So, I made this ages ago. Or at least it feels like it. See this was made before there were two, two adorable little girls. Back when I had hours to stamp and craft I made this gorgeous journal. Don't you love it?! I do. This is a special journal. A journal to acknowledge the things the Lord has done for me. It should be full and bursting forth,...should, should, should should! But of course I've procrastinated writing, forgotten to write, and undoubtedly never noticed some things I ought to have written about. I'm terribly human that way. Which in this particular instance, is very fortunate. You know why? Because there's absolutely no time to make another journal! And there's still plenty of room for me to write in it, thankfully. So I guess being human has its perks.
Here is a link to an article that inspired this lovely journal. I obviously need to re-read it so I will better use my journal, hee hee.
The last few cards and such that I've uploaded have not been really with in my comfort zone. This one is, aaahhhhh, sigh of relief. Masculine stuff is a challenge. And this one is totally girly, I love it! And it fits to upload it today since it's my birthday, Yeah!!!
Isn't it gorgeous!!! Sorry for all the exclamations but I love it. Coloring was a fun learning experience on this one. Anyway I gotta go blow out some candles so ta ta for now!
DH and I recently tried something different for our birthdays. See we're trying to save a little dough so instead of buying presents we have to be super creative. And this is the kind of thing I have wanted to do for quite some time. But because of all the time shopping takes, I haven't, until now. And it turned out awesome!
Here's a picture of just the card:
And here's all four sides of the tissue box:
It was so fun making it. The hardest part was taking a plain pine wood box from michaels and prepping is for the fun part, the photos and paper. It took lots of paint, lots of modge podge, but mostly tons and tons of sanding. In the end, it was worth it. It has a smooth sleek finish that coordinates nicely with all the embellishments, exactly what I was going for. And even better, he loved it!
Isn't he cute! This is my DH (dear husband), and he is an excellent father. To demonstrate, I have another picture: and another, hee hee hee:
See even when he's exhausted he knows how to entertain them with the least amount of energy :). LOL! Those three (people, not photos) are so precious! It was recently his birthday and for at least one more day he's an old man! That's because in one more day I'll be as old as him, bummer. Then he is no longer old, because that would make me old. And that we cannot have! So in case you're wondering, I'm turning 29........again. :(
"Why?," you ask. Because this next card may or may not look like the one I will be sending for Father's Day. So skip this post and know that I love you! Now leave, I mean it!
Okay, now that he's gone I can talk about this card. Truthfully I really struggle with masculine cards. If it were up to me everything would have flowers, and ribbon, some pink. Now can you see a father's day card like that?!? Me neither so here are some guidelines I use when crafting masculine cards.
1. Keep it simple! It is so fun to get carried away with all the great papers and embellishments, but don't.
2. Be careful in your color choice. (like no pink, unless your guy is a little more metropolitan and can handle it) But truthfully I don't know any like that.
3. I try to stay away from ribbon, not that it couldn't work, it's just trickier. If you do use ribbon, don't tie it in a bow. You probably knew that, but the more tips I post, the smarter I feel. And yes, this blog is supposed to make me feel good. Why not, right?
4. Use hardware, it gives your card a tough guy feel.
5. Be careful with buttons. They're also tricky.
Okay, was that helpful? Maybe. I hope so. And here's the fabulous, and manly card:
Motherhood is full of them. A moment of shock and gratitude came just recently as my eldest daughter out of nowhere started cleaning the table and doing the dishes! I hadn't asked her, or even hinted. She is such a sweet, good girl. I know she's not perfect, but for a seven year old she's very close. Here is a darling photo, a little fuzzy unfortunately, of her after she lost her second front tooth. And for the moment she has that ever so slight lisp. It's adorable.
Another cherished moment this last week came while outdoors. My adorable baby girl and I were enjoying the sunshine. I in the shade and she in her swing. The birds were chirping, the sun was warm. And instead of spoiling the moment with lots of babble we both just sat, listened and enjoyed. It was a very peaceful moment. We were lucky to have had it, considering the busy-ness of our lives. Unfortunately I caught no photo of this moment so instead here is a photo of her playing with a box.
I guess I should have said in a box, it was so cute. She was just banging away. Being a mom is as my eldest daughter would say "ssssuuuuhhweeeeeeeeet!"