Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tricia's Wedding Card

Since the happy couple went on their honeymoon I didn't have to have their wedding card done before they left so I had time this week to work on it. I wanted to use the caricature that we had drown for the invitation. So here's what I came up with.

This is made from scraps from the wedding invitations and box favors that I did for the wedding. I printed off the caricature and colored the cascades of hearts with Copic R27. I used the scraps of the silver paper to die cut and emboss the flowers and then used the island blue paper to make the centers. I added the silver twine as another embellishment.
I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for the card:

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 Thanks for stopping by. I'll be sharing more pictures form the wedding as I get around to it. I am hoping to have a crafty weekend too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Thanks for the Happy Birthday

It's amazing to me how much the weekend took out of me. I am really tired. But today was my last day of vacation and also my birthday. My boys took me to dinner last night and this morning we took them back to the Indy airport and said goodbye. The house feels very empty and quiet now. But it was a good day. We got all the furniture moved back to our weekend place at Baby Creek and ate dinner out there. But it started raining so we came home and I got some crafting time. But before I show you my card tonight here are a couple more wedding pictures.

You can't really see that my DH is rather teary coming down the aisle. I was doing really well until I saw him trying to hold back the tears.

And here is the happy couple right before they walked the aisle as Mrs. and Mr. Jamison Thomas for the first time. I am looking forward to seeing what the photographer captured.

My son Dan's girlfriend brought me some new punches for my birthday this weekend. Thanks Meaghan! So I had to make a thank you using one of the punches.

The brown paper is actually lighter than the photo shows.The image is from Beccy's Place. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. The punch is an open arch pattern from EK Success. The embossing is the Victoria embossing folder. I added a chipboard heart colored with Copic Markers and added a few sequins.
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Thanks for stopping by today. It looks like my Feedburner blogs are not sending me emails again. I wish I could figure out why it's so sporadic. Hope your week is off to a great start. Mine is!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wedding Weekend

What an awesome weekend we had! The Friday evening celebration was wonderful and gave the two families time to get to know each other a bit better. We had a caricature artist come to draw everyone's caricature. It was great fun and Karen was absolutely wonderful! Food and company were awesome. Saturday dawned cloudy but the clouds cleared by early afternoon and by the time of the wedding the sun was shining. It was cool but sunny. The wedding was beautiful! Tricia was beautiful and Jamison was so handsome. Here's one of the pics that I took on my phone before the wedding.

Not a great picture to see the gown but we'll have better pictures in a few weeks from the photographer. The reception was so much fun. We really made it a party. Tricia did a special dedication to my brother, who was her godfather, who asked her the last time she saw him to find someone special to share her life with and asked everyone to honor her uncle by dancing to Mariah Carey's One Sweet Day. The entire group of guests got up to dance. It was a really emotional moment. But beautiful. I know my brother was smiling down on his goddaughter. I can hardly believe that after the months of planning that it's all over. Jamison and Tricia, I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

So I missed challenge at the Stamping Boutique that I made this for but thought I would post it anyway. I made this for my sister-in-law who was at the wedding so I just gave it to her rather than mailing it and being late. Probably the only birthday I made on time this month. LOL!

Jeannie flies her own plane so I thought this Stamping Boutique image would be perfect for her birthday. I colored the plane with Copics and Bic markers and then used Stickles to create the fireworks. I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. The final touch was the gingham ribbon.  So there are still a few challenges I can use this card for:
I am looking forward to getting back to crafting. I have one more day off of work but we have trip to the airport to take tomorrow to send our sons home and then we have to return the extra beds to our other property. So tomorrow will be really busy. I'm not exactly looking forward to going back to work. Here's wishing you a wonderful start to your week!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Hump Day

We are on the countdown to the wedding. Today was a day full of errands. But we am almost finished with the little details of the wedding. Today I finished off all the bags for the hotel guests. The bags are large wine bottle bags in silver (because I couldn't find then in cornflower blue). The bags include a bottle of wine and two wine glasses, a small box of Tylenol, two packets of tissues (i'll need those at the wedding), a book about Bloomington from the Visitor's Center and these treat bags:

Still using up scraps of the blue and silver paper. That silver paper does not photograph well. I die cut the silver circle and it actually has die cut stitching around the edge but that's impossible to see in the photo. All the pieces: the tag, circle and heart are from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners die set. This is the smaller banner from the set. I actually traced the banner rather than die cut because my paper was slightly smaller than the die. Everything else I die cut. The sentiment was printed and punched with an inch and a half paper punch.
I am still waiting on candy to come in to finish off the favor boxes. I am hoping that it comes in by tomorrow so I can get those done. We had to order the candy to get the specific color of cornflower blue and silver. I'll have to check my list to see what else is left.
Hope you are having a great week. I am looking forward to getting back to some other kind of crafting. I actually did a card yesterday for my sister who had surgery earlier this week and in my haste to send it I forgot to photograph it. Bummer! Have an awesome Thursday!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Birhtday Lighthouse

Happy Labor Day! I am still fighting this summer cold and I have to go back to work tomorrow. With the wedding less than two weeks away, I am glad the cold happened this weekend while I could take it easy. I did manage, with the help of my wonderful DH, to finish all the boxes for the favors. I will share those with you some time this week. But tonight I made a birthday card for Tom's nephew, whose birthday is the same day as Tricia's wedding.

I used a new die cut I got at a Lawn Fawn release party last Friday evening. This is the large stitched banner from the set and I cut it out so that it made a card. I used a Gina K stamp set that I haven't used in ages called Guiding Light. And then I pulled out my colored pencils that I haven't used in forever and colored the image. I added a ribbon in the banner holes to finish it off. Pretty easy peasy. But I like it!

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Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a relaxing Labor Day and are ready for your four day week. Four more days and I will be on vacation until September 16th so I am looking forward to this week moving quickly. LOL! Have an awesome week!


Saturday, August 30, 2014


Where do the weeks go? We are looking at the end of August already. And two weeks from right now my daughter will be walking down the aisle to get married. It seems like yesterday we watched her pour milk ot the very rim of the bowl (she was about 3 years old), she turned around and saw Tom and I watching her and said, "And don't spill it!" She was also my hepitocker (helicopter) girl. Oh the memories. I've some hoe come down with a summer cold or the flu. I haven't figured out which. My nose is running and I am achey. I guess if I have to be sick this is the best weekend for it. We have nothing at all that has to be done this weekend.
I mad e acard that is not my usual style but I thought it turned out pretty nice. I don't think the photo does it justice though.
I used the stitched leaf die cuts from Lawn Fawn with Basic Grey paper scraps. The hello die cut is from Simon Says and I cut and stacked 6 of them so it pops off the card. Then I added some Cinnamon, Ruby and Goldenrod Stickles for embellishment.  I think it's a fun card! I am entering these challenges:
Hope your Labor Day weekend is off to a great start. I need to get back to making boxes for the wedding favors. But when I get tired I'm going to make some cards too this weekend. Hope you have some time to relax and craft too.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Naughty or Nice?

Feedburner has suddenly decided to send me emails again. So I am finally getting the blog notices that I subscribe to. With the wedding I haven't had a lot of time to visit blogs but it's nice to get the emails. I wonder how long it will last. They seem to come and go.
Hot, sticky and humid today. But we've had such a nice summer, I am having trouble complaining about the few days that we've actually had this kind of weather. We turned our air conditioner on. It hasn't been on much this summer.
Tonight I finished the last of my progressive challenges for August. This is the Christmas DigiStamp4Joy image for August.

This is Santa's Helper! I used a plaid digital paper from Trimgym. I fussy cut Santa's helper after coloring her with Copics. The sentiment is from The Crafty Nomad. I cut the sentiment with Spellbinder's Inverted Circles and colored the edge with Copics. I am entering these challenges:
I will need to go back to making favors for the wedding soon. I am waiting on more paper from Simon Says. I hope it will be here by the end of the week. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Hogs & Kisses

Happy Monday! The start of a new week and the wedding creeps closer. Less than three weeks now. I worked on the favors a little while tonight but decided to make a card.

I saw some awesome fall cards today on blogs so I went a little more toward fall with this one, at least with the colors. The image is the stamp of the month over at From the Heart stamps challenge. Isn't he just the cutest! The sentiment came with the image. I used the Paper Players sketch for the layout. I colored the image with Copics and water-colored the sentiment with spiced marmalade distress ink. I punched some oak leaves to make a littel embellishment. I die cut the image with Spellbinders scalloped circles and inked the edges with Certainly Celery ink. The banner is a trick I learned on Jennifer McGuire's blog. The trick is in this video toward the end. It's a way to cheat a banner. I am entering these challenges:
Hope you had a great start to your week.  I am looking forward to a three day weekend and some down time. No family this weekend so I hope to finish the rest of the favors for the wedding. Take care and make  it an awesome week!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bridal Shower Fun

So the weekend has flown by. A lot of family was in town and staying with us for Tricia's bridal shower. Good time was had by all. And she received some awesome gifts! I wanted to share the card that I made to go with her gift from me.

This is made from scraps of the wedding invitations so it is in her wedding colors. That silver paper looks really great IRL but it's very difficult to photograph. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge sketch for this card.

The tux and wedding gown hearts were cut with Spellbinder dies. Then I just cut and backed all the pieces in black to make the color pop. I added a few pearls to the gown and faux stitched around the sentiment, which is from Studio G. I am entering the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge and the Outlawz Thursday challenge of anything goes.
I am beat! We stayed up talking both Friday and Saturday evening until 2 am. I am not used to staying up that late. So it will be early to bed for me tonight. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and make it a great start to your week ahead!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sailing into your Birthday

The carpets are finally done. It took them two days to lay the new carpet. They were here until 10:30pm on Friday night. Then we got the rest of the carper cleaned yesterday. Finally moved everything back tonight. And after that I froze two bags full of tomatoes. Things are starting to shape up. My house is cleaner then it's been in a very long time. Hope I can keep it that way. More birthdays in the works. So here's another birthday card.

This one is similar to my washi tape creation. I used the same Spellbinders Labels 13 cut out. But used a sailboat image from Gina K in the background. The "Relax" is from a Gina K set. The birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts. Very simple!
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Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is going well. I need to get back to making favor boxes for the wedding. I'll share those very soon. Happy Hump Day!


Friday, August 15, 2014


My week has been so busy! Work is fast paced lately. And we are trying to get the house in shape for the wedding shower next weekend. Family will be descending this week. So for the past two days they have been laying new carpet at our house. It's 9:30 pm and they are still working on it. But we really want it done. Next Monday we have the rest of our carpet steamed cleaned so the floors will be almost ready then. This weekend my in laws and Tom's nephew are visiting. I am going to be making wedding favors all weekend. I did get a few birthday cards made this week out of necessity. Three birthdays this week and no cards in stock. Here's the first of the three.

I used Spellinbers Labels 13 to cut a section out of my panel. I went with washi tape on this card as the background. Easy peasy. I stamped the greeting on the front and then embossed with a flourishes embossing folder. I popped up the embossed layer. That's all there is to it. I am entering these challenges:
I am off to spend time with family this weekend and work on wedding favors. Less than a month to the wedding! Another busy week ahead. Wishing you an awesome weekend! Many thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thanks a Bunch

I am almost in full wedding mode at the moment. I am making 100+ boxes for favors for the reception. I have about 60 box lids completed. I am trying to do 10-20 per evening so that's keeping me plenty busy lately. Over the weekend I made 25 thank you cards for the bridal shower that's coming up a week from Saturday. It will be part of my gift to Tricia for the shower.

I used the Island blue paper from Simon Says that I used on Tricia's wedding invitations and the smaller die of the Heart Circles that I used on the invitations. The sentiment is from Marion. The leaves and stems were stamped from a Simon Says May Stamp Kit and the veins are painted in Stickles so they glitter. It's not very visible in the photo. The middle of the flowers and the corners are done in yellow Stickles. I embossed the frame with my ScoreBoard. Since I had to make so many of them I kept it kind of simple.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I'll have more wedding up dates as we get closer. I need to get the favors finished and check how many more flowers I need for the centerpieces. The wedding is a month from tomorrow. Oh my! Have an awesome hump day!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Summer Card

I love watermelon but I'm the only one who eats it at my house so buying a whole watermelon is kind of difficult. But that's how they are cheapest. So my card tonight is a tribute to my love of watermelon. I'm going to put a birthday verse on the inside and send it to someone as a birthday card this month.

The image is Watermelon Ants from Doodle Pantry. I cut the pre-colored image with Spellbinder's Labels 13. I used paper from Doodle Pantry. The sentiment is from Gina K set called Lazy Days of Summer and embossed with black embossing powder. It may be a retired set. I used some twine as an embellishment but kept it pretty simple. I used the Tuesday Morning sketch for the card.

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I was hoping to get more done tonight than one card but my son called and talked for more than an hour. I drop everything when my kids call. So alas my crafting time didn't happen tonight.  Maybe this weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have an awesome Friday.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Always Beside You

I hope you had a good start to your week! Work is very busy right now. My days are going quickly because there just isn't enough time. They keep turning the water off in our building and we have to go to the first floor to get water and go to the bathroom. My office is on the 8th floor. I get a few more steps in that way. Tomorrow after work I have to drop the cake topper off to our wedding cake baker. One more thing to check off the list.

My card tonight is for some very dear friends on their anniversary. I made a first attempt with a Jennifer McGuire background. I love her blog. She has such amazing ideas and can teach anyone how to do them easily.

I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade. I first stamped and clear embossed the Penny Black background stamp. And then added each color. Spritzed it with water and then let it dry overnight. I put a black layer to help the colors pop. The sentiment is from One Happy Little Crafter. I used the Spellbinder's Scalloped Hearts to cut out the sentiment and embellished it with a few enameled hearts.

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Thanks for stopping by today. We just got a short but much needed rain shower. I think we could have some more rain coming in tomorrow. I ordered a Spellbinder's box die for wedding favors. I am hoping it gets here soon so I can get started. Take care!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Watt's Up?

The weekend is drawing closer! One more day at work. I left work a little early today (a whole 15 minutes) to run a few wedding errands. I stopped at our local visitor's center and they gave me 20 books about Bloomington to put in the hotel bags. We intend to give each hotel guest for the wedding a bag with a few things in it. I need to check the dollar store and see if I can find some bags. My next stop was the church.I wanted to check the aisles for the pew markers. I estimated 20 and when I counted today I found I only needed 12. YES! Less money on the flowers. They alone are over $1000. And we took most of the cheaper items they listed. Weddings are so expensive!
So tonight I have another birthday card for you.

The image and sentiment are from another Simon Says card kit. Not sure which month. The birthday sentiment is on the inside. It reads "It's your birthday!" I stamped the image on yellow paper and colored the heart with an R46 Copic marker. I grabbed a scrap of paper from my scrap bin and used another scrap from Tricia's wedding invitations for the accent color. Are you tired of seeing that Island Blue yet? I've been using it a lot since I bought 100 sheets and have lots of scraps from the invitations and thank you's. And after I had it all together I used my glimmer mist spray to spritz the card. I obviously didn't get it shook up enough with the big blotches and I wish I had sprayed the card before I added the image. But I guess it gives it character, right? LOL!

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My weekend is busy. After David's bridal had to order a new dress for Tricia because they ordered the wrong size the first time (why they didn't measure her before ordering is beyond me!), we have another fitting on Saturday for alterations. Friends are coming for dinner Saturday night and we'll probably have Tricia and her fiance for dinner on Sunday. So I doubt I'll get much crafting done this weekend. I found out today that we can't do the favors we were going to for the wedding. We were going to buy single serving wine bottles and label them with Love Potion #9. But the venue won't let us bring alcohol in. I thought about getting bottles and fill them with something else and do the same thing. If you have any great ideas for wedding favors, I'm still looking. Her theme is Moment of Magic. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take care!


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