Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Card - Walking with Friend

The brown has a hard time showing up on my little "staging mat" but it is a brown background card with a circle of red instead of the hot pink that it appears to be.
Supply list:
Paper - Colorbok (card); Keepsake Essentials (red cardstock)
Martha Stewart Circle Cutter
Pencils: KOH-I-NOOR Woodless Color Pencils
Klean-Strip Odorless Mineral Spirits

Card - Hyacinth Flowers

This was the main card to be done for the May 2009 MCPT Card Challenge. I only followed through with three of the five - just couldn't come up with anything "different" enough for the other two. Inside this card, I have a larger version of the "fallen flower" adhered in about the same spot just as an accent.
Supply list:
  • Paper - Colorbok (card); Keepsake Essentials (yellow cardstock); Bazzill white cardstock
  • Border - EK Success Plan-A-Page Template
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swirls (just the green and the yellow)
  • Pencils: KOH-I-NOOR Woodless Color Pencils
    Klean-Strip Odorless Mineral Spirits

Card - Busy Mom

Honestly, I was a little fearful when I layered a second droplet of Paper Glaze on top of the bubbles. It remained milky in color until a day or two later. I literally let it sit for three days just to make sure it was completely dry after that! I did mean to run it through with the Cuttlebug Embossing Bubbles Folder, but just forgot until after the fact.

Supply list:

  • Paper: Paper Reflections; Ampad Cardstock
  • Aleene's Paper Glaze
  • Pencils: KOH-I-NOOR Woodless Color Pencils
  • Klean-Strip Odorless Mineral Spirits

Monday, May 11, 2009

Jewelry - Butterfly Necklace

Did this on a whim Saturday afternoon. There was a particular thing I was looking for at Michael's, so went into the Bellevue store and they were in the middle of one of their make it and take it classes. When we went back by, they had completed the previous 'students.' We had the choice of two different necklaces or a pair of earrings. I couldn't resist the butterfly necklace. The shimmer doesn't show up in the you have to have "store lighting" most of the time for that! I still need to redo one part of it, I missed a strand going through that needs to be fixed. I was supposed to be in Lebanon - way across town - by 3pm and I was starting this at 2pm. I was very late to Lebanon.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tip - Gardening and P-Touch

Last year, when starting the garden, I had these markers. They include a little golf-sized pencil in a package of 25 "T-Labels." You can find them at Wal-Mart for somewhere around $3. I was going to be good about marking everything, but I didn't care for the way the pencil looked, not to mention that without going over it several times, you couldn't really read what it was.

I decided to write it on the backside with a pen and utilize a P-Touch to print labels for the front side making it what was visible. I wasn't sure how weatherproof they would be. After the garden decided it was finished for 2008 and the remains had been removed, I forgot to take in the labels. I just pulled them back out of the ground this week and washed them off. As you can see, they still looked perfect and totally reusable even after going through rain, sleet, snow, hail, sun, and anything else you can think of. They really survived much better than I ever imagined they would. And now they're usable for this year as well. Since I'm planting different things, will just be pulling off the old labels and replacing them with new ones.

I'm usually really bad at seeds, but I decided to try again. I just started some seeds, April 27th, to see if I could get them to survive this time around. I was really surprised at how quickly they're starting to sprout. I've gotten some established plants to plant, but then decided to try Cherry Tomatoes and Sweet Pepper from seeds. Then I also planted some flowering things for other areas. The Cypress Vines and Cardinal Climber Vine have already come up by inches after just two days. It's amazing. They actually grew by an inch within something like four hours the second day. The Cherry Tomatoes have just started emerging today. Those are the ones that I'm really hoping do well. Below is the tray. Some of these may have to be moved soon so the others can have the greenhouse cover - the anxious ones have forced the top off now. Now I just have to see if I can get them to survive and actually produce either vegetables or blooms!