This is my place to share with family and friends. You might find handmade cards, digital scrapbook pages, photos or a little chatter because those are the things I love. My blog is a work in progress, so be patient with me. Most of the time I think I will be talking to myself, but hey, I'm used to that!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Butterflies in the grass.....

I have to name all my cards that I photograph for my gallery so there will be some way to organize them if I need to find them again. I've noticed that some stampers seem to come up with such clever names for their cards. Me, not so much. So here is another card with a lame name "Butterflies in the Grass"

Supplies all from Stampin' Up! Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White. Ink Old Olive, Basic Black, Pretty In Pink, and Cherry Cobbler. Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Butterflies in Flight, and sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Ribbon- Old Olive Satin 5/8 inch. Punches: Word Window and Modern Label, and Scallop Edge Border.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I made pesto yesterday...

I had a lot of basil in the garden and I just didn't want it to go to waste. I love pesto but DH doesn't so I put it in mini muffin pans and put it in the freezer. Then I popped them out and stored the individuals servings in a zip-lock bag. I am growing Summer Long basil and the leaves are tiny so it took me a long time to pull 4 cups worth off the cut bunches. So worth the effort though, and the kitchen smelled so good all day. I love the smell of basil! Here is a pic of the basil before I made a big mess in the kitchen.

I also made zucchini relish this week. I got a kick out of the fact that everything except the onions came from my garden. My zucchini plants, the two of them, look like they are about finished for the season, so I cut them back and I will remove them in a couple of weeks.  We sure have enjoyed the zucchini!  I got 14 jars of the relish put up for the coming year.

I will post a card for you tomorrow. I haven't touched anything from the new Stampin' Up! catalog yet, and there are a lot of cute stamps and some great new colors. I just need to carve out a little crafting time. Take care and thanks for visiting.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Super simple little card...

I call this one Cupcake Shoppe. Super easy, just a little coloring, and a bit of cutting. Another card from my last Stamp-A-Stack.

Supplies: Stampin' Up! Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White. DSP Candy Lane (retired). Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, and Perfect Punches. Sentiment is an incentive stamp. Ink: Basic Black Punch: Round tab punch. Stampin' Write markers: Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, More Mustard and Crumbcake.
Red Stickles for the cherries.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Garden update....

The garden continues to thrive and I am still enjoying the work despite the extreme heat and humidity we've been having lately. I usually go out early before my coffee and breakfast and try to get most of the work done before it gets too uncomfortable out there. Knowing that I've grown most of the plants from seed gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

After all the work of starting my first year garden I am finally getting to the best part of vegetable gardening. The harvest! Cucumbers and tomatoes right from the garden.

I made my first batch of pickles. Bread and Butter pickles with thin sliced onions. I enjoy canning but it is even more enjoyable using fresh produce from your own garden.

The garden has been consuming me but I promise to post another card tomorrow. Stay tuned and thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Large prints...

on papers are a problem for cardmakers. A pattern that looks beautiful for a scrapbook page is often too large to use to make a card. A solution for using up your scraps of large print papers is to use the paper itself as the focal image. Just add a sentiment and some ribbon to complete. Not only does it look pretty, it is really quick to do.

Inspired by this card by Connie Collins
Fabulous Friends

 Supplies all from Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, and Whisper White.
DSP Greenhouse Gala.(retired)
Stamps: Four Frames.
Embossing folder: Finial Press.
Ink: Chocolate Chip. Ribbon: Chocolate Chip Satin.