Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Little NW Inspiration

All these are from on or around Guemes Island, courtesy of Mister.

The Guemes Ferry



The ferry heads back to the mainland
First day of crab fishing season


Ghostly barge in the Guemes Channel


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Lonicera

Lonicera....who knew that is the scientific name for honeysuckle?  Not this girl.  And I can see why Scentsy chose to name this Lonicera instead of honeysuckle....because people like me, who typically despise honeysuckle scents would have stayed far away from what turns out to be a really good, do-over scent.

Scentsy describes Lonicera like this: Taste the sweet nectar from a honeysuckle trumpet as warm amber and patchouli hover above a spring garden.

Well, on that description alone, I would normally be running in the opposite direction, and not just because of the honeysuckle, which I usually find overly sweet and funeralish.  But I tend to avoid patchouli, too, which is typically a bit too Haight-Ashbury or Telegraph Ave. for me. 

Can I just say, I really really like Lonicera.  Really.  It has a hint of honeysuckle, with strong overtones of powdery, warm amber, and the tiniest dash of patchouli that just adds the smallest bit of woodsiness to the whole thing.  It's got plenty of throw, yet it is a subtle, not overwhelming scent.  Thumb's up!  It makes me think of a soft, sunny spring morning out on the patio.

Scent Rating:                8
Scent Throw:               Strong
Scent Lasting Power:   Excellent

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wishing Well

Have ya been thinking to yourself, hey, this girl sells Scentsy, so she's never gonna have a negative review of anything Scentsy? 

Well, that all ends here.  Yes, folks.  There are Scentsy scents I don't care for.  It goes back to that "scents are personal" thing.  I may not like the forthcoming scent, but you may adore it.  I think it has a lot to do with our scent "memory"--what we associate scent with--that colors our love, or dislike, of scent.  So, don't let my negative review color your urge to try it.  If you're unsure, find your local consultant and get a good whiff of her/his tester!

Wishing Well
Scentsy says Wishing Well smells like: A pool of fresh rainwater, with soothing water hyacinth and subtle green fern.

I get funeral flowers with a hint of old-lady perfume.  The full disclaimer is that I don't care for any floral scents that feature gardenias, jasmine, rose, or, as it turns out, hyacinth.  So, if you are a floral lover, this is probably the scent for you.  I bought this one before I was a Scentsy consultant, so I went on the rainwater description smell-unsniffed because I tend to really like water scents.  Not a good plan.  Now I have six cubes of Wishing Well languishing in my Scenty cupboard, just taking up space.  Sigh.

On the positive side, it has a HUGE throw, and the last power was phenomenal--several days.   So, if Wishing Well is the scent for you, one bar will last you a good long while.  In summary:

Wishing Well,
Scent Rating: 4
Throw: Strong
Lasting Power: Excellent!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Amalfi Coast and Sunkissed Citrus Review

Are you a citrus lover?  I am.  Problem is, finding citrus scents for my home that don't smell like Pledge or some other cleaner for my home.  I've never found one in the mall-brand (you know who I'm talking about!!!) that I just really loved.  Scentsy, however, really rocks the citrus world, imo.  Today, I'm reviewing two of them that I absolutely love.  First up:

Amalfi Coast
Scentsy describes Amalfi Coast as "A warm afternoon in a sun-drenched Italian citrus grove: sparkling pomelo, white grapefruit, Capri lime."

Really, it is hard to top that description!  Warmed, I get lots and lots of tart grapefruit with just a hint of sweet citrus to balance.  I love it so much, I have a scent circle in my car.  YUM!  It is a 10+ in my scent rating and the throw I would rate as medium.

The only downside to the Scentsy citruses is they lack the staying power of most of Scentsy scents.  But, I have the same problem w/ citrus-based scents in other brands, too, so it must be a citrus-thing.  Expect 4-8 of good strong scent from a cube.

Scent Rating: 10
Throw Rating: Medium
Lasting Power--low


Sunkissed Citrus
Scentsy's Description?   A lively blend of oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit.

Sunkissed Citrus, to me, is another citrus winner.  I get a LOT of orange out of this one, and it is definitely a bit sweeter than Amalfi Coast.  The top note is very warm and sunny, almost like there is a tiny hint of vanilla in it, although the description doesn't support that theory ; )

There's no hint of orange cleaner in this one, thank goodness--just lots of pure, warm citrus.  I give this one a 9.  I do love it, but I reserve the 10 rating for scents that send me over the moon!  The throw is quite good--Medium, but like Amalfi Coast, Sunkissed Citrus doesn't have a huge staying power.  Again, expect 4-8 hours of scent from a cube.  Still, not bad, considering there are 7 more cubes in the pack awaiting the warmer!

Scent Rating: 9
Throw Rating: Medium
Lasting Power--low


Check out my new ScentReview site/blog:  http://scentreview.us and http://scentreview.us/scent-reviews.html   Eventually, I hope to just have all my reviews over there ; )

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Look! Look! A Scent Review Site....


I'm super excited to announce my new website Scent Review (no worries, this blog isn't going anywhere, as you'll see in a minute.)  Scent Review is different than my official Scentsy sales site because it is really just meant to be an informational site.

You know how absolutely nutty for home fragrance I am (every nook and cranny in my home is stuffed w/ scent).  Before I became a consultant for Scentsy, I was looking around the internet for reviews of the scents.  And not finding a whole lot.

I was kind of hoping that a scent review site would be helpful for those who don't have sniff testers at their fingertips 24/7.  I really encourage you to connect with your local Scentsy consultant so you can have a sniff-fest!  I mean, I seriously lie in bed some nights and re-smell all my testers, just to remind myself of their yummy goodness (imagine how Mister loves that!).  But, if you don't have the testers at hand, and need a reminder, come on over to Scent Reviews and remind yourself what a particular scent smells like!

THIS blog will continue with cats, crafts, and crazy, b/c all that is ever-present in my life in addition to scents!  Wouldn't want to give all that up!  Bwahahahaha!




Monday, June 18, 2012

A Very Winter Father's Day

Ahhhhh!  Such a lovely Father's Day  (like the saying goes...there's a special place in Heaven for the father of three girls!)  Just a quiet day around the house, although Mister did take the opportunity to do a little badly-needed tree-trimming after spending all day Saturday riding with his Cyclopath buddies.  That was his Father's Day fun, just a day early.

Scott & Leah came over to help Sarah, Maura, and I celebrate Mister.  Of course that meant FOOD.  Lots and lots of yummy food.  We started out with my homemade chevre on Mister's homemade Sicilian bread, topped with chopped tomatoes and basil from the garden, and then a buttery slice of avacado!  YUM!   The main course was a pork roast on the grill, fingerling potatoes, and a mixed green salad.  The piece de resistance was a cream cheese pound cake (with my own neufchatel!) in a bundt pan.  Friend T- sent me that recipe, and boy was it worthy.  Fresh, local strawberries topped off that little calorie fest quite nicely, along with the presents, of course.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Scenes from Camping at Mt. St. Helens


Ape Caves--North America's longest accessible lava tube
Coming out of a lava tube--I love this pic b/c Brendan rarely smiles in pictures : D

Sunset at Merwyn Reservoir
Maura and Caoimhe


Scott, Edie, and Caoimhe enjoying Trail of Two Forests

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Weekends at the Winter's

I love weekends at Chez Winter!  That's when cheese/yogurt/breadmaking kicks in to high gear.  It's not at all unusual to see this:
What is it?  A batch of neufchatel cream cheese draining the whey.  I've tied it to my potrack w/ a strong piece of linen yarn.  In another six hours or so, it will be pressed in a colander with a plate and 8-lb weight on it overnight in the fridge, and tomorrow, salted, herbed (if desired) and then stored for some yummy eating over the next week or two.  

Meantime, Mister is usually whipping up all kinds of bread options for the upcoming week--anything from homemade bagels and english muffins, to sourdough baguettes, to a whole grain sandwich bread.  Pretzels, cinnamon bread, and ciabatta find their way on to our menu occasionally as well.

It's not at all unusual to start out a Saturday with sourdough pancakes--I like mine doused in some plain, homemade yogurt and a healthy sprinkling of powdered sugar.  Normally, I'm not a huge pancake fan, but throw that sourdough in there, and I'm on board.  Mister has several sourdough "mothers" living in our house currently, each with its own character, so there's always plenty on hand for something sourdough and delicious.  YUM!

Whatcha waiting for?  Stop by and sample some of the best bread in Puyallup...and have a dollop of cream cheese or yogurt while you're at it!



Friday, June 8, 2012

What is Success? Defining my Life...

What is success??  I've given this idea a lot of thought this past year...the first year in 23 that I didn't bring home some sort of paycheck.  Because, let's face it, it's easy to equate Nice Paycheck with success.  Oh, it's simple to lay on the platitudes--success is doing what you want, success is enjoying life, blah blah blah, but if I'm really honest with myself, I know in my heart, that I feel--ahem, felt--unsuccessful without that paycheck.  Head said one thing, but my heart said another.

I always told myself that Mom-ing was the most important and challenging job I've ever had--and it is--but you have to have a superhuman sense of self to ceaselessly hold your head up high and confess that in polite society.  It's so undervalued!  I admit, I always answered, what do you do? with something like, "tax accountant," or "teacher", or "bookkeeper" followed by, "and a mom" like I'm ashamed of that!  It's especially ironic, as I've never worked full-time outside the home since first giving birth to my oldest nearly 25 years ago.  Mom-ing always has been my full-time job, and working outside the home has provided us w/ some extra money and perks.

As a strong advocate for the value of Mom-ing, especially encouraging families to raise their own children when it is possible, I cringe when I realize that much of my own idea of success was subconciously connected to a paycheck.  I discovered that fault pretty quickly when the community college I taught for began its slow merger with another, and my program I taught in for 12 years was ended.

So now, a year after that ending, a year in which I've struggled to reframe my vision of success, I'm, well to be honest, limping along with the idea of unemployment.  Especially since my active Mom-ing days are over, too.  Ah!  The empty nest! 

What is success?  For me, success is defined in my life-long motto, "Family First."  It is also defined by a more recent motto I've adopted, "You are Enough."  My head believes those things, and I'm certain my heart will follow.

My daughters, Maura, Leah, and Sarah

Our "like-a-daughter", Katie, who has been part of our family since 2nd grade!  Her mom and dad, Charlene and Dennis generously share her with us ; D

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Camping & Scentsy Pixie Review

We're going to camp this weekend up near Mt St Helens.  The weather is typical June NW weather--rain!  Sigh.  Think sunny thoughts and maybe we'll have a break or two in the weather.

My crafting mojo has been low this week.  Don'tcha hate that? I don't have much to show for my time--always a sad thing.

So, thought I'd throw out another Scentsy review.  I scoured the web searching for reviews when I was wanting to buy...so hope that others find the reviews useful.

Scentsy Pixie Review

Scentsy describes Pixie as: A mischievous moonscape of pink pepper, mandarin, and heliotrope, deepened by exotic teakwood and vanilla oak.

I like the complexity of Scentsy's scents.  Many of them I sniff and think, "what is THAT, it smells so good!"  It makes it hard to pick out a single note.  As the description implies, Pixie is slightly spicy, slightly woodsy, and a little fruity.  It is a very sophisticated scent.  Pink Pepper doesn't really belong to the pepper family--it is actually a berry!  So, Pixie doesn't have that peppery sting that black pepper has.  I absolutely love it, but it is quite different than any other home fragrance I've tried, so really don't have a scent comparison to offer.  I have also added Scentsy's 2012 Scent Note, Pink Pepper, to this one to spice it up even more, and find that just as yummy.  The Pink Pepper in Pixie really is the top note--the one that hits your nose first.  The underlying citrus, florals, and woodsy undertones come through subtley.  The throw on this one is good, but not overpowering.  Two cubes lasted several days in my family room, but really didn't wander beyond the kitchen, the next room over.

If you like distinctive, complex scents, definitely add this to your wishlist.

Scent Rating: 10 (don't worry, I have upcoming reviews for ones that are NOT 10's in my book)
Throw Rating: Medium
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Scentsy Zeppelin Review and Crafting Update

First--the crafting update.  I've finished Mister's sweater, a pair of socks, and a shawl since last giving a knitting update.  Pics to follow soon!  Promise!

I'm a home fragrance addict.  12 step program, please....


Scentsy Zeppelin Review
Recently I have tried Scentsy, which has been around since 2005, but which I've managed to ignore as I collected up Yankees and Kringle and tried out a few indie brands.  Recently, though, I've decided to whittle my candle stash down and only invest in melts/tarts/bars--you know--wickless.  For all the obvious reasons.  I can't do 100% soy candles/melts because they make me wheeze. 

Scentsy is a fabulous value, imo.  The bars have 8 cubes in them for $5/bar.  Buy a 6 pack for $25, and that becomes 4.16/bar.  I use 1-2 cubes in my warmers, depending on room size, and they last from 1-4 days!  My Yankees last 1-4 days for a single 1.99 tart (lately, more like 1-2 days), and Kringles now have 5 smaller cubes in their melts for $2.25, although I find a single cube is pretty light.  2-3 cubes per melt gives me the results I like, but they don't typically last beyond 2 days for me.

One of my current Scentsy faves is Zeppelin.  It is part of the Man Collection and is described as, "For those who dare to take to the sky: elegantly balanced citrus and sage soar over sandalwood and vetiver."  In my book, it is definitely a "mandle," and its light gray color underscores this. 

 It is an elegantly complex, balanced scent.  Warm, I get nice herbal whiffs intermingled with the vetiver, which is the yummy beachy grassy scent used in the perfume industry.  The citrus is a light topnote and the sandalwood is very subtle--not overwhelming at all.  On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "disgusting" and 10 being "I can't live without this scent", I rate this a 10.  Love love love it!  As far as throw, I rate either light, medium, strong, or powerful.  This one is strong in my book.  I used 2 cubes in a medium Scentsy warmer in my dining room, and it wafted throughout the lower level of my home for four days!  If you like Yankee Candle's Sage and Citrus and/or Beachwood, give this one a try.

Scentsy Zeppelin
Scent Rating: 10
Scent Throw: strong



Sunday, May 27, 2012

Soar


                Someone once told me that some people are meant to soar—like balloons floating above the earth.  But, he warned, there are always those people who want to grab the strings and pull those people back to earth.  You can’t let them.

                That is why my 2012 word for the year is Soar….to remind myself  I don’t need to let anyone reach up and pull me back down to ordinary.  To normal.  To conventional.

                Are you allowing yourself to soar?  Or are you letting other people pull you back down to where you don’t want to be?


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sometimes I Don't Wanna

I'm not a go-with-the-flow kind of person.  Ask my husband.  Or my mother.  I must have been one of those kids determined to drive their parents crazy with my complete lack of desire to assimilate.

 Of course, as a parent myself, I can see how an innate need to be oppositional isn't always convenient to tickmarking life's little list of To-Do's.  Drag screaming child through Target.  Check.  But, my so-called-self-diagnosed Oppositional Disorder (with no disrespect to formally-diagnosed sufferers) has its strong points. 

First of all, it is so very obviously heriditary--ask the respective men currently attached to my now-grown daughters who are all strong-willed and self-directed.  Second, it really comes in handy in art.   My fellow artistes know what I mean, and dear friend, Wendy, if you're reading this, you are my Queen of Artistic Oppositional Disorder.  I know all about Painting Class.  Ahem....(But that is WHY you are such a great artist--one whose little finger contains more talent than several of my bodies put together.)

But, I digress.  Oppositional Disorder is really what it takes to Practice Art successfully...taking an idea, saying, how great!  But, I don't wanna do it your way, I'm gonna do it MY WAY.  Although my life is otherwise full of practiced opposition, it is only recently that I felt free enough to start applying my OD to my own artistic voice. (insert concerted effort to turn off negative childhood conditioning here) I still do lots of emulating of great ideas, don't get me wrong.  It takes a lot for me to come up w/ an idea of my own--one that is Just Me.

This week I had such a moment.  In my second Bind-it-All class, the instructor had made a perfectly lovely 6-panel wallhanging with pictures of her family.  A wallhanging of the family!  Such a good idea.  But I didn't wanna.  I wanted to create a wallhanging based upon my 2012 Word of the Year--Soar.  I love mixed media, and I wanted to challenge myself not to give in to my usual riotous blaze of color, and do a much more muted palette.  So, with that in mind, I created this:

Quotes from top to bottom:
Who you are is enough
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it
The world can be an amazing place when you're slightly strange
Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many

And I love it!  It has so much stuff layered on to it, I couldn't even begin to name it all--from acrylic gels to Copics to rub-ons, paper, embellishments, glitter glue....and more and more and more.

Don't let anyone tell you that opposition is a bad thing.  If used as a positive force for change, it can be wonderful!  Even in an art project.


PS.  True confessions...when I was in the middle of making this, DD Sarah saw it and asked "what does Soab mean?"  Hahahaha...I had cut out a "b" instead of an "r."  These things happen.  Lucky I have a sharp artistic editor!
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Friday, May 25, 2012

For Paula

I had a request from a reader, Paula, to allow her to pin my letter to my daughters to Pinterest.  She even put it into photo format to share!

Of course I would be delighted and humbled to have you share!  Thank you for thinking of it, Paula.  You made my day!  For anyone who would like to pin this, I've place a PinIt button underneath...

Blessings to you all.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

On the Challenge of "Failure"--a Letter to my Daughters

Failure and disappointment come to us all.  It stings.  It breaks our hearts.  If we let it, it allows us to see an opportunity that we might not have seen had we continued along our path, blinders on.

A very disappointing job experience fifteen years ago led me to pursue my REAL dream--teaching.  I found a temporary job teaching at a community college that led to another permanent job at a different community college.  When state budget cuts descended twelve years later, and my college began the process of merging with another, my job ended.  At first, what seemed to be such a tragedy,  has become a huge blessing as my life takes on a whole new shape.

One of my daughters was rejected from a much-desired college program--twice.  Despite her pain, dear daughter began to reassess her goals, and found a program that she loves, so much so that she is now the top student in class, just beginning her externships.

Another daughter recently received some "bad" news about something she was pursuing.  What do you tell your children about "failure" when your own heart is breaking for them, yet at the same time, you realize this may be the opportunity that changes their life for the best?  This is what I told her, but it could be for any one of my daughters...or for you....


Mom words of encouragement:
You've been BLESSED to have an abundance of talent in a great many areas. More than the average person. Remember that the closing of one tiny door only means you now get to consider all the incredibly many windows still open in your life. Don't beat your head against that one door. Your gifts run wide and deep--language, music, academics, writing. Enter some new windows and see what happens.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Perpetual Calendar

One of this week's Bind-it-All projects was a cute perpetual calendar. I used a retired paper packet from CTMH called Perfect Day--love the mix of juniper and sorbet--so pretty. I decided it should be a garden theme, so used the Color Ready Wooden Garden Shapes to embellish it. I colored them w/ both inks and Copics. If I make another calendar, I'll probably use a lighter embellishment, b/c the weight of all the little wooden shapes requires a weight in the bottom so the calendar doesn't tip. : D   Love those happy discoveries...

The bird is resting on a wired vine from a repurposed floral swag that has found its way into a lot of my artwork lately....


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Footloose Four by Four

Another mini for my Bind it All class!  These are tooooo much fun.  On this one, I used papers from the Footloose paper packet.   It's such a fun set. 

For the sea-themed embellishments, I used the Seaside wooden shapes pack.  An easy way to color them is to paint them with Create-a-Shade pearl paint, let dry, and then color them w/ your markers of choice.  I used Copics.  The paint dries very quickly, so there isn't too much downtime.  They're easy to attach using Liquid Glass.

The Sentiment "A Winter Summer" was created using the masking technique.  I used stamps from the now retired "August Word Puzzle" and from the Snowflakes stamp set to selectively choose my words.  I distressed the paper it was on by wadding it up and then unfolding it, daubed it w/ Creme Brulee Ink, stamped a seashell stamp lightly using Sweet Leaf and Creme Brulee inks.  Edge distressing and a coat of pearl paint finished it off.

Natural Hemp string and Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems finished it off.  I love the hemp.  It also comes in black and white, and I go through it like crazy...there just doesn't seem to be anything I can't put it on!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bind-it-All + CTMH: And a Happy Mother's Day to All

I've had my little Bind-it-All2 for over a year and have used it a wee bit, but wanted to step up my game a little, so signed up for the Bind-it-all classes on MyCreativeClassroom.com.  They're inexpensive ($25 a class), so I figured I had nothing to lose. 

So far, I'm three weeks in to the first class, BIA 101, and I can definitely attest to the fact that I've already learned quite a bit.  I've completed two projects from the class:  a BIA punching guide (super cute, with lots of "reminders" to using the BIA effectively).  I used some Close to my Heart Stash papers...this set is actually 2011's Christmas paper packet--Believe!  Love that it can be used for non-Christmasy projects:

(excuse the slight blurriness...some technical difficulties shrinking the photo down for the web)


Then, I made a darling, tiny 3 x 4 mini album using current papers---one of my faves from the current catty--Stella.  Also used the Stella Complements Canvas Shapes accessory pack--they're so much fun...


I'm really looking forward to finishing this 4 week class w/ a few more mini's, and then moving on to the more advanced BIA class.  I love little tiny treasure books, and using my stash to create them!

On the homefront...I'm almost finished knitting a shawl...and then will embark on the second sock of a great pair of socks I'm making.  I've got so many projects in the queue impatiently waiting for me to cast on, I can't believe it!  I'm in a frenzy of knitting these days.  There's nothing better than petting yarn whilst knitting....

I also spent today at a cheese-making class!  That was GREAT!  Mister and I have become more and more interested in eating "local" as well as making our own food so we know where it comes from....no preservatives or unnecessary ingredients...Don't get me wrong.  I'm SO grateful we have the technology to make food last long enough to get to market---such a boon in our modern age...but when it is sooooo easy to make yogurt, cheese and bread at home, we figure, why not?  We're able to get stone-ground grains from Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukee, OR, raw and low-heat pasteurized milks from local farms, as well as CSA shares (community supported agriculture) from organic farmers locally, that it would be a shame to pass those resources up.  Plus, it's a wonderful hobby for us to share...creating delicious foods from quality ingredients! 

Finally--Happy Mother's Day to all you busy moms out there!  I had some bittersweet moments eating breakfast at Bob's today watching all the young moms w/ their adorable tots.  My, how the years have flown w/ our own "three ring circus"--the daughters three!  Hard to believe they're 25, 22, and 19.  They've been such a blessing to Mister and me, and I can say without reservation that EVERY day is mother's day around the Winter household thanks to my sweet daughters!  I love you, ladies.  Thanks for blessing me every day w/ wonderment and joy and laughter.
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Daughter Leah and her husband Scott are celebrating their first anniversary!  So, I needed a card (of course!)  Digging through the stash, I couldn't help but notice how well an older paper pack (Bliss) coordinates with Florentine...the chocolate, twilight, and colonial white combo is so lovely.  I paired it with the Bliss stamp set (now retired) and 4 my Friend Stamp Set, along with some rick rack from the colonial white collection of ribbon.  Add an Antiqued Copper Designer Brad, and do some layering on an easel card and pretty pretty!  The cutouts and lacy bits are from the Art Philosophy cartridge, of course.



Happy Anniversary, Leah and Scott.  Many, many happy years ahead of you!
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mum's Day Card

My Mom is NOT the sentimental type.  She likes humor and fun and a little bit of goofiness.  She is also the dog-mum to an adorable Westie.  So, when I saw the A BowWow stamp set, I knew I had to have it!  Perfect for my mum for Mom's Day.  I teamed it up with some Copics (colors: BG 72 and 75, Y 23 and 26, CG 00 and 01) and the Florentine Paper packet.  First, I used the Twilight card stock to create a 4.25 x 5.5" card.  On a piece of the twilight patterned paper, I randomly stamped words such as "mother", "elegant", "goofy", "xceptional" etc on it using the Keepsake Alphabet stamp set and Twilight Ink.

On top of this, I layered my image, stamped in Black Memento Ink on Neenah Classic Crest paper, on one of the Goldrush patterned papers from the Florentine pack, and rounded two of the corners. (approx cut--3.5" x 3.75"  For the inside of my card, I cut a tag using the Art Philosophy cartridge, and stamped the bone on the corners in Goldrush Ink, stamped the dog image again, and then wonkily covered up everything but his head w/ the tag.  In the center, I stamped the sentiment in Twilight Ink.

Outside are buttons tied up w/ Waxy Flax to complete the look.  It is a perfect match for my mom's personality!  Love this card and the A BowWow stamp set....useful for so many different occasions!


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