Monday, February 28, 2011

Time To Craft Challenge - Hats!

 Looking around the internet I found another challenge site I am going to try out... I love using what I have and this is a place I can do just that!  My Time To Craft Challenge.  They post a challenge every Tuesday, I am getting in on the tail end of this weeks HAT Challenge. 

Flowers Prima, background paper DCWV, gems i rock (I LOVE IT), image from my stash of images.





To see more beautiful HATS 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

One Powerful Hour Challenge - Touch of Spring

One Powerful Hour challenge this week was Touch of Spring... nothing like a fresh Spring walk after the chill of winter has left.


Stamps: Hero Arts - Script Background, Stampin Up - Diamond Background.  On tissue stamped Acey Deucy - Foulard.
PP: for embellishment - Memory Box, Blue scallop - Memory Box
Stash - vintage button, tulle.
Image from collection of ephemera.

The embellishment looks unbalanced... it is just the angle of the camera.

Theme Thursday - Flourish

This gentleman looked like he could be an agent selling Overman Wheel CO., Victors. The gold flourishes in the paper seemed to compliment the images.  

To see more wonderful art visit Theme Thursday HERE!

I am Late.... Rainbow Lady's Challenge

I am not really late... but the WHITE RABBIT is!  This week Rainbow Lady's Challenge was Shabby Chic.  

For this card - Stamps - Rabbit from the Wonderland Collage at Artistic Outpost
Felt Flower - Michael's
Chipboard Flower Pot - Unknown
PP for embellishment - Memory Box
Text - page from Alice in Wonderland
Stash - vintage button, pink tulle, sheet music, and paint to distress card.

Visit Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog 
to see more amazing art HERE!

Kings & Queens

Another one of the weekly challenges at Gingersnap is Kings & Queens.  My main subject is the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. 



For this card I used:
Stamps: Levenworth - Chesire Cat & Alice, Rubber Soul - Architecture Piece, Stampin Up - Diamond background
Ink - VersaMark, VersaFine 
Pink Paislee - PointingHand 
Copics W1, YR00, B41 Y15, 0, YR24
Embossing Powder Black
PP - Dods from Memory Box
Text page from Alice in Wonderland
Dresden Trims & Foil Heart
Stickles - Xmas Red
To see more amazing Kings & Queens 
visit Gingersnap HERE!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Crowns

I was looking for new inspiration and was checking out Gingersnap Creations... they have wonderful challenges each week on Wednesday.  What I love about the is the criteria to participate in a challenge is not limiting. You can enter just about anything, as long as it has some paper crafting and it fits the theme!!! 

This card is for the Crown Challenge HERE



Dotted paper ( Memory Box), embellishment (My Minds Eye) 
and image from my personal collection of ephemera.



From the FAQ on Gingersnap HERE!

You can enter any papercrafting project including any of the following:
- card of any size
- scrapbook layout, spread or album
- ATCs, Skinnies or Moos
- tags or bookmarks
- inchies, twinchies, or thrinchies
- scraplings
- 4x4s, 5x5s or 6x6s
- postcard art (6"x4") or arches
- altered projects
- journals
- mixed media creations
Also allowed are home decor items, gift items, handcrafted jewelry or other 3-D projects as long as your creation has some papercrafting included.
Basically, if your creation includes some papercrafting element it qualifies. Go wherever creativity takes you!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tag Tuesday - Calendars Postcards


The challenge this week was to include postcard in some way.  The real thing, word or something to do with one.  On this tag I have copied the back of a couple old postcards for early 1900... the young lady is from a postcard... then there are some stamps.  You may have to click on the image to better read the postcard!!!

Visit Louise our wonderful Tag Tuesday host, 
visit HERE to see many more! 

Gothic Arch Challenge - Butterflies

For the butterfly challenge I created the young gardener and her butterfly garden!


To view more Arches visit GOTHIC ARCHES!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

More Ephemera in my Stash at Simply Renewed!

Today I added a few more magazines, a load of giant postcards from the 60's & 70's and some great book plates both color and Black & White to my ephemera at Simply Renewed.  I also added a few of my recent greeting cards to the selection in the store!

The store will be open on Monday, February 20th
11:00am to 5:00pm

Isn't this just the sweetest cover!


Some of the book plates are are copyright 1896!!!  The white box is full of new stuff!
The basket with a lid on the right was and addition, also a few more bingo cards.  
Remember all the vintage ephemera is one of a kind!!!!

Simply Renewed  301 Pacific Ave.  Bremerton, WA.   98337 Phone: 360-479-4101

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Swap for All Seasons: Fabric Collage for the Winter Swap

Here is the collage I received from Patricia for the swap I participated in at A Swap for all Seasons.

I love birds, Reds and Pinks are one of my favorite color combos... I also have a soft place in my heart for birds and all things vintage. Thank you so much Patricia.
To see more beautiful fabric collages visit
A Swap for all Seasons HERE!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cards Created Last Week!

Challenge: Building
Challenge: Use Stash
Challenge: Use Stash
Challenge: Punched Flowers
Challenge: 3D Spring
Challenge: Use Stash

Challenge: Fruity
Challenge: Black & White
Challenge: Numbers
Challenge: Black & White

Last week was Winter Haven a week of challenges at StampHaven... these are some of the cards I created based on the challenges.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Swap for All Seasons: My First Attempt at a Fabric Collage for the Winter Swap




I made this for A Swap for All Seasons... it is my first attempt at a fabric collage. I used a photo postcard from the 1900's, on the back is written Mrs A.Wyse . I scanned it on to transfer paper and ironed it onto white muslin that I had aged in a tea bath. Then I added fabric, lace, ribbon, trims, flowers, buttons, pearls and more. I was reluctant to put it in the mail today!
To see more amazing art
go HERE at A Swap for All Seasons.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Is That a CASTLE!

I have seen this castle before as I was driving by. On this particular Saturday my husband was at the wheel so I decided to have my camera out and see if I could catch a glimpse of it with my lense... It is hidden behind trees... no place to pull off the road... So with THREE quick CLICK, CLICK, CLICK's with my Nikon D90 here are some pictures of this amazing place through the trees while driving by!




I love castles... now one is practically in my back yard!
Well about ten miles away!
What I wouldn't do to have a look inside.
Maybe one day it will be a rental?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Master Board- Challenge at WinterHaven

Making my own background paper.

Tools to make the images: stamp, cork and the cap off the glue stick!

I made this for one of the challenges at WinterHaven...
going on this week at StampHaven...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Night to Remember at JUDY's JUNK & JAVA with the BOOT SCOOTIN' GRANNIES

Friday was my father-in-law, Ben's, 82nd birthday. Paul and Dean helped Dad celebrate this day in a VERY SPECIAL WAY!

Let me back up... Judy's Junk & Java is where we buy all of our coffee!!! We purchase a pound at least once a month, sometimes more often. Over the last year and a half Dad and I have gotten to know Paul and Dean from sitting around a chatting when we come by to purchase our coffee and attending every special event they sponsor. A couple of months ago they came up with the idea of doing something at Judy's for Dad's birthday. NEVER did I think it would be as fabulous as it turned out! DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO KEEP A SECRET??? Especially when you spend a lot of time with the person the surprise is for! Thank goodness for email... as a lot of the planning was done electronically.

Back to Friday night: When Dad and I arrived at Judy's Junk & Java Paul was out side fiddling in the garden... to meet us. Dad had no idea what was going on, I told Dad I had cards to drop off at the store for them to sell (which was the truth). It would be a quick stop before going to dinner. When we walked in the door the front room had been cleared! Dad was given a seat on the piano stool handed a cup of JAVA and then the fun began. People poured out of the back room singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY. There were friends, family and the BOOT SCOOTIN' GRANNIES!Link

This was the most awesome gift...
Dean & Paul bought the BOOT SCOOTIN' GRANNIES for Dad!

The grannies danced for 25 minutes....
the youngest in the group was 60, the oldest 83!
I hope I am able to dance like this when I am in my 80's!
They were very entertaining!
I highly recommend them as family party entertainment.
Dad enjoyed every minute of the show... there was a time or two you could tell that he was tearing up! After the entertainment we all sang again and had cake and ice cream.

I ordered a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting from CJ's Catering...
was it ever the best!
Visit CJ's Catering on Facebook HERE!
Dad was able to blow out ALL the candles!
Fun was had by all.

That evening after we left he told me over and over again:
  • This is the "best birthday he has ever had".
  • What great time he had!
  • How did you all ever do that?
  • I can't believe it.
The most disappointing part of the evening was I didn't get pictures of everyone... me of all people who has a camera in hand at all times. I did get video of the entertainment and yes, it has been viewed several times since we've been home!!!

I want to thank all those who came and all the gifts and cards:
Anne & Dave
Christina
Mark & Don and thank you Don for the Pesto dish! YUMMY
Cathy & Jo
CJ & Richard
and of course
the BOOT SCOOTIN' GRANNIES of Hansville, WA

A VERY VERY SPECIAL THANKS
TO PAUL & DEAN
of Judy's Junk & Java in Silverdale, WA

IT IS A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!!!!