..I know heaven must exist.”


Kate Meets Little Sister

My fourth granddaughter was born a couple of days ago.  I have been in Arizona this past week for the blessed event.  As of last night when I boarded the plane back to Seattle (and wishing that I would have made my stay just one day longer), this sweet little girl’s parents still had not given her a name.  They have a few favorites but wanted to see her and meet her before deciding on the final one.  Well whatever they do end up naming her, she is pure heaven to grandma.

Of course I had to make her a card!  lol

I recently saw this darling die cut shaped card and designed my card based on it.

The card base uses the largest Classic Circle Nestabilities die.  Scissors were used to cut away the pie shaped section and a bit of the bottom (which was cut parallel to the horizontal cut of the pie shape).

A second circle was cut as the base on which to adhere all the papers and embellishments.  This circle when adhered to the main card base hides the fold.  The largest circle die was also used to cut the designer papers.

The wheels used a 1-3/8″ circle punch and the smallest Nestabilities Eyelet Circle die.  The handle was made using a flourish from the 12″ Illumination Border die.

Even though my plane landed hours ago, I’m still floating on air!  However, there is a house full of tasks that need some attention!  Thanks for dropping by today.  Hope you, too, have a happy day!

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Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Blush DP

Inks: SU Basic Black Marker (inside sentiment); Black Gel Pen (dots on eyelet circles)

Accessories: Buttons; Pearls; Rhinestone Flower; Prima; Gingham Ribbon; Spellbinders Nestabilities Eyelet Circle (smallest) and Classic Circle (largest) and 12″ Illumination Border; SU 1-3/8″ Circle Punch and Eyelet Border Punch; ‘Love’ Charm

Sep 212011

Paper.  Oh how I love it!  I recently bought three of Authentique’s new designer paper bundles and just had to create a sketch to show them off.  Here it is.Card Base: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Base for DP: 4″ x 5-1/4″
DP Panels: 1-1/4″ x 5-1/8″
Sentiment Panels and Borders: 4-1/4″ x 2-1/2″
4″ x 2-1/4″
4-1/4″ x 2″
4″ x 1-3/4″

And here are the cards!

Look at all that scrumptious dilly-icious designer paper (dp)!!  The panels were all embossed to add some great texture and to tie the different strips together into one cohesive piece.

After cutting each strip for the front of the cards, there was a small piece leftover.  I added each of these to the inside of the corresponding cards.  There was no waste of this precious perfect paper!

Here are the individual cards with their recipes listed directly below them.


Stamps
: SU Flight of the Butterfly
Papers
: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; SU Yoyo Yellow and Melon Mambo; Authentique Blissful DP
Inks
: SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories
: Flatback Pearls; Buttons; Grosgrain Ribbon; SU Butterfly Punch; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder


Stamps
: SU Curly Cute
Papers
: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Authentique Blissful DP
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories
: Buttons; Grosgrain Ribbons; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder


Stamps
: SU Hello Blossoms and Voeux mignons (Teeny Tiny Wishes)
Papers
: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Authentique Journey DP
Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip
Accessories
: Rhinestones; Grosgrain Ribbons; 3/4″ Circle Punch; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder


Stamps
: SU Language of Friendship and Three Little Words
Papers
: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Authentique Journey DP
Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Rhinestones; Grosgrain Ribbons; SU Bird Builder Punch; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder


Stamps
: SU Baroque Motifs and Sincere Salutations
Papers
: PTI Vintage Cream and Pinefeather; Authentique Splendid DP
Inks
: SU Handsome Hunter; Copic G29
Accessories
: GG Ribbons; Prima; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder

For both the above and below cards, a Copic marker (G29) was used on SU Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon to match the PTI Pinefeather cardstock.


Stamps
: SU Bring on the Cake
Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Pinefeather; Authentique Splendid DP
Inks
: SU Handsome Hunter; Copic G29
Accessories
: GG Ribbons; Prima; Paper Piercer and Template; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Thanks for dropping by today.  If you decide to play with this sketch, I would love to see what you have created.  Please leave me a link and SHOW ME THE PAPER!! *grin*  Happy Crafting!

A fun Inspiration Challenge this week over on Splitcoaststampers.  I played along using one of the chocolate holly topped cupcakes as my inspiration. I drew from the holly theme and the red, green and chocolate color scheme.

The inside of the card got some love as well.

It’s been awhile since I took any pictures at night.  I had forgotten how much the natural lighting of the day helps in creating a good photo.  Never having invested in a lightbox, these were as good as I could do.  Do you have a lightbox?  If so, do you like it and have you found it to be a good investment?  Thanks for your input!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: SU Beautiful Season

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Gel Pen; Copics:


Accessories: Kaiser Flatback Pearls; Silk Ribbon; Rhinestone Flowers; Nestabilities Labels #6

Sep 122011

I have always loved lighthouses and find it difficult to pass up any stamps depicting them (and generally don’t!) So consequently I have several.  My sister, Leslie, is even more crazy about them than me, so this birthday card is for her.  It is made with my most recent lighthouse stamp purchase and colored with Copics.

To add a little texture, the panel of designer paper was embossed.

Since the card base is black, a panel for writing was added to the inside of the card.  The birds only were inked and stamped on this panel to add a little interest to it.

While typing this post I began to think.. to remember.. that it was very possible I had made Leslie a lighthouse card in the past.  So I looked back in my card files and sure enough, clear back in 2006 when I had only been stamping and card making for a couple of months, I made and sent this card to her.

I can honestly say that I think my coloring has gotten better.  It is encouraging to me when I look back and compare my work then to my creations now.  I know that I still have a long long way to go to learn about shading and shadows and lighting, etc. etc., but it is fun to see that practice does indeed make one better.

Looking forward another 6 years, I hope that I will again be able to see a huge improvement in my work from today’s creation.

Hope you have a great week ahead.  Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: SU Uncharted Territory; Hero Arts Petite Birthday

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Pure Poppy; Authentique Blissful DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Craft Concepts In Stitches Embossing Folder; Eyelet; Lace; Grosgrain Ribbon

Once again my youngest son is off to college.  This year he has rented a home with a 12 month lease… as in not coming home next summer.  This one feels more like the real deal than last year’s move into the dorms where students are required to vacate their rooms for almost 4 weeks at Christmas and the entire summer.  He is coming back today for a few days to celebrate his birthday and to pick up his computer.  Then his room will be empty.

For his big “2-0” day his brothers have gotten him a skydiving adventure.  My oldest son loves to skydive and will be taking Zach on his first jump.  (You will NEVER see me jumping out of a perfectly good plane!  That’s just not on my bucket list of things to do!)

I thought this little guy was the perfect image for his card.

And the inside includes the second part of the sentiment.

Thanks for “dropping by” today.  hehe  Happy Crafting.

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Stamps: SU Older & Wiser, Lovely As a Tree and Plant Hope

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Terracotta Tile; My Mind’s Eye Out of the Blue DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Grosgrain and Satin Ribbons

Sep 022011

This card is for a couple of challenges.  The first is a color challenge over at Our Creative Corner to use Black, Gray and Red.  The second is this week’s challenge #104 at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ.  It is a challenge to choose at least three elements from a list of possibilities.  I chose to use some ribbon, a button and the image is popped up.  The embossed design has some “swirls” in it, so that might qualify as a fourth choice.

To give a little extra interest to the die cut beaded circle, I gently shaped/folded the “beads” upwards around the image.  Sorta makes it look like a flower with the little petals hugging it!

There’s still a little time left for you to play along in these challenges.  They were both a lot of fun.  Hope your weekend is a great one.  Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: SU Cherish Friendship and Something Sweet

Papers: PTI True Black and Select White; SU Basic Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Ribbon; Button; Sizzix Ornate Frame #2 Embossing Folder; Nestabilities Classic Circle and Beaded Circle Dies

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