Thursday, November 19, 2015

Paper Angel of Wonder - Memory Box

Good Morning!  Holiday preparations are in full swing here.  I did find a little time to play with some new techniques.   Today my cards background uses one of these.   The card is embellished with a gold matte and shiny Paper Angel(she is so adorable) layered on top of card stock and matte gold card stock cut from the Pinpoint Circle Layers.  For the greeting I stamped the word "Wonder" from the Words to Live By stamp set, in Versamark by Imagine Crafts and embossed it with Imagine Crafts Gold embossing powder.
For this background  I've used Tulip dry fabric dye as a watercolor medium.  It is so much fun to play with and I love how the dye reacts when water is added.  Here I have used black dye only, I wet the sprinkled dye then added some drops of Perfect Pearls Mist "Sunflower Sparkle" for a hint of gold.   I love how the black dye had all of these other colors pop out of it not just black but pink and oranges as well. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It's Time For a Holiday Banner

 It's time to start thinking about Holiday Gift Ideas.  What to take the Special Hostess?  What to give to a Special Friend.  We all want to hand make something, even if it's just for ourselves and our home.
 This adorable banner is so versatile it can be turned into individual ornaments or a Festive Holiday Decoration.
Join me to learn how to create this adorable banner contact me using the form on the right sidebar for further details.

Hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Raina Updated - Now Gracie

 So it's been a few days since Raina/Gracie came home.  There have been a few bumps and a lot of fun, goofy times with both dogs.  Gracie got her new name Sunday night after much debate.  She seems to be taking to it well.  She is somewhat getting the idea of potty training.  The little cough is pretty much gone now except when she drinks water.  Vienna realized on the second full day that Gracie was here to stay.  Right about the time we realized if we praised Gracie before she finished going potty she would stand up and continue going down her legs.  EEEP lesson learned.  After a couple of bath times everyone likes each other again.  Well no one likes the bath but one it's over we were all happy.  Gracie is always happy she just keeps away from Vienna when she is crabby with her. 
Gracie is learning to fit in  and still looking to the older dog for guidance or to be a pillow.  She is definitely our comic relief.  She gets the Zoomies in the late afternoon early evening.  I try to get her outside because she is just learning the stairs and tends to fall down a couple when she is going too fast but when she figured them out she was so excited we couldn't catch her.  She's wacky if she's zooming around and sneezes she falls over.  It barely stops her though.  She's trying to learn how to kiss.  So far it's just nose jabs but that's ok, Vienna gives us plenty as usual.
As you can see she has made herself comfortable and moved into the dog bed and blankets.  We catch her sleeping in the oddest positions.  She also barks a little in her sleep.  She did finally bark for real yesterday out loud while both puppies were sunning themselves in the front door.  Oh my Vienna and I both jumped she has such a crazy squeaky loud bark.  How sweet is that little sleeping face?   She is hard to resist even for Vienna........

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Raina Comes Home - The Beginning

Welcome to our Family Raina.  We have been looking for another little love bug to add to our family for the last few months.  My friend Cathy let me know about Sweet Raina and the Second City Canine Rescue.  We immediately contacted them, applied, and arranged to meet Raina and introduce Vienna to her at the next rescue event. 

Saturday morning came, we were so excited everyone piled in the car and went over to Elk Grove to meet this precious girl.  I will say the event was very busy with lots of happy doggies looking for their furever homes.  Raina and Vienna seemed to get along and were equally curious about the puppies and big dogs.  Raina loved the girls she curled up in Emily's lap as soon as she sat down on the floor.  Just needing a place to relax.  We learned about Raina's past.  She's a 3yr old girl that had recently had puppies and was in a rescue in KY where she was adopted by a family but returned.  She was then brought up here by SCCR.   She had a little Kennel Cough when she got here but had just finished up her anti-bio-tics when we met her.  After hanging out with her a bit we returned home to wait for a call to see if our Family would be chosen to adopt Raina.

We had a couple of hours so I was constantly questioned how much more time.  Finally the call came that Raina had chosen us from the other family's that had visited with her that day.  We were so excited we just had to finish up the paper work, donation and then the home visit.  So back in the car we went to get all the technical stuff accomplished and set up a home visit.  Getting to see her again was great it had calmed down a bit at the event.

The home visit was set up for later that day so we scurried back home to wait for Raina and Tracy to come see us.  I unfortunately had to rush off to work but the rest of the family was there. I heard all about how she came in and she and Vienna went straight to playing.  How there was a little accident in the house but all went well and Tracy said her goodbyes to Raina and we had a new puppy. 

Everyone attempted to walk over to visit me at work, unfortunately Raina wasn't sure what a walk was so it was half a carry and half a walk with a little bit of a sit.  Then she got a new color and harness picked out and we began introducing her to her new furever home.   Lots of pictures were taken and lots of snuggling this shy, sweet, loving little dog. 

When I got home and walked in you could see she wasn't quite sure what to do but then she just watched Vienna and tried to follow along.  Vienna jumped up on me so Raina jumped up on Vienna's back.  Vienna then tells her what to do so she tries again.  She is a funny little puppy she runs but falls down a lot and is totally intimidated by the stairs, she just looks up them.  She jumps up on the furniture and most of the time hits her mark.  Sometimes she doesn't but she won't give up.  She doesn't really seem to recognize her name, so we have a short window to rename her.  One thing everyone can love about her is if you pet her she is totally yours, she just melts into you and will stay there forever.

So begins her new life more pictures coming soon.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Merry and Bright Sled

Good November Morning!  It's finally ok to start preparing for Christmas!  I'm so excited this is my favorite time.  I love creating Holiday cards and projects!  I'm over on the Memory Box Blog Today where I have a fun water colored piece with the Large Winter Sled layered over and the Merry and Bright stamped in gold.   There is a bit of gold thread added to the sled as a pull.  I just used my 1/16" hole punch to thread it through. 

The watercolor background is done on a die cut piece of water color paper using the Pinpoint Square Layers.  The watercolor red is Brusho and the green dots are from a tube of water color they match the Memory Box patterned papers used here. 

The card itself is a 5" square card which I haven't tried in awhile but I do love how the square cards turn out.

Hope your having a Wonderful Week!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the NEW November Memory Box Challenge #6 Glitter here

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Frosty Mitten Card - Are We Keeping Warm?

Good Thursday Morning!  It seems winter is quickly on it's way here we've changed quickly from Lovely Fall to blustery cold.  All I could think about was mittens and gloves and scarves and well you get the idea.  Time to prepare to bundle up.  Not just ourselves but our projects as well.  So today I have this fun card over on the Memory Box Blog today to keep us warm. 

I've used the Plush Frosty Mitten and cut it out of felt.  Then I stitched it and all of the elements to a piece of burlap.   The entire piece is attached to some Memory Box Gingham paper and then onto a Kraft Card with a touch of green ribbon to finish it off.

Thank you so much for stopping by we really appreciate it!  Don't forget there is only a little over a day for the October Memory Box Challenge - Black and White get your entries in for some Wonderful Prizes.

Have an Amazing Weekend and don't forget to check back for some other Great ideas.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Final Day Fab 5 Fall Card - Day 5

Finally one last card for the Fab 5 Fall Card Series.  I used some techniques on this one.   First I made my own stencil with a Memory Box Die.  Then I created my own Copper colored paste with the Wendy Vecchi Gold paste and some Golden Burnt Sienna Fluid Acrylic.  I'm so happy how the paste turned out.  Once it was dry I used it as a resist to give the cardstock a green background.  It went perfect with my Memory Box patterned paper.  Finally I created my greeting using my favorite alphabet the Script Lowercase and embellished it with leaves that I were leftover from my stencil making.  I just inked them up.  The final touches were some Copper Mirror card, copper cording and green and orange rhinestones. 

This turned out to be a card that grew into itself as I was creating it.  I even heard from Dave, he told me it was his favorite from the week long series.   He really likes the techniques...

We've had so much fun creating projects for this series and hope you've enjoyed it as well.  It's kind of sad it's over.  But I'm sure there will be another project to inspire......  Don't forget to stop by Dianne's blog I See A Pattern Forming and check out her ADORABLE creation for today!
Thank you so much for joining us it was great fun...  We really appreciate everyone that took time out of their days to visit us!  Have a Wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Day 4 of the Fab 5 Fall Cards - Memory Box

And we're back with another Fab 5 Fall Card.  This one is from my post over on the Memory Box Blog this afternoon.  It's a happy fall card using Memory Box Stamps and dies.

The first die I chose to work with today is the Counrty Fence Oval Frame die which I filled with fall leaves from the Autumn Birdie stamp set.  I layered some color onto the Country Fence scene and added one of the Turkeys from the Classic Tom Turkeys die set.  The happy fall is also from the Autumn Birdie stamp set as well.  I've outlined it and the oval with a Metallic Gold pen from Prismacolor.  This is how it looks outside my window right now.  Well minus the Turkey.  But with the leaves falling in all colors!  I love Fall and the crisp air and beautiful colors and tried to convey all of that here.
We're so excited your joining us for the Fab 5 Fall cards!   Thank you so much for coming each day!  We have one more day so be sure to stop back by tomorrow!  Be sure to check out Dianne's AMAZING card today on her blog I See A Pattern Forming!
I would like to add this to the following Challenges:

The Crafty Addicts - Challenge 2 -  Autumn Colors
Ruby's Rainbow - Challenge #115 - Autumn Leaves
Whimsy Stamps - Challenge #87 - Autumn Colors

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Day 3 Fab 5 Fall Cards - Misted Leaves

 Hello WEDNESDAY!  We re more than half way through the Fab 5 Fall Cards!  How fun!  

Today my share has some misted leaves.  I actually misted an entire piece of watercolor paper with Distress Stains and Shimmer Mists then die cut them, with the LawnFawn stitched leaves, after the paper dried.  The thanks, also from LawnFawn,  was cut from copper mirror card and the for being so thoughtful comes from the LawnFawn set Many Thanks.  Everything is layered onto ivory cardstock and again on a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper.  The card base has a swiss dot embossed ivory piece on it.  Lastly I added some copper and lime green stickles for sparkle. 
Don't forget to check out Dianne's inspiring card over at I See A Pattern Forming today!   Only 2 more days after this.  Don't miss any subscribe over on the right sidebar --------------->>>.

Last night Dianne and I enjoyed an Amazing dinner with FABULOUS friends and Wonderful conversation.  It was very therapeutic and just what we needed.  We hope you're enjoying your week!

Thank you so much for stopping by.   Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fab 5 Fall Cards - Day 2 - Fall in the Neighborhood...

Hello Tuesday!  We experienced another amazing concert last night.  This time it was the 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra Concert.  They were WONDERFUL and it was a very pleasant evening of course we finished with ice cream at Daisy's so what could be bad about that?

So today is Day 2 of our Fab 5 Fall Cards!  I have a fun card to share I used some Fancy Pants paper to create my background and a Poppy Die for the houses.  The trees are cut with a Memory Box die.  I punched the moon from more Fancy Pants paper and put a brown grosgrain bow on it for some more textures.  The hills are cut free hand and inked.  I did use a stray piece of Doodlebug paper for the roofs of the houses.  I love this little neighborhood so sweet and ready for fall!
Hope you've enjoyed Tuesday's card.  We will return tomorrow with another fall card to add to the collection!  Be sure to check out Dianne's blog at I See A Pattern Forming for her inspiring card today!
 Thank you so much for stopping by!  Enjoy your day.