praying for you...

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So, this is why you make sympathy cards ahead of time. It's not easy to get in the mood for this, so I decided to do a challenge to keep my off of the reason behind it. The lillies are made doing the dahlia fold. I used a 1 3/8 circle punch with textured soft Sky cs. Fold the circle in half both ways. Now fold a quarter section in making the bottom petals. Turn it over and fold the sides into the middle. Usually you would make about 8 of these and put them together to form a big flower but I really loved stamps'ncoffee's card on SCS with this idea. The stems and leaves are from Roses In Winter stamped in Mellow Moss and the center of the flowers came from the Pretties Kit, held in there with a mini glue dot. This is on Vanilla cs sponged with Sahara Sand, layered onto Soft Sky sponged with Craft White. Sentiment is from So Many Sayings with the Word Punch and then larger Oval punch. Not to go into too much detail but I'll have more like this to make, unfortunately. My husband's grandfather died and he'll be in VT all week. They have a very large family. One uncle will be in a hurry to get home to his 29 yo daughter, who does not have much time left due to cancer. So, if you're the praying type, please send one up for us. Thanks!

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Lovin' the Bali Breeze Designer Paper! This card doesn't even have any stamping on it - well, not yet anyway. I just wanted to use that big beautiful flower that's in one of the papers and this is what I came up with. I'm thinking of stamping the little thank you from All Holidays in the lower right orange section, what do you think? It'll probably have to be embossed to stand out. I like to make cards without sentiments. That way when I need something I don't have to start from scratch. Here's what used: Bali Breeze DSP, White gel pen with the hole spacing guide from the Tool Kit, Tempting Turquoise CS, ink, and ribbon, sponge and Ice Rhinestone brad.
Hint: for anyone who'd like a little more bang for their buck, like me, you can do this little trick. I wanted the orange print that is on the reverse side of the flower print but didn't want to cut through any of the other flowers. Since the flower would be covering up some of it, I used the section that the flower went into. So, behind the top right petal, there's actually a section missing. See, no need to waste that part. : )

Rub-Ons Baby!

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Oh my- these things are addictive! I must admit I am new to rub-ons and almost didn't get them. They didn't really interest me at first, but after seeing some cute things I decided to try them out. These are the new SU! Love & Happiness Rub Ons that you can get for Free during Sale A Bration. The picture will give my customers a hint as to what we'll be doing with them at my Feb. Stamp Camp.
Here's a list of things I came up with that you can use Rub Ons for: candles, baby jars, any glass container, buttons, acrylic boxes & frames, wood, metal, ribbon, cello bags, mugs, paper, photos, mirrors, tins, ornaments, transparencies, brads, soap dispensers, felt, even fingernails! There's probably more, but this should give you good start. : )
They are incredibly easy to do - just cut what you want from the sheet, peel off backing and place where you desire. Tip: staple the sheet at a blank space at the top to keep the backing and remaining images together. Hold in place and use the enclosed stick to rub on top of them. You could also use your bone folder if you'd like. You can peel a little of the top sheet to peek and make sure it stuck before lifing the whole thing. You can actually kind of see if it transferred if you look closely. I like that they are seamless and not bulky at all. Plus it's so quick and there's no clean up! What's not to love?

Anniversary Card

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Here's a simple anniversary card I made, which could also be used as a shower card or even wedding card! I used the set Voila and it's complimentary set, Voila to Go for the main images. They are stamped in black StazOn and colored with the Baroque Burgundy marker. That's layered on a piece of Bravo Burgundy CS and then onto a white cardbase stamped with Baroque Motifs in the Black StazOn again. Image piece and cardbase are both sponges in black as well. Easy peasy!

Sketch Challenge

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I needed a little stamp therapy tonight and noticed Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. The layout didn't really appeal to me at first but I like the finished card. What do you think?
I used the new Bali Breeze DSP with Rose Red, Taken with Teal and Old Olive. Sentiment was embossed in white and I sponged the 5 petal punched flower, center circle and strip of DSP. The smaller Photo Corner punch finishes it on the bottom right.

Black and Vanilla

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Happy New Year! I wish you all a Great '08!

I really like this color combo and since I didn't have any patterned paper in this scheme, I sort of made my own. I messed up one of the circles but by that point I just wanted to finish it to see if I liked it. The next one will be in line!

The only ink I used was Staz On Black. I sponged the edges and when you do that with Basic Black it looks a little purplish so I stuck with the Staz On. The stamp set is A Beautiful Thing again - love the versatility! Accessories are Scallop Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, ribbon and black eyelets. A good Any Occasion Card!