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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sweet Stop Tulips

Hi stamping friends!  It has been nearly a year since I have posted on my blog and actually made a card.  I don't want to bore you with too many details but I will give you a brief summary as to why I have been absent so long.  Last November my mother in law was diagnosed with lung cancer.  I am blessed that my schedule allowed me to take her to the numerous appts, chemo and such, however that also meant that I had no time left for crafting.  I am also grateful to say that she is now in remission.  We also sold our home, bought another one and moved this summer.  So, even when I would have had time to stamp, my craft supplies were packed up in boxes for a number of months.

So, here I am with the first card that I made in such a long time.  I colored this image back in April at a woman's craft day but was not able to do anything with it until now.  When I saw this week's Sweet Stop Sketch, I pulled out the image and decided to make it into a card.  I never realized how tough it was going to be to get back into the swing of things.  I had no idea of where I put many of my supplies when I unpacked so just finding things was tricky.  I could not remember how to take a picture esp. since my husband bought me a new camera for my birthday that I don't know how to use yet.  I don't know where my watermark is, photoshop does not seem to be on my computer anymore, and I am re-learning on how to actually do a blog post lol.

Anyway, here is what I came up with... a fair attempt at making a card.  Not too horrible for such a long absence I suppose:

watermark tulips

The tulips were colored with copics and accented with a bit of Stardust stickles.  The Friday challenge on Splitcoast was to distress so I used my sanding block on the edges of the patterned paper.  Basic Grey has a white core so it lends itself well to this technique.  I stitched the layers with my Janome sew mini.  The layout is the Sweet Stop sketch this week which I love because it is so universal and will work well with most images.

Challenges I would like to enter my card in:

Sweet Stop Sketch
Charisma Cardz- recipe challenge
Fussy and Fancy- Pearls and Flowers

Before I go today I wanted to let you know about the 5th Birthday celebration going on at Sweet N Sassy stamps. So, be sure to stop on by to check out all of their awesome birthday sales going on throughout the month.  This week is 25% off all of the DT favorite stamp sets.

Thank you so much for visiting and I sure hope to see you all soon.  Have an awesome day!

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps Spring Tulips
patterned paper- Basic Grey Pink Lemonade and Urban Prairie
ink- SU baja and memento black
accessories- pearls, oval nesties, foam tape, sanding block, paper piercer, SU taffeta ribbon, twine, button, sewing machine, copies


Cathymac said...

Gorgeous, Janette! Love how the two DP's go so well together and your tulips are so beautifully colored! Love this color combination, too! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sweet Stop this week!

Natalie said...

Welcome back to blogland, Janette. It's good to see you creating again. Sounds like a very busy year, glad things are going better. God bless!
PS Your card is beautiful!

Sazzle said...

So glad to hear that your MIL is in remission and that you are able to craft again! You certainly have come back with a stunning card :-)

Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy for our pearls and flowers challenge - good luck!

xx Sazzle xx

Bunny said...

This is lovely , Thank you for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz . And good luck.

Caz xx CC DT

Amanda said...

Welcome back! xo

Ceal said...

Welcome Back Janette! your card is beautiful as always. Thanks for playing with us at the Sweet Stop this week!

Chrissy D said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for joining us in the Sweet Stop Sketch! We hope you will join us again this week!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Oh, so pretty Janette. Love the gorgeous tulips. Such lovely colors and papers. Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop this week.