One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A special BIRTHDAY card for a special friend

TODAY is my BFF's birthday and this is the card I made for her!  
We have been friends for 60 years!!  Yeah, we were babies when we met (NOT!)
We went to grade school together and she lived at the top of my road, so we always walked home from school together...did I tell you she is my "older BFF" (by 8 months, tee hee!)
You all know who she is, Linda from Lin's Craft Corner
Here is a picture of her and me this last weekend at her son's wedding in Tacoma, WA.
If you know her, I hope you will stop by and give her a shout out today.
I am really blessed that we have remained friends for this many years, especially since I moved away from the Seattle area when I was 16;  we kept up the friendship from a distance!
And how lucky are we to both love stamping!  We see each other usually two times a year, sometimes three!  She will come down here to Oregon to visit me when the SAF is going on...we went to the very first one in Cincinatti and have been hooked ever since and we always play together and have so much fun during that time!
So Happy Happy Birthday dear friend!
Hope you get to be QUEEN for at least the day, if not the week!!
This is what I used to make this card:
PTI Mix Mat:  flourish Die
PTI: Some Like it Hot (hibiscus flower)
MFT: Tropical Sensations (leaves)
Hero Arts:  Happy die
PTI: Phrase Play 5 (birthday)
PTI: Friends til the End (friend)
Oh and I tried Jennifer McGuire's technique of spritzing the paper and wrinkling it all up (several times), then laying it flat again for a bit of texture! I also roughed up the edges with my fingernail!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
I am hosting a graduation party on Sunday for my grandson who just completed high school. 
I will be busy preparing food! And it is supposed to reach 101 on Sunday!!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seize the Birthday ~ NO Topping!

Welcome to another Seize the Birthday Challenge!
We have NO TOPPINGS this time, so you are free to make any kind of BIRTHDAY card!
I used a PTI stencil for my background on the blue card base and then added my die cut from PTI  Paper Clippings:  Birthday 
I hope you will go over to the challenge and see what the design team has made for you and we hope to see your BIRTHDAY card in the gallery!!
Remember this challenge ends on July 4th
Also, be sure to read the rules, you can only enter up to 4 other challenges with this one card!

Heart Hugs

Monday, June 19, 2017

Merry Monday #253 and a Skating Bear!

Linda is our host this week and she is looking for bears on our Christmas cards
I had this NBUS stamp in my stash from Stampendous and it included a skating bear...score for me!  Super simple and very easy to make with some water color paper and my zigs.  I think it took about 5 minutes!

Go check out all the cute bears from the design team and we hope to see your card in the gallery!
We have one more week of challenges at the Merry Monday blog then we on the design team are all taking a summer break.  We will return on September 4!  But see you next week for our last challenge be sure to join us!
Wait...we are going to have our second Annual "Christmas in July Summer Link-Up" again this year!
There will be a $15 Starbuck GC up for grabs, so you all can still play for details next week!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Create Along With Us

I am playing with PTI Create Along With Us...when they have a release and it lands on a Monday, instead of an MIM, they ask us to make a card inspired by a NEW card focusing on the new release of stamps and dies!
Making Thyme Card 
This is Lizzie Jones card that I am using as my inspiration... she is using the new Herb Garden kit.  I followed her card and used the same wood background and the Double ups rectangle die.
I used the Beautiful Berries: Spring and a sentiment from the Tropics set.
Thanks for stopping by friends!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Quick three-fer!

Really quickly before I head off to kindergarten class, this card is going into three challenges, one of which ends in about one hour!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Merry Monday #252 with a Photo Inspiration

Kathy gave us a great photo for inspiration in making our Christmas card this week at the 
I saw the painted mason jars, greenery and all the red ornaments. I did like the chalkboard, but didn't incorporate that into my card.

 PTI half pint Friendship jar, Spruce & Sprigs, WPlus9 Holiday Bough, Sunny Studios: Holiday Style
Won't you join us this week and get a big jump start on your Christmas cards?

Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Challenge #86 A Sketch

There is a sketch up at The Challenge and I needed a birthday card for my two year old great nephew.
I pulled out an old PTI stamp Train Tracks, colored it up with copics and layered it up and calling it good!  I don't use a lot of pattern paper on my cards, usually a bit more CAS, but that is not to say I don't have plenty of pattern paper, so this is a very good way to be using some of it!

We had a wonderful day, the sun came out and was actually pretty hot when I was working out in the garden...trying to get things looking good for my grandson's graduation open house that I will host.
Tomorrow is my last day helping in my friend's kindergarten class...what will I do every Monday morning?  I think my summer is filling up with lots of activities!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

CAS Watercolour JUNE Challenge & The Flower Challenge #9

And nothing says summer to me more than beautiful sunflowers!
I actually gold embossed the flowers and leaves and then used my zigs to watercolor them with yellow and oranges.  My sentiment is from PTI Quilted: Summer which I thought was very appropriate for this challenge.
The flowers are from Lawn Fawn: Our Friendship Grows
I was thinking of using the blue zig to color around the flowers, but I chickened out!
I am also entering this card in a new to me challenge called The Flower Challenge!
That is right up my alley because I LOVE making flower cards!
Happy weekend friends!
Heart Hugs, friends!