Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sweets for You

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I have a circle shaped card to share with you today.  I created it a while back using a sweet image by Arina Atelier.


The design alters the Spellbinders Lacey Circle dies with the Classic Circle dies.


The cupcake frosting is covered in Stickles, but it never really shows up in the photos.


I have missed sharing my cards with you.  We have just been so busy working in the gardens and doing outside projects I just haven't had the time to sit behind the computer.  I'm happy it rained this weekend so I could get caught up on some inside chores.

Wishing you a sweet week ...








Stamps:  Arina Atelier Shabby Chic Sweets Image
Paper:  Old Lace, Pink Pirouette, Venezia Textured Plains Ivory by Scrapbook Graphics
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Star Dust Stickles, Spellbinders Large Standard Circles #4, #6 & #7, Lacey Circles #3 & #5
Technique:  Circle Shaped Card

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lavender Violet Foot Soak

It's DIY time!  I love to enjoy some spa time at home to relax my achy and tired feet, especially after gardening.  Depending on the season I like to add fresh flowers or buds as a treat.  It is another way to enjoy your beautiful garden petals.  This soak will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Dead Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 10-15 drops Lavender essential oil
  • Violet petals
  • Large basin/foot tub
In a glass bowl, mix together Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt and baking soda.  Add your lavender essential oil, then toss in your petals and stir mixture.


I just love how the purple petals look against the salts.


Transfer ingredients to sealed glass jars.



I wrapped natural hemp cord around my jar and included a tag.


When you are ready for your foot soak, fill a basin large enough for your feet with very warm water, then add a 1/2 cup of your mixture and soak your feet for 20 minutes.  Enjoy the pretty petals swirling around in the basin.


Lavender essential oil is known for its relaxing and calming properties.  This soak will help soothe your tired, achy feet.

Wishing you a wonderful stress free week!  

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Little Bluebird ...

Hello there,

I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  I have a little bluebird card to share with you today.  I used the Spellbinders Divine Eloquence dies and cut a piece of Buckaroo Blue paper then layered it with Shimmery White.  I absolutely love the vine inspired design these dies create.


The bluebird image was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown and colored with Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol.  Doesn't he look charming?


A tag was created using Label Four dies.  The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up Watercolor Trio set. To finish off the end of the branch I added a little bow made from May Arts 1/8" silk ribbon.


Happy Birthday was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown with coordinated branches.  


Tomorrow is my sister-in-law's birthday.  I am sending her hugs & wishes for a fantastic day!

Enjoy the weekend my friends!








Stamps:  SU Touch of Nature, Watercolor Trio, Butterfly Basics
Paper:  Fresh Air, Buckaroo Blue, Shimmery White
Ink:  Bluebird, Branches & Sentiments - StazOn Timber Brown with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol
Accessories:  May Arts 1/8" Light Blue Silk Ribbon, Spellbinders Divine Eloquence Dies, Labels Four #2 & Labels Four Small #2 Dies, Labels Twenty-Eight #5 Die (Inside), Gamsol, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Colored Pencils
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rosebud Bath Salts

Hello there,

Yes, I have been going a little crazy lately with my DIY projects.  It keeps me out of trouble ... LOL! Today I have some pretty rosebud bath salts to share with you.  Aren't the vials just gorgeous?


Ingredients:
  • 4 large glass vials
  • Epsom salt
  • Dead sea salt
  • Dried rosebuds
  • Tub tea filters
  • Rose essential oil (optional)
In a small mixing bowl, combine Epsom salt and dead sea salt.  Stir mixture then add 4-6 drops of rose essential oil.  Toss in some dried rosebuds and gently mix.  Spoon the mixture into the glass vials and cork them.



"Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness; know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again."
~ Unknown ~


To decorate my vials, I wrapped a piece of hand-dyed lace around each one and used hot glue to adhere it.  I then created a triple loop bow from May Arts silk ribbon and glued 3 rosebuds in the center and hot glued it to the lace.  Just creating these made me want to jump into the tub for a soak!



Four vials will fit in a jute drawstring bag.  I also included two tub tea filters so the recipient will have everything she needs to add the contents to her tub.



I then created a tag using rose background paper and glued it to a metal-rimmed tag.  A hole was punched in the tag and then I pinned it to the bag using a Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal trinket pin.  If you look closely you will see fragile stamped into the pin.


This rosebud bath soak makes a wonderful gift and is an absolute dream to help you unwind after a long day.  I love the smell of roses - who doesn't?

You can find all the ingredients to make this soak at Stampington & Company.

Thanks for stopping to visit me!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Howling

I have a Stampscapes card to share with you today. I created this for a high school friend's birthday.


On a piece of Kromekote glossy white paper I stamped the Brookside Boulders, Boulders with Lichen and Oak Branch in StazOn Stone Gray.  I had to do some masking to stack the boulders.  The wolf was stamped in StazOn Black.  Using a 1" circle punch and a Post-it note I created a mask for the moon.  Once applied to the card then came the fun part ... sponging!

The sky was colored with Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue and Adirondack Denim.  I then removed the Post-it note.  Water was sponged with Bordering Blue, Marina Mist and Tempting Turquoise.  If portions seem a little too bright or dark I sponge some ColorBox Frost White to lighten and even things out.  Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint was added to the water.  The boulders were sponged with Basic Gray, Going Gray, Distress Black Soot, Basic Black and Distress Forest Moss.  I just dabbed the colors here and there until I was satisfied.



The focal image was adhered to a piece of Buckaroo Blue and mounted to a card made from Fresh Air paper.


Happy Birthday was stamped inside with Buckaroo Blue ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  A few more branches were stamped to coordinate.


I truly enjoy creating these types of scenes.  They really aren't too difficult and I love sponging. Some stampers use stylus tools and I do have one, but find sponging to be much easier for me.  If I press too hard with the stylus it can leave an oval imprint with ink and no one wants that.  If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me.  I would love to hear from you.

Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!  See you soon ...








Stamps:  Stampscapes Brookside Boulders, Boulders with Lichen Small, Oak Branch, SU Nature Silhouettes and Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper:  Fresh Air, Buckaroo Blue, Shimmery White, Kromekote Glossy
Ink:  Images - StazOn Stone Gray; Wolf - StazOn Black; Sky - Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue, Adirondack Denim; Water - Bordering Blue, Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, ColorBox Frost White; Rocks - Basic Gray, Going Gray, Distress Black Soot, Basic Black, Distress Forest Moss; Sentiment - Buckaroo Blue with Clear EP
Accessories:  1" Circle Punch, Post-it Note, Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint
Technique:  Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chamomile Salt Soak

As Mother's Day approaches I wanted to make some quick and easy gifts for loved ones.  In less than 10 minutes you can create beautiful gifts with salts, herbs and essential oils.


Ingredients:
  • Tub tea filters or glass container
  • Epsom salt
  • Dead Sea salt
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Dried Chamomile flowers
  • Dried Peppermint leaves
  • Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil (optional)
In a bowl, combine Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt and Pink Himalayan salt to make a wonderful bath soak.  Epsom salt is very relaxing, great for soothing sore muscles and therapeutic.  Dead Sea salts are filled with minerals that help to increase circulation, calm the nervous system, and strengthen bones and nails.  Pink Himalayan salt can prevent muscle cramping, create an electrolyte balance and increase hydration.  Did you know pink salts come from the mountains and are said to be the purest form of sea salt?


To make your bath soak aesthetically pleasing add your blend of herbs.  I have used dried Chamomile flowers and Peppermint leaves.  For a wonderful aroma add your essential oil to the ingredients.  Be sure they are therapeutic-grade.  Depending on the scent you are using I would suggest 8-12 drops.  You can always add more if necessary.  I decided to use Eucalyptus Globulus.


I'm all about packaging!  Have you ever received something so darn cute or pretty you didn't want to open it?  I'm so guilty of this!  I spooned my salts into several tub tea filters that can be placed right into the bath water (like a tea bag).  Be careful not to overfill the filters as the seams could potentially separate.  It doesn't take much to create an aromatic bath.  If you don't have tub tea filters you can use cheesecloth and twine or ribbon to tie the top.  Mine were tied with a cream organdy ribbon. 


If you are going to add your salts to a container I recommend a glass jar.  Also, keep the dried herbs large enough so they can be retrieved from the tub and don't go down the drain.


Add some ribbon, a pretty tag and you have created a fantastic gift.  Since I was giving mine away I put the tub filters inside gusseted cellophane bags and used Washi tape to close them.  Be sure to make a little extra so you can pamper yourself!  When you're ready for your aroma bath it is a good idea to squeeze the bag after adding it to the tub to release more of the scent.

You can find the tub tea filters and wonderful ingredients at Stampington & Company.

Happy soaking!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lavender Linen Spray

Hello friends,

I love to freshen my linens with the aroma of lavender to give them a soothing scent.  At night, I keep this lavender linen spray beside my bed to enjoy gently scented pillows and sheets.  The aromatic benefits will help promote a restful night's sleep.

Ingredients:

  • Mister bottle (2-ounce)
  • 4 tablespoons distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon Rubbing alcohol/Vodka
  • 6-8 drops Lavender essential oil 

In a glass bottle, combine rubbing alcohol or vodka and lavender essential oil. Shake well to disperse the oil evenly throughout, then add distilled water. Lightly spritz your linens and enjoy the sweet floral aroma!



Shake well before each use and store away from direct light. Use a bottle that has fine mist to ensure proper dispersion of the spray.


Wishing you sweet dreams ...
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