Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Lighthouse

Hi blogging friends,

I haven't shared any of my cards lately so today I have a birthday card.  The top two layers were cut using the Spellbinders Labels 18 dies.  The lighthouse image is from Cornish Heritage Farms.  I used both inks and Prismacolor Pencils to color the scene.

The Manchester Plaid background paper I found in my stash and thought it went really well with the Lost Lagoon and Basic Gray.

Inside was created with the same color scheme.  Happy Birthday was stamped in Baja Breeze ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The crane and pebbles were stamped in StazOn Stone Gray. To create the water effect I sponged the paper with Bashful Blue and then applied a coat of Crystal Effects.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all of you who leave comments or email me. 

Stamps:  Cornish Heritage Farms, SU Perfect Pairing, Stampscapes Gulls, Pebbles, Crane in H20 & Tall Grass Small
Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Manchester Designer Paper, Basic Gray, Shimmery White, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Images - StazOn Stone Gray; Prismacolor Pencils; Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze with Clear EP 
Accessories:  Crystal Effects, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen #4 & #5, Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles #5
Technique:  Sponging, Colored Pencils
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Thursday, October 13, 2016

DIY Branch Centerpiece

Hi blogging friends,

As Halloween approaches, I wanted to share with you my Manzanita branch centerpiece.  It's perfect to add height to any tablescape or side table.

I used a Longaberger Halloween basket as the base.  I wanted a neutral color and thought the gray & white basket was perfect.  The Manzanita branch was mounted to a piece of wood and set into the round basket. 

The top was then covered with Spanish moss.  Seed lights were wrapped around the branches to add a mysterious twinkle.  Keeping with my Edgar Allan Poe theme I have a few perched crows.

I also added a "creepy" spiderweb tie-on with a dangling spider.

So simple and cute to make!  You can be creative and use a piece of driftwood or grab a branch from your backyard.  If you like the look of the Manzanita branch, please see my friend Grace and she will create something special for you.  I plan to change mine for the seasons.  Sparkly bulbs for Christmas, little eggs with a nest for spring, butterflies for summer ... you get the idea.

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Autumn Tart Tin Candles

Hello everyone,

Do you remember the tart tin soaps I recently made?  Well, I had some tart tins left over and decided to make some candles with them.  This project was so much fun!

Since autumn is here I picked up Pumpkin Souffle' candle oil.  Besides pumpkin it has hints of French vanilla cream, ginger, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves.

To heat your beeswax pellets I recommend you use a double boiler.  Fill the bottom half with about 2 inches of water and heat until it comes just to a boil.  Place the top half of your double boiler inside the bottom half and then add your smaller metal pot or container.  Lower the heat to a gentle simmer.  Now add your beeswax pellets.  If you are using a block of wax I suggest you cut up the wax into smaller chunks to speed up the process.  For three tart tins you only need 4 oz. of pellets.

You want to melt it slowly and stir it often with a metal spoon.  Never leave the wax unattended as it melts.  Some people use a thermometer to monitor the temperature.  Beeswax should melt about 145 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.  Be sure to check the lower pan periodically to see if it needs more water as it will start to evaporate.

When wax is completely melted remove the container from your double boiler and pour in your fragrance oil.  Stir the ingredients and then pour a little wax into each tin and drop your wick into the wax making sure it is centered.

Now pour the rest of your wax to fill each cup.  Allow to set for a couple of hours.  You can speed the process by putting the tarts in the refrigerator to cool.

To decorate for gift giving, bundle your tarts with seam binding or ribbon and make a cute tag with the name of the scent.

I hope you have enjoyed making candles with me.  I'll have other designs to share with you.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Butterfly Delight


I have a butterfly card to share with you.  I felt like doing some watercoloring today.  The roses were stamped on watercolor paper in StazOn Timber Brown.  They were colored with Rich Razzleberry ink with the leaves in Old Olive.  I used a blender pen for both.

The script and splatter were stamped in Crumb Cake.  I did stamp both images on scrap paper first so I would obtain a lighter image.

To create the butterflies I used the Memory Box Leavenworth Trio die and Cascadia Trio die.  All the pieces were cut from Rich Razzleberry paper.  To lighten the underside of each butterfly I sponged ColorBox Frost White on the paper.  The top pieces were spritzed with Tzukineko Sheer Frost Shimmer Spritz and then assembled.  They were popped up using dimensions.

Before gluing the layers I wrapped a piece of 3/8" Rich Razzleberry Taffeta ribbon around the front and created a bow.

The flourish on the inside is from the Stampin' Up Bliss set.  It was stamped with Crumb Cake ink.  I wanted it to be light so it wouldn't detract from any writing on the inside.  No. 5 was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown.  This will be used as a blank notecard.

I hope you have some wonderful plans for the weekend.

Thanks for visiting.

Stamps:  SU Elements of Style, French Foliage, Bliss
Paper:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor
Ink:  Image - StazOn Timber Brown; Roses - Rich Razzleberry; Leaves - Old Olive; Script & Splatter - Crumb Cake (stamped off once); ColorBox Frost White on Butterflies; Inside Flourish - Crumb Cake  
Accessories:  3/8" Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, Tsukineko Sheer Frost Shimmer Spritz, Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly Trio Die, Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio Die; Bow-Easy  
Technique:  Watercoloring, Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Saturday, August 6, 2016

What's Blooming ...

Happy Saturday!

I had such a busy week and put in so many extra hours.  I'm looking forward to just enjoying the weekend and relaxing.

So I haven't done a garden tour with you in months (shame on me)!  How about we hit rewind and I show you some things that have been blooming from late spring until now.  All of these photos were taken with my iPhone so let's hope they look alright.

In the spring, when I went to pick up my annuals, I saw this cute purse planter covered in moss.  I filled it with pretty Lobelia.  I love the bright color!

The Irises were abundant; however, they got off to a late start.

A lovely variety called 'Momogasumi'.

Lily-of-the-Valley has been spreading in the front garden.  I'm always sad to see the flowers fade.

Ferns and hostas have been doing well despite the dry spring we had.

Brunnera 'Jack Frost' bloomed heavily with its dainty, forget-me-not type blossoms.

A 'Freya' Bellflower stands out in front of Gypsophilia.  The star shaped clusters are so attractive and will bloom for about 4 weeks. 

This is the garden that runs along the back of our home, which has a garden pond.  The garden is now in full bloom.

The white water lilies were very pretty and the Koi is getting big!

Pink peonies could be seen from several gardens.  'Sarah Bernhardt' resembling old-fashioned roses.

A Japanese variety called 'Bowl of Beauty'.

The lilac tree with its white blossoms and arched branches put on a show.  It really has grown over the past two years.

I think it's time to radically cut back this honeysuckle vine.  I can't believe it didn't pull down the trellis!

Allium was huge and is multiplying.

One of my favorite clematis vines.

Yarrow by the walkway was a little shorter than usual.

This is a new variety of Monarda called 'Grape Gumball'.  It is great for the middle of the garden and has upright clumps.

Malva was so pretty this year.  In the past, it has been eaten by deer before it could bloom.

'Becky' Daisies and Lamb's Ear "Hummelo'.

The urns flanking the gazebo were filled with petunias and verbena.  I also did a similar design for the patio.

Dwarf 'Flame Purple' Phlox is bright and colorful.

Butterflies seem to always enjoy the Echinaceas.

Russian Sage with its fine stalks swaying in the wind.

Nemesia was planted this year in front of the fountain.  This variety is 'Dazzle-Me Lilac'.  I just love their fragrance!

Lastly, here is a photo of me in my new t-shirt :-)

It's hard to believe August is upon us.  The autumn perennials are starting to bloom ... Sedum, Black-eyed Susans and Goldenrod.  Fighting off the deer has been quite a challenge.

Thank you for taking a stroll with me.  I'm glad we've had this time together to view the gardens.  I'll see you soon!
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