Some of my projects ...

Please be patient with my as I try to get this blog exactly how I would like it to look.
I am still waiting for the best header and color combination I can make/find.
Things will likely be changed up a bit in this process.
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A few new cards...

This first card is one I made for my niece for her 15th birthday. I wanted it to be something that would be true to my style but not too cutesy for a teenage girl. I thought the black and white would be very fitting for a teenager.

This is the outside of the card. The fold of this card is not a standard fold. The card measured 11" wide by 6" high. Then I scored it at 5" to allow the pattern paper on the inside to show through.

This is the inside of the card.

This is a closeup of the inside of the card.

This is to show how the card opens.

This next set is a set of cards I made for my secret sister. The covers of the cards are each different but the insides are the same.
The covers are done with sets of stencils I bought from Michael's. They were just adhered down and then I sponged black ink over the stencils to get the images you see. The purple paper is run through the Cuttlebug with 3 different embossing folders. The pattern paper inside is older DCWV stuff. The stamp is a foam stamp from Lil' Davis Designs. The flower is Prima and the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

Mexico City

For about a week now I've known there was a possibility that I might get to go on a business trip to Mexico City, Mexico in November. Today I found out that it's all pretty well been approved. So as long as plans continue as they currently are, I'll be going to Mexico. I'm rather excited that I'll have the opportunity to leave the country. I've been to Canada before but somehow that just doesn't seem as foreign to me as Mexico does.

I've done a little reading that has kind of scared me a bit but I'm sure everything will be okay. Unfortunately, it is a working trip and there won't be much of an opportunity for touring or sight-seeing. I may get to stay one extra day to be able to see the sights. My wife and I are also looking into the possibility of her coming along with me. Since it is a working trip, I won't get to spend a lot of time with her but it's still a perfect opportunity for a little getaway for us. My job will be paying for my flight, hotel, and food. So for my wife, we'd have to pay for her flight, food, sightseeing and shopping. That could still get quite expensive!

This is not a trip I would normally be going on as a normal function of my job. I'm going to assist a friend and coworker and to be able to learn more about what he does and how it's done. It's more of a training trip for me than anything. I'm not only excited about the location but also to be able to learn new things.

The purpose of the trip is to be involved in the rededication of the Mexico City temple. Originally dedicated in 1983, it has undergone some remodeling and will need to be rededicated. Here are a couple of pictures of the temple:

Here are just some general shots I found of Mexico City that I thought were pretty:

Wedding Gift Set

A coworker of mine got married yesterday so I made her and her husband a gift for their home.

The wooden letters are purchased from Walmart. The pattern paper is Chatterbox. Most of the ribbon is May Arts or Offray. The flowers are Prima. The brads are Making Memories. The felt pieces are Fancy Pants. The little tags are all from All My Memories.

The first picture is a gift bag. The bag is from Walmart. The pattern paper is from Around the Block. The cardstock is DCWV. The ribbon is Offray. The "happily ever after" comes from the Cricut Storybook cartridge. The "ever" was cut a second time, run through a xyron and then coverd with glitter embossing powder.

The other two pictures are the card to go with the set. The card is inspired by Susie B. The cardstock is DCWV. The inside is scored with my Scor-pal. The heart is cut from Storybook, run through a xyron and then embossed with glitter embossing powder. The "best wishes" is from Alphalicious cartridge. I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The ribbon is from Offray.

I hope you enjoy seeing them. I really hope the couple enjoys receiving them. Thanks for looking!

The Love of my life ...

Yesterday was my 8th anniversary. I took the day off of work and spent the day hanging out and doing various things with my family. (Thus the reason this wasn't posted yesterday)

Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment to show the world the love of my life.

She is far more than I could ever deserve and I count myself so very lucky that she is my eternal companion and my best friend.

A Male Birthday Card

I really enjoy making cards but I often struggle with making cards that are meant for men. With the scrapbooking industry being inundated with products such as flowers, buttons, ribbon, glitter, and flourishy things, it can get hard to keep a project looking masculine.

So after looking for a good design I incorporated some ideas I found into one and came up with the following card for my best friend's birthday.

So tell me what you think. Did I keep it masculine enough?

(A list of products used is available if desired)