Monday, August 5, 2013


My little niece, Rachael, celebrated her birthday last week, along with my Mom (her 81st!). I had so much fun making special cards for them.
Here's Rachael's...

I used the You Rule stamp set that is retired now. It was in the Spring Mini and with little grand daughters, I just had to have it. I embossed the crown, popped it up on dimensionals, and added the bling to it. It really screams Rachael! She's such a little princess! Inside I added washi tape to add just a little color, then had some fun with the words from the stamp set. I stamped some of the words in Raspberry Ripple, then printed between the stamped words. Here's what I wrote (the underlined words were stamped)...Rachael, Happy Birthday! Everyday you're a Princess, but I declare that today, you are Queen for the Day because You Rule! That puts you in charge!
Happy Birthday!
Love you!
It was a fun way to wish her a happy birthday!
My Mom's birthday is just the day before and she turned 81 this year! She loves flowers and has always been an amazing gardener, so I wanted to do something special for her with flowers on it.

Her card was fun to do with the Apothecary Art set (another one I haven't used much yet). I stamped the image in Early Espresso, then colored it with markers, then stamped again and cut out all the little flowers to add extra dimension to it. Yes, cutting was a little time consuming, but for my Mom, it was worth it! The butterfly was stamped and cut out (couldn't find my punch!) then added again with dimensionals to add that great texture. Love this card, and best of all, Mom loved it too!
Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Been Too Long!!

I know... it's been too long since I was here last! Life just gets in the way some days. I've been stamping, so it's not that I've given that up, but just haven't taken the time to post the cards and scrapbook pages and blog about them. It's still my favorite way to spend my free time...what little of that I have. I know you can relate, but I'M BACK!
The first layout and card that I want to share is one that I saw an owl on a paper piecing web site, and thought how cute that it would be as a card and then as a scrapbook page. I needed a baby shower card, and you know it, the nursery was being decorated in owls! Perfect! So that's where this pattern came into being. I made a special one for my friend, Susan, with a birthday wish and balloons inside. Then, I needed a bunch of thank you cards for my sisters and Mom who sent me an Origami Owl locket, so I thought these would be perfect! This pattern has been put to lots of use already!


 I drew out the shape of the owl, then just made it a little smaller for the inside layer. The eyes were punched from the 1 1/4" circle punch and the 7/8" scallop circle punch. A silver brad was added for the highlight. The beak was first punched from the Petite Pennants Builder Punch, then trimmed to the size I wanted it. I added dimensionals under it to pop it up a little. The front feathers were made with the Tasteful Trims BigXL Die. I love that you can cut them all at the same time! I just used some of the scraps from my scrap bin, so a great way to use up some of those scraps! My friend, Susan, would be proud of me for not cutting into a full sheet for such a little piece! The Owl Builder Punch was used for all the little owls, and again, scraps worked great!
One of the gals in my scrapbook club had been bugging me about doing an owl page, so this is what I came up with. Each of the owls turned out different and so unique! What a fun day we had!
This picture was taken of me and ALL my grandkids when we visited at Katie's in June. My grandkids from Colorado surprised me by being there too! We had so much fun with 7 little kids in the house! I'm one blessed Grandma!

The Owl punch made the little owls and I used the Bird Builder punch for the leaves on the branch, then wrote the names of each of the kids on them. I still need to make a banner for between the two top owls that says...I will OWLways love you!

The tree branch was cut from a piece of Soft Suede, then details added with an Early Espresso marker. The "grandma" owl was made using the same pattern that I had made, but I used the inside layer from the card, then cut another one just a little smaller to make the inside layer for the scrapbook page. The eyes and feathers were made the same way as the card. I copied my patterns onto pieces of the tag board that comes in the back of the DSP! Recycle! What a special page this is for me! What great memories of those days together!
Thank you for visiting my page! I enjoy sharing my creations with you!
Happy Stampin'!