Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Part 2
Yesterday, I shared a little about the Stampin’ Up! “Make a Difference” campaign and the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) You can read about it here.
Here’s a card I made with the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set. It’s this year’s set for RMHC, and for every stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to RMHC.
I decided to make a jar of jam. Since there are strawberries in the stamp set, I’m guessing this is strawberry jam. I wanted to make blackberry, though, or raspberry, or maybe peach, because those are my favorites. My mom makes lots of jam, and always shares a jar or 10 with me! There is nothing like Mom’s homemade jams and jellies and they are definitely full of love. Move over, Smuckers, because Mom’s jelly has yours beat hands down. Whenever she asks what I want for a birthday or Christmas gift, it’s always the same – a box of assorted jams and jellies. I can’t decide if my fav is peach or berry, so she always adds both. (Mom, I’m sure you remember, because, well, you were there for my birth even thought you were kind of out of it, but I have a birthday coming up really soon. Just sayin’.)
For the card, I stamped the jar on Watercolor Paper in Basic Black Archival Ink. Since I was using an Aqua Painter with Watercolor Pencils, I didn’t want to take the chance that Memento would smear, since it’s water based.
To get a strawberry color, I roughly colored the jar (and the berries) with a Real Red Watercolor Pencil, then colored over and filled in with Melon Mambo before blending with the Aqua Painter. Because jelly sometimes has a few air bubbles, I added a few of those with the splatter stamp from Timeless Textures in Real Red. The jar lid (from Sharing Sweet Thoughts) is stamped in Bermuda Bay. After everything dried, I die-cut the lid and jar using the Everyday Jar Framelits dies. I fussy cut the strawberries, because there isn’t a die for those, and I enjoy fussy cutting. And watercoloring. (I know. I’m weird.)
Before I layered the jar to the Basic Black scalloped circle and Delicate White Doily (which is really one of the retired Tea Lace ones. Oops.), I stamped the sentiment (also from Sharing Sweet Thoughts) in Basic Black, and added a Linen Thread bow around the jar.
The bottom layers are Powder Pink, embossed with the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, a layer of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay Cardstock, and a Powder Pink card. Finally, I tied a length of Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon around the card. Look at me, using designer series paper and ribbon on the same card! I’m turning over a new leaf and not hoarding this year.
So yesterday was my dear friend Susan’s birthday, and I didn’t get a card in the mail. UGH! I’ve been thinking about her birthday all month, but my creative mojo has been at an all time low lately, and nothing seemed good enough. Susan is an amazing artist, and her cards are always classy and elegant and gorgeous, so there was a lot of pressure. Susan, love, if you’re reading this, I will get a card in the mail. And it won’t get lost in the flood of other cards because it will be after the birthday rush. And then, of course, you can extend your birthday (like every other year, because I’m ALWAYS late). On the other hand, I never mailed out my Christmas cards last year, so maybe I’ll send you your Christmas card for 2016 now and your birthday card in April. Or maybe I’ll even deliver it in person at OnStage Local in April. At any rate – Happy birthday! I know you had a wonderful celebration. Simply watching the sunset at your tranquil lake retreat would be a celebration, right? (Just so you know – Mike took me out to dinner and for ice cream to celebrate your day. I was thinking of you the whole time and wishing you were here.)
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!