Hello! Today I have a little girl's birthday card to share with you today. It was very simple and easy to make since I used a K & Co dimensional sticker for the main focal point. I simply put a piece of designer paper onto a pink card base and then cut a white backdrop using a Spellbinder's Nestabilitie. I inked the edges of the white panel to make it pop more. I then cut a narrow strip of card stock to run down the middle of the card and covered it with pink organza ribbon and a bow. The beautiful sparkly heart embellies ,which every little girl loves, was already on the sticker.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Hello! So sorry I haven't posted or commented on your blogs much lately, but I just returned from a much needed romantic eight day road trip with my husband. We visited four cities: St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville, and of course I will spend weeks sharing pictures and stories of all our adventures!
On our first day of vacation, we drove from north central Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri. It was quite chilly when we left, and there was still snow on the ground. About eight and half hours later, we arrived to temperatures in the seventies and saw lush green grass, and flowering trees and bulbs. Needless to say, I was in heaven! When we got out of our car, I just lifted my arms to the heavens and soaked in the warm air and sunshine. How good it felt to feel warm again after such a long, hard, cold winter.
Our main goal of this vacation was to spend more time in Tennessee. We seemed to constantly drive through this beautiful state to get somewhere else, and we always thought it would be nice to actually spend some time there. When I started researching all the places to visit in Tennessee I realized we could never see everything in one week, so we decided to visit the western side first, and then the eastern side on a second visit. Well the first place I wanted to see was Memphis, but to get to Memphis we had to drive through St. Louis, Missouri; and since that was more than half way there, we decided to spend the night there, and visit a few attractions while we were there also.
I had driven past the St. Louis Arches many times in my life, but didn't know anything about them. So when my husband asked what I'd like to do in St. Louis, I replied that I'd like to learn more about the arches. So off we went!
It was a bit overcast when we arrived, but the sun broke through later in our visit and my husband got this beautiful picture:
World Fair Grounds.
Hyatt hotel in Chesterfield. I paid only $14.95 to stay here, thanks to Hotels.com which gives you one free night for every ten hotels booked, and it was probably one of the best hotels I ever stayed in. We loved this walk in shower and really enjoyed using it on our romantic getaway!
Have a great day! Amy
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Hello! Spring very briefly made it to Wisconsin (since then we got another snowfall and are currently back in the 20's and 30's) so I took advantage of it by wearing this semi-spring outfit. It was still too chilly to go without a coat, so I wore my quilted blush jacket last seen HERE to keep me warm. I carried a mustard yellow purse.Francesca's store in Chicago or Minneapolis, one has finally come to my local mall. Needless to say, I spent a small fortune there, and this was one of the pretty clothing items I purchased. It is a sheer top with a beautiful vintage floral print. I wore a pink tank top underneath.
Payless. I usually don't buy shoes from Payless, but these were so cute I couldn't resist. Plus, because the color is so trendy, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on them and not get much use out of them, so to Pay Less made a lot more sense!
It may not look or feel like Spring quite yet, but I'm still going to dress like it!
Have a great day! Amy
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hello! I have a sweet CAS card to show you today. I picked up this scenic stamp at a local fabric and crafts store because I thought it would make really quick, easy, masculine cards which I am always in need of.
The image is by Stampendous and is called 'Sailboat Bay'. The sentiment is by Kolette Hall.
I simply stamped the image with Stazon ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored it using watercolor pencils. I added a sentiment below the image, and rounded the corners of my main panel, and wa-la the card is done. Love. Don't you just wish you could be on one of those sailboats right now? I do!
Monday, April 7, 2014
Hello! I pulled out my retired Stampin Up! set 'All in the Family' and 'All in the Family' accessories to make this fun CAS card. I used Spellbinder's Nestabilities to create the camera and film strip. The sentiment is from another retired SU! set. I popped up the balloons and present on dimensionals, and added Crystal Effects to make them shiny.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Hello! This week's Fashion Over Fifty post covers two new trends right now: metallics, and wearing denim on denim. I have to admit, metallics have always scared me a bit. Although I like to look well dressed, I don't want to stand out, and metallics always seem a little 'flashy' for my taste. But I did want to jump on the metallic trend a little bit, so I did it in small doses: metallic shoes! I also have a metallic jacket that my husband bought for me last year. Funny how my unfashionable husband was a year ahead of the trends and didn't even know it. I have to admit, when I first opened his present, I was a bit mortified. I didn't want to hurt the guys feelings, I mean, he rarely buys me clothing so I didn't want to discourage him, but I thought "Could I really ever wear this?". The jacket hung in my closet for awhile, but eventually I figured out how to style it (thanks Pinterest!), and I not only wore it, but I grew to like it. Now every time I put it on, a smile comes across my husband face and he says 'Ooooh, your wearing my jacket.'. Thank goodness, I didn't return it. It makes him happy to see me wear it.
Besides metallics, wearing denim on denim, the big no-no for years, is now fashionable. There are really no rules anymore for wearing denim head to toe. I like to wear different shades or colors of denim to break it up a bit, but I've seen lots of pictures with people wearing the same shade of denim from head to toe.
Pictured below I am wearing a pullover denim shirt from Old Navy and pin stripe denim ankle skinny jeans from a.n.a. I love this outfit because it screams 'Spring', yet is still warm enough for the cooler temperatures.
Madden Girl. I got them at Younkers. They are so comfortable. I love how I can integrate the metallic trend as a fifty something woman, in a way that works for me: flat, comfortable loafers!
'Icing'. The bracelet is old, I think I bought it from a craft store. I love how big jewelry like this can take a casual outfit up a notch, don't you? One minute, I look like an old housewife, and all I have to do is add a glamorous statement necklace, and wa-la, I'm ready to face the world!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Hello! I have a fun little CAS card to show you today. The image and sentiment is from retired Stampin Up! 'Cool Cat'. I love images that I don't have to color. It's not that I don't enjoy coloring, but it is very time consuming and sometimes overwhelming, and I like to just stamp and create some days.
This was such an easy card to make. I simply stamped the image and sentiment on a small white panel and added some enamel dots for interest. I then mounted it on a black panel and then again on dotted designer paper. A black card base was used for the background.