Thursday, May 30, 2013

Make a Wish...

Hello all,
Here with a quick post for The Shabby Tea Room week 169 - "Shabby Sunshine".   I have had very good intentions to play at the tea room more often this year but lately my days seem to be taken up with the joys of raising my son Tim which is as it should be.  Baseball season is almost over and we are done with Science Fair and now we just have two more weeks of school to get through before we can welcome summer.

Spring in my yard brings out the wishing flowers....or dandelions.  I love watching my son and the neighbor children make wishes on these flowers as they spring up all over our neighborhood!  As the grass grows in more fully, as the weather finally heats up here in Seattle, we see less of them but there are always a few for little hands to pull and make wishes on.  My card this week features the lovely dandelion set from MFT designed by Mona Pendelton.  This was a set that I just had to have and this is the first card that I have made with it using this weeks inspiration from the tea room:

I was inspired by the striped mug in the photo and the color scheme. I apologize for the quality of the photo it is 9pm here in Seattle and I need to re-take the photo in the daylight tomorrow.  I wanted to get it posted though just in case tomorrow gets away from me and I end up not posting it at all! LOL!  I have learned from experience to get it posted and then re-take!  

Thanks for taking a look at my card. :)

Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, White
 Dies:  MFT - Dandelion Stems and Toppers Dies, Taylored Expressions - border; Anne Griffin - embossing folder; Papertrey Ink Mat Stack dies.
Other:  floss, stickles, copics, button, dimensional adhesive, tombow glue

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Vintage Christmas Card for the Festive Friday Challenge #9

Hi all,
I was in the Christmas spirit today and decided to play along with the Festive Friday challenge: FFC09 - a red, green, and gold color challenge.  Here is the inspiration photo:

I started my card by embossing the candy canes from the Friendship Holiday Jar Fillers stamp set from Papertrey Ink with gold embossing powder on red card stock.  This set (shown below) is one of my favorite Christmas sets of all time:

The other stamp set I used to create this card is from Crafty Secrets and is called Christmas Joy.  You can find it here.

The sentiment as well as the holly stems, which I used to create a border on my matstack diecut, are from this set.  I also used some red music paper from one of Crafty Secrets CD's.  The red gingham paper was a scrap from my Christmas scrap bin.

Thanks for taking a look at my vintage Christmas card.  I found that I am sadly lacking in gold glitter in my carft room.  I planned on covering the line of platinum stickles around the gingham mat with gold glitter but alas I don't have any!!  I really must remedy that soon!!!

  There are so many beautiful samples over on the Festive Friday blog:  HERE.  I hope you find some time to take a look and play along.
Happy Sunday!
:) Jill

Cardstock: Pure Poppy, oatmeal
Paper: Crafty Secrets CD and scrap from my stash; gold paper - free gift from Serendipity stamps.
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar, Chai, and SU green
Other:  felt, gems, Stickles - red and platinum, gold embossing powder, vagabond and assorted dies.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

YOU make my heart smile!

Hello Dears....
Here with the fastest blog hop card in the history of my card-making endeavors.  I made this in a little less than 17 minutes with exactly what was on my desk and it is a single layer CAS card which for me is always a challenge as I usually end up with ink somewhere that it shouldn't be.  And today was no exception hence the flower border from the top left to the bottom right which is strategically covering some inking "mistakes"...but alas there are no mistakes in card making just clever disguises and happy accidents! 

I am off to see the movie "Epic" with my son and his cousins Russell and Ruby with my mom, aka "Grandma Jackie".  So that is why I had so little time to make my card this morning.  I also didn't have my computer up while making it and I used the inks that I had on hand that were closest to what I could remember in my head...alas my memory is not as good as I thought so my colors do not perfectly match the listing in the photo above.  Oops...hope you don't mind my creative license...

 Thanks for taking a look.....
:) Jill

Cardstock: White
Stamps: Framed out #12 and Mini Blooms
Inks:  rasberry fizz, orange zest - PTI; kraft, black: Memento; Green: SU.
other: pen for flower centers; corner chomper - we are memory keepers

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.....PSSI#7

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
I am here with a quick post.  I put together a lovely little card with one of my very favorite sentiments from Paper Sweeties -   "A DREAM is a WISH your HEART Makes"    I used the Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #7 which looks like this:

I just had to paper piece that sweet little heart in the sentiment!  Too cute! :)
Thanks for taking a look at my card.  I hope you will join in the challenge over at the Paper Sweeties blog
:) Jill

Carstock:  Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist
Paper:  Iralamijashop - Shabby Flowers Collage -             
Stamps:  Paper Sweeties - Make Today Beautiful
Other:  felt, dies, embossing folder, flower, stickles, pearls, dimensional adhesive, glue

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy Mother's Day....a little late....

Hello Friends,
I am finally posting! Yay!!!  I have been away from my blog for about 3 weeks due to a variety of things the last of which has been a bout with a nasty virus.  Today is the first chance I have had to post anything.

I actually made about 8 cards last week for Teacher Appreciation but totally forgot to photograph any of them! (Hard to believe I know!!)  I normally make them well ahead of time but didn't get to it until the last minute this year...way too much happening with baseball, school routines, science fair, Mother's Day and then getting sick on top of it. 

So...I am just posting a single Mother's Day card that I made for my lovely Mother this year.  She is such an incredible woman.  She and my dear Dad raised 7 children together and have 6 grandchildren. They are the most amazing parents!  Happy Mother's Day Mom!  What a blessing you are to all of our lives! 

I also wanted to wish all of you amazing women out there in blog-land a Happy Mother's Day too!  Whether you are an Aunt, a Grandma, a Mother, a friend, a teacher, a neighbor, or a mentor to a child you make a difference in there lives and help them to become who they are.  I know that my son is blessed with many special Auntie's who hold a special place in his heart! They include my 4 sisters -  Natalie, Joanna, Beth Ann and Diana.  What a blessing they are to him!  And to me - especially since Stuart passed away!!!  I received the most beautiful flowers for Mother's Day from my sister's and parents this year.  It is a hard day for me with Stuart no longer by my side.  Without his love I would not be a Mother to my sweet boy Timothy!  It has always been a day that I took time to thank him for making me a Mother and it is still a strange world to not have him by my side.  My family did a wonderful job of making my day special this year so I say thank you to them.  And I pray that everyone that was missing their Mother or someone special in their lives this year was comforted by the memories of happy times they shared in the past.

Thanks for visiting my blog!