Friday, May 30, 2014

Is that really my son walking across the stage?

What a crazy month it has been.  I feel like now I can start breathing again.  Last week our oldest walked across the alter at the Basilica of St. Mary's to receive his high school diploma.  I am not one for traditions but it is really cool that this was the 99th year that Delasalle High School held their graduation at this beautiful place.  Truthfully, I know this is crazy, but it was a grand finish and took a little sting off the paying of private school tuition for 4 years.  No dinners or partying afterwards, the grads boarded a bus for an all night locked in party put on by the parents.  Which is awesome because it has been nothing but a series of late night/early morning arrivals since their final day a few days before.  At least I was able to get a good night sleep for one night.

Graduation is a busy time.  There were baseball games which seemed like there was one every night because of our late spring, end of the year programs, and preparing for the "dun dun dun"-Graduation Open House.  The next graduation, in 7 years, I am going to hire a caterer and have it at a hall or something.  N really wanted it at our house in our back yard.  We have a small house and OK size yard and a lot of friends and relatives. No one told me a grad open house had the stress of a wedding in that you do not have the chance to visit with people but only say hi and many of them driving hours to get there.  Plus add the stress of being a scrapper and a gardener.  The pressure you place on yourself to get those books done and flowers up to speed is insane.  Good thing, I have the greatest friends and family in the world who totally made it all happen. That is right I DO HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS and family in the world, no matter if you think you do too.  As I say "enough about me, what about me". 

 It really was a great day and hopefully a good memory for our son.  But when you have a Graduation Open House, expect kids, lots and lots of kids. We had kids playing basketball in the alley, bean bag toss in the yard, in our living room, on the front steps only a few actually lingered into the adult area under the tent on our patio.  They do not want you to talk to them, they just what a place to be and food to eat and they are fine.  But with having a graduate you have tons of other kids open houses to attend.  This means you need cards.  My FWF card is my first prototype for the guys, I have some fun ideas for the girls to make with the awesome lil peep grab bag and the 5/13 KOM from Unity Stamp Company.  Maybe I will share them next week. 

Paper: Simple Stories 6x6
Copic Markers: Y15 Y11 YR 4
Twine: Jelli Bean Soup
Bling Embellishment: Recollections
ink: Momento
Glossy Accents: Inkssentials
Stamps: lil peep father (it's on sale), KOM May 2013

Thanks for looking.  I would love for you to leave a comment.  It makes my day.


Monday, May 19, 2014

3 Girl JAM Guest Designer blog candy Winner

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to be the Guest Designer for 3 Girl JAM. If you have never checked them out you should.  But be careful their ribbon is addicting.  Here are some cards I created for Unity Stamp Challenges using their ribbon.  

Speaking of their ribbon, we have a winner of my blog candy.  
NW Flamingo
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I need your name and address.  Thanks everyone for checking out my blog.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ransom Note

I have had to take a few weeks off because we are getting ready for our oldest's graduation from high school.  I cannot seem to get anything done.  His open house is only a week and a few days away.  His last day of school is today.  Hard to believe that my little boy will be a high school graduate and will be leaving for college in the fall.  I have wanted to make card for his close friends for a while now but truthfully anytime I have made card lately they have been sympathy cards.  What a contrast, happiness and sadness but both are important.  The title of my post eludes to "a ransom note". You know in the movies when the kidnappers cut out different words from the newspaper to state their demands.  That is what I felt what I was doing. I was taking different sentiments and putting them together to get the words I wanted.

I love making cards from journaling cards.  It is quick and easy and a lot of times the art work is so pretty.  Last year for graduation I used Melody Ross cards and left over Studio Calico scrap paper from their kits.   This year I have been using Heidi Swapp.  Just to warn you these cards have quit an odor.  So I hope that it goes to a person that enjoys smells.  You know those people they you look over and they are smelling their markers and when they realize they got caught they simply state "I have always loved to smell markers".  I blame that on those awesome smelly ones we had back in elementary school.  The Mr. Smelly markers that smelled like bubble gum, lemon and licorice.  The smell depended on the color.  OK, once you get past that strong order you can move on(or judgement here).

I am super excited for this card.  I am the guest designer this week over at 3 Girl JAM.  I think I use their ribbon on every other card I make.  I love it.  So head on over and check them out.  Than come back here and leave a comment and reference 3 Girl JAM and you will be entered in to win some blog candy. See details there for the deadline.  I am giving away the jewel bundle and more.

Ribbon: 3girlJam Celebration Bundle-Sterling
Cards: Heidi Swapp
Paper: Heidi Swapp
Star chipboard stickers: Heidi Swapp
Metal stars: Misc
Stamps: Unity September 10 KOM Take Time to Laugh and misc. sentiment from grab bag.
Glimmer mist: Tattered Angle Vintage Pink
Foil: Ranger
Embossing Powder: White Zing
Ink: Momento

I decided to make a layout using the pink from their baby bundle.  I ran out of time to really journal before the midnight deadline. So it is just a quicky note.   It was a crazy Friday.  My girls had academic performances at school all day so I had to be there, my son had a baseball game and there was a gymnastic showcase for my oldest girl.  So by the time I got home and started I was racing the clock.  It was such a fun picture I just had to scrap it.  My littlest Y was hiding in the closet Easter morning because she was mad that we were not doing an Easter egg hunt immediately in the morning and she would have to wait until she got to her cousins house.  We like our candy around here so when we do not get our chocolate we can get cranky.

ribbon: 3 girl Jam
paper and stickers: Jelly Bean Soup
stamps: Unity SMAK  Camera Ready
letters: AC thickers
ink: Momento
circle sticker: October Afternoon
cardstock: kraft bazzill and pink bazzill

Thanks for looking.  Remember to go over and check out 3 Girl JAM.

Have a great weekend.