Saturday, August 25, 2012

Butterfly Cards

Well, I'm almost done making and mailing out all of my Thank You cards. I wanted to post some of the different designs that I made. Since I was making a bunch at once, I made sure to keep with a theme with pretty simplicity. Butterflies! I'm hooked on my new Stampin Up Butterfly Punch and Apothecary Accents Framelits used on most of these cards. I hope you're inspired! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

90th Birthday Celebration

My Grandma turned 90 a few weeks ago and we celebrated with a party at Perico's with close family and friends. My Grandma is such a lovely woman, she's got a quick wit and
(as my mother would say) is as sharp as a tack!
I was in charge of putting together a display of photos for the party. My Grandma had them stored in her skate case that she's had since she was a teenager! It's so amazing to see these photos and I was SUPER EMOTIONAL!! I cried everytime I sat down to work on the project. My Grandpa passed just over a year ago and looking at these photos and how young they were and all of the things they've seen together - Wow!! I'm tearing up now.
The story of how they met is one that I love - They met at the skating rink and how is was back then was when the organ player stopped playing during the skate, you changed partners so you got to meet everyone in the rink. Well, I guess they made a connection because they made a beautiful life together and were still so in love when he passed. He used to call to her 'You sweet thing'. 
She still has that skate case and keeps her special memories in it.
A couple of the photos had writing on the back. One was to my Grandpa, I assume when they first met, 'Best of luck, your skating pal, Esther.' I wonder if that went with him when he went to war. Where have these photos traveled? What rooms have they been put up in to be remembered?
90 years is a long time. Seeing her through her life allowed me not to just see her as 'Grandma' but as a woman, a wife, a mother, a sister. This lady has moxie! I adore her and I'm so happy that we live closer so that my kiddos can get to know their Great Grandmother.  
My Mom, Grandma and Aunt Beverly
The display table

I made her a name banner too!

The photos were backed on beautiful papers and hung on curtain
clips and hung inside a jewelry frame from hooks.

Of course she needed a crown - It was her Birthday for goodness sake!
A pretty paper pennant garland to embellish the frame
AND a pennant garland for the cake to tie it all together. I LOVE a theme!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Glitter Gathering - Austin and San Antonio

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Not Really!!

It's like 100 humid degrees outside in Austin Texas but, I'm inside listening to The Drifters sing White Christmas so, life is good. I'm getting in the holiday spirit by prepping cardstock and ribbon for a Glitter Gathering. I usually start in June but, with having a new baby in the house, I wasn't ready. I'm finally feeling back to myself and getting in the groove of teaching classes again - YAY!! If you don't know what a Glitter Gathering is well then, you are missing out sister!! We make Christmas cards and little gifts, a few each month, so by the time the holidays are here it's not so daunting to have a homemade Christmas.

For the first Gathering we'll make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) and 2 small gifts. I'll provide all of the supplies and some light refreshments.You'll learn some fun techniques with dry embossing, heat embossing and sponging. It's always bunches of fun!! I've got pics of the cards here but, you'll have to check back to see sneak peeks within the next few days for the little gifts.

Here are the details for the class:
Date: Sunday, September 2nd
Time: 2:00 - 5: 00 PM
Cost: $25.00 Per Person
Location: South Austin Texas
Please email me ASAP if you'd like to sign up. I have space and supplies for 10 people.

** I'm also working on finalizing dates for a class in San Antonio within the next few weeks! **

I'm looking forward to crafting with y'all!!

Cutsie Ornament Card

Vintage Ornament Card - This one is heat embossed with Metallic Platinum.
This photo doesn't do it justice, it's beautiful!

Reindeer Card

Snowman Card