Happy Valentine's Day! Today, I'm celebrating philia, or the love between friends. I have some very special friends in my life who've been there for me in times of happiness and sorrow and who've held me up when I wasn't able to see my way out of the darkness.
Surprisingly, I wouldn't have met any of these friends if it hadn't been for our mutual passion for crafting and making the world a more loving and beautiful place. You see, these amazing wonderful women were strangers to me beforeStampin' Up! And now, each and everyone of them holds a very special place in my heart.
As I sit here, counting my blessings on this Valentine's morning, I realize just how thankful I am to Stampin' Up! for bringing me these friends when I needed them most. How sad it would have been to go through life not knowing these amazing, strong, compassionate, wild women. And how exceedingly grateful I am for each and every one of them!
As the stamp says...A friend is someone who chooses you...out of a whole world of people.
A quick reminder...
The deadline to register for February's card club is tomorrow (2/15). Click the photo to learn more!
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Vellum leaves, punched with leaf punch
Layer 2: Petal Pink, 7/8" x 3 4/8"
Layer 3: Whisper White, 3/4" x 3 1/4"
New Sale-a-Bration items are being released tomorrow, 2/15! Which is your favorite?
Oh my gosh! I am in *love* with this card. But I can't tell...is it rustic or Shabby Chic? Is there a difference? How can you tell?
The Meant to Be Bundle is so versatile. It's much more than just a Valentine's Day set. Wouldn't this be perfect for a rustic barn or outdoor wedding?
Not only that, but when you buy the bundle, not only do you save 10%, but you also qualify for a Free Sale-a-Bration item (through March 31). I wonder which one you would pick?
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Crumb Cake, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8", embossed with Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Hearts - Whisper White die cut with Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies
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When the Lad turned 16, he changed his name back to my maiden name. To mark this momentous and life changing event, we held a special Name Day celebration to recognize, not only the change of name, but also to mark his coming of age. With my sister visiting, we settled on the 4th of July to hold the ceremony and celebration. Independence day took on a whole new meaning thereafter. I only wish I'd been making cards back then!
No matter how you celebrate, or what independence means to you, I wish you a happy, safe holiday! May your pool be cool, your grill be hot, and your fireworks burn bright!
Base: Real Red, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Blueberry Bushel Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Real Red, 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 4 3/8" x 3 1/8"
Inside Layer 1: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
Inside Layer 2: Blueberry Bushel Designer Series Paper, 5" x 1"
July 2018 - Get Ready for 80's BINGO!!!
Eclipse cards are all the rage right now and they're so fun to make. I've seen some great ones out there, but wanted the message of this one to stand out, so I kept the design fairly simple. And you know I must love someone quite a lot if I'm going to use a whole 4 3/4" square of Gold Foil as a background layer! And I love how it peeks out in the middle of the "O", don't you?
I have a secret to tell you. When I joined Stampin' Up! in 2015, I couldn't stand Calypso Coral! It seemed like it was everywhere in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs that year, and I was so tired of it, I wished it would go away forever. And now, I seem to reach for it quite often. Coral's never been a favorite of mine; it has those orange tones I shy away from. But it is a warm color that's great for the winter blah's. Not a bright orange, and not pink; somewhere in between. It's funny really, because if you had suggested would use this color combination back then, I would have thought you were crazy!
But leave it to Stampin' Up! to create such a beautiful specialty designer series paper that makes me pull Calypso Coral off the shelves! The Painted with Love Paper uses some amazing watercolor and foiling techniques that will really add some WOW to your projects.
And...did you notice the gold hearts? Those are actually Gold Vinyl Stickers! They're quite fun and I'm sure I can use them for some different projects around the house. Hmmm...off to go find something I can use these on!
I'm going to be making this card LIVE on Facebook tonight at 9 pm. Won't you join me as I demonstrate the Eclipse technique?
Base: Basic Black, 5" x 5"
Layer 1: Gold Foil, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Layer 2: Calypso Coral, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
Layer 3: Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Layer 4: Painted with Love Gold Vinyl Stickers
Layer 5: Whisper White, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" (for inside layer.
One of the first things people ask me is, "How long have you been stamping?" I started stamping 25 years ago, when I wondered into an Inkadinkadoo store and fell in love. Browsing the stamps on display, I thought, "I should make the invitations for my parents' Silver Anniversary." Never mind the fact that I'd never stamped before, or made a handmade card. Boy, did I have a lot to learn! I wanted to heat emboss and didn't have a heat tool. Well, I tried a hairdrier and that didn't work. So I got out a pair of tongs and held the cards of the element on my electric stove! I can't even begin to tell you how many singed cards and fingers I ended up with. Then, I hand colored this beautiful embossed heart with a bouquet of flowers. I wish I had one to show you just how far I've come in my crafting!
This year, my parents are celebrating their GOLDEN anniversary. 50 years is a long time and not many marriages last that long anymore. Through the years, their love for each other and for our family, has carried us through the good times, and the bad. They are our rock and our foundation. And it is so incredible to share this anniversary with them this summer.
In the meantime, I'm working on some ideas for a special card. This delicate gate fold card might be just the answer.
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