Holding out...

Even though my husband had the mower out two days ago, our backyard looks like this...

...because I begged J not to mow the back! That's because if you look really closely at this bushy section of weeds under our pear tree, you'll find this:

And I am holding out for these:

Happy Saturday friends!


Birthday goodness

May is a crazy crazy month in my family. I mean, really, crazy.

We have 6 birthdays and one anniversary in the span between May 10 and 19--nine little days!

So between finishing up the semester, graduation on May 8th, Mother's Day on May 9th and then this slew of occasions, I have been busier than expected and haven't posted at all. Yikes!

But today I have some cards to share!

Two of the aforementioned birthdays belong to me and my sweet husband (he is the 17th and I follow on the 19th). So yesterday was my birthday! I spent a quiet day at home, went to the gym and only *helped* fix dinner. God bless J, he does try. :)

But he has apparently been paying attention when I make cards, since I received this beauty (in addition to some yummy gourmet cupcakes):

The ribbon, the trio of buttons, the paper on the inside, the doodling on the front--all touches I use myself. He did quite a bit of stamping, too. I am so proud of him-thank you honey!
Since I am sharing birthday cards, here is the one I made for him:
This little robot and the stars are from a cheap set I got at Michael's but really cute stuff. I just colored it in with colored pencils.
I don't know about you guys, but I find my husband the absolute hardest person to make cards for! He sees all the cards I make and I get his comments about the ones that are *supposed* to be masculine (in my little girlie mind only, I guess, ha!), and so I always think he will be critical. I thought of this idea to put a trio of little thread knots on the ribbon--he liked it and so I might be using it again. ;)

Anyhow, that's it for today. I have some things planned--pictures from my garden and a baby project that I can't share just yet--so check back soon.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

1. My birthday card:
Cardstock (Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss), Ribbon (Orange Zest Saddle Stitch), ink (Ripe Avocado), buttons, stamps
(Birthday Basics, Simple Alphabet, Ambassador Monogram Edition Alphabet)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper (inside)--My Mind's Eye (**I think**)
Other Stamps: (Gemstone Birds)--Inkadinkado;
Other: Ranger Black Archival Ink

2. Jimmy's birthday card:
Cardstock (Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, Guide Lines I Grid), Ribbon (Ripe avocado twill), Ink (Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist), Stamps (Birthday Basics)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (The Boyfriend)--Cosmo Cricket
Other Stamps (robot, stars)--Recollections
Other: black thread, Ranger Black Archival Ink, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, number brads (K & Company), white gel pen


Ribbon-y goodness...

Hello friends...

How many of you are still around, reading? Looking at the date stamp on my last post, over 2 months have passed since I last visited. And gosh, but it has been a crazy time! For those of you who may not know, I am full time grad student and have been working toward completing my MA. This is my last semester and I have been busy busy, but! I will graduate next weekend and I am excited to relax a bit and of course, have some time to create and share here!

Today is already the 1st of May--I can't believe it--and that means the Senior DT group challenge over at Papertrey Ink. This month Nichole challenged the girls to create something with ribbon. I was particularly inspired by Betsy Veldman. Her colorful and whimsical creations always speak to me, so today I had to do some crafting. My niece's upcoming birthday was the perfect excuse to use some of Betsy's techniques seen in this post.

First off a trick I have used before (which came from Betsy then, too): three little buttons wrapped around a big juicy bow! *click on the photos to enlarge*
This card uses PTI's Butterfly Dreams set and the coordinating die (which even cuts felt beautifully!), along with some Basic Grey patterned paper that I have been hoarding.

Then, since I just had to try Betsy's ribbon embellies, I made a coordinating journal. We usually end up giving all the kids in the family money for birthdays and what not, but I like them to have a little something to open up. :)
I used an entire 8.5 x 11 sheet to make a cover for two of PTI's skinny notepads. The cover features similar colors and a trio of felt embellishments. The inside is lined with a fun stripey pattern and a pocket for papers and things and the two notebooks are secured with Scor-Tape.

I am really happy with how these turned out, so thanks Betsy, for the awesome inspiration! :)

And thanks to you for stopping by--leave a comment and let me know what you think!

1. Butterfly Card

Cardstock: (Stamper's Select white, Hibiscus Burst)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (yellow bitty box)--Papertrey Ink; (floral)--Basic Grey [Urban Prairie]
Stamps: (Butterfly Dreams, Blooming Button Bits)--Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst)--Papertrey Ink; (Archival Ink)--Ranger
Other: ribbon (Aqua Mist grosgrain)--Papertrey Ink; brads--Basic Grey; buttons (pink, yellow)--Papertrey Ink, (green)--Basic Grey; baker's twine--Martha Stewart; gems--Recollections; felt
Tools: butterfly die--Papertrey Ink; hole punch; Corner Chomper--We R Memory Keepers

2. Flowery Journal

Cardstock: (
Stamper's Select white, Hawaiian Shores, notepads)--Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (Top to bottom, on flowers)--Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon; (inside-liner and pocket)--October Afternoon
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II--Papertrey Ink
Stickers: yellow letters, chocolate numbers--Basic Grey; label--October Afternoon
Ink: (Berry Sorbet)--Papertrey Ink
ribbon (Aqua Mist grosgrain; Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Melon Berry twill; Raspberry Fizz satin)--Papertrey Ink; buttons--Papertrey Ink; baker's twine--Martha Stewart; gems--Recollections; felt; stick pins; embroidery floss; Copic marker; pocket--7 Gypsies
Corner Chomper--We R Memory Keepers; border punch--Fiskars