August 26, 2008

UPSY DAISY AND TOPSY TURVY!!

Hi all!!! Well, I think the title of this post about sums it up - I stamped with Upsy Daisy and I feel like my life is Topsy Turvy! The card is made using Chris' sketch from Page Plans, and I love it! I used my new set Upsy Daisy and decided I wanted to have differing shades of colors on my daisies so I used my stampin' write markers, colored in different areas with different colors, took my blender pen and mixed them together and voila! a water colored image with different colors! This card reminds me of fall, I am sure it's the colors! I am really ready for fall - it is going to be around 108 here for the rest of the week and that is just too too hot for my blood!! I am ready for some cooler weather and some rain - we need it bad!!! Anyway, I digress....The dsp that I used is called Haiku and it is one of my favorites from the new catty (and I have a few, lol!) The Creamy Caramel piece of the card is a free form shape that I stamped in Close to Cocoa with my Sanded background stamp and cut with my paper snips. I then added some stitching because, well, because, lol!!! I really like the way this card turned out - I made it for my dad and his wife because right now my dad is dealing with having had to put my Grandpa in hospice care and the diagnosis is not looking to positive. It is very sad to me, I have been estranged from my grandparents for many years, but I do remember some very fun times as a child spending time with my Grandpa - he used to call me Al. My heart is sad, and I will miss him! And, I know my dad is having a hard time with all of this as my Grandma is not well either. So, just like I always do, I turn to my stamps to make me feel better, and hope that what I create will have the same effect on my dad. Here is the recipe.
Card Recipe:
Paper - Creamy Caramel, Naturals White, Old Olive card stock, Haiku Designer Series Paper
Inks - Close to Cocoa and Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pads, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, and More Mustard Stampin' Write Markers
Stamps - Upsy Daisy, Sanded background stamp
Accessories - Always Artichoke narrow grosgrain ribbon, mat stack and paper piercer, vintage brad, 1/4 inch Circle Punch (flower is from sizzix die birds and blooms),Ticket Corner Punch
This next card I made for my sister who is in the hospital after having really major surgery. With respect to her privacy, I will not share any details here, but this was a biggie and she is constantly on my mind! I just want her better and out of that hospital and home where she belongs so she can rest, heal, and be surrounded by those of us who love her! So, I wanted to make this card for her to let her know that I love her and I am thinking of her!! She is such a special person, I am very blessed that she is my sister - we are very different, but very close, and so I hate that she has to go through this! I love you Jeanne and I am sending you lots of big hugs and smooches!!!! So, I used my Upsy Daisy set again, but this time I used a lot more of the More Mustard and Really Rust for the colors. The dsp is Haiku again, and I used some of my fabulous Silver Hodgepodge hardware. I will leave you with the recipe for this one as well! And, for those of you emailing me about my knee, a huge thanks to you for thinking about me!! It is VERY sore, very swollen, and I get to go back to see Ortho today - and they are not optimistic. However, I have two weeks to prove them wrong, so I will be staying off it, and icing it regularly to try and get it to heal on its own!! Sheesh, this has been some week and it's only Tuesday - LOL! Thanks again for the sweet comments and well wishes, you all are the best!! Smooches to all of you!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Really Rust, Whisper White, Old Olive, So So Saffron card stock, Haiku Designer Series Paper
Inks - Old Olive Classic Stampin' pad, Really Rust, More Mustard, Old Olive Classic Stampin' Write markers
Stamps - Upsy Daisy
Accessories - Old Olive narrow grosgrain ribbon, Styling Silver Hodgepodge hardware, 1 inch, 3/4 inch, and 1/2 inch Circle Punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Sponge, Old Olive brad, Designer Label Punch, mini glue dots

42 comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

So pretty, love those colors and flowers, awesome work.

beate said...

Both cards are gorgeous. I love the color combo you chose.
I can't wait for my new rubber. Patience is not one of my virtues.

mochamama said...

beautiful Alex, love the layout on the first one

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Both of the cards are gorgeous!!

Scrappy Girl said...

Great colors....school started today for us and that always puts me in the mood for FALL! I can already smell the cinnamon...

Manna said...

Alex, both cards are oh, so very pretty! Love the layout on the first one. I love curves!

Bethany Paull said...

I was going to say No, no, I don't want summer to end. But 108 is a bit hot even for me. Really lovely cards Alex.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

These are just gorgeous, Alex! Oh my, I LOVE that set and what you've done with it!

Courtney said...

Oh girl, these are both wonderful! I'll be in prayer for your sister.

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Beautiful work! I'll say a prayer for your Dad and for your sister.

Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful cards Alex! Sending good thoughts to your sister for a speedy recovery!

Heather Summers said...

Cute cards! Love the title too!

Debbie Yates said...

Prayers and blessings to you and your family...these cards are just gorgeous - once again those fall colors speak to me!!!! Love 'em!

Michelle said...

Alex, both gorgeous cards & I'm sure your family will just love them & they will surely put a smiley on their faces...I hope all becomes well with you family.

Hugz!

Dani said...

Both cards are beautiful! Sure to make their receivers smile.

Good luck with the leg, when it rains, it pours- seems that way!

Lauren said...

These are so pretty! Upsy Daisy looks like a go-to set.

Maureen said...

Totally love your upsy daisy and so sorry about your topsy turvy! I know I turn to my stamps OFTEN for the very reason you do...and how cool that we both have a sister (very different from each of us) named Jeanne! Just one more thing as an SBS9 sistah! WEll - big stampin hugs and prayers for you and your family, sis.....
((()))reen

Natalie said...

Both cards are lovely Alex. x

CAKVD said...

The cards are great, Alex! That is a very touching story about your grandparents. It's so nice to find comfort in our hobby - I'm sure some people wouldn't understand how crafting can be therapy, but it is!
Cheryl

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Beautiful cards Alex. Love the way you colored the images and stamped them. Great layouts and papers too. Sorry to hear about your Grandpa and your sister. Hugs coming your way! :)

Catherine said...

Alex, both cards are just adorable. I really love this set. And hoping all is well with your sister

malieta said...

Both of your cards are awesome Alex and I love your color combo!!!

Deborah said...

Adore these daisies! You did an awesome job on these cards Alex! Sorry to hear about your Grandma, it is difficult I know. Your sister will love her card! Hugs, Deb

Dana said...

Gorgeous as always.. YIKES it's hot there! good reason to stay in with the a/c and make some more beautiful cards :)

Deb said...

beautiful cards, hope your sister recovers from her operation quickly and that your knee is better soon!

Christi (Cici510 on SCS) said...

Both of your cards are so pretty!!!

Pamela said...

Super cute cards!!!

Annapurna said...

You are one popular chic, I tell ya. I love that image. I wish stamps grew on my trees in the backyard :-)

Very nice!

Angie Tieman said...

Beautiful cards!! Love your colors and seeing the UPsy Daisy stamp!! Hope your sister has a quick and complete recovery!

Tracy.H said...

When it rains it pours, eh? Sorry to hear about all the hurtin' in the family. My thoughts are with you all. Hope your sister recovers well and hope your knee gets better on it's own too. :0)

Deborah said...

Alex,please check the award you have received on my blog! Hugs, Deb

Melissa said...

Thinking of you my friend....

Many Blessings,
M.

PS - Cute cards too! :o)

Latisha said...

Very pretty cards Alex!
Sorry to hear that some family members are having health problems, a card will make them smile for sure!

Rose Ann said...

Oh Alex....I'm sorry you are dealing with your loved ones being ill/hospitalized. Sending lots of hugs!! Take care of you, and please take it easy!!

I LOVE both of your gorgeous cards!! Stunning!!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Both cards are beautiful! Love the colors, Alex!

Nikki Bond said...

I feel like I should be dizzy with that title girl! LOL I love love love this set and you 've made some goregous cards with it! Truly beautiful! I so have to get on the ball and post mine......busy busy busy lately! {SMILES}

corinnesomerville said...

Alex your cards are beautiful and I agree...I'm ready for Fall ! We're actually having beautiful (almost Fall Like) weather this week. It's nice and cool but sunny so it's perfect ! Fall is my FAVORITE time of year !!!!
Please know that I'm praying for your sister....big hugs to her and you !

Love you and miss you !

Marilyn said...

Love the color choices you've chosen - isn't the upsy daisy set so much fun!!

scrapnnMO said...

OH my what a lovely stamped image on both cards! Cute designs for both! :)

Katie said...

Fabulous colours, gorgeous cards, what more can I say!

Katie
x

kathleenh said...

Beautiful cards Alex! This set is one of my faves. I'll bet your creations will brighten the days of your loved ones.

I hope your knee is healing. Take care.

Shannon McGann said...

Alex, these are absolutely gorgeous! Those flowers look amazing!