Saturday, February 26, 2011

Nature Walk

With the winter we have had, spring has certainly been on my mind lately. Today we had a lot of rain, but when I look out in our back yard, it is still filled with snow! I am taking down the browning Christmas wreath from the front door and hanging up the one that has all of the eggs on it. If wishful thinking would speed things along, spring would be here tomorrow!

Anyway, on to this week's sketch in the Utah Diva's Saturday Sketch Challenge. You can find the sketch here, as well as all of the links to the participating members' blogs. Carol really gave me something to chew on this week, and I'm happy with the results. (Thanks, Carol, I love the challenge!)

I used the lovely stamp set "Nature Walk" (#121925 $25.95 W, #121997 $18.95 C) which is in the Occasions mini catalog. It is also the set that will be given to demonstrators attending Regionals this spring. I love all of the images in this set, and I sure hope it makes it into the new catalog in July.

Here is the recipe:
Stamps: Nature Walk, Sanded BG
Papers: Rich Razzleberry,Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Inks: Soft Suede, Early Espresso,
Accessories: Square lattice embossing folder, Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry markers, stampin' dimensionals

I also used the color spritzer tool with the Rich Razzleberry marker to add some texture and aging. And I inked the embossing folder with Soft suede ink before I sent it through the big Shot. What do you think?

If you are following the links on the Diva challenge, the next stop is Elizabeth's blog.  (Becky will be taking a break for a couple of months because of her hectic schedule in the spring.) I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by, and as always, if you have time, I'd love to hear your comments!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Julie!

After a two week break from posting, I'm happy to be back and participating in the weekly DIVA sketch challenge.  You can see the sketch here.  As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do.  Some sketches I struggle with for a long time.  With others, like this one, an idea will pop into my head immediately.

This is an image that I do not use nearly enough!  I love this stack of cupcakes from the set Crazy for Cupcakes (111618, $23.95).  There are so many cupcake shops that have opened up near us, and I try not to stop in too often!  Every once in a while when our daughter Julie comes to visit, she brings cupcakes from a fabulous shop near her apartment in NYC.  Here is the completed card.

I used Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler card stock, and Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake markers.

From here you can head over to Becky's blog to see what she did with this week's sketch. And thanks to Carol, who has given up on using Cherry Cobbler each week so now I can use it!

I hope give this card to my daughter, Julie, this weekend.  Her birthday is actually February 11, but I was still in Michigan so I did not get to celebrate with her!  This weekend is another family weekend, this time in Lancaster, PA.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oops again!

Good morning! I am sitting in Sundance Grill in Grand Rapid, Michigan, checking my email as I wait for children to arrive for breakfast. I saw a note from Becky that I had forgotten to post and send a link to her. My apologies! I will not be posting this week or next since I will be here in West Michigan for 10 days enjoying lots of family time.

Here is the link to Becky's blog.
I'm sure she has something wonderful to share.