Monday, May 31, 2010

{double shot of} birthday wishes

So how's your weekend going?  Hope you're enjoying it, whatever you're doing. ;) 

As you read this, we should be getting ready to head home after a relaxing and fun weekend camping with friends.  And as I write this, I'm hoping that the predictions of thunderstorms for Saturday didn't end up panning being on the plains in Wyoming in the middle of nowhere isn't really an ideal location to be in such conditions {especially considering we had a tornado watch/warning at home on this past Wednesday with the same "30% chance of thunderstorms" predicted for Saturday}.  I enjoy watching the Wizard of Oz like everyone else, but the thought of flying through the air in a trailer...and with our dog, who's a bit too big to fit inside a handbasket...isn't something I'm hoping to experience --ever

Last year on this same weekend we camped at the same place.  I remember having a couple days of heavy wind and rain, complete with very loud thunderstorms at night.  It was kinda spooky then, but even more so now knowing that a tornado just whipped through this area a couple days ago.  I realize we don't live in Tornado Alley, but it seems they still like to make a pass through our area every now and then this time of year.  Since there's no Internet access or phone coverage to be able to check on severe weather warnings {plus tech-ing up would defeat the idea of going camping!}, me thinks we need to pick up a weather radio before heading out of town know, just in case.  ;)

Okay...enough of my rambling.  These two cards were inspired by THIS card made by Mercy Kerin.  Even though hers is much prettier, I loved it so much that I decided to make two of them...and both are on their way to California to two very special birthday girls.  ;)

I used some beautiful papers from the Cappella collection, which was a gift from my mom --thanks so much, Mom!!

Here's the first one:

If you're reading this, Happy Birthday, Barb!  I know how much Barb loves her shimmer, so I had fun applying Glimmer Mist to the patterned paper...and I may or may not have used a little too much {Mmmm...I'm wondering, Is there really such a thing as too much shimmer? Actually, the jury's still out on that one. lol}.  If you have a minute, hop on over to Barb's blog and wish her a happy birthday!  ;D

And the second one:

The beautiful crocheted flowers were a lovely handmade gift from my very sweet and talented friend Jeanne, and the ribbon {trim, rose, and little flower centers) was taken from the wrapping Beverly used for my birthday gift back in January.  It's so pretty that I saved it, knowing I'd have to find some way to use it for her.  Wonder if she'll recognize it. ;)

As always, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Birthday Wishes {a la Capella}

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Garden Green, Grey Flannel (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Cappella collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Silhouette Blooms II (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Smokey Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko)

Other:  Blossoms II (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Lace border punch (Fiskars), Cornice border punch (Martha Stewart), Swirl Flourish punch (EK Success), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), scrunched seam binding (MemrieMare), paper needle (Making Memories), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), sponge (CTMH), foam mounting tape

Burgundy Birthday Wishes

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Garden Green (CTMH), Smokey Shadow (PTI)

Patterned Paper:  Cappella collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Silhouette Blooms II (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Onyx Black VersaFine (Tsukineko), Grey Wool (CTMH)

Other:  beautiful, handmade crocheted flowers (Jeanne Tomshack), burgundy wired ribbon (gift wrapping from Beverly), sponge (CTMH), Lace border punch, decorative edge scissors (Fiskars), 1 1/4" circle punch (EK Success), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam mounting tape

Friday, May 28, 2010

wishing {you}

Where does the time go?!?  I can't believe it's Friday already...and we're planning to be on the road in a few hours to go camping for the weekend.  Before I get back to all the food prep {I really dislike cooking with the trailer's stovetop} and packing, I thought I'd pop in real quick and share a card with you. 

I made it using Taylor Vanbruggen's sketch from last Friday...fully intending to get it posted before her new sketch was posted today, but the week totally got away from me --nothing new there though so I'm not at all surprised. lol  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Hope you like it.  ;)

And I loved how I found a black flower button in my stash that seemed to go with this perfectly. ;)

Enjoy your weekend --be safe and be thankful for all those Americans who have so bravely served our country to preserve our safety and many freedoms...let's just pray our country can maintain its democracy based on the principles it was founded so that their great sacrifices won't have been in vain.   

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Economy Boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Cardstock:  Smokey Shadow (PTI), White Daisy, Baby Pink (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Alissa "So Cute," Alissa "Twirls," Alissa "Love You" from A Gift of Love collection (Bo Bunny)

Stamps:  Wishing You (Verve)

Ink:  Onyx Black VersaFine (Tsukineko), Baby Pink, White Daisy pigment ink (CTMH)

Other:  Blossom, Standard Circle Large (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Victoria embossing folder (Provo Craft), ribbon, buttons (PTI), embroidery floss (DMC), half pearls (BasicGrey), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mom {etc.}

Happy Saturday! ;D

It's a beautiful day reached 90 degrees!  Talk about wacky weather --we've pretty much gone the full range of possibilities this week: wind, rain, sunshine, thunderstorms, and even a tornado watch, and now it's sunny and HOT.  Tomorrow it'll probably snow. lol  Gotta love Colorado weather.  I'm not complainin' though...having actual "weather" was one of the things we were looking forward to when we left So. Cal.  And we haven't been disappointed.  Could definitely do without the tornadoes though!

How are y'all doing this week? 

I just finished up a card {the only one this week...but better than nothing!}, but I thought I'd pop in today to share with you the Mother's Day cards my mom and I made each other.  {I think we're both lovin' aqua lately...well, it's one of her most favorite colors, so I guess it stands to reason. ;) But there's more than what I'm showing you'll see what I mean soon enough. lol}

Here I paired it with a soft peach {LoVe that combo}:

And a peek of the inside:

And here's the beauty she made for me:
Look at all those pearls!  And did you notice how she adorned the stick pin?  So clever!  I just love this card!!  Thanks again, Mom! 


And I thought I'd share a couple more lovely cards that our family was blessed to have sent my way at Easter...even though I never got a single Easter card made in return.  I'm so sorry I haven't posted them all know what a baaaad blogger I've been recently.  But a card's a card, right?, and better late than not at all is what I always say. ;)  And I know you'll enjoy these.

This one is from my sweet bloggin' buddy, Barb:
I know you can't see it here, but in real life, there's a subtle shimmer over the ENTIRE card.  Barb makes her own version of glimmer mist, and it does such a beautiful job of making things sparkle! 

And this last one was from my mom.  She'll probably not be too thrilled to see it shared here {because it wasn't her favorite...not sure why}, but I thought it was beautiful and think you'll appreciate it too.  See what I mean?
She used a beautiful copper embossing powder {her first time to heat emboss!}, and I love all that matching glitter on the side strip. ;)  So pretty!

Well, it's time to start dinner.  Hope you enjoy your evening!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Economy boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Creme Brulee, vellum (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Veranda collection (CTMH), Home collection mat pack (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Because of You (Verve)

Ink:  Juniper, Creme Brulee (CTMH), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Simple Scallop border punch (Martha Stewart), All A-Fleur embossing border punch (Fiskars), grosgrain ribbon (American Crafts), scrunched seam binding, vintage pearl button (Memrie Mare etsy shop), crochet trim (Wright's), Flower Creations, Fancy Tags, Labels Ten (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), VersaMark (Tsukineko), heat tool, clear embossing powder, sponge (CTMH), paper needle (Making Memories), embroidery floss (DMC), pop dots

Thursday, May 13, 2010

birthday {wishes}

So how have ya'll been?!  Do you realize it's been over a month since I posted last?!?!  Or did anyone even miss me?  lol

I'm really sorry I've been such a slacker on my blog {again}, but I've come to the conclusion that it's just the way it's gotta be from time to time.  *BIG sigh*  As everyone knows, there aren't any do-overs in life, and sometimes stamping and blogging need to take a back seat...for me anyway.  I'm still hoping to find the right balance so I won't be quite so sporadic with this, but until then I hope you'll hang in there with me...if there are any of you still stopping by that is. ;)

My parents just blessed our family with a visit this past week, and of course it made Mother's Day extra special.  The only thing missing was the presence of my older kids...but at least I was able to talk with each of them that day.  How was your Mother's Day?  Did you do anything special? 

I had intended to post the Mother's Day card I made for my mom, but since I haven't transferred the pics to my computer yet, that'll have to be my next post.  I want to post it with the card my mom made for me --it's gorgeous!

The card I'm sharing here is one I made quite sometime ago but hadn't shared yet --I have a lot of those.  ;)  Hope you like it.  Oh, and the sketch I used was one by Mercy Kerin.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Economy Boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Vanilla Cream, Pansy Purple (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Wisteria collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Circular Sayings (Verve)

Ink:  Pansy Purple, Lilac Mist, Vanilla Cream (CTMH)

Other:  Cuttlebug, Stylized Flowers embossing folder (Provo Craft), Blossom dies (Spellbinders), Embossed Petals border punch (Martha Stewart), button (PTI), waxed linen thread (unknown), crystal bling (Swarovski), Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), Paris Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), satin ribbon (Offray), Baby Blue Stickles (Ranger), Liquid Glass, sponges (CTMH), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape, pop dots