Friday, December 31, 2010

A hundred hearts...

   * Edit - this card made "the cream in our coffee" at the Play Date Cafe challenge! *
I just love this sentiment from Verve Stamps.  It makes me smile - and it truly sums up my love for DH of 33 years.  Kinda mushy, huh???  Yea...  : )   gotta love it!  This is the card I'll be giving to him for Valentine's Day.  Hmmm...I'm thinking now, that he might not appreciate all of that lace.  Well.  I didn't think about that until just now.  Too late.  It's staying put.
Anyway - on to the card.

When I saw the inspiration photo over at The Play Date Cafe (Challenge #62), I had to play along.  I am not a fan of the color pink, usually.  BUT, these shades of pink and rose...along with the neutrals are just beautiful.  I was inspired!  Here is the photo that I'm talking about:
Gorgeous, huh?

Here's my card.  I'm so pleased with this card!  I started out in a slightly different direction (which wasn't quite working.)  Once I changed out a couple of things...everything fell into place.  Love when that happens.
I'm including several photos.  It was difficult to capture all of the details in one photo.  To see a larger version, just click on a photo.

I started with a base of crumb cake card stock, then a layer of white.  I layered on some rose red - stamped with a few hearts in the same color.  I crimped a layer of crumb cake beneath the matting of rose red and regal rose.  I hand trimmed the rows of hearts on white cs, then popped on 2 rose colored pearls (for the two of us...I know...mushy again.)  I used a spellbinder heart around the the sentiment, sponging the cs with crumb cake ink before removing it from the die.  The lace that I used, is some that I bought at an estate auction last summer.  I LOVE using vintage lace on my cards.  I think that the whitewash on this SU brad is perfect for this card.
Thanks so much for stopping in to take a look.  Let me know what you think!
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My recipe:
CS: rose red, regal rose, whisper white, crumb cake (SU)
Ink: rose red, basic black, crumb cake
Stamps: hundred hearts, heart flutter (Verve)
Other: rose pearls (Recollections), vintage lace (auction), antique brad (SU), linen thread to gather ribbon (SU)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

thank you

Today's card is going into a challenge I've not participated in, before...
Color Q (Color Q Color Challenge) - CQC #65
I really like the combination of colors in the inspiration photo...take a look!
Pretty, huh???  You can click on the link (above) to read all of the challenge details.

Here is my card ~

Bringing together these colors proved to be a little more difficult than I thought.  I guess that's why they call it a "challenge"!  I used a dry embossing technique for the hydrangea, that I had not used before.  I saw a video tutorial by Dawn O. that showed how easy this technique is...and it was easy.  The image is stamped onto vellum, then embossed with a stylus from the back of the sheet.  Fun and easy!
I wish you could reach into the pics and feel the raised areas of the flower.  Here is the link to Dawn's video...
Dry Embossing Vellum Hydrangea by dostamping

Thanks so much for stopping in to take a look at my blog.  I hope you leave a comment...I love reading them!

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The recipe:
CS: kraft, basic gray, whisper white (SU), white vellum (The Paper Studio)
DSP: walk in the park (SU) I used a piece of the olive green leaf paper.
Ink: basic black (SU), jet black (Staz-On)
Stamps: because I care (SU)
Other: basic gray ribbon (SU), build-a-brad (SU) I used a piece of the same green leaf paper in the brad., 2 black brads (Recollections)

Monday, December 27, 2010


Since I've depleted my stash of sympathy cards, I'm working on getting a few put away for future use.  This is a type of card that I always want to have on hand.  When one is needed, I  like to be able to drop it in the mail right away.
So, this card will go into my stash.

I'm playing along with two challenges today:
Mojo Monday, week 171 - Julee provided two sketches for us (round or square).
 Stacey's Stamping Stage - Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 62
This is what I came up with -

Since this is a sympathy, I went light on the embellishments.  I chose a button from SU's "button latte" and added a piece of baker's twine from RRR.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder for the 4 pieces of early espresso card stock...and matted the sentiment panel on a piece of pear pizzaz card stock.  I'm really pleased with the way this card turned out.  Thanks so much for stopping in, and please leave comment...I enjoy reading them!
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CS: pear pizzazz, early espresso, whisper white, baja breeze (SU)
Ink: early espresso (SU)
Stamps: forever in our hearts (Verve)
Embossing folder: Sizzix
Other: button (button latte from SU), green/white baker's twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Someone so special

My card today is going into the Just Us Girls color challenge - JUGS #64.
A few weeks ago I sent out the only sympathy card that I had in my stash.  I told my husband this morning, that I need to make some sympathy cards today.  Usually, when I need one, I want to send it out right away.  Well, sadly...I found out this afternoon, that I need one.
So this card is going into the mail immediately.  I had already planned to use the JUGS color challenge, and I love these colors for a sympathy card.

Here is the beautiful inspiration photo that the talented ladies at JUGS provided.  Aren't these colors soothing?
Here is my card.  I tried to keep it fairly clean and simple, considering the occasion.  I added 3 green pearls to the tree.  I embossed my layer of blue cardstock and tied on a piece of green ribbon.

The recipe:
Stamps: forever in our hearts (Verve)
CS: old olive, bashful blue, whisper white (SU)
Ink: basic black (SU)
Other: embossing folder (Cuttlebug), ribbon and pearls from my stash

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I have proof!!!

I FINALLY made Christmas cookies today.  And...I have the pictures to prove

I'm one of those people that start my Christmas shopping in the summer.  I one wants to hear that, huh?  I like to get it completed so that I can enjoy the holiday season.  I DON'T enjoy fighting the crowds (and the northern Illinois weather) as Christmas draws near.
Each year, I think that I'll have all of this spare time to do all of the other "Christmas-y" stuff.  But, somehow...I'm still very busy.  For a number of years now, I haven't even found the time to make Christmas cookies.  And my DH loves Christmas cookies!  I decided that instead of stamping today {gasp!} was time to make cookies for him.  He's so good to me...and I love him so much!  Just as much today, as 33 years ago, when we married!
It was a perfect day for cookie making today...bright sunshine, single digit temps outside (all the more reason to stay inside and bake) oh...and I started the day relaxing with a hot cup of green tea with mint.....mmm....{insert big smile here}.
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The holidays are not a happy time for everyone, I know.  We lost our nephew, Matthew,  to leukemia in May of this year.  His photo is in the left hand column of this blog.  He was a wonderful and courageous young man. We miss him so much...even more as the holidays approach. 
But, I still have to appreciate and find joy in all that I can.  I SO appreciate my and my husband's families.  And our friends of many years.  We are truly blessed to have all of these wonderful people in our lives.

May you have a blessed Christmas and a peaceful new year.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

thanks {so much}

Whoo - my second post today!  I usually don't have the time to do that, but, I'm spending the day stamping  :o)
This card is going to a former co-worker and friend.  Each year, my friend Pam and I co-host a Christmas party for a bunch (the attendance varies each year) of former co-workers/friends.  Our workplace closed down in 1999 but, thankfully, we continue to stay in touch.  This annual party is SO much fun!  Each year, one particular friend brings gifts for me and Pam.  She is just so sweet.  Even though she has dealt with the loss of loved ones, 2 years in a row - in November...she still is so thoughtful and giving to others.  What a blessing she is to those around her.
This card is going out to her, in thanks for the sweet gift...and her friendship.

I'm participating in the following challenges, with this card ~

The Play Date Cafe - Color Splash Challenge (PDCC60 ~ black & white with a splash of yellow)
Paper Pals Arts Challenge - CAS Elements of Style - Get your lace in place!!
In fact, this is my 2nd entry in the Paper Pals Arts challenge today.  I had so much fun working with lace earlier today...that I decided to use lace on another card.  This beautiful lace is one that I bought recently, and I've been looking for an excuse to use I need an excuse.
On to the card ~
Maybe I got a little carried away with the number of photos.  I was trying to capture all of the details.  It was difficult to show the dry embossed black panel, so I included an angled photo (closeup).  In the bottom photo you can see some of the border punched yellow cs that I added to the inside.  I thought this MS punch mimicked the V shapes in the lace, on the front of the card.  The black brad, in the center of the bow, is covered in has such a soft look, in real life.  I attached my tiny thank you sentiment with a piece of bakers twine.  The black and white swirled pattern is actually a piece of vellum, that I found in a mixed media pack that I've had for a while.
Well, I've chattered enough!  If you've read all the way to the end of this post..thank you for your patience!!!

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My recipe:
Card stock: whisper white, basic black, so saffron (SU)
Stamp: tiny tags (SU)
Patterned paper: printed vellum from mixed media pack (Best Occasions)
Other: swirl embossing folder (Cuttlebug), brides mother trim white (Offray), white satin ribbon (Celebrate It), corduroy brad (from my stash), baker's twine (Really Reasonable Ribbons)

A warm hello...

This card was SO much fun to make!  I rarely make a card that isn't rectangular or square.  But...when I saw a card in PaperCrafts magazine that used this template, I knew I had to make one.  This was very easy to make.  Sometimes templates can be so time consuming, so I've not done many of them.
Once I printed and cut out the template, this cute designer series paper from SU (Bella Birds) did most of the work for me.  I sponged a little Pretty In Pink around the edges of the lamp, which really softened the look of the card.
This card will go into the mail to one of my aunts.  She wears pink quite often (and it's a great color on her). And I remember, over the years, that many of her blouses have a lace trim on the collar.  I know that this card will make her smile  :)
This card is going into the Paper Pals Arts Challenge:
PPA73-CAS Elements of Style - Get Your Lace in Place!!

Here is the inspiration photo that the Paper Pals have provided ~ love it! 
And, here is my card:

As can click on a photo to see a larger version.
 Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  I hope you'll stop in again!
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My recipe ~
Lamp template: PaperCrafts magazine website
Stamps: petite messages (Hero Arts), fine flourish [inside the card] (SU)
Designer Series Paper: bella birds (SU)
Card Stock: whisper white (SU)
Ink: chocolate chip, pretty in pink (SU)
Other: lace (Offray), pink pearls (Recollections), oval punches (SU)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pals Paper Arts challenge 72

While browsing the blogs this morning, I came across a blog challenge that I had not yet participated in.  It's Pals Paper Arts.  I'm familiar with their challenges, but for whatever reason, had never participated.  WELL...what drew me in was the group of inspiration photos....gorgeous!  Winter whites and neutrals.  Take a look!
I just had to participate ; )
Here is my take on the challenge ~
I apologize for the quality of the photos.  It looks like I was holding my camera sorta crooked, doesn't it?  Ugh...
Anyway, this is a card I really enjoyed creating.  I love the layers of vanilla cardstock, the border punch (MS), lace and a little gold metallic marker (for edging).  Of course, I had to use a little lace, too.  I am loving using lace lately.  It adds such softness to a card or project.  I also added some flat back gold pearls between the points of the lace border.  Along the right edge of the card base I added a few score lines, using my Scor-Buddy.
This sentiment is one I picked up at a local craft store.  It's by Paper Inspirations.  The card stock is all from SU!
Please let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Merry & Bright

Well, it's certainly "bright" today.  About 6" of snow fell through the night and into this morning.  OK, that's enough for this winter...I wish...
This snowman card is going into my Christmas card stash.  But, he'll soon be out the door.  I'll start addressing my Christmas cards this afternoon ; o)

This card is going into the Card Patterns Sketch 93.  You can click on the link to see the inspiration that the guest designer and crew provided us with.  Here is this weeks sketch:
And, here is my interpretation:
I'm including 2 more pics, that will hopefully show a little more of the sparkle on this card.

My friend Kris gave me this sheet of patterned paper last Saturday.  The snowflakes have SO much sparkle (so pretty!), but it was difficult to capture that in these photos.
I used a MS border punch on my layer of brushed silver cs.  I think this border ties in nicely with the shapes in the felt snowflake embellishment, don't you?
This was such a fun card to make; I love the colors of navy, silver and white for a Christmas card.

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Please leave a comment; I look forward to reading them!

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The recipe ~
CS: whisper white, night of navy, brushed silver (SU)
Ink: night of navy (SU)
Patterned paper: snowflake glitter-blue & silver (The Paper Studio)
Stamp: merry & bright (SU)
Punch: MS
Embellies: white ribbon (Basic-Basic from Michaels), felt snowflake (Wal Mart), silver cord from my stash, silver Stickles

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A stamping day + friends = FUN

Last Saturday 2 of my stamping buddies came over to spend the day stamping and talking.  I enjoy these days SO much!  Thanks Kris and Cheryl!!!
You would think that since we stamped all day, that I would a LOT of cards to show you.  Well...there is that matter of talking, you know :)  That's okay, though!
I'll show you what I created ~

This first card is one that I CASE'd from Lucy Abrams.  You can follow THIS LINK to see the card that I CASE'd.  I love her clean and simple (and beautiful) style.  I made just a few changes on my card.  I used white pearls, a different tree stamp and I did some paper piercing, instead of actual stitching.
This second card was CASE'd from one that my stamping buddy (and cousin) Cheryl created.  I've also seen something similar on the cover of SU!'s current catalog.  I simply took scraps of dsp and adhered them to a piece of cs.  Then, ran it through my Top Notes die.  I love this effect and it's so easy to do!
The 3rd card is my own design.  I love this flocked SU!dsp from last year, so I didn't want to cover very much of it.  So I kept my layers to a minimum.  I used soft suede cs for the band, and the embossed snowflake.  I embossed 2 snowflakes so that I could punch out the center of one, and pop it up to add some dimension.  Of course, I couldn't resist using a little bit of ribbon...and a crystal!  I do love bling!
This last card is a birthday card for one of my nephews.  I had to switch do a masculine card.  I picked up a 2 pack of Tim Holtz embossing folders recently, so I knew I wanted to use one of those.  I love this look of cracked glass!  I decided that I needed to stay with a rough look, so I tore the bottom edges of my cs layers.  I added some twine, along with a T. H. Muse Token.  It took quite a while for me to come up with the design of this card.  But...once I had that settled, the card came together quickly.
Thanks for stopping in to take a look at what I've been creating!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Blessed is the Season

Yes...I keep saying that I've finished making all of my Christmas cards.  Well - I can't seem to stop.  What can I say...I love creating Christmas cards!  I don't know how I'll "change gears" once the holidays are  :o)   *** Edit *** This card won titles in all 3 of these challenges...very exciting for me!!!!!

I saw the color challenge over at the Play Date Cafe, and knew that I just had to play along.  Take a look at the inspiration photo that Sarah posted for us.  I love it!
Then, I saw this fun sketch on the Unscripted Sketches blog...and decided I would combine both challenges into one card.  Take a look at the sketch, below.
 * oops, I'm back with an edit *  I forgot that The Paper Players challenge #26 is to use heat embossing!  I meant to include this card in this challenge also.  You know what they say about the memory....hmmm...I guess they're right!  Here is Jaydee's Paper Player Plus Challenge ~

I was so intrigued by the colors combination of brown, gray and silver.   But...oh my...I struggled for a while.  My first idea just would not work.  I finally realized that I just needed to let go of it, and head in a completely different direction.  Ah-ha!  That !
Anyway ~ on to the card.
I really wanted my focus to be on the color silver.  I ran some brushed silver card stock though an embossing folder (I love the texture!).  I also used sterling silver embossing powder for my sentiment, and on the brown card stock that I used in the 3 brads (these were made using the pewter build-a-brad kit from SU).  Oh, I also used a piece of silver cord for my bow.  I am SO pleased with this card!  Once I let go...and let my stamping mojo take a different direction, it was so much more fun!
I'm including several photos.  I had some difficulty getting the silver color of the sentiment to show.  I've also included a couple of closeup pics of some of the details.

Thanks for stopping in to take a look.  I hope you'll leave a comment.  I love reading them!

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The recipe:
Stamps: Blessed Is The Season (Gina K Designs)
CS: basic gray, brushed silver, chocolate chip, whisper white (SU)
Ink: close to cocoa (SU), Versamark
Emb. Powder: sterling silver (SU)
Punches: border and 1/2" round (SU)
Other: silver cord (Hirshberg Schutz & Co.) vintage lace trim (from an estate auction), emb. folder (Cuttlebug), silver metallic marker, used to edge the white cs (American Crafts)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Butterfly birthday wishes

Now that I've finished making my Christmas cards, I need to concentrate on some birthdays!
This card is submitted to 2 challenges.
Curtain Call color challenge Act 57 (over at Stacey's Stamping Stage):
Check out the beautiful inspiration photo that Stacey chose, for this week's color challenge.
 The Paper Players Challenge #25 ~ Nance's sketch challenge- check it out, below.
You can click on the links above to get all of the details for these challenges.
  *** Edit *** This card made "A Cut Above" at the Paper Players challenge.
It's fun to combine two challenges into one card!  I have to admit though...even though these are great colors, I struggled to make them work on my card.  I pulled out several packs of discontinued Stampin Up DSP, looking for a way to tie these colors together.  And....ta da!  I found this patterned piece that had nearly all of the colors I needed.  All I had to add was a piece of going gray CS, as the matting behind it.  Then adding the gray crystals pulled it together nicely.  A few dots of Stickles on the punched border added a little more sparkle.  You can never have too much sparkle...IMHO anyway!
Oh sorry...I'm rambling.  Here's my card   :o)

I included several pics, trying to capture the sparkle of the crystals and the Stickles.
Anyway, let me know what you think of my card.  I love reading your comments!
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Recipe ~
CS: tempting turquoise, basic gray, whisper white, cajun craze, chocolate chip (all SU)
DSP: sweet pea designer series paper pack (SU) - the butterfly & swirly circle were punched from this, too.
Ink: chocolate chip (SU)
Stamps: on your birthday, seeing spots - I used this on the envelope (SU)
Punches: border punch, butterfly punch, 1 3/4" round punch (SU)
Other: Stickles (Ranger), gray crystals (from my stash)

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