Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sierra's Birthday Card

Look who`s turning 4! She is definitely not a 5 wk. old baby anymore:

She is a cute party crasher who loves to play pretend and loves dressing up. Here she is with her face painted like a bunny and making a bunny face. She loves to tease us and has the cutest laugh. The doll crib in this photo is the same doll crib her mother played with that was a Christmas gift for Sierra when she was a year and a half although Brooke plays with it a lot more than Sierra does.

Here is the card I made for Sierra who will be 4 on June 8th. Opa and I will be on vacation that week so I will be mailing it to her later this week.

I used my Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder, my Spellbinder's Oval Nestibilities, ribbon and rhinestone flowers are from my stash. The base of this card is actually a very dark shade of green which is Sierra`s favourite colour - at least is was a few months ago. I`m hoping it is still her favourite colour. The embossed Happy Birthday is on light green on a cream colour. The sentiment is stamped on the light green and accented with the dark green. I wanted to offset the dark green ribbon and had just enough yellow ribbon to do it. I added a charm and here is the close up of the charm:

Below is the sketch the card is loosely based on. The sketch is from the Thankful Thursday Challenge.

I would have thought that taking a picture of the card outside without flash would have brought out the true colours but that did not seem to be the case here. The dark green is very dark and I used 2 pieces of white card stock behind and below the card to take the picture but it looks light blue! I`m happy with this card and hope that Sierra likes it. She will be having lots of fun with her other set of grandparents next weekend and the following weekend she will enjoy her birthday party which Opa and I have every intention of attending.

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The joys of .............

having a completely uninhibited child. You have got to jump over to my daughter's blog and read this post!

LOL I was in stitches! It never even bothered Sierra at all but my poor daughter and SIL were mortified!

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Babysitting my granddaughters.

Opa and I were asked to babysit Brooke and Sierra yesterday while my daughter Janice and SIL Rob went to a wedding. The girls are such a joy to look after. They get along quite well together and we really enjoy spending time with them. Here are a few pictures I took of them colouring together in their playroom - aka as the eat-in area of the kitchen. My daughter moved their playroom to this location from the dining room so that she can keep an eye on them while she is cooking dinner.

Brooke is on the left and will be 2 on July 7 - she was born on 07/07/07. Sierra is on the right and judging by the tongue sticking out of her mouth is busy concentrating on the task at hand! She will be 4 on June 8th.

I actually managed to get them to pose for me. I love this picture of the 2 of them together.

Which pictures should we colour next Brooke?

We had some rain and also some hail come down and the girls were fascinated by the hail. The hail came down while the sun was shining and was the size of peas. We then went outside and the girls had fun picking up the hail. The highlight of our day was seeing a bunny rabbit on the front lawn and the girls were hopping around the house imitating the bunny.

Molly the dog crept under the deck in the back yard. We were hoping she would come out from under the deck by herself but after 3 hours, Opa had to coax and pull her out getting dirty in the process. She got herself all muddy so was not allowed to come back in the house until I hosed her down. She wasn't too happy about getting cleaned up with cold water and I managed to also get wet in the process. It was hard holding on to her collar while hosing her down.

Here is a shot of Molly. She is either an American Rottweiler or a Rottweiler/Lab mix. She is very good with the girls but is also very protective of them. Whenever the girls and her parents visit the grandparents and aunts, uncles & cousins in Ottawa; Molly comes and stays at our house.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Crafty Creations Challenge

I made this card for the Crafty Creations Challenge.
The challenge was to use a butterfly. Paper and butterfly stamp is from Stampin' Up. Ribbon, flowers and brad is from my stash. I just loved edging this card with my new Edgeabilities from Spellbinders. I also paper pierced it. You can click on the picture to make it larger. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I also used my Nestibilities and Cuttlebug. Thanks go to Saskia for directing me to this challenge blog. I really like the two toned blue ribbon I used on this card.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mojo Monday 88 on Thursday! UPDATED!!

I loved this sketch from the 1st time I saw it on Monday.
I have been thinking about it all week long trying to decide just what I was going to do with it. I had several ideas and I love the card I made for it. Unfortunately, I have to leave for work in a half hour and still need to shower, do my hair etc. so don't have time to take a picture and upload it. You will have to come back later tonight to see the card I made. BTW, did I happen to mention that I love, love, love the card I made?
I love keeping people in suspense!

So here is the card I came up with and it does not even closely resemble what I had planned on making when I first saw the sketch.

Here is the recipe: All papers and stamp from Stampin Up. Brads and ribbon from my stash and Spellbinders Nestibilities. I love my Nesties and Cuttlebug!

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mojo Monday 87 on Friday

Here is this week's sketch:

And here is my card:

I'm not sure if I like it or not. At first I hated it, but it has grown on me. Paper is from Stampin' Up, brads and flowers from my stash and the sentiment is a clear stamp from Penny Black.

There are now 236 cards posted on the Mojo Monday 87 blog post. Lots of inspiration for anyone else to participate. Some people are so talented! Go check them out! So far, I have looked at 165 cards for this sketch.

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KISS - Keep it simple st*pid!

I made this card for my husband for Father's Day. I haven't finished the inside as yet as he always seems to be around when I'm working in my "studio" aka the dining room table. I have had to keep this card hidden. He has gone to the grocery store so I was at least able to take a quick picture.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mojo Monday 86

I really like this week's Mojo Monday sketch; but had a bit of difficulty deciding which images to use. Most of the images I have are a bit too big to have 3 side by side.

Here is what I finally came up with:

Paper is all from SU; Fiskar's scallop punch and Verve Stamp set Floral Symphony. Inks are from Versa. I was quite pleased with how this card turned out. I also used my Cuttlebug and Nestibilities. The solid colour tulips have been popped up over the outline of the tulip stamp that is in this stamp set. I really like this stamp set and will be using it more often.

Here is a picture of the stamp set I used: Floral Symphony.

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2 Cuties amongst the flowers

Yesterday, Opa and Janice and I took Brooke and Sierra to the Milton Farmers Market. We bought popcorn and humungous chocolate croissants. I managed to get a good picture of the girls admiring the sunflowers. Janice and Rob had a wedding to go to in the afternoon, so Opa and I babysat. Sierra has a cold and was not feeling all that well. Brooke, Sierra and I all had a nap in the afternoon. Brooke spent most of the day playing with her dolls (she's such a good mommy) or playing with cars, busses and trucks; but Sierra spent most of the time watching Treehouse TV as she was not feeling well. The girls both ate a good dinner and I gave Brooke a bath and Sierra had a shower before bed. They both went to bed quite easily without any fuss. We will be babysitting again in 2 weeks time as Janice and Rob have another wedding to go to.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Cards for Mommy

My grandchildren and I spent Sunday afternoon making a card for their mother. I put the cards together at home before I went to their house. They coloured the image and wrote inside the card while Mommy and Opa went to the grocery store and Daddy was sleeping. Sierra who is almost 4 can print her name but Brooke who is almost 2 hasn't learned to print her name as yet. Below you can see the card before the image was coloured. It is a Magnolia Stamp of Tilda holding out a rose which I thought was appropriate for their mother. I used the Swiss Dots cuddlebug embossing folder and my oval Nestibility. I added a purple and white checked ribbon and a Made with Love charm. The girls loved the card and had a blast colouring it.

Here you can see Sierra's finished card:

Here is a picture of Sierra with her finished card showing the inside - runny nose and all! LOL

Here is Brooke's card which Oma helped her with. Her attention span is quite short.

It was next to impossible to get both of them posing with the front of their cards! Brooke especially did not seem to want to cooperate! And Sierra wasn't all that cooperative either!

Opa and Daddy cooked us a nice steak dinner complete with baked potatoes, caesar salad and Garlic bread. Dessert was apple pie with Ice Cream. Janice picked some tulips and daffodils out of her garden and presented them to me so it was the Centrepiece on the table at dinner. She is working on an album of the girls as my Mother's Day gift. She enjoys scrapbooking but doesn't have as much time to devote to it as she would like. She loved the card and box I made her and is looking forward to receiving her bracelet.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day Janice!!

Remember this sneak peak?

I can now show you the entire card I made for my daughter Janice for Mother's Day!

I also made a matching gift box:

Here they are together:

I am making Janice a bracelet with her children's names on it. Unfortunately I was unable to get all the letters I needed from my local bead store so had to order them. I won't have them until this week so hope to get the bracelet made for next weekend to give to Janice. I gave the card to Janice and showed her the box I made and now she is looking forward to receiving the bracelet. The sentiment I stamped inside the card reads: Daughter, you may have outgrown my lap, but you will never outgrow my heart.

I got the inspiration for this card from Julie; who in turn got the inspiration for her card from Jo.

Thank you Julie and Jo for posting your cards on your blogs.

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Tribute to my Mom.

This picture of my parents was taken in 1982 for their church picture album. I am so happy that they gave each of their kids a picture of them. My mother passed away in January of 1983 of Ovarian Cancer. She was a very loving, kind and gentle person and rarely raised her voice. She was not very demonstrative but we all knew that she loved us and prayed constantly for us. Her motto was "If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all." When she was in her early 40's my Dad felt that his 7 children would have a better future in Canada than in Holland which may or may not be true. We arrived in Canada by boat on July 17th, 1956. I was almost 7 and the 2nd youngest. We ranged in age from 2 - 14. My poor Mom was sick almost the entire time on that long 9 day journey across the ocean.

To this day, I still miss my Mom and wish she could have lived a little longer than she did. She was barely 69 years old when she passed away. She did not live long enough to see 5 of her grandchildren. All her grandchildren called her Oma. My children were born in 1975 and 1977 so they were able to spend lots of time with her. We did not live very far from Mom and Dad so spent a lot of Sundays at their house. She looked after my eldest Janice, when I was in the hospital after giving birth to Mike. Janice lived at their house for 10 long days but my Mom loved every minute of it. Mom loved children and especially her grandchildren.

Happy Mother's Day Mom. I love you and miss you!

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Just a litlle added fix

I decided to add a Nestibility butterfly to the card I made earlier and am thinking of giving this card to a lady I work with who will be celebrating her 61st birthday soon.

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Anniversary card

I made a quick card tonight while Opa was out. Our 37th Wedding Anniversary is on July 15th and I just decided on the spur of the moment to make him a card. Not sure if this is the card I will be giving him as I might have another idea for a card before then that I might like better than this one. I heat embossed the hearts in white and the sentiment in a sky blue colour. I added the maroon and white checked ribbon for some added colour. I also attached the charm with blue embroidery floss. I like this card and had fun making it. I used my scor pal to scor the lines on the cream paper and used an EK Sucess border punch.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mojo Monday Contest - Week 85

As promised; I made a card for Mojo Monday - started it last night and finished it this morning.
Here is the sketch:

And here is my interpretation of it.

I didn't want to use squares and noticed that Wendy who is on the design team used a circle and an oval, so I felt comfortable using my Hexagon Spellbinders Nestibilities. I heat embossed the sentiment and decided to use a maroon ribbon with sparkles in it for added bling and colour. I used a fiskars edge punch and also put 3 pink rhinestones on the card. The stamp and sentiment are both from Verve stamps. I was very pleased with this card and even Opa thought it was quite nice.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Where is Oma!

I'm still here and have been working on the cards for the ladies who signed up for my win an original cards by Oma which can be found here. Which reminds me: I have still have room for 2 more ladies to join in on the fun. Don't be shy, just let me know if you'd like to win a card made especially for you from me. Just leave me a comment on this post.

I have partially made one card for a very special lady but am waiting for a sentiment for it that I ordered not too long ago. I had the sentiment and then lost the stamp! I am so bummed as I still have the rest of this particular stamp set. I had to re-order the entire stamp set just to get the sentiment as the card I made is based entirely on this particular sentiment. I practically tore apart my "stamp room" AKA the dining room looking for it. I even had hubby looking for it. I am sure it will turn up about 24 hours after I receive the replacement stamp set. Murphy's Law!

I am also looking at all the cards on the Mojo Monday blog and have been churning over different ideas in my mind for the challenge this week so stay tuned. I am hoping to finish a card either later tonight or tomorrow before I head off to work for 11:30 a.m.

In other stamp related news, my LSS is now selling Sarah Kay and Stampavie stamps! Whoo Hoo! My poor senior brain was having a blonde moment last week as I bought a Stampavie stamp and when I got it home, I realized I already had this stamp which I bought a week earlier from the same store! DUH! This particular stamp will be part of my blog candy which I am still working on putting together.

It is getting to the point where I will have to make a list of all the stamps and Nestabilities I have acquired, in my wallet to avoid buying duplicates. I not only have senior moments but have blonde moments as well! Double whammy!

Thanks for stopping by and please show this little ole lady some love! God knows I could sure use it!