Saturday, November 24, 2012

How Ardently I Admire and Love You

Things are settling down a bit after Thanksgiving and my birthday. Many, many thanks for all the good wishes in comments, emails, and cards! It was indeed a good birthday and holiday, and I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving too, even if it was just an unofficial lower-case thanksgiving.

Shouldn't we make every day a thanksgiving? I sure think so.

And to cap it all off, I found out today that I had four cards published in the Winter issue of Take Ten magazine!


Page 63.

I submitted the cards for this issue's design challenge, which seemed a little too layered for my taste and therefore a real challenge for this CAS stamper to pull off. I used the layout with just two layers of card stock, some ink, and a few rhinestones. Since I made four cards with one old, old Hero Arts set, they published them in the Variations on a Theme section of the magazine.

I'm so honored!

Eeeeep, I say again!

And now onto today's card, which made me punch happy.

Operation Write Home needs Valentine's Day and general love cards, so I tried to use Papertrey's Heart Prints set with a sentiment from Simply Jane, also by Papertrey. The quotation is from Darcy's declaration of love to Elizabeth Bennett.


Did you know that when I took the "What Jane Austen Character Are You?" quiz on Facebook, I was Eliza Bennett?

Anyway, I tried all those patterned hearts in Heart Prints, and it looked a jumbled mess. So I flexed to solid hearts in a bunch of different shades of pink and red. That seemed to work so much better for me.

Eliza's such a solid character, not silly like Lydia.

I'm so relieved I wasn't Lydia.

stamps: Papertrey
ink: various
paper: PTI white
accessories: heart punches, heart-shaped rhinestone, dimensionals


  1. Congratulations on your published cards!!

  2. Hooray for you! What a nice surprise.

  3. Being published is a thrill!! Congrats to you!

  4. Congratulations Susan! Will you put the page up on your blog for those of us who will never see Take Ten.

    Bet they are amazing!

  5. Whoo Hoo!! You go girl :) I just LOVE (no pun intended) this card!! Hearts are one of my favorite shapes and I just love all the shades of red and pink you used :)

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!! Well deserved. Ditto Cassandra's request please.
    Lovely card - all the shades of red with the little gem is perfection. TFS

  7. You are much-deserving of having your work published. Very happy for you. This card is a great example of your awesome design work.

  8. A happy belated birthday to you and congratulations on being published! What a thrill for you! It's no surprise to me and should have happened long ago. You've got a special talent.

  9. Belated birthday wishes - sounds like it was a good one ;)

    And many congratulations on being published - I shall keep my eye out!!

    Love, love this card - so beautiful with all the shades of pink and red - and that sentiment is fab!

  10. Congratulations on the publication!
    Belated Happy Birthday - may you have many more to come.
    Oh, I haven't watched P & P for ages and now I want to very much, sigh......I just adore watching it....romance, morals (not Lizzie of course) and a great can't be bettered....Downton is good but P & P beats them all.

  11. You could never be a "Lydia" !


  12. Cassandra, I will eventually post them on my blog, but I think there is a rule about waiting to post published cards until the publication has been out a while. (That's what I would do if I were Stampington!)

  13. Congratulations on being published in Take 10!

  14. Susan, congratulations on being published! I'll buy the magazine if for no other reason than to see your stuff! Remember this great honor, on a day you seem to have no mojo at all. That certainly didn't happen with today's card. It's beautiful! I assume you don't have a die cut machine, and you cut all those hearts out by hand? Beautiful job in cutting, ink choices, placement, just everything.....and that sentiment is so perfect. Some service wife will be very touched when she receives it. And oh, you are so not Lydia!

  15. Congratulations on having four cards published - not that I am totally surprised, Eliza...ooops I mean, Susan :)

  16. Can't wait for my winter issue of Take Ten to arrive so that I can see them! Huge congratulations! What an honour!

  17. Beautiful Valentine's card with the layers of hearts and lovely sentiment! I just sent a box to Operation Write Home, almost all "love" and "miss you" cards. Congratulations on your Take Ten honors!

  18. Woot-Woot! Congrats on four cards being published in Take Ten! Love (no pun intended *snicker*) your Valentine card. :)

  19. WOW!

    how wonderful to have your cards published. i too will buy this magazine just for your cards.
    thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!

  20. I'm so thrilled for you! If Take Ten had more cards like yours, I would still be buying it.

    And I'm ashamed to admit I've never read "Pride and Prejudice." I have it in hardback and even on my Kindle. I must remedy that.

  21. Congrats MF....
    Glad you had a good b-day and are right, we have so much to be thankful for everyday. Heck, if I wake up, that's a reason to celebrate LOL
    take care,

  22. Congrats on publishing 4 cards! Please let us see them here when you can. Your valentine is gorgeous :)

  23. I saw your cards in Take Ten! I'm in there too! Page 96! This is my first time being published! I didn't get a notice or anything from Stampington, so I was REALLY shocked when I saw my cards in there while flipping through the mag at Barnes & Noble.


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