Monday, July 25, 2011

My Craft Channel Winner

My Craft Channel Winner

Hi... I just have to share with you, this morning when I opened my email I had a very special message waiting for me:

I WON!  They are giving away 20 Cricuts in 20 days and I won on July 22nd!!!  Check them out at  I have never owned a machine and have been wanting one for so long!  I am disabled, have 3 Grandchildren and have been married for 35 years and have a lot of wonderful memories to scrap about and now I don't have to cut by hand!!  I just had to share with you my GREAT gift and it will ship on August 5th... can't wait!  I was so reluctant to start a blog online, my grandkids have been after me for years to get facebook (which I did and still don't even know how to get into it without someone sending me a message... hehehe) and then I found blogging and decided maybe that was right for me... I met some wonder people and great friends and have been very, very lucky to have won some great giveaways and WOW I am just loving blogging!!   It has opened up a whole new world to me! So THANKS My Craft Channel and Cricut... and I'm counting on some of my scrap buddies to help and mentor me on getting going on the Cricut Expression... COOL!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pendra's Garden of Many Flowers

Flowers, Beautiful, Delicate, Flowers!

I thought today it would be fun to look at all the different materials and way to make flowers.  Once again I have gotten all these wonderful images from Pinterest... check them out!  Remember if you use unique materials that you need to check if it is archival safe and if not remember to spray it well so that you do not damage your pictures for future generations to be able to enjoy.

How about flower strips made from old books, or music books or sheets.  You could even make these wonderful strip flowers from menus of favorite restaurants or the bills from Plays you attended... just remember these are probably not archival safe and would need to be sprayed! 

Believe it or not, these beautiful flowers were made from napkins... what a great idea if you are celebrating a special dinner or occasion at a favorite restaurant!  So don't forget alot of extra napkins!

And here are various different fabric flowers... one of my favorites also being a quilter! 
 I love to add lots of beautiful buttons, especially some from my vintage button collection. 
 Or how about pearls with silk fabric for a more elegant look... I had to hem the dress for my Grandaughter for Prom and plan on making silk roses for her Prom layout.  For a more rustic
look maybe a flower made from burlap with an old jean button and twine, or even an old
 pair of favorite jeans (after you are done wearing them of course) could be made into a flower
and put on a project with a picture of you in them! There is just so many ways to add texture
 to your projects with fabric flowers!

Crepe paper flowers are also a favorite of mine, the texture is easy to work with and come
in many pretty colors!  It will hold it's shape well to curl the petals around a pencil and
 look very pretty layered or stacked as well.  Crepe paper flowers also look pretty with buttons,
pearls, brads and even smaller flowers for the centers.  Give it a try, it is a very inexpensive
 way to have lovely flowers on your projects.

And these lovely flowers are made with layers of tissue paper... it also comes in lovely colors! You can cut it on almost all machines and is very easy to cut by hand, it actually looks best if it is really uneven and crumpled up before you layer and put it together.  You can make each layer a different size, putting shorter or smaller layers inbetween layers will give you a fuller flower.  I have made some tissue paper flowers from the gifts I have received and have put them on my pages with the pictures of that event... an even nicer way to remember that occasion!  For the center again, buttons, pearls, brads, small flowers or even small beads are lovely! 

For greater texure on pages how about crocheting or even knitting your flowers... there is endless supplies of materials and colors you can use. You can do very flat flowers or
layer for fuller flowers!  Think of all the different textures you could use: thin twine for a
 very rustic flower or how about a veragated or almost rainbow color for a fun party flower.
  All crocheter's and knitter's make lovely little newborn hats, booties, etc., what about making
 a flower to go on the card or gift bag out of the leftover yarns.

And here are flowers made from strips of felt... I think these are absolutely lovely.
I can't think of an easier way to make a flower then evenly cut strips just
looped around to form the layers... you can either take a stitch under to hold
it together or use a brad, if you want a little more stability you can glue it down
to a piece of heavy cardstock and attach that to your project.  

The beautiful flowers are made from.... magazines!  I know we all have stacks of old
 magazines laying around... even colorful junk mail would work for this, but remember
 this would be another material that would not be archival safe and would need to be sprayed!

And last but not least would be our favorite scrapping and card making materials our
cardstock and patterned scrap papers.  I just love these, they are a little flater than alot
 of the other flowers.  You can alternate them with solid and pattern papers.  You can make
 them so different by adding different textures in between the layers, like burlap or toulle.

Okay we have seen lots of different flowers today... lots of different materials used and lots of different patterns used to make flowers. Think outside of the box... try fabric softner sheets, junk mail, wrappers, get on your thinking hats and get creative... make them your own! 

I would love to hear your thoughts and any new ideas... please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts and ideas and also to let me know that you visited.  Until later... Hugs,  Pendra

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Special Thank You to Two Pink Peas

I just want to send out a GREAT BIG Thank you to Terri at twopinkpeas for the very sweet "Blog Awards" she has sent to me!  She has now given me the "Stinkin' Cute Blog Award" and also the "Best Friend Blogger Award"... she is the sweetest and best online friend ever!  Visit her at twopinkpeas and you will find out!!  She also has started some new categories on her site; Little Pink Peas, Little Blue Peas, Little Pet Peas and Little Baby Peas... I just can't get enough peas!!  So please visit Terri and tell her Pendra sent you!  Thanks Terri... you are a sweetheart!!

1.  Now the rule for the BFB Award is to pass it along to my readers with a link back to the person who gave it to me, Thanks Terri at 
2.  I am passing along both the BFB Award and the Stinkin' Cute Award to the following blogs:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Buttons, Gloriuos, Wonderful, Beautiful, Buttons


I am away from home and from my supplies, caring for an ill parent so I am back window shopping at Pinterest.  There is always so much to see there.  Today  it's all about buttons!

Well  I am definately a BUTTON addict... I love the way they look, and feel, the colors, the shapes...
I just love BUTTONS!  I found some really cute button flowers:

I love the button newsprint flowers... they have kind of a vintage feel to them.

And how about a felt button flower, ooooh love this:

I also found a couple of really simple and really cute cards with buttons:

And what about a cute button banner:

And getting away from papercrafting, I just really love this little button jar... you have to keep your buttons in something so it might as well be as cute as the buttons!!

Well that's it for buttons today... but there is an endless supply of buttons and ways of using them! I just want to thank Pinterest for another fun day and hope you all check it out... and spend some time with your buttons!
I received a postcard from the Bahama's...
my Mojo wanted me to know she is having a great time!

                                                           I hope she's back SOON!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mojo on Vacation without you?

Hello, it's been awhile... my Mojo seems to have gone on an unscheduled vacation without me.  So I have had to try and entertain myself and have been going online and checking out everybody else's sites, there is a lot of talent out there! I love to visit a site named Pinterest, check it out. They have a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.  And while window shopping there I found these wonderful handmade flowers, check this out!

 Ric Rac Flowers:  Isn't this the cutest idea!

 Tissue Paper Flowers: I think these are so cute... love the peony!

 Crepe Paper Flowers: I just have got to try this!

So when and IF your mojo goes to the Bahama's without you, check this site out!  You don't need to join unless you want to, you are more than welcome to just window shop as I do.  Let me know if you try these flowers out, I want to see them on some gorgeous layouts... we need to show our Mojo's what we can do without them!

When writing your life story... don't let anyone else hold the pen. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sweet Blog Award (To me... hehehe, I got an Award.... me... hehehe)!

I want to thank Terri at for this honor... I have never won an award before so this is so exciting!  I haven't had this blog for very long... completely computer illiterate and have learned a lot in the last 2 months mostly by error and a lot of  trial.  Thanks for the support Terri... I really needed it!  Okay so here are the rules of the Award:
1).  Thank the person who gave it to you... check!

2).  Tell 7 things about yourself... now that's a little harder, lets see...
1.  I am fifty something years old... and let's leave it at that!
2.  I just had my 35th Anniversary with my soul mate and best friend.
3.  I love chocolate!  (No surprise there... I think all scrappers do)
4.  I am a fan of Barry Manillow (We can keep this between ourselves right?)
5.  I have 3 grandchildren I ADORE, an almost 18 year old grandaughter Ashley,  Hailey who is going to be a teenager this summer and Gabe who is going to start 1st grade this fall. Having Grandchildren made up for having children! hehehe!
6.  I could not live without pets... I have an adorable cocker spaniel named Hannah and a big black fat cat named Leyla!  I love them to death!!
7.  I have a wicked sense of humor or I am a little nuts... probably a little bit of both! (Again I think all scrappers do!)
Well that wasn't so bad... I didn't hang any of the family secrets out on the clothesline so to speak!  Check!

3).  Pass the award on to 8 others:  (Check)!   (My first follower)

Thanks again Terri, you are such a sweetie... If I could have given this Award to you again I would have!!
 Please go visit Terri at her blog at, you won't be sorry!  My 1st Award... what do you know!  I would like to thank my Mother, my High School Art teacher... 

Sunday, July 3, 2011 - Blogiversary Winner

I am so excited my friend Stacy, at had a Blogiversary Giveaway... and I won!  She had 3 Giveaways at 1 time (see photo below) and I won the #2 giveaway:
Copic Retro Sketch Markers
 4 Sets of Fairyopolis Clear Stamps: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
 1 of each Sets of the new S.W.A.L.K. Collections 3 Stamps (6 sets)

Thanks so much Stacy, I soooooo appreciate your generosity this was a WONDERFUL giveaway!  You have to go to her site and check it out!!