When the Lad turned 16, he changed his name back to my maiden name. To mark this momentous and life changing event, we held a special Name Day celebration to recognize, not only the change of name, but also to mark his coming of age. With my sister visiting, we settled on the 4th of July to hold the ceremony and celebration. Independence day took on a whole new meaning thereafter. I only wish I'd been making cards back then!
No matter how you celebrate, or what independence means to you, I wish you a happy, safe holiday! May your pool be cool, your grill be hot, and your fireworks burn bright!
Base: Real Red, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Blueberry Bushel Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Real Red, 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 4 3/8" x 3 1/8"
Inside Layer 1: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
Inside Layer 2: Blueberry Bushel Designer Series Paper, 5" x 1"
July 2018 - Get Ready for 80's BINGO!!!
Eclipse cards are all the rage right now and they're so fun to make. I've seen some great ones out there, but wanted the message of this one to stand out, so I kept the design fairly simple. And you know I must love someone quite a lot if I'm going to use a whole 4 3/4" square of Gold Foil as a background layer! And I love how it peeks out in the middle of the "O", don't you?
I have a secret to tell you. When I joined Stampin' Up! in 2015, I couldn't stand Calypso Coral! It seemed like it was everywhere in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs that year, and I was so tired of it, I wished it would go away forever. And now, I seem to reach for it quite often. Coral's never been a favorite of mine; it has those orange tones I shy away from. But it is a warm color that's great for the winter blah's. Not a bright orange, and not pink; somewhere in between. It's funny really, because if you had suggested would use this color combination back then, I would have thought you were crazy!
But leave it to Stampin' Up! to create such a beautiful specialty designer series paper that makes me pull Calypso Coral off the shelves! The Painted with Love Paper uses some amazing watercolor and foiling techniques that will really add some WOW to your projects.
And...did you notice the gold hearts? Those are actually Gold Vinyl Stickers! They're quite fun and I'm sure I can use them for some different projects around the house. Hmmm...off to go find something I can use these on!
I'm going to be making this card LIVE on Facebook tonight at 9 pm. Won't you join me as I demonstrate the Eclipse technique?
Base: Basic Black, 5" x 5"
Layer 1: Gold Foil, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Layer 2: Calypso Coral, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
Layer 3: Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Layer 4: Painted with Love Gold Vinyl Stickers
Layer 5: Whisper White, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" (for inside layer.
One of the first things people ask me is, "How long have you been stamping?" I started stamping 25 years ago, when I wondered into an Inkadinkadoo store and fell in love. Browsing the stamps on display, I thought, "I should make the invitations for my parents' Silver Anniversary." Never mind the fact that I'd never stamped before, or made a handmade card. Boy, did I have a lot to learn! I wanted to heat emboss and didn't have a heat tool. Well, I tried a hairdrier and that didn't work. So I got out a pair of tongs and held the cards of the element on my electric stove! I can't even begin to tell you how many singed cards and fingers I ended up with. Then, I hand colored this beautiful embossed heart with a bouquet of flowers. I wish I had one to show you just how far I've come in my crafting!
This year, my parents are celebrating their GOLDEN anniversary. 50 years is a long time and not many marriages last that long anymore. Through the years, their love for each other and for our family, has carried us through the good times, and the bad. They are our rock and our foundation. And it is so incredible to share this anniversary with them this summer.
In the meantime, I'm working on some ideas for a special card. This delicate gate fold card might be just the answer.
Today's supply list:
Pocket cards are super popular right now. They're quite simple to make. It's a piece of cardstock, folded and glued along the edges to make a pocket. In this case, I cut a 4 1/4"x 11" piece of Blushing Bride card stock and scored it at 5 1/2", just like I would a regular card. The difference is, I use the Detailed Floral thinlet to die cut the front. See that long skinny piece in between the two floral thinlets? That's used to cut the scalloped edge. Simply align it on the top of the thinlet before you run it through your Big Shot, and it cuts your edge.
Once it's cut out, I cut a piece of vellum at 4 1/8" x 3 1/4" and ran it through theBig Shot with the scalloped edge, and then glued it to the inside (or back side) of the die cut. This added bit of softness to the design and ensures that the card doesn't snag and tear the delicate design as you slide it in and out of the pocket. Add some glue around the edge and fold it up. Voila, a pocket card!
You can add the inside card by cutting it at 5" x 3 3/4". I stamped the top with the rose from the Floral Phrases stamp set and punched a whole in the top of it with my 1/8" circle punch. Finally, I threaded a length of Whisper White Organza Ribbon through the top. Then, something wasn't quite right, so I rounded the top corners on the pocket and insert using my Project Life Corner Punch.
The Hubs and I are off to drive all the way to Boston tomorrow. I'll be teaching at a spring retreat on Saturday. I can't wait to meet and craft with everyone. I'll take lots of pictures to share with you next week when we return.
If you've ever been on a cruise before, you'll know that before the ship departs, there is always a wedding happening on board. While the majority of the ship is busy exploring the Lido deck and the buffet, there are wedding ceremonies happening in various areas of the ship. It's always so much fun to see the brides later, as they make their way through the ship in their gowns.
Packing for a cruise or a destination wedding would require an amazing attention to detail. You still want the day to be beautiful and memorable, but you just don't have the room to pack a lot of stuff. Large favors and thank you gifts take up precious space. These delicate and detailed floral treat bags would be just the thing. Not to big or bulky, you could pack several of these without them taking up a lot of room.
I wonder how many brides we'll see on our October 2017 Stamping Cruise? Have you gotten your tickets yet? Don't miss out on your chance to craft and cruise your way through the Western Caribbean on the Oasis of the Seas. Imagine...a whole week where all your meals and cleaning are done for you, so you can craft away to your heart's content for an entire week in our private conference room. Relax, enjoy, and have fun! There will be four exclusive classes, with all the supplies you need, included. The rest of the time, explore the ship, sit by the pool, visit new places, see a show, and make new friends. Husbands, friends, significant others are welcome to cruise, too. The Hubs will be joining us, and I'm sure he'll spend the week at the pool and exploring the sights.
What are you waiting for? Contact me or Lorelle, our travel agent, today!
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