Sunday, October 31, 2010

With Our Sympathy

I recently learned that the doctor who treated me for a kidney stone 7 years ago passed away.  He was the best doctor I've ever had.  He was kind, encouraging, compassionate, and had a wonderful bedside manner.  I really hated that he passed away.  Then I found out that he went to church with a co-worker.  So, I was able to get his wife's address, and I made this card to send to her.  Hopefully it will encourage her to know that he leaves behind a legacy of kindness!

The card was made using the current challenge over at Case Study.  I really like how the card turned out.  It seems rich and elegant.  I hope you'll pop over and take a look here at the card I was using as inspiration.

Here are the details on the card:

Size:  4 x 5.5"
Cardstock:  Recollections and American Crafts
Embossing:  Cuttlebug
Patterned Paper:  DCWV
Ribbon:  Unknown
Roses:  Recollections
Scalloped label:  Nestabilities
Gems:  Unknown

Hope you like it!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'm a Sucker For You

I finally found time to create.  All week it seems that something has come up, and I couldn't get into the scrapbook room.  But I spent time in there last night and today and finished this layout.  Then I struggled to get a good picture of the layout.  I have not taken pictures of two pagers in so long, I've forgotten how to get the picture lined up.  After taking about 40 pictures, this is about the best I could do.

I'm sort of playing along with the current challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches.  I used their sketch, but I didn't use the Halloween colors.  I'm still very appreciative of their sketch and hope they won't kick me out of the challenge. 

Here are the materials I used:

Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned Papers:  DCWV, Provocraft and My Mind's Eye
Flowers:  Prima
Leaves:  Martha Stewart punch
Journaling:  Nestabilities
Title:  I'm A --Wingo Dingo Sizzlit font; Sucker -- Sesame Street Cricut font; 4 U -- Pooh Cricut font
Die Cuts:  Label  -- Lacy Labels Cricut Lite cartridge); Suckers -- Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge; Scalloped circle behind 4U -- Nestabilities
Border at bottom:  Bazzill Judge The Edge

Here is the sketch: 

Here is my layout:

You can click on the photo for a better look. 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thinking Of You

I was excited to use the current sketch over at Mojo Monday.  They always seem to have great sketches!  And I needed to make a card for a friend that has been in the hospital, so I came up with this.

The card is an A2 size.  It really was a simple card to make.  I used lots of punches on it.  In fact, I used five punched flowers in 3 different sizes to make the flower.  I just crumpled the flowers and tried to fold the layers up after I added some Stickles on them.  The very back green layer is a 2" scalloped circle that I embossed.  I added some Doodlebug Designs green velvet ribbon on top of a piece of embossed cardstock.  I also used a EKSuccess border punch at both the top and bottom.  I printed my sentiment and layered it with punches as well.  As you can see, I moved the sentiment to the other side of the card.  Hope you like it!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


It seems that I feel the need to make so many cards for people who are hurting these days.  And here is another one.  I teach three Sunday School classes (on a rotated schedule of course), and I found out recently that a 42(ish) lady in one of the classes was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  I wanted to send her a card to encourage her and let her know I'm praying for her. 

The card was made from sketch 13 at Cardabilities.  I started with an A2 sized card and used a card front from DCWV.  I found a breast cancer ribbon on Melanie's blog, which can be found here.  I embossed it with a hearts Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I then layered it on a 2 1/2" circle cut from the George Cricut cartridge.  I then layered that on an inverted scalloped Nestabilities die and put another circle cut from George at 3" on top of that. (I think these sizes are right.  I made the card over the weekend.)  I used an EKSuccess border punch and added a piece of pink cardstock on top of that that I also embossed.  The word "hope" was computer generated and punched using a McGill two layer punch.  I added a ribbon and two Recollections mini roses.  I really liked how this card turned out, and I hope my friend does as well, and that it encourages her!

Thanks for looking and for your comments.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Attitude . . .

This is a card I made for a neighbor who is fighting a battle with cancer.  She has the most wonderful attitude and fighting spirit of anyone I've ever known!  So, I decided to make this card for her.

I used this week's challenge over at Card Patterns for the card.  I really like how the card turned out!  It is an A2 size card.  I layered the K&Co. patterned papers and put the computer generated sentiment on a Nestabilities Labels die.  I cut a silhouette circle from the Sesame Street font Cricut cartridge and cut it in half and put on the card facing inward.  I added a bow, some pearls, and it was done!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Hope you like it!  Thanks in advance for your comments.

Today is Boss's Day!

You really don't hear much these days about Boss's Day (or Bosses Day, as some put it).  I'm not positive of which is actually correct, but most websites refer to it as "Boss's Day," so I'll go with that.  :o)  I have worked for my boss for basically 22 years.  (There was a short period that I did not work for him at all.  I left to go to another law firm and stayed 5 months and when I came back to my firm, I worked for other attorneys for a short period.)  He truly is a great guy.  He inspires me to be a better person.  I know there are lots of lawyer jokes around, and I've known some lawyers who those jokes could be written for, but my boss is not one of them.  I've made lots of cards for him to tell him that he's a great boss.  This year, I'm just thanking him for 22 great years.

I made this card for last week's challenge over at  Case Study.  Click here to see the challenge I used.  I didn't realize when the deadline was to get your card posted.  The day I was taking pictures of my card is the day they posted the winner.  Well darn!  But, it was fun anyway.  :o)

I just found out that this also qualifies for the challenge over at My Sheri Crafts.  I'm so glad Sheri pointed me to it!

This card measures 4 1/2" x 6".  I embossed the entire card with a 5x7 Cuttlebug folder.  I layered my cardstock and patterned paper on the card with the bottom layer using an EKSuccess border punch.  I cut the "22" using the Olivia Cuttlebug font and put it on a Cuttlebug tag.  I also cut a Spellbinders Fancy Tag and used the ends of it for a little added embellishment.  The word "Thanks" is a Cuttlebug die cut as well.  I added a few gems, and it was done!

I will give him the card on Monday.  On the inside, I will add this quote:  Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.  ~Thomas J. Watson.  I will of course thank him for 22 years of having a great boss.

Hope you like it!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Earth Has No Sorrow . . .

This is a sympathy card I made for a friend at church whose sister died suddenly a few weeks ago.

The card base was cut at 5 1/2" from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge.  I liked the shape of it.  I then layered some Making Memories patterned paper from their wedding stack on the card itself.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and cut it using a Nestabilities scalloped oval die.  I also used a Martha Stewart border punch at the bottom.  The dove was a button in my stash.  I just snipped the back off it.  The pearl on the ribbon is a button as well.  I just threaded the ribbon through the button hole on the back.  Very simple card, but I liked how it turned out.  Hope you do too!  If you do, let me know!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Little Pickup For You

We have a dear friend who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.  He has been on my heart so many days lately.  He is in the hospital for 28 days going through chemo.  Since beginning chemo, he's already battled a bacterial infection but is recovering now from that.  I wanted to make a card for him to let him know that we are thinking about him. 

It's so hard for me to make cards for guys.  I miss putting flowers on my cards!  This card is an A2 size.  I started with kraft cardstock.  I used a border punch to decorate the outside edges of the card.  The pickup was cut using the Just Because Cards Cricut cartridge.  I think it was cut at 4 1/2".  The sun is a combination of a flower punch layered twice, and then layered with a circle punch.  I also cut a circle using the George Cricut cartridge and cut it in half to put behind the truck (because it just needed something.)  I added a couple of gems as well.  I cut the words, "A little pickup for you" from the Just Because Cards cartridge and put it on the inside of the card.

I hope it lifts his spirits, and I hope you like it!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hot Dog!

A dear friend's 19 year old son fell a couple of weeks ago while playing basketball and injured his shoulder.  He now has to have surgery to repair it.  :o(  This is the card I made for him.  Hopefully it will put a smile on his face.

I loved the sketch this week over at Mojo Monday, so I decided to use it to give me a jump start on this card.  The card is an A2 size.  I've seen so many cards done lately with kraft paper, so I wanted to give it a shot.  I cut the hot dog at 2" from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge, and the circle behind it was cut using good old George (the Cricut cartridge that is) at 3".  "Hot Dog" is computer generated and punched.  I also added some ribbon from my stash and a couple of "skittles."  The sentiment on the inside of the card says, "You'll be all healed before you know it!  You're in our prayers."  I added a strip of paper on the top inside to slip a gift card into.
Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Hope you like it, and thanks as always for any comments you leave.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I can't believe it -- I won!

I'm so excited!  I won the challenge over at the Caardvarks blog!  Woo hoo!  Here is a link to the card I submitted. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Forever In Our Hearts

You may recall that several weeks ago, I posted a sympathy card that I made for friends that go to our church because their daughter was tragically killed at the age of 17.  I told the Mom that I wanted to do something for her and suggested either making some thank you notes for her to send, or decorating a box in which she could store her sympathy cards.  She liked the idea of a storage box for her sympathy cards.  Then she told me that she had gotten 478 sympathy cards at that point.  Wow!  So, then I was on a mission to find something big enough to hold that many sympathy cards.  I ended up buying a wicker chest at Michael's with a hinged lid.  The first picture I am posting shows the chest, which measures about 20 inches tall and is about 18 inches x 18 inches wide.  I think it will hold her cards, plus maybe a few other mementos.  I decorated the inside of the lid so that she can put a picture of her daughter there.  I gave it to her today, and she seemed to really like it.  I am a little worried that the glue won't hold, since the lid will be down most of the time, but I used Fabri-Tac, which is about the strongest glue I have used, so keep your fingers crossed that it will hold.  I almost always add things with pop up dots because I love the dimension, but I decided not to use them on this layout because of being afraid they would come off.  Thus, everything is very flat.

I used My Mind's Eye papers.  I glued lace all around the outside edge.  The photo frame was cut using the A Child's Year Cricut cartridge.  The label background was cut using the Lacy Labels Cricut Lite cartridge.  Forever was cut using SCAL and using the Wrexham Script font.  "In our" was cut using the Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge.  "Hearts" is the Sizzlit Wingo Dingo font.  Of course the heart is a Nestabilities die.  The roses are made by Recollections, and the label with the Bible verse on it is a Spellbinders die.  I think the large white flower is a Heidi Swapp flower, and the black flower is Bazzill.  The blue border with the holes in it is a new EKSuccess border punch. 

I hope it gives her some kind of comfort, and I hope you like it.

The Bible verse says:  Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”  John 11:25-26

Please excuse the bad colors on this picture.  I was too lazy to take it back upstairs and take more pictures!  I really just wanted to show you a little bit more of the wicker chest.