Thursday, June 23, 2011

Not A Traditional Sympathy Card

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The challenge this week
at Dutch Dare is Clean & Simple
If you are like me, that is a challenge because 
I love layers, and lots of lace and lots 
embellishments.  I held back as much as I could.
Please join us this week and show us
your version of Clean and Simple.

Sympathy cards are very difficult to make.
I had a bunch to make so in  order not to get 
too hung up on it, I found if I either went for what paper I was in the mood for, or what style I 
knew the recipient liked, I was able to keep going.
I know it is not traditional, but, I get stuck
if I think about it too much. I apologize if it is offensive. I always try to make my cards respectful
for the occasion and the person receiving them.
I have received comments about my color choices 
not being appropriate for sympathy cards
 again, I apologize!  

I saw this card a few months ago, on Fiona's
blog and fell in love with it, so I had to
 case this beauty.

 Inside of Card
 Inside- Top
 Inside- Bottom
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Misc
Designer Paper: Velvet Polka Dots- Me & My Big Ideas- Pink- Marcella
Brads: Paper Studio
Ribbon: Pink-Misc from A Moore $1 bin Black Velvet: Celebrate it
Sentiments: Deepest Sympathy- Create W/ TLC The rest from the computer.
Flowers: From a bouquet I dissected and blk ones from wedding section at Michael's.

Challenges I would like to enter this in:
Little Darlings Challenges -  Favorite colors- Love black, white and pink
A Spoonful Of Sugar - Ribbons & Bows 
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers 
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes  
Shopping Our Stash -  Use A Tool You've Neglected- Hole puncher kit for brads & eyelets
Corrosive Challenges -  Ribbons and Bows
Just Some Lines - Spots & Dots
CCEE Stampers - Use pink.
Southern Girls - Anything goes.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Picture This!- Blog Hop for Sentimental Sundays

Welcome to the Sentimental Sundays 
"Celebrate Summer" Blog Hop! 
If you have arrived here from Tenny's  lovely blog
than have come to right place.  If you get a
bit lost or have not started from the beginning you may want to go to Sentimental Sundays where it all starts. 

The challenge this week is 
“Summery or Sparkly” (plus a sentiment)
It can be either or both. For some that are in their winter months, or rainy season, may not feel up to a summer challenge, so anything “Sparkly or Shimmery”
will be perfect for this challenge. So there are options!

Our sponsor is the marvelous Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs. This prize will be four INDIVIDUAL sentiment sets from the Whimsy Stamps-Raindrop Echo Designs Don't forget to leave comments along the way because there are 3 mystery DT members who will each choose a winner from the comments left on their blog hop posts. The winners will each win a $10 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps! The hop ends on Friday, June 24 at midnight EST. The winners will be announced on the Sentimental Sundays challenge blog on Sunday, June 26th.

As you have figured out this is a very long post and we have lots of awesome blogs for you to visit, so grab your favorite treat and beverage of choice  
(It's 5:00 somewhere right?!) and enjoy!
I am going to be mean and make you look through all my pictures before I point you to where you will
be going next!

For this challenge I made a mini album
for a good friend of ours that is graduating
high school! I saw this great project
on Bab's blog  who got it from 
The Scor Pal Web-Site and just had to give it a try
Thank You Babs!
It is hard to see but there is sparkle and shimmery
 glittery goodness on every page! 
If You can't see it here, you can see it in 
every inch of my house, my hair, face, clothes,
my husband's hair, face clothes... It is

 Lots of flips and folds

If you would like so see more awesomeness
then hop on over to Sally's Blog and see what
eye candy she has in store for you.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Bazzill & Core dinations Foundations
Designer Paper: K&Co. Abrianna Collection and 
DCWV The Blossom Song Stack
Embellishments: K&Co. Abrianna Collection
Ribbon: Offray
Jewels and Flourishes: Recollections
Glitter Paper: Recollections
Letters & #'s: Lyrical Letters- Cricut Cartridge
Diecuts: Spellbinders Lacey Circles & Fancy Tags

Challenges I would like to enter this in:
Crafty Emma - Lot's Of Sparkly Flowers All flowers stickers have glitter on them
One Stop Craft - Use Stickers 
Catered Crop - Blue, Green, Ribbon, Beads, Die Cuts
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Use embellishments starting with "R". Ribbon, Rhinestones, Red, Round, Rectangle
Crafty Catz - Fancy folds.
Delicious Doodles - Things that flutter.
Fairy Knoll - Sparkle.
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes.
Simply Create - Wings.
Stamp Something - Pretty papers.
Totally Papercrafts - Die cuts & punches.
Crafty Purple Frog - Favourite things. (Jewels, glitter, lacey circles, pink. purple
Cute Card Thursday -  Use 1 or more birthstone colors. Auquamarine, Ruby, Saphire, Emerald, Turquoise, Diamonds
Hanna & Friends - In the garden.
Sassy Studio Designs - SIO - Glam it up.
Crafts and Me - Bling
Freshly Brewed - Song- Nickleback- Photograph
For Fun Challenges - Summer or bright colors
Stampavie and More - Butterflies
Simon Says Stamp - Bingo  Shape, Ribbon, Sentiment
Southern Girls - Anything goes.
Top Tip Tuesday -  Open Challenge Tip- When making these books make sure the paper is identical in size. Just a hair off can through off the whole project. And, when using glitter, don't rub your eyes!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sending A Prayer

This week at Sentimental Sundays we are 
challenging you to make a card for a man! For most of us ladies that love girly things, that is 
a challenge, but it can be done. So pull out your twine, and metal and other guy things and just have some fun with it!

This card is for my father in law who just found out his cancer is back. It is a rough time for him and my husband's family as they all were hoping it was behind him.  It is very hard to come up with an
appropriate card that says you care without being morbid or insensitive. Then add masculine 
to the mix, and challenge is the correct word!
I threw this aside 3 times and almost completely ditched it, but always seemed to go back to the same sketch, and papers. 

I went to Dorcas' house the other day with high 
hopes of blitzing out many projects. I worked feverishly (turns out literally) on just one project 
all day. Then, I  kept trying to get my head around 
this one, and could not get it. Turns out I was getting
the flu. So as she was whipping out awesome 
projects left and right I at least had a good excuse 
for accomplishing little. It took me three days of sweating it out, (Again literally) but finally finished it! 
So not only was this a hard card, (because 
of the reason for making it) I was sick on top of it!
 After all of that, I am happy with it and on the mend!

Sentiment From Create With TLC

Inside Of Card
Inside- Top
  Inside- Bottom
Another Great Sentiment From TLC
Both of these worked perfectly for this card

This the first  of the Verve Sketches at Splitcoast
 for the month of June. Use all 4 sketches this month for a chance to win the next  release.
 All four cards must be uploaded to the VLVJune2011 gallery by midnight, CST on Thursday, June 30th to be eligible to win this month's prize! Winner will be announced on July 1st! GOOD LUCK!
Keywords for the entire month will be VLVJun2011 and Verve (if using Verve stamps).
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: Global Treks Double Sided
Sending a Prayer & Comfort Sentiments-TLC
So Sorry Sentiment: Computer
Metal Brads & Frame: Making Memories
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals, Ovals, & Lattice Rectangles
Raffia Lace: Gift From DJ (Thank You Debbie!) 
Jewels: Recollections
Twine: From Stash (From Walmart Craft Section)

Challenges I would like to enter this card in:
ColourQ - COLOUR*
Sassy Studio Designs - Stitching.
Creative Craft World 3 or more brads
Catered Crop- Kraft , Sewing, Machine, Die Cuts, Sewing
Crazy 4 Challenges -  Masculine
Little Claire's  -  Cards For Men
Secret Crafter -  A Male Card
Alphabet Challenge - Card for a male.
Fussy and Fancy - Card for a male.
Stamp Man - Boys & men.
Wags 'n Whiskers - Masculine.
Some Odd Girl - Masculine.
Stamp Insanity - Masculine.
Craft Us Crazy - Masculine colours/theme.
Paper Play - Man's card.
Bows 'n Berries - Masculine.
Woodware USA - Masculine.
Inspire Me Fridays - Always Anything Goes.
*NEW* Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes.
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes.
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes.


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