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Wedding Words…


DSCN2379     Quite recently – most likely, because I am so far behind the times 😉 – I have discovered an auction website names Listia. You can give away items you no longer need or want in exchange for credits that you can then use to get something you see, want or need… Lots of fun, bidding on those auctions, let me tell ya!

     At the beginning, I was wondering what on Earth was I going to list for others to bid on; then I’ve realized that I had quite a few of duplicate Stampin’ Up items (due to the fact that I keep neglecting to add my newest SU purchases to the list I have…lol) So, I went through all my precious “goodies”, took photos and posted them… Yay!!

     This morning, after getting home from work (yeah, we are still working 6 or 7 days a week…), I wanted to list one of SU Jumbo wheel stamps, “Wedding Words” but knew that the stamp would be easier to see if it was put “in action” – so to speak… The result was the above card that used Whisper White and Smoky Slate cardstock and VersaMark and Smoky Slate ink which I have heat embossed with clear embossing powder… A clean and simple card that – in spite of the layers used – it’s quite flat and would not take additional postage to be sent anywhere in the United States…

     Now, I’ve got a fresh pot of coffee brewing and my newest Paper Pumpkin kit waiting for me, so I will go get busy (as, luckily for me, I don’t have to work tonight anymore…lol)

     All y’all be good now 🙂

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Cards, handmade, Love, Stampin' Up


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Yin & Yang Bookmark

Yin is soft while Yang is hard.
Yin is stillness while Yang is movement.
The moon is Yin while the sun is Yang.
Woman is Yin while Man is Yang.
Mountain is Yin while the river is Yang.
Intuitive is Yin while Logical is Yang.
Winter is Yin while Summer is Yang and so on.

     The ancient Chinese subscribe to a concept called Yin Yang which is a belief that there exist two complementary forces in the universe. One is Yang which represents everything positive or masculine and the other is Yin which is characterized as negative or feminine. One is not better than the other. Instead they are both necessary and a balance of both is highly desirable.

     This thinking is different from the duality of most religion where one state overcomes the other e.g. good over evil. In the concept of Yin Yang, too much of either one is bad. The ideal is a balance of both. The hot Saharan desert for example is an example of extreme Yang while the bitter cold Antarctica is extreme Yin. Neither is desirable.

     Stitching time: approx. 10hrs

     The backing of the bookmark is white sticker paper and it allows you to write a dedication or a few meaningful words. The size is an approximate 2.75in by 6.5in. The bookmark comes in a handmade, slimline white envelope, with a Velcro or ribbon closure. This bookmark was created in a smoke and pet free environment.

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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in cross-stitch, handmade, Inspirational, Love, Masculine


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Spirit of Christmas

     Remember the cute, glittery set of 3 cards posted yesterday…? Imagine how shocked I was to see that they have found a most loving home in West Virginia! Thank you much, Dianna – you are most appreciated! So, after re-listing it “Merry Christmas set” second set in a different color, I wake up this morning to see it was featured in an Etsy Treasury! What pleasant surprise to wake up to!

     My latest card “Spirit of Christmas” is a clean and simple card, CASEd from an YouTube video. The only things I have changed were the embossing powder from silver to gold and outlining the larger letters with a clear glaze pen. I kind of liked the way it turned out – what do you think…?

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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Cards, Christmas, handmade, papercrafts


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WMSC #49 – Challenge


WMSC49 Sketch Clallenge

Today’s post was inspired by the latest WaltzingMouse Stamps Sketch Challenge. I have used stamps from Asian Gardens & Blessed by You sets, creating a window card with the sentiment on the card front and the main image hand stamped inside. The printed paper panel is from K & Company’s Life’s Journey. The layered punch border was created with a Stampin’ Up punch. The frame around the “window” was created by using two consecutive dies, centered one inside the other.

Supplies used are from Stampin’ Up, unless otherwise stated: Cardstock Whisper White #100730 , Early Expresso #119686 (Stampin’ Up); Stamps Asian Gardens, Blessed by You (WaltzingMouse Stamps); Designer paper Life’s Journey (K&Company); Punch Eyelet Border #119853 (Stampin’ Up); Dies Spellbinders Label Four; 3D foam dots; Satin ribbon


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CR84FN30 – Color Challenge

CR84FN30 Color Challenge

This week’s challenge on CR84FN was to use the Main colors of light blue, light yellow and kraft provided by the suggested graphic.

My card started with a lovely piece of lace i bought a few months ago from Melissa Frances. The lace was bright white and, in order to make it work with the color requirements, I decided to “antique” it, by placing it in a small ziploc baggie with a drop of Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks in Old Paper and Antique Lines and a few sprays of water, diluted until the color was what I was aiming for. Cardbase is kraft and a panel from K & Company‘s Life’s Journey pad was cut and edges distressed with Distress inks. I punched three strips of pattern paper in a bluish script paper and a dotted weathered yellow and layered them on the printed panel. The died antique lace was gathered and glue behind the hand stamped sentiment panel (Eternity from Our Daily Bread Designs) and #D foam dots were used to add it to the card. Self-adhesive pearls were added around the sentiment panel.

Supplies used are as indicated: Stamp set/Die Eternity (Our Daily Bread Designs & Spellbinders); Cardstock Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730(Stampin’ Up), Designer paper Butterfly Garden (PinkPaislee), 5th Avenue (Melissa Frances), Life’s Journey (K & Company); Ink Old Olive #102277 (Stampin’ Up); Punch Martha Stewart; Lace (Melissa Frances); Pearls self-adhesive (Mark Richards); 3D foam dots; mini glue dots; Distress Ink Old Paper & Antique Lines (Ranger/Tim Holtz)


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CAS-ual Fridays “Graduation” CFC#4

CAS-ual Fridays

   This week’s challenge on CAS-ual Fridays blog was to create a clean and simple “Graduation” card. My inspiration for this card was my best friend’s grandson, Adam, who graduated Sequoya High School this month, despite years of seizure and countless brain surgeries.

   ADAM, you are my HERO, sweetheart!

CFS4 challenge

   My card was created easel-style on black cardstock. The main panel was dry embossed to add some texture to the card. A Gold paint pen was used to add shine to the focal image, and an Old Gold colored length of twine was tied around the card.

   Supplies used are Stampin’ Up, unless stated otherwise: Cardstock Basic Black #121045, Whisper White #100730, Not Quite Navy #101722 (Stampin’ Up); Stamps Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin’ Up), Congrats Topper (Stampendous); Ink VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko); Accessories & Tools twine, adhesive, gold paint pen, embossing folder, Cuttlebug.


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Creative Sketches CS34H Holiday/Celebration

   This this week’s sketch at Creative Sketches required us to combine a Holiday/Celebration with the provided sketch. A bit novel for me – again – but after printing the sketch and digging through my many, many stamp sets, I chose to use one of my latest Stampin’ Up acquisitions, the Flower Garden embossing folder. So I started listening to my “Secret Garden” CD and got to work… LOL…

CS34H challenge

   I have used Watercolor paper, because I wanted to color the image. The first results were very, very far from good… What is a gal to do at 12:15am…? I dumped my first try, grabbed another panel of Watercolor paper, my Perfect Pearls Metallics powders and medium from Ranger and pounced and brushed the powders on the second embossed panel… I have used Perfect Pearl, Gold and Bronze to add some depth to my embossed flower. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps  Fancy Phrases set. The Old Gold accent mat cardstock used on the image and sentiment is from the “Elegant Metallics” paper pad from Martha Stewart. The bling is Clear Crystal Stickers from Mark Richard’s.

   Supplies used are Stampin’ Up, unless stated otherwise: Cardstock Whisper White #100730, Watercolor paper #105019, Flower Garden folder #123113, Big Shot #113439 (Stampin’ Up); Fancy Phrases (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Perfect Pearls Metallics (Ranger Ink); self-adhesive clear rhinestones (Mark Richards); Ink VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko); Scor-tape.


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