Thursday, June 26, 2014

A DeNami Thank You card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

Hi friends,
Today's card is a colorful Thank you card using Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch.

I had a few critter images out on the table and my original thought was that one of the critters would share the focal point with the sentiment but the more I played with the papers and images the more I liked keeping it cleaner and less busy.

You may be wondering why so many of my recent posts include DeNami stamps?  Well, first I love the images; second with my craft room dismantled the DeNami materials are so easy to work with, especially if you have to break down your set up after each session.  But the main reason I'm playing with DeNami stamps recently is because they just announced a call for their design team. 

I've never applied for a design team, but am feeling eager to try it, so I'm expanding my card wardrobe to include more different styles of cards to submit.  I am going to send in my card making resume and 5 cards sometime before July 10th.  I had way more than 5 cards already made using DeNami, but I wanted to create some new ones to showcase a few of my favorite techniques to give a better image to the judges of my ability and style.

Let's see where it goes.

Oh and I can't forget Karen's great sketch.  Above is her wonderful sketch.  and of course at the top is my interpretation of the challenge.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Make it a great day.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The start of summer, a patriotic card and a birthday card

Good morning,

Yesterday was the first day of summer. We had a beautiful day here in New England, it was sunny, warm and dry.  The best part?  We had nothing to do!  Don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean we did nothing, but it was one of those great kind of days where there was no specific schedule, no immediate deadline and my dear husband home with me.  So what did we do?  Well, we went for a run on the trail by the charles river, then I went to Stop and Shop and used all my 'grand re-opening' coupons and got like 8 bags of groceries for $48.00 (SCORE!), did some laundry, sat outside and had lunch, watered my flowers, marvelled at my soon to bloom cosmo's stem that I grew from SEED, picked some weeds, mopped the floor, cleaned my closet, made two cards and then enjoyed dinner at the Mexican Restaurant.  Ah, isn't it great being old and enjoying a simple day like this?

Anyway, I have two cards to share with you.

First up is a patriotic card using DeNami's chickie.  I have no idea who I'll send this too, but I just wanted to make a patriotic card with this image and my red/white and blue supplies.
Next up is a birthday card using DeNami's gardening chickie.  I thought my gardening chickie needed some fun and modern grey gingham to go with her green grass and button.  Notice the shiny watering can and shovel?  I get that shiny effect by adding glue after coloring, it makes a great shiny effect.  I also added some distressed green stickles to the grass.  I'm not sure if that's a great effect but I wanted to try it to see.
Lastly, with the hubbub of the wedding I don't think I ever mentioned on my blog that my Peace Corps stories - published here on THIS blog over the last 3 years - got picked up by the nationwide Peace Corp communications team.  They edited my content (it was way too long for one blog entry on their site) and published my story.

I actually liked the way it turned out, which doesn't always happen when someone takes a big story you wrote and summarizes it into a teeny, tiny article, but I thought they captured the thoughts I was feeling and communicating pretty well.

Want to read it?  Here is the link

I enjoyed reading people's comments on it, especially the one mom who thanked me for sharing my story since her child is just starting service in Zambia.  I also loved the 60 year old grandmother who encouraged me to consider service as well!  It really is nice to communicate with others when we face new situations.

Well, it's another gorgeous summer day here in New England, I'm off to water my flowers, check on my Cosmo stems and enjoy the day.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A beautiful bride on a beautiful day

Hi friends,

Just a quick post on our fabulous day Saturday at my daughters wedding.  Oh my word, it was wonderful in every way and I can't believe the time went by soo fast.

I'll have more to say in the weeks to come but for today I'll just say this.

The weather was gorgeous, the kind of days that happen in New England only about 10 times per year; dry, sunny, warm, flowers in bloom...gorgeous.

The bride was relaxed.  Somehow she was able to let go of all the little details and cherish the moment.

 All our vendors were AWESOME.  Between the caterer, the band, the hairdresser, the photographer, the limo driver, the coordinator, everyone was on time, courteous and everything went as planned.  That doesn't happen everyday and we were so thankful.

Our family was all there, but it was sad that no-one from Ivan's family could be there.  It was great to have everyone come out for the event.  We only wish that Ivan's mother and brothers could have been there.

But we did pick up about 50 'extra' guests at the beach.  No one really expected June 7th to be 80 degrees, sunny and a perfect beach day, but when that's how the day turned out, most of the North Shore arrived on Good Harbor Beach and didn't leave for dinner time.  I love this shot of the guys arriving and the beach volleyball game going on behind them as they walked to the ceremony spot.

The beach was PACKED.  Kids, teens, old people, you name it, they were there... in their bathing suits, swimming, sunning, playing volleyball, buying italian ices and then we show up with our wedding.  They were all so respectful.  many sat down and listened to the music and pastor's message.  All gave a little room.

The Italian Ice guy had a wheel breakdown, but thankfully he got his cart fixed on an it's way before the bride and groom scooted back over the footbridge.

It was fun having the entire beach community hear our Pastor's message about God's love and marriage. Who knew that he would have the opportunity to preach the gospel on Good Harbor Beach?  He was great. I loved his message.

And how fun was it that Sarah and  Ivan asked my mom and peter to play music for the ceremony.  They did such a nice job playing soft instrumental songs for the prelude, procession and recession.  The accordian worked great on the beach.  Peter had the mike on the guitar and my mom's accordian music blended perfectly.  How great is it that she can still play that baby at 77 years old.  You go girl!

The reception was a ton of fun.  Everyone was dancing and everyone took pictures in the photo booth my brother in law set up.

More pictures and stories to come... thanks for visiting my blog today.  Make it a great day.