Saturday, June 11, 2011

With Love


I had a lovely lunch yesterday with some amazing stampy friends. The guest of honor was my sweet friend Libby, who is moving soon.

Libby is one of my original stampy idols when I first discovered stamping blogs. I still can't believe that we got to become friends, and that through her, that I met so many other talented and fun girls.

Libby lives at the opposite end of town, but she and I have violated that unspoken Austin law never to cross the river often -  to stamp, experience the deliciousness that is Taco Deli and Phil's and do all the arty and crafty things that Austin has that brought us together in the first place.

I will miss this sweet, gentle girl and her beautiful kids, one of whom I'm fairly certain will be the next Jack Hanna, and the other - a ballerina :).

I thought I should make her a little something blue.

Stamps: Delicate Doilies (July 1), Love & Care Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White  
Paper:First Edition, Crumb Cake, Pool Party (July 1) 
Accessories: Perfect Pennants Die (July 1),  Scallop Trim Border Punch, Pearls
Early Espresso Twine, Designer Buttons (Deck the Halls - retired), 2.5" Circle Punch

To make the rosette, I used a strip of First Edition DSP, that I punched on one side with the Scallop Trim Border Punch. I followed this tutorial to make it, with one change. After you adhere the ends together and form it into a rosette, instead of glue, I just stuck a small strip of Sticky Strip across the back - it's fast and holds it together. When you're ready to put it on your card, you already have adhesive on it.

I did a Direct to Paper tutorial this week (If you missed it, it's here, including a video) and so I used White Craft Ink to fade the print on the First Edition DSP so that I could stamp a greeting on it. I dried it with my heat gun, and then used a circle punch to punch an arc out of it so that it wouldn't show behind the Pool Party scallop that I cut with the Perfect Pennants die.

It's soft and sweet, just like my buddy. I wish you the best, Libby, but man, do I haz a sad.

Bon voyage girlie. See you on Twitter.



  1. Oh now I haz a sad for you and Libby both

  2. Sorry your friend is leaving. But, you made her a really awesome card. Thanks to Twitter, we don't all have to live in the same place to be friends :)

  3. Oh Lydia, that made me teary. I am so so sad. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. I'm so glad I've gotten to know you, and I'm thankful that we are always just a keyboard away. And the card - absolutely stunning! I love it so much. It will definitely be hanging on the wall of my new stamp room, along with this photo of my wonderful Austin stampy friends. I can't believe I'm leaving all of you! :-(

  4. Awww, now I haz a sad, too. :( But you're right - you're just a keyboard away, but I know it's not the same as being there in person. Sigh. Well, now you have an excuse to visit Hotlanta!

  5. Your card is SO lovely but I'm with Sue up here in Canada. I haz sad for you both now, too. I hope you still get chances to get your group together as often as possible. Hugs :)

  6. WOWZA!!! This is just amazing!! And then I has a sad & a happy because Libby is coming here.


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