Sunday, January 11, 2015

I've switched to Valentine mode! 

In the past several months I have strived to use stamps that I've never used or rarely used and this set is one of them.  I started with a color sketch challenge that included these 2 colors and Wisteria Wonder which is a lavender color.  There really wasn't a color contrast between the 3 colors and I quickly lost interest in that challenge.  I'm really excited about how my card came together!

Yesterday was such a great day for me.  My kitchen was mostly clean.  That's always good.  Do you struggle with keeping up with your dirty dishes?  If you don't, then my hat is off to you.

Because Friday night was our Stampin' Up! Demonstrator monthly meeting, I wasn't able to watch the playback of my nephew's hockey game, so I tuned into that yesterday.  The Internet Buffering I had been experiencing was so bad that I couldn't even watch the game, so I called my Internet Provider.  I was able to take advantage of a promo that let me increase my speed by 5x for only $5 more a month.  What a difference that made in viewing the game!!!  The game was so much more fun to watch.

Our opponent scored the first 3 points in the 1st period.  My heart just sunk.  I wasn't sure I would be able to finish watching the game so I switched over to Facebook to see the final score & saw that we won.  Hockey is a low scoring game and a 3 point advantage is difficult to beat.  To me that was just crazy so I went back to the game to check it out.

That game was just crazy fun to watch!  It was one of those games where your opponent is beating the crap out of you and something inside of you as player just kicks in and you become a player that is super focused, super determined.  You are skating faster.  You are more aggressive.  Your eyes are focused on the net and your shots are going in.

Quinn had a really good game and scored a goal.  There were 6 goals made between the 2 teams in Period 2!  They were just slammin 'em in!  And to top it off we won by 2, I think.  Great comeback guys!

Cardstock - Night of Navy, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
DSP - Regals
Ink - Night of Navy
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Hearts Thinlits Die
Pretty Accessories - Tea Lace Paper Doilies & Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Saturday, January 10, 2015

For Chuck and Lisa

A card for Chuck & Lisa, who lost their Mom & Mother-In-Law recently. 

If you can look closely at the Hello Honey piece, I used the Postcard Stamp to stamp parts of it to create the background for my pretty butterfly and ribbon and the heart.  I'm not sure that I have seen hearts on sympathy cards but my thought was to show my love for Eileen and for their love of her.


Cardstock - Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
DSP - Moonlight
Stamps - Postcard and Papillion Potpourri
Pretty Accessories - Lost Lagoon ribbon and Linen Thread
Ink - Versamark and Lost Lagoon 3/8" Stitched Satin


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thoughts of You

This card shows a window cut out with a die, dsp behind it, with vellum and rhinestones added to accessorize. 
I think I have finally show you all cards that was a custom order for my friend Peggy.  Thank you Peggy.  Each one was made love.

Cardstock - Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
Stamps - Loving Thoughts
DSP - This and That
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Honeycomb TIEF
Ink - Calypso Coral
Brads -

Thanks to Linda Heller for sharing her design.

Look Closely

Look closely to see the Lattice die cut. 

Do you like?

Cardstock - Whisper White
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Lattice Die
Other - rhinestones

Thank You Mom

A long time ago I took a quilt design class at a local Ben Franklin and loved it.  The colors, the patterns, and putting them together.  I was hooked.  But then Stampin' Up! came along and all that love was transferred to paper crafting.  I've also gained an insight in my Mom and her love of sewing aka a large stash of fabric!  Love you Mom and thank you.

Cardstock - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
DSP - Afternoon Tea
Stamps - Fabulous Phrases, Thoughts of You, Stippled Blossoms
Ink - Early Espresso
Punches - Hexagon, Wide Oval

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thinking of You

Cardstock - Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP - Sweater Weather
Stamps - Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Pretty Accessories - Early Espresso Button, Linen Thread, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities
Cool Tools - Modern Label & Triangle Punches

So yummy!

Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Stamps - Petite Petals
TIEF - Needlepoint Border
DSP - Retro Fresh
Ink - Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Petite Petals Punch, Two-Step Bird Builder Punch

Thanks to Mary Smallidge for sharing her design.

Bring on the Cake

I've had this DSP for several years and struggled to find a way to use it.  I just love this.  The boldness of the red overshadows the dark and dreary DSP.   Now I like it!


Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Stamps - Bring on the Cake
DSP - Twitterpatted
Ink - Basic Gray
TIEF - Delicate Designs 
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Large Scallop Edgelit, Blossom & Boho Blossoms Punches
Pretty Accessories - Basic Pearl Gems


Who are the stars in your life?  One of mine is my nephew who plays ice hockey.  In last night's game he got 3 points and received the top star award for the game.  So proud of him. 

Kit - Paper Pumpkin July '14
Ink - Rich Razzleberry
Stamps - Simply Stars, Hearts a Flutter, Create a Cupcake

Thoughts and prayers to each of you that have lost a loved one.  I pray that you are able to find your way through your grief.

Cardstock - Sahara Sand
DSP - Fall Flowers
Stamp Sets - Teeny Tiny Wishes, Silhouette Sentiments
Ink - Old Olive
Cool Tools - Big Shot, TIEF Flower Garden, Scalloped, Large Oval, Three For You Punch
Gems - other

I just received the sad news that Eileen, Mother-In-Law of my good friend Lisa, has passed away.  I was honored to have spent time with Eileen during her struggles with Alzheimer's.  Eileen was one of the first students to attend The Christ Hospital School of Nursing here in Topeka,  the original Stormont School of Nursing in 1945.  She kept a scrapbook with photos and newspaper clippings of her friends and lots of memories from her time there.  I loved that!

My thoughts and prayers for her family today.

Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White
TIEB - Vintage Wallpaper
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Chalk Talk & Apothecary Framelits
Stamps - Stippled Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks - Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo
Gold Glitz Dazzling Details
This card was inspired by one from Melissa Davies. 

Print Poetry

I'm in a poetry state of mind today, so I took my title from the DSP. 

In this past weekend's service Pastor's message centered on Isaiah 60:1-6.  I would like to share that with you.

Introduction to Isaiah 60, it is both prophetic and poetic he says.  It invites us to see into the heart of the Epiphany event and it invites us to consider its relevance for us today.  

Isaiah 60:1-6
60 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
   and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
 See, darkness covers the earth
   and thick darkness is over the peoples,
   but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 
Nations will come to your light,
   and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 
Lift up your eyes and look about you:
  All assemble and come to you;
  your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.  
Then you will look and be radiant, 
   your heart will throb and swell with joy;
   the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
   to you the riches of the nations will come.  
Herds of camels will cover your land,
  young camels of Midian and Ephah.
  And all from Sheba will come,
  bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

Amazing and beautiful.

Cardstock - Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
DSP - Print Poetry
Stamps - Petite Petals
Ink - Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding
Cool Tools - 1/2" Circle & Petite Petal Punch
Pretty Accessories - Pearl Basic Gems

Lacy & Lovely

I am finally catching up on my blog, so many projects to share with you.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cardstock - Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky
Stamps - Lacy & Lovely
Inks - Soft Suede, Soft Sky
Cool Tools - 1-3/4" & 1/2" Circle Punches, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents


Something Just For You

Hi everyone.  I have a monochromatic card today for you in pink. 

Would you like a strawberry slush this warm Sunday? I'll meet you on the front porch, we'll have a relaxing Sunday afternoon.  We'll reminisce about yesterday, talk about today and dream about tomorrow.  Okay, so it's not so warm but the sun is shining!  It's only 18 degrees here.

Cardstock - Strawberry Slush
Stamps - Flower Patch, Petite Petals
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Hexagon Hive Framelits, Hexagon Petite Petal & Flower Fancy Punches


Saturday, January 3, 2015

With Sympathy

A very simple card but very pretty.

Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
DSP - Parisian Breeze
Stamps - Layered Labels, Thoughts & Prayers, Fresh Vintage
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits
Ink - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Pretty Accessories - Gems Basic Pearls

Friday, January 2, 2015

With Sympathy

Here's a fast and pretty card when you need one in a hurry.

Cardstock - Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla, Vellum
Stamps - Create a Cupcake
Inks - Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Basic Black
DSP - All Abloom
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Beautiful Butterfly Die, Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Word Window & Modern Label Punches
Pretty Accessories - Island Indigo Baker's Twine


Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Cross For Hope

The colors I chose for this card remind me of a sunrise!

Cardstock - Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamps - Crosses of Hope, Thoughts and Prayers, Reason to Smile
DSP - Watercolor Wonder
Ink - Tangerine Tango
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Ovals Framelits

Let's Fly Away

To Aruba!

Cardstock - Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Pool Party
Stamps - Thoughts and Prayers, Papillion Butterfly, Punch Potpourri
Ink - Gold Encore
Cool Tools - Petite Butterfly Punch
Pretty Accessories - Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Basic Gem Pearls

Friends Never Fade

I love how this card came out!  Putting rhinestones around the stamped image?  Genius.

Cardstock - Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon
DSP - All Abloom
Stamps - Friends Never Fade, Warmest Regards
Ink - Mossy Meadow
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Large Delicate Doilies, 1/2", 3/4" and 1" Circle Punches
rhinestones - other


A cuppa?

Grab a cup of tea and spend some time with me.  I love visiting with new and old friends.  Please leave a comment.

Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
DSP - First Edition,
Stamps - Morning Cup
Ink - Memento Black
Cool Tools - Scalloped Edge Punch
Pretty Accessories - So Saffron 5/8: Grosgrain Ribbon