Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Western Colorado is finally coming alive with Spring!

Last week the temperatures started to get a bit warm and green leaves started to pop out all over! Joel and I made a trip to our local garden center to purchase 2 tress.  Below is one of them.  All their bird baths were on sale ... so for an early Mother's Day present, I got to pick one out!

Our Crab Apple is in full bloom - you can see the new bird bath below.

For years and years Joel has stored our winter wood next to his shop.  This last fall he decided it would be wiser to store the wood away from the shop and house. Thus he began to design and plan the new wood shed.  This man of mine has always been obsessed with his winter wood and I think this was a good excuse for him to build something new and reorganize his wood storage.  This week he began his fun!

We watch spring storms come and go as he continues to build.

Taking a break to indulge me a shot for this blog. 
What a guy!

It won't belong until the ol' man will start cutting fresh cords of wood for next fall.
No longer will it fill up the side of his shop.  As he progresses I will post new pictures.

Friday, April 22, 2011

I love 3x3 cards!

 I've seen many stampers out in cyber-land come up with the cutest 3x3 inch cards. I love them because of their simplicity.  One must keep things pretty simple in such a small space.  My last Stampin' Up order include a bunch of 3x3 evelopes, so my plan of attack was to make my own 3x3 cards!  Last night I sat down with a new Stampin' Up stamp set that will be coming out next month ... It's called "A Touch Of Kindness". It is my favorite stamp set at the momment.  I can think of so many ways to use this set - you may be seeing more in the near future :).  I used the onesie from the "Baby Bundle" stamp set but the scalloped edge image behind it is from "A Touch Of Kindness".  I used SU Designer Series Stack for the back ground papers and I used SU water color crayons to color in the stamped images.

These cards are great to have around for those quick gifts
Try some of your own.. you won't want to stop making them!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Making a fun mini album!

Earlier this week I was checking out a favorite blog. Dawn has a great tutorial on how to make this album:

I had set aside some time to play in my craftroom so I decided to

make the mini album Dawnfeatured on her blog. It was so easy to

make and turned out really cute! I used Stampin Up products:

Bashful Blue textured cardstock

Certainly Celery cardstock

Some retired SU deco paper

Scallop circle punch

Round Tab Extra Large punch

Corner Rounder punch

Bashful Blue glitter brad

Rose Red ribbon seam binding

Envelopes - 5, (not Stampin'Up) but I just ordered some :) Opened showing an envelope file and sides pockets. Close up on file cards. You could post pictures on these cards or use them to separate decorating ideas...or what ever your lil' heart desires! Side view of files.