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Sep 19, 2010 - Cards, Family & Friends    1 Comment

Happy Birthday Mom – You Look Great!

I have to say I really struggled with Mom’s card for some reason.  I’ve been toying with it for a week.  Finally, I decided to cut the card down, it is 5 x 4.5 it was originally a 5.5 square.  I don’t know what it is about a size of a card but for some reason once I cut it down things started flowing.

All of the papers used are from my stash and if you look closely at the last purple mat, I embossed a paisley stamp ($1 from M’s) and then used Dusty Concord Distressed ink and inked the entire mat.  I took a baby wipe and wiped off the excess.  It makes a subtle background.



The butterfly is acrylic (about 1/8″ thick).  The butterfly was flat and I took my embossing gun and a pencil and started manipulating the acrylic as the heat gun softened it.

This gave the wings a curve.  I used alcohol inks to give it color and freehanded the lines and blinged it up with some pearls and glitter.   I used my black Copic Marker to do the center and edge it.  The antennae are wire.  I have a 3-D glue dot holding it in place.




I stamped using Waltzingmouse  stamps the Victorian Frippery set.  I use Memento Paris Dusk and embossed it with Zing Embossing power in purple.  I added some purple Stickles to dress it up a bit.  These stamps are designed to use with Nestibilities.

Layered the mats using Nestibilities scalloped circles and regular standard circles.  I added some piercing and a little bling.  You can click on the picture to get a closer look.



I took a couple of white Prisma flowers and colored them using the Memento Paris Dusk.  The little rose is my homemade flower and you can see how to do them here.


I added the ribbon and then just tied a knot in the gingham check, lavender and green sheer ribbon to give it some layers.  With the rest of the card being so ornate the simple ribbon with knots works perfectly.



This card is very dimensional and I’m going to put it on top of her gift, not making an envelope for it.

As you can see there is a border of pattern paper that runs behind the Happy Birthday medallion.


The doily that it is sitting on is one my Mom crocheted.


The inside is pretty simple; pulled some of the same papers I used on the outside and the sentiment is computer generated.  Oh yeah…more bling.

A little Stickles on various dots on the side and three little rhinestones after my name.





I have such a big surprise for her.  Besides this beautiful card, I got my Mom an Epic Embossing Machine.  Thank you Hobby Lobby for the 40% off coupon.  I went through my Embossing Folders and some dies and I’m sharing them with Mom so she’ll have something to use in her new machine!




Happy 82nd Birthday Mom!

Sep 11, 2010 - Family & Friends    1 Comment

Happy Birthday BFF – Phyllis

Ok, so I had to go way back in my pictures to find one of Phyllis (she is the one on the far right).


First let me tell you about this woman.  She decided to change careers and for the last 18 months she has been on the fast track to become a nurse.  She completed that journey this year.


She and her sweet husband Joel, are the couple everyone wants for friends, there when you need them and loads of fun.  She is also a straight shooter, she will tell you how it is not what you want to hear.

I am so amazed at her tenacity, her ability to go after what she wants and the ability to get it.  Now, amongst all of that she has a love and life for God that shines.


Happy Birthday my Friend!!!!!!


I have her birthday card ready, but I’ll have to show it after I give it to her.  I don’t want to blow it before she sees it in person.

Then He was 5! Oh My!

It does not seem possible that my DGS is 5 years old today.  This weekend we had his 5th Birthday Party and I’m telling you this was one happy little dude!  I caught him with chocolate cake all over his mouth!

He had his party at a place called BounceTown.  This is a place that has various bounce houses, air hockey, a shuffle board and a place to have the cake and presents all in air conditioned facilities.  In Texas this is a must and it is self contained so it is easy to keep up with all the excited kids!

This has been one busy week, with Mom getting sick (we had to go to 3 different places to get her treated), Gareth’s B-Day and Papa and NaeNae keeping GKs, and playing a little handy man for Daughter #2.  Unfortunately, during most of that time I had a bad headache and didn’t get much sleep.


I made Garth’s B-card using the Everyday Paperdolls and George Carts.  The sentiment is a $1 stamp from M”s (love that).

I double cut his hair and enhanced it with Copics (YR68, YR14, E37).  His checks are R22 and I used ColorBox’s Bronze ink pad to ink around his face hands and feet.  The 5 has Glossy Accents on it to give it some dimension and I put it and his hair on some foam tape to give them a little lift.  I cut the little “rocker” out of scraps I had in my stash.


I glittered the star in the sentiment with MS’s red glitter and used a white pen to draw the doodling around the blue star, pants and guitar.  I drew in the strings and frets on the guitar to give it a little more depth.

The little “rocker”  and his guitar and everything else  are cut at 3.5″; however,  I cut his hair at 3.0″.  It seemed to big to cut at the 3.5″.



Here is the in side and we attached a $5 bill since he was turning 5.  Of course I think he had 2 other gifts from us to make sure he was covered.

Later when I asked him if he liked his card, he told me that he was not a “Rock Star”, he said, “Really, NaeNae I’m not”!  Gotta love it, they don’t mind telling you how they feel!

In my books he is, he drums like crazy and he already has a real guitar, loves music and we all know that the girls go after musicians!


Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Sundresses – Remember

I finished up this little sundress for my sweet Granddaughter.

This is one of those where you just sew one seam and then hem it.





Instead of just hemming it I decided to pleat the extra material up which adds a little weight to the bottom of the dress and makes it stay down and stand out a little.






Some hot pink ribbon that can be tied in bows and she is all set.

It is a real joy to be able to do things for your grandkids.  I know she doesn’t understand things that are done for her now but hopefully, Mom will have great stories to tell her when she gets older.

I love all the little butterflies, dragon flies and lady bugs on the dress, and the writing on it says girl bugs.  Cute, cute, cute!!!

Hand Painting – 1st Attempt

Ok, here is my first attempt at using my Mother’s Day gift.  Yes, that is glitter in the middle of the flower.






The directions said to use your own hands to practice on; however, at my age I don’t think it the best canvas.






The paints are really nice and the brush was a very good brush with a nice point to do some outlining.





Now, I need some cute little faces to practice on, like Gareth, Rylan, Brandy and Amber….anyone, anyone?




Thank You Girl’s

Looks like Henry had a nice relaxing day!  This cat is so relaxed in the “Woman Cave”.


It doesn’t concern him at all that everything in here is girly!



On Saturday, the girls (Daughter #1 and Daughter #2) along with a new daughter we added to the family, Suzanne (friend of Daughter #2) took me to a new place to get pedicures.  It is called The Hawaiian Bar (no it is not a true bar).  Great concept, unfortunately it fell prey to the same issue that comes up repeated at these type of places, they try to work everyone in and therefore your appointment (we had made an appointment for 4:00PM for 4) gets lost amongst them trying to do more clients than they are capable of handling.  We were put in a chair, the water was cold and at 5:00pm they finally got started.  We had a dinner reservation at 5:30pm so needless to say we didn’t get the “full treatment”.  However, I will say my tootsies are a pretty color called “Don’t Socre-tease Me” and an hour of the massage chair made up for my legs not getting rubbed. 😉   The best part was being with my girls.

Upstairs to the Melting Pot (some of us in the pedicures flip flops …..classy) and indulged in Spinach and Artichoke Cheese Fondue and then lost ourselves in the Snickers, Peanut Butter and Carmel Chocolate.   I’m telling you I did not count calories, I just enjoyed the Fondue and the company.

As if the pedicures and Fondue were not enough, the girls gave me a new flower kit from Paper Source (I’ve already started getting this ready to put together), a Face Painting book (including paints and brushes) and a little journal that asked you questions and gives you a space to write the answers.  The questions are things like. “What was the neighborhood you grew up in like?”  Things that hopefully, my daughters and grandchildren would want to know about my life as a child, teenager, young adult and Mother.



The face painting thing?  I was helping at a Church event with face painting and thought I might like to learn how to paint faces.  My daughters were at a Chocolate Extravaganza and saw a lady painting faces and they both said “I bet Mom could do that”!  I also have two darling grandkids and who wouldn’t love a NaeNae that could paint a Batman mask or a beautiful butterfly on your face.

On Sunday, I made my 81 year old Mother a nice lunch and then we spent the day making cards.  She loves me showing her how to put somethings together and it makes for a great afternoon.

For me it was a lovely weekend and I pray I have many more with both my girls and my Mother.  Thank you ladies for making me feel special.

Daughter #1’s Birthday Card

A couple of weeks ago my 81 year old Mother and I spent the day together making B-cards for my daughters.  This is the card that she made for Daughter #1.

She crocheted the flower and she used TH’s Distressed Ink Scatter Straw to ink a white card.  We pulled some pattern paper from my stash and crimped a piece of scrap pattern paper for the stem.


The ribbon is Stampin Up and we used Copic markers to color the white checks to match.  Yes, that is a MS punch for the border.


Mother does such beautiful handwork and getting one of these cards is a real treasure.


The leaves are made out of Aida 14 count cross stitch cloth and I’ll be showing how to do this soon.




If memory serves me correctly the “HB” stamp is from M’s.  We dressed it up with some rhinestones and a cute little bee.

Probably a better choice for the embellishments would have been gold instead of silver, but Mom choose the center of the flower and I wanted to keep the metal look the same for her.


Very, very cute.  Daughter #2″s B-day is coming up in May.  Mom’s card for her is already made but I can’t show it  until after May 17th.  However, I just finished a sympathy card that I’ll let you see and I did the front several ways.  Leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.

Happy Birthday #1 Daughter

Today we are celebrating my #1 Daughter’s Birthday.  My #2 Daughter is giving her a Birthday Luncheon.  I spent the day yesterday with Amber running around getting everything that she was going to need.  She has got some great ideas and I will take pictures so you can see the “cuteness”.

This picture is just a sneak at her birthday card.  I’ll post the entire card on Monday for you to see.  A couple of hints, it was done with Copic Markers and it is really girly.

I also just discovered that I was published in a new magazine.  I’ll share that with you tomorrow also, I was so surprised.  I submitted the picture but didn’t know I was chosen.

How old is my daughter?  Oh my, a lady never tells but she was born in 1973, you do the math……LOL!  She was born on April 12th….ok so we are celebrating a little early.

Happy Birthday Brandy!

Where in the World is Thackerville, OK

Remember, Red and I just shared our 40th Anniversary!  Our two girls sent us to Thackerville, OK (or should I say Winstar Casino) on Friday, April 2nd for a get-a-way and to see Bill Engvall (comedian).


We are certainly not gamblers but a nice get-a-way and some people watching are always fun.  What a sweet gift and we just want to say thank you to both of our daughters.  What a treat (including the steak dinner)!

So, that is why this post is short….I didn’t do any crafting while I was in Thackerville.  Number 2 Daughter said what happens in Thackerville stays there…..as Bill Engvall would say “here’s your sign”!

Mar 26, 2010 - Family & Friends    No Comments

40 Years and Counting!

Today Red and I are celebrating our 40th Anniversary.  I married when I was 18 years old and still in high school.

This man became my knight in shining armor.

Love you Red!  Today we are spending the entire day together doing things that we want to do and one of them is going to the driving range and hitting golf balls.

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