Friday, June 26, 2015

Thinking outside the box for an UNUSUAL Wedding Card using Barnyard Babies!

As most of my regular blog readers know, I like the unusual.  I had to do a wedding card for a couple getting married......tomorrow.  Nothing like waiting till the last minute right??!!  This is not your typical wedding.  It is VERY southern.  Cookout, people getting together to celebrate the Bride and Groom but nothing fancy, nothing over the top, just good food and good times.  A fancy wedding card seemed.......well, it just doesn't fit the couple!  The Bride is into horses, and the Groom is a dairy farmer.  I couldn't think of a better opportunity to use my new Barnyard Babies stamp set!!!  I love all these little farm animals.  I wasn't sure if I could make it work though, yes, the set has a cow and a horse but, I still needed to tie it into a wedding somehow.  I was going through the new Stampin' Up catalog and saw the Barnyard Babies stamp set....and looked more closely at the example.  I knew it could work for a wedding!  I needed to CASE this card for my wedding card!
This card is from the catalog and my inspiration for the wedding card:
While the card is a CASE from the catalog, I think the idea for using the Barnyard Babies for a wedding card is crazy unusual!!

I liked the sentiment straight from the same stamp set because everyone hopes for an award winning wedding day!  Perfect!!!

I also used the challenge from
The challenge this week was to use the new in colors.  
That was the easy part, these are wonderful colors!  The hard part was trying to decide which ones to use!  I thought maybe the cucumber crush for the base of the card, since I used it to color the grass, but it was to matchy matchy to me, yes, I'm pretty sure that's a thing.  ;)  While I love cucumber crush as a color, I thought it might make my card to bright.......for my wedding card.  I wanted unusual but I didn't want it to be over the top SCREAM at you loud!!  LOL!!  I settled on Mint Macaron, which to me reminds me a Bridal party color.  I paired it with Tip Top Taupe which is such a nice color, it has quickly become a favorite that I grab often!

The original card just used the horse, but I wanted the horse and the cow.  I thought about using the goat as well, but I liked how the cow and the horse looked together so I stopped there.  And you might be thinking I have lost my mind here, and now I am thinking about a goat too!!!  Here's the back story:
When my husband and I got married some odd 18 years ago.....18 right??  I'm so bad at that....ssssshhhh don't tell my hubby, I'm pretty sure I never had the Bride gene and still don't!!!  Anyways, some odd 18 years ago, Clint and I got married.  The boy that is getting married tomorrow was a lot younger than us, his dad worked for us.  He worked for us then and works for us now.  We got married, this young man's dad came to our wedding.  He didn't get us a typical gift.  A couple of weeks later, he showed up at our house with a 11:30 at night.  Yes, he got us, well me, a baby goat for our wedding!  I'll pause and let you giggle.......

He got us a goat because when Clint and I were dating, Clint had goats.  One of his goats had twins, and I used to sit in the barn and play with the baby goats.  If you haven't seen baby goat videos...after you finish reading this blog today, go to youtube and search baby goats in Pjs!!!!  CUTE!!!  Back to my very LONG story.....he got us, well me really, a baby goat because by the time we got married, our baby goats had grown up and I had been saying I missed the baby he got me a baby goat.  His son, the boy getting married ,went to the animal auction with him to get the goat.  He named him Marshmallow.  The next day when Bruce came into work, he asked me what I thought about my wedding gift.  Big laughs all around. He asked me what I was going to name him, and I told him his son already named him Marshmallow, so it stayed Marshmallow!  There's my goat wedding gift story!!
So that's why I am pretty sure, this Bride and Groom will love this card!! ;)

I used Stazon ink and Watercolor paper to stamp the animals.  Then with my aqua painter, I used my regular stamp pads to watercolor the image.  Finding the right color was a little trial and error.  I practice on my scraps what colors I wanted to use.  Watercoloring is very forgiving, if you mess up or make the color to dark, you can keep applying more water with your aqua painter to dilute the color and spread the ink around.  That's why watercolor paper is so important.  It can take this kind of water without warping!

I used the Congrats! stamp from the Playful Pennants set.  I always save sets like this, it feels good to grab out a retired set and give it another inking!!!

I added some sequins that I had for some bling, after all, it is a wedding card!

I used a stamp for the inside from a really old set: Congratulations. What a great font on this set!  I also used my custom family stamp to sign the card!

I used Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add a little splash to the background.  

I love how the card turned out. I used my MISTI to get perfect placement of my animals and grass and blue ribbons.  I got to watercolor.  I had fun watercoloring.  I do admit, this was my first attempt at watercoloring!  Do you enjoy watercoloring?  I can see myself doing it more in the future!!
Thanks for stopping by today and thanks even more for making it through this LONG blog post about ONE card!!!  

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beach Puppy Layout Using Little Letters Framelits

Sharing a quick layout using the Maritime DSP.  I really love this paper, sadly it is retired now.  I loved the colors in it, I never would have put night of navy and coastal cabana together!  

I used the Little Letters framelits to make my title.  These will help me use less stickers for titles and coordinate my colors even more!  

Our sweet puppy Levi!  We all love him so much!!!
We take him everywhere with us, even to the beach!  My husband calls it snuggle week- he isn't really a "beach" person.  He goes for the kids and I.  After working everyday in the hot humid heat, he just doesn't like to sit on the beach.  He DOES enjoy sitting in peace and quiet on his computer, snuggling with the puppy all day.  Perfect vacay for him!!!!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

TV Talk- Summer Shows 2015

I am totally stealing this idea from my girlfriend, Jenny, at: , TV Talk!!!  She does some great posts about her favorite TV shows, check them out.

I'm not sure when summer shows became such big hits.  Didn't summer programing used to kinda suck??  The idea that most people were outside, enjoying the longer daylight hours and wonderful weather?  So when did all these summer previews and hit shows begin?? I'm not sure, but I like it......

Summer 2015 is officially here, as of yesterday.  And summer programming has already begun.  Here are some of my returning favorites and some new ones that I am excited to try out:

Tryant:  This is season 2 for Tryant.  I love this show.  It is so different from anything else on tv right now.  Season 1 was great, season 2 started out already on a big emotional swing!  Tryant is on FX so it is easy to catch older shows and DVR in off hours if it conflicts with other shows since the rerun the episodes often.

Pretty Little Liars:  I am not sure what season it is technically on now.  Just when I think I'm done watching, the show drags me in again! Charles Who???   PLL is on ABC Family. 

Aquarius: This is a new show this season.  I am loving it.  It is about Charles Mason and his "Family" and follows the cops during that era. It is based on Mason but is not historically accurate and has creative licenses!  Good drama and not just a cop drama for those that don't like cop dramas.   I like that it isn't all about Mason, because let's face it, that kinda weirdness can only be handled in small doses.   I am amazed that the cops get away acting like they do, but those were the times, so different from now.  But the heart of the show is Mason.  As one of Americas' infamous killers, how is this small odd little man able to control and keep so many of his family members together and able to get them to commit murder for him?  I believe past episodes are online so it is easy to catch up!

Last Ship is in it's second season.  It is a good show, plus it has Doctor Dreamy or is it Steamy in it??  Who cares??!!  It has a bunch of hot guys in uniform in it!!!  It's a good drama.  My son loves watching this show too.

This is the last season for Falling Skies.  I have watched this show from the beginning.  It actually was one of the first shows that my teenage show and I watched together.  It is a good alien apocalypse show.  I will be sad to see it end but hope they tie up all the loose ends this season. 

A HBO show.  I missed last night's premier so I need to try and DVR it this week.  Since it is HBO, they will reshow it.  Looks interesting and even funny.  With Jack Black in it I know I will like it.  I'll let you know what I think after I watch the first episode.

Mr. Robot  This one is on USA.  I'm not 100% sure about this one but I'll give it a chance.  Unless, it gets so complicated it makes my head hurt!!  ;)  This one start June 24th.

Humans: It is on AMC starting June 28th.  This is another one that I am on the fence about but I'll give it a shot.  I think this is going to be a cautionary tail of technology, guess we'll see.  

Zoo: This is the one that I maybe most exciting about.  Animals going crazy- check.  Hot hot Billy Burke- check!  I'm least to try it out!  It is on CBS starting June 30th.

Tut:  This is one of my unusual ones that I am excited to watch.  First off, I'm not sure there is anything else like it on tv, which always interests me.  It has the guy, Avan Jogia, from Twisted in it.  He is dreamy!!!  In the previews, looks like he does an awesome job with the role!  Much much different from a teenage drama!  This one is on spike tv starting July 19th. 

What others am I missing?  Leave me a comment!!!

And of course, I can't leave out, The Fear of the Walking Dead, although there has been no release date yet.  

What are your favorite summer shows?  Are you planning on checking out any of these new shows?

Robots, Robots EVERYWHERE, scrapbook layout!

Happy Monday!  It's so hard for Monday to come after a weekend! Okay, enough complaining!  ;)  
I will admit, this layout is 100% inspired by my girlfriend's robot punch.  About two months ago, I went to Raleigh for a scrapping weekend with my girlfriends.  It's always nice to get together with the girls and scrap!  Lots of laughs and we even manage to get some scrapbooking done too!  Another one of my favorite things, is sharing tools and stamps!  We all have different tastes and styles so we all buy different stuff.  One of the best things when we get together to scrap, we share tools.  I love this, it gives my scrapbooks some variety and often lets me scrap something totally different!   My girlfriend, Jenny, at (stop by and check out her blog!) had this great robot edge punch that I knew I had to borrow!!!  I had the perfect picture for it!

Are those not the cutest little robots???

My middle son loves Robots.  We read books about Robots, he pretends he is a Robot often.  I knew he would get a kick out of this layout and punch!

I was able to use up some alphabet letters that I have had forever!  And some die cuts that I had- the heart love was perfect for this layout!

These are always my favorite pictures, just the silly pictures that show my kids' personalities so much!  What did we do before camera phones??  I would say 99% of my pictures are taken with my phone!  I love that I take more pictures now because it is easy and I get those unusual pictures too!

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