Monday, June 11, 2018

Graduation cards for Noah & Zach

Good day!  We were invited to a graduation party for Chico's cousins Noah & Zach yesterday.  I wanted to make them each a card that was personalized and  so with inspiration from a couple fellow consultants, these are what I came up with.

They came together very quickly using the Thin Cuts - It's Your Day and Thin Cuts - Block Alphabet  from Close to My Heart.  The graduation cap is the now retired "Graduation Cap Occasions", a stamp from the previous catalog.  

Noah & Zach's high school colors are orange & black, so it was easy to customize the cards using coordinating cardstocks.  I hope they liked them.

Here are the boys getting ready to head to their graduation.  They were born just a couple months before Mateo.  It's so hard to believe they are all already out of high school.  Time really does fly.

And here's a photo with Chico, Jaxon & I.  Mateo had to miss the party because of work.  :(

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Please visit again soon.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Make Waves - "Have a Sunny Day" card

Hello!  Here's a card I did for my "Make Waves" card workshop back in February.


This card was very much inspired by Lisa Stenz's "Hello Sunshine Boxed Gift Cards & Tags Kit".  You can see Lisa's card HERE.  

Lisa used the Gimme Some Sugar papers, but I already had plans for those papers, so I changed them up to fit the Make Waves papers and colors.  I just love her artwork.  It also inspired two more cards that I will be posting in the next few days.

Inks used: Pansy, Blossom & Juniper
Papers: Make Waves (retired), Pansy c/s, White Daisy c/s & Bashful Glitter Paper.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Make Waves - "Whale Hello There" card

Whale hello there!  I wanted to show you a fun card I made a couple months ago using Close to My Heart's "Make Waves - Cardmaking" stamp set.

How about that purple whale?  It would be fun to see one, don't you think?  :)

This was one of those rare occasions that I did not use any patterned paper on the card, only cardstock.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  Simple and clean.  I used an image in Cricut Design Space for the waves.  They're both the same image, I just re-sized them so they would look a bit different.

You can see I used an embossing folder to create some texture on the front wave.  I also popped up the whale and the top of the front row of waves to give it some depth.  

I used "Pansy" ink and "Lagoon" cardstock on the card.  The cardstock from Close to My Heart is two toned, so the waves are made from the same sheet of paper.  Pretty cool huh?

Whale, there you go, that's my card for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Family & Friends: Mateo Graduated!

He did it!  Mateo's a high school graduate!

We had a fun filled last few days with family & friends in town to help celebrate Mateo's high school graduation.  We are so proud of this guy.  He finished high school as one of the 21 Valedictorians in his class.  Wow, so impressive!  

On Thursday night we went to Senior Spotlight, an awards night for select Seniors.  Mateo received his medals for Valedictorian, Honors and cords for PCC Dual Credit.  It was so fun to watch all the kids receiving recognition for all of their hard work. 

Medals & cords all ready to be worn to Graduation.

Friday for the Seniors was a day of fun.  They had an awards assembly, graduation practice with a pizza party and then the Seniors loaded onto buses and went and visited their old elementary schools.  We have four different elementary schools in town.  

I got teary eyed (still do) at the thought of them returning to the place they began their school careers.  Mateo said it was pretty cool.  He got to see former teachers (who also shed a tear, seeing "their babies" all grown up).  I was able to see a couple photos from the day.

Saturday was Graduation Day.  Here are the six of us (Mateo's fan club, lol) in the stands, waiting for the Seniors to arrive.

(Nice job with the selfie, Granny)

I wish I could post videos on here.  It was really cool to see all of the Seniors enter the gym.  The Valedictorians got to enter first, so Mateo was easy to spot.  

Not my photo, just a nice group shot of all the graduates.

Some speeches were inspiring and some were funny.  I definitely teared up a few times.  The Valedictorians all took turns reading the names of the graduates as they came down the stage and received their diplomas, so we got to see Mateo up at the podium as well.

The traditional throwing of the hats once they announced they had graduated.

We got to grab a few photos outside with the grad before heading to his party.  

Mateo with Papa & Nona

Mateo with Granny

Mateo and his proud dad, Chico

Rose took a photo of me taking my traditional selfie.

The selfie.  :)

Mateo liked this photo of Jaxon not wanting to take a photo with him.  Typical...

Mateo standing in front of the Valedictorian wall.  They all get their photos taken for the wall.

Mateo's "Honors" Diploma.  Pretty fancy.

It was a great day.  So many people came to celebrate with Mateo at his graduation party that afternoon too.  I'll have to do another post just for that.

If you've made it this far in the post, thank you for sticking around.  I'll be back soon with more cards.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Thanks a Bushel - June Stamp of the Month

Oh my gosh, this is the most excited I've been in a long time about a Stamp of the Month.  Introducing the June stamp of the month, "A Bushel & A Peck".  I am in love with this little girl!

For this card I used the new "Fresh Air" paper pack in the newest Seasonal Expressions catalog.  I cut some banners from a few different pattered papers for a fun feature in the top corner.  I stamped, colored and cut out a single apple and popped it up on a bow made from two strands of the new "New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon".  

The girl and apples were all colored with our Shin Han Markers.  Colors I used were: Barely Beige, Bronze, Carmine, Clay, Sap Green & Turquoise Blue.  I did a tiny bit of paper piecing on the basket to make it look like it had more texture.

Here's a look at the complete "A Bushel & A Peck" stamp set.

Isn't that a fun set?  Once I get through my son's high school graduation tomorrow I want to play with it some more.  Thanks a bushel for stopping by!  ;)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Stitched Circle Happy Birthday card

Here's one last "Gimme Some Sugar" card.  This one, again, was inspired by fellow consultant Anna Jarnagin.  I tell you, I'm very drawn to her cards.  You can see her card HERE on Pinterest.

This card pretty much lets the paper be the star of the show.  Just added a cute stitched circle and one of my favorite Happy Birthday sentiments. The "Happy Birthday" stamp can be found in the Annual Inspirations Catalog until 7/31/18.  It's a nice size for tags too.  That Bashful Glitter Paper is another favorite of mine.  Bashful is Close to My Heart's color of the year in the Annual Inspirations Catalog.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the new June Stamp of the Month, "A Bushel & A Peck".  It's adorable.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sending Smiles - Gimme Some Sugar papers & stamps

Here's another card using the "Gimme Some Sugar" papers and the "Gimme Some Sugar - Scrapbooking" stamp set (both now retired).  Like my last post, I saw a card done by a fellow consultant, this time Anna Jarnagin.  I always love Anna's cards, so I took her layout and changed it up just a bit and voila, here's my card.  You can see Anna's card HERE on Pinterest.

Here's a close up to show how the flowers are cut out and popped up.  I am a big fan of dimension for my cards.  I also added that oh so necessary bling.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you here again soon.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Thanks card with cut out flowers

Hi everyone!  Here's a fun card that I totally CASE'd from fellow consultant, Chris Lothian.  When I see a card that I like and it inspires me, I will copy it.  Why reinvent the wheel, right?  You can see Chris' card HERE on Pinterest.

I used her design and just changed the sentiment to fit my needs.  I also used a ribbon from the Adventure Ribbon Pack.  I just love those polka dots.

I liked that Chris took advantage of the patterned papers and cut out the flowers.  Those are not stamped, cool right?  I've done that in the past with a different paper but kind of forgot about it.  And of course, I like a little bling, so there are a few sparkles added.

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Mother's Day box card

Hello.  Here is a box card I made in one of my card workshops, for Mother's Day. 

This uses two different stamp sets from the current Close to My Heart Annual Catalog.  I used "Thoughtful Bird" and "For You Darling".  Both sets are available with matching Thin Cuts as well, herehere.  The paper used is the now retired Gimme Some Sugar, but you can use any papers and stamp your images to match.

The card folds to a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card size and fits easily into an envelope.

I matched the ink colors to those in the paper pack: Bashful, Blossom, Charcoal, TangerineJuniper.

Here's a closer look at the two stamp sets:

Thoughtful Bird - 

For You Darling - 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Free Cake! I Mean, Happy Birthday.

Hello.  Here's a fun card I made using the now retired "Gimme Some Sugar" papers and the "Free Cake" mini stamp set.

I cut out and popped up the image of the cake to give it some dimension.  I thought the baking theme of the papers was pretty cute with this little stamp.

I always try to pin my cards to my "My Artwork" board on Pinterest.  I'd love for you to follow my page if you're so inclined.  Thanks for stopping by!