Sunday, 29 March 2009

With Sympathy

I struggle so hard with the concept of making a sympathy card. Most of the reasons you make cards are happy. The birth of a baby, a birthday, a wedding. Even with get well soon cards there are so many fun ways to do them. Sympathy cards are hard for me, I think as most card maker will agree I put my heart into making a card, I have very few generic cards, cards are made for a purpose, with someone in mind at the time when I make them. So when making a sympathy card I struggle knowing the person I am making it for is in pain or struggling with a loss. There is no image that will heal that. With that in mind sympathy cards may be the most important you send, no image will heal the pain but the knowledge that others are there and they care is important. So here it is simple and plain but I hope it brings comfort.

Forgot to mention Jo over at Stampin and Stuff has some fun blog candy going right now if you live in the Europe pop over to leave a comment!

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

And she scaps too

My mom was a demonstrator for one of the stamp companies not SU but I am not sure which one when I was a teenager and that is where I first learned about paper crafting, it was a very different world then. Fast forward a few years and I had moved away from home and was working as a nanny for a family and wanted a fun way to preserve my pictures of me with the two children. I knew a tiny bit about scrap booking and then one day in the small town that I lived 7 miles outside of someone opened a scrapbook store. I made friends with a woman who I met at a crop there and we traveled all over northern Virginia looking for fun new supplies. When I look back at the pages I did then I laugh all very square pictures in a cascade very formal, not much different then a photo album with some embellishments. Fast forward a few more years and I was forced to move home while I waited on some Visas to come through so I could move back to England and marry DH. I just happened upon a scrap booking store about an hour from where my parents lived and it kept me sane to craft for the six months I was stuck at home.

When it came time to move back to the UK to marry DH I pack up most of my supplies though they were very few and came back and threw together a wedding less than 4 months. I was so busy at the time and we were so poor because I could not work that I did not really have the time to do any scrapping. Then as soon as we were married I was desperate to find a job so that we were not sooooo poor.

When I started to look at doing crafting again I was discourage at the lack of the type of supplies I was use to using and what I could get was not really speaking to me. I could however find card making supplies that fulfilled my need to create. It has been a long hard road looking for supplies like I was use to scrapping with and seeing others creations using supplies I was not use to and liking the end result. I have now found a number of shops online and near me and numerous blogs to give me inspiration. So last night I created the first 12x12 page for my album in over two years. It felt good. So here it is in all it glory nothing special just something to remember a favorite pictures for years to come.

Supplies: Kraft Cardstock, Making Memories, Sassafras Lass, SU Night of Navy, Martha Stewary Glitter Carnelian, SU Scallop Punch, American Crafts Thickers, Versa Mark Ink, SU Heat and Stick Poweder.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Addicted to Bloom and Grow

Hi my name is Yankee and I am addicted to Bloom and Grow paper from My Minds Eye. I love the colours and the patterns and it goes with stuff so well. Yes I made another card using it. I think this might be Bloom and Grow week or even month. When I look at it I get so many ideas! So here is another one, with a paper flower no less. Some times I get stuck in a rut but what a cute rut it is.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

My Favorite Things Colour Challenge

Dawn over at My Favorite Things has decided to start doing a color challenge and this weeks when I had a look at the the colours I was really inspired especially with the fact that they worked very well with all the new Bloom and Grow paper from My Minds Eyes. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

back from the dead

Sorry it has been so quiet on the blog front lately, as life is I got hit with a bunch of stuff all at once. Some I could take action on and some I just had to let run it course and find the stregth to keep moving, all this and my allergies have decided to flare up with a vengeance unseen for many year. Finding allergy medicine in the UK that worked for me took about a week so I was a pretty unhappy camper. While this was all going on my Bloom & Grow paper from My Minds Eye came. I am sooooooo in love with this paper, I first saw Kristina over at KWerner Designs use it a few weeks ago and i fell in love with it. I got two of all the sheets ( They are front and back) and the die cut sheets that come with it. I have been crafting up a storm with it and thought I would show you the mothers day card I did for my MIL as tomorrow is Mothering Sunday here in the UK. As you can see the Martha Stewart glitter is getting good use. Well the washing machine just let me know it is done and I am off to change what seems like never ending loads of laundry.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Passion for Papertrey!

I was so excited when I found out Kate and Steph were starting a site to promote their love of all things Papertrey here in the UK. The challenges look fun and I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I used the single dot from Papertrey's Polka dot basic and the outline randomly with a few different Versamark colors. It was refreshing to make a card with only one layer of card stock!

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Glitter Glorious Glitter

When I went home for Christmas there was one thing on my wish list that was an absolute must. I was NOT getting on the plane to come home to England until I had a good stock of Martha Stewart Glitter. One does not truly realize they are living in a foreign country until a simple thing like finding decent glitter becomes impossible. Last October when I decided that I wanted to decorate some pumpkins with glitter and was unable to find any glitter except gold and red with huge flakes I vowed to never be in this situation again. My mother thought this was hilarious, in the weeks up to my trip home she would ask what I wanted to do while I was at home, at trip to Micheal's was always at the top of the list.

I speak to her on the phone on a weekly basis and rarely does a week go by that she does not ask if I have used any of the 24 new colours of glitter I am now in possession of. Every time I tell her no but just knowing that I have it makes me sleep better at night. So when I realized that this year was an extra special anniversary for my parents and they deserved more than the bog standard card I decided that my very first use of my Martha Stewart glitter could not be better than on my parents anniversary card. I used a sketch by Jen Diercks (she is seriously talented guys check out her blog) who is a guest designer over at I {heart} to stamp where this sketch was posted.

I had pulled out the Polka Dot Punch set from SU! to make some wrapping paper got my parent's gift and that is where the inspiration came for this card. I am not usually into matchy matchy but I just love how this heart stamp looks. I played around with it on some black paper with white Stazon ink and it is stunning as well.

Ha what my stamp table looked like when I was done creating the card. I am not the most organized of crafters.

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Another Christmas card to throw in the box. Hopefully come come Oct Nov time I won't have too many to make!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Kwerner Color Inspiration 44

These are one of my favorite color combinations! You can't go wrong with Brown and Pink! I just got a new set of thank you sentiments from American Crafts and the came just in time for me to use them for this color inspiration! I am so in love with this new set I can see some thank you card sets in my future. To play along or see the other cards entered this week head over to here.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Starting on Easter

I love looking at blogs and getting ideas, Julie over at Julie Japes always has the cutest ideas and when I saw here fun card it gave me the inspiration to start working on my Easter cards. I am really upset as I finished the card I got some adhesive on the front of the card and in the process of trying to get it off marked up the card a little. I just found my amazing Pebbles Inc eraser and I am hoping that it will pick it up.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

AmyR51 Sketch

Okay this week I payed a little more attention to making sure I put everything on my card and I have made sure my blog comments are turned on! Sometimes it all works, most of the time not for me! I pulled out my poor neglected tart and tangy stamp set, I just HAD to have it and it had only been used once up until now. The cherries are so luscious I think I will be using it more often. You can find Amy's sketch here

Monday, 2 March 2009

I heart to stamp sketch

I love all the sketches that are out there to help get your creativity flowing. I enjoy creating but sometimes I need help making sure my designs have a vision, the sketches help me with that. This sketch is from Jen over at I heart to stamp. I love the colors in that are used in the Summer Picnic DS paper. I finally gave in and bought the large pack of bashful blue as I seem to always choose that for the card base. Yet again the Crazy for Cupcakes set was used, I promise I do use other stamp sets really I do!


Its official I am addicted to Thickers I am loving the 3d effect of them. All the texture is just becoming way too fun. I can see needing to clear some room in my craft area for many many more Thickers!

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Another Sweet Sunday

Yet another card based on Karen's Sketches! I am so excited to use my new Papermania paper. I lusted after it when I first saw it a few months ago but made myself not buy it. When I popped into my local craft store on Thursday to pick up more roller adhesive it was on clearance so I thought now or never. I am so glad I picked it up I love the colors and the patterns.

I seem to have fixed the comments on my blog but it does not retro act so there are a few post you can't comment on. Sorry guys I love you comments and it was not intentional.

Sorry Guys

I have some how managed to turn the comments off on my blog and can't get them to come back on, I am trying!