Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The birthday boy...

Well we celebrated my son's birthday the other nite.  I can't tell you how old he is or he'll put the hit men out after me, but let's just say he made it over 40.  Ooops!  Did I say that?

The birthday boy decided we are going to start a new tradition in the family, namely, that stupid hat he's wearing!  Oh yes!  He's the first to wear it, his wife has a birthday in another week and then I follow in April and so on.  Don't look for pictures of me wearing that thing!

Anyway, here are a few photos I took.  The resolution isn't that good as it was taken with my iPad, but you'll get the idea.  First you'll notice how fetching Jeff (my son) is in his birthday hat and then I'd like you to focus on the birthday cake.  Hmm, maybe I'll send a copy of this to the Plymouth County Sheriff's office as a little blackmail.  I'm sure the other Deputy Sheriff's will have a good time with this one!

And now for the birthday cake or should I say the candle topper for it.  NONE of us knew what this thing was going to do and what a fun surprise it was.  The following photos will show you what I mean.

It's a tulip with tiny candles inside and obviously a wick that is not discernible until after it's lit.

This is what happens after the wick burns down!  All the petals open with the candles attached!  Is that not a riot?

Before you can ask, my daughter-in-law got this candle topper at Christmas Tree Shoppes.  A dollar gave us all a great surprise.  Oh, it also sings happy birthday while burning a hole in your ceiling (just kidding about the hole) and is not reusable.  Awww! 

Ciao for now!  Hope you enjoyed the post.

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What's the big deal about mustaches?

Have you seen the rage with all the pre-teens?  It's mustaches and (get ready for this...) Bacon!  Yep, this is the craze right now and no one can figure out why.  My granddaughter is smack dab in the middle of this craze and her Aunt and I purchased bacon jewelry, mustache jewelry -- you name it, we got it for her for Christmas.  She was a happy little 9 year old.

What has this got to do with card making?  Well, believe it or not, Memory Box came out with a mustache die set.  I passed it by several times -- I even gave it a thumbs down it when Kim at Kept Creations suggested I work with it.  So a month goes by and suddenly I walked by the die on the rack and an idea popped into my head.  Uh, oh!

So let me show you a series of cards that I made with this little set.  I must admit, I had a lot of fun playing with it and I am planning on creating more with it.

Here's the die I am talking about:

And here's a very traditional card using the die in the way I assume it was meant to be used (chuckle!)...

So, the wheels started turning and this was my second card...

Yes, those are mustaches turned upside down and with a swipe of a black copic marker, we now have a flower!  And make note that the bow was made on the Craft-Dee BowZ.

And lastly, another non-traditional card using the mustaches...

Warning:  do not travel on my highway -- you never know where it leads and there are no road signs!

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed creating them!  I'm off to dream up some more mustache stuff!  Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella!