What's the first thing you do when you get home from vacation? Do you plop on the couch and save unpacking for later? Or do you carry your suitcase straight to the laundry and get to work? Last night, the Lad and I got home from the beach around 5:30. We unpacked the car immediately and he carried everything upstairs, while I quickly sorted through the mail. And what happy mail it was too! There were two registrations for October's Crafting in the Mountains Retreat, along with lovely cards and notes about how excited they were to come.
Then...it was time for ice cream. The Lad used to work at S&T's Soda Shop in Pittsboro all through high school and into college. Whenever he's in town, he stops by to say hello to friends and eat some of the best ice cream around. Since I was still in vacation mode, I splurged and had a Toasted Almond Hot Fudge Sundae. When we got back to the house, he fixed some issues I was having with my TV's. The Wii needed set up downstairs and the Roku needed set up in the studio. Hooray! I just love that kid!
He had to go back to the mountains this morning. His best friend is graduating and he was going to the ceremony and then celebrating with him and his family this afternoon. I am so very thankful that he got the time off work to vacation with everyone last week. We spent a week making memories and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I do get sad when he goes back home - you'll hear my voice crack at the beginning of the video today because he had just left. It breaks my heart to say goodbye and I wait impatiently to hear he made it back home. I am so grateful I could craft with you this morning to help keep my mind off him leaving. I have a whole day of self-care planned so I can make it through the rest of my weekend without crying - too much.
Happy Mother's Day everyone...I hope you are surrounded by love, family, and friends.
Today's Tutorial and Measurements
Love What You Do
Layer 1: Calypso Coral, 5 1/2" x 1 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 5" x 1 7/8"
Layer 1: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 5 1/2" x 1 7/8"
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Look what came yesterday! My new Varied Vases** bundle! I couldn't wait to play with it and thought it would make the perfect Sweet & Simple Mother's Day card. Not all mother's are frilly and fussy...some like a sleek, modern, minimalist look. This one suits my taste - and that of my mother's, just fine.
The Varied Vases** bundle is available starting June 2nd. And I'll be featuring it in my 16-card Extravaganza on Saturday, June 23. I can't wait to design this class. There's really no limit to what you can do with this bundle!
Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day weekend. I believe the Lad is coming home tonight; I can't wait to see him. And here's a picture of my Storm - my spunky and loving Mother's Day present from 5 years ago. She was so sick, we didn't think she's last the weekend. And it was touch and go for about two weeks. But she's been making up for lost time ever since.
In the video, you'll see that I smudged the sentiment. I added a banner and covered it up. Good as new! I love a quick fix, don't you? You'll also see in the photo, I added some pearls to finish off the orchids. It really added a little bit of WOW to the project.
Base: Whisper White Notecard, 5" x 3 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 4 7/8" x 3 3/8"
Layer 2: 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 3: Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Banner Layer 1: Basic Black, 2 3/4" x 1 7/8"
Banner Layer 2: Whisper White, 3 5/8" x 1 3/4"
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Sometimes, you make a card and call it done. Then, when you look at it again, you realize somehting is wrong and you start all over again. Such was the case this morning. The card I'd planned on using for my Stamping Bee sketch challenge looked dull and flat this morning. So, I quickly hit the studio and made another. I'm much happier with this one!
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This Mother's Day, I wanted to make my mom something special. She's done so much for me and been there with love and support through everything. Not once has she given up or told me I couldn't do anything I set my mind to. Ok, well, she does laugh when I tell her I'm tutoring math, but she is realistic!
Last week, I decided I'd make her a card in a box. It fold flat and then explodes into life when opened. Only problem was, I didn't know how to do it! Thank goodness for YouTube!.
The overall premise of the box isn't hard. For me, it was knowing what to put inside that had me stumped. My first attempt turned out better than I expected, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for yet. The hubs liked it and claimed it for his mother.
So, I waited a few days and thought about it. Then, on Mother's Day (better late than never), I sat down to create this.
Adding the flowers with the Botanical Builder Framelits was exactly what I was looking for. And the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Stamping Glitter on a few leaves gave it just the right amount of sparkle. I also used her favorite Birthday Bouquet paper to decorate the box.
I gave it to her at dinner last night, and it quickly became the centerpiece at our table. I'm pretty sure she liked it.
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