January 25, 2010


Happy Monday all!!! WOW!! Feels weird not to be at work and still be in jammies.....and it is kind of nice too. Thanks for all the kind emails and well wishes, you all ROCK!!! It is so nice to know that I have a safe place to go and share feelings and vent a little and know that I won't be judged, but will feel such great support! And, I did spend LOTS of time stamping yesterday and it did make me feel better!! I got to play with lots of my new toys that I have not even had the time to look at so that was really great. I have two cards to share today: this first one is for the first card sketch challenge being held at Stampin' Connection, a site just for demonstrators. I am happy to say that I am part of this sketch team (there are four of us) and we will rotate each week making the sketch, but will always make a sample. Liz Goldhawk made the first sketch and it was fabulous - her sketch and sample can be seen at her blog here. For mine I decided to make another Valentine's Day card - I must think I have a lot of Valentines with the amount of cards I have made for this holiday, LOL!!! I used a set I just ordered called A Happy Heart, which is a great set!! I used the big heart from the set, stamped it in Real Red Kraft ink, covered it in Iridescent Ice, and heat embossed it. I mounted it on dimensionals and boy, is it nice and sparkly!! This card came together pretty quickly too, gotta love that! Here are the deets:
Card Recipe:
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla card stock, Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Inks - Real Red Kraft ink, Chocolate Chip classic ink
Stamps - A Happy Heart
Accessories - Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Small Heart Punch, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Iridescent Ice, Heat Tool
This card is the one I made for my husband for our Anniversary, which is coming up this Saturday. We will be celebrating 17 fabulous years of marriage!! He is such a great guy and although we have had our ups and downs like any married couple, he is still my best friend and I am so happy that he is part of my life! I wanted to make him a fun card so I decided to ink up my other new set called Love Bandit, which is in the new Occasions Mini catty. This is such a cute set, it FREE with a $50 orderreally makes me smile!! I used another new punch on this as well, it is the Scallop Trim Corner Punch which matches the Punch along the bottom of my card called Scallop Trim Border Punch. Now, this punch is only available in the Sale-A-Bration catty but you get it ....yep, FREE!! If you have to have one (and you do) you can order online from me or through your demo. I did a lot of fun things to this card: I used the Sizzix Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and then sponged over it with Frost White shimmer paint which I have to tell ya, looks AMAZING! I also did some masking because I wanted to have the little raccoon peeking out from behind the tree, LOL! I also double stamped the tree so that the tree top could be red and popped up on dimensionals. This was really fun for me to make and I just know Tony will love it!!! So, now I am off to take care of some paperwork for the final settlement on our home, then laundry since I did not do it this weekend. And, I hope to do some more stamping this afternoon! Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it!


Nikki Bond said...

WOW...thes are both wonderful Alex! You can never have too many Valentines...LOL...I mean cards! ROFL...I crack myself up! {SMILES}

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Those are fantastic! Aren't you up way too early?

Dani said...

Ooo, love them both!

Stef H said...

wow! are these both fanatastic! i love the heart on the first one and the just love the 2d one. really fantastic

hugs :)

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Angie Tieman said...

What sweet cards!! Love all that pink goodness!

Cheryl KVD said...

Hi Alex,
So sorry to hear about your job. I know what it's like to be laid off! Believe me, even if it doesn't seem like it, it will all work out and things will be for the better! Thank goodness we have stamping and scrapping to keep us relaxed and sane! Hugs to you!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Alex - both cards are absolutely beautiful!!! Great designs!!!

Sorry to hear you lost your job - GF!!! Hope you'll find a new one soon!!!

Enjoy your upcoming Anniversary!!! Hugs ~S~

Nancy Riley said...

Alex, I'm so sorry to hear about your job loss. Times are tough. I will keep you in my prayers.

These cards are super cute! Way to go!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Both of these cards are just beautiful Alex! Sorry to hear about your job! Sending you BIG HUGS!

Rose Ann said...

Oh gosh...I love them both, Alex!!

kathleenh said...

Happy anniversary! Your card is so stinkin' cute! I love how the raccoon is peeking around the tree.

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