Thursday, February 24, 2011

TE Blast From the Past Blog Hop

I'm so excited to participate in today's Blast from the Past Blog Hop hosted by Taylored Expressions.  This month we were to go green by either recycling (reusing or re-purposing) something or by using the color green.  Well, I did both!  I bought a nice journal at my local Michael's craft store.  Here's the before picture:

It was kind of pretty just the way it was but I wanted it to be something extra special.  I also didn't want to use it as a journal, I want to use it as a "To Do List" (hence the re-purpose part).  Here's the "after" :
Dontcha just love it?  I used TE's "Take Note" stamp set for the frame and the "To Do List".  Add some stickles, ribbon, butterfly and 1/2 doily and viola!  A nice book that might be too pretty to use.

Thank you so much for visiting and enjoy your journey through the rest of the blog hop!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yellow Rose Sympathy Card

*Update* - I've added all the details about this card which was SO FUN to make!

Here's my card for Joan's challenge:

I made this Sympathy card for a dear friend of mine who's husband passed away recently after a long difficult battle with cancer.  My friend, Kathy, also has a son with CHD (congenital heart defects).  That's how I met her online over 10 years ago.  

Here is what you need to do for Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge #4....
1.  Use Yellow and Green for your colors
2.  a piece of trim
3.  a frame to call attention to your focal point
4.  embossing

You will have until next Thursday (February 3) morning 6:00 AM EST to link your card/project. A winner for the prize will be chosen from a Random drawing and will be announced Friday morning (February 4). You can enter more than once.

You can see that I not only framed the yellow rose but I cut the opening all the way through the card so the rose could be seen.  It's really hard to see in the photos but the butterflies were cut out of glitter paper.  It gives a touch of shine in real life.

I used copics to color the rose and leaves and I embossed the frame so it's kind of shiny.  Below is a picture of the copics I used and the stamp pad color for the frame.  The Spellbinders nesties are also in the photo so you can see how I cut/embossed them in my Big Shot.  I used Scotch removable tape to keep the nesties in place.  I am careful not to put the tape on the stamped area because even though the tape removes easily without tearing the paper, it can leave the paper a little sticky.

I love the sentiment.  I'm so very grateful for all the support I have from family and friends since my daughter passed away 4 months ago.  I hope my friend feels that love and support from me and hopefully many others as well.

Here's a view of all the lovely dimensions on this card.  The white trim did not have the little white pearls on it but I thought it added just the right touch.

Here's a photo where you can see the embossing on the card a little better.  The hardest thing about this challenge is that I kept wanting to add pink to it!  haha!  I'm a pink flower type person but I think this turned out ok.

Thank you so much for your visit and of course EVERYONE loves comments!

What's in it:
Stamps: All from Gina K DesignsBotanicals, Friends, Year of Flowers, Lovely Labels 2
Paper: Prima's Annalee, Neenah Solar White, Coordination's Glitz and Glam green glitter paper.
Ink: Momento Tuxedo black, Stampin Up Daffodil Delight, copics
Ribbon:  Stampin Up So Saffron Polytwill
Embellishments: white floral trim - from my stash (I don't remember where I bought it), Kaiser pearls
Tools: Spellbinders circle nestabilities and labels fifteen, Big Shot, Martha Stewart butterfly punches 

 This card qualifies for the following challenges:  
           Joan's challenge