Friday, September 27, 2013

Baby Shower Favors

I was trying to decide what I wanted to make for favors for my daughter's shower, and I saw these cute carriages on Pinterest.  It turned out that they were made by the same person - Brenda Quintana - that I had used for my Xmas Trees last year.  I thought they were so cute and unique! I decided to make them in the Melon Mambo paper that I had used for the invitation.  Rachel and Sarah like Pretty and Pink, so that was the other color I used.  We're going to put one by each place setting.  I think they will definitely add to the decorations. 

The only thing that I did different was punch small hearts for the wheels.  I used the stamp -Thanks So Much - from the Tiny Label stamp set for the sentiment by the handle.  Having made the Xmas trees last year, I was used to the folding, etc.  One nice thing about her directions was when cutting the paper she gave directions to make eight carriages which certainly made the process go faster.  The only thing that gave me trouble was the wheels.  She suggested cutting the paper larger if you had a problem inserting the kisses, but when I did the candy kiss fell out.  So I had to struggle putting in the candy kisses.  One thing I found out is that the candy kisses may look the same size, but they are not!  If one is too big try another one!  The one advantage was if the paper ripped I got to eat the candy!!!
I was really happy how they turned out.  I didn't realize she had a lot of other items made with the candy kisses.  When I have more time, I'll have to revisit her blog.  Well, I have some more to make so I had better get going.  Have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Craft Fun

I had another fun day crafting with friends at Denise's.  We decided to make some Halloween cards.  I had seen this card on several blogs and wanted to make it.


Stamps - Frightening Feline - SU
Ink - Stazon
Paper - Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and DSP Scraps - SU
Embellishments - Ribbon, Googly Eyes
Accessories - Label Die, Embossing Folder

I used my Pumpkin Pie to make this A2 card base.  Then added a layer of Whisper White - 4" x 5 1/4".  I have seen this done with washi tape, but we didn't have any Halloween tape, so we used some DSP scrap paper instead.  We angled the paper and then trimmed off the excess.  We used the label dies and embossed the pumpkin pie die cut.  Then we stamped our "little feline" and popped it up with dimensionals.  We put on some googly eyes and a collar of ribbon and we were done!  I thought it turned out so cute!

Our friend Martha is heading back to Florida - have a safe trip and we will see you next summer!  It is so much fun to stamp with friends.  Everyone can do the same card but they all look a little different.

On a sad note, the girls Holland Lop Rabbit - Gilbert - died yesterday.  I have to say that Gilbert was the nicest rabbit we have ever seen.  All he wanted was for you to visit with him and hold and pet him - which we all did!  The girls were involved in 4H and he definitely added to their trophies and ribbons along the way.  We will miss you Gilbert......and we will never forget you!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Friday, September 13, 2013

Baby Shower Invitations

For the past week, I have been working on invitations for my daughter's baby shower.  I found this cute little dress on Pinterest and made a template out of cardboard.  I decided to cut them out in Pretty & Pink but then couldn't find any DSP that matched the pink!  I thought pink was pink - not so.  There are a lot of different shades of pink out there!  So I decided to pick out my DSP first (lesson learned) and ended up cutting more dresses out of Melon Mambo.  I was really happy with how they turned out.


Stamps - Sent with Love - Stamps by Judith
Paper - Melon Mambo, Whisper White - SU
Ink - Melon Mambo - SU
Embellishments - Ribbon, Pearls, Gel Pen - Michael's
Accessories - Heart Punch, Embossing Powder - Iridescent Ice, Gel Pen

I originally wanted to use an A2 size card but it was too small and an 5" x 7" was too big, so I settled on 5" x 6".  I cut out all my base cards first and then my DSP layer  of
4 3/4" x 5 3/4".  I used my computer for my sentiment and printed it out on whisper white.  Using the Bigz Petal Cone Die, I cut out the banner.  I used my light box to trace it on the printed sentiments and cut them out.  My printed invitation on the inside was done on my computer and printed out on a whisper white layer of 4 3/4" x 5 3/4".  I then embossed my little dresses only on the bottom half.  I tied ribbon around the waist, did some lines with my gel pen on the top of the dress, placed my pearls and the dress was ready to mount with some dimensionals.  I also used dimensionals when placing the banner.

Sarah had picked out this cute pink baby ribbon at Michael's, so I decided to cut a length of it and glue it on the inside layer next to the fold just for fun!  I then went to work and made the envelopes using my Envelope Maker.  I had purchased this awhile ago from  We R Memory Keepers and really liked the results. I also made envelope liners in the DSP paper.  On the back of the envelope, I used my stamp and punched out a Melon Mambo heart to add the finishing touch.  We took them to the Post Office to mail yesterday and the lady there was so nice.  When she saw the envelope she said "I know I have a stamp that would look great on these cards".  After going through her drawer, she came out with a cute  heart stamp which finished the whole thing off!  It was a lot of work, but I'm so glad I made them.  Of course, I saved one for the scrapbook!

The weather here has been so crazy lately.  It was so terribly hot for a few days and then last night a storm brought in cooler weather for a pleasant change.  All of a sudden we have tomatoes - lots of tomatoes!  I guess they needed some last heat to ripen them up.  I see some canning in my future this weekend.  Hope you and yours have a great one!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Grandparents Day!!

On April 30, 2000 my dream came true - my first grandchild was born!  It seemed like I had waited all my life to become a Grandmother.  As the saying goes.....when a child is born so is a Grandmother.  Fortunately, I had retired by then and I had lots of time to spend with Rachel and then Sarah when she was born 2 years later.  I read somewhere that Grandparents become the kids best buddies - perhaps it is because we have already entered our second childhood!  We become their playmates, as well as their protectors - the generation gap is never an obstacle.  We are never to busy too babysit, have a tea party or just sit and listen to them or watch a movie with a bag of popcorn.  Some of the best moments in our lives have been spent with Rachel and Sarah, and we will forever be thankful for all the times and opportunities we had to spend with them.  My husband got to enjoy so many things in their lives that he had missed out on with our kids, as he was too busy working and providing for us - seeing them with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, picking them up from the school bus and watching them perform at a school function. Things that most people take for granted in their busy lives are a privilege for Grandparents.

The girls have definitely enriched our lives, and we hope that we have done the same for them.  We are so blessed to have another little one on the way and look forward to doing all those special things with her as well. 

I want to take this time to wish everyone out there a special Grandparents Day!  I hope you create lots of memories today!  Someone once shared a quote which I love - Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of their little ones!  We are so blessed to have had that opportunity.

Thanks for stopping bye,

Friday, September 6, 2013

Butterfly Foil Card

I have another card for you today that I made while stamping last week at my friend Denise's house.  This really came together so quick and easy.  Sorry for the quality of the picture, but I guess the foil didn't like the light.

Recipe -

Stamps - Best of Butterflies, En Francais - SU
Ink - Stazon, Smoky Grey - SU
Paper - Whisper White, Black, Silver Foil - SU
Embellishments - Ribbon, Black Candy Dots, Pearls - SU

This is an A2 size card with the fold on the top.  I stamped the background stamp on whisper white a little over half way.  Then I glued down my ribbon to form a separation.  The black paper is 3" x 3" and the silver foil is 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".  I then stamped my butterfly on the silver foil and set it aside to dry.  It takes a little longer than normal drying time on the foil.  Then stamp an additional butterfly on another piece of silver foil.  When thoroughly dry cut it out.   Using dimensionals, place the cut butterfly on top of the butterfly you stamped out on the other silver foil adjusting its wings so it looks like it is flying.  Pop this up with dimensionals in the center of your card and finish it off with a pearl.  I added black candy dots on the bottom.  This is the first time I have used these dots and really like them.

Well, the girls have a short week which makes them happy and the weather is beautiful.  I'm in the midst of making my daughter's invitations for her baby shower, so things are pretty hectic around here.  My stamp room looks like a tornado hit it!!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah