When Life Sends You Showers, Dance in the Puddles

Monday, August 30, 2010

OWH New Challenge

Very simple sketch this week from OWH which is great for a CAS card for the troops. Here is the sketch.

Here's  my card.

I used Lavender Magic Mesh for the rectangular background behind the sentiment. Simple but pretty, I think.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tilda with Her Heart in Her Hands

This sweet little Tilda is patiently waiting for love. I think she's just too cute and surely Edwin will take the hint very soon, now. I used some digi papers I have, the flowers are Jolee dimensional stickers and I used the "cut outside the border" technique for the Nestie she's sitting on. In the background you can almost see bits of the MS scallop border punch in blue. I'm off now, to color up a couple more l'il Tildas. Hope you all are having a great weekend.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Another Flower Card Definitely NOT Red

I've been a pretty good girl this week. Said I was going to work on flower cards and I pretty much did. (well. almost ;)) This one is definitely more subdued than my last RED card. I used my new JustRite stamper and images from the Plant a Little Love set. I heat embossed the black ink border with clear EP, but next time I think I'll use the same color EP as the ink. It helps the border stand out a little better. I think I'm lovin' these stamps. My mind is spinning over the possibilities. I guess that means a slight adjustment to my budget!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another Really Red!!! Flower

Another flower card I finished. All I can say is it's really, really red! Put on your shades, ladies. It's RED.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bright Tulips

Made this card for OWH Sketch Challenge I chose a monochromatic orange because it's a color I don't work with that often and I think it's a bright, friendly color.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happy Hopper and Friend

Today I've gone for what I believe is referred to as the Minimalist look. Hope I spelled that right! Anyhow, I had stamped him with Cocoa Brown Memento ink and liked the way he looked so much that I said, what the heck, he's too cute already. With apologies to the true Minimalist (try to type that one fast) artists, I hereby submit Hop-It and his little friend for your amusement. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chinese Birthday

My son's wife is Chinese and will be celebrating her birthday soon. I always try to do something a bit traditional for her, because I know she misses her home and I want to let her know that I respect her customs. I won't try to explain what happened to my graphics program when I tried to import Mandarin characters to print on her card, just to say that it took two days to recover from the disaster!!! Who knew PSP crashed on Kanji?

Anyhow, I worked it out and finished the card. Here it is.  The crane is a symbol of fortune and longevity.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lovely Rapunzel

First saw this cute Kraftin' Kimmie stamp over at Holley's blog spot and thought she was just too cute. Hurried to get her and make this card. Pretty elegant, huh?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oh my! A Blog Award!

I really don't know what to say. This is so sweet and a lovely surprise. Rene Comstock over at Simply Cute Blog Spot honored me with this award, which really made my day. I've met so many new friends, learned so much and enjoyed so many great works of art in the short time I've  been here. The creativity on these blogs amazes and amuses me no end and I'm just happy to be part of this adventure. Again, thank you, Rene, to you and your sweet little daughters.


There are some conditions attached to this award, which I am more than happy to fulfill.
1. Thank the person who sent it. So happy to do this, Rene. You're the best!
2. Post a favorite photo  to my page, in this case, my niece and nephew, first cousins, sharing a camping trip to Utah with Grandma and Grandpa. 

3. Of course, snatch this award and post it on your blog
4. Oh boy, list three things you like about yourself (lol)
    Well, I'm determined and when I want to learn something I don't give up easily.
     I'm silly, love silly cards, and I guess it shows.
     I truly appreciate the little things in life and all the new experiences that present themselves. Life is good.
5. The hardest thing was choosing five fave blogs to pass this award on to. How do you choose, when there are so many to be enjoyed every day? But I tried, and here they are:
Mary Harmon - Sparkly-train
Holley - Holley's Blog
Pam Sparks - Expressions with Heart 
Pat Frank - Cards2Cherish 
Christie Hund - CreationsByChristie  for sharing her great tutorials
Anyone not on this list, I thank you all for your inspiration and the love you show everyday in all your efforts.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Simply White Challenge Card

I don't do enough challenges and I really should do more. They stretch the imagination and encourage creativity. That said, here's my card that I'm putting on Andrea's Simply Saturday challenge this week. The theme is Simply White, so I felt this was one I could do. The white card, embossed with Cuttlebug Divine Swirls, is cutout and the turquoise paper, heat-embossed with Delicate Snow powder, is adhered inside the cover using the cutaway technique to overlap the image. I hope it looks simple, but elegant.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Tilda

Finished my latest gatefold - Happy Tilda- a birthday card for a little girl who looks just like this little tow-head. I love using the little paper thin magnets on the gatefolds -they are really strong and so easy to hide. Anyhow, this Tilda is just jumping with joy and chasing butterflies on a beautiful summer day. I almost forgot!!! She's chasing them all the way to Flutter By Wednesday's weekly challenge, and If the Shoe Fits die cut challenge.

Take Time Every Day To Do Something That Makes You Smile

Card was cut on my Cricut, Flower frame and Tilda frame inside card were done with nesties.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Moose in Love

 He's not the most sophisticated fella but he wears his heart for all to see, which is endearing. He's sitting in front of the setting sun with a Tim Holtz weathered wood embossed tree trunk behind him. I took literary license by putting the sun in front of the tree so I've obviously turned science upside down. He's a romantic kind of guy, holding a flower in his mouth so I guess if I can make a moose in love I can do whatever I want with the sun!!! He's not Riley but he likes adventure and wishes he could find his own Sophie.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Dance, dance, dance

Little Ballerina Mouse and her partner know the secret to a happy life and they want to share it with everyone. I used my Cricut Wild Card cart to cut the card (love that delicate shape), Basic Grey Madeline papers with a little glitter and some rhinestone butterflies on the front, tied with a little pink picot ribbon. Inside says it all.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Simon Says Sing it Baby Card Challenge

I found the perfect (?) song to enter in this week's Simon Says Card Challenge.  I used my usual sophisticated style to create an entry for the challenge. It's a gatefold, and I used one of those tiny flat self-adhesive magnets to hold it closed. It's hidden behind a leaf and you almost can't see it. I was happy to be able to use Edwin on this card for a change. Wish I had more uses for him, he's so cute. As you can see, Tilda is long-suffering, enduring his jokes and little boy pranks, but she is always loyal, as any true scout should be.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mice in the Corn Field

My whimsical son decided to plant some corn in our small Southern California apartment patio garden. Four baby stalks of corn went into a 30 inch by 12 inch container and the rest is now history. Last week we feasted on the best corn on the cob I've had since my country years in the mid-west and the best he's ever had. I taught him the trick - put the pot on to boil, throw in a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar - when it comes to a boil, run out, pick the ears, shuck 'em, and throw 'em in the pot. HEAVEN ON EARTH! Don't laugh. We got two wonderful fresh corn feasts from our corn field., slathered in butter, dripping with goodness. Oh, what fun. I wish I could share the goodness with everyone.

In honor of his success, I made this card for him, in hopes that it would encourage him to repeat this inspiration next summer.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Wistful Tilda is waiting patiently, her heart in her hand, for Edwin to come calling. She's thinking "Someday my Prince will come" and I'm sure he'll be along shortly. In the meantime she heard that 7KidsCollegeFund has a new challenge blog and is looking for something in pink and polka dots, so she's popping over to enter. Maybe Edwin will find her there and enjoy a loving reunion.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer Flowers

I love the Basic Grey Origins papers, especially this black/flowered one. I thought it was the perfect background for this bright bouquet of yellow posies. There's nothing subtle about the coloring on this one. I used the most vivid Sharpie markers I could find to get the brilliance I wanted. I'm going off to do some more florals before I start on a couple special House Mouse and Tilda cards. I hope to be posting them soon! In the meantime, stop and smell the flowers :)