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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Good Morning!!!! Happy Flutter By Wednesday!! I am back from my camping trip and ready to do some stamping and blog hopping. I promised my girls that I would not take any stamping along but rather would dedicate all my time to them and that is exactly what I did!! We had a great time but now I am ready to get back to my addiction!!!

Today's Flutter By Wednesday #57 challenge was an easy one, to use a quote or sentiment on your creation. We would love to see what you create so please leave a link here with Mr Linky if you join in the fun. If you upload your creation to SCS or PCP, use the keyword FBW. Our Featured team member this week is Nicola! Nicola is from Spain and she is an absolute sweetheart with a lot of talent!!! Be sure to hop on over to her blog and see her blog and fab creation for this challenge.

I decided to make two cards for this challenge!! One I made last week and the other I made this a.m. for today's sketch challenge at SC!

Upon arriving home yesterday, I was told by my mom that a dear family friend, who is 39 years old is dying of cancer. He was in remission a few months ago and now in a matter of days, he found out it has spread throughout his body. The doctors give him 24 hours to live. It breaks my heart to think of his fiance, his 5 siblings and widowed mother. I can't seem to get it out of my head and it is all I am thinking about so this morning at 4 a.m. I decided to get up and start making sympathy cards for the family. I used some of my favorite inspirational stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs, Scripture Collection 1 and the lily from I am the Way. This verse is so comforting and I hope it gives them some comfort during this very difficult time in their life.

I decided to make it a black and white card. The lily is stamped in grey on vanilla cs and the verse is stamped on black on vellum CS. The dp is from DCWV- All Dressed Up. I wanted to keep it somewhat elegant so I dry embossed some of the vanilla cs with swiss dots and another with the textile folder from Cuttlebug. The ribbon is so gorgeous!! I just received it! It is a May Arts Satin Taupe Ribbon (1 1/2 inches). I added my Blue Moon Butterfly and rhinestones to add a little bit of cheer, The floral scrolls are made using a Spellbinders Floral Accent Die on Very Vanilla. After the scrolls were punched out, I painted them with gold glimmer Shimmerz, also available at ODBD, for some extra glitz!

STAMPS: Our Daily Bread Designs- I am the Way and Scripture Collections 1
Paper: DCWV- All Dressed Up, SU Very Vanilla and Basic Black
Accessories: EK Success Punch, Spellbinders Floral Accents, Gold glimmer Shimmerz, Swiss Dots and Textile Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug, May Arts Taupe Satin Ribbon

The second card I made for a friend's birthday. I hope she has already received it so I don't totally ruin the surprise. Lol! It is made using my favorite DP from SU, Parisian breeze and the Heartfelt Thanks stampset. The sentimnet is typed out on the computer. Again I used the Blue Moon Butterflies. The sketch is SC227 from last week. I used the scalloped stich on the sewing machine for some added elegance around the border.
Card Recipe #2
Stamps: SU Heartfelt Thanks
Paper: Parisian Breeze, Bitter Chocolate, White, and Baja Breeze CS
Accessories: sewing machine with brown thread, Baja Breeze ink and chocolate chip, Blue moon butterfly, pearls, EK Success punch, Offray Brown Grossgrain Ribbon, oval nestabilities
I hope you are ispired by today's Flutter By Wednesday Challenge and you too can play along! For more inspiration, please visit the blogs of my dt sisters: Ann, Ashley, Cassie, Cathy, Danni, Harriet, Heather, Jodi, Kim, Kristie, Michelle, Nancy, Nicola and Stef.
My dear friend and DT Sister, Lorelie is offering blog candy for her Blogoversary. For more details, scroll down to the next post!
Thanks for stopping by today!! Please leave me a comment, if you do stop by, so I can return the favor and stop by yours. I so love reading your comments. I can't wait to get some inspiration and do some blog hopping!!


Danielle said...

Wow Chris, just gorgeous cards! I love them both! Beautiful colour combos on both and I love those metal butterfly embellishments! So glad you had a great camping trip and it's good to have you back and creating!!
Hugs, Danielle

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

Chris these are terrific. How sad for your friend. I will keep him in my prayers. I love the detail you have on both cards. Great job. Glad you camping was a success..

Nancy said...

Such a sad story...cancer is so savage. These are gorgeous cards, and I have the absolutel privilege of having received the second one for my birthday. Chris, your talent and thoughtfulness are equally amazing! Peace to you and your friends and family!

Anonymous said...

WOWZER!! Now these are absolutely gorgeous hun!! I just love the textures and flourishes you've added!! Sorry to hear about the cancer! You're very thoughtful!! :) HUGS

Michelle said...

Chirs - I'm so sorry to hear about your family friend. What a difficult thing to be going through!! Your card is absolutely stunning - I know I've said it a lot but you put so much into each of your card they are all masterpieces - true works of art!

stampinfrog said...

Chris both of the cards are just so stunning!I will keep your friend in my thoughts and prayers.Glad to hear you had a great camping trip!

Riet said...

Wowwww Chris,what a beautiful cards,l love the colours.

zo mooi.....
Hugs Riet.x

Jacqueline said...

sorry to hear about your family friend! I extend my sympathies. It is a beautiful card and I am sure it will be well recieved! the birthday card is gorgeous also!! what a lucky friend!!!

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Gorgeous cards Chris, so full of wonderful detail. Love the colour schemes and it is so sad for your friend. Hugs Nikki x

Dawn said...

Hi Chris
Wow your cards are stunning!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Cathy said...

These are gorgeously stunning!! I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

Ann Kranitz said...

Chris these are lovely cards and I just know the family will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Nicola said...

Such beautiful, unique creations as always Chris. My heart goes out to your family friend - I know only too well what they are going through.Sending loving thoughts their way.
Nicola -x-

Kim said...

Oh Chris those cards are really beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend.

Chris said...

Gorgeous card...I'm so sorry to hear that his cancer has come back, I'm sure the sentiment and your prayers will uplift him.

Christine said...

Both of your cards are beautiful! I'm really excited about my new adventure with FBW!!!


coldwaters2 said...

Hi Chris I am glad you had a lovely time with your family and even happier you are back blogging lol. I love your cards after visiting blogs you get to know a persons style and yours is particularly lovely. I am so sorry to hear about your friends what an awful thing to be going through and he is so young.

Lorraine x

Connie said...

These are both stunning, Chris! I love the overlay of the sentiment over the image in the first card, and the added borders to the second card!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

First, let me say I am glad that you had a great vacation.

It always breaks my heart to hear of anyone dying so young, especially from the ravages of cancer. I am so sorry to hear about your young friend. Your sympathy card is so beautiful and sure to bring comfort when the time comes, Chris.

Your birthday friend is sure to love her beautiful card, too!

jacque4u2c said...

These are beautiful! Your coloring and details are amazing!

Danni said...

Stunning! Simply stunning!! These are both such amazing them! Great job!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Love that classy ribbon on the first one, and that silver butterfly on the second card is AWESOME looking!!

Crystal said...

Wow Chris these are absolutely beautiful, I think I always tell you that, but you do have GORGEOUS creations...I always enjoy your work so much!!! hugs!

Heather said...

Hey Chris,

Your cards are out of this world gorgeous!!! I just love both of them!!! The colors and the embelishments are so amazing!!! You Go Girl!!!

I really love both cards I can not decide which one is more of my favorite???

I have so missed coming to your blog and hearing your inspiring posts!!! I think I am finally able to get back to my regular rounds now!!! Thank you so much for all your encouraging comments they always make my day!!!


Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

Wow Chris! The black & white is beautiful. A dear friend of mine called me on Monday to tell me she just found out she has breast cancer - she's 72! UGH! I will keep praying for both of othem.

Of course your FLutter by card is gorgeous too. I love that silver butterfly!


Kim said...

You have been given an award, my dear!

Kristie said...

Your cards are stunning! Wonderful work!

Cindy Haffner said...

Your cards are gorgeous, awesome job. HUgs Cindy xxoo

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

The cards are gorgeous!!! I will keep your friend, his family, and you in my prayers.
Blessings to you, Chris!!!!

Ashley said...

GORGEOUS card! It's so beautiful and elegant1

Susan (peebsmama) said...

These are both gorgeous but I really like the second one. The color combo is one of my faves.

Grace said...

Oh Christ these are both gorgeous!!! I loved them on SCS and even more here!!! You are the queen of sewing in my book! I finally dragged out my machine and spent two hours trying to fix the tension that got messed up when I did some heavy drapery material with it and messed it all up. Now it will sew but I'm rusty! LOL! I always love your composition and embellishments! Awesome cards!

Amy Johnson said...

oh my goodness Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That is so sad. Your sympathy card is beautiful though, and it will bring so much comfort to your loved ones. I love the birthday card too! You are so talented!

Shelly said...

Lovely cards, Chris. I'll be praying for your friend and his family.

Deb Neerman said...

Oh, my! I'd leave a comment, but I'm speechless!!

These are simply stunning, Chris. The details are wonderful and unique ... the layout, the color palette ... all extra-special!

You are truly in a class by yourself ... tfs your talent with us!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my.....STUNNING!!! Beautiful colours, layout, love the butterfly and the border stitching!!!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Your black and white card is exquisite Chris, I am so, so sorry about your friend.


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