I just got my order from the new catalog and I feel like a kid at Christmas! I got several things on my wish list (it’s a very long list). But one of the stamps I almost didn’t get. When I first saw Definitely Dahlia, I thought – nah, I don’t need another big background image. But those concept artists at Stampin’ Up really know what they’re doing. There’s not one, but TWO gorgeous samples in the catalog made with this stamp. Can you find them?
I love the way they made big, bold, graphic cards out of this stamp. It definitely needs a bold sentiment to go with it, otherwise the flower would swallow it up. I used one from the One Big Meaning set. It has a variety of “thank yous” – really, can you have too many?
You’ll need to use a lighter color for the flower so the saying will show up. I used Calypso Coral, possibly my favorite Stampin’ Up color. At least for now. ;-) What do you think?
I spent this morning down in Oakland Park at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services building watching my daughter-in-law, Mariana, get sworn in as a naturalized citizen of the United States. I had never been to one of these ceremonies, but I have to tell you, it was really moving. Today there were 151 people from 38 different countries taking the oath. Here is the prettiest one:
We are all so proud of Mariana. She worked very hard to meet all the requirements. When my son Michael first brought his Brazilian girlfriend home to meet us, she was very shy and only spoke limited English. Michael was working in a cigar shop run by Cubans and was fluent in Cuban slang and Mariana had spent a couple years studying in Spain. Between her Portuguese and the Spanish she learned while abroad and his slang, they were able to talk with each other very well.
It’s very hard to get to know someone when you speak different languages. She and Mike would come over and sit on the couch. We would say something and Mike would translate to her. She would answer back to him (very quietly) and he would translate for us. Occasionally she would answer yes or no. Gradually her English became much better and if Mike would try to translate something, she would tell him to speak in English please!
But even with the limited conversations we had, I could see what a sweet young woman she was (and is). She is kind and generous and smart and makes my son extremely happy. We are all so glad she is a part of our family.
I love this picture. That smile is just so proud and happy. And there were 150 other smiles just like it this morning. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these ceremonies, please go. I thought maybe they just herded everyone through and that the people running it would be bored by doing it so many times, but that is not the case! They took the time to make it a very meaningful ceremony. Of course, having a family member taking part makes it even more so. We are celebrating today. God bless America!
I was so excited to be a part of Brian King’s 1 for 1 swap. Brian is a well-known Stampin’ Up demonstrator. He has an awesome blog that I check often – I just love his style! So when I was checking it out recently and saw that he was running a swap, I jumped at the chance to participate.
I’ve already posted the card I sent. I made a shaker card using the You Little Furball set. You can see it here. Now it’s time to show you the card I received. This great card came from Laura Laures, another Stampin’ Up demonstrator. I love this card – it’s a great card to give to that special someone in your life.
When I first saw this card, I thought Laura had used the World Map stamp for the background, but on closer inspection, I saw that she used the Typeset paper and colored it in. The anchor and sentiment are from Guy Greetings. And I love that she used the Old Olive two-tone trim. It’s a carry-over from the Holiday catalog.
Laura used Basic Black for the card base and adhered a piece of Very Vanilla to the inside for a written message. I think she created a very classy masculine card. You can see more of Laura’s work on her blog. Be sure to drop by and check out more of her cards.
I bought this set for my sister, the original cat lover in our family. I got it last year and made this Halloween card. And then I put the set away for awhile. The new Occasions catalog came out and there were too many new toys to play with. But at our last Coffee and Cards class, the focus was on shaker cards, and I decided to pull this set out again and see what I could do with it.
The layout is based on a sketch challenge I saw somewhere – sorry, I don’t remember the site. But I thought it would be great to replace the circle image in the center with a “see through” shaker card. We made this one with fun foam – you can find tutorials on the ‘net. It’s pretty easy to do, you just have to be careful with the glue. I love the way it turned out:
We filled the cards with mica (retired Stampin’ Up), the beautiful new Bermuda Bay sequins, and seed beads from a craft store. The beads are a little large, so if you’re going to make a shaker card with this technique, make sure you get the teeny, tiny seed beads.
Behind the circle, we stamped the little fish swimming around and the “Love your cat-itude” sentiment. Of course he needed a little pal looking from the outside in. Here is a close up.
Loving the fun cards you see from our Coffee and Cards class? Join us – we meet the first Saturday of every month – email me if you want to be on my mailing list to get all my class information.