Thursday, June 24, 2010


Here is a picture of the bluebird parents on our electric wires.  This is the closest I could get the pic without it turning into pixels.

I peeked in to check on the babies tonight.  They are getting quite large, appear to have all their feathers, are spotted dark with a little of dark blue on end of tail feathers.  With 5 babies in that box, it is difficult to tell exactly how well feathered they are!  And they really look to be crowded!

I would love to see some of them leave the box.

That's it for tonight!  Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Graduation card

The new girl in our office has been very impressed with my Tilda cards that I force all the girls to look at!  She asked me if had anything I could make for her daughter's high school graduation.  I don't have the Tilda or Edwin graduates - yet - but I do have a House Mouse one.  I showed her a sample of the mouse and she said that would be OK if I wanted to make her one.

SO - - -

Here is the card I made for her daughter - -

The mouse is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, the chandelier beads from Magnolia-licious.  The sahpes are cut with the Cuttlebug and Nestibilities dies.

The inside is another Nestie die and more Wild Orchid Crafts stems and buds.

The inside was also cut with Nesties dies and I added some Wild Orchid Crafts stems and buds to dress it up a bit.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Apple Edwin

I had a couple newspaper clippings to send to my son and just couldn't send them without a card!  So I made him this Apple Edwin card.

When I colored Edwin's face, I added some yellow to make him look really sick.  My son used to eat green apples and would always get a bad tummy ache....

The papers, brads and ribbon are all from my stash. 

I would like to tell you the copics I used, but I can't find the list I wrote up as I was coloring :-(

Oh, well!  I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem.

Here's the inside of his card.  Even the dp is enough to make one feel ill!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June Mingle Card Received

This will be a very short, fast post tonight. I received the most beautiful June Mingle card from Cordine van der Touw today!

After a long day at work, it was SO WONDERFUL to come home to this beautiful card!

Thank you so much, Cordine! I just love her.

Thanks for stopping by and looking.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

June Mingle Card

Here is my June Mingle card with a birthday theme. I started this easel card for the Magnolia Birthday Bash Week #4 challenge, but didn't get it done in time to post. Maybe next time :(

My DP is from SU's Afternoon Tea. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts (they have the most beautiful flowers in all colors and shapes).
The butterflies were punched from the DP using MS Butterfly punch.
The little curly-ques are the flower stems that I wrapped around a small paint brush handle. It's only taken me 3 months to figure that one out!

View of card open.

Behind the larger flowers are clear Robin's Nest Dew Drops. The flowers are colored with Copic markers YR00 and YR02.

The sentiment panel was die cut using Nesties. The tiny butterflies are from the MS punch.

Here is a close up of Tilda.
The Copics I used -

Hair - E25, 53, 59
Blouse & socks - G40, 82, 99
Pinafore - YR00, 02, 04
Present - E41, 43, 44, R08

Thanks for taking time to stop by!


Tilda Baking Caddy

I had so much fun making the desk caddy for my co-worker who left that I made another one using a kitchen theme - Baking Caddy.

Here is an overall view of it.

I used Tilda with Cowberry Muffin, Tilda Baking, Kitchen Tilda and 60's Tilda.

The DP's came from the DCWV stack "Sweet".

Tilda with Cowberry Muffin

Dress - G20, 21, 24, R08, G28, V000, 12, 15
Spoon - E30, 31
Shoes - V000, 17, 09, Glossy
Wings - Star dust Stickles

Baking Tilda

Blouse - Y21, 23, 26
Apron - E04, 07, FV2
Dough - E42, 43
Rolling pin - R14, E50

Baking stand is the bottom of the Kitchen background, with the top shelves and jars cut off, then turned upside down to became Tilda's work surface.
Cupboard colors - B93, G21, E43, R30, R32, E40.

Kitchen Tilda

Scarf & apron - BG 000, 01, 02, 05, 07
Dress & socks - R000, 81, 83, 85
Shoes - E50, 51, 59, Glossy accents
Spoon - E33, 35

60's Tilda

Dress, bow & socks - R30, 32, 35
Dots highlited with Sakura clear stardust pen

Lollipop - FB2, R08, E40, Glossy accents
Her seat is the cowberry muffin with the top cut off - B93, 97.

I added a piece of narrow satin ribbon to the seat.

Thanks for taking time to look.


BRAK June B-day Cards

Here are the birthday cards I made for the June BRAK from Magnolia-licious!
Joanne R. if you have not received your card yet, don't look if you want to be surprised!

This one went to Joanne Rancourt in France

Here are the Copics I used on this card.

This card went to Alison Spelman and I know she has hers!

The Copics I used -

Dress & socks - G20, 21, 24, 28
Rose - G82, 94, 99, R81, 83, 85
Skin - E000, 00, 11, R20
Star dust Stickles on her wings.

Ribbon and pearls from my stash. Flowers from Magnolia-licious store and Wild Orchid Crafts.

I dabbed a little of the Stickles on the roses.

Here is the inside of her card.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my card.
Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Wild Life Around Us

Although we live only 0.2 of a mile from a very busy main highway, we have an abundance of wild life cross our yard daily. We don't usually see the deer as they are nocturnal. But on occasion we have a very special treat and do see them.

This doe spent nearly a half hour nibbling on the berries and shoots on a tree in our side yard this past fall. She was oblivious to me and the camera in my craft room window while I was taking these pictures.
The muddy patch is our garden after the tomato baskets and dead plants were pulled out.

She was maybe 50 feet from the window where I was.

During the winter the deer are in the garden eating the tomatoes that fell off the plants as they were being dragged away to the junk pile.

She was just enjoying herself and when she had enough, she just leasurely walked across the back yard to the hedgerow along the back field.

In mid-May we heard what we thought was a bird caught in our chimney again.
When my husband checked it out, there was a robin building a nest by the chimney. He tore it down, but the next morning it was back. So he left it.
Here is a pic of Mrs. Robin sitting on her eggs.
It was terrible listening to the furnace run on a few cold nights, but we couldn't start the wood stove while that nest was there.
She wasn't too happy about me being near her taking this pic.

After hearing a lot of chatter and rustling around the chimney, we thought - Good. Now to remove the nest.

However, when hubby went out to remove it, this is what he saw - another nest built on top of the first one!

This time we had sparrows. So the nest is still there as we're not sure the babies are gone yet.

Across the driveway in the triangular flower bed is a bluebird nesting box with 5 eggs in it. They should be hatching any day now.

As I went near to take this pic, the male as sitting on top and the female was inside. Both flew away as I got near.

This house is on the corner of the deck railing. It has sparrows in it. One flew out of it as I walked by to take this picture!

Hope you have enjoyed seeing our wildlife!
Thanks for looking!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sophie's Card

I've been busily coloring faces and hair for my Color Me Creative Copic classes with Suzanne Dean. I have been enjoying the classes and have learned a lot already and I'm about half way through Class 1.

This cute little Tilda was colored before I started the classes.

I made this for a friend's 6-year old daughter for no particular occasion. I just thought she would like a pink and purple card.

The papers and ribbon came from my stash. The butterflies were punched with the MS Butterfly punch.

Copics used were:
Face, hands, legs - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E53, E25, E49, E59
Umbrella - R23, R25,
Raincoat, boots - BV02, BV04

Thanks for looking,


Saturday, June 05, 2010

Riley on a Moose-ions Trip

Riley is back again! Here are some of his adventures this past winter.

Riley had a very snowy winter - so much snow he and Sophie had trouble finding playtime after all the shoveling was done! They were usually too tired or too cold.

Riley really likes to play in the winter, after all, he is a moose!

Like any girl in a young buck's life, Sophie is a pest and she always wants to do everything Riley does.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I will give you some background on how and why Riley came about.

In July, 2008 when my nephew, Nate, had just turned 15, he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphona. At the time his doctors said his treatment would be at least 3 years. My sister and her family are very staunch Christians and sent out prayer requests to everyone they knew and everyone continued asking their groups. There was prayer going up for Nate nearly around the world.

As can be expected, Nate was very ill for several months. I had this brainstorm that maybe some funny cards from a moose might help him feel better, at least for a few minutes. So the anonymous cards from Riley Moose began. My brother-in-law mentioned the card in one of his Caring Bridge posts for Nate and said the whole family enjoyed the card, but the sender "forgot" to sign it. At this point no one knew who Riley was except my daughter and husband.

Just before Christmas, 2008, my daughter found a stuffed moose that looked just like the Riley stamps we had. We got one and sent it along with a card and small desk calendar to Nate for Christmas from Riley.

When I didn't see any mention about it on the Caring Bridge posts, I called my sister to ask if it had been received. I can still hear her laughing when I told her I was Riley!! Yes, it had been received. When she looked in on Nate at bedtime the night he received it, she said he was sleeping on it like a pillow. Well done, Riley!
Over the next year Riley sent Nate a few more cards, and it was driving him crazy trying to figure out who was sending them.

At our family reunion the summer of 2009, I told Nate's dad, Kenny, that I was Riley.

At this point the trick was to keep Nate guessing which meant that I would have to continue having the post office smear the postmark. Kenny suggested that I send the cards to other family members or friends who lived in different states and have them mail the cards for me.
That is what I've done!

The card in this post was sent last week with a smeared postmark. Nate is going crazy trying to make out just enough to see who sent it.The fantastic wonderful report is that Nate has responded so well to the chemo that his doctors are taking him off chemo this summer - a full year earlier than at first expected.

He has also been cleared to go on a 10-day missions trip with his church group June 10 - 19, 2010. So of course Riley wants to help out as much as he can!

I know this post is quite long, but I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Riley and Nate a bit.

If you would like to see more of the Riley cards, please check out the older posts on my blog.

Thank you for taking time to read all of this and for looking at my blog!