Jun 29, 2010

The New Addition

The family has just increased by 1!

He's cute!  He's adorable!  He makes you laugh and giggle!

There are the feedings, and the worrying, and the trips to get his health checked.  The sleep interruptions and the changes to the routine are minor considering the joy that he brings.

In other words, he's priceless!!


He's just a little peanut of a thing!  Who can resist him?

Notice the vest and the leash (well part of the leash anyways).  I made them using Suzanne's CrazyforCollars patterns that I purchased from her ETSY shop!  As she says, her "colorful collars are a must have for every dog."    I would say the same thing about her patterns for anyone interested in making their own!  Suzanne is my new Featured Guest!  And here are two of my favorite dog collars that she has available in her store!  Be sure to stop by Suzanne's shop and browse for more dog collars of all sizes, accessories, and Instructional eBooks.



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Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Our 4 legged furry friends
-An absolutely gorgeous June day
-Iced coffee
-Play time with paper, ink, and rubber stamps
-Play time with fabric and thread

Jun 27, 2010

Cats and Dogs

In addition to my ETSY stores, I am also a demonstrator for The Angel Company.  The annual get-together was this weekend - unfortunately I was unable to go this year.  But it looks like our new catalog is going to be an inspiration to stampers everywhere!

Over the next couple of weeks our PaperWings site, is hosting a number of challenges to capture the rekindled inspiration that is currently running through all of us.  I'm hosting the "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" challenge!  Here are 3 examples of what has been created:

First, I created this card with the "Brighten Your Day" stamp set.  The image is colored with Copics.  And the scrappers floss - well, that used to be white but I colored that with a Copic also!



































Karen Seifert used our Furry Friends stamp set.  Karen has 5 cats and 1 dog!



And finally, Shirley Hotop created this Flip Flop Album of Bella who "came to our house 3 years ago as a stray and has brought us so much joy and makes us smile every day!"



I will be posting more creations off and on over the next couple of weeks so stop by again.  Have a great day ...


Rita


Today's Abundance
-The furry friends in our lives
-A nice visit with family and friends
-A quiet Sunday afternoon
-Warm, sunny, breezy weather
-Time to play with paper and ink

Jun 24, 2010

Tweet Tweet

Tweet Tweet Treasury!!  Love that Twitter Bird so felt compelled to compile a treasury for him (or is it her?)!



Enjoy!

Rita

Today's Quote
Suddenly, it seems as though all the world's a-twitter.    Newsweek

Jun 20, 2010

Sneak Peak Blog Hop

It's that time again.  Time for another Paperwings Blog Hop!  And time for a new catalog from The Angel Company! Before I show you the cards for the hop I want to thank Shirley H, not only for hosting the Blog Hop, but for also sending me stamped images of some of the new stamps.  You won't be able to order these until after the catalog is released next week (contact me at stamp2stamp2@yahoo.com if you want to purchase a new catalog).  However,  Shirley took advantage of a special stamp bundle purchase for TAC demonstrators and sent myself and others images so we could participate in the hop.  Thanks Shirley!

The first card I made is a clean, simple layout.  The lady and wings were colored with copics.


The next two cards are 3x3 gift/thank you cards.  I use this size frequently to tuck a note of thanks into packages that I send to my ETSY customers!   The patterned paper for both are from the More Mimi Collection.  I've also used the Clear Jelly Glitter Pen to add a bit of sparkle to the cards!





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Thanks for dropping by and be sure to check out all of the rest of these blogs for more Sneak Peaks!

Shirley           http://glitteredpaws.blogspot.com
Teresa            http://mamapickle.blogspot.com
Kim                 http://angelatmydoor.blogspot.com

Carol               http://stampincarol.blogspot.com
Heidi               http:// windycitystamper.blogspot.com
Angela            http://angelakelly.blogspot.com
Julie                http://juliesstamppad.blogspot.com
Rita W            http://ritascreativenest.com
Seleise            http://amethystcat.blogspot.com
Bridgett          http://hoosierstamper.blogspot.com
Michelle        http://michellescreativejourney.blogspot.com
Chelsea          http://inkystamps.blogspot.com
Diane             http://thesmilinstamper.blogspot.com
Christine       http://christines-creativetherapy.blogspot.com
Diana             http://memorycrafter.blogspot.com

Rita

Today's Quote
I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Jun 18, 2010

Baby Boy Gift Card

So what do you get when you put together some blue and white scrap paper, scrap ribbon, a cuttlebug and a couple of cuttlebug folders, and a brad?  Oops and throw in some adhesive, a 1/4" round punch, and a sanding block too?  Well, you get this cute, adorable 3x3 Baby Boy Gift Card!


The border and elephant are Cuttlebug folders - I love those little things!  The blue paper is some scrap white core paper and so when I sanded the image it becomes more pronounced.  Slip the ribbon into the prongs of the brad, punch a hole, and affix it to the blue cardstock.  Then with the magic of your adhesive it becomes a gift card!

And who else makes mini gift/note cards?  Well, Debbie of Paperquick does!



Debbie does awesome work with die cut pieces!  She makes cards, cupcake toppers, tags, and page borders!  And congrats Debbie - you're my featured guest for the next week!

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-The daisies are in bloom - love the daises!
-No bad weather today - we had enough of it yesterday to last us the whole summer!
-I fixed my kitchen light - do you know what a starter is for older  fluorescent lights?
-More de-cluttering - I've got to find a home for all of those excess stamps that I have!
- Iced coffee - so good on a warm (almost hot) day

Jun 15, 2010

What Happened to the Brownies?

This is a story about brownies from beginning to end!

First, you need a brownie mix!  Now in the good ole days I would have done this from scratch.  But, as you will see a mix brings with it new creative opportunities (and a lot less work for me)!  Follow the directions on the brownie package, put in the oven to bake, and start prepping for the "new creative opportunity."  And what do you need for this?  Well, you need the brownie box, a paper cutter, some paper, a bind-it-all, some o-rings, and  wire snips.  On your paper cutter, cut the brownie chipboard box.  You will need 2 pieces the same size - one from the front of the box and one from the back.  Then cut your paper (you can use printer paper, cardstock, lined paper, unlined paper - the possibilities are endless).  I cut 50 pieces of paper 1/2 inch smaller on all sides than the chipboard itself.

You're going to want to keep an eye on your brownies during this process.  It is all too easy to dive deep into this "new creative opportunity" and forget about the brownies, so do remember to check on them now and again!  Here are the baked brownies, fresh from the oven:

While your brownies are cooling off, turn your attention back to the cut chipboard and paper!  Now use the Bind-It-All and the O-Rings to make a neat, whimsical memo pad!



These fun memo pads can be made from all sorts of chipboard boxes.  Use them for your shopping and grocery lists, to leave messages, to sketch or journal in.  Carry a smaller one in your purse to make notes in while out and about.   Kids love them because the covers are delightful and different!  The possibilities are endless, as are the shapes and sizes that you can create!

Here is the link to Zutter's site where they have basic information on how to use the Bind-It-All:  http://www.zutterzisters.com/Tips.html There are numerous tutorials and project ideas on the internet - just search on Bind-It-All and you will have a long list of links to peruse through.

Hope you enjoyed this story of brownies!  Oh, and what happened to the brownies in the end?  Well, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Quote
Make a list of important things todo today.  At the top of your list, put "eat chocolate."  Now, you'll get a least one thing done today.    ...Gina Haye

Jun 12, 2010

When It Rains!

It's another rainy day here in this part of Minnesota!  We need the rain and we've been fortunate in having nice soaking rains rather than storms and bad weather.  So what do we do when it rains?  We put on our raincoats.  We grab our umbrellas.  We play in the puddles.  We watch the raindrops accumulate on some of natures finest creations! And we look for the rainbows as the clouds move out and the sun moves in!  If you have any doubts about this, just take a look.....

To take a closer look, you can go to this treasury:  http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c1420a1310f6d9187cd858c/when-it-rains

And now I'm off to change into some dryer clothes as I forgot my raincoat, umbrella, and rain boots while running errands today!

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-A nice soaking rain
-The farmers market - home grown peas and strawberries
-A good workout
-Pink and Black
-Thrift Stores

Jun 9, 2010

Chilly Paws

Congratulations to Danielle of Chilly Paws!  Danielle was the top vote getter from the "It's a Dog's World" post.

Danielle has a love of well-made items - for herself and for her four legged 'babies'. She has miniature dachshunds along with other assorted rescues and her house is full with wagging tails and contented barks. When a job as a Benefit Manager ended a few years ago, Danielle took a bit of time thinking about what she'd like to accomplish next.

With a leap of faith, Danielle took her love of animals, merged it with whimsy and her attention to details, and it led her to making items for pets. She did well at craft shows and dog shows. After a few years, she decided to expand her business so she opened Chilly Paws on Etsy. Her virtual store has grown over the past year and she has a high volume of repeat customers. Snuggle sacks for our 4-legged friends are very popular!



One of the most unusual items that has been requested from Chilly Paws was an eye patch for a female dog that had lost an eye. Danielle was diligent in researching animal eye patches before she tackled the project. The end result was a whimsical eye patch with embroidery and a bit of sparkle. The most important focus, however, was her attention to fit and comfort for the dog.  Just take a look at the end result:



If you want something unusual and well made for your pet (or as a gift), visit Chilly Paws to do your shopping. If you don't see it - ask Danielle. Her items are constructed with pet comfort, durability and usability in mind.

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Quote
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.  ~Gilda Radner

Jun 7, 2010

Let's Swim with the Dolphins

Those of you who follow me on ETSY, Twitter, and/or Facebook know all about the cute, adorable baby boy accessories called Pee Pee Cones! I was at a small craft fair this weekend and had them displayed with a short explanation of what they were.  Not only did they attract the customers - curiosity just got the best of them - but after they read the explanation they broke into smiles, laughed out loud, and all could relate to the problem these Pee Pee Cones solve!  It was also interesting watching and listening how parents explained to their curious kids about what they were when asked!

So, to honor all of those smiles, laughs, and explanations, here is a treasury of Dolphins which not only features my Dolphin Pee Pee Cones, but many other dolphins on ETSY too!

Hope you enjoyed your swim!!

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Rain and Sunshine
-Freshly Mowed Lawn
-Good workout at the gym
-Brownies
-More decluttering progress

Jun 3, 2010

It's A Dog's World

First of all, a big thanks to all of you who have been reading my new blog.  Since I officially announced it last week, I've had almost 300 visitors!  I really do appreciate you taking time out of your busy days to stop by.

Second, thanks to the 5 visitors who left me a dog related link in their comments for the Ziggy is Here post!  As promised, I am featuring them here.  Also, please vote for your favorite - see the end of this post for voting.  The entry receiving the most votes, will be featured on my blog, as well as, have their avatar/picture posted on my blog for a week - it will be posted in the upper right hand corner where my avatar currently resides.  So onto the entries:

Chilly Paws offers a selection of handcrafted, personalized and embroidered pet blankets, tunnel beds, sacks, towels, and pet cart covers.  This Pet Shopping Cart Cover has been designed to fit nearly all shopping carts at pet friendly stores!




Julie B. of Wabi Brook Studios, features nature-inspired, eco-friendly, fine art and artisan jewellery from Wabi Brook Studio.   I especially love her pet portraits and tiny art collectibles - also known as ACEOs.  Isn't this West Highland Terrier adorable?



Suzanne, CrazyforCollars, is all about colorful dog collars that are a must have for every dog! She has been making dog collars for several years and also offers tutorials so you can make your own!  This Chocolate and Pink Paw Prints adjustable collar with a bow is one of the favorites among her customers!



Theresa B of EgretEffects, knit this sweater for her Jack Russell.  According to Theresa, this "one little sweater not only fits her, but she totally tolerates it AND it matches a hat" she mad for herself!



The PoliticalPoochesShop owned by Sarah is a great way to make your dog's political voice heard!  Here is one her 22" x 22", 100% cotton bandanas with "Barkers for Barack" logo silkscreened on the corner.



So many things for our dogs!  I love them all!  But, we do need to know which one is the favorite!  Please vote below.  I will close the poll at the end of the day on Sunday, June 6!

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Thanks for stopping by....

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Hazelnut Iced Coffee, yummy
-The guy in the hardware store who kindly cut my PVC pipe for my new light box
-Coupons are OK, but getting a gift card when buy something with a coupon for is so much better
-Nap time for the neighborhood child who only knew how to scream in a high pitched voice today
- The mailman - he brought no bills today

Jun 1, 2010

Squirrely

As I mentioned in my last post, Ziggy gets real excited when he sees squirrels.  So, needless to say, I have had the opportunity to observe squirrels, large and small, old and young, on our walks.  They do seem to have a grand ole time dashing up and down trees - not in a straight line mind you, but rather in circles as they ascend and descend.  Then there are the tight rope walkers who dash across the electrical and cable wires and the wire fences that mark property (and mowing) lines!  Occasionally I will see one with a shorter than normal tail.  If they could only talk and share their adventures - I'm sure we would see the world in a much different light.

So the real-life squirrels got me to thinking about what kind of handmade squirrels I would find on ETSY.  Well, here's what I found:

Here's the link to this Treasury East:   http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c057e29c3196d9166b0fa20/squirrely Have fun looking at all of the handmade squirrels, and tomorrow, slow down a bit and watch a real one for a few minutes!

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Bushy tailed squirrels enjoying their purpose in this world
-Nice afternoon rain shower
-Time with the sewing machine
-Peony bushes in full bloom
-All of the artists/crafters on ETSY

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