Monday, January 23, 2017

In Memory of Cassidy & Today Is The Day Valentine Card

Our family pet and buddy of more years than I thought possible died this past weekend. Cassidy was a rescue dog. When our daughter worked as a vet tech in Atlanta, a dog was bought in after being hit by a vehicle. The doctor had to put several pins in her shoulder to hold the bones together, but she survived. Sarah took her in and adopted her as her own. When she moved back here to Ohio, Cassidy came along. After Sarah married and began her family, they moved further north and Cassidy came to live with us. The fenced in yard was great for her and after Adelaide was born, the two became fast friends. Near as we can figure, she was sixteen to seventeen years old. She was frisky until the end when the seizures hit.
These last couple days have been hard ones. The Lord gave us such a good companion over the years... she is most definitely missed.

My valentine today is a pocket card. I haven't made any for awhile, and felt like changing things up a bit. It's a mix of Echo Park, Graphic 45 and some odd scraps.

The 3-D sticker is from the My Mind's Eye Record-It Heirloom collection. The flowers are by I Am Roses.

The image is a digi from an Etsy shop as is the red and white ruffled trim. The grosgrain ribbon came from our local scrapbook store when they had their close-out sale several years ago. (Are there any local independent stores left?) The cupid die cuts were a gift from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

More sneak peeks coming next post!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

To My Dear One Vintage Valentine Card & Sneak Peeks

The first year we stayed at the condo in Harrisonburg, Virginia, we took a side jaunt into Richmond to visit the Museum of the Confederacy. Back in the day when I had my Civil War book business, we would work in the Richmond area several times a year, so we were quite familiar with all the wonders to behold there. I was anxious to revisit this particular museum as I remembered some of the fascinating artifacts they had on display. As I wandered though the rooms, always behind the Penmaker's pace, I came across a Civil War era Valentine. I included it my post back in 2012 here, after our return home. It was a beauty, and I was amazed that it was handmade with papers not unlike what we are still creating.

Today my valentine card is a combination of old and new. Not as old as that Civil War one, but still vintage. It pops up to form a 3-D card and has that old-time romantic look about it. 

I love the smudges and stains.

I added my old valentine onto a new card base and gave it some modern embellishments. 
I adore this card!
It truly takes me back to another time and some great memories.

Now, Idea-ology Sneak Peeks...

Aren't these items fabulous? I can hardly wait until they start shipping them out.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

With All My Heart Valentine Card & Sneak Peeks from Alterations

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever. -
Alfred Lord Tennyson

I am a true romantic. There's something in my soul that makes me want to say "I love you" over and over to my sweetheart grandchildren, kids, and and my husband. What sheer joy to hand them a Valentine card that says it in writing! A written expression of my love for them!

I'm having a ball making Valentine cards this year. What is it about this year? Maybe the fact that I'm older and want to express my love even more. I'm not sure. I'm really enjoying the whole process, though, and I love sharing them with you.

This 4" x 5.5" ivory based card is made mostly with scraps of leftover papers of various collections... some Cosmo Cricket, Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, and one text pattern I'm not sure about. I think the ribbon came in an old Cupcards To Go kit. The with all my heart 3-D sticker and red glittered Love ephemera piece are MME Record It Heirloom. The two-tone rose is from I Am Roses. The lace is from my stash. I cut the hearts with Spellbinders Classic Hearts die set.

Now, how about some sneak peeks!

Sizzix Alterations

As I said the other day, I'm only previewing the new product that I've added to my want list. You can check out the entire new line at Tim's blog. I can tell you, there's really some cool new stuff coming. If you want some creative inspiration for the new year? Here it is!
Happy viewing!

And by the way... CHA/Creativation starts today!!!!!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Valentine Wall Hanging & Some Sneak Peeks

How about a bit of decor today?
My daughter asked me to create a piece of hanging paper art for her. Using the specs she gave me, I made her this Valentine wall hanging. Not totally paper though. The base is a thin piece of 6x9 chipboard covered with Warm & Natural needled cotton batting.

This is great stuff... as you can see by the label it's an ideal batting for quilt making, as I know so many of you do. I bought my package of W&N a couple of years ago for a sewing project, but have used the bulk of the package mixed with patterned paper for mini albums, cards, etc. I love the look it adds to an otherwise plain paper project. It gives some wonderful texture and warmth. If you Google it, you can find it nearly anywhere. I bought mine from our nearby Joann's store.

I made the banner from it as well, adding on the LOVE letters cut with Alterations Vintage Market Alphabet Strip, and tied with pink May Arts burlap string. (Side note: As per the sneak peeks at the end of this post... there are some fabulous new alpha dies coming soon.)

She wanted a Song of Solomon verse and I chose 2:4. 

The paper collection is My Mind's Eye Record It Heirloom with some bits of various other scraps from my Valentine stash. I cut the doily with Tim Holtz Thinlits Doily die.

My image is a digi. The frame was cut with Tim's Ornate Frame 2.

The florals are a combination of I Am Roses, Recollections roses from Michaels (These came in the Michael's round tins just loaded with a variety of sizes and shades as well as a stash of beautiful green leaves. I got them on clearance and bought all they had), foliage cut with Thinlits Garden Greens, and a bow of the pink burlap string.

Beside them along the left edge of the hanging, is a strip of white tulle and pearl trim. I added a couple half pearls to the frame to match.

The silver heart key is from my stash and might be from Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I finished the wall hanging with eyelets in the top corners and threaded through some pink Celebrate It ribbon from Michaels.

You are all probably aware of Tim's Sneak Peeks on his blog these last two weeks. In case you missed them, I want to show you a couple of my favorites from the Stampers Anonymous line that have been moved to my want list.

Stampers Anonymous

This is just a start. I'd like to show you more of what's coming in the next few months. Please check back.
Only one more day to CHA/Creativation 2017! I can't wait!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sweet Valentine

I'm off and running... Valentine card season has begun. "Already?", you say. Well, consider we have nine grandchildren, four children with spouses, a parent, and numerous other family and friends... yeah, I really needed to start already.

My new paper stock just arrived on Friday, so you won't see anything made with that until later this week. I began with whatever I had left from last year which is an older collection from My Mind's Eye that I simply adore called Heirloom from their Lost & Found Record It series. I had some from a pervious year and hunted all over until I finally found someone still selling the 12x12 sheets. Now I'm nearly out again. I wonder if I can find more. I'm not ready at all to give this collection up.

I altered a layered sticker from the collection, added some vintage lace from my stash and topped it with a border strip I cut with Alterations Thinlits Stitched Rectangles set in white glittered paper.

The little girl is fussy cut from a piece from the ephemera pack. The doily was cut with Sizzix Vintage Doily. The gorgeous pink ribbon is from Michaels and the flowers are by I Am Roses.

"Sweet" is another ephemera piece layered with a scrap (popped up with 3-D foam adhesive) of the text paper from the 6x6 paper pad that I used as my base mat.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

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