Thursday, May 21, 2009

happy {camper}

I hope you're all having a wonderful week. ;) We're still working diligently with our extra schoolwork to get done with the school year a bit earlier than planned, and we're actually having to do two extra days' worth to make up for the days we're going to miss coming up...we're going camping for the first time in four YEARS.

The last time we went, we were still in CA and had a great time camping in the Sierras (an annual trip) with all my kids and even some of their friends. This time will be so different from any of our past camping experiences, as we'll only have our two youngest with us. I know there are certain obvious advantages to having fewer people to pack/cook/clean for, but I'm truly going to miss having everyone with us and, surprisingly, it's making me sad as I sit here thinking about it...I miss them all so much. We'll be camping with some good friends, though, so I'm sure we'll still have a wonderful time...despite the relatively empty trailer, noticeably more quiet family hikes, and a lot fewer marshmallows roasting over the campfire {**sniff, sniff**}.

Okay, enough of the blabbing {and sniffling} and onto the cards.... To celebrate this weekend, I suppose I probably should've had a camping-type card or at least a patriotic card to share, but I don't. Those non-feminine cards would require too much creative brain power and time from me, both of which are in rather short supply this week. Just curious...Did any of you create a patriotic card for anyone special to commemorate Memorial Day? If so, I'd love to see it.

Because this week has been so crazy busy for me, because I am SOOOO far behind in cards that need to be made, and because I couldn't feel good about leaving tomorrow and not being able to stamp for yet another weekend, I decided the only way I was going to get anything made before our trip would be to stamp smart...something I should definitely do more often! So without any more small talk (you're welcome!), let me introduce you to my newest set of twins --of course, had I been really on the ball, you'd be meeting septuplets -lol!

This first one is for a very sweet and thoughtful friend who happens to love butterflies (and so LONG overdue that it's embarrassing): And this next one is for a woman at church who faithfully sends out 50-60 birthday/anniversary cards each month to our ever-growing church body. She has THE most beautiful handwriting I've ever seen, almost like calligraphy, and her card ministry is a blessing to so many. I figured if she's the one sending out all the cards, then she obviously wouldn't be receiving one on her birthday and I wanted her to feel as special and appreciated as she makes others feel, so this card's for her (too bad the handwriting inside won't be anywhere near as beautiful as hers...but I'm pretty sure she's used to that): They look a little washed out here, but in real life I think all the colors together are so fresh and pretty. And both cards have little touches of sparkle (courtesy of glitter pens), but it doesn't show up well at all in the pics. For the flowers, I used foam mounting tape in between each layer of petals: As you can tell, both cards use the same products (with the exception of the embellishment dies) and are the same basic design, just tweaked a bit to make each card one-of-a-kind to reflect their special recipient.

And you may have also noticed they are a bit "busier" than my usual work, but I've been wanting to use some of the pretty papers from one of my new K & Company stacks (these patterned papers came from the Urban Rhapsody collection), and even though they took me a lot longer than I think they should have (don't they all? lol -- but perhaps my struggles this time were because they're such a departure from my usual style?), I'm happy with the end result. I'm finding that sometimes it feels good to step out of the ole comfort zone and mix things up a bit (yeah, I was playing dangerously close to the edge with these and somehow managed not to freak myself out -lol). It felt good to stretch and grow a little, and I hope you like the fruits of my creative journey. ;)

Well, I need to get the kids' back on track (they always know when I'm not paying direct attention to them -lol) so I can take those cards to the mail and then get busy packing for our camping trip (I've got a TON left to do!). I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend...and if you know a Veteran or anyone who is currently serving our country, I hope you'll remember to thank them for their great sacrifice. America wouldn't be America without them...though I'm not sure many of them are all that pleased with the direction our nation is seemingly headed today (but that's a whole 'nother story)....

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

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Just Because You're You card:

Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Creme Brulee, Crystal Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Urban Rhapsody collection (K & Company); Stamps: Circular Sayings (Verve); Ink: Hollyhock, Chocolate (CTMH), Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Butterflies dies, Scallop Petite Oval and Classic Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Scalloped Scallop border punch (EK Success), white gel pen (Signo), pink, orange glitter pens (Spica), crocheted trim (Wright's), grosgrain (May Arts), button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), sponge (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape, pop dots

Birthday Wishes card:

Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Sorbet, Crystal Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Urban Rhapsody collection (K & Company); Stamps: Circular Sayings (Verve); Ink: White Daisy pigment ink, Hollyhock (CTMH), Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Flower Creations dies, Scallop Petite Oval and Classic Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Scalloped Scallop border punch (EK Success), white gel pen (Signo), pink glitter pen (Spica), crocheted trim (Wright's), grosgrain (May Arts), button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), sponge (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape, pop dots


Jeanne said...

Christi, these cards are just gorgeous. Really gorgeous! Both recipients will be thrilled to receive them. I don't think I've seen that paper, or if I have, I didn't "see" the potential (no big surprise there).

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I haven't been camping since I was in junior high I don't think. My dad would take us on hikes in the Sierras. Long term hikes. Like a week long. No bathrooms. THAT's camping! But it was fun (well, not so much the no bathrooms part, but the adventures we had were...until I messed up my knee one year...)

Marie said...

HURRAY for finishing early and HURRAY for camping! We are "tent people" ourselves though we haven't gone for a couple of years. That is one of the first to dos for this summer when our "nightmare" is over. We did receive good news which I will e-mail you about :-)
Your cards are breath taking. Sometimes after viewing yours I think I really should spend a little more time on my creations!
Enjoy your weekend!
Marie with a :-)

Marie said...

Me again...I know you have probably already received these, but I couldn't NOT include your blog! so I left you an award. ( And I feel like we are friends even though we have never met!)
Marie with :-)

Pat said...

What cheerful cards! I really like them. Your blog hasn't come up so there must be a problem of sorts with your feed. Hope you're having a great weekend of camping! Love, Mom

Barb said...

Your cards are beautiful! Thoughtful you, to create and send a card to the lady who has the card ministry. You're right, you one would probably send her a card. Thanks for sharing your lovely artwork and for inspiring me to think a bit outside the box.

I hope you have/had a wonderful camping trip.


Sarah said...

I found your blog from a post Jeanne posted with your card...Love your work.
I have Home schooled my eldest daughter for 3 years and neaxt school year I will tackle all 3 kids...!!!