Sunday, August 17, 2014

AUGUST

 Happy August!
Here is my cross stitch project for the month of August. What would be more perfect for this month than some sunflowers??  The fabric I used is a 14 ct oatmeal aida cloth which worked out perfectly for the background.

See you next month with my project for September..... no hints, but can you guess what it might be???

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THANK YOU

My sister invited me to go see James Taylor along with her and my nephew Chip and his wife Tracy. The concert was at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. The concert was part of his 2014 summer tour in 43 cities and consisted of 52 concerts.....he's still going strong!!  I had a wonderful time, despite the POURING rain. We, along with tons of other people, had lawn seats. Thankfully, the four of us had raincoats and umbrellas as well.  :)

It was a great concert! His voice is still strong and he played many songs, including "Fire and Rain" which is my favorite song of his. I would definitely go back to see him again.


I wanted to make a special thank you card for her for bringing me along.  This is what I came up with.
The stamp used was from a SU set called Heartspeak and the thank you image is from Hero Arts. Dies are the Pierced Circle Stax and Fishtail Flags Stax by MFT.  The paper I chose was from the MME-Happy Day Collection, K&Co, and Close to Cocoa by SU. I didn't like the circle being bright white so toned it down using Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink with a sponge dauber. These are the Copics used.
Thank you again Brenda, I had a great time!  :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

ENDLESS SUMMER

I couldn't pass up taking a picture of this beautiful flower. It's an Endless Summer Hydrangea that's in my back yard. Such a gorgeous color!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

JULY

Oops!  I almost forgot to post my cross stitch project for the month of July. It was done on 14ct aida fabric and framed in a 5x5 little black frame.  The colors don't show very well in this photograph, the threads were much more vibrant in color.

Tomorrow is August.....where has the summer gone??  I hope to be back soon with my cross stitch project for the month of August.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

It's hard to believe.....but it's already JULY! This is the month that many people start thinking about ideas for their upcoming Christmas cards which we will need in just a few months. It's never too early to start on holiday cards as we're all so busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays with all the shopping and decorating. I say every year that I am going to have all of my cards done early..... but it just doesn't happen.  I was quite pleased when Faith made an adorable, digital snowman image for the progressive monthly challenge this month. At least I'll have one Christmas card made early this year!  :)

I started off with a white card base, adding layers of Handsome Hunter and More Mustard by SU. The designer papers are from the Kringle & Co. collection, made by American Crafters.  The dies used are the Pierced Square STAX and Mini Tabs Foursome, both by MFT. The Christmas Joy stamped image is by Papertrey Ink. I used a snowflake button as my embellishment, just snipping off the back of the button. StarDust Stickles were used on the button and the snow to give my card a bit of sparkle. The Copics used are shown below. I love this happy, smiling snowman image!  You can get this image or join in the progressive challenge at http://fromtheheartstamps.com
I hope my card gives you a bit of inspiration in thinking about your Christmas cards this year.  :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I have another birthday card to share with you today. This time the birthday was for my daughter, Jocelyn.  I just loved making this card, and with the help of MFT's new Gerbera Daisy die it went together easily.

I started off with white cardstock for the base, adding a layer of Barely Banana (one of Jocelyn's favorite cardstock colors). On top of that I layered it with a white panel that I ran through my Big Shot with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The fun part was selecting the colors for the gerbera daisies. I chose Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana and Creamy Caramel. All the papers used is SU. The flourish I chose was another MFT die called Fancy Flourish using Mellow Moss cardstock. The little Happy Birthday greeting by SU was just the perfect size for the card. I had so much fun making this card that I'm going to make a few more, just changing the colors of the flowers.  :)  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOCELYN.  I'm so glad you had a nice birthday!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPARKY!

I wanted to post the recent card I made for Steven (a.k.a. Sparky!) for his birthday on June 27th. This little image was perfect with the letter "S" on his belt buckle. The cute little bird image was the Stamp of the Month digital image from www.fromtheheartstamps.com for the month of June.


I started out using Stampin UP's Garden Green card stock for the base of the card, adding Yo-Yo Yellow and Brocade Blue. The DP is from Daisy D's paper.  Copics used were BG000, B21, B95, Y15, Y17, Y11 and G43.  The dies used were all from MFT. Used were the Pierced Circle Stax, Star Stax, Blueprints 3 and Fishtail Flags Stax. You can't really see it in this picture but a silver Spica was used to fill in the belt and mask giving it just the right amount of sparkle. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

JUNE

Well, I've had my cross stitch project done for awhile now, but just haven't had the time to post it. The month of June is a crazy, busy month for me. I wanted to get this posted for you to see before it's time to post the month of July!  :)



I just love these designs by Lizzy Kate and really enjoyed stitching this months little design. The tiny little buttons were used as the centers of the flowers. I'll be back to show you the month of July before you know it....  :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

YOU GO GIRL!

Happy Friday everyone!
It seems as though it was such a long week....I really am happy that my work week is over with and I am looking forward to starting my weekend. My order also arrived today from MFT and I can't wait to play with the new things I bought. 
Here's the card I made for a challenge I joined called "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". I made it for the challenge but with my granddaughter in mind. Lucy is a cheerleader and I plan on giving this card to her...

The cardstock that was used is Close to Cocoa, Yo-Yo Yellow and some designer paper all by SU!
Pierced rectangles by MFT were used along with Bitty Banners from The Cat's Pajamas. Copics were used for the color, using B000, B23, E00, E31, E35, Y02, Y11 and Y17.The cute little image is called "Stick Cheerleader" and is a digital image by Bugaboo Stamps. The Word stamp was given to me by a stamping friend. Thank you Jennie!
I hope you all enjoy the weekend....  :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MAY

One of my other hobbies is cross-stitch. About a year ago I posted a cross stitch framed piece that I had done for my sister similar to this, but with a leprechaun on it for the month of March. As I really like these 5 x 5 framed stitched pieces, I decided to make one for myself for each month of the year. I will display a new one each month in a perfect little place on my counter in my new kitchen.

 
 
The patterns are designed by Lizzie Kate. I really like each and every one of the 12 patterns for the months of the year. This particular series uses 3 little tiny buttons on each pattern each month. Notice, the 3 little buttons for this month are used as the openings on the front of the birdhouse.  I will share with you, the new one that I make each month until all twelve months are done. I'm finishing up the one for the month of June which needs to be done very soon......  :)