Sunday, September 19, 2010

In Memory

**Edited** - I felt the left side of the card needed a little something so I added some bling from ZVA. I think it's just what this card needed.

My dear, sweet, wonderful great-aunt Helen passed away a couple of weeks ago. Aunt Helen lost her husband Al several years ago and her mind was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Because of this, she did not have any real quality of life in her later years and it's a blessing that she is now home with her heavenly father and once again reunited with her wonderful husband.

Aunt Helen and Uncle Al were always so good to me and my family. They were loving and funny and kind. They were incredibly generous with hugs and kisses and laughter. Aunt Helen was also an amazing cook! I remember going to visit at the house and she made these beautiful homemade breadsticks and ginger cookies. Everything looked as good as it tasted.

I made this card for Aunt Helen and Uncle Al's son Keith and his wife Katie and their daughter Natalie. They are such a dear, sweet family and I know that they are happy for Aunt Helen that her suffering on earth has come to an end, but still miss her dearly. Keith was the son that Aunt Helen and Uncle Al always dreamed of and he was the apple of their eyes. The love in that family was evident every moment that you spent with them.

Aunt Helen, I know you weren't really here over the last few years, but still you are missed terribly. I look forward to seeing you again one day in heaven. Until then, you will remain in my thoughts. I love you!

Patterned Paper - Webster's Pages
Cardstock - The Paper Company
Ribbon - Unknown
Cricut Cartridge - Heritage
Hardware - Making Memories
Spellbinders Dies
Edge Punch - Stampin' Up!
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers

Jen's Sketch Challenge 09-18-10

For Jen's SFYTT this week, I broke out some Halloween patterned paper from Stampin' Up! that I got on clearance a few months ago. I thought this paper was absolutely adorable when it first came out, but I am glad I waited to order it because I got it for a great price, and even though it's not new to the scene, it's new to me! I also got to use a stamp set that my dear friend Leslie gave me about a year and a half ago. It's from a retired stamp set from SU, but to me :).

We don't make a big deal of Halloween around here, but I do like to make cards for the girls and love breaking out supplies that I don't get to use very often.

I hope you enjoy!

Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up!
Cardstock - Stampin' Up!, The Paper Company
Stamps - Stampin' Up!, Martha Steward Crafts
Epoxy Sticker (Skull) - Making Memories
Acrylic Tag Sticker - Making Memories
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - American Crafts
Gemstones - Little Yellow Bicycle
Edge Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts
Corner Punch - We R Memory Keepers
Tag Punch - EK Success

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fun with the Cricut!

I am having so much fun with my Cricut! I actually made this card for a friend's birthday and showed it to my friend Carrie at work (we share projects with each other all the time) and she loved it so much that she took a picture of it and kept coming back into my office and commenting on it that I had to give it to her instead. I made a different card for her birthday, but decided that since she loved this card so much, she should have it. So, essentially, Carrie picked out her own birthday card ;).

This card was a lot of fun to make. Once again, I used a collection from Basic Grey. I used the Oliver collection on this card, which was designed for little boys, but I have made a couple of feminine cards with it now and I think it's extremely versatile.

I used the Sentimentals cartridge to build the owl using coordinating cardstock and made him the focal point since he is so extraordinary that he demands attention!

Patterned Paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock - Bazzil, Stampin' Up!
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen
Spellbinders Die - Scalloped Oval
Sizzix Die - Top Notz Made for Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Stampin' Up - Frame and Sentiment
Flower - Bazzil
Brad - Basic Grey
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Corner Rounder - We R Memory Keepers

Jen's Sketch Challenge 09-11-10

Let me just say this. I am not ready for Christmas. I am not ready for cold and snow. I am still enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and the scents of summer. But, I know that it's coming. It's around the corner and I am going to have to get used to fuzzy socks and thick sweaters and scarfs and having a dirty car.

The only good thing about winter coming is Christmas. I love December. December 17th is our wedding anniversary and Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. I love having the house decorated and baking cookies and singing Christmas carols and buying gifts for the people I love and celebrating the birth of our Savior.

I also love making Christmas craft projects. The papers are all so very delightful and sweet. Last year I didn't get around to making indvidual Christmas cards for the family and am determined that this year I am going to make individual, handmade cards for immediate family members. In order to accomplish this goal, I must get started early!!!!

So, I took Jen's sketch this week and used Basic Grey's new Jovial collection to make my first Christmas card for 2010. I think this collection is SO beautiful! I love the blue-greens mixed in with the traditional rich reds and forest greens. There are lots of poinsettas and snowflakes and beautiful plaids. Basic Grey continues collection after collection to push the bar higher and higher. This is one of my favorite Christmas collections to date!

Patterned Paper - Basic Grey (Jovial collection)
Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Stamps - Verve (Snowflake Border), Inkadinkadoo (Sentiment)
Ink - Stampin' Up!, Clearsnap
Hardware - Snowflake Brads (Unknown), Frame, Brads (Unknown)
Dimensional Sticker - Basic Grey
Cricut Cartridge - Christmas Village
Spellbinders Dies - Oval, Scalloped Oval


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