It's raining here today. And that makes me quite happy. You see, the cloud cover keeps the summer sun from beating down on us too much. I know there are others who disagree with me, but I love a good rainy day. I think this little fellow above would agree with me.
When I first won the This Little Piggy at OnStage in April, I thought, "Now, what am I going to do with that?" But you know what, I really can't stop playing with it. And doesn't he look all proud of himself, having been playing in the mud puddles all day? I think the background textures added with the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds to the whimsical feel of this little guy, too.
Now, if only my two Shih Tzu's didn't come in all wet and muddy!
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Sunday was Father's Day. For many years, that's meant going to the movies and then grabbing a bite to eat. This year, was no exception as we spent the day watching Pirates of the Caribbean and feasting on sushi as we tried to stay cool in the Southern heat.
Some people have dads, some fathers, some Pops...we have a Fom. My dad has a great sense of humor and is always quick with witty repartee. So, when in a rush to sign a check for my sister's piano lessons, he crossed the "T" in Thomas, and got frustrated at having to void that one and start again. A little harmless and hilarious teasing, had us calling him "Fom". "Fom" soon became a term of endearment and everyone who was in the "in crowd" called him that. All of our friends did, and even our boyfriends. My maternal grandmother did, too! And 35 years later, we still do! In fact, when my son was born, he didn't want to be called Grandpa, but "Fompa".
When they moved to North Carolina ten years ago, my father decided to reinvent himself and introduced himself to everyone in the new neighborhood as "Thomas" instead of Tom. I have to admit, it's still strange to me to hear someone refer to my father as Thomas. It's too stiff and formal. They will never know the kind, loving, funny, gentle-giant of a man who is the rock upon which our family is built. A man who taught and modeled the core values that hold us together.
So, my card today celebrates and honors The Man, They Myth, the Legend that is my Fom. I love you, Daddy.
Base: Island Indigo, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/4"x 4"
Layer 2: Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, 5 1/8" x 3 3/8"
Layer 3: Island Indigo 1/4" Ombre Ribbon
Layer 4: Island Indigo cut with Large Letter Framelits, and sponged with Whisper White Craft Ink
Layer 5: Regals Enamel Shapes
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Every Sunday, the Hubs asks, "What's your week look like?" As I started ticking off all I have going on for the next two weeks, we were both a little surprised at all that's going on!
Wow! It's a good thing I'm all prepared! All I have to do is put a few finishing touches on things and we'll be all set!
It's times like this, when a simple, tranquil card like this is most important. I spent last night up on my studio, working on my June 27th class, and wanted to create a card which demonstrated the two-step stamping technique and showcased the lovely Tranquil Tulips hostess stamp set. And while this set can be used to create a whole garden or bouquet of tulips, I felt that one simple single-stemmed tulip was all that was needed to convey a sense of calm serenity. That's something I think we can all appreciate every now and then.
This card features some of my favorite new products too, including the Delightful Daisies Designer Series Paper, the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the new Calypso Coral 1/4" Ombre Ribbon. This ribbon doesn't fray and it makes bow time a snap!
Did you know that the Tranquil Tulips hostess stamp set is available for Free with a $150 order? All you have to do is place an order of $150 or more at my store, orhost your own personal card class with me with orders of over $150 to receive your Free Tranquil Tulips hostess stamp set . Contact me today for more information.
2. Stamp stamens and sentiment in black.
3. Adhere Layers 4 & 5 and set aside.
4. Adhere Layers 1 &2. Wrap ribbon around to hide the seam, and attach in the back with glue dots. Adhere to the base.
5. Adhere tulip layers with dimensionals and add the bow with a glue dot.
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Happy Friday, Everyone! How's this for a special "TGIF" card?
A few weeks ago, one of my downline asked if I could teach a class in how to make a Pop Up Box, or Card in a Box, card. I'd made several of these last spring, but I'd never taught a class on how to do it. As soon as she asked, I knew that the Birthday Memories Suite would be perfect. Not much stamping (again, the only thing I stamped was the banner the fox is carrying), but a lot of WOW! Not only is the card 3-D, but it folds flat for mailing! Imagine the look of surprise on someone's face when they open the envelope, expecting a flat card, and them POP! out jumps the whole birthday gang? This is the perfect card for placing on the mantle, desk, or bookshelf for everyone to see and admire.
I happen to have room for 1 more person to join this very special, small-group class on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm. I'm limiting it to four people so you get personalized instruction. This is a product-based class, so you'll go home with a whole pack of Window Sheets and 1/2 a stack of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper. Let me know if you can make it - email me today!
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What are you celebrating today? Is it a birthday? An anniversary? A new job? A new baby? An upcoming vacation? Or simply that it's Thursday and not Monday? Whatever the reason, do it with joy and spring in your step, just like this happy little fox from the Birthday Memories Suite. Reminiscent ofRichard Scarry's Busytown Books, or the animated characters from Disney, these happy, lighthearted woodland animals will bring a smile to anyone's face, no matter what the occasion.
And can you believe there is very little stamping on this card? The Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits make for quick work with this lively suite. All I had to do was run the paper through theBig Shot and stamp the sentiment on the banner. That's it! Seriously cute and amazingly quick..
Base: Real Red, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 2: Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, 5 1/4" x 4 "
Layers 3 & 4: Pacific Point and Real Red scraps, 1 1/2" x 4"
and 1" x 4" respectively, and cut with Triple Banner Punch
Layer 5: Whisper White, cut with Oval Stitched Shape Framelits
Layer 6: Shapes cut from Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper
***Michelle's tip: A little bit of ink goes a long way! You don't need to saturate your sponge. Simply tap it a few times in the ink pad, and use a gentle "flicking" or brushing motion against the edge of the paper, to give it a nice, defined outline.
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