Sympathy Cards

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Making sympathy cards is so hard for me.  I really try for very simple and clean.

Sandy Allnock made it  (relatively) easy for me.  She had a post earlier this week called Painting Perfect Trees.  She’s an amazing talent.  I didn’t have the stamp sets she used, so I used the beautiful Stampin’ Up Sheltering Tree set.  The background strip is made from a water color panel with masking tape to create the center strip and very light sponging of two distress inks.  For the trees, I used three colors of distress ink, sprayed VERY lightly with water and stamped over my center strip, then took my water pen and just “dabbed.”  This was pretty much my first attempt and I think it came out beautifully.  I think this technique is lovely for a very simple sympathy card.

Sympathy Card

Online Card Class Background Check

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Let’s be clear.  I attend the Online Card Classes because they’re there.  Period.  I went into the Background Check class with no heavy expectations.  I’m an idiot.  In this particular class, I’m not sure I can even say which instructor’s cards I liked more.  The backgrounds?  Yeah, making a background (for the most part) is easy.  Then:  WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?  THAT is what this class showed me.  Laura Bassen — holy moley.  I tried to replicate one of her methods here.  I’m not thrilled with the card.  I’ve put it together 15 different ways.  This is the end game.  I’m still not sure I like it.  It’s a sorry you’re under the weather card.  I just couldn’t make the front LOOK RIGHT with clouds or an umbrella ….  I just don’t know.  That’s why I’m not teaching this class, right?

This is a Papertrey Cover a Card Die.   And I love it.  I love everything weather-related.  I’m now madly in love with Press’N’Seal – thank you Jennifer’s husband for inventing it.  I popped each one up and then Copic colored them with B000, B01 and B02 after they were popped onto the card front.

Under the Weather

Under the Weather

Can I Just Say – Work Has Been SO Frustrating

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Yeah, I know.  Work is frustrating for everyone.  But when your boss is out of town and people then go – oh, we need to now go ask Kim this – and this – and this – and this, the frustration gets worse.  And since I’m always one to go – hey – there’s a card in this ….. I decided to go totally insane and incorporate several many different sets together to come up with this “I’m Grumpy When You’re Not Here” card for my boss.

I knew I wanted THAT phrase from last month’s My Favorite Things release.  I didn’t want to use the dogs or cats that came with.  Then I remembered the lovely Lili of the Valley It’s My Party girl.  I took away her present and made he kick some rain water that came down from the gray clouds over her head.  I made the puddles with a stencil I created from my Memory Box Splashing Puddles die.  Then I putty glossy accents over all the rain.

And then the e-mail came in for Work It Wednesday at Simon Says Stamp!  AMAZINGLY, this week is Sunny Days and incorporate something yellow.  I think I got this!  My husband tells me all the time “don’t make cards for men,” but I couldn’t help myself.  It’s therapy and I think it’ll make my boss smile with the wonderful “I’m Grumpy” saying inside.



Have a wonderful week, everyone!  Keep smiling.  Even in the rain.


You Rock!

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Ya know, I’ve been scrapping and making cards for a while now …. a WHILE.  And I’ve got several different stamp sets that have the word ROCK in them.  And, indeed, some of them say “YOU ROCK” … all the while never having a picture of a rock.  I have several people I’d like to send a “You Rock” card to …. a little tongue in cheek, ya know?  But – no rocks.

Several conventions later and a lot of asking at stores and online searching, the only people that really have any “rocks” at all are Art Impressions because they have a lot of “scene building” stuff (that I do love, by the way).  A rock, however, I did not have in my stash.  So, Amazon here I come.

In the mean time (of course), at StampFest in Clearwater, my friend Alisa found me a small set by Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps of stones & bricks that you “build.”   Then at my local scrapbook store I found a Tim Holtz A2 stamp that was called croc, but looks like stones.

So here’s my first attempt at the card I’d been visualizing.  I think I’m going to add a Jennifer McGuire “hello” to the front of it, but right now it looks like this and I’m pretty darn happy with it.


Now, on to an Anniversary Card and then some cleaning since my son is coming to visit in a week and the house is (as usual) a disaster!


How Can It Possibly Be December!!??

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Besides being Christmas, December is a major birthday month for me.  My best friend from the age of 3.  My mom.  My dad.  Mine.  My x-husband.  My sister in law.  Several other random girlfriend’s I’ve met over the years.  A LOT of potential card opportunities, let’s just say.

And, as usual, December snuck up on me.  Yeah, I know.  November.  December.  Nevertheless, it snuck up on me.

As I’ve mentioned before, I routinely watch Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.  Okay, the word stalker has come up once or twice.  They both make such beautiful night skies, I thought I’d attempt one for my girlfriend’s card.  The saying on the inside is just lovely and so reflects my feelings for her.  The stars danced the day you were born.

I used Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot on a panel of Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper.  I took nearly ever tiny star die I had (and I CUT APART my teen SSS star strip die) to make the background, running it thru the vagabond about 15 times.  Looking at the picture, it could have taken a couple more times thru.  Next time.

I laid the entire panel over DWCV silver glitzy paper to create silver stars.  Happy and Birthday are from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold and The Happy.  It’s one of my favorite sets and I’m SO glad they came out with dies to match.

Now, on to the other half dozen birthday cards – and then – Christmas Box Cards.  Time does fly.


Happy Holidays everyone.  19 shopping days till Christmas.

OnLine Card Classes

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Well, this Jennifer McGuire/Kristina Werner online card class was Stretch Your Stamps. They and the guest teachers did a darn good job of dropping my jaw every day. I love the classes and I’m amazed at the beautiful, creative work the people who take the classes come up with for “homework.”

I was laying in bed last night thinking about my day. I ate too much.  I didn’t exercise.  I didn’t get enough accomplished and I’ve been meaning to send my girlfriend a card. Typically our conversations, when we talk, are pretty similar. How are you? Fat. I’m a cow, pig, horse. I need Omar the Tentmaker to make me a new dress. All of the “self-image” stuff aside, sometimes you’re so busy and all you want to do is eat feel good food. And the days bleed into each other and before you know it, you’ve gained 5 pounds. Cow. Pig. Horse.

So I’m not sure how much I stretched my STAMPS, but I stretched my IMAGINATION.   And for me, that’s huge.  Laying in bed last night, I thought … I have all of those. I can make that card.  I have a Gina K set that has FATHER. I masked off the HER, used a bunch of tiny itty bitty letters from Close to My Heart and a couple big sets from My Favorite Things. I giggled when I finished. it.

Thanks, ladies, for helping me stretch my stamps and my imagination.

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Time Flies

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I have a whole new appreciation for “bloggers” … it seems to me that you must give up other things in your life to be able to “blog” or it must be your actual job.  Because when you have a job where you work 50 to 60 hours a week and you have a family, pets included, AND a hobby, it’s hard enough to come up with time to do the things you’re supposed to do every day – cook, clean, laundry, grocery shopping, moisturizer, flossing AND a little romantic time with the very patient other half of the relationship – let alone time to post things to a blog about all of the things you’ve been doing.  Hats off to all those who keep a blog going every day with actually interesting stuff.

I recently purchased some wonderful wonderful stamps from CC Designs.  I love Amy Rysary, I found her thru My Favorite Things where she’s a Design Team Member.  I found out very recently (yes, I live under a rock) that she designs stamps for CC Design.  And they are awesome stamps.  She also has a Stamping Bella Challenge on her blog this week and I loved the sketch.  I’ve just started considering Christmas Cards – yes, it’s July.  See note above about busy.  If I wait, it’l be October, then – well – I’m sunk.   I combined the Bella Sketch with a technique I saw on a blog posting from Kristina Werner this week and made two different cards.  I’m pretty pleased with both of them.

I used circles from three different stamp sets … SSS Lots of Dots, SSS Love This and My Favorite Things Bokeh Builder.  Then the beautiful Celebrate from Amy R.


Today is Day 1

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I didn’t want a blog.  I didn’t think I needed a blog.  But I did want to submit a card that I’d made to a challenge and everywhere I looked, they want pictures to be submitted thru a blog.

Okay, fine, now I have a blog.  And I’m so incredibly lucky.  I live with the smartest developer in the world who is so good to me.   I said I wanted to try a blog so he said “okay, I can host it.”   Knowing it was going to be one more thing to take my time away from cleaning and laundry and the dishes and the house and the dogs.  Who knew?  He’s amazing.

I’ve worked all day.  Hell, I’ve worked like a dog all week.  We’re finishing up a year long project.  I thought I’d get off at 5:00.  Nope.  I’m still working and trying to play with this at the same time.  I’m a great multi-tasker….sometimes.

My next task will be to try to upload a picture to here.  And ask someone to try to look at it on line and tell me how it looks.  But I don’t think that’s going to be now.  Now I’m going to be finishing up four machines that I’m working on,  starting a load of laundry and watching the series finale of Fringe.  Yeah, it was on a year ago.  I said I’d been busy.