Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook July 20, 2014

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY July 20, 2014

Outside My Window...It's dark and cool for a summer night.

I am thinking...it was nice to just chill out today after running around all week for Sarah's grad party.

I am thankful for...the wonderful time we all had yesterday in spite of the rain.  Thank goodness we had the tents.

From the kitchen...all I hear is the dishwasher humming along cleaning the days dishes.

I am wearing...shorts, shirt and flip flops.  Love not wearing shoes.

I am creating...lots of cards from items on my desk that I stamped with other people.

I am going...to get a lot of errands done tomorrow.

I am reading...nothing right now....need to fix that.

I am hoping...to get back to some sort of routine now that the party is over.

I am hearing...Christian music from Air1 right now.  Love it! No Man is an Island by Tenth Avenue North is playing right now.

Around the house...things are quiet.  Even the cats aren't hissing at each other.

One of my favorite things...quiet time.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:errands, errands, errands and a few meetings with friends.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
This is a wedding card I made since Emily and I need to make a few more for our card stash.
 This is my card for the Featured Stamper today.  Here's the card that was my inspiration from her gallery. Hers is the orange and mine is the yellow.

 This was for the Ways To Use It Challenge.  The challenge was to make a gate card.  Mine is a gate card with the sides folded in.

Here's a new song and artist for today's video.  I hope you like it.  It is called, It Was Love, by Abandon/

Blessing of the Day: Being able to chill out and rest.  I even took a nap today!  I don't usually take naps.
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friends Are Special

Thursday, Emily and Pamela came over and spent 4 hours with me making cards for Operation Write Home.  Thank you ladies!  Here are the seven different cards we made.

This is one of the cards close up.  I love the brightness of the flowers but I especially like the baker's twine through the button.


This card was one of my favorites of the day.  I loved making the short tag and adding the banner to it.  Love how the small silver brads accent the little flowers.
 Isn't this a cute bear?  I loved how the embossed background mimicked the design paper.
 This was a fun card to make.  The water was brushed on with a 1" water brush using ink from the lid of an ink pad. I love how the water appears to have movement.
 These two cards were made by stamping repeatedly without going back to the ink pad.  Love how each color looks a little bit different.
 Trying to use up designer paper and love how this paper looked with the goose.  I like the touch of orange ribbon on this for an accent.
 This was the wedding card Emily and I made.  She made hers with a bow and the rhinestones on the white part of the card.  I made mine by tying a knot and putting the rhinestones on the flowers of the image.  We couldn't decide which we liked better.
This was a card I made for Queen for the Day this week. Katie was the queen this week.  Here is the card from her gallery that was my inspiration.  
Here is my card in pink.

This card was for today's Free 4 All challenge where we had to make bright cards. Love this set of ladies and how much they enjoy being together.


Here is a new song for me called, No Man Is An Island by Tenth Avenue North.  Take a listen.  

I found a video that discusses this song.  See what you think.

Blessing of the Day: We got most of the things set up for Sarah's graduation party.
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Been A While

It's been a while since I've posted.  Some of it is due to stamping with friends and the other is due to the fact that I'm cleaning for the grad party Saturday.
Here are a few cards I've made recently.

This card is for Farmer Black who needed some card therapy.  This was the Teapotter's Challenge this week.  Faith, Frank's daughter asked for cards for her father.  This was so much fun to make.  I downloaded the tractor image and colored it.  Probably should have cut it out but it's too late now, it's in a sealed envelope. I ripped paper to make it look like rows of dirt ready to be planted. I colored the mouse and added him to the field.  I hope he likes it.  Love making cards for others.
 This is a set of stamps that I used when my former assistant, now retired friend, Patti let me use.  This cute Judith tree can be decorated with anything for the season, holiday or birthday.  For summer Patti had an ant stamp.  It's so cute.  I know I'd hate this in real life, but it's cute on a card. LOL
 The Poppies card was my inspiration for the Featured Stamper Challenge.  I stamped then colored with Copics then fussy cut the flowers then put dimensionals under them.  Then I drew my own stems and added the pearls.
 Isn't this mouse sweet?  Patti brought this stamp over and let me stamp a few.  I thought he made quite a cute card.  How about you?
 This card was for the Sketch Challenge today.  I wanted to use my Stampin' Up Moonlight Designer Paper so I colored the flower with colors in the paper.  I love that big daisy embossing folder by Darice.
This is one of my favorite songs sung by two amazing people.  Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: I got my quiet time in and got kitchen floor washed, bathroom cleaned, flowers dead-headed and some card making too.
Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Monochromatic, Card Making, and Sailing, Who Could Ask For More?


I've had some time after cleaning rugs to make some cards.  These cards were made using 2" squares some cut in half and some cut in quarters.  It was fun to do but time consuming.

The next two cards were inspired by the wedding invitation for Emma and Lucas.  This was for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS.  I liked the ombre colors and liked that they weren't straight.  When I finished mine they looked like waves so I added the ship.  Then I added the sun and clouds.
 Color Trend: Ombré Wedding Ideas - www.theperfectpalette.com - Color Ideas for Weddings + Parties!

 I tried four different colors for this card using the same inspiration from the invitation.
 My friend Jan came over and we made the four colorful stripe cards.  We added hearts with dimensionals.  The flower card was made with a set Jan left with me to play with.  I'm going to make a few more.
 This is a picture of my brother John and his wife Lenora.  They came to visit last week and we had a nice time visiting with them.  They live in Florida so we only get to see them every couple of years.
 I went to Hobby Lobby a while ago and saw this sign and had to photograph it.  I showed it to Sarah and she just rolled her eyes! LOL  I love to make her do things like that.
 Here's Ben and Rachel's kitty, Phoebe.  She loves the screened-in porch.  For this shot she was watching a squirrel eat seeds from the bird feeder that were on the ground.  The squirrel got scared and ran which scared Phoebe and she ran.....right into the house.  It was so funny to watch.  She's a sweet cat most of the time.  Some times she growls and hisses but it's usually when Ben and Rachel haven't been around for a while.
I'm sitting here making cards listening to 80's songs.  One of them was Christopher Cross singing, Sailing.
It's taking me back to a fun time in my life.  It's so interesting to listen to music you listened to in another time in your life.  You begin to remember things and events that you associate with the music.  Having fun with this tonight.

I love sailing.  I had a friend named Jim, who had a sailboat and took me out one day.  It was the most amazing day!  I have to tell you I truly wished this guy was more than a friend, because it was so romantic.  We sailed, swam, then went to dinner, then sailed home.  It was one of the most memorable days in my life.




Friday, July 11, 2014

You Go Girl:Cards, Choice, Chosen



Here's a card I made for today's sketch challenge and for yesterdays Teapot Tuesday.  This card will go to Grace Anna for her 4th birthday.  She is a special three year old with medical issues who refuses to give in and complain.  She sings, smiles, laughs and makes my day when I see a video her mom posts.  Her birthday if July 19th when she will turn 4.  She's come a long way since then and been a blessing to everyone she meets.  Check our her Facebook Page.

 We ordered a new table and chairs set for the screened in porch.  We still have the set we bought 14 years ago and said it was time for a change.  It can't be delivered for three weeks, but we were hoping to have it for Sarah's Grad party.  So, I called and asked if it was in stock and we could pick it up at the store today.  This was Tim's reply!  Made me giggle.
This card was the first I made using these colors.  I popped up a tangelo flower and added a rhinestone to it.  Love, love. love the combination of these colors:tangelo, daffodil, wasabi, mossy meadow
 These are my cards for today's Free 4 All Challenge where we had to make a card for a trip or vacation.  My favorite vacation is at the ocean.  I made a card to show the beach and the ocean, then a woman in the ocean. :)
 This card was made for the Queen For The Day challenge this week on SCS.  The card that was my inspiration is below this card.  Her title was Butterflies without Flowers.  Mine is called, Flowers without Butterflies!
 Butterflies without Flowers
 Saw this on Pinterest and it reminded me of work.  Everyone had a choice, and everyone was responsible for what came after their choice.

Look what was posted today from Operation Write Home!

Today is a beautiful, sunny day here in Ohio.  I think I will get outside in it.  Just finished scrubbing rugs with the rug cleaner.  Need to figure out what is for dinner.

Blessing of the Day: Quiet Time with the Lord.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,


Monday, July 7, 2014

Whew, What a Weekend!

July 5th The Porto Family had a reunion at our house. All but my sister and a nephew and his wife and two kids weren't there.  It was amazing to have everyone there.  God sure does work in mysterious ways.
This was a picnic that came out of nowhere and suddenly we were hosting a cookout the day after the 4th.  God is good because it all came together and everyone had a wonderful time.  Lots of laughing, talking and catching up went on.  Thank you God for the chance to do this with my family.  It's been way too long.
 Sarah and Rachel have enjoyed spending time in the pool.  They are so much fun to watch and listen to.  This is another great thing God has planned.  Sarah and Rachel were good friends before she married Ben.
 This is a card I made for the inspiration challenge.

 Here was my inspiration.
This was the card I made for the Technique Lovers Challenge.  We had to emboss cardstock then color it.
These are the cards I made for the Clean And Simple Challenge.  We had to go to Karen's gallery and find inspiration for our card.  
Here was my inspiration for my card.  This was a fun technique to learn.  I like how it turned out so much that I made three cards. LOL

Blessing of the Day: My friend Emily came to stamp with me today.  We haven't done that since December.
Tim's dentist appt. went okay.
Thanks for stopping,
Blessings,