Saturday, February 14, 2015

Long Time No See...

Hello, friends!  I've taken a break from card making, but it seems that I'm back.  My enthusiasm level is MUCH higher than it was during the Autumn.   And I'm glad; this has been so much fun again!

I have a couple of Valentine's cards to share today.  I waited to post them until they had time to be delivered (I hope) so that I wasn't giving my surprise away.  Hope you enjoy them.

I used my Cameo to cut the openings for the hearts, then inlaid those made from  the opposite color on the cards on the left.  My first try at inlay, not perfect but not bad enough for anyone else to notice.  For the card on the right I made a base by covering a piece of cardstock with washi tape, fun and easy, then layered the cut top over it.  I added small heart stickers for dimension, there's a nice mix of the inlay and the puffy stickers, then added "love" cut on my Cameo.  Couldn't have been easier, and I like them more than any others I have made in years.  

I've been seeing lots of inlaid designs here and there in the blogs I read and I want to say thank you to the many designers who have spotlighted this technique.  I love trying the new things!!!

Oh, big changes here (how could I possibly forget!)  My great-nephew came to live with us in December.  He's going to be 18 in two weeks and will graduate on Memorial Day weekend, so that's easy enough.  However, he came with his grandfather (my brother-in-law) unexpectedly here for the duration, and every weekend is not only filled with his basketball games ( he is quite a player), but this mother, grandmother, sister, her friend, a girl-friend, and sometimes her mother.  There have also been aunts and cousins.  This weekend we have 5 extra people besides the 2 who are here all the time, a huge change from just the two of us alone!!!  And a bit of a problem for me, because I really enjoy (need?) down-time and quiet on the weekends.  While I am enjoying having the nephew and getting to be part of his life before he goes off to college, I'm also glad it is only for four more months.  Good thing I didn't think before suggesting that he stay with us for the rest of the year!!!

Hope your weekend is/was nice. We have great weather for once (64 yesterday, unbelievable for this time of year in northcentral Montana) and a three-day weekend!  Oh, joy!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!