Monday, March 31, 2008

Twice the Sympathy

Yep, it's Monday again (sorry for the lag in posting)...but that means that I got to stamp a little over the weekend. And what made it even easier is that it SNOWED Saturday night (and again last night), so going outside and freezing isn't really on the top of my to-do list. And, being a California girl transplant (shhhh -- apparently it's not popular to move here *or some other places in this country for that matter* if you're from California...not sure why, unless you're the stereotypical valley-girl, brain-dead surfer dude, or self-absorbed Hollyweird type, which, I'm happy to report, I am NOT), I am SO ready for some warmer weather. While I love sipping my mugga hot chocolate as much (or more) than the next gal, I'm ready to shelf it for a good long while and start making some fruit smoothies...but not until my toes thaw out! ;)

Anywhoo...I've been needing to make a sympathy card for a friend (I've only made one other, and just can't seem to convey my feelings on these types of cards and so they really intimidate me). I started in on Saturday night (working from
Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge) and ended up putting it aside out of frustration -- it was 'color-challenged' (and this was even confirmed by my husband -lol). I had thought about maybe chalking some 'life' into the flowers in the patterned paper, but quickly nixed that idea when I realized my chalks were still boxed up somewhere in the basement. So, after a good night's sleep, I came back to try again, this time starting a new card altogether (I'll get to that one in a minute). After making one that I think I can send, I went back and tweaked the original attempt just a bit. My husband still thinks it's rather boring, but I really like it's soft, elegant look. Part of me thinks it might be more appropriate for a wedding card (though, not with that sentiment -LOL!). So for now, I'm putting it aside, reserving judgment until I can come back to it with a fresh perspective. Here it is:

See what I mean? A bit pale. I do think the wide satin ribbon and the little bit of white matting helped a lot. What do you think? Should I (1) change the sentiment or (2) stockpile it as is? I'm not sure what other options I have at this point, but I'm open to any other suggestions as well.

I used a White Daisy card base, the beautiful but *ahem* "neutral" floral patterned paper from Close To My Heart's Paper Garden Level 2 paper pack, and a layer of Bamboo cardstock separating the two papers. The inset piece on the left is another "neutral" paper (looks almost marbelized -- very pretty in real life) from the Paper Garden pack, run through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and then layered on Bamboo and White Daisy cardstocks.

The focal image is stamped on Colonial White cardstock using one of the small floral images from Close To My Heart's Spring Equinox set, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Out on a Limb set. I added some Liquid Pearls to outline the two small floral images and did some stippling of Bamboo ink on the piece before matting in on Bamboo cardstock and adhering it with pop dots.

****EDITED****: MaryJane -- first let me say thank you so much for your kind comment on this card. I'm glad you liked it enough to say so...it's always nice to get feedback. ;) The only piece I used the Cuttlebug on is the smaller piece of patterned paper; I'm guessing that if you added some type of scripty flourishes or subtle background stamp or even if you chose another piece of patterned paper, you'd be just fine without a Cuttlebug. As for the dimensions you asked about, the card is standard size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"); the larger focal piece is 3 1/8" x 2 5/8"; the smaller focal piece is 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" -- all inner pieces of paper on those dimensions are cut slightly smaller the the piece it is matted on. Does that make sense? If not, give me another holler and I'll try to explain it better. ;)

On to the next card... I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge from the previous week for this one. It was a fun sketch to work with, and one that I think could be really versatile (ditto regarding the one I used above). Here's her sketch if you want to give it a try (and then leave me a comment here linking me to your version -- I'd love to see what you come up with!):

My attempt here uses Sweet Leaf cardstock (again, run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder -- LOVE that folder!), matted on Cocoa cardstock on a White Daisy card base. The main focal image, matted on Cocoa cardstock, is stamped with Papertrey Ink's Out on a Limb, with the addition of some Star Dust Stickles at the base of each leaf for a bit of dimension and sparkle. I also stippled some Heavenly Blue around the image and added some dots all around the edge of that piece. (I'm still struggling to get good pics for posting, so hopefully you can see some of the detail if you click to see it in a larger view.)

The sentiment piece was cut with my classic and scalloped round Nesties, stamped on White Daisy (all images are from Out on a Limb), and stippled with Heavenly Blue. I used the textured aqua ribbon to pick up the light blue "sky" on the stamped images, and I think it gives a nice color contrast.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!


Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Bamboo, Colonial White (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Paper Garden collection (CTMH); Stamps: Spring Equinox (CTMH), Out on a Limb (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Bamboo (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), ribbon (May Arts), stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Cocoa, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Stamps: Out on a Limb (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue (CTMH); Star Dust Stickles (Ranger); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), ribbon (May Arts), stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Parade

There's no telling whether or not I'll be able to get to the computer over this Easter weekend (I'm pretty sure it'll be the 'not' -lol), so I thought I'd post all three remaining Easter cards I've yet to share with you now that the house is quiet and I've got some time to myself. Though it's getting late, and I'm tired from a LONG week, as I'm sure you are too, so I'll spare you the chit-chat and get right to the cards. But with three cards, I still might seem long-winded (just to warn you -lol).

This first card uses Easter Elegance by Verve Visual and "a happy sketch" by Anna Wight (Sweet Miss Daisy). I'm not sure where she came up with the name for it, but it works for me, so I say it's aptly named. ;)

I'm also not sure what's up with the soft yellows and pinks not coming through on the scans lately, but they're not and it's makin' me sad, especially on this card. ;C This LilyKate DP I chose for the background is sooooo soft and beautiful, it's a shame that you can't see it here. I used my square Nesties for the focal image, stamping the cross with Timber Brown on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White cardstock (my new go-to cardstock for stamping images...in case you hadn't noticed -lol), stippled a pale yellow 'glow' around the cross (which I'm sure you can't see either), framed with Baby Pink. The horizontal strip is a coordinating LilyKate paper, though you can't really tell because it's covered up by the baby pink ric-rac. To anchor it down and to create some visual interest, I stitched on both ends. The focal piece was adhered using pop dots, the sentiment stamped in Timber Brown, and the final touch was adding the ivory/pale yellow decorative pearl to the center of the cross. Easy, peasy.

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Baby Pink (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Easter Elegance (Verve Visual); Inks: Timber Brown (Staz-On), Buttercup (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities -classic and scalloped square dies (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts), decorative pearl (JOY! Crafts), stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots, sewing machine, white thread

This next card uses more LilyKate DP, the Modern Cross again (all three of my boys will be seeing this on their cards this year because it just looks so rugged -- Hey! maybe they should've named it the Old Rugged Cross -ya think it's too late to suggest a name change? lol) and the sentiment is He Is Not Here, both by Cornish Heritage Farms. No sketch for this one. Well, that's not entirely true. I did start out intending to use a sketch, but it went seriously awry and this is where it ended up. lol This one is for my son who just turned ten yesterday, so I don't think he'll mind. ;) He's seen me stamping with the cross image on the other cards and loves it, and he knows (and believes) what the sentiment means, so I think he may actually even like the card. lol

I started with a White Daisy card base, distressed with Bamboo ink to smudge it up a bit in keeping with the DP style. I matted the DP with some Misty Lilac cardstock, added a small pewter brad here and there, and put that on a piece of Sweet Leaf cardstock (also distressed with the Bamboo ink) with my ribbon tied around that before adhering to the card base. I'd like to tell you the ribbon is from May Arts, but to be honest, I've purchased ribbon from so many different vendors over the last several years that I just can't keep it all straight anymore -lol...I'm sure you know the feeling. Anyway, it's a beautiful two-sided grosgrain ribbon (reverse image - one side green with brown; the other, brown with green, which is the side I used here).

I used my classic rectangular Nesties for the cross, stamping in Cocoa ink on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White cardstock (I just LOVE its shimmer!), matting with Sweet Leaf and again with Misty Lilac cardstock. The sentiment was stamped in Cocoa ink, and I added another couple small pewter brads in the upper right corner. And there you have it, my third and final Modern Cross card of the season.

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Misty Lilac (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Modern Cross, He Is Not Here (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Cocoa, Bamboo (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (my stash), pewter brads (CTMH), pop dots

This last Easter card is a little more whimsical than all the others this year. But since it's for my 'baby' (who'll be eight in just two weeks! *insert sad face here because I don't have any emoticons*), and because she knows the true meaning of Easter and won't be sidetracked by whimsy, I decided to play a bit more on this one, using the fun, swirly egg image from the Easter Elegance set.
I used Beate's inspiring Weekend Sketch Challenge from last week for this card, and for my version, I guess I could've named it 'Look Ma, No Tools' -lol.

The card base is Cocoa cardstock and the background DP is --you guessed it-- LilyKate (I had some fun with this 6x6 pack...if you hadn't noticed -lol), and the other, smaller piece of DP is from Around the Block (matted on Taffy and again on Cocoa cardstock). And again, because the LilyKate DP is a little on the soft side, a lot of its beauty is lost here in the scan. ;C I'm tellin' ya, first chance I get, I'm gonna break out that lighting kit and learn how to use it! This is really frustrating me!

Anyway, I stamped the focal image and sentiment on --and everyone said...-- Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (I should be handing out prizes to those of you who knew that one -lol), using another favorite du jour, Timber Brown. I colored the image in with my CTMH markers and then added some Star Dust Stickles over parts of the eggs. But of course you can't see the bling from the scan (we wouldn't want to break my running attempt to win the 'washed out and bland' award here, now would we -lol), so you'll just have to imagine it. The image was mounted on Taffy cardstock and then adhered with pop dots over the gingham ribbon. In hindsight, I think I would've liked it better if I'd inked the edges with Cocoa before adhering it to the Taffy mat...but you probably wouldn't have been able to see it anyway. lol

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Cocoa, Taffy (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: LilyKate collection (BasicGrey), Springtime (Around the Block); Stamps: Easter Elegance (Verve Visual); Inks: Timber Brown (Staz-On), Taffy, Baby Pink, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Other: ribbon: retired apricot gingham (CTMH), pop dots

Thanks for putting up with me tonight. I'm definitely tired. ;)

With the celebration of this season and the eternal hope offered to us through the cross, I wish you and yours a wonderful, hope-filled Easter.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Rejoice!

Yep, you guessed it -- it's another Easter card. lol I've got a few more to show you, but not quite yet (I need to make sure my parents receive theirs before I post it, and I'm having trouble finding time to post the two I made for my younger kids since they're with me pretty much all day every day...I may have to resort to locking myself in my bedroom for a little while one afternoon -lol). I don't think I've ever made this many Easter cards before, and it was fun, but at the same time I'm really happy to be finished with them...which, BTW, is quite an accomplishment for me to be done a whole week ahead of time (and they even made it into the mail today -- Yay!).

My youngest son will be turning 10 in a few days (time just goes by so quickly!), so I need to get his card made. And then I also need to make a few thank-you cards...and since I pretty much only have time to stamp on the weekends, this should be interesting. I wish I had a supply of cards just waiting to be given away, but it seems I'm destined to always be runnin' a bit behind schedule and have to put a rush on them. How 'bout you? Are you done with all your Easter cards yet? Do you have a stash of cards waiting to be needed? I hope you're not like me in that respect, but then again, I hope I'm not the only one who's usually running late. lol

Okay, enough of the rambling....
This card is for my sweet hubby. I used my new (to me) LilyKate 6x6 patterned paper pack by BasicGrey -- lots of yummy papers in there! -- and Jen del Muro's latest Sketch For You To Try. As you can see, my focal image is quite a bit larger than the one depicted in the sketch, so I had to adjust the design to accommodate it. I like Jen's original idea better, but because I really wanted to use that stamp (which also doubled as the sentiment), so I think it worked and turned out okay.
I used another Cornish Heritage Farms stamp, Rejoice Circle; stamping it in StazOn's Timber Brown on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (yes, I'm lovin' that paper...and thinkin' I'm gonna be seeing a LOT of it from now on -- I love how it shimmers and it's a dream to color on -- possibly even for use on my daughter's wedding invitations). Okay, okay...back to the card. lol I cut out the image using my circlel Nestabilities, stippled some Indian Corn Blue ink over the Rejoice 'inner' circle, matted the piece on another piece of the LilyKate patterned paper, then attached it to the card using pop dots.

The outer mat for the card is the same green patterned paper I used for the matting of the focal image; the main paper used here is a luscious brown striped filigree-type design from the same paper pack. I also used another complementing piece from the paper pack for the three horizontal strips. I stitched around the outer edges of the brown patterned paper and the horizontal strips too. To accent the horizontal strips, I used the green patterned paper again, punching a 3/4" circle to use behind each of the brown buttons from the Jolie Chocolat button pack from S.E.I., and I tied some white DMC floss through the buttonholes.

Well, that's it for now. Fast and simple. I hope you enjoy it. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: LilyKate (BasicGrey); Stamps: Rejoice Circle (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Timber Brown (Staz-On), Indian Corn Blue (CTMH); Other: buttons (S.E.I.), embroidery floss (DMC), stipple brush (CTMH), pop dots, sewing machine, white thread

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Easter Love

Here's another Easter card I made using two more Cornish Heritage Farms designs, the Cross With Vines and Easter Filled With Love, using only a portion of each stamp for this card. Sorry the picture's not so great. Seems like a lot of the focal image detail is lost in the scan. ;( Guess I really *need* to set up that cool lighting package I got a bit ago (and have yet to take out of the box -ugh!).

I started with my Two Scoops patterned paper and some Buttercup cardstock, which I'd run through the Cuttlebug with the Birds and Swirls embossing folder, then lightly sanded and inked with Bamboo to tone it down a bit and help it blend in with the Two Scoops paper. I matted this onto some Blush cardstock and zig-zagged the pieces together, then layered it onto some Baby Pink cardstock, and then set on a White Daisy card base (I love layers! lol). Next I used my classic and scalloped rectangular Nesties, using White Daisy, Baby Pink, Blush, and Curious Iridescent Cryogen White cardstock papers (going from the bottom layer up). I stamped the cross and sentiment using Bamboo ink and then stippled the Blush and Buttercup 'glow' in and around the images, coloring in the 'leaf' images. The white Just Blooms were stippled pink and then drug along the stamp pad to give them a little defintion; the centers are pale yellow decorative pearls. I thought it still needed something to balance it out, so I ended up tracing the vines with a thin drizzle of Frosted Lace Stickles. I don't think you can really see it in the scan, but it adds a nice touch IRL.

While I like it's decidedly more soft, feminine look than the Easter cards I made for my older boys, I'm still having a hard time getting around all the yellow on there (my DD loves yellow, but it's one of my least favorite colors so I have a really hard time creating with it). And I can't believe there's no ribbon on this card! The sketch is from Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge (although it's last weekend's sketch...are you starting to see a trend here with me? lol. I thought it was a really fun sketch and will probably be using it again real soon since I still have a handful of more Easter cards and a birthday card left to make this week. Here's the sketch, if you're interested in playing with it too:

Well, that's it from me today. And in case you're wondering, I'm still beaming after learning that I won all those beautiful wedding goodies Alli made. ;D

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Baby Pink, Blush, Buttercup (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: Two Scoops (BasicGrey); Stamps: Cross With Vines, Easter Filled With Love (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Bamboo, Blush, Buttercup (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder (Provo Craft), Just Blooms, stipple brushes (CTMH), Decorative Pearls (Joy! Crafts), Stickles (Ranger), pop dots, sandpaper, sewing machine, white thread

I Won, I Won, I Won!!!

OMGosh, I won!! All week long the extremely talented and most generous Alli Miles has been posting sneak peeks of beautiful items she's been making with her newest stamp set, Wedding Day (which was just released at Papertrey Ink just last night...and my order is already in!), and to celebrate, she was offering her readers a chance at winning ALL of those beautiful handmade wedding items. I can't get the picture to post here, so click here to see them -- aren't they gorgeous!?! Well, I won!!! Imagine that, me! I'm still pinching myself...I've hardly ever won anything in my life! But I won!!! And I couldn't be more excited because my oldest daughter is getting married on August 8 (the same date Alli used for her sample wedding invitation -- coincidence? I think not -lol), and she and I both fell in love with Alli's invitation sample (click here if you'd like to see it up close and personal). We're gonna have to play with the color combo, but other than that, I think that's the invitation I'll soon be devoting my stamping time to. And how cool to have the actual inspiration for it (not just a picture) sitting right in front of me when I go to make them! And some of the other wedding items Alli made look like real possibilities too! Oh! I'm just sooooo excited! (Bet you'd never have guessed! lol)

Okay, I know you're sick of hearing about it, so I'll stop -lol. Thanks for putting up with me doing my happy dance...I just wanted to share my excitement with you and knew you'd understand! ;) I plan to do some stamping this weekend and will have something to share with you later. I hope you have a wonderful day (mine's sure getting a great start ;D)!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A 'Modern' Easter

From the moment I first laid eyes on this Modern Cross image by Cornish Heritage Farms -- aside from the obvious Easter message it speaks to me -- it had masculine written all over it. I love that it's chunky instead of dainty, and I knew that I *had* to use it for my two young-adult sons. I'm sure I'll find other uses for it down the road, but for now I had Easter on my mind...and Jen del Muro's latest Sketch For You To Try.

Now, knowing that the younger of my two older boys would simply be tossing this card into the 'round file' after opening it (please tell me I'm not the only one with an unsentimental child -Ugh!), I went a little easier on myself and didn't think real hard about it, used minimal supplies and not so much of my time. lol It's a bit on the distressed side, since that fits his personality best. The other stamp used here is Stone Rolled Away, also by Cornish Heritage Farms (have I mentioned how much I love their stamps?!). I also used my oval Nestabilities dies, the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder, and some sandpaper. Not my best work, but considering it is destined for the trash can anyway, I figured I'd get some mileage out of it by sending it to him first. lol

I put a little more effort into this next one because I know this card will be kept, along with all the other cards he's been given over the years (yes, this son actually appreciates sentiment/emotion...I must've done something right somewhere along the line -lol). I custom-colored the Bamboo paper to give it more of a marbled 'stone' look, using a Bamboo stamp pad (direct-to-paper technique) and stippling on some Cocoa ink. In addition to the same Modern Cross stamp (but this time stamped on Cryogen White cardstock) and the oval Nestabilities, I also used the Cuttlebug Textile Texture embossing folder, and added the brads. The sentiment, He is Not Here (another one by Cornish Heritage Farms), is stamped in White Daisy pigment ink. Unlike the previous card, I really like the way this one turned out and I think/hope he will too. ;)

I have another Easter card to share with you, but it will have to wait until later. I need to leave to get the kids to their art class in a few minutes. Hope you're having a great day today (if anyone is reading this -lol!)!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Chocolate, Misty Lilac, Cocoa, Bamboo (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Stamps: Modern Cross, Stone Rolled Away, He is Not Here (Cornish Heritage Farms); Inks: Chocolate, Misty Lilac, Cocoa, Bamboo, White Daisy (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes, Textile Texture embossing folders (Provo Craft); brads (CTMH); ribbon (my stash); sandpaper, pop dots

Monday, March 10, 2008

Itty Bitty Hello

It's almost Tuesday already! Yikes -- where does the time go?!? I did get to do a little stamping over the weekend, so I'll try to get those cards posted here in the next couple days. My card share for today, though, is one I made last weekend (but couldn't post it until after it had crossed a couple state lines to get to the hands of its recipient, one of my most favorite people in the whole world, my mama). This is my version of Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #36, only to discover I had inadvertently flipped the sketch over on its side...another one of those 'happy accidents' that seem to frequent my stamping projects. ;)



Knowing my mom's taste in colors, I used some of the Two Scoops DP by BasicGrey, and opted for Heavenly Blue, Indian Corn Blue, and Sweet Leaf to complement the dreamy feel of that DP. I thought the background needed a little oomph, so I used my Pretty Pattern Backgrounder stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms (I *love* that stamp). Lockhart's Itty Bitty Birds seemed like the perfect choice for this card, and the sentiment came from a cute little stamp set I recently picked up at my LSS, See D's Mini Bouquet set. Boy, I guess I was kinda all over the product map with this one, wasn't I?! lol

I also used my Nestabilities rectangle dies, added a little stitching, a few Water Dew Drops, and some ribbon, and called it good. I had a lot of fun making this one, and I hope she liked it. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Heavenly Blue, Indian Corn Blue, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Two Scoops collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Pretty Pattern Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), Itty Bitty Birds (Lockhart), Mini Bouquet (See D's); Inks: Timber Brown (Stazon), Indian Corn Blue, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, Honey (CTMH); Other: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (Michael's), Water Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), stipple brush, water brush, Liquid Glass (CTMH), pop dots, sewing machine

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Notice Anything Different?

No, unfortunately I'm pretty sure I'm still a good candidate for a James Blunt look-alike contest. lol (Still can't get over that one....)

What I meant was if you take a peek at the little window where my blog address is at the top of your screen, there should be a cute little red flower (just like the ones on my blog) in there with it. Can you see it? It's called a 'favicon,' and Sara made it for me (about as quick as a heartbeat and for only $3!). If you have a blog and would love to have a favicon created for you (I hear she does other blog design work too), shoot her an email. (FYI: I know she was having some issues with the favicons disappearing on Internet Explorer users, but mine appears to be just fine and that's what we run on our computer; however, she may still be trying to work out the kinks.) If she's up and running again, I think she'll be able to make you smile. ;D

Feel Better

Wow -- I can't believe it's been as long as it has since I last posted, but it has. I'm sorry. Life's just been a bit out of control for me lately (not to mention a bout of food poisoning -- ewww!) and, well, blogging *BIG sigh*..and stamping *even BIGGER sigh*...were moved to the back burner for a little while. I also think that it might help if we were to get a second laptop. My days are usually pretty hectic with the kids and my hubby usually takes over the laptop after dinner (which, of course, would be the best time for me to actually do some posting...). Ah, well, such is life, right? Well, I'm here now, I feel better (pun intended- and, no, I didn't make this card for myself -lol), and I hope to get back to posting a lot more regularly.

This quick card share is one I made using Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge a few weeks ago.

This is the same fun sketch I used to create the card in one of my last posts (you can click here if you can't remember back that far -lol!). There's no stamping on this one, though.

I used CTMH's beautiful Serendipity patterned papers (last month's Constant Campaign), some coordinating cardstock, and a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the sentiment (I sanded the image after running it through the machine), and a few other miscellaneous items.

Thanks for being patient with me while I was MIA -- it's good to be back. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon! Until then, many blessings!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Dutch Blue, Outdoor Denim (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Serendipity (CTMH); Other: Just Blooms (CTMH), Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft), decorative corner punch (EK Success), brads (Making Memories), grosgrain ribbon and organdy ribbon (CTMH), satin ribbon (craft supply), sandpaper, pop dots