A Floral Essence Celebration of Friendship

Last week my best friend celebrated her birthday. We typically do not exchange gifts yet sometimes we find something that is just perfect for the occasion and we break the rules.

My project was CASE’d (Copy And Selectively Edit) from a beautiful project Emma Goddard created for her best friend. When I saw her project I new I wanted to CASE it.

This photo was taken when Kathy and her daughter (my goddaughter) came for Spring Break. It was the BEST girls week and I wanted to capture the joy of being together.

The shadow box came from Michael’s. The flowers were created using SU Floral Essence stamp set and coordinating punch. I also added some leaves using SU Leaf Punch and dies from SU Magnolia Memory in vellum. Some flowers were fussy cut and were easy to cut. I am not one of those designers who loves to fussy cut because my perfectionistic tendencies get in the way.

The sentiment was created by citing three sets of letters from Retired Silver Matte paper using Concord & 9th Simple Serif Alphabet Dies and layering them for depth.

I hope I have inspired you to create something beautiful today. Do you exchange birthday gifts with your best friend? I’d love to hear from you.

Cheers, Michelle

Fireworks for 85

Today my dad turns 85! I am so pleased that he traveled from Arizona to be with us for his birthday.

When your birthday is on July 3rd you are used to cakes with sparklers instead of candles and celebrating with family for the 4th of July. So when I saw this stamp set it seemed fitting to get for my dad’s birthday card.

The fireworks were created using Stampin’ Up! Silver and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The YOU was cut with a die from My Favorite Things. And the sentiment overlay was heat embossed on vellum.

I hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July.


Floral Art Birthday

It has been a while since I have posted. That does not mean I have not been crafting! We took a trip to Napa Valley California for two weeks in May and since then time has been flying by.

This card is for an old colleague whose birthday is around the corner. I love this flower from Altanew Floral Art. It is a multi-step stamp that always produces a beautiful result. The flower was stamped in Stampin’ Up! Petal Pink and new Terracotta Tile.

The background was stamped in Gray Graphite using the Altanew Pinstripes stamp set.

The vellum leaves add texture without taking away from the focal point. They were cut using Stampin’ Up! Frosted Bouquet Frameltis.

The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! Perennial Birthday stamp set. A few sequins and Gray Graphite ribbon are the finishing touches.

Congratulations Grad!

It is graduation season and I wanted to share a couple of graduation cards I created.

The card above is for our niece who just graduated from high school and his heading to Notre Dame this Fall. I created the ND logo by printing the logo and then using my Scan n’ Cut to cut it out and hand cutting the inner pieces. Then I cut it out again a bit larger in Gold Foil card stock. I am ticketed with the result.

This card is for my BFF’s son who is headed to University of Colorado in Boulder. Both cards were inspired by Cathy Zielske’s card.

It is fun to celebrate these young people who are tomorrows leaders. The future looks brighter.

Thanks for stopping by.