Sausalito, California

Monday, August 21, 2017

Birthday Bowling Ball

Here is the picture of my brother in law's birthday card.  He has taken up bowling this summer along with my sister, Chris and my other sister Connie and her husband, Russ.  Mark and I have gone a few times but they are really the good about going each week.  I have made quite a few double Z fold cards and this one I can add to it.    We celebrated his birthday at a restaurant called Marco's in Lewiston, Maine.  It is a great Italian restaurant - so good!!  Closer look at the card below where you can see Mickey's hand holding the balloons!

Happy Birthday Tom!

Because I turned 62 on August 11th, I was able to get my Senior Pass for the National Parks at $10 before they go up to $80 on August 28th.  Either way, it is still a great deal because it is for a lifetime. But now I have my own!!  We went to the Kangamangus and stopped at the Ranger Station for my pass and they were so great there.  Our trip yesterday consisted of Cog Railway,  Eagle Mountain House,  North Conway Scenic Railway and LL Bean in North Conway!!  Along the way we saw the Mount Washington Hotel.

Beautiful scenery
Mt Washington Hotel nestled in the side of the mountain~

Cog Railway

On their way up to the top!
Coal burning trains use 1 ton per trip!
Eagle Mountain House
North Conway Scenic Railway
Stopped traffic on the way home were these cute ducks!  People had to get out of their cars and move them to the side of the road.  They were about a dozen of them and they were so darn cute!

Together again!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Birthdays Galore!

This has been a busy month making birthday cards for friends and relatives. Right now, I just finished making some thank you cards to send out for my birthday gifts from friends and relatives that were so kind to me on my birthday!!  I used Stampin up "Just Believe" stamp set that I think was my first clear stamp set I purchased from SU!  I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest and I haven't done any sponging or embossing in a while and wanted to make this one.

Stampin up's "Jar of Love" Stamp set and dies is definitely a favorite set of mine and this is what I made for my sister's card this year.  Love the shaker style cards!  So  pretty!!  This was put in the mail today for her birthday next week.  I still have another birthday card to show you for my brother in law which I will show in the next post.  (Oops!, I thought I had taken a picture of it but I didn't) Thanks for stopping by.  Can't believe in another month it will be fall!  Happy End of the Summer to all!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Birthday Boy!

This trifold card is for a friend.  His birthday was on the 14th of August and we celebrated with him hosting a cookout and giving he and his wife a scrapbook album for our trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons this past May.

This paper used on this card and the scrapbook album is from the Simple Stories collection, "Cabin Fever".  The embellishments on this card are from the sticker sheet from SS-Cabin Fever.   I love the picture I used with Dennis at the Paint Pots at Yellowstone.  It looks so eerie with the steam from the mud pots but I love it.

Dennis in a fog
Below are some pictures from the scrapbook that I made for the Elas.  Picking out the pictures for this album was the hardest part of this project because there were so many good ones and so little time and space!  Love making scrapbook or mini albums for people!  Pictures are so much fun!! Check out some of the pages below and thanks for stopping by!

Grand Tetons, mirror images
Bison everywhere
Yellowstone River/Waterfall
Mom & Baby taking a break on the side of the road
Beautiful and very hot springs!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Baby Bottle

Another baby girl for the Wallace family!  I found this bottle template on Pinterest and with my new Marianne Creatables rocking horse die made this cute card for the baby shower last weekend.   Love the pink plaid glitter paper that I used from Michael's and the gray polka-dot paper from SU.  Just added a little lace and all done!!

Inside just a cute baby sentiment and I made a pocket for a gift card.  Also got the "little feet" from Marianne Creatables too!   I also wanted to show you the gift bag because the baby's sister, Evy, loves Minnie Mouse and so do I!

Who doesn't love Minnie??!!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Birthday Explosion Boxes

2 Graphic 45, By the Sea and 1 Purple Explosion Boxes for birthday cards!  I have been working on these boxes for about 3 weeks now for 3 friends with birthdays in July.  Inside are pictures for the birthday girls and other fun things.

This opens for a birthday sentiment
Today is her birthday!
This flower for the top of this explosion box is fun to make but you need a compass to make this. The link to make this flower  is below.  This is a well explained tutorial.


Inside explosion box
Added flaps for more pictures and more embellishments.  Love making the little tote bag for the beach and can't forget the flip flops and beach ball!

The second explosion box with the Graphic 45 by the sea paper is for another friend who is a beach lover or beach bum as they are called!

Used some of my dies for embellishments and also made the tote bag for the center again with shells. Can't have a beach theme without seashells!

Purple lover
Love my new doily die from Tim Holtz.  It is very intricate but the die cuts so well that I didn't have any problems getting out those "little pieces"!  The paper is from Stampin up!

The center of this explosion box is a birthday cake.  I made it from cardstock with pearls and flowers on top.  I really loved how each one of these boxes came out!  Happy Birthday, dear friends!!

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!!