Sunday, February 20, 2011

Friendship Card (for sewing friends)


This is a card with no Cricut involved - pretty rare for me!  I was trying, again, to tidy up my craft space and I came across a set of stamps from My Sentiments Exactly called "friendship sentiments."  I hadn't used this yet so, instead of finishing the cleaning (boring...!) I decided to try out one of the sentiments and make a card.

The blue card base is Bazzill cardstock and the patterned paper is Cosmo Cricket "Material Girl".  I chose the paper to go with the stamp because it had stitching and embroidery.  I didn't like the way the stamp looked on the scalloped rectangle so I went back and looked through my Nestabilities.  

I found that the sentiment fit in the Labels Three set when I turned the die on the diagonal and I liked the way this looked.  I stamped the sentiment with Broken China Distress Ink on ivory cardstock.  I had a scalloped rectangle in the same blue as the card base from my earlier attempt on the card so I placed the label with the sentiment on top of the scalloped rectangle.  I wanted to add buttons to the top and bottom.  I used a sharp pointed tool to punch the starter holes for my sewing.

I sewed the buttons through both layers and brought the ends to the front to tie in bows.  I used Lemondrop baker's twine from The Twinery - I ordered a sample pack of eight colors a while ago and this was also sitting on my table.

I left the twine a bit long when I sewed so I could adjust the bows - then I trimmed the ends.

I used foam squares to raise the sentiment from the card surface.

I think this card would be perfect for a friend who sews - the stitch patterns in the paper are charming and the homespun look seems very warm and welcoming.

I am getting very excited about the upcoming Cricut Cruise.  It was a thrill to win the Creative Memories contest for a place on the cruise last fall but it seemed so far away.  Thank you again to all of you who voted for my layout.  I am trying very hard to get ready and have my packing done before the eve of the trip.  So far - just my toes are ready!

Have you ever been on a cruise - Do you have any tips or advice?  All will be greatly appreciated.  I don't think that I will have easy access to the internet on the ship so I am planning to pre-post for the time I will be away - this way you will still get an email each day...

When I get back, I will finally have my million hits and blogoversary celebration - maybe I'll have a few tropical surprises to be added to the mix of celebration gifts!

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  1. Adorable Card Diane! I took a cruise a few years ago and I told Okie this... so I'll tell you... Drinks on the cruise cost extra.... unless it's orange juice, milk.... If you drink any type of soda it will cost extra... they usually offer a drink Pass for a fee and then it is good the whole week you are gone.... Like I paid $25 for a drink Pass when I went on my cruise and I only had to pay the one time fee and I was able to drink as much as I wanted... You can ask about it when you board the ship.... You can also call the reservation line and order up something for your room or someone elses to be there when they arrive on the ship or during their trip...example... My friend was celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary sooo I called ahead and paid for a cake to be delivered to her room when she arrived on the ship.... She and her hubby were surprised to see a yummy chocolate cake for the 2 of them to share in there room... Sooo suff like that..... Ohhh if you are going to hit the spa during the trip... make sure you schedule your appointment when you get on the ship too! Pedicures and such go super fast sooo you want to reserve your spot early! Also they will take tons of photo's of you on the ship.... during the last days they will post the photo's they took of you and you will be able to purchase them... they can be pricey so it's up to you if you want to purchase them or not... don't feel like you have too.... Make sure you have FUN!!!! Lots of it and share your trip with us when you get back! You will probably gain about 10lbs. cause they have lots, and lots of food out all day long! Have a safe trip Diane! :O)

  2. We brought a 12 pack of soda with us because it was so expensive on the ship. If you are going to do any excursions, you can normally get them a lot cheaper when you arrive in port and negotiate with the people in that port. We did a cruise to Alaska and the side trips were MUCH cheaper that way. I'm not sure if excursions are as big a deal for the trip you are going on. Ours were for train rides into the gold fields or kayak trips, etc.

    Have a wonderful time. I'm so happy you are able to do this wonderful trip and I'll be thinking about all of the folks that are off having a great time. Enjoy meeting up with all the other wonderful MB and blogging folks.

  3. I'm so excited for you and I know you're going to have a great time on your cruise. I have not been on one before so I have no advice. Just wanted to say "Bon Voyage"! Your card is really cute, too! I love that background paper.

  4. I have never been on a cruise either but can't wait to hear all about from you. How much fun can it be to go on a cruise and CRAFT? Oh my GOODNESS! Just the thought of it leaves me breathless! Have a wonderful time!
    MCF's Mimi

  5. My husband and I cruise every year. It is a blast. The most important thing to remember is that you leave home at home and you go and have a good time. Pack you some Dramamine, just in case you run into high seas, it has happened at least once on every cruise we have been on so far. If you are worried about Sea Sickness, SeaBands can be purchased at Wal-Mart and worn while you are on the ship, I personally use an herb called Motioneze.

    Drinks on the ship, (soda and alcohol) can be very costly. Be prepared if you are a drinker. This is where ships tend to make their big bucks. They make the drinks very strong and they keep them coming at you when you are relaxed and enjoying the sun. Some people take drinks with them, I just drink water, lemonade and an occasional something from the coffee bar. I don’t know what line you are taking, but Carnival ships have a great coffee bar with a to die for Chocolate shake.

    Sample everything on the cruise including the food. This is a time to try something different. If you don’t like it, order something different. You will have the opportunity to try things you would not normally try at home. When it comes to food, they tell you to expect to gain about 10 pounds on a cruise. If you want to combat that, take the time to walk the ship, use the stairs, and enjoy the view on the deck. In all the cruises I have taken, I have yet to gain any weight from the cruise. My husband and I always walk the deck and enjoy the awesome sea air and the superb view.

    Internet is VERY VERY expensive, don’t use it if you don’t have too!!!! We love to hear from you every day, but come one, you are on a cruise, this is your time to get away from it all, have some down time, and fellowship with your friends.

    Make sure you always ( I stress always) have a camera with you. You never know when you are going to see something spectacular that you want totake a picture of and scrap it later. I am all digital so I take thousands (literally) of pictures, and delete the ones that are no good later.

    Finally, and I think one of the most important things to consider would be your shore excursions. While I encourage anyone to take advantage of this awesome opportunity, I also strongly encourage you to book any and all excursions through the ship. DO NOT, and I stress DO NOT with the highest of importance book them after you dock. Here’s why! When you book with the ship, they know where you are, therefore if an excursion lasts longer than planned, they can phone the ship and let them know. They will hold the ship for you. Yes, the ship will leave you at port if you are not back on the ship when it is time to dock. You are then expected to find your own way to the next docking location or home. Whichever the case may be.

    Enjoy the cruise, pack light, and only take what you really need. (I always over pack), and have a wonderful, wonderful time fellowshipping with other cruisers. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip.


  6. Have a good time...try things that maybe you wouldn't usually try. (Most likely, you'll never see these people again lol)Enjoy...I'm jealous, just so you know!

  7. Have a great time on your cruise. I've never been on a cruise, but spent a lot of time on the water when I was in Central America this winter. Definitely pack some Dremamine or the equivalent. I found Gravol works fine for seasickness. Our guides carried raw ginger to chew on in rough water. I never tried it, but others swore by it! Pack lots of suntan lotion and a hat and drink plenty of water (staying hydrated also helps prevent seasickness). Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!! Love the card and that embroidery paper!

  8. I took a Carnival Cruise last week. I paid $24 for an hour of internet which included a 10 minute bonus (70 total). Not enough time for browsing, but I was able to check email and deal with it each day, on a 5 day cruise. The ship has it's own cell tower, so even though my calls would have been $2.49 per minute, texts were reasonable and the phone could be left on without constantly running down the battery looking for service. Check with the cruise line as to what you are allowed to bring as to drinks. Carnival allowed 750ml of wine, no hard liquor, and a certain amount of soda per person to be brought on board. Although they did not check your checked luggage - just your hand carry. I found that water was my problem, the bottled water on board was $3.25 for a one liter bottle - and the tap water had a bad taste. I would have brought bottled water with me had I known. A glass of Baileys (small) was $8.50.
    You can order as many appetizers and as many entrees and desserts in the dining room as you want. The waiters won't even blink. We had at least two appetizers each night, as we could not decide and they were all so good.
    Have fun!

  9. Diane, I am so excited for you. I only hope that you have a lot of fun. Don't worry about us, just take lots of pictures and share when you return. I highly recommend dremimine just incase. Works wonders for motion sickness if you are prone to that. You are probably not going to have time to be thinking about anything but having a good time. Looking forward to hearing about it when you return.


  10. hi I have been on many cruises in my life. One thing I can advice you is NOT to use the internet. It is very expensive. Don't worry about us, we can mannage living without your wonderful ideas for a week. Just enjoy yourself. We don't drink alcohol, so we just bought the $40.00 pop card. That way we could drink as much pop as we wanted the whole trip. DON"T stand on the scale when you get home, that is too depressing.Your shore excusions are a must. Tjhey can be expensive, but so well worth the money. In Tahitti the excursions were cheaper when we got off the ship because they were begging to take their jeep trips. In Russia the trips were better arranged through the ship.( because of VISA problems we could face. So check your brochures you received when you got the tickets from the cruise line.Be back on time, because the ship will leave without you. It has happened before!!!

  11. What a wonderful time you'll have! Others have given great tips about purchasing drink cards and taking seasickness remedies and cameras. All too true about the shore excursions - costly, but so important to go through the excursions desk so any delays can be accommodated. The ship will definitely leave port without late passengers!

    Boy voyage!

  12. I've only been on one cruise. I made a point to get up for the morning exercise class (while my husband slept in) and was able to eat what I wanted and not gain weight. Also, don't be afraid to try something new. You can always send it back and get another entree. That is so cool!!

  13. we used our phone when we reached any port [US] in lieu of the computer connection or using the phone on board--too expensive. stayed in touch with the family at least. so it's whatever your phone's plan is that will determine whether you use it. but NEVER have it on during your on-board time.

    i'm sure you will have a great time.

    you can stay as busy as you want to be while on board as they have sooo many things going on.

    it's hard to decide what to see when you hit port but again--you can stay as busy as you want to be. some people say they planned too many excursions and felt pressed for time. save some energy for your on-board activites also.

    the only time we used the computer was to check-in for our flight out of Seattle--didn't have a smart phone at that time.

  14. These are so cute! I always get side-tracked when I'm cleaning up my scrap room, too. Some of my best crafting comes when I'm avoiding my mess.

    I've never been on a cruise so my only advice is to take plenty of sunscreen. Have fun!

  15. I have many sewing friends and LOVE this card and sentiment! TFS. Now--my tip for the trip--On the 2 trips I have been on, we had the option to check our bills at various times during the trip. I learned the hard way that you MUST do this! You can dispute charges during the trip, but once you leave the ship, there is no disputing the charges. On both trips I broke nails on the first day, so I needed to make manicure appointments. As mentioned before, these book quickly and are quite expensive! I did not check my bill close enough until we returned home, and discovered that I was charged twice for one manicure--once with the tip and once without. So--repairs to my one nail and polish of all 10 cost me $180.00!! COSTLY surprise! But, the strongest advice I have is to relax and enjoy yourself!

  16. Have a great time on your cruise. You are very deserving and do a wonderful job teaching and explaining techniques on your blog.
    My advise is to get a sea sick patch prescription from your Dr. Before you go and put it on a couple of hours before you get on the boat. Even those big boats can be bouncy and there is nothing worse than being seasick! Have fun!

  17. If you are one who tends to get seasick don't wait to take whstever of the motion sickness meds of yuour choice till your on the boat. I start takeing them two days before so they are in my system already. You DO NOT want to get sea sick. Also it is a given that you will gain weight. You have seats for dinning room meals but there is always breakfest, lunch and afternoon tea usually out on deck by the pool. And don't forget the midnight buffets. They are really something to see even if you don't eat. But everything looks soo good you have to try some of it. Almost any extras not served at these multiple meal times are an extra charge (drinks, sodas, bottles of water, room service). There is always something going on almost every moment ( in addition to the scrapping stuff they have planned). Cruises are a trip where the staff will grant your every wish (they want good tips at the end) and surprize you with too. We have been on some that you see signs that they have taken care of your room (dirty towels gone, beds made or turned down, the glass you drank from disappears and a fresh one is put in its place and so on and so on) but you never see who took care of these things. Cruises are a trip where everyone is treated like they are royalty. Have fun, learn lots and tell us all about it wehen you get back home. Do rest on arriveing home because your cruise time will be filled to the max.

  18. I love this card. I was a quilter before I became a scrapbooker. The buttons with the thread really "tie" it all together. Love the background paper.

    I have never been on a cruise, but I would say don't forget your suncreen or camera and just relax and have a great time.

  19. Just lovely Diane! The sentiment says it all and I can surely relate to the "clean up" situation. So many treasure on our crafting table, it isn't too difficult to become distracted. Have a wonderful cruise and a ton of fun! XX Pam

  20. Love the changes you made to the card. The add so much more interest. I thought of a quilting friend it would be great for, but I'm hoping to put together a paper piecing card for her. Have a great trip.

  21. I highly recommend going to get the scopolimine patch from your doctor before going. My husband found out the hard way that nothing else worked. He was miserable our first cruise. If you have not been on a cruise before, you sure don't want to spend it in bed seasick!

    Also, if you are a soda drinker, get the soda card. I only had one or two soda's a day (they are small) and it paid for itself in no time! Alcohol drinks are expensive, and if you are a water drinker, find a way to take some with you.

    I have figured out, again the hard way :D , don't feel like you HAVE to go on an excursion at every port. We were exhausted by the end of our trip being on the go so much and not spending enough time to relax!! We usually are also dealing with time changes, but if you are not a morning person, don't schedule those 7:00am departure times for 4 days in a row!

    The last two cruises I went on, there were a number of resturants that you could go to (the last ship had 20 such resturants!), for an additional charge. It is a reasonable charge for the meal (maybe $15-$20 pp) but the food is much better than in the "free" dining rooms. Find one or two you would really like to try and spring for it! You are treated like a queen ..... it's a fun experience!

    Oh ... and yeah, if you don't have to pay for internet, don't!! We had to for my husbands work, but it was very expensive, I am thinking around $50-$75 for an hour. Be sure to check with your cell phone provider if you will have roaming charges. I left my cell phone ON but was not using it (for texts or phone calls) but still had roaming fees while we were out to sea!! YIKES!!! That was a bill I don't ever want to see again!! If you are not using it, just turn it off!

    I have written a novel!! Sorry!! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy some SUN!!


  22. Great cards, love the sentiment and the papers really work with it.
    Kim xXx

  23. Tips for cruise: take clothes that are stretchy or a couple sizes too big. They feed you like 24 hours a day. Oh...and take medicine...for like allergies or headaches maybe even something for a cold (they don't have much to offer on the boat and trust me if they do you don't want to pay those prices) won't believe how many times I've left this at home. Hhhhmmm...they do have internet but don't worry about will have so much to do...enjoy yourself!


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