" 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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August Birthdays Galore!



The month  of August is a busy month in my family for birthdays. I have been wicked busy making the cards for my daughter, two sisters, and a brother-in-law.
 The only good thing is that I love doing it. I had loads of fun making these cards.

Kristin's card
Inside of Kristin's card
    I had never done this type of card for our daughter, Kristin, before. I really love how it came out. The front flap folds over the side flap.

  I chose Graphic 45 paper called" By the Sea". I love how it really goes with a Maine theme. Kristin lives in Colorado now and I like to remind her of home here.
Andrea's Card
 
Rochelle's Card
                                                                                      My sister, Andrea, has a birthday in August, too. I just got this stamp set from Stampin Up. I love it. So versatile with the designs you could make. The bundle comes with stamps and dies. I chose to put the medallion in the middle and stamp around it. My sister, Rochelle, let me have the silver doily to put it on. I will be making more of these beauties.
   My sister, Rochelle, also has a birthday in August. See why I have been so busy. She is an avid gardener with beautiful gardens. So I decided to make a U fold card or sometimes called a Bench card. It was a great choice since I wanted a potting bench theme. I had wicked fun putting all the elements together. the top of the bench folds up so you can close the card. Here are directions on how to make this card: U Fold Directions     Scroll down a little ways to get the dimensions and scoring plans.
Tom's Card
  The last card I made for August was for my brother-in-law, Tom. He and my sister, Chris, go bowling with us every week. We have alot of fun so I thought a bowling card would be a great idea, If course, so did everyone else.  I made an easel card that shows a strike happening. I used clip art on my computer search to find the perfect pins and ball. I had great fun doing this card too.






Happy News: Isabelle Arrived Early!!

  We are over the moon over the early arrival of our second granddaughter, Isabelle Mae... She is so sweet. I held her for a few minutes the other day and she was awesome. She weighs in at 9 pounds 15 ounces.
  Can't wait to get to know her. They all go home today to be a wonderful family of four.
  We went with Evy today and her Grandma Alice to York"s Wild Kingdom    We saw many animals. Evy loved the ducks, deer. and goats. She got to pet and feed those animals. She was so good. We had wicked fun together. The weather was perfect; not too hot or too cold.
 I will leave you with some pictures of our day. Next time I will have more pics of Izzy.
Feeding the deer

Feeding the ducks

Grandma Alice showing her an animal.

   
This is  Evy trying to touch another deer.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Welcome Baby Isabelle

A baby shower for Kristin
  I have been planning a baby shower for my daughter-in-law, Kristin. She is having her second baby and our second granddaughter in August. I have been working on the decorations and the menu for weeks. It has been loads of fun.
  I made these sweet favor boxes from a tutorial that was so easy to follow. Diagonal opening gift box

Favors for our guests

More decorations....      

  Caroline does a great job with her directions.
I used a die that makes these  awesome bows. I
believe they are from Spellbinders.
  I put Hershey kisses in them and a lip balm or eye make up. I love how cute they are in pink.
 

                                                                               


  I also made a sweet banner that says," Baby Isabelle" for the fireplace. I used a die that makes different sized cut outs. It is from Spellbinders, also. I mounted the pieces on pink designer papers. I think I will keep it and hang it in the playroom. I will make one for Evy ,too. I can't find the one I made for her shower.   I think the little pink clothespins are awesome.

Yum....
To die for......
  I think Evy liked the menu. I made marshmallow ballerinas that I found on Pinterest. I am not a marshmallow lover, but you put a little frosting on them and roll them in pink sugar and I am all over it....
You have to try them. I thought they were wicked cute and the kids loved them....


  I did finish a Saucy folder that Country Craft Creations put out. I really love how it turned out. The directions are not too difficult to do with a video tutorial that Tammy Merrill does. Here is the link for you, if you want to try this one. Tammy's Saucy Album Tutorial
 The cover has pockets, too.



Open up again and it has on the right the waterfall section and
on the left you see clear photo pockets. 

Open up and it reveals two more areas for photos.
Pockets and pages for more photos on the left side.




















   It has so many ways to put pictures in the different pockets or folders. The waterfall section came out the best I have ever done one.
  I really like how magnets keep the two parts together. Then  you open up again and it reveals the inside folders and pockets.
  I used Graphic 45 French Country collection which I absolutely love. Everything coordinates so well together. You can not make a mistake. It is all in what you like to see.
  I still have some more cards to make and I am starting a
new album that Butterbee Scraps has in a video tutorial and a cheat sheet. That is what she calls it. I am waiting for the clasp to come so I can continue the assembling of the pages. I will show that album next time.
  Summer is going fast.  Here is a picture of
Sara Evans  in concert
Sara Evans at the L.L. Bean free concert
last weekend. It poured but she was so good
that we just sat in the rain and it passed. I was
soaking wet, but her music is worth it.
  Keep dry... happy summer times.