Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Congratulations for Emily!

One of the biggest changes for me since I have relocated to beautiful Alberta from my lifetime home of south central Pennsylvania was that I no longer get to spend every day in the company of my extended family.  My daughter and I lived in extremely close proximity to my mom, my brother, his wife and their 4 great girls...  I miss them more then I thought was possible, and while things like holidays make it more noticeable, its truly the every day moments that I miss most, like Holly jumping into bed with me in the morning while waiting for it to be time to go to the school bus, and baking with my second oldest niece Emily.  Emily is a junior in high school, and she was recently accepted into the U.S. Congressional Page program.  She was lucky enough to be present for the State of the Union address and while she didn't get to shake his hand or speak to him personally, was standing about 2 feet from the President.  Since she's away from home for the first time for an extended period of time, I figured she could use some mail from a friendly face, and I wanted her to know just how proud I am of all that she has done and the fine young woman she has become.

Though I am not the biggest fan of the whole "vintage" look, I knew it would be something Emily would really like.  I started by embossing the pink cardstock panel with clear EP, then inking it with Distress Ink.  I then created the panel using patterned paper, and inked the edges with charcoal fluid chalk ink.  The sentiment was stamped on ivory cardstock and distress inked, then matted with a piece of the same patterned paper's flip side, and then mounted using dimensional foam squares on top of the ribbon.  I also stamped one of the same flowers from the embossed panel, cut it out, inked t with distress ink, then popped it up using a foam circle and adhered ivory Flower Soft to the center.  A few pearls were added to the upper left corner.  I'm not at all happy with the photography of these cards, but I don't have a lightbox yet or a proper place to take my photos, that is one of my next goals.  The close up shows the true colors of the card much better then the overall shot.

Supply List:
Cardstock:  Paper Recollections: Cream card base, DCWV: Summer Dream Adhesive Cardstock Mat: ivory cardstock for flower and sentiment
Paper:  TPC Studio: Moroccan Market Random tile
Ink:   Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye, Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Charcoal, Studio G Ink in Magenta, VersaMark
Stamps:  Hero Arts:Everyday Sayings, Clear Stamps by Rhonna Farrer: Double Daisy
Embellishments:  Offray Ribbon: Side Saddle Brown White, Basic Grey: Opaline Designer Half Pearls, Flower Soft: Ivory
Basic Supplies:  Fiskars Guillotine Mini Trimmer, Tonic Scissors, Tim Holtz Foam Ink Applicator, Stampendous Embossing Powder in Clear, Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller, Dimensional Foam Squares and Circle, Glue Glider Pro

Submitted to:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes Flowers
Abby's Scrappy Mom's Challenge:  Anything Goes  
PaperPlay Challenge: Stamp it out 
Craft Us Crazy: Anything Goes  
Simon Says Stamp: Emboss 
Woodware USA: Ribbons and Bows 
Sew Many Cards: Anything Goes 
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Tempting Texture 
Flower Soft: In the Garden 
Stamping Vacation: To Who? 
Little Claire's Designs: Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion: Challenge #44


  1. Great card! I love the shine you get from the embossed areas :) The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

  2. Bet your niece will love it. Great card.

    Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week on our "Stamp it Out" Challenge. ♥

  3. Beautiful card, love the colour, thanks for joining our texture challenge at fab n funky, hope you will join us again, Karenx

  4. good job on this card
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Us Crazy

  5. This is beautiful! I love the embossed flowers and the colors!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


  6. Great card! I know Emily will love it! I'm right there with ya on vintage. I'm not a huge fan of it, but that's probably because I can never succeed in getting the true vintage look. However, I LOVE receiving vintage made stuff lol

    Thanks for joining us at Craft Us Crazy and hope you'll join us again!

  7. Wow thank you for sharing your wonderfull creation with us. The shiny flowers are just great. Thank you for sharing it with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs Terry xxxx

  8. beautiful card, I love the embossed flowers! thanks for playing along with us at woodware usa!

  9. Beautiful card - I love the colour combination you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at the first Little Claire monthly challenge.

    Helen x

  10. Lovely clean and simple card. Thank you for joining in our "anything goes" challenge at Craft Your Passion.

  11. This is a lovely project.

    Thank you for joining us at little Claire and best of luck for the monthly challenge.

  12. This is adorable! Thanks for joining us at Craft us Crazy!