Friday, January 1, 2016

Sharing Christmas!

Christmas time is past...
Tree ornaments and lights are coming off,
 Stockings are back in their storage boxes,
Manger scene is packed away
and Christmas Cookies and Treats are eaten.

Let me share some special Traditions
from our Christmas 2015!

Christmas Tree!
Our tradition is going to a Christmas Tree Lot!

The month of December for Portland area was one type of weather...
Rain, Rain and Rain!
Card for Ed - Tear Drop Beads remind me of the Rain!
We were waiting for the rain to stop and it did not.
So... Ed (my husband) and I got up early one Sunday morning
to the tree farms in our area.

Our tree must be quite tall, full and with one slight hole in the branches
for a favorite ornaments of mine.

After the third lot which was on top of Chehalem Mountain
the wind was blowing the rain horizontally!
The fog was so thick and it was cold!

We went back to a lot we had been to the week before
and found the perfect Christmas Tree!

Finding that tree was a gift from God...
he knew that I have never been so cold!


They are my lifetime of memories!
I love collecting and receiving special ornaments!

Our daughter Brenda gave this ornament to us.
It represents our First Pumpkin patch!
Each year I get out the storage boxes and unpack them alone.
As I unpack the ornaments it reminds me of 
very special times in my life!

A few even bring tears to my life...
sad and happy tears.

This year we gave our family
Pickle Ornaments!

Which you place on the tree last.
Tradition says that the first person to find
the pickle ornament on the tree gets another gift from Santa.

I believe that the pickle brings you blessings during the Holidays!


Traditional Christmas Flower!

This was one of my favorite stamps to color this year!
You could choose any color as Poinsettias come in so many shades.

Simply... my tradition is Red!

Holiday Meals and Treats!

I am going to admit it I love 
The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond!


Her recipes are so simple and delicious!
I always thought it would be fun to live on a ranch.

Cowboy Boots are a necessary shoe to have!

One other Chef and retailer that I admired and met several times...

Chuck Williams
Founder of Williams-Sonoma

Chuck Celebrates the Pleasures of Cooking
October 2, 1915 - December 5, 2015
The last 10 years of his life he was working on this cookbook.

Product Details

On Christmas Day we had his Glazed Carrots to honor him.
One of my favorite quotes that he shared was
"Love what you do and always eat well!"

Many people on my Christmas List received this cookbook!

Also, Table Settings! 
 I enjoy matching the napkins, table cloth and flowers.

Candles are a must have item!

Each year I think it would be fun to start a new Tradition

A Caroling Party!

Even though my singing is not that good!

This is one of my favorite collections that I have!


The Snow Village reminds me that having 
a light on in your home is a gift!

Your family and friends are always welcome 
when the lights are on in your home at night!

There are a few of the Traditions that are part
of our Holidays...I hope that they carry forward!

Happy New Year!

Cardstock: Kraft -Paper Source, Red and Gray - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: Plaid - Paper Pizazz , Floral - Christmas Cottage - Teresa Collins
Ink: Adirondack -Espresso
Stamps: Auto - Pink Ink Stamp Co. - Wintertime Woody, Tree - Power Poppy - Botanical Tree,
Cowboy Boots - Cowboy Christmas - Flourishes
Coloring: Copic Sketch Makers - Many Colors!
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Paisley Border and Organic Flourish, Cuttlebug Machine
Embellishments: Gold Satin Ribbon - Morex Corp., Twinkle Drop Beads - Queen & Co.
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Traditions

Defining the Word; 

The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation,
or the fact of being passed on in this way

A long-established custom or belief that has been passed on in this way

At Christmas time I always think back to the Traditons
that my parents passed on to me... Favorite Traditions!

Christmas Tree, Presents, Shopping
Our Church Singing Christmas Tree 
and the Tradition I remember the most...

My Mom's Christmas Cookies!
She baked so many cookies they filled
several aluminum turkey bakers!

This year I am going to bake a few of 
my favorite cookies from the recipes that 
I kept from my Mom!

There are so many words that sum up traditions
 that I hope I am passing down to my family...

Tree, Ornaments, Lights and of course Santa!

A new tradition I hope to start is placing Holly
 in our wreath welcoming family and friends.

Love the Red sparkle of this jewel!
Now is the time to begin researching what 
varietal of Holly I will plant next Spring.

Any Suggestions?

The next few weeks I will share 


that have been passed down from my parents.
Also, new Traditions that I can share with our 
children and grandchildren!

Nourish - Word for 2015!

Cardstock:  Kraft - Paper Source,  Christmas Red - Bazilla
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey - Jovial Paper Pad, Teresa Collins - Christmas Cottage
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso, Distress Ink - Barn Door, Color Box - Olive
Stamps: Technique Tuesday - Celebrate the Season by Ali, Hero Arts - Holly Branch, Hero Arts - Clearly Kelly 
Coloring: Distress Markers - Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Barn Door
Die Cutting: Spellbinders - Small Standard Circles, Cuttlebug
Embellishments: Tri - Mar Ribbon in Red,  Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps in Red, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm-o-Web 3D Foam Squares, We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile   Corner Chomper

Thursday, November 19, 2015


This time of year I believe that we all
start thinking about what we are Grateful for...

It could be simply...
pumpkins, flowers and a chair to sit on.

I love the matte finish on the Frosties Beads from Queen & Co.

Of course I am grateful for my family and friends!

For our beautiful home, red barn and the land to be 
able to grow my Floral Cutting Garden!

To spend every day with Ed!

To be able to go up the stairs each day to my
Craft Coloring Loft!

To have the paper, markers, inks, embellishments and tools!

Also, to work with a amazing team at the Oregon State Fair each summer!

One of my Stamp Companies I am So Grateful for...
Power Poppy!
What I am most Grateful for are those 


in life that you can feel the warmth, love and compassion!

As we begin to prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving
please take the time to think about what you are Grateful for!

Nourish! Word for 2015!

Cardstock: Kraft- Paper Source, Black and Olive Green - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: Graphic 45 - French Country Collection,Creative Imaginations - Rooster Diamond
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso
Stamps: So Grateful - Power Poppy
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: Y17, Y38, YR68, BV02, BV04, BV13, W1, W3, W5, W8, Y11, Y18, E19,E43, E55, E59, R22, R29,YG61, YG63, YG95, YG97, G85, G94
Die Cutting: Spellbinders Labels Eight, Cuttlebug
Heat Embossing: Stampendous Embossing Powder - Detail White, Martha Stewart Embossing Stamp Pad
Embellishments: Queen & Co - Frosties
Tools: Fiskare Paper Trimmer, Tomboy Adhesive

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Special Stamps


Autumn is when all the leaves are
turning shades of gold, orange and rich red colors!

Once the leaves are gone there is the 
beauty of the branches... some with berries nestled on the branch.

New Ink Color from Distress Ink - Ground Espresso
Do you ever have the experience when you are
in a store or on-line shopping and 
a stamp just calls out to you?

This happened to me while I was in the 
Seattle area at a wonderful retail store

The Wildberry Branch Stamp from Memory Box 
and the sentiment made for Impress...
I had to purchase and start coloring.

Hint of Zig Wink of Stella Brush on the Purple Berries
A few days ago I was blogging and thought I 
would check a few Card Challenges.

Then I saw the Sketch Challenge from Mojo Monday
and thought it would be perfect for my special stamps!
(Which I had to post twice due to excitement - typed in the wrong link)

You have a few days left to join the challenge!
So... look for those special stamps and start crafting!

Nourish - Word for 2015!

PS -  In my email this morning I read the Splitcoast Stampers newsletter and the 
         Color Challenge was exactly the colors I choose for this card!

Making this card much more Special!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Chocolate Brown and Pale Yellow- Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: GCD Studios - Lotus Zen Garden Collection
Ink: Adirondack -Espresso, Distress Inks - Ground Espresso
Stamps: Wildberry Branch - Memory Box, Sentiment - Impress
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers- V15, V17, V09, YG91, YG93, YG97, YG95, E43, E47
Die Cutting: Spellbinders Small Standard Circles, Cuttlebug
Embellishment: Ribbon - American Crafts, Beads - Queen & Co. - Frosties Yellow
Tools: Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm-o-web - 3D Foam Squares

Monday, October 19, 2015

Top Ten - Floral #10

Botanical Name - Hydrangea or Hortensia
Common Name - Hydrangea

Image result for hydrangea
Hydrangea Macrophylla
What flower is the perfect backdrop for my
Floral Cutting Garden?


From shades of blue, purple, pink, white and green!
From mopheads, lace cap or cone shape!

I cannot pick a favorite color or shape!

Love the texture of Dots dry embossed
on the background pumpkin paper!

Flower color can be determined by the soil acidity.
Blue Shades add - Aluminum Sulfate (pH below 7)
Pink Shades -  Garden Lime (pH above 7)

I enjoy mixing Hydrangeas with other flowers
such as roses and lavender!

Let's Review where the 
Top Ten Florals will be planted

The mound of dirt where my Floral Cutting Garden is going to be!

My Husband Ed on Clyde our tractor clearing Mt. Eli!
(Yes, we named the tractor and the big pile of dirt)

Green Pumpkins are growing in the right corner -
Only got one orange pumpkin!
Just 5 to 6 months from now I will be planting...

Roses, Daffodils, Iris, Sweet Peas
Ranunculus, Hollyhocks, Zinnias, Dahlia, Gladiolus
and of course Hydrangea!

My Top Ten Florals!
Please comment if you have a favorite flower?

Nourish! Word for 2015

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Pumpkin, Chocolate and Sky Blue - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: Basic Grey - Indie Bloom SeƱora
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Trio of Flowers - Lockhart Stamp
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: B12, B14, V15, YR15, YR18, YR21,G43, G46, YG93, E43, E44, E47
Embossing: Cricut Cuttlebug Ben-Day Dots, Cuttlebug
Embellishment: Ribbon - Paper Studio Orange Linen, Pebbles Jewel Candy Dots
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm-o-web Foam Squares

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Top Ten - Floral #9

Botanical Name - Gladiolus
Common Name - Gladioli

Glads sometimes called Sword Lily!

When I think of Glad's I envision the photo above -
rows of tall stems of color!

From pastel to bold colors!

Usually I play with new coloring markers, brushes and inks
for awhile then I post on bouquestnw blog!

However I had to share!

I choose to color with my new
Zig Clean Clear Brushes!

What fun!

The colors of Zig Clean Clear
are exactly what they say:

Clean, Clear - Colors!

Perfect for Glads!

When a Glad opens up the ruffled edges
reminded me of the texture on
the printed paper!

In Portland Oregon there is a Italian Restaurant
that serves the best pizza!

What I looked for each time entering the restaurant was the
Glads they had in a tall vase.

I always wondered what color the Glads would be!

In my Floral Cutting Garden
I want a rainbow of colors!

Nourish - Word for 2015!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Cranberry and Olive - Bazzill, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor
Printed Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle - Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection Red Floral,
                        Authentique - Abroad Worldwide 
Ink: Archival Ink - Coffee
Stamps: Power Poppy - Glads and Gerberas
Coloring: Zig Clean Color Brushes - Wine Red, Geranium Red, Mid Green, Olive Green, Yellow, Bright Yellow
Embossing: Cricut Cuttlebug - Oxford, Cricut Cuttlebug
Embellishments: Ribbon - Offray, Pebbles Jewel Candy Dots
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top Ten - Floral #8

Botanical Name - Dahlia
Common Name - Dahlia

What is there not to love about Dahlias?

The variety of Dahlias are amazing!
42 Different Species!
Size - from 2 inches to 1 foot - a dinner plate!

Colors range from soft to bold colors!
Multi- color blends!

 Before I show you the Dahlia Card that I crafted
I want to share a coloring tip:

I had mentioned the Copic Color Hex Chart -
The chart had me stretch out of my comfort zone
and choose new colors combinations!

Be sure to look at the supply list for Copic Colors!
Two of my favorite colors for Dahlias are 
Yellow - the color of Sunshine!
Coral - gives me Happiness!

Re-purposed the Printed Paper!
The printed paper was on my blog in June 2012 - 
Summer! Spark your Creative Spirit!

Don't the small cup Dahlias remind you of Ric-Rac?

The photos were taken at the
Located in Canby Oregon!

In the Willamette Valley of Oregon
Dahlias can bloom from June to October!

I can only hope my Dahlia Cutting Garden
looks as beautiful as Swan Island Gardens!  

 Word for 2015! -Elaine

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Black, Goldenrod and Coral - Bazzill
Printed Paper: Authentique Collection -Blissful "Happiness"
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso
Stamps: Flourishes - Dahlias
Colors: Copic Sketch Markers - 
Die Cut: Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals Large, Cuttlebug
Embellishments: American Craft Coral Ric-Rac, Doodlebug Spring Sprinkles, Uni-Ball Signo Pen - White
Tools- Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive