Enough about that! Now on to the fun! We have two new babies to celebrate. My friend Loretta had a baby boy, so he needed this:
I used my gypsy to cut out the triangles on DCWV white core. Ran them through the Textured Impressions with a Cuttlebug Paisley folder, then sanded them. They look just like bandanas, don't you think? Then I hole-punched and threaded them with strips of real bandana, which I tied in the middle of each triangle. I used Plantin Schoolbook for the letters, along with a little white gelly roll faux stitching. Then I cut the horse, badge, and horseshoe from Create a Critter and embellished them. Finally, I freehand cut the pocket, and to make it an actual pocket, I put it together with brads, then tucked a little square of bandana in there! <3<3
The banner below was made for my DH's new granddaughter, Kimber Rose, who is actually expected around the first of July. I cut this banner from some pretty patterned paper that my cousin, Scrappy Java Girl Beth, gave me in a goodie box a few months ago. I cut the letters with Gypsy Font Monogrammed Tag on the gypsy, then added the embellishments, ribbon roses (from my stash), bows (with ribbon leftover from a friend's wedding invitations), and buttons (from the stash). I threaded the whole thing with wide white organza ribbon that I had leftover from Loretta's (the aforementioned mama of Max) wedding invitations.
The next project is a congratulatory card for a friend who is getting married tomorrow. I am not loving it, but I want to show off my not so great work, too...it's all part of the crafting game. I used the bride and groom cut from the Wild Card cartridge. I used the hide feature on the gypsy to make the background cut solid, then added the original cut. I cut the cake and flowers from Paper Doll Dress Up. The stamp is a sentiment I have in the stash, and I am not sure where it is from. The flower is from the SU pretties kit, and colored with pastels, as are the cake and the flowers. I also added a little stickles and glass microbeading. Like I said...I'm not loving it, and I probably won't give it to her, but here it is anyway. ;0)
Finally, here's one for the foodies...My son and I made cherry filled chocolate cupcakes topped with buttercream and more cherries. I never really liked making cakes from scratch, because I live at 8,000 feet elevation, and, well--stuff doesn't always turn out too great here. But, when my mom passed, I inherited her trusty Kitchen Aid mixer...and I have been experimenting. I am proud to say that I have mastered high altitude baking...really. The trick is to increase the flour, just a little bit; decrease the sugar and leavenings, just a little bit; and add a little more liquid. Seriously, that's it. These are the moistest, most delectable cupcakes I have ever made...truth!
My birthday is coming up June 4...maybe I will be able to come up with a fun and entertaining challenge for y'all in order to celebrate. Love to all of you!