Today is my friend Lois' 48th birthday! I am now making these Tillandsia plant & crystal combinations --- love them. Tillandsias are also known as air plants - they do not need soil so are great to hot glue to things - such as this amethyst crystal:
My little cousin, Kira, learned this poem years ago when she was in preschool: I looked out the window, and what did I see,
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
Spring has brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes.
I can take an armful and make a treat,
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.
It wasn't really so, but it seemed to be,
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
I loved watching her little 3 year old self singing this song - - and now my tree is popping!!!!
Ashli and I have been friends since about 10th grade, although I met her in 8th - in middle school when my life sucked. Ashli was a part of the in-crowd; she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. I was not in that crowd but was friends with some of the people in it - Ashli being the one whom I knew the best and liked the most. The in-crowd at my high school was affectionately knows as the "Bitch Clique." When they were all together, they sort of terrorized the school. It was a group of about 9 girls - mostly the cheerleaders - who all stuck together to put down and intimidate the other girls in the class. The popular boys did not have nearly the power or influence as these girls!
This is the year my school friends and I all turn 40! Oh my goodness - are we really THAT old????
I am sending this card to a good friend from high school who now lives in Florida - Scott. Scott and I have had a weird up and down relationship from the get go. I met him in 8th grade and we went to a summer science school program between 8th and 9th grades together. We worked on a mouse & maze project - and wound up with a dead mouse that we buried in the front yard of the junior high in Petaluma!
Then, we were in almost every class together in high school. We were "just" friends but he wanted a whole lot more.Scott worked at McDonalds and totally feed my obsession with and love of Happy Meals - back when a Happy Meal was only offered sometimes - usually in conjunction with a movie release. I actually spent most of high school dating his best friend, but it was Scott and I who went out on dates. We use to go get all dressed up and head to San Francisco for dinners at fancy restaurants.
I made this for my niece as she is turning 11 soon. I send her a card in the mail for all holidays with a crisp, new dollar bill as a treat. This was her "mailed" card that I actually just handed to her because it was over 2 inches thick as I folded it into an envelope and the postage would have been high.
When I was little, we lived near a creek that was filled with tadpoles/frogs. Each spring, my sister and I would collect tadpoles and save them in mayo jars. Later, during the summer, the neighborhood would be filled with frogs - big ones!
Well, many of these frogs would meet their demise under the wheel of cars - creating what I called "Pancake Frogs." After these dried out in the sun, I would pick them up and started a collection of them that I kept in a shoebox. This was not popular with my parents.
Skip forward to last weekend --- I found a pancake frog in my driveway!!!! It is a cool specimen because the guts all spurted out its mouth and made a perfectly formed frog body. Here it is:
This notecard is actually 3 dimensional --- the window opens to reveal the entire outside picture. The cat is glued down onto the card picture, sitting on the ledge. But the side of the window are creased and cut so that they can swing open --- it is cool.
So... this is the final card for the card holder -- you may notice there were 20 cards and only 17 openings, I sort of got carried away and couldn't cut it down =)
Here is a sympathy card with the sentiment: "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure." I get tired of just saying with my deepest sympathy or variations of that - this seems more uplifting.
For the card, the heart border punch is Martha Stewart; and I used Stampin' Up!'s half round punch to make the "holders" for the sentiment piece. I like this punch and the way it can look.
Today's card is a little notecard that was to be accented by a square pewter decorative brad. I have a zillion of these brads and am trying to incorporate them into projects! Since I make all of my mom's cards flat (I prefer "lumpy" cards); I used a small stamp - from a Stampin' Up! set - to set off the accent.
The ribbon I used is a black lace from Stampin' Up! -- love this ribbon!
I embossed the pink cardstock using my Big Shot, then simply punched 1" squares from the black and pink cardstock to layer them and used 1/2" squares to set off the stamp.
This thank you card is a horizontal split-front card - the opening lies along the center of the front --- the white square (which has a 3D flower punched on it) actually is glues only to the top half of the card and it opens up, to reveal a larger writing area inside. I like the design for when there is going to be more to say to the recipient than the usual "thanks!"
This sympathy card takes advantage of a Creative Memories punch - the paisley punch, which I uncovered the other day. I like this punch and my mom loves paisley so I combined the punch with the paisley embossing folder I have from Sizzix.
Once again the picture is not great (this was a scan on my printer rather than a photo using my camera setup) but the card is actually a blue "Starry Night" paper --- I love this cardstock, it is midnight blue with specks of white scattered about reminding me of a star-filled night. I use it often and am running out =(
The sentiment - "In this time of sorrow, know that I am thinking about you...and that I care" might have been better if I had made it an outside/inside type ---- with the last part written on the inside; however, I have an aversion to inside sentiments. I need to get over that.
This birthday card is done with a lot of iridescence. The white paper is shimmery; the pink paper is shimmery and the solid butterflies are punched out of shimmery cardstock =)
The solid butterfly's are punches - I think it is a Martha Stewart punch. And I printed the background image on the paper (I do not buy stamps if I can just download the images and print them onto paper). The sentiment IS an actual stamp - a wooden block one with no indication of who made it.
Finding cards that work for men is always hard - yet you do not need many of them usually, especially in my family --- there are very few men left! So, as I was cutting these shapes in brown for a masculine birthday card, I decided to make a set that were thank you cards, also. So that is what we have here.