Monday, June 19, 2017

Garden news!

Well we are half way through the year.  I am so happy it has cooled down a little bit, but I sure wish we would have gotten some of the rain that other parts of Michigan got over the weekend.

I hope everyone enjoyed Fathers Day with there families, I know I did!

Despite the Hot dry weather we have had, my garden is doing quite well!  Here is a couple of pictures!




The new raised bed is doing really good.  Check out this broccoli I grew!  It is the first time I ever grew broccoli and it was delicious!


Well that's all for today!  Come back tomorrow for a look at some scrapbook pages I have been working on of my recent trip to South Haven.  I'm mixing up a current paper pack called No worries with a retired pack called sea side.  Here is a picture of the No Worries!  Don't forget to checkout my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.


I almost forgot to tell you about the cardstock sale!  The sale runs through June!


Have a great week!

Ronda


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Feed the Bee's!!!!

Happy June everyone!

Today I want to share some pictures of the herbs I have let flower.  In this little garden I have Sage, which is the one with all the purple flowers.  Behind it is Thyme with the little white flowers and to the left is Lemon Thyme which is just beginning to flower.




I don't normally let my herbs flower but I really wanted to feed the Bee's.  They love these sage flowers so much and they are beautiful.

On the far right you can see some garlic growing.  I usually have a lot more than this but I had such a huge crop of it last year and I am still using it, I didn't plant a lot of it.

In another garden I have my chives, which are a pain in the rear if they start seeding but I love these flowers.  Have you ever tasted one?  Spicy!


The Bee's really like these too!

When the herbs are done flowering I will cut them back and feed my compost bin with them, except for the chive flowers.  They go in a lawn bag because they re-seed like mad.

Well I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I will post again soon.

And as usual, for all your paper crafting needs or ideas, please visit my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.

Ronda


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial weekend

Happy Wednesday!  It has been a while since I have posted so I thought I would share what has been going on.  I have my veggie garden all planted.  Half of it is a raised bed.  I haven't taken a picture of it with the plants in it.  But this is what it looks like prepped and ready to plant.


Next year there will be another cinder block raised bed on the other side.  Thanks to my mom and my compost bin, this bed has tons of wonderfully screened compost in it.  I bought 9 bags of organic garden soil to help fill it up.  At the end of the garden is my strawberry bed.  Hopefully it will quit raining soon so the strawberries will ripen and the veggie plants won't die!


The plants are loaded with blooms and berries right now.  So come on warm sunshine.  Normally I would spend this weekend planting my gardens but now all I have to do is plant a few flowers and do a little clean up in some of the beds.

Tomorrow I am having 5 or 6 girls over for a scrapbooking/ card making crop/ workshop.  Here are a couple of the layouts they will be doing with the Live Beautifully paper pack for National scrapbooking month.



Please visit my website for more information of this paper pack at paperdivas.ctmh.com.  There is also a beautiful stamp set which is picture in the next photo.

And while you are shopping don't forget to pick up the awesome stamp set of the month for only $5 with a $50 purchase.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  don't forget to say a prayer for a fallen soldier!

Hugs, Ronda




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tulips, Tulips and more Tulips!

Wow, it has been a great spring for tulips here in Michigan.  They just keep coming on and the blooms are huge and lasting a long time.  I just wanted to share them with you!






Have a wonderful day and please visit my website for your paper crafting needs.  You can make some beautiful flowers out of paper too!  paperdivas.ctmh.com.

Friday, May 5, 2017

National Scrapbooking Day!

May 6th is National scrapbooking Day!  For National Scrapbooking month we have a beautiful stamp set and paper pack called Live Beautifully!  There is also a Cut above kit that gives you 6 double page layouts that are so easy to put together.  Anyone could do it and they are gorgeous!  This would make a wonderful Mothers Day gift.  It comes with the page protectors too.  There is also a bigger deal that includes a album , tape runner and journaling pen and if you choose this, you get 20% off.


Make sure you go to my website and check out this beautiful product.  While you are there, pick up the May stamp of the month too for only $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase. paperdivas.ctmh.com.


I hope you take advantage of these wonderful products and if you don't already scrapbook this is a great opportunity to start!  Have a great weekend!

Ronda



Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Flowers!

Hi everyone!

Those April showers sure did bring some beautiful flowers!  Here are a few from my yard!




They sure are pretty this year!  Be sure and check out my last blog where I participated in my first blog hop!  Thanks for looking.  Don't forget for all your paper crafting needs just go to paperdivas.ctmh.com.  have a great day and enjoy your weekend.

Ronda

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Hop!

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.
The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month.
You should have arrived here from http://cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com.   If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each blog.

I chose to use the April stamp set of the month, Flock Together from Close to my Heart.  I had a lot of fun with it.  All of the products I used can be found in the current seasonal idea book.  Seasonal expressions 1.

My first card I am calling #hello!  I used papers from the Some Kind of Wonderful pack.  I stamped the love this in black punched it out and popped it up with our thin foam tape.  I stamped the 3 hearts and the small bird directly on the paper, which is one of our cut apart sheets.


I'm calling this card we are blessed.  I used the Some kind of Wonderful paper pack on this one too.  I stamped the 3 small birds in Whisper ink and colored them in with our ShinHan markers.  I popped up the birds with our thin foam tape.


This card is called Together!  I just love this one!   I stamped the birds in black on one of the cut apart cards from the Sugar Rush Pack (It is light pink) and I cut them out.  I stamped the TOGETHER is the best place to be on the pink patterned paper and popped up the birds with thin foam tape on the gray patterned paper.  These are both from the Sugar Rush pack too.  I layered the patterned paper on black and used the thin foam tape and popped up the black piece.  I just love our thin foam tape.


My last card, So Happy Together is layered on raspberry and canary and stamped with blossom and sorbet.  I stamped the 3 hearts in raspberry, blossom, smoothie, sorbet, saffron and canary to create my background paper. I used thin foam tape to pop up the So Happy together.

I hope you liked my cards.  All the products I used are from Close to my Heart.  Please let me know if you want to know more about some of the products I used.

Now you’re off to visit with http://scrapbookblessingsclub.com.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!  Please visit my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.
Ronda



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring

It's finally spring and I want to share my Easter card with you!  I am entering this in the BTF (between the folds) challenge!  I absolutely love the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge!


I used the February SOTM for the bunny!  The paper on the bottom is from the Dreamin' Big pack!  The eggs are from a random wooden stamp I had!  The purple stripped ribbon came from one of the fundamentals packs!  I hope you like my card! 

You can get these products on my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.

Have a great Day!  Ronda

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Easter!

Burrrr!  It is snowing in Mason Michigan!  Supposed to be sunny and warm this weekend though!  Today I want to share my submission to the Spring Heart 2 Heart challenge!  I used Close to my Hearts Flower Market Cricut Cartridge and a little Dreamin Big paper!  All of the card stock is Close to my Heart too!  The bunny is from the Close to my Heart February stamp of the month!  I hope you like this one because I sure do!


Please visit my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.  And I would love it if you would follow my blog!

Have a great day!  Ronda

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tea cups at Heart 2 Heart!

Just a short post to share this Mothers Day card in the Heart 2 Heart Challenge!


Of course I made this for my own Mother!  I hope you like it!  I'm going to miss the Dreamin' Big paper!  Don't forget to visit my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.

Thanks for looking, Ronda

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mothers Day Card!

Hello!  Here is the card I made for my Mom for Mothers Day!  It is made with the CTMH Dreamin' Big paper pack and the March Stamp of the month, Tea-riffic!  Each of these can be found in the Seasonal expression idea book, which is good through the end of April.


Don't you just love the colors?  It features Poppy, Saffron, Juniper , Slate and Whisper.  I hope you like my card and if you would like some of these supplies to make your own then visit my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.

Here is a picture of the paper pack and SOTM!



Thanks for looking, Ronda

Friday, March 24, 2017

March Stamp of the Month!

Hi there!  I just wanted to let you know that there is only 7 more day's to get this adorable tea cup stamp. 

There are so many cute cards you could make with this stamp set.  Don't miss out.  Go to paperdivas.ctmh.com. Get yours today!



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Seasonal expressions 1!

Happy Sunday everyone!  I wanted to show you what all of the beautiful papers look like in this idea book.  You can only purchase them until April30.  So many fun and beautiful papers!

Beautiful Hello Lovely!













Hello lovely's compliments and accessories!

Sweet Sugar Rush!

Sugar Rush's Compliments and accessories!

hello Lovely's Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit!

Sugar Rush's Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit!

Dreamin' Big Paper Pack!

Dreamin' Big's Compliments and accessories!

Dreamin' Big's Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit!

Some Kind of Wonderful Paper Pack!

Some Kind of Wonderful Compliments and accessories!

Some kind of Wonderful Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit!

If you are interested in any of these products, please visit my website at paperdivas.ctmh.com.

If you have any questions, you can email me at rondaladuke@outlook.com.

Thank you for looking and enjoy your day!

Ronda