May 6, 2011

A Gem of a Challenge sketch

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:09 am by Ms. Petersen

So I was at Michael’s doing my monthly shopping spree when I spied a new line of paper by My Mind’s Eye. Well, I don’t know if it’s new or not because it’s part of the 29th Street Market collection, of which I have exactly 1,230,999.627 sheets because I love it so much. But my local Michael’s had never carried this particular branch of the collection before, so it’s new to me.

Anyway, when I saw it I just about had an orgasm! The designs are composed of the shabby chic look I love so much, but the best part is that the main color is purple! Just looking at purple makes me happy, and every chance I get I let people know it. In fact, I swear Alice Walker got the idea to name her book The Color Purple because someone told her about me. 🙂

I’ve mentioned that I’m getting together with a friend I’ve not seen for ten years and am making her some cards. Unfortunately, I really just don’t like the cards I’ve already made. So, I’ve decided to stop trying to force those papers (MME’s Lush, which I also love) into designs I don’t like and start over with the new paper. I am happy to say I am loving this first card, which is a huge relief, and I look forward to seeing what I can do with the new paper on the rest of the cards.

Recipe:

My Mind’s Eye “29th Street Market” papers
Spellbinder’s Nestabilities
ProvoCraft swirls embossing folder
Martha Stewart border punch
EK Success butterfly punch
circle medallion stamp (I don’t know who makes this stamp. I think it was a dollar stamp from Robert’s.)
Stampendous embossing powder, purple
Distress Ink, Dusty Concord
Distress Ink, Bundled Sage
ribbon from stash
pearl brad from stash

Challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge–sketch
Do You stack Up–purple (yay!)
Little Miss Muffett Challenges–die cuts of punches
Crafts and Me Challenge–swirls
Divas by Design–anything goes
Flutter By Wednesday’s–use a butterfly

May 1, 2011

i{heart}2stamp April Sketch Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:24 am by Ms. Petersen

     

I am going to be meeting with a very good friend that I haven’t seen for ten years, so I decided to make her a present of some monogrammed notecards with a different design on each one. Honestly, I’ve made five so far and this is really the first one I am happy with, which I attribute to this lovely sketch. It’s really much prettier IRL because even though the colors are pale and thus there is not much contrast, they really are stronger IRL than the picture portrays. I’m just not a very good photographer and I’ve taken 1,200,543.553 pictures, and can’t get it right. So, just know that the really are prettier than what the photo shows. 🙂

Recipe:

My Mind’s Eye pale pink “Lush” papers
C’ordinations dark blue pearl paper
Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities
Stampendous dark blue embossing powder
Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Challenges:

i{heart}2stamp–sketch
Crafts 4 Eternity–anything goes
If the Shoe Fits Scrap It–things with wings
Joyful Stamper–anything goes
Paper Cutz Challenge–anything goes
Stamp Something–something with wings
Wags and Whiskers–use a die/punch

April 30, 2011

Mojo Monday Sketch

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:04 am by Ms. Petersen

      

I don’t have anyone to send this Thank You card to, but I liked Mojo Monday’s sketch so much that, for the first time ever, I made a card I didn’t immediately need. Given it is a Thank You card, I’m sure the day will come when I will.

I incuded this close-up to show the button on the butterfly.     It was actually red, so I used the dark-blue embossing powder to make it blue, and I was very pleased with how it turned out.

Recipe:

My Mind’s Eye pale pink “Lush” paper (Yes, I am still obssessed with this paper!)
C’ordinations Pearl Paper- dark blue
Stampendous “Thank You Swirls” stamp
Martha Stewat butterfly punch
EK Success butterfly punch
Martha Stewart border punch
Sizzix leafy vine punch
McGills’ Petite Petals punch
Stampendous embosssing powder–dark blue
off-white resume paper (roses)
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
button, ribbon, white floral wire and pearls from stash

Challenges:

Mojo Monday–sketch
CCEE Stampers–add a butterfly
DYSU Challenge Blog–make it pop (3-D effects)
Little Miss Muffet Challenges–die cuts/punches
Moving Along with the Times–anything goes
Flutter By Wednesday’s–3 flowers, 2 papers, 1 button
My Mum’s Craft Shop challenge–flowers
The Paper Variety–polka dots
Scrap Creations–flowers
Party Time Tuesdays–anything goes
The Stamping Boutique–winged things
Top Tip Tuesday–use a square (the card itself is a square)
Craft Your Passion–Show Us Your Layers
Make it Monday–anything goes
Stamping Scrapping–anything goes

April 25, 2011

For Tim, and for Laura

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:59 pm by Ms. Petersen

Two years ago my heart was broken when I discovered that the best friend I’d ever had, Tim, was dead. Below, I’ve written an explanation of why this was so devastating beyond the obvious loss of my friend, and how I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to take what I learned from his death and do the right thing today. It’s very lengthy, so I decided to give the card details first so that you won’t have to search for them in the middle of my narrative. If you feel like reading my entire story, know that you will hear something you have probably heard dozens of times already, but that is so incredibly important: Never take anyone you love for granted. Never. Okay, onto the card:

When I saw Mojo Monday’s sketch I fell in love with it, and I thought the timing was perfect because I wanted to make a card for another dear friend, Laura. Unfortunately, I just discovered I’d missed the deadline! Oh, well, today I am glad for opportunities that come my way to do the right thing, and I definitely think I did the right thing by using the sketch anyway. 🙂

My Mind’s Eye pale pink Lush papers
My Mind’s Eye pale pink Lush ribbons
C’ordinations dark blue pearl paper
McGill’s Petite Flowers punch
Martha Stewart border punch
Sizzix leaf/vine die
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Spellbinders Fancy Tags die
Colorbox pink pigment ink

Challenges I’m entering:

Cooking It Up with Katie–pink, flowers, for a lady
Crafts and Me Challenges–pink and sweet
Card Cupid’s Blog–punches
Magnolia Stamp Lovers Challenge Blog–flowers
Pile It On–two or more ribbons
Sparkles Forum Challenge–anything goes
CES Challenges–Spring colors
Delicious Doodles–anything goes
Prairie Fairy Fridays–flowers

Okay, on to my story about Tim. 

I was a non-traditional student when I went to college. I didn’t start until I was 30, so I was a good 10+ years older than most of the students. In my senior year I was the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, and so I worked with these “kids” as their boss. For the most part they were very nice to me, but obviously, we didn’t have much in common. They would come in and spend their obligatory 10 minutes with me, catching up on assignments, asking me for help when they were struggling with a story, and sometimes telling me about something in their personal lives. But that last part was rare.

Except for Tim, the kid who became the best friend I’d ever had. He would come in, catch up on assignments, ask for help with a story, and then proceed to tell me all sorts of things going on in his personal life. I’ll never forget the day I realized that he’d just talked to me for the better part of an hour, and that he did so because he actually liked me. I was shocked. But it was true, and our friendship grew to be very strong.

It was always completely platonic, and though he didn’t tell me at the time, it turned out he was gay. That mattered not a bit to me, and once he came out, I was very happy for him that he had come to terms with it and embraced it, because it was such an integral part of who he was.

Tim eventually moved out of state to California, and we didn’t stay in touch often. My life was difficult at the time, and I was extremely suicidal. Then one day in 2006 he sent me a message on AOL. I ached to see him, so I flew to California to spend a week with him, and . . things got ugly. All I could talk about was dying. To Tim, who had lupus, a potentially fatal disease. I don’t have words to explain how selfish I was, but I honestly could not see through my pain. Tim was also in a good deal of pain, particularly because his staunch Mormon family did not accept that he was gay. He hated living a lie, and was excruciatingly lonely. And he had gotten mean, something I would never have thought possible, as he was always the sweetest and kindest person on the planet. So, the visit ended badly, and I did not even say good-bye. I just turned around and walked away.

Two years ago I decided to search Tim’s name to see what he was up to, and discovered he had died of his lupus. Writing this I still feel the blow I did when I first read those words, and I am as bereft today as I was the day I discovered this. I hate myself for the things I said to him. I won’t go on about it, because I don’t have the words. But I would give anything to be able to go back, turn around from walking away, and tell him how sorry I was for the horrible things I’d said, and that I loved him. While these words sound a bit matter-of-fact, I am actually sobbing because my regret, and grief, are so profound.

Fast forward  to today: Last week I got a message on facebook from a young woman with whom I had worked over ten years ago. She was also much younger than I, this time by twenty years. Once again, I was shocked that someone so young wanted to be my friend. But she did, and much like my friend Tim, she was very kind and loving to me. This was the beginning of the time when I became so suicidal, and she tried her best to help me with that. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t shake it, and I am the one who broke off the friendship. I just couldn’t talk to anyone. But she tried her best, because she genuinely loved me.

So, last week when I saw her message on face book I was delighted to hear from her, and we are planning to get together in the next couple of weeks. But, the thing is, I can’t stop thinking about Tim. Because of what happened with him, I realize how extraordinarily privileged I am to have had a second person in my life who genuinely loved me, just as I am, and, even better, that she’s still here so that I can tell her that.

I’m sure everything will be fine and I certainly don’t anticipate any problems. But, even if the worst happens and things get ugly like they did with Tim, I will not turn around and walk away. Instead, I will look into her eyes, and tell her how sorry I am for not being the good friend she deserves, that I know how extraordinarily lucky I am to have had her in my life, and that, most importantly, I love her. No matter what, she will know that I love her. Tim taught me that that is the right thing to do.

So, I made Laura a card and I’m going to put what I just wrote into it. She deserves to know all this. I only wish Tim were still here so I could tell him the same.

If you have someone in your life that you love with all your heart and soul, but where things have gotten difficult, please try and find a way to tell him or her. I don’t discount difficulties. I know what happened with Tim wasn’t entirely my fault, and that it was complicated. But the thought of him thinking, for the rest of his life, that I didn’t care about him, will haunt me until I die. Please find a way, even if it’s just a quick note, to tell that person that, despite the difficulties, how much you love him or her. I know it’s trite, but it is so true, sometimes tragically, that you never know when someone is going to die, and you must never, ever, take your love for that person for granted. Never.

April 22, 2011

The Sugar Bowl Sketch

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:26 am by Ms. Petersen

When I saw The Sugar Bowl sketch I decided to try something out of my comfort zone, and you can see the result. The papers are darker, and the patterns kitchier than I really like. I bought them on sale a very long time ago and have barely even looked at them since. Additionally, I’m not crazy about this stamp. I think it’s actually kind of boring. I bought it on ebay and thought there was a little more to the drawing, but when I received it I realized I had been mistaken.

I’m surprised to say that I actually quite like this card. I think the lack of detail on the stamp worked in my favor, because despite the fact that I am terrible at coloring stamps, I think I did a decent job on this one. I chose colors that contrasted with the paper while staying in the same color family, and don’t hate what I did. That NEVER happens! 

Best of all, I had purchased a McGill’s Petite Flowers Punch the other day and feel like I’ve finally got the knack of making sweet little roses, and think they look fabulous. I also really like how the punched vines match the vines in the stamp. In fact, when I started looking at challenges to enter, I realized these floral elements would make my card qualify for a few of the “Spring” categories out there. So, all in all, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

Recipe:

K&Company “Life’s Journey” paper
birdhouse stamp (I don’t know who made it.)
Sizzzix leaf/vine die
Martha Stewart border punch
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Stampendous black embossing powder
watercolor paper
watercolors

Challenges:

The Sugar Bowl–sketch
AIFactory–flowers in bloom
Aud Sentiments–anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge–flowers
Cute Card Thursday–no text
Paper Play Challenges–Spring
Pixie Dust Studio–Spring
Flutter By Wednesday’s–butterfly
Stampin’ Royalty–watercolor

April 20, 2011

I wants me some of that ribbon!

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:57 pm by Ms. Petersen

 

I recently discovered The Ribbon Girl Blog, and have decided to enter each of their challenges until I win some of that yummy ribbon!!! I haven’t been big on ribbon before, but am suddenly itching to see what I can do with it on my cards.

The newest challenge is to make a card with the colors red, white and blue. Given the obvious theme to choose is a patriotic one, I decided to make an “Any Hero” card. What that is is a card the wonderful organizationOperation Write Home will forward to one of our soldiers. I’ve written a note to him/her inside the card explaining that I simply don’t have word to express how grateful I am to them, and it made me feel good to know at least one soldier will know that. Obviously, it’s’ still not enough. I really can’t figure out what would, indeed, be enough. It haunts me often.

(I can’t figure out why the white paper is coming out so yellow. I did ink the edges with Distress Ink, but not enough to change the color of the paper entirely. It really is white in real life.)

Recipe:

My Mind’s Eye Bohemia paper
My Mind’s Eye Asparagus paper
Cuttlebug stars die
Distress Ink Antique Linen
Inkadinkado “Thank You swirls” stamp
Stampendous blue embossing powder
red foil paper form stash

Challenges

The Ribbon Girl Blog color challenge–red, white and blue
Creative Craft Challenges–(heat) embossing
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge Blog–anything goes
Cupcake Craft Challenges–lots of layers
Karens Doodles challenge–lots of layers
Pink Paper Paradise–Make it Monday–show your creativity
Woodware USA–dies and/or punches
Pile it On–use a rubber stamp

April 11, 2011

Mojo Monday Sketch

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:51 am by Ms. Petersen

A dear friend of my mother’s died last Friday, and she’s heartbroken. She asked me to make a sympathy card, and I loved Mojo Monday’s sketch so much I used it to do so. I kept it very simple on purpose because of the occasion, and used blues because it was a man who died. But I think it turned out pretty.

Recipe:

Basic Grey “Two Scoops” designer paper
Inkadinkado Poppy rubber stamp
Stampendous white opaque embossing poweder
Martha Stewart punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four die
Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop oval die
light blue C’ordinations Whitewash paper
dark blue C’ordinations pearl paper
ribbon from stash

Challenges:

Mojo Monday Sketch–sketch
Gingerloft Challenge–blue
Catch the Bug–four or more layers

April 8, 2011

Bearly Mine Sketch

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:16 am by Ms. Petersen

I made this card for my niece’s upcoming wedding using the sketch from Bearly Mine, and I love how it turned out. The paper is from My Mind’s Eye’s “Lush” colletion, which I love love love. In fact, I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the pale pink collection on sale at my local Robert’s. I didn’t have the money, but I spent it anyway on all the sheets they had left over, including the same collection in brown. Did I mention how much I LOVE it!?

I was also excited because I figured out how to make the design to fit my Labels Four Nestabilities! I have seen numerous stamps that fit the Nestabilities, and wanted them badly, but they were just so expensive, or at least, they were when compared with my meager monthly budget. (I’m disabled and on a fixed income.) Then it hit me that I could design them myself! I used to do a lot of computer illustrations and so already knew the basics. I have a great little program called “Digital Scrapbook Artist,” that had all the tools necessary. I simply cut the label out, traced it onto a blank sheet of paper, scanned it, and then re-drew the lines so that I had a closed item that can now be filled with whatever pattern I choose. For this card I simply left the fill blank and printed it onto the polka-dot “Lush” paper. I was so excited to see my plan actually work!

Recipe:

My Mind’s Eye pale pink “Lush” papers
DCWV Cardstock Stack Pastels (cream)
DCWV “The Luxury Stack” paper
K&Co. pearl/silver swirls (It’s the wedding collection, but I don’t have the name at hand.)
Maya Road pins
C’ordinations black pearl paper
pale pink ribbon from stash
silk bell flowers sprayed with pink glimmer mist I made from pink Perfect Pearls powder
Stampendous transluscent embossing powder

Challenges I’m entering:

Bearly Mine–sketch
A Spoonfull of Sugar–tons of texture
Scrap Creations–Recipe challenge: pearls, flowers and ribbon
Oldie but a Goodie–wedding card
Papertake Weekly Challenge–anything goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge–ribbon, designer paper, gems
Craft Your Passion Challenges–anything goes
Creative Stamp Friends–swirls
House of Gilli-ribbons and pearls
My Partner in Crafting Crime–layer it up
Paper Playtime–anything goes
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central–sparkle
There’s Magic in the Air–flowers
Corrosive Challenges–pastels
I Did It Creations Challenge Blog–anything goes
Pile it On–romantic and fancy
Little Claires–Spring celebrations
Shannon’s Sentiments–Use an oval on the card
Card Makin’ Mamas–embellish it
Wags ‘n Whiskers–ribbons and pearls
Paper Romance–bling

New blog

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:39 am by Ms. Petersen

Can I just start out my new blog by saying I HATE WORDPRESS!

Yes, yes, I know it’s the number one blogging site out there, but I have had to create this new blog because WordPress keeps losing my username/password, and I’m tired of messing with it.

What a positive note to start a new blog on, eh? 🙂

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