“I Do, I Do”

Hello Everyone!!
 
It’s been quite a while that I’ve posted anything.  To make it short, on May 27th I lost my dear Aunt Mary to Lupus.  It was a difficult month but a blessing at the same time.  I say blessing because not many have the “gift” to say good-bye to a love one and to let them know how much they love them and how they were blessed to have them in their life.  Aunt Mary was not only able to spend time with her husband, children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren but also with nieces, nephews & sisters and brother, and friends. 
 
During her last week, I spend most of my time at her home helping the family.  The stories I heard from neighbors & friends about her generosity and how she helped them when there was no one else to help them and how she gave of herself to them — not just what she did but her time.   I could write about her — volumes of books — and still never be able to tell all about her and who she was.  I will miss her terribly but I am blessed that I had the opportunity to have had a wonderful, beautiful (inside & out) and awesome Aunt. 
 
So that was my month of May.  And now, it’s time for me to come back to the stamping world.  This week’s theme at Hand Stamped Sentiments is Wedding items and my task to create wedding favors. 
 
I love working with vellum and had not done much with it for quite some time.  So I decided to color my cardstock vellum with Marina Mist and then use a textured impressions embossing folder to give texture to the vellum.   Using the Sizzix dies(Pillow Box and the Big Z Candy Wrapper), I created two wedding favors. 
 
I also created a picture frame (“Ready to Make” canvas frame) which I embossed simply in gold.  This can be used as a wonderful wedding favor.   
 

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I hope you enjoy these projects.  Have a wonderful week.
 

Congratulations 2011 Graduates!!!

 

Hand Stamped Sentiments – Graduation Theme Challenge

  

This theme was a challenge for me as I could not come up with some WOW card or idea.  I finally found a stamp set (“Sense of Time”) that seemed like the perfect one to use. 

This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting my friend Sandra’s granddaughter Alexandra who is from New Jersey.  Alexandra had never stamped before and wanted to see what it was all about especially since she saw all of Sandra’s wonderful cards that she has created.  What a wonderful & beautiful young lady; and this year is her Senior year.   The excitement she had for this special year — her last year in high school — and how excited she is for graduation and to start her new life as a college freshman.  Ta Dum!! finally an idea.   For this challenge I created a graduation card but also made a 6×6  scrap page using Night of Navy, Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla cardstocks.  And just by mere chance, the colors just happen to be Alexandra’s school colors.  So this scrap page has gone home to New Jersey with Alexandra.  

This is the best part of being a demonstrator.  I get the opportunity to share what I love with others and help them create wonderful memories.   I had a wonderful time stamping with Sandra and Alexandra. 

So here is the scrap page and graduation card I created.

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Supplies:

  • Stamp Set:   Sense of Time
  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Brushed Gold
  • Inks:  Night of Navy
  • Accessories:   VersaMark pad; Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Brads

HSS Challenge #61 – Shadow Box Technique – “Friends”

Hello Every0ne!

This week’s Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is a Shadow Box Technique.

Hmmmmmmmm…….now I really had to get my “thinking cap” on for this technique.   So I went to Splitcoast Stampers to get some help.  There are many versions of this technique; so here is my project/card — I hope you like it.

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I tried really hard to use images other than flowers and/or birds.  And I had picked a couple of stamp sets that would have done the job.   But this past week and weekend, I have been blessed with calls and visits from friends.

If you look up the definition of Friendship, it is defined as a form of interpersonal relationship generally considered to be closer than association.  Hmmmm…. it’s more than that.  When someone gives you their friendship, it is a special gift.  Like a garden, you have to nurture and take care of that friendship so that it will grow and last forever.  Like the different flowers in your garden, each one is different and special.  And what joy each one gives you and each has a special place in your heart because you value that special friendship.

I came across a Stampin’Up! set in the catalog (“The “Nicest Things”) that has a stamp with a great phrase “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be — Douglas Pagels”. Isn’t that cool!

This past week, I got to chat and/or spend time with some friends.  I have been fortunate to catch up with old high school friends, dear friends from California & also Stampin’Up! sisters (Hi! Evey, Lily & Noreen), my new stamping friends (Sandra & Ruth Ann), the HSS Design Team who are also my Stampin’Up! sisters who I’ll get to stamp with some of the ladies this week (Gen, Anne Marie, Amy & Erin — I’ll see you this week — YEA!!!) and my cousins Liz & Sandy who are like my kid sisters and new stampers.  I always wished that I had a sister, but you know, I have lots them.

So this was the impetus to my creating the “Friends” shadow box card — which is now going to framed & hung on the wall.  Yep! I’m really blessed.

Stamps:   Thoughts & Prayers (tree), Friends 24-7 (wording), Simple Friendship (swirls)

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla

Sizzix Die:  Top Note

Accessories:  Gold, Clear & Silver Embossing Powders, Jewels – Basic Pearls, VersaMark pad, mounting tape, Dimensionals, Design Label Punch

Thank you for visiting — please come back again!  Have a wonderful week.

HSS – No Stamping Challenge “To Die For” Challenge #56

Hello All!

Okay, this week’s challenge was to use any of the Sizzix Dies that we have in the Stampin’Up! Catalog.   And what a great opportunity to use those awesome dies we have.

Dilemma: So here I have a plethora of Sizzix dies at my disposal as well as Designer Series Paper & accessories, and I have a Challenge due on Monday night.  I’ve been known to purchase a “few” dies — but which ones do I use?????????   YIKES!  I fear procrastination coming on!!   I dislike when I’m procrastinating on doing a task.  Somehow I have laundry to do,  ironing, or worst of all — cleaning the kitchen floor tiles.  Well I have you know — that I decided to cook & bake also.

Yep! I made a homemade Marinara sauce with spinach pasta — and then went on to making Cinnamon Rolls from scratch because I just knew my husband needed to have a nice dinner.  And this morning as he had his coffee and Cinnamon Roll, he mentioned how lovely the kitchen tiles looked.  He knew I was procrastinating.  OH Yeah!   Not to mention, that  I had watched 5 hours of Hawaii 5-0 (that I had taped) while doing the laundry and ironing EVERYTHING that came out of the  dryer.   While still pondering WHAT was I going to create for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.

Somehow I thought watching the shows would give me some sort of inspiration for a card.  NOT!  I went upstairs to my craft room, pulled out dies, cardstock, etc. and my DVDs “Pride & Prejudice” and “Lost in Austen”.  Ta Dum!  I knew Jane Austen would come to my rescue.   So here are my creations — hope you like them.

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“A FRIEND IS….”– This card is dedicated to all my Stampin’Up! sisters.  You’ve been there for me in more ways than you will ever know.

Stamps:  Wording “A friend is….” from Simply Said stamp Set #115066

Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink Pads:  Night of Navy (for sponging)

Sizzix Dies:  Frame Oval Scallop (#114521), Lots of Tags Sizzlits (#114508)

Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage (#121782)

Punch:  Scallop Trim Corner (#118870)

Accessories:  Big Shot Machine, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Daubers, Dimensionals, Jewels – Basic Pearls (#119247), Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481), Black Embossing Power (for wording), Versa Mark Pad

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“ALWAYS ON MY  MIND…”  – This card I created for Don, my husband.  I’m so blessed to say that I married my BFF (Best Friend Forever).  I showed him the card, but advised him that this card would be on my display board.  I used LOTS of bling on this card!!

Stamps:  Wording “Always on my mind….” from Always stamp set (#113620)

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink Pads:  Night of Navy (for sponging)

Sizzix Dies:   3″ Circle Die (#122125 – Occasions Mini Catalog), Lots of Tags Sizzlits (#114508), Tag from Matchbox Die (#114890)

Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper (#120175)

Designer Series Paper:   Springtime Vintage (#121782 – Occasions Mini Catalog)

Accessories:   Jewels – Basic Rhinestones (#119246), Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Build-A-Brad (#109128)

Ribbon:  Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481), Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta

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LATTICE CANDLE:  Hard to tell — but this really is a candle.  I’ve been wanting to use the Lattice BigZ Sizzix die (#115958) and the butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (#118138).  So at 10:40pm last night I decided to use a candle that’s been in my closet and create.  At this point, I stopped “creating” and went to bed.

Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage (#121782)

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz

Sizzix Dies:  Lattice BigZ Sizzix die (#115958)

Accessories:   Jewels – Basic Pearls (#119247), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#114319), Dimensionals (#104430 – to adhere butterflies)

Thank you all for visiting my site.  I usually don’t write long blogs (well that’s not really true — I’ve been known to write “novels” for letters) — However! I’ve had 2 cups of coffee and just came back from an errand where I stopped and purchased a Latte — so I’m totally loaded with caffeine.

If you get a chance, please hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and participate in their “To Die For” Challenge.  Wait till you see what my Stampin’Up! sisters have created!!!!

HSS Challenge – Ribbon & Lace

These cards were created for another HSS Challenge (Hand Stamped Sentiments). Theme:  Ribbon and Lace.  Stampin’Up! has beautiful ribbons.  I had heard that the Seam Binding ribbons were hard to work with — but! to my surprise this was not the case.  The Seam Binding ribbons are so beautiful, so soft & sweet, and great to work with.  I know I’ll be getting more.

All day long, I just could not get started in creating my card for this challenge.   I only needed to create one card — but thanks to Colin Firth aka Mr. Darcy of “Pride and Prejudice”, I got my inspiration.    I thought of Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy at the Netherfield Ball which was hosted by Mr. Bingly at his summer home/mansion.   And all the beautiful lace and ribbon on the gowns worn by all the ladies.  Anyway, I got carried away again and just couldn’t stop creating. Thanks to my friend Amy Lazzell, who let me use her new stamp set “Baby Blossoms”, I created the first two cards.   The first “blue” card reminds me of Mr. Darcy (his soft side and adoration for Miss Bennett).  And the second, of course, of Miss Elizabeth Bennett.  So here are my cards.  I hope you like them.

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The last card is just a 3×3 note card that was actually created from scraps.  The rainbow textured portion was a small scrap from a previous card as well as the ribbons – these were scraps.  Colors of inks are:  Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point.  The seam binding ribbons are:  Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Baja Breeze.  I just used daubers with same ink colors and sponged diagonal lines of color for a background and stamped the wording.

HSS Challenge – Romantic Colors

Well according to our weather people, it’s supposed to be freezing cold in 3/4 of this country.  BURRRR!! — I don’t do well in cold weather.  So what better way to spend an evening by stamping and having a good cup of sugar-free cocoa; and of course, watching Castle.

This week’s HSS challenge (www.handstampedsentiments.blogspot.com) is Romantic colors using:

  • Any one of the SU Red cardstocks – Real Red, Ridinghood Red, Poppy Parade or Cherry Cobbler (my favorite),
  • Basic Black,
  • Either Whisper White or Very Vanilla

I decided to do booklets and use one of my favorite stamp sets “Just Believe”  and my most favorite technique — embossing.

The booklet is really simple.  I used Basic Black cardstock, DSP, Very Vanilla CS, “Just Believe” stamp set, and Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.   The cover is actually embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This could actually be a great hostess gift.  Inside is a small tablet that can be used for a “To Do” list.

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The journal is actually one I got at a Dollar Store years ago.  I thought it would be something I could use — “one day”.  So today is that one day.  The journal background is red velvet and black leather.  So the only thing it needed was a simple image embossed in gold, some gold cording and a key charm.

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Tomorrow, I’ll clean up my crafting area — tonight, I stamp!!!

HSS Challenge – Theme Challenge Hearts – Valentine Treats

 

This week’s challenge on Hand Stamped Sentiments is “Hearts”.  So my project(s) was to make various Valentine treats.  I guess I got a little carried away with the plethora of items shown in the picture.   So if you need ideas of what to make to give away to your special friends — here you go.

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