Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hawaiian Vacation

Aloha, two Weeks in Paradise!

 So it is hard to get back in the swing of things when you spend 2 weeks in Paradise, specifically, Kona, HI.
The first week as you all know was spent with my BFF of 57 years, Colleen of One Smile Lifts a Spirit.  Her husband surprised us with a Mustang convertable.  That was so fun whipping down the highway with the top down. We sat by the pool, played on the beaches, she snorkled (I love the water but have a little, (BIG) fear of deep water).  We tried to take the Helicopter tour of the Volcano and Waterfalls, but both times it was cancelled due to weather.  Oh well, maybe next time!!!
Colleen left and I met up with my son who turned 40 on November 25th.  He is the one who decided that he wanted to spend his 40th with his mom and dad and family in Hawaii, so I have him to thank for this wonderful trip.
  We spent more time on the beaches, took a trip to Black Sand Beach to see the turtles, went on a dinner cruise and saw the manta rays.  Had sushi for his birthday dinner and then went to Kona Kozy's Comedy and Magic show, then a luau for Thanksgiving.  It certainly didn't seem like Thanksgiving and was very strange to see Christmas decorations all around.
Got home on Saturday, the 29th to snow falling.  We only had about 1-2 inches but it was so pretty and was cold enough for it to hang around for 3 or 4 days.
  So, this is basically the first time I have been on my blog in three weeks.  I have been getting ready for Christmas, decorating, wrapping gifts, finishing shopping and today we are going to get our tree.  Not sure when I will be able to be in my craft room again to stamp, cause next week I have a minor surgery on my hand for trigger finger.  I was able to make a few comments on the MIM, but hope to catch up soon.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More #120

One last card for today and maybe for 3 weeks as I will be having a blast with my Bff, Colleen in sunny Hawaii for a week and then I will join my son, his son and wife and his dad for another week to celebrate my son's 40th birthday (What????)   So excited....
Found this beautiful foil, shiny paper at Impress and when I saw the photo, just knew I had to use it.
I think the ornament is called Jasper from Memory Box,  It's hard to see but the back of the ornament is gold.
PTI, Wonderful Words, Joy, Shimmer Paper
Banner is from Tinsel and Tags from PTI

Make It Monday #188 Stamping Ombre Backgrounds with Laura

My card trying the ombre effect demonstrated by Laura MIM 
Isn't her's gorgeous?

My card is for my brother who will have a birthday while I am basking in the Hawaiian Sunshine with Colleen.
PTI's Ombre Builders, in Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky and Royal Velvet.
Happy One Liners and Wonderful Words Birthday
  I tried making one with greens and blues but it didn't turn out so went for the normal rainbow colors.   I'm not that happy with my card.  It's just Ok

Friday, November 7, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #99

This is a card for my oldest son who will be 40 on November 25th.  For his birthday, he wanted to have me, his dad and youngest son to spend the week with him and his wife in Kona, HI.  It didn't take me a second to say yes.  I don't know how it happened that he is this old????
I have been to Hawaii only once and that was in 1980 so I think I am due.  I didn't want to go all that way and only spend 7 days there with two of those days traveling, so I asked my BFF, Colleen if she would like to go with me the week before and she was able to convince her husband that he would be fine without her for a week.  So on my blog the countdown is 7 days.  I will take the train to Portland on the 14th and we will fly out the next day to beautiful Hawaii.  We are beside ourselves with excitement.  It will be sooooo fun....
I will enter this in CAS(E) this Sketch
Stamps of Life Hot Air Balloons 2 stamp in
Fresh Ink, Sky Blue, Mint, French Lavender and Pool
Used clear Wink of Stella on the balloons, clouds and sun.
The strip is sponged with the colors above.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Make It Monday #187 with Melissa - Partial Die Cuts for the Holidays

A tag for MIM which you can view Here 
All PTI - snowflake as the partial die cut.
Tremendous Treats - Christmas 
Tinsel & Tags set 
Sentiment and ribbon embossed with Liquid Platinum
Doodlebug Frosty Friends pattern paper
Penguin colored with Copics
C-3, B29, B00, BG23, YR14

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Granddaughter's 9th Birthday 11-03-14

My card for Avery who will be 9 on November 3rd.  She is the baby of the grandchildren.
LaLa Land Marci Heart Balloon colored with Copics
Skin - E50, 51 & BV00, RV10
Hair,  E33, 37, YR 14
Dress, shoes, gift and balloon
V01, 04, 06, Y11, 15
White gel pen, Clear Wink of Stella, and Glossy Accents.
PTI's Harvest Gold striped paper.