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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Friends of Sweet 'n Sassy Birthday Blog Hop




Good Morning Sweet 'n Sassy Fans. Welcome to their 5th Birthday Blog Hop. It's so hard for me to believe that it's been 5 years already.

I had been on the Sweet 'n Sassy Design Team for about 2 years before my life got crazy. I was so thrilled to have been asked to participate in this blog hop.

Korin and I have been dear friends for probably 10 years now. I have to tell you a story about our relationship because it makes me smile just thinking about it and is quite funny. I am a Close to my Heart Consultant and about 10 years ago I did a home gathering for Korin's sister Casey. Korin told me right out that she was only there for her sister and she had no intention of getting into another hobby. 2 hours later, I had her hooked!!! A year later she became a CTMH consultant. She loved what she did so much that she decided to leave CTMH & design her own clear stamps. And, here she  is 5 years later with an extremely successful and growing business.

My card today is using one of my favorite SNSS stamp sets, Chritsmas Joy. I actually purchased this set last winter and never got around to using it until now.  I then decided to use this weeks Sweet Stop Challenge Sketch and make an Easel Card with it.  I find it fascinating how sometimes paper, a sketch and a stamp just fall right into place. This sketch reminded me of a window frame. So, I used some old papers with trees and gifts for the background which makes it look like you are looking through the window with the Cardinal outside.  The Cardinal was colored with Copic Markers.
Even though I own 2 sewing machines, I LOVE the look of hand stitching since the embroidery floss seems to give it a bit more dimension. Actually, I LOVE doing the stitching by hand. It's therapeutic for me.

Make sure you leave me a little lovin in the comments for a chance to win a supper prize.

There will be 4 random participants from whom I will choose 1 commenter to receive a $15 store credit. 
 
To be included in the drawings, comments must be left by midnight EST Friday, November 30th.

The winners will be announced on the SNSS Blog on December 1st at 8am EST

Other Challenges for this Card:
Cards for Men - Christmas
Scrap Creations - Christmas
Use It Tuesday - Ink it up-Finally
Tuesday Throwdown - Lots of Layers







30 comments:

merrymstamper said...

Gorgeous card Nancy! Love your colouring!

synthis said...

I like this card. It is full of Christmas memories. :D

Robyn said...

Loverly standing card! What a talent you are sharing here! Thanks

RitaR said...

So many beautiful details in your lovely creation .... I also love hand-stitching on cards! Adds so much dimension!

naneruth said...

Very lovely.

Sharon Huffman said...

Beautiful card! I love all the punched pine boughs that bring life to the images.

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a pretty card Nancy. Love the easel fold, the fabulous image and coloring... the poinsettias aare lovely. Perfect papers too.

Susan Martin said...

Gorgeous card!! I LOVE cardinals.. and your cardinal if just beautiful!! I love everything your detail isgreat.. the stitching the dies.. just fantastic!!!

Michelle B. said...

Beautiful! Fab coloring and your layout is perfect ... so many incredible details! Thanks for joining in our Merry Christmas challenge at Cards for Men!

Anita said...

Stunning card and great story!

Mary Kruschke said...

This card has it all! You are super blessed to put it all together and make it look so majestic. Thanks for sharing!

Karen McAlpine said...

Love how you simulated the window! Great card--love all the elements.

Shannon White said...

Wowie! Soo Beautiful and Festive! Love Every Super detail! 8-)

Lydia Fiedler said...

Wow - what an amazing Christmas card!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful design and stitched details. It compliments this image so well!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

gorgeous card...love how your colored the bird.

Sue D said...

Gorgeous! Love the window scene.

Mary-Anne V said...

great easel card...love the beautiful image and detail.

Caroline said...

Breath-taking. This card is over the top.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card. I love any card that has a bird on it. Mary L Schreiber

acpriess said...

This card made me feel like I was looking through a window -- before I read your post. You nailed it! And ummm... You hand stitched this. You rock! It's so perfect and even.

MariLynn said...

i really like how the cut panels behind the cardinal look. Just gorgeous!

Heidi said...

Beautifully colored bird, I love this card. So pretty.

Jo4Him said...

Your card is stunning; love the colors and details. Thanks for sharing

Cynthia said...

Your easel card is lovely, Nancy!

Angie said...

Beautiful card!!! Love the design!!! Gorgeous red cardinal! Thanks for sharing your story of how Korin became hooked on stamping! What an inspiring story! We never know where the next bend in the road will take us!!!

buggin2stamp said...

Gorgeous card! I love all the fun details you added to it. I like how you incorporated the Sweet Stop Sketch into your friends hop card.
Melissa

Jenny said...

Hi Nancy....I've just enjoyed your beautiful creations - amazing coloring skills!! Check out the Great Impressions Stamps blog today (Tuesday)...there may be a little surprise!

www.greatimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com

Hugs!

Jenny

Danielle said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for playing along with us at Use it Tuesday!

Caroli said...

I didn't even know these kind of stan existed, how cool!
They do look perfect in your LO, great take of the sketch and glad you finally get to use them :D
Thank you very much for playing along with us in this challenge at UIT!