Sunday, August 9, 2015

Get Crafty at the Oregon State Fair

Just 20 days away!

August 28 - September 8
Crazy Fun Since Day One!

It is time for Paper Crafters to enter...

Cards, Scrapbook pages, Quilling and Paper Art Projects!
Online Entry Deadline: Tuesday, August 18

The Oregon State Fair is having "crazy fun" working with the
 following retail stores for you to drop - off your Paper Arts.

The Retail store will mail the entry for you to the
Oregon State Fair!

Remember to enter online prior to dropping off your entry

Once you are on the OSF website:
link to Competitions 
then to Creative Living
then Paper Arts!

As a fellow Paper Crafter I am very excited to see your entires!

Also, several of the Paper Arts Retailers that are
participating as a drop-off site are providing Gift Cards
 for the crafters that are awarded a Blue Ribbon!

Thank you to all the Paper Art Crafters, Store Owners and Staff!

Now start entering!

PS - Check back for the last 3 Top-Ten Florals in September!
It is State Fair time!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Where have I been?

bouquetsnw has had over 500 hits in the past few months
and probably thinking what happened to this blog?

There has not been any coloring and I miss viewing the flowers and gardens!

Where has Elaine been?

Yes, I have been at the Oregon State Fair!

Many of you know that I have a passion for Wine Tasting
and for many years I was the director for the
 Wine Competitions at the Oregon State Fair.
Both Professional and Amateur!

Now, I have been asked back to lead different department
or should I say departments!

Creative Living, STEM + Art = STEAM and Oregon Counties!

What fun I am having...and quite the challenge!

I must confess there is one section of Creative Living I am really enjoying!
Yes, Paper Arts!

Our competition for cards, quilling, scrapbooking and paper art projects.

If you live in Oregon and would like to enter your craft at the State Fair
please view the website

The information will be live in a few weeks!

Also, the Competition Chair Volunteer position is still open
if any of you Paper Crafters would like to have some
Crazy Fun at the Oregon State Fair please leave a comment.

In between planning for the Oregon State Fair I have taken a
few minutes viewing my favorite blogs and found this Copic Color Hex Chart.

This Copic Color Hex Chart can be found on Sally Allnock blog:

I am working on coloring the hex's and 
it is a great tool to re-introduce me back to coloring!

The feelings I had last night while I was coloring 
felt exactly like my One Little Word for 2015!


Calming, soothing and relaxing!

Over the next few weeks I will post 
the last three florals for my Top Ten List!

Can't wait to spend my early mornings in the Craft Coloring Loft!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Word for 2015

The first part of November I was thinking about
beginning to select my One Word that will represent the

and why

for the next year 2015!

simply...the word came to me.

The word felt comfortable, calm and soothing.
Also, fun and exciting!

What is the word I have chosen?


Nourish my soul
Nourish my diet
Nourish my exercise - walking
Nourish my creative arts
Nourish my garden
Nourish my career
Nourish my friends
Nourish my family
...Nourish myself!

For 2015 I have signed up to take the year long workshop

with Ali Edwards

so that I can learn how to

Nourish my One Little Word!

As I celebrate the beginning of the fifth year of the
bouquets northwest blog I hope to 


  my passion for papercrafting with you in 2015!
(Maybe I will sneak in a little about gardening)

What is your word for 2015?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten - Floral #7

Botanical Name - Zinnia
Common Name - Little Star or Youth and Age

The colors of Zinnia's when they bloom are breathtaking!
The three names are so different for this Floral choice
that I decided to do a little research.

 Let me introduce
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Johann Gottfried Zinn
December 1727 - April 1759

Zinnia were named in honor after the German Botany Professor.

When I was choosing colors for my Zinnia I had so many choices.
The color range for Zinnia is endless!

Do you think that is why the name Little Star...
multitude of colors?

I think they should be called BIG Star!
For the choice of color and texture!

Perhaps the common name of Youth and Age
comes from Zinnia Romantic flower meaning...

Thoughtful Recollections

As I sit in my Floral Cutting Garden next year
sipping my glass of wine..

I will toast Professor Zinn
 and recollect memories
 whether little or BIG!

Of course the wine for this toast

Be Spontaneous!
- Elaine

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Plum and Orange - Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso, Color Box Chalk - Dark Peony
Stamps: Flourishes - Zinnia, Sentiment - Flourishes- Dahlias
Colors: Copic Sketch Markers - RV17, RV19, R39, R30, R32, R35, R46, YR02, YR07, YR09, YG61, YG67, YG63, Y35, Y38
Embellishment: Kaisercraft Pearls, Wink of Stella - Clear, Uni- Ball Signo Marker Pen - White
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Top Ten - Floral #6

Botanical Name - Alcea
Common Name - Hollyhock

When I started planning my Floral Cutting Garden
my step-daughter Brenda asked my if 
I was thinking of planting Hollyhocks?

My answer was of course YES!
Hollyhocks are on the Top Ten List!

Hollyhocks are a old garden flower that goes back over 500 years.
Or what I am calling it Vintage!

I have always pictured Hollyhocks blooming in a traditional english garden.
Right next to the white cottage with a picket fence.

What I learned are that Hollyhocks are native to Asia as well as Europe.

On May 15th in Kyoto Japan they celebrate the Aoi Matsuri festival
 or the Hollyhock Festival.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia.
I mentioned that this summer was filled with special moments.
Ed and I had the pleasure of spending 6 weeks with his Mom, Taeko.

What I cherish were sitting on the front porch and talking, 
driving Taeko to the senior center to play cards,
iced coffees and morning coffee,
picking weeds together,
visiting gardens,
 our cooking together,
and learning about her growing up in Japan.

Now, I have to ask Taeko about the Aoi Matsuri Festival.

When I plant my Vintage Hollyhocks they will have
more meaning then I could of imagined.

Be Spontaneous!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Chocolate, White and Pumpkin - Bazzill
Printed Paper: My Stash
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso
Stamps: Flourishes - Hollyhocks
Colors: Copic Sketch Markers - YR01,YR04,YR07,YR09,RV91, RV93,RV95,RV99,G40,G82,G85,G94,Y15
Dies: Spellbinders - Small Classic Rectangles
Embellishments:My Mind's Eye -Enamel Dots, Signo Pen - White
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Cuttlebug, Tomboy Adhesive

Friday, October 17, 2014

Top Ten - Floral #5

Botanical Name - Ranunculus
Common Name - Turban Buttercup

I love in early spring when I place Ranunculus in a pot.
Simply...beautiful color!

Ranunculus are such happy flowers I felt this
 would be a perfect Birthday card.

One of the lessons in the On - Line Card Class for 
Copic Markers was adding Gray Shading to deepen and enrich the colors.
Which is something I had been taught before.

It takes time to master this technique and I will have to
Practice, Practice, Practice!

The petals on Ranunculus are tightly woven they remind me of braids.
Perfect for the ribbon embellishment!

Five more favorite floral choices coming!

Be Spontaneous!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Lime Green and Yellow - Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso
Stamps: Flourishes - Sweet Nature
Colors: Copic Sketch Markers - R29,R35,R39,E18,C4,Y28,YR04,YR07,YR18,YR38,
Dry Embossing: Provo Craft  - Happy Birthday, Cuddlebug
Embellishments: Ribbon - Offray, Pearls - Kaisercraft, Paperclip - Pebbles
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, Rubber Stamp Collection Tape,
          Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Top Ten - Floral #4

What a fun and exciting Summer I have had!
The past two months made memories I will cherish.

However, I missed keeping you up to date on the landscaping
and my Top Ten Floral choices.

So...let's get started!

Botanical Name - Lathyrus
Common Name - Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas are very dainty and pretty flower.

My first time I enjoyed Sweet Peas was a gift from Ed, my husband.
It was Easter morning and he gave a small vase filled with Sweet Peas.

They were pinks, peaches and lavender!
Very Sweet!

As most of you know I love coloring with Copic Sketch Markers.
In fact I am in the second week of the 
Which I encourage you to take!

However, I decided to watercolor with Distress Ink.
I love Distress Ink and much as Copic Markers!

Funny I heat embossed Sweet Peas on Pea Green Paper.
Just realized this!
I am planning on two spots of Sweet Peas
climbing in my Floral Cutting Garden.

Now, I have to find the trellis for the Sweet Peas!


Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Chocolate, Fuschia and Pea Green - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: October Afternoon - Crab Apple Orchard
Ink: Simon Says Stamp - Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Flourishes - Sweet Peas
Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss  
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels Eight and Labels Nine
Heat Embossing: Versamark, Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Heat Gun
Embellishments: Ribbon - Dot Mixed Shibata Floral
Tools: We R Memory Crop-a-Dile, Tim Holtz Water Brush, Tomboy Adhesive, Fiskars Paper Cutter