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I love to think of nature
as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in.

~George Washington Carver

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blossom 'Chic'ness

FTL #92

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mint Condition

CPS Challenge #167

A double challenge today.  Aren't these colors cool?  ColourQ has some really terrific color combos for their challenges.  I chose the sketch from CPS because it had such a masculine feel to it.  The brads are from K&Company.  However, I traded out the turquoise color brad because it was the wrong shade. I made my own with the Baja Breeze paper and clear emboss powder to get the leather look of the other brads.  It was also the perfect time to use my suede paper!

Stamps:  Sentiments --Happy Birthday from Hero Arts; Dad from Hampton Arts.
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Tan Suede, yellow and green cardstock from stash. 
Ink:  Tim Holts Distressed Brown Ink.
Extras:  Brads, Ribbon. 

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Fabby Shabby

A shabby vintage look for my first entry to a Wee Memories challenge, Challenge #6.  In my somewhat 'vintage' age pink has become one of my fave colors.  This challenge was very inspiring to me and I had a wonderful evening creating.


Stamps:  Sentiments - Anna Griffin.
Paper:  White, Silk & Pink cardstock; DP from my stash.
Ink:  Hampton Arts
Extras:  Brads, buttons, pink gem stickles, sage green raffia, silk flower, fabric flower, embroidery thread, flower punch, square punch, lace frame, pink sheer ribbon.  WHEW!

Have a Fabby weekend!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Beloved Vintage

TGIF!  How I love Fridays!  I've been revamping my blog this week taking it to a more vintage/shabby chic look.  Let me tell you --- there are A LOT of vintage blogs out there and a boat load of free vintage stuff!  I have so much creative flow going on inside my head I don't have the time for it to flow out my fingers!  LOL!

Anyway, I tried the vintage style on this card and I used the layout from 2S4Y's challenge this week.  The photo's a little bright and so the ivory cardstock I used as my base card doesn't show up as well.  I also used my new Spellbinders Impressabilities floral & stone to emboss the red cardstock, which can be seen better in the second photo.

The center picture is actually a photo I took of a miniature china plate that belonged to my maternal grandmother, which I inherited.  I photographed it in front of some sage green vintage scrapbook paper and shrunk it down to size for the card.  I also used the same picture to make a die cut for a wooden vintage type plate I made to go along with the card.  Photo here:

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Red Hat Birthdays

Clean & Simple --FTL 90

My creative 'mojo' seems to be coming back these days.  Here some fun cards I've made for my mom's Red Hat Society club.  Yes, the title is Red Hat Birthdays, but in the Red Hat Society, birthday girls are suppose to wear purple hats, thus the purple hats on the cards.

The first card here I used the layout from Clean and Simple -FTL 90. I really like the way it turned out.  Those hats are always so fun to create with all the bells and whistles that go along with Red Hat Society.  For any of you not so familiar with Red Hats, here a few pics of just how fancy and froufrou-ish these ladies get with their hats.  And, they don't stop at hats, they deck themselves out in red and purple from head to toe when they convene together! And any group whose motto is "Life is short; eat dessert first” is a group worth joining in my book!  However, I do believe there is an age requirement and I am content to not have reached it yet.

My second card I tried out my new Spellbinders Impressabilities, floral & stone, by inking it up with red ink.  I wasn't completely satisfied with the results as it didn't come out as bright as I wanted.  But, it still made for an elegant looking card. 

So to all those Red Hat ladies out there.....Red Hatters Do Matter! 

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cherish, Live, Dream

How perfect is this?  I've had this patterned paper for a while and was going to use it for a Mother's Day card.  I've been MIA from the blog world as well as from my crafting for several weeks until today.  ColourQ's challenge colors this week just matched perfectly with this paper!  And since I decided to forge ahead and finish my Mother's Day cards even though they are late, here is one for Colour Q!

Stamps:  Cherish, Live, Dream from Stampendous; Flower stamp from Inkadinkadoo.
Paper:  Colored cardstock; Porcelain rosenthal DP from basicgrey; Black polka dot DP.
Ink:  Staz On black; Watercolor pencils.
Extras:  Kraft mesh ribbon; black rickrack ribbon; peach color embroidery thread; brad.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sunshine Award!

A razzle dazzle thanks goes out to Lisa @ A {Stampy & Scrappy} Life for awarding my blog the Sunshine Award!  So thoughtful!

And so, I pass this award onto the following blogs that are always chocked full of wonderful and unique creations:

1.  Jean @ Bluebird Paperie for her classic vintage style I love!

2.  Karen @ the Sweetest Thing because I love all of her fabulous sketches and she is a fellow photography buff!

3Paul @ The Artsiders for proving that there are some 'Crafty' men out there who aren't afraid to show it!

4.  Lisa and Lisa W @ Peace~Love~Stamp, a new fun and exciting blog, for showing that creative inspiration is all around us, we just have to be open to it.  (I do happen to be an invited author on this blog, but have not been able to participate much yet, so all the wonderful creations there belong to the Lisas).

5. Nance @ Canopy Crafts for those beautiful flower pins, beautiful cards and because she's the only other 'Nance' I've met in the blog world!

Here are the rules... 

1. Post the prize on my blog.

2. Mention the blogger who tagged me.

3. Give the prize to 5 friends.

4. Post on my blog the link to their blogs.

5. Announce everyone on their blog.

6. Make a list with 10 things that I like.

Ten Things I Like:

1. Family & Friends to create for.
2. Art---all kinds ---- inspires me to be artsy.
3. My Camera - it truly is my window on the world!
4. The love, patience and support from my family  ---going with me on my photo excursions and shopping for craft supplies with me! 
5. Getting in my 'crafty' zone, once I'm in, it's hard to pull me out of it!
6. Blog hopping --- there are sooooooo many creative and inspiring people out there all unique!
7. Card challenges --- they make me think outside the box!
8. Creative Immortality --- knowing when I create a card, painting, photo, etc, I am leaving bits and pieces of myself around. 
9. SOCCER! --- Just a mild addiction! 
10Chocolate! Good for the heart, the memory and the Soul!

Spread the Sunshine!  

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