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Stampin’ Up! 24 hour 15% off sale on select stamp sets

NEWS FLASH!!!

Stampin’ Up is offering 15% off on select stamps, but only for 24 hours. These stamps are in the annual catalog. Sale day is Wednesday October 23, but only for 24 hours. If there are some stamps you have been waiting to purchase, now is the time.

Don’t miss out. Below are the sets you can get and save 15%. Make your list today and don’t forget to order on Wednesday October 23!

 

Stamp Set Sale Details:

  • Get select sets at a 15% discount.
  • Ordering Deadline:  October 23, 2019; 11:50 pm (MT)
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • All selected stamp sets can be applied to Starter Kits.
  • Discount applies to select stamp sets only when purchased individually during the 24-hour promotion period.
  • Bundles featuring stamp sets from the promotion will not be discounted.
  • If you purchased a stamp set prior to the sale, Stampin’ Up! will not be offering exchanges or credits.
  • In the event that Stampin’ Up! runs out of any item offered, promotional pricing will be honored on items backordered, up to the point it reaches the backorder limit. Once an item reaches the backorder limit and is not orderable, it will no longer be available during the promotion and will not be available to order until additional inventory arrives in stock.

Wa-Hoo for a stamp sale!!

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Stampin’ Up! Day of Thanks

Good Tuesday morning to Everyone out there!

Today is our monthly Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop, so come on along and see the projects by the very talented ladies on this team. Our theme is “Giving Thanks”, and I have also chosen to play along with the Sunday Stamps challenge as well as the Library Challenge. Let’s Hop!

The Sunday Stamps Challenge 215 is ‘Fall Harvest’, and while there is nothing to harvest on this card, there are plenty of fall leaves. I did try to stick to the colors of the challenge though. The colors used for this card are Cajun Craze, Mango Melody, Crumb Cake and Black, along with some Copper, which I hope is construed as a neutral, which is allowed.

For the Library Challenge, I chose the cover of this challenge book, “The Secret Garden” as my inspiration.

I had so much fun doing this card, it probably should be against the law! I began with a card base of Cajun Craze and used the new Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and Crumb Cake ink to sponge the tree design. The design isn’t overwhelming, but I just wanted the impression of a forest. On top of this I used Liquid Glue to adhere a panel of Copper Foil Sheets. I then set about making the artwork.

For this, I used the Stitched Rectangles die to cut a panel of Basic Black, then used the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder to add more trees to my forest. This was then Liquid Glued to the Copper panel.

I stamped the fox from Nature’s Beauty in Cajun Craze on Cajun Craze card stock and fussy cut him. Yes, it is a he, a fox, not a vixen. He will be adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, but not yet. I will dry fit everything before doing anything permanent.

Next, I stamped the bunny from Nature’s Beauty in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake card stock. This was also fussy cut. (I don’t know if this is a boy bunny or a girl bunny. You choose.) Whichever, it is wary of the fox.

The fall leaves in the upper left are in Copper Foil Sheets, Cajun Craze and Mango Melody. All are cut and embossed with the dies in the Gathered Leaves die set. These are bundled with the Gather Together stamp set, which will save you 10%. I also stamped two of the large leaf in the To Every Season stamp set in Versamark ink and heat set the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with my heat tool, then added one to the other leaves. The other is at the bottom of the card front. Obviously, there are different kinds of leaves here, but that is what you would find in a forest.

I stamped two more leaves from the To Every Season stamp set, one in Crumb Cake on Mango Melody and one in Cajun Craze, also on Mango Melody, then dry fit them along with the copper embossed on to the bottom of the card front.

Before I adhered any of the elements, I used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment from Day of Thanks in Basic Black on the card base. After I stamped the sentiment and re-arranged the elements, and was satisfied with the placement of the leaves and animals, I adhered everything with either Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, I kept things pretty simple with a Crumb Cake mat under a Basic Black liner. The sentiment, also from Day of Thanks, was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder  and my heat tool. It looked a little TOO simple, so I added a few Copper embossed leaves from To Every Season.

I cannot send a card in a naked envelope, so the Whisper White Medium Envelope flap was sponged with Crumb Cake using the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks tree again.

The front I kept simple with just a Crumb Cake bunny in the corner.

I am very happy with the way my card turned out, though it wasn’t exactly what I started out to do. It just took on a life of its own and told me what to do.

I hope you enjoyed my card, and you are certain to like what the others on my team have done. Just click the ‘Next’ button to continue on to see what the clever Karen Finkle has done, or to do the hop in reverse, click on the ‘Previous’ button to go to talented Sue Prather’s blog. The other option is to just click on any name to go to her blog. Happy Hoppin’!

Karen Ksenzakovic

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Shirley Gentry

Akiko Sudano

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston – You are here

Karen Finkle

Amy Koenders

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Stampin’ Up! Gathered Leaves and Gratitude

Good Saturday morning, Folks! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. So much to do, so little time! And, it seems to move more quickly with each passing day. Make the most of YOUR time!

Today’s card uses several stamp sets to accomplish a different autumn look. My card base is Cajun Craze, which has to be my go-to color for fall. To this I adhered a Grapefruit Grove mat with a panel of Come to Gather Designer Series Paper.

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I knew I wanted to use copper on this card, so proceeded to stamp the small leaves from To Every Season  in Versamark ink, after rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the whole panel. I do this so there won’t be little bits of copper where I don’t want them. I then added the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and set it with my heat gun.

Next, I stamped the large leaf from Gather Together in Cajun Craze, and cut it out using the matching die from Gathered Leaves. I also cut one from a Post-It note to use as a mask, anticipating that I might need a mask.

I thought the wheat from Gather Together would be a nice autumn touch, so I stamped it in Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede card stock. I am not sure this was the best choice, but I didn’t make that decision until I had already glued it onto my card front, so there the wheat stays. By the way, these were fussy cut.

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I inked one of the cut-and-emboss dies from Gathered Leaves in Versamark ink, then cut and embossed it on a scrap of Cajun Craze. I then heat embossed it for a different look. I also cut two leaves using the cut-and-emboss dies from Gathered Leaves from Copper foil.

The sentiment, from Day of Thanks is stamped in Cajun Craze on Grapefruit Grove, then die cut using one of the Stitched Nested Labels dies. This was adhered to my card front with Liquid Glue.

Next up is the dry arrangement of the wheat and leaves. The large leaf and wheat are fixed on the card front with Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere the coppery leaves. A final touch was the Linen Thread bow, which is attached with a Glue Dot.

On the inside, I simply stamped more of the small leaves from To Every Season, and heat embossed them in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I left the rest blank so I could write a personal note.

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The envelope got a strip of the Come To Gather Designer Series Paper on the flap and more of the leaves stamped on the front.

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I started the front design by stamping the large leaf in Cajun Craze, letting it run off the edges. Here is where my fore-thought in making a mask came in handy. I used it to cover my stamped image, then stamped the wheat and some of those small leaves. The Wheat was stamped in Soft Suede and the little leaves in Versamark. They were then also heat embossed in Copper.

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I hope you enjoy my card. The Grapefruit Grove is a departure from my usual autumn color scheme, but I think it is good.

Please leave comments below.

Back by popular demand: Designer Series Paper sale. BUT YOU NEED TO HURRY as this sale ends Monday. To order, just click on the bird image that says ‘Shop with me’.

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Happy Spooky Halloween for Team Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Tuesday morning to Everyone out there. Wow, we are almost at the mid-point of September already, so Halloween will be here before you know it. Our talented team is doing our monthly blog hop today, so come on along for the fun! Our theme is ‘Halloween fun’, which I translated into spooky fun. I am not much into Halloween, so I don’t have a lot to work with to make a card. That said, I will do my best to go along with the theme.

Here is my card:

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I began with a panel of Soft Suede card stock and ran it through my Big Shot in the Woodland embossing folder for the card front. Basic Black card stock made the trees using a die from Scrapbooking Made Simple, which is no longer available. These were adhered to the front using Liquid Glue.

The sentiment is from a retired Stampin’ Up set called Sweet Treats. I stamped it in Versamark ink, then used White Stampin’ Emboss powder and set it using my Heat Tool. I used an oval punch to punch it out, then, with Stampin’ dimensionals, adhered it to the card front. The card front was then liquid glued to the card base.

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My card base is Cajun Craze. Though there are no jack-o-lanterns on this card, I thought it needed the orange color anyway. This sentiment is from the same Sweet Treats stamp set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

The boy and girl, owl and bat are from the same die set as the trees on the card front and are cut from Basic Black card stock. The moon is cut with a 2-1/4″ circle punch. The tree branch on which the owl sits is die cut from Basic Black using the die from Seasonal Layers.  All are adhered with liquid glue.

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I did a dry layout of the elements and decided that some clouds or something was necessary. They are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black using the stamp from Sweet Treats. Later I thought perhaps I should have stamped some over the moon, but decided it was best to leave it plain, allowing the bat to show up better.

As you know, I seldom leave the envelope undecorated. As I prepared to do an envelope, I just didn’t like the stark whiteness of the Whisper White envelope, and the Very Vanilla one wasn’t working either. I did manage to find one last Crumb Cake envelope in my hoard of supplies, which is perfect for this card.

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Using the bats stamp from Sweet Treats, I stamped them on the front, and several on the flap. Simple, but effective, I think.

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Thanks for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

I hope you enjoy our hop today. Just click the previous or next button to see what the others on the team have done, or click an individual name.

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Mary Deatherage

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-You are here

Jaimie Babarczy

Paula Vincent

Akiko Sudano

Amy Koenders

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Gratitude

Today my heart is bursting with gratitude. To God for all the beauty that surrounds me in His creation, for my health, for my family, and for giving His son, Jesus, to atone for MY sins, taking that burden from me. I do not deserve any of it.

Gratitude also for my family, and their goodness. I don’t deserve that either. Especially when I have taken time (selfishly, some would say) to observe some of God’s creation, including birds, when I could have stayed home and worked. The time spent watching birds is time well spent, in my opinion anyway.

You see, the bird on the right in the photo below, is one that is not supposed to be in Iowa. It is a Yellow-billed Loon, and is normally only found in the far northern reaches of our hemisphere, in northern Canada and Alaska, with their wintering grounds in the Aleutians and off the coast of British Columbia. Iowa is far out of their normal range, even for migration. Of course, I HAD to see this rare find. The other bird is a Common Loon, not normally here either, but does migrate through occasionally.

Both birds are immature and look nothing like they will look in their adult plumage. The photo below is of an adult Common Loon. The Yellow-billed adult will look similar, though larger and with a large yellow bill instead of the dark one.

The image below is of the Yellow-billed Loon I saw last week. I think you can see that its bill is much larger and lighter than that of the other loon.

But, I digress! Typical when I begin to talk about birds.  Back to the Gratitude story, though the birds are some of God’s creation for which I am grateful.

I am a member of our local Kiwanis club and Kiwanis International. Our mission is to ‘change the world, one child, one community, at a time’. Our whole focus is on helping and providing for kids. To do that, of course, it takes money. Our primary fundraiser just finished today with the end of the Midwest Old Thresher’s Reunion, an annual 5 day event over Labor Day weekend, in neighboring Henry County and Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The Old Thresher’s Reunion, pays our club to man the campground gate, registering, checking in and checking out the campers that flock to this event. I am guessing (I did not count the registration cards last night) that there were somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 registered campers.

The photo above is from the Midwest Old Thresher’s Reunion camper webpage. It looks like a small city.

This takes a lot of manpower (and womanpower too!) for a couple of weeks, part of that time having personnel there around the clock. Somewhere on my other computer are some photos of our people working the gate, but, with lime water pickles needing attention and other chores on my list of To Do’s,(thankfully, mowing isn’t one of them) I don’t have time to find them. I tell you all of this because I worked 6 eight hour shifts at the Reunion, the latest being yesterday (Labor Day). We were quite busy as hundreds of campers were checking out. The rest will leave today.

My family was here on Sunday for dinner, though I was embarrassed to have them see my shaggy yard and weedy flowerbeds. The day last week that I was free to mow, it rained. Some things can’t be helped , so I swallowed my embarrassment and had them come anyway. My niece was home from South Carolina,and my younger daughter and husband down from Minnesota, and we hadn’t been together since Easter, so it was time.

Now, for the gratitude part.

This morning I went out to feed the birds and was shocked and surprised to see that my yard had been mowed, a couple of volunteer trees cut down (that I had been wanting someone, with a chain saw and the skill to run it, to remove), and the grass trimmed around the trees, etc. Also, my porch swing on a stand, was upright again. It had blown over in a windstorm a couple of weeks ago. It was late last night when I got home, and didn’t notice the changes in the dark. My eyes started leaking and I knew who had been so kind and gracious to do this for me.

My older daughter had mentioned Sunday, “did you know there is a tree (volunteer) growing in the spruce tree in the back yard?”

I did, and said I had asked a couple of people to remove it, who said they would but hadn’t followed through. I also said, “I guess if I want something done I need to ask Pat (her husband) to do it.” I knew if he said he would do it, it would be done. However, I didn’t ask him as I just hated to do that. They have their own busy lives and work to do.

Like good little fairies, they arrived after I left yesterday to work at The Old Thresher’s Reunion and did all that work. For me. I am humbled. And grateful.

I really don’t know how to thank them properly. Perhaps a card???? 🙂 Of course, a card. But that won’t be enough.

I will just try to be an unselfish, grateful, and helpful to them if possible, Mom and Mom-in-Law. It isn’t enough, but I have learned that sometimes gratitude itself is enough.

This post is the long way of saying, “Be grateful. Every day is a gift. And every day brings other gifts for which to be full of gratitude.”

Thank you, God. And thank you, my children.

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Stampin’ Up! Celebrating a Summer Birthday with Sailing Home

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good morning Everyone! Today some of my teammates and I are doing our monthly blog hop, so come on along and Celebrate Summer with us.

That is our theme…celebrate summer, which we could interpret any way we wished. I chose to make a masculine birthday card using the Sailing Home stamp bundle, as well as some other elements. What says SUMMER more than sailing?? (Bear in mind that this comes from a land-locked Heartland resident who has never been sailing! But I still think it speaks of summer.)

4 I started with a Night of Navy card base. Then I took a panel of Whisper White which I sponged using the Stampin’ Sponges (cut into quarters). The upper part is Balmy Blue and Pool Party shading into Pacific Point for the water. This shades into Crumb Cake for the sandy beach. This panel was cut the same size as the card, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

Next, I used the water stamp from Fabulous Flamingo to stamp the water in Pacific Point. A couple of mountains from Waterfront were stamped in the background with stamped-off-once Crumb Cake.

I tore a piece of copy paper, laid it on my sky and sponged over it in Balmy Blue in a couple of spots to give some texture and depth to the sky. Sort of cloud-like. Some birds from Sailing Home in Memento Tuxedo Black fly over the scene. The stamped grasses in the foreground are from Fabulous Flamingo and are stamped in Mossy Meadow.

For a final touch before adding the sailboats, I ran it through my Big Shot with the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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The grasses (or seaweed?) are die cut with dies from the Sailing Home bundle in Mossy Meadow card stock, and green vellum from the Perennial Essence Suite. All were adhered with Liquid Glue.

I tied a square knot in a length of Braided Linen Trim, wrapped it around the panel  over the grasses and taped it on the back. I left the knot off-center so it would sit next to my sentiment. To keep the knot where I wanted it, a Mini Glue Dot or two holds it in place. I used Liquid Glue to adhere this card front to the card base.

I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake Card stock, trimmed it and cut the flag end before using my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker to go around the edge. This was adhered over the ‘rope’ with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The final touch for the card front is the addition of a few sailboats. I stamped the larger ones with the Sailing Home stamps in Pacific Point on Crumb Cake, and the smaller ones from Lily Pad Lake on Whisper White. I used my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to add a bit of color to the small boats. They are a perfect size to give some depth to the scene. They are Liquid Glued to the card front, while Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the larger ones.

For the inside, I stamped the Sailing Home sailboat in stamped-off-once Crumb Cake, then stamped the sentiment and the birds in Pacific Point on Balmy Blue card stock. Some water from Fabulous Flamingo in stamped-off-once Pacific Point finished the inside, leaving room for me to write a personal message.

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This panel was adhered to a Crumb Cake mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

The envelope has more Pacific Point birds flying (or should I say flapping?) on the flap, and a couple of sailboats on the front.

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I really like the way the front turned out with the Crumb Cake sailboats and the Pacific Point water. I used a retired Crumb Cake medium envelope for this one, but  a white one would work as well.

It doesn’t really matter whether or not you like this card, because I do. However, we all like positive reinforcement for what we do, right? Please leave comments below. Now, on with the hop to see what the other talent has created for your enjoyment.

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Julie Johnston-You are here

Mary Deatherage

Akiko Sudano

Amy Koenders

CARD CUTS: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Whisper White: front panel 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, sailboats about 2″ x 3″ scrap; Crumb Cake: sailboats and sentiment 5″ x 6″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, Balmy Blue: inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Perennial Essence Vellum: grasses 2-1/2″ x 3″; Mossy Meadow: grasses 2-1/2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ UP! Rooted in Nature Sympathy

Good Sunday Morning Everyone! Hallelujah! It is a great day to be alive. Perhaps I say that because I just celebrated a milestone birthday and attended the funeral of a friend who died at age 104. That said, every day is a Great Day, and one given to me to sing praise to my Lord.

For today, while celebrating life, I have another sympathy card for you. After all, death is part of life, and we should not forget that. Our emotions are sad at the passing of someone we love, but joyful at the same time when we know that loved one has gone on to their eternal home.

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I began with a panel of Very Vanilla Card stock as my card base. I embossed the front with my Pinewood Planks 3D Textured Embossing Folder. To this I added a panel of Mossy Meadow embossed with the Corrugated 3D embossing folder and torn to give it a more rustic look, then used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front.

With Mossy Meadow ink, I stamped the large tree from Rooted in Nature on a panel of Old Olive, and tore it around the tree. MANY Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back allowed me to wrap some Copper Metallic Thread around and still have enough sticky left to adhere it to the corrugated panel. I made a major mistake in not ordering more of this before SU retired it. I can’t believe they did that!!

I went over a Very Vanilla scrap with my Embossing Buddy before stamping the sentiment from the retired Thoughts and Prayers in Versamark Ink. Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and my heat tool finished the sentiment, which I punched out using the Tailored Tag Punch. More Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to finish the card front.

On the inside, I used Mossy Meadow card stock embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder and torn to replicate the front, as a mat for the sentiment panel. Versamark Ink and the Embossing Buddy prepared my Very Vanilla Panel for the Copper Emboss Powder and the heat tool. Again, I tore this panel before adhering it to a mat of Old Olive. I had run the edges of the Old Olive panel through the Versamark Ink Pad and embossed it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder before adhering the sentiment to it with Liquid Glue. The completed panel was Liquid Glued into the card base. I chose to angle the Old Olive sentiment panel for a bit more interest. The sentiment is from Path of Petals.

The front of the envelope was stamped in Mossy Meadow with a single leaf, while the back got the whole big tree! I like this tree. The photo of the front didn’t turn out very well, so you will just have to imagine it.

I hope you enjoy this card. Rooted in Nature is one of my very favorite stamp and die sets, and I use it often.

CARD CUTS: Very Vanilla: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3″, inside sentiment 3″ x 4-1/2″; Mossy Meadow: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″, Old Olive: tree 3″ x 4-1/2″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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Stampin’ Up Magnolia Happy Birthday

Good Morning, Folks.

Another week nearly gone. I have been so busy working on a couple of volunteer projects I hardly get anything else done. I am having company next week and REALLY need to mow the lawn. However. Last Friday’s storm left so many sticks and limbs around that I haven’t been able to mow. I am nearly done picking up all of them, but it is slow going because it is so hot and humid. I don’t do heat well, so what I can do early in the morning (even then it has been too hot) is it for the day as far as yard work is concerned. Maybe tomorrow.

At any rate, being indoors gives me a chance to work on cards. This past week alone I needed two sympathy and two birthday cards. Here is one of the birthday cards.

I started with a card base of Crumb Cake. Over this I Liquid Glued a panel of Designer Paper from a book I had purchased long ago. I think it was Paper Studio. I thought this would be a good background for a magnolia from the Good Morning Magnolia bundle.

Also, it has script in the background, which I really like, and a bit of blue, which is the recipient’s favorite color. I cut it so that the top was even with the top of the card (this is a top-fold 5″ x 7″ card), with a border around the other three sides.

Next, I stamped the large magnolia in Crumb Cake on Whisper White, then colored it with my Stampin’ Blends. I used Light and Dark Old Olive,  Light and Dark Pool Party and Ivory, as well as the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter. I didn’t want the leaves too dark, so used the color remover to lighten them a bit. Oh, yes, and Crumb Cake Light for the flower stem. I used the die from that bundle to cut it out.

Somehow it just wasn’t quite right. I wanted more blue. I did consider matting the designer paper on Balmy Blue, but that didn’t seem right either. My solution was to then fussy cut the magnolia, trimming off all the white around the edges. I die cut another one in Balmy Blue and used Liquid Glue to adhere the colored one to the blue mat. AHA! That works for me. Stampin’ Dimensionals (several of them!) were used to adhere the flower to the card front.

I cut a couple of pieces of retired Balmy Blue Organdy Ribbon and stuck them on the card front with Glue Dots. The Belated part of the sentiment is from Well Said, and the Birthday is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (retired). I was going to use the birthday from Beautiful Bouquet, but for some reason it was missing when I needed it. So, I substituted Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I masked off the happy and the gorgeous as best I could and stamped Birthday (and Belated) in Crumb Cake on Whisper White card stock.

Using the Story Label punch, I Punched the sentiment out, and punched a second one in Balmy Blue. This one I cut in half lengthwise to make a mat for the sentiment label. Liquid Glue adhered them together, and more Stampin’ Dimensionals fixed it to the front of the card.

Well, there was a bit of a problem….my mask didn’t work very well, and there was a bit of the word gorgeous and a bit of happy showing. It was either make a new sentiment or fix this one. I used Pearl Basic Jewels to cover up the mistake. That seemed to do the trick, and I think it looks good. To complete the card I added another large pearl to the upper right front of the card and a smaller one on the flower.

On the inside, another panel of the designer paper, this time leaving on the printed flower, is the mat under the Balmy Blue sentiment panel. I used the Detailed Trio punch to punch the corners for a little pzazz and stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake. The sentiments are from Beautiful Bouquet.

For the envelope I used more of the designer paper on the flap and stamped a Crumb Cake small magnolia bud on the front.

I will try to be more regular about posting, but it is summer and summer is BUSY! Please leave comments below.

CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Whisper White: magnolia 5″ x 5″, sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Balmy Blue: mat for magnolia 5″ x 5″, mat for sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Designer Paper: front 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, inside mat  4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″

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A little of this, and a little of that….but not a card today

Good Saturday morning to You All! What? It has been a month since I last posted? Where, oh where, does the time go?? I have been very busy, obviously, and it is summer. Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer? Nope. The definition of Summer is ‘BUSY’ in the heartland.

For all my followers who follow expecting to see another greeting card I have made, this is not the post for you. My card making has taken a back seat to other endeavors. I will try to do a card post in the next couple of days.

There is always something to do outside, weather permitting, of course. We have had our share, and then some, of rain. At least weekly we are under a watch or a warning of some kind…severe thunderstorm, tornado, flash flood, etc. I praise God every day (or nearly every day) that we have  been safe here in my neck of the woods. And mourn with those who have not been as fortunate.

We did have a storm yesterday, but I was not at home. Apparently it was quite windy, (predicted were 60 mph. winds) from the looks of the yard. My burn barrel was blown out into the cornfield, corn broken off or flattened, and limbs, twigs, branches, sticks and leaves everywhere. I won’t be able to mow until it is all cleaned up. That said, it was NOT a serious storm. Just inconvenient. And messy.

That is, unless you had crop damage. It has been a tough year to be a farmer.

Yesterday I was privileged, once again, to, what? Babysit? That hardly seems appropriate as they are not babies. One is 5+ and the other 2+. Watch? That isn’t really accurate either. Whatever the term, I get to spend time with my great-grandchildren who live nearby. Their mommy, my granddaughter, works from home, and sometimes she just needs some uninterrupted time to finish her work. As the children’s grandmas are still of working age, that leaves me as the most available to do that job. I love it!

Writing a letter to one of her friends.

Not to be outdone, he colors while she writes.

We get to play games, watch videos, pick up toys, go to the library, go to the park, have snacks, etc. And, simply love each other and enjoy being together. Most of the time anyway. The younger of the two generally greets me with open arms, a huge smile, and a “Hi, GG! One day however, when I walked in the door, I was met with a scowl and “I don’t want you to come here today.” WHOA! If that isn’t a blow to the self esteem, I don’t know what it would be!

Within moments though, his mood had changed and he was all smiles and laughter, and Mom was upstairs working while we played. Another day, the moment his mom made an appearance he asked her, “Are you done working now?” When she replied in the affirmative, he turned to me, and in a VERY serious tone, said, “You can go home now.” Out of the mouths of babes…!

I had promised the girl on one of my visits that I would bring some hollyhocks and we would make dolls. The first time I went there after that statement, I forgot them. OOPS! The first thing she asked was whether I had brought the hollyhocks. Little brother chimed in with, “Did you bring the hollyhops?”

The next time I went, I had already gone to town to run some errands when I got a text asking if I could come by for a couple of hours as she unexpectedly needed me to watch the children. So, of course, no hollyhocks. True to form, I was asked about them. Small children have memories like elephants! They never forget that you promised something, so you better not forget either!

Yesterday was the day. I remembered the hollyhocks, and we made dolls. They turned out really cute and we made another memory. At least I hope that is what we are doing. Perhaps someday she will be a grandma and make hollyhock dolls with her grandchildren and say, “My GG taught me how to make these.” I think these pictures tell the tale.

 

I have also taken the time to do a little bird watching. I am a Volunteer Wildlife Nest Monitor for the DNR, which means I volunteer to monitor bald eagle nests. I have not done a very good job of it this year, but I have enjoyed watching them on the nest and as the young come out of the nest and branch, then learn to fly away. I also like to watch all the other birds.

Coming home the other day I spotted a white bird, which upon closer observation I believe to be an albino house sparrow.I had never seen an albino anything, so that was quite a thrill.

The eye appears to me to be reddish, or pink, and there is not a speck of color in any of the feathers. It is seen here perching with sparrows.

I won’t promise, as I don’t like to break promises, but I will say this….my intent is to blog a minimum of once a week. Sometimes it will be about a card I have made, sometimes just whatever I want to write about, and sometimes, perhaps, there will be something that will be of interest to you, dear follower.

The last of the this’s and that’s for today….it is county fair time. I judged the open class photography division on Wednesday. Thursday I went to watch one (of 8) of my great-nephews show his goat. He is 7 and not old enough for 4-H, but Iowa has a 4-H division called Clover Kids. This is for children who want to be in 4-H but do not meet the age requirement. They get a taste of what it means to be in 4-H and have projects, whether it is with animals or other kinds of projects. Today he shows his bucket bottle calf. On Thursday his city cousins (4 more of my great nephews) came to watch as well. After the big show, they all went to Grandma and Grandpa’s (my sister and her husband) to go fishing. It was super hot, 90 degrees and 88% humidity, but fans kept the animal barns relatively comfortable for the critters. Too hot for me, so I was happy to get home to my air conditioning!

They are not awarded placement ribbons in Clover Kids, but do get a participation ribbon. I think he shows real potential as a showman. His goat was very well behaved and obviously had been trained to be led.

The showman, his little brother (back right) and the city cousins. I think it is hilarious that my sister, who had 4 daughters, now has 8 grandsons and no granddaughters. Only 6 of them are shown here.

In addition to his animals, he had a couple of other projects…homemade dog biscuits and a watercolor landscape he had painted. Talented kid!

That’s about it for today. I hope you are not all bored to death with my ramblings. I am so blessed to be in close proximity to much of my family, and to be able to participate in their lives. There is much more going on right now, but I will save that for another post. Thanks for stopping by, and PLEASE leave a comment below, even if it is that you don’t like this post. I love to hear from you.

God Bless you all!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Bella and Friends Happy Birthday

Good morning Everyone! Another inch of rain yesterday and more on the way today. We are certainly in a wet period. Floods are not good (no danger of that here), but drought bothers me more. So, I am not complaining about getting too much rain. That said, my yard is much smaller this year, as I can’t get some of it mowed.

Let’s get on with a birthday card. One of my great nephews recently had a birthday and here is the card I made for him. I hope he enjoyed it.

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Anyone who knows me well, knows that Chartreuse is NOT my favorite color. Stampin’ Up has a ‘not-soon-enough-to-be-retired’ version of that color called Lemon Lime Twist. To celebrate its demise, I decided to use up some of the card stock and Designer Series Paper of that color for this birthday card. Children like bright colors, right?

Call me Clover is my card base, with a mat of Lemon Lime Twist Liquid Glued to the front. Over this I adhered, again with Liquid Glue, a strip of Lemon Lime Twist Designer Series Paper in a stripe.

I stamped the Bella image in crumb cake on Whisper White card stock, then colored it with my Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Light and Dark Balmy Blue and Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Bella’s collar is done with my Stampin’ Write Real Red Marker, and the bird’s bill with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker.

The sentiment is stamped in Lemon Lime Twist. I used the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the sentiment panel and Liquid Glued it to a Lemon Lime Twist DSP (dots this time) cut with the Layering Circles scalloped framelit. This was attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, I stamped another of the Bella images, this one with a turtle, and colored Bella the same as for the front. The turtle is done with Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

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The sentiment, stamped in Lemon Lime Twist, is an old one I have had for some time and is from another company. Which company, I have no idea, but I like the font. This Whisper White panel is adhered with Liquid Glue to the same DSP as on the front, which in turn is Liquid Glued to a Lemon Lime Twist card stock panel. I deliberately made the sentiment panel smaller than usual to leave a larger frame of the DSP. Even though I don’t like the color, I think it is pleasing to the eye with the larger frame. The whole thing is then adhered into the card base with Liquid Glue.

The envelope flap got more of the DSP (I am really trying to get rid of it!) and another Bella on the front, which is colored the same as on the card front.

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I am so happy this color is going to soon be gone, but I really did want to use up some of the papers. I hope my nephew likes the color more than I do.

Next week the new catalog goes live, so if you don’t have one, ask your demonstrator for one. If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to fill that role for you and send you a catalog. There are definitely some wonderful new stamps, dies and colors coming with this catalog.

CARD CUTS: Call Me Clover: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Lemon Lime Twist: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: circle for front 4″ x 4″, inside liner 3″ x 4-1/4″; 2017-2019 In Color Designer Series Paper 6″ x 6″ Pack: front 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, scalloped circle 4″ x 4″, envelope flap, 2-1/4″ x 6″

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