Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A charming life...............

I am still in NYC and hunkered down due to the impending storm but wanted to share a very special gift that I was able to give to my oldest niece who just turned 13!  I can not believe what a young lady she has become.  She is so smart, witty, and growing up to fast. 
For the past 13 years I have purchased a charm from some where on my travels.  The first charm was an A for Ashlyn.  I found a fortune cookie in China, a picture frame from France, and 4 leaf clover from Irland, a sun from India, a luck horseshoe from Texas!!! 
All of them have a special memory for me and reminded me of her or a lesson I wanted to share.  I am making a book of the pictures of each charm and the story to go with it.  I was a bit afraid if she would like it--you know how teenagers can be--but it was a big it and a long time coming. 
Thanks for letting me share this special gift with all of you.
make it a great on-

Monday, January 10, 2011

Quilt card using Close to My Heart Wings Collection

The week is half over and I have another card to share with you. 
I used a bit of each of the patterns in this collection and even managed to use my go to cartridge (Songbird) for the top note shape on the card and envelope. 
I love the idea of using the top note shape as the address label on a black envelope.  I also used the clear embossing powder and the beautiful butterfly stamp from the Stamp of the Month to finish off the envelope. 
I used a scrap pc of colonial white card stock for a base to my 'patch work quilt' to I knew exactly what to cut for each pc from my scraps--this is a great way to use up some of the smaller bits left behind from other projects.  
I mounted the sentiment to a strip of satin ribbon and added two buttons with colored twine tie to finish off the outside.  I simply love this stamp!!! We all have a friend or two that this is true for!
I finished off the inside with a 5x7 pc of the matching green with a strip of the butterfly paper down the side. 
Make it a great one

Scrap Card monday using Close to My Heart Wings Collection

Happy Happy Monday--I am in NYC this week market week and will be here till next Saturday morning.  I am so excited about the new Close to My Heart collections--The paper is BEAUTIFUL--the Stamps are AMAZING--what does this mean for me--I am going to be BROKE!!!
Info for the next club goes out this week!!! Idea books and last months order is going to be waiting for me when I get home!
I have a super easy card today using scraps from the projects form last week and the Stamp of the Month set for January

I used a fiskers edge punch for the bracket shaped borders and some satin ribbon and colored twine (you can color natural twine with your ink pad if you don't mind getting a little ink on your fingers!)  I made the ribbon explosion with four pcs of ribbon folded at the half and than attached using my Tim Holtz tiny attacher (every scrapper must have one of these--if you don't run, don't walk, to the store and pick on up!!!)  I think the button is from Melody Ross--but it has a nice refined vintage feel to it.
This stamp is from the Stamp of the month set--which I think is one of my most fav sets ever!!  I used versa mark ink and clear embossing powder and you see the results.  I also used the same stamp and technique on the envelope--I really like the look on the black card!
Make it a great one-
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