Friday, April 30, 2010

PTI Chairished

Happy Friday everyone.  I am sitting here on my comfy chair still in my dog walking clothes feeling a tad guilty.  I've had an awful cold all week.  I spent the week hoping and pretending I was getting better when I wasn't. I have no voice today and my head is pounding so I did something, I never do.  I called in sick to work.  My co-workers are probably thankful.  They listened to me cough, sneeze and blow my nose all week and they are probably glad I didn't come in with more germs today.  But I do still feel guilty.  Why do I feel I have to be productive all the time, even when I'm sick???  Must be some psychological quirk or a function of my DNA.  After this post I think I'm heading back to bed.

So, my papertrey ink order finally came in on Wednesday.  I was very frustrated waiting 2 weeks for my order.  I posted a comment about the long wait on a papertrey ink forum and was surprised at how 12 people commented on my post raving about what a great company it is and why it's okay to wait 2 weeks for their product.  I agree, I love everything I got, but I still don't think that is a good excuse for poor logistics.  I felt like all those papertrey ink people drank the kool aid.  My opinion is this.  There are some great stamping companies out there.  I've loved everything I got from stampin up, flourishes, amuse and my local store.  Papertrey ink isn't the only game in town.  I respect that they are growing, but they need to get their act together or the casual shopper like me will go elsewhere.    I am probably set with stuff from them for a couple months.  Hopefully when I order again in the summer/fall I will be happy with both their products and their logistics!!!

So on to the card!  I was playing last night with my new stuff and this one just came together.  The image is actually from amuse.  I colored it with oranges and reds and tried to get the faded look by having the seat faded lighter than the back cause that's what happens to a well worn chair in real life.  I just got a glitter pen so I put a little bling on the flowers on the chair and lamp.  The sentiment is from pti - chair-ished.  The doggie is also from that set.  The background is from my new Argyle set.  The colors are dusty durango and chocolate chip.  I think I'll have some fun with my new goodies.  Now off to bed to get better!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I like you berry much

Do you love strawberries? Don't these look good enough to eat?  I love these two stamps and had a lot of fun playing with card designs.  The stamp is from flourishes and it's a set with several strawberry images.  This big one is easy to become a focal point but there are some other really nice images as well.  I'll have fun playing with these this summer.  The sentiment is from Amuse and it's super sweet with the swirls.  I put some black behind both of them to make it a little classy.  You probably can't tell from the photo, but I went over the seeds with some black pearl stuff - comes in a bottle like stickles only instead of being shiny it's mat.  I also put white shimmer paint on the blossoms.  The card base is very vanilla so I wanted to do something to make the flower blossoms look finished.  I found this nice ribbon at a scrapbooking store.  It's silk and it is great to work with.  I put a thin line of green on the inside of the card so that my punched edge would be more prominent.  The strawberries were colored with copics.  I started with pink and then went deeper and deeper with the reds as I moved off the vine to mimic real strawberries as they ripen.

My goal is to make 4 of these to send to our sponsored children in Haiti and Africa through world vision.  I bought some dried fruit leather in strawberry flavor and have some colorful bandanas.  We are only able to send what fits in a regular envelope flat so the card, but those fruit leathers are very thin and I can typically fit a bandana in easily too.    In my letters, I'll tell them about New England spring and how our fruit comes in season soon.  If all goes well, I'll have the other cards done and get this off to the post office on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Masculine thank you card for Basketball coach


The basketball banquet for the Whitinsville Christian School JV basketball team is tomorrow night.  The term banquet is a stretch.  Most likely it will be pizza, but that is okay.  The boys will get their varsity letters and the coach will likely talk about the highlights of the season.    He'll probably also say some encouraging words to the boys and give out awards like 'most improved player' and stuff.  The boys needed a thank you card for the coach and they didn't like any of the cards I had already had made.  They were all too juvenile or feminine.  So, I created this masculine one.  It has nothing to do with sports but that seems just fine.  It is classy and masculine and gets the point across - a heartfelt thank you!
This card was made with natural ivory card stock, chocolate chip card stock, chocolate chip poly twill ribbon, chocolate chip buttons and memory boxes tree stamp.

Less is more

Sometimes I get busy making a fancy card.  I add all kinds of DSP, ribbon and mix in multiple colors.  But then I see a simple card with a great focal point and I say 'wow' that is really nice.  Last night I was playing with my new Country Morning stamp set and the first time I had the rooster going I was coloring him in and putting him on gingham paper.  He wasn't bad but then I thought - he's super cute just by himself and decided to do a very basic and simple card with just browns.  The picture doesn't do him justice.  He is really quite nice all plain and simple.  There are a few touches to make him special.  The ribbon, the chocolate chip mat, the angled chocolate chip DSP mat and dimensionals to make the rooster stamp above it all.  I think he's kind of nice.    Thanks for looking - enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A card for a special friend

Is there someone in your life that you enjoy spending time with?  Do you have someone who shares some of your same interests and knows you well?  I hope so.  It is so rewarding to have a friend - especially a friend you've known for a long time.  I am so blessed to have such a friend in Karen.  We met 13 years ago in a BSF study of Romans.  We were both new christians who hadn't studied the bible much.  Our class had 15 people but we made a connection early.   We wound up in the same BSF group for the next 3 years.  Both of us finished the 7 years of BSF, but often in different groups, but our connection was always there.  Interestingly we both repeated the Romans study.  After BSF ended, I lost touch with many of my BSF friends, but when my daughter headed off to college, I was ready for a new hobby.  I remembered that Karen talked about scrapbooking and card making so I rummaged around and found her phone number and gave her a call.  We probably hadn't spoken in 2 years and we were both excited to catch up.  Karen was happy to hear from me since she had been praying for inspiration in her card making business and saw my call (out of the blue) as an answer to prayer.   From that point on we became card making soul mates and rekindled our relationship.  We have been able to get together almost monthly and make cards together (or some days we have great intentions to make cards but instead just talk!)  Karen's birthday is next week and we got together yesterday.  I made this card for her.  Do you like it?  It is the Nasturtiums set from Flourishes.  I know these as bright orange - red flowers from a batch of them my mom planted in my garden a few years ago.  I made the flowers shimmer with some frost white pearl paint, but if I were to make it again, I would put a light dusting of shimmer over the whole thing.  I did the image in versamark clear and then colored over with copics.    I cut out a few flowers to give it dimension and the base mat is crushed curry and the first mat is dusty durango.  The sentiment is Amuse.  Thanks for looking!  Be sure to tell your special friend how much they mean to you.  Karen - your friendship means a lot to me.  I so enjoy your company and you are a very talented artist.  Thanks for teaching me and being a good friend!  Happy Birthday!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Too late for a challenge, but worthy of posting anyway

Good evening stamping friends!  Did everyone have a nice weekend?  I did.  We just got back from NYC where my mom, sister, cousin and daughter and I went to celebrate (belated) Sarah's birthday.  Just us girls for 2 nights in the big city.  We had a lot of fun.  Sarah loves Phantom of the Opera and we were able to get tickets the day of the show for 40% off. 

As for my card, I made this before I left for the Impression Obsession challenge, but didn't have time to do the photo and upload before Saturday's deadline.  The challenge was to use a  card (using one of their stamp sets) and use my high school colors.  Well that was easy since my high school colors were green and gold!!! 
The stamp set is thistle garden, the card stock is pti white and wild wasabi.  I used crushed curry polka dot ribbon backwards to get a nice gold color and a thin mat of black to make the image pop.  I cut out extra birds and pasted them into the long grass to make it a very bird intense card.    I used many different copic greens on the tall grass and several blended yellows on the birds to add shading and dimension. I'll add a sentiment to the inside when I need a card in a hurry.  This one could go to anyone!  Now I have a silly old Caribbean song stuck in my head.  Do any of you remember this one?   'Yellow bird up high in banana tree.. yellow bird, you sit all alone like me.....'

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mini-Courses - I'm ready!!!

Well today I have several high school girls coming over for a mini-course on card making.  It is a rainy and cool day here in New England so I am very glad my mini-course is an inside activity.  My son was very excited to get his first choice of Frisbee golf, but now that it is going to be 49degrees and raining, he may wish he had done one of the indoor activities.  I bet they'll still have a great time!!!

I'm happy to say I did not get full capacity for my class.  I have 3 signed up for both sessions so we can do lots of good one on one instruction and I didn't need to add a second table.

Want to see the set up???

Each box has all the materials for each card.   We'll make 4 different designs.  I showed you two of them earlier this week.  The other two are repeats from posts in Feb and March, but here they are also.

So, I am READY!!!  Well, not 100%.  I still need to shower, walk the dogs, eat breakfast and get Eric's baseball uniform out of the dryer and into his bag!  Thanks for looking.  Enjoy the day!  TGIF!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Preparing for Friday's mini-courses part II

So mini-courses are Friday the 16th so this past weekend I was busy cutting and scoring paper so when the 14 students come to my house on Friday they have all their materials ready to go to make their 4 cards.  This card is super cute, but I spent a WHILE cutting and scoring to get this one ready.  I hope the teens like it.  I am feeling very confident now that I have the cards all prepped and ready to go.  All I need now is a quick trip to the craft store to get a second Momento Ink Pad and some additional mini-pearl accents.  I'll  probably send my husband on the errand on his way home from work one night this week. He's so sweet, he doesn't mind stopping and the ladies in the store even know him now.  He always arrives with a detailed list (sometimes with scraps of card stock samples so he gets it right.) He even remembers my frequent shopper card.  I have him trained well don't I.  The only problem is, every time he goes to the store he realizes that it's $20.00 (or sometimes more) and he has a SMALL bag of goodies.  Not that I'm trying to hide things from him, but if he didn't buy the stuff for me, he'd assume that a small bag of 3 or 4 things would have only cost $5.00.   

Anyway, back to my card.  Don't you love how the regal rose adds a nice pop of color on top of Pink Pioruette (aren't you glad this color is coming back??)  Also, don't you love the classic elegance of the script sentiment with the old fashion charm of the bird in the cage?  I think these two sets go so well together!!!

I'll let the students decide on the sentiment for the inside, but the Wonderful Mother is also a great choice - if they want this for their mothers day card.  The love you and birthday greetings are also just fine - just depends on what you need!

Enjoy the day, thanks for stopping by!!!

Card Stock: Pink Pioroutte, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss, DSP (pink and white)
Accessories:  Regal Rose Ribbon, scallop border punch
Stamps:  Well Scripted, Sale A Bration set (can't remember the name.)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Preparing for Friday's mini-courses

Every year, my son's high school sends a bunch of kids on Choir Tour.  Since it's a very musical school, that pulls out about 30% of the students and teachers for one, sometimes two days of classes.  For the remaining students they offer an interesting curriculum they call mini-courses.  On that day, they invite parents and alumni to teach a full day of material or a 1/2 day of material.  A few years ago, I started offering 'card making' as a 1/2 day mini-course.  The other courses are things like cooking, outdoor activities like hiking or golf and in general topics that the students may find interesting or fun that the parents have some expertise in.

Mini-courses are this Friday and I'm expecting 2 groups of students at my home.  Each group will be maxed at 7 which will allow me some individual attention with the students who are less familiar with card making and scrapbooking techniques.  To prepare, I'll be spending most of today cutting and scoring paper so I'm ready with materials for 14 students to each make 4 cards (2 groups of 7.) 

This is one of the designs we'll be making.  I wanted to introduce the students to flower soft, and thought this little window box image would be nice.  I also like this for the students since there are several sentiments they can choose from to match their needs.  From the last two years, I know that each student likes to have some ability to customize their card and giving them options for sentiments is a great way to do that.  I included an image of the full stamp set to show the different sentiment options.

Stamp:  Amuse simple wishes - clear set
Card Stock; Cameo Coral (I'm going to miss this one), Peach blossom
Ink: momento black, cameo coral
Accessories:  Flower soft (sweet pea),  pearls, corner ticket punch, window word punch, soft suede ribbon

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Step into Africa Thank You Cards

Our church (First Congregational Church of Hopkinton) is hosting an event put on by World Vision called Step into Africa.  This is an exhibit that sets up a mock African Village with audio and visual effects in each hut that showcase 3 different African childen and tells the story of how AIDS impacts their lives.  World Vision says our church can expect between 2500 - 5000 people to walk through the exhibit.  It is a powerful way to convey to people what the AID's crisis in Africa means to the world.
As you can image, an event this big requires a lot of volunteers and coordinators to pull it off.  I designed some thank you cards that our church staff can use to acknowledge and appreciate the extra efforts of individuals in making this happen.  I made 50 cards (assorted from the above designs.) I tried very hard to make the cards unique, follow the color pattern of the exhibit and also somehow incorporate African themes with children.

The exhibit will be on display from April 11th-April 18th in the Boston MA area.  If you live in the New England area and are interested in viewing the exhibit, go to and get details or send me an e-mail directly and I'll give you the details.  For those outside New England, the exhibit will be several US cities over the next few weeks.  Again, check out the world vision site to get locations.

Not able to visit the exhibit, but still want to be someone who makes a difference in the life of a child in Africa?  Go to world vision   and make a one time donation or sign up to sponsor a child.  Currently our family sponsors 3 world vision children - 2 in Africa and 1 in Haiti.  We plan to get one or two additional children after we go through the exhibit.  I can't change the whole world, but for $35.00 a month, I can change the life of one child in the world.

Recipe for the cards: 
Card Stock:  Whisper White, PTI white, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Basic Black, African theme patterned paper, vellum
Stamps:  Amuse baby boy, Amuse baby girl, Long grass, You make a difference
Ink:  Momento Black, Chocolate Chip,
Accessories:  CC and DD ribbon, linen thread, hodgepodge hardware, brass grommets, modern label punch

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Super Simple Birthday SSS63

Wow, this card came together so quickly and still looks so lovely.  When you have a GREAT sketch and coordinating papers, card making can be soo simple!!!!  I whipped this card up in about 10 minutes while my chocolate cake was cooking.    The papers are from Collage Press - a set called Jackson Lodge.  The stamp is SU's script and the little butterfly is from Amuse simple wishes clear set.  I stamped the images in Momento brown and the card base and image is on PTI vintage cream.  So easy and still so cute! 

I hope you all have a very happy Easter.  Easter is a very special holiday in our house.  We are Christians and Easter is a BIG deal for christians.  On Easter we celebrate the core of our faith - Christ was born, Christ died and Christ was raised from the dead.  Our God is alive and active in our lives.  Our God loves - He loves us so much he sent his son to give us eternal life. Our God gives abundant life - both hope today and hope in death.  For those who share in my faith - enjoy this beautiful and sacred holiday.  For those who don't, enjoy the yummy food and fun associated with the holiday and if God ever nudges you to explore religion - start by reading the bible - The Message or the New Living Translation is a great place to start - jump right to Matthew or John to get the core message.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Graduation SSSC62

Happy Friday everyone.  I am very late posting to Sunday's sketch challenge, but better late than never.  I found this sketch very challenging.  I'm not much of a sideways person and this was my second attempt at a card with this design.    The stamps are amuse - graduation, grass, sun and sky's the limit.  I colored the graduation gown with copics and put it on a card in pacific point (retired SU.)  The DSP is also retired SU - I can't remember the name. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Birds in the Thistle sketch 48

Today really feels like spring here in New England.  We've had rain for so long, but today the rain has stopped and we might even see the sun.  I think the flowers are going to be exceptional this year.  My daffodils are up with buds on them.  I'm hoping we get some yellow showing this weekend.

Today's post is a thank you card I'll send to my Dad and Step mom.  My son visited them this week during his spring break and I know they spoiled him rotten while he was there. 

So, don't you just love this stamp image?   It's a new one that I got called Thistle Garden by Leigh Hannon from Impression Obsession.  I think I'll have a ton of fun playing with this one in different colors and shapes.  The stamp is actually horizontal, but I stamped it, colored it and then cut it to become vertical to meet the sketch challenge I was trying to do.  I love, love, love the birds and had fun with the colors.  The green card base is certainly celery and so is the wide twill ribbon.  The mat is bermuda blue.  The image was stamped on PTI white and the scallop edge was punched out of whisper white. The sentiment is from, you guessed it, teeny tiny wishes - a very versatile set since the sentiments are nice and small to add to just about any project.

If I have time, I hope to make a few more of these to send to the school fundraising auction later in April.  I hope to have a few boxed sets of cards to donate and this general image should be good for that.  Maybe I'll even put some out on Etsy!