Saturday, May 3, 2008

Elegant Wedding invites

I made this card after I saw the 2 way open challenge on SCS. I had an elegant look and I thouhgt it would work great for a formal occasion such as a wedding. I started with a 6"x 6" base of River Rock CS, i then cut A 5.5"X 11" PIECE OF bayou Blue CS sored it at 5.5and cut a triangle off the top squaree of the card. I adhered the square piece of Blue bayou to the River rock Base so the triangle opened to the left. I then cut A PIECE OF 5"X10" Piece of Soft Sky, socred it at 5" and adhered it to the top of the Blue Bayou opened. I stamped Together Forever from that stamp set in Blue Bayou and Versamark and on very Vanilla CS then embossed it with irredescent ice.I placed it on the left bottom corner of the Blue Bayou triangle that was matted with River Rock cardstock and framed the words with a silver frame from the silver hodge podge set. I stamped the monogram from the Lovely Letters Stamp set (in this case an H, with Blu Bayou, versamark, and embossed it with irredecent ice. I punched it out with using the 1 1/4 circle punch, then used the 11/3 circle punch to punch a Blue Bayou circle and using a pop dot popped the monogram up on it. I stamped and embossed the wreath in the together forever stamp set, punched it out , and using pop dots adhered the monogram to it. I adhered the monogram to the right corner of the soft sky portion of the card. I then made a wedding invite for the inside of the soft sky part of the card. I used the computer to type it up and layered it on blue bayou CS layered on River rock. I cut a piece of CS vellum to exactly fit over the very vanilla invitation. I embossed the flower from the stamp set on the upper right corner of the vellum and then placed the vellum the invitaion.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Cut Out Hearts
I made this card for an a Challenge on SCS. We were challenged to use our scissors and cut out things for our card. I made a gate fold card that was also this weeks tutorial on SCS. (Thanks Beatte) I started with a 5.5"X8.5" piece of Basic Grey CS. I scored the cardstock at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" to make the gate fold card. I then cut and layered a piece of Purely Pomegranate CS on each side of the card fronts. I stamped a piece of Pretty in Pink CS cut to layer on the Purely Pomegranate with the Paisley BG stamp and Purely Pomegranate ink. To make the layers that are on the top of the card I layered Purely Pomegranate, and Basic Grey CS. I then stamped the heart from the Always stamp set three times. I stamped it useing Purely Pomegranate ink on Purely Pomegranate CS, Pretty in Pink CS, and Vellum CS. I cut out the heart on the Purely Pomegranate outside the dots outlineing the heart and pierced the dots. I then cut only the heart out on the Pretty in Pink and layered it on the Purely Pomegranate heart using pop dots. I stamped the vellum heart with versamark and embossed it with irredescent ice, cut out only the heart and layered it with pop dots on the Pretty in Pink heart. I glued this on the right side of the gate fold close to the bottom. To finish the card I tied a belly band around the top with Purely Pomegranate 5/8" Satin Ribbon.

Zoofari Baby Announcement
I made this card for the a color challenge on SCS titled Certainly Celery Pretty Chocolate. I love this color combination and thought it would be perfect for a baby girl announcement. I used only Stampin' Up Products for this card. I stamped a 5.5 X 5.5 piece of Pretty in Pink CS with Certainly Celery CS and the Plaid Flannel BG stamp. I cut a Chocolate Chip BG and topped in with Certainly Celery. I used the Signo White Gel pen to make faux stitches around the edges of both and placed them close to the top of the card. I then cut off 1/2 inch of cardstock on the bottom of the card front and placed 3/4" circles layered with 1/2 " circles and 1/2" circles along the bottom of the card to form a dotted scallop border. I then backed the "scallop" with Certainly Celery CS to even up the front of the card. I layered a faux stitched 2" circle with a 1.5" circle and the scalloped circle. I stamped the Zebra from Zoofari with Chocolate chip ink and colored her stripes with a Chocolate Chip Marker. I cut her out minus her mane and tail. I unraveled Chocolate Chip
1/4" grosgrain ribbon and made her a mane and tail. I attached her to the center of the scallop circle. I stamped It's a Girl on Pretty in Pink CS and framed it with a frame from the Silver Hodgepodge kit. I attached the zebra and circles to the right hand side of the card and the silver frame to the left hand side. I attached 3 star brads above the frame. I then tied a piece of 5/8 chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around the card above the "scallops" There you have my Certainly Celery Pretty Chocolate Chip Zoofari Baby Announcement.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Never too young to stamp!

My 20 month old granddaughter is a delight and the joy of my life. She has such an imagination. About 2 months ago I was visiting her and my daughter. We were in my daughter's stampin' room making cards. She loves to stamp with us. She gets up on a little green stool and pretends to use glue runners and stamps. She soon realized that we were actually stamping with the stamps and wanted ink on her stamps. I asked her if she wanted to make papa a card. She nodded her head and brought her markers to me. I helped her write her name and she scribbled all over the card. I tried to fold it up and she wouldn't let me. She kept saying stickers, stickers. I didn't think she had any stickers but she did. It was the leftovers from a book of USPS stamps. She stuck those all over her card and then helped me fold it. She was so proud of her self. Here is OJ's card, I thouhgt I would be the first to publish her work. I even thought about offering to do a stamp camp using her very special designs. Everyone will want to come, don't you think.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

About Me!

I have been trying to think of how to add more information about my journey with cancer. I am a three time breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast Cancer for the first time in 1995 at the age of 40. My son graduated from high school in May of 1995 and I was diagnosed in August. My daughter was 16 and still at home, she graduated from high school in 1997. I had surgery and radiation and was free of cancer for 10 years. Then, in 2005 to my disbelief another lump was found in what was left of my left breast. I turned 50 on Feb 20 and on Feb 22 I had a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. In November of 2007, I found a lump on my right collar bone. I had a CT scan and was told that I again had breast cancer. I spent Christmas with my daughter, son-in-law and 18 month old grand-daughter.
I decided that I would go to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL. My hubby, daughter and family, and I traveled to Zion for my workup. I am currently being treated for advanced breast cancer. I am triple negative and I am taking a research drug that will reduce my tumors. I hope to have surgery this summer that will be followed by radiation and more chemotherapy.
My daughter is expecting another baby (a boy this time) in July. God has blessed me by giving me peace through this battle and I know whatever He has planned for me I can handle.

Monday, March 31, 2008

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