Friday, March 27, 2015

Parker's Thank You Cards

For thank you cards I sent for Parker's baby gifts, I made a smaller card (2.5 x 3.5 inches) and went with an elephant theme (I also used an elephant on Parker's monthly photo badges).

I cut the elephant from gray Bazzill cardstock with my Silhouette. I backed the elephant ear with Green Apple Divine Twine, which also gave it some dimension when I adhered it to the card. For the background, I watercolored blue, green, and yellow, then stamped the script in Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

Parker's Thank You Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Thank You Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I ended up watercoloring the majority of the cards assembly line-style, meaning first I watercolored blue on all the cards, let them dry, then waterecolored green on all the cards, let dry, and lastly, yellow. That resulted in watercoloring like the card on the left, with more defined strokes of watercolor. The watercoloring on the card on the right is more blended because I did all three colors at the same time, which allowed me to blend more on the paper while all three colors were wet.

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (gray and robin's egg cardstock); Fox River Paper Co beige cardstock
Embellishments: Green Apple Divine Twine
Stamps: Hero Arts Manuscript Background
Tools: Loew-Cornell Dry Pan Watercolor Paint Cakes 24 Colors from Jo-Ann; Silhouette Cameo and elephant shape (design #20914);
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Weathered Wood

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Butterfly Bench Layout

I came across two articles recently that both advocated printing out photographs, since they'll likely outlast the digital versions of those pictures:

The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years!
Print out digital photos or risk losing them, Google boss warns

If it weren't for my scrapbooking, I think it's very likely that I would not print out very many of the digital pictures that we take. Yes, a big part of the scrapbooking for me is about crafting, but at the end of the day, there is something tangible to show for it that I enjoy looking at, and I hope our kids will too. As it is, I know Evie really likes looking at pictures on our phones and computers.

This picture of me, Greg, and Evie isn't of any special event, but we were on vacation in the Bay area, visiting Greg's aunt. One of the places we visited while there was Annieglass, and in front of it there was this butterfly bench that we thought was unique, so we took a family picture on it.

Butterfly Bench Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Butterfly Bench Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Butterfly Bench Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Butterfly Bench Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Butterfly Bench Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Butterfly Bench Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Given the blue building and butterfly bench, I stuck with blue as the main color, though I added in pink and green accents. I used the Pinkfresh Studio/Wilna Furstenberg stencil several times on the patterned paper with a couple different shades of blue Glimmer Mist. I debated, but ultimately opted not to spray the back of the stencil with something like Easy-Tack before I used Glimmer Mist on it. Next time around, I might try the Easy-Tack on the back to see if I get a cleaner image from the stencil when using it with spray inks.

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Studio Calico Print Shop patterned paper; white and light blue vellum
Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio (heart sequins, canvas tag, circle die cut washi, "happy" screen printed transparent card, rub-on, wood veneer, enamel frame), Cosmo Cricket Summer Love tag; Basic Grey white alphabet stickers; pink washi tape from Pick Your Plum
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio clear stamps
Tools: Pinkfresh Studio stencil, brush stroke die
Ink: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Tsukineko VersaMark clear pigment ink; Ranger Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry

Friday, March 20, 2015

Parker at 6 Weeks Old

Parker was six weeks old as of yesterday.

Baby feet! Snoozing during Evie's Chinese school class.
Parker at 6 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Snoozing during Evie's swim class. Lots of snoozing while we are out, since he, almost without fail, falls asleep in the car.
Parker at 6 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Wide awake.
Parker at 6 Weeks Old | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

  • Lately, the bedtime schedule has been about 9:00ish down to bed, wake up to feed around 1:00 or 2:00 am, then again around 4:00 or 5:00 am. Not bad, especially if he goes back to sleep after feeding (which doesn't always happen, but more often than not, I think).
  • Is increasingly alert and getting better neck control, so he wants to be up looking around instead of laying.
  • Seems like he is starting to respond to playing with smiles and talking. He doesn't respond consistently, but at least occasionally when I play with him (versus not at all a month ago).
  • Although his umbilical stump fell off a few weeks ago, his belly button is still healing, which is on the longer end of healing. In contrast, Evie's belly button had healed by the time her stump fell off within a couple weeks. I took Parker in to the pediatrician yesterday just to make sure it was still fine; we're going to see if it heals by his 2-month appointment.
  • Still jaundiced, but the pediatrician didn't seem too concerned, so I'm not that worried. He also mentioned it sometimes takes longer to go away for babies who are only nursing (no formula).

Similar to Evie, I'll be switching to monthly posts from here on out.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fresh from Heaven Elephant Baby Card

The February Pinkfresh Studio kit came with this cute elephant stamp, which I wanted to use on a baby card. Coincidentally, this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is animals (Lions and Lambs, oh my!) and The Daily Marker has a 30 day coloring challenge going on.

The stamp comes with hearts and stars above the umbrella, but since I wanted to stamp the hearts and stars as if they were raining down the card, I used a knife to cut apart the hearts and stars part from the elephant and umbrella. (A tiny part of me is like, gasp! for cutting a stamp apart, but it's easy to put it back together for stamping).

Fresh from Heaven Elephant Baby Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Fresh from Heaven Elephant Baby Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Fresh from Heaven Elephant Baby Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Before stamping the hearts and stars raining down, I quickly added some blue watercoloring to the card, except under the umbrella, to give it a bit more of a raining look. The elephant and umbrella were also colored in with watercolors, and rhinestones from the kit were added here and there.



SUPPLIES:

Paper: Paper Source paper bag 8.5 x 11 cardstock; Staples 8.5 x 11 white cardstock
Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio rhinestones
Stamps: American Crafts sentiment and frame, Pinkfresh Studio elephant
Tools: Loew-Cornell Dry Pan Watercolor Paint Cakes 24 Colors from Jo-Ann; black embossing powder from Jo-Ann
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Stormy Sky; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Monday, March 16, 2015

Parker's Monthly Photos

Similar to Evie's monthly photos, I'm taking monthly photos of Parker until 12 months.

Parker's Monthly Photos | shirley shirley bo birley Blog