More Encouragement

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I’m kind of on a roll with this stamp set and watercolor paper, here’s another with this combo, using yet another great sentiment from the set.  Honestly, I wish there was zero NEED for this stamp set; realistically, I have far too many people that I know who can use it right now.


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps:  Ribbon of CourageLoveandHugs3
  • Ink: Stazon Black; Calypso Coral; Daffodil Delight
  • Paper: Watercolor paper; Pool Party, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Layering Squares Framelits; Stitched Shapes Framelits. (And I’ll be very glad to get the coordinating framelits for the Ribbon of Courage set that will be available with the new catalog; that will make this stamp set even better!)
  • Embellishments: Some various sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments Kit; and some more retired White Jute Ribbon (to continue to bust my stash!)

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Not all battles are pink

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I’ve played some more with watercoloring–a talent/skill that definitely does NOT come naturally to me. But I was really happy with the overall effect when complete.  It feels both peaceful and hopeful.

I’ll end up with hundreds of cards made with this stamp set, and at least half of them will use this sentiment. It’s perfect for a myriad of situations, people, circumstances, etc. Paired with a backdrop of the color teal, this card–with the nod to an awareness ribbon as an embellishment–is appropriate for anyone needing some encouragement.  But teal is specifically a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers; and also the awareness for sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims.  To say that this Ribbon of Courage stamp set is multi-purpose would be putting it mildly.


faith1-2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Ribbon of Courage
  • Ink: Stazon Black for the sentiment; Daffodil Delight for the sunny center; and lots of watery blues everywhere else: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Watercolor paper; Bermuda Bay and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes; Baker’s Twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit; Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine; Gold Metallic Thread; White Jute Ribbon (retired)

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Serene Hope

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The amazing Patty Bennett has a video tutorial here that I used as inspiration for a group of cards I’ll be showcasing this week.  I basically used her layout idea–designed for the SU notecard size–and adapted it to fit the size I needed for my batch of cards. It simply produced the perfect way to showcase this wonderful SU paper stack, my stash of ribbon, and the messages I wanted to convey.


Spring Hope 2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps/Ink:  nada on this card!
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack; Whisper White, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits; Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
  • Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes; Linen Thread; 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon; Delightful Dijon Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

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Pinktober 2016 Wreath

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Back in June, I had the pleasure of creating party decor for the 90th birthday of a close friend’s mom. My friend wanted understated elegance ar-table-decor-2and not too expensive; her mom loved pinks and girly; and “bling” was essential for all.  So we ended up with simple white fabric cloths topped with equally simple, but stunning, vases filled with lush pink silk blossoms.  The original table arrangements are pictured here on the right.  We were all very pleased with the results and the sweet birthday girl had a wonderful party filled with friends, family, good food and fun, and much-deserved joy.

As it turned out, the 90th would be our birthday girl’s final one; sweet Annie Ruth passed peacefully in her sleep about a month after her big day. No matter the age of our moms, when they leave us, it’s always too early, always heartbreaking, and always leaves us with a gaping hole in our lives. We’d barely had time to put away the leftover trappings from a festive birthday party before my friend was planning a funeral.  No words can convey how hard this was, of course.

I wanted to do something for my friend as she grieved, as a reminder to her of the wonderful gift she’d given her mom–a token from the party that had been such a highlight of sweet AR’s last days.  So I took apart all those lovely pink blossoms from the birthday table flowers, disassembled all the lengths of pearl garland used, and determined to be creative with a dual purpose: as my friend is a breast cancer survivor, a new combination Pinktober observance and birthday-party-souvenir wreath would be born. And it would be very girly in honor of both of the ladies I adore: one is a friend (for literal decades now!) that I’m grateful is a 4-year breast cancer survivor; the other, her sweet now-sadly-gone mom whom I have learned to love with all my heart, too.  So, an AR Pinktober special it is:

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I can’t help but look at this and think how much my own mom–who wasn’t so fortunate ar-pink-wreath2in her breast cancer battle (now 26 years ago)–would also love this creation. As my mom celebrates yet another October birthday in Heaven, this year, I’d like to think that Cissy and Annie Ruth are looking down on their girls (and all their progeny) with smiles and love … and forgiving me once again for my inability to type this without shedding a bunch of tears.

Happy Pinktober; hug your moms close. And remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month–and it IS a big deal.


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A country fair and fundraising

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Every year, a friend and I craft our hearts making various items for various crafts shows in our area….all in an effort to do some fundraising for our American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Team, which we’ve dubbed “Friends for Life”.  The Team name is a play on both the concept of Relay for Life, and the fact that we–and most of our team mates have BEEN friends for most of our lives.

This year’s crafts fair is the biggest one we’ve tried, and we had a good bit of success with our first effort there.  We had a lot of interest, a reasonable amount of sales, and I had the joy of sharing the fact that Relay for Life offers cancer-survivor activities at the yearly event with a few folks who weren’t aware of them. As a cancer survivor myself, being able to connect with others who have their own “battle-stories” and letting them know about how Relay works–it’s a very good thing.

To find out more about the American Cancer Society, go here.  You’ll find links with tons of information for you or a loved one dealing with cancer. And for more information on Relay for Life, our Team’s facebook page is here. We’ve already had our 2016 event and are gearing up for 2017–always looking forward. Getting involved with a Relay in your area is a way to celebrate life, remember and honor our loved ones with cancer, and to help fight back against this awful disease.praters-5


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Autumn Angels

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Some of this Fall’s craftiness has been very “retro” for me.  I can remember working with abaca literally decades ago.  If I search long enough, I’ll probably unearth a photo with the abaca butterflies I embellished with some ribbon and hung on my bedroom wall many, many moons ago.  And long-ago-me also crafted with pretty much the exact type of abaca items featured here today.

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These abaca angels are part of the items included in this year’s crafts fair booth (in my Relay for Life fundraising efforts).  abaca-angels3These heavenly creatures have been adorned with various silk leaves and coordinating ribbons, and are now all decked out in their Autumn splendor. Each is unique, and I enjoyed designing their tiny “garments” and matching the ribbons to their leafy “skirts”.  Each Autumn Abaca Angel may be used as an ornament or will stand upright, as displayed here.  I personally envision them in a grouping of 1 taller angel, flanked by two smaller ones as a table centerpiece.

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The angels’ prayerful stance inspired me to write a poem that I printed out and then crafted a tabletop art piece from, to display along with the angels.  I distressed the poem panel, mounted it onto a perfect shade of orange piece of cardstock, and then mounted all that onto a burlap frame, adorned with more silk leaves, some more ribbon, and a couple of acorns. I also printed a much smaller version of the poem and included it on a hang tag with each angel.

The poem reads thusly:

Autumn Blessings

Lord, thank You for the falling leaves,Glorious colors, And a cooler breeze.

Please bless our home, and loved ones, too.  Our Autumn Blessings are falling from You.


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Stockpiling Some Good Thoughts

Amazingly Amazing-3My goal the rest of this month and the next two is to stockpile a bunch of cards with “good thoughts” in them, for various fundraising and charitable efforts scheduled for late Spring.  Good thoughts = anything positive, upbeat, encouraging, uplifting, or that will generally just help someone SMILE.

This means I’ll finally get to play with a bunch of stamp sets that haven’t seen ink in a long time–or EVER–because I’ve been so busy with other, more specific projects. This Amazingly Amazing-4first card features a sentiment that will reappear a LOT.  Who doesn’t want to hear that someone thinks they’re amazing?!–especially if they’re going through a tough time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to see where my card making-thoughts take me, and there are a lot of techniques, pinterest-inspired goodies, and “stuff” I want to experiment with as I strive to put together cards that will brighten someone’s day. I’m going to concentrate on making things that I know I would like to receive when I’m needing a little sunshine in my own days.Amazingly Amazing-2-2

I used the embossing folder as the springboard for the whole card, and then played with some sponging to create the background and used up some more dsp on my grungey flower. It ended up being a quick card to do, even with all the steps involved.


Here’s what I used (all SU, unless noted otherwise):

  • Stamps: Painted Petals (retired)
  • Paper: Whisper White Card and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock; Gingham Garden DSP (retired)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
  • Tools: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (to cut out flower pieces); Rose Garden Thinlits Die; Sizzix Elegant Wreath Embossing Folder

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Valentine Flowers for a Cause

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More floral goodies today.  This time it’s a whole lot of little flowers put together into sweet corsages.

I assembled some in a variety of “love”ly colors to provide some choices to our target audience of younger girls going to the daddy-daughter valentines gathering for which the table decorations were made (featured here).

I learned to make corsages at the ripe old age of 16 or so from my favorite aunt, who happened to own a florist’s shop–and I happened to be very interested in learning everything I could from her. The skills she taught are ones I’ve put to use hundreds of times through the years for various events, gifts, and — now, fundraising.

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It makes me happy that something that always reminds me of a precious woman (who filled my life with a lot of joy while she was here on earth, and who now continues to fill it with beauty long after she left) is something that I can share on many levels now.Valentine Corsages 2

I hope the girls have as much fun wearing these as I did creating them.


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Crafty Friends for Life

Valentine Cones-4My Relay for Life Team Captain–and literal “friend for life”–and I are still at it in fundraising efforts for the 2016 event. Cap’n Cheryl got us a gig making some table decorations for an area Valentine’s Day event. And, as always, our brainstorming came up with something that’s unique and that we’re both thrilled with–and we got to have the dual fun of crafting together and knowing we’re earning some money to fight cancer. What’s not to love about THAT kind of valentine?

Valentine Cones-1Our exuberance for the tree cones (featured here) encouraged the purchase of extras to see what else our crafty-hearts could create with them. Trees, we decided, were out of the question for heart-day. So–naturally, or not–the “nosegay” concept hatched out somewhere in all the smoke from the brainstorming.  You know–lay out the cone horizontally on the table and have some lovely florals and ribbon all over the place. Logical, right?  Well, okay, so crafting isn’t a logical process.  But it’s definitely interesting.

Cheryl painted the cones–something I missed most of while I was fighting being a sick old gal–but her facebook posts about the process had me laughing my head off.  I mean, really–when you see this:  “I shall now attempt the miraculous, the stupendous, the ridiculous!”, immediately following this: “whose bright idea was this? What a mess… I got one done, but glue was stuck all over my hands and the bottle was glued to my fingers.”–complete with step-by-step photographs of the insanity….well, it’s hard not to laugh!  But I digress–wait, no, I’ve merely detailed the process exactly as it unfolded: Brainstorm. Design. Paint. Make huge messes. Complete the decorating process.  And laugh a lot!

The decorating itself included a lot of flowers, even more ribbon, and a lot of figuring it out as we went along.  And, in the middle of it all, we were assisted by another fun crafty-type who has just joined the team. Megan volunteered to go wild with a few of the cones, and her designs ended up adding a lot of whimsy and fun.  Here are her creations:

This project just got better as it went along. And I think the tables will be beauties when it’s all put together with our fancy poseys/nosegays/crafty-cones taking center stage.


 

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Christmas Trees for Relay

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My Relay for Life team captain and I sat in on another fundraiser at a local crafts fair again this year. Along with a few Christmas ornaments, we filled our table with tabletop Christmas trees this time.

These papier-mache-based “cone” trees got their start in last year’s inspiration (see post here), and then we just went a bit wild with color, paper, buttons, punches, and lots and lots of ribbon.  I think I tied about 30,000 bows again, and we likely went through a million yards of various ribbon in this process (just a slight exaggeration, though it doesn’t really seem like much of one!).

As in the past, we donated the materials and our time and all money made went to our upcoming Relay Team efforts, which in this case will go toward the 2016 event.

I think we had a gorgeous selection and it’s always good to get crafty knowing it’s also for a good cause.


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