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More Jumbo Balloons

We are flowing strong over here on the big balloon front.  Right when I thought I’d hit my max on balloon prints.  Except, I’m sorta liking the directions these balloons are floating. Something about the jumbo round balloon throws off the whole thing and makes it feel new again.  Some tweaks will be made but overall I’m pretty  keen on it.

These two goodies were for my aunt and a cousin.  I was actually able to celebrate with them and scarf down some homemade apple pie and play with two squirrelly little boys. A happy sunday it was.

Here are the workings of a post costco creative spurt.

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I know I know this one was a redo.. but I’m thinking the more is less applies here too. So that makes it relevant.  Given that its the same weekend and everything.

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don’t pay attention to the messy hair.. post costco ok ..

Gold Feathers

I can’t help it.  I’m just drawn to it.  I had to add more gold to the collection of paper goods I fiddle over.  I’ve got the gold markers, pens, glitter, ink and by golly its all my little gold filled heart has ever needed.  I should be a pen tester and rate them on their reflection and density.  Let’s save that for a another time though. Now, if I could only get each gold glittery utensil to just match each other I would have the home run of all home runs.  But thats not how it works.  There are just too many shades of this glorious color.  And for now I will just have to keep my golds on separate sides of their so very close quarters.

This particular gold goodie came about for the need of a thank you card and a little bit for the love of feathers and a little bit from the love of gold feathers.  First off, I find thank you cards really daunting.  They need more constraints I tell you!  What do you mean I can put anything on that little bugger!?  I usually get carried away with excitement and try to put all the elements atop the cover with the theory that, the more I put on top of that card the more thankfulness will show through.  Unfortunately this is hardly ever the case.  So with a time constraint and the words “less is more!”  running through my head .. gold feathers were born.  I’ll find those constraints wherever they are hiding.

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Birthday & Wedding love

Balloons have become a staple around my printing.  I finally whittled a large round balloon stamp that gave off so much color I almost squealed. I added an embossed gold lettering on top to seal the deal.  Things are really taking shape around here.

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Plus a new Whaley with a pink hat.

Afterwards I got around to some calligraphy on a wedding card for some dear friends.  Boy! Names are hard guys.  Especially letters I don’t always practice.  I mean, I have ‘Happy Birthday’ down pretty well.  So I practiced about a gabillion times and finally got the nerve up to put it on the card stock.  I wasn’t 100% happy but it was decent enough to send off to the happy couple.

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This gold sprig at the bottom needs to be noted.  This gold sprig is MUCH harder than it looks.  The geometry class I hated in school was lurking at me as I tried getting my angles juuust right.  I was wishing I’d kept that protractor after all. In the end, I was happy that the final gold sprig turned out a little better than my practiced versions.

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A fawn filled Halloween

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Halloween seemed to have come and gone by so quickly this year.  We I decided t do the deer vs. hunter combo.  The couple costume has been a new deal for us.  In 2011 we were Gnomes!  THAT was a hit I tell you.   Much more of a hit in the Champagne department than I anticipated.  It probably helped that it was our first Halloween to tramps around the mission together being all gnome like and poking around.  We had the unfortunate luck of Gnomeo and Juliet recently being in theaters, so we were of course  dubbed those the gnome versions of Romeo and Juliet.  Looking back we probably didn’t play that up enough.. you know “oh Gnomeo oh Gnomeo…”.

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Apparently we were pretty kissy that halloween.

Last year I made it easy on us by dressing up as burglars.  This was probably the most simple costume I’ve ever made or worn.  This too was more fun that I thought it would be.  It was fun running around pretending we were sneaky.  Probably because I’m the worst at sneaky.

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This year I decided to step up the game and doe a little face makeup.  I usually steer clear from any extra face makeup since my skills are still at a 7th grade level.  I searched far and wide over Pinterest and finally broke down and tried the deer makeup.  Surprisingly it was way easier than I thought.  Plus just a small amount of make up made a huge difference which luckily compensated for my lack of deer attire.  Deer vs. hunter was pretty fawn, but somehow the halloween energy didn’t quite get us going this year.  We were excited though and grabbed a few drinks at the Orbs, but otherwise I’d say this halloween goes down into the mellow bucket.

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PS can I make it a rule that we hand make or put together all costumes from here on out?  I’ve been pretty impressed with our hot glue gun skills.