lavender and roses

Saturday, February 26, 2011

a little blessing

This morning, while making my coffee, I glanced out the kitchen window and saw the bird feeders covered in snow ... again. So I shut off the kettle and painfully put my boots on. Painful because I broke my toe last week. I filled my plastic bowl with bird feed and went out the door. It wasn't a second that went by when several chickadees filled the nearby tree and started to chirp and sing. One of these precious little birds instantly flew toward me and softly landed in my bowl of bird feed that was still in my hands. I just looked at it and thought, what a little blessing this is.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Case Study Challenge #27 and Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC69

This is the card that is the inspiration for the Case Study Challenge #27 and the Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC69.

This card was made for the Playdate Cafe Challenge PDCC69. The colour challenge this week is red, green and black. The butterfly image is from Graphic Fairy. I used Ranger black soot Distress Ink on white card stock that was embossed with a paisley pattern. The background black lace is patterned paper. Cream lace with white pearls was placed across the bottom of the card.  I only added one red pearl and several small green gems as I wanted my red pearl to be the star.

This card was made for the Case Study Challenge #27 using red, green and black. I loved the flowing design of this case study and tried to keep natural elements of the flower and butterfly. I also tried to make the colours red and green shine by only using a few coloured gems. The butterfly image on this card is also from Graphic Fairy.  The background is patterned paper lightly stamped with Hero Arts Swirl with Flowers stamp,  distressed with Ranger black soot Distress Ink and sprinkled with a few crystal gems. White card stock was embossed with a dot pattern, coloured with black soot Distress Ink and an oval shape removed to display the butterflies.  Four black pearls, two red pearls and one green gem were used on this card.  A soft white flower with a large crystal gem and Hero Arts Happy Birthday sentiment were added .

Hello Friend

I made this little card with Hero Arts stamps Antique Engraving, Cling Dots and All Occasion Messages. I thought the cling dots matched so beautifully with my patterned paper. I had a lot of fun piling on the pink pearl embellishments!!

The image of this old rose is from Graphic's Fairy. I used Hero Arts stamps Cling Dots and Antique Engravings. Aqua is one of my very favourite colours and I think it looks so soothing with the old paper yellow.

Thank you for dropping by, I always love visitors!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

good evening deer

There were two beautiful deer outside our window yesterday evening. I always love to watch them! As you can see, everything is still covered in snow here!

Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Valentine from Sheila

I received this gorgeous Valentine along with a package of pretty red pearls ( not shown) from Sheila for the Hero Arts Valentine Exchange! I love all of the beautifully coloured flowers and gems in this precious heart, it just sparkles!! Thank you so much Sheila!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sweet Friend Valentine Exchange

I made this valentine for my sweet flicker friend Janet for the Valentine Exchange. I was pleased to hear today that Janet has safely received her valentine and that it will soon be posted on Flicker. The butterflies, flowers and bird stamps used on this card are all from Hero Arts.

Thank you for your visit! Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


A single rose can be my garden ... a single friend my world.
Leo Buscaglia

These precious little chickadees feed right out of my hand.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

LOVE IS, above all, the gift of oneself.
JEAN ANOUILH (1910-1987)

Love Always and Kisses too.

Since it's Valentine's Day, I tried the 'kissing' technique using HERO ARTS Friend Definition and Misty Garden Pattern. The total effect isn't seen because of all of the embellishments (butterfly, heart, gems, sentiment) but oh well ... it's Valentine's Day and Valentine's Day is about all of that ... and chocolate too! I wish you peace and happiness today.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
George Sand (1804-1876)

I spotted this young raccoon during a walk last fall.

Friday, February 11, 2011

a little bit of romance ... for valentine's day

Welcome to my blog and my first posting! Since love is in the air, not spring, I thought you would enjoy some romantic cards. Thank you so much for stopping by!