Sunday, March 25, 2012

Time for Cards! Happy Spring too. :)

Hello!  How are you all doing today?  Hopefully fabulously.  I had time to play with my inks, stamps, mists, and some of my embossing folders for a bit of time this weekend, and made a few cards, as well as some background paper for my stash.  I haven't had time to do so in quite a while, and I loved every second of it!!!  Nothing like stained fingers and bits of colorful paper to make a girl feel like spring is here.  If that wasn't enough, my hubs and I also scrubbed and washed our wooden fence this week, which let me tell you was QUITE the job.  We also spent some time today cleaning up the ginormous garden since we did not have a chance to do so last fall by pulling boatloads of weeds, rototilling (well, he did the rototilling part), and thinning out the raspberry bushes.  Woooo, love this beautiful weather, but it is tiring!  heh heh heh  I also started going through some of my stuff for indoor spring cleaning.  I discovered some stamps that were duplicates, so I decided to pass them on to some one else in a wee giveaway. If you would like a chance to win them, please leave me a comment letting me know which card you like best out of the 4 same size cards I made this weekend (shown here) ~

Here are the stamps ~

I will include that card with the stamps and little clear acrylic block for one lucky commenter as a giveaway (please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you)

It was my hubs birthday this week too, the first day of spring (see the fence in the background?  That was a LOT of scrubbing!) ~

We had a family dinner last Sunday to celebrate.  The weather was gorgeous, and the grandkiddies all loved playing with bubbles while enjoying the afternoon sunshine.   

Here are some photos of my creative time this weekend.  First is a bit of the homemade background paper cut into small size embossed bits, and some words, butterflies, and a few flowers  ~

Some background paper, wish you could see the lovely sparkle from the mists ~

More background paper, misted, inked, stamped, and heat embossed ~

Close up of some of the bits, I used some of the Pearl Smooch to go over certain embossed and inked areas to make it sparkle a bit more ~

The pearl Smooch is fun to play with, just like painting with a pointed nail polish brush, easy to get fine details  ~

A card I made for someone, it opened the door to creating additional cards in the same sitting ~

See that fun sparkle?  Love sparkle!

Did you notice the two fabric strips?  Gotta have fabric on a fun card!  

My weekend card creations ~

I have other big, big, BIG news, but I can't share it yet.  As soon as I am able to though, you will be the first to know.  I can't wait to tell you, I am so excited (jumping up and down).  In the meantime, don't forget to comment on this post letting me know your favorite for a chance to win the card, and the little stamps and acrylic block.  I will pick one lucky winner next Sunday.  I look forward to hearing back from you!  
I wish you a joyful and creative week ~ Pam

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy Almost Spring!

 Wow, the weather was beautiful here today!  I can't WAIT for spring to arrive!   I took the snowman display down in the dining room, and added some springy things instead ~

Close up of the two little bitsy gnomes, they are so dang cute ~

Close up of some bunnies for Easter ~

We decided to get out some of the lawn furniture today, and do some yard clean up.  I worked on cleaning some of the front area, here is an after shot  ~

 This is the other side of the walkway, and what the right side looked like when I started.  GEEZ, those dang leaves were hard to clean out of the plants!!! ~

We are having 5 large trees cut down, to try to open up the pool to some sun, and to cut down on yard work and leaves.  The tree pictured closest to the driveway is staying, the other 3 are hopefully gone soon ~

A view from the other side of the yard (the tree on the far right is the one staying, the other 3 are going) ~

My beautiful daughter had a birthday a little over a week ago.  She wanted a sewing machine for her birthday, her first sewing machine!  I was as happy as she was I think.  :)  ~

We had to change the day we got together to celebrate her birthday, so it was definitely a casual one.  I wanted to make fun cupcakes for her cake, but did not have time.  Instead she got a yummy cake, but not a fancy schmancy one.  Cooper is helping his mumma blow out the candles here, can you tell? ~ 

I am working on a new mini album and will be posting pics and a tutorial on the bind-it-all blog in the next month.  I am also working on boatloads of birthday cards, gotta rebuild my stash!  I hope to have some pics to share with you next week.  If I can move after all the yard work!  :)
I hope you all enjoy a wonderful spring like week!  Have a joyful and creative week too ~ Pam

How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!