Thursday, August 22, 2013

Birthday Bouquet

Ahhhhhhhhhh, after 90 degree yesterday and a really, really nice rain (2") it is very pleasant today. Temp mid 70s and low humidity. I. Can. Take. This.!!!! I turned off the AC and fans, and opened all the windows-nice fresh air blowing through-oh joy!
My card today is for two challenges: Paper Take Weekly (Flower Power-to add flowers to your card); and Color Creative Classroom CMC Copic Challenge #75 (Anything goes-color any image anyway you like-using any medium); and the Tuesday Throwdown #161 (use Your Scraps)

I made this mostly with scraps that were on my work table. The white back die-cut (Spellbinders Decorative Labels One) was a discard from another project, and I cut & embossed a scrap of green with Spellbinders Fair Isle Pendant. I simply layered them together. 
The 2 background pieces (mat and DP) were pieces from my scrap bin, and I'm not sure what brand they are. I inked the six petal flower and a leaf from Close to My Heart's 'A Flowering Bunch' with Momento Tuxedo Black and Bamboo Leaves, and stamped the leaf 5 times and the flower 3 times on scraps of white. I colored them with Copics: flowers-G40, G43, G82, BG57, BG78, and YG21; leaves-G40, G43 & G82. I hand cut them all out. I attached one flower directly to the card, and the popped the other 2 up with different thicknesses of foam dimensionals, then tucked the leaves in around them. I added some Recollections glitter domes to the centers of the flowers, and some Basic Grey rhinestones to the die-cuts. Oh, and I stamped the sentiment (Whipper Snapper Designs 'Birthday Wishes') with Memento Bamboo Leaves. 
Comments always appreciated. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Celebrating Summer

Wow, can't believe it is the middle of August already. Although the calendar says summer, our weather the last couple weeks has said 'FALL'! Cool nights, and cool days, too! Have turned the
AC off, and even had to run the furnace one morning. I'm really lovin' it. I am not fond of heat and humidity. It is affecting the garden, though. No cukes yet (there are some there, but they are only about an inch long), no ripe tomatoes yet, and no beans yet. I'm sure they will all come at once. We have had beets and new potatoes, though.
We have been picking wild blueberries. That is an all day job, between going and picking them, then cleaning and preparing for the freezer. My b-i-l's sour cherry tree was loaded this year, so have also put lots of them in freezer-another all day job, pitting one at a time (with a pitter, but it still takes time). I have put 35 cups of cherries in the freezer! And the apples look like they night be quite decent this year. Will start on them soon! Yummy pies this winter!!!!!!!

Been a busy summer in other ways, too. What with grandson's little league games, company, and lots of day trips I have not had a great deal of time to craft. Seems by the time I would decide which challenge to use, and what I would make, I have missed the deadlines for all the challenges. Am determined to get this one in (right under the wire).

This is for the Celebrating Summer challenge over at "The Crafts Meow". They don't usually have a challenge you can enter, but in celebration of summer, they are inviting crafters to participate. I absolutely love my Craft's Meow stamp sets.


For this card I have used the "One Scoop or Two" set and the "Timeless Tags" stamp sets; and the Delicious Doodles Sketch #45 over at the "Seems A Little Sketchy" challenge blog.

I stamped the ice cream cone parts on some patterned paper using SU Rose Red and Pool Party ink, and a scrap of kraft cs with Momento Rich Cocoa and cut them out by hand. (I don't know what the paper is-it was not packaged. I got it as a thank you gift. There were just four 6x6 sheets. I wish I did know what it was-I really like the paper!) I dry embossed the yellow cs (Bazzil) with the Crafts Too Stars embossing folder. I cut a scrap of SU old olive green cardstock with Spellbinders scalloped circles. I then stamped the sentiment (from TCM 'Timeless Tags' set) with SU Night of Navy ink, using the stamp-a-ma-jig to position the words. I then embossed the circle with the triple dot folder. I punched a border from a scrap of hot pink CS with the Martha Stewart Ribbon Loops punch. I added a little banner with a scrap of turquoise cs, and added Kaiser Hot Pink rhinestones for a little bling! It's all mounted on a cardbase of SU Night of Navy cardstock.

Enjoy the rest of summer, winter will be here before we know it!