Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hi-Ho Trigger!


Today I am trying something new. I’m playing along with the Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World’s blog! I really enjoyed the challenge of creating a card based simply on the inspiration of this week’s Trigger, which looks like this:

Here is how I was inspired by the original compared to how I applied the concept in my version:

yellow : yellow

doily : doily

color block : ribbon

vase with flowers : flowerpot with topiary

one-word sentiment : one-word sentiment (with lightened sentiment added)

sunshine : flower

Now for the supplies, breakout photos and simplified instructions …

Bloom Card

Supplies: White cardstock; Patterned paper from Remake Earth Browns Mat Pad by K & Company; Antique Linen Distress Ink from Tim Holtz by Ranger; White doilie; Stickers from Marjolein Bastin’s Nature’s Sketchbook by Stickeroni (Hallmark); Green twill ribbon; Cream flower from Boutique Fleur by Recollections


Make card from white cardstock; ink edges.


Cut patterned paper; ink & distress edges. Adhere.


Trim & ink doily; adhere.


Attach ribbon & flower.


Mat stickers with patterned paper. Distress & adhere.

And here is a lovely card ready to share:



:: IN OTHER NEWS :: Winking smile

I totally have to give a shout out to the Lily Pad blog today -– if for no other reason, I must simply because I Red heartloveRed heart frogs, and they have a marvelous little froggy fellow on their blog, Frederick DuPonde! lol! But, I also want to send you all over there to enter in their drawing for a fantastic package of stamps! Open-mouthed smileI became a Member of Lily Pad Cards today! Go become a member for a chance to win a collection of Hero Arts stamps. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 15!

Blessings to you! Open-mouthed smile

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

create.inspire :: patriot birthday card


My love of papercrafting is life-long, and recently I’ve been re-bitten by the glue and scissors bug. Open-mouthed smile No doubt my Scrapbox has had a little something to do with it – being able to have my entire stash of supplies all tidy and organized has made it so much more enjoyable to create! This {masculine} patriot birthday card was something I created this week for one of my brothers who served in the Marines before becoming a doctor, and today I’m sharing the steps needed to make it - with photos, too! I hope to bring you these step-by-step projects on a regular basis, and will be listing them under “create.inspire” here on my blog! Since I am a notorious horder of craft supplies, some of my stash includes retired or discontinued products, but you can always substitute a little of what you have in your own stash! Smile

:: CRAFTINESS :: create.inspire ::


Cardstock: brown; Patterned Paper: Uncle Sam's Britches & Firecracker Banner by Rusty Pickle; Specialty Paper: Vellum; Ribbon: 1/4" Steel Twill by Jo-Ann Craft Essentials; Dye Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Tim Holtz from Ranger; Fasteners: Copper mini circle brads by Recollections; Rubber Stamps: Harley Davidson Alphabet by EK Success; Punch: Folk Star by Paper Shapers from EK Success; Other: adhesive, emery board, Zip Dry glue, deckle shears, vellum tape, dauber, pop dots, hole punch


Make card from cardstock.


Cut blue patterned paper, 5 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Cut pennant paper, 5 1/2" x 3 1/8".

Cut two 5 1/2" pieces of ribbon.


Punch 3 stars.


Ink & distress papers & stars. Set stars aside.


Adhere papers to card. {Notice the distress inks under my nails? lol!}


Attach brads.


Stamp sentiment on vellum and cut out with deckle shears; ink edges. Rub & lightly smudge ink with a soft tissue.

Mat sentiment with vellum. Ink & distress edges; adhere with vellum tape.


Attach stars with pop dots.

Ink edges of ribbon and card. Ink around sentiment.


Voila! A lovely, patriotic birthday card suitable for even your most masculine recipients! Open-mouthed smile

Blessings to you! Open-mouthed smile

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Photo Friday (suzy plantamura said so!) :D


That’s my family playing some good ol’ horseshoes on our backyard pits! Open-mouthed smile That’s my Uncle Don & my son Aaron at the far end, and my brother Dale & son Justin in the foreground. Smile


Yesterday, the 23rd, I spent a fun day hanging out with all the fun folks at Creating Keepsakes (CK) 40K Facebook party. It was such a blast! One of the events was a live chat with CK Dream Team member Suzy Plantamura, and that led me to check out her blog ( I found we have a lot in common, and I also found I loved her idea of declaring “Photo Friday” on our blogs – a day to post some fav photos to share with our friends and followers! I know I already share photos with you all, but having a specific day to really focus on it just gives me a good goal to shoot for as I try to make my blogging more frequent and consistent. Smile So here are some of my recent shots, including a bunch I took last night of my fabulous flowers – my whole yard and gardens are just blooming so beautifully!


My son Justin had wanted to buy a handgun as soon as he turned 21 (he already owned various rifles & shotguns from childhood), but he entered Navy Boot Camp the day after his 21st birthday, so he had to wait. On his recent trip home he finally got what he’d been wanting. Here he is trying it out for the first time! Smile


Our horseshoe pits enjoyed a good workout this past week with all the friends & family stopping by. Here my brother Jesse and son Justin throw a few! (I won’t tell the score, but I think one of them owes me a few duckets for keeping their secret! lol!)


For those who live in my local area near Sandpoint, Idaho, you need to take the 5 minutes needed to stop and walk around this amazing “park”. There are all kinds of marvelous things to be seen …


This lovely little spot is off Highway 95 just about a block down Bronx Road. Amazing & inspiring! Smile


Any guessed as to what this is?? Open-mouthed smile I’ve blurred out the number, but this is a geocaching travel bug (i.e., mobile cache) on someone’s pickup which we were lucky enough to spot cruising down I-90 this week! My hubby got it logged in his Geocaching account – pretty cool! Open-mouthed smile


This is my hubby riding out in front of me as we near the end of a 5-mile bike ride on Tuesday. The sun popped out just long enough for us to make the loop around Grouse Creek that we so love to ride. Smile


Isn’t this little guy just adorable?? He was standing out in our south yard with a buddy of his and really just gave me a glance or two.


These precious little eggs came from a chickadee nest that sadly was abandoned. We were so thrilled to see the chickadees nesting in one of our birdhouses for the very first time, but the swallows in the next birdhouse over harrassed the chickadees too much, I think, and they left. On the happy side of things, a pair of Western Bluebirds has shown up and taken over the birdhouse. Yay!

And now for my lovely garden flowers …








Aren’t those just lovely?? And they smell so marvelous! Just lean in close to your screen and sniff…I’m *sure* you will catch their fragrance! Winking smile

Blessings to you! Open-mouthed smile

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