Sunday, July 29, 2012

Reason to Smile Watercolor Creation

Our latest Stamp Club creation featured the Reason to Smile stamp set, available for only 2 more days (until July 31st) for $5 with a $50 purchase (Order numbers: 131274 Wood or 131275 Clear).  I  CASED this card from my Stampin' Up! e-news letter.  If you are interested in receiving monthly news about Stampin' Up! promotions, just click the contact me link at the top right hand side of my blog.
Recipe:
Stamps: Reason to Smile, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Daffodil Delight and Watercolor Paper
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Scented Clear Embossing Powder, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, Corner Rounder Punch, Satin Ribbon (retired).
Stamp the flowers with Versamark on the the Watercolor Paper and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Using Rose Red and Daffodil Delight re-inkers and an Aqua Painter, paint over the embossed images using a very wet Aqua Painter.

A Celebration of Life

My children's grandmother, known as "Nana" passed away on July 16th after a three month long battle with Leukemia at the age of 73.  The loss has been so sad and overwhelming, but I promised her I would let her go. She loved angels and we came to the conclusion that it was time for her to "graduate" to become an angel herself.  She told me she was ready to go to Heaven. In trying to deal with our grief, my children and I printed off the following sheet.  It says, Nana - Just a Few of My Favorite Things.  Every time we thought of something she liked, we wrote it down on the page:
Here are a few of Nana's favorite things:  angels, diamonds, purple, Thomas Kinkade, Sutton, Pixie, roses, Farmville, the Hallmark Channel, Facebook, Words with Friends, romance novels, CSI, getting her hair done, playing with grandkids, going out to eat, pizza, ladybugs, and butterflies. 

I dreamed that she was in a garden similar to one in a Thomas Kinkade painting. I'm also reminded of her every time I see a ladybug. You are deeply missed Nana!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Stamping By the Seashore CPC13


I'm in love with the new By the Seashore stamp set. Won't you play along with the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge #13 over at Craft Project Central? I was the sketch designer this month and this was my contribution. You can download a free tutorial for the inspiration card HERE and a list of all of the supplies that I used to make this card.

For every ten cards submitted, they will pick one winner of a free month subscription to Craft Project Central.  The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice. If the project designers submit a card for your inspiration this month, they won’t be in the winner random-selection pool, but their cards will count towards the "for every 10 cards submitted winner total".  Check out all the great projects this month!

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