Thursday, September 25, 2008


O.k. so another blogger and fabulous crafter is doing an amazing thing! Carolyn (Cammie) King has organized the mother of all blog candies in celebration of World's Alzheimer's Day. She recently lost her Grandmother to complications from the disease and wanted to try and give back to the amazing caretakers that care for those with Alzheimer's. What better way to do that than to give them some amazing homemade cards!

So this is my card (sorry the picture is not the greatest!) that I will be mailing out shortly. I didn't have a chance to make a new one this week, but I had this one that I tried submitting for publication but it was not selected. It was quite a long time ago that I did this though, so I honestly cannot give too many specifics.

To participate in Cammie's blog candy, see her post here. There are literally over $1000 in prizes and they will be going to one single soul! In her post, you can see all of the amazing companies and individuals that have donated to this awesome cause. So go check it out and get a card in the mail as the blog candy ends September 26!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Heartfelt Thanks, Dotted Autumn (retired); Paper - Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Barely Banana, So Saffron, Whisper White; Inks - Barely Banana, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, Craft White; Accessories - So Saffron brads, Crystal Stickles, Sponge, Moss Gingham ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sparkly Blooms

One of my dear friends (Hi Steph!) was having a birthday this last week (the day after my own) and I wanted to create a special card for her. So as usual, in my limited time I again turned to a sketch challenge for some inspiration...are you all getting tired of me saying that?! Anyway I used Julee's Poetic Artistry Mojo Sketch Challenge #53 and one of my new stamp sets, Eastern Blooms. By the way, I love that the new sets are die-cut! I got 4 sets (including an alphabet set) put together during one nap time!
I wanted a fall color look and I also wanted to use some Burgundy stickles that I have had for awhile and never used. So I put together my color combo of Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy, & Old Olive. Both of the main flower images were done with markers directly on the stamps. The saying came from Verve Visual's Beautiful You set. I also decided to pull out some eyelets that are apparently not very "in" anymore...Stampin' Up! only is selling the metal colors now instead of all of the colors like they did before! I still think they look nice...though I will admit I probably would have used brads instead if I had them in the same colors. Poor little eyelets!
On a side note, do you think this picture means that I vacuumed just a little bit too long? I put Adilane in the Exersaucer while I vacuumed one day. I heard her fussing a all out I did a little bit more. Finally I stopped and went to check on her and this is what I found! Poor thing!!
The Engineering Details
Stamps - Eastern Blooms, Beautiful You (Verve Visual); Paper - Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Very Vanilla; Ink - Really Rust Marker, Baroque Burgundy marker, Old Olive marker; Accessories - Really Rust & Bravo Burgundy eyelets, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, Burgundy Stickles, scissors, Mat Pack

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Baptism Prayers

I wanted to participate in Julee's Poetic Artistry Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge Contest, but I kept putting it off. I have a stamp camp and baptism coming up so I have been focused on those. Anyway, I created the baptism invitations for my daughter and decided I would try Julee's sketch challenge for some baptism thank yous. The baptism invitation that the thank you was based on is the second card in this post.

I bought Verve Visual's Notes of Prayer set specifically for the cross image...I have been looking for a great cross for baptism invitations. I embossed the cross in black, colored the center, and added some pink stickles. I can't stop using my Cuttlebug, so once again I reached for the wonderful D'Vine Swirls.

I pulled out the retired Petal Prints to get the leaf pattern on the Pretty in Pink paper. I love the subtly and visual interest it generated. The Thank you card has most of the same elements as my invitation, but it ended up being a little more time consuming than the invitation...which is best I of the two should be easier to make right?!

So this is the actual baptism invitation. Pretty basic, so not much to say. I love the cross below the main image...highlights the main image cross!

It is now official...I am no longer employed! I turned in my resignation on Friday. A little scary, but I think that I have come to peace with the decision to stay at home. Not much else...too tired to think right now!!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Notes of Prayer (Verve Visual), Petal Prints (retired); Paper - Basic Black, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink; Ink - Versamark, White Craft, Pretty in Pink; Accessories - Cotton Candy Stickles, Black embossing powder, heat gun, D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder, Black brads

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