Grandchildren Are The Best

I don’t really have a card for you today because I have been away visiting my son, his fiancé and granddaughter in Alabama.  Rob had a convention to go to in Atlanta so I went along for a couple of days.  Then I rented a car and drove to Montgomery.  Of course, we were probably the only people in the world traveling south when Irma was going to hit.  Everyone tried to talk us out of it (including me!) but Rob wanted to go anyway.  I am really glad I did.

There were two amazing things that came out of this trip.  The first is me renting a car in Atlanta and driving to Montgomery by myself.  I live in Northern New York.  A traffic jam is five cars. I get nervous when I have less than five car lengths between me and the car in front of me.  Of course, it really did help that I was driving south when most people were driving north to get away from Irma.  Anyway, I did it.  I survived and I even made it to Montgomery despite Google Maps wanting me to make a couple of wrong turns.  Thankfully I believed the giant thruway signs over Google telling me to veer right when it should have been left (twice!)!

The other really great thing is a bad thing that turned into a great thing.  My 92 year old mother, my sister and brother-in law live in Savannah and they were under mandatory evacuation because of Irma so they came to Atlanta when I was still there.  We met for dinner.  It was great to see both of them because I hadn’t been down there in a while.  Luckily Irma missed Savannah for the most part and they were able to return quickly.

The best thing, of course, was that I got to see Emory Jade.  Emory is six months old and adorable (in looks).  Emory is a little cranky at times.  Ok, Emory is a lot cranky at times but she is still adorable.  When she smiles at you, it just lights you up!  She has these giant hazel eyes that look so sweet and innocent (except at 1 AM, 3 AM, 4:30 AM and 5:30 AM).  Yes, she wakes up a lot during the night which makes for a long next day.  Just look at this face.  She has her mama, daddy and grandmother wrapped around her finger!

PS:  Luckily Alabama was spared from the wrath of Irma.  We just got a little rain and wind.

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Lemon Zest

I totally forgot to show you the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting a couple of weeks ago.  We used the new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog called Lemon Zest.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Lemon Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set also has an orange or grapefruit with it along with some leaves and lots of cute sentiments such as “If life gives you lemons, chuck  them right back”.  The oranges fit the 1 3/4″ punch so you don’t need to cute them out by hand.  We used the new Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder is thicker than normal and leaves a deeper impression.  It is awesome!

Last week I went to Alabama to visit my youngest son, Zachary, his fiancé, Mary and his sweet little baby girl named Emory Jade.  Emory is adorable although I am not sure I should call her sweet.  She is kind of a terror but we all love her just the same.  She is five months old and just starting to giggle and when she does, it melts my heart.

While down there we went to a Peach Park.  Well, that was the name of it, although it wasn’t much of a park anymore.  I think it is one of those places that used to be fun but is now run down.  The huge peach is still. there so we all had our pictures taken in front of it.  It is really a giant peach so we didn’t quite notice what it looked like until we got home.  Oh my. No comments please.  We all know already!   Just keep your eyes on Emory!  If you are from Northern New York, look at the price of gas in Alabama!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous Geraniums

Everywhere I look people have these beautiful Geraniums in their yards.  They hang from porches and are planted in big pots all over the place.  I love Geraniums but unfortunately I am a plant killer.  Either I over water them or forget to water them at all so they just shrivel up and die.  It is sad and pathetic.

Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have a Geranium stamp so I thought I would make my own.  I used a couple of flowers from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set that is in the Annual Catalog.  It is a two set stamp set which means you use two stamps to make one image.  I used Berry Burst and Powder Pink to make the flowers.  Then I used an Aqua Painter to soften them.

The border is a new punch in the catalog.  It is called Decorative Ribbon Border.

Here is a picture of Emory Jade on her first 4th of July.  She has these beautiful big brown eyes.  She is also growing up way too fast!


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A Fun Fold Card

This is the second card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last week.  It is a fun fold card using a new Bundle called Colorful Seasons.  The Bundle includes the stamp set also called Colorful Seasons and dies called Seasonal Layers.  If you buy them both in this Bundle you will save 10%.

This card is actually a tri-fold card so it opens three ways.

This Bundle is extremely popular with my customers because it is so much fun.  There are images for every season and it has the cutest Adirondack Chair in the die set.

A couple of week ago, all my kids were able to come home for a memorial service.  It was the first time Emory Jade came to visit.  She is already three months old.  Time really needs to slow down.  Her Daddy, Zachary, flew all the way from Alabama all by myself with her.  Emory’s mom was not able to come.  Zachary was so brave to do this alone.  Emory and he very well though.  Emory got to meet the rest of the family, which was awesome.  Just look at those cheeks!  They got lots of kisses during this time!

Today just happens to be Zachary’s 30th birthday.  I am so proud of him.  He is an awesome Dad and an awesome man.  Happy Birthday, Zachary.  I love you!


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Vertical Garden

Vertical Greetings is a stamp set that is in the 2016 current Annual Catalog and will also be carried over in the new Annual Catalog that comes out June 1st.  It is a great stamp set because all the sentiments are vertical instead of horizontal.  This allows you to stamp a sentiment in a small skinny section of your card.  It is extremely popular with my customers because it is so different.

I inked the flowers and pot using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  They are great for coloring one stamp different colors.  Al you need to do is color each section and then “huff” over the ink to moisten it.  It is really easy to do and works well.

I embossed the sentiment with Versamark and then sprinkled White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on top of it.  Then I heated it up with my Heat Tool to melt the embossing powder.

Emory Jade is 11 weeks old already and is growing like a weed.  Here is a picture of her with her Dad at a concert.  I think she likes the music!

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Something For Baby Stamp Off Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie and Buffy is to make a baby card (well it doesn’t have to be a card as you will soon see!).

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The timing of this theme could not be better!  Right now I am in Alabama visiting my brand new granddaughter, Emory Jade.  Let me tell you.  She is just beautiful. She is only a couple of hours old here.

img_20170227_204058 Mary and Zachary (Emory’s Mom & Dad) came to our house at Christmas.  Mary had been here before and had seen a wreath I had made using paper flowers.  She asked if I would cover a giant “E” with flowers to put over Emory’s crib.  The E was probably 2 – 2 1/2 feet in length.  I decided it would be more fun for Emory and Mary if she helped.  We spent a lot of hours cutting out flowers, glueing them together and then glueing them on the E.  We used a variety of new and retired Stampin’ Up! dies.

Here is a picture of the E on Emory’s wall.  I think it came out pretty.

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Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made for their baby themed project.

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Sorry For The Interruption

We interrupt the regularly scheduled program to make an announcement.  I have a new grand daughter!  Her name is Emory Jade and she is just beautiful.  Emory was born on February 27th at 5:27 EST.  She weighed a whopping 8 lbs 7 oz!  My children were all big babies so that was not a surprise!

So let me introduce Emory Jade.

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She looks pretty peaceful in this picture but apparently her first night in this world was not a happy one.  I can’t blame her a bit.  She was all warm and cozy and then all of a sudden here she is with bright lights and craziness.

Thanks for letting me show off!

Susan