Sunday, March 22, 2015

You Are A True Friend

Hope you had a nice weekend!  We had snow again on Friday and it made for a bumpy commute, but I am glad that it is melting fast!  I am hoping that this was winter's last snow for the season.  It has been brutally cold and I am itching for Spring weather to arrive and match what the calendar is saying!

Today I am sharing a birthday card I made for my dear friend, Mariola.  She is someone very special and she is a cat lover.  Her cat Brownie is the light of her life.  When it came time to make her a birthday card,  I knew I had to put a cat on it!

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp (Furry Cat & Box),(Hello You 3x4)
Paper: Gina K Designs
Ink: Archival Inks
Misc: Copic Markers, Corner Rounder

I find the two stamp sets I used for this card are reached for very often.  There are lots of fun sentiments and ones that are perfect for most occasions.

Wishing you a purr-fect day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Donut Worry Be Happy

For today, I am sharing a sweet card I made for a pen pal who sent me some of her illustrations in a letter.  I am not someone who draws or sketches, so I thought it would be fun to make her a card with my letter to her enclosed.  I found this funny sentiment stamp and knew I had a donut stamp in my stash that would go with it.

Stamps: Studio G, Stampabilities 
Ink: Archival, Memento
Paper: Gina K Designs
Misc.: Copic Markers

After making this card, I really had a hankering for a donut (I have a major love for crullers.) Thankfully for my waist there weren't any in the house!

Hope you have a fun and sweet-filled day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Letters Galore!

Many of you may recall that I participated in InCoWriMo in February.  The idea behind it is that you write a letter each day of the month of February.  By the end of the month, I had written 55 letters!  So far 30 letters have rolled into my home.

I must say, after a long day at work and a long winter commute home, finding fun letters and cards in my mailbox was especially nice.  I have 15 year-round pen pals, and wonder if any of these new writers will join them?

Do you write letters?  If not, I highly recommend you give it a try as it really makes the world seem smaller and kinder.

Until next time!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tea Time Tuesday - A Precious Teapot

Today is Tuesday, and I am sharing a special teapot with you today.  A friend of my husband lost his dad recently.  While packing away his father's things and home, he came across a teapot that belonged to his family for quite some time. It belonged originally to his grandfather.  Steve wanted the teapot to have a good home and since he knows how much I love teapots, he gave it to us for Christmas.

Isn't she lovely?  I love her gray hair and the painted details on her hat and cape.  I noticed that the teapot was made in the USA, which is something I haven't seen on a teapot in a long time.

You may have noticed I haven't shared since Christmas, as I haven't been feeling well, but am now feeling much better and hope to be back on Tuesdays sharing my love of tea and tea-related goodies with you!

Today I am sharing tea at:

Hope you have a tea-riffic day!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Stay Strong! Stay Brave!

Today I was able to spend some time in my stamp room after a long absence.  I wanted to make a card for a dear friend who is going through some serious health issues currently.  I decided to use three stamps from two stamps sets by Dina Wakley.  These stamps really said what I needed them to say.

Stamps: Dina Wakley
Ink: Archival
Paper: Gina K Designs

I sure hope this little card helps her know how much she means to me and that she is never alone while she is undergoing her treatments.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope to be back blogging regularly.  I sure have missed it and all of you.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saying "Happy Birthday" With a Jane Austen Birthday Card

Hi, guys! I know it has been a long time since I shared a card I made with you. Truth is, I haven't been making any since I was in the hospital.  This week I was finally in my stamp room making cards again. The card I am sharing today I made for my dear friend Amy who celebrated her 50th birthday (and I missed it!).  Amy is one of the ladies in the Jane Austen group I mention from time to time.  What better way to say Happy Birthday to another Jane lover than with a Jane card!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Paper: Papertrey Ink (Jane Text Paper), Gina K Designs
Ink: Versafine Black, Old Paper & Antique Linen Distress Inks

When I gave my friend her birthday gift, I made sure to include a vial of ink that is called Jane Austen.  It is a lovely dark green shade.

It is great to be back on my blog.  I look forward to visiting with you as well.  You don't realize how much you love your blog until you don't get time to work on it!

I thought I would share a photo my husband snapped today.  We have been having a snowy/icy and cold winter here.  He found my garden sign poking out from the snow!  I have been itching to get outside and after this winter, I will have PLENTY of work to do to get it ready for Spring!

Have a great day!  Until next time!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WOYWW #296 It's InCoWriMo Time

It has been a while since I got to join in on WOYWW!  I have been in the hospital and not well for the New Year, so I haven't had anything on my desk to share with you.  I am beginning to feel better so I am excited to join in today and also look forward to visiting you and seeing what you are up to!

Today on my desk you will see a bunch of handwritten letters waiting to get posted.  I decided to join in a great program called InCoWriMo which stands for International Correspondence Writing Month.  The idea is to write a note, letter, postcard or card to someone every day for the month of February.  I am on my second batch of letters.  You may recall I am a lover of fountain pens, so this is an excuse to break them all out and put them to good use.  I dug out my wax seals and wax, and a bunch of fun stamps for the envelopes.

So far I have three letters going to the Netherlands and a bunch to various addresses in the states.  I received my first letter from a kind woman in Minnesota who wrote on parchment and has an amazing hand.

Thank you to Julia for the desk hopping fun!  I sure missed our visits, and can't wait to catch up!

Until next time!