Hello Fellow Stampers -
Happy Saturday! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Yes, I made it through surgery, and the oral surgeon told me everything went extraordinarily well. I am very relieved. And although I'm somewhat "puffy" and sore, I'm not in a great deal of pain, and am not feeling too bad actually. For which I am very relieved. I'm not eating a whole lot; but hey, maybe I can lose some of this weight I wanted to lose -- LOL.
So, I haven't done a Simply Simple Saturdays post in quite awhile; since I basically skipped yesterday, I thought I'd pop in, give you all an update, and share some fun today. I'm sharing a picture from garden this week with you today. I have been so excited!! I planted some Iris several years ago; but it takes a couple years before they actually bloom for you! I have my very first Iris this year, and I'm just so excited!! And they are just bursting out in full bloom as this week has gone. The Peonies are going to pop any day now too. They're a little late this year because we had such a cool Spring; but they're going to be beautiful when they do open. And I have Lilac blooms this year too -- the first time for those too! The Columbine are even peeking out at you a little over on the right-hand side! It's a lavender garden this year -- LOL!
My sweet friend Kathy, came over to spend the afternoon with me today and kind of "baby" me a little. She brought wonderful soup, some even more wonderful little cakes that were nice and soft and moist -- perfect for sore mouths. And we sat and spent the afternoon in the Studio just chatting and making cards. She had 3 events coming up on her very quickly and she asked if I would be willing to help her design 3 cards, 1 for each event. I told her I'd be very happy to. I'm sure it doesn't help that her entire craft room is totally packed in boxes right now while they undergo a remodel; so what fun to sit in my cozy Studio and play all afternoon. I'm glad I felt well enough today to do this with her!! Want to see what we made?? ;-)
A Birthday, A Baby, and A Graduation -- yes, it is that time of year for everyone I think!! Fun! Exciting! and Hectic! Whenever someone asks me to help design a card for them, I always ask some pertinent questions about the person to whom the card will be presented. Let's start backwards . . . with the Graduation :-)
I asked about the college the young lady who will be receiving this attended; in particular I wanted to know about the school colors. Kathy didn't know the school colors, but knew she had attended New York University. So I went online to check it all out!
So NYU's colors are basically purple. And the minute I saw this "insignia" I thought, huh, we can replicate that. So we did. I used the wing from the Bird Builder punch (retiring next week) to create the little flames, and we basically hand cut the torch handle part. I put the card together with Elegant Eggplant, and accented with Silver Foil, for the "2016" and the matting. Those Large Number framelits are pretty wonderful! You must have a set!!
And pulled out the B.Y.O.P. and Suite Sayings stamp sets to put together the sentiments for the inside of the card, also stamped and matted in Elegant Eggplant.
What do you think of that?? :-) I thought it was pretty ingenious myself!
Then we tackled the baby card next. I pulled out the sweet Made With Love set, and with a little inspiration from Pinterest, created this card.
Kathy had not seen the new In Colors yet, and was so excited when I laid them out for her, that she immediately, said -- these! I want these two for this card.
So we used Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum, and made a sweet little baby card. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
There are a couple soon retiring items on this card, like the Heart Border Punch, and the Scallop circle punch. If you don't have these yet, get them purchased before next Tuesday night. After that -- they will be gone forever!
Here is the inside of this sweet card, stamped and matted in Flirty Flamingo; and a little bird in Daffodil Delight ;-)
Lastly we tackled a birthday card for her sister-in-law. I pulled out the Birthday Blooms and the Botanical Builder thinlits set for this card.
Her sister-in-law loves yellow, so I used Daffodil Delight here with an accent of Peek-a-boo Peach and just a touch of Crumb Cake. This card really turned out beautiful and I know her sister-in-law will love it. We lined all the envelopes using the Envelope Liners thinlits. Don't miss out on these -- they are retiring sadly, and these really are a "must have" for your inventory!!
So, there you go -- a little relaxed Saturday fun! We had such a good time; and I'm grateful she was here to spend some time with me and "nurse" me a little. It makes this healing time go a little more easily to have such good friends!
I'm hoping to still have a Mojo Monday design for you by tomorrow; so cross your fingers. Miss Sadie and I have had a little walk on this absolutely gorgeous Spring afternoon; and now I really must take a nap as I finally am feeling pretty worn out. A wonderful Saturday to all of you!!
Until Next Time . . .