Onesie Baby Card

Nautical Onesie

My parents asked me to make a baby card.  I made this cute onesie several months ago, and tried another rendition.  The template is from Butternut Sage, http://butternutsagedesigns.blogspot.com/, however the additions are all my own.  A friend of my daughter, Kenny Wilson, an artist drew the anchor since my mother wanted a nautical theme, and I did not have any suitable fish stamps.  I think the card came out cute.  In hindsight with the anchor I might have used a darker blue, but the cherry cobbler color was added later.

I am on spring break with the kids, and it is almost over :(.  Today we had torrential rain, but our friends were visiting from Orlando so we all went to the Japanese Steak house for lunch.   There were 10 of us so we filled up our own table.  If life gives you lemons make lemonaid.

As a final note today is our cat’s, Miley 1st birthday.  We have had her eight months.  To celebrate we had cupcakes.  What my family won’t do for food.

Miley

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Ribbon Holder from $1.00 Tin Planter

I finally got my own stamping space tonight. Actually I had a desk but it was piled high so I had to use the community office space to stamp but that problem has now been solved. My stamping space had been evolving for the past year. First I got a ten drawer cart that stores most of my paper, watercolor crayons, tape and clear blocks. Tonight my husband put together a two shelve bookcase that holds most of my stamps, punches and big shot. The clear stamps were put in open photo boxes on the top. My space is modest but it has made me super happy. Tonight I sat at the clean desk and just relished the space. I finally put a clean piece of grid paper down and I am ready to go for my next project. I actually hated to remove my last piece of grid paper, I love to write notes and thoughts on the paper and with various stamped images and stray color it looked like a shabby chic card.

Now for my project. I purchased tin planters at Target today in the $1.00 section and made ribbon holders. The planters are about 8 inches long and I punched a hole in each end with the crop a dial, ran a dowel through and viola it holds about eight spools of ribbon. The ribbon is so colorful, I hated to keep it in a drawer. I had a long dowel and cut it down to 10 inch pieces.

Thanks have a great day. Sunny Florida is rainy Florida this week but everything is green.

$1.00 Tin Planter at Target

Ribbon Holder from Tin Planter

Bee- Thank You Card SSC #196

Nature Walk-Botanical Gazette 'SSC #196

I have been participating in the weekly challenges at Stamping 411 each week because it helps jump-start me creatively.  Since it posts late Friday or Saturday, it gives me the best opportunity to work on it Saturday night with a little bit of peace and quiet after everyone has gone to bed.  I have really been enjoying this “me” time, and with a goal in mind I actually finish a project.  This week I used the Botanical Gazette Bee paper from SU.  The background is one side of the paper, which looks like a honeycomb and is distressed and the other side is printed with bees.  I paired the bees with Night of Navy SU paper and Very Vanilla.  I tried to work in some So Saffron paper but it did not look quite right.  I did use 1/2 seam binding ribbon for the bow, and everyone is right this is great ribbon, so lightweight and elegant.  I used Lee Conrey’s bow maker,  ( a 411 operator)I am not sure how I made bows before the bow maker.  Instead of using the so saffron cardstock, I smudged Night of Navy ink around the edge of the cardstock with a sponge.  My center piece is larger than the examples, I just could not cut those cute bees.

I am on Spring break this week with the kids.  I worked crazy hours before the break, and I brought work home but it will be nice to be home with the kids for a week, even if I have to make a quick trip to the office later in the week.  Our break started Friday with a trip to the beach, which in my house means no bloodshed or major arguments.  It was perfect almost 80 degrees, light breeze, and 25% humidity.  I wish our weather could be like that all year long.  The kids had a great trip.  On the way to the beach we stopped at a shoe store called Tootsies, in Ponte Vedra, Florida so my older daughter to get a pair of Toms.  The sandals in the store are fabulous, and for those close by it is worth the trip.  What made our shopping trip was the sales clerk gave each of my 7-year-old twins a cute acrylic ring.  They sell rings but they were too large, and these apparently were smaller than most and behind the counter.  So as soon as I have some alone time, I will be going back to Tootsies for a cute pair of sandals.

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Nature Walk SSC #195

Happy Spring. Spring officially started today at 7:21 pm EST. What beautiful weather we are having in Florida, if the pollen was not everywhere it would be great. I am having a terrible time with allergies, so card making is a perfect hobby even though I would love to be in the yard.
I decided to use the SU Nature Walk set, SU Botanical Gazette DSP in Old Olive, and Textured Impressions EF. I got all these goodies the end of January, and although I love them I have not had a chance to work with them. This sketch really provided the inspiration to work with the different elements. The card seemed to evolved around the monarch butterfly. I used the stainglass technique Lee Conrey had on her blog. It worked great and had I read Stamping 411 tutorial on crystal effects first, I might have placed the butterfly on wax paper instead of having to peel off paper (what a eureka moment). The butterfly did come out so real looking. Initially I used cherry cobbler for the flower but it seemed to clash with the orange butterfly, so I switch to a yellow flower using crushed curry. The flower is now a goldenrod, another plant I am allergic too except on paper. I did stamp the flower more to the right of the cardstock so that the translucent butterfly could be on the vanilla background.
Unfortunately this card is for my friend who recently lost her 13 year old cat after being sick for almost a year. I am a cat person, and although I now have three children, the cats are still high in the pecking order.
Thanks for letting me share, the family is off to eat bar-b-q for Sunday’s dinner, no cooking for me means more time to stamp.
PS. My twin 7 year old girls are playing on an advanced softball team called Thunder. Thunder beat the “Creeks” A and B team on Saturday. It is the first time that NFGS (North Florida Girls Softball) has beaten two Creeks teams on the same day. The Creeks have been beating Thunder for years. The girls could care less but their coach and older sister (15) were happy.

Nature Walk SSC #195

Homerun Saturday Sketch Challenge #194

Initially when I saw this challenge I was a little lost.  All the cards submitted have been awesome.  I decided to make one using the SU Homerun stamp set.  I have all girls and they all play softball so in my world baseballs are softballs.  I have to confess, fast pitch softballs are actually bright yellow/green.  Until recently I thought my daughter’s teams just used bright balls so they could see them better.   My seven year old twins just started playing this year and they are a hoot, especially the one that hates to get sand on her.

I used the SU Curly Label punch for the bases, Top Note  die for the field, and Decorative Label punch for the sentiment but I cut off the points.  The colors are SU Real Red, Pacific Point, So Saffron, and DSP Playdate in Old Olive.

I hope you enjoy I probably will be making a few more using this stamp this season, and I needed the inspiration.