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Friday, April 5, 2013


Hello, family-friends!

To those of you who visited me yesterday (either here or at She's a Sassy Lady) for my decoupage tutorial, thank you so much for stopping by.

As I've been detained again this week again (you'll know why in a sec), I'd like to wish everyone I haven't already, a very belated Easter and hope you enjoyed yourselves.  I can't even begin to tell you the surprise and excitement I had... not only was March 31 Easter Sunday, it was also Len's and my 42nd anniversary!!!  Our families and friends had a wonderful Easter dinner and a fun time celebrating both events.  AND..., and for my anniversary present from Leonard...  Well..., let's just first have a look at my card share:

The only embellishment on my cards is the Anna Griffin decorative tape on the side; I just didn't want to take all the attention away from the design, and I wanted to keep it simple.  I put the design low on the card just in case I wanted to add a sentiment and/or embellie for some special occasion. 

Okay, now I'll tell you that my anniversary present, and what I made these personalized notecards on, was...

Can you believe it!!!  I've got a Silhouette Cameo!!!  I must've really been a good girl!  Okay, now do I really need to tell you why I was detained?!!!  LOL!!!  I've been playing all week with my new toy and got so irritated when I had to pause to do anything else, hee-hee.  For a long time I've been wanting notecards with our family initial with the name in the center; oooh you know, the ones you see in frames done with vinyl!!!  Unfortunately, I could never figure out a way to split the initial to do them.  But now, thanks to my Silhouette Cameo, I finally can.  Of course I have to play with it some more to get it cleaned up but didn't I do a pretty good job not being at all familiar with the software?

So what about this:

The eCraft machine I just got for Christmas?  Well, I "think" I'm done with it... lol!!!  Only got the paper cutting settings adjusted to cut only one type of card stock, and tore up loads of that and various other papers trying to figure out the correct adjustments!!!  I have to laugh because as it was the only machine I had to do svg's and other files with I was determined to beat the learning curve, and started believing I kind of liked it...  That was then, this is now... lol!!!

I'm absolutely already in love with this Cameo machine!  And thank God there're so many great tutorials out there to help me do other fabulous projects like this.  And, I did do one print and cut -- it was perfect the first time!!!  Yeaaa, maybe no more wasted paper!

Although I really am thoroughly consumed right now with my Silhouette I will be around to visit and see what you're up to...  I promise!!!

Hugs, thanks for stopping by, and...

I'll be seeing you.


- - Sheryl - - said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary and enjoy your Cameo!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow, you are a special lady! Enjoy your new machine!

jessica said...

Whoo Hoo for the Cameo!!!!!
LOVE your gorgeous project with it :)
Have fun playing with your new toy!!

Lisa said...

Ohhhhh, pretty cards. Congratulations on 42 years, God Bless you both. Hmmmm, ok, everyone seems to be getting Cameos now. I'm still loving my Cricut Expression. :)

shari said...

Audrey I'm so excited for you, Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. He definately is a keeper! Beautiful card.

Myrna said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Len.
I can't possibley think of anyone that deserved such a beautiful gift; a beautiful gift for a beautiful lady (inside and out and by the way Len is pretty handsome too.) :)
So we definately will wait while you enjoy playing with your new toy.

Gary Rose said...

Congrats on your Cameo machine!!!

Nicole said...

Congrats on your silhouette! Happy Belated Anniversary and Easter! You've had a busy week. LOL. I want a silhouette!!

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful cards! Yeah, congrats on the Cameo! You are gonna love it:) Can't wait to see more projects:)
Have a great wknd!
Sherrie K

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Congrats all around!! Yes, you're going to love that machine!


lisa808 said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Super anniversary present.

I got the Portrait (baby sister) for Christmas.

Karon said...

Happy Anniversary for earlier and whoop whoop Audrey has her Silhouette - what a star hubby you have! Enjoy!

girlia said...

Congrats on your new toy. I just took mine out of the box after 2 months of just looking at it. I was so intimidated by it. I am so glad that you were able to get the perfect cut after the first time. It took me 3 times, that is why I put it back in the box. My mat kept twisting in the machine and every cut was ruined, However, I did not give up. I finally got an image to cut right. Welcome to the silhouette family.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

I don't know what I am more blown away with, your card or the fact you got a CAMEO...WOW! So excited for you!

My favorite feature of the Silhouette is the print and cut feature. Not sure if you used it here, but if not, you will love it when you use it!

Congrats on 42 years of marriage. What an accomplishment!



paperANDi - Stephanie said...

Oh man- another Silhouette Cameo user!! Ive been so tempted so very very tempted to want to buy one!!!!! Its been on my wish list for some time now!!! But I absolutely love what you did with it!!! And the Anna Griffin is the perfect lottle touch!!!

I hope youre doing well, Audrey!! Keep inspiring us! ;)

Beebeebabs said...

Happy Anniversary and looking forward to seeing your creations on your new toy!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Lovely and elegant design Audrey, and Cameo, oh my... I want one! : )

lovemypaper said...

Congrats on your new toy!

Luvy said...

Happy Anniversary! 42 years! Amazing!
Happy belated Easter as well. Love your beautiful cards!!!! So lucky to have the cameo. Cannot wait to see what else you create!

Linda said...

Wow 42 years! Congratulations. That is wonderful and a fantastic gift. Use the practice cut option when you try your Cameo. I love love love my Cameo. If you have any questions just ask. I am not an expert but I can try and would love to help.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!
And what a sweetie he is for giving just the perfect gift. Your new family note cards are so elegant! I foresee many hour spent just crafting away.
Joy and bliss!

Jani Lewis said...

Happy Anniversary, Audrey. So glad you like the Cameo. I LOVE the freedom that digital die cutters offer. Look forward to many creative projects that you will make with it. :)

Angi Barrs said...

Love your new card. And YAY! Love your new toy too. Can't wait to see what you create with it.

Nana said...

Happy Anniversary sweetie. What a FABULOUS gift. You need to lay one big kiss on Leonard. lol

What a beautiful card. Love the black and white.

Have a creative day.
Hugs Nana
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Treva said...


Happy Anniversary and congrats on your gift. Your personalized notecards are great. I am still working on trying to get that split initial down! I have really enjoyed my cameo though so I can understand you being totally consumed! Enjoy!

Lisa said...

Happy, happy (belated) anniversary my friend!! I hope you and your hubby had a wonderful celebration!! And congrats on your new toy!! I can't wait to see what you create with it!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! Happy Sunday :)

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Norma said...

Happy Belated 42nd Anniversary and congratulations on your new toy, I'm excited to see your creations with the cameo!!! Have a great evening my friend and I will let you know once I get your package my friend!! Thank you!!!

Charlotte C said...

I'm loving what you've done, and now another day of resisting buying the Cameo.

DIANA L. said...

Audrey-- Happy Anniversary to you and Leonard-- Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Congrats on your Cameo I just love mine- I am so looking forward to seeing what you will create with it!!!!

The Archiving Angel said...

Hello sweet lady! Happy belated Easter & Anniversary! I hope you forgive my delay in responding. I am so happy to be here visiting your terrific blog. I was browsing your recent creations and as usual...you blew me away. You are quite the crafty queen. I love coming by to visit. Not only are you inspiring but you are funny and your honesty is refreshing & admirable. You shine like a diamond right from this very site. Your family & friends are so lucky to have you.
Thank you for showing me so much blog love & commenting on my posts. It always humbles me to see such talented, caring bloggers like you take an interest in my blog.
Your family note cards are gorgeous. Makes me want a sillouhette even more. With the wedding coming next month there is just no room for it in the budget. Can't wait to see what else you share with us.
Hugs & blessings my dear friend!

Terry Oulboub said...

Audrey, first, congratulations on your anniversary - you and your husband look so gorgeous - here's to many more years for y'all to be together. I just love your card; it is gorgeous; so fancy - no wonder you love that machine - can't blame you! I wouldn't be able to tear myself away either. Audrey, you are such a warm and fantastic person - I enjoy your blogs and crafts - you brighten up everyone's day! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

Curt in Indy said...

The cards are awesome! Congrats on your Anniversary! That is so awesome! And equally awesome is your Cameo! How exciting for you. Can't wait to see all the cool things you will do with it. You sure got yourself a great hubs! Hugs, Curt

Sandi Cl~ said...

Big congrats, Audrey! My hubs and I have a wedding anniversary tomorrow .. our 43rd! I'm staying away from the crafty stuff though and going with some new furniture! Can't wait to see what you create!

Georgiana said...

Enjoy your new toy. I haven't taken the leap. Should I?

Brigit said...

I'm so happy you're loving your new Cameo!! And Happy Anniversary, 42 years how wonderful!!

Mary Montecalvo said...

Play away Audrey so when I finally get mine you can teach me,lol. Congrats on the Anniversary. Fran and I will be married 40 years April 28th. I really don't think I will get a Cameo though since I need to have my engagement ring reset. Hugs to you both.

Besthobbyeva said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards!!

Happy, Happy Anniversary, my friend!!! 42 years, wow that is amazing!! Good for you and your hubby!!

He really does understand you doesn't he, getting the Cameo. He is a keeper!!