Monday, January 24, 2011

... like a snowball rolling down a hill

The momentum is building like a snowball rolling down a hill so I got a few things done within the past week or so.  Several more are a work in progress but not done just yet.

Here are the latest creations.

Sister Card # 2 - The scan is really bad; the colors are much softer IRL and are closer to a soft blue/tealish color.  The snowflakes are glisteny (yea... that's not in Merriam-Webster, I know) and the edge of the word block is all shiny.  The outside reads "Winters must be cold for those with no warm memories."  On the inside, I wrote "Thanks for the warmth."

 Products used:  all PP:  Heidi Grace; cardstock:  Recollections; 
punches:  Martha Stewart (snowflake) & EK Success (label);  
fonts:  deadly english & calibri; pen: Sakura Gelly Roll.
ink:  ColorBox robin's egg & Maya mist Iridescent Pearl.

Next up are a few pages I did for page kits for the LSS.

A Day With The Girls...  I'm actually anxious to get this one back after it's done being needed at the store.  I have several more embellishments, a subtitle and (dare I say it!?) journaling to add.  The scan is awful because I was in a hurry and hadn't loaded the good scanning software I have on my new computer (which I've had for nearly a year; goes to show how much I've been scanning in the past year.  oy.) These pictures were taken celebrating our friend, Beth.  Bittersweet day for all of us she left behind in PA.  Sniff.  (Sorry for the tiny photo... these 2-pagers are hard to fit on here.)  I was glad to hear that the kits sold out in 2 days.  Whew... no need for the panic attack. 

Products used:  All PP & diecut:  My Mind's Eye; 
punches:  Martha Stewart & EK Success; 
alphabet:  American Crafts; ink: ColorBox creamy brown

True Love... I actually made this one up last year for a page kit but for stupid procrastinating reasons (who ME?!), I never got the photo printed & the kits up to the store.  And since it's all Valentinesy (Merriam-Webster is going to shut me down), I just held onto it til now.  I plan to frame this one and give it to my sister, Terry.   

Products used:  no clue since I did this a year ago.  
I'm pretty sure the PP is from several different manufacturers and 
I know I used the AccuCut machine for the scallop border, 
artisan shape and scallop square.  I'm pretty sure I used the Slice for the tag.  
I know the brown cardstock is Bo Bunny & the alphabet is American Crafts.  
And I know that's my awesome sister & brother-in-law.    :0)

Big weekend of crafting ahead of me and lots to prepare for so I'll be posting more over the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by... 

And thanks for all the support & encouragement after being blogless for so long.  It gave me a lot of extra bounce in my step last week!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A New Year, A New Self-Challenge

Two Year Anniversary!!  Sadly... two years since I last posted here.  Ack!

But I'm back and have challenged myself to something new this year in order to get back into the swing of things, stay motivated and spread the love.  Just as for all of you, family is everything.  I would do anything I could for my brothers & sisters and they've gone way beyond for me in more ways than you could imagine.  My sisters are always doing little things for me and it's never ending.  So, this year, I decided to make a commitment to put my crafty talents to work and mail each of them a card every week for the entire year.  That's it, no requirements, no boundaries, nothing.  I think they'll like seeing something in the mail that isn't a bill or catalog (well, okay, we're catalog lovers), a sales ad (okay, we like those, too) or something sent to their alter ego "Resident".  I call them "Sister Cards". I'm looking forward to when they realize that one will be arriving every week.  :0)

To help me keep track of things, I'm scanning all of them so that hopefully I won't repeat a quote or sentiment (I can't begin to guarantee they all won't start looking alike, though!).  I'll share here each week.  As luck would have it, I've been slapped with a nasty flu/cold/virus/whatever that nearly everyone else has.  I got it on December 29th and I'm still not feeling great.  So, I started out the year a bit behind.  So, even though this is week 2, I'm just posting week 1 now...

The outside.  I used Scenic Route papers on Kraft cardstock, some jute a flower and a custom brad I made from pages torn from an old book.  Since I was using a Winnie-the-Pooh quote on the inside, I found appropriate text for the flower center.  :0)

The inside... My sisters are always people I can "be sure of" and that's why I chose this quote.

I thought this would be a good way to start the year!
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