Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lawn Fawn Valentine

Hi friends,

Today I have another Lawn Fawn card to show you.  This uses the same woodland critters set, only for this card I used the racoon image.  Isn't he darling?

Can you see the white flocking on his face in the close up?  I love adding a tad bit of additional texture when I can.  You probably don't notice it in the pictures but his nose has a tad bit of black distressed glue glitter also (mostly because the white flocking drown out the nose!)

This darling card will get mailed off to my adult son Eric in the weeks to come as a valentine card.  I'm sure he'll enjoy getting mail (most college students do) and even more so if I include some goodies along with it.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What does the fox say?

Hi friends,

I have been loving the creations people make with Lawn Fawn stamps for quite a while, but only just this month got my first lawn fawn stamp set.  I knew right away I wanted to make something with the darling fox so I decided to make Jessa (my son Eric's girflfriend) a Valentine's Card.  And in case you are wondering if Eric will be getting a valentine card - he will.  I'll post his card later this week!  ( - :

It's hard to see but I added white flocking on the fox's tail and chin.  I didn't do a close up but you can zoom in if you want to inspect it more carefully!!

Isn't she just darling?  I love her.  I hope Jessa loves her too.  My family hates me though.  The entire time I was crafting this, I kept singing the song 'What does the fox say.'  If you've never heard it - good for you.  It's one of those awful songs that still gets stuck in your head.  It was all the rage on youtube in 2013. If you want to check it out (don't say I didn't warn you) the link is below.

So my husband cracks me up sometimes.  I'm making paella for dinner and while I had a brief span of 10 minutes where I had no action on the recipe, I headed to my laptop to write this blog.  My DH is sitting across the dining table from me on his laptop (looking at where all our money is going using his favorite app MINT) and he sends me the message below.

Silly Bob.

So, things here are really good.  I love having Sarah and Ivan living here with us.  They are very considerate and fun.  Sarah cooks 2-3 times a week and we've been eating really healthy.  She and Ivan love vegetarian and organic food so when it's her night to cook she makes some really creative, interesting dishes like sweet potatoes with red beans or stuffed peppers with apples and feta cheese.    I love having two nights a week (off) and it's fun to see them and share dinner with them every night.  Typically we eat together and then they head up to their newlywed suite on the third floor.  They read or work on the computer or watch TV.  Bob and I do our thing and it's the perfect amount of together time.  I also love leaving breakfast dishes in the sink and coming home and having everything washed up!

Well, thanks for visiting me today.  My paella is done and it's time to call the family down for dinner.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - Pink!

Hi friends,

Today's post is a card I made for my dear husband for Valentine's Day.  When I saw PTI's blog hop challenge - pink - I chose to go with 'On my couch' as my focal point and used Berry Sorbet as my pink.

I decided to die cut the chair in white felt and then hand cut a pillow in kraft felt.  I was debating putting a bakers twine bow on the pillow but at the last minute decided to go for a crystal instead.  I added some texture to the background (subtle but I notice it) and a very thin layer of kraft behind the polka Berry Sorbet square.

Below is the inspiration photo for the blog hop and the blog hop logo.  It's not too late - play along if you like!

Today it's still cold in New England but considering that all week it's been sub-20 degrees (Fahrenheit), the fact that today is in the 30's almost feels like a heat wave.  I dragged my dear husband to a new power yoga studio I've been trying out and he seemed to like it and do well.  Hopefully he'll come every now and again and that will help prevent the back pain that often accompanies a desk job.

This afternoon, my daughter is going out with me to look for mother of the bride dresses.  I just want to get an idea of styles & prices today and don't plan on buying, but I've heard if I order a dress it could take 8-12 weeks to come in so I'll want to get an idea of whether I'll buy at a dept store or specialty store by end of February.  June will be here before I know it.  Oh and since many of you may have been a mother of the bride (or groom) recently I would love to get your advise on dresses (where to get them, how to ensure you look good but stay comfortable!)  Below is a photo of one dress I tried on.  Everyone loves this (I love the color and style) but I'm concerned about whether I'll be comfy in an off the shoulder all evening long.   Note - I would not have my bra straps showing on the big day!!!  Comments?  Advise?  Oh and I'd love to know what you think of my card too!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Impression Obsession 'I {heart} you'

Hi friends,

Today's post is a fun valentine theme card for the Impression Obsession challenge.  The I/O blog is on the link below... check it out... play along with the challenge or see some really nice creations from others who played along.

Impression Obsession Blog

Sadly, one of my local card making stores 'Ink About It' recently announced they will be closing the shop up in the spring.  The only good thing about that news is that they were having a sale (20% off) all items and they have a nice selection of stamps, papers, embellishments and tools.  I stopped by on Friday and got a new I/O stamp.  It's called Love Chandelier F2376.  I find so many of my I/O stamps are designed by Leigh Hannan, I love her style.

 I'm so glad to be slightly ahead of the holiday on this one.  One valentine card - DONE!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Garden Fairy DeNami Card for Curtain Call Challenge

Hi friends,

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday.  It's was a holiday for many in the U.S., but for most of us corporate folks it was a regular work day.  There is a huge benefit for us working stiffs when we have a bank holiday like today and have to work; no traffic.  Yes, it would have been better to be home in my P.J.'s but if I had to go to work it was better to get there in less time.

Today's post is a fun and whimsical card I made for the Curtain Call Challenge using my new DeNami stamps.  They had a release last week of some darling woodland critters and I spent my January card making budget on a few fun stamps.

 Above is my card and below is the inspiration photo from Curtain Call.

I picked up the gray, red, yellow and kraft colors and the heart/love theme with the doily die cut behind the focal point image.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  Make it a great one.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Garden full of buttons!

Hi friends,

Today's card features a garden full of button blossoms.  Isn't this darling?  I love how cheerful and fun it is. It's super easy to make but putting twine on each button is time consuming.  I'm a little obsessive about closing the buttons up.  I think it looks 'undone' when the button is naked so I tied off all 18 of these tiny pink buttons before adhering them on top of the leaf stems.

So, I've really missed blogging.  The second half of December really got away from me.  It was all good stuff, but I just didn't have any free time so card making and blogging got put on the back burner.  But I was surprised at how much I missed it.  It just reminds me how much I value expressing my creative side.  I hope to blog regularly in 2014.  I hope you continue to follow me and enjoy my weekly craftiness and ramblings. You know I love your comments so please periodically take a minute and write a note about a post that you like!  I really appreciate your comments back.

Life in 2014 is starting out full and fun.  We went wedding dress shopping for the June wedding on Friday January 3rd and Sarah said 'yes to the dress.'  She got a gorgeous silk taffeta sweetheart neck gown for the June beach wedding.  It was really fun picking it out with her and there was no drama like the TV shows (at least not for us.)

Sarah and Ivan had their first wedding on Monday January 6th.  Eric headed back to campus on Tuesday the 7th and this past week (and weekend) it's been all about establishing a new routine with the newlyweds living in the third floor bedroom of our house.  So far, it's all good.  Bob and I are trying really hard to offer them a bit of privacy and they seem to appreciate it, but often they are hanging with us in the main floor (which is nice.)

Below are pictures of the first wedding.  It was a 10 minute deal (do you Sarah, do you Ivan....) and it was very nice.  We are friends with the senior pastor at our church and asked him to do the simple ceremony at a convenient time for his schedule and he agreed.  Normally one of the associate pastor's does the wedding but Mike was the youth pastor when Sarah was in Jr/Sr high and she knows him so it was super nice that he did that as a favor to our family.  Sarah and Ivan went through 2 pre-marital counseling sessions with the pastor of spiritual growth.  They have 2 maybe 3 more sessions to go through before the June wedding. They are enjoying the time exploring how to have a successful marriage and enjoy getting to know Pastor Dorian in the process.

Life has a way of being sad and sweet all at the same time.  The chapel in the church was filled with beautiful flowers - not because we purchased any but because one of Bob's friend's, Dana had passed away the week before and the flowers from the funeral were still in the chapel when we were there on Monday.  I'm sure Dana would be glad to know that flowers his friends and family gave for his service were able to make a beautiful background for Sarah and Ivan's new life together.

We went to Paparazzi's for dinner afterwards (surprisingly very few nice restaurants are open on Monday evenings) and Sarah saved the cork from the wine as a momento.  Very sweet.

And below are photo's of the newlywed suite.  I'm glad to see Sarah decorating it and arranging it as 'their own' space.  No surprise that the book lovers have books EVERYWHERE already!

Want to know what the biggest surprise of the entire homecoming was for me?  It was my sweet little doggie Tank.  Prior to Sarah and Ivan arriving in the U.S., Tank was a total  momma's boy.  He only wanted to sit with me, followed me around everywhere and was despondent when I left the house.  The moment Sarah got into the house, he was all about her.  He jumped on her, wagged his tail and followed her around.  Then he discovered that Ivan likes to throw the ball for him.  So he then became Ivan's best friend.  He is sooo happy.   Sadly if both Sarah and I call him, he goes to her. )-:  I was heartbroken the first time this happened. It reminded me of dropping Sarah and Eric off at daycare and within moments they were playing and having fun and didn't even notice mommy was gone.  I guess my baby doggy is growing up and it's all good.  But I do like to pick on Tank and tell him that he doesn't love me anymore.  Joey, on the other hand is still a huge momma's boy.  Maybe because he has a hard time going up three flights of stairs and he could give a hoot about chasing a ball.  I'm still the one that feeds them and Joey is all about meal-time.

Anyway, thanks for visiting my blog today.  I'll have another post later this week.  Make it a great day.