Oct 24, 2010

Paperwings Blog Hop

It's time again for our Paperwings Blog Hop!!  This month's theme is "Anything but an A2 Card."  "What is an A2 card" you ask?  Well, it is the standard sized greeting card.  You know, the kind that is folded in half that ends up being 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches in size.  So, this blog hop is any other kind of card.  Be sure to check out all of the blog hop participants - you will see their links at the end of the post.

I chose one of my standard favorites for this blog hop - the 3 x 3 card.  You can use these 3 x 3 cards as gift cards and thank you notes.  Tuck them inside a loved ones lunch bag or include on a scrapbook page or even inside a journal.  You can even turn them into gift tags by punching a hole in the upper left hand corner and attaching some ribbon to it!

I used two stamps sets from The Angel Company on these gift cards: Watercolor Plants and Tag Tidbits.

Now start your hop by checking out these blogs!!

Shirley:      http://glitteredpaws.blogspot.com/
Rita:           http://ritascreativenest.com/
Angela:     http://www.angelakelley.blogspot.com/
Chelsea:    http://inkystamps.blogspot.com/
Carol:         http://stampincarol.blogspot.com/
Julie:          http://juliesstamppad.blogspot.com/
CindyLou   http://www.cindyscreativecrafts.blogspot.com/
Teresa        http://www.mamapickle.blogspot.com/
Lisa            http://lisadwb-blessedbeyondmeasure.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Quote
If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
Peter Shaffer, playwright

Oct 15, 2010

Today's Mystery (a.k.a. How'd this get here?)

Bread on a fence!  That's a new one!  How did this piece of bread get up on this chain link fence that sits between I and the neighbor?  Neither I nor the neighbor did it.  It's not a place that neighborhood kids can get to easily.  I saw a cat up on the fence a few days ago but would a cat jump up there with a piece of bread?  Did the squirrels do it?  And, if so, why did they leave it?  Maybe they scurried away when I came out to walk the puppy.  Is that why I hear one scolding me from the tree?  And if it was the squirrels, where did they get the piece of bread?  It is a perfectly good piece (i.e. it isn't moldy or anything like that).  And where were they taking it too?  Why over the middle of the fence where there's no easy access to trees or bushes?  And, how on earth did that piece of bread ever manage not to fall down onto the ground but rather just stay sitting on top of the fence?  Oh, what questions I have!  Will the mystery ever be solved?  How do you think it got there?


Thanks for stopping by.


Today's Abundance
-Being able to enjoy the small mysteries of life!
-A beautiful fall day, albeit many of the colorful leaves are now on the ground.
-An energetic, loving puppy
- A To-Do List that is actually shorter at the moment than it was this morning!
-Leftovers (better go heat them up now for lunch)

Sakura Design

SakuraDesign is a fellow HandmadeMN Team member.  I first saw her beautifully handmade pieces when I unwrapped her Gift Basket and Swag Bag donations for the HandmadeMN Fall Market on November 20th.  Her designs and her business card really intrigued me.

In her handmade pieces you will "discover a fun and fresh line of Japanese paper crafts where cultural tradition inspires contemporary kokeshi and kimono design."  You can also "explore the beauty, elegance, and simplicity of Japanese kimonos, kokeshi dolls, chiyogami, and washi papers...all handcrafted in the form of greeting cards, jewelry, gift tags, bookmarks, and more."

This is an example of a greeting card bundle that can be found at SakuraDesign.  The vibrant colors are very striking!

And here is an exquisite piece of jewlery (by the way, SakuraDesigns has a jewlery sale going on during October):

And take a look at these fantastic Gift Tags!  Who wouldn't want to receive a gift with these attached?

Take a minute and browse through SakuraDesigns and see all of Japanese inspired gifts!

Thanks for stopping by.


Today's Quote
When love is deep, much can be accomplished.
by  Shinichi Suzuki

Oct 5, 2010

Mary Foster Creative!!

Mary Foster is a fellow HandmadeMN Etsy team member!  She specializes in fine art nature photography and also crochets accessories.  Her ETSY store is aptly named MaryFosterCreative!

Many of Mary's beautiful flower and foliage images for her prints and note cards are from her lovely garden flowers and plants that are gown under her watchful eye.  Her crocheted accessories include colorful scares and baskets.

Mary has captured the beauty of Minnesota's autumn in these note cards and prints!  Oh so very beautiful!!

And this scraf of Mary's is so very perfect for our crisp fall weather and our upcoming winter!

Be sure to stop by MaryFosterCreative shop to see more of her wonderful note cards, prints, and crocheted accessories!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Quote
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
- John Muir

Winter Flurries

Even though I am enjoying our beautiful fall weather, there is a part of me that is bracing for winter.  However, given the hot and humid summer we had, I think winter will be more than tolerable this year!!

I've been working on some winter cards and one of my most favorite winter themed sets is Winter Flurries from The Angel Company.

The image is colored with my beloved Copics!  The paper and ribbon are from The Angel Company's Lilly Anna collection.  The image is matted with the Large Labels Nestablilities.  And the final touches are the pearl gems as embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by.


Today's Abundance
-Quilting with friends
-Early morning fog rolling off the lake
-Watching my daughter run in her first marathon
-2 cats and 1 puppy within 2 feet of each other - no barking and no hissing
-Beautiful fall colors


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