My Stampin' Up order (just for me!) arrived this afternoon. I couldn't wait to play with my new "toys." The cards I am sharing with you today are made with Positive Thoughts stamp set and the new coordination dies that are available for purchase now. I think this stamp set is getting missed from the Mini Catalog. I know I missed it until they released the dies and I took a look at what the dies (Natures Thoughts) matched up with. Check it out on page 23 of the Mini Catalog. This set reminds me a lot of a stamp set that is really old called Garden Collage. It was one of the first stamps that I purchased from Stampin' Up and one that got me to sign up as a demonstrator on Feb. 16, 2005. Hard to believe I have been with Stampin' Up that long - sure doesn't seem like it.
I used a dauber on the background of Pear Pizzaz right under the fern stamp. I was able to die cut the flower, fern leaves, the frame and the little decorative piece under the Balmy Blue. That would have been a lot of fussy cutting! Thanks to the dies, it saved me time to do the next card! The flowers are stamped with Seaside Spray ink (which I have hardly used but I love it.) It is one of the In Colors. The ferns are stamped in Pear Pizzaz. I used Smoky Slate to mat the frame onto.
This card is going to a friend of mine who is having health issues and she and her doctors are trying to get to the bottom of it. Hope it will cheer her up.
Another card for a friend having health issues. She had a stroke a couple of months ago and is paralyzed on her right side. I heard today that she is getting better and stronger. But she still has a long way to go.
I did a wash on the Shimmery White cardstock of Smoky Slate. (If I were to make this card again, I would do the wash in Purple Posy instead.) The flower is stamped with Purple Posy. I used Blends to color the butterfly.
So my mom called me yesterday morning and sounded awful! She said she had been coughing for two days and wasn't able to sleep at night. I made a doctor's appointment for her for the afternoon since I was headed to a dentist appointment in the opposite way. Luckily, my sister was able to take her when she got off work. Mom has the flu! She had her flu shot but the PA said what she has wasn't the same type of flu that her shot was. My nephew had the flu back in January but he hadn't gotten a flu shot. We all had been with mom on Saturday night when we out to dinner to celebrate my sister's birthday. And of course, we all hugged and kissed mom that night. I've got my fingers crossed that no one else in the family contracts it - especially my nephew's wife who is six months pregnant!