Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Blogging Friends Blog Hop- One Year Anniversary

    Blogging Friends blog hop is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who have come together to share their blogs and ideas on the first day of each month.  This is our one year anniversary and I'm excited to say we are being joined by Shelli Gardner the co-founder of Stampin' Up! and one terrific lady.  So as you make your rounds you will come to Shelli's Blog along the way also!

the Hamsa and our gorgeous copper embossing powder
  Our theme aptly enough is Celebrate so I rummaged through my new product that was sitting waiting to be found a home and I came up with this card.  Now someone in our blog group had posed the question how long does it take you to make a card? They went on to say they felt it took them longer then it should.  While there is no should in being creative there are occasions where you have to be practical and this was one of them.  I was packing up my bags to go to the beach for a few days when my husband and I decided we really didn't need to hurry home.  You see we just dropped our youngest at college for her first year and we were having our first day with an empty nest so to speak.  So I looked at my week and realized that posting my card was the only thing on my agenda that I couldn't handle from the beach house so I set off to make and photograph my card quick as I could with the promise of a full 10 days uninterrupted at the beach.  So when I know I have to be quick I always try to do two things.  Limit my choices and use a sketch.

The inside of my card

Sketch for next week and some of the materials for this card
  Since I will have to design three cards for my Sketch Class in September, I decided to use that sketch and kill two birds with one stone.  So I pulled out the sketch we will do in September, it says August because it was supposed to be August but my youngest had Surgery and we had to cancel class in August. Next I choose a product suite and limited my choices to those in that suite, sort of -while I was rummaging in the box of Holiday product that has been waiting to be put away, I came across this Celebrate image from the Here's to Cheers Stamp set and I pulled the Merry tags framelit Dies into cut my image along with the Layering Circles dies from the Annual Catalog.  I heat embossed my greeting with the new in June Copper Embossing powder and cut my embellishments from the new Copper Foil Paper from the holiday book- I used wax paper to help the foil to release from the intricate dies, I didn't have time to fool around.  I used the new Big Shot Platform and the Precision Base Plate and my images cut clean first try.
Some of my new stamps waiting for a home
    It is a pretty simple sketch so I was a little apprehensive that my card wouldn't be special enough for a hop that included the much anticipated Shelli Gardner guest appearance but I accepted the challenge.  I'm glad I did I like the card and it didn't take me even an hour start to finish. I especially like the lotus blossom on the front.  It reminds me of the Hamsa that is so hip with the college girl crowd right now.  It's actually a fascinating story with the five fingered hand being appropriated from one religion to another throughout history.  The symbol which can be a literal hand to a five petal flower much like the one in this set it can mean many things but mostly it is good luck and protection.  I had my youngest in mind while I was making this card.  She has been through a lot and her surgery is still causing her discomfort and she is a homebody packed off to her first year of college and it's been very hard for her - but there is "Much to Celebrate" she graduated High School, we found out why she has been so sick and there was a treatment, she is starting college in the honors program and she got there!  through all her uncertainty and discomfort she got there!  There is MUCH TO CELEBRATE!  and she just might need that Hamas!
 http://maryblocherstamping.blogspot.com/2016/09/September-blogging-friends.html
Next up on our blog hop enjoy Mary Blocher
 Please visit all the hopper's blogs by hopping around or from the links below!
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13 comments:

Rick Adkins said...

Great card. I love it.

Lisa Reber said...

Love all those bright colors and the copper foil! Congrats to your daughter on her perseverance and good luck adjusting to that empty nest!

Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa said...

Anne, love the colors on your creation. It was really eye popping! Thank you for sharing.

Deborah said...

I just love that Rich Razzleberry colour! Such a beautiful, rich looking card with the gold; perfect for an anniversary celebration!

BeautyScraps said...

What a beautiful card, Anne! Great use of some of the fun new products in the Holiday catalog! Love the paisley! Good luck as an empty nester! Hope you enjoyed your beach time with your hubby!

Crystal Komara said...

Wow, Anne, this was one new stamp set that really didn't do much for me, but after seeing this beautiful card, now I've got to have it! Thanks!! ; ) What an awesome blogiversary for us all! Crystal

Anna Masciovecchio said...

GREAT card! I was on the fence about the paisley line, but I just love what you did with it. Into my basket it goes!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Anne, congrats on being with the Friends Blog Hop and in celebrating their one year anniversary. How stellar is that? I love the beautiful colours you've used in your paisley card. It's Awesome!

Jenny Lane said...

I love this new suite of products and your very creative card design! Thank you for participating in the blog hop this month.

chefcatie said...

What a beautiful card and an inspiring story about your daughter to go with it. Congratulations to her for making it this far & best wishes for her future,

jessica mink said...

Great Card! Love the paisleys but not sure I will end up purchasing it this time....love the colors you used!

jessica mink said...

And wonderful news about your daughter....that's a HUGE reason to celebrate!!! Good luck to her this first year off at college!!!

Leanne Johnson said...

Happy Blogiversary Anne! A bundle I will NEED to get. :P Thank you! :D