Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Birthmas!

This is a Birthday card for my wonderful cousin Catherine.  Her birthday is on the 19th and mine is on the 28th so we jokingly call our birthday's "Birthmas" since they are both so close to Christmas.  It is very tough to have a Christmas birthday, they always seem to get overlooked or forgotten in the rush of Christmas time.  So I make sure to always try to send her something special, and this card fits the bill.  Catherine put the pressure on me by sending an email last week saying that she keeps checking my blog to see if she can see her card, and I know that she is going to peek, I just hope she enjoys her card that was made especially for her.

Catherine is half English or British, I guess I should say, so I thought that this sentiment would fit in well, I am sure my Aunt will get a kick out of it.  I love these colors together, the pink pirouette, peach parfait, and calypso coral go perfect with the soft suede, crumb cake and natural ivory colors.  Just a super feminine color palette.  The layout from the Pals Paper Arts #124 gave me a great starting point.

This card has a ton of ribbon, starting off with some very wide pink pirouette grosgrain ribbon that is wrapped around the card front.  The little bundle of ruffled ribbon, victoria lace ribbon, and pumpkin pie taffeta ribbon was secured with in a bow of crumb cake seam binding ribbon.  I left the ribbon free flowing and extended it off the edge.  A scallop cut piece of First Edition SDSP was sponged with soft suede a bit.

You can just see the beautiful stamps from the Creative Elements stamp set were used at the top and bottom of the card stamped in soft suede.  The frame from the Designer Frames EF pack was used, then a raw edge was torn, and sponged with soft suede ink for a bit of distressed feel.  Some little flowers and pearls finish the card off.

I really love how this card turned out, it is one of my favorites.  The colors are just so pretty.  The layout is great so check out the PPA site for some great inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Creative Elements, You're a Gem
Paper:  soft suede, naturals ivory, pink pirouette retired DSP, first edition SDSP
Ink:  soft suede
tools:  lots of ribbon!!, large scallop edge border punch, pearls, scallop oval punch, designer frames EF pack

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hello Again!

Hello again my sweet blog fans!  It has been a very busy few weeks.  I am sorry that it has taken so long for me to post again, let me catch you up to date.  My husband Chris works on the Stewart Haas Racing team, and our driver Tony Stewart won the Nascar Championship this year!  Tony had promised that if he won, we all would go to Las Vegas for the champions banquet.  Well let me tell you, a last minute trip sure does take a lot of planning, preparing, and recovering.  Not to mention the trip was right smack in the middle of the Christmas season, so I have been behind schedule, but I thought I would share some pictures of our trip with you.

These are all pictures from the Bellagio, that is a real Christmas tree, a chocolate fountain, a Toy Story cake, and a Grinch sculpture.

This is at the Wynn Hotel, which hosted the banquet, some pictures of the "red carpet" area and Chris by the Sprint Cup.

We made a trip out to Hoover Dam, and I was amazed to see this new bridge!  Last time I was there, there was no sign of a bridge.  For me the bridge was almost more breathtaking than the Dam, it just amazed me.  This trip to the Dam was bittersweet because the last time I was there, I was with my Dad, he passed away a few years ago, and is surely missed.  He would always throw a quarter in and make a wish for us to have another baby, it took awhile for the wish to come true and unfortunately he was not here to meet Tate, but we will always keep him in our hearts.

So all in all an eventful trip, we are glad to be home and preparing for Christmas, both my brother and sister and their spouses are making the trip to North Carolina, and we cannot wait to share Christmas with them.

I will be back tomorrow to share a very special Birthday card with you, so please come back to see me!
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