Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gelatos birthday card ...

Here's a birthday card I made for a friend's birthday earlier this month.  She's the one that I made the card set for.  She's one of the few people I know who goes out looking for the perfect card for someone.  I always get unique handmade cards from her, so I wanted to make something really nice since I was on vacation and had the time.

I decided to make a card using Gelatos.  I've made several of these cards ... ok, maybe that's a bit of an understatement ... I've made over 20 cards!  I had given a class last October and went a little crazy with samples.  I love the way Gelatos look on dark cardstock!!

As you can see, I added some stickles to give it a bit of a shine :)  Sorry about the fuzzy close-up picture ... well, it adds to the effect of Gelatos on dark cardstock :)

I wanted to make the card more special ... so, I decided to stamp the inside of the card too.  The stamp that I used for the front of the card is part of a 2-stamp set, so it was perfect!

After making this card, I got a taste and am planning to make some more!  I have a reason ... well sort of ... someone at work wants to buy some.  However, I don't think she will be buying the quantity that I'm planning to make though :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Card set gift ...

Here's a card set I gave as a birthday gift to a friend.  It's similar to some other cards that I previously made ... but I can't seem to stop making this style card!  As I've mentioned, I love the way embossed white cardstock looks.  I was also trying to use up some colour cardstock that I had.

Basically, I made 2 cards each with the same flower and colour scheme and stamped different sentiments.  This simplified things, but it still took a bit of time to finish them.  Pictures are a bit dark, but you get the idea.

I decided to make some matching envelopes for the cards using the Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers ... love this tool!  Oh and of course ... I die cut some circles with adhesive backing to close the envelopes ... you know like a seal :)

I also made a box to put the card set in since I did not have a box that would fit 10 cards and envelopes.  I used 110 lb white watercolour paper to make the box and covered it with burgundy cardstock and then pattern paper ... covering the lid and base of the box decorated it as well as made the box even more sturdy :)

In went the cards and envelopes ... perfect fit :)

Final step ... tie it with matching ribbon and there you go!!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

We have a tenant ...

Hubbie and I were pulling weeds a few weeks ago during our vacation ... yup, a fun vacation activity :)  Anyway, we stop to chat with one of our neighbours, and I noticed something ... we have a tenant!

A bird built a nest in our tree ... hubbie and I think it's quite cool!  Here's a picture where you could see the nest.

However, the bird wasn't facing the right way for the camera, so I went around to the other side.  Somewhat better ... it took a few attempts as it was a bit windy and the leaves kept getting into the picture.

Oops, I got a bit too close and the clicking of the camera scared it ... sorry!  Came out of the nest ...

... and then on to the neighbour's fence.  Figure I better leave it alone.


Oh, here's some other outside news ... hubbie and I finally got some plants and planted them in the flower bed in front of the house.  We figure it was time to grow something else instead of weeds.  Hubbie said since he mastered growing weeds, he figured it was time to move on to something else :)

Hubbie did the actual planting ... I helped him fill the flower bed with soil and took off after seeing a bunch of mosquitoes flying around.  I already got bitten once when we were pulling weeds, so I didn't want to get bitten again!  However, by the end of our vacation, I got bitten 3 more times :(

We planted Weigela Florida Nana Variegata ... quite the mouthful.   They're suppose to look like this ...


Initially, we thought maybe we would plant some annuals flowers until they grow to their full size, which would be in about 3-4 years.  However, we didn't know what to plant ... maybe next year ... one step at a time :)