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One sketch, two cards

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I made these a while ago and never posted them (not sure why).  They use the beautiful Thoughts & Prayers set and the same layout.  Sadly, I can’t remember the source of the layout so if you recognize it, please let me know so that I can give proper credit!  These both have a clean and simple feel which makes them great for quick cards.  I love a “go-to” layout when you need a card in a hurry and this is certainly a good one.  It requires just a little designer paper to get a nice pop of texture and color.  The first card uses the flower from the set that was colored using Stampin’ Write markers in Bordering Blue (a retiring color), Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip.  The ribbon is retired SAB’09 grosgrain.

The second card uses the tree from the set.  I LOVE this tree.  Love it, love it, love it!!  I colored the tree with Sahara Sand and Chocolate markers and then used the rock-n-roll technique on the top with a Not Quite Navy pad.  The paper is Bella Bleu DSP.

I made these with a dear sister-in-law who was looking to have a set of cards for all occasions.  I love how you can make very different cards with the same layout just by changing the colors.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Don’t forget to talk to your demonstrator about Bordering Blue and all the other retiring colors!!  Have a great Sunday!

Sunshine and Window panes

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First of all, I want to share with you a nice award sent to me by both Holly at Rubber Redneck and Heidi at RunningwScissorsStamper.  If you haven’t been to their blogs, please stop by because their work is fantastic!!  This is so nice of both of them and it really has made my day.  The award is the Sunshine Award:

Sunshine picture

1. Put the Sunshine Award on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the award to other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award. The hardest part, of course, is narrowing it down!!

In no particular order, here are some of the blogs I love:

1.  Margaret Moody – Margaret Moody

2.  Ann Schach – The Stampin’ Schach

3. Monica – Monica’s Blog

4.  Krystal – Krystals Cards and More

5.  Julie – Paper Pleasing Ideas

6.  Kristin – Sunshine, Smiles & Stamps

Please go take a look at these to see where I get so much of my inspiration!!

I do have a card today.  It is another card using the new Presto Patterns DSP from the upcoming Summer Mini.  I am in love with this paper!!!  I used the window pane technique to make the card but the paper really did most of the work.  I sponged Old Olive over this grid-style paper and then stamped the cone flowers from Inspired by Nature with Chocolate Chip.  The ink comes right off of the “embossed” section of the DSP and you are left with this cool look.  I cut the image apart, tied on some wide grosgrain ribbon and look at what I have!!

Club meeting - Presto window pane


Cool, huh??!!  Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment…it really makes my day!  Have a great weekend!

Stamp:  Inspired by Nature; Paper:  Presto Patterns DSP, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Sponges, Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon

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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!

Ribbons and Bows

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As promised, today I’m going to do a tutorial on one of the bows I use a lot and a corner treatment.  The theme of today’s tying lesson is non-square knots!  As you know, square knots (left over right, then right over left or vice versa) lead to such pretty cards.  Today, however, we will make ugly knots!  They have a purpose, though, and the ugly part get covered up.  So grab some ribbon and let’s get started!!

Single or double bow 

First decide the size of your bow.  Wind the ribbon back and forth:  three times for a single bow, five time for a double.

Bow 1Bow 2


The first picture shows the single, the second shows the double.  Click on any picture to see it larger (sorry they are a bit blurry…still learning how to take good tutorial pics).  Cut your ribbon and set aside (you’ll have to fold it again in a minute).  Cut a second length a bit longer than the paper layer you want the bow to tie around.  Put the second layer down flat on your work surface, refold the “bow” and place it face down on your straight piece (the bottom becomes the front of the bow).

Bow 3


Now, start tying your knot except it will NOT be square.  In my case I tied it left over right then left over right again.  You’ll see that the knot is not pretty to look at. 

Bow 4


The reason you do this is to get the tying section to run parallel to the bow.  If you do a square knot, it will be perpendicular (that can have its uses, too).  If it doesn’t lay just like you want, you can turn one of the long pieces over to see if that helps. 

Now flip the ribbon over and you have your bow.  Use your bone folder to “fluff” up the bow as desired and put it on your card!!

Bow 5Bow 6



Of course, now that I have this bow I had to make a card for it!!  I used the Mojo Monday sketch challenge 127 again to make this fun little card.  I really do love this layout!!  Since the ribbon is Old Olive, the rest of the colors were inspired by the Color Throwdown challenge CTD81.  They chose Olive, Brown and Pink/White this week.  So pretty together!

Mojo127 - Flowers and bows


Corner Treatment

This one is even easier.  First, cut a generous piece of ribbon for your corner.

Corner treatment 1


Cut a second, larger piece (mine was about 9 inches).  Using the larger piece to tie, make another “ugly” knot.  Both ends will easily go one direction (see the next pictures).

Corner treatment 2Corner treatment 3


Just flip the ribbon over and the other side is pretty!!  Yea!!

Corner treatment 4


Using Mini Glue Dots, attach the knot to where you want it to be on your card, then tuck the ends under and secure with additional Mini Glue Dots.  You may have to pull and adjust the ribbon a bit to get it just like you want it (this is true with the bow, as well).  Once it is on your card, trim the ends.  Easy peasy!!!

Corner treatment 5Corner treatment 6


Corner treatment 7

If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll try to clarify them!  Thanks for dropping by to visit!!  Oh, and don’t forget to let me know if you try it.  I’d love to see your cards!

Card 1  Stamps:  A Flower for All Seasons, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions Mini), Old Olive, Pink Pirouette (ret), Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron; Accessories:  Olive Taffeta ribbon (Holiday mini, ret), Blender Pen

Card 2  See Where, Oh Where, Is Spring

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Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop

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Mark your calendars!  One of my favorite sites, Stampin’ Addicts, is having its first birthday this month!!  They are hosting a Birthday Blog Hop featuring birthday themed cards and projects with Stampin’ Up! products.  I’ll be joining 24 amazingly talented stamping bloggers in this celebration on February 20th and 21st.  Don’t miss this fun event!!

Share the happiness!

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The wonderful Marie McClellan over at From Combat Boots to Rubber Stamps has passed on this very nice award to me!  Thanks for thinking of me, Marie!!  You should pop on over to her site and see her latest Inspiration Challenge…it will get you motivated for a beautiful card!

I’m supposed to list 10 things that make me happy.  My list may be a little specific to this week since I have been obsessed with snow and all things caused by lots of snow.  In no specific order:

1.  Hearing from my husband when he is on a trip and knowing he is safe.

2.  My husband actually getting home from a trip and getting to stay a while!

3.  My 4 year old son telling me “I very love you Mom!”.

4.  Waking up to my two sons giving me hugs (after they slept in).

5.  Finally clearing a path through the snow that the plows had piled on my sidewalk.  I live on a corner and my kids were having to walk in the street to see their friends…nothing more determined than a mother keeping her kids safe!!

 6.  Finally sitting down after the kids are in bed with a cup of tea and an old kitty firmly planted on my lap.

7.  Stamping a card that comes together exactly like I had in my imagination…and liking it!

8.  The joy of knowing I have amazing friends and family who will do anything to help me.

9.  The fun of meeting new friends through stamping!

10.  Realizing that I am blessed beyond measure as I look at the list above!

Thanks for dropping by!

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