Thursday, July 9, 2009

Card Catch-Up

While my babies' daddy and I are kicking up our heels like a couple of honeymooners in Branson, Missouri for two days at Silver Dollar City , I'll give you some greeting card ideas to look over until I return to my keyboard.

Yes... these are a little behind the times - Alter them to fit your upcoming occasions - and pay no attention to the fact that there's not an anniversary card here for my dear husband... As my sis-in-law tells my nephews, "you get what you get and don't throw a fit".

At least I'm posting something. I think I deserve bonus points for doing it while on vacation in the boonies! (More on that later. For a hint, see my header photo...)

My first offering is a welcome to your "new home" card. This is 6x6 and has zig-zag and straight sewing machine stitching. Whenever I do something like stitching or staples or wrapping ribbon, I like to make a card face and stick it to the card to hide all the gunk. You can't tell it from here, but that paper is "Home on the Range " sheet music. I thought that was pretty cleaver for a Texas family... I always like my cards and pages better when I take the time to add thread to the buttons. The outside edges are distressed with paint, the "roof" has been sandpapered and painted, the music squares are inked, and the stamped "Home Sweet Home" banner was distressed with a razor edge then stapled. I totally copied and stole this sketch from a recent (meaning this last year) magazine. I think it was in Paper Crafts. It's hard to check when I'm on vacation...

These next two were intended to be Mother's Day cards, but can be any occasion cards for godly women. They're both basically the same sketch design, one with punched paper lace and one with real cluny lace. The "rubies" are stick on jewels. I have a particular fondness for the gathered red gingham ribbon. I found it on a spool at Hobby Lobby. The text on both cards is Proverbs 31:10 and printed from the computer. All the paper edges are distressed with red ink.

These next few can be Father's Day or generic "man" cards. They each feature chipboard accents and distressing with a razor blade, sandpaper and ink.

Don't tell, but this one will be a birthday card for my dad this coming Friday...

Just change the size up a bit from 6 X 6 to 4.25 X 5.5 and you get a little different look. (Though, I prefer the larger 6 X 6 canvas...)

This is for fun... A card that my Michaela came up with using a tiny bit of layout coaching. I thought it was pretty cute. She used sheer frog stickers (I want to say they're K & Company, but could be very wrong about that) and the letters are foam stickers we got in the Target Dollar spot. The paper she stole from my drawer... not my scrap bin!

This last one, for now, is one of my favorites lately - somewhere I have a better one - it's done with olive green cardstock rather than the pink. The green works much better with these patterned papers. The sentiment is just printed from the computer (make it say whatever you want) and it and the polka dot paper are popped up with a bit of foam tape. The felt flowers are from the Target Dollar spot long ago, and the plastic flowers are American Crafts. The swirl stamps are some of my most used and loved from Autumn Leaves.

That's all for now... I'm likely on the hunt for a fresh funnel cake or kettle corn now - and hopefully not chaffing from having been on a water ride or standing in line in the hot sun...
More later from the sticks of the Ozarks.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

19 on 07/08/09

Never again will we hit oh 7, oh 8, oh 9.

We picked the date 7-8-90 because we liked the way it looked - and because we couldn't wait any longer... Obviously (I hope) this dress wasn't picked for an early July wedding in Southwest Florida... November was the original plan - but then education got in the way and delayed the plans a bit. If I did it again, what I've seen on "Bridezillas" , "My Fair Wedding", "Platinum Weddings", "Say "Yes" to the Dress" and a host of other educational shows, tells me I should have just bought another dress when we changed the date.
When speaking of the last 19 years (which have gone by at breakneck speed)...

I could say "blissful" but that would be lying.

I could say "uneventful", but that also, would be lying.

"Bump-free-smooth-sailing"... another lie.

But interesting, boring, encouraging, everlasting, enduring, educating, illuminating, frustrating, comfortable, uncomfortable, challenging, infuriating, infatuating, spiritual, Barnum and Bailey-esque, liberating, confining, trying, exciting, exhilarating, exhausting, hilarious, depressing, heart pumping, puzzling, adrenaline rushing, average, below average and above average would all be correct. That's more positive than negative, by the way. Guess that's why it works.

Would I marry him again? Absolutely. But I'd buy the crinoline slip next time, ditch the honeycomb bells and have more of the cake.

We're headed for "happily ever after" with some stops along the way.
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