Sunday, October 13, 2013

October, November and December Calendars

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Time!

I love this time of year.
The leaves begin to change color, it is cooler outside, making soups,
layering on sweaters and curling up in front of a fire!

Trick-or-treaters, Roasting Turkey and decorating Christmas Trees!

For all of these things that we celebrate during this time 
I thought let's get a little traditional for the calendars.

Pumpkins, Turkeys and Trees!

The ribbon trim on each calendar represents the month.

Happy Pumpkin saying Boo!

Gold and Reds are in the ribbon color.

Ho Ho Ho! 
Santa will be placing presents under the tree very soon!

Copic Sketch Marker Colors:

YR15, YR16, YR18, YG93, YG94

E15, E19, E23, E25, E27, R08, E00

YG 61, YG63, YG67, R37, Y28, C4

Rosanna, Kim and Janet - 3 of my best friends
 enjoyed receiving the calendars for 2013!

I loved crafting the calendars knowing that they are on their desks!
Every morning a bit of fun and joy!

Happy Holidays!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, White - Flourishes Classic
Calendar: Paper Source
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Pumpkin - Unknown, Turkey and Tree - Denami Design
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishments: Ribbons - American Crafts, Celebrate It, Smooch, Spica Marker
Tools: Fiskars Paper Trimmer, EK Success 1 1/4 Round Punch, Adhesive

Friday, October 11, 2013

No Place Like Home

That is one of the words to describe our new dream home!

One of my favorite rooms in our home is -
Craft Coloring Loft!

13 X 21 feet of space just for me!
For more information on the CCL please visit
the June link on this blog site.

Beginning to unpack all of my craft 
tools, papers, embellishments, markers and pencils!

Can't wait to start coloring with my Copic Markers!

In the next few months I will share with you the
Craft Coloring Loft!

How I organize, store and define the space.
It will be fun! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

July, August and September Calendars

Watching the beauty of the colors in the flowers when
Summer arrives is one of the greatest gifts I can give myself.

I thought I would share a few of the colors I love in the Floral Circles!

Copic Sketch Marker colors in every circle:

E0000, E35, YG11, YG17, B02, B04
Notice the power of a white shade colored in each circle!

Bright and Vibrant Colors!
Perhaps I will choose these shades of colors in our garden.

July Copic Colors:
YG65, YG68, BV31, BV04

August Copic Colors:
Y11, Y17, RV09, RV10, RV21

September Colors:
YR15, YR17, YR12, YR18

Enjoy the Summer Colors!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, White - Flourishes Classic 
Calendar: Paper Source
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Flourishes - Spring Bouquets, Summer Blossom and Autumn Blossoms
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers
Tools: Fiskars Paper Trimmer, EK Success 1 1/4 inch Round Punch, Bakers Twine Ribbon,Tomboy Adhesive    

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Back to the Blog!

May I just share with you how much I missed Blogging!
Quite surprising to say.

Some people write in journals... 
I prefer to blog!

In February I shared with you about our Dream Home!
Which is such a joy to be building!

One of the important rooms in our home is where I will color.

Originally I wanted a Craft Coloring Barn.
Then I thought about it for awhile...
and decided on a Potting Shed.
(More about the Potting Shed in the future).

Now, I am sharing my future Craft Coloring Loft!

 My new neighbor Debbie shared with me how beautiful sunrises are.
So... I got my coffee and my favorite Rose chair and drove to our new home.
Sat at my window in my new Craft Coloring Loft!
One word....beautiful!

Now, the CCL!

The Craft Coloring Loft is 13 X 21 feet!

One place to color!
With all my craft tools and supplies in one room!

One of the benefits of building... lighting!
8 can lights - all will have natural light bulbs
for those grey days in Oregon!

Choose not put up a wall at the end of the staircase.
It gives the room a open feeling.
Tomorrow I choose the stair railing.

Next, insulation and walls!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April, May and June Calendars

What fun and excitement my husband Ed and I are 
having selecting everything down to each cabinet knob
for our "dream" home we are building!

However I find myself thinking, planning and updating every decision.
It can get a bit overwhelming!

Simply... I needed to create and craft!

My favorite On-Line Card Classes were presenting a one week class - perfect!
Using Patterned Paper is one of my favorite ways for inspiration and color palates.

Which was my focus on this blog in April and May 2012!

I thought what fun it would be to create the
Monthly Calendars using Patterned Papers.

Sunny Days from Prima Marketing was my selection.
Very pretty colors - shades of pink, green, turquoise and orange!

 Having all of my Patterned Papers packed in storage - bonus shopping! 
I took a break and went to the CKC Scrapbook Convention.
Great convention for selecting patterned papers for card crafters!

April is Rosanna's favorite!

  Tip: Take the time and really look at the patterns on the paper.
I cut 3 different "borders" for May.

 Enamel Dots - love this embellishment!

Have fun when selecting and crafting with Patterned Papers!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Pinks and Orange - Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Sunny Days - Prima Marketing
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Denami Designs and Paper Source
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - R22, R24, R35, R37, YR04, YR07, YR09, YG41, YG45
Embellishments: My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots, Atyou Spica Marker, Smooch - Pumpkin
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Glue Dots, Tomboy Adhesive

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Color of the Year - Emerald

Green is one of my personal favorite colors!
Color of trees, leaves, grass, flowers - nature.
Color of lettuce, broccoli, green beans and asparagus.
And of course Christmas Green!

Pantone the color experts!

Table setting from Tencha's Tea Party!
Love the Art Deco Teapot!
Emerald in the floral bouquet and the glassware!

 Spring Fashion Color Palate for 2013 from Pantone!

For all the papercrafters and floral designers that
create and craft early  - Fall Fashion Color Palate from Pantone!

The colors for 2013 are beautiful!

Are you seeing the colors in retail stores and on-line?
Start watching - it is very interesting how the colors are used!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Be Happy!

I had the privilege of being a guest at a very special tea.
For Tencha who celebrated her 90th Birthday!
Yes, 90 years of life!

Her secret to long life - three things we can all do!

Banner that Lori and I crafted for the Tea!
Tencha shares with everyone that she meets Be Happy!

Ladies at the tea!
Guys before heading to a brew pub!
  Tencha shares with everyone that she meets Be Positive!
Which you can not be when you are with Tencha!

Judy and her Aunt Tencha
Tencha shares with everyone that she meets Be Faithful!

Judy was one of the ladies that spoke about what Tencha represents to them.
Nobody could of said it better.

She sees God everywhere. For most of us, seeing God
 in “Big Things” of life is easy.
 The challenge is (and rewarding us daily) is seeing God
 in everyday mundane activities, “Small Stuff”.
  Aunt Tencha has a HUGE God Consciousness in each of her days.
 Where she is, so is HE.

I thought about a possible “Small Stuff” list for her:
*greets the morning, thanking God
*displays what she believes by how she behaves
*goes through her day looking for opportunities too good to miss
*she’s teachable
*she keeps a sharpened, keen wit AND a discriminating tongue
*she refuses to be lazy
*she radiates her mantra – “I am so Happy!”

Be Happy! Be Positive! Be Faithful!

- Elaine

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Bradley

Celebrating Birthdays with family is one of the
 greatest gifts you can give to yourself!

This is how I felt celebrating Bradley's BIrthday with him.

Bradley, Ed and myself on our property.
Does this image look familiar?
Answer - yes!
I have used this stamp from


This color combination was bright, exciting and happy.

Just like Bradley!

Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, White - Flourishes Classic, Colored - Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
Stamps: Cake - Great Impressions Stamps, Stampers Anonymous Mixed Media, Sentiment - A Muse
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - R11, R12, R14, V12, V15, V17, BG11, BG13, BG15, Y28, C00, C2, C5
Heat Embossing: Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Heat Gun, VersaMark Ink
Tools: Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm O Web Foam Squares, To Marker Spica -  Peach 

Thursday, February 28, 2013



I was talking with my friend Rosanna about the 
bouquets northwest blog and she mentioned that
the calendars I crafted she loved to see.

So... I thought I would craft a 2013 calendar
for her, Kim and Janet.
Three of my closest friends!

Paper Zone 2013 Calendars!
Of course I purchased the calendars in December.
Then with everything that goes along with 
selling a home and building a home -
I got delayed!

I thought oh well I won't send the calendars.
Then I realized that your Best Friends will understand.
Also, there are 10 more months to enjoy in 2013!

Dry embossed the printed calendar and
stamped the image.


Follow along as I will be crafting 
2013 calendars using different techniques each quarter.


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Ivory - Flourishes
Ink: Distress Ink - Barn Door, Pine Needles
Stamps: Heart - Viva Las Vegastamps!, Flower - Hero Arts Sizzix
Embossing: Cuttlebug - D'Vine Swirl, Argyle
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Special Love of my Life...
my husband, Ed!

Breaking ground for our new home!
As we are beginning the process of building our new home,
Ed asked me what I envisioned planting around the edges of our home.
It was very sweet of him as he knows I love gardens!

And he knows I simply... love flowers!

His Valentine card I crafted for him was very special for me.
The floral printed paper and ribbon was the wrapping paper
 he choose for my birthday gift last year.

I choose this Hero Arts Curly Flowers stamp 
for it's loopy appearance as our new home is on
Coyote Loop!

Colored it in his favorite color - Pink!
Yes, Pink!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Green and Pinks - Bazzill, White - Flourishes
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Hero Arts Cling Curly Flowers, Sentiment - Peddler's Pack
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - RV21, RV23, RV25, YG61, YG63, E25
Embossing: VersaMark Ink, Stampendous Embossing Powder Detail White
Embellishment: My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots, Smooch - Molasses
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dream Home!

For years Ed, my husband and myself have been envisioning our Dream Home!

On our road trips we would talk about our dream house while 
we were driving in different parts of the United States.

First thought - where?

We thought where would we like to live and retire in 10 years?
Would we want to move to a warmer climate, perhaps in the desert - 
 Las Vegas, Nevada or Palm Springs, California?
Perhaps a mountain location - Bend, Oregon or Denver, Colorado?
Perhaps a historic town in Southern Oregon - Jacksonville, Oregon?
Or along a golf course in Charbonneau in Wilsonville, Oregon?

Ed and I visited all of the areas many times the last 3 years.
We would drive neighborhoods and tour homes.

On our last "road trip" we realized that there is
No Place like Home!
Where we have built our lives in the beautiful Northwest!
Most importantly being close to our family!

Second thought - what type of home?

We knew we wanted primarily a one - story home.
Perhaps one with a Red Barn and a little land.
A home in the wine country.
Perhaps we will build our dream home.

So... our dreams have come true - 
Welcome to our new home!

Lot # 10 in The Stables at Coyote Run!
Located between the towns of Newberg and Dundee in Oregon.

Our one-story home with a little land will begin next week!
Along with our dream home I can plant cutting gardens for floral bouquets.
Maybe a few rows of Pinot Gris or Pinot Noir to play with in the Autumn.
And yes... there will be a pole barn for Ed! Of course in a shade of Red!

It is very exciting to begin the process of building your new home.

There is so much to packing!
I have begun to pack items that you don't use everyday.
(Although I wish I would of not packed the serving bowls and platters!)

Tencha sharing her garage with us for storage! Thank you!

The hardest to pack were items for paper crafting.
Although I did not pack everything!
I am missing coloring and creating cards.
In the next few weeks I am going to take some time and color!

I have begun planning my Craft Coloring Room!
In future blogs I will share some ideas with you.

Now, I better get back to preparing our current home for Sale!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Happy New Year!
Celebrating the second anniversary of bouquets northwest blog!

Who would of thought?
 Over 2000 people have viewed my blog!

Mixing Patterns - # 1 viewed on bouquets nw blog!

 I know that there are blogs that have thousands of bloggers that read their site.
 I am thrilled that over 2000 have read my blog site!

For 2013 I am going to dream that 6000 bloggers view my site!

Where did I get 6000 - 6 is my lucky number!

Every year I choose a word to focus on.
2011 - Enjoy!
2012- Imagination!
For this year it was a very clear choice - Dream!

My dream is to share the wishes that my heart makes!
As we all know... dreams do come true!


Cardstock: Kraft Speckletone
Ink: Distress Ink - Barn Door
Stamp: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz