Sunday, August 27, 2017

DIY Fixer Upper Cards

Happy Sunday,

The other day while checking out Joanna Gaines' blog I came across some plant illustration printables, which were created by some of their artists.

I just love Fixer Upper and Joanna's soulful, vintage loving style.  Her designs created with airy color palettes and clean lines make me want to move to Texas.  Too bad I can't take the heat.  I sure wish she would come to New York!

I thought these illustrations would make an adorable card set for the summer.  There are five designs in the pack.  I recognized some of the plants from season four of the show.

The card bases are Crumb Cake with a Mellow Moss mat.  Does a specific plant catch your eye? These would also make great framed art.  You can download the set here.

My heart goes out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Southeastern Texas region.  I can't even begin to imagine how they are dealing with the catastrophic flooding and damages.  Praying for all those who were evacuated and hoping for a safe return.

Thank you for stopping to visit.  Wishing you a blessed week.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

DIY Essential Oil Perfume


I have a quick and easy project for you today using two of my favorite things - essential oils & stamps!

This natural DIY perfume not only smells wonderful it also looks beautiful displayed on a dresser or in a powder room.  You can mix it up however you like by changing the scent, the bottle color and scrapbook paper.  Below are the basic supplies you will need.

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils
  • Carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil)
  • Glass atomizer bottle (2 oz.)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Rubber stamps and ink
  • Bows, ribbon or embellishments
  • Small cotton bag
In an atomizer bottle combine 1 oz. of carrier oil with your essential oil.  I can't really tell you how many drops as that depends on the desired intensity and how strong your oils are.  I would recommend starting with 10 drops and go from there.  You can add additional essential oils to create your own custom scent.

Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit around your bottle and adhere with glue.  I also added some trim to the top of my paper for a finished look.  Next, attach a bow or embellishment to the glass bottle.

On a cotton bag stamp your desired images.  I created a 'Paris' theme using stamps by Cavallini Papers & Co., Inc.  All images were stamped in StazOn ink.

Now you are ready to shake and spritz ... that's all there is to it.

Doesn't this make a cute little gift?  Perfect as a stocking stuffer too!  Simple things bring great joy ...  

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Goodbye Photobucket


I don't know about you, but I don't recall receiving an email from Photobucket letting me know that the images on my blog that are hosted on a third-party site would be replaced with an ugly square dummy image that reads: Please update your account to enable 3rd party hosting.  Apparently, this took place on June 30th without any notifications or warning at all!  Here is what the image looks like.

After doing a little research I discovered Photobucket wants to charge $399 a year for third-party hosted images.  Yes, you read that correctly $399 a year - yikes!  That is totally absurd!

Lucky for me the only images I had on a third-party site were my grab button, Pinterest image and my blinkie.  I never upload my photos to another site for security reasons.  To rectify this situation, I clicked over to Imgur to create an account.  In less than 10 minutes I had moved my images and re-linked them.  I did have to do a little tweaking with the HTML coding.  If your blog was created by a designer and she kept your original files then you may have some issues.

So here is a big wave goodbye to Photobucket.  I am so disgusted they would try to screw bloggers like us by charging an outrageous fee like this.  Don't allow them to make a quick buck from you or feel pressured to purchase their plan in order for your images to display correctly - there are alternatives.

Anyone who has my grab button on their blog should copy the new HTML code.  If you find it doesn't display correctly, please email me.

Thanks for listening to me rant!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Memory Box Blossoms

Hello friends,

It seems like ages since I've posted, but so much has been going on these past couple of months.  In June, my sweet Cheops celebrated his 15th birthday.  For 2 1/2 years now he has had diabetes and I monitor his glucose levels regularly.  Some days it is a challenge, but I cherish each moment I have with him.

Today I'm sharing a card I made back in May for Mother's Day using some pastel colors.  I enjoyed creating this knowing the recipient would truly appreciate a handmade item.

The background paper is Gossamer by Memory Box.  Cherry blossoms and a Valley butterfly were stamped in StazOn Timber Brown, cut out and colored using markers.  A little Star Dust Stickles accents each blossom with a blush pearl in the center.  Everything was popped up onto a piece of Shimmery White paper cut from a Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle die.

I love the grace and elegance this Memory Box set creates.  It was sold exclusively at Simple Pleasures in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO two years ago.

Wishing you a week filled with smiles  :-)

Stamps:  Memory Box Cherry Blossom Branch, Valley Butterfly
Paper:  Old Lace, Beige, Memory Box Gossamer Designer Paper, Shimmery White
Ink:  Blooms & Butterfly - StazOn Timber Brown, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana
Accessories:  Kaiser Blush Pearls, Aqua Painter, Clear Spica Pen, Star Dust Stickles, Memory Box Cherry Blossom Die Set, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle #3 
Techniques:  Watercoloring
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Monday, May 8, 2017

Butterfly Basics

Hi blogging friends,

It seems like my mojo is back and I've settled into a routine again (let's hope it lasts).  I've already seen butterflies fluttering around in the garden, which is my inspiration for today's card.

The ferns were stamped in Wild Wasabi and the middle one was stamped off first on scrap paper.  A pretty butterfly was colored with markers, cut out using a Memory Box die and popped up on the card.

I really didn't need to do a lot of stamping on this one.  The layered Spellbinder dies do most of the work :-)

As I visit people I see quite a few gals have stopped blogging.  It does take time and dedication.  I hope to continue to share my creations with you.

Thank you for stopping to visit me.

See you in a few days ...

Stamps:  SU Butterfly Basics, Memory Box Cherry Blossom Set (Valley Butterfly)
Paper:  Sprint, Bashful Blue, Shimmery White
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, StazOn Stone Gray, Stampin' Up Markers
Accessories:  Aqua Painter, Spellbinders Devine Eloquence Dies, Memory Box Cherry Blossom Set
Technique:  Watercoloring  
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lotus Blossom

Hi there,

My card today features a Sale-A-Bration set I acquired a couple of years ago entitled 'Lotus Blossom'.  It's always nice to have thank you cards on hand.

This gorgeous stamp creates a pretty hand painted look.  I stamped image 1 in Rose Red ink, image 2 in Rose Red after stamping off once on scrap paper and finally image 3 in Regal Rose after stamping off once on scrap paper.  The stem was stamped in Wild Wasabi ink.

I decided to keep the card simple and just add a pink silk bow.

A few leaves accent the inside corner in Pear Pizzazz.  Thank you was stamped in Rose Red and embossed with clear embossing powder.

It looks like we are going to have a wet and dreary week.  My mulch was delivered on Saturday and I'm eager to get the gardens prepared for spring.

Have a wonderful evening and stay dry!

Stamps:  SU Lotus Blossom, Elegant Thank You, Best Blossoms
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink:  Rose Red, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  May Arts 1/8" Pink Silk Ribbon, Clear Spica Pen, Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight #3, Spellbinders Labels Eight #5
Technique:  Two-Step Stamping
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Monday, May 1, 2017

Squirrel Nesting Box

Hello friends,

As I slowly emerge from hibernation, just like the garden critters do, I decided to add a squirrel nesting box to the yard.  We have a line of mature trees along the side of our property which is the perfect place for it.  I always see the squirrels running up & down these trees and jumping from branch to branch.

Since there are so many bird feeders and houses I thought it was about time I took care of the squirrels too.  Now, I didn't mention anything to my husband about it.  Some things are better off left unsaid.  So, when the box arrived and he saw the return label as Duncraft he said to me "What did you buy?"  My response was "I'm going to need your help with putting this up."  He then did the eye roll with a shake of his head.

I started by lining the inside with dried leaves and twigs.  It's all ready for their new home.

Hubby then roped the box around the tree to make it easier to fasten it.

He doesn't think they will use it ...

The very next day I said let's go check out the new box.  Sure enough there was a squirrel hanging out in the tree.  He wasn't in the box, but things sure do look promising.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'll let you know if I see any babies.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Elegant Lilacs

Hello friends,

As the lilac bushes begin to form buds they have inspired me to create this card.  The pretty purple lilac images were cut using the Spellbinders Devine Eloquence dies.  I just love the elegance and beauty of these pieces.

The image was layered onto a piece of white cardstock using the vine die and popped up.  Everything was adhered to a light purple card base.

Perfect plum ink was used to stamp the inside sentiment.  It was embossed with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  Another lilac graces the lower corner of the card.

Can you smell their fragrance?  Oh, I so anticipate the smell of lilacs!

Thank you for stopping to visit me.  I truly appreciate all your wonderful comments.

Stamps:  Lilacs by Tangles Treasures, Precious Treasure by Impression Obsession
Paper:  Purple Lace, Recollections Purple Passion, Whisper White
Ink:  Perfect Plum with Clear EP
Accessories:  Spellbinders Devine Eloquence Dies
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Early Spring in the Garden

Hello my friends,

It has been a while since I've had the opportunity to post.  The past couple of weekends have been filled with garden clean up.  I'm happy to write the first blooms have arrived.  

It's always uplifting to see color again in the garden.

The beginning of a new season ...

Lots of bright blues and purples ...

The very entertaining chipmunks are back.  I enjoy watching them scurry about the yard with their cheeks filled with gathered nuts and seeds.

Peonies are starting to emerge.  A new variety I planted in the fall called 'Terrific Gal'.  They will have a double row of ruffled rose petals with a wonderful fragrance.

Finches and sparrows are gathering twigs for their houses.  Bird nests are appearing in the trees ... they are singing a song.

Magnolia buds so pretty against the blue sky.

There is so much to look forward to ... spring is in the air.

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!
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