Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Glitter! Glitter! Glitter!

What child does not like Glitter ( or adult)?

We celebrated Flamingo Friday! A special day with our Grandchildren! 
We had a great time making  Artist Trading Cards with Glitter!

Sling Ball is set up in the background - love this game for any age!

When I asked Daphne and Andrew what they think of when they think of Glitter the answers - Stars, Unicorns, Cheerleaders and Martha Stewart! Our favorite Glitter! 

A few of the Artist Trading Cards!

Very sparkly paper from Doodlebug Design Inc.

Finding what Glitters at OMSI - Water was what Glittered! 
I thought it would of been the exhibition of  the history of Video Games -  Video 2.0 
Only played for 20 minutes (to my surprise) reason I heard - too outdated.
And Voo Doo Donuts! The donut shop in Portland, Oregon!

A bonus card designed by Daphne!

Crafting with children and grandchildren is very special time for all of us!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Garden Walks

The month of August is one of my favorite months to live in Oregon. The flowers are blooming, sky is a beautiful shade of blue and the reflection of the sun thru the trees is amazing. 

In the early morning I love taking a walk in my neighborhood, the air is crisp and the sound of quite is a relaxing way to start your day. Of course after coffee! 

Please enjoy a few of the flowers I discovered this morning.

Hydrangea - need I say more!

Stargazer Lily - botanical name Lilium
(Yes, those are dandelions in the grass) 

Dahlia- soft color of shades of peach

Bright Red Color of Dahlia

Fuchsia Roses along a white picket fence. What a great ending of my walk!

Enjoy your walks!

Friday, August 19, 2011


Hydrangea - One my favorite Flowers!

I simply love Hydrangeas!
The colors are very brilliant, clear and vibrant. Yet, they can be soft and suttle.
It is amazing how the type of soil can change the color.
The texture is layered from the center point of each flower petal, soft and full.

Hydrangea flowers cut from my garden are inspiration for the card!

Does your dining room table ever become your color area?
Yes, that is the sun shining in the window!

Acidic Soils produce blue flowers.

Alkaline soils produce more pink shades

Pale Green Hydrangea mixed with many different flowers!
Hint for Hydrangeas!
Hydrangea is derived form the Greek 'hydro' meaning water and 'angeon' meaning is vessel. The name refers to the flowers (plant) need for plenty of water!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Navy and Chambray Blue - Bazzill
Print Cardstock: K&Company - Lace Flower Flat
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Espresso on Flourishes Basic White
Stamps: Hero Arts - Hydrangea
Colors: B63, B66, B69, B37,YG93, YG95
Embellishments: Ribbon - Tri- Mar Chiffon Green
Tools: Tomboy Adhesive

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Special Times

It has been a whirlwind the last 3-4 weeks!
 Are you wondering what had kept me very busy and with such joy! 
Three events!

First Event
The wedding of my very niece Kate, who holds a very special part of my heart. The week before the wedding it was prep time - getting the house ready for the Bride and Groom to visit before their wedding. The week of the wedding was helping the Mother of the Bride, my sister with projects to make sure every wish was completed just as the bride and groom envisioned it. Then the magic began, 5 days of celebrating with family and friends the love, joy and happiness we all share.
 Kate and Per's wedding truly reflected the beauty and bounty of Portland Oregon!

Second Event
Happy Birthday Terry! A wonderful brother in law who's nature is giving, kind, compassionate yet strong. I am very happy to have him be part of my life!

Third Event
Block Party! The road barriers go up at each end of the block and grills, tables and neighbors fill the block. It was fun to color the invitation to the Block Party - 17 different color scheme for the houses!

Please share a special event that you had this summer in the comments. It is fun to share!


Cardstock: Kraft- Speckletone
Ink: Adirondack Espresso on Flourishes Basic White Cardstock
Stamps: Happy Birthday - Inkadinkado, Block Party - Hero Arts: House with Flower
Coloring: Happy Birthday: Copic Markers- B24, B28, G24. G28, BV13, BV17, Y28
                Block Party - A array of Copic Markers using many shades of earth and grey tones
Enbellishments: Atyou Spica Clear Maker for Happy Birthday Card
Tools: Crop-A Dile Chomper, Tomboy Adhesive