We had a kind of house warming party a couple of weeks ago at the cottage. It really wasn’t a real house warming party. We just invited our friends and neighbors over for dinner so they could see the cottage and meet each other. We were expecting around 20 people but we ended up having almost 30. It as lots of fun.
My parents were very social people and had a lot of parties. I guess that is why is doesn’t seem like a lot of work and I don’t get stressed when we have them. Every once in a while, before the party started, my mother would say FHB to all of us (kids). FHB means Family Hold Back. It was usually a sign that meant Mom was worried about having enough food. I was a little worried about how much food we had for our cottage party so FHB went into effect. We actually ended up with just the right amount so family got to eat after all.
My friend, Karen made me this card and gave it to me with a beautiful Hydrangea plant. It is just adorable. She used the set of Thinlits called Seasonal Layers. It was perfect because Rob and I sit on the deck every night to enjoy the view. It is very peaceful just like this card. She did a great job sponging the background and using cardstock for the water. I love how she made a table out of the Adirondack Chair. That is very clever, don’t you think?
This is a birthday card I made for a man. Sometimes it is hard to come up with ideas for men. The thing is, most men would probably prefer a card that will make them laugh in some way, but when you have a wife, mother, or friend who makes cards, you get a handmade one. You can always write something funny on the inside to make them laugh (such as a pun using another name for an acorn. I’ll just leave it at that and let your imagination run wild!).
The acorn comes from a stamp set called Acorny Thank You. The problem with this name is there is not such word as Acorny. My auto correct wants to change it to Corny every time. Then I finally realized I can add this word to my computer dictionary. Genius!
Anyway, the acorn has a matching punch called Acorn Builder. The greeting is from Guy Greetings (appropriate). The great thing about that set is you have a choice to buy it in wood mount, clear mount or Photopolymer. The wood grain look to the background is from a background stamp called Hardwood.
Wow! I just realized this is another purple card. I am not sure what is wrong with me. I must be starting to like purple (Elegant Eggplant). I think it is because it goes so well with Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight. Alone, purple is not on my favorite list but put it together with other colors and it looks nice.
I love the Wild About Flowers stamp set. It is in the Annual Catalog and I liked it the minute I saw it. It is a two step stamp set which means you use two stamps to make one image. In the case of this stamp set, the stems are one stamp and the flowers are another. They come labeled for you so it makes it easy to know which flower goes with which stem stamp.
I stamped the “fence” using the Hardwood Background stamp in Soft Suede. I wanted it to look a little weathered so I sponged some more Soft Suede on top.
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This is the Christmas card I made this year to send out to family and friends. I used the stamp set called Winter Wishes. It is in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. It was one of my favorite sets in that catalog and I am sad that Stampin’ Up! is retiring it on January 5th. It is such a cute set. It has a sled (as you can see!), skates, skis, pine cones and the pine branch. I used the Hardwood background stamp on Crumb Cake cardstock with Crumb Cake Ink. I did stamp it off once to make it a little lighter. Stamping off is when you ink a stamp and then stamp it on a piece of scrap paper before stamping it on your cardstock. The sentiment is from the Hostess Set that was also in the catalog called Antique Tags. I thought it went so well with this antique looking stamp set. The rest of the products I used are listed below but many of them are also retiring on January 5th.
I am not sure if Madelyn isn’t too sure about Santa or the outfits her parents dress her in!
Here is another card I made using the stamp set called Wild About Flowers. This set is a two-step stamp set (say that three times fast!) where you first stamp the stems and leaves and then stamp the flowers. It is a Photopolymer stamp set which makes it easy to line up each stamp. I used Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe (for the Hardwood background) and Garden Green for the stems.
Madelyn has discovered her hands and fingers (as you can see). I hope she doesn’t become a thumb sucker because the orthodontist bills will kill her parents!
This is one of the cards we made at our monthly Club meeting. It is s fun fold card that uses the Envelope Punch Board for the outside. I love fun fold cards because they are always a surprise to the receiver. It uses a 6 3/4′ x 6 3/4″ piece of cardstock for the outside. Then you follow the directions on the Punch Board to make a 3.5″ x 4.5″ envelope. You put the envelope together as you normally would but just don’t fold and crease the top part. The inside card uses a piece of 3.5″ x 4.5″ cardstock for the background (we used Cajun Craze) and a piece of 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ cardstock of the top layer ( we used Very Vanilla).
The stamps were used were Wild About Flowers, Hardwood and And Many More. We stamped off the Hardwood stamp so it inked a little lighter. Stamping off is where you ink the stamp and then stamp it on a scrap piece of paper first to get some of the ink off.
This is the third card we made at our monthly stamp club. It uses the stamp set called For All Things and is in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. It is a very clean and simple card but looks elegant. The best part is it did not take long to do. The background is called Hardwood and was stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock with Sahara Sand Ink. I love the way Sahara Sand goes so well with Blackberry Bliss. Of course, Sahara Sand goes with just about any other Stampin’ Up! color but it does look especially nice with Blackberry Bliss!