Monday, April 21, 2014

Ready for a new Challenge??

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We enjoyed a beautiful
 Easter Celebration but its back to the grind now! This weeks
 Challenge at FOSTV is to make a Waterfall card. Now I have 
to admit this was a bit of a challenge, but I found
 a tutorial on YouTube and got it whipped. 
The dp was stitched onto the base and the green 
tie down strip added. Although the
 white strip doesnt show its embossed. The sentiment is
from the Friend Set. All
the sets used can be found at the Marks Finest Papers a
Heinrich Co. Store HERE.
I
I used flowers from the new April Release Camellias, Lotus Blossoms, 
Black Eyed Susan Mini and Dragonflies  Mini Sets.After coloring 
them they were added to the tab.
After embossing the tab I added the reinforcement tab,
 punched a hole and added the ribbon pull.
I stamped a couple little messages
on the bottom of the tab so
when its pulled you will see them.



This weeks winner will take home the Year of Horse Set

* Year of the Horse mini stamp set

Friday, April 18, 2014

A fun new Challenge

Tutorial Time with Speedy TV has a new tutorial today. Lis is showing us how to
 make Medallions and lots of fun ways to use them.I decided to go with flowers.
 After punched the edges for the large medallion I added layers of dotted swiss, 
gingham  pink paper and a little floral print with a pearl center, easy peasy 
flower! The small one just has the gingham and a punched striped layer
 with the pearl center. The leaves were cut with a Spellbinder die and 
the butterfly is a Cherry Lynn die. The white was embossed with the 
Dotted Swiss folder and the little torn pink piece stitched on. The 
sentiment was mounted on a piece cut with a SU punch. 
The Sentiment is from the  Friends Set

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon

is the Sponsor for Team B's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge this week.

 They have a lovely selection of ribbon including all colors of seam 
binding so stop over and visit them HERE.  

Our theme this week is Vintage/Shabby Chic. My project is a little wall hanging. 
I started with a piece of light weight card board cut out with a Spellbinder 
stitching two layers together to make it good and stiff. I  used some
textured packing paper, a piece of corregated cardboad box stitched on
for the base. I had an old rose print I tore and added. Using texturing
compound I stenciled on the random dots them used inks to color 
them. Some old lace trim was added in a few random
spots. The flourish is a Cherry Lynn die cut into pieces.
I stained and dyed the buckram that is tucked around
the flowers. All the flowers are vellum. The two
at the top are cut with a Spellbinder rolled rose.

 The leaves are all from a Spellbinder die also.
Im not sure what the butterfly die is.
 A piece of pink was cut and embossed with
a dotted swiss and tucked in.The
sentiment is an old stamp I have dont know the maker.
I stamped it onto the piece cut with a Spellbinder then
faux stitched and edges inked.

The rose on the bottom is cut with a Spellbinder Rose Creation;
the foliage is also Spellbinder and I added a little rose
bud to it. I actually think I will replace the
rose. It was pale with the edges slightly darkened
but it looked a little to peach compared to the ribbon
so I tried to add some pink in and its too bright 
and blobby looking now after I see it in
the photos.














when the pic

Monday, April 14, 2014

A color Challenge this week

Hope you all had a great weekend. This Mondays Challenge at Friends of Speedy TV
 is to used Purple & White. Not a hard challenge for me because purple is one 
of my favorite colors. I cut the edge with a Spellbinder die and then embossed the 
remainder o the white. The purple was embossed with a SU folder and all was 
stitched on. The lace is from my stash just waiting to be used on this card lol! 
I really like this image from the March Release called Friends Set. After
 coloring I cut out with a Spellbinder Scalloped oval leaving the two
 blossom edge out, dont remember what that technique is called.
 Added it to the purple plaid and foam dotted on. The  Sentiment 
is from the Just a Note Set and stitched on with the button. 
 My teamies really did a stellar job on this challenge, 
check out their awesome cards and join us 
while you are at it.





The winner receives the Gullible Stamp Set this week!


Gullible Mini Stamp Set


My new great niece  Emma, born last Wednesday.
Isnt this the sweetest pic!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Who still uses waxed paper?



Today you will be needing some for this Challenge
 Our TTSTV  tutorial is brought to us this week by Jane
and she is showing us how to do the Waxed Paper Resist Technique.
This created some interesting background papers. 
I  used Tim Holtz green ink on this one. The images 
are from the Birdcages Set! I heat embossed the birdcage 
using a antique gold powder. I think the bird is really a 
Cockatoo but I wanted color so it has now become 
a hybrid parrot!! The branches were 
cut with Spellbinder dies.Used the the green background
and vines to try to create a outdoor setting for
the bird. Hope you all are warming up in
the cooler climates. We had to birng our birds in
because here in the desert we hit 100 degrees today,
not so happy about summer starting already!
Looks like its going to be a long hot one.
S
Just have to share this pic....
so excited to say my little sis's daughter
had her first baby last night. She was a little
stubborn getting here but here she is my new
great niece Miss Emma
a hour or so old.
 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ready for Easter


Our Friends of Speedy TV Challenge is to make an Easter Card. 
Such a beautiful time of year, all the plants are wakening
from winter slumber. Flowers are everywhere, the
 garden is overflowing with luscious bounty for the table.
 Easter is my favorite holiday celebrating the truth that
 Jesus is Risen, to give the gift of New Life to all that will receive!! 
I started with a pastel stripe but it looked too plain, after embossing
 it I liked it much better. The pieces were all cut with Spellbinder
dies.After stamping the sentiment from the Spring Joy  Set I cut
 it with the Spellbinder Fancy Label die then attached it with 
brads to the lavender die cut. The green was embossed
 with the Dotted Swiss Folder. The flower was cut 
with a PTI die. My ribbon was dyed to match
 the yellow on the card. The flower matches much
betterin person, seems in the pic it skews the
 color makingit look very bright compared
to the rest of the yellows..



The first prize set this week is;

Friday, April 4, 2014

You will need some canvas...



Barbie is bringing the tutorial to us this week. You can stop by to check
 out her easy instructions. I have a roll of canvas from my oil painting 
days. I have washed a big piece  of it to remove some of the sizing 
and gesso but  it leaves some on it which keeps it from coloring 
evenly. Actually I liked the results of uneveness, it gives a sort
 of Monet look, my favorite artist! I cut a small piece off and 
stamped it with the Lotus Image from the Lotus Blossom Set.
 I used Tim Holtz inks to color it. The edges were frayed 
and stitched onto the mat The Fishtail was embossed with
 the folder. The top was cut with a MS 
checkboard punch. I  stitched the top together
and then cut and rounded the 
corners of the blue piece  and tied it all together.
 The base is a Lost and Found dp and the stripe is a recycle off
a piece of packaging that had the same colors in it.. 


Hope you all have a great weekend and would love to have you
stop over and join the Challenge too!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Not only is it April Fools Day




Its also time for Team B's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.

 It is to crop a digi and our Sponsor is Robyn's Fetish.
 I love Hibiscus because there are such a variety of
 colors and different types of blossoms.  Hibiscus
 Valentine Retta. It  was actually a heart image
 with flowers, vine  and ribbon. I cropped it with a heart die and colored
 the remaining parts of the image. The edges of the heart are distressed
and then mounted onto the peach colored mat cut with a Spellbinder
die and foam dotted on..The dp is a  pretty Bo Bunny , which I
 did a little additional stenciling on and then stitched onto the base
 card.The Fleur De Lis is cut with a Spellbinder die and attached.
 The sentiment is cut with a SU Oval Punch. The leaf spray
was also cut with a Spellbinder die.The crochet lace was
 attached to the burlap strip and attached to the card.

My teamies
have lots of wonderful inspiration for you to get started.
Stop on over and join in the fun this week~








This year is zooming by isnt it!!
Here in the desert it is quickly heating up we have already had 
several days in the 90s! A couple of my hibicus are blooming along with 
everything else. 

























Monday, March 31, 2014

Up in the Air



That is the Challenge for the new FOSTV week.
 That can be interpreted in many ways. I have used one
 of the March Releases.  The cute stork and baby image are from the 
Bundle Of Joy Set.  They do not show up to well but
I did created a cloud background for the stork
.I have several up coming babies so will need cards,
 getting the jump on them! I have used a simple lavender gingham
 for the base and then embossed and cut the white strip with 
the SU scalloped die. The image was colored and attached 
to the embossed base with little flower brads.
My friend sent me the little daisy chain so do not
know what the name of the punch is.
. The bow was tied around and the 
image is foam dotted on.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Our Beautiful World.....



This week Im joining the Our Beautiful World and Bonita chose the word  BLOOM.
 As a former floral designer and gardenerI am passionate about flower!! 
I love love them all and my premise 
is you can never have to many!! 
 I am sharing a couple of blooms around my yard. Here in the desert there are
many things you can not grow but still there are plenty of choices and
I am always ready to take a challenge and try things that
aren't normally grown here, sometimes successful sometimes not.

 Its already very warm her and the flowers are everywhere.
Saturday while working out in the garden I took a bunch
of these pics.
My white Bougainvillea is just starting to bloom and the bracts  have a pink blush until they
are open a few days





This is a bloom from the Cat Claw Vine.

This is one of my Kalanchoes, but I actually
 took the pic because of the beautiful butterfly !!


Alstroemeria are one of my favorite flowers and I have several but this
purple  is my favorite.

This Iris blossom has a crazy story!! About 7 years ago I planted a  
Bearded Iris, it was purple and it bloomed every
year until last year. When the blooms came out and
opened lo and behold there is a white Dutch Iris, and here it is again this year!
I am assuming it reverted back to the
original...surprise LOL.

Well I could post a lot more but will stop with these~

Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy Friday!!



Oh so happy to see the weekends just
 around the corner, how about you?? Well Ladies Friday means
it's a new challenge here  Tutorial Time with Speedy TV,

 Today Lois Bak has 
a great Tutorial on Sponged Sun Rays!
We all went different directions with
 this fun one.I made a simple single layer card using the Sun Ray
 Technique and then stamped the lighthouse image from the 
Island Living Set to create a simple scene. Looks like a very peaceful to be
 as long as the weather was good! Don't think I would be much for being
on an island in a big storm!!The sun rays did seem to
  be a perfect fit with the lighthouse image.After stamping the image
 I colored it up and added the sentiment
from the same set and done.
 No layers so really
Quick and easy!




Just have to say this because it is a rarity these days!
Yesterday was my sweet  mom and dads 70th Wedding Anniversary!!
 Not many can say they have been married for that long.


Celebrate Mini stamp set

This weeks prize set for winner