Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Three cards today

Actually, there are four, but I decided not to post the fourth one. It's cute and for my grandson's 8th birthday, and maybe I'll post it at a later date. The first one will go into Jackie Rockwell's The Cutting Edge Challenge. She's brilliant and I'm loving this challenge. The amazing Melania Deasy has this amazing card, and when I first saw it, I knew I wanted to play! Check out the whole DT's cards too...fantastic!!!

Didn't you just fall in love with this card the minute you saw it??! I know I did! Here's my take:

Neenah white. SC 'birthday' die, 'happy' and 'asterisk' stamps, LF star stamps and star die. I used a variety of inks for these images and a scrap of blue underneath the 'birthday.' A couple of MME enamel dots. And that's it for this one. Looks wonky in the photo...and the 'happy' looks's fine irl, *sigh*....

Next up, I really liked the sketch by Sam Simpson over at CAS(E) this Sketch. It's just wonderful, and wait till you see the cards by the DT!

I kept mine monochromatic. This one will go to a friend at church who recently lost her husband, and I want to check in on her. 

It's flat for mailing, even though I really, really wanted to pop the panel up. I wound gold thread around the panel and placed the little 'window' on top of the threads. I used my Spellbinders to make the window, and backed it with a teeny-tiny scrap of SC's Punchinella vellum. I found a gold leaf on my desk and adhered it to the corner, not sure where it came from but I'm pretty sure it's a Poppystamps die. The sentiment is from TT and used with Stampabilites gold ink.

And my entry for The Card Concept Challenge. Cool summery colors. Mmmmmm....pretty!

I have a little rant before I show you my card. This one is for a special friend's birthday. Like you, I wouldn't give this to anyone if it weren't just perfect. But no matter how many times I photographed it, or how much editing I did, this one won't show as 'perfect.' If only someone could invent a "brain camera" - one that takes the exact photo that shows up in my brain... Stopping now...

I'm calling this one CAS, but if the DT wants it to be a CAL card, then that's fine with me! : )

Started with Neenah white. The silver flowers are from an old pack of HL stickers. I laid the strip of stickers on the white panel and colored them in with a Copic marker and a Kaiserfusion marker. The sentiment is from TT, using ME Smoke ink. The blue mat is from an unknown source, and I love it and wish I knew who made it!! Some diamond blings for the centers and that's all for this one. 

Whew!! Hope you made it this far and I also hope that your day is full of happy dances.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Guest Designing over at City Crafter's Challenge Blog!

Hooray! Today I'm Guest Designing over at City Crafter's Challenge Blog. WooHoo! Let me encourage you all to pop over and play this week. What a great DT, and a big thanks to them for having me. The theme is "Animal Magic," and I've had a ball making this fun little card. Check out the inspiration makes me smile every time I see him!

So have a peek at my card, and then come and play at the City Crafter's Challenge Blog!

City Crafter Challenge Blog

Started with a Neenah white base, and layered a scrap of striped EP dp underneath the main panel. Stamped my images on the main panel. Then I trimmed the bottoms of the frog's mushroom and the wizard, slipped in a scrap of dp and adhered those dp "hills." Punched out a sun in yellow, and added some orange AE ink. Stamped in SU black ink, the images are colored with Copics and Promarkers. I used all Newton's Nook stamps.And that's it for this "Animal Magic" card. I hope you've enjoyed it, and that you head over and play along too! Happy dances everyone.

Guest Designing at MUSE!!!!

OH. MY. GOSH!!!! The incredibly talented, and oh so wonderful Ardyth from the Muse Challenge contacted me and asked if I wanted to be their Guest Designer for this week's challenge. It took less than a heartbeat for me to say YES, and then jump out of my chair to do a great big Happy Dance!!! DH wondered what the heck was going on....After calming down and letting him know what was happening, I got right on it, and emailed Ardyth! Not sure if you can tell how thrilled I am!!! Thanks so much Ardyth for this wonderful opportunity; I can't tell you just how honored (excited, humbled, tickled, happy) I am to have been asked.

And this is the card I came up with. I'd be so happy to see what you all come up with from this design. Hope you all play along!

It's really quite a simple design. Neenah white base with all scraps for the rest of the papers, including the shiny blue 'hello', and the shiny strip under the scalloped border. LF die cut "hello" and TE polaroid frame die. Three Michaels sequins and that's really it. Here's a close up of the shiny part:

Really hope to see you at Muse! Happy dances everyone.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Today is Miss Geri's birthday; she of Manitoba Stamper fame. One of the reigning queens of CAS, her cards and projects are incredible. An award winning card maker, Geri has talent beyond compare. Her CAS creations are always full of color and fun, and her designs are fantastic. So be sure you stop over there today and give her your best good wishes for a happy birthday! : ) Then after you've visited her blog, do come back, and party.

You know me, a birthday party is called for, even if it is only in cyberspace. So go put your party duds on, kick back, and party with us as we celebrate Geri. Are ya ready????!!! We'll pick the perfect party spot, and then we'll settle in with a few cocktail selections...

Wicker chairs from Target pull up to an antique pine table under a wisteria-covered pergola. What could be more lovely on a warm summer evening?


~This would be a lovely fall setting entertainment!

outdoor lighting

11 Ways to Throw a Victorian Garden Party

So you've picked your favorite venue, just multiply it by a bazillion so that we can all gather in one place. Thirsty work, picking just the right spot....I need a drink..join me? Then we'll toast the birthday girl!

Purple Haze Martini                                               1 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice
1 1/2 oz. Hypnotiq®  - a great liquor
1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice shopping list
orange rind and apple slice for garnish shopping list

Mike's Sunrise  a pretty cocktail that involves Mikes hard Lemonade and a splash of grenadine...yes please!

Bold Berry Bling    1 1/2 oz Pucker Vodka Raspberry Rave  3 fresh blackberries  2-3 fresh basil leaves  1 oz soda  1 oz diet lemon-lime soda    Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Gently squeeze the juice from the blackberries and add berries to shaker. Tear basil into small pieces and add. Pour in vodka and shake vigorously. Add soda, lemon-lime soda and pour into a Collins glass.

At Spanish-born chef José Andrés’ U.S. restaurants, including the Washington, D.C.– and Las Vegas–based tapas bars called Jaleo, at least ten different variations on the gin and tonic are served. One of our favorites is this pretty version that’s dressed with whole pink peppercorns, citrus, and rosemary. A dry gin lets the aromatic garnishes shine. and refreshing drinks to start us all off...but we'll need a little festive nourishment to go along with our drinks

Lil' Caprese

Hostess with the Mostess® - Modern Bridal Tea

no recipe, but awesome for an island adventure... Sushi with a bit of Strawberry. Fun and refreshing surprise!

Watermelon, feta, serranos, and Cilantro

Salmon and cream cheese puffs, great brunch item.

prawn cocktail

A few cookies or cupcakes before the REAL cake...

a modern take on the traditional sugar cookie  Photography by

Kids Birthday Party Ideas, Maternity Photography, Kids Crafts, Modern Nursery Decor, Family Blog | 100 Layer Cakelet

white bow with Tiffany Blue frosting perhaps?

Chocolate cake with berries - Beautiful. Covering a cake in solid chocolate is actually easy.  Spread tempered chocolate on acetate or parchment, then wrap it around a crumb-coated or fully, but smoothly frosted cake and tape (or seal with chocolate) the ends.  Set in fridge then gently peel off.

Martha Stewart cakes

Cake decoration - For you fondant enthusiast, circles galores.  fondant covered with nothing but different cookie cutter circles.  Very modern.  love it.

modern birthday cake - black and white stripes

Winter, classic, elegant, cakes, nom, orange, details, floral, oragne, organic, outdoor, teal, yellow, wedding, Seattle , WA

YUM YUM!!! We are soooo lucky to be together as we celebrate Geri, and have all these delicious treats and birthday cakes, and not one calorie was consumed by any of us! Bonus!

It wouldn't be a birthday party without presents. Just as soon as I win the lottery, I'm getting these for Geri!

We'll start with a potted pond. Very cool.

Potted Ponds  -  Add a soothing water garden to your deck by creating one in a pot or raised bed. This delicate water lily makes a serene, inviting focal point. Repinned by  READ THE BLOG on Container Water Gardens at

Looking for a petite pool to get started with water gardening? Search no farther than your tabletop. This yellowware bowl filled with a miniature water lily serves as a perfect centerpiece for outdoor dining.
(This one fits on a table top! She'll enjoy it year 'round!)

And since she lives fairly north, she'll need a nice warm coat...Hmmm, I think only mink will do

Carmen Dell'Orefice in a  mink coat, photographed by Virginia Thoren, 1957.Vintage fur. 1950's fashion

and one for "everyday" wear...
mink jacket

Did you know Geri, her DH, and son are doing some rehabbing? I think I should hire some helpers for her, don't you?

Handsome Worker by Mosuno Media

construction worker yumm

how often do you actually see a construction worker look like this,,.but our Toronto readers are keeping the faith that they do exist!

Wow!! Cake AND Beefcake! What a party!!

These guys look....well, pretty darn capable of handling the rehab, and I think that Geri should take her DH someplace special while the "construction crew", under the supervision of her son, do all the work. Let's see if we can find some interesting places to go....

Vacation spot! private balcony pools?? AWESOME

Maldives is the future #travel #addict

Nusa Dua - Picz Mania:

I think those will do the trick nicely, don't you? Pretty sure Geri would love to visit these places; I know I would! So I hope you enjoyed partying along. Don't forget to stop by her blog and wish her a very happy birthday.

To my bloggy buddy, Geri. Sending hugs for your birthday and best wishes today and always. You've touched my life, and the lives of many of us out here and speaking for me, my life is so much richer having you for a friend. May God bless and keep you all the days of your life.

I do have a card to share too. It's a complete and total CASE of one of her very own delightful creations. This is Geri's:

And my very own little tribute to Geri. Hope you can see the connection...

Neenah white base, scraps of cardstock, and some glitter (though you can't tell it here....) letters by Making Memories. TTFN. And happy (birthday) dances everyone.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Potato Salad

Do you like potato salad?? American Potato Salad or German Potato Salad? Me, I'll go with the American version. Now. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? My sister Sue's recipe for potato salad, besides being the best in the WORLD, is the only way that Miracle Whip passes these lips. Guess what I'm making today? Yep. Potato Salad - Sue's recipe. Her baby granddaughter turned one yesterday, and there's a party in a park tomorrow. I volunteered to bring this; it's a family favorite. So while I wait for the eggs and potatoes to cook, I'll blog. Seems like the perfect way to not watch the pots!

Yesterday, I started two cards. The first one you'll see was tough. Not because the challenge was tough, but rather, I kept smearing the *$#^%@!*&%$* ink. Once I even dropped a loaded stamp on the ready panel. *sigh* So last night, I quit. And today, ONE try. ONE. Guess I should have given up sooner last night. This is for the Muse Challenge. And before I go any further, I'd like to say a big thank you to all who voted for my last Muse Card. There were so many gorgeous cards, truly. So "thanks" for this honor. I'm humbled and delighted all at the same time. Marion Vagg has this little sweetie pie of a card this week. Simply darling. Loved it the second I saw it. Whimsical is the term that came to my mind, and I loved the hand drawn lines. I don't have an owl, except maybe a Halloween one, so went in a completely different direction.

The one I FINALLY came up with is a baby boy card. And while it took a while to make it to my liking, I really, really enjoyed the process. Taught me that I don't always have to "color inside the lines."

First check out some of the boo-boos:

They turned into 'scratch' paper...

It's a 4.25 x 4.25" square with a 3.75 x 3.75 focal panel. With a couple of blue Copics and my AC markers, I free ?drew? the borders, letting them just flow as they would. The stamps are Gina K., stamped in SU black and colored with two yellow copics. Mounted on my ever present Neenah white base.

Next I've got a card for Fusion's latest challenge. Did my best to use both the photo and the sketch. This also fills the bill for Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Emboss It! 

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Used to have a kitchen in almost these colors. Really like them too!!

I took a page out of Virginia's book and used some brighter colors stamped and embossed on vellum. They look softer in the photo, but they really do pop against the pink and green. Gina K. flower stamps, first stamped in TH embossing ink, then dabbed with some pink Color Box. Dusted with Ranger Holographic EP. Die cut some green vellum with an MFT leaf. SU ribbon. WPlus9 sentiment with Ranger Sap Green ink. The pink and green panels are scraps. 

And I have one last card to share. This one is for Avery Elle's latest challenge to use a die cut as well as for Time Out. 

Challenge 12

Sooo much to choose from in this fun photo! 

I printed some dp from two of my Silhouette files - the large stripes and the small polka dots. I attached the large stripes to my Neenah white base, and then die cut the polka dots with an MFT die. Some orange striped washi tape, some SC star sequins, and an AE sentiment (LOVE this set!!!) with ME Hazel ink. And since I've kept you long enough, I'll shut up now. Happy dances everyone!