Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy Spring!!

I love pink & green and this combo came easy to me after I decided which stamp set I was going to use. They are the preppy colors but since I'm not really preppy I think of it as bright and fresh like Spring which is TOMORROW finally! Does it not seem like it took longer than usual? Hopefully it will behave like Spring from here on in.

I hope that where ever you are it is sunny & warm today. Enjoy!

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Melon Mambo & Certainly Celery
Paper: Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery & Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice textured impressions embossing folder, Decorative Label & Photo Corners Punch, silver brads & Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Lucky Little Leprechaun

I must share with you my littlest's rendition of a leprechaun, oops, I mean lepercone. Bushy eyebrows and all, this was made by Max for me. He asked me if it was going to go on my blog. Of course I wasn't going to let such fine work go unseen by his future fans. So enjoy & heres wishing you a Happy Belated Lepercone Day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Hope you are enjoying your day even if you aren't Irish. Besides - everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Paddy's Day! Today is my mom's day and will forever be in my mind & my family's. She was a sweet Irish & English girl who married my 100% Italian dad. Every year for as long as I could remember she would wear her green that day, her "Kiss Me I'm Irish" button and some shamrock earrings. We'd all enjoy corned beef, potatoes & carrots and her delish soda bread. Dad would always bring her green carnations home with him. I married a 100% Italian boy too but that doesn't stop us from carrying on the Irish tradition today. I just hope my dinner comes out half as tasty as my mom's. My kids are excited that I used their Mimi Mary's recipes. Hopefully she will be guiding me when I try my hand at the soda bread in a bit!
Today's card is simple but I like how it turned out. Again - easy peasy using the basics: punches, Big Shot & some ink. Here's a couple of looks at it:

This one's for you Mom xo xo xo

Stamps: Lucky Shamrock
Ink: Certainly Celery
Paper: Certainly Celery, Old Olive & Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot & Perfect Polka Dots textured impressions embossing folder, Circle punches, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon

Monday, March 14, 2011

Papa Phil

Yesterday was my father in law's 76th birthday. I needed to make his card in 5 minutes since Michael & the kids were ready to pile in the car to go to the family birthday party. The man loves brown - its his favorite color. Who's favorite color is BROWN?! LOL! I mean seriously, is it even really a color? Its the 'color' you get when you mix too many colors together. I've seen it many times when my kids were younger and made their masterpieces for us. Anyway, I needed to quickly throw together a masculine card. Thank goodness for the Big Shot and the textured impression embossing folders. Those little guys make everything look so good. I grabbed my three favorite shades of brown - Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip & Crumb Cake and did some stamping, gluing and voila! A manly, brown birthday card for my most cherished father in law.

He means everything to our family, especially his five grandchildren who adore him to pieces. Papa Phil is currently going through cancer treatments and with our love and prayers and his amazing strength, we will hopefully be celebrating many, many more birthdays with this beloved man. Happy 76th to my 'favorite' father in law! xo Jacki
Stamps: Apple Blossoms (level 2 hostess) & Wonderful Favorites
Paper: Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip & Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice textured impressions embossing folder & medium oval punch