Thursday, September 18, 2014


I am always behind on making cards for people.  I always say I am going to make a bunch of blank ones so that I have them on hand.  But, somehow that never happens and at the last minute I just have no card to give... bummer.
But one thing I have kept up on was 2 straight years in a row I got my husbands birthday card done on time.  Last year I shared the card I made him HERE.

So I think I am on a good roll with his birthday cards.
This year I was inspired by a Nichol Magourik card HERE for my card.

I don't have the stamp set, so I saved the image, and traced it in my SILHOUETTE STUDIO SOFTWARE and cut it out in the size I wanted.

My card is a 5x7 so I made the image fill up most of the space. 

I knew I wanted a rainbow color effect to it, so I was so excited when I was going through my scrapbook paper stash and came across this REALLY OLD rainbow striped paper. I cut that down to 4.5 x 6.7 so there was just a small white border where the base of my card was.  I then sprayed some white Mr. Huey over this paper and let some big white drops fall on the paper, and set it aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card.  

Now since I had the embossing powders on hand I was trying to figure out how I was going to go about this card.  I wanted the look of embossing powder, not just colored cardstock.  So... I started thinking and here is what I did. 

I cut each word out of white cardstock.  I took my embossing ink and smeared it all over each word, one at a time.  I then covered it with the colored embossing powder and heat set each word.  Yes I know it seems like so much more work than just cutting each word out in colored cardstock.  I just really liked the look of the embossing.  

Then I ran each word through my xyron sticker maker machine and set them aside.  

I took some black satin ribbon and folded it over and trimmed it down so that it would show out of the top and bottom of the card, underneath the size of the rainbow paper.  I glued that ribbon down.  

I took my rainbow paper and placed it on the card, then I placed each word of the greeting in place.  I took some colored twine I had on hand and made a colorful bow and glued that to the top of the rainbow paper and glued a blue button in the middle.  

I had silver dots I randomly placed all over the card.  Then I didn't have rainbow dots, so I took my white pearl looking dots and colored them with my sharpie markers and that worked PERFECTLY, and it is permanent.  I then placed them over the card, close to the color that word that they coordinate with. 

Hope you enjoy my card for today.  I think this was a super fun card to make, and I love the bright colors on it.  


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Today I am over on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog sharing my candle wreath.  It even has gold glittery leaves.  Come on over and check it out HERE.  


Monday, September 15, 2014


Today I wanted to take a moment to say a huge HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my husband Jacob.  
We have been married for 5 1/2 years and were together for 10 before that. We have been through many many things in our life together.  

He is such a hard worker, and works so hard for me and the kids. 

For his first part of his gift this year from me was a little fun lunch date we went on.  I saw it first on groupon and thought it looked interesting. It was a mystery dinner show.  It was like a real life version of the game clue.  It was alot of fun and the food was really good too.  Ill share more on the entire show in another post.  

This year I threw him a "surprise" birthday party, that he found out about from someone, but oh well I am still glad I was able to throw him a Miami Dolphins themed birthday party.  It was alot of fun on Saturday.  

Today I have one more suprise for him up my sleeve, that he still doesn't know about.  :)  That is for later today though, so I will share that later.  

Jacob, we have been through so much in our life together and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I LOVE YOU and wish you a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 
I hope that this year has been full of birthday surprises and that you have enjoyed them all.  
Thank you for all you do for me and the kids and being such a good daddy to them and husband to me.  HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and I hope your day is wonderful.  
love, NICOLE  

Friday, September 12, 2014


I was asked to join IMAGINISCE as a guest designer on their blog this week.  
Here is a peek at what I created. 

You can find IMAGINISCE on FACEBOOK HERE and on their BLOG HERE.  

Come on over and check out my projects.
I will be back again next week with a few more projects.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014


So Saturday morning we got up and laid around in the super comfy bed and watched a little tv.  Then we decided we should get up and go have breakfast.  So we took our showers and while I was doing my makeup Jacob called me out to the patio. There was tons of hot air balloons all around us.  Some were so close I swear you could reach up and touch them.  Not really, but they seemed that close.  
I snapped a few pictures and finished up getting ready to go.  As we drove over to the restaurant, you could just see them for miles and miles.  It was such a site, quite beautiful. I loved how they just added a pop of color to the overcast sky that morning.  

We had our breakfast, another amazing meal.  I had pancakes and Jacob ordered a burrito that he said was excellent as well.  He also had a side of bacon, and mine had a side of fruit.  

After breakfast I set the timer on my camera, propped the camera up on my sweater on the hood of the car and took a few pictures of me and Jacob.  Normally I hate being in front of the camera, but the grapes were just so beautiful and I wanted something to remember this trip.  Of course I didn't curl my hair until after this, figures.  :)

I think this is the one I am going to frame for our living room wall.  

On Friday we drove past the barrel house and the doors were closed already, so on our way back to the room after breakfast they were open.  Jacob stopped for me so I could walk up and grab a few shots with my camera.  It was cold in there, and smelled just like wine.  It was really cool to see all the barrels though from floor to ceiling.  

We went back to the room for a bit and just relaxed until it was check out time.  It was nice just to sit on the couch, just the two of us and watch a little tv.  Quiet and definitely different from watching tv at home lol.  
I also curled my hair while we were relaxing.  I was definitely having an awesome hair day that day for sure.  :) 

I couldn't stop taking pictures of the beautiful grape vines and flowers while we were there.  There was beauty all around.  
Be ready for an overload of grape vine pictures.  :) 
This was actually Friday night after dinner, and our walk around the winery.  I loved how the sun was setting and  coming through the grape vines.  

More sunset picture with the leaves.  

There was a ton of purple and green grapes, just everywhere.  So pretty.  

These grapes were right outside our room door.  It says you can sample them, so I did and there were seeds :)  .  Still good grapes just be careful of the seeds.  

There were beautiful flowers there along with all these amazing grape vines.  
These flowers were down by the waterfall that we found on our walk around the winery after dinner. 

After we checked out we walked over to the gift shop and he bought me a turquoise winery sweatshirt.  

On our way home we stopped at a little avocado stand to get him some avocados.  He loves avocados, so we couldn't go to avocado country and not come home without any.  We also bought some fresh strawberries and grapes too. 
It was such an amazing trip. I loved that Jacob planned all this and surprised me like he did.  It was such a nice time to get away just the two of us, something we don't do often enough at all.  
This was our selfie on the way home.  
It was such an amazing trip. I loved that Jacob planned all this and surprised me like he did.  It was such a nice time to get away just the two of us, something we don't do often enough at all.  

But that wasn't even the end of my surprises.  We came home to a big surprise party he planned for me.  WOW!!  I was so surprised that I cried when we pulled up to the house and everyone, friends and family were all outside (in the rain) holding signs up for me.  My brother and his wife and their girls drove all the way from Sacramento the night before and went home the next morning just to come for the party.  My dear friend drove all the way from Tehachapi for the party, family came from far, friends came.  It was truely amazing and I cried.  Not tears of sadness, but tears of happiness.  Happiness to have all these amazing people in my life that were there and those that couldn't make it as well, but wanted to be.
It was overwhelming all the love I felt that weekend and was just a reminder of how lucky I am.  So thank you everyone for those memories, but thank you mostly to my wonderful husband who planned
 all this and took the time to make me feel so very special.  I loved our time away together and I hope we can do it more often.  I love you so much.  Thank you!  

If you want to check out the winery you can do so


                       pleast note : I was not paid to write this post, all the thoughts and opinions are all of my own. 


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