Friday, April 4, 2008

Red Velvet Deliciousness

So...I've been absent for the last couple of days. But, trust me, it was for good reason. I was spending a lot of time working on my projects for my Guest DT spot over at Red Velvet Kit Club. So, no more waiting! Here we go...

First off, a mini-book that I created as a gift for Bryan when he comes home. Here's the book:




And, here's the story:

Every time we visit my husband's old home (and friends) in Spokane, WA, he is always camera-crazy with the friend pics. Although, Bryan would be the first to admit he doesn't weild a camera with much success. So, I took all of his not-so-perfect pics of his friends, and put them into a nice little book for him to enjoy. I crafted it to look sort of like a cross between a yearbook, and a class notebook...using a combination of the Bam Pop set and the various ephemera from the kit. Each one of his friends has their own page, and a corresponding "character" from the Bam Pop yearbook photo paper. Their names were all done in the Sass alpha, and framed in the diecut Bam Pop frames. Then, I took transparencies, stamped with painted
bubble wrap, and mounted the Bam Pop yearbook photo on top with photo corners. If you flip the transparency over, you see a yearbook-ish type description of each friend (written on various graph and notebook papers included in the kit), along with the real-life photo of each person. Being in the military, and so far away from his friends, my husband misses them dearly. I hope this little book will be a nice reminder of who he misses from back home.

Now, if you made it through that little rambling, here's a quick card that I made for Bryan for our anniversary:

A LO about our new fur-baby, Sake:

And, a little LO about Luka at one year old. The little notebook paper insert pulls out to reveal more journaling about all of his accomplishments up to this point.

So, in addition to the Red Velvet busy-ness, I hadn't really felt like bloggin because it has been a rather crappy week. Hazel had her 4 year old check-up, and got 5 vaccines. They ended up making her sick (on top of her already TERRIBLE allergies), so it has been a fun week playing "Nurse Mom." Then, I got awoken yesterday at 7:30 am by the phone ringing. It was Bryan calling. They pushed back his return date by about 4 days. That might not seem like much, but when you're husband's been gone for 15 months, every last day before he comes home seems like an eternity! Plus, he has never been home for our anniversary. Ever. And, he was supposed to come home ON our anniversary. Not anymore. I guess that was the most upsetting part. On the bright side, it gives me more time to get the house all ready to go, and to bang out my Label Tulip projects before he comes home. Well, I have tons to do this weekend, so i had better get a move on. Happy Friday!

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

as always your craftiness rocks! your new puppy is soo adorable! sorry about the delay & your anniversary, that sucks the big ones =0(
~k

Sharmaine said...

Just jumped over from Red Velvet blog to say YAY and WOW!! Love what you created!!!

Rach said...

Holly, love your layouts and album , what a cool idea.....you amaze me....15mths...wow...i can only imagine how hard it is right now...kia kaha (stay strong!!) we'll send you some love from down under!!! Rxxx

shelly b said...

All of your red velvet stuff turned out terrific!! Great job!

jill s said...

WOW! i LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff girl!! that mini-book is so freaking cool.

and that totally sucks about the delay in bryan getting home. i hope the time passes fast.

and i'm glad hazel is feeling better! my kids have never had a reaction like that...how scary!

i hope you have a beautiful weekend friend.

xx
jill

Hannah said...

Holly....
So sorry you have some extra days to wait...that's got to be so hard. I hate being away from my hubby for only a couple of days....but 15 months...wow...you are strong, lady!

Your mini album is amazing, I love your technique painting bubble wrap and stamping with it...LOVE that idea...!!! And your other layouts....amazing as well...you are so inspirational! Thanks!

Hannah
(from L.T.)

Ginajam said...

Holly...lovin all of your RV creations. Way to go! Can't wait to see your LT work for this month. Stay busy until Brian gets home...that sucks he won't be there on your anniversary :-(

Marie said...

Man you rocked this kit! Love that lil mini! How awesome is that idea! I know he will love it. I feel your pain sweetie I couldnt imagine 15 months away from hubby although sometimes I think Id like it lmao! But im on the other end of the stick mine has been come for 8 months not working or anything Im about ready to kick him! LOL! Anyway you stay strong girlie and I hope that they change it back to earlier and he comes home before ur anni. xoxox

Melonie said...

Hey girly! I was wondering where you were! LOVE what you did with that little album. Fantabulous!!! I am sure Bryan will love it. So sorry that he won't make it home for your anniversary. Try to keep busy and I hope the time flies by! (((BIG HUGS))) Oh and if you think of it can you pm me your addy again. I only have the Alaska addy and that won't do me much good now will it?

Tina said...

ah man! I can't believe they pushed back the date...actually I can believe it. sucks. hang in there.
your little book is stunning! wish I could actually flip through it.

kokopuffs said...

oh Holly...I'm so sad to hear about the hubby not coming home as soon as you thought! yes, 4 days might not seem like much to the rest of us, but I'm sure its forever for you!

I just got the LT kit from Cindee...and I think you'll have no problem banging out your projects before he comes home.

Jill Deiling said...

I LOVE your layouts and mini!! You rock! :) I'm sorry that hazel has been sick, i hope shes doing better, and really sorry to hear that they pushed bryans return date out by 4 days :( I hope it goes by fast for you. I hope youre having a great weekend!!

Bee said...

I love all your work.. beautiful. Hey I have no way of contacting you. But I was just wanting to check and see if you are still in on the recipe swap over at PI? Sorry to post it here!

KhrisW said...

I've always had a French Bulldog, wonderful breed. Check out my blog for pictures of Hugo, the furry boy-love of my life.

www.lilylambchop.typepad.com

Your baby is soooo cute! I wish I could hug him, he's absolutely adorable!

Michelle said...

wow, Holly! Lovely projects! =) The mini book rocks...and the pages, too! Love your new puppy..he he. =) Sorry to hear they pushed back the date! Argh..

Cathryn said...

Hi!
I just spent almost an entire afternoon reading through your blog! You are sooo creative! I am sorry that your hubs is delayed in coming home. I know how hard that is. My hubby was in the military as well.
Anyway, I live in Alabama! I live about 15 min. from the beach. It would be awesome to get together and craft!

Dani said...

I just knew you'd do amazing things with this kit!!
That book is just an amazing idea -love how you designed it!

love that adorable Saki layout!

I could not imagine 15 months without my husband. no freaking way. You're amazing girl.

danijohnston.typepad.com/dj

Amber Risher said...

Holly, all of the scrappiness you created is amazing and perfect!!!! I adore it all!!!! You are so fab! On a second note, I am totally devested for you! That totally sux that Bryan won't be home for your anniversary...I know you were so looking forward to that...I am so sorry! I hope those 4 days go by faster than expected...and I hope Hazel feels better! Take care girl! xx

dedra said...

Love your work!! Hang in there lady...you're doing a fab job!! DH just got back from 15 months Iraqi style ..now we're retiring...there is light at the end of mythological tunnel!!

Somebody's Nobody said...

Looks great as always!

Krista Stussy said...

nice work..I really like your title bar on your blog!

Callista said...

Wow! It all looks great! Sake is too cute. Sorry about the delay in your husband's return, that sux.

Michelle said...

So impressive! I love how you made a yearbook for Brian. So sweet! The los of Sake & Luka are precious too. You really made a lot out of that kit! So glad you had such a wonderful time creating with it.

I'm sorry that Brian's date got pushed back and that your daughter got sick. Sending hugs your way.

Chrissy Le said...

Love all those layouts! Your fur baby is way cute! I need myself some Red Velvet!

mushroommeadows said...

Geez...your little book project is simply divine. You have an incredible eye for piecing things together. I also love your Sake and Luke pages. Sweet. Oh, and your anniversary card!!! I love it!

I'm so, so, so sorry to hear about Hazel being sick. And I am really sad to hear about Bryan coming home later than expected. :( I was so excited too. I hope everything works out though.

Waleska said...

oh, I love RVK! you did a great job with it!! sorry about your hubby...

peata said...

woohoo - love this album

scrapbook-crazy.com -all about the mini album
my blog - Crazy bout mini albums :)

Zoe said...

man you are so crafty it is dangerous!!!!