Friday, September 27, 2013

Retired BNF Friday #22

I cannot believe that it had been six months since I posted a Retired BNF (But Not Forgotten) project. Shame on me, right? I am going to try my best to change that and not stay away too long.

I want to share with you this colorful birthday card. I used the Aviary stamp set and Everyday Enchantment DSP. I just love this color combination. I stamped the birdcage twice on Very Vanilla card stock, then cut it out and pop it up with stampin' dimensionals to give it a 3D effect.

Well, that is all I have for now. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Black Magic Stamping Technique

Happy Fall, everyone! I just finished talking to my mom on the phone to greet her happy birthday. Mother Nature gave her a good birthday gift - it rained so she didn't need to water her plants. When I tell my co-workers that I talk to my mom at least twice a day, they probably think I have such a sad life. The truth is, I actually enjoy her company and I cherish her wisdom. We actually see each other almost every day because we walk together every afternoon. Twenty or so years ago, I wouldn't have anticipated I'd have a close relationship with my mother. God knows I'd always been such a difficult and strong-willed child. I fought with her every chance I got. I remember how sometimes even when I knew what she was asking me to do would be good for me, I would go the other way just to prove to her that she wasn't the boss of me. Now that my own children are older and willfully making decisions, I often feel what I put my mom through, and I have great kids! I hope none of them turns like me. Smile. And what is it about rolling of the eyes? It must have been a prerequisite to becoming a teenager. When my daughter gives me the "tone", you know the tone like you don't know anything, I seriously want to go on strike. Then she'd say, "Seriously, mother!" Oh well.

I have been inspired by a couple of technique videos I saw on Stampin' Connection called Black Magic, so I have been practicing. It was so much fun coloring. I was surprised how fairly easy it was, provided you have a good stamped image. I used one of my very favorite stamp sets called Morning Soft, basic black cardstock, white craft ink and water color pencils. Yesterday, with the sound of the rain in the background and sitting in my corner coloring, I felt completely at peace. I sat there thinking Someone in Heaven must love me, because I didn't even have to get out of my pajamas to be happy.

Well, that's all for now I must attend to my chores. We are going to take mom out to dinner tonight. Happy birthday to the strongest and bravest mother I know. Thank you for raising three strong and brave daughters.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Snowflake Soiree

I cannot believe I am already working on Christmas cards for my upcoming class. This year is going by way too quickly. I want to share one of the cards we will be making next month. I am still trying to decide which color combination to use.

Cards Recipe

Stamp Set(s): Snowflake Soiree and Delightful Dozen
Paper: Card stocks in Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo and Shimmery White
Ink: Classic Stampin' pads in Pool Party, Island Indigo and Smoky Slate
Tools & Accessories:  1/2" Seam Binding ribbon in Pool Party, Rhinestones Basic Jewels and Stampin Dimensionals