Friday Fun!

I have quite a few things for you today.  First up, another Christmas card using Fair Isle Backgrounds.  This time I paired it with Christmas Lodge.  These two sets really complement each other well.  I was able to resist adding glitter to the lodge rooftop, I think that is a first :)  

My sample for the Christmas in July challenge at StampNation.

Next up is my sample for this weeks CAS-ual Friday's Challenge.

I don't use a black card base often.  It really is elegant and the pop of the Pool Party adds a nice contrast to the black & white!

Last, but certainly not least, I leave you with a poem that was shared by one of the members at StampNation.  It's too good to NOT share with all of you.  I'm thinking of printing and framing it in my stamp room.  My husband got a chuckle out of it too!  Enjoy :)

The Stamping Wife
Author Unknown

She learned to stamp on Monday

Her embossing was quite fine.
She forgot to make us dinner,
So we went out to dine.

She brayerd backgrounds Tuesday

She says they are a must.
They really were quite lovely
But she forgot to dust.

On Wednesday it was birthday cards

She says that chalking's fun.
Shading, blending, and watercoloring.
But the laundry wasn't done.

Her card swap was on Thursday

Using green and blue and red;
I guess she really was engrossed,
She never made the bed!

It was shaker cards on Friday

Using techniques she just adores,
But she never seemed to notice
The crumbs on all the floors.

I found a maid on Saturday!

My week is now complete
My wife can stamp the hours away,
And the house will still be neat.

Well, it's already Sunday,

And my forehead's feeling damp.
I cursed, I raved, and I ranted. . .
The MAID has learned to stamp!!! 

Happy Holidays Card
Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Fair Isle Backgrounds (Wplus9)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Very Vanilla Seam Binding

Thank You Card
Stamps:  Fillable Frames (PTI), Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Ink:  Basic Black, Versamark
Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Pool Party
Accessories:  Folk Art Florals die (Wplus9),  Fillable Frames die (PTI), Black Embossing Powder, Button & White Bakers Twine (SU!)


Mum of 4 said...

Love your black thank you card with the pop of pool party! So pretty, the embossing adds just the right touch too! TFS!!!

Lisa A. said...

Maureen, your work is always so lovely...these cards are no exception!! LOVE the scripted embossing on the black one...what a beautiful detail!! That poem...made me LAUGH...tooo funny!! Thanks for being a part of the challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays and sharing your creativity:)!!

Deb said...

Love that subtle touch of embossing! Simply beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Michelle said...

Maureen, your cards are gorgeous. I really love the black embossing, subtle and beautiful. The poem is a bit too close to the truth for comfort, LOL! It gave me a giggle. :-)

Tracy said...

Love your card. The blue looks beautiful with the black and white. I used a cut off tag as well! :)

Suzanne D. said...

LOL, Maureen! I love the poem! And you cards are both beautiful. That house stamp on the holiday card is stunning. I tend to shy away from those types of images but really I shouldn't. It goes so well with the nordic images too. And your CFC card rocks!

Lynn said...

Maureen, the poem totally cracks me up. I think my husband could read the same thing to me :) Love your gorgeous black card...the leaves are a stunning addition. Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Carole said...

Such a delightful poem and an exquisite card. The card stands out among the thumbnail because of the pop of aqua pool color, lovely.

Karen said...

just lovely...

Beverley said...

Beautiful cards. I agree the black with white & a splash off pool party is very elegant.

Mynnette said...

Two super fabulous cards! LOVE the seam binding bow on the first and your pop of color on the second is amazing! :)

Virginia L. said...

ADORE this, Maureen!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Julie Hoffman said...

Congratulations on your win at CAS-ual Fridays! Love this black base with the black embossing - GORGEOUS!!!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations on your CFC win, Maureen! Your card is truly the best!! (And thanks for the great poem!)

Wendy Coffman said...

Congrats on your win - what a super card!

Robin K. said...

Congrats on your CAS-ual Fridays win! Love how that pool party branch pops against the black! That poem gave me a giggle- my hubby can totally appreciate it:)

Made by M.E said...

Congrats ...on your win. Love it. So elegant.

Pryn said...

Both cards are gorgeous! Timeless and classic! Congratulations on your win!!!

That poem is so cute! TFS :)


Sally said...

Love the poem. Your cards are always perfect~