Thursday, August 29, 2013

TST #133 Better late...

.....than never!

Yes folks things have been so crazy around here I just have had to put stamping on the back burner.  I had sent notification through that I would not be able to take part in this weeks sketch challenge for Try Stampin on Tuesday, and this morning I had literally 5 minutes to play so I did.
This is the great sketch that we had to work with this week.
This card used very little DSP.  I cut out a piece of DSP that was 1/8" smaller than the 4.25"x5.5" card base and then I cut a piece of the same card base that was 1/8" smaller again.  Using my DSP I cut out the centre section to 3"x3 3/4".  Once I had the centre section cut out using one of my swirls dies I die cut the centre of that.  I didn't leave anything out because the piece that I cut out I used on the inside as embellishment.

Then I added the two buttons with the twine running through them.

I hope you like what I have come up with.  Check out the other Great Designers over at Try Stampin on Tuesday and don't forget to give the sketch a try.

Since I was late entering my card for the Try Stampin reveal, I was able to search out and add it to a couple of other site challenges.  Cuttlebug Mania - die cuts and Die Cutting Divas - Just Because.

Next week starts a new venture for Try Stampin.  We will be have two sets of teams and each team will post on alternate weeks.  Each week to start there will be a blurb about one of the Designers on the Team, so make sure you check back and see who and what is happening.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TST # 132 Sense of Time...

I must confess before I even start my blog for today.  The card you are about to see is one I made a couple of years back.  Fitting that my title and the card would be made with the SU set "Sense of Time" because these days I just feel like I have no time or I am running out of time.

I missed last week because I have been with my Dad looking after him.  He had a few dizzy spells and was very unstable on his feet so the Retirement Complex that he is in sent him to the emergency for investigation.  Good ending to this story.  After I have tried for several years to convince his old family doctor and specialist that he is on toooooo many medications the specialist at the hospital remarked that it was no wonder he was having dizzy spells because he was on too much medication.  Finally!!!!!  Long story short Dad's medications have been reduced to almost half of what he was on and even a couple of the ones that he remains on have been reduced.  The improvement in Dad has been 180 degrees.  He is more alert and has no problems walking even without using a cane or walker which he had to do before.  We have been fortunate enough to win the lottery with this specialist because he is also a geriatric physician and totally understands what is going on with Dad.

I am hoping that things will start to settle down over the next couple of weeks.  Unfortunately because my brother lives in Florida, I am the only sibling around to help out with Dad.  If it were not for my Dear Hubby I would be totally insane by now.

Now onto today's card.  I modified the Try Stampin on Tuesday sketch just a tad but the inside of the card makes up for the front.

I used my Cricut for a lot of the cut outs on this card, along with my circle cutter.  The outside is fairly simple but once you open it it comes to life.....
The inside of the card resembles more of the sketch than the outside and that was why I chose to use it for this sketch.

I don't have the SU pop up cake die but I managed to create a makeshift version so that I could put together this card.  Rather than stacking the die cut pieces one on top of each other I spread them out.


This card took a while to make as I remember it, but it was well worth it once it was finished.  Needless to say because it took so long to make I cherish it and it is in my office showcase.

Now it's your turn.  You don't have to be as elaborate as this card but if you need more inspiration hop on over to the Try Stampin site and see what the other Great Designers have in store for you.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

HOC C&S Sketch Challenge #1

This month over at House of Cards we have a sketch challenge for you.  The same sketch will be used for all four styles of cards.  Last week we had the Fun & Cute cards and this week we are on to the Clean & Simple cards.
As with any Clean & Simple card there should be very little on the card and they should have a lot of white space on the card.  It does not mean that you have to be a single layer and this week I have chosen to use a raised centre point on the card. 
Starting with my Music Notes wheel from Stampin Up I used Concord Crush to lay the notes across the card front.  Then with my Cuttlebug and the Spellbinders Labels Five dies I die cut a border, along with a single piece of white CS for the sentiment.  This section was raised up using dimensionals.
I ended up with a slight boo boo when I inked the sentiment and needed to hide it so instead of placing the accents at the side of the centre point I went with the diagonal corners.  Boo boo all gone!  The bling was actually tear drops and I just used two together to form a heart.  Then I finished off the card by rounding each of the corners.

This card could be used for a variety of occasions, wedding, anniversary or just for that special someone in your life.

Now it's your turn.  Show us your Clean & Simple style using the sketch.  Don't forget to post your card on the House of Cards sight for all of us to admire.  Need more inspiration?  See what the other great Designers have in store for you.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

TST #130

This week is has been a shocker.  First we lost a dear neighbour and dear friend and then I go to work and a co-workers husband passed away from Stage 4 cancer, diagnosed only a short time ago. With the saying that things come in three's we are hoping with fingers crossed that we do not have another loss too soon.

My card this week pays tribute to my co-worker.  Although we do not work in the same department we  do see each other on a regular basis.
The sketch this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday lends itself perfectly to this card.  I decided to give my MDS program a bit of a workout.  I don't use it enough so I just played with it and came up with this.
I started this card with the three small pieces of DSP in the upper left corner.  Then picked my stamp.  I have the Hello Doily stamp itself but it is big and I wanted something a little smaller. After playing around with the MDS program I came up with my design.  
Originally I was going to print the doily image on the turquoise CS but decided to use that as the main piece and print on white.  The embellishment came from a necklace that another co-worker had given me.  She didn't like the necklace, but liked the pendant that was with it.  So it was a win-win situation.

We never know what life with throw at us.  Sometimes it gets spread out and other times it comes at you full force.  This is one of those full force weeks.  Our Thoughts and Prayers are with both families and their remaining loved ones.  

Check out the other Designers at TST to see what they have in store for you.

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