Friday, October 30, 2009

Just a couple things for you today.  First, Moxie Fab World has a Plum Crazy! challenge to create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor, etc.) that captures the essence of plum in its design.  Lucky for me, with all the other plum colored projects I've been doing lately, I had a little scrap of deep purple cardstock, left in my stash, just for this occasion.

You know you must've done something right, when you're husband gasps and says, "Wow!  That's cool!" after showing him one of your latest creations.  Well, BJ did, when he saw this.

I actually crafted almost the entire front of this card separate from the card base.  I started by clear embossing polka dots on the deep purple cardstock.  I layered a strip of mint green cardstock, punched across the bottom, once again, using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch, just below it and stitched the two together with a light purple threaded, straight, machine stitch.  The flowers need a whole tutorial all of their own, so I'll just tell you that I made them with some purple fabric, leftover from the making of some scrubs for my sister, Cristi, and my sewing machine.  I, then, hand stitched the mint green, purple, and plum buttons to their centers, with light purple thread, and continued hand stitching them right through the deep purple cardstock, just to secure them to the card face.  A few Hero Arts gemstones, added to the center of the plum button, give the card a little bit of shine.  I hand cut the leaves from mint green cardstock; stamped them (look closely), using Mint Melody ink, with random letters of the alphabet, for texture; and adhered them under the fabric buds.  Stampin' Up no longer carries Mint Melody ink :(, but lucky for me, despite the age of my ink pad, it hasn't dried up yet.  The deep purple cardstock was, now, prepped and ready to adhere to the white, cardstock, card face.  Finally, I stamped the "because nice matters" sentiment, in Elegant Eggplant ink, on white cardstock and adhered it to the lower, right corner of the card face, just above the stitching, with dimensionals.

Also, I never got around to showing you this cute, little, spider project Ezekiel did, in art class, last week.
We got the idea for it here, again, on our favorite, Crayola website.  The web is made out of a paper plate and painted in the color of his choice... blue.  I, then, notched out little crevices, randomly, around the edges of the plate; so he could wrap the web, with white yarn, however he desired.  I cut two ovals, using my Fiskars template, from a second paper plate; and he, again, painted them in the color of his choice... yellow, this time.  He, then, added a couple, little, google eyes and sandwiched eight, trash, bag ties (four legs for each side of the spider's body), wrinkled/folded a bit, between the two painted ovals with Elmer's glue.

The spider looks too cute dangling below the web.  Don't ya think?!  Anyway, he had fun, and that's what counts :)!

Tomorrow looks to be a busy, errand-running day.  We've got a few things to purchase for Adina's, birthday party next weekend; and she's finally outgrown her bucket carseat, so we're trying to find a budget-friendly, forward-facing, comfortable, attractive, safe replacement.  Wish us luck!

Lofty Designs

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I just LOVE mail, and when a letter/card shows up in my mailbox, housing a picture, too... JOY... I feel sheer joy!  Today, we got a thank you card in the mail, with a picture of the senders' daughter and all; and yesterday, Adina got her first, birthday card, also with a picture!  If you were the senders, thanks for thinking of us and putting a smile on my face, guys!  I think this is why I love making cards so much, because I cannot possibly be the only one who loves discovering something special in their mailbox.  Anyway, I just felt like I needed to share that.  Now, on with my Lofty Designs post!

I wanted to take a minute, today, to show you a new set of cards up in my Etsy shop Lofty Designs; but before I do, just in case you maybe haven't yet made it to my shop (If you have, thank you so much for your support!), I wanted to tell you a little about it.  Etsy is a place to buy and sell handmade goods, commercial and handmade crafting supplies, and items 20 years or older with vintage appeal.  It is a treasure chest for anything special and the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping!  My Etsy shop, Lofty Designs, fits into this definition perfectly.

Lofty Designs was named so, because all of my creating takes place in the little loft of our home.  It also follows that I give God all the credit for fashioning me with a desire and ability to use my hands to create; and according to the American Heritage College Dictionary, lofty means, "elevated in character, exalted," which perfectly describes my view of our Heavenly Father.

At this moment, Lofty Designs houses a variety of cards, with different sentiments, bundled in groups of five.  Each bundle is packaged in a clear, plastic bag, with envelopes, and embellished with a matching tag and ribbon, making them perfect to gift just as they are.  However, if you were to purchase them for your own use, you would be able to bless six, including the tag, people individually.  I do take custom orders, so if you're looking for something in particular, just click on the "Request Custom Item" link, on the right side of Lofty Designs' page.

In time, I'd like to list a few of my sewing projects, as well; so, if there's something you'd just love to see, leave a comment on this post, and I'll see what I can come up with.  Please, do the same, if there's a particular, papercrafting item that excites you; and thank you, in advance, for taking just a minute to stop by.

With that said, and without further ado, let's move on to Lofty Designs' new listing.

I began these cards by clear embossing polka dots along the bottom of the olive green, card base.  I, then, layered a gorgeous, patterned paper (which I'm not sure who made but was purchased in a paper pack, at Hobby Lobby, a while back), as well as, a strip of cream cardstock, punched along the bottom edge, using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch, just above the embossed polka dots.  A pretty, turquoise, Target, ribbon purchase was wrapped around the card face, right where the two layers meet, and tied in a bow to the left side of the card.  I, then, stamped the partial, "U" sentiment, in Old Olive ink, on cream cardstock; glittered it; hand cut it out; and adhered it to the right side of the card, above the ribbon, using dimensionals.  I punched turquoise cardstock with Stampin' Up's Round Tab punch; stamped it with the rest of the "BLESS" sentiment in Tempting Turquoise ink; folded it in half; and adhered it to the top left of, and overlapping, the "U".  A Stampin' Up, Ice Circles, turquoise, rhinestone brad completes the look.

Mojo Monday Week 110

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I finished Adina's, birthday dress!  I cannot wait to show you all!  I'm still working on the panties to match.  The elastic is giving me trouble, but they'll be done soon enough.  Anyway, I used some of the extra scraps, from her dress, to make her a cute card and figured that I could show it to you all, since there's no way she'll be reading this before her birthday :).  I used a Mojo Monday sketch for it.

Without further ado, here's my interpretation.

I started by layering a deep purple cardstock, clear embossed with polka dots across the bottom, on a hot pink, square, card base.  I, then, adhered a small scrap of fabric to the deep purple cardstock and used my machine to stitch a zig-zag stitch around its edges.  I used turquoise thread, because, well, that's what was left in my machine from making her dress.  A skinny strip of white cardstock was punched, using Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger punch, and layered over the far left side of the card face.  I, then, wrapped a pretty, silky, pink ribbon (leftover, again, from the making of her birthday dress) around the bottom half of the card face, covering all layers, and tied it in a bow near the left edge.  I punched a pink, cardstock, scalloped circle, using Stampin' Up's Scallop Circle punch, and adhered it over the ribbon to balance out the right side.  To create the "1", I used my Mickey Font Cricut cartridge to cut it out of hot pink cardstock; glittered it; and adhered it, with dimensionals, over the center of the pink, scalloped circle.  Finally, I stamped the "happy" sentiment in Pretty in Pink and Pink Passion inks, on white cardstock; stitched a straight, turquoise threaded, machine stitch around the sides; brushed the edges with Pretty in Pink ink; and adhered it, with dimensionals, above the bow and overhanging the white, punched, cardstock strip and pink, scalloped circle.

This sketch would also make a great scrapbook page.  Hmmm?!

Weekend News

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We had a really nice weekend, spending most of Saturday just getting stuff done around the house.  BJ finished rebuilding the wall, near our driveway, that the roofers had wrecked (on accident, of course) last month; and I got started on Adina's, birthday dress.  Here's a little, sneak peek.

Don't you just love, love, love that fabric?!  It's turning out super sweet.  I'll let Adina do the full unveiling, for you, on Sunday!  We're celebrating, with family, the Saturday after her birthday; but I thought that I'd let her wear her new dress to church, on her birthday, for our first day in the new building, too.

We spent some time at the park, on Saturday, before it started raining and after the kiddos' naps, too.

We just love the swings!  Then, on Sunday, we went to the new building to set up our classroom for the big day.  Actually, we ended up setting up the three-year-old classroom... a little confusion there, but it was still super fun.  I totally forgot to bring my camera, though; so I'll have to try to remember to get pictures this Sunday, before the kiddos arrive.  The rooms look so much bigger with all the toys and furniture in them.

I've got another Raspberry Suite, color challenge, from Dawn, for you this week.

Aren't those colors just so yummy?!  Here's what I came up with.

I'm going a little green with this color challenge.  I've been saving that chocolate and cream polka dot paper for just the right occasion.  It actually came from an old card my mil sent me.  I'm recycling :)!  Anyway, I attached the hot pink or raspberry cardstock, stamped several times with the "tickled pink" sentiment, in Pink Passion ink, just below it.  I, then, followed suit with another, cardstock layer... this time a green one, punched across the bottom edge, using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch.  I really should get some different punches, huh?  I love this one, but I have to admit that I'm in need of a change.  I joined all three layers with a wavy, cream threaded, machine stitch and adhered them to the cream, cardstock base, which had only been altered, from the typical 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card size, by a little, lower, corner rounding, using Stampin' Up's Corner punch.  I, then, wrapped raspberry colored ribbon, twice, around the card face, lacing the last portion with cream colored buttons from my stash.  I stamped the pig image, on cream cardstock, in Pixie Pink ink; added a little Pixie Pink watercoloring and glitter; punched him out with Stampin' Up's 1-3/8" Circle punch; framed him with kraft cardstock that was punched with Stampin' Up's Scallop Circle punch; and adhered him, to the top center, of the card face, between the buttons and over the ribbon, with dimensionals.  I went back and secured the buttons with dimensionals, too.  I don't think they were going anywhere, but it did help to not pull down the sides of the pig embellishment.

The Kyrie Foundation

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I wanted to take a minute to tell you all about a super, exciting event that will be taking place Thursday, November 12, 2009, at Studio 2131, in the Crossroads District, 2131 Washington, Kansas City, Missouri.
It's a silent art/gift auction to raise research funds for the Kyrie Foundation...

which is a nonprofit organization established to raise awareness and funds for research that will someday cure pediatric brain cancers.  Here are the deets...

5:30 pm... Event opens and bidding begins
6:30 pm... Welcome
8:30 pm... Bidding closes 

The event includes an organic pasta tasting sponsored by Whole Foods Market, local brew from The Foundry at McCoy’s, wine, soda, live entertainment from members of The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, meet & greet with attending artists, and your name in a door prize drawing.

I was extremely honored to have been asked to be one of the contributing artists for this event.  I put together a package of ten, different cards, including envelopes, with various sentiments, themes, patterns, etc.  Somehow, I let that pretty, little package walk out my front door without getting a picture of it, but here are a few of the cards it carries.
I started this card by stamping swirls, using Brilliance, Moonlight White, archival, pigment ink.  I, then, clear embossed flourishes over the top; layered on a stripped, patterned paper, punched, across the bottom, using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch; and tied a pretty, white, Stampin' Up ribbon, around the card face, between the two papers.  The "Praying for you" sentiment was stamped, in Real Red ink, on white cardstock; cut out; and adhered over the striped, patterned paper.  I created the butterflies by stamping the images, on white cardstock, using Jet Black, StazOn, solvent ink.  Each butterfly was water colored in shades of Real Red and So Saffron, Cameo Coral and Brilliant Blue, Orchid Opulence and Garden Green, and Tempting Turquoise and Regal Rose.  Two Paper Studio gemstones embellish each wing and a little gelly rolling, over the scribbles, on the wings, added just the right amount of shine.  I, then, cut out each butterfly and adhered them to the card face, at their centers, with Tumbo Mono Multi, liquid glue.  When the glue was dry, I pulled up the wings of the butterflies for dimension.
I began this card by layering the floral paper, by Mercer Meyer, with a strip of pink cardstock, punched using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch.  They were then adhered to the yellow, cardstock, card base.  I stamped the baby image, using Jet Black, StazOn, solvent ink, on white cardstock and water colored it in shades of Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Pretty in Pink, Yoyo Yellow, and Only Orange.  I, then, glittered the water for shine; framed the image with seagreen cardstock; and attached a pink, polka dot, photo corner and green button, laced with pink, embroidery floss, in the upper, right corner.  The completed image was popped off the floral paper with dimensionals.  I, then, tied a gorgeous, pink, Hobby Lobby ribbon, in a knot, vertically around the card face and pinned the sentiment tag just below the knot.  To make the sentiment tag, I stamped the "a little SOMETHING for a little SOMEONE" sentiment, in Pretty in Pink ink, on white cardstock.  I, then, brushed the edges, with the same color of ink, for added texture and punched it out, using Stampin' Up's Tag punch.  Finally, I hand cut the pink, cardstock, tag frame; adhered the two tags together; and set a Barely Banana eyelet near the top, through which to run the safety pin.

I duplicated this card to send to my sister-in-law for her birthday.  I just love all the vibrant colors!  I clear embossed polka dots on the bottom half of the dark purple, cardstock base.  I, then, adhered pink cardstock, stamped with the damask pattern, in Real Red ink, and trimmed with red cardstock, which was punched using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch, just above the embossed, polka dots.  A few Paper Studio gemstones add just the right amount of bling to the damask images.  The "Happy Birthday to You" sentiment was stamped, in Elegant Eggplant ink, on white cardstock; cut out; embellished with a pink button, laced with hemp twine; and adhered, over the embossed, polka dots and overhanging the bottom, right corner of the card face, with dimensionals.  A pretty, red ribbon, with white stitching, was tied in a bow for the perfect finishing touch.

There were seven more of these beauties in that package!  I hope your schedule permitts you to attend the auction and support such a worthy cause.

Embellish the Cure Color Challenge with Bling

Friday, October 23, 2009

I'm just loving all of Embellish Magazine's tutorials and inspirational photographs for their challenges!  Their next, paper crafting challenge is inspired by October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and incorporates rhinestones and a color combination.

Don't you just love it?!  Here's what I came up with.

I started with the light pink, cardstock base.  I, then, layered on a strip of fuchsia cardstock punched, along the bottom edge, with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger punch and embellished with clear gemstones by Paper Studio.  Two interconnecting, wavy, grey-threaded stitches join the two, cardstock layers.  I used my Cursive 101 Cricut cartridge to cut the "Lovin' My Ride" title from fuchsia cardstock.  I, then, glittered the letters and adhered them, to the left of the photographs, with two-way glue.  Finally, I used glue dots to adhere lots of different grey buttons, some of which were embellished with more, Paper Studio gemstones, down the right side of the photographs.

She's feeling yucky AGAIN!  We had only about a week with no sickies, so I called her doctor's nurse.  She said to keep doing what I'm doing, which is giving her menthol baths, rubbing Baby Vicks on her chest, running the humidifier, and making sure she gets plenty of fluids, and to watch her careful for any signs of fever and/or listlessness.  Lord, please keep my babies healthy this flu season!

She's Climbing!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Look who's climbing the stairs...

all the way to the very top!  She's so proud of herself, too.  Can't you just see written all over her face, "Ha!  Ha!  Now, Mommy can't go anyplace that I cannot reach her?"

Moxie Fab World has a challenge this week to create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor, etc.) that incorporates some kind of ruffle.  I pulled some photos for this challenge and put together a layout for Ezekiel's baby scrapbook.

I thought that bright blue ribbon would look just like waves, if I gathered and stitched it across the bottom of the page, and I'm so happy with the result!  I punched the blue, bubble paper, from my stash, across the bottom edge, with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger punch and adhered it just over the top of the first ruffle to hide the machine stitch and give it a real finished look.  A few of Jolee's, ducky, epoxy stickers, from EK Success, float along perfectly over the ruffles.  I used American Crafts, Remarks, letter stickers for the "{splish SPLASH}" title and my Fiskars circle and oval cutters to cut the pictures and blue, cardstock frames, in the right side of the layout, before adhering them.  After adhering the entire layout's photos, I stamped photo corners, on blue cardstock, in Brilliant Blue ink; hand cut them; and adhered them to the corners of all three, rectangular photos.

I had a lot of fun with this layout!  I hope it inspires you to try your own ruffle waves.

Random Musings

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I just have a few random musings for you today.  My brain is running a million miles an hour with all that I have to accomplish, but I promised Ezekiel that I would post this yummy breakfast we made Saturday morning.

Aren't they just too cute?!  They're made with pancakes, peanut butter, bananas, raisins, cheese, and Cheerios.  We found the idea for them in Ezekiel's Your Big Backyard magazine and only tweaked them by replacing the English muffin head with a pancake.  He was so excited about them!

Then, in going to the Your Big Backyard website, I found three books about mooses, of which I've only read one.

I'm not sure what it is about mooses that fascinates me so much, but I do know what books I've now added to my wish list for our children's library.

I also completed another scrapbook page for Ezekiel's first year of life album.

All that fabulous, patterned paper is from Basic Grey, and the cardstock is from Stampin' Up (I really need to replenish my stock!).  I used a blue, zig-zag stitch to connect all the layers and trimmed off the bottom of the orange, cardstock layer, using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch.  I used my George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge to create the heart embellishment.  The two hearts were cut in sizes 1-1/2" and 2", respectively.  I, then, glittered the smaller heart; adhered the two together, using a dimensional; added a lime green button, threaded with lime green, embroidery floss and tied in a bow, to the center of the smaller heart (over the glitter), with Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue; and attached the completed embellishment to the page.  Finally, I used Postage Pals stickers from American Crafts for the "mail" title.

I just cannot believe how much bigger Ezekiel was, as a baby, than Adina.  She's going to be one-year-old in a couple weeks, and she still doesn't weigh as much as Ezekiel did at six-months!  He knew how to eat (and still does)!

Oh!  And look at these delicious Snickerdoodle Duos I found on the Bakerella website.

Snickerdoodle cupcakes AND Snickerdoodle cookies in one!  Oh, my goodness, people!  How could you go wrong with that?!

Cards for Kate

Monday, October 19, 2009

A little lady named Kate McRae has been heavy on my heart and deeply in my prayers.

She's five-years-old and was diagnosed with a brain tumor the end of June.  Her dad is a pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona; and she has an older sister, Olivia, and a younger brother, Will.

You can read about and follow Kate's difficult journey, through the words of her mother, here.  I first heard her story on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  Jennifer started a card drive for Kate and her family in August, and Ezekiel and I are sending her family a card and pictures, just to let them know we're praying for a miracle.  Click here, if you'd like to join Jennifer's card drive; and even if you don't care to send a card, please join the ever-growing remnant of faith believing people who are asking God to rain healing down upon little Kate.

I tapped into all that gorgeous K&Company paper I bought at Target last month for Kate's card.  I began with their heart paper and layered behind it a piece of hot pink cardstock, punched using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch.  A white threaded, zig-zag stitch joined the two; before they were adhered to the pink, card base, just above the "Praying for you" sentiment, which was stamped in Pixie Pink ink.  I, then, stuck one of the K&Company, owl stickers on white cardstock, just to give it a little more presence and make it stronger, before cutting it out and adhering it, using dimensionals, on the heart paper.  I added a little hand cut, brown, cardstock branch and green, cardstock leaves just below him.  A loose, straight stitch was machine stitched across the top of a Stampin' Up, So Saffron ribbon.  The ends of the string were, then, pulled, to gather the ribbon into a flower.  I, then, hand stitched it, as well as the hot pink button, onto the card front, over the branch, with hot pink, embroidery floss.  The loose ends of the embroidery floss were anchored in a little bow, and the top, right corner of the card was rounded using Stampin' Up's Corner punch.  I felt like the card was still missing something, so I hand cut a little, white cloud from cardstock, glittered it, and adhered it just above and behind the fun owl.

I know it's just a card, but my prayer is that it brings Kate's family a sense of peace in knowing that so many people have been touched by their story and are praying for their precious daughter.

He's Home!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

BJ's home!  Well, technically, he and Ezekiel are off to Awana tonight, but he's no longer thousands of miles away in San Diego, CA.  He's all ours again!

My Mom and Dad wanted us to come visit this weekend, but I really wanted to be in church for our last Sunday in the old building.  So, they came up to go to church with us!  Aren't they just the best?!

It was a bittersweet service.  I keep thinking that I'm going to get excited about moving to our new building, but my excitement sure hasn't come yet.  There are so many things that I'm unsure of, so many things that could and probably will change, so many new dynamics to being in a new neighborhood, so many miles between us and it, so many new influences... just so many things that cause me to be apprehensive.  I just don't know.  I do know, however, that I love these people and wouldn't want to do this thing we call life with any other church family.  So, we're on the move to Olathe!

After church, Mom and Dad took us to Zio's for lunch.  Being that Zio's is right next door, I also got to show them the outside of our new building.  I gotta tell you, it's pretty impressive!  If you missed all my pictures of it, check out my "Our Busy Weekend" post from a couple of weekends ago.  After lunch, Mom and Dad babysat Adina, while Ezekiel and I went to get BJ at the airport; and now, he's home, and we're so lucky!  That's the quick and short of it, folks!  Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend!

To Be A Kid Again

Friday, October 16, 2009

I thought that maybe you'd all like to see some, sweet pictures of my kiddos just being kids.

Adina just loves her Little People farm, as well as, this ride-on toy Uncle Jason got Ezekiel for his first birthday!

Here's a picture of Ezekiel playing with the Gloppy Goop we made a couple weeks ago...

and one of Adina, just because I really love it.

My kids are my greatest treasure!

I've got another Mojo Monday sketch for you this week.

This card is for my cousin, Matt, and his family.  They just had their offer accepted on a new house!  Yea!  Congratulations, guys!
I started by clear embossing polka dots on pink cardstock and adhering it to the left side of the blue, cardstock base.  I, then, machine stitched a white threaded, zig-zag stitch all around the edges to ground it.  A strip of American Crafts patterned paper, down the card center, helps continue the polka dot theme.  I, then, used my George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge to cut two tags... one from white cardstock and the other from lime green paper by Best Occasions.  The "happiness" sentiment was stamped, in Not Quite Navy ink, on the white tag; trimmed, using Stampin' Up's Scallop punch; and backed with the lime green tag.  A few paper pierced dots below the sentiment drive home the polka dot theme, and a pretty bow, from my stash, captures all the colors in the finished card.  The completed tag was adhered just to the right of the card center, saving room for a fun star embellishment.  To create the star embellishment, I cut three different sizes of stars, all from American Crafts paper.  I, then, glittered the smallest star and layered them all one on top of the other, separating each with a dimensional.  I topped the stack off with a pretty, blue button, laced with white embroidery floss, and adhered it just to the left of the card center, overlapping the bottom edge of the tag.  I just love all the pretty colors in this card!

Off to a Good Start

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Things got much better after yesterday's post.  Ezekiel took a good nap, and we found several more Post-It notes from my hubby... the first on Adina's rice cereal box, the second on my pillow, and the third, which actually has a little story behind it, but I'll have to save it for another post, on my coffee container.

Ezekiel was hunting all over this morning for that last Post-It.  It was so funny!  BJ had told him that there were a total of five, and it was like a treasure hunt for him!  We found it at lunch, when I needed a little pick-me-up.  I even slept like a log last night, even though BJ wasn't home.  That never happens, but I'm exhausted and haven't been feeling the best.  I guess it's bound to happen, when I have a baby sneezing on me, sticking her boogery fingers in my mouth, and wiping drool all over my face.  Adina's definitely a cuddler!  She's doing much better, though... with having been sick, I mean.

I'm participating in a fun challenge this week.  It's for a new, online publication called Embellish Magazine.

Here's what I came up with.

I had so much fun making this card, and I've already sent it to my sister, Jana, who is having a tonsilectomy as I type.  Poor thing!  I've been there and had that done, and it wasn't pretty.  I actually found a new medication that I was allergic to in the process.  Needless to say, it was a bum Christmas break!  Anyway, she's been in my thoughts and prayers all day and should be receiving this in the mail.

I started by cutting two 4" circles, from brown cardstock, with my Fiskars circle template.  I, then, cut two 3-1/2" circles, using the same template... one from light blue cardstock and one from vellum by Paper Studio.  I stamped flourishes, with Moonlight White, Brilliance, archival, pigment ink, on the light blue cardstock and paper pierced dots all around the edges of the vellum.  I, then, adhered the light blue cardstock to one of the brown, cardstock circles, as well as, the vellum over the light blue circle, being careful to hide the placement of the glue dots.  I joined all four circles with a brad, for easy opening, hidden under the "take care of yourself" sentiment which was stamped, in Bashful Blue ink, on white cardstock and popped off the card face with dimensionals.  I stamped the leaves, with Close to Cocoa ink, on white cardstock; cut them out; added a little shine with my Gelly Roll pen; and adhered them, over the vellum, just at their base, so I could bend up the edges as if they had just landed there.  Finally, I added three green buttons, one of which was embellished with four gemstones by Paper Studio, and a pretty, white ribbon tied in a bow just above the sentiment.

A Melancholy Day

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's been a melancholy day.  We dropped BJ off at the airport this morning, for a work trip, and drove home in silence.  When we got home, we tried to get more of our lessons accomplished; but it was difficult to focus through Ezekiel's tears of, "When will Daddy get back?" and "Why couldn't we go with him?" and "When do we get to fly on an airplane?"  Poor kid!  It was a chilly, rainy morning on top of all the tears, so I whipped up a couple comfort foods for lunch... toasted peanut butter and apple butter sandwiches with hot cocoa.  BJ left a note on Ezekiel's, Cheetos container (as well as, under my work mat, on my craft desk).

So, Ezekiel had his own message that he wanted to send Daddy.

He also wanted me to pull his shade for his rest time, because he was tired.  Usually, that's a HUGE no-no!  He always wants to read.  I promised to make his favorite for dinner... Fettuccine Alfredo with homemade French bread.  Maybe that will help to change the course of our day.

I wanted to show you a new card set up in my Etsy shop Lofty Designs.

I had the male population in mind in the making of this set, but they're feminine enough for a lady, as well.  I began by stamping stars on the blue, card base, using Moonlight White, Brilliance, archival, pigment ink.  I, then, clear embossed flourishes over the top.  I told you that you'd be seeing more of that technique soon!  I added a kraft-colored (light brown), cardstock layer, punched with Stampin' Up's Spiral punch, as well as, a layer of patterned paper that I had in my stash.  I joined the two layers with a brown, zig-zag stitch and adhered them above the stamped portion of the card base.  I stamped several different sentiments, including "Thank You so much", "Just Because", "Happy Birthday to You", "Praying for you", and "Happy Anniversary", on white cardstock, using Brocade Blue ink.

The sentiments were, then, layered on top of the patterned paper and embellished with Levi's buttons which had been laced with hemp twine.

Here's hoping your day isn't as melancholy as ours.  Be blessed!