Sausalito, California

Monday, July 24, 2017

Birthday Blast for Adrianne!

I didn't want to post this card until after my sister's birthday which was yesterday.  She looks at my blog and I  never know when she will get the card.  I wanted to use my new stamp/die set from Stampin up.  Love, love, love purple and I know she does too!  The Stamp set is called "Birthday Blast" and the flower die is called "Botanical Builder" from Stampin up!  Happy Birthday little sis, Adrianne!!  See you soon! Hugs!

It was a beautiful weekend here in Maine, so we took a ride to North Conway via Sunday River in our sportscars.  My husband and I have a BMW Z3 and our friends have a Miata.  Saturday was a perfect drive for it!  Check out some pictures below...

Screw Auger Falls
Sunday River Golf Club

Footnote - I just have to say that our friends have golfed here and every hole has a gorgeous view of the mountains.  Sunday River has 5 mountains to ski!  Just beautiful scenery.  Just sayin.....
Climbers on Cathedral Ledge

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sailboat Z-Fold Card

I have been busy making birthday cards because July is a BIG birthday month!  This card is a Z-fold for a very good friend.  Her birthday is July 29th and she lives in Stonington which is a Down East town. She lives by the ocean and sees lots of sailboats.  This card seemed very appropriate for her. For this card, I used dies from Die-namics, Spellbinders,  and the anchor is a MS punch.  This is such a fun fold to make.  Thanks for stopping by.

Birthday Sailboats!
Love this sentiment!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Oscar Worthy?

Oscars were the theme for a mystery dinner theater that my husband and I went to last month with some friends.  I found a template for Oscar on the Internet and went with it.  I saw a lot of version to make one but decided to go with this one.  I cut out 2 from gold glitter paper and backed them with black paper so that it looked like a shadow.  Then,  I put it on a "stage" with our friends names.  I was worried it wasn't going to come out very good but I was pleasantly surprised!  Not bad for only having 48 hours to design and complete them!  Awards were for Best Diva and Best Supporting Diva, Best Director in Technical Support, Best Action Figure,  Best Prop Design (me!) and then Lifetime Achievement for Chemistry and Comedy!  It was a riot and we had our pictures taken with them!

Closer look!
Here we are all dressed up and ready for the Oscars!  It was a fun night and the name of the company who performed was called Mystery for Hire and the Comedy Show was called "Gimmie Awards, Honoring the Best in Hollywood"!  There were about 125 people and everyone had a name.  Mine was Minnie Skirts and my husband was Drew Blood.  It was pretty funny and a fun evening!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Baseball Explosion Birthday!

My brother's birthday isn't until  next month but he was visiting last week and my sisters and I didn't want to mail this to him.  It is an explosion box with a baseball theme!  My sisters and I were at a SeaDogs game in Portland Maine and they were handing out stress baseballs.  So this idea came from going to a baseball game.

The paper is from graphic 45 - Gentlemen's collection and also from Good Ole Sport collection.  I had a Jolee baseball glove in my stash which was perfect for the stress ball!  In each pocket  of the explosion box is a sentiment from us.  I love this paper and as usual with Graphic 45, it makes the project beautiful!

The top of the box are cut outs of Graphic 45's Good Ole Sport with sizzix bat that says "Have a ball"!  My sisters and I got together to make this box for our brother which I think came out pretty good!  Happy Birthday Brother!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Double Dutch Anniversary Card

Mon Amour from Graphic 45 makes a great Anniversary Card!  This card is for my sister, Chris and her husband, Tom.  They had their 24th Wedding Anniversary yesterday and this was a perfect Graphic 45 paper collection to use.  (Funny note, my other sister, Connie, made a card for them out of the same paper collection!)

This style card is called a Double Dutch fold.  All of the elements on the card are from the paper collection but I did find the poem on the back of the card from Pinterest.  This card measures 4 1/4 x 6 so it is another easy card to mail.

The inside of the card, opened.  The paper is so pretty and the cut aparts are beautiful!

The back of the card with a poem for the Anniversary couple!  Happy Anniversary Chris & Tom!!

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!!