Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Elements of Style for You

Hi everyone,

Today I'm sharing a card created with the Elements of Style set.  The vintage style is 'Oh, so gorgeous!'  I'm hoping my cousin liked this design for her birthday.


The base card is Crumb Cake layered with Very Vanilla.  I then took a piece of Blushing Bride and ran it through the Big Shot with the Anna Griffin Pirouette embossing folder.

The roses were stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla paper in Crumb Cake and colored lightly with a blender pen in Blushing Bride & Regal Rose ink.  All the edges of the focal image were sponged with Crumb Cake then I added Star Dust Stickles to the roses.


A triple loop bow was created from pink seam binding with a pearl heart brad in the center.


The weather is a bit cooler this week.  I've already filled my pots with annuals and planted more perennials in the garden.  There's nothing like playin' in the dirt to put a smile on your face!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day!








Stamps:  SU Elements of Style
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Image - Crumb Cake; Flowers - Blushing Bride & Regal Rose with Blender Pen; Sponging - Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Bluebird Lane Pink Seam Binding, Hero Arts Pearl Heart Brads, Anna Griffin Pirouette Embossing Folder, Bow-Easy 
Techniques:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lilac Love ...

The lilacs have been amazing this year!

I'm so in love ...

Today was the day I finally had time to pick a basket of them.


This is the first bush to bloom ...


I've been very patient as last year we moved three bushes to another part of the yard.  I hoped with the harsh winter they would make it.


My reward ... with many more to come in different shades of purple.  My life would be incomplete without flowers.  Not only is the scent heavenly, but their beauty is a reminder of how lovely life is if we take the time to enjoy it.


Ahhh ... enjoy a virtual whiff!


They're a dreamy shade of lavender :-)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We're Certified!

Hello blogging friends,

Last spring our property was certified as a National Wildlife Habitat.  It has been fun over the years creating a welcoming haven for local wildlife.  In order to certify your yard, you need to provide food, water, shelter and a place for the wildlife to raise their young.


The food sources we have are hanging bird feeders, native plants, seeds, nuts, berries and nectar.  Both the pond and birdbath provide a water source.  Shelter is important to protect wildlife from predators and bad weather.  In our yard we have a diversity of plants, including mature spruce trees and evergreens for the birds to nest and raise their young.

I just love watching the birds, chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits enjoying themselves.  Not to mention the bees, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs.


These baby squirrels were born this spring.  There are 3 of them, but only 2 came out to have their pictures taken :-)



Have you ever considered creating a wildlife habitat?  Spring is really the best time to garden for wildlife as the migratory birds and butterflies have returned, animals are emerging from hibernation and young babies are being born.  When your property includes the four elements mentioned above you are ready for certification by the National Wildlife Federation.  Even without being certified you are assisting to support a healthier ecosystem in your garden.


For me gardening is more than just making the yard look pretty - it provides a safe and healthy environment for garden creatures.

Wishing you a delightful week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Lavender Love ...

Hi everyone,

It feels great to be back from my little break.  I hope you had a blessed Easter with family and friends.  If you have been following my blog, you know I like to press my garden flowers.  I enjoy using them on cards and for special occasions.  There are so many different ways to use your precious flowers and there is no limit on what your imagination can create with them.  Dried lavender stalks are also awesome for crafts.


Today I have some gift tags made from Old Lace cardstock.  Each tag was cut 2" x 4" and the tops were punched with the Stampin' Up scalloped tag topper punch.  To create a little French flair, I stamped each one using the En Francais background stamp with Brilliance Pearlescent Beige ink.  The edges were also sponged in Brilliance Pearlesecent Beige.  A piece of 1/8" May Arts lavender silk ribbon was added to the top of each tag.


Several pieces of Old Lace paper were die cut using the Our Daily Bread Designs custom Antique Labels die.  Lavender was stamped on the tags in Lavender Lace and popped up.

Now that all the stamping was done, I glued two dried lavender stalks to each tag and finished them off with a little bow.


A quick and easy way to share your dried flowers with others.  Oh, and they smell wonderful!

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Stamps:  SU En Francais & Herb Expressions
Paper:  Old Lace
Ink:  Brilliance Pearlescent Beige, Lavender Lace
Accessories:  1/8" May Arts Lavender Silk Ribbon, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Antique Labels Die, SU Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Dried Lavender Stalks, Glue, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Tag Size:  2" x 4"

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Movie Time


Hi blogging friends,

In January, Rochester Rocs held their yearly best local movie theatre contest and I'm thrilled to announce the Star Theatre of Dansville won again!  This hometown theatre first opened their doors on June 4, 1921 showing 35mm black and white silent films.  In the mid 80's the theatre closed and then reopened in 1994 by the 'Schmidt' family (my cousins).  The Star Theatre went from 35mm platter mounted projection to digital projection and Dolby digital surround sound.

Below are some photos of the marquee throughout the years.




and this is what the marquee looks like today ...


The inside of the theatre is gorgeous and has been fully restored.  Let's take a peek ...





I can just see myself watching an old Marilyn Monroe movie on the big screen enjoying some buttery popcorn!

So my card to congratulate Edgar and the team was inspired by the marquee.  I've combined Coredinations Pearls paper with Black Tie Glitter paper and Recollections Cherry.  The banner was created using the Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner die.  The individual stars were cut from the PTI Seeing Stars dies.


SU's 'That's the Ticket' set came in handy for the movie tickets, which were punched out with the Ticket Duo punch.  I also found some Ideo-ology film strip ribbon, which I fastened to the front using mini star brads.


Congratulations was stamped inside with StazOn Black and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added a small Star Theatre banner with a glittered star.


A big shout out to the Star Theatre for winning Rochester Rocs!  You have created a wonderful piece of history in downtown Dansville.

Hugs to Chuck, Edgar, Lois & Carl.








Stamps:  SU That's the Ticket, Well Scripted
Paper:  Black Linen, Coredinations Pearls, Black Tie Glitter, Recollections Cherry Glitter, Basic Black
Ink:  StazOn Black with Clear EP
Accessories:  Ideo-ology Film Strip Ribbon, Recollections Mini Star Brads, SU Bitty Banner Dies, Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner Die, Papertrey Ink Seeing Stars Dies, Spellbinders Labels Eight #4 & #5 (Inside), SU Star Punch, SU Ticket Duo Punch
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Memorial Bookmarks

Hi everyone,

I have something a little different to share with you today.  A friend asked me if I could make him some memorial bookmarks.  After taking a peek at the sample he had, I thought "sure, why not give it a try."  Well, I am very pleased with how they turned out.  

I created a template, inserted the photo, and typed the obituary on the front.  I kept playing around with the fonts until I was satisfied (I'm kind of crazy like that!)


On the back are the dates with a verse.  I added a few white butterflies.


Since I don't have a laminating machine I took a drive over to our local office supply store to have them done.  It only took 4 laminating pouches to do all 12 bookmarks.  Now they will be protected and always look brand new.  What a great way to honor a loved one and cherish the precious memories you once shared!

I packaged them in a pretty glassine bag, which was embossed using a damask embossing folder.


I'm so happy I could help out a co-worker and try something new for a change.  He liked them so much he even sent me flowers  :-)

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vintage Richelieu

Hello everyone,

I can never resist a pretty piece of china!  Anything pink or purple always catches my eye and I love to mix and match them for a unique tablescape.


Today I am sharing with you a Royal Doulton Richelieu plate from England.  The pattern is H4957. What makes this piece so special are the hand painted daisies with a soft lavender background.  I also love the elegant gold scrolls and leaves.


It has such a pretty backstamp.


I've paired it with a vintage lusterware teacup and saucer from Japan.  Another wonderful find with a footed base!


The kettle is on and I will be sipping an enchanted white rose blend.


I always look forward to tea time and trying different teas, but somehow I tend to keep going back to my favorite white rose.    


Perfect for a spot of tea on a cold day.


With all the snow we have received I find myself dreaming about springtime.

Thank you for enjoying a cuppa tea with me  :-)

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Friends Sharing Tea @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Rose of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose 
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Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
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