Thursday, October 18, 2012

Best Frenemies


A person or group that is friendly toward another because the relationship brings benefits, but harbors feelings of resentment or rivalry.

Nixon and Elise Dame. They've grown up quite a bit since we last saw them. Now 2 3/4 and 2 1/2 years old respectively, they're more than just friends...they're cousins. 

And while there's a very thin line between love and hate (especially when a prized toy is at stake), there's nothing like having a cousin to build forts with, sell lemonade in the summertime and tease incessantly. 

Nixon and Elise's dads are brothers and my cousins. This past summer these two cuties accompanied their moms to our annual Girls Retreat in McCall, Idaho. McCall is heaven on earth. I've written about it hereherehere and here

Since Nixon's mom Cristi and my sister Laurie are both talented photographers in their own right, I thought I would share the gorgeous fruit of their collective labors. (In fact, I'm not even sure where Cristi's camera began shooting and where Laurie's camera stopped.) Make sure you click on each image for a larger view.

These last two pictures are from my point-and-shoot camera, so they're not the same caliber, but I still love them.

In the first, I love their identical looks of they're just comprehending what it means to behold a fleeting sunset. And in the second, I love the contrast of the dark head bent to the fair one. They may be vastly different, but they share the knowledge that they're more than just friends...

They're cousins.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

This Just In...Paper Crafters Unite for the 7th Annual World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day!

If you're joining me from Paper Crafts magazine's 2012 World Card Making Day Blog Tour, I'm happy you hopped on over! There's over 250 blogs on this this tour, so I'm gonna be brief (well, brief for me!).

In case you missed the morning news, I was able to capture the top news story in this fun shaped card:

I simply fussy-cut the World Card Making Day logo and adhered it to the center of this TV die cut. Since I wanted the TV to stand on its own, I adhered the die cut to a white card base and trimmed around the edges and legs. I then trimmed the printed sentiment into a banner (my take on a news ticker!) and accented it with brads for the TV knobs, two google eyes and a smile drawn with a black pen.

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for google eyes! They instantly make you smile, don't you think? And what's not to smile about on World Card Making Day? Right this very minute, card makers from around the world are celebrating their love for this wonderful hobby. Either in their craft rooms, on their computers, or in countless other creative ways. 

If you're looking to join the World Card Making Day fun, make sure you check out:
However you choose to spend this crafty holiday, enjoy it!

Happy World Card Making Day!