Saturday, March 28, 2009

Anytime You Need A Friend Bellas!

This is the card I made for my first spot in my friend Paola's What Song/Music Are You? swap over on SCS. It was a no-brainer that I would take a spot, because she is, after all, The Temptress, and you just can't tell her no. LOL! After whirling around TONS of song titles and styles in my head, I heard Anytime You Need A Friend by Mariah Carey one morning and just *knew* that was the song! I have met a group of caring, funny, supportive, wonderfully talented gals on SCS -- affectionately called The Sisterhood -- who are always there, giving support and a shoulder when life seems too heavy to bear, and giving cheers and high-fives when life gives reasons to celebrate, and for everything else in between. This card is dedicated to *each and every one* of you gals in The Sisterhood. Even though we're miles away, I'm by your side.

I was at a loss for what image to use because this song is not what I originally had in mind. So I went surfing -- I really wanted to use HuggyBella, but don't own the stamp. *light bulb moment* I'll ask the Sisters--they have everything! And of course, the wonderful Jeanette came through and stamped me up some images, which I colored with Prismas and blended with baby oil.
I used SCS sketch challenge SC105 for the layout. I find that is the first place I go when I'm getting ready to make some cards. I figure, why reinvent the wheel when there are over 200 great layouts at my fingertips?

The card base and mats are SU Going Grey. The flowered SU DP circle was cut with my Nestie, but the GG mat was cut by hand with scissors! (note to self: add a circle cutter to shopping list) I bought the SU DP last month from a "cash & carry" table, but I don't know what it's called. A simple cream satin ribbon was just enough to finish the circle. I just think this pink and gold background DP is to die for!! There were only 2 sheets left and I had no idea how I would use it, but I just had to have it. Turns out it matches really well with the flowered DP!

I created the sentiment on my PC and printed it on Whisper White, then added gold brads to tie it in to the background DP. For the inside message panel, I printed "I will be here" on WW.

I like the way these turned out and hope Paola and the recipients like them too. I wish I had enough of that pink & gold DP to make one for every Sister.

Anytime you need a friend
I will be here.
You'll never be alone again
So don't you fear.
Even if you're miles away
I'm by your side.
Don't you ever be lonely
Love will make it alright.

May I ask all of you SU demos out there for a favor? Would you please tell the SU Powers-That-Be that customers want the option to purchase 8.5x11 Going Grey cardstock in individual packs? I know I am not the only one who loves this color - it is the perfect medium grey shade. I am sad and disappointed to find that the only way I can get it is 6 sheets at a time in the Neutrals assortment. I would really appreciate it!

Tomorrow, I'll post Card #2 and the reason I took a second spot for Paola's swap. Hope you all have a great Saturday!
Happy Creating!


kadie said...

Awwwww, I love this song! Great choice; very true to YOU (you're a super duper friend)! And I adore this stamp (I just bought it and it will be my very first Bella)! Wow, I'm lovin everything about this and all your cards, Susan! Outstanding!!

Gael said...
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Gael said...

This is such a sweet card; and what a lovely dedication!!

I love the colors and the cuttlebugging, not to mention the layout with that flowered circle in the background!!

(sorry I had to remove my earlier post - I could not stand the typos!)

Lorie said...

Simply beautiful, Susan! I just love it, and I will pass along your wish to the powers that be.

Donna said...

Beautiful card Susan and such a fantastic layout :) Donna x

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! Wonderful cards, Susan, for both the March Sisterhood swap and Paola's song swap! Love the "friend" song and so perfect for the sisterhood friendships!!! TFS!

~Paola~ said...

What a totally gorgeous layout and perfect image for this card!
Can't wait to receive it Susan...
(loveee your chosen song is sooooooooo totally U!!)
btw I TOTALLY AGREE with what U said about individual packs in certain colors NOT available at the moment as I had the exact same problem with 'basic brown' in the neutrals and had to switch to 'choc. chips' instead...
If memory serves me right,Going Grey and Basic Brown are the only two colors that cannot be purchased individually.*arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh*:o(

Mary(OhioMary) said...

Awww...the song and card go perfectly together. You are so talented and such a lovely person. I'm glad I can call you friend.