Saturday, November 24, 2012

Trios of Threes

I'm taking a break from putting together a photo album of my annual holiday with my sisters. Well, actually I am creating three, yes - THREE, of the same album - to give to the sisters. It is SO boring. It is fun looking at the photos and remembering where, when, and what. But putting these together is NOT what I call fun. And I won't even be keeping one for myself... I won't need to after making three of these! Why all the same you may ask.

Last time I did this I made three that were similar but not identical. The sibs squabbled over who's was cuter so I decided this time the three memory books will be exactly the same. SISTERS! Now instead of me listening to them whine about who got what embellishment they get to listen to me bellyache about making three of the SAME album.

Yes - it is an album this time NOT a scrapbook. I HATE scrap booking. I am horrible at it! I can't make decisions - I can't ever decide when a page is finished - I keep tweaking pages - ARRRGGHHHH! So this time is it the album method! There will be some scrapbook elements - but the photos are just slipped into little sleeves.

A trio of identical albums - sure makes for a humdrum activity. So! It is card time!! I popped over Play Date Cafe for some color inspiration and this is what I came up with. MUCH more enjoyable than my boring life as an album maker! By the way - notice it has three flowers. What is it with trios today?!

ALSO I recently received my order from Stampin' Up so decided to put it to use! I bought stamps, die cuts, and my FAVORITE: their watercolor crayons - I LOVE them!

I'm my own best customer. Okay - truth be known - I'm my ONLY customer. I don't think I have it in me to be a demonstrator in front of actual people! I would be so nervous - there is no way I could put on a card making demonstration!  I am so impressed with the Stampin' Up demonstrators who are really SERIOUS about selling SU - I really do love their products! So I am just a silent seller... with me as a silent buyer....Ridiculous - eh?

Trio of Thanks
~Base card - Stampin' Up Going Gray
~Layer of design paper (found it in a 'scrap drawer')
~Additional layer of the same design stamped with Stampin' Up Very Vintage (I removed it from the wheel as I have all my wheelies. I find I use them more frequently as a flat stamp rather than a wheel.) I really like the look of the stamp over the design paper!
~Three stamped flowers from the Stampin' Up Fabulous Florets set - colored with Stampin' Up Watercolor Wonder crayons. Flowers were stamped on Stampin' Up watercolor paper using Versamak and black embossing powder, hand cut and attached with dimensionals.
~Sentiment ALSO from Stampin' Up - the Perfectly Penned set - inked onto an oval die cut with the edges smudged with ink
Challenges and Inspiration
Play Date Cafe - color transpiration
Crafter's Challenge - thank you card
Raise the Bar - thank you card
Freshly Brewed - thankful
Penny's Paper - Crafty Challenge - thankful
Crafty Sentiment Designs - thankful

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Beautiful thank you card, and I agree with you I like the stamp over the patterned paper as well. Thanks for joining us at the Crafters Cafe.

  2. My goodness Nancy,what a beauty this is! I confess to having to read and reread your post as I had no idea what was meant by a wheelie???? Think I've got it now,a stamp on a wheel? Lolol! Have a great Sunday! X

  3. Beautiful card, it looks so stylish,
    Thanks for joining us at penny's
    Hugs Klair xx
    Ps I love your random musings lol I'm also addicted to my iPad!!! :) x

  4. This is impressive. I really like it. Thank you for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog Challenge #10 - Thank You. We hope you will continue to join us. Good Luck on your entry ~ Patti CCCB DT

  5. LOL! I'm right there with you on being the silent seller and buyer!! But, like you, I do love their stuff. I'll have to check into the Watercolor Crayons! LOVE that background paper on this and the entire card is GORGEOUS!!

  6. Stunning creation Nancy! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week. Hope all is well. Hugs:)

  7. Just fabulous Nancy !! I wish I could make such a nice thank you card !! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Crafty Sentiments Designs !!

    hugs Diane xx

  8. Simply gorgeous creations, lovely job! Thank you for joining us this week at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge. I hope you play along with us again soon!

    Jackie, Crafty Sentiments Designs DT

  9. Wonderful thank you card. So sweet
    Thanks for joining us at crafty sentiments this week
    Lisa x

  10. Your card is stunning! Love the beautiful flowers. Thank you for playing along with The Play Date Cafe!

  11. Beautiful - very elegant and I love the colours you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

  12. is a card impeccable, me charm marialexCCCB Dt

  13. Absolutely stunning! Great Design Composition and Construction! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!


  14. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us this week at Raise The Bar!

  15. Oh how stunning! I have always been a huge fan of beautiful cards like this, so classic and pretty. Thank you so much for joining in on our Thankful challenge this week over at Raise The Bar!
    ~*Joni RTB DT


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