Father’s Day Cards

Hi There,

Hope all is good with you and enjoying some great spring weather.  Here in Boston, it is a fantastic day with bright sunshine and comfortable temps.  Best thing, I’ve officially finished my spring cleaning and now go onto enjoying life….at least for the next few days until I have to do some weekly cleaning.  Does it ever go away for good????

Continuing on my card making journey, I’ll share more cards with you.

Father’s Day is coming up soon.  Got your cards made yet?  Here’s some inspiration.  I made 38 assorted Father’s Day cards for donation to a nursing home in Maine.  My cards included a selection of themes that I think men would like.  Last year I used sports as a theme; this year, games men play.  I used lots of graphics from the Internet.

                                             

That’s all for this week. I’ll be back next week with more fun cards!

Linda

 

 

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My Tree and My Cards

Hello Friends,

Hope your week has been great.  We’ve had partly cloudy weather with some rain although it has been comfortably warm so I’m not complaining.

For those of you who have been following my blog for some time know that every spring I post a picture of my Wisteria tree that is growing in my garden.  Usually each spring my tree produces an explosion of beautiful blooms.  Last year it failed to produce much of anything but this year, it is certainly making up for it.  Check out the  millions and billions of flowers.  How spectacular!  And the gorgeous fragrance throughout the neighborhood is beyond heavenly.Did you know that there are two forms of Wisteria:  A vine form and a tree form (which is what I have).  Did you also know that there are two varieties:  Chinese Wisteria and Japanese Wisteria.  Did you also know you can tell which variety you have:  Japanese Wisteria wind and wrap clockwise and Chinese Wisteria wind and wrap counter-clockwise.  I’m still trying to figure out which type I have but I think it is the Chinese variety…it’s hard to tell.

So my good friend, Winnie from the Netherlands, surprised me with a package a few weeks ago.  Inside were 15 card making magazines from the Netherlands and I haven’t been able to put them down.  They’re gorgeous!  Lots of embroidery patterns, 3D cut outs, card blanks, hobby dots and ideas.  I’m determined to tackle each magazine one at a time and do as many cards as possible.

The first magazine I chose was this one.  Of course, it’s all in Dutch but who needs words!And here is a card I made using one of the patterns and graphics.  I have several more ready to be stitched.While I was gathering up my embroidery supplies, I found several packages of embroidery sticker sheets which I received years ago as a gift.  I can’t remember who sent them to me, perhaps Winnie.  Anyway, I decided it was time to use them.  I mounted the stickers onto watercolor stock, chose my thread colors and went to town.  Inside of one week, I managed to embroider 16 card fronts.  I then took a morning to mount them and turn them into cards.  I’ll wait to add sentiments as needed.

                              All in all, it’s been a very productive week and have added many cards to my stash.

I’ll be back next week with 2 granddaughter’s graduations and 1 granddaughter’s dance competition.

Have a great week.

Linda

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Cheater Inchies

Hello Friends,

Hope your week is going smoothly and you’re getting things accomplished.  I’ve been spring cleaning, 5 rooms in 5 days plus the basement.  I’m stalled in the kitchen which seems to be my downfall.  So much goes on there making it the hardest room to thoroughly clean.  I’m hoping to get re-energized and finish up the cabinets, pantry and appliances before the weekend when we will be repainting the ceiling.  I’ve found a solution to all this necessary cleaning:  STOP COOKING!!!

In lieu of sharing pics of me in my combative cleaning mode, I’ll continue on with more cards in my stash.

Several months ago, I joined an ‘inchie’ swap.  Here are some of the cards I made, choosing one for the swap.  I found several nice graphics on the internet to use for these cards.

I actually call these my ‘cheater inchie’ cards.  Instead of cutting the images into 1″ pieces and gluing them back onto the card, I chose to keep the graphic in tact and placing black grid lines to create an 1″ window pane effect.  Quicker and easier.  (Note: Not sure where the blooper in the middle came from??? Looks as if I forgot to finish editing.)

Before I close for this week, I’d like to wish every gal a “Happy Mother’s Day”.  With or without children, we’re all Mothers of this world.

Linda

 

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A Bridal Shower

Hi friends,

Okay, so we went from freezing cold last week to burning hot this week.  Yesterday and today my thermometer reads 92 degrees in my yard.  Way too much for me; I’m done with the hot summer weather and it ain’t even summer yet!  AC’s go in this week end and I’ll hibernate inside until fall.  Can you tell I don’t like the heat!!!???

This past Saturday I attended the bridal shower for our family friend, Kim.  It was beautiful.  I can only imagine how beautiful her wedding will be in July.

I’ll share today some pics of my gifts to Kim and a few other projects we (my daughter Jenn and I) were asked to make.

Here is a pic of Kim’s gift from me.  There’s a theme going on here, something for each month of the year.  Each box is named for a month and inside are various household items, such as dish towels, placemats, candy dishes, pot holders, etc., appropriate for that month.   January are snowmen; February is Valentine’s Day; March is St. Pat’s Day; April is Easter; May is Spring; June is flowers; July is red, white & blue; August is summertime; September is Autumn; October is Halloween; November is Thanksgiving; and December is Christmas.  I had lots of fun shopping for everything throughout the preceding months.  The only thing you need to consider is how much time you have making sure that you are able to find things for each month/holiday.  I pretty much lucked out and didn’t have too many issues but I did begin shopping last fall for items.And here’s a pic of my card.

Next are the cupcakes that my daughter, Jenn, made.  She’s the baker and came out of retirement especially for Kim! 

Tequila Sunrise

Pink Champagne

Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey

Fire Ball

Chocolate Kahlua. 

This is the sweets table set up.  

I also decorated the cupcake stands for display.And finally, two requested banners which added the perfect touch.All in all, a fun time and Kim loved all her wonderful gifts.

See you all next week.

Linda

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Spring Weather for Spring Cleaning

Good Morning,

Finally spring has arrived here in Boston and that can only mean one thing…….SPRING CLEANING.  So tell me one thing:  Where does it all come from?  I mean the junk, clutter and dust.  Geez, it’s not like I never clean!!!  Oh but what a great feeling to walk into a room and know that it is clean from top to bottom.  I sit and enjoy the moment before moving onto the next room.

So because being in ‘cleaning mode’, I haven’t made any cards this past week but do still have lots of previous cards to share.

While cleaning, I found a bunch more ‘Encouragement’ cards that I made a while back for MGHFC (Mass. General Hospital for Children) so I’ll be contacting them to set up another card delivery.  Here are some of what I have on hand to send to the kiddo’s at MGH.

I’m off to tackle another room and make it all shiny and clean.

See you all next week,

Linda

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Interactive Cards

Good Morning,

It has been a bit of a slow week here for card making.  We are in the process of renovating the stairway down to the basement and you know how that goes……S–L–O–W.  And messy.  I have spent the majority of my time trying to keep ahead of the cleanups.  Weather not cooperating, all the cuts of wood had to be done inside which creates a huge dust mess throughout the living area.  My living room looks like a discount flea market where I have had to move and box everything that I store on the shelving along the stairway.  And no sense beginning spring cleaning until all the major work is completed.  So here I stand, swiffer in hand, waiting to attack and destroy the next mess.

I do, however, have cards to share with you.

This hedgehog stamp I purchased several months ago.  I tried several times coloring in the hedgehogs using several different mediums.  I’m not a colorist, do not have copic markers or any other good medium for coloring.  I finally used my water color pencils and had some success, although not perfect.  All in all, I think this card was my best effort.

These next two cards were inspired by a video my Maymay Made It.  The front of the card is typical but inside is where the action is.  This one is Asian inspired for New Year’s.  Here is the link if you would like to check out the video.    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRJjMSgiolA&feature=youtu.be

The inside center panel has stamped vellum and behind the vellum is a battery operated tea light.  Really looks nice when the lights are dimmed and the candle shines through the vellum.Another tea light card, with a floral theme.

And this last card is super fun.  I made this card using instructions via a video my Maymay Made It.  Maymay has some great and fun ideas and I couldn’t resist this Polaroid type card.  This is the font, obviously birthday themed.Open the card to reveal the camera.  Pretend click and out comes your picture below.  However, there is yet another hidden secret.The ‘picture’ actually has a hidden message below the ‘scratch off’ section.  In this case it was a childhood photo of my cousin, Diana, and myself when we were around 10 years old. How fun is that!  I also attached a penny with a glue dot to scratch off the top layer to reveal the picture beneath, just like a scratch ticket.  I was fortunate to find this scratch paper at Joann’s….how lucky was I!!!  The possibilities are endless.  Here is the link to Maymay’s video if you would like to give this card a try.  It was not very hard at all.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzBqplRk6Iw&feature=em-uploademail

So there you have it.  Some fun, interactive cards that you could try out.

See you all next week,

Linda

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Spring Is Finally Here! Oh, and a few cards, too.

Good Morning,

For me this morning the big news is…….FLOWERS!!!  Yeah, Spring has finally arrive at my little garden.  Just a few blooms for now but it’s a sign of good things yet to come.  These Crocus are years old but still keep coming back every year.  Not sure how they managed to make their way to my front garden since I originally planted them in my side garden but hey, that’s Mother Nature!!!

I’ve been busy this past week with some special orders.  Many celebrations coming up so what’s more festive than a party banner.

Shower decorations for a ‘soon-to-be’ Mom includes a banner, cupcake toppers and a sweet pin for the special Mom.I did make another set of 2 banners for a bridal shower coming up in two weeks but I’m not sure if the bride-to-be peeks at my blog so I will wait to post until after the shower.

Now on to some cards I recently made for donations.

Here in Malden (Boston, MA) today we will be having our warmest day yet so I’ll be in my garden playing in the dirt.  Actually, cleaning up the winter debris, pruning and sweeping, all yucky but necessary chores.  No matter how messy the chores, I look forward to basking in the beautiful and welcomed warmth of the sun.

Till next week,

Linda

 

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