Friday, September 14, 2007

Refuge & Strength

Good morning girlfriends! Happy Friday! I am so glad to see this day arrive. It's been a long, busy week. Remember that chicken noodle soup I was going to make earlier in the week? Never got done. TODAY I am finally going to get to the soup!! Mmmmm, mmmmm, good!

I am so thankful I got a bunch of cards made last weekend, because this week was a MAJOR bust as far as stamping goes! I didn't get one thing done, and that is bumming me out! My stress level is high (red alert), so I'm hoping this afternoon I'll get at least one thing stamped! Since I was able to get a bunch of stuff done last weekend, I am able to share another card with you today. Once you see it, you might not be so happy. It's another FALL card! It was the theme last weekend, I guess.

Actually, I had customers request some religous cards, so I got out my new Refuge and Strength SU set and got busy. At the same time, I dug out Doodle This and used it as well. It's been a LONG time since I used this set! This is a rather simplistic card. Part of me thinks it's missing "something", but part of me thinks the designer paper is SO busy that anything more on the front of it would overwhelm. What are your thoughts?

The paper is from Paper Salon and is called Spice:Floral. It's luscious! This paper epitomizes fall, doesn't it? To start, I sewed a piece of the designer paper to So Saffron cardstock using a straight stitch. For the main image, I stamped the flower from Doodle This on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and then distressed it with Ranger Distress Ink in Tea Stain. It was mounted on a piece of So Saffron cardstock, and then sewn together with a straight stitch. I painted the flower using my aqua painter and Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum inks. Then, for sparkle, I went over the petals with my H2O paints! Can you see the sparkle?????? So perty!! This main image panel is adhered to the front of the card using dimensional tape (I feel like this is a standard line I use in nearly every single post! It's rare that I don't use it:)! This is a really simple layout that can be used over and over again! Hope you like it!

Well, today is a stay at home day for the most part. Finally. I need to finish up my TV buy for 4Q and another one that needs to get on the air Monday. Just got that a few days ago. It shouldn't take too long to finish it up. Then I have to run a quick errand. THEN, oh pray tell, I'll be able to stamp. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tonight is the high school football game. Eldest Son will be marching in full regalia (uniform). It certainly will be cold enough here that he won't boil to death in the wool! I'll take pictures. They will do a full halftime show! Woo-hoo! I love watching them march! I'm such a geeky band mom!

By the way, a few of you asked yesterday what BSF stood for. It stands for Bible Study Fellowship. It's an inter-denominational bible study that is INTERNATIONAL! Every week, no matter where you are in the world, each BSF group is studying the SAME THING! From MN to Mozambique, we are all studying the book of Matthew this year! Here's a link in case you want more information, or to find a group near you. It is a wonderful program, and if it peaks your interest at all, I encourage you to click the link. It was the best thing I did 6 years ago!

Have a great day everyone! I'll leave you with one of the pictures I took at Youngest Son's football game yesterday. The picture is NOT of my son, but of some other boy on the team! He is the quarterback and was running for a touchdown!!! I promise I'll get one of a shot of my son soon!



  1. Michelle8:21 AM

    I just love your cards, they are always so bright & cheery! Something I look forward to looking at each AM.

  2. I have to say, I love that card and it will lead me to but the set. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. May you be blessed!

  3. Carol9:17 AM

    I think your lovely card looks perfect. The background paper with it's explosion of vibrant color is enough for me. I love Autumn!

  4. Amy, your card is aweesome! I love Refuge & fact, I think I need to order it right now!!

  5. yea for geeky band moms everywhere!! i was a geeky band MEMBER in my day, and still love a good halftime show...the uniforms, the formations, the color guard, the blasting brass lines. can't wait to see pics. like the shimmer on the card too...happy need to relax!

  6. Your card is beautiful, and I love the paper! That Doodle flower is so pretty and sparkly!

    Hope you get some time to stamp later!

  7. MMMMMM... chicken noodle soup! Mabye I'll make some today, too. I think this card is perfect. I love the way you colored Doodle This, so different from all the other Doodle This cards out there. And I love that sentiment. Even though the dp is quite explosive, the card has a calm and a peace about it. So nice! :)

  8. Oooh! that paper is gorgeous! Love the stitching and the colours!

  9. You have made me fall in love with that harvest paper, and your cards are to die for !! My husband and I live in a small native village in Alaska, and the sun is starting to go away for the winter. I have been having trouble getting enough light to take good pictures. I was so thankful to see your lightbox tutorial, and I will be making one ass soon as we make a trip to Fairbanks !! Laurie from

  10. Such pretty cards, I love them! Don't you just love taking pictures of your son during a football game and then realizing that it really wasn't him? I do it all the time. LOL!

  11. This is a beautiful card. Just to throw something out there, how about a metal hinge or one of those metal loopy things with a slight bit of ribbon tied onto it to further anchor your image. But this really is a great card just the way it is.

  12. This is one of the most BEAUTIFUL cards EVER! Honestly, the colors, the sentiment, everything is perfect! God bless you Amy for sharing your talent with all of us. Hugs & Smiles, Pam :)


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