Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Kept Life - May - Blogversary

Can you believe it is May already?  Summer will be here before you know it!   For now Spring is still in the air - still too early to get the garden in, but still lots of yard work to do!

 I just got these great oval month stamps from Serendipity.   This set comes in two different sizes and features festive adornments that are beautiful reminders of why each month is special.  I'm working with the larger set which are 3 5/8" wide.  I plan to make a card and post it on the first of every month.  When I've worked my way through the entire set next April I will offer the entire set of card I've made as blog candy.  These stamps would be great for scrap booking, making your own calendar, or sending birthday greetings to someone on their special month.
May features a sweet bird making music on the bough of a tree.  I thought he was so sweet that I extended the scene outside of the frame by adding branches, leaves, and some cherry blossoms.  Do you see the sun coming up in the background?  I died the Cherry Blossoms by spritzing with a mix of rubbing alcohol, Ranger Spun Sugar and some Perfect Pearls Blush pigment powder.

May has another sweet meaning for me - it is the anniversary of my blog.  Yep!  I started one year ago this month.  I remember going on line to order some stamps that I saw in a magazine.  I wanted to see some examples of how to use the stamps and ran across my very first blog hop!  I was amazed by all the talented designers and their fabulous creations and was immediately hooked!  I am so thankful for the friends I've made on line - someone to share my interests with and to help me grow.  Thank you for your patience answering my questions, happily encouraging me, and just being there when I need a smile!  To celebrate I've put together some of my favorite things to give away.  One random winner will be selected from all the comments made this month - so leave a comment! 

Thanks again and have a beautiful day!


Supplies Used:  Finished Size 5" x 7"
Stamps:  Serendipity
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Kiwi Doily, Francesca Border, French Flair Doily Stacker, Spellbinders Foliage, Cuckoo Clocks, Classic Scalloped Circles, Mixed Media Elements, Home Sweet Home
Paper:  Echo Park For the Record Collection, Borders & Fancy Floral
Papertrey Ink Card stock Aqua Mist, Stampers Select White, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream
Extras:  Twine, Cherry Blossoms The Ribbon Reel
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Ranger Distress Spun Sugar, Antique Linen, Perfect Pearls Blush


Cathy Weber said...

Oh I see some really good stuff there up for grabs Jeanne. Happy Blogaversary! Your blog and your design style has come a long way since then, you are one of the superstars of our little crafting world. Your April card will make a wonderful giveaway next year. I have been honored to get to know you and call you my friend.

Romina Nahata said...

hi !!happy blogaversary !!wishing you many more to come !!

Pauline said...

This is a beautiful card Jeanne, I love the sun rising behind the label, and the sweet die cut bird, all the layering is just fabulous! Congrats on your blogaversary, and what a very generous give away!

Lisa Minckler said...

It's so dark and foggy and rainy outside, but when I visited your blog it felt like a warm beautiful day. I love the vibrant colors of your card and the playfulness of the layout. A gorgeous creation with such beautiful layers. :)
Another knock out card!
Hugs to you,
Lisa xx

Lou said...

How wonderful to have the ability to select a LOVELY mnth for Ur Blog's Anniversary. All the best,& TY 4 all U give 2 us. May Ur Time U enjoy BE-ING Creative(ALONE or w/
a Grp. give Your Spirt continued Wings 2 Soar.

Debbie said...

Beautiful card! Love all the bright colors! Happy 1st blog anniversary!

Kimberly S. said...

Beautiful card!! I love all the bright colors you used! Happy Blogaversary!! Thanks for the chance to win some amazing crafting tools!!

Helen Berry said...

Well Happy Blogversary lovely lady! ;) what a beautiful way to celebrate too - with a totally gorgeous card! I love that little birdie on the branch -especially how you made his little wing - awww - and I can almost feel the warmth from the sun - too cute ;)) hugs x x

NanaConnie said...

Delightful spring feel to everything. I especially love the way you did the flowers!

Robin Cooper said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

The Paper Parade said...

Jeanne, happy anniversary!!! I can't believe you've only been doing this a year, look at all the badges you've won! I love this idea of posting a card with this new stamp set each month and then offering them as blog candy at the end, what an awesome idea :)

Holly Saveur said...

Happy blog anniversary!
Found your blog just now through case study #88 LOVE that card..and love your blog too!
Subscribed for blogupdates by email.
Thanks for all your inspiration!
Groetjes from the Netherlands.

Olena said...

Beautiful card! Great job! Olena

Olena said...

Happy 1st blog anniversary!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow this is wonderful! I found you through the Case Study Challenge I loved your card especially the flower you made for it! Happy to be a new follower and can't wait to see more of your work!
lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

Would love if you get a chance to stop by my page sometime! Thanks again!

Jenny Gropp said...

Loving all the fun colors and layering going on on this one!!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! Your candy looks delicious and I always gain inspiration from my visits here. Your card today is a visual treat and I really appreciate the helpful tips you include.
Here's to many more creative posts at A Kept Life!!

Marybeth said...

How did I miss this one. Love how you used alcohol to change the color of the blossom. congrats on your blogaversary! I am so happy we met through our 12 kits group. Fun stuff you are giving away.