Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy Anniversary

This is for my son and daughter-in-law's 2nd anniversary -- which they are celebrating this Memorial Day weekend.  I've been pondering what kind of card to make for them.  Then I came across these two challenges, and the idea clicked!  They love these colors, and why not change the circles into hearts!

I used the sketch from Happy Little Stampers and the colors from Colour Q :

I'm also linking up to CAS-ology where the theme is Wedding.  While this is  not really a "wedding" card, it does celebrate a wedding.  And it could certainly be changed into a wedding card.  

The stamps are from assorted sets -- mostly Stampin Up and Paper Smooches.  I used dye inks for the hearts; some have Wink of Stella and/or crystal effects over them.  Some of the hearts I inked in one base color and lightly "kissed"  it to another color (yellow and orange).  I embossed lines above and below the xoxo line.  

Thanks so much for looking.  I hope you are having a glorious weekend.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Happy SUPER Birthday

If you've followed my blog a bit, you know I have a grand-nephew, Caleb.  He will be celebrating his first birthday this week!! Caleb was born at only 24 weeks gestation, and only 1 pound 9 ounces.  He spent the first 5 months of his life in the NICU.

Today we are doing the March of Dimes fund-raising walk, on Team Super Caleb.  Caleb's mom and dad refer to him as their "super hero" because of how well he is doing.  So this card is for Caleb's Super Birthday.

Here is the card info -- more on Caleb at the end of the blog.

I totally lifted my idea from Torico's Stamparadise - with her circle-shape shaker card.
The major difference between my card and Torico's is she made her card base a circle.  I made the buildings go across the whole front, then cut out a part of it as the circle.  It gives a really cool effect!

Clear it Out Challenge This week's theme is KIDS, and the challenge is to use Primary Things (paper, embellishments) I knew I had to make a shaker card to use up some of those so-many sequins I have.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches as the basis of my card:

I'll also put this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  Both are "Anything Goes"  

Card info:  The boy and building are from My Favorite Things.  I colored the boy with watercolors.  The building were embossed with black powder, and I sponged distress ink over them, then used a stencil for the rays.  The sentiment is from another Super Hero set from Sugar Peas - the 1st is from another set.

Here are photos of Caleb when he was born.  That is me with Caleb on the left,  and Caleb in his Daddy's hand on the right.  He was so tiny, but a real fighter.  He breathed on his own for a few days before he needed to be intubated.  Which was a blessing because Mommy and Daddy got to hold him. 

And here are photos from today's March of Dimes Walk:
Mom, Dad, Caleb
Super Caleb!
Team Super Caleb - with his cousin walking out of the picture

Caleb's "corrected age" is about 8 months.  And thankfully he is doing the things 8-month old babies do.  He is trying to crawl.  He just got his second tooth.  He reaches for and holds his toys.  He is eating baby food.  All good things.  He is indeed a Super Miracle!

Thanks so much for looking.  Hope everyone in your family is doing well.