"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you..." Psalm 63:1
May you delight in Him today!
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Another SCS challenge was to make a birthday card for Em, our beloved friend and the queen of Stamping Bella! I used SU Berry Bliss paper, ribbon from Taylored Expressions, Stickles, a sugared pink brad, and Bella's Dots in Glitter Light Cocoa.
On Tuesday, a bunch of Stamping Bella addicts enjoyed a cyber bridal shower on SCS for Sparkle! It was SO MUCH FUN! Congrats, Sparkle! Part of the fun included three card challenges.
Challenge #1: Create a card using something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
The author in me couldn't resist telling a story with this one! Rick and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary in August, and this was the perfect theme for a card for that event. Here's the story:
Something old: the ribbon in the upper left corner is from the garter I wore at my wedding; also, a picture of us as a bride and groom in 1983! Pink and grey were our wedding colors, and all of the paper is pearlized. I paper pieced the bridal gown with pearlized paper. too.
Something new: a picture of us as grandparents now, holding our sweet grand-daughter, Emma; also, everything I used to make this card is new except for the garter bow.
Something borrowed: the quote on the top is from "our" song (written by Clint Black and called "When I Said I Do") The quote reads, "When I said I do, I meant that I will 'til the end of all time Be faithful and true, devoted to you That's what I had in mind when I said I do."
Something blue: Along the bottom edge of the card, there are 4 strips of ribbon, representing our four kids: one pink, three blue; also, the garter bow was blue, but is now quite faded.
I used pearlized paper in the colors from our wedding (pink and gray), liquid pearls, Stickles, Bella's pearl bonbons, and Bella's ribbon.
Challenge #2: Since the bride's name is Sparkle, we had to create a card with as much "sparkle" as possible! Mine is SO over the top, but was so much fun to make! I used CTMH Blue Ribbon paper, Bella's Dots in Glitter Blue Sky, Stickles, and glittered rick rack.
Challenge #3: Make a card using Sparkle's wedding colors: white, bamboo, and cranberry. I used CTMH paper, ribbon, Stickles, and I inked a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
This is the first wedding card I have ever made. It was fun! I made it for BSC32 on SCS. I paper-pieced the dress using pearl paper. The ribbon says "Mr. and Mrs." The sentiment was too big, so I stamped it on the inside. (Robert Browning, "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.") Here's the funny part: I didn't realize that I had smeared the glitter on her shoes until I saw the enlarged photo. Getting old is great! At least I was able to fix it.
Since I invested spent 20 years of time and money into my scrapbooks, I decided to go the extra step to make sure we never lose them to fire or flood. I am photographing all of the pages, burning the photos to discs, and storing the discs in a safety deposit box. I started with Emma's, of course! Actually, she has the least number of pages, so I figured I'd do hers and see how it goes. Here are some of my favorite layouts from her scrapbooks (yup...plural! She is only 15 months old, and I already have 2 scrapbooks for her!):