As it is September 11th, I could not write a post and pretend that my thoughts are not heavy with memory of this day 10 years ago.
This will be my “I know exactly what I was doing” when the events of 9-11-2001 happened. This is a picture from a very old scrapbook of mine. This was taken on 9-12-2001, our firestation had the flags at half mass and my kids were gazing up to the flag.
A friend of mine asked to have this message shared:
“On this 10 th Anniversary I would wish everyone take a minute and remember what happened on 09/11/2001. Don’t ever forget. Be humbled by the loss and strengthened by the heroism. If you see and member of the armed forces, thank them for their service and be respectful of this date. The date that will forever be etched into our lives and our Generation. May the Angel’s fly high and the lost soar to the heavens with the glory and peace as their comfort.”
I just wanted to share my thoughts before delving into the Crafty things I have to share today.
Now, to switch gears, to my project for today’s post:
There will be a prize for a random participant with us on this challenge. Here is the prize up for grabs.
This kit includes: Black and Kraft Dot Reverse, Black and Ivory Owls, Spooky Words on Ivory, Black and Kraft Ravens, Chocolate and Kraft Diamonds, Black and Kraft Mini Dot and Spooky Diamonds on Kraft from Canvas Corp. One Sheet of Bazzill Swiss Dot in Black, Kraft Top Note Die Cut, Length of Black Maya Road Zipper Trim, 1 yard each of Canvas Corp Black Jute, Natural Jute, Maya Road Brown Satin Ruffle Trim, 1 yard of Orange Tinsel from Pink Paislee, Spider die cut, Tim Holtz Memo pin, Halloween clip, Candi pieces, felt flower, buttons, Canvas Corp burlap star, Maya Road chipboard pieces, mini spool, gingham flower, resin flower and Trinket Pins.
This kit will come in handy when you make your Halloween projects!
When it comes to crafting, well card making, I would say I am not intimidated by much. I have graduated to DIVA level and can SEW on cards, I can paper piece, I can color enough to fake it! Ok, I have not even 1 COPIC to my name, but I was side swiped by this weeks SWEET STAMPS DT challenge.
Do you want to show me up? Yeah, I am talking to you, CG and Mrs. Analog, I dare you to try this one. You do realize all the challenges at Sweet Stamps Blog, have a prize? A $20.00 store gift certificate! Hmmm, I wonder if I can enter? Just kidding!
The challenge is to use Vellum on your project. If you have any Sweet Stamps to use, all the better!
When given this challenge we were introduced to a technique called PARCHMENT CRAFT. I watched the video, and it seemed easy enough. Well let me tell you, I think you are either born to EXCEL or NOT EXCEL at this technique. I had a challenging time, getting this to look beautiful like the cards I’d seen in the videos and pictures I’d seen.
When I call this post THE EVOLUTION of a SWEET STAMPS CARD, that is really what this process was for me. I had to have input from experts and I had to fine tune this before I was confident enough to post the card and say, “I made this!”
Without further ado, here is my finished product:
The stamp that I used is called FORGET ME NOT HEART -7029.
Parchment Craft as defined by me, to you, is to take a piece of vellum, stamp it, emboss it, turn the vellum over and dry emboss the image from the back.
What happens when you do this, is that you stretch the vellum and when the vellum is stretched, it turns to a darker, opaque white.
The polka dots in the center of my card are the perfect example of what happens to the vellum.
I also did the dry embossing on the area just outside the middle, that is what all my flowers are mixed into.
The white flowers I made were very fun to make. To get the petals to curl up, I simply stretched them in a curl by dragging my fingernail across the surface. Think of the way ribbon curls when you run scissors along the surface, well the vellum did the same thing, by just using my hands, NO SCISSORS NEEDED:)
I do think the card turned out to be a very ELEGANT looking card. Fit for a princess, a bride a mom or a special friend. If you have not tried parchment craft or crafting with vellum, here is your chance. You never know if you are going to like something, unless you try it, right?
I would HIGHLY encourage you to go over to the SWEET STAMPS BLOG. The cards that they have made for this challenge, are pretty much jaw dropping! Some of them, are masters, I daresay, of this craft! I would love for you to join along. Leave a comment and let me know, are you in?
Have a great week, I will be back with a CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS post on Friday, come back and visit then!
If you are here for the TIFFANY DOODLES BLOG HOP, click the link below to go to the post.
Now, let’s talk PINK!!
OK, so maybe you do not think PINK when you think of CHRISTMAS, but, why not? The cards today will have a couple of things in common,
1 – They are all Holiday Cards
2 – They are all PINK!!
First up: TUESDAY TRIO CHALLENGE CARD
(Remember if you’d like to WIN my card, simply participate in the TUESDAY TRIO challenge, place in the top 3 or the TOP spot, and I will Mail you My Card!)
Here is our sketch for this week. We are on Sketch 44
Here is the Card I have done for the CHALLENGE :)
What do you think? PINK and BRIGHT and CHEERY and full of Christmas/Holiday wishes.
The neat thing about this card, is that it is a HYBRID card.
I am working with Creations By Julie.
She creates some really wonderful things. I used a template from her December Sweet Cards Template for the card above.
Any of her templates can be purchased at her store over at Ginger Scraps.
Here store is CREATIONS BY JULIE.
For my TUESDAY TRIO card I manipulated the template to suit my needs. The card below, I used the TEMPLATE pretty much, as is.
Right now, if you visit Julie’s blog, she already has another new TEMPLATE to try free. If you have never tried one out, this is a perfect way to see how much fun they are. Here is the link:
If you go on over there, be sure to let her know that her FABULOUS team-mate, JEANNIE sent you!
You can also find her on FACEBOOK. Here is the link to her CREATIONS BY JULIE page.
Now, how do like the paper I used in the projects ABOVE?
I used all digi papers from THE LOLLIPOP PRESS‘s new DECEMEBER MEGA KIT called:
SANTA BABY. You can view the WHOLE KIT and the December special at the link below
So lastly today, let me show you my Scrappy Pages I have done with this absolutely, fantastic, wonderful SUPER FUN kit. (Can you tell this is my FAVORITE?)
I love how everything matches on this post. There is a FABULOUS tutorial over on The Lollipop Press’s Blog on how to make this adorable flower.
So you can head over there and try it out. Once again just let them know who sent you over, ME!! JEANNIE
A big thank you to the wonderful ladies I work with.
Dailly – http://tuesdaytrio.blogspot.com/
Have a great day!!
This is going to be a very small post today. I have been on a Mini Vacation with the hubby and our two smaller kids…
He says, not much of a vacation for me, because I would not allow the little ones to stay at home with someone else. When my kids are little, I have never been one, who could just leave them. Even for a vacation. Oh well!
My thought is that, hopefully when they are older, that is my time for quiet vacations.
Hey I allowed the other 5 to stay at home (Note, they are all older, and are staying with friends, etc.)
Tomorrow I will get back into the swing of things.
Today I have a lovely tribute to share with you.
Awhile ago, my Groovy Team Leader, GROOVY DEB, had asked us to all compile our PINK projects together. As it turns out, I guess I use PINK A LOT.
We were not able to get this put together in time to share with you in October, but that does not matter. The message is still the same.
In Groovy Deb’s own words,
“PLEASE take the time to listen to the beautiful words of songs by Mercy Me playing as you take a look at the women we have lost, women we love still, the women who are not even grown women yet.
…Sorry we could not show this in October, but EVERY month should be October when it comes to this cause!!! We are in this together, so please fight for the cure so that WE Women stand united against the uninvited!!!”
I hope you take the time to watch this, I loved putting this together for the IF IT’S GROOVY blog.
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