First Frost Thinking of You /FMS #356

Today I have a Thinking of You card using the Freshly Made Sketch #356 card sketch. I used Night of Navy and Balmy blue to make this a more manly card because it is for a special guy who lost his wife to cancer 6 months ago next week. Marcia was my very best friend since High School and I miss her very much. This one is for you Bob!

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Hi Friends,

How are you today? Thanks for joining me today. Almost six months have passed since my best friend from High School, Marcia, died from cancer. I feel like it was just yesterday some days. I miss her so much! We had so much fun and so many laughs. she was the one who got me started getting my nails done. She was my confidante and my cheerleader. She held me when I cried. She pushed me when I needed a push!

My favorite way of coping is denial. I think that is why I have not stayed in contact with my friend’s family. I thought of this today at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) where we are studying Joshua’s life.

We were discussing how Achan sinned and the severe consequences of his sin. achan was told to destroy everything in Jericho but achan chose to steal away and hide some of the riches. Because of his sin the battle of Ai went terribly wrong and 37 men died as a result.

One of the Discussion questions asked if there was anything you had done wrong lately and felt bad about. When I answered the question earlier I had no problem coming up with things I had screwed up. But as she asked the question I felt a pang when I thought about how I haven’t called my friend’s husband or kids or siblings …or sent a card or anything …in the last 5 months! I decided I should send out some cards right away and that leads me to my card for today. This one is for you Bob!

A reminder of the Freshly Made Sketch #356 card challenge was in my mailbox today when I got home from bible study. Later check out my card at the FMS web site. I am #4 sketch. I thought I would try to make my “Thinking of You” card  using this sketch.

Color Combination

My card for today is a combination of Night of Navy (ink 147110/ card stock 100863) , Balmy Blue ( ink 147105 /  card stock 146982) and Whisper White (100730). I wanted this to be a masculine card and thought this color combination would work for that.


I started with Balmy Blue (146982) card stock for my card base-cut 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ and score/folded at the 4 1/4″ mark. I cut  a piece of Night of Navy card stock (100863) 1 1/2″ X 5 1/2″.  I taped this strip in the center of the card horizontally.

Then I cut three pieces of Whisper White (100730) card stock 1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″. I embossed these pieces of Whisper White (100730) using the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (148726) and Big Shot (143263). I lined them up on the embossing folder so the lines were vertical on the rectangle. When using the Dynamic Texture Impressions embossing folders (148026), I only had to use one clear plastic cutting plate with my Big Shot (143263) because of the extra thickness of this type of embossing folder. I wanted a less defined shape embossed so I left the card stock dry. Usually I would lightly dampen the card stock with my stampin’ Spritzer (126185). I attached the embossed Whisper White (100730) card stock strips to the card base evenly spaced vertically as pictured. The easiest way I found to line the strips up was to first apply the outer two strips and then center the middle strip on the card evenly between the two strips.

I die-cut foliage from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits dies (147894). I cut two foliage die-cuts from Night of Navy card stock (100863) and attached them to the top of the Whisper White (100730) strips using Snail Adhesive (104332). I stamped the center foliage on to Balmy Blue (146982 card Stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (132708) and die cut the shape using the Frosted Bouquet Framelits dies (147894). I attached this to my card with Snail Adhesive (104332) also. Inside the card I attached White Whisper (100730) card stock cut 4″ X 5 1/4″.

I chose an appropriate sentiment from the Abstract Impressions (147513) stamp set: “If flowers were hugs I’d send you a thousand”. This I stamped on a thin strip of Whisper White (100730) card stock with Night of Navy ink (147110).  Using a Stampin’ Sponge (141337), I sponged the edges of the strip with Night of Navy ink( 147110) to help the strip to stand out more. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to pop out the sentiment on the card front. On the inside, I used the sentiment from Colorful Seasons (143726): “Just Breathe” using Night of Navy ink (147110) to stamp the sentiment.

I did not have any Night of Navy Baker’s Twine so I took a piece of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine (124262) and colored it with my Dark Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends (144039) alcohol ink marker. I tied a simple bow and applied it to the card using a Mini Glue Dot (103683) folded in half using my Paper Piecing tool (126189).

What a fun sketch! I like the way the card turned.  I would love it if I had used Night of Navy ink (147110) to stamp the middle flower. Oh well! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’







Hold on to Hope: Breast Cancer Encouragement Ribbon

My card today is for a person that is fighting breast cancer and so is bright pink! I could not wait to get the Ribbon of Courage Stamp set (wood 143852/ clear 143855) and Support Ribbon Framelits (143749) when they first came out last year. I wanted to make cards for friends I knew needed encouragement.

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Hi Friends,

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Now back to  my card project of the day! Today I have another “make-your-own-background” card and again with bright cheery colors! I need colors like this when Fall rolls around. Fall is not my favorite time of year. I love Fall colors but having less and less day light is hard for me. I have S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder unfortunately, and so when these darker days come I sometimes struggle.

I know some people who have things a lot worse. I know people who are fighting breast and other forms of cancer who need encouragement. Nowadays many people wear colored ribbons to show support for loved ones who are struggling with cancer. I know my best friend, Marcia, who died in April from cancer of the appendix gave me a special gold ribbon pin to wear to show my support and to represent my prayers for a cure! I still wear this ribbon pin on my coat. Do you have someone you know that could use an encouragement card? A reminder that someone cares? Maybe you could do a ribbon card representing that person’s diagnosis too!

According to Hutch News some of the different colors of ribbons include:

  • Lung cancer: white
  • Brain cancer: grey
  • Breast cancer: pink
  • Liver cancer: emerald green
  • Lymphoma: lime green
  • Prostate cancer: light blue
  • Stomach cancer: periwinkle blue
  • Bone cancer: yellow
  • Leukemia: orange
  • Colon cancer: dark blue

My card today is for a person who is fighting breast cancer and so is bright pink! I could not wait to get the Ribbon of Courage Stamp set (wood 143852/ clear 143855) and Support Ribbon Framelits (143749) when they first came out last year. I wanted to make cards for my friends who I knew needed encouragement.

The Ribbon of Courage Stamp set (wood 143852/ clear 143855) and Support Ribbon Framelits (143749) are versatile because they have a beautiful flower, a leaf, and hearts in addition to the 2 sizes of ribbons. I used this set in February for the beautiful hearts and flowers. It was great for Valentine’s Day cards. The sentiments are inspirational too. The set is pictured below

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My color combination for today is Whisper White (100730), Berry Burst (ink 147143/ card stock 144243), Powder Pink (ink 147147/ card stock 144244) and Tranquil Tide (ink 147146/ card stock 144246).

I cut a 5 1/2″ X 8″ piece of Powder Pink (144244).  I scored and folded this piece at 4 1/4″. I cut a 4″ X 5 1/4″ and a 2 3/4″ X 4 1/2″ of Whisper White (100730). I cut a 3″ X 4 1/2″ piece of Tranquil Tide card stock (144246).

I stamped the ribbon with Berry Burst (144243) on to Berry Burst (144243) card stock and then cut the ribbon out with the Support Ribbon Framelits (143749). I cut the flower out of Berry Burst (144243) and the leaf out of Tranquil Tide (144246).

I stamped the background piece of the Whisper White (100730) card stock with stamps from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp set (wood 143852/ clear 143855) using Berry Burst (144243) and Tranquil Tide (147146) inks. I stamped directly on the top layer of Whisper White  (100730) with one of the sentiments from Ribbon of Courage stamp set (wood 143852/ clear 143855)  with Tranquil Tide (147146).

I taped the layers to the Powder Pink (144244) card base with Snail Adhesive (104332).  The ribbon was attached with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108). The flower and leaf were added using my trusty release paper and Snail Adhesive (104332) method.

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Have a great day and Happy Stampin’