Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Heart of Flowers

An artist said the perfect words for the month of February
"A flower touches everyone's heart" ... Georgia O'Keeffe

We all have had that special feeling when that "someone" gives you a single Rose or a beautiful floral bouquet. Perhaps a bouquet was delivered to you yesterday as we celebrated Valentine's Day. 

Floral Designers feel the Red Rose is the traditional color for Valentine's Day. I admire traditions as shown in this card with highlighting the Red Rose layered with tartan plaid.


Other colors that are Valentine Colors are pinks and white. My husband, Ed presented me a gorgeous bouquet of Tea Roses, Spray Roses, Peruvian Lilies, Chrysanthemum and Hydrangeas in shades of pink and white.


If you received a floral bouquet for Valentine's Day please remember the 3 tips to allow your bouquet to bloom for a longer period;

Cool - flowers should be kept away from direct sunlight, heating/cooling vents, heat generating appliances
Hydrated - check the water level in your vase
Clean - replace water and when possible re-cut flower stems at angle.

I am hoping that you heart was touched by flowers on Valentine's Day or any day!

-Elaine

Supplies:
Card Stock: Kraft - Speckletone French Paper Company, Tartan Plaid -  BasicGrey, Red/Black - Personal Stash
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Rose - Peddler's Pack, Sentiment - Rubber Soul
Coloring: Copic - R35, R37, R39, YG03, G85




Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! The day we celebrate the people that we love by sending cards, flowers and small gifts that show how much we care.

One person who has given to me more than anyone could imagine is my husband, Ed. He has given me wonderful presents on Valentine's Day. What I value is not the gifts but the person who my husband is. Ed has a wonderful soul and lives his life to the fullest thru his family, work and his passions. He is loving, passionate, fun, giving, respectful, understanding, patient, caring, helpful, knows when to offer advice and listens. 



A man who I cherish, respect and a have very deep Love for. Who I know will always be my Valentine!

-Elaine

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Gift of Handwriting

As a child we learn to write alphabet letters and form words. Those words are written into sentences, then into paragraphs. A natural form of communicating the written word is…handwriting. I enjoy sending note cards - for birthdays, holidays and special events. Writing a special note from myself to that person means sharing a part of me.





It is now time to share with you the one gift that is difficult for myself to perform is simple for most adults – the art of handwriting. Using the instrument of the brain to allow the hand to create those letters and words takes concentration while handwriting a note card.




In 2006 my handwriting changed after experiencing a Brain Aneurysm. Which I Celebrate! The Brain Aneurysm has enriched my natural ability to blend colors, add texture and has enhanced my ability to color in small spaces. 



Join me in sending blank cards for people to use their gift of handwriting!

-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardsrock: Kraft- French Paper Company, White - Flourishes Classic, Colored - Bazzill Basics
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Floral and Sentiment - Hero Arts
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - BV11, BV31, BV23, BG72, BG75, BG78, RV34, R59, E11, YR12, YR18, E15, E27
Embellishment: Hero Hues Pearls & Gems - Hero Arts
Tools: Foam Squares - Therm O Web, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Adhesive - Tomboy