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2021 Calendar

Good Monday morning everyone. There is no card on today’s post, so if you are looking for that you can stop reading right now.

Instead, I bring you another of my paper creations. Well, sort of. I made the photographic images and put together a calendar, then sent it off to the printer. I guess that qualifies as my creation, even if I don’t do my own printing.

Here is an image of the cover

The calendar is 12″ x 12″ with 13 different images. There are fun facts about woodpeckers also. I had so much fun taking these images and as much as I love photography, I also love putting those images together for a practical purpose.

I know, you can get free calendars anywhere, so why would you want to buy one? I would hope that it would be that you like my images, and want a few for yourself. There is no pressure to buy, I just want to let you know that they are available.

These top quality, spiral bound calendars will be ready on November 8, plenty of time to get them as gifts or for yourself. The cost is just $20 each with special pricing if you purchase 3 or more. Shipping is $5.

Here is an image of the back, showing all the woodpeckers included.

Yesterday I went birding with a friend and we found 43 different species, including 4 of the ones on this calendar. However, those particular individuals are not on this calendar! 

Iowa has 7 of the woodpecker family. They are: Pileated, Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downey, and Hairy Woodpeckers, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted). All are present on this calendar. The others are from Canada, Minnesota, and Arizona. I have a few other woodpecker images, but there are only 12 months in a year.

Although, I guess I could have made an 18 month calendar. Maybe next time, since I didn’t even think of that for 2021.

In addition to the photography and making the calendar, I have been busy of late doing quite a bit of canning. One of my daughters and her husband grow and weed the garden, and pick the produce. I do the canning. They freeze some of it, but I process the bulk of the vegetables. I froze peaches and strawberries this year too, and made peach and strawberry jam. The jars look like jewels on the shelf. I enjoy doing that and do not like to weed and pick. This arrangement works well for all concerned.

We didn’t need corn this year, but did need green beans, tomatoes and beets. I have another daughter and 3 granddaughters who also share in the canned goods, so it takes quite a bit produce for canning. We are at the end of the garden now, but when I finish with the last picking of tomatoes and green beans, there will still be pears to can.

A friend has a pear tree and they couldn’t use all the pears. As is the norm in Iowa, people give away most of their excess, so I was the fortunate recipient of 10 buckets of pears. My son-in-law and John, the tree owner, picked them, while I sorted through the ones that had fallen. That’s a lot of peeling folks!

This year the problem was jars and lids. Due to the Covid19 Pandemic early this spring, more people grew gardens and, perhaps for the first time ever, did some canning. The result has been a severe shortage of jars and lids.

I have always saved my jars (I have been canning since the 60s) but the lids are not re-usable. I usually have a few leftover from the previous year, but never enough for all the canning. It has been a struggle to have enough to do all that I wanted (needed) to do, but over the summer we have managed to scrounge up enough so far.

Here are a few of the items I have canned.

Left to right, front Beet Pickles, Tomato Sauce, Dilled Beans. Back Row: Soup vegetables, Lime Water Pickles and Vegetable Stock. I also canned sweet pickle relish, salsa, tomatoes and green peppers, green beans, beets and whole tomatoes.

The Soup veggies got their start in the 60s when, at the close of the growing season, I just threw everything left in the garden into the jars and called it “end of the garden soup”.

I grew everything back in those days, and now my daughter sometimes does. Sometimes I end up purchasing one or more of the veggies to add to the mix. Most of this years’ 40 quarts contain green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots and potatoes. Everyone in the family loves this as it makes a quick meal as is, or with the vegetable stock,chicken or beef broth added along with your choice (or not) of meat. Sometimes I add hamburger or stew meat, sometimes chicken or turkey, sometimes sausage or ham. It makes a really quick meal and is SO good on a cold winter day!

To go along with all the canned goods, the zucchini and yellow squash were prolific this year (aren’t they always?), so I made many, many loaves of zucchini bread and froze it. All of it will be so welcome this winter.

I know this is not my usual post, but sometimes change is a good thing. I hope you all have a great Monday. If you are interested in a calendar, please comment or private message me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday

Stampin’ Up Whale Done Happy Birthday for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Here we are and it is Thursday already. Time for another great Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop with the Very talented ladies on our team. So, come along and see what wonderful, inspiring projects we have for you.

Today we are working with a sketch, with which I took a few liberties. Just sayin’. 

You can see for yourself what I did. Here is my card.

I began with a Pretty Peacock base over which I adhered, with Liquid Glue, a piece of Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper to completely cover the base.

Next, I dry embossed a panel of Pool Party with the Seabed 3D embossing folder. To make the deep impression I first spritzed the paper with a little water. I used the second largest die in the Celebration Labels dies to cut the panel. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this lovely panel to the card front.

I don’t know about everyone, but I have a hard time making a simple card. It seems that layers add so much, so I usually wind up with a collage and several layers. This card is no exception.

Coordinating with the Whale Done stamp set is the Whale of a Time  pack of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. (By the way, select Designer Series Papers are on sale right now at 15% off.) The Whale Punch is perfect for cutting out a whale from one of the sheets in the pack. For the rest of the front I used the grass die in the Smooth Sailing set to cut 2 in Shaded Spruce and one in Granny Apple Green.

I stamped the sea turtle in  the Whale Done stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink on Pool Party card stock. Using a Stampin’ Sponge I lightly sponged the turtle with a little Calypso Coral to add come color other than the greens/blues to the front. For more color, I stamped the coral image in the set in Calypso Coral on Calypso Coral card stock, and the grass image in Shaded Spruce on Calypso Coral. Both of these, and the turtle, were fussy cut with Paper Snips scissors.

The sentiment in Whale Done is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White. This was cut with an oval from Layering Ovals dies. A second oval, cut with a scalloped die in Shaded Spruce, makes a mat for the sentiment. I used Liquid Glue to attach the ovals together.

All these pieces were dry fit then adhered to the embossed layer with a combination of Liquid glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Since I still had a piece of the DSP that I used on the front, I trimmed it down and Liquid Glued it to the bottom of the Pool Party Liner on the inside. The whale needed some water and this filled the bill. As you can see, this card is for a 4 year old. The ‘Happy 4th Birthday stamps are from Family Party. The other sentiment is in the Whale Done stamp set. All of the sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce except the word Birthday, which is stamped in Calypso Coral. The Whale Punched whale is from the same sheet of DSP as the whale on the front, and is adhered with Liquid Glue. A few Pool Party bubbles completes the inside. This liner was adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue.

Since I had only punched 2 whales from the 6″ x 6″ sheet of the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper, I flipped it over to see what was on the other side. Well, golly gee whiz, it had the perfect design for the envelope flap. I used Liquid Glue (I think I should own stock in this!) to adhere this to the flap. For the front, I stamped the grass in Shaded Spruce and the coral in Calypso Coral.

I really like this suite of products. The papers are lovely and the punch is so handy, especially when it works so well with the paper. All the stamps in the set are perfect for any sea themed card or scrapbook page. It is a bundle/suite you might want to get. The embossing folder is REALLY great!

I hope you like my card. If you wish to re-create it, the products I used are found below with a link to my online store. Or, you can just click on the button at right that says Shop With Me Online. Don’t forget, you have until the end of October to cash in on the 15% off many of the Designer Series Papers.

Clicking on the image below will download the pdf file that lists all the Designer Series Papers that are 15% off.

Now, on with the hop. Just click on the ‘next’ button to continue with Amy’s blog, or click on any name to go to that blog. Card cuts and products used are listed below. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are Here

CARD CUTS: Pretty Peacock: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ ; Pool Party: for embossed front 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, inside liner 4″ x 51/4″, scrap for turtle, about 2″ x 2″; Shaded Spruce: sea grass 2″ x 8″, scalloped oval 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ ;Granny Apple Green: 2″ x 4″; Calypso Coral: stamped grass and coral 2″ x 4″; Whisper White: sentiment oval 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper: whales and envelope flap 1-6″ x 6″ sheet, card front (waves) and inside strip 1-6″ x 6″ sheet.

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Stampin’ Up! Gather Together for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all! We’re back! Well, we, being the Happy Inkin’ Krew, are always here on Thursday to bring you some inspiration for your cardmaking. At least, that is the hope.

Today we are working with PLAID as our theme challenge, so come on along and see what the outstanding, awesome and talented Krew has for you.

Inspiration and challenge

I also wanted to use the sketch from Sunday Stamps Challenge even though I knew their challenge would close before our hop so I couldn’t enter this card. No worries, I just like the design, and thought it was great for plaid. I did fudge it a bit, but I guess that is what a challenge is supposed to do…challenge us to adapt any challenge to our own parameters. Here is the design that challenged, and inspired, me:

And here is my card.

I chose a plaid from Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper (page 57 in the Aug-Dec mini catalog) with fall colors because I wanted to make this a Thanksgiving card without actually saying Thanksgiving. This Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Shaded Spruce and Rich Razzleberry plaid does just that. And, it gave me the colors to use for this card. That is the nice thing about Designer Series Papers-your color scheme is right there for you. And, by the way, a good selection of Designer Series Papers are on sale now at 15% off!

I want to say here that I would not normally choose to use these colors in a card, but I let the plaid dictate the colors. My usual choice would be browns, golds and oranges with some metallic thrown in. It is good to be challenged to get out of what could be a rut.

My card base is Rich Razzleberry with a front layer of Rich Razzleberry embossed in the leaf design Meadow Moments embossing folder, which is adhered to the base with Liquid Glue. This embossing folder is narrow, so I had to run it through twice to get both sides of the front. I chose it because it reminds me of falling leaves, appropriate for this time of year.

The plaid, as are all pieces that are matted, is adhered to a Basic Black mat with Liquid Glue. The next layer of Bumblebee Designer Series Paper from the In-Color 2020-2022 6″ x 6″ pack in the wood grain is also on a black mat. The two small strips of plaid, from Plaid Tidings in Bumblebee, are the last of the pieces with a black mat. Liquid Glue was used to adhere all these pieces to each other. All card cuts will be found below.

One of the liberties I took with the Sunday Stampers design was to cut the plaid pieces smaller to showcase the embossed card front.

I very lightly sponged a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock with Rich Razzleberry and Shaded Spruce ink for a little dimension, then stamped the large leaf from the Gather Together Bundle in Pumpkin Pie, and cut it with the coordinating die in the bundle. Also from Pumpkin Pie card stock I cut the tri-leaf image found in the Nature’s Roots dies and embossed it with the embossing piece in the die set. I then very lightly sponged it with Shaded Spruce ink. One of the 3 leaves is tucked under the sentiment circle.

Two small leaves in Nature’s Roots dies were cut and embossed from Rich Razzleberry, as well as a leafy branch found in the Birds and More dies. Using this same leafy branch die, I cut another from the woodgrain Bumblebee DSP left from cutting the front panel. There is a small leaf in Rooted in Nature stamp set that I used to stamp in Shaded Spruce on yet another Bumblebee  In-color 2020-2022 DSP design. It was cut with the coordinating die from Nature’s Roots. The last piece of my leafy collage was cut with a die from Stitched Leaves after I sponged a panel of the Bumblebee Plaid (same as the strips) with Pumpkin Pie, Shaded Spruce and Rich Razzleberry. When real leaves turn color, they are seldom just one color and I was attempting to make this look less plaid, and more like a fall leaf. I think I succeeded and the plaid gives depth where a plain color under the sponging would not.

The sentiment, from Gather Together, was stamped on Whisper White in Pumpkin Pie, then cut with one of the Stitched Shapes circles. The leafy branch stamped in Shaded Spruce is from Rooted in Nature stamp set. In hind sight, which as we all know is 20-20, I think I should have used Very Vanilla for the sentiment circle. You can do as you like.

I dry fit everything until it looked pleasing to me, took a photo with my phone, ‘cuz I KNEW I would forget what I wanted it to look like,  and started to adhere the bits and pieces together. I used a combination of Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to accomplish this. The sentiment circle is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside Whisper White liner was stamped with the large leaf from Gather Together in twice stamped off Pumpkin Pie. I wanted this to be light enough to see the sentiment stamped over it. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry. I didn’t really want to use a large chunk of the precious plaid as a mat, but thought Whisper White on Pumpkin Pie rather plain. There was a scrap of the plaid just laying there, so I used the same small leaf die from Nature’s Roots as I used for the Shaded Spruce/Bumblebee leaf on the front to cut leaves from the scrap. These were Liquid Glued to the corners of the Whisper White, adding just a bit of needed OOMPH. This liner was then Liquid Glued to the Pumpkin Pie mat and into the card base. Card done.

NOT QUITE! In looking over the card front, it too needed something. I looked again at the challenge design and noticed the 3 dots between the strips. Good place for 3 Holiday Rhinestones in the Pumpkin Pie color. Perfect! Rhinestones and plaid? W-e-l-l, maybe a bit more glitz to tie them together? Hmmm. A good place for some Clear Wink of Stella on the Rich Razzleberry leaves. OK. NOW  the card is done!

The envelope front is graced with Shaded Spruce, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie leaves. The flap has another piece of the fall plaid to finish the envelope. You know, no naked envelopes!

To shop for these products, just click on the bird at right that says Shop Online with Me. Clicking on individual products will take you directly to my online store.

Now, on with the hop! Click on this button to go to the next blog, or click on any name to go directly to her blog. You will like what you find, I assure you!

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristy Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-You are here

CARD CUTS: Rich Razzleberry: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ scored at 4 1/4″, embossed front 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″,  leaves and branch 3″ x 5″; Basic Black for plaid mat 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, woodgrain mat 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″, mat for plaid strips one at 5/8″ x 3″ and one at 5/8″ x 1 5/8″; Pumpkin Pie large leaf 3″ x 3″, tri leaf 2″ x 2″, inside mat 3 3/4″ x 5″; plaid tidings Designer Series Paper: orange plaid 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″, envelope flap  2 1/4″ x 6″, inside small leaves from scraps; Bumblebee plaid for strips, one at 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ and one at 1/2″ x 1 1 /2″, stitched leaf 2″ x 3″; In-color 2020-2022 Designer Series Paper: Bumblebee wood grain 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″, branch 2″ x 3″, bumblebee allover design small leaf 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; Whisper White: sentiment circle 2″ x 2″

 

 

 

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Stampin’ Up Poinsettia for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Day Everyone! It is a good day here, in fact we are having a whole string of gorgeous fall days. I love it! Autumn is my favorite season, so I am ready for this.

Today our challenge is that of a sketch. It looks pretty simple, but I struggled with it a bit until I decided to use the Poinsettia Petals Bundle and the coordinating Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. What fun, and so easy to let the paper do the work. AND….today is the first day of the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper sale.

That’s right, 15% off select Designer Series Papers for the whole month of October. More about that later.

Here is the sketch and here is my card.

Using Designer Series Papers makes it easy to choose a color scheme, in this case Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White. These are my favorite colors to use for a Christmas card. I love holly, pine, and poinsettias, all of which lend themselves to this color theme. Here is how I made it.

My card base is Thick Whisper White. To dress it up a bit, I cut a Thick Whisper White panel and dry embossed it with the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder. I cut it to fit the card front and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card base. This is such an elegant embossing folder.

Real Red mats fill the supporting role for the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. I used the Holly paper, and the design on the reverse side. These are Liquid Glued to the card front, both on an angle.

The sentiment from Celebration Tidings was stamped in Old Olive on Whisper White. This was cut with an oval from the Layering Ovals dies, offsetting the sentiment to allow room for the holly leaves. I cut a second oval from Real Red, using a slightly larger scalloped die for a mat for the sentiment. Liquid Glue also adhered this to the card front.

Using the smaller holly leaf dies from the Poinsettia Petals Bundle, I cut and embossed 3 leaves in Old Olive. The Real Red berries also are in this bundle. I dry fit them, then used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue to attach them to the sentiment oval.

For the inside, a Real Red mat is behind a panel of Poinsettia Place DSP. A Whisper White liner was stamped with Old Olive using a sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set. I considered embellishing the Whisper White panel, but decided that sometimes less is more, so I left it plain. More room that way for writing a note.

The envelope front sports a few holly leaves fussy cut from the Poinsettia Place DSP, and the flap has a whole strip of it!

I mentioned that Stampin’ Up! has a sale on Designer Series Papers, starting today. Yep, 15% off select papers.

  • Sale runs 1 Oct – 31 October 2020 at 11:50 pm (MT)
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many packages of Designer Series Paper may be purchased during this promotion.
  • Only select Designer Series Papers are available at a 15% discount during this promotion.
  • Orders must be placed—and closed—during the promotion period for the 15% discount to apply.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered as part of a Starter Kit or with Stampin’ Rewards qualify for the 15% discount.

 

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS: Thick Whisper White: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″, embossed front 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″, emboss then trim to fit card front; Whisper White: front oval 2″ x 3 1/2″, inside liner 3″ x 4 1/4″; Real Red: front mats (2) for DSP 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5 1/4″, berries, scrap approx. 1 1/2″ x 3″; Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper: fronts (2 from coordinating paper) 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″, inside 3 3/4″ x 5″, envelope front scrap, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″.

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