Thursday, August 28, 2014

Whimsy Stamps August Release Day #1

Hi everyone and welcome to the first sneak peek day of the ...
Over the next 3 days we will reveal the new August 2014 Clearly Whimsy Stamps products. We are releasing 3 new clear stamp sets and 4 dies/die sets this week, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Saturday. This month we are thrilled to welcome Iris Wiechmann as our Guest Designer. Iris will be joining us for our 3 day release event and sharing her wonderful creations featuring our August release. Welcome Iris!

Today we are revealing the Thanks A Million 4x6” stamp set and Basic Backgrounds & Borders 1 4x6” stamp set, together with the Thanks large word die and the Stitched Borders die set. Hop on over to the Whimsy blog for more details.

For my card, I used the super fun Thanks a Million set and made a fun shaker card. The first part of my sentiment didn't photograph very well but it says Sending you buckets of.  

I stamped the bucket three times on my patterned paper, using pencil marks to help with placement. Then I stamped the fun heart cluster coming out of each of the buckets.

I then added some sequins, foam tape and acetate to my die cut to make the shaker portion of the card.  

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment to be entered into the draw:

Simonne Clay 
Amy Kolling
Alanna Moses (you are here)
Becky Carafa 
Debbie Eastman 
Denise Lynn
Heather Pulvirenti
Iris Wiechmann (GDT)
 Jen Carter
Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope to see you again tomorrow for Day 2 of our release sneak peeks!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Best Wishes

Today's card is similar to one I posted a couple of weeks ago. This one has a bit less stamping but pretty much the same idea. I thought a single flower would look nice. I made several of these to give to my mother.

Crafty hugs!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy, Happy, Happy

I had a fun time putting this card together. I started by sponging on 3 colors of Distress Ink over the gear stencil. From there, I then added the Happy from Whimsy Stamps Happy Everything set three times.  I then die cut some balloons with white card stock from the Party Time Die Set and sponged them with the same inks I used on my background.  

After my card was complete, I looked down and somehow, I had gotten a small smudge of black ink in the background. That's when the stars came into play, both sizes from the Happy Hello set from Whimsy.  I don't know that I would have used the stars and now I'm happy that I had the ink smudge as I really like the stars and feel like they make the background pop just a bit more.  

Happy Saturday!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

A Reunion Update and Sending Extra Love

WARNING: I've got a long post for you today with lots of my thoughts regarding my reunion with my sweet daughter along with a few pictures from the weekend.  After that, I have a card to share which is one I made this week for Hannah and sent earlier this week. 

Before we get to that, I did want to thank those who left comments about what might be wrong with my sewing machine and what I can do. I haven't had time yet to mess with it but I'm hoping to do so this weekend and I will report back.

REUNION UPDATE: We were able to spend Friday evening, all day Saturday and a bit of Sunday morning with my sweet Hannah and a lot of her family. We talked, looked at photo albums, watched a slide show that her mother put together for her Sweet 16 party, laughed, cried, shopped, hugged, and possibly cried some more. It was such a surreal weekend and I had to keep pinching myself that it was real, that the moment I had been waiting for, for so long, was finally happening. I truly believe that this was a miracle and a gift from God.  

My sweet husband has spent many, many hours over the last several years putting all sorts of information out on many reunion websites. Because of that and Hannah wanting to find me, she was able to find my name, then go to my Facebook page and ultimately end up at my blog where she found my happy birthday posts that I have written each year on her birthday since I've had this blog. One of those posts had a picture of her 1st birthday. It was at that moment that she knew she had found her birth mother. Tears are welling up in my eyes now as I write about this and think just how miraculous this whole event has been.

What was very striking is how similar we look. Granted she is half my age and has dark hair but I think you will see the similarities. I loved every minute of the weekend and wish that it could have lasted much, much longer. Leaving was tough but I am looking forward to our new relationship. My sweet Hannah has a wonderful family who love and adore her. She was well taken care of and my heart is full knowing that I picked a good family for her.

My daughter is beautiful, gorgeous, spiritual, talented, kind, sweet, generous and perfect. I told I thought she was perfect and she said she wasn't. In my eyes, she is, though. Granted, I didn't have the privilege of being there during the teenage years which I know can be so challenging but I'm sure she was just perfect.

It was a weekend never to be forgotten and I can't wait until we can visit again.  Hannah, I love you.  Here's just a few pictures from the weekend.  Thanks to everyone who has commented and emailed and given support. It truly means the world to me.

Me and my two beautiful daughters
I never thought I would see the day when all 3 of my children were together -- what a great looking bunch
My three kids having fun on the lake
Thanks for letting me share.  Now onto my card.  Fridays mean a new anything goes challenge is posted over at Sister Act Card Challenge. Click here to link up your cards and for your chance to win a prize from the current sponsor.

I made this card to send to Hannah. She starts her sophomore year of college next week and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her.  LOVE YOU HANNAH!

My patterned paper comes from PTI's County Fair MIM kit. An older sentiment set and die cut from MFT (NLA) are used for the focal point.
Supplies not listed:  Well Worn Greetings Stamp set and die from MFT, paper from PTI's County Fair kit

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thanks for Everything

Happy Wednesday friends.  Before we get to today's card, I'm happy to introduce you to Katie From Sweet n Spiffy as my newest follower. I stumbled across Katie's blog earlier this week and loved her work so I became a follower of her blog. And she was kind enough to return the favor.  It was this card of hers that I saw on another blog where I had to click over because it was just TOO cute.  

I've got a real CAS card today that features a fabulous paper that I received awhile back in a PTI order. This was just in there with one other piece. I love it and wish I had 100 more just like it.

I made this for a dear friend who helped me get my sewing machine in working order again. I haven't been able to sew on any of my cards for the last year or so because I'm sewing machine impaired and was having problems with my bobbin. Thanks so much Andrea!  As you can see, my stitching isn't great. I think I need to adjust the machine slightly and probably do a better job myself.

Thanks for your visit. Crafty hugs!
Supplies not linked:  Paper from PTI

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