Monday, April 30, 2012

Thankful for You

No I'm not trying to catch up because I don't think I ever will.  This is my card for yesterday's Featured Stamper on Splitcoast located here.  I had a terrible time with the mathmatics of the flower hanging over the circle.  I didn't have a flower that had a big enough bloom to suit me and the smaller ones looked funny.  I cut the flower out instead of stamping the circle as that's what I could NOT figure out.  The stamp has to be just right in my brain, and cutting out a lilac was not a good idea.  It would have looked nice, but I quit in the middle.  :(  This one makes me feel good even if it IS out of season.  The big bloom is cut out of designer paper and popped up.  I like it.

I may even get a chance to look at today's challenges as dinner is leftovers.

May Flowers

Good Monday, Everyone.
The sun is out today.  Yay!  And today is the start of a new challenge on the Victorine Originals Blog located here.   My tulips in the yard have lasted SO long this year and are still blooming.  I have one row of red ones that looks something like this, so I am giving them a special spot.  They are the good kind that have been coming up every year since we bought this place.

Spring is really here and my plate is getting full.  Somebody asked me to do a craft sale for church in the fall and my brain is going crazy over that already.  Yeah!  I said, "Yes".  If it's Fall, I think I can do boxes of greeting cards, and maybe some wreaths.  I'm getting excited already.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I'm a little bit late on everything this week.  I had some gum surgery on Tues and have been taking it easy.  So I get on here and find they "changed the look" on me.  Now I get to figure it out all over again.  :(  Here I am posting my Splitcoast Stampers card from Monday whose theme was "At the Zoo".  I don't own any zoo animal stamps, but I figured there are lots of dandeLIONS at the zoo, so here you have it.

I am also excited about my latest Spring Project.  I drove to the bank one day and saw some unique Garden Art on the way.  Someone had painted all sort of  hmm (dishes, pans and plates) to look like mushrooms and put them upside down on posts in their garden.  I headed immediately to the thrift shop to find some of my own.  I found about 5 stainless steel bowls and am in the process of spray painting them.  So far I'm having a bit of trouble as it's still too cold for paint to dry and I made a real mess the first time.  Bob has a great fear of my spray painting in the basement.  I can't imaging why.  I will post some pictures as soon as I can get something that resembles a mushroom.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Spring Flowers

These are two pictures that I took of my flowers today just before lightning struck and the power went out.  Bob and I decided to walk the dog before the rain came.  We headed down the road in front of our house, got almost to the end and I felt a huge raindrop splash on my face.  We turned around the decided to get home as soon as we could.  We got about 3 houses from the corner, there was a loud noise and we saw a "fireball" on top of the power pole.  I turned around and Bob was ducking.  From what is what I wondered.  A reaction, I guess as he was in the middle of the road.  The lightning had hit the pole, burned out the fuses and "chewed" through the steel  wire holding up the pole. (No, it didn't fall), but it took out power to 93 homes.  Bob is an electrical contractor and knew just who to call and the power company had it fixed in a couple hours, but this was the closest I had ever been outside and unprotected when lightning struck and it was a bit unnerving.  I am thankful for God's protection.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Playing with Round

I think I'm in a Brown mood today, and Tim Holtz helps fill things in.  This is my card for the Splitcoast Stampers challenge SC380 located here.  I found out after starting that circles are a real challenge for me.  Maybe because I don't use them in a "bunch" very often.  So I got out my Tim Holtz Mat Stacks and started making circles.

After a couple, I decided it needed to be more interesting, and since one of my favorite things to do on cards is add unique things that I have found - even if it's on my tabletop, I started looking around.  Both the watch face and the clock hand were on the tabletop just waiting to be used.  I found the felt flower, Tim Holtz text flower and the button sticker in my flower drawer.  I really wanted a black flower for the smaller circle, but I must have used them all.  The key is from a little container of charms and finally, I DO like how it turned out.  It may have lifted my mood to "tan".

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cabin in the Woods

Happy Day after Easter.  Our Easter was a good one.  I hope yours was too.  This card is for the Splitcoast Queen for the Day challenge #107 located here.
I started with a piece of gold cardstock, embossed  in my Cuttlebug with a woodgrain embossing folder.  Then I added just the TOP paper from a piece of corrugated cardboard that I had sprayed and peeled off.  It was curled and I had a hard time keeping it from crawling off the piece underneath, so I attached it with brads.  The black square - which looks brown - is distressed on the edges.  Next I added the moon which is just a circle punched out of yellow cardstock. Then I stamped the trees with VersaMark and clear embossing powder.  Tthe Art Impressions cabin is stamped with Ranger Vintage Photo,  cut out and glued on. The sentiment is computer generated.

   My better half likes to talk about running away to a cabin in the woods when things get rough.  He has been talking about it lately, so I made him one.  (I'd probably have to go along to cook.) Don't you think?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Back in the Day

Good Morning.   I am running crazy.  I needed a haircut, but my girl is not in this morning, so I bought a little time and have done the Splitcoast IC331 Challenge.  The website to be inspired by is Soul-Flower and it took me back to the 70's.  We know I save everything and I found a bag of yoyos from the 70's that I had bought at a rummage.  Someone was making a wonderful patchwork vest and sewing the yoyos on, but they must have given up.  I have been using those yoyos right along.  For this card I stamped All Night Media music on a piece of off white cardstock, glued it onto a green background and added the yoyos with sewed on buttons, some corrugated cardstock (just the top layer sprayed with water and torn off), silk flower and scrap of Basic Grey.  Now I think I need to get busy on Easter dinner and that means shopping.  You all have a very nice Easter.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Victorine Originals April Showers

Hello.  It's April and this is one of my cards for the Victorine Originals April Showers Challenge located here that starts today. (There's a prize, Ladies)  My card is a night time shower.  I started with a piec of black cardstock, added a torn piece of embossed, inked cardstock and then the image panel.  Can you tell I'm cleaning off my stamping table?  This is made from leftovers I found lying on the table.  Did I say "leftovers".  They're Treasures.  :)