Color Blog Hop May 24, 2017

Summer certainly is on my mind. I have 6 days of school left and then I am taking the summer off  . . .  for the first time in four years – wow – I feel a craft room renovation coming on.  I have to admit I am really struggling to get these challenges done with all the ‘end of school’ activities  that keep coming in sequences like waves at the beach . . .  they quite simply zap my creative mojo.  There is,  however,  light at the end of the tunnel – by the next challenge I will only have 1 day of school left – woo hoo!

I needed a birthday card for my brother and this card fit the bill for our challenge as well.   I cased it from this site.   Thank you to my wonderful friend Sandy for loaning me this set while her sister visits.  I have fallen in love with it and now must purchase it!  Of course I’m speaking of High Tide.  Here is my card:

 Joni was before me and next up is Sandy.  We appreciate all of your comments.  Thanks for popping in.

Color Blog Hop May 17, 2017

Hello Hoppers – welcome  . . .  you should have arrived here from Joni’s site and following me is Sandy.  I seriously considered bailing on this challenge – I really have racked my brain trying to figure out a CURRENT shape large enough to be a card . . . what I came up with (thank you to Buffy Cooper – my upline) is a butterfly – but this is totally outside my comfort zone.

We are preparing for 90 degree weather here – and yes, last week I was bringing in my plants because of a freeze warning.  Also, we are almost finished with our State testing at school – doing a few make-ups (which take as long as testing an entire class) and are counting down the days until we can scream/sing, “School’s out for summer!”  Can’t you just hear the tune playing in your head?  Here’s my card, such as it is:

 

 

Color Blog Hop May 10, 2017

 I really can’t believe this embossing folder will no longer be available!  It was one of my “go-to” backgrounds, especially for masculine cards.

The peonies are from my great grandmother’s garden – passed down generation to generation.  I am proud that they are flourishing in my garden!  Thanks for poppin in – you should have arrived from Joni’s site and up next is Sandy.  I cased my card from here.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there.

Color Blog Hop May 3, 2017

Hello – you should have just seen Joni’s card for this week and after viewing mine – take a peek over at Sandy’s.  I’m not doing so well with my mojo – I really don’t like being challenged NOT to use flowers, and my Mom has passed away – another reason this card is a bit difficult to conjure up . . . but without further ado, here is my card for this challenge.  I cased it from here.

I can happily report that my daughter and I have very special plans  on Mother’s Day to go to a salt therapy sauna, then lunch at a wine place and finally I get to go pick out some flowers to plant in my garden  from a huge place in NOVA (yes, Merrifields!).  I used the punched stencil to sponge a background shadow for each butterfly . . . and in case you didn’t know . . . it’s Apple Blossom time in Winchester and these are our colors!