Sunday, September 3, 2017

August also being my birthday month has seen a plethora of cards coming to my mailbox.  Holy cow!

Yesterday I received a box of goodies and a card from my sweet friend Janet Keller.  Along with a long hand written letter (I am so happy), I received hand decorated papers, yarns, ribbons, a Bazill Board Book Kit, and a beautifully decorated wooden teaspoon from Moscow, Russia.  She and her husband had been teaching and working there, but he has retired and they have come home to their permanent home in Chandler, AZ.  She's adjusting...and I think cleaning out some of her stash.  (hee hee)  I am the happy recipient of tons of stuff.

Thank you again, so much, Janet.  <3


This is part of the box all these goodies came in.  
She wrapped it in this lovely birthday paper.
Barely visible on the bottom half is a stamp that says
"Better late than never."
Included was a handful of sheer yellow ribbon.

These are separate sheets of hand painted loveliness.  
Alas, the picture doesn't do them justice.
And the rectangle in the lower right hand corner is 
lovely Russian wrapping paper, I believe.

The little booklet with Mona Lisa stamped on it is a sweet little blank book A2 size. 
 I'm not sure I can stand to write in it! 
The blue and green ATC is hand painted.  Lovely.
And the background paper with the gold shell images 
was wrapped around all of it to keep it together.  
The braided paper embellishment is a gorgeous touch.

This is the back of the booklet...
Naughty chairs just for me. 

Lots of yummy yarns and the Board Book kit.

Pretty, pretty Russian teaspoon.  
The bowl of the spoon is decorated like the back, 
but it just didn't take a good picture.

Definitely makes turning 1 year older less painful.
<3 It's so fun to have a retired art teacher as a friend.  <3

The month of August has been the anniversary month of Seongsook's Stampers, our crafting group on FB and our co-Administrator, Cora Jean, posted a different challenge each week so we could get our creative juices flowing and share our crafty goodness.  Well, I missed the deadline on nearly every one of them...I sometimes get verklempt with deadlines, but I made one for the the final week of Mixed Media.  Here's my offering.

I used Color Burst powders to make the background, added some Magic Mesh in the corner, found some sparkly buttons and added hairy yarn from a friend and a cat brad.  The sentiment was one that I HAD to have and it came this week from Simon Says Stamp.  How could I resist?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Well, here it is, nearly the end of summer and the eclipse is tomorrow.  I think it's a fine time to update.

Since I turned 66 last Thursday, hey, that's only 2/3 bad, right?  (666 - get it?)  It's time to be good and make a blog entry and share all the lovely cards I've received this birthday.  One of the very best things about being in a stamping/crafting group is that you make a lot of new very crafty friends that will send you their art!  I am so blessed to get these envelopes in the mail full of happy messages and lovely art work.

Without further ado...

From Linda Jackson.  She also sent me a sweet stuffed fox.  
He sits on my craft desk now to watch over my crafty creations.

These treasures are from Seongsook Duncan.
The kitty in front are socks!  She knows me so well.

Adele Silverman sent me this lovely card made from a napkin.
It's all sparkly.

Ann Merkins sent me this lovely card.  Those stripes are Washi tape!

Cheryl Baker sent this adorable punny card.

This lovely tag card is from Connie Griffin.

Jeannie Pascoe, my dear local card making buddy, sent me this one.

Joanne Masury sent me this one.  She posted one on our group page and I loved it.
I think pink and green are my very favorite colors together.

Joyce Rougeou made this lovely card.  

Lily Pak makes gorgeous Asian theme cards and she sent me this one.

Lori Law is another cat lover like me and she thought I'd like this one.
It's just so lovely and sparkly.

Annie Frazer knows I LOVE puns and humorous cards.  Sweet!

Cora Jean Johnson sent me this one after I oohed and ahhed 
over her safari cards she has been posting this month.  
I've always wanted to go to Africa.

Dolores Raml sent this, along with 2 crocheted dish clothes she made.
I think they're too pretty to use, actually.  :)

I love my crafty friends.