" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "
Gandhi

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August is Birthday Month!

Happy Day, Rochelle!
  I have been working mostly on birthday cards for my siblings. I have 6 of them and three of them have birthday in August. My other sister had hers at the end of July. So you see it is a busy time.
  For my sister, Rochelle, I mad this tag card. I used Julie Nutting's paper doll. I attached a butterfly for her wings that I had lying around. I really love how she looks with the pom pom lace around her skirt.
  The sentiment is so perfect. My sister, Chris, asked if I had a stamp for the letters or used the computer. What a compliment since I just used my own handwriting. She was surprised it looked so good, since my handwriting stinks. And I taught handwriting to third graders for 32 years!  My teaching must have rubbed off on me.
  The card stands up. I used a Tim Holtz die cut that makes into a stand. I also used some of Tim Holtz stencils to make the background design. I really love how it came out.

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  I have been working on making this golf cart card for my brother-in-law, Tom. He is an avid golfer.
  I bought the directions for this cart from Lori Heiling. You can find her directions at  Stamping Addict  Her directions are great but the template she gives you is missing some dotted lines to help you know where to fold. I figured it out, but be aware. The directions only cost around 4.00. Well worth it,
  The cart is suppose to hold a gift card on top, but I just made it the place for the sentiment.
  I made the first card in a green cardstock, but did not like it as well. So I made this one that seems to fit with what most golf carts look like in real life.
  I have a Stampin Up stamp set that is called "On the Green". This is where I fuzzy cut out the golf bags and used my Copic markers to color. I also stamped the golf balls and tees from this collection.
Two Lights State Park
  On the whole I really like how it came out. Now you can not flatten this out for mailing, so it has to be an "in person" delivery.
   After all that hard work, Russ took me to Two Lights State Park which was beautiful. The weather has been so humid but I was actually chilly near the water.
  We had lobster rolls from the Lobster Shack which were delightful, if you like lobster which I do.                                                                    



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 They put a gob on mayonaise on the top which you can mix in with the lobster to make the salad. I scraped off quite a bit because I do not need that much mayo. I like that I could mix it myself. It was quite yummy.  

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  We have been having a grand time with our granddaughter, Evy. She is growing up so fast. Her parents bought her this sandbox which is adorable. She loves to move the sand around. I love watching her do it. She is talking so much more now. It is so cute when she tries out a new word and doesn't quite get every sound. I love hearing her try..
  Hoping she says "Grammy" soon. I would take "Gammy" even.


Silver Bullet
  Well, we bought a new car. It is kinda sad 'cause we traded in our Honda van for a Honda CRV. The van has been great for taking family members with us on fun trips. But we wanted to save money on gas and go to the SUV. I love the color, but hard to find with all the other sliver cars in the parking lot.
  It doesn't use a key to start. You push a button. What would my grandparents say about that. I am going to  have to get use to it too.
  My friend, Elaine, has started a new wedding album.  She has started working on the cover and it is coming out great. Here is a peek at what she is doing.
Great color choices
   I love working with a creative person. It should be wicked fun seeing this album come together. Stay tune for more pics as we move ahead.      

Monday, August 1, 2016

Here Comes August!

Wow! The heat has been quite opressive as of late. Hoping the rest of the week gets better. I have been working on a few projects and some cards.
  Here is the card that I made for my sister, Adrianne, who lives in Massachusetts.
Front
Inside
 I wanted to do a pop up card,  I was so happy when I stumbled across the Sizzix Karen Burnston die cut.
  It makes such a nice decorative edge. As long as you remember the way to fold it, you are going to come out right every time. Of course, I had to watch a video to remember the steps. I plan on using this die and others that I have to insert into the base. Easy peasy...

   I also made a card for my brother, Hal. He has a birthday on the first day of August. We already celebrated his birthday on July 4th when we all went down to surprise him.
My brother.... 
 I made his card from an idea I found on Pinterest.
I added a bit here and there and I think Hal will
really like it since he likes funny cards.
Another Pinterest Inspiration
   I really like how I used scraps of paper I have left over from other projects.
  I used the bird punch from Stampin Up to make the flames.
Ha.. Ha... love it...
  The "Happy Birthday" stamp is from
Hero Arts.
  I used the computer to type out the funny saying, Hope he likes it.
From my garden...
   



           I put this picture of a blossom from my blue hydrangea bush because I am so proud to have grown it. The blue is a perfect color that I did nothing to it to make it that color. I think the pine trees that grow near it give the soil the acidity that it needs for that color. Love flowers.
 
Pretty sights...
Well July went sailing by. We often  go to my friend, Elaine's cottage for breakfast in the summer , if the weather is cooperating. This past week Russ decided he wanted to go out in the water in front of her cottage for a look see of the shore. I thought he was nuts, but he wanted to go. He got some good exercise while checking out the sights.
That is what summer is for I guess.
  And taking our granddaughter to the park for a slide down the slide. She just loves the fun of sliding down. We love seeing her smile.
  Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer. Enjoy!
Our granddaughter, Evy.