Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Traditions

Defining the Word; 

The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation,
or the fact of being passed on in this way

A long-established custom or belief that has been passed on in this way

At Christmas time I always think back to the Traditons
that my parents passed on to me... Favorite Traditions!

Christmas Tree, Presents, Shopping
Our Church Singing Christmas Tree 
and the Tradition I remember the most...

My Mom's Christmas Cookies!
She baked so many cookies they filled
several aluminum turkey bakers!

This year I am going to bake a few of 
my favorite cookies from the recipes that 
I kept from my Mom!

There are so many words that sum up traditions
 that I hope I am passing down to my family...

Tree, Ornaments, Lights and of course Santa!

A new tradition I hope to start is placing Holly
 in our wreath welcoming family and friends.

Love the Red sparkle of this jewel!
Now is the time to begin researching what 
varietal of Holly I will plant next Spring.

Any Suggestions?

The next few weeks I will share 


that have been passed down from my parents.
Also, new Traditions that I can share with our 
children and grandchildren!

Nourish - Word for 2015!

Cardstock:  Kraft - Paper Source,  Christmas Red - Bazilla
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey - Jovial Paper Pad, Teresa Collins - Christmas Cottage
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso, Distress Ink - Barn Door, Color Box - Olive
Stamps: Technique Tuesday - Celebrate the Season by Ali, Hero Arts - Holly Branch, Hero Arts - Clearly Kelly 
Coloring: Distress Markers - Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Barn Door
Die Cutting: Spellbinders - Small Standard Circles, Cuttlebug
Embellishments: Tri - Mar Ribbon in Red,  Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps in Red, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm-o-Web 3D Foam Squares, We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile   Corner Chomper

Thursday, November 19, 2015


This time of year I believe that we all
start thinking about what we are Grateful for...

It could be simply...
pumpkins, flowers and a chair to sit on.

I love the matte finish on the Frosties Beads from Queen & Co.

Of course I am grateful for my family and friends!

For our beautiful home, red barn and the land to be 
able to grow my Floral Cutting Garden!

To spend every day with Ed!

To be able to go up the stairs each day to my
Craft Coloring Loft!

To have the paper, markers, inks, embellishments and tools!

Also, to work with a amazing team at the Oregon State Fair each summer!

One of my Stamp Companies I am So Grateful for...
Power Poppy!
What I am most Grateful for are those 


in life that you can feel the warmth, love and compassion!

As we begin to prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving
please take the time to think about what you are Grateful for!

Nourish! Word for 2015!

Cardstock: Kraft- Paper Source, Black and Olive Green - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: Graphic 45 - French Country Collection,Creative Imaginations - Rooster Diamond
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso
Stamps: So Grateful - Power Poppy
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: Y17, Y38, YR68, BV02, BV04, BV13, W1, W3, W5, W8, Y11, Y18, E19,E43, E55, E59, R22, R29,YG61, YG63, YG95, YG97, G85, G94
Die Cutting: Spellbinders Labels Eight, Cuttlebug
Heat Embossing: Stampendous Embossing Powder - Detail White, Martha Stewart Embossing Stamp Pad
Embellishments: Queen & Co - Frosties
Tools: Fiskare Paper Trimmer, Tomboy Adhesive

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Special Stamps


Autumn is when all the leaves are
turning shades of gold, orange and rich red colors!

Once the leaves are gone there is the 
beauty of the branches... some with berries nestled on the branch.

New Ink Color from Distress Ink - Ground Espresso
Do you ever have the experience when you are
in a store or on-line shopping and 
a stamp just calls out to you?

This happened to me while I was in the 
Seattle area at a wonderful retail store

The Wildberry Branch Stamp from Memory Box 
and the sentiment made for Impress...
I had to purchase and start coloring.

Hint of Zig Wink of Stella Brush on the Purple Berries
A few days ago I was blogging and thought I 
would check a few Card Challenges.

Then I saw the Sketch Challenge from Mojo Monday
and thought it would be perfect for my special stamps!
(Which I had to post twice due to excitement - typed in the wrong link)

You have a few days left to join the challenge!
So... look for those special stamps and start crafting!

Nourish - Word for 2015!

PS -  In my email this morning I read the Splitcoast Stampers newsletter and the 
         Color Challenge was exactly the colors I choose for this card!

Making this card much more Special!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Chocolate Brown and Pale Yellow- Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: GCD Studios - Lotus Zen Garden Collection
Ink: Adirondack -Espresso, Distress Inks - Ground Espresso
Stamps: Wildberry Branch - Memory Box, Sentiment - Impress
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers- V15, V17, V09, YG91, YG93, YG97, YG95, E43, E47
Die Cutting: Spellbinders Small Standard Circles, Cuttlebug
Embellishment: Ribbon - American Crafts, Beads - Queen & Co. - Frosties Yellow
Tools: Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm-o-web - 3D Foam Squares

Monday, October 19, 2015

Top Ten - Floral #10

Botanical Name - Hydrangea or Hortensia
Common Name - Hydrangea

Image result for hydrangea
Hydrangea Macrophylla
What flower is the perfect backdrop for my
Floral Cutting Garden?


From shades of blue, purple, pink, white and green!
From mopheads, lace cap or cone shape!

I cannot pick a favorite color or shape!

Love the texture of Dots dry embossed
on the background pumpkin paper!

Flower color can be determined by the soil acidity.
Blue Shades add - Aluminum Sulfate (pH below 7)
Pink Shades -  Garden Lime (pH above 7)

I enjoy mixing Hydrangeas with other flowers
such as roses and lavender!

Let's Review where the 
Top Ten Florals will be planted

The mound of dirt where my Floral Cutting Garden is going to be!

My Husband Ed on Clyde our tractor clearing Mt. Eli!
(Yes, we named the tractor and the big pile of dirt)

Green Pumpkins are growing in the right corner -
Only got one orange pumpkin!
Just 5 to 6 months from now I will be planting...

Roses, Daffodils, Iris, Sweet Peas
Ranunculus, Hollyhocks, Zinnias, Dahlia, Gladiolus
and of course Hydrangea!

My Top Ten Florals!
Please comment if you have a favorite flower?

Nourish! Word for 2015

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Pumpkin, Chocolate and Sky Blue - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: Basic Grey - Indie Bloom SeƱora
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Trio of Flowers - Lockhart Stamp
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: B12, B14, V15, YR15, YR18, YR21,G43, G46, YG93, E43, E44, E47
Embossing: Cricut Cuttlebug Ben-Day Dots, Cuttlebug
Embellishment: Ribbon - Paper Studio Orange Linen, Pebbles Jewel Candy Dots
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive, Therm-o-web Foam Squares

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Top Ten - Floral #9

Botanical Name - Gladiolus
Common Name - Gladioli

Glads sometimes called Sword Lily!

When I think of Glad's I envision the photo above -
rows of tall stems of color!

From pastel to bold colors!

Usually I play with new coloring markers, brushes and inks
for awhile then I post on bouquestnw blog!

However I had to share!

I choose to color with my new
Zig Clean Clear Brushes!

What fun!

The colors of Zig Clean Clear
are exactly what they say:

Clean, Clear - Colors!

Perfect for Glads!

When a Glad opens up the ruffled edges
reminded me of the texture on
the printed paper!

In Portland Oregon there is a Italian Restaurant
that serves the best pizza!

What I looked for each time entering the restaurant was the
Glads they had in a tall vase.

I always wondered what color the Glads would be!

In my Floral Cutting Garden
I want a rainbow of colors!

Nourish - Word for 2015!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Cranberry and Olive - Bazzill, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor
Printed Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle - Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection Red Floral,
                        Authentique - Abroad Worldwide 
Ink: Archival Ink - Coffee
Stamps: Power Poppy - Glads and Gerberas
Coloring: Zig Clean Color Brushes - Wine Red, Geranium Red, Mid Green, Olive Green, Yellow, Bright Yellow
Embossing: Cricut Cuttlebug - Oxford, Cricut Cuttlebug
Embellishments: Ribbon - Offray, Pebbles Jewel Candy Dots
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top Ten - Floral #8

Botanical Name - Dahlia
Common Name - Dahlia

What is there not to love about Dahlias?

The variety of Dahlias are amazing!
42 Different Species!
Size - from 2 inches to 1 foot - a dinner plate!

Colors range from soft to bold colors!
Multi- color blends!

 Before I show you the Dahlia Card that I crafted
I want to share a coloring tip:

I had mentioned the Copic Color Hex Chart -
The chart had me stretch out of my comfort zone
and choose new colors combinations!

Be sure to look at the supply list for Copic Colors!
Two of my favorite colors for Dahlias are 
Yellow - the color of Sunshine!
Coral - gives me Happiness!

Re-purposed the Printed Paper!
The printed paper was on my blog in June 2012 - 
Summer! Spark your Creative Spirit!

Don't the small cup Dahlias remind you of Ric-Rac?

The photos were taken at the
Located in Canby Oregon!

In the Willamette Valley of Oregon
Dahlias can bloom from June to October!

I can only hope my Dahlia Cutting Garden
looks as beautiful as Swan Island Gardens!  

 Word for 2015! -Elaine

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Black, Goldenrod and Coral - Bazzill
Printed Paper: Authentique Collection -Blissful "Happiness"
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso
Stamps: Flourishes - Dahlias
Colors: Copic Sketch Markers - 
Die Cut: Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals Large, Cuttlebug
Embellishments: American Craft Coral Ric-Rac, Doodlebug Spring Sprinkles, Uni-Ball Signo Pen - White
Tools- Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Now, it is Craft Coloring Time!


Those three letters sum up the 2015 Oregon State Fair!

It took 8 months of dedicated planning for this years OSF!
Lots of long (15 hour days) hard work.

When the gates opened on the first day my magic moments began happening!

What are magic moments?
 A moment in time when you see
a Fair Guest and Volunteers - Laugh, Smile and having Crazy Fun!

Worth all the hours the team at the Fair put in!

Now what should I do with me free time?
Simple answer..

craft coloring
I have missed Coloring!

So... next week I begin a On-Line Card Class

As a treat to myself I bought a few supplies!

I am ready to Watercolor!

Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils

Gansai 36 Piece Watercolor Set

Zig Clean Color Real Brush

In the retail world the Zig Brush would be called a "hot item or best seller".

Please know that I still LOVE my Copic Markers and Distress Inks/Markers!
However, I am very excited to stretch my coloring skills with Watercolors!

In fact check back in a few days as I will blog Top Ten - Floral #8!

Nourish! Word for 2015!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Get Crafty at the Oregon State Fair

Just 20 days away!

August 28 - September 8
Crazy Fun Since Day One!

It is time for Paper Crafters to enter...

Cards, Scrapbook pages, Quilling and Paper Art Projects!
Online Entry Deadline: Tuesday, August 18

The Oregon State Fair is having "crazy fun" working with the
 following retail stores for you to drop - off your Paper Arts.

The Retail store will mail the entry for you to the
Oregon State Fair!

Remember to enter online prior to dropping off your entry

Once you are on the OSF website:
link to Competitions 
then to Creative Living
then Paper Arts!

As a fellow Paper Crafter I am very excited to see your entires!

Also, several of the Paper Arts Retailers that are
participating as a drop-off site are providing Gift Cards
 for the crafters that are awarded a Blue Ribbon!

Thank you to all the Paper Art Crafters, Store Owners and Staff!

Now start entering!

PS - Check back for the last 3 Top-Ten Florals in September!
It is State Fair time!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Where have I been?

bouquetsnw has had over 500 hits in the past few months
and probably thinking what happened to this blog?

There has not been any coloring and I miss viewing the flowers and gardens!

Where has Elaine been?

Yes, I have been at the Oregon State Fair!

Many of you know that I have a passion for Wine Tasting
and for many years I was the director for the
 Wine Competitions at the Oregon State Fair.
Both Professional and Amateur!

Now, I have been asked back to lead different department
or should I say departments!

Creative Living, STEM + Art = STEAM and Oregon Counties!

What fun I am having...and quite the challenge!

I must confess there is one section of Creative Living I am really enjoying!
Yes, Paper Arts!

Our competition for cards, quilling, scrapbooking and paper art projects.

If you live in Oregon and would like to enter your craft at the State Fair
please view the website  oregonstatefair.org

The information will be live in a few weeks!

Also, the Competition Chair Volunteer position is still open
if any of you Paper Crafters would like to have some
Crazy Fun at the Oregon State Fair please leave a comment.

In between planning for the Oregon State Fair I have taken a
few minutes viewing my favorite blogs and found this Copic Color Hex Chart.

This Copic Color Hex Chart can be found on Sally Allnock blog:

I am working on coloring the hex's and 
it is a great tool to re-introduce me back to coloring!

The feelings I had last night while I was coloring 
felt exactly like my One Little Word for 2015!


Calming, soothing and relaxing!

Over the next few weeks I will post 
the last three florals for my Top Ten List!

Can't wait to spend my early mornings in the Craft Coloring Loft!