Thursday, April 29, 2010

Missing You



I received a letter in the mail a couple of days ago from a dear, dear friend and my former college roommate. She has nearly indecipherable handwriting, so I was relieved to see it all typed up and printed out - so much better for these tired eyes of mine! Anyway, I thought how much easier it would have been for her to send it as an email, but how much nicer for me to receive it by mail. I've carried it around with me all week and re-read it at least a half-dozen times :)

Naturally, I'll respond by mail, too. She knows I scrapbook and make cards occasionally, but I don't think she has any idea I blog, much less how big a part of my life papercrafting has become these past two years. So I whipped up this little homemade paper treat just for her. I hope she likes it!

The lovely teapot image is from CreativiTEA by Taylored Expressions. I went for a shabby, super soft, ultra-feminine look here, using papers from Memory Box's Gossamer collection, some Melissa Frances lace trim, pearls, and even a lace doily to go along with the tea theme. Lots of texture and dimension here. The image and label (also part of CreativiTEA) are both paper-pieced. The label is designed to work with the Labels 9 Nestabilities, but it's also easy to hand-cut if you don't have those nesties (I don't). I added just a touch of shading on the paper-pieced teapot to give it a little depth.

This is likely my last official guest designer post for Taylored Expressions, so I'd like to give thanks to Taylor for the GD opportunity and give thanks to the Baker's Dozen for the warm welcome these last two months. I will continue to use and enjoy all of my TE sets and look forward to new releases!

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: CreativiTEA (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Stampin' Up Ivory Naturals card stock, Memory Box Gossamer 6x6 designer paper pad
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories: white acrylic paint, Prismacolor pencils, foam adhesive, Stampin Up ribbon, Papertrey button, May Arts ivory twine, Melissa Frances lace trim, Kaiser pearls, lace doily (unknown), pinking shears, sewing machine, distressing tool, corner rounder
Size: 5 1/4" square

28 comments:

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Wowwwwwwww! This is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Soooooooooo soft and feminine. Love Love LOVE it!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You know that I love everything that you create Amy, and this is no exception. Love this layout, the stitched and pinked edge header with sentiment, your teeny lace doily (I have some of these and will use as a little background frame like you,) love you ribbon treatment, lace and pearls. WOW! I will say this in public, you are my favourite designer. Honestly.
Congratulations on the Taylored Expressions appointment! Have a wonderful day.
chriss

~Etoile~ said...

Very nice card, I really like the design!

Dawn Easton said...

hehe...you made me giggle when you said you whipped up the little homemade treat! ha...you make it sound and look easy but I'd never be able to create a STUNNING creation like this! It's totally amazing, Amy! Wow!

Millie said...

Amy,
I have been following your blog for at least a year and I am never disappointed in your inspiration! thank you for another great card!

Daniela said...

This is so pretty. Love the colors and the design.

Gretchen said...

Just beautiful! It's always nice to get happy mail! She will love this!

cardcrazy said...

Such a beautiful card, I'm sure that your friend will love it!

Paper Punch Scissors! said...

Amy,
How could your friend not love this card? You did a beautiful job. I believe the reason your cards are so well done is your ability to see the "whole picture" of the stamp your using. Envisioning what goes with tea...lace, doilies etc. I can just taste the tea cookies now. This card speaks to the heart of a friend. I'm sure she will treasure it.

Again, thank you for your inspiration.

Wendy said...

Amy, I mail out almost all my cards to someone! I love getting them and love to share mine. When I make a card, it is always for something coming up! This one is gorgeous!

Marimer said...

Preciosa esta tarjeta, Amy, un sello tan sencillo y que le hayas sacado tanto partido y tan elegante. He visto los sellos que anuncias y son todos preciosos.
Besitos.Felicidades

Michelle said...

Your friend will be thrilled to receive this beautiful creation.

Stefanie Staniak said...

Such a beautiful friend. I'm sure your friend will know how special she is to you when she opens this. Every detail is a treasure and is certainly frameable quality.
TFS.

Jenyfur said...

This is beyond lovely. Love it.

Melody said...

Beautiful Amy!!

whoistracy said...

Oh this is just darling! Love all those layers and distressing.

Jackie Pedro said...

Speechless.....THUD.......

Jacquee said...

Now this is a beautiful card. I'm sure she will cherrish it.

Carmen said...

She will LOVE it!!

Jami said...

This is gorgeous and your friend will be over the moon when she receives it! It's been wonderful having you at TE these couple of months!

Lynda Benden said...

This is beautiful Amy and I am SURE your friend will just LOVE it!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Your friend will LOVE it!! If not, have her send it to ME!! Gorgeous work, as always!!

Miss Iowa said...

This is WUNDERBAR! I love the color scheme and the doily underneath the teapot. Looks yummy enough to eat. Your friend's jaw will drop when she sees it.

zcdl said...

wow beautifuuuuul :)

cristinoel said...

Love this card as well!!

Beth Norman said...

Not only is this a beautiful card, it holds such a special meaning for a long-time friendship. Your story gave me goose bumps. Awesome.

Taylor said...

Another gorgeous creation, Amy! I love the soft feminine feel and I'm sure your friend will love it too!

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful TE creations over the past couple months! It has been a pleasure having you as our guest designer!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my she is just going to LOVE it, a perfect combination of all your elements, Wonderful piece!

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