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May 26, 2009 - Cards, My Garden, Tips    No Comments

When Words are Not Enough…

Orange Sherbert

Another one of the Day-lilies blooming in my flowerbed.  I’m calling this one Dreamsicle.  I don’t think that is the name that came on the tag but it sure reminds me of that wonderful combination of flavors that remain one of my favorite.

The beauty that God gave us in His unique design of the flowers of the fields never cease to amaze me.  When I look on the flowers in my flowerbeds I’m instantly reminded of His grace.  Exceptional beauty given with all the glory for His beloved creation to enjoy.  I discoverd a long time ago, I didn’t have the vocabulary to express to Him how I truly feel .  That’s “When Words are not Enough”….

Unfortunately, I had a friend that lost her sister to cancer a couple of weeks ago.  The good news (if there can be any) she was ready to go and that in its self gives some comfort.  This is my sympathy card and expression of comfort to her for her loss.

Sandra Martin's Card

I love the Cuddle Bug (CB) for embossing.  The white CS has been embossed using two folders; Perfectly Pasiley and Swiss Dots.  The Perfectly Pasiley was embossed a little more than 1/2 way down the white CS, then leave about a 2″ gap and emboss the lower part with Swiss Dots.

Tip:  You need to use two embossing folders that have random patterns.  This makes it easier to combine the different designs.

I used my Scor-Pal to score a couple of lines in the 2″ gap to give it a finished look.  The scalloped rectangles were done using Spellbinders scalloped rectangle nestibilites.  Added a dressed up pin and some flowers with a brad.  I used a Prang Brush Pen in gold to go around the scallops on the brown mat.

Thinking of You

The handwriting is my own and I dressed it up with three pearls.

Tip: I lightly write what I want to say in pencil, erasing and re-writing until I get it the way I want it.  Then I take a micro – .05 pen and write over the final words.  Let them dry and use a white erase to get rid of the pencil lines.

Inside of Sandra Martin's Card

I kept the inside simple.  The brown mat was embossed using the Swiss Dot Folder, the Pink was embossed using the Perfectly Paisely folder. 

The white mat was inked with Colorbox chalk ink in creamy brown.



Used the Enveloper to make the envelope and cut a small piece of bubble wrap to place over the flower and stick pin.

Tip:  I use pattern paper with white backs to make my envelopes.  I turn the pattern paper to the inside so when the envelope is opened they see the pattern.  Since it has a white back, it makes it perfect to write the address on.

To get a closer look just click on the picture.  Thank you for stopping by and please be sure and leave me a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.

May 5, 2009 - Cards    No Comments

With Sincere Sympathy

Blackeyed SusanRecently, I had a friend whose Father passed away.  Sympathy cards are always hard to do because we want to convey and say the right things to give comfort.  Truth is the only one that can provide what that person needs is our Heavenly Father.

So as I pulled together the colors for the card I navigated to black, tan and gold.  This color combination seems to provide a since of calmness and an understated elegance.

I used La Creme Stack from DCWV ( I’m in love with this stack ).  The base card is a 5″ sq out of tan card stock.  I took one of the black and tan coordinated papers from the DCWV stack and cut it 4.75″ and used my score pal to score around the mat.  You will have to look close to see it but it is there (hint: click on the picture to make it larger). I attached the ribbon around the mat and then glued them to the card.  The ribbon is a $1 find at Michaels.

Front of Sympathy Card

I cut out three medallions (using my Circut E and the mini-monograms cart.). There are two medallions on the outside of the card  and one on the inside of the card.   The black medallion is in another black and tan coordinated paper from the LaCreme stack. I also used the same black and tan coordinated paper that I used on that medallion for the mat on the inside of the card.  The other two medallions are out of white card stock.  I took the white medallions and used a bronze Prisma color pencil and colored and shaded both of them using the MCPT technique.   I doodled on the medallions using a gold Prang brush pen (you can find this at your local craft store).  The stamps on both the outside and inside are $1 stamps from Michaels.   Punch a hole in all three medallions and secure the black medallion and one of the white (now bronze) medallions to the front of the card with ribbon.  I also used some glue dots to secure the medallions to the front of the card so they would not be sliding around.

If you look closely there is a gold border running the length of the ribbon.  That is an embellishment called Dazzles and I won a set of these from Paper Wishes (that made me one happy camper!).

Inside of Sympathy Card

Adhere the mat (cut at 4.75″) to the inside of the card.  The third medallion I stamped and ran the same ribbon I used on the front through the hole tied in a simple knot.




Sideview inside of Sympathy Card

I used some foam pop dots to lift the inside medallion off the surface to give a little dimension to the inside.

One thing that is nice about this stack of paper is it does not require much inking if any on the papers.  This is a pretty simplistic design but I feel it conveys our regrets and concerns for the people who are going through such a difficult time.

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The flower you are seeing at the beginning of this post is a Blackeyed Susan that is growing up a trelis in front of my kitchen window.