Thursday, August 23, 2012

Status of the Summer Manifesto...

While crickets chirp here... we are off enjoying the summer!  Here's how it goes so far with the Summer Manifesto....
My favorite pic so far this summer -- my Dad beating Brian at croquet.  First and only time that's happened in our backyard so far... ;)

Play with Scarlet everyday | YES. :)
Go hiking | Still on the list....
Go biking | Still on the list.... waiting for the Indian Summer to kick in for this one!
Go explore | Went to the Strawberry Festival and Gizditch Ranch with my parents, my good friend Erin and her niece.
Read a Book | Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (hilarious!), currently reading Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Spend Time in Our Backyard | YES.  Been playing with Scarlet, playing Croquet, hanging out with friends, BBQing, gardening... so in love with the backyard!
Enjoy our personal Farmer's Market | Tomatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, squash, jalapenos, watermelons, lemon cucumbers, berries, strawberries.... all DELICIOUS!
Go to the Flea Market | Not yet...
Spend time with family & friends | Big, huge YES!  Coffee with my local girls using my new espresso machine (Leti, Anna & Elaine!), lunch out with various coworkers & friends, dinner out with Alli (Tommy's Wok & Pinkberry), dinner with my work team & boss, my parents have visited us twice, BBQ & Tour de France with Andrew & Melissa, stampin' time with Bri and Kat, skype with Zarogina, phone calls with too many to list, Monday night Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad chat sessions.... all kinds of fun with the hubby watching the Tour, running errands, hanging out watchin' our favorite summer shows & the Olympics, trying new restaurants.... it's been a fun summer so far! :)
Make stuff | So far a pile of cards, been working on a baby quilt and a crocheted blanket, jam (red raspberry, olallieberry, mixed berry, blueberry, apricot and strawberry vanilla!)... I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of other stuff!
Watch movies | oh no shortage of this either!  Brian and I went to see the new Spiderman (loved it).... all kinds of movies on the Netflix and cable too, but we've slowed down over the last month to pay more attention to the Tour de France and Olympics... now it's hunting season so Brian's off hunting all the time!
Play games | Words with Friends, Matching with Friends, Scramble with Friends and Draw Something on the cell phones!  In real life, croquet and badminton in the backyard ;)
Work on the house | Aside from keeping the garden alive and the house picked up, nothing major yet... this will probably move to the fall/winter!
Go camping | Not yet... probably won't happen until hunting season is over and we are well into fall... sigh...
Try something new | Olallieberries -- YUM!  Gizditch Ranch was also something new to me and a lot of fun -- planning on going back early next summer to pick our own Olallieberries!! Two new restaurants in Salinas -- BJ's Brewhouse and Five Guys Burger.  Pinkberry -- LOVE it!  Gym at lunchtime (also loving this!). 

So we aren't doing so bad on this list... a few more things to be done this summer for sure!  A trip to take, more time with friends and family.... more fun to be had :)

Are you enjoying your summer?!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Card: Embossed Summer Silhouettes Happy Birthday

Happy Monday!  This week, I'll be focusing on one stamp set... Summer Silhouettes!  This set appears in the current main catalog and it was one of those "must haves" for me when the catalog first came out.  :) 

So up first.... a happy birthday card:

I had so much fun making this card!  It may be hard to tell, but I actually layered color after color of heat embossing powders:

I simply went one layer at a time... first white lattice on the bottom (stamp, powder, heat), then green (stamp, powder, heat)... and so on until I had all the flowers I wanted!  I added a few rhinestones, some ribbon and my sentiment to finish it off.

It is a fun technique - have you ever tried it?!

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, Perfect Punches
Cardstock:  Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark, Tempting Turquoise
Punches:  Extra-Large Oval, Decorative Label
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Embossing Powders (White, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise), Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Card: Get Well Soon!

Friday, my favorite day of the week! :)  Hoping to get out (aka pry myself away from watching the Olympics!) and enjoy the summer weather. 

I made today's card for one of my girls who had a nasty crash during a mountain bike race two weeks ago:

Tried to keep it simple.... but couldn't resist adding a little sparkle!

Hope you heal quickly Bri!! ;)

Have a great weekend!!

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  It's a Wrap Occasions
Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Punches:  Heart to Heart (retired), corner rounder
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Card: You Light Up my Lawn!

I didn't get a chance to use this set before it retired, but it was calling to me this weekend when I was making cards! 

Aren't they adorable?!  I thought this would be a great card for my husband -- he grew us a lawn in the backyard from seed this year :)

Definitely not the last time I'll use those stamps!   I never did see that movie last year, Gnomeo & Juliet.... was it any good?  Should we get it on our Netflix?! :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Gnome Sweet Gnome (retired), P.S. I Love You (retired -- heart)
Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Basic Black
Punches:  Full Heart, Modern Label, Word Window, Itty Bitty Punch (flower)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Markers (Real Red, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Card: Perfectly Preserved Thank You

Today marks the start of the new Holiday Catalog!  I admit it, I really love ALL of it, but I limited myself to my absolute favorites for my first order.... :)

It's a super cute set with a jar and all kinds of goodies to fill it with!  I kept it simple and used the flowers my first time out....

I chose my colors based on this photo I pinned....



Love this stamp set! What do you think?

Happy August :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved
Cardstock:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Designer Series Paper:  So Saffron -- Subtles Collection
Ink:  Basic Black, Gumball Green, Blushing Bride (retired), Peach Parfait (retired), So Saffron, Baja Breeze
Punches:  Small Oval
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Bitty Banner Framelits, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon

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