Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 7/19/13

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

This week Tammy F. came up with our sketch! I love it when a sketch lets you whip up a card in under 10 minutes and this one did the trick! Great sketch Tammy!

This is what I came up with

I used Whisper White for the card base, which I ran through the Big Shot using the Chevron Embossing Folder. Melon Mambo for the focal image background matte piece. Then another piece of Whisper White  for the focal image that I had fun making by using the Color Spritzer Tool and Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo Stampin Write Markers. This tool makes great backgrounds and or distressed  stains and it is really easy to work with. I made a Tempting Turquoise banner and stamped the sentiment "change of address" from the All Dressed Up stamp set on a scrap piece of WW card stock. Super easy and very clean and simple.

Here is a peek at the inside

I used the large sentiment "hello" from the My Friend stamp set

This is a really short post today because Jeff has a Dr's appt tomorrow and we need to get up super early to be in Fredrick MD.

Please give this sketch a try and show us your work we would love to see it

Chat soon,

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More Garden Photos

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you well and happy!

I just wanted to share some of the vegetable garden photos with you as promised. I can't believe how big everything has gotten. I harvested about one dozen  of those Anaheim Chilies today, so I am going to make Chili Rellenos tonight for dinner I'll share my super ease recipe and pictures with you later this week.

On to the pretty pictures lolol

#1 Looking at the garden from the back yard
#2 Cabbage #3 Zucchini #4 Anaheim Chilies
#5 Cucumber #6 Eggplant
#7 Crookneck Squash

#8 Corn Stalks #9 Watermelon #10 Cherry Tomatoes #11Salad Tomatoes #12 mixed Vines #13 Jalapenos #14 Green Beans.  There are double pots of everything I think the only thing missing are the carrots.

Well That's it for today I have more but I think this is enough for now. Have a great day and try to create something fun!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

My How You Have Grown

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you well and happy!

I was out in the garden yesterday and took some update photos for ya.

These beautiful hanging baskets are on either side of the entrance to our units. I made one for each of us. Lisa is a great neighbor so I let her choose which color she liked best. The first basket is on Lisa's side and the second basket is on my side.

This is the focal garden at the front of the house, the gladiolas are blooming now.  A bird or the wind broke a red flower stem off one of the corner pots, so I cut it and put it in the kitchen window. I didn't think it would bloom out all the way but it did. I just kept clipping off the dead blooms and trimming the stem it has been in that glass jar for a week already. I got lucky! The photo of the orange one was extra pretty so I took a close up.

The Hollyhock and the Hosta bloomed too.

This Poppy is what I call a surprise flower. I bought one of those $12.00 Wild Flower Rolls that stated you will have a whole 10' patch of wildflowers Ha! Don't waist your money. I got 2 plants I think are flowers and about 5 more I don't know if they are weeds or what lolol. But this Poppy id really a beauty all by itself.

I also have a double hanging basket planter in the back that is coming along really nicely.

There are 3 buckets on the bottom that have Day Lilies and Astura Lilies (?) blooming.
I counted 4 different colors of flowers so far, here are two of them.

The Gazebos flowers are really going to town too.

The birds pitch in and do some random planting for me from time to time. I have sunflowers growing all over the place lolol.

There are Sunflowers in about 6 of the pots and on my lettuce row on the balcony too. Thanks for the free pops of color birds.

I think this is enough for today I will show you the vegetable gardens progress tomorrow!

Enjoy your afternoon and find some time to play!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 7/12/13

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Is it really Sketch Frenzy Friday already??? Where has this week gone to? There is a lot going on at our little patch of dirt lately so no wonder I am out of it. I will have a surprise for you in the next couple of weeks. But, until then we are going to check out this weeks fun SFF sketch.

 Kimm Innis designed this weeks sketch. I love the simplicity of the sketch. It was really easy to work with and can be altered to make so many different card fronts from it. Great job Kimm!

This is what I came up with.

I turned the card on it's side and did an oval instead of a rectangle. I chose bright bold colors to work with; Tempting Turquoise for the card base which I ran through the Big Shot using the fun Honeycomb Embossing Folder. I die cut two ovals from the Framelits Ovals Collection. The outside in Basic Black and the center piece in Melon Mambo. My Daffodil Delight border strip was punched out using the Scallop Trim Border Punch I really do love this punch. I used Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon to make a fancy three loop bow.
The sentiment was stamped in Basic Black from the Oh Hello stamp set.

Here is a look at the inside.

Fairly clean and simple.

I hope you all have a great week and find some time to create something fun too! This is a great sketch and again the best part is that it is easy to work with.
Please add your card to our homepage here

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 7/5/13

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

We have another terrific sketch for you this week. I know you are going to just  love it! Jennifer W. conjured it up for us and I am really glad she did. I had such a good time making my card today.

Here is Jennifer's sketch

This is what I came up with

I used Whisper White for the cardstock base and an additional piece for a decorative layer. The additional piece I ran through the Big Shot using the Lace Brocade Embossing Folder. I hand colored the focal image with SU Markers in Crushed Curry, a splash of Real Red in the center and Garden Green for the foliage. The focal image was mounted on a scrap piece of Real Red. The decorative strip on the bottom of the Real Red piece was punched with the Scallop Trim Border in Crushed Curry. I added a tag stamped with Friends from the Tiny Tags set (oops now retired I thought I marked all my stamp set retired?) I Added two small pearls for fun and there you have it.

Here is a look at the inside.

Note the Real Red Matt on one of the pieces of the Apothecary Accent Images. How did you do that you ask! First off, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of WW cardstock and heat set the Basic Black Ink so it wouldn't smear. Note that you have to position the sentiment slightly offset to the left to get the final image centered. Then ran the sentiment piece through the Big Shot with the Die. Next, I ran it through again so that I could even out the right side (the left side will be shorter) Finally, I trimmed both top and the bottom of this piece down with my cutter so that it would allow the matt the show up. Then I made an original (not altered) Real Red die cut piece. I hope that makes sense!
I colored a floral image just like the front image on the front and mounted the die over the floral image.

I really like how this card turned out. It is a great sketch and I will use it often. Thanks Jennifer! We would love to see what you come up with so please show us.

Have a great week and I hope you find some time to create something fun!
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 6/29/13

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you well and happy!

Boy it's hot outside! It's a different type of hot than I am used to in So. Cal. We have dry heat. For those of you who don't know what Dry Heat is think of it this way. Walk out to your card after it has sat in a parking lot of a while and get in... Thats Dry Heat. Humidity is a strange thing it can be hot outside and yet be overcast and your sweating???.
On a cooler note we have a baby deer just on the outskirts of our property he/she? Stays just on the edge of the woods eating all the wild berries. We can hear the mom but she never comes out of hiding (smart girl). I tried to get a picture of it through the window but all I got was a great picture of the screen lolol. Maybe if he comes out today I'll give it a try again.

Now on to the reason you are here. It's Sketch Frenzy Friday time!!!!! This weeks sketch was designed by Deb Currier. I love her sketch. It made me think of Vintage and Shabby Shik (sp?) I think that is how you spell it?

Here is Deb's sketch

This is what I came up with

I used Very Vanilla card stock for the base and the tag. Then I distressed both. I made a Early Espresso Doily for the background piece. I cut a scrap of Pool Party and ran it through the Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder for the flag piece. The edge of the tag was made by first using the Delicate Design Edge Folder and then I cut around the scallop  part I think it gave the tag some added character. I added a few Pearls and a thin strip of Pumpkin Pie and the sentiment piece to make the tag. I wanted to coordinate with the thin strip of Pumpkin Pie that is on the tag, so I added another strip as well to the card front. I made a triple layer Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon Bow for the top of the tag The Sentiment is from the From My Heart Stamp Set. I used the Large Scallop Oval and the Scalloped Oval Punches which I popped up with Dimensionals.

I hope you like my card and this weeks sketch. We would love to see your creation so please add it to our homepage here.

Chat soon and have a great week!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 6/21/13

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you well and very happy!

It's that time again for another amazing SFF sketch! This week Tammy F. came up with our sketch and boy oh boy is it a good one!

Here is her sketch;

and this is what I came up with;

When I first saw this sketch I thought of the By the Tide stamp set. I knew it had several single images that I could work with. I made a pretty ocean background with several of the images and highlighted two. I thought by sewing the Linen Thread in between the Dotted Scallop Border I would attempt to create a netted look. I fussy cut the seashell and the fish. and mounted them on Primrose Petals 1 3/8" circles.
I'll tell you something about this card. I tried about five different colored circles until I came up with the Primrose color. Nothing worked to make the focal images pop the way I wanted them to. Sometimes a idea just doesn't come out the way you want it to! Finally, I added a bit of bling to the lip of the shells and to the eye of the fish.

Here is a look at the inside;
Well I hope you like what I did with the sketch this week and you find some time to give it a try as well. Please add a photo of your card to our home page here.

Chat soon,  I hope you find some time to create something fun this week!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday 6/14/13

Hello all, I hope you are well and happy!

This weeks SFF sketch is awesome and so very user friendly. Great job Sharon W. I say this because you can create so many different views with it (Like all sketches really!) but this one I think just made a really pretty card just as it is! It sort of has a oriental feel to it simple but very intriguing.

Here is her sketch you tell me what you think!

Here is what I came up with,

I'll start from the back to the front of the card


Rich Razzleberry Circle- 2 1/2" from the Circle #2 Die and embossed it with the Fancy Fan Folder.
Real Red Strip- I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border.
Gumball Green Rectangle 3 1/2 x 2 1/8
Whisper White Focal image piece 3 1/8 x 1 1/8
Stamp Set  and Sentiment -Fabulous Florets
I colored the image with Stampn Write Markers in Garden Green and Pumpkin Pie. Sentiment stamped in Basic Black.
Designer Builder Brad with a Pumpkin Pie Itty Bitty Shape circle.
Too bad the Designer Brads are no longer in the new catty I won't be using them again :(.

Thats all there is to this card. Hope you were inspired and find some time to create something fun!
We would love to see what you come up with so please show it to us here

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Garden Photos

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Well it didn't rain today, but it looks like it is going to rain again tonight!
Here are the photos I promised you of the garden. I even had my first harvest of zucchini. Thank goodness I like zucchini because looks like we are going to have a ton of it lolol.
I have two more that should be ready in a few days too!

Now for a closer look

The Crooked neck squash is coming along nicely as well

I don't remember if I showed you a picture of the Mushrooms in bloom.  If so you get it again lolol
That's it for today, Thanks for stopping by. Create something fun!
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