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Elements with a Smooch

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Have you ever had a card that was almost right?  I mean, you like it but it just needs a little something.  Well, that is how I felt about my last post.  I really like the card but it was just missing that special something.  I am teaching a Watercolor 101 class this week and really wanted to use this preview of the new set Elements of Style as an example.  So, back to the drawing (or coloring) board I went.  I reworked the colors and used Kraft (soon to become Crumb Cake) and Chocolate Chip.  Really, who doesn’t like cake with chocolate chips, after all??!!  I brightened up the colors a little bit to match the richer feel of the Chocolate Chip.  As a final touch, after distressing and sponging the edges, I used my new Smooch Spritz that will be available in the new Summer Mini.  This one is Log Cabin and has a bronze look to it.  I thought the satin ribbon with the linen thread finished this card off right.  It is, of course, another take on the Our Creative Corner Sketch 10, except this time I stayed with the sketch orientation.

Watercolor 101 - Elements and Smooch

 

Thanks for dropping by to see the new version!  You comments are always appreciated. 

Stamp:  Elements of Style (Summer Mini); Paper:  Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor; Ink:  StazOn, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sponges, Dimensionals, Blender Pen

The return of River Rock

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Well, if you haven’t heard by now, let me be the one to share the great news!!  Stampin’ Up is having a Color Revolution and there is quite a shake-up going on.  Some of my favorite old In Colors are returning, namely RIVER ROCK!!!  Sorry to yell, but I am really, really, really happy about that!  I have resisted using River Rock with my Soft Suede (even though they are amazing together) because I had to hoard my River Rock.  Well, no more!  I can use it with reckless abandon knowing I can get more.  Yea!  I just received my pre-order for the upcoming Summer Mini (be on the lookout, it starts on May 1st).  The first set that simply had to be ordered was Elements of Style.  I love it!!  There were a couple of challenges that I wanted to try today and the first is the Pals Paper Arts challenge 37, Flowers.  Well, Elements of Style is all about flowers so that was easy enough!  Now to the layout.  I headed on over to the Our Creative Corner Sketch blog for their OCCSC10.

OCCSC10 - Designed by Jennifer Meyer

 

This seemed to have plenty of room for the big flower stamp!  I (sadly) don’t have any River Rock ribbon left, so I just did a little piercing in place of the ribbon.  I stamped the image with Soft Suede ink on Whisper White and colored in the flowers (using a blender pen) with So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Night of Navy, and River Rock.  These are all part of the core colors that are remaining.  I distressed the paper and sponged with Soft Suede.  The small rectangle was created with the swirl and sponging with Soft Suede.  I popped the image panel up on dimensionals then created a matching inside.  I did find that flipping the layout worked better for me (it didn’t start that way though!).

OCCSC10, PPA37 - Elemental River Rock

 

I hope you like this as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Elements of Style (Summer Mini); Paper:  Soft Suede, River Rock, Whisper White; Ink:  Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Rose Red, Night of Navy, River Rock, Soft Suede; Accessories:  Piercing tool, Mat Pack, Dimensionals

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Two for one

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Happy Monday to you all!  I hope you had a beautiful weekend.  I know my family had a wonderful Easter…what a blessing!  I actually have two cards for you today.  The first is a birthday card for a 7 year old boy who is a friend of one of my sons.  The second was a card for a swap that I did with Stampin’ Addicts.  I received my swaps on Saturday, so I feel safe in finally posting my card.

The first card uses a sketch from Stampin’ 411, their sketch challenge 145.  I also followed this week’s Our Creative Corner challenge to “Break out the buttons”.  The sketch seems to lean towards using a button so this was an easy combination.

ssc145

 

I had some left over DSP from the Hand Drawn hostess bundle that has been retired.  It is such a kid-friendly paper so I seem to always use it on cards where I need something quick and easy.  This sketch  is perfect for that Happy Birthday paper in the bundle!  I used the lined paper to stamp the hat and words from Party Hearty.  The celery ribbon is from the ribbon bundle in last year’s Sale-a-bration.  Sometimes it is nice to use up some of those oldies but goodies!!  The button is from the Sherbet button set.

Stampin'411 SC145, OCCC buttons

 

My card for the swap uses a variation of a sketch from Taylored Expressions.  Her sketches are always wonderful.  This swap was for thank you cards and the cards I got back are just super.  For swap cards (especially a demonstrator swap), I like to stick to one stamp set and one DSP.  In this case, the stamp and the paper are all from the Lovely Flowers level 3 hostess bundle.  I hope they are as happy with this card as I am with theirs!! 

TESC104 - Thank You Swap (SA)

Easter break has begun with the kids and the weather remains perfect in Northern VA.  My garden is sprouting with spinach, peas and sugar snap peas!  Yea, yea, and yea!!  Hope you have a great day.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Card 1:  Stamp:  Party Hearty; Paper:  Hand Drawn DSP, Certainly Celery; Ink:  Ruby Red, Certainly Celery; Accessories:  Sherbet button, Celery ribbon (SAB ’09), Dimensionals

Card2:  Stamp:  Lovely Flowers; Paper:  Lovely Flowers DSP, Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry; Accessories:  Chocolate satin ribbon

That Oh, So Lovely Nouveau Chic!

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I had so much fun with my last Nouveau Chic card, I wanted to make another one.  This time, I used a sketch from Our Creative Corner chosen by the very talented Silke Ledlow.  I love the big scallops in this layout!

OCC Sketch CHallenge - Designed by Silke Ledlow 3-27-10 copy

 

I tried to stay true to those scallops by using my 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle punches.  The stamps are all retired SU stamps but they remain some of my favorites!  I just planted some poppy seeds (along with loads of other flowers) so I was reminded of this set.  This is another anniversary card for another special couple in my family.  I used the same ribbon treatment as this card, and all the details on it are there.  Without further discussion, here is my take on this sketch:

OCC Sketch - Anniversary

 

It is a glorious day here in Northern VA and I am off to play outside with the kids!  Hope you are having spring weather too!!

Stamps:  Oh, So Lovely, Happy Harmony (both retired); Paper:  Nouveau Chic DSP, Basic Gray, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Basic Gray, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal; Accessories:  Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, blender pen

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It's a Nouveau day!

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Nouveau Chic, that is!  I felt like moving away from the pinks and spring greens for something a little different.  One of my dear sisters-in-law and her husband have an anniversary coming up and I need a card for them.  She has beautiful taste with gray being a popular color for her decorating.  Nouveau Chic was an obvious choice, don’t you think?  I have to admit that when I bought this DSP, I thought I was going out of my box for colors.  I quickly found out that this paper easily lends itself to beautiful cards.  Watercoloring seems to be my technique of choice when I am using these colors.  I pulled out my Fifth Avenue Floral set again today.  Starting tomorrow, Stampin’ Up begins its Two-Step into Spring promotion and this set (along with some others) will be 20% off retail price.  This set has been a favorite of mine since the day I opened it.  If you don’t already have it, this price it too good to be true!  Here are all the sets that have the discount:

Item  Page  Description  Discount Price 
113824  94 Greenhouse Garden  $20.76 
113734  98  Fifth Avenue Floral  $19.96 
111578  101  Flower Fancy  $29.56 
113258  112  Trendy Trees  $14.36 

 

Now back to the card…  I used the sketch from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 274.  This is another great one with loads of possibilities.  I almost turned it on its side for a different look but the original sketch worked better for this particular card (maybe I’ll get another chance at it tomorrow!).  The Technique Lover’s Challenge 266 at Splitcoast this week is an Inside Out challenge.  In other words, decorate the inside to coordinate with the outside.  I am so happy I took the extra step inside!! 

SC274, TLC266 - Anniversary

 

And here is the inside:

TLC266 - Anniversary for Millers inside

I bet you are wondering about the ribbon, aren’t you??!!  Well, it doesn’t take too long looking at my blog to realize that I am a ribbon addict, hoarder, collector!  I love SU ribbon, I can’t stop with it!  Why…because it is so easy to work with and the textures are so beautiful!  Today I am working with the Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon.  This one is easy!!  Cut a piece about 50% longer than you need and make each end a straight cut (vs. on the angle).  Unravel one end just a little until you can see the individual threads that go lengthwise through the ribbon.  Find a middle thread and start to pull.  The ribbon will start to smush together and you just work it down the piece until you have what you need.  I attached the ends at the back with mini glue dots.  On the piece inside the card, I used a couple extra glue dots to make sure such a long piece stays secure.  I love the texture it provides for not very much actual effort! 

I used my watercolor blender pen with Sage Shadow and Going Gray ink to color the flowers, then used the fine tip end of an Apricot Appeal marker to color the centers.  The “Love” word is from Well-Scripted (still available for another month).  I inked it using a Going Gray marker being careful at the connection point between “love” and “you”.  The fine tip of the marker fixed the tiny break in the script. 

Thank for dropping by today.  I really appreciate your comments!!  Off to work in the yard on a lovely day in VA!!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Well-Scripted, Of the Earth (inside); Paper:  Nouveau Chic DSP, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Watercolor (for flowers); Ink:  Going Gray, Basic Gray, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal; Accessories:  Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Dimesionals, Blender Pen

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Happy card for a happy friend!

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I have a dear friend who has gotten some good news and this card is for her.  I just love it when I get to make a card like that…don’t you??!!  This week’s challenge over at Diva Coffee Break Design is a color challenge.

DCBD170

 

Hmm…pretty, pretty spring colors!  Love them!  Then I went over to see what Makeesha came up with for her challenge this week.  Yea…a great layout posted on her blog, Inkspirations.  I love how much you can do with this one!

makeesha-sketch-020

 

I went back to my Tea Party paper for this one…still just loving the fresh look of it for spring.  I cut out some of the flowers that fit the bill for the color challenge.  Maybe that is why I love this paper so much.  There is so much you can do with it!  I added the beautiful word from Well Scripted and tied on some Celery satin ribbon with a Button Latte button to finish.  I hope this brings a smile to my friend’s face!! 

DCBD170, Inksp20 - Tea Party Congratulations

Click on the picture to enlarge if you want to see it closer.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Stamp:  Well Scripted; Paper:  Tea Party DSP, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Ink:  Close to Cocoa; Accessories:  Celery Satin Ribbon, Button Latte, Thread, Dimensionals

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Easter lilies

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I was quite a slacker last week when it comes to posting.  Sorry about that!  I was madly finishing cards for a Thank You card swap with Stampin’ Addicts.  I’ll post that a little later so that I don’t release too much of a spoiler.  In my last post I was ready to head out to the garden and that is what I did.  My peas and sugar snap peas are planted, along with spinach and some early flowers.  Can’t tell you how happy I am about that!  Now I am prowling about the garden looking for little green sprouts (that aren’t weeds…ugh!).  Such fun!  My boys helped me plant some Italian parsley and basil inside so, of course, they are on sprout patrol too.  I love this time of year!

My garden lilies are starting to show signs of life and they were part of the inspiration for this card.  I used the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge for the week and turned it.  I also wanted to do another Easter card for the Our Creative Corner challenge to create an Easter/spring card.  I have been really using this Lovely Flowers (hostess) paper a lot lately.  The Rich Razzleberry really is a great Easter purple!!  This uses the Fifth Avenue Floral set which will be 20% off in April as part of the Two-Step into Spring promotion.

PPA34, OCCC - Easter Sketch

 

I watercolored these lilies with Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry on the watercolor paper.  Don’t forget that you can see the picture larger by clicking on it.  Thanks so much for dropping by!!

Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Well Scripted (Occasions mini); Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Flowers (hostess), Watercolor, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Old Olive; Accessories:  Vanilla satin ribbon, dimensionals, blender pen

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Sweet birthday wishes

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The rain has ended and the plants are showing signs of spring!  I’m ready to start planting the early seeds in my vegetable garden tomorrow!  Can’t tell you how happy those things make me!!  I have a hostess club meeting next week and I am absolutely sure they are feeling just like me so I needed to make a spring card.  Of course, the puffy flower is all the rage these days so what better to use??  I just got this Tea Party DSP and I can see that I’ll be using it up fast.  Such pretty colors!  I know I have professed my adoration of ribbon before, but this SU satin ribbon is really fantastic.  I just got the Celery (HAD to, it goes so well with the Tea Party paper…LOL).  When I saw the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for this week, it was perfect for what I needed.

SSSC60[1]

 

I love that it is a basic layout where you can really emphasize one focal point!  I cut the DSP in half and used both sides of the same sheet.  They were sponged with Certainly Celery ink to mimic the sponged look of the DSP.  I punched five layers out of various papers from the pack to give some character to the flower.  This flower is a little less puffy than some but I like that you can see the button!  After I crinkled the paper for the flower, I sponges those edges too.  The little “tag” is a slight change on the sketch but it worked better for me. 

SSSC60 - Puffy Flower for class

These little flowers really are fun.  I have another card with a full flower so the club can see both.  It is still cloudy here so the colors seem a little washed out on the card.  The sun is coming soon though and I’ll be out digging in the garden!  Have a great week!!  Thanks for stopping by!

A great day!

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My thanks to the OCC Stampers for choosing me as their Featured Designer!  Thanks for visiting!

We shall not forget the accomplishments of our women fliers and their contributions to the fulfillment of our mission. And we shall always keep and remember
the brave heritage of the women who gave their lives.
It is the heritage of faith in victory and faith in the ultimate freedom of humanity.” 
General Barton Yount, Commanding General, Training Command, Army Air Force, 1944

Yep, in 1944 they were told that their contributions would not be forgotton.  But forgotten they were.  Now, over 65 years after the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were disbanded, they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal!!  Finally!  It is not because they looked for glory but because they answered their country’s call.  They paid their way to training and, after selfless service, paid their own way home when they were done.  They passed around a hat when one of their sisters died to ensure a proper burial.  They were (and are) proud, brave pioneers that paved the way for many who have followed in their footsteps.

On March 10th, my son and I were there at Emancipation Hall in the Visitors Center of the Capitol Building.  The crowd was standing room only and the pride in the Hall was touchable.  Our country’s Congressional leadership stood up and told the story of service, professionalism and heroism.  Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson talked about this being one of the final steps of recognition, likening the WASP to the Tuskegee Airmen and the Code Talkers.  Others talked about this being long overdue.  Almost too long overdue since only about 300 of the 1,074 are still alive.  But the day was not about regret.  Instead it was a day of thanks and tribute…beautifully done.  I was privileged to be there.  The medal itself is fantastic and I am so proud of my Aunt Frances for earning it!! 

Frances Rohrer Sargent was in WASP class 43-W-4.  After training, she was assigned to Camp Davis Army Air Field, Holly Ridge, NC.  She mostly flew tow target missions.  An enlisted man would reel out a long sock of muslin on a cable as a target for antiaircraft gunnery practice.  She was checked out in 10 different kinds of aircraft.  She also did searchlight practice missions which were very disorienting for the pilots.  More on this is available in the book Women in the Wild Blue in her own words.  This is her WASP graduation photo.  Records are kept on the WASP, including oral histories, by Texas Woman’s University.

Aunt Fran WASP class 43-W-4

I owe at great deal of thanks to my cousins for helping my son and I attend.  Here is one of the cards I made for them.  I started with the Pals Paper Arts challenge 33 using the colors Garden Green, Certainly Celery and Kraft.  Using these colors means that it also meets the Stampin’ Royalty  “Green” challenge criteria.  I used the OCC Weekly Sketch number 6.  This uses some retired items but I still love the set Branch Out and it will stay with me as a favorite for a long time!  We have a cloudy day so the colors are not quite true.  The leaves are Celery and Garden Green.

OCCSC6, PPA33 - Kraft and Garden thank youNow for some pictures from the ceremony…

First, the medal itself.

WASP Congressional Gold Medal for Aunt Fran

Next, my son and I with my cousin and the medal!

Jennifer, Kenny and Jacob with medalI hope you can, in some way, share in my excitement over this great event.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps:  Branch Out (ret), Short & Sweet; Paper:  Kraft DSP (Hostess, ret), Garden Green, Kraft;  Ink:  Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand; Accessories:  Twine, Sponges

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Passionate about flying!

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“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric time, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”    Wilbur Wright

This card is for a very special woman, my Aunt Frances.  Tomorrow, March 10th, is a proud day for the United States.  We are finally honoring a group of women who answered their country’s call during WWII.  They are called the WASP, Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, and my aunt is one of them!!  Tomorrow, one of my sons and I have the priviledge of going to Washington, DC to see these women get a Congressional Medal of Honor, one of the two highest honors that can be given a civilian.  I know you came to see the card but please stay for the history of these great women.  I’ll give you the card first.

I used the phrase from Inspired by Nature because it sums up my aunt.  The sketch is from Makeesha over at Inkspirations.  I knew it would be perfect with the butterflies and flying is, after all, the theme!  The colors came from a color challenge at Splitcoast, CC261, and are Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue.  These were hard colors for me but they are such a happy combination!  Of course with the butterflies and these colors, it feels like spring and meets the Spring Theme from Pals Paper Arts  this week (hopefully I meet their deadline).  I used some Celery DSP from a hostess pack (I love that it had a butterfly, too).  The butterflies from my Big Shot embosslit, Beautiful Wings, are the star of the show.  I added a Celery button from the Sherbet set and the new Celery satin ribbon to finish it off.

Inkspirations 19, CC261 - For Aunt Fran

Stamp:  Inspired by Nature; Paper:  Lovely Flowers (hostess), Celery DSP (ret), Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Bashful Blue; Ink:  Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Celery satin ribbon, White thread, Sherbet buttons

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Back to the history….

The WASP were formed around 1943 (there were precursors that were joined together) in order to train women to fly military aircraft.  This would allow the men to be moved into combat duties while the women would do ferry flights, target and spotlight training and other “behind the lines” jobs.  When applications opened, over 25,000 women applied for the job and only 1,830 were chosen.  Of those, 1,074 earned their WASP wings.  Most of the training was done in Sweetwater, TX at Avenger field.  After getting their wings, these women flew almost everything in the inventory at the time!  While they took the military oath, they were not given military privileges.  In fact, when a WASP was killed in duty, she was not allowed even a flag on her coffin.  After the WASP were disbanded, the files about them were sealed and classified…almost as if their flying had never happened.  It was only when the US was about to start training women to fly in 1977 that these files were unsealed and the WASP were given veteran status.  Tomorrow, our country will finally thank them properly for serving their country in a time of war.  It is only because of these ground breakers, and other early women pilots, that I had all the opportunities to fly in my career. 

Thanks for staying for “the rest of the story”!  I appreciate any comments, as always!

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