Yes, Christmas Tags!

What do you do with all of those tiny little 
stamps in the sets that we all have?

My answers - Tags!!!
Christmas Tags!

My niece Kate once made a scroll for 
each family member as our Christmas gift.

Ten Things I like about Aunt Elaine...

Number Seven read -
She always had the perfect present, in the perfect wrapping paper.

This has always been important to me...
presenting gifts beautifully wrapped!

Every November my sister Lori and myself
plan a day and shop for Christmas Paper and Ribbons.

I choose paper for the person that is receiving the present.

For three years I have been creating
Christmas Tags that coordinate to 
the wrapped package.

One of my favorites was the new baby tag!
In 2017 we are celebrating the birth
of three (3) babies to join our family!

My friend Janet gave me the sweet
little decorated person
made from clay.

This little person went on all the Children's packages.

For 2016 Christmas Tags 
I went back to the what I first loved about papercrafting.


The stamps were used from many companies...

As you can see I have many Christmas Stamps
I did not have the time to color.

During this year I am going to make time each month
to craft and color Christmas Cards.

Which gives me the time to think about what
Christmas means to me...
sharing, kindness and being thoughtful!


The Art of Display

Many years ago my career was in retail.
One of the favorite positions I held was an

Special Event Coordinator

I worked with our display team
It was such fun to plan our events and tie together the display.
From choosing the color scheme, tablescaping,
 floral arrangements and painted murals.
I loved that part of my retail career with Nordstrom!

Now that we are in our forever home
my roots took me back to

The Art of Display!!!

There is a wall that just spoke to me!
So... I created my Craft Display Wall!

First display is focused on what we have had inches of this winter

The Christmas Blueprint Stamp from
Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous was perfect!

The 2017 Calendar I found at Paper Source!
Every month I will chose a stamp that
is appropriate for that month.

I have circled the Special Birthdays...
as a reminder for me.

The Frames and Display Boxes are from
Two of my favorite retail stores!

The Christmas Blueprints were perfect
since we looked at blueprints many times
while building our new home!

Patterned Craft Paper and Embossing Folder
were both from Carta Bella - Snow Fun by Steven Duncan!

Let it Snow!


Word for 2017!

Happy Anniversary

bouquets northwest - 7 years!!!

For the past 6 years I have chosen
one key word for an entire Year!
12 Months!
365 days!

Let's start by reviewing my past words -

2016 - Traditions
2015 - Nourish
2014 - Spontaneity
2013 - Dream
2012 - Imagination
2011 - Enjoy

Now...words that have a special meaning for myself

Kindness, Blessing, Abundance, Home,
 Discover, Compass, Believe, Present, Moment, Enrich, Significant
Out of all the words listed above one just feels right...

 Word for 2017!

There was a sentence I read the confirmed my choice
“Excellence is a combination of passion and focus. When you have passion for what you are doing and get your focus in the right place, everything else will follow. Embrace the moment.”
—  Terry Orlick

 I will take my passions and focus
embrace the moment whether they are -
magical moment
 quite moment
exciting moment
 special moment

Let me share a quite moment I had last week...
Portland Oregon had a deep snowstorm last week.
I woke up very early in the morning 
looked out the window and watched it snow...
so peaceful and beautiful on the evergreen trees in the golf course.
It was a quite moment just for myself!

As I begin the seventh year of 
bouquets northwest
Moments will be shared with you thru out the year!



Cyber Monday = Craft Coloring Day

How many people are on their phone, i-pad, 
notebook and desktop shopping?
Most of us!

First I read all the emails I received for Cyber Monday.
Oh my the amount of emails!!

Once I placed my orders Cyber Monday turned into
Craft Coloring Day!

Then next week it will be getting on the rain boots 
and Brick-n-morter shopping.

Tromping thru the water and leaves!

When adding the embellishments - ribbons, bead and trim
I have a choice to make... what ribbon to choose?

Love the Container Store for ribbons during the Holiday Season!
I slept on making the decision.
When I woke up I went with my first choice...
burlap and black with khaki trim.

So slightly on the sides!

I added a bit of Wink of Stella Brush...
one of my favorite tools!

Power Poppy Feeling Fall Stamp!
The leaves and buckle are glistening in the light!

Now, that it is officially the Christmas Season
what should I color today?

Check back and find out this week!

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Black - Bazzill
Printed Cardstock: Graphic 45 - Running Cats & Dogs Collection
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Power Poppy - Feeling Fall
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: R24, R27, R29, YR04, YR09, YR18, YR23, YR24, YR27,YR65,
                                                      YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99,W3, W5, W8, E81, E19, YR65, BOOO,Y28
Die Cutting: Spellbinders Small Classic Rectangles, Cuttlebug
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon - My Stash, Black with Khaki - Container Store, Therm-o-web 3D Foam Squares
Tools: Fiskars Cutting Board, Tomboy Adhesive



I always thought I was not a club person...
now I am beginning to re-think this!

The First Thursday of every month is
Women's Night at Michelbook Country Club!

I have learned something each evening...

Played Cards - Hand to Foot
Enjoyed Wine Tasting
Missed Sushi Night 
(would of loved learning how to roll sushi)

and my first Stampin Up! Workshop.

Of course we had wine while crafting!

Vertical or horizontal!
Craft Both!

The Cards - Holiday of course!

I enjoyed spending time with new friends!


Just For You!

When you move to a new city or town you meet
 many new people - some new Friends!

People you enjoy spending time with
supporting or helping.

I have had a wonderful time meeting new friends
and by chance a friend from the past - 29 years ago!!

However, this blog post is about a friend
 my husband introduced me to
Sharon is warm, considerate, fun, kind, 
makes the best clam chowder and a wonderful photographer!

Sharon is a amazing Mother and Grandmother!
Sharon is strong and determined!

I truly enjoy being her friend!

Just For You..for her!
When I began making a special card for Sharon
 tears rolled down my cheeks...

Sharon has been recently diagnosed with Cancer.

Yes, those are Vintage Buttons from my Mother!
Her Friends will be there for her -
whatever she needs.

Now, I am simply praying for Sharon.
Please join me in prayers!

Cardstock -Kraft - Paper Source, Orange - Bazzill, Peacock Blue - Core'dinations
Printed Cardstock: Graphic 45 - Mind Over Matter
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon
Stamps: Verve Stamps - Button Best, Flourishes - Tiny Flowers and Tags
Coloring: G12, G14, G21, G20, G24, YG17, YG11, YG25, BG18
Die Cutting: Cuttlebug, Verve Stamps Button Best
Embellishments:Vintage Buttons, Ribbon - Paper Studio
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cuter, Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares, Tomboy Adhesive



World Hello Day is November 21!

I must send this card to someone special and 
simply say...Hello!

 My first stamp I choose to color since
 I unpacked my Craft Coloring Studio supplies!

Zig Wink of Stella Brush adds a bit of sparkle on the flowers.
The Power Poppy stamp is a beautiful vase with flowers
 colored with Copic Sketch Markers.

A lesson I re-learned while I was adding the 
embellishments to tie the card together...

Less is More!

The ribbon colors match perfectly with the 
Autumn Colors I choose to color.

At the same time my eye went to the ribbon first.
Also, cut the card in two sections...
top and bottom.

By removing the ribbon your eye goes to the
flowers in the vase and then to the wording... Hello!

Who are you going to send a special Hello card to?

Cardstock: Kraft - Paper Source, Olive and Cabernet - Bazzill
Special Cardstock - Cork
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Stamps: Power Poppy - Go Wild, Avery Elle - Sentimental Stamps:
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: B32, B34, B37, B39, BG70, C00, C2, C4, E35, E37, E39, YG93,
                                                      YG95, YG97, Y11, Y15, Y19, Y35, YR65, YR68, YR16, R46,
                                                       RV29, R39, V95, RV95, R89, V99
Embossing: Stampendous - Detail White Embossing Powder, VersaMark, Martha Stewart Heat Gun
Embellishments: Queen & Co. Candy Stripers 
Tools, Fiskars Paper Cutter, Tomboy Adhesive