Pink...blue....I couldn't decide so I made them both! Love doesn't need to be expressed in red candy hearts. It can be subtle and modern, like these modern floral silhouettes from the Petal Passion Memories and More pack. It's funny how a simple black and white card can come to life with just a hint of color.
So...happy Valentine's Day. Shower those you love with love, not just today but every day.
Base: Basic Black, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: ***Powder Pink 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Petal Passion Memories and More Card, trimmed to 5" x 3 3/4"
***Or Pool Party
I've spent the last 48 hours 'trapped' in a hotel in Charlotte. I came to help the Lad move when Winter Storm Inge dropped much more than the expected inch of snow. In Charlotte, they got around 4 inches, and back at home, they have almost a foot.
Now, I'm not complaining at all. In fact, winter snow days are those I remember and cherish. From all day Lego and story writing fests to yesterday, where we spent the day looking for apartments online, watching the Discovery channel, and feasting on snacks we got at Walgreens, these unexpected and unplanned days with my son are ones I hold in my heart. I mean, when else are you going to take microwave Mac n Cheese cups down to a hotel lobby and sit and play Rummikub for hours? Nothing that happened yesterday would ever have been in my travel plans had I planned a vacation, yet, we had a great day just being together and watching it snow.
Enjoy these little things. These little blips along the way. These aren't inconveniences and your children aren't little terrorists (Yes, some mothers in my neighborhood are actually calling their children that). These little things, these little memories ...well, they're what make our big memories and these are what matter most.
I am beyond thankful that I got to spend these few days with my Lad. And just think of the stories we'll have to tell from our adventures this week.
Base: Berry Burst, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Silver Edged Metallic Ribbon
Layer 2: Basic Gray, 4 ¼” 3 ¼”
Layers 3: Sweet Soiree Memories and More 3” x 4” Card
It snowed in the South last night. Up until 4 pm, all forecasts called for snow all around us, with nothing in our immediate area. And then, suddenly at 5 pm, that all changed. The National Weather Service scrambled to updated projections as dry, powdery snow swirled all around us. My only regret is that it started after dark and I couldn't watch it!
I love snow days. When the Lad was young, they were special sneaky days to spend with my boy. Living in New Jersey, a snow day was a pretty rare occurence. It had to be a Nor' Easter with strong winds and feet of snow in order for them to call off school, unlike when it snows in the South where even an inch will shut everything down. We just aren't prepared for it here. And those snow days were special days filled with Legos, stories, "snacks" for lunch, and even going out to play in it. Later, when he was in middle school and high school, they were days spent working together on computers - I work from home and he had homework or research - playing games (yes video games too), watching movies curled up by the fire, going for walks in the snow and experiencing the quiet, and later, teaching him how to drive in it. It was a special bonding time, no matter what the age, because it was as if we'd stolen a day and had it just to ourselves. The peace that snow brings, the forced relaxation due to not having to be 'busy and on the go', these are the joys of a snow day. These are the memories I cherish. And now, with him 2.5 hours away, I'd give anything to have a snow day at home with him again.
I think I'll send him this special "I love you" card, and tell him how much I missed spending this snow day with him. When I spoke to him last night, he told me they didn't have any snow and how he wished he was home to be in it. If he were home, I'd make a pot of chicken soup and maybe a loaf of fresh bread, and we'd sit in front of the fire and have a Lord of the Rings marathon.
I love, you, Dude-ski and wish you were home, too.
Today's card uses preprinted 4" x 6" Sweet Soiree Memories and More Cards from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. The pack has 72 double-sided cards (52 3" x 4" cards (2 each of 26 designs) and 20 4" x 6" cards (2 each of 10 designs) to use with card-making, memory keeping, scrap booking, and more. And they are FREE with any $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration!
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Layer 2: Sweet Soiree Memories and More Cards, Striped Pattern - cut down to 5 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Layer 3: Basic Gray, 5 1/2" x 2 3/'4"
Layer 4: Sweet Soiree Memories and More Cards, I Love You card - cut down to 5 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Layer 5: Silver Metallic Edged Ribbon.
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Brrrrr...I know I was asking for snow last week, but wow! It's cold outside! And no snow. Really, if it's going to be cold, there should some snow, don't you think? Otherwise, it's just, well...cold. Still, I can't complain. At least it's not that terrible humidity we get in the summer time.
The best part about the cold is being able to have a fire in the fireplace. When I was growing up in Spokane, our main source of heat all winter was our fireplace insert. Depending on the length and the severity of the winter, my dad would hand split anywhere from 3 to 6 cords of wood each year. I wonder if that's why his shoulders and back are so messed up now? When I first saw this sheet from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper pack, the first thing I thought of was all of our stacked wood in the winter.
We have a gas fireplace now and while convenient, I miss the feel and smell of a good wood smoke fire. Still, it is rather cozy sitting in my chair wrapped in a blanket next to a warm fire.
This card comes together rather quickly since there isn't any stamping! The sentiment is from theColor Theory Memories and More Card Pack!
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Early Espresso Layering Scalloped Oval
Layer 4: Color Theory Memories & More Pack, Sentiment cut out with Stitched Shape Oval
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This time of year, my mail box is full...of Christmas cards! Isn't it amazing that so much happiness can come in such a little envelope? I thought I share some of the cards I received lately from family and friends.
They're all wonderful and I can't pick a favorite because I know each was sent with love and the spirit of the season.
Have you mailed any Christmas cards this year?
This is a quick and simple card using theColor Theory Memories & More Card Pack. There's no stamping involved!
Base: Dapper Denim, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Memories and More 6" x 4" card, cut down to 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Whisper White: 4 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Layer 4: Memories and More 3" x 4" Card
1. Adhere Layers 1 & 2. Wrap Silver Baker's Twine (available Jan. 3) around twice, and tie a bow. Add to base.
2. Adhere Layers 3 & 4 and add to base with dimensionals.
3. Finish by adding a snowflake sticker from the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack and 3 Glimmer Enamel Dots.
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Stampin' at the Beach Retreat - March 16-18
Come let me spoil you...This weekend event will provide you with some time to catch up on those projects while being pampered! You will have space and time to work on the projects you bring and the rest is taken care of... it's all about YOU!
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