Saturday, August 27, 2011

A different shape

I am so in love with the Grand Calibur from Spellbinders. I don't own one, but one of my friends in our stamping group brought hers to share with us. I didn't think I would ever really want one, but it only took one cut and I was hooked. This card was made with the Grand Label Four. The green is the second to the largest die and the cream is the next size down. The second die makes a card that can fit in an A2 envelope. I didn't have any patterned paper with me so I cut what I could with card stock. When I got home I ran the cream card stock through my Cuttle Bug with the Victoria folder and then rubbed distress Antique Linen ink over the top. I used the Lacey Oval Spellbinder for the sentiment. The sentiment itself is SU Wings of Friendship. The butterfly is from K&Company.

I already have the Calibur on my wish list. I almost purchased one last night when I saw a 55% off coupon from AC Moore but you can't use them on-line and they don't have any stores in Michigan- bummer. I guess I will just have to keep waiting and dreaming.

Summer is coming to a close and I am relishing every bit of the warm weather we have left. I have to say I love fall but the caveat is knowing winter is right behind it. Oh well, we have to take the good with the bad right! If we didn't have winter- there would be no spring.

~ Have fun and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Patriotic Thank You

No, I know the 4th of July has come and gone but today's cards were made for a different occasion. Our local stamp store is trying to help out a little boy who wants to send a thank you card to every military soldier on active duty. Wow, now that is quite an undertaking. I could only wish to be half as ambitious. I don't remember the details of his name and how many cards he needs but if you are interested, just send me an email and I will send you the details. I am fortunate because there is a decorated box at the store and anyone can just drop their cards in. The store will take card of getting them to the little guy.

I had picked up a package of these Americana borders (clearanced of course) by K&Company and went to work on my contribution. They aren't anything too fancy or ornate due to the overseas shipping but they were made with a lot of gratitude.

I myself was an Air Force brat growing up all over the United States. I didn't like it at the time but I am sure it helped to make me more resilient in where ever or what ever situation I am in. My mother was a saint for putting up with all the moving. It is amazing how much these soldiers sacrifice for such little pay. The justification in pay is certainly out of whack when we compare them to professional sports players. I never could and never will understand that one.

These cards really only took me minutes to make. The border on this card had metallic red stripes for a bit of bling since I had to refrain myself on embellishments.

Well I hope these cards will inspire you to do the same. Our department at the hospital has taken care of sending items of need to several troops over the years. Socks, candy, reading material and essentials to name a few. Things you would think the gov't would provide, like sunscreen, chap stick and deodorant. Another one of those things that is mind boggling. We always get some type of communication back as to how these little things mean the world to them and help to make a miserable situation bearable. Isn't it true how we put off doing something because we can't come up with something "grand" that we think will make an impact when it really is just the little things that mean the most. So the lesson here is "don't think to hard and don't send a card because you don't think it is nice enough. Whomever is going to receive it will think the world of it just because you thought of them.

~Have fun and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Hello, I'm back. I was on vacation last week and I forgot to schedule a post to my blog while I was gone. That's one of the great features of blogger. Just write up the post ahead of time and tell it when you want it posted for viewing. Of course you have to initiate the whole process for it to happen. Just another one of those times where I have to sit and laugh at myself.

I don't like to mention when I will be going away because you never know who is out there reading your blog. I was up visiting my father at our family cottage in the Upper Peninsula. It's way up North almost as far as Copper Harbor. I posted pictures last September here on my blog. Take a look back through my old posts and you can see why I think this is one of the most relaxing and beautiful place.

I took a whole suitcase (that I could hardly carry) of stamping things with me to keep me entertained if we had a rainy day. As it was I never opened it up. That means my supply of cards is low but it also means we had the most beautiful weather.

Today's card is an a "just thinking of you" kinda card. I used one of the new SU hostess sets for the flowers and the coordinating punch. The embossing folder is Square Lattice from SU. I used Spellbinders dies, a MS butterfly punch and EK Success border punch. I am in love with the new SU colors, two of which I used on this card- Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party. The darker teal is Not Quite Navy. Did you notice the stick pin in the knot of the ribbon. It was from the ones I made awhile back while I was in Florida.

Not much else to report. My daughter and son-n-law will be here tomorrow from North Carolina and I have a few things to take care of before they get here. I swear there aren't enough hours in a day. Either I am getting older and moving a bit slower or I am just busier than I have ever been. This whole crazy thing of working full time really cuts into my hobbies. I should be knocking on wood because I am very fortunate to have such a good job and I don't know where we would be if I didn't have it. I guess I just want the best of both worlds- who doesn't.