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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

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Shirley Gentry

Akiko Sudano

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Julie Johnston – You are here

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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.

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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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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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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.

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Memorial Day Tribute

Good Monday Morning to you all! I hope you are having a good holiday weekend, and that you haven’t forgotten those who make our freedom possible. Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn, play ball or have a picnic. It’s a time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their county. All the images in this post are mine, taken over the last few years.

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This eagle was taken last spring near the Mississippi River. The finished image is a composite of the eagle and a flag image from a few years ago.

Did you know that Memorial Day began as a result of the thousands who died in the Civil War? The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the country led to several spontaneous commemorations of the dead with the first being in Pennsylvania in 1864 following the Battle of Gettysburg.

It first became official on May 5, 1868, when Major General John A Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic issued General Orders No. 11, which set aside May 30, 1868 “for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” The day was known as “Decoration Day”.  The name “Memorial Day” goes back to 1882, however it was not until 1967 that federal law made Memorial Day the official name.

My county seat Veterans (VFW and American Legion) place flags in Central Park, with each flag in honor of a veteran. It is a wonderful sight. This is done for Memorial Day and for Veteran’s Day.

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Volunteers arrive before sunrise on each of the three days of the holiday weekend to put the flags out, then return before sunset to remove them. Flags are placed completely around the square and on both sides of the four sidewalks leading to the bandstand in the center of the park.

The Iowa National Guard 34th Army Band was stationed for many years in Fairfield, and as a result, they often played for the program and ceremony at the cemetery. This ceremony was later moved to the Courthouse grounds where the Veteran’s Memorial was established. Unfortunately, I did not find the photo of said memorial, but it is very nice. There is a monument for each of the armed services and one for POWs, with the flag of each flying above the monument.

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There is always a program in the park, with folks attending from around the county. They bring their lawn chairs, children in strollers, and those less mobile come with walkers or wheelchairs. There is music by the band and speakers for the brief program before everyone moves to the courthouse, with those who are able marching the two blocks to the memorial on the courthouse lawn.

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The next image is one I like, though the band member’s face is nearly covered by his instrument. It shows the flags behind him and in front of him, as well as being reflected in the brass.flags reflected

In addition to this Memorial Day ceremony, nearly all the small towns around the area also have ceremonies, usually done by the American Legions in those communities. They are quite moving, and I wish more people would think of attending at least one of the  ceremonies on this special day.

Most veterans organizations around here also place small flags on the graves of veterans, making the cemetery an amazing sight. It is enough to cause one to get teary-eyed just thinking of all those who gave their lives in battle, as well as those who were fortunate enough to return home. Then, one’s thoughts go to those who may have come home, but suffered, or still suffer, in various ways from their experience.

We would do well to not just remember these men and women, but to do what we can to preserve the memories of what they have done to ensure our freedoms. Most of us do not even think about it, much less appreciate what has gone before.

I have shared just a small portion of why I like Iowa, and my county in particular, although I am certain these same events take place all over the state. This is small town living at its best.

If you have read this far, thank you. Now, go and thank a veteran for his or her service. THEN you can get that sunburn, or have that picnic. But if you live in the Central United States you probably won’t get that sunburn. More rain is on the way here.

God Bless veterans all, and God Bless America. Our Freedoms are not FREE!

“All gave some, Some gave all.” Howard William Osterkamp (served in the US Army during the Korean War.)

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Stampin’ Up Happy Birthday with a Cardinal

One of my birding friends had a birthday a couple days ago, and this is the card I made for her. This is not her favorite bird, but it is the only one that looks like a specific bird for which I had a stamp. Anyway, who doesn’t like such a pretty, or handsome, Cardinal?

I am playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #386 today. Here is the sketch challenge:freshly made sketches 386And Here is my card.

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I struggled a bit with the shape for the angled piece, but after several tries I finally had one that satisfied me. I cut one of this shape in Real Red and another, slightly smaller one in Soft Sea Foam. This one I ran through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder. Liquid Glue adhered these together.

Using Thick Whisper White Card Stock as my card base, I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet in Memento Tuxedo Black in the lower right corner. This is a top fold card. The Matted embossed leaves panel was adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue.

Also using the Memento Ink I stamped the cardinal image (from Divinity Designs, formerly Our Daily Bread Designs) on Whisper White, and used Dark and Light Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends to color it. For the bill and legs I used the Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. I then used the coordinating die to cut it out.

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This was Liquid Glued to a Whisper White circle that I embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder and cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the front of the card.

On the inside, a Memento Tuxedo Black sentiment was stamped on the Soft Sea Foam panel, as well as a little butterfly. Both sentiment and butterfly are Divinity Designs. My friend participates in a butterfly monitoring program, so I thought it appropriate.  This panel was adhered to a Real Red mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

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On the opposite side of the fold, I stamped a sentiment from Artistically Asian in Tuxedo Black.

For the envelope, I used a bit of retired Designer Series Paper in a red and white pattern for the flap and stamped another cardinal on the front, coloring it the same as the card.

I hope you enjoy my pretty bird. I am sure my friend will. Thank you for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

If you wish to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up products used for this card, just click on the ‘Shop online button’ at right. It is the one with the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

CARD CUTS: Thick Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Soft Sea Foam: angled panel 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ then cut angles, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Real Red: 3-7/8″ x 4-3/4″ then cut angles, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: cardinal 4″ x 4″, circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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Best Catch Get Well

Good Tuesday Morning!

What a great spring day! Yesterday we had about 3 inches of rain and a huge thunderstorm. Today we are in a flash flood watch and supposed to get more rain…up to 2 inches more. We were getting pretty dry, but now we are good for awhile.

My card today is for a guy who had surgery yesterday. He is a fisherman, so hope he enjoys this card, as I don’t think he will be fishing for a few weeks. It was inspired by a post on the Ink It! Stamp It! Blog Hop by Carolina Evans.

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I began with a Sahara Sand card base, and opted to make this a 5″ x 7″ card for better placement of the elements I wanted to use. I used the fisherman stamp in the Best Catch stamp set in Sahara Sand to make the background on the front of the card. Using a Sponge Dauber and some Sahara Sand ink I smudged the edges of the front of the card.

Next I stamped the creel and fly with the appropriate stamps on Soft Sea Foam card stock. I colored the stamps with my Calypso Coral and Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Markers to get some color in the images, rather than stamp them in one color, then add another color. I did the same with the trout, then cut it out using the coordinating die.

The creel and fly were die cut with a Stitched Shapes Framelits square on the diagonal. These were adhered with Liquid Glue to a Wood Textures DSP scalloped square die cut with the scalloped Layering Squares Framelit. The Stitched Shapes Wood Textures DSP square was adhered to a Soft Sea Foam scalloped square with Liquid Glue. Onto this I adhered the trout with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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These squares I arranged over the front, adhering the fish square with Liquid Glue and the other two with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I really wanted more dimension, so I die cut three small fish with the appropriate die, colored them with the  Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write marker, and the Aqua Painter dipped in Calypso Coral ink, and strung them onto a length of Linen Thread, knotting it to keep them in place.  This was simply adhered under one of the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the little square.

For the inside, I matted the Soft Sea Foam sentiment panel with a Wood Textures DSP mat on a Calypso Coral mat. The trout was stamped in Sahara Sand in the center of the panel, with the sentiment (from Divinity Designs, formerly Our Daily Bread stamps) above and below the fish, stamped in Soft Suede.

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This completes the card. It was fun to do and really quite simple.

The ivory colored envelope has a fisherman in Sahara Sand on the front and a piece of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

CARD CUTS: Sahara Sand: 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Soft Sea Foam: for squares and 3 fish 2″ x 8-1/2″, trout 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper 6″ x 6″ stack; for squares, 2″ x 7-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 6″; Calypso Coral: inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.

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