Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July to all that celebrate...............

Well , today I have a ton of things to do to get ready to go on my holiday. But I had to sit down and make a card this morning. My July 4th is just not a normal one. I think I must be having a tad bit of a hard time coping today. You see my boy's are not home for the holiday today and we are not gone out Celebrating either. I miss everyone and what has been know as normal for so long......I started to think of my Dad and all of the wonderful July fourths we have had and with him and my Mom. My dad passed away in May of 2006. Still not able to let go. Now we don't have those holiday's anymore like we used too. The boy's are all grown up and doing thier own things this year. It's just different and a tad sad. So I grabbed a stack of paper and found this flower printed paper on the background of my card. It reminded me of my grandmother and the things that we would find in her old trunks after she passed away years and years ago. So this card was born. It was like therapy for me and I am more than pleased with the turn out of it. I wish that the photos showed all of the details and how pretty it really is. I was looking at Claudia's sketch at Friday Sketchers and decided it would be perfect for this old worn out looking type card that I wanted to make. Thanks Claudia for the great sketch! So I started my card. I have ripped, torn and wadded my papers up for this. You can't see it in the photos. I used my Heidi Swapp edge distresser on all of the edges. On the edges of the green dotted paper and the image papers I have stamped with my Autumn Leaves on the edge using Tim Holtz destressed ink. Then all of the edges have be inked with Tim Holtz Distressed Inks. After I painted my image and laid it on the card the colors were a tad to bright and the image looked new against the card so I found my Jim Holtz Craft Scratcher and scratched the image up. I held my breath as I did this because I had just spend a lot of time painting it to make it perfect. But I love the effect that it left on the image. It now looks all worn out like the rest of the card. Then I added the brass key charm to it and decided that I could also enter this in the Just Magnolia Challenge because it is *Add a Charm*. Over at Secret Crafter Saturday today they have a challenge for add 3 ribbons on the challenge so I will also will be entering there.I have a satin ribbon, pink aged ribbon on top of that and then the sheer ribbon tied in a bow under the flowers. The challenge at Cute Card Thursday this week is *just add stitches* and I have done that inside and out so I will post it for that challenge also.
Now when I started this card the morning I had no idea that I would be able to add to all of challenge sites that I did.. But good for me since I am leaving for my holiday in a few days and this card was the best therapy for me today. Now I need to get busy on the things around the house that should be done. :o)
Thanks for stopping to have a look.. I hope that all of my rambling today hasn't scared you away.
many blessings to all whatever you are doing,

If you look close at the above photo you will see the stamping I have done on the edges of the green dot paper and the image outer edge.

Papers: Watercolor paper, bazill card stocks, Anna Griffin, Lasting Impressions, Daisy D's
Stamps: Tilda with rose by Magnolia, on the edge by Autumn LeavesInk: Memento, copic markers watercolors pencils, Distressed inks to shade paper edges
EmBellies: 2 types of pearls, pearl stick pins, prima flowers, 3 ribbons, 1 trim, antique brass brads, rhinestone button, brass key charm, *BECAUSE OF YOU* ticket

Card is stitched inside and out................

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Judy's Crafty Moments said...

hi honey..celebrations times are hard if you have lost someone you love. And it also must be hard when your kids have grown up. I should appreciate mine more when they are little..not be rushing onto the next thing.
Your card is beautiful and gorgeous. I love all the detail you put into your cards. Me..I'm a huge fan of the distressed and aged look. I love it! Enjoy your day..whatever it brings,
Hugs Judy xx

Jane Carroll said...


thanks for joining us this week on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Christine said...

This is a stunning creation just love all the detail you have put into it, love this Tilda another must have...LOL pretty DP,great embellies
& beautifully distressed.

hugs Christine xx

Vicky said...

Such a beautiful card Janny! Love the vintage feel! The holidays are always hard when you're away from your family! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and your holiday!
Hugs, Vicky -x-

craftyb said...

Hi Janny, your card is beautiful...I DO love the vintage look and this is just so elegant! I particularly love the flower cluster!

Thanks for sharing your heartfelt thoughts with's wonderful that you have so many fond memories of celebrating with your Dad and has changed and moved on and now you must find a "new traditon" of celebrating and make new memories...neither your Dad nor your sons would want you to "stop" living and plan something special with your hubby and live large! bx

Jill said...

gorgeous card, those papers are just beautiful, I love your colouring and layout, thanks for joining us at scsc hugs Jill xx

Penni said...

Hi Janny

Love this card, the colours are beautiful.

Happy 4th July!!


Mina said...

beautiful card Janny, I love how you did the rose...thanks for joining in with the Just Magnolia challenge
Mina xxx

aardvarkpest said...

Beautiful card. I love the papers and all the embellishments.


Juls said...

sweet card, love the way you have her holding the paper rose, love the slightly distressed feel. and the little key is just too cute. Fab work!

SemSee said...

Oh Janny, this is an absolute stunner of a card! I adore all the little details and embellishments you've added, and your distressing matches the design of the papers perfectly. It truly is a work of art (...and I'm so jealous! LOL!!) I hope you have a lovely holiday - you will be missed, sweetie! Hugs, Sem xx

Leslie said...

This is a beautiful card. I love all the detail. Have a great week. Leslie

Anonymous said...

oh wow this is absolutly stunning, i adore the papers you have used, and such a cute Tilda to go with them :)



troll13 said...

hi. I have sat and seen your blog through. You are doing the most amazing stuff. A nice blog that I will certainly visit again. And collect a lot of inspiration.
A little greeting from Denmark

Karita said...

I just love your card! :) It´s so beautiful and Tilda is sooo cute. I love the papers you´ve used and the embellishments are great!


cats whiskers said...

Lovely card adore the colour scheme and great layout
Hugs Jacqui x

CraftyC said...

A gorgeous card, love the colours and sweet flowers

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Crafting is definitely great therapy - it was for me too yesterday for different reasons. Glad it helped you too, and what a stunning card came out of it!

debbies said...

Beautiful layout and your card is fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Great card Janny, love the image and your colouring is fab.
Barbara :)

Kim Piggott said...

Love your gorgeous card!
Beautiful colours and such fabulous detail!
So happy that you have joined us at Just Magnolia!
kim x

Riet said...

Ohhh wowww Janny,what beautiful,l love the image and colours.
So gorgeous papers and flowers.

Hugs Riet.x

TattingChic said...

Your card is lovely! So sorry to hear that you lost your Dad. It is a challenge to heal from all the grief of losing a loved one.
I hope that you are able to find a way to celebrate life despite the hard times.

Thanks for your sweet visit to my blog. I wanted to welcome you as a follower and hope your visit often! :)


scrappypug said...

absolutely gorgeous!

kat9 said...

Very cute. I like the antique feel to the card. The Key fits great.

Jilli said...

Love the soft colours and papers on this card. Cute Tilda ... Gorgeous card! Jillix

Rach said...

such a pretty card, beautiful details and wonderful papers. hugs rachxx