish the whole family could come, but we will have them in our hearts.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Easter!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This multi-layered card is made with one of my all-time favorite Stampin' Up stamps. Isn't the detail wonderful? And, because I am dieting, this is as close to a chocolate bunny as I am going to get this year. I have actually seen this stamped with a bite taken off the ear. Funny.
This sentiment set, called "Well-Scripted", is so elegant and gracious, isn't it. I love it; but I do not own it. Darn.
Have a great day and thanks for checking in here.
Monday, April 18, 2011
And, thanks to a lovely comment by my ever-so-challenging blogger pal, Cath, I will enter these in one of the current challenges she has going on over at Moxie Fab World! She has a challenge going on over there for gift wrap items. I haven't entered anything over there in several weeks, but love that site. So, I will give it a shot, thanks!
The Napa Valley was so beautiful! As the morning fog lifted from the lush green hills, I was doing my water aerobics in the 92-degree mineral water pool. Unbelievable! The grape vines are just starting to send out leaves and the weather was perfect. We went on a bike ride (I delivered my Easter cards to our neighbors) and had the best fun. Gary got his garden in - tomatoes, crookneck squash, lemon cucumbers and basil. Can't wait for harvest!
Today's card is another Easter gem made with Stampin' Up supplies, all color-coordinated. I love this little Easter girl. I am sorry that I don't know the name of this set because I made this with my friend Antoinette and I didn't note it.
Hope you all have a wonderful week as we all prepare for a blessed Easter. As always, thanks for checking in here!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Keeping it short this morning, as I plan to work at trying to get back onto my flickr account - I miss my Hero Arts gang there!
Have a great weekend! I sure will. There is warm weather promised, so I plan hours in the pool and maybe a bike ride. Tonight I get to see my all-time favorite, Arlo Guthrie, at the cool historic Napa Opera House! Do you remember how I went to his "Alice's church" in Massachusetts last fall and made this Christmas card with one of our photos? Can't wait!!!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The basket is cut from an electronic die-cutting system and the sentiment is a vinyl sticker. The fun part is the eggs. The eggs were stamped (Paisley Spring by Stampendous)and colored on "Shrinky Dinks". These are fun plastic sheets on which you can stamp and color, cut the shapes out and apply heat (a heat gun, an oven, etc.) and the images shrink to about 1/3 of its original size. It is magic! If you haven't tried this stuff, you should. It is great for kids, too.
Some real Easter grass was added to the basket and some ribbon from my stash.
I am still not back on flickr, but still working on it! Have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The egg shell is paper pieced and the chick is mounted with several layers. A silly little sentiment!
For those of you who are my pals on the flickr group, my account has somehow been compromised and I am not able to sign in. I am trying to work it out, but it has me worried that I may lose all my contacts, card pictures and favorites. That would be very upsetting to me. We'll see.
Have a good day - I am off to my volunteer job today.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
This is a Stampin' Up set that my crafty pal Antoinette has - she is so good about sharing! We have such fun making cards together. Thanks, friend! I love that egg designer paper, but I have no clue about from which company it came.
By the way, this is really my Monday post, but I am going to be busy practicing for my monthly ukulele jam and sing along tomorrow, so I'm post this tonight. Have a great week everyone!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
This is a Hero Arts stamp called "Antique Keys". I like it, especially for a man. I have used it for this card I made for my Dad (inside says "to have you for my Dad") and for the Hero Arts challenge this month for a masculine card.
There are several layers here - they add interest and weight, adding to the masculine "feel". One layer was embossed with the Cuttlebug and sanded to enhance the texture. For the keys, I mixed black and gold embossing powder together to resemble rust. What do you think?
The label is from my new Spellbinders Labels 21 which are shaped like cigar labels; again, perfect for a man! The ribbon, brown button and key are from my stash.
Love you, Dad!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I found this perfect background paper in my stash and used some "sheen" ribbon from Michaels. I used my Spellbinders dies for the circle shape and a Bow-Easy for the bow.
There will be more Easter cards this month - I love them! Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Have a great week - I hear that Spring is on the way!