“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 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!!!