Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ice Skates for Christmas

Close to our house, there is a really nice ice skating rink that the parks department sets up in winter and runs through late February. You can buy hot cocoa and other delectable warm treats while you are there. It's been decades since I put on a pair of ice skates, and I think I'll leave it that way. ;-)
I like my feet on solid ground!

This is as close to putting on a pair of ice skates as I'll get:  the stamped version, on paper.

I used some already-stamped pieces that I found in a Stampin' Up! bag of scraps, which my demonstrator has from time to time. (love those!) I used bits and pieces of die cuts, punches, ribbons and trim to round out each design.

merry & bright sentiment: Papertrey Ink 'Tag-Its #8 Mini' 

Thanks so much for coming by here today!  God bless you!

Masculine New Home cards

Hello there!  Last year, I made two 'New Home' cards for gentlemen who were each moving into their own places.  As always, designing masculine cards is a challenge for me.

Here they are, and I'm personally favoring the first one...

house stamp:  Papertrey Ink 'Spring Hills'; background stamp:  Stampin' Up! 'French Script'; copper circle clip, jute braided ribbon, cork patterned paper, note card die cut - Colorbok 'Flea Market'

house stamp:  Stampin' Up! 'Holiday Home'; sentiment stamp: Flourishes 'Garden Fresh'; stitched rectangle die:  L'il Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles'

The Type B Flu made it to our house last week.  My youngest daughter missed an entire week of school, and she still didn't feel quite right this week, and missed two more days of school (ugh).  I'm getting over a bad cold, and am on my second round of antibiotics.  Man, the germs are really going around everywhere right now! 

Hope you're healthy and feeling good!  Thanks for your visit today. :-)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Cycling across Washington

Happy New Year 2018! It's very cold here in the Northeast today.  I took today off so I could have a four day weekend and I am GLAD to be tucked in my cozy home. I'm a serious homebody. :-)

Today I'm sharing a card that uses a piece of a re-purposed map (and look - it's Seattle!). The bicycle (Market Street Stamps Riding By) is cruising on a path that looks like cork, but it's patterned paper.

I did give a little shine to the 'leather' seat with Glossy Accents, and used a silver marker to make some chrome on the wheels and handle bars.

Wishing you all the best for 2018!  Thanks for coming by today!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Touching those who hurt

When someone is hurting, a handmade card is a very special way to say, "I am thinking of you, and you are not alone." And when the handmade card is made especially for that person, I think it means even more.

A while back, a high school friend of mine had lost her dog in a most tragic way. The dog's name was Coral. My friend grieved so, and my heart just broke right alongside hers. I thought the best thing I could do was make a special sympathy card, with many thoughtful details.

Sentiment:  Papertrey Ink Tag Its #5; Paw print: Papertrey Ink With Sympathy: Loss of a Pet

I pulled out some cardstock from Stampin' Up! called Cameo Coral with a nod toward my friend's beloved Coral. I added feminine details that I hoped would please my friend:  a die cut doily, pink pearls, and a pink "Colleen Bow" (my term for the way I tie my fancy bows).

My friend deeply appreciated this card, and she displayed it alongside photos of her precious furbaby. {{{biggest hugs to my friend}}}


My husband's father has been going through some difficult health trials these last couple of years. He is hanging in there, but I know there are some days that get him down. I made a card for him with one of my favorite Scripture verses:  Jeremiah 17:7.

I surrounded the stamped verse with lots of autumnal touches. Thought it's hard to see, the bottom portion of the acorn is golden.  So pretty in real life.

Sentiment: Verve Jeremiah 17:7; Martha Stewart Branch Punch;  Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies; acorn die from Stampin' Up!

Thank you so much for joining me today, as I pause and take a peaceful break during the busy Christmas season.  God bless you!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Long post with lots of cards - part 2!

Hey!  I'm back with another big batch o'cards to share.  And this is probably it for a while, until I can catch my breath again!  Christmas is coming, and you know how busy that can be.  {smile!}

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Not too many words in this post, just lots of cards!

Alrighty, that's it for now!  Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, and once again, Happy Thanksgiving!  God bless you all.

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