This past Thanksgiving weekend marked our 10 year wedding anniversary. Falling over the big holiday weekend means our anniversary was a very low key day. I spent the day in my studio while the Hubs was busy building new built-ins for our mudroom. Our son, the Lad, was home from university, but had to work all day. No big plans had been made, so we ended up doing a bit of Christmas shopping that evening and going to a pub for dinner with my parents. In retrospect, it was a very typical "Day in the Life" - low key, quiet, calm, and surrounded by family.
I knew the card I made to mark the day had to be special, and I thought it about it for a long time. I was at my wits' end, when I pulled the All Year Long Project Life Card Kit off the shelves. The colors were a perfect match for my favorite paper stack, Serene Scenery. And, the sentiments in the kit were exactly what I'd been trying to say.
I used the Layering Ovals, Circles, and Stitched Shapes Framelit dies to cut the preprinted cards down to size. Then, I found my Occasions pre-order box, and started adding the wooden Sending Love embellishments , which I colored by placing them directly onto my Early Espresso ink pad. The collage was really strating to take shape. Now...for the inside...
The side pannels came together pretty easily - they were more cards from the Project Life Kit! But what to do in the middle. Again, I looked through my pre-order and the fell in love with the little 'love note' and envelope that are found in the new Sealed with Love bundle. The little note card, envelope, and even envelope liner are all die cut and the border on the note as well as the sentiment are on the stamp set. I also used the stamps and accessories found in the All Year Long Project Life Accessory Kit.
I love the way this came together. And even better, my hubs and son liked it, too. In fact, the Lad told me I need to make more cards just like this! It was really a lot of fun, and I loved the way the Project Life cards made it look professional and easy - all the hard work was done for me.
I think it's time to start planning my next one, don't you?
Saturday was my birthday! I got to spend it doing what I love - stamping and crafting with Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world.
Saturday, at the World Card Making Day 2016 (#WCMD2016) there was a large card swap. Demonstrators from all over brought 50 cards each to swap with each other. Such talent! I made thank you cards in classic Night of Navy and Whisper White.
And, as a special birthday celebration thank you to all my customers, any order over $50 placed between 11/7 and 11/14 will receive a free pack of White Perfect Accents from me! (Orders must use hostess code W9PDV6PZ) These are perfect for adding just a little something extra to all your projects. They're flat too, so they won't add to your shipping costs. ( 75 total accents - 25 each of 3 sizes: 3/16", 1/4", 5/16"). Leave them white or add color with Sharpie markers!
Look what came in the mail yesterday! I received these two gorgeous handmade cards plus two spools of ribbon from my friend and mentor, Selene Kempton. This was my special thank you gift for being in her $1000 club for the last two months. It was such a happy surprise to receive this special recognition in the mail, I had to rush in and show my husband!
I wonder what next month has in store?!
I can't work in clutter. I have to start each project with a clean work space, or I feel disoriented and I find my projects take at least twice as long as they should because I can't find what I need. Maybe it's the Montessori teacher in me, but everything has it's own space!
That's why my Stampin' Up! ribbon collection has been driving me crazy! It always seemed to pile up, unravel, and worst of all, forgotten about. And while I like the idea of hanging the spools on wooden dowels and mounting them on the wall, that can be a real headache when you want to take them down and try them on a project before you make a cut. So, when I found these two blue racks at Hobby Lobby, I knew I just had to get them. I love that they're just wide enough to hold all my spools, and I can thread the start of each spool through the rack. The open design is great for letting me remove a spool and easily replace it as needed.
I spend all weekend sitting at my craft table prepping for upcoming classes and making tons of thank you cards. It was so cheery being able to see all my ribbon neatly displayed in front of me.
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