Sunday, September 24, 2017

Name Banner; Sweet Charlotte Snow

My friend Rosemary is having another granddaughter. I made name banners for her other two so she asked me to do another one. Let me tell you about my friend Rosemary...she is the sweetest most giving person I ever met & hilarious. I always have a great time when I'm with her but she is one last minute mama.

I only had three day notice to make it. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't get it done in that short amount of time. I finally finished & here's the finished banner. Sorry, I know it's not the best photo, but that name sure is a long one.



She always gives me artistic freedom (as long as I use pink) so I get to do what I want. You know I'm using pink anyway!

UPDATE: Baby Charlotte Snow was born on September 20th!

Cartridges Used:
Art Philosophy for the banners & toppers and white flowers
Mini Monogram for the letters

Punches Used:
Scallopped Punch & Circle Punch are from SU!



Friday, September 22, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #10

We've been having such great weather so this week, I'm thankful for the California weather! It's been in the mid 80's and cooling down a lot at night. We've been spending evenings in our backyard and it's been so nice.
We put some pavers in one corner of the backyard to make a little patio. It makes such a huge difference. Our next big project is to replace the backyard fence. It'll be a biggie and we've been talking to our neighbor. Hopefully it'll start soon. Once we do that, we can concentrate on completing the patio.

Now it's your turn...write what you're thankful for this week in the comment section. I'd love to hear.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WOYWW #433 and Phase II - Command Center Re-do

Hello Deskers and Happy WOYWW!  What's WOYWW, you ask?  Click on over to Julia's website Stamping Ground to read all about it.

Carly and I have been sweating for two days moving and purging and reorganizing the Command Center. Click HERE for pictures of the old room. The old set up had us working back to back and were always twisting and turning when one of us say, "take a look at this". Well...not anymore! We removed Carly's table all together and combined my two to make one large table. Now we are facing each other and can share supplies & look at each others' projects easier.
Introducing the new Command Center:


My sister gave me a bunch of shelves since she's moving and was going to toss them out. I knew I needed them for the Command Center Re-do! I love how it looks more coordinated. I really thought about getting rid of the plastic drawers, but they are so perfect for storing same subject stamps. (Which one day I hope to go through those as well.)


We still have corners and containers that we need to go through, but after filling two large trash bags, we were tired.

Who knew we had so much room in there! (We've tossed that cute butterfly table. The legs are wobbly and cracked. It just happened to still be in there when I took the photos.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Paint Nite Again!

I joined a couple coworkers to another Paint Nite yesterday. These are so fun. If you've been leaning towards going...DO IT! I love how the paintings turn out so different from each other even though everyone is painting the same one.


I try not to be too hard on myself - it really is just for fun AND I thought this colorful flower would look great in the Command Center especially with the new re-do. But in the end, I absolutely LOVE how my flower turned out!


That's me on the far right!
Go to the Paint Nite website for an event near you!

Friday, September 15, 2017

CWS Mid-Month Inspiration and TGIF Thankful Friday #9

Both Creative With Stamps posts fell on a Friday so I'm rolling two posts into one...again. If you haven't joined the challenge on Creative With Stamps, click on over to the CWS site - it's not too late!  September challenge is LEAVES.


Click here to see my first card - very CAS and here's my mid-month inspiration card:

Pretty much the complete opposite of the first card - LOL! I used a color copy of one of my original pieces and then stamped some of the leaves directly on the background sheet, added a patterned paper strip & added fussy cut smaller leaves & an acorn on top.
There's still time to join the challenge!


AND since it's Friday, I'm thankful this week for my friend, Maricela. Her hubby went deep sea fishing and she brought me some Yellow Tail Tuna steaks. OH MY, they were delicious. I made the coolest thing with some of the tuna - sushi stacks. I'm not much of a cook, but I can follow a recipe. I found this one on Pinterest and it turned out just as it should. Amazing!!


Now it's your turn. Leave me a comment on what you are thankful for this week.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WOYWW #432

Happy Wednesday & WOYWW. I skipped a couple of WOYWW posts but I'm back! What is WOYWW, you ask??? Well, it's a weekly link where we get to take a peek into others' work areas/desks/rooms and just visit. Click on over to the Stamping Ground to visit the hostess, Julia and see the other deskers. Join the link if you're daring enough to show your space LOL!


I've been working on my son's wedding album. Right now I'm just making pages without photos or too many embellishments. I'm still waiting for all the photos so I'm just giving myself a head start.


We're also starting Phase II of the Command Center Re-do. I have some new bookshelves that we are bringing in so we're rearranging tables, etc. Phase I was the closet re-do which we finished earlier this year. Slowly but surely, the Command Center is taking shape!


Stay tuned for more updates on Phase II. But for now, click on over to Julia's blog and take a peek, leave a comment or two, visit and be inspired by all these crafty peeps!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Final Post ICADs 2017 - Week Nine

This is it! I made it! The final cards for the ICAD 2017 Challenge!
This week's prompts:
I decided to use digi stamps for all the seasons this week.  Here are the cards:

Top Left: I created a masterboard and adhered the index card before adding the poppies.
Top Right: The background is part of my brush off/under paper. I had to lighten it a bit before adding the flowers.
Bottom Left: This background was made with shaving cream & re-inkers.
Bottom Right: The background is a copy of a previous piece.


All flowers are from Bloom Art Stamps (Flower of the Month digi stamps) and were water colored and fussy cut before adhering to the backgrounds.