Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Joy and Cheer

Today I'm sharing a holiday card I made using Sweet Sunday Sketch 249! I LOVE Karen's sketches and was so happy to have a chance to play along this week. Here's the sketch:

And here's my creation:

I absolutely ADORE this sentiment from Paper Source! (Confession: I bought it last year and this is the first time I've inked it up. Anyone else guilty of this type of behavior??? C' honest...) It has such a playful nature about it that pairs up nicely with these super duper cute penguins from Mama Elephant! Gosh, I am smitten with these little fellas! They totally make me SMILE!

I gave this card (in a coordinating envelope) to my friend, Rosemarie, yesterday...along with a gift basket. Here's a quick look at that:

Rosemarie and her husband, Dan, love to cook, so I put together a basket full of breakfast-themed items for them including: Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix (from Red Mill), Butter Infused Olive Oil and Vermont Maple Balsamic (from Elevated Olive in Steamboat, CO---which I picked up on our recent ski trip to Steamboat), an OXO Spatula (from Whole Foods), and two Red Dahlia Villa Stripe Napkins (from World Market).

And yes...the photo was taken in my car because I am running completely behind on life (more on that below) and thus had to stop at Whole Foods to pick up the pancake mix and spatula on my way to meet Rosemarie yesterday morning. HA! Oh all worked out just fine.
On a personal note: As I mentioned above, I am quite behind on life. My husband's father passed away suddenly the week before Thanksgiving. It has been tough (and crazy busy), but we are staying strong and taking things one step at a time. On a much happier note, my husband is now on Winter Break, so we've been having lots of fun. We went to see the holiday symphony in our little town of Golden. We also just recently spent a long weekend in Steamboat---skiing, hiking, hot tubbin' and just relaxing and enjoying mountain life. And tomorrow we're heading to Winter Park for two days (an anniversary gift from my folks---THANKS, Mom and Dad!)----can't wait! Well, off to run some errands and tackle some more of the to-do list! Just wanted to update you on what's been happening in my world and the many reasons my blog has been so quiet recently.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you're having a festive holiday season!

Stamps: Artic Penguins (Mama Elephant), Joy and Cheer Message (Paper Source)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Markers: Copic Sketch Markers
Cardstock: Rustic White and Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Snow Day 6x6 Inch Petite Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn)
Specialty Paper: Gold
Dies: Artic Penguin Coordinating Creative Cuts (Mama Elephant), star from Sailboat Dies (Paper Smooches)
Adhesive: Adhesive Tape Runner (Tombow), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Mono Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow), Studio Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth)


Lisa Elton said...

Those are some extremely cute penguins!! Adorable card Lisa. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, sending a BIG HUG your way.

~amy~ said...

Cute card and giftie!
Sorry for your loss...hang in there.

Annette Allen said...

I am so sorry for your loss.. I will keep you in my prayers.

I am sure Rosemarie and Dan loved this adorable basket..

Brenda in IN said...

This is adorable. How sweet of you to make up a fun basket for your friend, that was so thoughtful. I'm so sorry for the loss of your father in law. I'm glad you have been able to take advantage of the break and have a little fun for yourselves. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Kim S said...

You've been on a roller coaster - which is even harder during the holiday season. It's so nice of you to put together the perfect basket for your friends. The card is charming! You are right - the perfect sentiment for those playful guys. Merry Christmas!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

So cute, I've got a penguin in my stash and I don't think he's seen much ink... cute basket. Sorry you didn't win my crazy bucket...