Friends Meet at Rialto

To celebrate Patti’s birthday I took the 4 of us to a restaurant in the Hilton.  Of course I had to do a photo shoot.  Here is the scrapbook page.DSCN2398_edited-1

The base is an old Stampin’ Up! sheet that was an In Color in 2005 I think.  Worked well here to blend these photos.  I used a bit of FSJ’s Denim Days, backed the photos with Oatmeal Cookie to keep the blue in the photo separate.  The pattern is a scrap from Jenny Bolin I think.  The FSJ banner was cut then stamped with Versamark do I could emboss this little stamp from the FSJ set.  I heat embossed the FSJ flower in blue, wanted it a bit darker, added rhinestones.  The circle photo and mat was cut with FSJ self piercing dies – how cool is that!  I wrapped FSJ twine, made a tag for the journaling (Dylusion stamp), added a Recollections flourish and called it done.

If you want to check out Kristy’s store for some of these supplies, please go to www.funstampersjourney.com/96  Don’t forget to use Kristina’s name when you sign in.

Scrapbook Expo Selfie

I knew Kris and Patti were going to work the Fun Stampers Journey booth aDSCN2385_edited-1t the March Scrapbook Expo in Orlando, but did not know if Richard was going to be there too.  When Kristy told me he was I knew I HAD to have a “Selfie” with him.  Really looking forward to this chance, Richard did not disappoint.  He is so gracious, generous, kind, talented, and you can figure out all the other great words used to describe this man.

The mini workshop at their booth was totally awesome, love the ideas and the stamp set I got.

On this two page layout are photos to remind me of the fun and feel of the event at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center.

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I have used FSJ papers (so rich and yummy!) and inks in delicious colors.  Some stamp sets are featured in addition to the set I was given at the show.  Be sure to check at Kristina’s “Yummy and Delicious” store – www.FunStampersJourney.com/96 (don’t forget the “96”)

The pages are designed with the Sewing Stitches stencil by Lea France.  Always a good choice, here I went quick and easy but the pages still have an interesting style.  If you haven’t discovered how fun and fabulous the French Photo Collage is, please check it out on Pinterest.

Two Years Plus in the Making

In 2012 I joined an online class called Block of the Month at Craftsy.com.  Vowing to use up my scraps, I chose a cut of fabric that would be large enough to make a border, eventually, and that had colors that appealed to me.  Then, I went through my never-ending stash for pieces matching those colors. (I do confess to buying just a small amount of extra – but I was good, really!)

Each month I eagerly watched the videos by Amy Gibson, downloaded and cut out my patterns, and put together my twelve inch blocks.  There were two per month actually.

Here is where the time lapse comes in: making sure the sizes of each block was true, cutting and sewing the white strips, arranging the blocks into rows, ripping them out and rearranging them again, finding the right green fabric for the backing and final border.  Finally I was ready to have it quilted.  I chose to go the professional route because of the time and skill required to complete a bed sized quilt; doing it myself wasn’t worth the money I would pay.

After calling around I chose this local quilt shop owner.  I knew she was trustworthy, and there would not be any disappointments in her workmanship.  I was not disappointed!  Boutique 4 Quilters did a beautiful job, and I must comment that she isn’t the cause of my long delay.  Once I got it back I added the binding.  I machine sewed the strips on one side, and hand stitched the other edge by hand.  This is something I really enjoy.  While waiting for Kristy to take a class in Orlando I sat in Wawa’s parking lot and worked on it.  The final stitches were made in the living room with my Ott light on and Mia in my lap.  Mia is known for sitting in my lap, especially when there is a quilt in it also, but for the most part I kept her off my lap during this process for obvious “sharp” reasons.  However, when it came down to the last small section she was not being deterred.  I actually tried to push her off and she stretched and rolled with my effort but, alas, held her ground.DSC_0284_edited-1

Taking advantage of a sunny day, I asked, or begged, Kristy and Patti to come outside with me and hold it up.  Thank you Kristy and Patti!DSCN9859

In the end, the blocks that were not so perfect still look good to me now.  This will be a cozy quilt to cuddle under, just ask Mia!

Three and a Half Weeks

Welcome to the family!

That’s not very long compared to a lifetime.  Already you are loved.  Your arrival is greatly anticipated with hearts full of joy and love.  I’m pretty excited to learn our new Gonzalez is expected to arrive around my birthday.

Here is the photo of big sister.Baby On the Way Book Oh, I love this precious “Big Sister”!  And I love her mommy. And I love her new daddy! And I love our new “Baby on the Way”!

More Twinkle Toes

There’s this absolutely precious lady we know who will get this card.  She has endured some rough times, but, hopefully, this last surgery will do what she is looking forward to – she wants to be able to hold her head up.  It has become increasingly more difficult to walk with her walker.  And she never complains, just wants to be able to look up all the the people who greet her on Sunday mornings.  Her body seems so frail, but her spirit and smile are the strongest!J_0209_Front_edited-1

I stamped this adorable image from the Fun Stampers Journey “Twinkle Toes” set on a scrap of patterned paper by My Minds Eye with Pomegranate Splash ink.  I added Journey Sparkle Dust and some rhinestones to the tutu and a Copics marker to the shoes.  All basic layering.  The sentiment panel is on pop dots.J_0211_close_edited-1

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I added a simple double punch (SU) of photo corners to enhance the inside.  I’m still not much for dressing up the inside of my cards, but I’m working on it.

This is such a fun stamp set – I want to go make another card!

Children at the Wedding

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I used a sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers for this page.  I rotated it so I could use these portrait shots of the ring bearer and flower girl.  The piece of tulle was saved from the bride’s underskirt when it was hemmed.  I gathered a strip, then sewed it down to the black card stock.  The roses was heat embossed on gray card stock using the Fun Stampers Journey Sentiments Prints stamp set.  I used one of the FSJ heart dies under the corner rounded strips.  Although I did not add a title, I think the pages speaks for itself.

It is a fairly clean and simple page and the embossed roses are a nice embellishment

Stars for my Twinkle Toes

I have used the new sketch from a new site.  Here is my card from the sketch.  I was excited to see this stamp set come in – Kit of the Month – it is just too cute!  Had to make a card for Tiny Tot.

Here is the recipe for putting this card together.  Card base is Sweet Pea, next layer is Bubble Gum.  I stamped the image from the set “Twinkle Toes” on white. The sentiment is stamped with Pomegranate Splash ink onto the Sweet Pea card stock, which I then used the “badge Label die” to cut out.  I edged it with a Micron pen because it just needed something and to completely mat it didn’t seem right.  I didn’t want to sponge the edge either because then I’d need all the edges sponged and it would take away from the clean look I was thinking of keeping with.  The elements added are Bubble Gum Satin Ribbon, Cool Pool Star-Dom die cut, Clear Blooms Accent, and Journey Color Buttons.  Oh, and I used some Strawberry twine in the buttons too.  The star got Glaze and Sparkle Dust.

Tiny Tot gets so excited when she gets a card in the mail.  Her mom tells us how much she anticipates and looks forward to her own mail when the post is checked.  I have vowed to make sure she gets more mail.  I am caught up on the Card Ministry cards so there is no excuse not to make a point of preparing some for her now.

What is up with all this cold!?  It was 40 degrees here at 8 am.  I know it’s colder elsewhere, but this is Florida, after all.  And, I just got over a runny nose – had the post nasal cough to contend with too.  Stayed clear and no infection, thankfully.  I’m told something in the air is triggering this allergy.  I thought allergies came from something blooming.  With all the ice and 18 degree weather Tiny Tot has been exposed to, she too got this allergy thing.  Hopefully better now.

Hope you enjoy this card and my details about it.  Try this sketch too!  Comments are so delightful.  Happy stamping my friends.

4 with Sentimental Prints FSJ

I put together a collection of 4 thinking of you cards.  Each different and pretty much individually inspired by a piece of patterned paper from my scrap bin.  I used each of the 4 images with a different color of heat embossing powder.  The Fun Stampers Journey set is “Sentimental Prints SS0072”.

This is the first one I made.  The white embossing powder looked so soft and sweet on the blue background I decided it would work nicely as a white on white style card.  I mounted the main image on white, cut and dry embossed a panel slightly smaller than the card. Each panel is on Stampin’ Up! pop dots, allowing some elevation but staying relatively flat for mailing. The sentiment is embossed before running through the folder.  I actually had to mix the blue powder.  The one blue I had was a tad bit too pale so I sprinkled some on my paper, added a smidge of a darker blue and voila! perfect shade.

My black, white, and red sort of developed as I went along.  This wasn’t the idea I started with.  I really didn’t start with a completed idea except for the red embossing powder on white card stock.  Looking in my stack of red/black scraps I came up with this combo of pattern papers.  It needed the thick border of black, on which I used a Fiskars border punch.  Then came the beautiful FSJ black satin ribbon, topped with a thin SU grosgrain knotted ribbon.  The sentiment is an already stamped and punched one with a SU set.  I backed it with the striped and solid paper punches to match the card.

This piece of green and yellow patterned paper with circles seemed right for this next image, that I used with yellow embossing powder on white.  The sentiment is stamped on the same white strip.  The piece of green polka dot scrap was just right for a mat.  Yellow embroidery floss finishes the soft, whimsical feel to this cheery card.  The card base is SU’s Gumball Green.

Totally different, sized almost square, it is inspired by the pattern of the paper.  I used green embossing powder to stamp 4 images to form a square.  When cut, it fit perfectly within the design.  I used a corner punch on the panels before mounting to the card base.  The embossed sentiment is cut like a flag and stapled to the top panel before pasting.   This card is especially nice as a masculine card since it lacks any flourish or girly touches.

Now that this stamp is broken in, I am sure to gets lots more use from it!  Love it!

Two Tagged Cards

While rummaging through my scrap bin searching for patterns to make this sketch from the Retro Sketches Blog, I couldn’t decide which of the two sets of papers, so I made 2.

I kept with the same layout, changing up very little.  Mostly I changed how I did the floss and what bling I added.  I swear I spend most of my time looking for product when I should be working on the card.  I couldn’t find my bag of sequins, then I couldn’t find the orange.

The embossing folder is by Paper Studio, which I distressed with a light sanding to bring out the pattern.  The tag die cut is Tim Holtz, the bird and flower punches are Stampin’ Up!, and the sentiment is a Spellbinders Nestabilities.

The two stamp sets are from SU: Language of Friendship and Whimsical Words.

Here, I have used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and the jewels are from Queen & Co.

In addition to the sketch challenge I am submitting these cards in two more challenges:

1. Cut it up – use a die and embossing.

2. Tues. Throwdown – use facets.