May 14, 2010

Celebrate Friendship

Happy Friday friends!  It's finally here, although I had a really wonderful week.  A couple of days ago I surprisingly received For the Love of Dots in the mail and had to contact Courtney from Practicing Creativity Designs to make sure there wasn't a mistake because I know I didn't order that set.  Not that I didn't want it but I can't be buying anymore supplies right now while things are so up in the air with the house move etc. (you never know what kind of expenses you're going to have).

Well it turns out that one of my most supportive blog friends (who wishes to remain anonymous) wanted to show a small gesture of thanks and congrats.  Little did she know it was a HUGE gesture, so huge in fact that I had to restrain myself from shedding happy husband would have been worried that stamps could really make me that happy.  Practicing Creativity happens to be my big IT thing right now and I love their versatility.  Apparently my fabulous friend likes what I create with them too, so last night I had a bit of time to play and hope to bring some inspiration her way.  It amazes me so much that this virtual world of blog land could put me in contact with such a wonderful group of ladies...not because of the tangible gifts that we receive but because of the encouragement and support system that we find in one another!  What a blessing and I am so grateful!

So these cards are to Celebrate Friendship.  The first card covers a couple of challenges.  The Embellish dimension challenge and the CAS-Tastic challenge: to use circles. I used the current fall-to-layout sketch and foam tape to adhere the stripe of circles.  The buttons add even more dimension. I don't know how CAS-tastic it is considering it has a few layers but it does use a lot of white space and straight lines.  

The second card (at the very bottom of this post) was the first card I created using the same layout but in a circle. It was meant more as a warm up to get use to the colours and stamps.  I thought I would included it as well since it's not a bad card, it's just nothing special.  A good masculine birthday card maybe?

Celebration Buttons


1) make card from card stock
2) trim white panel and mat to CS
3) stamp circles; trim and mat to CS; adhere to card with foam tape
4) stamp top line circle and sentiment on white panel
5) Adhere buttons


Paper: Spring Moss (PTI), Ocean Tides (PTI), Chocolate chip, Whisper White
Ink: Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Buttons in Spring Moss and Tara cotta tile (PTI), brown buttons (BG), foam tape
Stamps: For the Love of Dots (PCD)

Celebrate in Circles

Paper: Spring moss (PTI), Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Circle Coluzzle tool
Stamps: For the Love of Dots (PCD)


  1. Thanks for sharing these fabulous cards! You sure make these PC stamps shine BIG by using all the color combos and buttons!! Your special friend sure knows you well :) I'm happy for you to get this special stamp set. Indeed, this calls for Friendship Celebration!

  2. Nothing beats getting stamps in the mail :D You are blessed to have such a special friend. Great cards using the set! Enjoy creating more with the set :D

  3. Very beautiful and elegant!! Lovely cards!

    Greetings, Saskia :)

  4. What a nice friend you have there, she (or he) must really understand your passion! I love these cards, so very intuitive and creative! The colors and the shapes and everything about them!

  5. Oh, and thanks so much for playing at CAS-tastic! Really glad that you could join the challenge and perfect such stamps for it!

  6. Wow, you are one lucky lady! I love what you did with the dots here...especially that first card with the buttons! SO fabulous!

  7. How super-nice of your friend ... does your friend need more friends, lolol?!?

    This is a perfect CAS card!! LOVE it!

    Thanks so much for joining us in this week's "CAS-tastic Wednesday" Round and Round challenge!

  8. Gorgeous and what fun happy mail!!!!! Wow, that's really cool! Love the colors and your cards are super!!

  9. Great card, Laural!!! Dots always adds the perfect detail. Sweet treat, indeed :)

  10. Great, just love it! Those spots are perfect for the sketch!

  11. That's gorgeous! I can see why you received really do great things with those stamps! Inspired work, Laural!

  12. Fabulous!! The colors are great.

  13. Love the dots across the top, that's a great way to personalize that sketch.

  14. These are both gorgeous...and making me want that stamp set!! Love them! Great job with FTL90!


  15. Super circle border design... LOVE it!
    Angela xxx.

  16. These are so cute! I love them both!!