Sausalito, California

Monday, May 21, 2012

Warmest Holiday Wishes

Last year I was going to try and make one Christmas card a week.  Well, I fell short of that but decided I would try and make the same commitment this year.  So here goes my first card for this year. The background Poinsetta paper is from My Mind's Eye.  The big red bow is from a box of candy that my husband and I got from a friend last Christmas.  I thought it was so pretty I couldn't throw it away so I recycled it on a card!!!  The sentiment is from SU Christmas Cardinal with nestabilities.  The punch art poinsetta is from Spellbinders Bauble Blossoms One and I used by Fanciful Flourishes from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The leaves on the poinsetta are from the SU blossoms punch.  I embossed the sentiment with gold and added a large pearl in the center of the flower. 

Now that I have started my Christmas cards, let's see if I can keep it going!  I know it is going to be hard since the weather is beautiful and summer is just around the corner!  I love summer in Maine!!!  Enjoy!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Flowers are in Bloom!

Breast awareness
My husband and I went for ice cream last week and these beautiful tulips were in bloom beside our favorite Dairy Joy called "Libs".  It was for breast cancer awareness.  They were so beautiful I had to jump out and take a picture.  Today, my sister, her husband and my mom headed to "The Garden Spot" and bought some gorgeous annuals.  My sister, Connie and her husband Russ have put a lot of work into a garden this year and they also got some vegetable seedlings to plant.  Check out the back end of the van!

Geraniums, spirea, coleus, petunias and more!
We all have a lot of planting to do in the next few days. This is the second trip to a garden shop this spring for me.  I just finished this graduated clay pots that I saw on pinterest. The plants are cascading pink petunias.  So pretty!

Love pinterest!
My mom's birthday is this Sunday and 10 or 11 of us are taking her out to lunch.  She loves flowers and since the liliacs are in bloom which is early this year (for Maine) I decided to make her a card with liliacs.
I saw cheeriolafs card on Splitcoast which happens to be the same color that Connie has in her yard all in bloom. It is hard to see but I used CB embossing folder with stems and leaves for the background of the card. Boho blossoms punch from SU for the liliac flowers with tiny little pearls. The leaves and stem were from SU bird and build a blossom punch.  The butterflies are MS punches.  Cheeriolafs suggested drawing a tear shape and then fill in with the flowers.  Happy Birthday Mom!!  Love you!

Beautiful Liliacs
Happy Birthday Mom!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Purple Flourishes

Fanciful Flourish is my favorite die that I have purchase in the past 5 or 6 months.  I use it a lot and just love it! I saw this card from saintsrule and had to try it.  I changed the colors of the flowers but essentially it is the same. To get the frame, I used 5x5 white cardstock with Martha Stewart trellis corner and border punches.  The flowers are from Joann's and nestabilities for the sentiment.  The sentiment stamp is from SU Whimsical Words.  It is hard to see but I did score for the background of the white cardstock.  It is a beautiful card. Thank you Saintsrule.  You make the most beautiful cards!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

I just read that this Sizzix daisy die is retiring from Stampin up. I love this die so I thought I would use it for my Mother's day card.  It makes a lovely gerber daisy.  You can't see it very well but I used pearls for the inside of the daisy and 3 small ones on the lavendar ribbon to the right.  Martha Stewart border punch to make the strip and nestabilities for the sentiment. Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers!!!