Friday, September 28, 2012

watercolor blossoms

Happy Friday!  I've got a special weekend planned and I can't wait for it to start.  I have to go to work first though :(  But it is payday :)

Remember a few weeks ago when I was trying to get thank you cards made?  Well, I actually did and got them mailed out.  I just forgot to show you. 

Ready to see?

Blooming with Kindness and A Word for You sets.  Crumb cake, naturals white and watercolor paper.  Black Stazon and crumb cake inks, rose red, more mustard and always artichoke watercolor crayons.  Baja breeze seam binding, linen thread, big shot, window frames framelits, vintage wallpaper embossing folder and dimensionals.

I love how these turned out.  I guess they were worth the wait, eh?  I hope my friends think so anyway.


I colored directly onto the stamp then misted with water.  I used the rose red crayon first on the whole bloom.  Then layered more mustard and colored the stem.  Then sprayed with water and let it sit for a few seconds so the colors would mix a little.  Then stamped on the watercolor paper. 

I love how each one came out slightly different. 

For the bow, I took a length of ribbon and tied a knot in the middle.  Then punched a 1/8 hole right on the stem and threaded my ribbon through.  So the knot stayed in the back.  This bow isn't going anywhere! 

Of course I ran out of the baja breeze seam binding and so I used some of the rose red seam binding (I LOVE the seam binding).  I'm not sure which color I like better. 

Okay, one last one. 

This uses all the same supplies but with a strip of embossed Baja Breeze cardstock. 

So there ya go.  Get out your crayons and give them some love. 

Alrighty then.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I'll share about mine next week. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking in.

Blessings, b.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

yellow bike

Hidey Ho!

Today I want to show you a card I made for 18.  I wanted to make something that she would keep on display in her room. You know, as a little reminder of how much her momma loves her.........and misses her.

When I was messing around with the Moving Forward set a few weeks ago I had the idea of making her a card using the bike image.

Her bike is yellow.

Since I was hoping she would keep it on display I thought maybe it should use the colors in her room.  Everything we bought for her to take was teal, yellow and gray.

Totally not my kind of colors.  Ugh!

I struggled with it for a few days and then came upon a color challenge.  And guess what the colors were?  Yellow and gray!  Well alrighty then.

This Fab Friday is a new challenge blog and I'm kinda digging it.  I haven't done any challenges in so so long.  Maybe I should start again.


Moving Forward set.  Basic gray, whisper white, and so saffron cardstock.  Basic black, daffodil delight, gumball green, raspberry ripple and taken with teal (retired) markers.  Brads, big shot, large paper doily die, polka dot embossing folder, dotted ribbon punch, neutrals patterned paper.

I took a liberty and made the bike Delightful Daffodil because it matches her bike better.  I hope she likes it.  I even refrained from writing a whole bunch of mushy stuff on the inside.  That would be a sure guarantee that it wouldn't be on display.  But I think a little bit of love from mom will be okay.

Alrighty then, thats it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging out with me.

Blessings, b.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


You know its amazing how quickly a week goes by.  It wasn't even a good week.  Good thing its over I guess.  

So today I wanted to show you another project from the workshop. 

Watercolor Winter and Greetings of the Season (Holiday Catalog).  Crumb cake and whisper white cardstock.  Cherry cobbler, riding hood red, garden green and black Stazon inks.  Stampamajig, black journaler, sticky pearls and dimensionals.

I really like this card.  Simple and easy.  Another possibility for my own Christmas card.

Can you tell me why I did a project using the Stampamajig?  Yeah, me neither.  Its super easy to use but lets face it, it has a learning curve. I love my Stampamajig. 

In my defense, the hostess wanted to use a 2 step stamp set.  Anyway, I think everyone liked it.

I also want to show you the hostess gift I made for her.

 Everyday flexible phrases.  Very vanilla crumb cake and more mustard cardstock.  Crumb cake and black Stazon inks.  Newsprint DSP, wooden buttons, big shot, window frames framelits, little leaves die, hemp, woodgrain embossing folder, twill.

Who wouldn't love a big jar of chocolate?  This was/is a Classico spaghetti sauce jar.  I spray painted the lid silver.  I wanted the autumn colored kisses but I couldn't find any.

I'm really digging this woodgrain embossing folder.  I sponged some crumb cake on there to show a little more definition.

Alrighty then, thats it for today.  I'm keeping it short.  Yes, I can hear you thanking me now ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Blessings, b.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Free ribbon!

Yep, you read that right.  Until the end of September you can get a FREE spool of Stitched Ribbon
Cool huh? 
I did a workshop last weekend.  A worshop for people I don't know.  Well, I know the hostess.   I hadn't done a workshop for people I don't know in several years. 
While setting things up for the workshop, I ruined the sample of the project we were making.  I spilled water on it..........and the counter.....and the floor.........and me. 
I know, don't invite me to your house.  Who knows what I'll do.
Anyway, with the ribbon special going on I knew I wanted to do a project using it. My hostess also wanted to use markers. So what better set to use with markers than the Ronald McDonald House set, Moving Forward? 
Did you know that for every purchase of the Moving Forward set that Stampin' Up! donates $3?  I do love this company.
RMH Moving Forward.  Baja breeze, midnight muse and whisper white cardstock.  Basic black, midnight muse, gumball green and raspberry ripple markers.  Gumball green stitched ribbon, scallop border punch, big shot, argyle EF and dimensionals. 
Love this bike!  I really love this Argyle Embossing Folder.  I actually love the other side of it better but I ran it through the Big Shot the wrong way. 
RMH Moving Forward set.  Midnight muse and whisper white cardstock.  Gumball green, midnight muse, raspberry ripple and basic black markers.  Brads, gumball green stitched ribbon and dimensionals.
I really liked this card but the other project we made at the workshop used this design.  I'll show you later this week.
Check out that ribbon.  Its a satin ribbon and is soft and smooth.  Makes a perfect bow. 
Alrighty then, one of the ladies from the workshop invited me to do a workshop at her house.  Its in a few weeks.  Here's hoping I don't ruin something else.
In other news:

Lonesome Dove was on t.v. last weekend and I've never seen it.  So I taped all 4 episodes. 

I really liked it.  Ok, the ending not so much.  It kinda left me hanging.

I find out though that there is a Return to Lonesome Dove series!  Although Tommy Lee Jones isn't in it.  I do like me some Tommy Lee Jones, especially with that beard.

So help me out, is the Return to Lonesome Dove series good?  Is it worth it to watch?  I don't want to be let down.

Thanks so much for stopping by........and giving advice.

Blessings, b.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

sparkle in "g"

Hidey Ho!  I've heard that it is starting to cool down in parts of the country.  It was 102 here today......and humid.  YUCK! 

I'm such a sticky whiner............

Grace is in band again this year.  The Hubs was nominated Booster President.  No, I am not calling him our Commander in Chief. 

Anywaaaaay, she needed a new name tag for her flute case.  First I made this one:

Music wheel.  Soft suede and very vanilla cardstock.  Crumb cake ink.  Scallop border punch, linen thread, neutrals buttons, glass glitter, big shot, simple letters die (retired).  

I really like this one.  The glitter will tarnish and I thought it was so pretty. 

But then I got to thinking.  Grace loves blue.   Hmmmmm.......didn't Stampin' Up! used to have blue glitter?  And don't I still have it? 

Yes, of course I do because I never get rid of anything.  So here is the next version.

Music wheel.  Pool party ink.  Pacific point, whisper white and tempting turquoise cardstock.  Big shot, simple letter die, white baker's twine, neutrals buttons, blue chunky glitter (retired), scallop border punch.

So you can tell which one she chose. Bright and sparkly, just like my girl. 

Since it is so bright and sparkly the teacher couldn't help but see it.  He picked it up and showed the class so they understood what he meant by a name tag for their instrument. 

She was torn between being mortified and proud. 

I think thats how my kids feel most of the time about their parents.  Probably more on the mortified side though. 

Alrighty then.  I have lots of cards in the hopper to show you.  I might get some regular postings going on around here for a change. 

Thanks for stopping by and stay cool.

Blessings, b.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

ch ch ch changes...........

 What a crazy 2 weeks I've had.  Okay, week and a half. 

First, we moved 18 into her dorm. 

Yes, we have smiles here but it got ugly.  A few hours later I left her there.

 By herself. 

Without me. 

I have to say it was probably the hardest thing I've ever done.  The car ride back was not pretty.  Not pretty at all.

But Skype is a beautiful thing.

Then later in the week Grace had a birthday.


I made her a card. 

Storybook Friends, retired number set and polka dot background stamps.  Crumb cake and watercolor paper.  Whisper white craft, black Stazon, crumb cake and soft suede inks.  Stitched grosgrain, wooden buttons, aquapainter, jewelry tag punch, and linen thread. 

I just love the Storybook Friends stamp set.  They are so cute and remind me of first grade when we read the Dick and Jane books.

Yep, I'm that old.

I love these wooden buttons too.  And the ribbon?  That is new this year.  I think its called Stitched Grosgrain.  For some reason the white makes me think of shoelaces. 

This puppy just makes you smile doesn't it?  I only used Soft Suede here.  I just layered on color as it dried.  It doesn't look so great up close but at regular distance it seems to blend more.  Or maybe that is just my old lady eyes. 

Alrighty then.  Today was the first day in I don't know how long that I didn't have to go somewhere or do something.  So I didn't.  It was nice. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Oh, in case you were wondering, a whole week has gone by and 18 seems to be doing just fine.  I, on the other hand, am taking longer to adjust. 

Blessings, b.