Saturday, February 27, 2010

With Sympathy

Late Thursday night I read Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge was to make a sympathy card. I thought to myself what a great idea because it's the kind of thing you need to have quickly and you usually have little or no notice. Then Friday our high school senior came home from school and asked if I could make a sympathy card. She wanted to take it to school Monday so she and her classmates could sign it for a teacher whose father passed away. I tried to create something that would like it came from the students and not one of their mothers! I used Laura's Sketch 46 from 2 Sketches 4 You for the basis of my card. The main image is from Magenta and the small butterfly and sentiment are from retired SU! sets - More Great Greetings and Beautiful Butterflies. I believe there are no small coincidences is this world and for that I am thankful! I hope you are able to take a few moments this weekend to enjoy those people in your life who you treasure. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Greetings From Wonderland

Greetings! It is Friday and I hope that is a good thing for you! I know it is for me : ) Even though our weekends can be full it's nice to have a break from the school routine. I just got this Crafty Secrets Set - Greetings From Wonderland. We have some Alice in Wonderland fans at our house so it was one of those sets I couldn't pass up. I was anxious to play with it so I pulled it out to use it for Card Patterns Sketch Challenge and SCS F4A1 Challenge. These are great stamps with lots of details and they stamp well. I love using Versafine's Onyx Black with my detailed images. Nothing fancy here just some distressing and added dimension to my banner so I could hang my charm. My DP is from my stash some Hot Off The Press and BasicGrey. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Victorian Spring

We have had some changes at our house over the last few months that needed a little extra TLC. So I took some time off from blogging but am now trying to make an entry at least once a week. As some of you know my husband's mother moved in with us a year ago. She has dementia and we continue to see digression. We have four children and I recently have had to start home schooling our youngest. As you can imagine I can't get Grandma out as much as she would like - every day : ) So some folks at church are starting to help us by taking her out or inviting her for a visit. The reason I 'm sharing this? I needed to make some thank you cards!

I used a couple of challenges this week for inspiration in making this card -SCS Crafty Secrets, CPS Card Sketch, and Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This image reminded me of the coming of Spring as these sweet children take in the changes around them. I intended to use some lighter colors but am also committed to using what I had thus the earth tones. Maybe a better title would have been a Dark Spring Day? Mental note: Need to build up my blue DP collection. Oh well, thanks for stopping by and I hope Spring doesn't arrive one day late for you!

Stamps: Glamor Girls - Crafty Secrets
Paper: Ancestry- K & CO
Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Childhood Images and Journal Notes- Crafty Secrets, Ribbon, Embroidery Floss, Button, Flower- Prima, Scalloped Tag - Sizzix

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Positively Pink

Yesterday I shared with you about Cards For Kids so I decided to use Crafty Secrets SCS Challenge and the Midnight Madness Card Sketch as inspiration for this card. I thought it would be a sweet card for one of the moms. The main image is from Crafty Secrets' Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps and DP is K&CO.'s Cut N Paste Pad. The card base is one of the papers from Prismatics Cream Pack. It's hard for me to tell them all apart! I used foam tape to add dimension. I needed some dimension on one panel side but not as much as the foam tape gave so I doubled up some cardstock on the back and used it. It was the perfect solution. Thanks for stopping by and may your day be filled with sweet dreams, laughter, memories, and sunshine!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cards For Kids

Do you have a love for children? Does your heart go out to families who are dealing with the illness of a child? If so, Jennifer McGuire provides a wonderful opportunity to reach out to these children and their families. It is called Cards for Kids. All you need to do is make a card and send it to her and she will make sure the family receives it. If you would like to personalize it her blog provides family member names, ages, and the child's interests. These cards mean so much to the families! It really touches your heart to read the notes Jennifer receives from the families. Talk about something worthwhile!! Well enough writing I need to get stamping! Thanks for your time and I hope you have a joy filled weekend!

Blog Candy

Just to let you know of two blog candy offerings. First, Darlene of Dar's Crafty Creations is celebrating 50,000 visits to her blog. Please stop by and join her in this celebration. A picture of the goodies are on my sidebar.

Also, Lesley Venable of Flatwood Folk Arts is offering an opportunity to win an online class from Kerin of Mixed Media Art. The winner will be able to select one of two classes - Vintage Gentlemen or Resin Clay Pendants. Lesley also has online classes. She has begun a new Ning group The Art of Altering . If you enjoy altered art and vintage stop by and see what it is all about. Lesley has free images for those who are members.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wrapped in Love

Happy Valentines Day! It has been a special day for us because our Valentine's baby has turned the big 21! As I say to my friends with young ones - the days are sometimes long but the years go by quickly! This cute Valentines image is a free download from Crafty Secrets. I slightly modified a bird house pattern from SCS and used Cosmo Cricket's Honey Pie 8x8 pad for this puppy's little house. The touch of sparkle comes via Martha Stewart's glitter and glitter snow. I know it has been awhile since I have shared but we have had some family needs that have required extra time, love, and attention. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day has been filled with sweet things!