Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stamp Fever??? You got it bad when.....

Stamping Fever???? Ever had this? I had it bad on Sunday when my mom and dad came to visit and I kept sitting there while she was talking thinking about how beautiful her sweater would look in card format. I was not trying to be disrespectful! My mind just kept wondering! I finally told her I needed....yes NEEDED...to take a picture of her sweater so I could make a card. She laughed, but complied. I have a series of photos that ensued from my card idea. We laughed and had a great time. I thought I would share a few more pictures below! Isn't she beautiful!

Back to the card. I am using one of ODBD December releases called Peace and Joy. Now, while it is somewhat of a Christmas set, I truly believe a snowflake can be used more often during the year.
I stamped the background and surprised myself. You know I love to make my own dp. It is very calming for me. My own form of therapy so to speak!

For this background, I stamped the snowflakes in vintage cream pigment ink directly to true black cardstock and let dry a bit. I then stamped my versamark pad all over the 5 inch squared piece and embossed with kaleidescope embossing powder. Everyone NEEDS this embossing powder. When it was completed, I gasped! I surprised myself with this beauty if I do say so myself. I almost hated covering it up! Of course, what is dp for, right? Right click on the pictures to see close ups!

As for the center snowflake, I stamped it in Momento Tuxedo black and added small and tiny gems to various patterned areas. This process proved calming for me. I added what I love to call my fou fou bowdabra bow with silver bowdabra wire and curly ques! Love it! It just finishes my sweater card beautifully to me!

Here are some more pictures of my Mom. My mom's friends call her Jo, short for Josephine. My favorite picture is my mom hugging my column. I actually sent this one to my siblings with the title "Crazy Walmart Shopper would NOT leave without her POLE!!!
" Like North Pole? Get it?

As always thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Tidings of good cheer, health, happiness, and prosperity for 2010!

ODBD Peace and Joy
Ivory and PTI True Black
Versamark, PTI vintage cream, Momento tuxedo black
Kaleidescope ep, sheer ribbon, silver bowdabra wire, mini bowdabra, clear gems, silver pearl


  1. Lovely snowflake card, Betty!! Great home made DP and the sparkle is perfect. Great pictures of your mom :D Love the one of her hugging the pole - she looks like so much fun to be with. Have a fabulous Christmas!!

  2. Aw Betty look at your sweet little Mom! I'm the same way! I'll see something and try and figure out how I can incorporate the design onto paper. :) LOVE your gorgeous sparkly snowflakes Beautiful!

    How lucky your are to have your Mom treasure her as I know you do Merry Christmas

  4. Awww! Your mom is so cute! It looks like the two of you had a great time! The pole picture is cracking me up! Her sweater is gorgeous and so is your card!

  5. Gorgeous card! Glad to know I'm not the only one who looks at things in terms of them making a good card!! Your mom is such a cutie! Enjoy your holidays!

  6. Your Mom is beautiful, and so is this card! Isn't it great to find inspiration in such unexpected places? I have to check out that Kaleidescope embossing powder - it's beautiful!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy happy 2010!!

  7. This is stunning Betty!! Love the design and all the snowflakes. What a great inspiration to follow!! hope you had a great time with your parents!! Merry Christmas My Friend!!! I hope you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday!!

    big hugs,

  8. Merry Christmas Betty, thanks for sharing the adorable pictures of your mom. I would have thought the same of the sweater ;)

  9. Betty your card is absolutely stunning! As is your Mom! Have a Blessed Holiday season with your family. Hugs, Jerri

  10. Betty your Mom and your card are both GORGEOUS!!

  11. I love your card, and the pics of Mom!! Looks like she has a fab sense of humor!!! Merry Christmas, GF!!!

  12. Betty, your mom IS beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing the fun pics! LOVE your card, and thank you for sharing how you made that gorgeous dp!!! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Betty this is gorgeous, I LOVE that snowflake!!!!! Stunning work!!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  14. Aww! I am so happy that I am not the only one that does that! I stopped a lady in Walmart and took a picture of her shirt with my cellphone!

    My mom was Jo, too!! Or Jo Jo, sometimes (short for Joyce). I love that your mom is such a good sport and a beautiful woman, too!

    Oh, and the card... it's spectacular!!

    Merry Christmas!!


  15. i don't often leave a comment but want you to know that i really appreciate all of your hard work and artistic inspiration! looking forward to more beautiful artwork in the new year!
    merry christmas!

  16. Lovely artwork!! Your Mother looks like a jewel!! Merry Christmas!

  17. OMGosh! Betty your card is amazing and your Mom is beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  18. Betty...what a great way to find inspiration...your card is as gorgeous as your Mom!!! When I saw your Mom wrapped around the pole I thought she was trying to keep you from getting that beautiful sweater...LOL!!! Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

  19. What fantastic results from a beautifully inspired moment. Love that "calming" DP Betty!! Merry Christmas GF!!!

  20. What a darling idea and your mom is so sweet. Great card and love all the details.

  21. Your mom is SO adorable! That sweater of hers really is inpsiring and you made a lovely card from that idea.

  22. Betty this is breathtaking and I LOVE that you took your inspiration from your Mom's sweater!!! What great pics of her too! I agree on that kaleidoscope ep! I LOVE it and use it a lot with this image! Your card is gorgeous gf!!!!

    I wish you and yours a most blessed Christmas and a very happy, healthy new year!!!

  23. Merry Christmas Betty! I love your snowflake card and your story. I've had the same thing happen myself - being inspired by something someone is wearing. It's very distracting! As soon as I got home from church I had to make the card. Enjoy your time with your Mom, cherish the moments they don't last long enough.

  24. Ohhhh your mom is a beautiful and charming lady!
    I love your gorgeous snowflakes card. It's so sparkly!!

    Merry Christmas and happy 2010 to you too!

  25. GORGEOUS!!! How fun that your mom's sweater inspired you....!!! Your card is the perfect interpretation - Betty!!!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas??? Hugs ~S~

  26. Oh I just love your Mom - she is so sweet! I love your card as well Betty. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a safe and happy New Year!


  27. Truly elegant mother and card! I love the DP you have created and how cool that it was inspired by your mom! I, too, find myself looking at colors and patterns in clothing and wondering how I can incorporate the design into a card. Thanks so much for sharing your creative process with us and best wishes for the New Year!

  28. LOL I love the things you can get inspiration from!! What a great picture of your Mom and love the card you made thanks to her sweater.
    My DD and I often drive together and we're often commenting on the sky and the beauty of it. I always say ohh look at that I wish I could make a card to look like that.. and DD gets SO exasperated. ;-) I can't imagine why???
    Beth Greco


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