Saturday, April 30, 2011

LIM - Week 13 - Thank You or Congratulations

Wow! The weeks are flying by!  I can't believe we're already on week 13, at the Less is More challenge blog!  If you haven't played along, you should.  You'll be glad you did. There are so many talented ladies that participate each week....and you should see their cards!  I try so hard to leave all of you a few words of encouragement, but sometimes I just can't make it to everyone's gallery....(it's that work thing again that gets in the way of my creative time!).  I do try though! You all make some gorgeous cards!  I sincerely appreciate all the wonderful comments you leave for me!

For my card this week, I've chosen to make a thank you card.  I've made so many white cards lately, that I really felt the need to do something different.  Hope this is CAS enough!  I used some green card stock that I had in my stash and made a card base.  For the gingham print across the bottom I used my new stamps from Papertrey Ink's background basics - Gingham stamped in a pear green ink from CTMH.

















The flowers are Hyacinths from a Flourishes set  - Hello Hyacinth.  I stamped the image on white card stock, colored it with my Copics and cut it out.  Then I stamped it again and colored the flowers and the ribbon with my Copics, cut those two pieces out and pop-dotted them over the first image.  The tag was stamped with an old Stampin Up stamp from my stash and then I cut it out with a nestability die.  I didn't pop dot it...I just glued it down with a little "bubble" in the middle. 























Here's a little close up of the flowers so that you can see the dimension.

I also thought I share a layout I finished today.  It's been hanging out on my scrap desk for about a week waiting to be finished.  I struggled with this layout. This is a photo of me and my first husband with our girls when they were small. My husband was killed in an auto accident about seventeen months later, so my girls never really got to know what a great guy he was...and our son, who was born seven months after the accident, never knew him at all. I'm trying to scrap some of our older photos, and tell my children a bit about their Daddy.  The man they call Daddy, has been my husband for 30 years now, and he's been a wonderful father to my children.  We're a very lucky family...two great men in our lives!

I used CTMH papers for this layout and LOTS of punch work.  I cut the title out with the Silhouette. The bling flourishes are made with liquid pearls on a transparency that I then cut out and adhered with glue dots.  The flowers are all handmade by cutting out the shape with a Lifestyle Crafts die, then folding each petal and stacking 2-3 flowers together.  A piece of bling in the center to finish them off.  The leaves were cut with a Sizzix die too and embossed with a stylus for dimension.  I also did a bit of machine stitching on the green mat.  The title work is shaded with a Memento's marker. 





Journaling is tucked behind the large mat on the left and reads:

Looking at this photo…I can’t believe it’s been 35 years since this photo was taken.  I really seems like it was just a short time ago!  Kimberly, you were barely three weeks old and Traci was about 22 months old.  This photo was made at Ken and Diane Wiley’s house on Christmas day 1976.  I look back at this photo and realize how young, innocent, and naïve I was.  Little did I know how much my life would change within the next three years.  Your Daddy was a gentle and loving man and his two little girls held his heart captive.  He loved both of you more than you’ll ever know.  He had a happy, fun-loving, and outgoing personality.  Even though you weren’t old enough to remember him, I want you to know that he was a great man and a wonderful Daddy…and he loved you very much!               Journaling: April 2011

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I love to read your comments and I appreciate you taking the time to leave a few words!  Until next time....

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49 comments:

Lynne said...

Susan your card is gorgeous. Papertrey and Flourishes stamps on one card...My idea of heaven lol. Your layout is lovely too but the journaling brought a tear to my eye, how sad for you and your girls.
Lynne xxx

Rita said...

Beautiful card, I love the fact that you have used green card stock as it adds a lot of dimension to your card. The little bunch of hyacinths are stunning. Hugs Rita xxx

Chrissie said...

Fabulous card Susan... as always!
I was moved reading your post about the tragic passing of your first husband...but how blessed to have shared the last thirty years with another wonderful man!
Thanks so much for sharing!
Chrissie
"Less is more"

jimlynn said...

WOW on both of these! Your scrapbook page is just lovely and oh, I love your card! Beautiful image too. I'm off to check out the Less is More site!
Lynn

Vicky Hayes said...

I love everything about your card Susan. The colour is bold, the pink hyacinths contrast beautifully and the tag is perfect too.

Your scrapbook page is beautiful too and thank you for sharing the story behind it. Life is a journey with many twists and turns. I'm sure your girls will really appreciate knowing more about their father - I lost my mother when I was small and can't hear enough about her now. Vx

Gibmiss said...

Hi
Gorgeous card love the Flowers....gorgeous ...
hugs
sylvie
xxx

Rosemary said...

holey moley susan!! what a gorgeous card!

Jess said...

I adore your card, I love the colours!

craftattack said...

LOve your card with the gingham stamping and the spring flowers, And the LO is really orecious. Sometimes it's good that we don't know what life has in store for us, or it would be hard to go on....All the best for you, hugs and sparkles, Valerie

Dolly Daydreams said...

What a moving story I was really touched you where so young and three children. You have been blessed for a second time though. Gorgeous card those flowers are amazing such great colouring.

Marie

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there Susan, great card, love the bunch of flowers popped up and in Pink!
Thank goodness you have some wonderful pictures and memories, to share with your children, of their father. You've made a beautiful page and you have been lucky to meet another great man. Losing your husband that way must have been the most awful thing especially with young children. Thank you for sharing:0) xxx

Hazel said...

I love your card in my favourite colour, green. I was close to tears reading about your first husband. He would have been so proud of you all and I love to hear that you still have him in your heart even though you have another wonderful husband. Good luck to you all. Hazel x

Aileen said...

Eye catching card. Love the colours, your bunch of flowers and your tag.

Thank you for sharing your page, it's gorgeous. It brought a tear to my eye and must have been very emotional to make. x

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Beautiful card and LO Susan Thanks for sharing!

Ali x

Zoechaos said...

Great card, oh I love Green and your use of colour really inspires me. XOXO Zoe

massofhair said...

Thank you for sharing something so personal and moving. So glad you found love twice and that you still have such vivid memories to pass onto your children. A fantastic piece of journaling.

Your green card is quite wonderful,refreshing and vibrant and that flower stamp is awesome. Fantastic card this week.

Don't worry about commenting on everybody's entries, i tried to comment on each and every one but life does tend to get in the way doesn't it lol...

Always appreciate the time you take to leave comments on mine and hope to see you very soon. Take care:-)

Mandi said...

That has bougth a tear to my eye Susan, how wonderful that you have those precious memories
Life can be so cruel to so many

Beautiful card, as always
continued thank you
mandi
Diva LIM
Less is More

Meggymay said...

Your card is gorgeous, love the green band.
Thankyou for sharing the story behind the scrapbook page, a beautiful memory for you all. Yvonne x

Netty said...

Beautiful card Susan and loving the choice of colours with that beautiful spray of flowers.
Your LO is a wonderful tribute and a great keepsake. Annette x

Suze Bain said...

Oh my goodness, Susan, you've got us all teary eyed all around the world! What a gorgeous photograph and a wonderful treasure. Onto the card, Spring green for new beginnings, hyacinths are coloured beautifully. Thanks for sharing. x

Jose said...

Gorgeous card, and beautiful scrap book page, a lovely story and something for your girls to treasurer.
Jose

Carol said...

A beautiful card and a truly wonderful scrap book page, such a great memory to treasure. TFS. Carol x

Pauline said...

What a fab card Susan, love the vibrant green and the angled flowers give it a little twist.

Your layout is beautiful, and your story is very moving. What a wonderful way to keep cherished memories for your children.

Pauline xx

Little Snippets said...

Super card Susan - I love pink and green and your layering is fab! Your LO is delicately beautiful, isn't it lovely to have such wonderful memories. I'm so glad you found happiness again:) Sarah xx

Stamps and Paper said...

What a lovely card, love the green and the image..

Anne

kelly said...

gorgeous card Susan, I love that deept rich green, and the stamp is beautiful!
kelly xx

Diane said...

Lovely card and a scrapbook page for you and your family to treasure always xx

Linby said...

I just love your card. By co-incidence I have done a similar technique with my hydrangea stamp but yet to blog it.
TYFS your story behind the scrap page, what better reason than this to scrap and pass on these memories.
Linbyx

ThinkInk Creative said...

Love the bubble. Great effect. Actually, love the card all up. Beautiful, as always.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. Yes, the embossing folder is from SU - it was in our summer mini recently but I believe it's still available. will probably make it into the main catalogue eventually. It's called -Square Lattice.

cheers,
Malyn

Jo said...

Lovely card Susan, fab colouring. Jo x

Jan said...

This is lovely, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. I love them xx Jan

Cheryl Nelson said...

Your lo could not be more heartwarming and fabulous in every way. Your card simply elegant and beautiful.

Maria Matter said...

such a pretty card Susan!!!
gorgeous LO too! precious!

GoonerGirl said...

Beautiful card I love the flower posy and how you have cut out and attached so pretty. Thank you for leaving comment on my LIM Card..Chris xx

Bonnie said...

I love the bouquet of hyacinths and the gingham and especially the tag! Another awesome scrapbook page. Thanks for sharing. BTW, your kids have a pretty special Mom too!

Jenny said...

Susan thats a lovely card, I especially love the placement of the hyacinth.
Your story behind your LO is so moving and what wonderful memories and stories you must have to share with your children, scrapbooking them is a great way to record them too :)
(((Hugs)))
Jenny x

Kasey said...

Susan, this is a very pretty card. Thanks for leaving your comment about my wedding card. Cheers, Kasey ~ in Oz

seedlings mum said...

fabulous colour combo - love it!

Ruth said...

Beautiful ..A lovely change from white!

Irene said...

Hi Susan

A great card, a change from white. Your flower stamp is gorgeous.
Thank you for your comment on my blog.
irene
xxxx

Sally said...

A really lovely card Susan. Nice to see someone else using green, I made a green card for the LIM masculine challenge a few weeks ago. A beautiful scrap layout as well but such a sad story behind it. To answer your question regading the photos of my cards. I don't use a light box, just take the pics in my nice light bathroom & then fix on the pc them using PSP.
Sally x

Sarah said...

Hi Susan, your card is so pretty, love the colours you've used. Your story behind your scrapbook page brought a tear to my eye - so touching. Thank you for the comment on my blog. Sarah

Dori said...

love the green card Susan, a nice change from white, the hyacinth stamp is gorgeous. very touching about your family's story.

Gina said...

The card is beautiful Susan. I love the hycinths and the green cardstock is really elegant. The scrapbook layout is a wonderful testament to past memories.
Hugs,
Gina x

Faith A said...

Great to see a coloured card for a change, and love the hyacinth, a lovely card.

Kathleen said...

This is a really lovely card and to be quite honest it is the very first card that I have really liked in these challenges that hasn't used a white card.

Your scrapbook page is really really nice and how lovely that you have taken to us Limette's to share this sad story with us.

Kath x

Sarah-Jane said...

What a beautiful card Susan, I am loving the banners that are around at the moment too, they just add a little something ot sentiments don't they? and your scrapbook page is lovely too, with the sweet journalling from you, I'm sure your kids will be very happy to see and hear these things,
Hugs xx

Lynn said...

I love the green card and hyacinths - layering them really made them seem lifelike. Your scrapbook page is wonderful, and is such a touching way of keeping memories alive. Lynn x

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Susan

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! Love your card its gorgeous.

Tina

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