Friday, May 15, 2009

Pasta, Friends, and Happiness . . .

What could be better than this?? Spending several days with a good friend, enjoying each other's company, stamping and EATING pasta!! Here are Karen (imastampin) and I enjoying a super YUMM-O plate of shrimp/pesto pasta. We got the recipe from another dear friend of ours . . . Heidi Blankenship. You can see the recipe and what she created in conjunction with it HERE. Thanks, Heidi, for both your pasta recipe AND your friendship!! We love ya, girl!

Now, as promised, here is yet another butterfly card that is ALSO another hinged card (I truly think that I am addicted to these now . . . I just have so much fun with 'em!!).

I found this GAWgeous butterfly at a local store here in Phoenix (think it may have been Michaels, but we've been all over so I can't be sure). It's pretty amazing. I have to admit, that after playing with Karen's Martha Stewart border lace doily punch I had to finally give in and buy me one (luckily I had a 40% off coupon!). I have the feeling it is going to get a lot of love at my house!

I never bought this "fine lace" background stamp, either. Man, I wish I would have! It's MUI-purdee!! As I mentioned before, it is super fun playing with someone else's stash!!

And here is the card open . . . I hope my son can figure out how to open this one (as it DOES make "Follow the Butterflies" card #91!). "Tricky" openings baffle him (after all, he IS a guy!). I think I may have to label this card with sticky notes . . . "hold here" and "pivot to the left here" or some other such nonsense! Otherwise, he will probably disassemble the darn thing trying to get it open (I am pretty sure he destroyed the "magic window" card I sent him waaaaayyyy back at the beginning of this whole thing . . . he said later, 'I just didn't get that card!' which leads me to believe he pulled it apart instead of sliding the window up!)

I guess I am headed back to reality tomorrow (SIGH!). It sure has been good for my soul to do something totally random, unplanned, spontaneous and crazy! I cannot say how much I appreciate Karen for putting up with me! Friends are the BEST!!

Stamps: Fine Lace, Just B, Lots of Thoughts
Paper: So Saffron, Barely Banana, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Butterfly rub-on by Tulip for Duncan Enterprises, Martha Stewart Lace Doily border punch, Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls embossing folder, 1/2" circle punch, hodgepodge hardware (brad), pearl (Pretties kit), double slot punch, Riding Hood Red ribbon


Heidi Blankenship said...

OMGosh, you two just crack me up!! I love this picture of the two of you--Big Giggles!! ;) I am so glad that you have been having so much fun the past few days! I love your card and that butterfly is GORGEOUS!!
I am going to have to make one of those cards. Hugs to you both!!

TN Granny said...

Awe shucks ya gotta go home thats a bummer but it sure seems like you had a wonderful time and many memories. Love the butterfly card its really beautiful.
Hugs and drive safe.
Jeanine aka Granny

KellyJean said...

I was going to ask you to send a faux hug to my daughter since you are so much closer to her than I am. She lives in Phoenix and I live in Wisconsin! I hear they tied a weather record of consecutive days over 100 degrees in May and today they will break that record. I am so envious that you were in Phoenix but happy that you were able to enjoy such a special time with your girlfriend. I so enjoy and often relate to your blog writings. Thanks for the great tips. Safe travels home.

Kathleen said...

Love these hinged cards - very innovative.
Just wondered how they stand up tho - or do you just lean them?