Sausalito, California

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Father's Day Pop up!

Here is one of the cards that I made for my husband for Father's Day this past weekend.  I used the beautiful Graphic 45 By the Sea collection.  It is such a gorgeous collection from Graphic 45!

My husband went to San Francisco this past April to help our son buy his first vehicle.  When he was there, he went sailing in the San Francisco Bay and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge!  He can check that off his bucket list now.  The sentiment says, "Out of all the fish in the sea, I am lucky to have you as my husband!".   I used that picture for this card along with dies from Marianne Creatables, Die-namics and sizzix.  The fish and crab were MS punches.  The wave border punch was from EK punches.   I found this type of card on Pinterest and have gone back and can't find where I pinned it.  The instructions for it are really easy, see below.

For the base, cut 5x10 and score on the long side at 5 inches.  Then cut 2 - 5x5 and score every 1 inch (which will be 4 times) and then put together to make a box.  Cut 1- 5x2 and 1- 5x3 1/2.  Then just assemble as shown with the 5x2 cardstock in the front.  Decorate as desired.   Gonna make another one of these- love it! 

I had already made this card for my husband before I made the one above so I decided to give him both!  Why not!  Again, I saw a similar card like this on Pinterest which inspired me to make this one.  Punch art is so fun to do and the bumble bee is adorable!!  This could be a birthday card or even a Valentine's Day card--just add some hearts!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Schoolhouse Retirement Card!

Schoolhouse for a teacher that is retiring!  How perfect is this.  I saw this type of card on Pinterest as a house and because it is a perfect shape for any building structure, such as house, church, bank or schoolhouse!  Here is the card that I saw on Pinterest that gave me this idea for a retirement card.  Just click here for the link to make this style card.  It is the pop up 4 panel card without the panels.  I used punches from Stampin up and the gold bell is from punch bunch.

You can see how the mechanism works for the 4-panel pop up card in this picture and is perfect for a schoolhouse, etc.   It stands up really well.  Make sure you use heavy cardstock like SU's.  Really loved putting this card together!  Happy Retirement and Congratulations to Dolores!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

25 Years!

I just realized this morning that I didn't post the card I gave my sister and her husband for their 25th Wedding Anniversary!  I remember that day well.  It was a beautiful day in Kennebunk, Maine and the bride and her bridesmaids were gorgeous!  It is so hard to believe my younger sister has been married for 25 years!!!

I love easel cards because it displays so well.  The large heart is from Memory Box and I knew I wanted to use it for this card.  Spellbinder dies are the smaller hearts and sizzix for the "25"!  Of course, I used silver, black and white for the color of the card.

Love making Wedding/Anniversary cards!  The ones I have seen on Splitcoast and Pinterest are just so elegant and gorgeous!  Happy 25th Anniversary to Andrea and Renn!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Flip Flop Wreath!

I love wearing flip flops in the summer!  Always a good day in flip flops! When I saw these flip flop wreaths on Pinterest last year, I knew I had to make one!  I just got around to do it this past week and found the colorful flip flops at Michael's for only a $1 a pair.  Basically this wreath only cost me about $12 to make.  There are butterflies and ladybugs not to mention the flowers.  Just makes me smile when I look at it.  I saw some flip flop wreaths on Pinterest that used design flip flop which were cute too!  Love more color around the pool area!  Perfect!

Love this!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy June!

How cute are these little easel/drawer gift boxes.  I love them and love making them!  I used Graphic45 Typography and French Country collections.  I had a lot of scraps left over from another project I was making and decided to use them up.  Click here for the instructions for this cute little gift box.  It measures 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 when you put the easel part down. You will find all kinds of reasons to make these.

This is one of the projects that I made with Graphic 45 French Country.  This is a bigger drawer which you can get the instructions from Splitcoaststampers under tutorials--drawer box.  Then I just put the easel card on top! This measures 6 x 5 when the easel part is put down.   Love making this!
My inspiration was from this project on Pinterest.  Such a pretty inspiration!!  Hope you try making both of these projects.  Enjoy!

Side view!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuxedo for a Birthday!

Loving my new Stampin up Botanical Builder Framelit Dies so I used them for a friend's birthday! This style card is called a Tuxedo because of the flaps on either side.  Click here for the video to make this card.  The paper is from Stampin up also.  It was fun making this card and I am always happy to try something different, even though, it is similar to the card in a box cards.

Here is a closer look at the inside of the card just so you see that it very similar to the card in a box but I love the longer sides that make a cute corner for more flowers!  I love the different styles of leaves from this set.

On the back, there is plenty of room for sentiments and I, actually, put a picture on the other side of the card.  Can't go wrong with these dies.  Just beautiful!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spectacular Yellowstone!

Our trip started at Jackson Hole for a night after we landed in Salt Lake City.  Just a side note, Salt Lake City Airport is beautiful with snow covered mountains surrounding the airport! After leaving Jackson  Hole we headed to the Grand Tetons such a beautiful setting!  The scenery was breath-taking also in Grand Teton National Park, we saw our first moose and elk.  After we left Grand Teton we headed to Yellowstone.  We were excited to see bison and more elk.
Mirror Image
Because the south entrance of Yellowstone was closed we entered the park from the west. Yellowstone is mostly in Wyoming but the north part of the park is in Montana and the southwest is in Idaho.  Idaho, certainly, does have potato fields and I can see why they produce more potatoes than Maine!  We passed a lot of potato fields to get to West Yellowstone.  We headed to Old Faithful Snow Lodge where we stayed for 4 nights but before we checked in, we stopped at Fountain Paint Pot and saw our first mudpot! 

Volcanic Mud Pots


You don't want to test the waters here!  Yellowstone does a great job of posting everywhere not to go off the boardwalks because "this is dangerous ground".  What I found unbelievable is that bison love these areas because it keeps them warm in the winter.  There is evidence of bison everywhere even in the boardwalk!  I took so many pictures - I just couldn't help myself.  Check out some pictures below of some well known places, Old Faithful and Old Faithful Inn, Roosevelt Arch (north entrance) as well as wildfire, bison, bison and more bison! Our friends have been to many National Parks and say that Yellowstone is their favorite and I can see why now!  Thanks for checking in and hope you enjoyed the pictures and it makes you want to visit some National Parks!  My husband and I are already making plans to go back!

Hungry Bison

Most famous Geyer, Old Faithful

Bison walking between the cabins

Old Faithful  Inn
Waterfall into the Yellowstone River
Our National Park companions!
North Entrance
Don't get too close!
Dining at Old Faithful Inn
We can't forget the Elk