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February 2011

Simple Vintage with Nature Walk

Hello there!

The 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog has so many great new items to choose from; it was hard to browse through the catalog and make a decision on what to purchase UNTIL I reached page 27.  That's when I stopped and said, "Wow!"  This stamp set was first on the list of Must Haves for this catalog.  And I'm still saying "Wow!" 

Here's the first card I made with this stamp set.  I included Botanical Gazette and First Edition Designer Series Papers to create a rather "simple" vintage look for this card. 

Vintage_Nature_Walk (click on card to see larger image)

Let's start with the top and work our way to the Crumb Cake card base. 

The top layer is a piece of Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper (a sheet covered with butterflies in Early Espresso).  I sponged the edges of the Designer Series Paper with Early Espresso ink and then mounted the paper to a piece of Soft Suede cardstock, the bottom edge punched with the Eyelet Border punch (and the edges sponged with Early Espresso ink). 

This is mounted to a piece of distressed First Edition Designer Series Paper attached to a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock (the edges sponged with Early Espresso ink).  How fun that the First Edition Designer Series Paper included a sheet that discussed Butterflies!  So I chose that sheet, cut it to size, and randomly stamped the Nature Walk images on the First Edition Designer Series Paper with Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso inks.  Then I distressed the edges of the paper, wadded it up into a tight ball, carefully smoothed it out, lightly swiped the Early Espresso ink pad over the top of the paper, and then sponged the edges of the paper with Early Espresso ink.  For a finishing touch, I put the paper in the Color Catcher and spritzed it with Gold Foil Smooch Spritz.  Once that dried, I attached the paper to the Pear Pizzazz layer.

Right above the butterflies on Soft Suede cardstock are two pieces of Pear Pizzazz Polytwill ribbon.  The sponge used to apply Early Espresso ink to all the cardstock and paper edges was swiped along the facing side of both pieces of ribbon.  One piece of ribbon lies flat snugged up to the top edge of the Soft Suede cardstock with the edges folded to the back of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  The second piece was formed into a circle with the ends adhered flat together.  The ends were placed on the back of a Sweet Stitches (Chocolate Chip) Big Designer Button and then the circle was smooshed to create two loops.  Hemp Twine was threaded through opposing button holes of the button, pulled behind the loops and then back up through the remaining opposing button holes.  The twine was tied off on the front of the button and knotted.  A couple of Mini Glue Dots were added to the back of the button/ribbon to better anchor it to the flat ribbon lying on top of the First Edition Designer Series Paper.

Finally, the Pear Pizzazz cardstock is mounted to the Crumb Cake card base. 

Vintage_Nature_Walk_Inside (click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The flower and stem were stamped twice on the left side using Crumb Cake ink and the butterfly and bird images were added with Early Espresso ink.  A sentiment from the Bring on the Cake stamp set (another Must Have from the Occasions Mini Catalog) was stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink.  As with everything else, the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Early Espresso ink.

Vintage_Nature_Walk_Envelope (click on envelope to see larger image)

The Very Vanilla envelope was stamped similarly to the sentiment area of the card.  The flower and stem stamped with Crumb Cake ink in the lower left corner of the envelope front with the butterfly image stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The birthday sentiment from Bring on the Cake was stamped with Pear Pizzazz just above the bottom edge of the envelope near the flower stem.

This card was designed for the January meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  They really enjoyed making the card.  Most of the Stamp Club members love the look of distressing but had never really understood the process.  I have to admit that I enjoyed the looks of horror on their faces when the First Edition Designer Series Paper was wadded into a tight ball and swiped with dark brown ink over their carefully stamped images.  Once they got over the shock, though, they relaxed and enjoyed the distressing process.  It's certainly a great way to work out some tension!  Give it a try!


Stamps:  Bring on the Cake, Nature Walk; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Gazette, First Edition; Embellishments:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Polytwill ribbon, Sweet Stitches Big Designer Buttons, Hemp Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Gold Foil Smooch Spritz, Color Catcher, Eyelet Border punch, Cutter Kit (edge distresser); Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

Missing My Dad

Another break in the posting.  This time to sit with my family during my Dad's last few days of life and then to help my Mom get through the difficult first days after his death. 

I know that words can sometimes help to heal when the heart seems most broken.  I found this out as I wrote my Dad's obituary and then a eulogy that I delivered at the visitation the night before his funeral.  I appreciated the words of comfort and sympathy received in cards, letters, phone calls, and the eulogies of my two sisters, my brother, my father's sisters and brothers, and from two close friends of my father.  At the funeral, the priest's words of comfort helped, too.  So did all the hugs and warm greetings from those who attended the visitation, the funeral mass, and the reception at my parent's home following the funeral.  Knowing that my father, my mother, and my family were so loved brought some solace to my soul and helped to dull the pain in my heart; but the pain is still there. 

Now, I'm told, it's all about time.  Time for my mother, my sisters, my brothers, my children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, my aunts, uncles and cousins, for all those who were touched by my father and who grieve his passing.  Time to think about a world that no longer contains his warmth, his humor, and his hugs.  Time to think about his caring heart, his generosity of spirit, and his unconditional love for all of us.  Time to remember.  Time to treasure the memories.  Time to rejoice that the time he spent in this world with us was well-lived and truly remarkable. 

C. Patrick O'Keefe, July 1933 - January 2011

9535 O'Keefe, Cornelius Patrick
Dad was born in Jennings, Missouri, the fifth child in a family of eleven children.  He is survived by his sisters and brothers:  Mary, Delores, John, Thomas, Kay, Ronnie, and Rita and their surviving spouses along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

In 1953, Dad met my mom and they married in 1955.  They were blessed with six children:  Mickey (Darrell), Kathy, Mary Beth (Joe), Mike (Paula), David (Jerri), and Scott (Michelle).  Dad was especially fond of his seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Mom and Dad fostered another son, Everett, in the 1970s who remains a part of this lively family.

Dad retired from the McDonnell Douglas Space and Defense Corporation in 1993 as Ombudsman at the Titusville, FL facility.  His 40 years of service encompassed support to a number of key programs including:  F4, Projects Mercury and Gemini, Dragon, SMAW, and Tomahawk.

Dad was active in his church and in the local community supporting a wide variety of volunteer programs including:  YMCA Indian Guides, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Marriage Encounter, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Divine Mercy Catholic Church. 

Dad was a man of strong faith, character, and high integrity.  He enjoyed woodworking, soapstone carving, and puttering with the landscaping in his yard.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.