Tuesday, March 11, 2014

City of Roses

Yes, Portland Oregon is the City of Roses!

Portland celebrates the rose with the Rose Festival in June!
I enjoy walking the Rose Garden and watching the Parade.
View of Mt. Hood from the Portland Rose Garden!
However, this is March and the holiday we all
 celebrate is St. Patrick's Day!

 Shades of Green are one of my favorite colors.
It is the color of nature... trees, evergreens, leaves.
Four Leaf Clovers!
Also, Roses!

My Rose Choice is the Green Tea Rose!

Green Tea Roses
Green roses symbolizes newness and growth.
As we are in a new home with "mud" right now as landscaping.
The Green Tea rose bush will be perfect to surround the ends of our new vineyard.

Perhaps I might plant a little clover around it for Good Luck!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Berrylicious - Bazzill, Dot - Doodlebug Design, Stripe - Basic Grey Bow Ties
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Rose - 100 Proof Press, City - Make an Impression
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - YG21, YG23, YG25, YG03
Embossing: Powder - Stampendous Detail White, EK Success Powder Tool, Martha Stewart Heat Gun, VersaMark Stamp Pad
Embellishments: Sprinkles - Doodlebug Design
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, EK Success Circle Punch, Dimensionals - Sticky Thumb
Adhesive: Tomboy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Flourishes - Passion Flowers

When I was in my teens and twenties I loved to sew!
I made everything I wore except my favorite denim jeans.

All of my "tops" (that was the fashion word back then),
blazers, pants, dresses and even dresses for special occasions. 

At one time I thought of being a tailor.
I loved how a garment was constructed. 

My favorite part was going to the fabric stores.
My Mom and I went every Saturday.
First we went to Montgomery Ward and to Sears.

Then as my tailoring skills improved we went to
 my favorite fabric stores in Denver, Colorado.

Buttons and Trims & Wonder Fabrics.

From Italian Wools, French Cottons and very soft Silks.
Buttons that put the finishing touches on each garment.

That was one of my special Passions in my life.

Now my passion is Papercrafting!

Passion Flowers stamp is from Flourishes.
When I purchase a stamp and embellishments I feel like I am tailoring again.

Stamps are like choosing the pattern.
Cardstock are like choosing the fabric.
Embellishments are like choosing the buttons, thread, ribbons and trim.

This Passion Flower is for everyone at Flourishes!
One of my favorite stamp companies is Flourishes!

Flourishes designers draw beautiful florals into amazing stamps.
Stamps I love to color!

Simply... Thank you to Jan Marie and her team at Flourishes
for giving me my new passion!

And I wish you all the best in your Passions!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Lime Green and Passion Purple - Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Sentiment - Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
Stamps: Flourishes - Passion Flowers
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - YG01, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG67, BVOOO, BVOO, BV13, BV17, BV08,
 Y11, V95, YG03, YG17, E42
Embellishments: Ribbon - Offray, Gems - Martha Stewart
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter
Adhesive: Tomboy Permanent Adhesive, Rubber Stamp Concepts 1/8 inch Adhesive Tape