Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bubble Time At Last

Two items to take note of prior to reading this posting:

1. I MOSTLY make blank cards (I give away - not as in address to someone - groups of cards - to family and friends). I get complaints about this from a couple of my dearest sisters...but I figure this makes most cards multi-purpose - and hey - write your OWN sentiment on the inside - somebody tie a piano to your right wrist?!

2. (This point is VERY important!) I am NOT a night person!

Last night at 8:45 my husband asked me if I could make 'either a christening card or a baby card'. This was VERY curious as he has NEVER asked for one of my cards. I looked at him, I admit rather suspiciously, and said, "sure, when do you need it?"

He replied, "in the morning, I'll be leaving for church around 8:15."


Start a card at 8:45 PM? Me? I don't think I could even put together a 'quickie' cheater card at that time of the day!

Plus this is a pretty special baby and parents - not worthy of a 'quickie' card. Baby Frances was born in a timely fashion while daddy is home from Iraq. I couldn't think of sending a 'last minute-throw-together card for Mary Grace's new little sister. Now mind you I've only met Daddy and that was very briefly. These are church choir acquaintances of my husbands. (I can't sing and in fact could curl tiles off the wall if I attempted to sing in the shower. I attend mass on the campus where I work - so my path never intersects the BIG church choir.)

It is obvious husband John has no idea how much time goes into making a card especially when you considering drying time for coatings or glittery gluey stuff. God love him! Okay, maybe it's partially my fault for RARELY letting him into the Bubble. He probably thinks - paper - cut, ink stamp - DONE!

Well I did manage to stamp a baby sentiment into what I thought could be an appropriate baby card (refer to point #1 above...) I used "Make Mine a Double" (posted Dec. 29). Baby also got a 'rag-time' pastel baby THAT I CAN'T whip up with only a few moments notice!

My Bubble time has been too limited lately so I really enjoyed the time I got to spend making cards today. Plus I bought four stamps while they were on sale over the holidays over at Kimmie's Stamps and I couldn't wait to crack them open!

Double Dare Card Challenge sketch DDCC #69

Margarita Button
~Base care - PTI
~Layer of Colorbok Eggplant and Sage (transfer of treasure from Amy and Jennie!)
~Scallop circle using Cuttlebug die cut
~Layers of cardstock dotted with Stickles glitter
~Image - long-ago purchase from the Michael's dollar bin - colored with pencils - glitter for the salt rim, the rest topped with Stampin Up Crystal Effects
~Button tied with metallic thread (ToC from sister Gail)
~Horizontal lime green with two brads

One of my 'regulars' (student on campus) has a birthday coming up. She is in a 'penguin' phase (penguinie - if you are Mary Lee's grand daughter). There are a few students who I make cards for just because they are especially special. Sherin is a sophomore and is one of my 'floor kids'. Because she likes penguins I was able to hit a double whammy with card blog challenges. Stampin B's challenge was to make a card with winter fun and the challenge over at The Pink Elephant was a birthday theme.

Cup of Birthday Joy~Base Card topped with blue cardstock
~Layer of Daisy D's Winter Fun Pad - over stamped with Hero Arts Snowflake Border using Versamark and clear embossing powder
~Layer of blue cardstock, layer of yellow glittery cardstock, layer of red cardstock - and then Oliver from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps - colored in with pencils, and Copics, topped with Pearlescent acrylic - marshmallows puffed up with Liquid Applique (Isn't he CUTE???)
~Snowflake brad
~Metallic threads - metal printed tag
~Snowflake ribbon

The challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie was to use pink, red, and chocolate - just in time for Valentine's Day. This is another stamp I just ordered from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - she has the cutest stamps!!!!

Mug of Hearts
~Base card - PTI
~Layer of Making Memories Cosmopolitan Collection (this is from my - I bought this WHY? pile - but look - the challenge called for pink and chocolate...and here it is)
~Image - Kraftin' Kimmie's Piper. Stamped Piper is actually holding a mug - I stamped a heart using Versamark and red embossing powder and attached it using a dimension foam square. Image is colored using pencils and Copics. There are other darlin' little girl stamps over at Kraftin' Kimmies...I am SO going to make a wish list!
~American Crafts heart ribbon
~Assorted bunch of ribbons

Crazy for Challenges posted a sketch challenge (c4c20)

Bloomin' Hearts
~Base card - smudged up with several colors
~Layer of MME Out & About
~Layer of card stock
~Another layer of MME Out & About
~Image Stampabilities Heart Tree colored in with Copics - hearts topped with Glossy Accents
~Horizontal layer of MME Out & About with a red heart brad
~Sentiment - Stampin' Up Small Script stamped on a paint chip sample

Time to sign off for now - another busy week ahead.

You can get up close with the card by clicking on the image.
All good wishes,


  1. Wow, Nancy! All your cards are beautiful....but my favourite has to be Piper!! The colours, your colouring and that fun heart ribbon are fabulous! Thanks for joining us for this week's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge!!

  2. So glad you got to blog a bit this weekend! Husbands rarely get 'it' and the 'it' varies by leaps and bounds and does NOT seem to improve with time. Oh well. . . . to quote Nila.

    Thanks for making Arianna famous at her newly acquired ripe old age of three. And what would be the chance of the inspiration muse guiding you to design five cards with a gardening theme?

    I still owe you from the Thanksgiving theme. . . . . ML

  3. Fabulous cards.
    Thank you for joining in the DDCC this time.
    Cathy xx


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