Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Shower of Blessings Card

I was recently invited to the bridal shower for my nephew's fiancee (I couldn't find the little mark that should be added to the e!).  Of course, I had to make a card!  Here's the details:

  • The patterned paper came from Hobby Lobby.  The inspiration was that lovely patterned glitter number that is cut as a circle.  Everything else was selected from there including card design.
  • The floral and doves, etc. come from a Jolee's set I picked up at the same time.  It has been a very long time since I used one of these on a card, but doesn't it work perfectly?

  • I die cut those tiny flowers with my IO Spiral Flowers dies.  Boy howdy- did they work here or what?  There's a combination of colored cardstock and vellum flowers with tiny pearl accents in the centers.
  • The sentiment was printed out from the computer and then die cut with my Spellbinders Labels 18 dies.  A coordinating gold cardstock was also used.
What do you think?  This is one of my favorite cards in a while.  One where my vision was ultimately played out the way I saw it in my mind.  That doesn't usually happen folks!  I've plans to make a wedding celebration card as well.  Stay tuned!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sweet Little Angel Card

I apologize for the tilt on this photo.  Don't know what I was thinking- probably rushing the photo taking process.  The card turned out lovely enough that I just had to share it even though the photo is less than stunning!

Here's the details-
  • The patterned paper is from the stash- I think these were actually scraps from the heap.  It's a different color combo for a baby girl card but that's why I picked it.  
  • The sentiments were stamped in black Archival Ink using the Heartfelt Creations Sweet Lullaby stamp set and then die cut with the Once Upon a Time die.  I colored the flower with a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker.  
  • The focal image is stamped onto watercolor paper using black Archival Ink using my Crafter's Companion Two Bad Mice stamp.  
  • I colored the image with my Distress Markers using the watercoloring technique- Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Squeezed Lemonade, and Worn Lipstick. The image was then die cut with my Our Daily Bread Designs Elegant Ovals.  A coordinating piece of cardstock was also cut with a larger die.
  • A small piece of organza ribbon was then tied in a bow and adhered with Crystal Accents.
This card I do have a purpose for.  I need to get it off in the mail.  Headed there now.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Baby Bundle of Joy Card

I had picked up Heartfelt Creations Sweet Lullaby stamp set and thought I should give it a whirl, though I don't immediately have a need for a baby card.  Thus, this creation was born.  Here's the details:

  • The patterned paper is from the stash- an old paper pack from Hobby Lobby.  I was drawn to the contrast between the browns and light blue.  
  • The sentiments were stamped in black Archival Ink and then die cut with the Once Upon a Time die.  
  • A second run through the Grand Calibur with coordinating light blue cardstock with the die produced the stunning background to the Bundle of Joy sentiment.  I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to soften the edges and blend the blues.  

On the inside, it was some more of the coordinating patterned paper from the paper pad and one last sentiment.  I really liked how this turned out and am now looking for a wee little one to send it off in honor of their arrival.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Being Knighted and Earning It

Since knew my grandmother and grandfather would have a fair bit of gratitude from our very eventful weekend, I decided to use some of that paper from the stash and make a set of thank you cards.  These are simply made, but that doesn't diminish the feelings from the heart.  Here's the details:

  • The sentiment comes from a Close to My Heart stamp set from the stash and is stamped using their Moonstruck ink.

  • The frame is cut using my Spellbinders Labels 18 die. 
  • The inside is stamped with a Fiskars stamp set in both the CTMH Moonstruck and Buttercup inks.

How could you not feel an immense gratitude.  I can barely begin to count:

1. Grandparents
2. Family
3. Service
4. Recognition
5. Love

I could go on and on.  There's really no way to take it all in, just live it and give it out. I thought I'd share one last picture.  My grandfather's honor bestowed French "knighthood" on him.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sir Robert and Lady Burrows:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Honoring Those Who Served

I apologize for the not so crafty post, but my grandfather's birthday and subsequent honoring by the country of France was a momentous event in our family.  This post is dedicated to all those who served in World War II and their sacrifices, great and small.  

My grandfather and five other men were honored for their service to the French people during World War II.  They were honored with the Chevalier dans l'Ordre national de la Legion d'Honneur at a presentation ceremony in Denver during our recent trip there.  My grandfather was very moved by this honor, thinking he had not earned it because he didn't have hand to hand combat during his time in France.  However, he was a part of the support staff and the army would be glad to correct him- they needed all personnel, support and those on the front lines, to win the war.  My grandfather, like many other veterans, has experienced  survivor's guilt even though it has been more than 60 years ago.

Honorable Jeffery Richards, Esq., Bob Burrows and Col. Wesley West, USAF (ret)

Photos of the program- each honoree was graced with a summary of their service in the war and a special recounting of their effort and sacrifices.  Col. Wesley West was the master of ceremonies and the Honorary Consul General of France, Jeffery Richards bestowed the medal on each recipient.    The men were very humble about receiving the honor- mostly considering themselves nothing special.  Those of us in attendance who knew each man well disagreed and were very pleased to be able to attend the ceremony.  My grandfather was featured in a local news story about the event and you can watch that short video here.  I share this with you more as a memorial for me and my family, but hope that you, too, are pleased that we as a people have not forgotten those who served so long ago.
Thanks for looking through our family memories.  It is good to not forget- both in the long past, the recent past and these present events where we can see how very precious family connections are.