Friday, April 22, 2011

Garden Update

We took more photos the other day.  The peppers (in the middle) are still growing slowly.

The tomatoes are very tall. 

The leaf lettuce is about ready to eat! 

This weekend we plant corn, green beans and carrots.

Blast From The Past

Tuesday Trigger: Porch Play

Image via Pinterest

This April 12 Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World inspired the “Blast From The Past” scrapbook pages (and a few cards).  The color combination was old fashioned and fun.  I couldn’t find background paper I liked so I stamped flourishes onto Bazzill Classic Red to make my own.  Then I used turquoise as the main accent color with yellow as the secondary accent color.  I discovered that I needed to use a bright turquoise color or the combination didn’t work.

Those jelly jewels are from Martha Stewart.  They look like little candies to me (or is it just my sweet tooth?).  There was old fashioned music playing, we won old fashioned candy as prizes and we played old fashioned games.  CJ and Carol did a fabulously old fashioned job putting this all together.

There always has to be eating (and dessert) involved in our get togethers!

The tails are from an old QuicKutz Pin the Tail on the Donkey die.   I bought it to make donkeys for our visit to Cripple Creek, but it certainly came in handy here.

I traced the vase on vellum from a stamp, then outlined with a black marker and cut out.  Tip -- you can buy a bag of mini clothespins in the wood section of a craft store for less than a small package in a scrapbook store.

Sorry for the focus – it looked good on the camera.  My husband joked that he wanted all the pennies back after the page was taken down from the bulletin board.  Real items (pennies, stamps, etc.) are sometimes less expensive than their copies sold as embellishments.

The bingo boards were color copied to make the background.

I had never played Pick-Up Sticks before – it is harder and more fun than it looks.  I originally bought some tiny wood sticks to color for this page, and then discovered toothpicks colored with sharpies work just as well and are cheaper.  I remember seeing already colored toothpicks in the past but I don’t know if they are still made.  How often do you need to buy toothpicks after all? J

 While I still had everything out, I made a few cards using the same theme.  Since I had already cleaned and put away my flourish stamp, I used a smaller one from Hero Arts for the envelopes.  All cards must have coordinating envelopes, mustn’t they?

Cardstock – Bazzill Basics Classic Red, scraps of other colors
Trim – JoAnn blue grosgrain, Wright’s baby white rick rack, DMC red & blue floss
Beads -- Alpha beads from Michael’s & JoAnn Stores, red beads unknown
Buttons – DeNami, Paper Trey Ink, Favorite Findings
Embellishments – Martha Stewart gems, clothespins unknown
Punches – scallop edge Stampin’ Up, corner rounder Fiskars, scallop corner Creative Memories, balloons Martha Stewart
Ink – Brilliance Moonlight White, Colorbox Dune & Tim Holt Vintage Photo (to distress game list); Stampin’ Up Yoyo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise and Real Red (for enveloped)
Stamp – flourish from Fancy Pants Bella Brush set, envelope flourish and swirl from Hero Arts Shadow Elements

In Memory of Sharon

This page was done to honor Sharon, a member of our ladies group for many years.  She died in a car accident on April 1.

I sprayed the background paper with Tattered Angels sprays to coordinate with the colors on the memorial flyer.  The “S” is painted with the same spray.  There are clear corners under the embellishments so the flyer can still be removed and read. 

Cardstock – from Bo Bunny’s new line of background sheets (I can’t remember the name)
Sprays – Tattered Angels Cherry Limeade, English Ivy and Pearl
Trim – pink seam binding
Stickers - Porcelain Collection by Basic Grey
Embellishments – ‘S’ from Tattered Angels alpha chips, Gems from Martha Stewart

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Our Garden

We finally got to plant something outside - potatoes and onions.  The tomatoes, basil, lettuce, broccoli and peppers are still growing inside until the weather is warmer.