Thursday, May 31, 2018

Adirondack Chair Cards

Five months after my husband and I began dating he went on vacation with his family to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. To my surprise he brought me back an Adirondack chair from a local shop. After Robert and I were married his parents told me that's when they knew their son was in a serious relationship. :-) I bought a matching chair a few months later so we could each have one, and they are still on our porch. 

Our anniversary is a wonderful reason to return to my blog. (I really didn't think it had been an entire year since I last posted!) I made these cards earlier this week with an embossing stencil and colored them with pastel chalks. I did not plan for the first one to be an anniversary card, but that's the great thing about this hobby – all I had to do was add the sentiment when I realized I had a great memory to share on our anniversary. It's just right for him.

Happy 21st Anniversary dear Robert! 
Now I have to decide which of your parents will receive the birthday card. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Graduation Cards

May is always a busy month, which is why this is my only blog post. This year is busier, because my daughter is graduating from high school and family is coming to visit. I have been making graduation cards and stocking up on thank you notes. (I will share some of those in June.) These are my favorite cards - each with a purpose. 

I made four of this design especially for "The Squad"; the girls who spend the night, text endlessly, and offer unconditional support to one another. 
The sentiment is from Impression Obsession and the "chips" stamp is from Unity Stamp Co
 WHS school colors are blue and red. This one works for many graduates. 
Stars, sentiment, and punches by Stampin' Up
Two special girls are taking a gap year to study and serve
in other countries before going to college.
The globe stamp is from Hero Arts.

T-minus 4 days, 1 hour and 53 minutes until graduation! I won't add, "But who's counting?", because I know my daughter is. 


Friday, April 28, 2017

Card of the Week

Funny thing about setting a goal for yourself – you have to figure out how to keep it going. My goal for 2017 is to post here weekly and write a weekly letter. The letter part is easy, because I don't have to share it. The cards and posts are harder, because I try to tell a little story without rambling. I'm not sure I have much of a story this week. 

Today is the twenty-fifth day of #The100DayProject, and this is not the card I posted (go to @lettersarebetter on Instagram to see that one), but of all the cards I made this week. This is my favorite. It's a simple design and I really like how the colors blended on the daisy, plus I am always fond of a textured background. Ahh! Hello Weekend!

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gift Card Envelopes

Gift cards are often appropriate tokens of appreciation, but the basic envelopes they come with are a little bland if you are not putting them inside another card. I have an envelope template that makes short work of a nice piece of decorative paper, and since I used my flower stamps and punch, I was finished in a snap. I think I will make a few more just to keep on hand!


These are all to say "Thank You!" to the girls from whom my daughter borrowed prom dresses this past month. She attended three dances and borrowed three dresses. Paying for dry cleaning and a few gift cards was a bargain! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Card

 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:9-11

Sentiment byUnity Stamp Co. heat embossed with gold powder.
Wreath die by Penny Black. I trimmed it to create the crown.

Happy Easter!
He is Risen!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Starting 100 Cards

For a second year I am participating in The100DayProject with Elle Luna. It started this past Tuesday, so I am a full three days in! My goal this year is to use my flower stamps and push my creativity within that limited focus. I may complete a card each day in the process, or I might just complete part of the process. 

Last year I discovered as the days passed the creativity almost multiplied, or at least the creative vibe flowed and the ideas seemed close at hand. I expect I will enjoy the challenge just as much this year. Participants are asked to create a unique hashtag for the project which makes it easy to follow the progress. Mine is #pz100stampedflowers.
Daisies colored with Prismacolor pencils and mounted with foam tape.
Daisies are stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with copper powder on cream color cardstock and again on copper metallic paper.
I love making a single layer card with a rainbow inkpad. Ink by Kaliedacolor.

So, why did I include PZ with my hashtag? My childhood nickname happened like this: Patsy = Patz = Pz. 


Friday, March 31, 2017

The Cure for Anything Card

When I first heard this wonderful quote I assumed it had to have been written by a woman. When I found the stamp at a show last summer, I was a bit surprised to see a man given the credit. So I looked him up and I am learning this as I type – Isak Dinesen is a pseudonym of Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke. She also used the name Pierre Andr├ęzel. She lived from 1885-1962 which explains (sadly) why she wrote under men's names. Oh, but a bit of joy to discover, that indeed, a woman would know the cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. 

The quote stamp is by Verses Rubber Stamps;
the girls above and the boats below are older stamps by Stampin' Up. 

Her notable memoir is Out of Africa, and now I believe there is a movie I need to watch.