Wednesday, April 16, 2008

God's biggest gift!

We have been blessed with two adorable granddaughters. Gracie is 5 and Elise is turning one at the end of this month. For those of you who aren't a Grandma yet... just wait! It's like being reborn! You can lay on the floor and play all day and the rest of life just doesn't matter. The laundry, the cleaning, the cooking... everything can just wait while you enjoy just watching and cuddling and playing.

Each year I make Gracie a special card for her birthday. Her mom has them all in clear envelopes taped to her bedroom door. Each time I visit their house I see those cards and it reminds me how FAST she's growing up.

Now I'm starting that same tradition with Elise. This card is for her first birthday (YIKES! The years go by so fast!).

The little dress stamp is from Impression Obsession. I love it's whimsical look! The sentiment, which rings so true in my heart, is from Stampendous.

The layer behind the dress was embossed with a Fiskars embossing plate and then the edges distresssed just lightly. After cutting the dress out I popped it up with foam tape.

The little flower peaking out of the pocket is two flowers layered together. I used a teeny tiny flower punch that I found in a Michaels $1 bin a long time ago. I added just a touch of Stickles (glitter glue) to the butterflies to make them sparkle in the light.

The tiny lace that is peaking out under the velvet Cindyribbon was white, so I ran it through my Distress Ink (linen) pad to give it a more vintage feel.

Thanks for letting my share my "Proud Grandma" moment!

Stamps: Impression Obsession, Stampendous, SU! (linen background)
Paper: SU! (vanilla), Crate (girly girl), DCWV
Ink: SU! (choc chip), Copic Markers, Distress Ink (linen)
Misc: Nestabilities, Fiskars embossing plate, Cindyribbon, JoAnns (lace, button), Michael's (flower punch), Stickles


Dottie K. said...

Beautiful girls!!! Love that card and the dress is just darling. Great colors! :)

Heather McNally said...

Your Grandbabies are BEAUTIFUL, HB!!!!!!! JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I want to smooch them! The card is also BEAUTIFUL - and I know that Gracie and Elise will treasure them all their lives!

KooKie said...

Well I will take your word on being a grandma for now ;)
Gracie is going to treasure those cards forever.
They are two lucky lucky adorable girls to have you as a grandma!
...the card is ADORABLE as always too.

Joy said...

Absolutely gorgeous.... both the card and your babies. What a great tradition! :)

Stefanie Staniak said...

Nothing is more beautiful than those two little girls! I so envy you to have this joy in your life. That card is beautiful and it is a wonderful tradition to continue!

Bevie Pearl said...

Your grand daughters are soooo cute. They take after you. I can see you in their sweet faces. No wonder you like hugs. I am sure they will treasure these cards more and more.
I treasure YOU!

Vicki C said...

Oh...they are darling HB!!!
Great card..she will love it! Such great colors too!

Debbie Olson said...

Your granddaughters are just lovely, and so is this birthday card! (I need to get that I-O stamp. . .) Beautiful colors and textures!

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean!! I became a grandma last June, so my little grandson is almost a year old! I LOVE being a grandma!! We get all the fun stuff, without worrying about all the other "stuff" (like housecleaning, getting up in the middle of the night, etc.) I don't even mind changing his diaper!! :)

I love visiting your blog, you always have such wonderful creations. Your granddaughter's card is adorable.

Lisa Beeman

Pam/Iris said...

Sweet card and pic HB, dontcha just want to squeeze'em tight?! LOL!

Michelle Wooderson said...

Enabler!! LOL! HB, what a beautiful card. I can tell you really put your heart into this one. You have to be the BEST grandma ever, I can always tell what a special place you hold for your family. Hugs! Mishie

Darthy said...

Those are those most beautiful girls in the world HB.