Monday, May 27, 2013

Yes - there was cake!

And ice cream too.  
It was our grandson, Charlie's 3rd birthday party in Brooklyn
on Saturday.  He does love his cake.  
Leftovers with ice cream today on his actual birthday.  
The theme this year was Cars - with
Lightning McQueen - Sally & Mater

He wears it well.

Making play-doh for the party goodie bags.


Little brother, Sam enjoying the day.

Grandpa, Nanny, Steve, Vicki, Sam & Charlie


Enjoying the leftovers today (his actual birthday)

NBA tryouts!
Here's Nanny's "cake"
A big slice of chocolate mousse cheesecake from Junior's
There's always room for that!!!  
After our lunch in the city (Manhattan).
and - YES - it's yummy :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop - AT THE BEACH

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
AT THE BEACH Blog Hop!!!
If you arrived here by way of Shona Erlenborn's blog
and her amazing creations, then you are in the right place. 
If not, you may want to go back to the beginning
so you don't miss anything.  The full line-up will be listed.

Here in sunny Arizona it's been over 100 degrees already. 
We're always in beach mode!
I know for some of you in the cold, cold areas - it seems as if
summer will never arrive.  We've decided to try and help
you get in the mood for summer fun...
Last hop I did a travel scrapbook album and decided to do a smaller
at the beach version.  No photos this time, as I used the fun 
Beach Babes Stamp Set 473 for my album and I have grandsons,
not granddaughters - so left it blank for your imagination.

The album was created using Stampin' Up DP and the album cover
used the cardboard piece that comes in the DP package.
The album is 6" x 11" - scored in at 5" on each side.
If you Google Back to Back Bookbinding - you should
find a fabulous U-tube video from Heidi Swapp.
I decorated the cover using Sparkle N Sprinkle's 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape.
Check out the Tips & Techniques section on their website
for instructions on Glitter Masking.
The Hibiscus is from Stamp Set 451 - Hummingbirds & Flowers and
is highlighted using Orchid Rose Velvet Glitter from SNS.
Without further ado - meet Olive, Penny & Molly.
Here's Molly!

Here's Penny!

Here's Olive!
The photo and image panels are made with
Spellbinder's Labels 28 dies.
The girls and the hibiscus are colored with my trusty Copic markers
and highlighted with various shades of SNS Velvet and Ultra Fine
Glitters as well as a variety of Mudd Puddles Beach Glasses & Sands.
The phrases in the circles are layered onto cardstock that was
covered with 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and punched out with
a scalloped punch and covered with Luau Green Velvet Glitter
Check the gallery for full instructions and products used
if you'd like more info.
Hope you enjoyed my little album as much
as I enjoyed creating it!

Here's the design team list
Donna Ellis  *  Marie Berquist  *  Cindy Keogh  *  Barbara Bruder
Keri Brown  *  Cammy Vietzke  *  Karin Martin  *  Brigita Skopas
Jackie Smith  *  Dawn Bennett  *  Karalee Ingram  *  Anne Temple
April Williams  *  Shona Erlenborn  *  Brenda Smalle (that's me :O)
Don't forget - to be eligible for prizes you
must leave a comment on each and every
designer's blog.  The hop runs for two days
so lots of time to get those comments in.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 11 -
don't forget to check back to see if you won!
If you see something you want to check out further,
here's the link the SNS website :

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