Happy New Year!!! and Merry Christmas! FS152 – Ann (Ardodd)

I know, I know, it has been a long time since I last posted.  It’s just been so busy- I just couldn’t get it all done. We were on vacation for three weeks and when we got back, we bought a new home and moved in- oh, the packing and unpacking!   At the same time I was trying to get my Cards for Kids Ministry started at church and hold a couple of Stampin’ Up! workshops and you know the work that goes into that.  Plus, and this is my favorite part, I was honored to be asked to lead a small group for our Women’s Bible Study and for Moms and More (young moms who are led by more mature moms).  I have absolutely every minute of it, but have missed staying in touch and sharing my humble creations.  My new home had to be altered a bit to accommodate my craft supplies, so I really didn’t get to unpack my stuff for a few weeks.  I was so excited when I finally got some ink and stamps out and made a few Christmas cards to demonstrate.

 

Ann, aka Ardod, is our very deserving Featured Stamper today on SCS and I chose to case this wonderful card.  I changed the image and the embossing folder but tried to keep it Clean And Simple- I love how it turned out and hope you do too.  I know you can’t see the embossing, but it is really striking with this great image.

FS152 CAS Swirl

 

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and celebrated the most precious gift of all, the birth of our Savior.

 

Blessings,

Diane

Stamps:  SU! Snow Swirled

Paper:  Whisper White

Ink:  Versamark

Embellishments:  Red Satin ribbon, Red Rhinestones

Tools:   Dimensionals, Oval Nestie, SU! Petals-A-Plenty EF, Silver EP, Heat Tool

Breezy Asian Love – NEW BLOG LOOK -LSC225/CC223

We’ve had another busy week and I haven’t had a chance to spend much time in my craft room.  My hubby is the coach of my great-nephew’s All-Star baseball team and they have played every night.  I’ve also been working on some church projects- what can I say? – I LOVE being retired!!!  And, as you might have noticed, I have changed the look on my blog and would love to know what you think of it.  I am still fine tuning and would love your suggestions.

I’ve decided that SU!’s Parisian Breeze DSP is my all time favorite and it is being retired, so I have stocked up for the future and used a little slice of it on today’s challenge card.  It’s a two-fer, sort of.  Today’s Limited Supply Challenge was to use stamps with a different language in our design to give our cards an International Flair.  Also, I thought Tuesday’s Color Challenge sounded interesting – Breezy Ruby Whispers- so I thought I would combine the challenges.  My sweet DIL Jennifer is from Shanghai and I was glad to get to use a sentiment from an old SU! set called Kanji, along with the pretty retired set Brocade Basics.  I heat embossed the brocade image with a new to me embossing powder from American Craft’s Zing collection which is very close to the Ruby Red color.  I was so lucky to win an American Craft’s package in a Stampin’ Out Alzheimer’s drawing that included a set of embossing powders and two marvelous stamp sets.  It is just too cool to support such a worthy cause and get free stuff too!

LSC225 CC223 Breeze Asian Love

 

Have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!

Blessings,

Diane

Supplies:

Stamps:  SU! Brocade Basics, Kanji

Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Parisian Breeze DSP

Ink:  Basic Black

Embellishments:  Baja Breeze ribbon

Accessories:  American Crafts Zing Red Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat tool, Dimensionals

Father’s Day 2009 – WT217 Kool Kraft

I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve posted!  We’ve been out of town a lot visiting family and such and just been busy, busy, busy.  I have been making cards and was excited to see that the Ways to Use It challenge today on SCS was to use one of my favorites- Kraft cardstock.  Kraft is the perfect accent for so many occasion cards that we sometimes forget to use.  So, since I am working on Father’s Day cards, (I know you are envious that I am working so far ahead!), I decided to use my new Great Impressions stamp with my new beautiful Designer Series Paper Parisian Breeze Specialty and one of my favorite sketches and some kool kraft paper and cross this one off my list!  And I’ve got to admit that I just love the results!  I used five different paper patterns and colored, clear embossed and cut out this cute image and popped it up as the focal point.  I hope you like it too.

 

 

WT217 Kool Krafty Father's Day

 

There’s more coming this week- I promise to stay in touch better than I have recently.  I miss all of you!

Blessings,

 

Diane

Supplies:  Stamps: Great Impressions Old Pick-Up Truck; Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Kraft, PTI White, Baja Breeze, Parisian Breeze Specialty Paper; Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  SU! Markers, Aqua Painter, Clear embossing powder, Heat Tool, VersaMarker, Crop-A-Dile, Eyelets, MS Classic Butterfly punch, Computer generated sentiment, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

Wedding Elegance – FS110

What a wonderful Sunday it has been!  We had a guest speaker at church this morning and he was absolutely awesome.  Jeff Helton from Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee spoke on “Afflictions” from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  The message is on our church website and I encourage you to visit and listen.  Are you a Timothy?

I have worked on this card while watching Phil Mickelson at the Doral today.  The SCS Featured Stamper is Stacy Morgan, aka Twinshappy and her gallery is incredible.  I chose this card and used a different flourish image and changed the black to gold, plus changed the sentiment.  Her card is perfect in black and white and I love the clean, sharp and simple style.  The photo didn’t turn out real well- the gold embossing doesn’t show up very well, but IRL this is a very pretty card.

ffs110-anniversary-elegance

Thanks for dropping by and Blessings,

Diane

Supplies used:  Stamps:  Priceless, Warm Words; Paper:  PTI White, Wausau Royal Metallics; Ink:   PTI True Black; Accessories:  Versamark, Gold Ultra-Fine embossing powder, heat tool, sheer ribbon, dimensionals.

On the Fly – LSC207 Stretch Yourself – Something Different

Hello all and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope that you are warm and I know you are looking forward to spring.  It has been lovely here in Tennessee this week- I can see buds on my Bradford pear tree and buttercups peeking out from the ground.  It’s a little colder today, but still looks like we will have sunshine all day.  My sweetie and I are going to see our great-nephew play basketball, then go out for the best hamburger I’ve ever had at a little diner type restaurant in Henderson, Tennessee called Bells.  I’ve been going there since I was just a little girl and people drive from miles around for the food.

The SCS Limited Supply Challenge this week was to get out of our comfort zone and do something different.  I’ve always run the other way when it comes to the brayering technique because it just seemed so hard.  So I decided to challenge myself and give it a real try.  I went to Michelle Zindorf’s blog, the ultimate expert on this technique and pretty much cased  this card.  Her creations are amazing and if you haven’t visited her blog, I highly recommend you spend some time there.  You will really be inspired.

on-the-flySo, here’s my creation.  I liked it so much I made several for my March “guy” cards.  I used On the Fly by Stampin’ Up which is a newly retired set.  The images are colored and then clear embossed which really makes the colors pop.  It was a lot of fun to make and I can’t wait to try another one.

Supplies:  Stamps:  On the Fly;  Paper:  Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Night of Navy, PTI White; Ink: Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Stazon Jet Black; Accessories: Brayer, Versamark marker, Fine Detail Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun, Cuttlebug numbers, SU! Markers, White gel Pen, Black fine tip marker, Sponge, Ticket corner punch, photo Corner punch, Post it notes.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!!

Blessings,

Diane