Monday, January 16, 2017

Beginning the Year with More Beautiful Sunsets

I think there is just something about the time of year that seems to produce such beautiful sunsets.

These were taken on January 2nd.

This is Southside Church of Christ. It is the church right next to the horses.

This is St. Mark's Lutheran Church next to Southside.

This is the Morman Church over by the library.

The Baker from a distance.

Closer shot of the Baker.

A different angle of the Baker.

One last shot of the Morman Church with the fading sunset.

Have a good one!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Warm Wishes (for a Great Birthday)

My friend turned the big 6-0! January 13th. What?!! How did that happen?!! It doesn't seem like it was that long that we were young adults!

I made her a card and had it ready for several days but I didn't want to blog about it until after her birthday because she reads my blogs :)

This is the stamp set I used.

I stamped the image on white card stock. Then I proceeded to stamp multiple times on other papers so I could paper piece the image. I did color with my markers her hair and skin but the rest is paper pieced.

I had a lot of fun making this card. The papers are left overs from Little Yellow Bicycle collection called "Winterings". I figured since she had a winder birthday that worked pretty good!
I absolutely love how the card turned out!

Her daughter planned a surprise birthday dinner at one of our local Mexican food places. The surprise almost was on us as she had planned a day trip with another friend of ours whose birthday is on Monday to the Silos in Waco owned by the HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.

I don't know the whole story but the friend she went with was in on the party. Here she is making her grand entrance.

She's fussing at me for taking a picture which I find hilarious. She knows me and she is a photographer herself! They are the best pictures but something. except for these two I pretty much left the picture taking up to others this go around.

We had a good time and ... I think she did too.

Happy birthday my friend! Here's to many  more!

Have a good one!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Much Obliged

One of the things I look forward to every Christmas is receiving a special card from a guy that worked with Doyle at the Fire Department.

He was a former Rodeo Cowboy and worked with Doyle almost as many years as he did for the city. He is also a pencil artist and would make his Christmas cards. He retired from the department before Doyle.

After Doyle retired I wasn't sure if we would keep getting them. I have saved each one he has given us.

It was late but it came. I was so thrilled and very grateful. Being one who makes my own cards I so appreciate the time and effort put into his creation.

I decided to send him a "thank you" for continuing to send us a card.

It's pretty simple but I think it suited him.

Have a good one.

Ending 2016 with Beauty in the Sky

The kids made plans to go to a friends house for New Years Eve so after taking the girls riding I took them back home.

Later when I went to fed the sky produced a
gorgeous sunset!

Here is the beginning.

Color on the increase.

I wanted to get a different view and remembered a windmill a couple of miles from the horses.

There was still a little color in the sky.

I drove over to the Baker Hotel hoping to catch the last bit of color in the sky. I was just about too late. It was nearly dark as you see the street lights have come on. It looks lighter than it really was. I think the streetlight I was under affected the lighting in this photo.

This one is more true to the lighting.

I thought it was a fabulous way to end the year!

Have a good one!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stunning Sunsets and Unusual Clouds

 I am always in awe watching God paint the sky. At first it looks like there's not much to it then all of a sudden the sky is full of color. I think it is so cool that God saw fit to give us two paintings a day so everyone would get a chance to see them!

The last two weeks of December produced some very beautiful sunsets that I was privileged to not only watch but document through pictures.

This series of pictures were taken on December 20th.

The sky is beginning to show some promise of color. Too early to tell how much but experience tells me it could be good!

I am always surprised at how much color there is in the sky opposite of the sunset. Look at these beautiful colors.

Beautiful colors and an unusual pattern to boot.

Just a little to the right of the above photo is this scene were the colors are more pink.

All I can say is "wow". Just "wow"!

Looking toward the church. If you look you can see the white steeple.

I just couldn't quit taking pictures and saying "it's so beautiful". I thoroughly enjoyed the painting this evening!

On December 21st there wasn't much sunset because of the cloud cover but the clouds sure were interesting.

The little break in the clouds looked like a heart shape to me!

I just thought they were cool.

December 22nd there was fire in the sky again. It didn't fill the sky with color but what was there was vivid!

Beautiful, rich colors.

Just lovely.

December 27th brought some more interesting clouds.

I saw a heart in this one too. Do you?

Just when I think I know when the sky will be filled with color, I get thrown a loop! Such was the case on December 28th. As I am going to feed I see these unusual clouds to the East. I stop to get a picture as I figure by the time I get to the horses I won't have a good view of them.

Some color began to emerge.

I'm thinking "this is going to be good!"

It's hopeful. I like the wisps of pink among the deep blue.

Then it begins to loose steam.

Hmmm...the sun is gone and all the color is nearly gone too but I've also given up on sunsets and then got surprised with a burst of color so I'm still hopeful :)

Nope, that was it. There's always another day!

Have a good one!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2nd Entry for Snow Birds Card Challenge

I got inspired after making my first entry and decided to make another card for the Cards in Envy Snow Birds Card Challenge.

I really like this stamp although I've not used it much. I bought it with a couple of friends in mind who are bird watchers that I would be making cards for. Besides these little guys just make me happy when I look at them!

The bird stamp is from Stampendous. The sentiment is from Unity.

I colored the birds and the tree with my Copic Markers. For the "snow" I used Frosted Lace Stickles.

Have a good one!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snow Birds Card Challenge

The first card challenge of the year over at Cards in Envy is "Snow Birds". The challenge is to make a card that features snow in some form and there must be at least one bird.

So here is my card for this challenge.

This stamp set came to mind when I saw the challenge. It is from Impression Obsession. For the background I took white card stock and used a snowflakes embossing folder. I decided to give it a little shimmer. I used a frost white paint I got a few years ago from Stampin' Up that I brushed over the embossed surface.

I stamped the snowman with Versa Mark ink then heat embossed with black embossing powder. I colored with my Copic Markers. The snowman's body I covered with Rock Candy Distressed Stickles. I fussy cut the image and then added foam tape for dimension.

I plan to send this card to my granddaughter Remi.

Thanks for taking a look.

Have a good one.