Champagne Cheers for My Husband’s Birthday

#champagnecheers #vanillaartsproject #justfunstamping #homedecor #handmadegiftsChampagne cheers makes every occasion special, don’t you think?  My first date with Bill included champagne.  So did my second date.  And when he proposed!  Champagne has been “our” special drink and probably always will be.  It was only fitting that when Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts Company offered a class involving champagne flutes that I immediately signed up.  The class is centered around realistic glass coloring.  I will be using her tutorial many times in the future as I try to learn the technique.  However, as an initial attempt, this isn’t too terribly bad!  Most importantly, it was a special gift to Bill for his 75th birthday.  Wow…three quarter’s of a century old!

“Champagne Cheers” is a digital image colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  Amy’s tutorial includes her digital image and additional resources to print.  Most importantly, it contains step by step video instructions.  If you are interested, see her blog Vanilla Arts Company.  The blue background is not part of this particular lesson, but she has provided details for this in many other lessons.

#hightide #stampinup #justfunstamping #lighthouse #birthdayMy birthday card is representative of the Hopetown, Bahamas, candy striped lighthouse.  That destination is a favorite of Bill’s trips as he travels in his Cessna 182.   I used stamp images from several sets but mainly from High Tide.  This Stampin’ Up! set is still available in the 2018 annual catalog.  Since our traveling came to a screeching halt last year when I became sole caretaker for Libby, this is a nice memory of past journeys!  (See below for an update on our fur babies.)  By the way, I discovered the new corrugated embossing folder provides wonderful texture for an easel card.  Ready-made places to hold the top piece in place!  Give it a try!!

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Have fun stamping,



Fur Baby Update
  • Libby is our white schnauzer (shown in “My Story”) who became diabetic and blind a couple of years ago.  During our Sept 2017 trip, Libby had what we call her “Grand Adventure”.  The gate was left open accidentally.  She took the opportunity to explore the backyard and ended up falling about 2-1/2 feet into the creek on the edge of our property.  Luckily, she was unhurt, just very wet and dirty!
  • Our newest challenge is regarding Annie’s latest surgery.  She had a lump on her anal gland.  It was removed last Thursday.  Her recovery has been a difficult process.  Annie is very stoic with pain (unlike our drama princess Libby!), but has not wanted to drink, eat or move.  We heard today that it is cancer and are awaiting further treatment news.

One thought on “Champagne Cheers for My Husband’s Birthday

  1. Julie L

    Katy these cards are both just lovely! As always inspiring to get coloring! So sorry to hear about Annie – hopefully it is just a localized tumor and nothing more.

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