Monday, February 27, 2012

Shamrocks and Crowns

Thankfully I found some time to sneak away this past weekend and do some creating.  I've been crocheting Shamrocks (in various sizes) and was itching to use one.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I must admit I am pleased with the results.  I have some Irish background on my father's side of the family and since green is my favorite color ... well, the rest just came together.

As you can see, I spent some time playing with pink too.  Something "girly" to share ...

My Shamrock project includes gorgeous Striped Ribbon ... it comes in so many wonderful colors.  You can find assortments of buttons here.  I absolutely adore the Beau Chateau Designer Papers with the chicken wire, polka dots, and roosters ... what's not to love?!  I also included a mini clothespin in the bow - sweet as can be.  The links will take you to my Stampin' UP! website store - just in case you can't do without!

I am thankful for your visits ... enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A long weekend at home ...

Hello friends!  I've enjoyed a few days off from work to spend time at home.  The kids have a long weekend and we've been enjoying each others company.  It's been too cold for long walks in the woods but tomorrow promises to be better.  I spoiled myself and purchased a new camera....which I used for today's post.  I love the photos it takes and the quality of the zoom images.  However, there is soooo much to learn - my photos may suffer from quality issues for a while!

Since these both are for a special friend, I don't want to say too much and spoil some pending surprise.  So for today I'll simply share the photos and wish you all a wonderful evening.

Thanks so much for stopping by ... good night!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Snowy weekend

We are snowed in this weekend.  Finally, a small taste of winter has arrived.  Only three inches of white fluffy flakes blanket the ground, hardly enough to be "snowed in" I must admit, but it's fun to pretend.  We all have hunkered down in front of the fire...watching movies and eating popcorn...cozy and warm.

I was given a printed image some time ago from my SIL Shirley.  It shows three happy pipers playing and dancing.  They look adorable in their balloon shorts and tights.  I image them as wandering minstrels from the Middle Ages.  The background of green hills and trees made it perfect for my first St. Patrick's Day card.  A combination of different shades of green print with neutral patterns came together nicely behind my happy pipers.

Happy St. Patrick's Day is stamped in Old Olive Classic Ink.  Pleated Satin Ribbon is now available in our Occasions Catalog (there's a link on the left).  It's gorgeous and comes in wonderful colors ... this one is Pear Pizzazz.

I combined grosgrain ribbon with hand dyed seam binding to make my bow.  Two velvet leaves add texture while a button sits atop each pennant.

Green is my favorite color and it was fun creating this to share with you today.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Audubon morning

Goodness, it has been nearly a week since my last post.  We've been busy running here and there ... living life.  Last Saturday I spent a glorious sunny morning with my son and members of the local Audubon Society.  It was an incredible experience.  With the guidance of knowledgeable birders, my son added over 20 new birds to his list...both Common and Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Redhead, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, and more.  It is amazing the beauty that surrounds us ... we just need to open our eyes to see it.

I just can't get enough of the sweet red felt hearts found at my local craft store.  This one is framed in antiqued chipboard and layered on burlap and linen.  An adorable heart embellished with a decorative pin and button.  The background prints are from my scrap drawer with the exception of the silhouette paper ... that is from our gorgeous Timeless Portraits collection.  I'm sure you recognize it from previous posts.  The greeting is detailed with pearls and says the sweetest things.

Now, about that bow ... I may have over done it but I just couldn't help myself.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pink petals

Hello friends and happy February!  Sifting through my papers, which are in desperate need of organization, I happen across a beautiful package of prints sent to me from Kirsty.  She's a wonderful artist, a kind soul, and heads up the Design Team over at The City Crafter.  A print of soft roses leapt into my hands as did a pink paper rose I've squirreled away for I don't know how long.  Too precious to use but yet never getting the admiration it so deserves.  So I decided to put the two together.  Unfortunately my precious rose was waaaay too big for this project ... so, I did what any one of us would - I tore it apart.  Yep, dis-assembled it piece by piece.  Now I have lots of rose petals to play with and I couldn't be happier!

My crocheted rose is nested into a twist of shabby fabric and layered on top of some precious pink petals.  I tucked a velvet leaf or two underneath and embellished it with hand dyed yellow seam binding.  A couple decorative pins peek out from behind the many loops.  The doily was created with Sizzlits Paper Doily Die and brushed with ink.

A simple tag, some string, and a few buttons convey a heartfelt message - one that can serve any occasion but speaks volumes with the love that created this card.

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