Mar 162015

Have been playing with this floral image from SU’s “Bloom With Hope” set.

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What a fun image to color!  I tried coloring it with pastels, but for whatever reason the more intense colors looked better to me.

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I added some black marker to this second flower to give it even more contrast.

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The first card is entered into one challenge:

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper March 2015 Challenge

The second card is entered into three challenges:

Splitcoaststampers #CAS316: “No Patterned Paper”

Sketch Saturday Week #352

The Paper Players #PP236: “Ann’s Clean and Simple Foral Challenge”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Bloom With Hope” and “Kinda Eclectic”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthday II”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; My Mind’s Eye “Everyday Basics” and “Notable”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Ruby Red and Really Rust; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Rhinestones; Pearls; Spellbinder Nestabilities “Blossom” Dies and Circle Dies; 5/8″ Circle Punch; SU “Stripes” Embossing Folder

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September                 October

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November                 December

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Well December’s calendars have been made and hand delivered on Thanksgiving Day to all 4 of my sisters.  It has been quite a project that was most wonderful in that I would be thinking about my sisters as I was making the calendars.

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(Note to Self:  Need to get a new photo taken of all 5 of us together.  This was the most recent photo I could find, and it is 7 years old.  Definitely need a new photo.)

smileyhuggroup1ani.gifThere are lots of memories.  How about growing up with 5 girls (6 including mom) under 1 roof and only 1 bathroom… 1 sink and no separate shower, just a tub… for the whole family!!  Lots of clothes sharing and hand-me-downs, too.  And yet, we felt rich.  I remember Dad would get up so early to use the bathroom and then turn it over to us girls!  Not sure when my 1 and only brother got his turn in there!  He was the oldest and left home to join the Navy when I was only 8.

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Those were simpler times with simpler dreams.  Or maybe it was just that I was the kid and not the adult!  lol  In any case this project was one that I’m really happy I did.

Thanks for dropping by today.

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Stamps:  “Flower of the Month” and “Lace Snowflakes”; Judy Kins Music Backgrounder

Papers: Whisper White and Basic Black

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa; Copics:

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Accessories: Inchie+; Petaloo Mulberry Flower; Flower Soft; Velvet Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; McGill 1-7/8″ Deckeled Square Punch; Kaiser Pearls; Stickles; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer

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Stamps:  “Flower of the Month”

Papers: Whisper White, Ruby Red and Basic Black

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; White Gel Pen; Stardust Glitter Pen; Copics:

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Accessories: GG Ribbons; Gingham Ribbon; Leaf Charms; McGill 1-9/16″ Square Punch; Kaiser Pearls; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer

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Stamps:  “Flower of the Month”

Papers: Whisper White, Old Olive, More Mustard and Always Artichoke

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Old Olive; Stardust Glitter Pen; Copics:

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Accessories: Striped GG Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; Button; Square Punches 1-7/8″ and 1-9/16″; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer

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Stamps:  “Flower of the Month”

Papers: Whisper White, Bordering Blue and Elegant Eggplant

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Chocolate Chip; Copics:

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Accessories: Felt Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; “Shire” Lace Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls; Cuttlebug and”Vintage” Die Cut; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer

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It’s summertime in Seattle. cliphappydaytinyani.gif We have had record high temperatures into the 100’s!  Lake Sammamish is 82 degrees.  Whew, we Pacific Northwesterners aren’t use to this heat!  My DH and I have been riding our bikes every day.  There are miles and miles and miles of bike trails in and around Seattle.  Today we did a *little* 26+ mile trip (the farthest I ever ridden a bike at one time) and then finished it off with a dip in the lake and a bbq.  Life is good!

Consequently I haven’t been playing much in my stamp room.  It is upstairs over the garage, and our air conditioner was broken.  (It’s so rare that we need a/c..  so who knew?) The one thing I did do was the August calendars for my sisters.  Here are all 3 summer months of June, July and August with recipes below.

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Stamps: SU! “Flower of the Month”

Papers: SU! Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Whisper White

Inks: SU! Pretty in Pink; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

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Accessories: Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer; CD Case; May Arts Scalloped Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; Kaiser Rhinestones; Swiss Dot Embossing Folder and Cuttlebug

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Stamps: SU! “Flower of the Month”

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stardust Glitter Pen; White Gel Pen; Copics:

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Accessories: Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer; CD Case; May Arts Crocheted Lace; Gingham Ribbon; Prima; Kaiser Pearl

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Stamps: SU! “Flower of the Month”

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Real Red, Summer Sun

InksMemento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

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Accessories: Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer; CD Case; SU! Fleurettes; Red Brad; Plaid Satin Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls

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Happy Summer!

It’s May already!?!  Well I never posted April’s calendars for my sisters (they were sent in time) and now I have May’s calendar all delivered as well.

So here is April’s calendar.

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I just can’t resist a little sparkle!  lol

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And here are the Copic Markers used.

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Then there’s May’s calendar.

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Again, I just had to add a little sparkle to the flowers.

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Here at the Copics used for the May calendar.

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This is turning out to be such a fun project.  And I hear from my sisters each month now, too, of how much they are enjoying receiving them.

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Happy Crafting!

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April

Stamps: SU! Flower of the Month

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Basic Black, Cameo Coral, Watercolor

Inks: SU! Always Artichoke; Copics; Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories: Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Punch; May Arts Scalloped Edge Ribbon, Gingham Ribbon; Flatback Pearls; Calendar Download from A Muse, Computer/Printer, CD Case

May

Stamps: SU! Flower of the Month

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics; SU! Garden Green Marker; Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories: Organdy, Satin and Gingham Ribbons; Primas; Flatback Pearls; Calendar Download from A Muse, Computer/Printer, CD Case

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Yes it is half way through the month.  Fortunately I am only late posting my sisters’ March calendars and not late sending them.  I was able to finish and mail them before I went to visit my sick little granddaughter, Katelyn, at the end of last month.  She is now feeling ever so much better.  Yay!!  I can’t believe I went for over two weeks without blogging!!  Well time flies when there are darling little girls to visit and hold.  My twin granddaughters live in the same city, too, so it was a truly joyful trip!  And since I shared a picture of the twins yesterday, I mustn’t show favorites, right?  lol  Here is sweet little Katelyn.

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What girl doesn’t love having her hair done!  Isn’t she precious!!  Okay… back to the calendars.

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I inked the rubber directly with my SU! Always Artichoke marker and then stamped each image.  The images were then colored with Copic markers and outlined with a Stardust Glitter Pen.

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Kaiser flatback pearls from Flourishes were added to the corners.  The calendar is a download from A Muse.  Now it’s almost time to get busy making April’s calendars!! Happy rest of March!

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Stamps: SU! “Flower of the Month”

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor

Inks: SU! Always Artichoke; Copics; Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories: Square Punches 1-9/16″ and 1-7/8″, Gingham Ribbons, Flatback Pearls, Calendar Download from A Muse, Computer/Printer, CD Case

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Well it’s almost February and month two of my year long project to make each of my sisters a calendar.  And…  I’m still on schedule!!!  *chuckle*   Yup, the February pages are finished, mailed and should be arriving in my sisters’ mailboxes today.

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Each floral image is outlined with my Stardust Glitter Pen.  I just love that thing!

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Kaiser flatback pearls from Flourishes are added to the flowers and corner.  The calendar is a download from A Muse.  Happy February!!

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Stamps: SU! “Flower of the Month”

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Watercolor

Inks: SU! Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Lavender Lace, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Stardust Glitter Pen

Accessories: Square Punches 1-9/16″ and 1-7/8″, Gingham Ribbons, Flatback Pearls, Calendar Download from A Muse, Computer/Printer, CD Case

1blog140calendarjanuarycarnationcloseupwithwm.JPGIt seems that every year I promise to take my 4 sisters out to lunch for their birthdays.  However since we don’t live close to each other, it rarely actually happens.  So this year I’ve decided that I will make them each a calendar instead.  All of their birthdays are in the 1st quarter of the year, but the surprise will still be a little early as they receive this month’s page in a couple of days.  I hope it will be a fun gift for them each month as the next month’s page arrives.

The calendar is a download from A Muse.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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SU! has an old retired set called “Flower of the Month” that has been sitting on my shelf gathering dust and patiently waiting for just such a project.  I colored the image with markers and then lightly spritzed with water before stamping on watercolor paper.  The stand for the calendar is an empty CD case.

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Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season.  Happy New Year!!

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Stamps: SU! “Flower of the Month”

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Basic Black, Garden Green, Watercolor

Inks: SU! Garden Green, Old Olive, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana, Bordering Blue

Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Black Flatback Pearls, Clear Star Glitter Pen, Calendar Download from A Muse, Computer/Printer, CD Case

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