Monday, January 26, 2015

Thinking of You

I wish I had something other than cards to share with you, but I wasn't able to do much else during 2014 due to all the tendinitis I have in my elbow and one shoulder.  I have missed cross stitching; in fact, I just finished the ornament for my daughter and son-in-law!  Since I am a slow stitcher and can't stitch for more than an hour at a time, it takes a long time to finish anything.  I still have to stitch my other daughter's ornament.  I think I will just give them two ornaments this year.


I started this card by stamping flowers from Stampin' Up!s Sweet Stems set, which is now retired, in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then cut them out using a Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large die, then matting them with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large.  The ribbon behind the ovals is from the dollar store, and the rhinestones are Pretty Pink from Queen & Co.  I attached them with Glossy Accents since I wanted to make sure they would stay on the ribbon.

For the sentiment, I cut it three times using the Thinking of You die from Simon Says Stamp, then glued them on top of each other using little dots of Tombow Mono Multi Glue.  I glued them to the card with more of the Tombow glue.

My inspiration for this card can be found here.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hang on to your hats, this is a complicated card!


This card is 9-1/4" x 3-7/8", and fits in a business-sized envelope.

To create my background, I used two colors of Distress Ink:  Tumbled Glass and Broken China, using this technique from one of my favorite bloggers, Kristina Werner.  

For the pennants, I chose five different solid and five patterned papers from my scrap box, then cut them out using Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants and Nested Pennants.  I rounded the corners of the pennants using my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

I stamped the little stars (Flourishes stamp set by Inkadinkado) and the other motif (I don't remember what set that is from) in various ink colors - Memento Bahama Blue, Memories Green, Impress Cherry Pink, Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant, and Versafine Onyx Black.   The three balloons were colored in with Distress markers in Broken China, Mustard Seed, and Dusty ConcordTo cut the stamped pieces out I used Spellbinders Standard Circles Small.

The sentiment - from the Stampin' Up! set Itty Bitty Banners was stamped on vellum using Versamark ink, then embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail embossing powder in white.   I cut it out by hand.

Are you still with me?  I cut a piece of yellow embroidery thread, tied bows in either end, then used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere it to my card front.  After attaching my pennants along the embroidery floss, I placed some rhinestones in between each of them.

Thanks for sticking with me.  I love the way this card came out.  BTW, I gave it to my daughter, Grace, for her birthday.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Psalm 96:4

Today I have another card using the Psalm 96:4 stamp I used on my last card.  My inspiration card can be found here.


To start, I embossed the white piece using Wildflower Gate by Anna Griffin (Cuttlebug).  I then cut rectangles from a patterned paper in the Front Porch 6" x 6" paper pad by Pebbles, adding a V cut in one end. 

I cut one of the tags from Fancy Tags by Spellbinders and sponged it with Colonial Blue ink by Memories.  I then stamped the verse (Biblical Impressions) using Versafine Black Onyx ink.

The ribbon is, I believe, from Stampin' Up.  The buttons are from my stash; I layered two of them together, used white embroidery floss to tie a bow to keep them together, and glued them my card with Glossy Accents.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Lord is Great

Today's card uses a stamp set I reach for many times:  Baroque Motifs from Stampin' Up!  Unfortunately, it's no longer available, although the digital version is.


My card is almost an exact copy of the one I found here on Splitcoast Stampers.  The paper I used is Soft Suede by Stampin' Up!, white, and blue from the Seaside pack by The Paper Company, which I found at JoAnn's.  The brown ink is Chocolate by Impress; the blue is Ballet Blue by Stampin' Up!

For the squares, I used Spellbinders Classic Squares, both large and small.  By combining the two sets, I was able to cut squares that were each 1/4" larger than the previous one.  I couldn't do that for the rectangles, so I just used my paper trimmer to cut the brown layer 1/4" larger than the stamped piece.

The stamp is an old one by Biblical Impressions.  In fact, a lot of my supplies for this card are older ones!  I tend to hold on to ink pads and stamps that I like rather than getting rid of them.

A pearl in Brilliant Blue by Queen & Co. finished off the card.


Monday, January 12, 2015

The Mighty One Will Save

It's been so long since I've blogged that I'm having a difficult time matching the Post-It Notes I write out for each card I make to the cards, so rather than waste time combing through each one and trying to blog about each one in chronological order, I'll just see what I can easily match up and go from there.  You'll never know when I actually made the card, right?

First up is a card I believe I made as part of the widow's encouragement project at my church. It is 5" x 7".


This verse from Zephaniah 3:17 is one of my favorites, so when I saw the stamp over at Verve Stamps, I had to get it. 

I started by stamping the verse in Versafine Onyx Black ink on one of the ovals from Spellbinders Large Classic Ovals.  I sponged the oval with Memento Angel Pink ink.  I then cut one of the motifs from Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Accents four times, then arranging them around the oval. 


The background paper and sheer pink ribbon are from my stash.  The rhinestone spray is by Recollections (Michael's).  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

My New Life

I see that I wrote my last blog post on February 9.  An eternity ago.  Nine days later at 6:12 or so in the evening, I became a widow.  I don't think anyone expected him to die so soon, especially since just the day before, he had a lovely visit with his mom and older sister.  But when my daughter and I arrived on that Tuesday, it was clear that he wouldn't live more than a few hours.  We filled his small hospital room with people - my two daughters, my son-in-law, my parents, two of our pastors, and other close friends.  We sang Christian songs and hymns, listened to songs from Phil's mp3 player (we discovered music we never knew he liked!) as well as from YouTube; we read Scripture; we prayed; we laughed and cried.  It was such a holy experience, unlike anything I'd ever been a part of. 

On March 1, we held Phil's memorial service, which Sarah and I planned.  The service was entirely centered on the Lord that Phil loved and served with all his heart.  Three family members shared their own tributes, and when we opened the floor for others to share their memories, what was said was moving.  We included a lot of music, or at least more than what is usually done, including singing How Great Thou Art and It Is Well With My Soul.  We had three specials:  Blessed Be the Name, I Will Rise, and Who Am I? You can find recordings of all these on YouTube.  After the service, we invited all the family members back to the house for a light repast.

Because it was winter - and what a winter it was with so much snow and cold - the funeral home held Phil's body until May 2, when we finally had the burial, which was just for family.  I chose to bury Phil in a cemetery close to our home; we were able to buy a plot in a new section.  It is near a tree which will provide lovely shade once it is grown.  I still have to design a monument.  That was a new term to me, and I think they use it because they can charge more than if it were just an old-fashioned headstone. 

It will take time for me to settle into my new life, to find out what God wants me to do.  Sarah and I have been working on organizing the house, starting with the file cabinet, which was Phil's domain.  We quickly discovered why it was completely stuffed:  he kept papers that he should have shredded long ago.  We laughed many times when we realized just how old and worthless some of them were.  We even found a receipt from an investment Phil made before he and I were married 30 years ago!  Too bad the investment failed, or I might have kept the receipt.

One of our church families has made me an honorary member of the family, which has been wonderful.  I was already friends with mom and dad (dad is one of our pastors), as well as one of the daughters and her husband (he is our music administrator), and acquaintances with two of the other daughters.  I was offered the opportunity to help lead music on Wednesday evenings, which I accepted.  Often it's just Nathan (music administrator) and me up in front, but sometimes one of our other men joins us.  It has been challenging for me because I usually sing melody, but now I'm doing harmony, which I sometimes must come up with myself.  And about ten days ago I was asked to make some cards for sending to widows, which I accepted.  (Will I receive one of my own cards at some point?)

I still have things to do around the house, which will keep me busy for quite a while.  So many new things for me to learn to care for, decisions which must be made, stuff to go through.  And I want to get back to blogging.  I have a lot of pictures to edit and share!  So hopefully that will start to happen soon, although you do realize that "soon" is a relative term, right?

See you soon!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sad News

I had every intention of writing some new blog posts, but my husband was hospitalized a week ago, and he is bad shape and not expected to live much longer.  No doctor has given a time estimate, but Phil understands that any further treatment with chemo or dialysis, should it become necessary, would be futile.  He is being kept comfortable with pain medication as the Myeloma has eaten holes in the bones throughout his back, and presumably other places in his body.  He will receive some radiation to shrink a large tumor which is causing a lot of pain.  Where we go after that is still an unknown; we take the days one at a time and pray fervently for comfort and wisdom.