Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Still in my Jammies...

It's nearly 10:00 in the morning, and here I am still in my jammies. Not going anywhere, and no one's coming over, so why the heck not?! Been away from blogland far too long... I was absolutely blessed last week; I got to go spend three full days with the little grandchildren in Madison. How much fun did we have???!!! Amidst the homework and the other daily things, we managed some time to make a couple of crafts, which they had a blast doing, and I had a blast letting them just take off and create. We shared a great time cooking, playing, crafting, and hanging out, and the littlest was kind enough to share her virus with grandma as well. The day after I got home, I knew I had one of "those" colds. Not just a sniffly nose, but a full frontal head and chest thing; been nearly turning my lungs inside out from the coughing, and part of it has turned into a sinus infection - oh goodie.... But I'm feeling a bit better, and had a thank you card to make and get in the mail. It's taken me about 5 days to get it finished; have had limited energy levels, plus it's no fun to craft when you have to blow your nose every other minute. However, I'm determined to be done with this virus, and feel like reconnecting with you all.

So I was working on a card in my head, with no thought of challenges. I just wanted a Thank You card. And lo, and behold, I found four, count 'em, four challenges that this little card fits into! Who knew?! Things have a way of working out, don't they? This will head into all three SSS challenges; SSS Monday (use a past challenge; I'm using one from May of this year, "thank you"), SSS Wednesday (anything goes), and SSS Work It Wednesday (Thank You). And over at Stempelkuche the challenge is not to use any stamps on our designs.

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Here's the card:



Now before I get into the full detail mode, you all have seen the amazing creations that Hannelie makes, haven't you? Well, she uses her Silhouette Cameo in such amazing ways, that I thought I should expand my horizons a bit more.  Thanks sweet Hannelie for being such an inspiration! The polka dotted paper, and the tag were created from Print and Cut files! The tag was blank, so I found a font I liked, moved it onto the tag, removed the red outline, and gave it a rich black fill. The polka dotted paper was another tag, and I just made it bigger and then used a ME die to cut it to this size. There's an old vellum leaf die cut on the tag, and some nested gold thread. A bit of Michaels sheer black ribbon and I think that's all. While this took me forever to make (hack, hack, cough, cough, blow, blow), I think it could be done now in a matter of 10-15 minutes. This card feels right. You know what I mean? When you create something that speaks to your whole insides? I wish you could all see this irl... Would it be wrong to say that I love this one? It makes me happy and I hope it makes you happy too. And speaking of happy....Happy Dances everyone!

28 comments:

TK Watson said...

I LOVE this! -- so wish I could do something amazing with my silhouette. Hannalie is definitely an inspiration, as are You!

Becca Cruger said...

Feels right is right! After seeing this I just wanted to say oooo la la! Tres magnifique! :D It seems very french to me, is what I'm saying. Love the adorable polkas and your layers are so light and airy. J'adore!

Shelly said...

Sounds like you had a great time with your grandchildren! Minus the nasty head cold stuff...no fun! Hope you feel better soon!! On plus side, you made an awesome card!! Love how Hannelie inspired you! Take care, hugs!

Barb said...

Hi Bev, well I don't blame you doing a happy dance. This little card is a beauty. I admire your technical skills. I just about manage manual ....

Anyway I so enjoyed reading about your time with the family in Madison and do hope that you'll soo be feeling back to normal. I so understand as I also get sinus infections if I pick things up. Take care. It's good to have you back. Barbxx

Virginia Lu said...

This is so pretty and exquisite! Love the layering and soft colors, Bev! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Hope you feel better soon! Hugs!

Jen Mitchell said...

So sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Hopefully you'll be back to your old self soon! And can I just say how much I love this card?!?! The polka dotted layer caught my eye right away and it goes so well with the pink striped tag. And vellum seems to make the world go 'round in my book so whenever I see it on a card I'm in love! What a wonderful thank you card and nice job putting all those challenges together!

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh no! So sorry to hear that you caught a nasty bug! Happy to hear that you are slowly getting your energy back! And look what a pretty tag card you made despite feeling under the weather! Woohoo!

Darnell J Knauss said...

You are a trooper when it comes to wifing and grandmothering and crafting and blogging, Bevie! To make this absolutely gorgeous creation in the throes of a head and chest full of snot speaks to how talented you are!! I hope you feel all better soon! I prescribe three more days of jammies and card-making!! Hugs, Darnell

I Card Everyone said...

This was such a nice surprise in my inbox! Glad to hear you're a bit better ... but don't push it! Gorgeous creation, Bev ... can we play with the magical machine when I come visit?
=]

Kelly Griglione said...

awww, this makes MY insides happy! Love your card, Bev! That vellum leaf on top of the bold stripes is just so modern and fun. Great idea! Hope you're feeling better by now : )

Kara Lynne said...

Your card makes me happy too! I am so impressed with your Cameo skills! Glad you had a wonderful time with the grandkids, but sorry about the cold!

Team Clark said...

This is so beautiful, I always am drawn to these colors!

Marybeth said...

Im still in my jammies as well! I think you got my husband sick he seems to have the same thing your had. Haha. Im so glad you are feeling better, Bev! Your card is beyond stunning! Enjoy your day !

Geri said...

What the heck??? How did I miss this? Good thing I did a quick scroll further down the page! FOUR CHALLENGES - YES (insert fist pump here!)

Polka dots and stripes on your Silhouette!!! Wow - way to go girlfriend!!! The sheer ribbon and sproinky thread....GOR-GEE-OUS!!!

I definitely see the "feels right" thing...cuz this tag is more than right!!!

Bobby said...

Did I ever tell you I have a small Silhouette that I won? I used it once. It tore up the paper and that was the end of that. I never tried cut and print, if mine even does that but I know what you mean about Hannelie. She works magic with hers, and you don't do so bad yourself, Bev. This card is wonderful. I love the pink and black and polka dots and stripes. I'm glad you're feeling somewhat better and hope you continue you to improve more every day.

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi there, Beth! First, let me say HELLO to a sister in the Lord, Jesus Christ. It's always SO NICE to find a fellow Christian crafter, and I'm delighted to find your blog. Second, I want to say that I just LOVE your card. God has definitely blessed you with an amazing gift and I look forward to seeing a lot more of your art. Last, I want to give you a personal and warm invitation to stop by and play along with us at Word Art Wednesday. We're a fun Christian challenge blog, and we have weekly Anything Goes (family freindly) challenges, great prizes and free scripture file each week (but it's not required to play along). I would LOVE having you join us. Have a blessed week, and I hope to see you soon.
God bless you!
Karen Letchworth, Owner
Word Art Wednesday
www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

Petra Swart said...

Oh, my, Bev, so sorry to hear you've been under the weather - hope you'll be A-OK very soon!!! Sound as if you had lots of fun with the kiddo's - how lucky they are to have such an awesome granny!!!!
And your thank you card is simply stunning, my friend!!!! WOW, ...polka dots, pink stripes, tags, organza ribbon, vellum leaves, some gold thread ...all put together to make a beautiful card!!! One of your bests!!!! LOVE it!!! I have to go back to have another look!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
Hugz

Anita in France said...

It's not just your gorgeous card that has me happy, Bev ... it's seeing you back with us ... and well on the mend ... that has me smiling all over my face! Stripes and polka dots ... pink and black ... delicate vellum ... lovely layers ... you used just the loveliest ingredients to create this delicious delight, mon amie! Big hugs (to counter that virus) & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Lynn said...

Your time with the little ones sounds absolutely perfect Bev (minus the cold for sure!). Love this card...those pink stripes are perfect for this preppy girl!

cheiron said...

Wonderful card! Great mix of colors, and papers. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

lostinpaper said...

You sound busy... no wonder you are having a 'jammie' day lol. The vellum leaf on your beautiful card is TDF!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

P.S. There have been many days where I've stayed in Jammie's all-day. So don't feel bad. :)

Martha said...

Bev, I hope you are feeling better by now.
OH MY, I love this card! Every detail & color caught my eye. Beautifully done!

SonjaK said...

Such a great card using no stamps! Love the colors and patterns you've combined. You can sure be proud of it. And it's a wonderful hommage to Hannelie with her awesome Silhouette cards. So glad you've played along with us at the Stempelküche challenge.

Kylie said...

Oh no, Bev! I hope you have been resting up and you are feeling so much better! It's wonderful you had such fun with the kiddo's. Don't they come up with such fabulous ideas?! Speaking of fabulous - yep, this card - you nailed it. It is so lovely!

Birka said...

this tag is sooo pretty :-) ans without any stamps. Its awesome, right? Hard, but awesome ;-) thanks vor joining our Stempelküche-Challenge

Kim S said...

Jammies are the best!!! Sometimes you just have to treat yourself!

I love your creation - it's so soft and sweet. I love the hint of pink on all of that black and white - and the vellum leaves are the perfect finishing touch.

cm said...

Your card speaks most eloquently to my whole insides, Bev...it's classy, pretty, thoughtful and 'you'! The pink/black combination, the whisper of vellum, the tag...a winning, smile-making combination! I hope, by now, you've escaped the throes of the nasty bug and are feeling much better. Jammie days: yes! We need those days whenever we can get 'em!
Hugs~c