Monday, June 10, 2019

Scrap Till You Drop!

Or was is it shop till you drop?  Hello Blog visitors!   I just got back from a great 4 day scrap retreat, where I scrapped, walked, shopped, and visited with other scrappers.  It was kind of like a giant slumber party!  I got lots of pages done, among them some heritage pages of my husband's family. I will show them another time.

  It also was fun to have a new place to walk. We had the retreat in an old Victorian house and there are several old restored homes in the neighborhood. I took lots of photos to share of my walk.  I finally remembred to take my camera the last day!

These two houses were my favorites.

 Love the screened in porch on the side.

And the large wrap around porch!

And the upstairs, that round window upstairs front!

This next house had spectacular landscaping.

Notice the shaped bushes between the sidewalk and street.

 Great potted plants on that porch!

Great iron fence and posts.

Fountains and water treatments.

I just had to photograph this bottle tree next to the porch on another house!

Then I went to the city park:

 I wanted to go through the arbor path, but there was always someone sitting in there or sleeping in there!  So, I was  a little anxious about walking through it.

Below you can see the courthouse in the background.

I hope you enjoyed the walk.  I got 15000 steps that day! 

Above is the house of our retreat.  I enjoy coming out on the porch in the mornings for alone time.

 I just walk across the street to church on Sunday mornings.  Although the church building is a hundred years old, and magnificent on the inside the church that calls it home now is only 8 years old.

And for the T Gang and for Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover where she is celebrating T Stands for Tuesday here is my submission.  Here is a photo of a  tea card from my archives. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Monday, May 27, 2019

T Stands for Thankful for Sunshine!

"He has risen!"  Matt. 28:6

That is right, we have sunshine!  It was wet when we woke this morning, but by 8:30 we had sunshine, and I even got out and walked!  It hasn't rained since early, early this morning.  But rain is in the forecast for tomorrow!  But at least, our residence is not in danger of flooding.  There is a lot of flooding throughout the area, though.

The good news is that the  rainy days have provided plenty of time for me to spend in my craft room.
I have been going through drawers and purging!  Not to worry; I didn't purge that much, but at least organized a little.  One day, I even, moved a lot of stuff out of my room and put it in our bedroom on the bed.  With some of the stuff out I could see the rest of it easier!  The bad thing about that, was that I  had to move everything back so we could go to bed. LOL  So, not much accomplished except for I got the cabinets wiped down and cleaned before bringing everything back in and stacking again!
Here is a drawer that I have labeled special cardstock.  ???????  And believe it or not the photo is after I purged a few things.  I had to, since I couldn't get the drawer closed.  I was surprised what all was in there.  You can see, I cut up and saved the boxes that our Hawaiian mugs came in. and tea bags I dry and save for tea bag art.  Also, on top you can see Textiva, whatever that is!  I bought that years ago at a stamp show, and I have never opened it or used it! I don't even know what you do with it!  Eek!  The tea elements are for T Stands for Tuesday over at Bleubeard & Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover.  Check it out and see what it is all about.

I take photos for TSFT and forget to show them!  So, today I will have a variety of photos:

 It has been so wet, I think the geese think they are in the water.  They came from the pond across the street and down the hill from us.

I took this on one of my walks earlier in the Spring.

And I couldn't help myself, I had to photograph this in front of one of our neighbors houses.

I will close with this one:
My husband put up the flag with the understanding if it starts raining, I have to take it down.  I lucked out because it has been sunny all day.  My husband even grilled out steaks this afternoon.

I am posting Monday evening, so am wishing my USA friends a nice Memorial Day, as we remember those who fought and died for our freedom.

Happy T Day!Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 20, 2019

T Stands For Pounded Flowers Technique

"He has risen!"  Matt. 28:6

Today, I will share with you a technique I learned a long time ago.  Until last year we lived in our own home, but now we rent.  Anyway, we always had flowers to pull at the end of the year, and I would use this technique to make backgrounds for cards.  Just recently we purchased some plants, but the wind really blew right after we put them in pots out front.  So, I had two red begonia flowers.  Instead of just tossing them, I decided to do this technique.  I thought I would end up with pretty red paper!   See for yourself.

Here is what I began with.

I pulled the petals apart and lay them on cardstock on a paper towel on the Cuttlebug.

And so I wouldn't be wasting anything, since it would be juicy anyway, I put another piece of watercolor paper on top.  My panels were about 4 x 5 1/4.

I of course put the last plate on top of everything before running through.  This next picture shows what it looked like after rolling it through the machine.  You can see how juicy and red it is, right?

I mean there is juice everywhere after I took off the top plate  But look the paper; it looks purple!

 This photo  was taken before I brushed the petals off the paper.

After removing the petals:  purple!

See all the juice on the paper towels!  Red!

I ran more panels through.

I didn't want to waste all that red juice on the paper towels, so I blotted my panels, hoping to get some of that red on the purple panels!  Maybe, if I had left the panels on longer before removing the watercolor paper?

I have the panels weighted down with books right now to flatten them out.  I will be making cards with them, and when I do I will show you on another blog post.

But here are some cards that I made years ago with pounded gomphrena. The middle panel was cut from the watercolor paper with the gomphrena which is a purple flower, and it came out purple.

On this card,  I used a whole panel of it!

Oh, and for the tea party over at Altered Book Lover TSFT:  We stopped in for lunch at Olive Garden recently.  I forgot till we were done to take a photo and our food and lemon water are already gone.

Thanks for stopping by.  I have to cut this off now as we are having storms!  I have this scheduled for later today.  So hopefully it will post even though we might not have power!
Happy T Day!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Let's Party Over At TIOT!

Ps. 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee."

Good afternoon!  Why am I posting today you might ask?  I have made a card for the birthday celebration over at Try It On Tuesday and wanted to post it right away!  The theme is Let's Party!

I made this card with a background I demonstrated for you a couple of weeks ago. Color Burst Powders Technique.  Today for TIOT's 10th Birthday, I stamped on it with Memento Black Tuxedo
ink and stamped an image from Hampton Art's Graphic 45 Children's Hour.  These cute kids are marching to a party and are celebrating how happy we are or should be!  :)

I love both the image and the sentiment in this set.

Besides being for the TIOT Challenge it is for the following challenges at SplitcoastStamper.

Alphabet Challenge Round 11: letter K

Free 4 All Challenge:  Memories Captured

Fan Club Monthly Theme:  Central Theme: Memories and Milestones

USEIT2019:  This is the first time I have ever used these stamps.

Ways To Use It:  Buttons, Bows, and Beads, Oh My!

Thank you for letting me participate in TIOT for Let's Party!  Be sure and stop over there and see all the other submissions.

Thank you for looking and stopping by.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

T Stands For Celebrating Hubby's Birthday

Ps. 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee."

We celebrated my husband's birthday this week!  So that will be my ticket to the Tea Party over at Bleubeard & Elizabeth's TSFT! 

 We visited the new Doo-Dah Diner.  

 Can you see the bacon dipped in chocolate?  Uhhm.  This is definitely comfort food!  Huge pieces of chicken!  Sausage & gravy.  This is Chicken & Wilson on the menu.

Notice our lemon water.

We brought home the chicken and extra sausage and gravy!  They even brought us complementary monkey bread to eat before our meal; that is the empty bowl.  Great celebration meal for hubby! :)

What crafty things have I done this week?

I tried my hand at Bible Art Journaling: Ps. 119:11

Just used stash.

And I made some simple postal friendly Christmas cards.  I bought a package of 3 Tim Holtz dies a couple of years ago,  and was disappointed when I brought them home and they didn't cut a solid piece, but a negative.  Now, I think I like the negative on these simple cards.  I used the dies with SU! Real Red & Whisper White cardstock.  The sentiment comes from a SU! stamp set named Contempo Christmas.
I am not good with clean and simple and just had to add three little red sparkle stickers!

It is still Tuesday here, so Happy T Day to the T gang! Thank you everyone who stops by and comments.  I really appreciate it!