Friday, January 27, 2012

Best Friends Birthdays!

How do you describe a best friend? That is very easy for me. 

A best friend is someone who laughs with you not at you.
A best friend is someone you trust with every part of your life.
A best friend is someone that is supportive.
A best friend is someone that cares, really cares about you.
A best friend is someone who you can just talk to.
A best friend is someone who will be there for you in a instant.
A best friend is someone who is strong in believing who they are.
A best friend is someone who in simply...nice!

 Rosanna! She is one of my best friends who defines what a best friend for me.
It is her Birthday!



Hint of embossed resist technique.
Also, a best friend is someone who enjoys Chocolate!
One of the colors of Rosanna's Birthday Card!

Happy Birthday, Rosanna!

Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Chocolate and Pink - Bazzill
Inks: Adirondack - Espresso, Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, VersaMark Watermark
Stamps: Paper Parachute - Floral #62, AMuse - Happy Birthday
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - R83, R85, RV17, E55, E59, E53, YG93, YG95
Embellishment: Ribbon: Portland Floral Market, Uni-ball Signo broad pen, Spica Marker - Clear
Tools: Tomboy Adhesive, Fiskars Paper Cutter, Therm O Web 1/4" Foam Squares

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Christmas in January

 Just imagine all the Christmas Cards you would like to send to
 family and friends are ready by December 1st! 
Yes, I am going to reach this goal by celebrating
 Christmas on the 25th of each month.
 Turn on Christmas music, perhaps have a few Christmas cookies and color!


Imagination is my word for 2012.
 Imagine coloring this Winter Bouquet with a different color palate.



The first card is using lighter shades and the second card is using darker shades.
Do you have a favorite? Please comment!


Choose the same sketch pattern, changed the background cardstock.
One solid and one with pattern.

This is one of my favorite Christmas - Winter Holiday stamps! It is floral!

Imagination!
-Elaine

PS - Loved pulling out my Red storage box. It has all my Christmas Stamps in it!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Shades of green and red - Bazzill, Patterned - BasicGrey
                    Jovial Paper Pad
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso and Snow Cap
Stamps: Winter Bouquet - Flourishes, Sentiments - Papertrey Ink, Holiday Photo Finishers
Coloring: Many Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishment: Kaiser Red Rhinestones
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, EK Success 1 3/4 Round Hole Punch



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Third Thursday Tools!

Storage!

In January each year I re-organize and clean every inch of our home.
This habit started when I was a Nordstrom employee. 
Every January was Inventory.
Which means counting all the merchandise in each store.
We sorted, organized and cleaned in preparation for inventory.




It is time for inventory!
Several months ago I purchased 
 Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
and magazine files
from the Container Store
I wanted to test this idea.








The 12 colorful Storage boxes are sorted by categories.
Example: My bright pink box has Spring/Summer Holiday stamps.


All the Storage Boxes are labeled!
Example: Spring Flowers, Christmas, Birthday.



Cardstock is stored in Stockholm Magazine Files!
Each file has a color family!


One of the reasons I choose this storage solution is I can always
 add one (maybe 2 or 3) more storage boxes and files!
Shopping can continue!

Next, ribbon racks! How should I store my ribbons? Any ideas?

Imagination!
-Elaine

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango!
 Pantone Color of the Year!

Wow! A bright shade of the Orange Family.
Combinding shades with this color intensity can be fun.
I choose bright shades of Fuschia's to mix with bright Orange's.
Gerbera Daisies are beautiful in bright shades!


A special Birthday card for my daughter, Brenda!
Who always brightens my life!


Added a shade of Olive Green to tone the card down a bit.

Another shade I enjoy pairing with Tangerine Tango is Sodalite Blue.
Sodalite Blue is another color featured on the Fashion Color Report Spring 2012!



In honor of my hometown Pro Football team - Denver Broncos!
(Do you think Pantone color experts had any idea?)
 The color report for Spring 2012 please visit Pantone.
Comment on your favorite colors for Spring!


Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Orange and Fuschia - Poptone by French Paper Company,
                    Olive and Chocolate - Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack Espresso stamped on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock, 
       Distress Ink - Forest Moss (for the Happy Birthday circle)
Stamps: Gerbera Daisies - Flourishes, Sentiment -  A Muse
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - YR04, YR07,YR09, YR68, RV25, RV29, YG95, YG97
Embellishment: Stampendous Embossing Powder Clear Transparent, Ribbon - Special
                        Ribbon purchased at the Stitchin Post Quilt Shop in Sisters, Oregon
Tools: Heat Embossing Tool - Martha Stewart, Tomboy Adhesive, Foam Squares - 
            Therm O Web, Fiskars Paper Cutter

            





Friday, January 6, 2012

Imagination

Happy New Year! Happy 1st Anniversary of the bouquets northwest blog! 

On January 6th, 2011, I wrote:
One of my passions on my bucket list is bouquets northwest. My small company that celebrates what I enjoy. This is the year for growth and time to execute my vision and passion. I hope you will join me as I explore this path.Now, it is time that I share with you my papercrafting and floral designs. And a little bit about Oregon Wines!

I enjoyed looking back on the first year of writing and sharing with you my passions. 

Several weeks ago I was thinking of what "word" would be my focus for 2012.
 A wonderful friend gave me a card that read;

In my dream,
 the angel shrugged & said, 
if we fail this time, 
it will be a failure of imagination
then she placed the word gently
 in the palm of my hand.

Once I read this card it was clear what my word would be for 2012 - Imagination!  
Imagine how you could grow, learn, share, give, receive, experience! 
Imagination!

Imagine coloring the Winter Bouquet using different color tones.
I will continue to share papercrafting and floral design with you. And I will add some insight into the Art of Oregon Wines!

Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardstock - Flourishes Classic White
Ink - Adirondack Espresso
Stamp - Flourishes Winter Bouquet
Coloring - Many shades of Copic Sketch Markers