SSC #203 Home Run #2

Homerun Birthday Card

I made this card using Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #203,   http://www.stamping411.blogspot.com/.  I used the Home Run set, and made a birthday card for the nine-year old boy across the street.  The colors were SU Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, and Ballet Blue (retired).  I stamped the baseball and masked it with a cut out from a post it note, and then I stamped off Home Run in Cherry Cobbler and Pacific Point.  I used the paper piercing tool to outline the card and insert, and then outlined with a white gel pen to hopefully look like stitching.  The SU grid paper really help make the dots uniform, although my cat lying on my desk did not help keeping them straight since she was blocking my Ottlite.  The Happy Birthday is stamped on a decorative label punch, punch in half a second time. Someone did this last week and I thought that was really cleaver, especially if you want a smaller label.  Since I am not a demonstrator my punches are more limited, and I have to make every one count.  The final touch is the Red Ridinghood Grosgrain Ribbon.

This has been a busy week once again.  I went to the Stamp Out Breast Cancer event yesterday with Lee Conrey and had hoped to finish my projects last night.  However, I forgot I volunteered to make my mother 6 cards for a garden club installation, and type the description of the officers in the card.  I did get that project finished, and unfortunately I did not take any pictures, but my mother loved them and I will probably make another sample in a few days.  I used the Fun Flowers Die (if you do not have this die- you must get it) and Paisley Petals Green paper, and they came together so fast.  My mother is a hoot however, initially she wanted me to cut out the officer descriptions from a book which looked like it had been typed in 1950 and paste them onto cardstock.  I told her no way was I putting those on good cardstock, so I retyped the descriptions in MDS, and printed them to go inside a card for each officer.

My 15 year has a serious eye infection which resulted in an over the top weekend.  Her infection is so serious the ophthalmologist had us come in for a Saturday and Sunday appointment, and she has to use medication every 1/2 hour.  If you live in Jacksonville and need an eye specialist Dr. Timothy Schneider is your man. I do not know if I have ever had a more compassionate physician.

On a happy note, my twin seven-year old daughters won the eight and under division for softball, and played for the region championship today- they came in second, however, I missed the games because of the eye doctor visits.  They had a great experience.

Thanks for letting me share.  I hope all the demonstrators going to Alaska with SU have a safe and wonderful trip.

SSC #202 Daisies

Daisies

Just a quick post.  I did this card using Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge  http://www.stamping411.blogspot.com/   as my inspiration, although I missed the border at the bottom until the card was put together.  The 411 operators inspired me to get my daisies #2 die out last week, and it has seen quite a bit of use over the last week.  My daughters just bridged from Daisy girl scouts to Brownies, so naturally their leader got a card with a daisy.  I have used one of my favorite color combinations turquoise and white.  I used a piece of Playdate DSP in turquoise, and lightly sponged the edges of the flower in yellow.  My yellow is the retired crushed curry color, I am hoping to get my order with some daffodil delight ink soon. The center of the daisies have green glimmer brads, I am not sure if they are still available but I really liked them.   I am participating in the Stamp Out Breast Cancer event with Lee Conrey and several other demonstrators on Saturday, so I am looking forward to a day of stamping.  I hope everyone has a great stamping day.  Thanks for letting me share my creations.
P.S. Just for the record this bow drove me crazy, I think I redid it four times.

Mother’s Day Daisy Card

I made this card last night for a birthday card for my daughter’s teenage friend.  I used the Daisies die, and Play Date DSP with the turquoise background.  I am back into my flower period.

I made the Mother’s Day cards using the Fun Flowers and Paisley Petals DSP, sadly I do not really have a good picture since they had to be mailed.  I took one picture at the post office which I will post.  I know I will be making more cards using this pattern since they were a big hit.  I basically just cut the flowers, sponged around the edges with a coordinating color, dabbed on white shimmer paint, and made a double bow.  I also made a few of the cards for teacher appreciation and they were a big hit with everyone.

Today was Mother’s Day and it was a great one.  Started off with church and then went to the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach for lunch.  The brunch at the Lodge is fabulous, and we normally only go once a year on Mother’s Day.  Brunch was our big meal today, so no cooking for this mom, which  means I have more time to stamp.  Actually I did not stamp much either, I sat by the pool.   The kids went swimming late this afternoon.  I put my suit on but when my toes hit the water it was too cold.   I have twin first graders and it was great to get all their handmade gifts from the heart.  For a school fundraising the kids could decorate heart shaped cakes from Publix, a local grocery store ($6.00 a piece), and they were so cute and tasty.  It is a  good thing I like frosting.

As an end note, recently my bow maker was missing off my stamping desk.  My kids are fairly respectful of my space, so I just happened to ask my husband if he had seen my wooden bow maker.  It seems my husband decided it made a nice reading stand for his Nook when he sat at the kitchen table. Father’s Day is next month so he will be getting his own bow maker/Nook stand.

SSC #201 Graduation Owl

  I have so many cards to make for the end of the school year and mother’s day.  Yesterday I started the mother’s day card, but started and finished 2  graduation cards using the 411 sketch for the week.  I got out the owl punch which is my favorite, and went to work.  In the November I saw a graduate owl card  on the following blog and I used it for my inspiration http://stampingwithkris.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/a-young-graduate/.  The card was made for 2 different woman getting their bachelor degree on Saturday.  The people are extra special since neither followed a traditional path, and have persevered to achieve their goal .  I used whisper white, black, melon mambo, and the retired Night and Day DSP.  It is hard to see in the photo but I made the mortar board with the large tag punch and double punched so I would have an octagonal and then I scored the sides.  I added the tassle with the linen thread.  I popped up the mortar board with dimensions.  The black ribbon is ancient SU black organdy ribbon.

While I was making the card, I learned of Osama bin Laden death.  I told my daughter we do not cheer or pray for people to die, but it was a relief to learn that his evil presence was gone.  On September 11, 2001 when the twin tower was hit by a plane, I had just dropped my oldest daughter off at kindergarten.  Since I frequently drive to work without the radio, I did not learn of the tragedy unfolding until I got to work , and turned on the radio right before I got out of the car.  Just the previous May 2001, our family had gone to a wedding in Connecticut, and had driven to New Jersey to visit my friend from college.  On the way back we stopped and saw the Statute of Liberty.  Since we stopped on the New Jersey side, we have many pictures of the World Trade Center.  My daughter, Katherine was deeply impacted by this trip, and wanted a smaler Statute of Liberty for our yard (there is a yard store on the way to work that had one for sale).  For days as the new coverage was on television, I could not bear to let my daughter learn of such heinous acts nor did I want her to know of  the death and destruction.  Although I did not watch most of the news coverage on television, my daughter the savvy child, told me  she knew what happened because she had read the newspaper- I was so naive.  Today I am thankful for our brave men and women who are risking their lives so that my family may know freedom.

SSC #201 Graduation Owl