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Take time to remember

Take time to remember published on 6 Comments on Take time to remember

I want to wish you a very happy and safe Memorial Day!  One of the best things we can do as card makers is pay forward with our talents and creativity.  One of the best places we can pay forward is Operation Write Home!

They have started a challenge to collect cards during the month of June.  Our deployed heroes are requesting cards to send home.  What better way to say thank you than to send them some of your beautiful cards??!!  All of the information is on their website.  Just click the logo above to link right to the page.

This is one of the cards I will be sending in to Operation Write Home to help fill the requests.  I pulled out my Vintage Vogue set (one of my favorites) to make this.  The layout is basic but the pearls and the popped up flowers give it a special feel.  The background paper is from the Elegant Soiree DSP pack and is one of my favorite prints!  This is one of those cards that just came together quickly…perfect for donating!  If you have lots of cards to send, the team at OWH will be very happy but they will be just as happy to get just a few special creations that are made from the heart.  Again, you can read about shipping details (envelopes, tucking, no glitter) at the OWH site.

I am entering this in The Paper Players Challenge this week since their theme is Anything Goes.

I hope that your weekend is wonderful.  Please be safe and take time to remember our brave heroes!

Stamp:  Vintage Vogue; Paper:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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Rejoice! published on 14 Comments on Rejoice!

Yesterday was Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.  Gaudete is taken from Phillipians 4:4,5 which says, “Gaudete in Domino semper” or “Rejoice in the Lord always”.  The third candle in the Advent Wreath is rose instead of purple to signify this attitude of joy.  I thought it appropriate, therefore, to make a card expressing this simple feeling.  I will post the card first but please continue on to see another wonderful reason for me to celebrate.

This uses the Mojo Monday 169 sketch.  It has been forever since I have done this challenge and the rounded corners really step up the layout!  I am also participating in The Paper Players Challenge 28 to use a favorite color combination.  I’m not sure how to really choose a favorite but I have to say that Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler have been my go-to colors as I make my Christmas cards this year.  Today I added in Crumb Cake but I also love Soft Suede with them.  I should be making “easy to duplicate” cards right now but this is what I was inspired to do this morning.  I cut the flowers from the Deck the Halls DSP and used more of it as the layers.  The Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding makes another appearance and may have a lot to do with my choosing Cherry Cobbler as a favorite!  Finally, I used the Splitcoaststamper TLC303 challenge to sponge.  I sponged around the flowers and the DSP layers to add some dimension.

Now for the rest of my reason to rejoice.  Last week, my oldest son was busy on something when I asked him what he was up to.  He said that he was making an Advent Wreath for his room and to wait until he was finished to look.  Candles in a little boy’s room concerned me but I waited.  Take a look at what he made:

As you can see, he tucked the “flame” behind the candle so that each one could be lit during the correct week.  Now why didn’t I think of that??!!  Yesterday morning, he came in to tell my husband and I that we needed to come to the lighting ceremony for the third candle in his room.  This is what he wrote for the ceremony:  “This week is the week of joy.  We want to have joy in our hearts.  And if you see someone that is lonely, play with them.  Why, because they will have joy.” (Printed with his permission)  So you see, in this season where it is easy to lose focus on why we celebrate, my son has given me reason to rejoice!!  I celebrate the kindness in his heart! 

Thanks for joining me today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my first challenge as a design team member with SUO Challenges!  I hope that you, too, have many reasons to rejoice this week!

Card:  Stamp:  All Holidays; Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (inside); Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Corner Punch, Sponges

Wreath:  Non-SU construction paper (yes, now I wish I had given him some of my good paper)

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Fall mushrooms

Fall mushrooms published on 15 Comments on Fall mushrooms

Ok, having mushrooms means that you have damp ground and goodness knows we can’t seem to get enough rain here in VA.  However, I can create little whimsical mushrooms!  While it was not my usual style of set, when I first saw Funky Four in the catalog I just had to smile.  Something about those little mushrooms (and the rest of the set, for that matter) are just really cute.  So I got it!  I didn’t think about it or rationalize it, I just bought the set.  I am so glad I did!

I saw the color challenge over at The Paper Players this week and knew that I had to play along.  Really, you must go look at the cards they made…gorgeous!!  The colors they chose were Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso…oh so pretty together.  There is also a brand new challenge, S-U Only Challenges, and their first challenge is “Fall”.  So, my brain started crunching and realized how great those colors would be with my funny little mushrooms.  I had also found a great sketch over at Unscripted Sketches that would be perfect.  Ready with the three challenges, this card came together very quickly.  I colored onto the stamp with my markers and stamped the main image panel.  I then added the sentiment from Apple Blossoms (Hostess Level 2).  I liked the idea of color blocking for this layout but wanted to add a little more interest so I chose a piece of Play Date DSP for the side panel (it coordinates perfectly with the Funky Four set!).  This card is for my dear brother-in-law so I avoided the bow and put on a button instead.  Yes, I’m really glad I went with my impulse and got these mushrooms!

See, I bet they make you smile, too!  Nothing more for today…thanks for stopping in.  I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Stamps:  Funky Four, Apple Blossoms (hostess); Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Play Date DSP; Ink:  Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Espresso Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Thread

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