Monday, December 21, 2009

My B & Es Continue....

Amber has come up a wonderful sketch to wrap up 2009.  It's hard to believe we have had a year of Verve sketches with twists!  I must admit, it is nice not to have to worry about a twist this month because with all that is going on in December, my little brain is on overload and I'm sure I would be making four and five cards per sketch due to forgetting to add the twist LOL!

I am bowing my head in shame today as I succumbed to another pressie B & E last night....  This is so unlike me - honest!!  Let me explain.  The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this sketch was to use a heart for one of the panels.  Since I was wrapping pressies with the kids yesterday afternoon, I was reminded of what I had purchased for myself from my family (gotta love being able to buy for yourself as just about everything I got was on sale or bought with a coupon :D) and the heart Nesties were included.  When my kids had maxed out their pressie wrapping attention span, I used the Nesties for this card.  I must say, they are a lot more challenging to get into than the MS border punch was, and I'm thankful the hard, plastic packaging they come in isn't totally sealed all the way around or I wouldn't have been able to get them out.  I giggled with glee while using them as they were so perfect for the card (I'm desperately trying to justify my errant ways, aren't I :D).  However, getting them back into their packaging and arranging them back into "nested" form was much harder than I'd bargained for LOL!  Guess it serves me right!!  I'm not sure where this evil little habit is coming from (maybe it's because I enjoyed watching Russell on Survivor and was totally miffed he didn't win the million dollars!), but everything is now wrapped and under the tree so I know I won't be doing any more pressie B & Es.  At least that is my story and I'm sticking to least trying to stick to it as my birthday is in January and I have a few more Nesties coming my way...just kidding LOL!

Sorry, I digressed.  A little confession does wonders for the soul LOL!  Back to the card.  I found these fun DPs in my Costco DP Pack and matched them up with some lovely cream linen card stock.  Of course, my Swiss Dots embossing folder had to come out -- I'm really falling off the band wagon on this card! -- and I used one of my all time favorite sentiments from Wordsworth in the heart.  However, there was a lot of white space left in the heart so out came this cute stamp from Verve ( I'm not sure what you call this - a filligree?  Can anyone enlighten me?) in the "corners" of the heart and added a touch of bling at the base of each one for a little pop.  Finished things off with some brads and sheer burgundy ribbon.  Happy with how this turned out and must say the B & E was worth the final product - despite the shame of it all!!

Hope your Christmas preparations are well in hand.  I can't believe how under control things are at our house this year - it's such a wonderful place to be in!!  It takes all the stress out of the Season and allows me to enjoy it all the more.  The kids and I are are thrilled to have daddy all to ourselves for the next two weeks as he is on vacation, and I must say, I'm looking forward to seeing Princess and the Frog as a family tomorrow.

Thanks for popping in for a visit and letting me know you've been here.  Your comments are always so encouraging (((hugs))).   Have a blessed day.

What's In It?
Stamps:  Wordsworth, Verve
Paper:  Costco DP Pack, Cream Linen
Ink:  Baroque Burgundy
Accessories:  Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Heart Nesties, Brads, Sheer Burgundy Ribbon, Bling, Dimensionals


Vickie said...

YOU are a nut!! My christmas pressies were bought by "moi" also. I have been restraining myself but, I can understand the "devil" taking over and this card is just tooo cute!!!

Maureen said...

Oh, yes, well worth the illegal activity!! I would've too!! LOL Great idea with the's perfect for this sketch. And I love the sentiment...what is wordsworth? Is it a set? which company? Gorgeous ribbon...I'm loving sheer great to tie! Enjoy the movie...I'm hoping we'll go to The Christmas Carol tomorrow :)

Vicki Burdick said...

Love this card Marisa!!!, love that heart nestie, I won't tell you got into your present early. LOL!! I would do the same thing!!!

Raven B said...

Uber cute. I love this card and all the detail. WOW

Lorelie Kim said...

Beautiful! Love the heart detail and the CB background!!

TannyP said...

Wowza! Gorgeous card - and so worth a little prezzie redirection =)The papers you've used are stunning and I'm so glad to see that Swiss Dots isn't relegated to the rehab pile yet!
Absolutely stunning!

Dawn B. said...

LOL sooo you wrapped it back up after use..I LOVE that idea. I should have thought of that. Great card. I really like valentines and hearts..