There you are! And here I am! LOL Is that a new outfit??? You truly look awesome! It's really good to see you!
Here we are once again at the hump day of the week. I hope your week is going well and I hope you are feeling well. Thanks so much for all the great comments you left on the last post. You don't know what it does for my mood to read the sweet things you leave for me. I'm truly blessed by all of you.
I was really shocked at last week's poll results. The number 1 pet peeve by far was blogs that play background music (49%)! I thought for sure it was going to be "word verification". However that even tied for second with "type that is hard to read" (29%). I am learning so much from these polls. It's amazing how many of my assumptions are incorrect. Don't forget this week's poll!
On to the post. . .Hope you all had a great Mom's Day. My stuff is Mom's Day related because I couldn't post it prior (my Mom reads my blog). So here is the card I made for my Mom:
Many of you have made gorgeous easel cards and I always leave comments stating I'm going to make one, but I never have until now. I LOVE these cards, and I will be making many more in the future. OK, the pussy willow stamp is another one from CowTown stamps. The stamp is a single stem so I stamped it several times. I filled in the white parts with liquid applique and heated it. I then stamped another single branch, DID A BUNCH OF FUSSY CUTTING, and attached it so that one branch is hanging over the ribbon for a 3-D effect. The bird was also cut out and popped up with foam tape for dimension. I sponged the background with distress ink before stamping the branches. The bird stamp is by Stampabilities.
The next card is the one I did for Jay's Mom:
I'm not as happy with it, especially because of the poor photo. The "dots" all over it is actually Stickles. I have to tell you, I'm not a huge fan of Stickles. It is very sparkly irl and much prettier. I wanted to keep this one simple. I used one of my newly favored techniques of coloring the stamp with markers and then, before stamping, spritzing the stamp with water. It gives such a beautiful watercolor look to the image. The stamp is by Stampendous.
The next project is a wonderful "moving parts" card. Here is the outside:
It's called a "pulley card", and you can find a video tutorial HERE. When you pull the ribbon on the right, the sentiment comes out on the right and the gift card slides out at the same time on the left. HOW FUN ARE THESE??? I already have plans for Halloween with these! They are really easy to make, and for those of you who have an Archiver's store near you. . .they have these in a pack of 4 that are all cut out and ready to assemble! I bought a pack to use one of them as a template. The Moms LOVED these and were just blown away by how they were made. My Mom kept opening and closing it, totally baffled as to how it worked. The main flower stamp is by Inkadinkado. I stamped it with two different inks and then embossed it with clear ep, then popped it up on foam tape. The background is various little dollar stamps.
The last card is kind of a joke. . .I handed each Mom an envelope explaining that "the boys" asked if they could make their own cards for them this year. So I explained that they could use my supplies and I let them at it. Here is what they created for their "Grandmas":
LOL I think they did a pretty good job for Giant Schnauzers huh? What do you think? I think Gunther got a little carried away using the paw print stamp and smudged it quite a bit. Their printing is improving as they get older! LOL
OK, enough of all this. . .I truly do hope all you Moms had a great day. From visiting some of your blogs, it sure sounded like it. I'm still working on catching up kids, so hang in there. If I haven't gotten to you yet I will in the next day or so. I had so much to catch up on. Boy you guys are prolific when it comes to posting!! LOL
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"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."