I think all of us have had friends of family with cancer. Such a tough thing to go through. There’s no right or wrong way to navigate through that, but one thing I’ve seen over & over is COURAGE. Courage and faith.
As I write this post, my dear friend, Chari, is going through her first chemotherapy for breast cancer. I can’t be with her, but we keep messaging back & forth, and that helps a lot. When I first moved to Maui, I didn’t know anyone & I attended a Christian Woman’s Club luncheon. Chari sat next to me & I was so touched when she just came out & asked if we could be friends. Sure!! She & her husband were new to the island, also, and we all ended up spending lots of time together. We all learned to windsurf, had babies, spend many years together on Maui until they moved to Washington.
Here’s a card for Chari:
Double Z Fun Fold Card
Card Base Wisteria Wonder – 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
Delightful Daisy DSP – two pieces at 2 1/2″ X 4″, one at 4″ X 5 1/4″
White layer – 3 1/4″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ & 6 3/8″
God bless you, Chari! You’ll get through this. There are so many people who love you & are praying for you!!
Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be showcasing Animal Ideas! I chose This Little Piggy!
Most of you probably think of playing “This Little Piggy” with your babies. I think of something a bit different. My dad was a HUGE Big Band Fan!! I’d be trying to do homework after school and I’d be the one yelling at my dad to “Turn down the music!”. Glenn Miller had a fun song called, “Boogie Woogie Piggy” that we’d dance the jitterbug to. That’s the song I sang to my babies when I’d tickle their toes! Does anyone else remember that song??
Back to my card. My daughter, Malia, actually gets the credit for this cute card! She came up with this fun opening that has a 3rd circle on the inside for your personal note.
Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure & hop over to the SSINK Page to see more animal ideas!
I’ll leave you with a picture of my handsome dad, probably taken around the time I was a baby.
I’m a coffee person! It’s the thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. My morning ritual is to sip on coffee while browsing through my email & planning my day. I’ve even got this thing that froths milk! Makes me feel really pampered.
I needed a card to give a Coffee Gift Card to a friend. This is what I came up with:
We have a fun Technique Challenge for you today for the SSINK Team… Ink on Embossing Folders!
This is my first time trying out this technique & I just love it!! It’s simple & fast with great results! Here’s my card:
Just used my brayer to spread some ink on the Brick Wall Embossing Folder! I really like the way it turned out & can’t wait to ink up my other Embossing Folders!
Stamps: Spooky Cat
Inks: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Very Vanilla (4 1/4 X 11, score at 2 3/4 & 8 1/4) and inky embossed pieces (4 X 2 1/2- cut 2), Basic Black (2 5/8 X 4 1/8- cut 2), Spooky Night DSP
Accessories: Cat Punch, Black Rhinestone Jewels
Notes: The Spooky Night DSP has a page made to cut 3″ squares containing the tree with the moon behind it. I cut those squares 2 7/8 so that they’d fit onto the biggest scalloped square from Layering Squares Framelits.
Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be showcasing favorite Stamp Sets from the Holiday Catalog! My favorite, hands down, is Count My Blessings! This set has beautiful artwork and can be used any time of year!
My team, the Maui Big Shots!, had a stampin’ retreat over Labor Day and this is one of the projects we made:
This is called a Vellum Luminary Card, and it’s very simple to make! You put a battery- candle in the middle & it lights up. So pretty!! The sentiment and leaves are from Count My Blessings and the Designer Series Paper on the left side is Painted Autumn DSP.
I used a technique called “Stained Glass” on the vellum. CLICK HERE to see directions from a previous card.
A Vellum Luminary would be really nice for Christmas! Maybe you’ll see another one here in a month or two.
Don’t you just love the Holiday Catalog?!! Be sure & go to the SSINK PAGE for more Holiday Favorites!
I really love Thanksgiving! Yes, there’s the food. My husband grills the turkey on the Weber every year & it has a slightly smokey flavor & it’s moist, & the best turkey ever!!
Here’s Anne Matasci & me ready for some turkey!
But there’s just something wonderful about pausing to reflect on your blessings for one whole day! We had a tradition when the girls still lived at home where we had a Thankful Turkey that sat out for a couple of weeks. You were supposed to fill it with little notes about things you were thankful for & then we’d read them aloud after dinner. I’ve kept them all over the years & they’re really fun to read!!
One of my fun family memories is when we made Pat get involved with making a new Thankful Turkey. He’s not really into crafting, but when he does it he doesn’t hold back! He must have used 10 glue sticks gluing on those pompoms! These pictures were taken over 10 years ago, by the way.
This is one turkey feather.
Today the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop is Introducing the Holiday Catalog! I’ve chosen to focus on Thanksgiving!
Isn’t that the greatest sentiment?!! And I just love the font! The fall Designer Series Paper is called Painted Autumn & is full of fall colors, leaves, pumpkins, acorns, & pretty patterns.
Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure & keep hopping to get a chance to see more new ideas from the Holiday Catalog! Your next stop is Nichole Loe & you’re in for a treat! She always has great ideas!!
I’ve seen a lot of variations on the Double Z Fold. Some move the bottom strip up a bit and others have a wider strip. Head over to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Page to see more ideas using the Double Z Fold!
Stampin’ Up! has a selection of beautiful new Suites in the new catalog. Today I want to focus on the Eastern Palace Suite. My favorite thing about this is the set of Thinlits Dies! So many different shapes & designs in that package!!
Here’s a card I want to show you… It’s a Fun Fold with a Flap Closure! Found the idea for this cute card from BJ Peters. Thanks, BJ, for the fold idea!
Stamps: Eastern Beauty
Ink: Fresh Fig
Paper: Soft Sky (4 1/4 X 9 5/8 base, scored at 4 1/4), Whisper White (Cut 1 for inside 4 X 4 and the other 3 3/4 X 3 3/4), Fresh Fig (4 X 4), Soft Sky Flap (1 1/4 X 8 1/2, scored at 3 3/4), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits, Eastern Medallions Thinlits, In Color Bitty Bows
I just love the new Designer Series Paper Delightful Daisy! A big variety of beautiful papers!! And then there’s the Daisy Punch. I know I’ll get tons of use out of that!
I made a Card in a Box to show off the daisies! This card folds flat for mailing & is sure to put a big smile on the face of whoever opens it up! The colors are Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, & Daffodil Delight.
Here’s a close up so that you can better see the Daisy Delight stamp and that gorgeous embellishment, Faceted Gems! These come in clear or gold.