Wednesday, February 24, 2010

With Sympathy.......

Sorry for the long absence, once again I am snowed under with work (pardon the pun! and NO! I do NOT want any more snow this winter! Go away, snow!). Here is another card from our swap. Heidi made these STEP sympathy cards at my request, as I knew of 2 situations for which I would be needing these. Unfortunately, this month I had three friends lose members of their families. There is little enough one can do for someone suffering a loss, but a beautiful card certainly lets that person know they are in your thoughts and prayers. Heidi CASED this from SCS. The steps "unfold" and it can stand alone. The shine is from the glossy paper, and the set is Asian Artistry. CASE or not, she did a lovely job!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

I never got around to making more Valentine's-- Heidi to the rescue! She sent me this pic of ones she made and was nice enough to hand me one, too. Thanks Heidi!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

So glad for inspiration!

You have no idea how many times I have wished for some free time since going back to work. Ironic, then, that once we did have some, thanks to our epic snow, I couldn't get anything going creatively!! I'm in a monthly swap with 4 other stampers, which keeps me on my toes (I'll be sharing their designs later). I stamped and fiddled and stamped and rearranged and finally gave up. Molly loves it when this happens, by the way, because she gets everything I stamped and didn't like. In desperation I surfed my favorite inspiration site and soon my brain was spinning from the never-ending talent displayed there.

This card is an almost-exact CASE of one by kharmagirl, whose designs I have copied before. CASE, by the way, means Copy-And-Share-Everything. When someone posts a design on a stamping site, he or she is giving permission to copy the design, but it is always a good idea to give credit, too. Thoughts and Prayers has been sitting in my stash-- this is the first time I have pulled it out (but won't be the last). I used Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive markers to color the image. It just didn't look right until I followed Judi's lead and paper-pierced the edges, too. Judi's card used some HodgePodge Hardware and the sentiment was stamped in Eggplant on Rose Red-- I didn't have 15 pieces of hardware that were the same, so I just stamped the sentiment on the main image. The sentiments are from Elegant Cheer-- I use that one so often you probably already recognized it-- and I did 5 each of Birthday Wishes, Many Thanks, and For my friend.

Of course there had to be something stamped on the inside! This is something I picked up from Gretchen Barron and it is very rare now that I do not stamp something on the inside panel. I think it just adds that little extra touch!

And after adding an extra touch to the inside, could I let the card be put in a PLAIN envelope? What do YOU think?