Monday, June 27, 2011

Made this one in a rush

This past Saturday Ernie and I had a birthday party to go to but after working all day in the yard my whole body was  aching pretty bad so I decided to stay home. Ernie decided to go to the party and had already bought a gift for the birthday girl but needed a card to go with it. I pulled out all my goodies and threw this card together.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Birthday Card

Yesterday we attended a Quinceanera (think that's how you spell it) celebration. In most latin american countries this event celebrates a young girl turning 15 years old as she transitions from child to womanhood. A very meaningful time for the "quinceanera" and her family. I made this card for Kimmie (my cousin's stepdaughter). I chose lavendar because it was the color of the "damas (young girls who were in the court of honor). My daughters were going to participate but had to pull out early on in the planning process because my oldest Lindsey was extremely busy with school which would have made it hard for us to drive each week to L.A. for the dance rehearsals.

Enjoy the card and please feel free to leave comments as I appreciate any constructive criticism.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I've been a bad blogger. I need to do better at keeping up with updating family and friends on our weekly happenings.  My niece Ella has been out of the hospital for a few months now and our family is so grateful to everyone for all their heartfelt prayers. The pictures I see on facebook show little signs that she was so very ill at one point. But thankfully she is doing better and her parents are taking every precaution necessary to make sure she is happy and healthy.

As for us, school is out for my kiddos.  Lindsey's 8th grade graduation was last week and it was beautiful. She and her friend Lisa played a flute duet during the ceremony. It was awesome and I can't say enough of how proud I am of my little girl. To think I am now the mother of a high schooler. Lindsey is looking forward to her first year of high school this fall. Where has the time gone? Barney and Elmo no longer visit this house. Now all I hear about is Justin Bieber and Taylor Lautner. 

Nikki is simply Nikki. Nothing gets this kid down. She's always cheerful and looking for ways to brighten our day. She has a cute way of greeting me and Ernie when we walk through the door. When she hears us coming she'll jump on the sofa and wait there with arms open wide and when we walk in the house she'll literally jump in our arms and just hold on tight.  So sweet. Lately I've been on Ernie's case about cleaning the yard. Its really crying out for help. I guess Nikki sensed my frustration so she drew up a contract (typed it herself) and asked her dad to sign it. Basically it just says that he is promising to clean the yard by the end of this month. If he doesn't then he has to give me and Nikki whatever we want. So cute.

I could go on and on about the latest happenings in the Bolanos household. For now I'll leave you with Lindsey's graduation pictures from last week.

Duet with friend Lisa

With Grandma Gilma

Lindsey with her grandparents, daddy and sis

Nikki met up with her best friend Amanda. Such cutie pies these two.

I'm baaaaack

I've not been a good blogger for the last couple of years and hope to change all that with my renewed interest in card making. I get my ideas and inspirations from the internet and especially by reading other blogs. Instead of taking a class at Michael's or Joanns I have found that youtube has been a great tool in picking up techniques and ideas and best of all I get to hit the replay button anytime I want.

Check out my latest and feel free to leave a comment.