Wednesday, July 21, 2010

GPP Street Team: Crusade # 42 - Strip Ease

Michelle Ward posts a challenge each month on her GPP Street Team blog.  This months theme is Strip Ease.  Take your favorite papers, tear them, and make a journal page about them.
After working late today, I decided I needed some "play time" so I used a Tattered Angels stencil, Glimmer Mists and Maya Mists.
I tore the paper into strips and adhered it to my journal.
Then I journaled between the strips.
To finish it off, I stamped a leaf image from Donna Downey's "The Artist in You" stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

PTI 2010 Anniversary Stamps

Papertrey Ink has a program where you receive a free stamp set if you purchase 12 of their stamp sets during a year.  Last year I more than met this requirement.
The set is called Round and Round and is not available for sale.
As you can guess, most of the images are either round or fit inside the round border stamp.
There's also a background stamp of dots surrounded by circle.  I've stamped it on the bottom of each of these cards.

Today is my Moms birthday - so hope you have a great day Mom!!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Stamps!

I recently purchased some stamps from Donna Downey - the one above is from Insightful Meadow.  Unity Stamp Co distributes her stamps as either mounted on their thin wood mount or cling mounted.  She also has some foam stamps that I haven't tried yet.  They are very tall - almost a foot!!  She also has an inspirational video each Wednesday - sometimes she shows her art journal - very cool!

Happy Wednesday.  Here's a quote from one of my birthday cards from last month - it cracks me up!  And its an inside joke with my family about why I got this card....

is like peeing
in your pants.  

Everyone can see it, 
but only you 
can feel its warmth."


Monday, July 5, 2010

My, How the Times Flies.....

It's hard to believe
but 25 years ago:

After working at the nuclear plant all day,
we got dressed up,
took the kids with us,
and drove to Overbrook, KS.
Getting everyone ready
took longer than we thought
and we were running late.
We finally arrived
at the very important place
but no one was there.

a Fire Station
was next door.
They knew exactly
who to call.
He was on his way!

Then we waited some more - 
this time for my Aunt Peggy
and sister Rene'
Finally, everyone was there.
Then, we got married!
These are copies
of the Polaroid pictures from that day.

thank you for:

asking me to marry you over the phone
loving my children as your own
loving me unconditionally
listening to me whistle off key
telling me everyday that I'm beautiful
modeling a Christian life to me
inspiring me to be a better person
giving the absolutely BEST HUGS ever
being my husband

I love you!

Let's do 25 more!

Sorry this day isn't turning out like we'd planned (work got in the way).  I'll make it up to you in Hawaii!!  Love you!  Mwah!  xoxoxoxoxo


Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Furniture

I have been waiting for this day for a few months now!  My new furniture from Sprintz arrived today.  This is our first home with a formal living room.  I wanted a contemporary sofa, one with lots of pillows.  I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it in the showroom.
Sorry for the blurry photo, but here's the detail of the sides and back - the piping really emphasizes the that !
I also got two side chairs.  Keeping with the contemporary theme - wanted to have a geometric pattern.  Hard to tell but the colors are cream, tan, gold, and a very light green.
They are so comfortable....can't wait to curl up with a good book!  It was fun to pick out fabrics and imagine what they would look like on a piece of furniture.  Guess I can remove the tags now!

I'm off to try out the sofa.....Robin

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Flood Pix

A week ago today, this is what our gravel driveway to the shop looked like.  It's kinda hard to see in the pix, but it's completely covered by running water.
This is B emptying out the shop vac he used to remove the water in his shop.
This is a closeup of the water at the corner.  It's not very deep but you can tell how fast it was moving.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Art Mill

I took a quick class (2 hours in the evening) at the Art Mill in Lebanon and painted these flowers.  It was wonderful to spend time with a good friend and also create something!  Scott and Caroline have a great setup.  Their website has the monthly calendar so you can pick what you want to paint.  I plan on doing this again.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Springtime Cards

I actually made a few cards recently.  The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.
This one is my Mothers Day card for my mother-in-law.
Loved this purple paper!  Just realized this is the only one that I stamped on.  This was sent as my Card of the Month.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Goin' to the Chapel

We are going to a wedding this afternoon for a co-worker of B's.  This is the card I made for them using PTI stamps.  Their invitation was black/white/pink with damask designs.  I incorporated that into the card.

Happy Saturday!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Fond Memories

This month we sold our former home near Knoxville.  Although it is a huge relief not to have 2 homes at once, it was sad to know it was no longer ours.

Reminisce with me.....

It was home to an annual Thanksgiving reunion with B's side of the family.  Kids had lots of fun on the stairs.
And parking cars on the small space at the top of our driveway was always interesting.

It was home to several graduation parties that we hosted, including this one for Amanda's college graduation.

Being on a hill, we have some great views - here's a rainbow.

Here's the trees in winter (I always wanted to try and draw them).
This is the view from our front porch when the water was all misty....loved it like that!

And another time.
And one more.
B got this deer in our back yard!!

Even though they were really like pets.....I loved watching them out our back door.
Inside I painted several walls including this one in the dining room that I stenciled...loved how it turned out!
This house also was where I began my "love" of pears - here's the stamped kitchen.
And pantry.
B got his first work truck while we lived there.
And his tractor - he LOVES this thing!
It was useful to mow the steep yard.

I could go on and on.....

We are happy to pass you along to another was sad to see you empty.  THANKS for the memories!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!!!

Today was another glorious...beautiful....sunny day here in Middle TN.  Temperature was perfect for sitting outside on patio and reading the paper.
Here are some additional pictures from my yard.  This is a plum tree.  I've never had one before but B had one as a child and loved eating them off the tree.  Lots of leaves (blooms are almost all gone).  This is planted beside the swing set.
These are the blooms from our dogwood trees.  This is one of the white ones.  The pink ones only have small leaves, no blooms yet.  But it won't be long.

Happy Easter!


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Oh, what a beautiful day!

This morning was filled with thunderstorms, but they didn't last long.  Now it's absolutely gorgeous out!
This is a picture of my lilac bush - full of green leaves.  I can't wait for it to bloom.  This started as a shoot from my MIL's plant in Ohio.  We also had one at our previous home and it was so pretty, but I left it behind.
Here is a Lily of the Valley bush (I think!).  The blooms are clustered together and smell nice.
And this is my very first Redbud Tree - see all the blooms!  I am so excited!  I have always wanted a redbud tree since we moved back to TN 12 years ago.  I love to drive down the road and see them nestled among the pine trees (purple and green are my favorite colors).  Last year we bought 8 trees and only the 3 redbuds survived.  We planted 4 dogwoods a few weeks ago - I hope they bloom this year!

Get out and enjoy the beautiful day - it is full of Gods creations.  Tomorrow is a day of celebration - He is Risen!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Coloring with Copics

Here's some of my in-process coloring with Copic markers.
More coloring.  The stamps are from PTI - Year of Flowers:  Violets.
I'll eventually cut these out to use on a card.