Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chalk Lines

Because I love you!  This card is made with love for YOU!
Be in {LOVE} with your life, every minute of it and share that love with whomever you touch today.  You were given an amazing gift- your heart and smile.  Spread both around as you move about your day.  
Products Used-
Stamp Set- Chalk Lines
Ink- Pool Party, Real Red
Cardstock- Whisper White, Pool Party

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Friendly Wishes

How about a little watercoloring for you to try?   I used the Aqua Painter and some ink pads to create the rainbow colors in this card.
Ink colors- Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist and Pool Party
Stamp Set- Friendly Wishes

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekend Retreat

I told you all I was away for the weekend and boy was it a creative weekend!   We went away to Camano Island and enjoyed having Stephanie Ackerman as our creative guru! 
You can check out Stephanie's work Here
She brought so many things for us to create so I wanted to show them to you.  We created away each day busy as ever and were able to make quite a few things.

These are the wooden tags we made using mixed media layering 

She also had us stitching,(embroidery) look at the adorable fabric we added threads to.

This is a sampling of a few different ones a few of us made.

She then handed out plain canvas bags for us to paint.  Above and  below are the two that I hand painted.  SOOO much fun!

We had to have some more fun by going to the beach.
Selfie with creatives!


What's a beach without finding a crab!

and last but not least, always searching for heart-shaped rocks.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Chicks and Hens

Happy saturday morning!
  I am away this weekend at a women's creative retreat. 
 I made these succulent candle's for the hostesses and wanted to share them with you.  
So fun and easy to make.
 I purchased two 4" clay pots and one very small succulent $3.49. 
 I used the chicks and hens succulents from my garden.
  You also need 2 clear glass votives and two small votive candles and dirt or potting soil and some small rocks (maybe a handful).  Start by dry brushing your clay pots with a creme or vanilla colored acrylic paint and let dry.

Fill your pots with a small amount of rocks, then add your dirt to fill almost to the top of pot as you see above.

This is what my pot looks like when dry brushed.

Now set your clear votive in the center and start to add the succulents. 
 I started with the chicks and hens and then added the smaller one (they look like peas to me!)

I added some spanish moss around the areas that had openings.  This is optional,  I just happened to have some and decided to add it.   Then when it was all done I added the chalkboard stick and packed them up.  

All ready to gift!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

In Colors

For this set of cards I first stamped the 'in colors" on natural cardstock with the Hardware stamps. and then stamped the butterflies onto the colored cardstock,  I used the retired Dahlia flower buttons for the center.  I really try and show you some retired items you have bought and can use for your cards.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Butterfly Basics

Butterfly cards are getting the best of me lately.  I just keep making them!   This one is made with the Hardwood background stamp and then using the Butterfly framelit to create the pool party and vellum butterfly.  

I was out in the rather rainy yard today and noticed my peonies had bloomed.  I believe this is the japanese peony. Just wanted to share a little natural beauty today with all the gray clouds looming overhead.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Papillon Potpourri

I am back!  I have been out of town visiting friends in Vegas since wednesday.   I am back to the PNW and freezing!  When we left yesterday it was 100 degrees, here in Washington it is a mere 56 degrees.  Not to mention I got up at the crack of dawn to do the AHA Color Run and boy did it even feel colder at that hour!

Here is a card that was inspired by a card in our new catalog. 
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This set is an oldie but a goodie,  Papillon Potpourri
I used watercolor paper and Aqua watercolor pens to create the watercolor effect with Pool party ink, Daffodil Delight and Calyspo Coral 

Made the most delish blueberry muffin cake today.
Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it.

Blueberry Muffin Cake Author: Cookies & Cups
 Ingredients for Crumb Topping -  ¾ cup granulated sugar ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons all­purpose flour ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
 Cake-  2 cups all­purpose flour ¾ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup butter, room temperature ¾ cup milk 1 egg 2½ teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt 2 cups fresh blueberries
 Glaze-  ½ cup powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon milk
 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C
 2. Spray a 9" Springform pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
 3. In a medium bowl combine all the Crumb ingredients with a fork or pastry cutter until they are blended. Set aside.
 4. In a large bowl mix together all the cake ingredients except the blueberries and mix until mostly smooth. Fold in the blueberries.
 5. Spread the cake batter into the prepared pan and top evenly with the crumb topping. 
6. Bake for 40­50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
 7. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Loosen the edges of the cake from the pan with a butter knife and then remove the sides of the pan.
 8. For the glaze mix together all the ingredients and put on top.