Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Edwin's Castles at the Beach Cards

I moved down to Florida almost 16 years ago. We live 7 miles from the beach. we were going to be beach people and for many years we were. Then some skin cancer hit both my husband and myself and we had to readjust our lives to avoid the sun that we actually love! We are both doing fine and we have many hobbies and a wonderful family that keeps us very busy and not thinking of those wonderful waves we used to ride a the beach!

Now Edwin, on the other hand, can't get enough of the sand and surf. He loves those sandcastle and dreams of being a knight and saving that damsel in distress!

One of the many hobbies I have is working with my stamp collection including those wonderful little kids Tilda and Edwin from Magnolia. I enjoy pairing them up with backgrounds and learning new techniques, so I can use those same stamps over and over again!
For each card, I used Edwin in Miami colored with Prisma colored pencils. I cut him out and adhered him, once all the elements were ready for the cards.

Also for each card, I used the sandcastle a product by Dreamweaver stencils. The Cuddlebug was used to dry emboss for all these cards. For two cards, I used a stencil brush and added brown (Marvy Marker on plastic pallet). Then I removed the stencil and cut the castle out. For one card (top card), I used Versa Mark applied with Inkssentials before I removed the stencil. Then I applied the embossing powder (Golden Sand by Stampendous), removed the excess and heated the powder to melt. When the sand was cool, I cut around the castle image.

In two of these beach cards I used an umbrella and beach chair stamps, products from Technique Tuesday. First I stamped the chair in place with Ranger Archival Ink on 140 lb. watercolor paper. I stamped a second chair on scrap paper and masked the first image while I stamped over it with the umbrella.

I added some watercolors with the waterbrush and wet Marvy Marker from the plastic pallet and when it was dry, I adhered the images  and embellished the card with some colorful pieces I found at the store.

Don't you think Edwin in Miami is just perfect at the beach with that wonderful starfish?
 These cards will be entered in the challenge at:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Legoland Scrapbook Pages

For a holiday gift to our family, my husband and I gave a trip to Legoland Florida. We choose to go in February and even though it was the coldest winter in Florida that I can remember, the day we went was the hottest day! We all had a good time. I think what my grandson enjoyed the most were the little buildings made from Legos. They were astonishingly detailed! He was just dying to get in there with them and play King Kong!

These two pages are across from each other in my grandson's scrapbook. The Lego map meets in the middle where I had cut it, on top of two sheet of colored cardstock. The Lego man in available to download online and I colored it. 4" x 6" pictures were placed around the map to show all the great places you can visit in the theme park.

You can tell we all had a great time!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Grandson's Xmas Scrapbook Pages 2013

 My son and daughter in law always invite our daughter in law's younger sister to spend time with them. Here are the two kids, my grandson and his auntie, bright and so beautiful, spending time in St. Augustine.
The two kids decorating their tree.
The two kids and my son visiting my house Xmas day before we go to have Xmas at auntie's house. My grandson is surprised that the stuffed Santa could talk!

Opening gifts and having dinner as always at auntie's house!
                                        A great day and fun was had by all!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Grandson's Fall Scrapbooking Pages

He makes the cutest Mickey Mouse!
I have always felt that gifts from the heart matter the most, especially when they come from Grandma and Grandpa. Creating a one of a kind keepsake, is a family treasure that future generations will appreciate. Some day when our grandson is older and looks back on the memories, love and traditions in these books, he will see how special he is to us and our family. I feel I am preserving a little history, leaving something meaningful behind that our loved ones will cherish as they grow older.

 I have had to play catch up with my grandson's scrapbook album and finally finished the pages from the fall. We didn't get to take him out much. My husband and I were babysitting while my son was at work and my daughter in law was taking evening classes. As you can see we love taking pictures of him and adore just kissing his beautiful face!

Funny faces! Not my Mickey!

Yup, kissing him is my favorite past time!

We love that wonderful smile!
He loves to be high on dad's shoulders!

I used the Gypsy Cricut to cut the letters. The little guy is very capable of feeding himself, but we love to feed him!