Friday, March 20, 2015

Playing Around with Easter!

Happy spring to you!  Both of my kids have been on Spring Break this week and I LOVE having this week with them.  We are enjoying some nice and relaxing downtime and doing some fun "staycation" things.  I've also been doing some Easter stamping with some of my new things.  I saw a bunny like the one below on Babble.com, but changed it to suit my taste, utilizing the supplies I had on hand.  I love him!  I used Stampin' Up! punches to make his body.  His bottom is the 1-3/4" circle punch; his head is the 1" circle punch; and I made his ears with the blossom punch.


This bunny die is from Simon Says.  I love the intricacy of this Peter Rabbit egg!  Displaying it in a vintage frame makes it look so dressy.  It was a piece of cake to simply run it through my Big Shot!

Here he is close up.  Isn't he adorable?  And if you haven't seen enough bunnies, I have a fourth one for you!  Ha!  I did a reverse of my first bunny - and I love how he turned out, too!  Newspaper print paper is absolutely my favorite.  I think I'm going to have Easter bunnies in every room in my house now!  Oh, well, worse things could happen, right?

So glad I hoarded the vanilla flower trim before Stampin' Up! discontinued it.  It's perfect for a vintage bunny tail.  This kind of stuff makes life sweet!

We had a perfect day today - played golf in the rain - and I've never laughed so hard in my life.  I'll be sad when Spring Break is over.  :(   Love having Hunter and Haley home.

Monday, March 16, 2015

My Daughter's Birthday

My youngest has now turned 20.  It feels kind of odd to not have any teenagers anymore.  It really does make me feel older!  My husband and I picked Haley up from U of H and took her out for lunch on her birthday.  Then, the following weekend, she had several friends over and they had a cupcake factory going!  I think I probably ate six cupcakes during all of this but, hey, your youngest only turns 20 once, so I think it was okay!  At least that's what I'm telling myself!  Here are some pictures of her special day and the cupcake factory!




Happy Birthday to you, Haley!  You are a special young lady and my very best friend!

I'm Feeling Green!

Greetings!  HOW ARE YOU!  I've been busy going through all of my stamping "stuff" lately and cleaning out a lot of things.  I've been organizing my buttons - and I've got a million of those wonderful little things!  I was organizing all of my pinks, all of my yellows, all of my blues, and neutrals, when I realized that all of my green buttons would make a wonderful St. Patrick's Day decoration!
I love that when I'm papercrafting and I need a button, all I have to do is pick one out of the jar!  Doesn't matter anymore if it's retired or not, I just pick one!  I was able to make some St. Patrick's Day treats this year.  I made very small envelopes with the envelope punch board and my "green" designer paper scraps and slid a couple of Andes mints inside.  You start with a 3-1/2 X 3-1/2 piece of designer series paper and score it at 1-1/2" with the envelope punch board.  My good friend Beth joined me while I was making them and we spent the day stamping together.  It was definitely what I would call "therapy" and I enjoyed her company so much.  There's a little rhinestone in the center of each shamrock, which doesn't show up too well in the picture.
Erin go bragh!  Top o' the mornin' to ya!  Long live the queen!  May the luck o' the Irish be with you tomorrow!  Have a Margarita......it's green!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Bridal Shower Card

Hello - and happy stamping to you!  I am attending a bridal shower this weekend for an excited bride-to-be!  Her name is Carlyle - and her new last name will begin with an "L."  I couldn't be happier for her!  She has found a really special guy (and I think he's pretty lucky to have found Carlyle, too!) and they are tying the knot very soon and I was delighted to be invited to her bridal shower!  This card is a direct case from Becky Jensen.  I had to improvise with a Big Shot alphabet that I already had, but I love the idea of hanging a monogram down from the bow - after all, it's all about her new last name, right?  I'm happy that I kept a couple of those "Pretties Kits" from Stampin' Up!  They contain all sorts of pearls and clear jewels and a hat pin to string them on.  It came in handy for Carlyle's card and I think it's lovely!  I used all Stampin' Up! merchandise for this card.  Best wishes to you, Carlyle.  You're going to love my gift and I can't wait to give it to you!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Wonderful Valentine's Day!

Isn't this one of the most gorgeous bouquets of flowers you've ever seen?  With the silver vase, it kind of has a vintage feel to it - and I seem to be ALL about vintage lately.  I can't seem to get enough of it.  My sweet husband gave me this bouquet for Valentine's Day, along with a beautiful yellow beryl and diamond necklace.  I'm one of those lucky gals who has a husband who recognizes Valentine's Day.  I have several friends whose husbands don't buy in to the whole idea.  I don't think I'd get along very well with a husband like that!  Thanks, sweetheart, for always making me feel special with your gifts of love!  I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bella's Birthday Card

Today is Isabella's birthday!  Bella is my son's girlfriend!  She's adorable, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous and I wish I could be celebrating her birthday with her!  I made this card for Bella.  She loves scrapbooking, paper-crafting, and making cute little things, so I enclosed a Hobby Lobby gift card inside.  I think she'll have fun spending that!  I hope she likes this card - it's sweet and elegant - just like Bella!   I cased it from Pinterest and simply used what I had on hand. 


Monday, February 16, 2015

A Sympathy Card

Hello!  Today I had to make a sympathy card for a dear friend who lost her father.  I think sympathy cards are challenging because if they're not "serious" enough or "deep" enough, it seems as though they aren't appropriate for the occasion.  Although they're tricky, I think simpler is better for an occasion like this.  I saw a card very similar to this on Pinterest and used the supplies I had available to mimic it.  Funny how this card seems like it could be used for a wedding card or even a birthday card, but I think it's very nice for a sympathy card, too.  I hope my friend will feel the love that I felt while making it.  I know how sad it is to lose a father.  The supplies are all from Stampin' Up! except for the card stock, which is from Papertrey.  The twine and ink are Early Espresso.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Cards and Treat Boxes

Hello!  With everything that's been going on in my life recently, I feared that I would miss out on being able to stamp cute little things for Valentine's Day this year, so I stayed home today and made some cards and treat boxes - and it was a wonderful and quiet "me" day to just enjoy stamping!  There are so many people at The Solana that I would like to thank for all they do each day, so I made 20 little treat boxes filled with chocolates and candy to give to those special people.  I also made a few for my mom, Nan, and Connie - two of my mom's friends there.

I have a die from My Favorite Things - it's a paper bag treat box die - and it came in handy today!  It folds in on the side like a paper bag from the grocery store, so it allows room for candy, but it's not so big that you'll break the bank filling it with candy.  I used designer paper and stamps from Stampin' Up!  I think they turned out really cute!

I also made some Valentine's Day cards for my mom, Haley, and some of my special friends and relatives.  I think this card is to die for.  I copied it from Angela Maine, but used what I had on hand to mimic her card.  I'm totally in love with it.  Although I like the pink, I can only imagine how beautiful it would be to use vanilla ribbon and a vanilla flower.  It would make a gorgeous wedding card - and I'm going to need one of those in April, so I'll try it out then.  The heart is a Sizzix die, the flourish is from Impression Obsession, and the greeting is from Papertrey.  Isn't it fabulous?

Since this card is a bit girly-girl for my husband and son, I made another card for them that is a bit more masculine.  I used my Papertrey stamps for the card below - and I love it, too!  I cased it, of course!  This card is perfect for my son since we have always loved drinking coffee together - especially iced coffee!  A Starbucks gift card is perfect to place inside the card.  I LOVE MY STAMPS AND ALL MY TOYS!  I am one happy gal right now!  Stamping can make you feel that way!


Okay, here's one more that I just HAD to make because it's so cute!  This is a CASE of Maile Belles' card and all of the supplies are from Papertrey.  I'll have to save this card for next year to give my husband!  I feel better now that I got to do some Valentine's Day stamping - now it's on to St. Patrick's Day!  


Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!  May you love and be loved!