Wednesday, January 29, 2014

April Showers DD #87and PP 180

January 29, 2014 

I AM SOOOOO thankful for my home today!  When the snow/ice storm hit Atlanta yesterday it was a disaster.  I have so many friends that had family members stranded and my thoughts and prayers are with all the people still stuck in cars, schools, churches and stores.  Georgia is just not equipped for such extreme weather.  The city is basically shut down and will be again tomorrow. 

I am struggling to work in my craft room.  It has only been two weeks since my knee replacement and I just can't stand or stay up long.  I was supposed to get the staples removed today, but there was no way we could get there and luckily they closed the doctor's office.  It took me so long to complete this card.  Standing up for more than 15 minutes then requires a few minutes sitting down to rest.  I always stand for some reason while making cards, so the process was longgggg today-----Each day is getting better though! :)))

I really LOVE the Dynamic Duos Color Challenge and the Paper Players Challenge.  I usually don't combine challenges, but due to the fact that I am thankful to get one card made, I did it this week.  Both challenges are amazing!!!  The Design Teams are so talented and I  admire their creativity!!!!!

Stampin' Up! Products:

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Versa Mark

Stamp Sets: Petite Petals,  I'm Here For You, Rain or Shine (My Creative Time)

Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Snail Adhesive, Big Shot Cutting Machine, Cloud Embossing Folder, Paper Snips, Petite Petals Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Black Embossing Powder, Melon Mambo Marker, Corner Rounder,  Stampin' Dimensionals

Embellishments:  Pearls, Black Candy Dots, Black and White Baker's Twine, Glossy Accents

I had trouble getting the umbrella the way I wanted it.  I heat embossed it in black first and decided it needed color.  I played around with markers and finally stamped it again on basic black and used the paper snips and paper pieced the umbrella. It made it a little heavier and then I  popped it with dimensionals.  I am pleased with the way it turned out.  Sometimes, it is painful to be a perfectionist.  Ha Ha! 

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Stay warm and remember to be thankful!  I think we take things for granted and it is times like these that the little things are truly what really matters!

Lots of love!
Happy Stampin!



  1. Claire- this is so cute!! Love how you have combined the two challenges! Your umbrella looks fantastic and love the removable tag with the saying and embellishments :-) Thanks for playing along with us at the Dynamic Duos and I hope you continue to heal and feel better each day!

    1. Thank you very much, Julie! It is always nice to hear from you! I love the DD challenges! Thank you for your get well wishes! Everyday gets a little better! God is Good! X

  2. Claire, I love the strong black and pink color scheme and your three fabulous flowers on the tag. A card guaranteed to brighten anyone's day. so glad you shared it with the Paper Players this week

  3. Thank you very much, Jaydee! So nice to hear from you! I love your challenges! X

  4. How cute.. I love that pattern paper and your pearls. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos.

    1. Thank you very much, Holly!!!!! I really appreciate your kind comments! X


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