Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Believe & Peace on Earth on Freedom Day / End of the Week Technique #47 Making a Wavy Border / RHSSC #53

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Hey y'all. Happy Tuesday. I don't know about you, but I'd really like a Do-Over for the whole week so far. Major accident on the road this morning turned my 30 minute ride into a 1 1/2 hr ride.

On top of that, I think today should be a National Holiday of Remembrance anyways. Remembrance for the way our lives were forever changed and of Thankfulness, not just for the many who gave their lives but for those that continue to put their lives at risk for our continued Freedoms. And yes even a small amount of Thankfulness for the cowards who planned and carried out the horrific events of that day. Not because of the lives lost since that tragic day or the families that have been irrevocably changed. But because of them, those small, weak and cowardly few, that caused us as country to remember who we were, a country united, and created a need in us to band together in ways many had never witnessed and God Willing will never have to witness again. We are a stronger country because a few let hate into their lives and because many let their love show.

That being said it is Freedom Day. I'm sure all of us, old enough to remember where we were that fateful morning 11 years ago, will never forget the tragic events of that day and they many days to follow. I actually don't have a "Freedom Day" themed card for today but I think the sentiment still applies.

Here's today's card-

Holiday Card featuring
Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set and Candlelight Christmas DSP and
Snow Flurries Bigz Die

Another Clean and Simple card for me. O.K., lets call it fairly simple. The layout is C&S I just bumped it up a little. I started with a base of Very Vanilla c/s. I topped it with a piece of DSP from the Candlelight Christmas DSP. My sentiment is from the Snowflake Soiree set and is stamped in Early Espresso. Next came some snowflakes I cut out with my Snow Flurries Bigz Die (I was so happy to finally be using this!) and the border I'm going to show you how to make in just a moment. Everything is adhered with Tombow except for my snowflakes. They are Tombowed together but adhered to the card with a Dimensional. Of course I used my SAMJ to position my sentiment .

*Tip*- I'm pretty sure I said this yesterday (if not, it was fairly recent) Stamp your sentiment before deciding on your other measurements. Luckily, I didn't have any problems but I could have. Especially since all of my other elements were already adhered. *SMH*

Here's the sketch I used for my inspiration.

 I'm not 100% sure, but I think this is the first time I've played along with the Red Hot Stampers (sadly there are only so many challenges you can enter in a given week) even though they have great sketches. Check them out, but finish here first, kay? I think I stuck pretty close to the sketch. When I first saw the sketch, I thought of the Tasteful Trim Die. Unfortunately, I don't own that die so I had to come up with something else. Even though my solution doesn't have the same wide, wavy, curves I think it follows the essence of the sketch. I hope you'll let me know what you think. :)

Here's the inside-

Inside of Holiday Card featuring Seasons Greetings
and Snow Flurries Big Die
The greeting is stamped in Early Espresso. I think the sentiments of Believe and Peace on earth are well suited to today. Of course I don't think snow or the flakes they come from are too suited for any day, unless of course my pantry is stocked and I have no where to go for the next week or so and someone to magically appear and shovel my walkway and of course my sweetie is snuggled next to me. Somehow though, those things never seem to happen together so the only time I really like snowflakes is when they're on a card. :) The snowflakes were sponged using Soft Suede Classic Ink and the negatives from my snowflakes on the front of the card-

Today's End of the Week Technique is Quick and Easy. I'm not sure where I first saw it. I think it was either on Tammy Fite or Selene Kempton's blog. I tried it with different sized strips of paper and you can make this as wide or as narrow as you choose.

Here's what you need- Scalloped Border Punch and Cardstock

Here's what you do-
1- Cut your c/s to your desired length. Punch your strip of c/s as you normally would. This will give you a scalloped border on one side.
2- Flip your punched c/s over and slide it back into the punch making sure that your old scallops are in between the scallops printed on the bottom of your punch.

See how the top "bump" is between the scallops on the bottom? Don't punch your strip with the c/s up like this.
I moved it up so you could see the guides. Make sure to seat your c/s against the bottom just like you normally would.
3- Punch the entire length of your c/s You will now have a nice little "double scalloped border" that looks a lot like the rik-rak found in embroidery/sewing shops.

4- Apply to your project and smile when you see your completed work of art. Smile even more when you think about the smile it will bring to its recipients face. ( I always love that part the most!)

Well, what do you think about today's technique? Simple but effective, or at least I think so. I hope you liked today's card and this week's technique and I hope it inspires you to try something new today. If you liked today's card or have questions or comments, I hope you'll take a moment and leave me a message below. I read all my messages and they really do make my day! If you'd like to +1 or Pin today's card, I've put the buttons on my blog for your convenience. Friends and Followers are always welcome too! :)

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! I hope you find time to drop back in soon or better yet sign up for my RSS feed or have my posts delivered directly to your inbox.

I hope you make time today to tell those that are important to you, just how much you love them. We never know if we are going to have another day or even another breath to tell them this. Also if you happen to see an Armed Service member, a Police Officer or Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician think about taking just a moment to tell them how much their service is appreciated not just today, but everyday. Till next time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,
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  1. Perfect! I like how you used the Scallop Border Punch to create your wavy strip! Thanks for playing along with the Red Hot Stampers sketch challenges.

  2. I love how simple and beautiful your card is. Thanks for playing along with the Red Hots. :)

  3. Shannon, such a lovely card. Simple, yet elegant. :) Thanks for playing with the Red Hots!


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