Friday, May 20, 2011

My Girls

Me again! Twice in one day, can you believe it?! My friend Cathy made me promise to share a picture of my girls when I got my new Camera. Oh how I LOVE my new camera!! It was worth every penny and all of the sacrificing of selling most of my stamp sets.

After much research I ended up getting a Canon Rebel T3i. I still have lots to learn about it, so right now all pictures are on the Auto mode.

The other day my daughters convinced me to make Chocolate Chip Cookies. I try to limit our sugar intake, so this was a special treat for them. Can you tell by the looks on their faces?

Notice my "vintage" mixer? My Mom got that for me at a thrift store. It must be from the 70's but it works great!! I would love to get a Kitchen Aid one day but for now this works perfectly. And I love vintage so I'm hoping it lasts another 40 years. :)

I want to paint my kitchen walls. I'm thinking PTI's Chartruese would look nice in a kitchen. But I can't decide. What do you think??

Congrats Spinner Card

My father had asked me to make another graduation card for my other niece who is graduating High School. I had envisioned the graduation caps that get thrown up in the air. I thought a Spinner card was perfect. But as I was making it, I realized that it wasn't going to look exactly as I wanted. I started out with a long rectangular size card that would fit into a legal size envelope. I wanted the cap to look like it's flying high inthe air. But it turned into yesterday's balloon card when I tried out the spinner and it didn't reach the top of the card without turning it completely sideways and upside down.

I was happy to learn that the spinner works well as a square card. While I was making this card, I was thinking about my wonderful niece. I can't believe she is graduating High School! It feels like just yesterday I was changing her diaper. The clouds are cut out of coaster and I applied stickles all over them.

I wanted the card to feel like the cap was flying in the air so I made a little neighborhood town on the bottom. As I was making it, I wanted to incorporate a butterfly in the design. A butterfly has a lot of significance to me. Not only does it represent a new beginning, it's a sign to me, that my late SIL (my niece's mother) is still around. Although the butterfly's scale is off a bit, it was the smallest one I have right now. I used quite a few different stamp sets to make this neighborhood.

Inside I used another SU 3x3 envelope so that my parents can put some cash in there. The sentiment is from an old The Greeting Farm set and I thought it was very appropriate for this card.  As I was stamping this particular image, something magical happened. But I will save that story for tomorrow because it's a long one.

Thank you for stopping by again! I sometimes think about quitting this hobby because it is so time consuming and expensive but reading your comments keeps me going. :)

Stamps: SU Good Neighbor, PTI Communique Sentiments, Simple Little Things, Boards and Beams, Flutterby Friend, Through the Trees, a memory box stamp and a misc sentiment stamp from The Greeting Farm, Studio G
Ink: Memento London Fog, Rosebud, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Colorbox White, Versafine Black, PTI Dark Chocolate, Versamagic Turquiose Gem, Midnight Blue, Colorbox green
Paper: PTI Select white, Spring Rain, SU black
Misc: PTI Cloud die, coaster, Stickles, Glitter pen, Ranger clear embossing powder, SU 3x3 envelope, nestabilities die, pennies, pop dots

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Congrats Balloon Card

I was asked by my father to make a graduation card for my niece who is graduating 8th grade. Unfortunately I rarely see her and don't know much about her. So I thought some sparkly balloons were in order.

I stamped each image in Versamark and then used either Martha Stewart glitter embossing powder, or SU's irridescent ice. I cut out each balloon and tied matching twine to each one. I tried to make the sentiment look like it was wearing the graduation cap. It looked much better in my mind!


Inside I used a 3x3 envelope so that my parents can insert some cash. I was stumped as to what to dio inside since I don't own many Graduation stamps so I just continued the balloon theme and left room for my parents to write something.

I wrapped some gorgeous gray twine around the envelope and added a tiny tag.

I made another card for my other niece. But that will have to wait until tomorrow because I have to make dinner now. Blah. I'd rather be stamping. :)

Stamps: Studio G (cap), PTI Signature Greetings and Tiny Tags
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Turquiose Gem and Black, Memento Rosebud
Paper: PTI Select White, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding, Chartreuse,  
Misc: Twine for various sources, SU 3x3 envelope, PTI Tiny Tags die cuts, MS EP, SU Irridescent Ice, pop dots