Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So Long, Sassy

My sister-in-law and her family had to bid a sad farewell to their beloved Sassy last week. Sassy was a cockapoo and was seventeen and a half years old! The vet could not believe she lasted that long, and it was only recently that she really started failing. I loved that dog because she was always smothering you with kisses! I wanted to make a special card for them, but was hesitating because I didn't have the "right" dog stamp. I happened to have about an hour yesterday to pop into my LSS and found this one by JudiKins. It was perfect! This is just what Sassy looked like in her youth! The ears were always up and the tongue hanging out.

I started putting this card together using Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday #55 sketch. I decided to use this ribbon I just got at Michael's dollar bin. It is off white, so I had to use vanilla paper for the main image. I then pulled out this DCWV All Dressed Up pack and decided on these two patterned papers. I love the turquoise with the vanilla and black. I colored Sassy with Prismacolor pencils and gamasol and outlined her with a copic marker. The sentiment on the outside is from GinaK's Autumn Leaves and is on dimensionals. I added the black metal dots I got at JoAnn's dollar spot. The sentiment on the inside is such a lovely saying that I got from DRS Designs. I added a piece of the turquoise dp to the vanilla piece and a pawprint in the corner.

I hope this card lets them know how much we are going to miss Sassy and makes them feel better. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about Sassy!
Stamps: JudiKins (dog), Autumn Leaves (Gina K), DRS Designs (inside sentiment)
Paper: Tempting turquoise, black, vanilla, DCWV All Dressed Up dp
Ink: Adirondack black
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, gamasol, blending stumps, ribbon, metal dots, small oval punch, dimensionals

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Heart to Heart - World Alzheimer's Day

I've been reading Carolyn King's blog (Cammie) for some time now, and find her to be a very talented artist. She has designed stamps sets for GinaK Designs and is featured in magazines all the time. She recently posted on her blog that she lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's disease. She designed a stamp set for GinaK Designs called Whimsical Autumn, of which she is donating 100% of the proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association. I felt an immediate connection to Cammie, as my father died of Alzheimer's in 1994 at the age of 73. He was diagnosed when he was 65 and my mom was his caregiver for many years until she was no longer able to care for him. We were fortunate that the Veteran's Administration hospital took care of him for the last six years of his life. This was a terrible loss to our family as my dad was a great man...intelligent, funny, and a walking sports encyclopedia! He is missed more and more each day as our family grows and they miss out on knowing such a great man.

When I saw what Cammie was doing, I immediately bought the stamp set and emailed her about my dad. She sent a very nice message back to me. Now, she is hosting a HUGE blog candy give away. You can read about it here. I felt like I needed to enter this contest, so here is my card. The stipulation for entering the contest was that you had to make a card for someone who is or was a caregiver and send it to them. Obviously this is going to my mom.

I used Cammie's Whimsical Autumn and SU's new Autumn Vine dp. It will be available in the Holiday mini beginning October 1. I used four of the designs on this card. I used SCS Sketch Challenge #194 for the layout. It really allowed me to use up and showcase a lot of the dp! I colored the main image with copic markers and added the antique faux brads (something I picked up at Michael's jewelry section on sale). The sentiment is from PTI's Out on a Limb and is perfect..."Everyday is a gift". We should all live by that motto!

Take a peek at Cammie's blog candy giveaway and enter if you can. Thanks for stopping by and reading my story.

Stamps: Whimsical Autumn, Out on a Limb
Paper: Chocolate Chip, whisper white, Autumn Vine dp
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, copic markers
Accessories: faux brads, mini glue dots, dimensionals

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It's Been Too Long.....

....since I last posted! It's a pity when work gets in the way! Well, I can't really blame it all on work. I spent last weekend at a hotel/spa near Rochester with three of my best friends. We had a really great time. We hung out at the spa on Saturday, went on a wine-tasting tour, had a great lobster dinner, watched "Sex and the City" in our room (the perfect movie to watch on a girls' weekend), and ended with a shopping spree at the local outlet mall. We had a great time and are already looking forward to the next one. We used to do this frequently in Toronto with a limousine as our transportation (we are in Buffalo, only an hour and a half from Toronto). Now with our dollar not as strong, we have to do stay in the states. Today we went to the Buffalo Bills game (Go Bills! We beat the Raiders with 3 seconds to go!) so the whole day was unavailable for stamping again!

Anyway, "stuff" has gotten in the way of my stamping! But I do have a few cards to share with you. The first two I prepared for my stamp class two weeks ago. This first one features the new Upsy Daisy stamp from SU and their new Parisian Summer dp. The base of the card is baroque burgundy and the scalloped piece is sahara sand. I originally stamped the image in baroque burgundy, but it didn't look right. So I used cranberry crisp (retired In Color) and it looked much better. I sponged sahara sand around the main very vanilla panel. I punched a piece of the burgundy cardstock with the large oval punch and then folded it over the main panel. It filled in the space nicely. I added a piece of pink taffeta ribbon on top. The scallop piece was run through the swiss dots cuttlebug folder.

This is the other they made in my class. I just love this stamp and the way this card came together. I sponged more mustard on the petals, then chocolate chip on the middle part. I inked the leaves with an old olive marker and stamped the image. The grass stamp was inked with an old olive ink pad and stamped over the top of the flowers (it was stamped twice to fill in the space). When this was done, it needed "something else", so I sponged in the clouds. I was going to do a tutorial for this, but the pictures came out blurry and I didn't want to post them. I will do this tutorial soon. It's very easy with a scalloped circle or oval. It's mounted on baja breeze, chocolate chip, and more mustard, and I used the ticket corner punch and placed brads in the corners.

This last card is one I made for one of the ladies in my stamp class. She gave me a jar of "freezer jelly". I guess you can freeze it for a few months or it keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. It was strawberry and was very delicious! So I pulled out my Tart and Tangy SU set and PTI's Green Thumb set for the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped on a Spellbinder tag. I also used my rectangle scallop nestability and cuttlebug folder for the embossed package. I just trimmed it down to fit. The dp is SU's Summer Picnic. I just love the certainly celery and red with this paper! I also added stickles to the strawberry, but it doesn't show up much in the picture. The ribbon is something I picked up at one of the craft stores.

Well, that's it! I'm not leaving a recipe for these cards. If you need more info, just let me know! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Birthday Fishes

Hi everyone! It's been too long since I've posted something. School started for me. It's back to work...enough said! My time is LIMITED! Anyway, I made this card for my nephew Ethan who celebrated his 4th birthday last week! Bad aunt, I know! I got this stamp from Rubbernecker and his name is Sammy. Let me tell you how I got this stamp. I was on Linda's blog, Linda's Works of Heart, and she asked the question "are you glad school is back in session, and if yes, why?" Well I responded "no, because I'm a teacher and have to go back to work", which doesn't leave much time for stamping! Well, I was randomly chosen. I saw that I had won a day or two after Linda posted that I was the winner, but I still didn't know what the heck I won! Turns out I won a $10 shopping spree at Rubbernecker! Cool, huh? I got a bunch of stamps and went over the free $10 two-fold, but I'm in love with this one! I chose this especially for Ethan because last week my DH took him fishing for the first time. He had so much fun and caught four fish! Here is a picture of Ethan with the little bass he caught (of course Lizzie had to be in the picture too!).
I started the card by choosing my dp. I knew I had some fish paper, and my DH chose this one. I took the green, blue and brown colors from the paper. I matched up the copic markers to the paper and colored away. I find these markers are so fun and soothing to color with. The final product looks so professional, and believe me I'm not a pro by any means! I also used the Spica silver glitter pen on his button and the fish hook in his hat, red glitter pen on the feather, and clear glitter pen on his cheeks. I placed the main image in the corner so some of the fish could still be seen...Sammy is a pretty big stamp! The "birthday fishes" is from PTI's Pond Life sentiments. It was perfect for this card. I stamped it then punched it out with the small oval and layered it on the large oval. The dew drops were the perfect color and looked like bubbles. I got these at my LSS, Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. Here is the inside of the card. I hope Ethan likes his card. I also hope he forgives me for getting it to him so late! Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I should have a tutorial for you. See you then!
Stamps: Sammy (Rubbernecker), Pond Life and Pond Life Sentiments (PTI), All Year Cheer II (SU)
Paper: River rock, always artichoke, whisper white, Paper Adventures by Carolyn Holt Designs
Ink: Adirondack black, always artichoke, river rock, baja breeze, copic markers
Accessories: Spica glitter pens, dew drops, punches: ticket corner, small and large ovals, twine, dimensionals, mini glue dots


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