Monday, May 23, 2016

Thanks and Savannah

I needed a thank you card so I reached once again for my colorist book.

Hot off the press -- Blossoms for Colorist, colored w/Spectrum Noir markers
David Tutera -- Celebrate sentiment

I thought I would share pictures that I took from Savannah Georgia today, my hubby took a lot of pictures in North Carolina with the kids but I just enjoyed the time with our daughter so I didn't take any pictures there, I did though get this picture of my Hubby at one of the Rest Areas in North Carolina, it was just beautiful, lovely landscaping and surrounded by mountains.

The rest of the Pictures are all of Savannah along the water in the Historic District.  There were many levels to the city, very unique and cool.  So there are a lot of bridges, loved the moss hanging from the tree in this one.

Here you can see the lower level and bridge a little better.

I totally love the look of the exposed brick and the iron balcony's in these pictures.

If you have never been to this city it is just beautiful, we spent most of the day walking around and taking pictures, we didn't even step foot into any stores so I can't tell you how the shopping is, but there was plenty of it if that is your thing.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, I appreciate hearing from you and hope your week is off to a wonderful start.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Evelyn's 1st Birthday

Thank you for all the Congrats on the kids graduating.  I managed to down load my pictures on to my computer from the trip but haven't had time to go through and figure out what I may want to post, so today I am sharing a card I made for Evelyn's first birthday and some pictures from her party :)  Many of you that follow my blog this past year know the hard road that this little girl has had to go through to get to this point. Thank you all again for your prayers this past year, she is doing so well, she still has a little problem with her digestion, her Mom says she has many blowouts, but she is thankful that Evelyn loves getting baths so that helps. So thankful for the healing God has done in this little girls life.

I decided to watercolor this image using my Spectrum Aqua markers on watercolor paper.

Here is a closeup of the coloring, I need a bit more practice with these markers but I think it turned out pretty good.

Inky Antics -- Lester, colored w/Spectrum Aqua markers
Papertrey ink - Hodge Podge papers
Taylored Expressions -- Whimsy #'s die
Penny black -- Sprinkles and smiles sentiment stamp
Recollections -- Button Brads
Spellbinders -- classic oval and scalloped oval dies

Here is Evelyn getting ready to sample her cake

I love how she is looking right at my hubby in these pics!

Here she is with the books we got her, Right after my hubby stopped taking pictures and was heading back to his seat, they took the books from her and she started crying so I think she liked them :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope your enjoying a great weekend so far!!
Still working on catching up on your blogs,


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Duke Graduation

Good Morning all, wow this past week has been very busy, we drove from Southern Illinois out to North Carolina for our daughter and Son in laws graduation.  It was just fantastic to be able to be there and see them graduate in person.  We went an hour and half before and stood in line to get in, my hubby was able to sit on the end so we got pictures of the kids coming in and when they were up front being hooded, I guess you call it :)

In this first one Amanda is first and Zach is right behind coming in.

Here are the kids outside before the ceremony, loved this picture of them :)

While we were waiting in the Chapel for the kids to come in I got a text from Amanda and she found out that she had the highest GPA of the class and I can't remember if it was a little under or little over 200 graduates so we are very proud of our girl!!  Today and next week she is already doing interviews, so we are praying she finds a job she likes.

I promise I will have a card for my next post and maybe share some pictures of the rest of our trip, we ended up going to Savannah GA and onto St. Augustine FL and back home, I haven't downloaded my pictures yet, I took these from my hubby's camera :)

As you can imagine I am a whole week behind in my commenting on all your blogs, so I hope to catch up in the next few days visiting your blogs.

Thanks so much for stopping by while I was away and for today,


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

B-Day - Forgotten Treasures

I was going through my older scrapbook supplies and found something I haven't used in many years and that was these big bold letters from K&Co.  I just loved the look of these when I first saw them, pretty colors in the set and I liked the embossing on them, then I had them home and thought now how am I going to use these on cards?  I have only used them once or twice at the most, when I saw them this time I thought I would go for a big bold sentiment :)

To go along with the embossing on the letters I decided to do some embossing around the card to frame the letters.

The card measures 5x7 to accommodate these large letters.  It still felt like it needed a little something extra so I cut the "Happy" die cut and added it to the top of the card.  Well it just blended right in with the embossing I had done, sooooo I cut out the Happy two more times, once with a very thick cardboard and then again with a little lighter color of pink and that helped give it the depth to go with how thick the other letters are.

I am having a hard time with taking pictures of all this embossing I have been doing, I think I need more lighting:)

Hope this inspires you to get out those long forgotten treasures I am sure you have and use them in your next project.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, it means a lot when you let me know you did!


Sunday, May 15, 2016


My Daughter and Son in law both graduated yesterday from Duke University with a Masters of Divinity.  We are so proud of all the work they have done to get to this point.  So excited to see what God has in store for their lives.

I went with Blues on both the cards since that is the school colors but I went a little lighter on my daughters, trying to give it more of a feminine look.  I used Foil papers for the crosses on both cards.

The little cross charm was cut from the same paper as the sentiment tag I just added some brown ink to make it look more like a charm then paper.  Added a gem to the center of the cross.

Since I was able to hand deliver the card I put a little extra dimension using foam tape and a trick of rolling double sided tape that Kittie shows here . It worked perfect for attaching the smaller cross to the bigger cross, I used a little wider tape than she did on hers so it gave a little more lift. I just love the embossing that is on the die I used to frame the crosses.

Spellbinder -- Cross Collection and Decorative Labels 28 dies
DCWV -- Primrose and Foil Paper
Cuttlebug -- Corner die
Our Daily bread designs -- Mini tags die and Mini tags sentiment stamp
Offray ribbon

On my son in laws I went a little more rustic. I embossed the background with copper embossing powder.

I added a metal accent to the center of his cross too, but since I used foam tape on his also and the whole just happened to be the same size the gem went all the way through so it is flush with the blue cross.  Sorry about the shine on the copper embossing, I just couldn't get a good picture.

Spellbinders -- Cross Collection and A2 Distressed Edges dies
Our Daily Bread design -- Rustic Beauty collection paper (wood)
Ki -- Bronze metal accents
DCWV -- Foil paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today,