Friday, June 29, 2012

Sketch Challenge

I thought it would be fun to do a Challenge
 this week- and it was!

As you can see the choice was Round or Square?
Which would you choose?

 I choose - Square!
Now, the challenge begins!
First, I selected 3 patterned papers with doilies and dots.

Second, using this Lace Doily stamp coordinated with the patterned papers.
Third, one of the Small Standard Circle Dies was the perfect size for the stamp.
Fourth, selecting the color palate to color the doily.

Fifth, I trimmed the edges with a border punch on one of the patterned papers.
Then it was color, cut and glue!

Mojo Monday was a fun Sketch Challenge!
Please comment on the Challenges you participate in.


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Chocolate - Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Dollies - Simple Stories, Dot and Doily - Country Picnic
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Inkadinka - Lace Dollies
Coloring: Copic Sketch Makers: RV32, RV35, YG21, YG23, BG53, BG57, YR01,YR04, YR30
Dies: Spellbinders: Standard Circles Small
Tools: Fiskars - Upper Crest Boarder Punch and Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Monday, June 25, 2012

Christmas in June

A little snow!
This Christmas Card was a joy to color...
snowman, village houses, church and of course the star.
A charming stamp from Art Impressions.

The sketch I choose was...Simply Crafted!
(more details in August)

The Sentiment reads:
This Christmas may
Peace and hope fill
your life and joy
Fill your Heart

 Faber-Castell Art Grip Pencils were used for this card.
Art Grip Pencils can give you a pale look by coloring lightly or
a deeper color by pressing down a bit hard.
Art Grip Color Numbers I used: 
Blues: 147,152,143,154
Greens: 167,172
Reds: 121,126
Yellows; 109,107,132,187 
(snuck in a Prismacolor in Cool Grey)

Now, I wish I would of purchased the neutral color package!

Perhaps I should add it to my Christmas Wish List!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Christmas Red - Bazzill
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock
Stamps: Art Impressions
Coloring: Faber-Castell Art Grip Pencils
Embellishment: Bakers Twine in Red
Tools: Adhesive -Tomboy, Fiskars Paper Cutter and Finger Detailed Knife

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Third Thursday Tools

A little pair of scissors!
That is the tool for month of June.

Honey Bee Scissors!
 I have had the Honey Bee Scissors for almost 2 months. 
They have become my "go to" scissors.

The Honey Bee scissors cut the tiniest bit of cardstock off the edge.
Or intricate shapes and detail cutting.

Honey Bee Scissors have a great "feel" when you are cutting.
The blades are very sharp and the tip has a perfect point.

Play day yesterday, using Distress Stains on tags.
 Thank you EK Success for this great tool!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer! Spark your Creative Spirit

The season of sun, warm weather and long leisurely days!
Summer officially arrives at 4:09 pm- PST today!

The color of the Sun - Sunshine Yellow!
Along with Gray and a neutral shade.
Perfect color combination to celebrate the first day of Summer!

I had selected this patterned paper for my next card.
It could not of been more perfect!

Stamped the top portion of the Hero Arts stamp.
  The flowers are happy, fun and playful.
Just like Summertime!

I popped the flowers on the plaid patterned paper
using one quarter inch Foam Squares.
 Raising the flower squares and adding dimension.

 It is time to go outside and work in the flower garden!
Enjoy the Summer Season!


Cardstock: Kraft -Speckletone,  Sunshine Yellow - Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Authentique - Happiness (Two-Sided)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Hero Arts - Flower Text
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - Y02, Y11, Y15, W1, W3, W5, R83, R85
Embellishment: Ribbon - Offray,  Pearls - Basics by Kaisercraft
Tools: Adhesives - Tomboy Tape, Rubber Stamp Concepts Tape, Thermo O Web Foam Squares, Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper, Fiskars Paper Cutter

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Special Day for Fathers

Happy Father's Day!
For my husband, Ed!

Smallest Park in America - Portland Oregon
One of the greatest, compassionate,
 patient, loving and caring Father's!
Ed understands more deeply what his children
 are experiencing as they are raising their children.
Brenda and Brad you are very blessed to be able to call him, Dad!

In Honor of my Dad, Henry 

 My Dad passed away over 20 years ago.
It is said that the pain turns into very special memories.
For me this is true as I have very special memories.

Dad use to say "no monkey business" to his Grandchildren.
Then I was sent this rose which in called - Monkey Business!
This rosebush usually bloom around Memorial Day,
this year all the buds opened on Father's Day.

For Kate and Bradley, his Grandchildren!
My Dad and Grandpa is a Angel touching our lives.

My wish is that every Father has a very special day with their children!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Flourishes 10 Minute Creations

It is a beautiful SUNNY Day is Portland, Oregon today!
However, still wanted to craft today...
what should I do - found it!

Flourishes Challenge for June 

I selected one of my Patterned Papers and in 10 minutes I have crafted my card!

It was great that this patterned paper had a pattern on both sides.
Saved me time in coordinating solid colors.

Used my Brackets Embossing Folder. 
Embellished with Uni-Ball Signo Marker and round the corners.

My favorite part of this card is the stamp from Flourishes.
Cherry Blossoms.
I can honestly say that this set I have used for many special occasions.

The stamp looks beautiful just simply being stamped in one color.

Emboss, Stamp, Embellish, Cut and Paste - 10 Minute Creation!
Still have all afternoon to spend outside!


Supplies: Kraft - Speckletone
Patterned Paper -  Crate Paper - Portrait Collection Bouquet (perfect name!)
Ink: Distress Ink - Wild Honey
Stamps: Flourishes - Cherry Blossoms
Embossing Folder: QuicKutz - Brackets
Embellisment: Uni-Ball Signo Marker
Tools: Cuttlebug, Crop-a- Dile, Plus Glue Tape, Fiskars Paper Cutter

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mixing Patterns

When I first thought of this card I had selected the
Floral and the Plaid patterned papers.

Then I discovered in my stash this wonderful paisley with the same color tones.

Mixing Patterns!

Added a Rosette and a tag saying hi!

Colored the berry's using the soft antique blue 
and pistachio green colors!

As I was crafting this card I realized that I have colored
the flowers using stamps from Paper Parachute!
Do you see the flowers in the floral patterned paper?

Surprise to me!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Brown and Pistachio - Bazzill, Lipstick Red - Core'dinations
Patterned Paper: Floral - Fancy Pants Design Spring Fever, Plaid - My Mind's Eye Dreamy 2,
Paisley - Lilac House - Tapestry
Dies: Sizzix- Tim Holtz Rosette and Tags Combo#2
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso, Memento - Rich Cocoa
Stamps: Paper Parachute - UMC74, Sentiment - Denami Design Petite Fours
Coloring: Copic Sketch Marker - BG70, BG72,YG21, YG23, E71, E59
Tools - Adhesive - Plus Glue Tape, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, Fiskars Paper Cutter, Cuttlebug

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Paisley Patterned Paper

Looking at all the patterned paper choices, the Paisley one just stood out. 
The color combination is very pretty.
Shades of periwinkle, lime green, orange, yellow and pink.

It was fun to select the Copic Sketch Markers to 
complement the patterned paper.

Y00, Y02, Y11, Y15, YR04, YR07, YR09,
YG21, YG23, YG25, BV02, BV04, BV13, R81, R83, Y28

I stamped the sentiment directly on the patterned paper.
Tip: Use a color that is darker than the colors in your paper. 

 Accented the center of a few flowers with Smooch in pumpkin.
Added a line of white with Uni-Ball Signo Marker.
Little touches!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Periwinkle - Bazzill, White - Flourishes Basic 
Printed Cardstock: BasicGray - Sugar Rush
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso, Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
Stamps: Penny Black - Modesty, Sentiment - Hampton Art
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers
Dies: Spellbinders - Small Deckled Rectangles
Embellishment: Ribbon - American Crafts
Tools: Cuttlebug, We R Memory Crop-a-Dile, Plus Glue Tape, Fiskars Paper Cutter, Super Adhesive Tape 

Sunday, June 10, 2012


On Friday, June 8th we honored a Navy Veteran.
Which for me was a bittersweet moment.

Clifford G. Lisle

As the guns fired in salute, taps were played
and the American Flag was folded 
thought of the loss of my Father-in-Law.
A moment of time.

Driving home Ed and his Mother spoke of the 
moments with Cliff that we remember strongly.
Mine were simple but beautiful moments.
 Ed and Cliff cleaning corn for a family barbecue.
Driving Cliff to a softball game to watch his Great- Granddaughters play.
Having coffee with Cliff early in the morning before anyone woke up.
Those conversations with that coffee.
My wedding to his son, Ed.

And, as I placing flowers in Cliff's Memorial Wreath
 I thought what a honor it was for me to create his floral tribute.

A Memorial Wreath filled with
Freedom and Sasha Red Roses, Akito White Roses, Hydrangea,
Calla Lilies, Freesia and Delphinium.

Over the weekend I have begun Thanking Cliff for the
blessings and the greatest gift he gave me. His son, Edward.