Saturday, July 28, 2012

No, it's not a snowflake


I hope you are enjoying your summer as it is slipping by quickly. We have had some much needed rain here in Michigan and some fabulous thunder storms. The flowers are so large and vibrant and I think the insects are just as much.

Don't let the name of the die cut scare you. Winter is still 5 months away. I used the Sizzix die called Snowflake #4. This die also came with an embossing folder. I have to say though that once I cut out the snowflake, it was a little tough getting it to match up in the folder. The circles at each peak are to help you line it up, but that is where I found they didn't quite match. It was no big deal, it just causes a bit more of an edge around some of the scallops.

I used this die not even thinking of it as a snowflake and it made a nice card for any season. I used the Framed Tulips embossing folder from SU. The sentiment was punched out with SU Modern Label punch and is layered onto a Spellbinders Fancy Tag. You can see a close look at the die cut below. The embossing folder created some very nice deep impressions.

All is quiet on the home front. My son has two more weeks of radiation and has been going through it fine except for a bout of pneumonia. At least he was able to hold still for the treatments. If not they would have had to stop the treatments which wouldn't have been optimal for his treatment.

This weekend is a free weekend with no exact plans. Those are the best when you can do whatever you want, when you want. It is also supposed to be a nice sunny weekend in the low 80's which is perfect. I am looking forward to a lazy fun weekend.

~have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Anna & Lara

I don't know how I did it, but I managed to get some great pictures of my new nieces. They are 8 weeks old and 7 lbs in these pictures. Even though they are newborn size, they are picking up their heads like pros. My sister-n-law decided not to go away to a wedding as planned and she wasn't that crazy about me doing a photo shoot. I didn't get to pose them they way I had envisioned. Mama wasn't going for it and the girls really don't like to be on their tummies. Anna slept through it all, even the headband changes. Lara on the other hand was not having it. She did end up falling asleep for a couple of pictures.

I have to say they are the most precious babies I have seen, and to know what transpired prior to them being here is nothing short of a miracle. Our family is truly blessed. They are so identical that you really can't tell them apart. They are put in different color outfits so they know which is which. For the photo shoot, we had them in the same outfits, so my brother put a big "L" on Lara's diaper so we could tell them apart.

On the drive home every now and then I swore I could smell them. It brought a smile to my face when I thought of them. I don't think my brother and sister-n-law got to hold them hardly at all during the day while we were there. It was so nice to have two of them so we didn't have to fight over holding a baby. Just pure joy in a very tiny package.

~have fun and enjoy!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Music Birds

Not a lot to share today except this card. I have been spending time with my daughter and getting ready to head over to see the new twins. We had to fit in a bit of shopping of course so we didn't show up empty handed. I don't think these girls are ever going to wear an outfit more than twice. But at least we had a ball shopping for them.

Today's card is using an unmounted stamp from Magenta's Crafty Individuals which doesn't seem to have a name on the package. Oh well, let's just call it Music Birds.  I used a MS edge punch called Vintage Floral. For the life of me I could not find the name of the designer paper. If anyone really needs to know, send me an email and I will do some more hunting.

I stamped the image in Momento brown on ivory card stock. The sentiment was layered with the Stampin' Up (SU) Modern Label. I finished it off with some teal seam binding. I thought by turning the image slightly on an angle it gave the card more depth.

I really love the robin's egg blue and brown together. In fact these are the colors I changed out master bedroom to this winter. It was quite easy to find a comforter as these colors seem to be very popular.

I hope you all have a good week. We have really been in a heat wave here in southeastern Michigan but it supposed to cool down a bit this coming week. I noticed we have been even warmer than Florida. Go figure.

~Have fun and enjoy!