Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Princess Cassie

I have scheduled this post to be published on the morning of my knee replacement surgery.  I will miss my kitty while I am in the hospital, and I am certain she will be lost without me since she is my buddy.

Cassie has taken to reclining on the decorative pillows from my bed.  The princess in her is coming out!

But don't tell HER she's a princess - she doesn't like it!

She also loves to sleep on the bed, and whenever someone comes in the room, she will roll over on her side, begging to have a good belly and head rub.

I can't wait to get home to (1) shower, which they won't let me do in the hospital, (2) get some much-needed sleep, and (3) to see my special kitty!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Birthday Card

My daughter, Grace, celebrated her 23rd birthday at the end of June.  Her husband suggested I make a feminine card instead of one with monkeys on it as I was thinking of doing.

My card combines several different ideas.  This one is the basic idea, while this one at Splitcoaststampers.com inspired the rest of the front.

To figure out how to make the card base, I watched the excellent video by Becca Feeken on YouTube.

My card base was made using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight.  The next layer I cut with Spellbinders Labels Eight, then embossed the oval on the top with Designer Frames by Sizzix for Stampin' Up!  Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped my words in the oval.  (The stamp is from the set Salutations by Anna Griffin, and the ink is Violet pigment ink by Color Box.)  Finally, I ran just the bottom of the panel through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The ribbon was a last minute addition.

It was fun to learn a new technique, one I know I will continue to use often. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Anniversary Card

This card required a lot of cutting with my Cuttlebug, but the results were definitely worth it!

My card is almost an exact copy of the ones here.   Like my inspiration, I started by cutting nine motifs with one of the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Pendants.  I then used 1/4" Pop Dots, which I cut in half, to affix them to my card base.  Each motif except for the center one received a pearl in its center.  My focal image was stamped and then cut out with Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three.  I cut an oval to fit behind the center to give it some color before using more Pop Dots to affix it to my card.