Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hello, Lovely

When I have been in a creating or stamping slump, the best thing to do is to CASE another card, or to Copy And Share Everything.
This card was inspired by Stamp with Heather, and I love the simplicity and color combination.  I've used Stampin' Up Basic Gray and Crushed Curry cardstock, tag-a-bag gift tags, the Hello, Lovely stamp set, which includes the cheery sentiment, "you make me happy," stamped in Crushed Curry ink. A tool used was the Big Shot for embossing the Honeycomb textured impressions folder, and stunning Basic Gray two-tone 1-1/4" wide ribbon, that I wish were never-ending, accented the card.  I just used more of that gorgeous ribbon to wrap a gift that will go with the card.  I'm a sucker for beautiful ribbon.  The mini clothespin and baker's twine were also part of the tag-a-bag bundle.  Looking for my stamping mojo!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Love notes and 2013 Christmas card

Hi, everyone!  We managed to get a family photo taken with five out of six of us, and I asked my daughter living in Hong Kong to email a picture, then I ordered Christmas cards that got here about ten days before December 25.  I got most of the cards sent out on time, using my usual system of sending one to the person who sends us a card, which isn't the best method, but it seems to work well enough.  A few cards arrived after my initial mailing, and I got side-tracked with the kids home from school, etc., and finally decided that I should at least send a mini love note with the remaining cards that I send this week since Valentine's Day is only a month away.
I dug though my card stash and found one that I made years ago, and created something similar, even using some mulberry paper from years ago before all the textured cardstocks were the rage.  It's a bit old-fashioned, but it was fun to whip up a little something for the last few Christmas cards I had to send out.  Also, I tried to make it not clash with the colors of our annual card.  This was the first year that I didn't include some kind of letter with an update of our year.  With Facebook and Instagram, texting and more, I feel like the majority of my loved ones have a clue what's been happening.  Plus I just didn't really feel like writing one!  Here's the front of our family card.  The inside has individual pictures, including one from our missionary daughter.
 We are all going to be together next Christmas, so we can have all six of us in the family photo.
This is the card that I unearthed from my past stamping efforts, then recreated.  I used real red cardstock and gingham ribbon in red and also in black, and I ended up using the "love you" sentiment from Stampin' Up! A Light Heart, and the main image is an oldie but goody called Festive Four and the love you sentiment is from Sweet Talk.  I haven't used it in ages until today.
Happy new year!