Monday, January 18, 2010

what {love} looks like

Hello again!  How was your Monday?

Oh, while I have your attention, I just wanted to thank you ladies who take the time to leave me such sweet comments...even if I haven't had time to make it by your blog in a little while.  It really brightens my day.  Not that it's why you visit, but it's just a little bonus for me.  I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you.  ;) of the families from church was moving right after Christmas and everyone was asked to send them off with a card.  It took me the better part of a day {and right before Christmas too --Ouch!}, but here's what I came up with:

I realize it looks a little strange {sorta like they're wearing 'Jason' masks...but not nearly as creepy!}, but I didn't think it would be right to post their photo {which I copied from our church directory...not exactly the perfect colors for the card, but close enough I thought} here on my blog, so I took the liberty of brushing out their faces in my Photoshop program.  I'll bet you'd never guess I don't know how to use it, would you? lol 

Yes, it would've looked much nicer if I could've figured out how to just blur them or at least paint the brushed 'bright spots' with some neutral color, but nooooo.  Truth be told, I was actually just happy that I figured out how to do what I did without taking too much time! lol  {I don't like reading manuals very much...though I really need to conquer that obstacle.}

This card was SO heavy, I had trouble getting it to stand up.  Can you tell?

So my remedy was to add a few layers to the inside to distribute the weight more evenly.  And this card had some heft to it, believe me.  The patterned papers were nice, thick cardstock {which I love}, and all of the dimensional tape and embellishments added even more weight.  I'm just glad I didn't have to mail it! ;P

Well, that's it for me tonight.  I hope your week is off to a good start...and if you live in Southern California, I hope you're staying warm and DRY.

Thanks 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!):

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Desert Sand (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Penny Lane collection Tiny Dancer "Chasse" Notebook Doodles, Free Bird "Love" (My Mind's Eye)

Stamp:  Fact of Love (Unity Stamp Company)

Ink:  Desert Sand, Autumn Terracotta (CTMH), Chai (Papertrey Ink)

Other:  Labels Three (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), crochet trim (JoAnn), Cloud twill tape (Martha Stewart), buttons (WalMart, Papertrey Ink), decorative pins (Heidi Grace), teeny tiny drop of blood that I accidentally left after sticking myself one too many times with the decorative pins...hopefully the recipients never notice it (MINE), Scallop Diamond border punch (EK Success), embroidery floss (DMC), sponge (CTMH), Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' adhesive (API), foam mounting tape, sewing machine, thread


Barb said...

Christi! Your card is just gorgeous! I love all of the details..the lace, the flower and those adorable pins! You did a wonderful job. And you made me smile when I read about the 'teeny tiny drop of blood'. You're very funny, too! Great job, friend!

Jeanne said...

Absolutely, stunningly gorgeous, Christi! I know you don't get to post as regularly as you might like, but when you DO post, it always WOWs me!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

Pat said...

Oh, what a treasure for your friends to take with them! That card is just beautiful -- every single touch, and filled with blood, sweat and tears (sorry, couldn't help it)!!

Stacy said...

Oh Wow! Christi this is lovely! What a wonderful gift, I am sure they will treasure this. I adore that pattern paper! I may have to try to find some{{sigh}}} its a sickness!!! LOL!
Hope you are doing well, I've missed chatting (via, your blog) with you!

Monica Larson said...

i love the card mama! and you're right .. i had no idea you could use photoshop. ;-) jk! love you

Elise said...

This is some SERIOUSLY gorgeous work, Christ! {I really need to learn how to fuzz out faces, too! hee hee} Something tells me this family will be honored to learn of how you honored them in this great piece! OUTSTANDING work!

Our Little Inspirations said...

Hi Christi, I just stopped by to wish you a fabulous 50th birthday today!! Your blog is fantastic and I've enjoyed my visit, seeing all of your beautiful creations! May your day be filled with the best blessings life has to offer! Celebrate big!!!!

Dotty Jo said...

Just stopped by after reading Elise's post to wish you a very happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful and fun filled day! Hugs from the UK, Jo x

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

I also just came over from Elise's blog... Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! You have to go visit her and see what she did:).....

Great story!

Christi said...

What a gorgeous card and...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Mary said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love that you paid such close attention to the details of your card. It is keepsake for sure.

Happy Birthday Christi.


Elise said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRISTI! {Yipee! It's today, it's today, it's TODAY!} Have a WONDERFUL celebration and PLEASE give your parents a big-ol'-hug from ME! Enjoy!

Sharli said...

I hear it's your Birthday!!! Have a wonderful day!

Rose said...

this is a beautiful card!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

Linda L said...

I read that it's you birthday. Happy Birthday! I am so happy I followed Sarah link because your card is beautiful. I love all the layers and details. It is just gorgeous!

Pat said...

Happy Birthday, dear daughter of mine ;-) I hope you've thoroughly enjoyed the way your friends helped to make it beautiful and memorable! What a great group of blogging friends you have! Loads of love, Mom

Tina Gilliland said...

Hi Christi... I found your blog thru Carolyn King.. whom I love dearly. This card is just GORGEOUS!!!! I love everything about it!! I will be joining as a follower. *smile*

mE said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I love all the little details!

OH... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and 50 inky wishes!!!

~inky smiles!

Susan (rainy) said...

Christi this card is beautiful. The design is totally fabulous and obviously made with such love and care.

(Got a note from your mom that you are having computer woes. So sorry! Hope that gets fixed soon for ya.)

Carolyn King said... this gorgeous or what? Beautifully done my friend. Hoping that your birthday was as wonderful as you are! (Sorry this is late but hopefully you got the card on time...was at CHA and had no computer!)

xoxo Cammie