Saturday, September 25, 2010

Praying for you....

Hi all! Happy Saturday to you! As you read this, I am in Memphis visiting with my grandmother. For those of you that don't come here regularly (shame on you! lol), my grandmother had a stroke earlier in the week and is not doing well. They have called the family in and so we're there. I hope to come home tomorrow with a feeling that she will get better, not worse. God doesn't make mistakes, though, so...we'll have to wait and see what He has planned for her. :)

Anyway, so today's card is for both the Papertrey September Blog Hop:





 AND the Embellish Magazine challenge:



Let's talk about the Papertrey Blog Hop first. We were to think about fellow crafters that inspire us or who have shown us things that we now use in our crafting. Ok, well THAT is a huge request. I have learned so much from so many people. My main inspirations, though, are Laurie Willison, Julie Lacey, Julee Tillman, and Dana Seymour. Every single day I know that when I wake up and start blog hopping, those four fabulous women will have some of the best stuff out there. I also love that they spread the love - using all sorts of supplies and stamps. It's really great to see people who can take the same stamps I might have and totally rock your socks with them. People who can MAKE you purchase things JUST because you have seen them use it. These women drive me to stamp every single day in the hopes that THEY will love what I create. It's silly, I know, but they are truly the best in my mind.  They have shaped the way I stamp and the styles I love. These 4 women are my stamping inspiration and I want them (and you) to know that they are tops in my book..and they're super nice to boot! Thank you ladies. 

 As for my card today (yeah, yeah, we'll eventually get to it..lol), I used a trick I learned through a Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team group post on Nichole Heady's blog a few months back. It was the post where they showed us their favorite ways to use ribbon. On the post, Ashley Cannon Newell showed us a technique that totally changed the way I use ribbon..and i've used this technique on 32 cards since that post! Yikes!! Here is a link to her post: Ribbon Favorites. Fabulous!!

So, the Embellish challenge this week totally called my name to create something elegant and serene. I thought of my grandmother while making this card. I simply LOVE these colors together! We also had to use background stamping on the card. I used my PTI Damask Designs stamps. They just scream elegance and especially when paired up with the Papertrey Ink Vellum paper. It is SO heavy  while still being delicate and sheer...good stuff! The ribbon - well, I think you know about me and ribbon by now, right? Just love that stuff. 

Ok, so this post has gone on WAY to long and thank you SO much for sticking around to read all of this. So without further ado, here is my card:







I initially had rhinestones where you see pearls, but as soon as I snapped the picture our UPS guy drove up with my order of pearls from Stampin Up! Score!! I quickly changed out the bling and took another pic..lol. 

Ok, well this has been a super duper long post. Thanks for stopping by. If you think about it, will you please keep my grandmother in your prayers? Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you back soon! Laters!




Stamps: Damask Designs (papertrey)
Card Stock: Going Grey and striped dsp (stampin up); Lemon Tart, Vellum, Smokey Shadow, White (papertrey)
Ink: Memento Black
Extras: Lemon Tart ribbon (papertrey); Butterfly punch, pearls, and button (stampin up)




69 brownkowments:

Sue Ann said...

Keva this is so beautiful and your Grandmother is very lucky to have you and all the love you have for her!!! I pray for her to have a full recovery. You totally brought your emotions forward in this for your Grandmother and made it elegant and classy!!! Hugs to you and your family!!!

Cassie said...

Hey Keva, this is such a lovely card. I'm so sorry to read about your grandmother, but you're right. . .God doesn't make mistakes. I pray He will keep you all in His comfort.

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

I wish your grandmother a speedy and full recovery Keva, give her my best.

Loved your tribute to Dana, Laurie, Julie and Julee - very heartfelt! This card is just stunning - not what I was expecting as I slowly scrolled down, but what a fantastic result! Love the soft damask stamped on vellum, love the punch of that yellow ruffled ribbon, love the striped black paper and butterfly accents, perfectly placed pearls. Just all round gorgeous!!

Amy said...

Oh this is breathtaking....that vellum was the perfect choice Keva! Everything is so soft and muted....definitely soothing.

I went through this with my grandma a couple of years ago....it's hard. My thoughts are with you!

Sara Mac said...

Keva this is so elegant! The vellum looks amazing paired with the damask. Love the sweet butterflies too. I hope your grandma is doing better.

Leah said...

First off, I would love to pray for your Grandma..me and my little ones pray nightly together and I'd love to include her!
I had lots of fun reading your blog post (your fun personality sure shows!)
and your card is AWESOME, certainly a very lovely, elegant card!!!
=)

Debby said...

This is lovely and elegant. The ribbon is gorgeous and a really good take on the Embellish challenge. Hope your Grandma gets better soon.

Baseret said...

Beautiful card Keva! I love the vellum overlay.
My prayers are with your Grandmother and your family.

Paul said...

Love the butterfly. This is the first time I've been able to participate with the PTI fun being from Wales so the time difference never allowed. I'm also new to PTI products and have only just had my first order so am having loads of fun seeing what others create with the items.
TFS
Paul
http://craftyblogocks.blogspot.com/

Sue Lelli said...

Keva, this is so BEAUTIFUL! LOVE the ribbon and the stamping! (Praying you your Grandmother and your family)

IamDerby said...

This is lovely Keva! So sorry to hear about your Grandmother. You are in my thoughts.

Basement Stamper said...

Beautiful card, I love the pearls and the ribbon treatment is gorgeous! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the sweet comment!

Aimes said...

Beautiful! Totally lovin' your ribbon treatment!
Sending positive vibes for your Grandmother too!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Cathy Weber said...

First off, I will say a prayer for your grandma and your family. Second, your card is so classy and elegant. The ribbon is a beautiful touch. When I saw this challenge posted myself, I also thought of Damask Designs. You really nailed both challenges Keva.

Rhonda said...

Saying a prayer for your Grandmother. Love this elegant and classy card.

Barb said...

I will say a prayer for your Grandmother...Your card is just beautiful. The pearls are the perfect finishing touch.

Debbie said...

Great card! Love the look of vellum! And will be saying a prayer for you Grandmother... you are absolutely correct... God is in control!

LittleSurferGirl said...

Super pretty, Keva! I just used the same ribbon technique for the first time the other day! Not sure why it's taken me so long because I learned it from Ashley, too! Great card!
Amy Dann

peggysue said...

I'll be saying a prayer for your family and your grandmother. This card is gorgeous! love that ribbon technique and the colors!

Amy said...

Prayers for your grandmother. Such an elegant card and I love what you did with the ribbon. Can't believe I didn't see that video sooner -thanks for bringing it to my attention!

klarcher said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandma, I truly hope she rallies. Your card is so lovely I love the softness of it.

Debra said...

Such a lovely, elegant card.The color combination is stunning. I hope your grandmother is doing well and yeah! for the UPS man showing up in the knick of time!!

Cassie_lu said...

beautiful card and that is a technique I'm still working on. love the colors you used.

Kay said...

Prayers for your grandmother, and oh Keva, this card is just beautiful! The color scheme, the layout, the ribbon treatment, and those lovely pearls- everything is just beautiful. I've been wanting to try Ashley's ribbon treatment technique myself, perhaps this will push me to do it.

Laurie said...

Keva I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma! I hope everything goes well! I will keep her and you in my prayers!

Your card is gorgeous too, sister! I love the Damask and the ribbon! So soft and pretty! AND thank you for your super kind words! You are amazingly sweet and sooo talented! Thanks Keva! ;)

Cammie said...

Keva, your card so softly elegant! It is indeed a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Sending healing thoughts for her and your family.

Cammie said...

Keva, your card so softly elegant! It is indeed a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Sending healing thoughts for her and your family.

Amy Beth said...

I love that ribbon technique too! I love your card, so many great details.

Traveling Mama said...

Oh, sweetie, I hope she is doing much better. Sending prayers and hugs your way.

Ginny said...

I so love the damask and ribbon combo on your card!! Sending prayers and good wishes for you and your family!

jen said...

Love your card- it is very serene indeed!! Great take on the embellish challenge too! Hope your grandmother has a quick recovery....

Jen Carter said...

Your card is GORGEOUS! I love the ribbon, the damask, the soft look the vellum gives! Wonderful!

Victoria said...

This is lovely, Keva. I like the colors you chose, so soft and pretty. I am sending positive thoughts for your grandmother and hope she have a speedy recovery.

Julie said...

Oooh you are way too sweet, Keva! Sending happy thoughts your way and hope your grandmother is feeling better soon!

Love the card, BTW! :)

Kristii said...

I am so sorry about your grandmother!!!! I'm hoping you will be hearing good news and that she will have a speedy recovery!!!! Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

Kelly S. said...

What a lovely post, Keva! So nice to hear what stampers inspire you, they will love that! Your card is awesome with the ruffled yellow ribbon! Best wishes to you, your grandmother, and your family!

Ravengirl said...

Such an elegant card! I adore the ruffled ribbon look, but have as yet to give it a try. It sounds like it might be quite addicting! I will pray that your grandmother takes a turn for the best!

Pam W. said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful and I'm glad those pearls arrived in time. They are a perfect accent to the design.

Praying for your grandmother, you and the entire family.

Anonymous said...

Your card looks really dreamy~ I, too, love the ribbon like that! Babies- Beth

Dana said...

Oh Keva, you poor thing. My thoughts are with you and your grandmother for a full recovery.
Thank you also, for the sweet tribute. What a surprise to see my name listed there among the greats! I am honored.
Your card is just lovely. The soft, subtleness of the vellum is gorgeous over the Damask. And the ribbon rocks!

Gayatri said...

I love the vellum paper stamping and the ruffled ribbon. Elegant and classy card, Keva!

Nerina said...

What a beautiful card Keva! I absolutely love the elegance of softness of this - it's breathtaking! (I also must say that your list of people who inspire you is FANTABULOUS! Amazing ladies!!!) I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother! I'm so blessed to hear about the faith that you're trusting in at this difficult time - and hope that she does indeed get better as the days progress!!

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother, I'll defintely be praying! Your card is so elegant and gorgeous!

Deb C said...

Prayers for your grandmother and I love how soft and elegant your card it. GREAT job!

Shirl said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother...will definitely be praying for her good health!

I think your card is gorgeous! The pearls are the match made in heaven...what a perfect timing! :)

Kara said...

that vellum makes this card so ethereal...just beautiful! I hope your grandmother is feeling better soon.

Christina said...

This is wonderful and elegant! I love the way the damask is made softer by the vellum, and the ribbon treatment is fabulous!

Jessica said...

Beautiful card that you created! Thanks for stopping by my blog. ;)

Emm said...

Keva, your card is absolutely beautiful!! Best wishes to your grandmother!

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

Wonderful job stamping that damask! It's so pretty! Thanks so much for joining the Embellish background stamping color challenge.

Tina said...

This is so pretty. Love the ribbon detail. Prayers coming from Texas to your grandmother!

Lynn said...

This is such a pretty card! I love the butterflies with the pleated yellow ribbon!

 

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