Monday, April 30, 2007

Color Challenge Monday ~ part 3

I am having so much fun with these color challenges. Today's inspiration is a great new beer from Hawaii that we tried last week. I love the colors on the label almost as much as this rich heavy beer. If you want to have a sip for inspiration, you can pick this one up at BevMo. So the color challenge this week is Coffee Brown, Orange, Ocean Blue, and Sand. It's alot of colors, but give it a whirl and see what happens.

I'd like to thank all of you who have been playing in my challenges already. I love seeing what you created. Thanks to Kim, Debbie, Julie, and Jan for stopping by to play with me this week.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Happy Dog

I just had to share this adorable pic. Mabel is very happy that I'm home. Nobody around here is as comfortable to nap on than me. Wish I could sleep like a puppy. She is almost 5 pounds at 3 months old, and is happy to be out running with the big dogs.

Adventures in Coloring

Ok, so I don't do cutsie, I don't doodle, and I don't color. I did a challenge kit swap over at the stamp shack and my partner for the swap, Nancy, is great at all these things. She sent me 3 wonderful challenge kits along with very detailed instructions on coloring the pig & hedghog images. I was on my own for the flowers. I had a ton of fun playing with all of this. I definitely still don't do cutsie or doodle, but I love coloring! The challenge was a success.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Tough Act to Follow

So, the post below is from my adorable hubby. He posted that yesterday before I got home from my surgery. I stayed over at my parents since it was closer to the hospital. Good thing since I had to return to the ER for excessive swelling. I am on the mend now, happy to be home and awaiting a good report from the lab results. My family is spoiling me rotten and my friends are bringing in bunches of yummy food. I am resting and healing. All is well here. Did I mention that my hubby is wonderful? You already got that, I guess. So, back to papercrafts and creative endeavors...but first a Friday Funny.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

This is my Wife

Through this fog that envelops me
To cause the world to slow to still
I thank whatever god's may be
For my unconquerable will

I cannot control my circumstance
I have not winced or cried aloud
Under the heavy weight of chance
I'm weary, but unbow'd

Beyond the mist, there is a place
In peaceful bliss my mind has made
Where happy thoughts wash over me
And finds, and shall find me, unafraid

I know the path will twist and turn
And I won't always see the bends
But the journey is that for which I yearn
'longside my family and friends

Hope your home soon,

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Out of surgery

Everything went well. The doctor is very positive that he got everything. Thanks for the good wishes. I'll check in later when I'm up and around better. So glad to have it behind me now.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I'll be out for a while...

I'm having surgery tomorrow on my neck at 10:45. Please send good thoughts my way and I'll be back on when I can. I altered this little book of good thoughts to keep me focused on the positive while I am healing. If you have any positive quotes or poems that I can add to my book, I'd love to hear about it. I hope you have a creative week.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Quilt

I started making this quilt about 5 years ago. I paper pieced the squares and then set it aside when I realized that I did the math wrong and only had about half of the squares I needed to make a queen size quilt. So, this weekend I decided to pull it down and make a throw size quilt out of it. My mom and I sewed together the squares in rows and she sewed the rows together. The tricky part now is that we have to tear off all the little pieces of paper before I can quilt it. I have half of the quilt and she has the other half and we are tearing paper.

It will be a labor of love when it's completed. There is nothing more comforting than a handmade quilt. When I am laying under a quilt that has stitches made by the talented women in my family, I can feel their love surrounding me. I have quilts that have stitches in them from 4 generations of my family, and they are true treasures.

Color Challenge Monday ~ part 2

I'm ready for another color challenge today. I don't have a pic to put up yet, but I'm working on it. This is a pretty simple one ~ RED and WHITE. I've been working on a quilt this weekend with these colors that just makes me feel happy. There are so many shades of red and even of white. I hope you'll feel inspired to make something out of this simple color scheme.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The View

This is the view out my window this morning. Is it really spring? Hard to tell from here. I hope you have a beautiful Saturday.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Minnie Pearl's Hat

I have been thinking about this card for about a week now and finally got motivated today. I made this for a contest at the Papercrafts website. I fondly remember watching Hee Haw as a kid while visiting at my grandparents' house. I did a little research today on Minnie Pearl just to be sure I got all the details right. I was astonished to find that she was a breast cancer survivor and has a foundation. You have to take a peek at her wonderful foundation at:

Ok, so here is how I made the card. I started with an A2 size card and cut the shape of the hat for a bottom opening card. I used SU Ivory cardstock for the base and then stippled on chalk ink in yellow cadmium and vintage photo distress ink to get the straw hat look. I then attached a bunch of flowers from my huge supply. This was the best part of the many flowers, so little time! The sentiment is stamped using PSX Clear by Design letters and Brilliance orchid ink. The little tag is a diecut and I wrote the price on it. All of Minnie's hats had the same price on them $1.98. Gotta love Minnie Pearl.

Friday Funnies

A little humor to kick off the weekend. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Find Peace Within

Today is one of those musings on life days. I received a beautiful card today from a very talented friend with this message on the front "find peace within". Wow! It's exactly the message I needed to receive. I know it's in me, but I forget sometimes.

I have been struggling with some health junk for a while and will be having surgery next week. Most days I do ok and see a half full glass, but there are some days when my glass starts to look a little more empty. I am going to frame this beautiful card and put it right here in my play room to remind me everyday that peace is right here in me all the time. It's in you, too.
The pic has nothing to do with this post. I took this pic of my dogs' feet yesterday and think it's adorable.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Color Challenge Mondays

I absolutely adore color challenges and don't see them around often enough. So, I'll post a color challenge each Monday (I know it's still Sunday) that I can come up with one. If you'd like to play along, I'd love for you to link your creation to the challenge post. I'll periodically put the names of those who played along in a hat to draw for a little blog candy. I made a card this afternoon that will be a sample for the first challenge. Color challenge #1 is turqouise, deep red, maize, and olive. I'd love to see what you come up with or just hear that you gave it a shot. Thanks for stopping in.

I used a retired SU set for this card called Flores Misticas. I stamped on basic grey printed paper with versafine & distress inks. I colored in a bit with tombow markers and grabbed some rickrack from my stash. The ribbon slide is a cuttle bug diecut and the letters are from EK success.

Welcome to my new blog

I am brand new to blogging, but thought I'd give it a try. I am enjoying a late spring snow storm today, so thought this would be a great day to start. I made a little book mark last night commemorating one of my favorite books-The Secret Life of Bees. I played around with some acrylic stamps, versafine ink, printed vellum and trim from my bag of yellow ribbon.