Saturday, November 22, 2014

A 65th Birthday Celebration

It's a party and it's on the way.  My mother celebrated 65 years of youth last month.  We felt this needed a party, but wanted to wait until my grandparents could join the celebration.  The big day is later this week.  I made these simple invitations for everyone to cherish.

The flowers are clear embossed and die cut using my Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamps and dies.  The flowers were then spritzed with water and accordion folded using the technique described in this video.  This creates such a unique flower- I'm really pleased with my flowers for this piece.  the greenery is my go to Our Daily Bread Designs Fancy Foliage die.

The patterned paper is two sided paper that coordinates.  I just thought the lacey effect of those borders worked perfectly with the sentiment.  I printed the circle out on the computer and matched it with a cream cardstock Lacey Circles die cut.  

On the inside, more information about when and where the celebration is to take place.  We'll be having our shindig later this week!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Falling for the Happiest Birthday

The man card birthday.  It can be tough, but fall is the best time of year to celebrate and make a card appropriate for those men in your lives.  This card is a take on a card I made last year.  I like it so much and I found these Momenta Cut Emboss Leaf dies.  I used Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to color the leaves after embossing.  Crinkled glassine paper accents the left side and a little twine for effect.  The sentiments were all stamped in brown Archival Ink.

On the inside was one lonely leaf and a final sentiment.  I think my friend enjoyed his card and certainly felt the warmth of caring on his birthday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to My Sister- and Me!

I will happily announce that this card was made to celebrate my sister's birthday- sending her warm wishes for a very happy birthday.  The trick is that this is also a celebration of my birthday- we're twins and have shared celebrations on this day our whole lives.  This certainly called for something special.  Here's the details:

The circles were cut out for another project long ago.  I pulled them out of the shapes scrap heap as they fit this card perfectly!  They are edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The clock was stamped with my Heartfelt Creations Alarm and Watch stamp using brown Archival Ink.

The border was stamped with my Heartfelt Creations Summer Season border stamp in brown Archival Ink.  I embellished this stamp with a glue pen and glitter as well as pearl accents.

The tiny flowers were mad using my IO Spiral Flowers die.  I cannot get over these flowers- they are my new favorite.  Pearl accents perfectly fill the centers and a few floral leaves from die cuts create just the right finish for this card.  Some Vintage Photo Distress Ink along the bottom to soften and forgive my poor stamping techniques and this card is done.

Happy Birthday, sister!  I wish us both a grand day of celebration with the party to follow later this weekend.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Our Beautiful World- Sport

Once again, Kirsty over at Handmade Little Things has inspired me with her post for Our Beautiful World.  This week's prompt is Sport and I just couldn't resist a nostalgic trip down memory lane.  My daughter, Katie, played softball for many years.  Her dad was a coach and I was the picture taker mom for the team.  Here's a few of her in action:


Our team was given nicknames by a former coach.  Katie's was "Sting" since she typically hit the ball hard at the end of her bat and the bat would ring.  Plus, she was a pitcher and while her pitches weren't the fastest, her accuracy at the corners stung many a opponent when they struck out.  

I think my husband, Dan, and I miss these times more than Katie.  She's moved on to another "sport"- Marching Band.  Here's what she does now...

That's our Katie right in front

Her starring appearance in the show- she's in the center of that trust fall
We try real hard not to live vicariously through our kids.  Looking back though, we enjoy seeing her success and enjoyment of sport.

Stop on by Our Beautiful World and take a look at the pictures of Sport shared by others.  Come join the fun- I'd love to see what you do for sport.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Simple Little Boss's Day Card

I lost track of this photo but found it and thought that I would share with you. I had a change in jobs this year.  This meant a change from having a female boss for the last five years to now having a male boss.  There are differences and we could talk about that over coffee some day.  One big difference is when you design a Boss' Day card.  No more frills and flowers for this girl.  I saw this card online and thought it would be easy, simple and might just hit the right note.  The tie was made by printing tie clip art on the backside of a patterned paper and fussy cutting it out.  A second piece of the fussy cut knot raised by a foam square adds some interest.

Simple, homemade and for a co-worker.  The male card is a tough win, but I think this card fit the purpose well.