Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tulip time in the Pacific Northwest

I bike at sunrise along tulip fields, listening to birdsong, knowing there is hot tea and a muffin in my backpack to devour whenever I choose to stop. Living here continues to astonish me, especially in spring.

The hours stretch and I accomplish very little in April except sketching and taking in this amazing place I get to call home.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blog Hop: The Imaginative Thrifty Crafter

I never waste anything. That's why I use every little scrap.

And I LOVE to win great stuff! Do you, too? To win a $25 gift certificate from my crafting partners, Spellbinders Paper Arts, leave a comment below and be sure to include your email address so I can notify you that you won! 

I designed the Little Loves collection of crafting dies as a perfect place to use the tiny leftover precious bits and use that die for more than only baby birthday cards (sweet as they are!)

This time I used the Baby's Birthday etched die and all those sweet scraps too nice to throw away.
I simply layered little scraps of paper and ribbon and attached the die cut with dimensional glue dots. Using big fat dimensional glue dots gives height, so your cut paper casts shadows.

Using different papers changes up a look entirely and is just plain fun.

And I used one of the cards for my sister's birthday, reminded of how wonderful it is to have friends for a lifetime.

So even though I usually snip everything with scissors, it's good fun to cut something out in a jiffy and make a special card in just five minutes using tiny scraps any thrifty person can't possibly throw away.

Don't forget to leave me a comment and your email for a chance to win, and if you're blog hopping, click here to go to Lilybean Paperie, the next blog on the hop.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On my walk today

"It's not what you look at that matters," said Henry David Thoreau, "it's what you see."
Some of us open our eyes to the beauty of the everyday
and find it miraculous.

Here's what I saw on my walk and errands today. 
What can you see where you live and love?

City or country, frozen still or springing to life, there is something wonderful wherever we are.

There is sky for us all everyday- what a miracle! 
And people and smells and weather wherever we are.

Just outside the studio door are the flowers I planted in late fall. 
Reasons for gratitude, something to enjoy.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Be kind & blog giveaway announcement...

I'm often asked how I come up with my images, and I usually say, "the whole world is overflowing with inspiration, but this one I literally dreamed up.

As in woke up with a picture in my head, then scissored it out in the morning.

Ladene, who commented on my post about a crafty art purse using Spellbinders dies, 
I've been trying unsuccessfully to reach you. If you will contact me right away, I'll tell you how to redeem your prize. Congrats!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring yellow

I know everyone thinks of spring color being green.

And it's true. Leaves in spring are an amazing chartreuse but for me the color that heralds spring is yellow.

As in daffodils.

My garden, my neighborhood rejoice in yellow every March.
It's like a signal for everyone saying "COME OUTSIDE! The garden is calling you!"

Yellow shows up in birdhouses and moss,
in the middle of flowers as an attraction for the bees.

Yellow as in the dreaded dandelion (which I kind of can't resist loving when they're this cheerful!)

Spring, I'm so glad to see you.
Winter felt like it was going to linger forever and then suddenly here you are and we are all awash in that happiest of spring colors:


Friday, March 16, 2018

Little portraits

I've always loved to snip little portraits. 

So when I was cutting a friend's children out I couldn't resist the extra fun of 
adding their silhouettes to this tiny Spellbinders shadow box. 

The die that cuts the box is super fast and easy and comes with all the tiny flowers shown.
I had so much fun cutting them out in England last June, sheep grazing beside me as my little scissors snipped out the little wildflowers. And now they're available as a crafting die to cut lickety split.

Outside the studio windows the garden is coming to life and daffodils are blooming down the road. Springtime!

It feels like the perfect time to make fun little things like these tiny boxes with portraits tucked alongside the flowers.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Blog hop - Make a Child's Art Purse

One of the pleasures of being an artist is having the most imaginative friends. 
And one of mine is Tammy Tutterow, who designed this sweet die produced by Spellbinders Paper Arts, the company who makes my crafting dies, too. (And yippee, you can order my new Flower Garden collection here- it's shipping out, too!)

Today I'm sharing a blog hop to celebrate Tammy's new spring die collection.

I couldn't resist using it to make a child's art supply purse. It was fast and easy, simply cutting out the pieces from felt and arranging them to please me. I cut extra pieces for a gusset on the sides and bottom and stitched it all up on my little Singer Featherweight sewing machine.

Layering bits over top of bits, embellishing with whimsical embroidery just because it's fun...

I stitched little pockets into the middle to hold stickers, glue stick, and other crafty goodies to delight my favorite four year old. On the back I added little pockets for crayons and markers and decorated with ribbon and more embroidered felt flowers.

I filled it with coloring sheets, stickers and glue sticks, glitter glue, washi tape and markers.

I think my sweet little friend will love this.

Wouldn't you love to win a $25 gift certificate to spend on Spellbinders' crafting dies? It's easy!
Just leave a comment for me here by Sunday, March 18. I'll announce the winner Monday morning.
Fingers crossed it's YOU!!!

For more Spellbinders die cutting crafty fun, hop over here to read the next blog in the hop or here for all the posts on Spellbinders Paper Arts blog.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A drumroll for the winner!

Drumroll, please!!!

The winner of the Spellbinders Blog Hop giveaway this month is Bee Jay!

Bee Jay, please contact me or Spellbinders right away. Please email by 02/18/18 with the subject line Spellbinders February 2018 Blog Hop winner from Sharyn Sowell's blog.

Congratulations, Bee Jay!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Living valentine

Last year Mr. Wonderful and I took a romantic trip to England. And you know I had scissors and paper in my pocket!

The Flower Garden collection is about to ship, and we're celebrating with a blog hop today...

so I thought I'd give you the inside scoop and show you a valentine made from some of the dies.

The Cotswolds are like the best old storybooks come to life.
Endlessly inspirational.

And it was so much fun to bring those flowers to life as hand cut paper, then watch Spellbinders turn them into crafting dies for paper, fabric and more.

I used the bird topiary die and the swallow and heart die from Spellbinders Joyous Celebrations collection for the birds and florals and lettered a bit with a dip pen and liquid watercolor.

Crafting dies make it easy to reproduce the hand cut paper and make romantic pieces of your own...
Maybe wedding or valentine or party decorations, cards or felted crafts...

Ready to hop to my friend Debi Adams' blog? Click here!