Friday, July 29, 2011

Can you believe it? Another sympathy card!

First of all, I ask for your prayers for my husband.  He fell on Tuesday off a 6 ft. stack of tires and landed on his feet.  He went to an immediate care type facility, and the x-rays showed that it was not broken, but badly sprained.  He is on crutches of course and can't do his real job (changing huge tires).  They have had him sitting in the office this week doing paper work, which is okay for him because he would rather do that than stay home.  (I have been married to him for almost 33 years, and he's never missed a day of work for being sick.)  He went back to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor is concerned that he cannot move his foot from side to side.  So, they are scheduling an MRI.  I will keep you posted.

And now onto my post.  Yes, I have another sympathy card to share today.  This one was made for a dear friend who lost her father last week.  The entire family was on vacation together in Florida.  Her Dad received dialysis 3 times a week.  He got up early to go take dialysis and had a heart attack on his way, striking a utility pole with his car, and he passed away.  She has such wonderful stories though about the blessings they received through the whole ordeal.  They were able to spend 3 wonderful days with him.  She was able to drink coffee on the balcony with him the morning before he passed away and spend quality time with him, just the two of them, and her children's last memory of him was of him laughing and clapping to a song at dinner the night before he passed away.  Wow!  And now he is at home in heaven!

Here are the details of the card:

Size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
The corners were rounded with my Corner Chomper (love it).
Patterned paper:  Pink is unknown (I've had it for years); green -- Unsure -- maybe My Mind's Eye?  (It was in my scraps stash)
Card stock:  Bazzill, American Crafts
Sentiment:  Computer generated and then cut out using a lacey scalloped circle:  Nestabilities (3 3/4"?)
Scalloped circle behind sentiment label:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge cut at 4 1/4"
Flowers:  Recollections
Leaves:  Spellbinders
Pearls:  Katy Cards  (Find them here.)
Lace:  From my stash -- maybe Hobby Lobby?
Butterfly:  Martha Stewart punch
Medallion behind butterfly:  Martha Stewart punch (found this at Ross for $3.99 -- woo hoo!)

I apologize that I don't know brands more on this one.  Thanks for looking, and be inspired!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sympathy Card for Loss of Grandmother

I am sharing yet another sympathy card with you today.  It seems that I've needed to make a lot of these lately.  :o(  I made this one for a young lady at church whose grandmother passed away a few weeks ago.  I know her grandma was very special to her, so I wanted her to know that I was thinking about her.  Here are the details:

Size:  A2
Card Stock:  American Crafts
Embossed daisy flowers:  Cuttlebug folders with Queen & Co. pearls added for centers
Scalloped edge:  EKSuccess border punch
Black border:  Martha Stewart double edge border punch
Sentiment:  Computer generated
Label:  Nestabilities
Butterfly:  Martha Stewart punch
Heart:  Martha Stewart punch
Flower:  EK Success punch with a small circle punch used for the center
Pearls:  Unknown brand of ribbon-like strand (purchased at Hobby Lobby)

Click on the picture for a better look.

Hope you like it and are inspired!  Thanks as always for any comments you leave.  As anyone knows who is a blogger, they make it worth the effort!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Forever In Your Hearts Pet Sympathy

TGIF!!!  I am sharing with you today a card I made for a co-worker who lost her beloved Cairn Terrier a few weeks ago.  The little pooch on this card probably isn't a Cairn Terrier, but rather a Scottish Terrier, but close enough.  Here are the details:

Size:  A2
Card Stock and Glitter Paper:  Bazzill, Core'dinations and DCWV
Patterned Papers:  DCWV
Background border:  Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch
Dog:  Just Because Cricut cartridge (I think I cut this at 6 1/2", since everything on this cartridge coordinates with the size of the card, not the image you are cutting.)  I then embossed it with my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots folder.  I added a little pearl for his eye.
Label behind Dog:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge (my all time favorite cartridge for cards) cut at 4 1/2".
Pearls:  Unknown
Grass:  Fiskars border punch (I recently picked this up when it was 40% off, and I love it!)
Sentiment:  Computer generated and then punched using circle and scalloped circle punches

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Sympathy Card

Happy Tuesday.  It's been a super busy week for me.  We had our grandchildren all last week while our daughter and son-in-law were at camp with the youth from their church.  While they were here, our refrigerator kicked the bucket.  We purchased a new one on Saturday, and it was delivered on Sunday.  As of Monday morning, the freezer was still 76 degrees.  So, a new refrigerator will be delivered today.  Needless to say, my kitchen is a mess!  We have filled the refrigerator in the camper to the brim, and our freezer downstairs has been wonderful!  But, I still have "stuff" all over my counters that didn't absolutely have to be refrigerated.  And to top it off, we have VBS this week at church, and I was there until 9:15 last night helping make tie-dyed t-shirts for the kids.  Fun, but tiring!

This is a sympathy card I made for a friend who lost his 93 year old mother a few weeks ago.  She was a very special lady, and he adored her.  Here are the details:

Size:  A2
Patterned Papers:  Recollections
Card Stock:  Recollections; American Crafts
Mother and Baby Image:  Cricut A Child's Year cartridge cut at 3 1/2"
Label behind Image:  Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge cut at 4" and then embossed
Sentiment:  Computer generated and then punched with a 1 1/4" circle punch.  I then added a scalloped circle punched image (1 1/2") behind the sentiment and layered those on a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis die
Flowers:  Recollections and Prima from my stash
Stem:  Martha Stewart punch
Pearls:  Queen & Co.
I also used an EK Success border punch along the bottom to give it an interesting edge.

I hope you are inspired!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sympathy Card

This is the sympathy card I made for my daughter and son-in-law.  Here are the details:

Size:  A2
Card Stock:  Recollections
Patterned Papers:  DCWV and My Mind's Eye
Frame:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge using oblong frame feature.  I then ran the frame through my Cuttlebug and embossed it.
Fleur de Lis corner:  Spellbinders
Bird:  Stampin' Up Punch borrowed from my friend -- thanks Harriet!
Scalloped circles -- Punches (1 1/4" and 2")
Border:  EK Success border punch
Pearls:  Queen & Co.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Antique Birthday Card

Today I am sharing a fun birthday card I made for my brother-in-law.  He manages an oil and gas distribution company and loves anything related to old gas pumps, so when I found this die cut image, I knew it was perfect for his card.  I am playing along with this week's challenge #198 over at Mojo Monday.  I loved this sketch!  Here are the details:

Size:  A2
Card Stock:  Bazzill, Coredinations, American Crafts
Patterned Papers:  My Minds Eye and Dots; DCWV Stripes and Plaids Stack
Gas Pump:  Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge cut at 3 3/4".  I printed the word "GAS" from  my computer, punched it out with a small circle punch and put it on that way because it would have been almost impossible to get the word cut out on my Cricut.  It would have been 1/4" tall.
Star:  George Cricut cartridge cut at 1 3/4"
Bangle Chain:  EK Success border punch
Stitching: Done with a Pen
Gems:  Glitter Dots

Thanks for your comments!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Let Your Light Shine Sympathy Card

Happy Friday everyone!  I have the first of several sympathy cards to share with you today.  I made this one for my son-in-law's mother and brother after the loss of his Dad.  It really was one of the hardest cards I've ever had to make.  But, it didn't take long to decide that a lighthouse was perfect for this one because the Bible verse on the front really reminded me of how my son-in-law's Dad lived his life.  He was such a wonderful man!  It's so sad that in the end, he was so depressed, he just couldn't seem to see any hope.  But, I digress.  Here's how the card was made:

Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Card Stock:  Bazzill, American Crafts
Patterned Papers:  DCWV (Dots, Stripes and Plaids Stack)
Lighthouse:  Wall Decor Cricut cartridge cut at 4"
Background Label:  Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge cut at 4 1/4" (I think) and then embossed using the Swiss Dots folder in my Cuttlebug
Butterflies:  Martha Stewart punch
Daisy border punch:  Martha Stewart
Blue chain border:  Martha Stewart Double Edge Bangle Chain punch 
Pearls:  Queen & Co.
Sentiment:  Computer generated using Tabitha font and then cut with a Nestabilities Die

Hope you like it.  I was very pleased with the end result.  I love these colors together.  Click on the photo for a better look.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Warm Wishes -- Father's Day Card

I'm so far behind on showing cards.  This is my father-in-law's Father's Day card.  I was stumped on what kind of card to make for him this year.  He doesn't have a lot of hobbies other than playing a guitar, and I have made so many cards with guitars on them that I decided to back away from the guitars.  :o)  So, I instead went with a cup of coffee, which is something he also enjoys.  The colors on this card are also unusual, but in the end, I liked the combo.  Here are the details as I remember them (since it's been at least 3 weeks since I made this card):

Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Card Stock:  Bazzill, American Crafts and DCWV
Patterned Papers:  DCWV (Dots, Stripes and Plaids Stack)
Coffee Cup:  Wall Decor Cricut cartridge cut at 3"
Background Label:  Nestabilities and then embossed with my Cuttlebug
Parenthesis:  Dots, Stripes and Plaids chipboard set
Sentiment:  Computer generated and then cut with a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Doily Accents die  I added a little Stickles around the outside edge.
Stars:  George Cricut cartridge for the two larger stars and a McGill punch for the small star.  I embossed the largest star with my Cuttlebug.
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Gems:  Unknown

If you click on the picture, you really do get a better look at the card.

Thanks for looking and for your comments.  Happy Wednesday!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Rosette Birthday Card

Happy Fourth of July to all of my fellow Americans!  I am so thankful for my freedom.  While the Good Ole' USA has its problems, I love this country!  I wish I had a patriotic card to share with you today, but I don't usually make cards for the Fourth of July, so a birthday card will have to do.  This is one I made for a co-worker several weeks ago.  I'm just now getting around to posting it.  Here's how it was made:

Size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (I trimmed the bottom with an EK Success border punch)
Card Stock:  Recollections; Coredinations
Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye
Happy Birthday Medallion:  I found these on clearance at Michael's a few weeks ago -- great for cards!
Scalloped Circle:  Nestabilities
Rosette:  Handmade.  (Go here to see a video tutorial on how to make the rosette.  Thanks Creations by Christina.)  I added a felt flower that was in my stash on top, as well as a Recollections rose
Leaves:  Spellbinders die
Roses:  Recollections and I Am Roses
Green circle border:  Martha Stewart Double Edge Bangle Chain punch
Pearl Trim:  From my stash

Thanks in advance for your comments.  They keep me going!

Friday, July 1, 2011

For The Record . . .

Happy Friday everyone!  I am sharing with you today the card I made for my husband for Father's Day.  He really liked it.  I was flipping through the handbook of the Nifty Fifties cartridge, and immediately when I saw the record, this sentiment came to my mind.  It was perfect for my husband.  The inside says, "You're a Wonderful Father.  Happy Father's Day With My Love."


Size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Card Stock:  Bazzill
Patterned Papers:  Nikki Sivils "Henry's Brilliance"
Record:  Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge cut at 3 1/2"
Label behind record:  Nestabilities
Swirls:  Punch I've had for years
Star:  McGill's Punch
Border punch under sentiment:  EK Success
Pearls:  Beads in a Bottle
Sentiment:  Computer generated

Thanks for looking -- And for your kind words.  Have a great weekend.