Tuesday, January 6, 2015

from a grateful American

Hi, everyone!

Well, the house is partially undecorated. Still have the tree and the upstairs. But, isn't the Epiphany celebrated on January 6? That's my excuse story and I'm sticking with it.

from a grateful American

Today's card was inspired by the current OWH Our Daily Bread Design challenge to make an An Any Hero thank you card. So, I thought it fitting to use an ODBD background stamp.  :)

Stampin' Up! crumb cake; Core-dinations jet black
Our Daily Bread Design background stamp; Stamper's Best sentiment
Stampin' Up! banner die; ??? corner punch (for tiny stars)
3L photo corners; Zig 2-way glue pen; Recollections foam square adhesives
heat embossing with versamark and American Crafts copper powder
During OWH's Top 14 of 2014 blog hop, there was a card posted that used this background -- with black stamped on kraft. This was a nice change from my traditional red, white, and blue Any Hero card palette. But, when I stamped my black on the crumb cake paper, it felt flat. So, I wondered what copper on crumb cake, with an accent on black -- would look like.

The initial results looked promising. But, when I embossed the copper on black, the banner didn't feel substantial enough. So, I added two more layers, with the middle layer also being embossed in copper. And, if I may say, I really feel like this is one striking card.

The photo splits in the top left and bottom right corners are Tim-inspired. I hear his words encouraging us to do the unexpected. Four splits would be expected... two, not so much.  :)

I'm also posting this card for the current Cards In Envy challenge to make a card featuring a banner and the current Anything Goes challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog.

Parting Thoughts

Hope the first day back to work was relatively painless.

Went out to lunch with hubby and father-in-law yesterday. Diners at both of the tables around us were talking Oregon-Ohio State Football. Buckeye fans are so excited for this big game! Did you know that Oregon and Ohio State played in the first NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game in 1939? Turns out Oregon won that one.

Saw the most amazing movie last night. It was the documentary Life Itself about Robert Ebert's life, based on Ebert's memoir of the same title. Wow, what a life, and what a movie! Truly a must for film lovers. Can't wait to read the book and requested it at our local library as soon as the movie ended.

January Challenge
Jan. 1 - Jan. 21
The first Words 2 Scrap By challenge of the New Year is up and running. Hope you will join us for our social-media inspired challenge. 

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. Card card really is striking! Beautiful job on the embossing! Thank you for joining us at cards in envy! ~ Marilyn

  2. Your card is so rich and sophisticated! GREAT job on the embossing! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! I must check out that movie, Life Itself. Sounds awesome! I miss R. Ebert movie reviews for sure.

  3. Wowzer--what a gorgeous card, Sybrina! Wouldn't it be fun if we could watch the game together on the 12th?! Go Ducks!

  4. Such a lovely card! Thanks for teaching how you made it!

  5. Amazing card Sybrina! Love the copper embossing. Have a great day.

  6. Beautiful background and I love the embossed sentiment! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy for our banner challenge!

  7. This is beautiful! I love the copper embossing! From this Army Mom, thank you for supporting OWH and our troop! Also, thank you for sharing with us at Cards in Envy! I hope you join us again soon!

  8. what a wonderful card!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!