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Monday, May 28, 2012

Pretty in Pink Thanks!

This card is for the latest Card Caravan Challenge at The Hybrid Chick. The challenge is to use pink.

Yes - that's it - just use pink.  Easy, isn't it?  How about joining in?

This is a hybrid card that I designed using my Silhouette software and print and cut with my Cameo.  The digital papers that I used are from the kit The Little Things by Bella Gypsy. The sentiment is from the Card Sentiments pack by Arty Pants Digital Stamps.

I added a touch of lace ribbon, pearls and some beautiful paper roses.  The layered label is popped as are the flowers with some foam adhesive.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Victorian Birthday Card

This is a card I made for a very special friends birthday.  This was fun to create!  I used some vintage lace scraps that I found in a sewing box that my mother had giving me. (Thanks Mom!)

Lots of sweet tiny paper roses in purple, lavender and blush shades.  I used some embossing folders to add texture and design to the papers.

The bow started out as an off-white seam binding strip.  I placed it in a zip lock bag and squirted in a few spritz of Tattered Angles Glitter Mist lavender and then scrunched up the seam binding and rolled it about in the bag. Once it was saturated with the ink, I scrunched it up a bit more to make it extra wrinkly!

I topped off the ribbon with a crystal piece from Websters Pages.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Feel Better

This card was made for our niece's husband.  He was injured in a car accident. He is a police officer and was on duty when the accident happened. He was hit by a car being driven the wrong way on the highway.  From the mangled mess of his car that was left, we are very lucky that he is still alive.  He has been in the hospital for the past 2 weeks and is finally getting to come home tomorrow!!  With my being laid up from surgery, I've not been able to visit him. But I've been sending prayers and strength his way.  While he still has a ways yet to go, I hear he is already making a marvelous recovery.

With the help of my oldest son, I was able to get a few supplies together and get myself near my computer. I designed this card in the Silhouette software and print and cut it on my Cameo.  I used the digital kit "Vanilla Noir" by Quirky Twerp. The sentiment is by Arty Pants Digital Stamps, it's part of the Card Sentiments 2 set.

With the right amount of luck, this card was mailed in time so that it will arrive for his big homecoming!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mother's Day

I know Mother's Day was last weekend. But I'm finally able to sit at the computer and get a chance to share this with you.

It's not a fabulous photo. I don't look as nice as I would like to. I have my glasses on and no make-up. But I'm really glad that I got this photo taken on Mother's Day. I was just a few days post-surgery. My folks were able to stop by for a visit.  I wanted to make sure that I got a photo of my mom and I together. Wouldn't you know, she was ready to leave when I suddenly remembered to capture the photo?!

You don't always have to have perfect photos to scrap with. Sometimes when you peruse the craft magazines, the photos on those scrap pages all seem so wonderful, like portraits by professional photographers, it makes you feel like your photos aren't worthy. I know. I've been in that rut before too.  I need to remind myself that it's the memories that are capture that mean so much to me. It doesn't matter if our outfits match, or if our hair was perfectly combed, or if we were all arranged in a decorative way.  What matters is that we have the photo to look back at!

I'm really glad we took those extra moments to snap this picture. So go ahead, give yourself permission to scrap your not quite perfect, but absolutely precious photos!

For Her by WM Squared Designs and CrossBone Cuts Designs

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Cards

I got some Mother's Day Cards made up before going in for my surgery. They were really quite easy to create. I used a really neat digital craft kit by Paper Garden Projects called Water Color Blossoms Digital Craft Kit. What is really special about this craft kit, is that it includes cutting files for the elements in the kit.

This made it super easy to design my cards right in my Silhouette Designer Edition software (you can do it in the non-designer edition too!).  I simply set up the card size that I wanted then dragged the paper on to the card.  I selected the elements from the cutting files in the kits and brought them into the Silhouette software too. I re-sized them to fit on my card then print and cut everything on some Red River paper.

Here is another card that I created using the same method.  I added some May Arts Ribbon on each. Aren't they beautiful? Made one for my mom and one fro my mother-in-law. Two very important moms in our lives!!  Hoping they both had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Scrapbookers, Cardmakers and Hybrid artists: If you get a chance to check out Paper Garden Projects kits, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Her kits include the little "helpers" for making your projects special such as templates and cutting files. You're gonna love them!

My cards are samples in the current Card Caravan Challenge at The Hybrid Chick. Hope you get a chance to play along with us!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Slower Pace and Graduation

Hey there!  Let me start off by thanking all of you that follow my blog. I really appreciate it!  I love to hear from you and enjoy your comments and emails.  Thank you so much for taking time from your day to share a bit of it with me!!

You may have noticed that my posting pace has slowed down a bit this week.  I've had an issue with my hip joint that escalated for the past 7 months. I've spent that time working through various therapies and treatments. Unfortunately they didn't work.  It reached the point that I had to have some major surgery done to repair the problems. Happily, I've made it through the surgery and I'm now home starting my long road to recovery!

Right now, I'm not very mobile. So I can't get to much of my art supplies. My creative time is limited too. So I might be posting my art work at a slower pace.  I'm hoping that I can spend some of this recovery time digitally scrapping the thousands of photos and memories that we have created over the years.  So at the very least, I'll get to share those with you.

Including this one that I created with a new kit released today by Wendy of WM Squared Designs called School Days: Graduation.  It is a mini kit, but it is packed!  It also coordinates with her School Days full kit, and School Days - The College Years kit too!

The photos are from my sons high school graduation last year.  I also used coordinating word art and stamps from WM Squared on that page as well.

Here's hoping that I can fit in a bunch of digi scrapping over the next few weeks.  Maybe I'll get caught up on capturing all those precious memories!.... Well, that's wishful thinking!    Maybe I'll just get closer to caught up than I am now!!  hehehehe!!!!

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Photo Shoot

On Easter I told the kids that I needed to get some new photos of them.  Of course I enjoy having photos of them to cherish forever. But I also needed some new material to scrap!  No, no, I'm definitely not "caught up" on scrapping.  I've got photos from special events and everyday life over the years that I still hope to scrap.  I just wanted some "new" ones.

Their initial reaction was one lacking in enthusiasm. To say the least.  But I managed to get them outside and we found an interesting spot to take some photos.  I wasn't getting too many smiles. Until I really encouraged them to just have fun!

They did some 3 Stooges mimicking. Patrick did his best Barney "suit up" pose (from the TV show How I Met Your Mother). And the fun and the smiles just kept rolling!!  And the laughter was non-stop!!!

This little photo shoot went from what they thought was going to be a "chore" to a day of memories that we will talk about, and laugh about for years to come!

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