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.

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HSS Challenge – “Go Green” #58

Hello Everyone!

This week’s Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge is: 

I made a notepad this time instead of a card.   As I was creating this notepad it brought back memories of when I lived in Honolulu, Hawaii — many, many years ago.   Now in Hawaii we celebrated many holidays — so I was very surprised that St. Patrick’s Day was taken very seriously.    It wasn’t just the decorating and wearing some green.  It went beyond that.  People came to work dressed in costume.   We had a “best dressed” costume contest, “best decorated” office area and “Best Green” dish.   There was a parade and the main menu (of course) was Corned Beef and Cabbage served at most restaurants; and definitely you had better made sure you made a reservation somewhere in order to get lunch and/or dinner.   The streets were closed at the end of the work day.  There were bands playing great music, dancing in the streets, and lots of beer being served.  There was lots of good fun and great memories to last.

To me, the best part of this celebrated day was the fragrance of all the flowers, especially the carnations, that were made into those beautiful gorgeous flower leis.  WOW!  I can still remember the fragrance.  AND!! gifts — we gave each other gifts for St. Patrick’s Day!!    I baked zucchini bread to give as gifts.  I shopped for a green printed mumu and green shoes to wear.  My friends and I would gather together to make our carnation leis (dyed green of course) — all in preparation for March 17th — St. Patrick’s Day! 

So tonight as I made my “Go for the Green”  Notepad (and watched Hawaii 5-O), I thought of Honolulu, Hawaii and the good times I shared with my dearest friend Roberta whom I’ve known for many years.  Roberta & her husband, Bob,  live in Honolulu in a beautiful home up on the hills which has the most beautiful view of Diamondhead and the Pacific Ocean.  So Roberta will be receiving this notepad.  It’s not much but the verse is special because I am truly blessed and “Lucky” to know her as my dearest friend.  Here is Roberta’s St. Patrick’s Day gift.

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Here is a close-up of the bird and shamrock:

 

Here is the list of supplies used:

Stamp Sets:  Afterthoughts (Hostess Level 1 #), Fast & Fun Notes (#113500)

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black

Inks:  Pear Pizzaz, Basic Black, Old Olive

DSP:  Greenhouse Gala

Punches:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch,  Designer Label Punch, Small Heart Punch

Accessories:  Grosgrain 1/4″ Ribbon (Black and Certainly Celery), Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Jewels-Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thank you all for visiting my site.  As I post every week, I get a little better at posting and my “Blog” impaired status gets less and less.  This is still all new to me — but it is the new millennium so I have to get with the new program so I won’t be in the “so yesterday” status.  Cheers and Stamping Hugs to you all.