I received a text from a friend this weekend, with the news of a frightening diagnosis. She has a strong support system in place, a faith as deep as a river, and is doing all the right things to follow up and take care of herself. She's been in the forefront of my mind this week and last night, I just new I had to make her a card to show her I'm thinking of her.
We've all experienced that. A phone call...an email...a text...a conversation with news that rocks our world. Where once, everything was right and in the blink of an eye, there's news so completely unexpected, creating a problem we didn't even know existed. We're left shaken to the core and wonder how we'll ever get out of this wrinkle in time. But through hope and faith, we find our strength to get up and carry on. We do what needs to be done, finding comfort in others who are there with support and love.
With faith, all things are possible.
I couldn't decide between the Oh My Stars and Ruffled embossing folders. Which do you like best?
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock,
8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/4" x 4"
1. Place Layer 1 partially inside the embossing folder, leaving 1 1/2" inches outside the folder. Run through the Big Shot.
2. Stamp sentiment in Night of Navy in the un-embossed part of Layer 1.
3. Wrap Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham ribbon around the card and tie a knot in the front, right where the embossing begins and ends. Trim ends.
4. Adhere Layer 1 to base with plenty of dimensionals We don't wan't any saggy middles!
What are you celebrating today? Is it a birthday? An anniversary? A new job? A new baby? An upcoming vacation? Or simply that it's Thursday and not Monday? Whatever the reason, do it with joy and spring in your step, just like this happy little fox from the Birthday Memories Suite. Reminiscent ofRichard Scarry's Busytown Books, or the animated characters from Disney, these happy, lighthearted woodland animals will bring a smile to anyone's face, no matter what the occasion.
And can you believe there is very little stamping on this card? The Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits make for quick work with this lively suite. All I had to do was run the paper through theBig Shot and stamp the sentiment on the banner. That's it! Seriously cute and amazingly quick..
Base: Real Red, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 2: Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, 5 1/4" x 4 "
Layers 3 & 4: Pacific Point and Real Red scraps, 1 1/2" x 4"
and 1" x 4" respectively, and cut with Triple Banner Punch
Layer 5: Whisper White, cut with Oval Stitched Shape Framelits
Layer 6: Shapes cut from Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper
***Michelle's tip: A little bit of ink goes a long way! You don't need to saturate your sponge. Simply tap it a few times in the ink pad, and use a gentle "flicking" or brushing motion against the edge of the paper, to give it a nice, defined outline.
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Those of you who know me, know that my decorating is pretty minimalist. I don't collect anything so I don't have collections or displays around the house. And any time I buy something, I hear my dad say, "It will only gather dust." In fact, I showed my sister this pretty pendant light from Pier 1 last night, and her reply was, "It's pretty, but how will you clean it?"
So, other than Christmas, I don't do a lot of seasonal decorating. However, I found these cute bottles at the store the other day and I thought they'd make cute Valentine's party decor.
It didn't take long. I ran a few Love Notes hearts through the Big Showww.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=143263&dbwsdemoidt and wrapped some Sending Love designer series paper around the milk bottle. And I was thrilled to find a new use for the mini pompom trim! I even colored a paper straw by sponging on some Real Red ink.
Now...to go find the peanut M&M's that didn't fit in the bottles!
I just love the look of hand stitching around cards to give things just that extra hand-crafted warmth and feel. In fact, hand stitching like embroidery and cross-stitching is what got me hooked on crafting when I was a young girl. Now, Stampin' Up! has introduced their new Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) a full 7 months before the new annual catalog!
The Stitched Shapes Framelits includes a set of 12 dies, which includes 4 circles, ovals, and squares. And to make this release even more special, Stampin' Up! is offering coordinating Stamp Sets at 25% until November 30th!
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