Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pay It Forward Giveaway

The other day as I was heading into a store the person in front of me took the time to hold the door for me.  Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, but you see I wasn't in the "zone".  Do you know what I mean?  I was still far enough back that the person could have easily let the door go.  The fact that they took the time to wait made my day.

So I thought it would be nice to have a Pay-It-Forward initiative to show some love to one another.  Originally, I was going to have the first 3 people who leave a comment on this post be the recipients, but that wouldn't be right.  It's not a race.  Like many other bloggers, I work full-time and don't have the luxury of viewing blogs on a whim.

To make things fair, I will randomly select 3 people on Sunday, March 2, 2014 so please leave your comment by Saturday, March 1st.

The 3 winners will receive a "surprise" gift from me during the month of March.  It could be a crafting item, trinket, gift card, something new or something vintage.  Let's just say we will keep it interesting.  I will try to give you something I believe will make you happy.  Keep in mind the winners will need to email me their mailing address.

All I ask of the 3 winners is that they do something nice for someone else.  It can be as simple as holding the door open for someone, leaving a note with a piece of candy on a co-workers desk, treating an acquaintance to a cup of tea or coffee - whatever you can do to show some kindness and make someone smile.

I'm hoping 2014 will be a more enjoyable, friendlier and love filled year!  If you are interested follow Donna's Designs and leave a comment on this post and let the smiles begin  :-) 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Vee's Notecard Party - Feb.

Welcome to my 'notecards' for Vee's Notecard party.  On the third Wednesday of each month Vee has a meme where you select four photographs from your blog that are notecard worthy.  With all the snow we have received lately, I have selected a series of winter scenes.

The snow doesn't stop this little Junco birdie from dropping by!

An arbor and bench covered in a blanket of snow.

Bright berries stand out against the snowy white background.

Here's the box cover for my February notecards.

Please stop by A Haven for Vee to visit photos by the other participants.  I'm also linking with Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Sending warm winter wishes to each of you!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

GYB Winner!

Happy Saturday!

I want to thank everyone again for entering my Grow Your Blog giveaway.  I was thrilled by the number of people who entered and it is finally time to announce the winner.  The winning # using was 64 - Gracie from Needles Pins and Dragonflies.

Congratulations Gracie, I have sent you an email so if you could please respond with your address I will get these pretty earrings in the mail to you.

Thank you to all those who entered and for taking the time to leave a comment on my GYB post.  I have met so many wonderful and talented ladies through blogging.

Please be sure to stop back next week for my Pay It Forward event!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Paris for Rita

Hi blogging friends,

Happy Valentine's Day!  Paris, the city of love is the theme for my card.  I made this for my best friend Rita.  She is just so sweet I couldn't let St. Valentine's Day go by without sending her a card.

The card base is natural white linen layered with beige.  The pretty rose paper is Shabby Backgrounds by Iralamijashop.  I added a piece of 5/8" edged lace to the bottom.  Hearts were cut using Spellbinders Classic Hearts & Classic Scalloped Hearts.  

The Eiffel Tower was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate followed by Paris in Distress Victorian Velvet.  The hearts were layered together and popped up over a 4" doily.  I did a little sponging on the doily with Brilliance Pearlescent Beige.

A triple loop bow was created from crinkled seam binding with a piece of sparkle string.  A blush rose graces the center.

Happy Valentine's Day was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate with a key accenting the bottom corner stamped in Distress Victorian Velvet.

I'm happy to say Rita received the card and is displaying it for the occasion.  We received 2 feet of snow from the storm last night.  It looks so pretty!  Cheops is by the fire and I have a pot of beef stew cooking.

I hope your day is filled with love!

Stamps:  Cavallini Papers & Co. Paris, SU Artistic Etchings, PSX Happy Valentine's Day
Paper:  Natural White Linen, MonCoeur & Tresor papers by Scrap Book Graphics, Shabby Backgrounds Collage by Iralamijashop
Ink:  Eiffel Tower - Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate; Paris - Distress Victorian Velvet; Sponging - Brilliance Pearlescent Beige
Accessories:  Pink Crinkled Seam Binding, Simplicity 5/8" Edged Lace, The Salvage Sparkle String, 4" Doily, Blush Rose from Homestead Treasures, Spellbinders Classic Hearts #4 & Classic Scalloped Heart #4, Labels Four #4, Labels Four Small #5  
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Simple Rose

Hi blogging friends,

Several years ago Memory Box created some exclusive stamp sets with matching dies for Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs.  I was very fortunate to be able to purchase some of them.  So for Valentine's Day I wanted to share with you the Simple Rose.

The card base is Natural White Linen layered with Pretty in Pink and a piece of Tresor paper from Scrapbook Graphics.  The edges were distressed and sponged with ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown.  I used the Simple Rose die to cut a piece of Very Vanilla paper.  The image was then stamped in StazOn Timber Brown ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Amour was stamped in brown on Tresor paper and layered onto a piece of Pretty in Pink.  Both were cut from Spellbinders Labels Four dies.  Using my Bow-Easy I created a tiny pink bow from May Arts silk ribbon for the stem.

Since Valentine's Day is all about lace and frills I popped up the rose and amour over a 4" doily.  Vintage winter white seam binding with a flat back cream pearl accent the corner.

The inside sentiment was stamped in Regal Rose and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I hope your week is off to a great start!  Thank you for dropping by to visit.  I always love to see you!

Stamps:  Memory Box Simple Rose for Simple Pleasures, SU Artistic Etchings, PSX Happy Valentine's Day
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Pretty in Pink, Tresor Papers by Scrapbook Graphics, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Image - StazOn Timber Brown colored with Prismacolor Pencils; Sponging - ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown; Sentiment - Regal Rose with Clear EP
Accessories:  May Arts Pink Silk Ribbon, Paper Sweeties Vintage Winter White Seam Binding, Wild Orchid Crafts Cream Flat Back Pearl, 4" Doily, Memory Box Simple Rose Die, Spellbinders Labels Four #2 & Labels Four Small #3, Labels Eight #4 (Inside), Bow-Easy, Edge Distresser
Technique:  Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Monday, February 10, 2014

How do I love thee?

Hi Ladies,

It's time for tea!  I thought I would share some poetry with you today.  I have always had a fondness for the English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  Her famous line, "How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways," from her poetry collection, Sonnets from the Portuguese was first published in 1850.
Tea is being served in an American Beauty teacup.  Soon I will do a tablescape with my collection.

Bottoms up!

 A vintage bowl from the Federal Glass Company makes a perfect candle holder.

 Pressed glass featuring 12 points.  Pattern #2833 ~ designed in 1954.

Dried rose petals from the garden ... I collect them all summer long.

With Valentine's Day around the corner have you been enjoying any poetry?

A Sonnet ~ fourteen lines, each line containing ten syllables.

Thank you for having tea with me today.  Don't forget to stop back to view my Valentine's Day cards and I will also be announcing on Saturday the winner of my Grow Your Blog giveaway.

Today I am joining ...

Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Friends Sharing Tea @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Show Off Friday @ What About

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Tags

Well, hey there!  Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Today I'm sharing some tags I created using the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch which I just love.

I started by printing a piece of Shabby Chic Wedding Paper by Romantic Letters.  Each tag was cut 2" x 3 1/2" and the tops were punched with the new scalloped tag topper.  3/8" Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon was glued to the bottom of each tag.  Hearts were cut from Purely Pomegranate and White Glimmer paper and popped up.

Love was stamped on Blushing Bride paper in Purely Pomegranate ink and embossed.  Each tiny tag was punched out using the jewelry tag punch and adhered with silver cording.

The tags were finished with a piece of vintage winter white seam binding.  So quick and easy!  These are for a friend's daughter who is having a Valentine's Day party this week.

I can't believe how fast the weekend has gone by.  I've started a crock pot of chili and some brownies are already in the oven  :-)

I need to respond to emails and stop by to visit some of you.

Stamps:  SU Tiny Tags
Paper:  Shabby Chic Wedding by Romantic Letters, Purely Pomegranate, White Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Purely Pomegranate with Clear EP
Accessories:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, 3/8" Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon, Spellbinders Classic Hearts dies #1 & #2
Technique:  Embossing
Tag Size:  2" x 3 1/2"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blanket of Snow

Hi blogging friends, 

Today brought upon us a blanket of pristine snow. 

It transformed the landscape into a winter wonderland.

Snowflakes are like kisses sent down from heaven.

"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius"
~ Pietro Aretino ~

When the snow falls softly, it is beautiful!  Did you have a snow day today?

Today I am joining ...

Blissful Whites Wednesday @ Timewashed
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tea & Shortbreads

Welcome friends for tea.  As the snow starts to head our way, I've put the kettle on for an impromptu tea.  So please pull up a chair and let's enjoy a spot of tea!

Today I am sharing some pretties from Bavaria.

Pink roses, embossing, and gold accents are so Shabby chic.

What could be better than afternoon tea ... with shortbread cookies!

My favorite monogrammed teaspoon.  The pattern is Signature by International Silver #1950.   

Swooning over pink roses ...

A pleasant reminder of spring days ahead.

Mercury glass is the perfect accent for these preserved blooms.

 A candle burns to warm up a winter's day.

Thank you for stopping by and for sipping tea with me.

Today I am joining ...

Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Friends Sharing Tea @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a daily cup from Mrs. Olson
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique 
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