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Saturday, June 26, 2010

I must be dreaming!!

Okay.... in my very, very wildest dreams, I might have imagined that some day I could be chosen to be a guest designer....but to actually have it happen?!!!!  The news of my "Audrey Award" for the Cinema Saturday Challenge and invitation for me to be a guest designer next week had me positively giddy with excitement!!

The challenge this past week was to create a card inspired by the 1991 movie "Father of the Bride" starring Steve Martin; and drawing from the old wedding saying: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"... to use "something blue” in our card. Well, I thought the Father's Day card I just did for my DH fit the bill perfectly!! It was definitely wedding inspired and had the blue in there too!

You can get a sneak peek into next week's challenge by clicking here and you might just want to play along when we find out exactly what next week's challenge is all about!

p.s. Thank you to everyone for leaving so much love in your comments!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Late Father's Day card!

It only seems appropriate that since I did an 'early' Father's Day card a couple of weeks ago, that now I'm posting a 'late' one! The early one was for my son since he would be gone on his honeymoon over Father's Day, and the late one is for my DH. I actually gave it to him on Sunday, just getting around to posting it today! I also wanted to get it posted for the That's Krafty Thursday challenge over at The Spotted Chick's blog. (double-duty!!)

As soon as I saw this image over at Mo's Digital Pencil, I knew I had to have it for my DH's card!  I just love it!  My DH is such an awesome Father and Grandpa...and this image so brought to mind he and my 5-year old grandaughter at my son's wedding last weekend. :)  I started with Kraft, Chocolate Chip and ...I think...Baha Breeze cardstock ~ colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS, stitched around the bases and added as masculine a punched edge as I could find! Then a couple of Dew Drops to complete it!  I really wanted to add ribbon too, but couldn't make it work! (Don't look too close!! I was experimenting with 2 different pencil colors and wound up mixing them....thought it still looked okay and I was running out of time so kept it.) What do you think? 

Don't you think it's kind of reminiscent of these wedding photos of my DH & our little grandaughter Lucy?

Have a great day!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A beautiful wedding....

Well, my youngest son's wedding turned out to be a huge success! Weather predictions for last Saturday were up, down and all over the place all week long. Considering the fact that the ceremony was outdoors, you can imagine how it was a point of least for some. I was more concerned with getting the programs finished up and the place cards printed! But all turned out perfectly: programs, place cards, weather and everything in between!

The wedding was at a venue that provided an outdoor chapel surrounded by trees and flowers with a large banquet hall for the reception - all within an English Tudor-style manor. It is truly an exquisite setting! The banquet hall is surrounded on three sides by windows with a deck that wraps all around and overlooks a small lake and beautiful, rolling manicured grounds. It's impossible for me to explain how really lovely it was.

The pictures below show the chapel area with and without chairs set up. There were paths of brick pavers running along the sides down to the arch where the ceremony was performed. The bride's mom and I were the first ones down the aisle (so to speak!) and we decided to use one of those paths down to the front to deposit our flowers for the unity vase instead of fighting the grass with heels on. It worked out great! I was a teensy bit afraid of stumbling since I don't wear heels much these days. 

The forecast was for thunderstorms, but as you can probably tell from the photos, it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day - warm and sunny....actually, a little more than was hot!  I think the temperature hit 90 degrees and upwards, which made everyone just a little 'testy' while the photographers did their thing.

As you can see in the photo below (left), my five year old grandaughter is just a little grumpy and wanting to move on into the air conditioning :) ....the boys are just tolerating things while my oldest son tries to keep them coralled until the photographers are finished with all of us. (It was a very long day for all of them, but especially for our little Lucy; so it's understandable that they were a little grumpy!

In the photo below (right) they are in the midst of the family unity ceremony. I loved this part (teary eye here!). Because my youngest son has three children from his previous marriage, they wanted to include them in the ceremony. It was so touching.

The bride's mom and I each put a small bouquet of roses in two of the three vases on the table at the beginning of the service, then my son and his fiance each took a rose out of those two side vases and put them in a middle vase; then the 3 children also each took a rose and put it in the middle vase....forming the family unity vase. It was really beautiful and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house!! All happy tears for sure!!

On to the reception!! I wish I had a photo of the cake to show you!! It was so different - lots of color and fun!  And the food was plentiful and phenomenally good! Toasts, hugs, kisses, dinner and on to dancing!!  My DH and I dancing a slow one....and some of the younger set got a little crazy later on in the evening when the late night mexican taco table came out. They really had a good time!

Tomorrow is Father's Day - remember to give your DH some lovin' too! Have a good rest of the weekend!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Early Father's Day

I'm so happy about this!  My new daughter-in-law to be really scored some points by suggesting that we have an early Father's Day celebration since she and my son will be gone - on their honeymoon - for the next couple of weeks.  And she wanted his children to be able to do the Father's Day thing with him and with the grandparents - myself & my DH before they left.  Isn't that just the sweetest?  I was quite impressed! The kids are just 5, 8 & 10, so I think it's important for them. I'm glad his future new wife thinks so too. :)

They're getting married this Saturday, and as I posted before, I'm heavily involved in preparations so I had to squeeze in this 'quicky' card while I was trying to clean up my stamping area in preparation for our big family barbeque on Sunday! I made this one for my son - no time to make one for the hubster today! (I'll make him one for the real day!) The stamp is from the Digi Shack (Dad's Day Remote) and most of the paper is Stampin' Up, including Kraft. I really combined a variety of techniques on this one...paper piecing, sewing, a little watercolor, some prismacolor pencils for shading & gamsol to blend...oh... and, of course, some sponging around the edges of the deckled edge nestability. It actually went together really fast and I was totally pleased with the result!

I'm sure I won't be posting again with all the festivities going on the next few days. But I'll be back to post another card as soon as I can next week!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

WOW! Can you believe it's already JUNE?!!

Can you believe it's already June?!! I know! I can't believe it either!  Here in Michigan, it's been feeling like summer for a couple of weeks. It's so nice to get up in the morning and know that the sun is inevitably going to be shining and you're pretty safe wearing shorts. :)  The grill has already been fired up a few times and we've had some mouthwateringly (is that a word?!!) good chicken cooked by my DH. It's been a bit of a challenge for him because we're both a little afraid of undercooking meat so the tendency has been to overcook. Not this time!! We marinated the chicken for a few hours and he pretty much cooked it as directed. Yum!

No new cards to post today. Between our 3-day subdivision garage sale and getting things ready for our youngest son's wedding, there unfortunately hasn't been any stamping time for me. (waaaa!!) Plus, I've been busy working on place cards, wedding program and a 'things to do' brochure for the out of towners coming to the wedding. I'll have to give you a glimpse of some of these next post!

Hope you had a wonderful long Memorial Day weekend!