Saturday, March 17, 2012

Merci

Hi friends!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Yesterday I got my first post-delivery stamping time and decided it would be fun to play along with the Waltzingmouse Blog Party this month.  When I got home from the hospital, there was a Waltzingmouse order waiting for me, and I couldn't resist inking them up while Mark caught up on a little work he needed to do.

The theme for this month's hop is Irish/St. Patrick's Day/Green and I took the easy road and went for a green color scheme so I could make a thank you card that's a bit overdue.


I started with the new Very Vintage Labels No. 25 set, stamping the frame in Lucky Limeade, then hand trimming and matting with black cardstock.  Every time I look through my flower collection, I always wonder why they make green flowers.  This seemed like the perfect occasion to use a few!  I glued them on with some Zip Dry and added a little sparkle with Stardust Stickles.  The Eiffel tower is from the new Paris Nouveau set and I hand trimmed around it and layered over my label image, adding the Merci sentiment and finishing off with some rhinestones and two Maya Road leaf trinket pins.

The background circle is stamped with a background strip from Paris Nouveau, then sponged with Lucky Limeade and matted with black.  A big black bow sets things off and I layered everything onto a cream panel embossed with the square lattice folder from SU!

Kellan & Trevor update: 
Our boys have now been in NICU for a week and continue to improve each day.  Kellan had a really big day yesterday...  he joined his twin brother in graduating to the nasal cannula, increased to full feeds on his feeding tube and is completely off the nutrient IV, plus he moved to a crib instead of his temperature regulated isolette and wore his first little outfit.  All of these are major improvements and we're so excited at how well they're both doing.  In today's photo we caught a brief glimpse of Kellan peeking out at us with his beautiful little eyes.

If their improvement continues, they'll soon be able to join forces in a single crib.  They do love to be together and do a lot of sympathy crying for each other right now - even in their sleep!  They've even been known to get the hiccups at the exact same time.  So cute!

Okay, that's it for today!  Thanks everyone for the well wishes and continued prayers for our little guys!  It's hard to believe they're already a week old.


Enabler's List:
Stamps:  Paris Nouveau, Very Vintage Labels No. 25 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Cream, Black
Ink: Lucky Limeade (SU!), Black
Accessories:  Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Square Lattice embossing folder (SU!), black wrinkled ribbon (May Arts), Leaf Trinket Pins (Maya Road), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), paper distresser

37 comments:

  1. what a lovely green card!! I've often wondered about the green flowers too...or how about grey ones? ACK! Your boys are strong little guys!! Twins are so cute together...my niece and nephew used to have their own kind of baby talk with each other :) AH, they missed this fun birthday...it will always be their "honourary day" to me :) Sending you all prayers and hugs :)

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  2. Yay Julee & family! What a great update and I love the pic - he is so sweet :)

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  3. So glad you had some creative juices and energy to stamp :) The card is fabulous! Love the green and black.

    Such a cute picture of your little cutie and GREAT news on his progress!! Praying they can both come home soon and hoping you are feeling better too.

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  4. This is beautiful Julee, gorgeous shade of green, and so elegant.

    Congratulations on your new arrivals, hope you get them home soon!

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  5. What an amazing card. Love the touches of green. And what great news about your boys :)

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  6. So happy to hear the news on your boys Julee - praying for continued improvement for them!

    Love this Paris theme card with the wonderful black ribbon/bow. The green label stamping and flowers are so pretty!

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  7. ooh-la-la Julee...this is Tres Magnifique! Love the bold contrast with the black and green. Amazing creativity, as always!

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  8. What a beautiful card - hope your sweet little ones are home with you soon :)

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  9. Happy to hear the boys are improving each day. Gorgeous card with the stunning black bow, and everything else that makes it look so pretty.

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  10. Julee it's so nice to see you on the blog hop! Your twins are so sweet, and I love their names :) So glad to hear they are getting bigger and stronger each day!

    As for your card it's so elegant! If ever there was a day to use green flowers layered on a beautiful matching frame, it's today! Pretend they are little hydrangea buds...don't they start out green? Hee! The big bow is so dramatic! Love the layout with the beautifully stamped panel and the regal Eiffel Tower!

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  11. Very classy, great use of the green!

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  12. What a gorgeous card Julee.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  13. Beautiful card. Love the photo of Kellan. So thankful they are doing better and I know you will be glad to get them home with you. Continuing prayers for all of you.
    JoAnn B.

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  14. Julee, your card is beautiful...but not as beautiful as your boys! Congratulations on your wonderful little miracles. Hope they can go home soon! XOXO

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  15. Gorgeous card in every detail! Love hearing the updates on your boys!

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  16. What a gorgeous card! I love the color of that green, it's perfect for today. I'm so happy to read the update on your boys. I will gladly keep them in my prayers.

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  17. First what an incredibly gorgeous card...
    that bow alone...
    I die!!
    And I'm so glad you pointed out about the green flowers...
    I've often wondered about them myself and know a really great color combo to use them with!
    Just a truly fabulous card! :)
    Second...
    I'm the mother of twins...
    they were 27 weekers when born and spent quite a bit of time in the NICU and your "lingo" brought back many memories!
    They are going to be 15 this year (YIKES!!! I have TEENS!!)...
    and someday all of this will not be as scary as it is right now...
    but my thoughts and prayers go to you and your husband...
    and those beautiful babes!

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  18. Such a lovely card! I love those stamps in green and black:)

    And congratulations from another twin mommy! Your boys are just precious! My boys are almost 13 and it's been a fun and wild ride:)

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  19. Congratulations, Julee!! So very happy to hear the wonderful progress your little guys are making.
    Your card is gorgeous!! I love the layout, and the elegant huge bow. Just beautiful!!

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  20. Wonderful card! And your babies are so adorable!

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  21. Fabulous card...as always!!! Glad you got some Stampy time!!! Congrats to Kellan...those boys will be home soon...having twins and a little early is always different from single births. Those boys are strong like Mom and Dad...everything's gonna be okay!!!

    Thoughts and prayers with you and yours!!!

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  22. Beautiful card Julee! So romantic looking! Congrats on your twin babies! Thanks for joining along with WMS :)

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  23. What an incredibly elegant and beautiful card this is! That bow just takes my breath away. I loved hearing your wonderings about green flowers, but they really do fit right in here. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful little boys - this must be a difficult time for you - but how wonderful that they are getting stronger!

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  24. This one is amazing. So classy. The balck elements really make it stand out. Not sure how you managed to make this with not one but two new babies in NICU. Good luck!

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  25. Gorgeous card! Love the details you layered and the way they are placed. Fabulous card!

    Good luck!

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  26. wow, such an elegant card, makes me want to hop on the next jet and head to Paris!

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  27. your card is gorgeous, jaw dropping beautiful!

    so glad to hear your boys are progressing well.

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  28. Such an elegant card with so many beautiful details! Glad to hear the wonderful update on your babies.

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  29. First - this is such a beautifully elegant card - the bow is magnificent! Second, your photo of your little lad is just gorgeous. Hope all continues well.

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  30. Your card is beautiful! I love all the new images you used, your color scheme and that fab bow! Very elegant.
    My prayers are with you and your family!

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  31. Sending prayers for your little boys. Adore your card.

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  32. Julee, wow!!! so amazed to see you playing along!! sure hope you are recovering well! Your little guys are just the bees knees and I will keep on sending up requests for their health and yours missy!! great big hugs to you!!

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  33. I agree with Claire, your boys are the bees knees! What a cutie peeking out and so happy that he is improving as well as Trevor.
    As for your card, I love it, green flowers and all. LOL! So glad you have the energy to create cards for us to enjoy.

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  34. Julee, what a treat to have you join us! I love your green and black card, so elegant.

    Sending prayers and happy thoughts your way, your boys look so fantastic and I am anxious to hear of their continual improvements. What cuties! Congratulations to you and Mark!

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  35. Thank you for the update on your sweet twins. What wonderful progress.
    Praying for your boys.

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  36. Just wanted to say beautiful card, I especially love the green roses! And your sons are adorable, I hope they get to go home soon!

    Sorry this is so late, my kids were sick last week!

    Chris L.

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