Sunday, June 29, 2008

Class - "Scalloped Borders & Faux Stitching"

So you don't have that right color of scalloped border to finish off your scrapbook page or card, join us for class this week and learn how to make your own with punches. Then we will use markers to add that extra touch to finish off our project. Class times for this week will be Monday June 30th,evening @ 6:30 and Thursday July3rd, morning @ 10:30. The Bunny stamp I used is from Cornish Heritage Farms, don't you just love the little one. CHF has several other very cute animal stamps, you outta see the skunk.

Well I am feeling just a little drenched, did you get all those storms this afternoon? I was working out in the flower beds adding another spot, had my layer of horse manure down and the rain just made a mess out of the whole thing. I am hoping tomorrow will be dryer so I can fix that back up and then go get the top soil. I bought a weeping blue spruce, and white pine shrub, and a Japanese ground cover. They will look really nice in the spot I am working on, then I need to find some sort of bench or chair to put in there. Many years ago we had a couple of those metal lawn chairs, not like the ones today that you fold up, they were stationary. I was hoping they were still in the barn tucked away in a corner, but alas they were not. I may go to a couple antique stores to see what I can find.

Stay dry and have a great evening.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Class - "Shadow Stamps and Inks"

We will be using Hero Arts Shadow Stamps for class this week to make a couple of cards that will have that Victorian look. I have also include a special for you, crocheted flowers for your embellishment. Add a little lace and a tag and your card is complete. The tags were made using a punch from McGill and I used a Making Memories safety pin to attach it to my flower.
Follow the directions below to make your own crocheted flowers.

ch5, sl st to beg ch to create loop

ch2, (counts as first sc) 13 sc in loop, sl st to ch 2, next round (ch4, skip 2sc and sl st in next sc) 5 times, sl st in last sl st space, next round (sc, half dc, 2 dc, tc, 2dc, half dc, sc) in each chain 4 space, sl st in 1st sc space, end off. This will make a 5 petal flower.
Add some variations by using different color thread for your first two rounds. ie: yellow center, purple flower petals. Use different weight crochet cotton and different size crochet hooks to make different size flowers. (For some of the heavier cotton you may need to start with ch 6)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Robin's Inchie Journal

Robin has done a wonderful job on her "Inchie Album", I love the handmade paper and the cute little inch worm that she cut with her Cricut. Robin made her album from scratch and it was bound together using the Zutter. This is a very cool little tool, if you like to make books, albums, journals, etc. you might want to look into getting yourself one. I was a bit intimidated with mine at first but its so easy there is no reason to be intimidated.

Here's another peek into my flower garden. My Dad made me this donkey for my garden several years ago, isn't he just sooo cute. Nothing was blooming here yet, I will get more pictures when it has more color for you to see. Have a great evening.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I filled my first page in my "Inchie Album" with Inchies that I made using Mosiac Punches and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. They are pretty cool. I added a little information in my journal about how these were created, My next page will have "Inchies" created from members of our Inchie Club the "TICS".

Here is a picture of my Foxgloves that are just opening up. Thank you to Linda for giving me a few of these beautiful flowers a couple of years ago. Just look how they have spread. Oliver wanted to be in the picture, but he was too busy sniffing around to actually look at the camera. How is your garden doing, send some pictures. Would love to see what you are up to.
Have a great evening!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

More Inchies

Cindy's Album is sooo cute, just love those little inch worms. Now we will have to work on filling that album up. Its still not to late to join the TICS (The Inchie Club (s)). All you have to do is let me know you want to join and then get busy making those Inchies for each member of our club. Its that easy.

Cindy also was very creative in making a card with her "Inchies". I also share her love of horses and I just love the way she incorporated them into her artwork. Send me your Inchie Art work and you to can have your Art published on my blog.

As I have heard said the best laid plans will sometimes fail. Well Sunday didn't go as planned. I was going to get the porch cleaned and then go get those annuals for my pots. Then I was going to spend the rest of the day in my studio. Well I was side tracked and I spent most of the day cleaning. The house looks great and the floors really shine, the porch is also nice and clean. But I didn't go get the flowers nor did I work in my studio. But I did get some time today to spend in my studio and I finished up the class project for this week. We are going to be working with Art Impressions Watercolor Stamps. Here is a sample. You will make 2 different Watercolor Cards choosing from 6 samples. Class time for this week is Thursday, June 12th @ 10:30 a.m. Hope you can join us.
Have a great evening!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Garage Sale

Whew!!! Its over, and am I ever glad. Garage Sales can be fun and I did have a good time, but I am even happier that its done. All the preparation gathering stuff for the sale, then the setting up, then sitting out it that sweltering heat (and it was hot), then storing it under the tables for the evening, back up in the morning to set up again, setting in the heat again all day, then the tearing down and disposing off all the left over stuff. Whew!! The girls did well with their lemonade stand and the money goes to a cancer foundation to help children with cancer. Now tomorrow I will get my porch cleaned back off and then go get the annuals to plant in the pots, then it will be back to work in the yard. No rest for the wicked they say!

Tomorrow I plan on spending the whole day in my studio, hopefully I will have something to post tomorrow night for you. I have missed working in my studio and having artsy time. I have a couple class projects to make and then I need to work on my altered book and trading cards. Robin had shown me some really neat spirelli pieces that she had made and I am hoping to cut some patterns with my cricut and try my hand at spirelli. Its really cool and looks great on cards or scrapbook pages. I want to do a large one and use it for a frame on one of my scrapbook pages. So if I work hard on what I have to get finished first I hope to have time to play with the spirelli.

Have a great evening!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The New Gardener- "Max"

Meet my new Gardener-"Max". His speciality is tilling, but he will also do a little weeding. Don't you just wish your Gardener was as handsome as mine??? He also doubles as the "Pool Guy". Any mud hole will do, he will try cleaning it out to make it a little more presentable. Yesterday he was so dirty by the time he was done work, he really had to take a bath. Today after he cleaned the pool, he was acquainted with the hose. Which he really didn't mind at all. This little dog has so much energy and is very entertaining. I do wish he wouldn't chew my living room furniture and my legs, kinda hurts the legs. If he could only hear he would think his name was "No Max". I just love puppies of all ages, sizes and breeds. If you feel something is missing in your life maybe you need a puppy. I would be happy to go with you to pick it up, just ask Robin, we make a good puppy team.
Garage Sale starts tomorrow, wow is it suppose to be warm out there- 92 degrees, I'm thankful for some shade in my front yard. I will be glad to get all that stuff off my porch, none of this stuff comes back to the house. It must be either sold, given to charity or just put in the dumpster, either way it will be gone. Thats a rule I make when I do a garage sale, don't keep it after the sale get rid of it. There is no sense in sorting and cleaning out if you are going to keep it if it doesn't sell. It kinda defeats the whole purpose of a garage sale, in my opinion. Stop over I might have a treasure for you!!!
Have a great evening!

Monday, June 2, 2008

So Sad!!!

Well Sophia isn't coming home as planned, what a disappointment. The Doctor's don't feel her feeding is going well enough so its back to transitional care for another week. I pray that's all the longer she will need, her family needs her at home. I understand that will be the best place for her right now, but its still so sad that she can't come home as expected.

My daughter, daughter-in-law and I are having a garage sale here this weekend so I have been very busy preparing for that. Yesterday my DH and I cleaned out the shed, today my daughter-in-law and I cleaned out the upstairs of what used to be the shop. I had a ton of stuff for the garbage, lots of stuff to burn, lots of stuff for the garage sale, and a little stuff that I am saving. Its pretty incredible the stuff we think we need to save and then haven't used it for a year or two, and end up disposing of it like I stated above. It feels good to know that those two spots are all cleaned out. Tomorrow I have a closet in the house I want to clean out, I'm sure there will be lots for the garbage, burn, garage sale and still stuff to save. Both girls are busy sorting through stuff of their own plus stuff of the kids. My front lawn should be quite a site come Friday. So stop in I might have just the item you have been looking for. The sale will be Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Class for June 2nd and 5th, 2008

"Fun with Matting"
Here is a sample of next weeks class. Boy did I have fun cutting out all those scalloped mats with my Cricut, kept pulling out lots of colored paper. Then decided I had quite a stack it was time to stop. So the fun didn't stop there, then I proceeded to make 5 cards for this weeks class samples. And again I decided it was time to stop, I could have kept going all night. These cards are fun and simple to make and the choices are endless. So stop in for class and see how creative you can be.

The gardening is coming along well, hopefully this week I will get my annuals in the pots. Its sure is challenging doing the gardening with Max, he just loves it. Oliver and Karli never thought it was that much fun. Today Max dug a hole and had his head all the way in it, when he came up he looked so proud of himself and was quite dirty. I have also found out that Max likes water and he likes it dirty. Any mud puddle he finds he has to see what is at the bottom and pull it out. You can just about imagine what he looks like then. Guess he shouldn't have had all that white on him, he will never look clean. Max is also quite fearless, today we went for a walk and he seen the horses. Well he thought they looked like fun and wanted to go right over. Sometimes we just have to save these critters from themselves, he doesn't know the horse could hurt him. Oh the life of a puppy, talk about ADD, these little guys sure do have a bad case of it. Well enough on the puppy charades, have a great evening.


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