June 21, 2010


Hi all!! I know I have been a really bad blogger - life has been a little rough lately and I have let things get in the way of what I enjoy doing so I needed to take a step back and remember what is important.  Without getting too personal, there are people in my life that are not very kind and usually I can let it roll off but I have had a harder time of that lately and since in-laws are a necessary evil, I have to learn to live with it.  So, I am resuming my routine of posting and blurfing and teaching and having fun with my stamps!  This weekend I had a canvas class and I will share those with you tomorrow - I have to say, they turned out really nice! I also had a workshop on Saturday and then spent the day yesterday with my husband which was really nice!  I wanted to share some of the dad's day cards I did for a class a couple of weeks ago - the first one is the one I actually gave to Tony and he loved it!  We did five different ones and these are two of them! For the first one, we used the King of the Grill set from the Summer Mini - I think I like this stamp set because it sort of reminds me of the Voila chef from the main catty (which is retiring, *sniff*) I just think he is super fun and he makes me smile!  The patterned paper is Nouveau Chic, one of my faves that I am sad to see go.  I think this particular pattern looks like charcoal and smoke so it went perfectly, lol!!  No ribbon since it is a guy card (so hard to leave off) but we did add some of the jumbo silver brads that look soooo good on every project! Fun card to make!
This second card uses the Totally Tool stamp set - perfect for any guy card you want to make! The background is embossed with the fabulous Square Lattice folder in the Summer Mini - love this folder!  We stamped the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set on the Twill tape and then threaded it through two jumbo eyelets. The colors are Chocolate Chip and the retiring Close to Cocoa, love them together! I have not used them in soooo long and remember how much I love them so I think you will be seeing some more of these in my future projects *wink*  The center image is actually from the Always Stamp set and make a perfect "A" when spelling dad!  We all had a great time making these cards and the gals were quite happy with them when they were all done.  We mixed and matched colors so not everyone had the same cards and I have to say, they got quite creative when putting theirs together!!  Tomorrow I will be back to share the canvas we made and the sketch card for the SC sketch that was posted today!  Now, I am off to blurf some and then get ready for my downline meeting tomorrow night - lots of fun stamping on my agenda today!!  Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some love, I love YOU for it!!
Card One Recipe:
Paper - Mellow Moss, Going Gray, Ivory card stock, Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Mellow Moss and Going Gray stampin' write markers
Stamps - King of the Grill
Accessories - 3/4 inch and 1 inch circle punches, scallop border punch,. word window punch, modern label punch, jumbo silver brads
Card Two Recipe:
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Ivory card stock
Inks - Chocolate Chip class ink
Stamps - Always, Totally Tool, Teen Tiny Wishes
Accessories - Twill Tape, Jumbo Eyelets, 1 3/4 inch 1 3/8 inch and 1 1/4 inch circle punches, Square Lattice embossing folder


Rose Ann said...

These are great Father's Day cards, Alex! Love them!!

We all do what we can do, and family is first...right? I have not been blogging much myself, but my family is consuming most of my time these days. Creating and blogging takes the back seat every time...and that's the way it should be. ;) Hang in there!!

kathleenh said...

Great job on the Father's day cards!

I'm so sorry to hear you've had a rough time of it lately. I hope you can tune out the unkindness and tune into the love surrounding you. Big stamping ****HUGS*****!

Michele said...

Love both of these Father's Day cards!!! Hope things get better for you Alex! Hugs girl!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

wow alex! these are both awesome. so the viola master chef and the grill chef - brothers - ya think! now we need a pastry chef and we're good to go - lol!

hope all else is well, and kudos to you for letting it run off your shoulders!

hugs :)

Cindy Haffner said...

Ohh cool Alex, these are so FUN!!!

Crystal said...

these are GREAT Alex, I just bought this fantastic grill master set!!!! HEHEHEH he is sooo cute and fun!!! wonderful work gf!!!

Crystal said...

these are GREAT Alex, I just bought this fantastic grill master set!!!! HEHEHEH he is sooo cute and fun!!! wonderful work gf!!!

lyzzydee said...

Just stopping by to say hello!!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

How incredibly brilliant! Love them both.

Joan said...

Oh my word Alex these are wondeful. I love how you didn't colour all of the BBQ dude and I love the colours. I will miss sage shadow - however, I've decided that Marina Mist is my new favorite blue!!!! I also adore how you turned those tape measures into D's. Clever girl!!!!! Hope your spirits lift soon. Just stamp out your frustrations! Hugs, Joan

Dawn Easton said...

Fantastic cards, Alex! Love them!

Sorry to hear that you are going through a rough time, I hope those hurdles end soon and you can be happy! big hugs!

Dee said...

Great Blog Alex!!

Stampin' Rx said...

Thanks for checking out my blog, and signing up to follow. I signed up to follow yours also. I love your dad's day cards, very creative use of the tape measure.

Anonymous said...

I love both of your Father's Day cards, but the grill king is one of my favorite masculine stamp sets. They are coming up with good sets for men!!! The grill king, the motorcycle, the tools, the Nature Silhouettes, and the autumn days to name a few.......

Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.