Yesterday, I mentioned I'd spent the weekend in Virginia visiting friends. I knew I needed to take a thank you gift, but knowing Steven's extensive wine knowledge, I wasn't comfortable taking a bottle of wine. So before I left I spent Thursday night making a set of hostess cards using the Half Full Stamp Set. Knowing they were for a special occasion, I spent more time on them that I might otherwise. The card above, for example, is all heat embossed in copper, and hand colored using Blends markers.
While not all my own designs (thank you Pinterest!), I think they turned out quite well. I packaged them in one of the clear acrylic boxes, wrapped it in ribbon and made a special tag for it. Mary was happy to receive them, and now we're talking the next time I go to visit actually having a card making class with her friends - and wine, of course!
Base: Daffodil Delight, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Pool Party, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
It was spring cleaning weekend in the studio and boy did it need it! It really was a disaster zone; I couldn't stand to be in it. Unfortunately, I was so exhausted after retreat that I didn't put things away properly when I got home. The Montessori teacher in me should know better! Then...I had a club to prep, swaps for OnStage, and a class and team meeting to attend to. This was the first weekend in a long time that I didn't have anything scheduled or planned. So, my studio got the full attention it deserved. It feels so much better; I actually made 3 cards last night rather quickly because it was clean and everything was exactly where it needed to be.
In addition to cleaning, I also pulled ALL retiring product off my shelves. That was a BIG chore, too. And while I'm sad to see most of it go, I am excited for what's coming next! My UPS man should be bringing me my box of pre-order goodies today or tomorrow. I can't wait to show you what's inside!
The worst part of clearing all the retiring products of my shelves is the paper. Oh, how I love pretty paper. I just had to give this Delightful Daisy pattern one last go. It is almost ALL GONE! Better get some before it's too late.
Base: Whisper White Thick Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Calypso Coral, 2 1/8" x 5 1/2"
Layer 2: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, 2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 3: Whisper White Card Stock
We drove to the North Carolina mountains to celebrate Easter and belated birthday with the Lad yesterday. It's a 3 hour drive (or 2 1/2 the way my father drives!) and it's amazing to see the difference in seasons. Spring is awakening here...the hyacinths are finished and the daffodils are on their last legs. What tulips the deer haven't eaten are opening up to show their pretty colors and a nest of birds has taken up residence in the rain gutter just above my front door steps. And everything is beginning to be covered in that fine, gritty green pollen.
In the mountains, it's still winter. There isn't much color yet, except for grays and browns. No birds were chirping, and while it was a warm 50F for them, it was 20 degrees colder up there than it was down in the Piedmont foothills where we live. Strange, it wasn't so apparent driving up the mountains, as it was coming back down. It was like we were driving back into a technicolor world.
So...today's cards are FULL of color! Sweet & Simple...it's simply some gorgeous Sweet & Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper with a simple stamped sentiment. Thank you...thank you for reading...thank you for your support...and thank you, for just being you!
Base: Whisper White Thick, 4 1/4" x 11," scored at 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Berry Burst, 5 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Layer 2: Sweet & Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, 4 1/2" x 3 5/8"
Layer 3: Berry Burst 3 3/4" x 1/2"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 3 1/2" x 3/8", punched with Banner Triple Punch
We went to dinner with out of town friends tonight. As we walked to our car, I suddenly remembered..."IT'S CASE-ING TUESDAY TOMORROW!" And, you guessed it, I didn't have a card made. I had no idea what I was going to do because the card in the catalog is an irregular size.
But, when I got home, I saw my friend Heather had posted a picture of a card on my Making Memories with Michelle Facebook Group using the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and I had to use it! Doesn't it make you wish for warmer daisy days?
Come join the fun. Create a card based on the above pattern and then post it on the Facebook Post. Or, if you post it elsewhere on Facebook, you can use the hashtag #CASEingtuesday140.
Base: Whisper White Thick, 8" x 4", scored at 4"
Layer 1: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, 4" x 2"
Layer 2: Whisper White Cardstock
I'm on my way home from California to North Carolina. And while I can't join you live today for Crafty Saturday, I do have this helpful video for you. Have a wonderful weekend! Do something creative and be sure to share a picture of it in my Facebook Group!
Happy Stamping & I'll see you on Monday!
Base: Tranquil Tide, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 2: Tranquil tide, 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3: Tranquil Tide, Scalloped Circle
Layer 4: Whisper White, Stitched Shape Circle
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