Daily Archives: May 22, 2007

Vintage Roses

It is always so hard to see a favorite stamp set being retired. Even though you keep them, they do tend get lost in the excitement of new things. Roses in Winter has been one of my very favorite sets. So flexible and perfect for almost every occasion, it is sure to become a classic.

I actually hadn’t planned on stamping today…so much to get caught up on now that the kids are back to school. Benjamin finally started back again and has finally gotten over his Strep. I saw the color challenge though and just had to give it a whirl. Vintage Violet, Certainly Celery and Old Olive are all on my favorites list! If you’d like to join¬†today’s color challenge, follow the CC115 link.

Vintage Roses

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I started out by trying something new for this card. It is so easy to always use the same card size and shape. I had just purchased some new envelopes from my SU demo and thought I should try out the different shape. Long and narrow, this card measures 3.25″ x 6.5″. So easy to cut as you just cut a 6.5″ square and fold it in half. How easy is that?!

Quick Tip: If you are using a background stamp and it isn’t quite long enough for your card design….make it work by only stamping a portion of your card layer with it. Add a ribbon over the “seam” and it gives the appearance of two layers and works to help break up your design.

For the background I stamped my Paisley background stamp on the right 3/4 of the card base. I added a strip of one of my new favorite ribbons along the “seam” by cutting a small slit in the hinge of the card, wrapping it around and adhering it under my image. The ribbon is striped black and cream by May Arts and is so flexible and perfect for a vintage look, a retro look and both masculine as well as feminine style cards. My ribbon comes from Jacksonbelle.

The image is stamped on a rectangular scrap of Whisper White paper and then matted with Certainly Celery. The roses and leaves are from the retiring Roses in Winter stamp set. I love the two step stamping approach. I only used one ink color, Vintage Violet, on the roses. To do this and still get a range of color, stamp off the ink on your largest rose stamp on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on the image cardstock. This will give you a lighter look and give extra depth to your roses. After stamping the leaves in Certainly Celery and Old Olive, I sponged the edges with Vintage Violet and adhered the entire panel to the card front.

To add the sentiment, I pulled out my Round Tab Punch by Stampin Up. I love this punch and am counting on it making the new catalogue. I can’t wait to see what is in it! I stamped celebrate on the punched tab and adhered it to my image. To finish up, it is always nice to add an embellishment. I found this darling pewter style brad in my drawer. I still can’t believe that I bought 9 of them for a dollar at the Dollar Store! The little Prima is from a darling little purple bag of Primas that I picked up at my local scrapbook store. I believe it is called Prima Itty Bitty Bag.

Totally Off-Topic: For those of you who wish to view my Papercrafts Online Father’s Day Card, the link is now live…. No Matter How Tall Card.

Down to the Wire…

Papercrafts Idol is down to the top five designers in their PC Idol Challenge! Congratulations Jacksonbelle on making the top five! You rock! To see Jacksonbelle’s final entry, you can check it out here. A beautiful card front, stunning inside, even a matching candle!

The last theme in the challenge is summer themed card designs with a lyric theme and they are so hot! You need to visit Papercrafts Idol to check them out and cast your vote! This is the final round and voting ends Thursday at noon MST so make sure you find the time before then! :)

My Long Weekend…

This past weekend was the Canadian Victoria Day long weekend, the first long weekend of the summer. The weather was gorgeous both Saturday and Monday, just a little cool and wet on Sunday but we didn’t mind. :) Victoria Day is also called the May 24 Long Weekend here. What we are actually celebrating, I had no idea until I Googled it! Any excuse for a day off suits us fine and usually we are just celebrating the beginning of wonderful weather, although that is not always the case. One year we went camping in tents and it actually snowed. I said…never again! Victoria Day is the day that we (apparently) celebrate the reigning monarch’s birthday. Now it doesn’t seem to matter when the Queen or King of England was actually born…we celebrate it on the Victoria Day weekend. :)

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We managed to get to the beach on Saturday and play in the sand. The kids had a great time, especially the little boys. It didn’t take Joshua too long to get used to the sand again. LOL About 5 seconds! He was too young last year to remember it but as soon as he saw the water, he was yelling “boap” at the top of his lungs. (Translation: boat) I did promise some photos although I actually didn’t get many. Only the lake and the two smallest boys. My husband was busy at my parent’s cottage doing yard work and I spent most of the time running after the little boys. I did pull it out for a few shots but then put it safely away. It seemed the project of the day was to see how much sand they could get airborne and I was more than a little concerned about the health of my camera!

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Monday was a great but busy day as well. My daughter and I headed off to the garden center. Not a great idea as it was packed. The May long weekend in Canada is traditionally the weekend when you plant your annuals. The danger of frost (we hope!) is past and time for our gardening. I was so excited to get quite a bit done. The garden has been rather neglected the past couple years and we bought some annuals and lots of new perennials. I love how they come up every year and I’ve learned to choose ones that are easy care and I just cannot kill. LOL Hostas, daylilies and irises work great for me and this climate.

To finish off a great long weekend, fireworks are always fun. I managed to get Joshua asleep early as he is scared of the noise but the older kids were having a great time running around the yard. My husband had bought them sparklers and some small fireworks. We are also close enough to see the large fireworks display in the park and were able to enjoy the best of both and still get everyone into bed at a reasonable time. My oldest son is on the archery team and came up with the bright idea to attach a sparkler to an arrow and shoot it. It actually worked and was quite a lot of fun although I’m not too sure on the safety issues! I fell into bed last night quite happy but exhausted. I had to laugh when I woke up in the middle of the night, still glowing. I had fallen asleep with a glow bracelet on my arm. :)