10/18/14

Monster Hugs

When I saw this set from Lawn Fawn, I knew it would be perfect for sending cards to my little grandson. Yes, he’s only one year old, can’t read, and will probably try to eat the card, but I’m sending them just the same. This set and the matching dies are available at Stamper’s Alley at the moment, for any of you local stampers.

Here is the card, which is a shameless CASE of this card I found on Lawn Fawn’s blog.

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I added a few hearts and put the little flying monster at the bottom, because I didn’t leave enough room at the top. I couldn’t resist adding googlie eyes to all of them, just for some fun movement on the card. They are all colored with Copic markers , cut out using the matching dies, and popped up on some foam tape.

This was the first of many cards to that adorable little guy.

Supplies:
Stamps and dies:
Lawn Fawn Monster Mash, Misc star and heart dies
Background paper: Doodlebug Designs Friendly Forest

10/4/14

Happy World Card Making Day!

It happens every year on the first Saturday in October (right?) and I can’t believe it IS October already. Autumn has arrived here in NC and I hope it sticks around a while before plunging us into the cold winter.
In honor of WCMD, I made some cards based on a tutorial from the awesome Jennifer McGuire. Her cards and tutorial are here. They are so pretty and looked so easy, which they were.

I bought the dies and the glitter spray and gave it a try.
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They turned out pretty well and I love the glittery shimmer on the balloons. You can barely see it on this one, but it’s there. And it doesn’t rub off!
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It show up a bit better here.
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Oooohhh, shiny :-)
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They were pretty simple to put together, the only thing I had a bit of trouble with was the string on the end of the balloons. I have the Multi Matte Medium, but it was just too difficult to get tiny dots out of the bottle, so I ended up using a fine tip glue. Either Tombow Mono Multi or Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, I forget which - or I may have used both of them. Anywho…it was a fun project and now I have a small birthday card stash going.
What are YOU doing for WCMD? There are a lot of posts on Facebook and blogs today, lots of inspiration out there. Maybe I’ll get inky again, who knows?
Supplies:Dies - Avery Elle Custom Panel Elle-ments
Stamps: Avery Elle Brushed Clear Stamps
Misc. - Baker’s twine, Therm-o-web Iridescent Glitter Spray, various ink pads from Hero Arts.

9/29/14

Jackson’s First Birthday and My Trip to Colorado

My trip to Colorado was wonderful. It was good to spend some time with Geoffrey and Lauren, and get to know Lauren’s mom, Deb, too. The weather was perfect and I even got a sunburn up in the Rockies!

This is the view from their backyard. Isn’t it beautiful? I enjoyed sitting out on the back patio every morning with my coffee and listening to the birds, feeling the cool breeze, and just taking in the view. Ahhh.

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Keith (the black dog) and Dexter, sleeping on the couch next to me. Keith and I became best buddies, he’s such a sweetie.

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There were still a few hummingbirds around, but the weather was starting to cool off and they were heading for warmer climates.

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We took a little ride over the Continental Divide along Loveland Pass. It’s beautiful up there, but the road is a little scary. It was really cold up that high, too. If you look towards the middle right of the sign you can see the road below. The cars looked like teeny tiny toys from up there.

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There was a beautiful double rainbow on the other side of the Divide. This photo does not do it justice, it was brilliant.

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We took a trip down into Denver for the day. It was H O T and humid that day, not at all like the cool mountain breezes in the higher altitude.

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This is at the 16th St. Mall, which is actually several city blocks in downtown Denver. It’s closed to car traffic, but they have free buses driving down both sides of the center area all day, and you can hop on an off at any stop. There are more of these outdoor pianos all along the way, and this guy was jammin’ on one of them. Yes, that’s a weed shop in the background :-)

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After I left Colorado, it was off to Ohio to see my daughter and adorable grandson. He turned 1 on September 6 and it’s amazing how much he’s grown. He’s walking and it’s hard to get a photo of him that’s not blurry - he’s not still for a minute!

He doesn’t look too pleased at having his picture taken here - I’m not sure what that look was about.

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We took him to the park and he loved the swings!

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And he’s off!!

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This is one of his favorite things to do - he loves being upside down.

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So Grandpapa had to give it a go. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more.

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He’s such a handsome little man and my daughter is so beautiful, and so proud of her little guy.

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“Tent Time” always makes him giggle. She puts a blanket over both of them and when she pulls it off he just giggles and laughs, it’s so cute! Do you think he has enough toys? That’s only a small portion of them, too.

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His own little birthday cake…he wasn’t quite sure what to do with it but he managed to make a pretty good mess of it.

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And finally here is the card I made for him. I love these cards in a box. I cut the 1 with my Silhouette and all the rest is done with dies and punches.

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I’m ready to get back on the road. I need a Jackson fix soon. I’d love to go back to Colorado, but that may have to wait until the Spring. Geoffrey and Lauren may be making a trip out here in a few months, at least I hope so!

8/13/14

Nahnahnahnahnahnahnah….Batman!

It’s hard to believe, but the most adorable baby on the planet (my grandson) will soon be one year old. How did that happen?? Well it did, and his mama and daddy decided on a Batman theme for his party so I volunteered to design the invitations. Here they are…

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I used my Silhouette for the spotlight beam, the bat, and the “Calling All Superheroes” burst. The stars are stamped in gold Delicata ink using a Hero Arts cling background stamp and the cityscape is a set of My Favorite Things dies. The spotlight beam is cut out of gold vellum, as is the oval that the bat in on. I backed the oval with bright yellow card stock to make it a little brighter, and also to make it easier to glue down. Adhesive shows through vellum so much, I had to do something to hide it.

I’m glad there were only 21 invitations needed because the die cuts the teeny tiny windows, but the itty bitty window pieces don’t all come out when you pull the paper off of the die. I developed a very close relationship with my pointy pokey tool while making these :-). It was a labor of love and I’m happy they turned out so well, but that die is having a well deserved rest right now.

The inside was printed on yellow paper, no stamps involved. I found one on Pinterest and just recreated it - why reinvent the wheel, right?

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After all of the cards were assembled, I couldn’t resist created a banner with his name on it. I couldn’t find a bat shape, so I just used a fishtail banner from my Silhouette library. After the party is over, they can hang it in his room!

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I punched the holes with my Crop-a-dile (I knew I kept that thing for some reason) and strung the banner with a double strand of yellow and white baker’s twine. I secured the twine on the back of each letter with a bit of packing tape so they wouldn’t slide around. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the very back layer is a dark blue. The letters are cut out of the top layer and the yellow layer shows through.

I can’t wait to see him again. I miss his sweet little face :-)

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See you soon, sweet baby!