Saturday, August 29, 2009

Becca is 16 today!

Today is my oldest granddaughter's 16th birthday and we have been celebrating since yesterday. Ed and I took the whole family to Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge restaurant. For those of you living in the DC area, the Clyde's group is well known for excellent dining. This one is housed in a log lodge reminiscent of the Adirondack Mountains. There are several rooms decorated in various outdoor themes (ex. hunting, fishing, English hunt etc.), an interesting decor for sure. There were 9 of us with reservations for 5:30, the parking was already filled and lining both sides of the Preserve street. In addition to us there was my son Mark, his son C.J., daughter Sue, son-in-law Sam, their kids Ellie & Roman as well as their daughter Becca who was the birthday girl. We had a wonderful dinner, excellent food and service and a good time together. This was a priceless rare time when we can all be together.
The card I made for Becca was made for a Stamp Camp with my up-line Denise. We used Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Passion Pink, Whisper White and black cardstock all SU. We also under-lined the SU Lattice die with designer paper and trimmed it with a button brad made with the dsp and shapes left from the die cut Lattice.
Today continues Becca's celebrating with a trip to Six Flags to see a favorite band, her new blackberry and other gifts from the family. She is also supposed to get her learner's permit in the next few weeks......Oh how I remember being 16, almost 50 yrs ago, having fun, doing things with tame by today's standards but with the same dreams of driving. My heart is so full of love for this very special child, my 1st grandchild whom I helped to care for for her first six years. She & her mom came to live with us when she was 2 1/2 so we became very close. I'll close by saying Happy, Happy Birthday Becca!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Post SU convention meeting & swap

I attended a Post Convention information sharing, swap and fun time that my up-line Denise held over the weekend. She was the only one who attended convention and had much to share with her up-line, in-lines and down-lines. Only 8 of us were able to be there, one coming all the way from West Point, NY to visit with those she met at last year's convention. Denise had notes prepared for us to go over, her convention swaps which were all terrific, cards for us to make, samples to show of her 'make & take' and a gift for each of us . We all brought food (of course!) and swaps to share. Seeing all the fabulous swaps she brought back gave us lots of great ideas. It's so much fun to see how each person makes such creative cards.
This card was my swap for the meeting. I was running out of time so I had to make a quick and easy card which this was except for a few smeared silver places where the ink wasn't quite dry. I had wanted to do silver embossing, but didn't want to clean up the mess before leaving for the evening. I love the new ornament punch that I had just gotten for the Holiday mini pre-order! I used it with Ruby Red cs and put one of the new Icicle Rub-ons in the middle accented with a clear rhinestone brad. (A note of warning about the silver rub-ons: if your hands are the least bit warm DO NOT rest them on any of the images while cutting etc. they came off on my hand...I'm sure that's my own fault, but they are too expensive to waste) I stamped the center ornament with the So Many Scallops stamp in Siver Metallic ink which I also used to accent the circle ornament with a new stamp from Serene Snowflakes (Mini catty)on Christmas Cocoa dsp also from the mini. I mounted the 2 punched ornaments with dimensionals and made the hangers with a siver ink pen. My base was Night of Navy cs.

We all had a great time sharing together, meeting a few new women and having a lots of laughs. Just goes to show that you are never too old for a Slumber Party and you never outgrow making new friends.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sweet Stop Sketch with limited supplies!

Once again I combined challenges using the Sweet Stop Sketch for Saturday with the Limited Supplies challenge on SCS which called for using only colors that had food in the title. The sketch uses a long card so I used a Groovy Guava long note from SU pairing it with Barely Banana, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. I chose the SNS set Chocoholic for the image and sentiment. The cake is marbled and glazed with Crystal Effects (which isn't picked up by my scanner) to make the icing shine.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Recent Challenges

Trying to catch up on my posting, so this first card is for three challenges on Splitcoast Stmapers. I combined the CAS25 sketch with the CAS26 stitching (faux or real) and the color challenge this week to use Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom and Close to Cocoa. The Blush cs is the case with paper ribbon trim from the Basic Grey Urban Prairie Collection print. I stamped the Happy Birthday from SU's So Many Scallops and punched it out with the scallop punch. I used a larger Marvy punch to mount it on and used the Close to Cocoa marker to make my faux stitching on the Celery cs. Another quick and easy card.

Last week's color challenge 229 on Splitcoast Stampers was to use Certainly Celery, Pixie Pink and Apricot Appeal. I found all these colors in this pretty print from Basic Grey's Urban Prairie Collection which made this card an easy one. A little scalloping edge trim for the ribbon and it was done. The sentiment in from SU's The Best is Yet set.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Congratulations Teresa!

Today's Featured Stamper on SCS is none other than my dear friend Teresa. The card I CASED was done in pink, so did mine in blue and used the other snowman image from SNSS Snow Friends designed by Korin Sutherland. I chose SU Night of Navy for the base, layering with Bashful Blue and dsp. I heat embossed the image in silver, colored the hat in Bashful Blue and used Dazzling Diamond glitter for snow. This didn't show up on my scanning as it does in real life. I found this ribbon from Oriental Trading in my stash deciding to use it because of it's shimmering qualities. The sentiment is stamped in Silver Encore ink which also was used to edge the Navy scallop layer. I used the CB Swirl folder to emboss the white panel.
Teresa, this has been your day, I hope you have enjoyed it!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

My mojo was inspired by an apron!

Today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS is to be inspired by the aprons or other items on Heavenly Hostess so I chose Nouveau which is black velvet lace over fushia satin substituting Real Red cardstock instead of the fushia. Since I hadn't done the Monday Mojo 97 challenge yet I went with that sketch. I had a piece of black fillegree in my scrap folder so I knew it would be the black velvet overlay. I used SU Rub-ons for the sentiment & image and Silver Style Hodgepodge Hardware for accent. No stamps were used and only a little ink to make the dots.
I hope everyone has a good weekend. Blessings to all!