Played along in Splitcoaststamper’s Inspiration Challenge today.  My intention for this challenge was to make a card to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend.  But then I spotted a beautiful floral plate, and well… this happened instead.

Here is the pink rose plate that was used as the inspiration.

This was such a fun image to color!  Tip: The centers of some of the roses are dotted with a white gel pen to help the flowers “pop”.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  But as you are having fun with family and friends…

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Stamps: SU ‘Elements of Style’; Rubber Moon ‘Happy Birthday’

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black; SU Certainly Celery

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Creamy Caramel; Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen White; Gel Pen Black; Copics:


Accessories: EK Success 1″ Circle Punch and 3/4″ Circle Punch; Hero Art Accent Pearl; Plastic Backed Pearl Ribbon; Organdy Ribbon; Paper Piercer and Template

May 232011

Today’s Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers was a sketch, so I decided to join in on the fun.

The sentiment is embossed with gold embossing powder.  I’ve always been a fan of embossing and wonder why I don’t do it more.. until I see the mess it makes!  lol

The chandelier is accented with a gold glitter pen, and the bobbles have some gold Stickles.

The finishing touch is a gold cord bow.

Happy Monday!

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Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps Chandelier Fun

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Night of Navy; Basic Grey Boxer DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark; Gold Glitter Pen; Copics:

Accessories: May Arts Satin Trim Grosgrain Ribbon; Gold Cording; Stickles; Embossing Powder; Corner Rounder Punch

 

 

Played along in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.

The colors of these soaps really caught my eye.  I needed a guy card and thought they would work perfectly.  Don’t these soaps look good enough to eat!

(These soaps can be found here on the Spotted Moth website.)

The image is a free printable download from Crafty Secrets.  Yes, it was FREE!  How awesome is that!  And they have a bunch more, too!

Finally, a little silliness was added to the inside.

Thanks for dropping by today!  Hope you’re having a great weekend.  Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: Image is a Free Printable Download from Crafty Secrets; (Inside Sentiment): Rubber Soul “Happy Birthday”; A Muse “Fishes”

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White, Vintage Cream and Terracotta Tile; Stella Rose DP

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU Textured Embossing Folder and Polytwill Ribbon; Kaiser Chocolate Flatback Pearl

It was fun to be home and to be able to play in my craft room again after being gone for three weeks.  To get started, I joined in the Color Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today.

The colors included SU’s Rich Razzleberry.  Since I didn’t have any of that color, I added some of the Regal Rose ink to the Bravo Burgundy ink to lighten it up by coloring directly onto the rubber stamp with markers.  That brought the color a little closer to the challenge color.  Plus the Bravo Burgundy marker was used around all of the punched edges.  Love how that helps those edges to ‘pop’.

A portion of the bird image was added to the inside of the card, as well.  It’s always fun to add a little something there, too!

Hope your week has started off well.  It’s actually sunny here in Seattle today! So hubby and I are threatening to pull out our bikes and go for a ride.

Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: SU Punch Potpourri and Bring on the Cake

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate

Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy and Regal Rose

Accessories: Spellbinders Square and Fleur de Lis Squares Nestabilities Dies; Kaiser Flatback Chocolate Pearls; Prima Flowers; SU Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon and Bird Punch

I have finally entered the world of crafty cupcakes by buying not only a couple of cupcake stamp sets but also a fun cupcake punch.  I made this card for my DDIL not too long ago.

I think she likes cupcakes, too.  At least one of the things she asked for this past Christmas was a cupcake stand, so she must like ’em right?

The paper ones, at least for me, are more fun to decorate than the baked kind.  And whenever I cut or punch out designer paper I like to use a marker around the cut edges to help define them.

A little fun was added to the inside of the card as well.

Hope you had a great day, Kimber!  (Oh and we’re so excited about your latest news..  another little granddaughter on the way for me and grandpa!!!  Woohoo!!!)

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Stamps: SU Create a Cupcake

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White and Dark Chocolate; My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU Cupcake Punch and Grosgrain Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls

My granddaughters have spent the past week and a half with me and their grandpa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The twins love to craft, so a couple of days ago we decided to make a few Mother’s Day cards for their mom.

It was so fun to craft with them.

Since the twins were missing school, they brought some of their school work to do here.  Of course, little 2-year old Katelyn who absolutely adores her older cousins wanted to join in on the reading and study times.


(Click on pics to enlarge.)

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This is Jessica and her new little son Mateo.

Jessica is the daughter of one of my dearest friends.  Isn’t this picture beautiful!  Happy Mother’s Day Jess!!

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And finally, this story was sent to me recently.  I loved it so much that I wanted to share it here.  If you have the time to read it, I think you will like it too.

**The Invisible Mother **
(Author Unknown)

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, ‘Can’t you see I’m on the phone?’  Obviously not; no one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner because no one can see me at all. I’m invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this?  Can you open this??  Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being.  I’m a clock to ask, ‘What time is it?’ I’m a satellite guide to answer, ‘What number is the Disney Channel?’ I’m a car to order, ‘Right around 5:30, please.’ Some days I’m a crystal ball: ‘Where’s my other sock? Where’s my phone?  What’s for dinner?’ I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature–but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She’s going, she’s going, she’s gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, ‘I brought you this.’ It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: ‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’

In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: 1) No one can say who built the great cathedrals–we have no record of their names. 2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. 3) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. 4) The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, ‘Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it.  And the workman replied, ‘Because God sees.’

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was  almost as if I heard God whispering to me, “I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.” No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, “My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.” That would mean I’d built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he’d say, “You’re gonna love it there…”

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.

Here’s wishing all those who mother a wonderful day today!  God’s blessings to you all.


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It’s a little late for the party, but this card was made for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge #219.

The featured stamper was “coffeestamper.”   Here is the card in her gallery that I chose to CASE.  I especially loved the sketch on this card but changed the orientation slightly.  I also changed to an oval sentiment and used a textured background instead of designer paper.

This card is for my in-laws’ up and coming anniversary celebration.  It will soon be 60 years for them!

Have a wonderful day and..
Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: See D’s “Birdies”; Hero Arts “Lace Frame”; SU “So Many Sayings”

Papers: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; SU Creamy Caramel

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Creamy Caramel and Really Rust; White and Black Gel Pens; Copics:



Accessories: Kaiser Flatback Pearls; SU Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Textured Embossing Folder, Oval Punches

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