August 30, 2016

Baby, Baby, Baby

Hi all,

Today's post title is appropriate for many reasons. The first reason is because on Sunday, my baby turned 18! For those of you who have 'been there, done that', you know what I mean. There are those who are dreading having your babies that old and those of you, who at times, are looking forward to it. I'll admit, dealing with a teenager can be challenging. I think God makes them that way so, as a parent, you're ready to let them fly the coop!

Here's my boy. I don't often see a smile like that on him! On Sunday I take him to college. The house will be quiet without him! I sure do love the little goober!

Okay, another reason the title is appropriate is that over the weekend I was working on baby cards. A local gift shop, A Conversation Piece in West Bend, WI, sells my cards and placed an order for birthday, wedding and baby cards. I hadn't made any baby cards in awhile, so I dug through my stamp and paper stash and took to Pinterest for some inspiration. These are some of the cards I'll be taking to the owner for review.

This Sweet Sugar Plum Carriage is a quick and easy card to put together. Stamp and crop the image. Use dimensionals to pop it up on a piece of 3.1/4" x 3 1/4" whisper White cs that has been scored at 1/8" and 1/4" on all sides. That piece is mounted onto a piece of 4 x 5 1/4" Whisper White cs. I added a cheater bow using the new rusched Sweet Sugar Plum ribbon and mounted it to the 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Sweet Sugar Plum base. I added a few pearls for a little touch of bling.

If you've not heard of a cheater bow, simply add a strip of ribbon across your card, adhering it to the back of the cs. Take a separate piece of ribbon and tie a knot around the strip you just adhered. Cheater, cheater! It also uses less ribbon than if you wrapped the ribbon around the cs and tied a knot.

For the remaining cards, I pulled out vintage stamps and paper. This is a good way for me to use these products. There are many business demonstrators who only have current products in their studios; I'm not to that point. There are some products that are easier for me to let go of than others. If you live in my area and host a class in your home or mine, you can choose a stamp set of your choice from the 'prize closet'. When I do let stamps go, I like them to go to a good home! I hate to admit this, but I have many sets that for whatever reason, were never inked. Too many stamps, too little time!!

Challenge yourself to find a card you like, but then make a few changes to make it your own. Oh baby, I know you can do it!

Hope your day is a good one,

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