Friday, December 19, 2008

2008 Christmas Tree

Winter Time in SW Washington

Came home from a mini vacation in Canada to a week of snow and ice at home, and it isn't even officially winter yet. These guys seem content as long as the hubby keeps up his farm chores and feeds them everyday. Most hummingbirds leave for the winter - but this one has stayed around.

Trip to Victoria BC

Hubby and I recently returned from a trip to Victoria BC to see "Sarah Brightman". It was a wonderful performance, particularly her duets and phantom of the opera. There was a blizzard there with freezing temperatures and winds (they never get snow - in fact they have been trying to sell their one snow plow). Needless to say, this turned into the "amazing adventure" as my husband calls it.

My final Christmas CD Holder design

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thought for Today

"Use what talent you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." -- Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Merry & Bright "Noel"

Stamps: Merry and Bright Additions (PTI)
Ink: Ocean Tides (PTI)
Paper: Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, and Polka Dot Parade (PTI)
Accessories: Ocean Tides Ribbon, Cowboy Dew Drops, 1" and 1 1/4" Punch, Slot Punch

Medallion Christmas Wreath


Stamps: Silent Night (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Ivory and Pure Poppy (PTI)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Purple Marvy Circle Punch, Corner decorative punch (EK), Ribbon (SU), Leaf Ribbon (PTI), Red Dew Drops, Dimensionals (SU)

Interesting Thought

It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb - Oprah Winfrey

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The following are two different CD Holders. The template can be purchased from Papertrey Inc. Inside is a CD holder that holds a perpetual calendar for Birthdays and Anniversaries


Stamps: Snowbunnybella (stamping
Paper: Pure Poppy (PTI), White (SU), and DP (Unknown
Ink: Black
Accessories: Red Brads (SU), Pure Poppy Twill Ribbon, Big Shot with swiss dot emboss, dimensionals, spellbinders rectangular scallop die, Liquid Applique, Light Carmel and Lipstick Red Copic Markers


Stamps: Believe Set by PTI

Paper: Pure Poppy Cardstock (PTI), White (SU), and DP (unknown)

Ink: Pure Poppy (PTI)

Accessories: Scallop Punch (SU), Buttons (SU), Big Shot with cuttlebug swiss dot emboss, Pure Poppy Swiss Dot Ribbon (PTI), Crop A Dile, Template from Papertrey "Music Makover Box"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Daddy delivers me to Grandpa and Grandma's house for a visit. It is the first time I will be away from my parents. Boy, I hope grandpa and grandma know what they are in for. They love me so I know it will be okay.

I am very happy visiting Grandpa Mark and Grandmom Joanne

CJ, Margie, and Isabella

Birdie Buckle Card

Friday, September 26, 2008

The previous photograph of hydrangeas within the header of my blog was sent to me. I was unaware that it belongs to Leslie Miller of Running With Scissors. As soon as I was aware of this, it was removed immediately.

Leslie's site can be seen at and known as Running with Scissors. Please visit her site for inspiration and see her incredible creations.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This is my first time participating in Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop. The cards below are Christmas cards using Papertrey's Christmas Designer Paper, Cardstock, and Ribbon.


Stamps: Baby Its Cold Outside MFT and Snowbunnybella
Paper: Papertrey Pure Poppy, White, and Christmas DP
Ink: Black
Accessories: Papertrey Pure Poppy Twill Ribbon, Real Red Stampin Up Marker, Brads, cuttlebug and Liquid Applique


Stamps: Holiday Wishes Papertrey and Season of Joy (SU)
Paper: Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, White, Holiday Vintage Prints DP all from Papertrey
Ink: Papertrey Black and Pure Poppy
Accessories: Papertrey Pure Poppy Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Dew Drops, Large and Small oval punches as well as scallop punch from SU

Sunday, September 21, 2008

September, the harvest month...Summer is over and autumn has arrived.

It has been a very warm September for the northwest. However, today it is raining and I must say I welcome it. Fall is a beautiful time of the year - a time to not worry about watering plants and the lawn. A very good time to get back into reading.

One of my daily reading that I enjoy is "Simple Abundance" A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Each month she lists Joyful Simplicities. For example - September:
  • Start making your Christmas list this month so that you won't be frantic in December
  • Look at farmer's markets for dried flowers to create your own bouquet
  • Enjoy fresh apple cider
  • Experiment with different types of popcorn

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Wedding Keepsake Card

This keepsake card was inspired by two incredibly talented ladies:

Heather Nichols at her website “Pine Is Here”

I used parts of the bride's invitation on the pull outs inside. The middle pull out is a gift card holder and the left and right are parts of her invitation. Photos can also be stored in the slots. The basis of this is three 5 x 5 square envelopes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Get well card I made. I love quilts and anything to do with the Amish.

Friday, July 11, 2008

I call this "Absolutely Fabulous Dragonfly"

Stamps: Anne Griffith and Mixed Messages by Papertrey
Ink: Chocolate Chip by Stampin Up
Cardstock: Aqua Mist and Vintage Creme - PTI and Chocolate Chip - SU
Embellishments: Chocolate Brads

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Spread Your Wings

Spread Your Wings
Background of squares made with Text Boxed Stamp Set

Stamps: Text Boxed and Birds of a Feather from Papertrey
Paper: Aqua Mist and Vintage Cream - Papertrey and Black - Stampin Up
Ink: Aqua Mist and Spring Moss - Papertrey and Black - Stampin Up
Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon from Stampin Up, Black Brads, and Marvy Blue Square Punch

Friday, July 4, 2008

Variation of my first post of Peaceful Wishes. I like this one better because of the raised background, brighter color, and more contrast.

Happy Holidays

Christmas in July

I usually start in July designing and playing around with ideas for Christmas cards. It takes me months to decide the card for that year.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008


I wanted a card that matched a gift I wrapped. So...I used the wrapping paper as the background on this card.

Plant Stick Hat

I made this using an empty ribbon spool and frayed the ribbon. Hopefully it looks like a fancy hat. I am using it as a top glued to my ribbon scraps jar, but it would be a nice plant stick for mother's day don't you think?

Sparkle Butterfly Card