Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blackberry Bliss Birthday Card

Hope everyone has been enjoying their summer.  I know we have!!  On July 1st I turned 70 - hard to believe - and of course everyone wanted to know how I wanted to celebrate!  I always wanted to go to the Outer Banks in NC, so we rented a house for the entire family and had a great time!!  We had great weather and the kids had a ball.  Here's a picture of them learning how to water paddle.


We decided we wanted a group picture of everyone as well.  After a lot of tries, we finally got one where Jennifer was looking at the camera.


One of the best things about the trip was that I was able to rent a beach wheelchair!  I was diagnosed with MS 25 years ago and have not been able to go on the beach for awhile.  When I found out I could rent one of these chairs, I was in heaven!  I was able to play in the sand with Jennifer and go in the water with the kids!  It was definitely the highlight of my trip!

What's a visit to the beach without bringing home a hermit crab!  Here's a picture of Sarah and Jennifer checking it out!  They decided to name it Peanuts!


Here is a picture of Jennifer trying to be a butterfly!  She loves butterflies!!


Here is a picture of Jennifer all ready for the 4th of July celebrations!!  She loved going barefoot in the sand!



We couldn't let the kids go out too far on their boogie boards due to the shark attacks, so they got plenty of use out of the pool.

Unfortunately, we had to take Sarah to the hospital when we got home as she ended up with double ear infections in both ears, as well as, swimmers ear!  Now she has to wear ear plugs at all times!  I think she is part fish!

With all the unpacking and getting back to normal, I finally had some time to make a card.  I have a lot of birthdays in July/August and this was the first one I came up with.


I made my base card an A2 size in Whisper White with my first layer 4"x 5 1/4"in Blackberry Bliss and my second layer 3 3/8" x 5 1/8" in Whisper White.  The stamp sets I used were SU's Birthday Blossom and Gorgeous Grunge.  My ink was SU's Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive. I stamped my background first and then my sentiment.   I stamped and cut out the leaves and popped them up with dimensionals and then punched out my flowers with my Pansy punch.  I used my blender pen to color in the leaves and flowers.  I also popped up the flowers with dimensionals so they would stand out a bit.  It was a pretty simple card to make, but I love how the blackberry bliss color looks against white!

The girls came home to mail telling them their new bus schedules which definitely reminded them that school will be starting in a few weeks, but they are enjoying all the local carnivals and festivals!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah











Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Paper Teacup/Mug for Father's Day

I was looking for something to make for the Dads to give along with their cards and gifts.  I always have my eye out for things to make that you can put some "goodies" in, so I have an excuse to buy some chocolate!  Last year I made these cute little boxes.  This year I found these cute little paper teacup/mugs.  There is a lot of different videos out there but I made this basic one.


I used stampin up DSP and made the hand with the corresponding side.  I watched a few of these videos on youtube and if made with different dimensions you can vary the size of your cup.


To finish them off, I put some kisses in a plastic bag and tied it with my best year ever ribbon pack.  I really like how they turned out.  They were so easy to put together.  I wish I had known about these years ago.  We always planned a back to school tea party for the girls and their friends and it would have been so cute to have these on the table with some doilies filled with goodies for the group.  I can see these made for favorites for a birthday party or even a wedding.  So many great ideas this little cup can be utilized for.

Hope everyone is getting ready for a great weekend to celebrate all the men in their lives. The girls are enjoying their first week of summer.  It has really warmed up here, but I promised myself I wouldn't complain after the miserable winter we had.

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Monday, June 8, 2015

Pinwheel Fun Fold Card for Father's Day

I was trying to think of a card that I could make for the men in my life for Father's Day, and I came across this cute card by Dawn O.  She also did a video for Splitcoast Stampers.  She was definitely right when she said you can't just make one of them, and SU's designer paper is perfect for this type of card.


I decided against making a belly bands for them and instead used my scalloped circle punch with my
 1 1/2" circle punch.  I added some twine to the circle which I got from the in color accessory pack.


I found some Father's Day stamps from my Paper Pumpkin last year and used them as sentiments for the front and the inside of the card.  I love how they turned out.  Now, I'll used my envelope punch board to make some envelopes.

Tomorrow is the last day of school.  Rachel has her step up ceremony to High School - Congratulations Rachel!!!  We are so proud of you!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Thinking of You Card

I wanted to make a card for a friend of ours who is going through some rough treatment.  I saw this card on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect for him.  Mary Brown made this card and used the stamp set Gift Of Kindness.  Of course, I didn't have this set, so I pulled out my flower sets and came up with this.


Recipe:

Stamps - Fabulous Florets, Petite Petals - SU, Thinking of You stamp - Justrite
Ink - Stazon
Paper - Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Yellow Daffodil - SU
Accessories - Corner Rounder, Petite Petals Punches - SU, Rhinestones

My base card was an A2 size with my first layer 5 1/4" x 4".  My Whisper White layer measured 3" x 4 1/2".  I stamped my leaf first and then cut it in half and then cut each half in different sizes.  I stamped my flowers out and then cut them out my hand.  Then I punched out some with my Petal punch.  I stamped my sentiment on the side and rounded all the corners of the CS on the lower right end.  I glued my Whisper White pieces on and then placed my flowers on popping them up with dimensionals.  This is such a versatile card.  You could use it for many occasions and with many color combinations.

My daughter and Rachel went to a farm yesterday with Jennifer and her Mom.  Jennifer loves seeing all the animals.  While they were there they got these cute little lip balms.



If course, my is the pansy and Rachel got the lady bug which also acts as a key chain!  So cute!!  A summer thunderstorm just went through and gave us a lot of rain which we certainly can use.  Seven days left of school and summer begins!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Kisses Jar from Jennifer

I had this idea in my head for awhile after seeing a bunch of mason jars decorated for different holidays.  With so much going on, I didn't know if I would get it done in time for Jennifer to give her Mama on Mother's Day but I just finished it.


I took a small mason jar and covered the lid with DSP and glued it to the rim so it would stay together when it was opened.  Then I adhered a piece of the same DSP around the middle of the jar.  For the front I glued on some gold letters spelling out "Mama" and popped up some flowers I had for decoration,


For the back I glued on more gold letters spelling out "Love".  I then filled up the jar with some chocolate kisses.


To finish it off, I tied a ribbon around the neck of the jar and used my Chalk Talk die cut for the tag.  I used my computer to type out:

Here's lots of Kisses from
Me when you need one.
Happy Mother's Day 
I Love You!
Jennifer 2015

I inked around the tag and tied it on the bow with some twine.  I just love how it turned out.  It has been a rough week around here with Jennifer going to Day Care.  Lots of tears, so I thought my daughter would like to put this on her desk at work.  The only other thing I wanted to do with it was have Jennifer's hand print on another tag as well, but with her in Day Care I didn't have an opportunity to get it done.  We are all going to her house for Mother's Day, so I think I will take my paint along with me and try and get it done to add on later.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah





Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day Card

Well, the calendar says Mother's Day is this Sunday - boy did that sneak up on me!!  So I set out to make a few simple cards - quickly, so I could get them in the mail in time!!  I decided to use the Butterfly Thinlet stamp set again but used the smaller butterfly this time.


I had a different design in mind when I set out, but this is what I ended up with.  I was going to do some embossing and put the butterflies on one side, but I wanted my greeting on the front.  So, I decided to put some ribbon down one side and scatter my butterflies like they were flying around the greeting.


I was happy how they turned out.  I used Very Vanilla for my base card as well as for my layer.  The butterflies are stamped in Old Olive, Pretty and Pink and Wisteria Wonder and then die cut.  I used a Mother's Day greeting on the inside that I found years ago in the $ bin at Michael's.  The ribbon is half white and pink satin and I placed a few rhinestones on the butterflies to dress them up for the occasion!

It looks like we're going to have a beautiful weekend!  Everyone in the Pansy Patch would like to wish all the Mom's out there a very Happy Mother's Day!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Birthday Card

I had another birthday card to make and decided to use the new butterfly thinlet set.  My youngest daughter's birthday was Monday and both she and Jennifer love butterflies.  I had seen this card on Pinterest knew they would like it.


Recipe:

Paper - Whisper White, Rich  Razzleberry
Stamps - Butterfly Thinlet Set, Outlined Occasions
Accessories - Embossing Folder
Embellishments - Rhinestones, ribbon

I started with an A2 sized card.  My layer of Whisper White was 4"x 5 1/4" which I embossed.  I love this embossing folder.  I have had it a long time and am not sure of its name.  It has cute little birds on it.  I then taped a piece of ribbon in the middle and adhered it to the base card,  My panel layers were 3" x 3 3/4" of Rich Razzleberry and 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" of Whisper White.  I stamped my greeting on the upper right corner and used dimensionals to adhere it to the base card.  I then die cut my butterfly using my drier sheet which made it pop right out.  I adhered it on the panel with some glue dots and applied some rhinestones.



For the inside I stamped my sentiment and used the small butterfly stamp in the set.  I also stamped my envelope with it as well.  I really liked how it turned out and she loved it!

We have some beautiful weather here this week.  A little warm but better than snow!!  Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah