I LOVE to create greeting cards. This is a place
for me to share some of my favorite cards with family,
fellow card-makers,and friends.
Update: Since I began this card-making blog in 2009, we have moved to a warm, sunny place, retired, and gotten very busy. Even though my love of making cards has not lessened, my time "for" card-making has diminished. I had actually considered taking down my blog because of my lack of time to make and post cards. Instead I will try to post more regularly with a variety of things. Please bear with me while I attempt to expand my topics.
This is the second sympathy card I made this weekend. Having forgotten to bring along my Stazon ink, I made the mistake of stamping the images with Memento ink and having the SU! markers and the ink bleed into one another. Ugh! Thanks to a 40% off coupon at M's, we found the Michael's in Ft. Myers, I picked up the Stazon and started over. I used Barely Banana and Bashful Blue from SU!(cardstock and marker colors), White Bazzill, and Whisper White from SU! The embossing folder is from Sizzix and the Nestabilities die is their Labels Three. The tulip stamp is from the SU! set called "Three Little Words . . ." and the tiny flower is from the set "Flight of the Butterfly". I layered the yellow tulip to make it stand out. (And to cover the mistake of picking up the wrong yellow marker!) At some point, you just cut your losses and you move on to the next card! And that is what I am going to do! Hope you've had a great weekend.
Finally, I tried my set of Nestabilities by Spellbinders yesterday! I don't even remember how long I have had the set. First I did a little research on how to use the Nestie dies with my Cuttlebug. Spellbinders had a good video to watch especially for the embossing. I also had to take the time to put all the directions into a WORD document, so I don't forget the two recipes for the "sandwiches". That is the technical term for the order in which you set things up to cut or emboss with the various cutting machines. :-)
I started out with white Bazzill for the cardstock base. I used a piece of SU! Close to Cocoa cardstock embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder for the next part. The Nesties were cut/embossed on SU! Bashful Blue and Whisper White cardstock. The butterfly and little flower stamps are part of SU! Flight of the Butterfly set. You are probably getting tired of seeing this set by now! (I chose only so many stamp sets/stamps to haul down here to Florida for the winter.) The sentiment is from SU! Three Little Words set, I believe. Using the embossing part of the Nesties was easier than I thought. I had purchased a package of rubber gaskets from Home Depot instead of the far more expensive rubber mats they recommend. The mats worked just fine. And, of course, I used Close to Cocoa and Bashful Blue ink. Thanks for looking!
I just love the SU! set "Flight of the Butterfly" ... and the coordinating punch, of course! Someone wrote on SCS that they wished SU! made a tiny butterfly punch to go with the set as well. I do, too, but I really should take the time to hand-cut more stamped images anyway. For this card I used SU! Soft Sky and Close to Cocoa paper and ink as well as coordinating DSP in the Soft Sky. The ribbon is also from SU! I did stamp the large butterfly twice and popped both up for added detail and dimension. Thank you for looking and have a wonderful Sunday!
I actually have two cards to share today. The first is a very simple sympathy card I just completed. I forgot to bring a "sympathy" stamp along with me to Florida, but I did use the phrase "Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to heal your heart" from Stampin' Up! for the inside. I LOVE the Bashful Blue color from SU! and used that along with white Bazzill and, of course, a couple of Cuttlebug embossing folders. I also used the heart stamp from the SU! "Polka Dot Punches" set. It's time for me to switch from the light blue/white color combination. I seem to have been using it a little too often lately!
The second card was inspired by "justbehappy" in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery. I used the stamp set Flight of the Butterfly and that coordinating punch. The colors used are Soft Sky and Close to Cocoa (cardstock and ink). I also used Soft Sky ribbon, white Bazzill, Whisper White paper, the Dotted Swiss CB embossing folder, and my new Scor-Pal to make a clean fold for the base card. Thanks for looking!
Just thought I would put together a slideshow of some of the remodeling pictures I've taken so far. I hope to keep it updated as well. It is great to be able just to drive a mile and a half to check on the daily progress. Molly, the dog, and I are heading over there now. Better take my camera along ... there should be more new windows in this afternoon.
We are here in Florida now! I thought I'd share a picture or two of the remodeling that is going on at our house here. We had some not so unexpected pipe digging up and replacing under the floors this week, but we also got 5 of the new windows installed. There are metal studs where new walls are going up as well as the half wall where the "bar" will be from the kitchen into the family room. In the picture I've posted, you'll see the orange wall. On the right side of that wall, we will have double workstations for Mike and me made from the same cabinetry as in the kitchen. Hurray! A great place for me to make my cards!
Each day Mike heads to the house early to pick up the newspaper and then we return later to check the mail. Every trip to the house brings a new change for us to see. It really is exciting. Never having remodeled anything, this is an adventure for us.