Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cards, Kids and Celebration

I was reading my friend's blog (Sandy T). She had blogged about a card she had made for a challenge over at Clear It Out Challenge Blog. She is on their DT. The challenge is to make a sympathy card and use up dark papers you have in your stash.

Now sympathy cards are not those feel good, fun kind of cards to make but we all need them from time to time so I thought...I can do this and I did. Here's what I made to enter this card challenge.

I did not use a sketch but I did base this card off of a triple stamp technique I saw here during Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party  Labor Day weekend. Even though the blog hop is over and the blog candy has already been awarded I would encourage you to go through and do the card challenges! It was great fun! Now back to my card here. I was pleased how it turned out. The image and sentiment are from Stampin Up.

My Aunt & Uncle on my Dad's side of the family celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday Sept 8th out of state. I didn't learn about it until just a few days before and was unable to attend. My cousins asked for people to send cards for the celebration so I went to work to make something appropriate. This is what I came up with.

For the background I used "Brushed Gold cardstock and the "Framed Tulips" embossing folder all from Stampin Up. The stamped image is from Little Miss Muffet called "Le Baiser Vole`". I colored the image with my copic markers. Not sure why I chose purple except it made me think of my daughter's wedding earlier this year. Her colors where purple and black. I decided to go with pink on this dress. I matted the image with dark purple cardstock. I then took a piece of vellum and using a stamp set from Technique Tuesday stamped "Happy Anniversary" and embossed with gold embossing powder then attached to the gold cardstock with gold brads. Using some ribbon from my stash I made a double bow with my peg bow maker designed by Becca Feeken. You can find it here. I wasn't sure if it was going to come together but once I was finished I was happy with it. Hope the recipients are too!  This Aunt is my Dad's sister. She and her husband were missionaries for years in Africa and even after returning home have continued to work with missions. This Aunt sent me a "thank you" last Christmas after receiving my handmade card and told me she was going to frame it and hang on her wall! That made my day!

I made this card for Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge 15  which was to make cards for kids and use scallops. I so enjoy making cards for kids. I like to visualize their faces when they receive a card from mom or dad. My LSS had some paper on sale that was really cute for boys that I decided to make this card out of.

This paper is Three Bugs in a rug "Dino Party". I fussy cut one of the dinosaurs and popped him with foam tape and stamped "I love you". Using the back of one of the papers I used a scalloped edge punch from Stampin Up. VERY simple but works.

I made one more card that isn't for any challenge just for my granddaughter Remington. We didn't get to see her last visit as she was sick. I wanted her to know we miss her so I made this simple little card and mailed it today with a small sticker/coloring book.

This image is from My Grafico from the set Woodland Animals. I colored the owl with my Copic Markers and added googly eyes. The sentiment is a Unity stamp. The DP is Bo Bunny Wild Child collection. I cut a slit in the paper to make it look like the owl was standing on the brown leafed branch. It's pretty simple but I believe my 3 yo granddaughter will like it!

In other news I took Kennedy to see her Granddad at the fire station. Every time we go he lets her get it in the trucks. He used to do the same thing when her Momma was a little girl.

I'm driving and Granddad is my partner!

She's so proud of herself!

Asking Granddad to get in another truck!

On Monday, I went with Vanessa to the doctor for a check up. The nurse asking all the routine questions.

We heard the heart beat. All seems well. She is 15wks. We hopefully will know the gender later this month.

I drive by this pasture quite often and kept telling myself I needed to stop and take a picture of the pretty yellow flowers. Well, I finally did.

Oh ya, I almost forgot. Doyle & I celebrated 25 yrs of marriage today! My, it doesn't seem like it should be that long! This photo was taken at our daughter's wedding April 13th. I actually like this picture of us. Doyle is still such a handsome man even if his hair is thin on top! Looking forward to another 25!

Have a good one!


  1. I love all the photos! My favorite card is the sympathy card - they are so difficult to make, but yours turned out great. Simple but elegant, just as a sympathy card should be.

    1. Thank you Allison. I really like this card too! Think I may make some more to have read when they are needed. Beats creating under stress!

  2. First of all Happy 25th Anniversary! That is certainly a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Love all the family pics of Kennedy and Vanessa. I'd forgotten that you have another grandbaby on the way!! I love, love, love your sympathy card. It is so pretty and tasteful. I will have to try that triple stamping technique! The 50th Wedding anniversary card is wonderful! I have not mastered my bow tying tool. Hmm may have to look at yours! If anything, I'd like to be able to tie double bows. Your kid cards are really cute. Okay...now for my official duty. Ha, ha. Thank you for joining in on the Clear It Out Challenge! As I said earlier your sympathy card is wonderful!
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

    1. Thank you Sandy! Yes I realize in the days we live now 10 yrs is quite a feat to stay married! I was really pleased with my sympathy card too!

  3. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Congratulations! Fabulous photos as always. LOVE the sympathy card--so very elegant!

  4. Wonderful creations! It's wonderful to have you join us at Clear It Out!

    I welcome you to join me for the Anything Goes challenge here:

    Lots of joy,

    1. thanks Corrinne! I'll come check it out.

  5. Beautiful cards! I especially love the triple stamp technique. I always love black & white color combos & your card is beautiful!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Clear It Out challenges. We hope to see you again soon.
    Huggies ~

  6. CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary!! That is a lovely photo of the two of you.

    Your cards are fantastic. I especially like the first one - great job with that sympathy card, so elegant.

  7. Great job on the sympathy card, they are so hard to make! I absolutely love that stamp set too. Thanks a bunch for playing along at the Clear it Out Challenge blog. We hope to see your creations again :)

  8. Very pretty cards! Thanks so much for taking our challenge at Clear It Out!