Regarding Dahlias

When I saw the Regarding Dahlias stamp set in the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog I loved the flower but thought I don't need the sentiments.  So it was not included in my very large initial purchase of new items from the annual catalog.  Then I saw it used time and again by other stamping enthusiasts loving  the result and wondering why I did not buy it.

I finally broke down and ordered it earlier this month.  I am so glad I did.  Look how beautifully it creates this subtle background for this card which was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.

 
09-15-2013

The card base is Very Vanilla and the background is Brown Sugar card stock.  The Dahlia was stamped using Versamark. The sentiment is from the Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set and it was framed using the Deco Labels Framelits. The ribbon is Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Ribbon.  This ribbon is so fun and easy to work with.  

I lined the envelope with Strawberry Slush from the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.  

Have I inspired you to purchase the Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set?  Click Here to purchase it or look around for other great stamping items.

Cheers!

Michelle

A Dozen Thoughts for PPA 171

This week's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge brings us a beautiful color combination. 

PPA 171

I could not wait to work with this color combination.  Again I wanted a clean crisp look.  Here is the result:

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I used the Lovely Romance stamp set for the medallion and the sentiment came from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.  This sentiment stamp set is one of those "go to" stamp sets, perfect for every occasion.  And all the fonts are modern and stylish.  If you don't have this one you need to get it.  

I am pleased to be at the end of this very hectic week.  Looking forward to relaxing in my craft room!

Happy Friday!  What are you going to do with your weekend?  I'd love to hear from you.

Cheers,

Michelle

So Sorry…

We make and send cards for many occasions – to celebrate, to say thank you, to wish someone good luck and sometimes to say we are sorry.  

Making a card to say I am sorry for your loss adds so much depth to the message for me.  With each stamp and embellishment I think of the loss that person is going through thus pouring more of my heartfelt sorrow for their loss in the card.

While I was out of town on business last week, one of my colleagues unexpectedly mourned the loss of her dog.  For any of us who have pets, this is a very tough loss.  I made this simple card to send to her.

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And here is the inside:

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I think the Soft Sky card stock and coordinating ink are soft and gentle in conveying my message.  The So Sorry Stamp Set (shown below) is my go to stamp set when I need to say I'm sorry. 

So Sorry Stamp Set
The dog foot print is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "D is for Dog".  

Enjoy your week and I will be working on new posts this weekend.  Remember you can always shop at Stampin' Mojo's online store 24/7!  Shop Now.

Cheers!

Michelle

Celebrating my brother’s 50th Birthday

Last night I attended a 50th Birthday celebration for my brother.  It was a small intimate event at a local Italian restaurant in a Chicago suburb. The guest list was comprised of close friends, true A list friends to share this milestone birthday. It was a wonderful evening of story telling and many laughs.

I wanted to create a card that would be funny and needle him a little.  A card I had previously seen on Pinterest provided the inspiration.

09-07-2013 

I think this is a fun card.  Here is a small peak on the inside:

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I used a mixture of technology and traditional card making.  I used Microsoft Word to create the sentiment on the front of the card and then printed it on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The DSP is not Stampin' Up but the bottom is More Mustard card stock.  The finishing touch is Stampin' Up! Linen Thread and Naturals Designer Buttons.

The inside sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set.  

Well today I travel home from Chicago,  I was able to squeeze in lunch with my best friend, attend a productive and informative conference, and celebrate my brother's 50th birthday while in this great city.  I would say it was a successful trip and I am ready to get home to my family.

Enjoy you day!

Michelle