Friday, March 18, 2011

Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are probably the most difficult ones to make.  They need to be serious, yet for a Christian, they convey hope of the life to come.  I find myself using blue for these cards; to me it conveys calm and peace.


~ DSP - Vintage Blue Flowers by Paper Pizazz
~ Spellbinders Labels Four
~ The Lord Himself by Uptown Rubber Stamps

This sketch was my inspiration:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Just Thinking of You

Does it seem like all I am creating these days are cards?  Just a few . . .

Do you see the white rather free form flower?  That is a patterned vellum-like paper. 


~ DSP - Mint Swirl by Paper Pizazz
~ Spellbinders Standard Circles Small
~ Martha Stewart punch - Eyelet Lace
~ Just Thinking by Rubber Stampede

Here is the sketch I used.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thank You Cards II

In addition to making encouragement cards, I have also been creating some thank you cards.  Here are two:


~ DSP - "La Creme" matstack by DCWV
~ Spellbinders Standard Circles Small, Classic Squares Small, Labels 1
~ Elegant Thank You from Stampin' Up!
~ Baroque Motifs by Stampin' Up!

I used this sketch from I {heart} 2 stamp!



~ Unknown DSP
~ Elegant Thank You from Stampin' Up!

Here's the sketch I used:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More Cassie!

It's a sad fact of life that the more expensive the cat toy, the less likely the animal is to actually play with it.  Take Cassie, for example.  When we brought her home from the animal shelter, the staff had put quite a few toys in her box, but it turns out she plays with only 2.5 of them - a ball,  a pipe cleaner that was wrapped around a pencil to make it twisty, and sometimes a little crocheted mouse (the 1/2).  Her favorite toys, though, are a long old sweatshirt string and the blue pull tab from a gallon milk jug.  She loves to bring that milk ring, as we call it, up on the bed.  In the first three pictures you can see her hiding it under my body pillow, and if you look carefully at her mouth in the fourth picture, you can see the little blue ring.  The fifth picture speaks for itself.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Encouragement Card IV


~ DSP Lavender Rosebuds by Paper Pizazz
~ Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large, Classic Ovals Small
~ Psalm 111:1 stamp - unknown
~ Sizzix Embosslits Sweetest Stem from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Great Giveaway!

Carolyn over at Just One More Stitch is having a great giveaway.   Click on over to her blog to see details and to enter!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Valentine Pillows

Since I made a Valentine's Day gift for Phil, I thought I should do something for Grace & Anthony, and also for Sarah.  I had originally planned to make wall hangings, but decided pillows would be easier. 

I found this cute machine embroidery design called Monkeys in Valentine Pajamas, and since Grace loves monkeys, and Anthony supports her obsession, I decided it was perfect for them.  Next time I'll try to find something film related for Anthony. 

This is the backing fabric I used.

 On this pillow for Sarah, I used this wonderful heirloom heart I found on my hard drive, and used cotton heirloom lace and entredeux to join everything together.  I ended up sewing the lace around the outside by hand because I forgot to sandwich it between the front and back pieces before stitching them together.  The last picture is the backing fabric I chose. 

For both these projects I used materials from my stash, so other than the $1.07 for the sale-priced monkey design, there was no outlay of cash.  I love projects like that!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Valentine's Booklet

When I saw Bekka Feeken's booklet, Hopeful Hearts, I knew I wanted to create my own version as a Valentine's Gift for my husband. 

Here are the supplies I used:

Spellbinders -

Renaissance Hearts Shapeabilities Pendant
Nestabilities Classic Hearts
Fancy Tags
Classic Ovals Large
Labels Four, Eight, Eleven
Classic Scalloped Ovals Large
Decorative Photo Corners
Ribbon Tags Trio
Standard Circles Small
Fleur de Lis Pendant

Sissix -

Tags, Scallop Combo #2

Rubber Stamps -

Psalm 96:4 - Biblical Impressions
I Peter 5:7 - Biblical Impressions
Psalm 135: 3 - Biblical Impressions
Psalm 113: 3 - My Heart Stamps for You
Trust in the Lord - Uptown Rubber Stamps
The Lord is My Rock - Uptown Rubber Stamps

God is Our Refuge - Stampin' Up!

I used Brillance ink pads in Lightning Black and Mediterranean Blue

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Here are some random shots of Cassie.

One night, she thought it would be fun to attack KB, my Koala Bear.

All that shenanigans made her sleepy!