Stampin’ Up Sure Do Love You

Good Morning Everyone! Today is our Inkin’ Krew monthly Blog Hop. Welcome aboard. Please continue the hop to see what our other creative team members have done.

It has certainly been cold here in the heart of the country. We do have some snow, but nothing like the northeast and east coast has had. Actually, we are so dry, I wouldn’t mind a foot of wet snow. I decided many years ago that it is a good thing we humans are NOT in control of the weather, or it would be a REAL mess.

Today’s card is from the Sure Do Love You Bundle.

I began by cutting a stencil from a Post-It Note with the 3 small hearts in the Lots to Love Box Framelits, part of the Sure Do Love You Bundle. You save 10% when you order the bundle as opposed to ordering dies and stamps separately. I digress.

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Using the stencils and 3 shades of pink (Berry Burst, Melon Mambo and Powder Pink) I sponged little hearts at random over a Whisper White Thick card stock panel. Over this I adhered with Liquid Glue a strip of Silver Foil Sheets. Taking a piece of Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, I taped it to the back and over the Silver Foil strip.

Use the Embossing Buddy to go over the card stock before stamping in Versamark. The large outline heart was stamped in Versamark on Berry Burst. The same procedure was followed for the ‘You Are My Valentine’ heart. Both were then heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder and die cut with their coordinating dies.

The outline heart was then adhered at an angle to the heart-stamped Whisper White panel with Liquid Glue. The ‘valentine’ heart was placed inside this outline and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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A Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon bow was attached at the base of the heart with a Glue Dot and three rhinestones finish the front.

On the inside, a single outline heart was stamped in Berry Burst on Whisper White card stock. Over this, the sentiment banner, also from Sure Do Love You, was stamped in Powder Pink. This panel was adhered with Liquid Glue to a mat of Berry Burst and into the card base.

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The envelope flap received more random stenciled hearts. The small leaf stamp from Sure Do Love You was stamped in the corner of the envelope front in Powder Pink as well as a single small heart in Berry Burst.

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Card Cuts are below.

Now that you have seen my project, please continue the hop to see what the other team members have for you.

  1. Jaimie Babarczy
  2. Julie Johnston  
  3. Karen Finkle
  4. Mary Deatherage
  5. Sue Prather
  6. Linda Richenberg
  7. Amy Koenders

IT”S HERE—–Sale-A-Bration has begun!


You can now order this set, and other fantastic bundles and stamp sets as well as lovely Designer Papers from the Occasions Catalog until May 31. Sale-A-Bration has started also, meaning that you get FREE goodies when you order. Sale-A-Bration goes until March 31.

Stampin’ Up has changed the Sale-A-Bration a bit, giving you a couple of options. With every $50 purchase you can get a variety of free items, and now there are two items you can get, each FREE with a $100 purchase. This is a great deal for you no matter how you look at it.

In addition, if you apply the Host Code to your online orders under $150, you’ll get a free gift from me. If your order is over $150, please don’t apply the host code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Host $$ if you use it), but you’ll still get the free gift, too.

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Also, with a $50 order placed through my online store in January, you get my Sure Do Love You Class Tutorials. You also earn Bird Egg Reward Points (see the information below) and if you apply the Host Code or have an order of over $150, you get the free thank you gift too!!

For details on my customer rewards program, just click here.

EVEN MORE BENEFITS!  If you join the Stampin’ Up family. You get to choose $125 of products for only $99 for your starter kit as well as  2 FREE stamp sets. AND, you get the goodies I offer as well. Some deals are hard to beat.

Card Cuts: Thick Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Whisper White: inside panel 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Berry Burst: hearts 3: x 3-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Silver Foil Sheets: 7/8″ x 5-1/2″.

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Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms Sympathy

Today is Thursday, the 4th day of 2018. How did it get to be the 4th? Before we know it, it will be summer and this winter season of frigid record-setting temperatures will be one for the history books. Life is passing quickly, so make the most of every day!

Today’s card is another sympathy, which is why I guess I am brought to the realization once again of how brief (in the big picture) is our time here on earth.

The Sale-A-Bration catalog has some wonderful items you can choose, for FREE, with a purchase of $50. One of those is the stamp set I chose to use today, Heartfelt Blooms.

This stamp is one of Stampin’ Up!s new Distinctive stamps, that is to say, photorealistic. I love this one.

I began by stamping the image in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card stock. This panel was mounted on a mat of Berry Burst. A piece of Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon was wrapped around and taped on the back. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue.

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For the sentiment, I again stamped the design in Smoky Slate, this time on Whisper White card stock, and cut it with a Layering Ovals Framelits die. Using Berry Burst and the sentiment from Heartfelt blooms, I stamped the sentiment over the flower image. To give the oval more definition, I simply rubbed the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad around the edge, making a nice, even, narrow band of gray. This was adhered to a Berry Burst scalloped Layering Ovals die-cut. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals I adhered this layered oval to the card front.

For the inside, I again stamped the floral image in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card stock, this time placing it more in the corner. Then, leaving room for my sentiment, I stamped the corners of my panel with the floral image.

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The sentiment is from Heartfelt Sympathy and is stamped in Berry Burst. This panel was adhered to a Berry Burst mat and into the card base.

For the Whisper White Medium Envelope, I stamped the floral image in Smoky Slate twice on the flap and just in the corner on the front.

I need to state here that, while it is not so obvious on the gray, the imperfections of this stamp took on Huge Proportions when it was stamped on white. I kept trying to get a good image, and finally realized that the stamp had holes in it. This prevented a clear image no matter what I did. The more I stamped, the worse it got!

Stampin’ Up! stands behind their products, and, while it doesn’t often happen (this is the first problem I have had), there are times when an imperfect product is shipped. Before I got off the phone with their support team, a new stamp was on its way to replace the faulty one.

I debated about showing the envelope on this blog, but I think you all need to know that this company does indeed stand behind their products and will replace a bad one. I think this is the third envelope I did, and I am not proud of it. The recipient of this card may get a naked envelope!

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In addition, you can earn Wild Wing Creations Bird Egg Rewards! The Wild Birds Club is a way to earn free stamps and merchandise when you order Stampin’ Up products with me. Placing qualified orders or referring friends who place a qualifying order will earn you Bird Egg Points.

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Also, with a $50 order placed through my online store in January, you get my Sure Do Love You Class Tutorials. This is in addition to the other goodies you can earn.

January Card Class Tutorials

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Card Cuts: Smoky Slate: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, floral panels front and inside 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Berry Burst: mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped oval 3″ x 3-3/4″; Whisper White: sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Hold on to Hope Sympathy

The new Hold on to Hope Bundle (Occasions Catalog page 27, available tomorrow) was the basis for this card inspired by Mary over at Stamps ‘n’ Lingers. You can see her card here.

This is a beautiful stamp set and has excellent dies as well. It will become a staple for me. And, it is very versatile, could be used for Baptisms, confirmations, encouragement, Easter….the list goes on.

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I began with a panel of Whisper White card stock and So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Night of Navy inks, sponging the colors randomly for my background.

The card base is Pool Party and the mat is Night of Navy.

Using the dies from the Hold on to Hope Bundle I die cut a Night of Navy cross and an openwork cross in Whisper White, adhering them together with Liquid Glue. Behind the cross is a die cut from Flourish Thinlits, also in Whisper White, and adhered to the sponged panel with Liquid Glue. The layered cross is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White. It is punched with the Everyday Label Punch, with the outer long edges trimmed off with my Paper Snips Scissors. It was just too wide for this card. Using the Melon Mambo and Night of Navy sponges, I sponged the edges of the sentiment label. I used whatever ink remained in the sponge and did not re-ink.

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This, too, was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Hold on to Hope butterfly is stamped in Pacific Point (I thought the Pool Party would be too pale) and cut with the die from the bundle. Liquid Glue adheres the art panel to the mat and into the card base.

On the inside, a stamped-off-once flower spray, also from Hold on to Hope, in Pacific Point serves as a backdrop for the Heartfelt Sympathy sentiment in Night of Navy. I inked the flower spray, stamped it off, then wiped off the three flowers and inked them with my light Rich Razzleberry Blends, then stamped my Whisper White panel.

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I like this little added touch of color. You could use a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker, and I probably would have, if I had had my markers available at the time.

Using the little corner stamp in Hold on to Hope, I stamped the corners of the inside of the card base in Night of Navy, wishing I had the Stamp-A-Ratus to get the placement perfect. But, I don’t, so they are not exactly where I wanted them.

For the Whisper White Medium Envelope, I stamped the little butterfly several times in Night of Navy on the front

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and a pair of the same flower spray as on the inside, only in Night of Navy, on the flap.

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I know you will get a lot of good from this Bundle, a must have, in my opinion.

Card Cuts below


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Wild Wing Creations Bird Egg Rewards:

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Qualify to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! product from ANY current Stampin’ Up! catalog or promotion!  The Wild Wing Creations Bird Eggs Rewards Program is my way of personally saying “thank you” to my returning customers.

With a $50 order placed through my online store in January, you get my Sure Do Love You Class Tutorials. You also earn Bird Egg Reward Points (see the information below) and if you apply the Host Code or have an order of over $150, you get the free thank you gift too!!

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Card Cuts: Pool Party: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Night of Navy: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, cross 2″ x 3″; Whisper White: panel to sponge 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, cross, sentiment, flourish, butterfly 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up Tailored Birthday

Well, Folks, this is it. If you have anything left to accomplish in 2017 you better hurry. Only a few hours left. If I didn’t get it done in 2017, it will wait until 2018, and MAYBE I will be able to get it done then. If not, probably the world won’t come to an end as a result.

For today’s card I chose to do a masculine birthday. Perhaps that is because I have 8 family birthdays in January and only 3 of them are female! On with the show!

The new Occasions catalog has many very nice stamp sets. One of them is Truly Tailored (page 45) which comes bundled with a cool punch (Tailored Tag) for a 10% savings. This will be available to you on January 3, as will the rest of the goodies in the catalog.

There is also the accompanying True Gentleman Designer Series Paper which I really like! There isn’t enough GUY stuff out there in my opinion.

I began by cutting my card base from Early Espresso as well as a Crumb cake panel for my card front. This panel went through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I then cut a strip of the True Gentleman DSP, which is Liquid Glued to the embossed panel.

I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this three times, taping it on the back. Taking a shorter strand and doubling it, I tied a knot around the three strands.

Next up is stamping the sentiment. Nothing in the Truly Tailored set was what I wanted for this recipient, so I turned to the Party Pandas (Sale-A-Bration page 15, free with $50 order) for the Happy Birthday sentiment. This was stamped in Night of Navy on Crumb Cake and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch.

Usually I have all my supplies, tools and embellishments within arms reach in my craft room, which is what I am calling my former photography studio. Since I am no longer shooting there, I decided all my various crafts would have a new home, all in one place. So, I have a place to store things and work as well. HOWEVER! With the forecast for bitterly cold temperatures for a week, coupled with my penchant for working on cards at night, I decided to bring A FEW supplies to the house so I don’t have to make the trek to the studio, I mean craft room, in the cold, in the dark.

Fine idea, except then you don’t have the tools you want when you want them. I brought in NO markers, only the new Blends. For this project I wanted to make stitch marks around the sentiment. No markers. Okay, use Blends. Did that. Hmmm, not good. Not a thin enough brush or nib.

Well, it is ruined anyway, so I might as well see if it can be salvaged. If not, I will start over. Using a Sponge Dauber and Night of Navy ink, I sponged around the edge of said Tailored Tag, and what do you know, I like it!

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With my limited dies and stamps as well as other supplies, I had to search to find a die to cut some leaves. The Oh, So Eclectic Bundle had one, so I die cut a couple of leaves in Early Espresso and one from the Tailored Gentleman DSP. These I arranged to be under the sentiment tag and used Liquid Glue to adhere them.

The Sentiment was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals, which were also used to adhere this front panel to the the card base. Had I had all my paper choices and embellishments in the house, I might have done this differently, but I am finding I have to dig deeper in my creativity when I have limits as to what I can use.

On the inside, another panel of the Tailored Gentleman DSP is the mat for my sentiment panel in Crumb Cake. Using the leaf stamp from the new Petal Palette Bundle (Occasions Catalog page 23, available January 3), I did a stamped-off-once Early Espresso leaf as a background for my Night of Navy sentiment. This sentiment is from the Truly Tailored Bundle.

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Liquid Glue adheres this sentiment panel to its mat and into the card base. Card done.

The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Pinewood Planks TIEF, while the front got some nice Night of Navy dots. This was done with another stamp from the Petal Palette Bundle to sort of replicate the dots in the DSP that I used on the card.

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This is a nice, simple, clean card for a guy. I hope you like. Please leave comments below.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you in your paper-crafting endeavors. To order from me, click on the Shop Online picture at right.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Crumb Cake: embossed panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 2″ x 3″; True Gentleman Designer Series Paper: front 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″

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Soup’s On!

I love soup! I love to MAKE soup! Even more, I LOVE to eat soup!

It doesn’t really matter what kind of soup, I like most of them, thick enough to hold up the spoon, or thin, it doesn’t matter. Given a preference though, I would choose a thicker soup, sort of between stand-the-spoon-up-in-it and runny.

Today I decided, though it is 1 degree above zero (perfect for soup, don’t you think?) and a bit windy, I will make Soup-to-Share.  Going out in the cold isn’t at the top of my list of things to do, but the sun came out, the sky is a beautiful shade of blue, the snow is sparkling and I am going to do this! Besides, tomorrow’s high is supposed to be below zero, so the soup will taste even better!

A couple of days ago I saw an old friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and discovered in visiting with her that she and her husband have had some health problems. They have no family nearby. I told her then next time I made a pot of soup to big for me to eat, that I would bring them some. I hope they like the kind I made.

Well, what kind is it, you ask?? I like to use whatever I have on hand when I make soup, unless I am using a specific recipe. Oh, yes, I do use recipes. Not always, but I do find them at least a good starting point. I do not have my mother’s talent for just throwing things together.

How does Smoked Salmon Chowder sound to you? I don’t know if it is really chowder, but that is what I am calling it. This is a hearty dish, so one bowl will be plenty.

You can make yours however you wish, but I prefer fresh ingredients when I have them. Shortcuts are nice, and I am forever thankful for whomever discovered preserving our bountiful harvest through canning and freezing (and dehydrating) for those times when there just isn’t anything fresh available.

Let me state here that ‘available’ means whatever is in my kitchen, not in my local grocery 13 miles away, or the specialty stores, a drive of 60 miles.

Begin by finely chopping or dicing 3 russet potatoes, carrot sticks left from the relish plate (enough to make about a cup), 2 stalks of celery (throw in the tops for flavor-you can fish them out later), and half of a large onion. Now, for this chowder, I like the vegetables pretty small. So, in this case, diced is about 1/4″-3/8″. No one is going to measure, so if just want to chop into small pieces, go ahead.

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Dump these in a 6 quart stock pot with a quart of chicken broth.

Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (I don’t like pepper, so use very little) 2 teaspoons dried dill weed and l clove garlic minced.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add the secret ingredient…instant mashed potatoes, about 1-1/2 cups. This thickens the soup.  You could add more, or less, or not at all. If you want your soup thicker and don’t have the potatoes, use a bit of flour mixed with water and add it to your soup. Just be sure it thoroughly cooks or it will taste like raw flour. Fish out the celery leaves. (Or, if you have leftover mashed potatoes you could add a cup of those instead of the instant).

Add 2 cups whole milk, 1 cup whipping cream and 2 cans evaporated milk. You could use all evaporated milk, but I had milk and I had cream. And, if I didn’t use them they might go bad in a few days, so, in they went. One bowl as shown below is VERY filling. So, it doesn’t really matter that you are using all the BEST ingredients. This is NOT the place to substitute skim milk or 2% for the milk and cream! Trust me.

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You can substitute all you want. However, if I say ‘use butter’ and you use something else, well, darn! It just won’t taste the same! I hear this all the time, “Mine doesn’t taste as good as yours.”

Hello! Substitutions make it taste different. (‘Course you aren’t tasting mine, so maybe it doesn’t matter at all) Skim milk just won’t cut it for this soup!

Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Add 1 can cream style corn and 1 POUND of Norwegian smoked salmon. Yep, a pound. The kind I buy is sliced, ready to put on a platter and serve, so I just cut each slice in about 6 pieces. (Do the whole filet at one time, not individual slices!) If you don’t have access to a filet of smoked Norwegian Salmon, you could just use a can of salmon instead.

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Now, I could have been totally selfish (I was tempted) and devoured the whole pound myself and called it dinner. But, I thought it would taste good in the soup, and IT DOES!

I hope you enjoy this soup. Normal type of recipe follows, minus my meanderings.

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Recipe for Smoked Salmon Chowder


3 Russet Potatoes, diced

1 cup diced Carrots

2 stalks Celery, diced

1/2 Large Onion, diced

1 Clove Garlic, diced

1 Quart Chicken Broth or Stock

1 t. Salt

1/8 t. Black Pepper

2 t. Dried Dill

1-2.75 oz. box instant mashed potatoes (about 1-1/2 cups)

2 Cups Whole Milk

1 Cup Heavy Cream

2 Cans Evaporated Milk

1 Can Cream Style Corn

1 Pound filet Norwegian Smoked Salmon, cut in small pieces


Add the vegetables and seasonings to the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add instant mashed potatoes, stirring well.

Add milk, cream and evaporated milk, heating to near boiling. Do not boil.

Add the corn and salmon. Heat through. Serve.

Makes ABOUT 15 cups. How many servings you get from that is up to you. The bowl shown above holds one cup, and was plenty for me.


Clearance Rack Update!


Good Monday Morning, All!

This will be my first post today, as I was planning to post a card later. I just didn’t want to wait to tell you all about the updated Clearance Rack. Wowza! Some great stuff there at bargain prices.

There are embellishments galore, punches, dies, embossing folders and much, much more. Since the Clearance Rack changes frequently, I do not have a list to show you. However, just go to my ‘Shop Online With Me’ button to go to my store, then check out Clearance Rack. I am certain you will find something to your liking.

Happy Shopping! (It’s ok to buy yourself a Christmas present)

And, if you use the Host Code……more goodies for you! Check out details here

HOST CODE for the remainder of the year: VHXAV2SZ



A special gift.

Good morning, Everyone, or is it afternoon???

I get busy and forget to look at the clock unless my stomach says it is time to eat!

Today I do not have a card for you, but something just as special. I made a book for a special little boy using images I took in Africa. It is an alphabet book. He isn’t two years old yet, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy this book.

Our family is pooling the money we would have spent on gifts for each other and giving it to a hurricane victim. None of us NEEDS anything, as we have all been blessed with plenty. However, I still have made something for most of the family, so there will be a FEW gifts under the tree (if I have time to get it up!)

A friend commented that she is on a pace for Christmas…if it was still September!! I am in agreement. How is it that Christmas sneaks up on me, every year it seems! Where does the time go????

Anyway, here is the cover of his book. I will show you a few inside pages as well.

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This is the front and back of the cover. I blanked out his name purposely for this post.

I so enjoyed putting this book together. Here is one of my favorite animals from that trip. We saw her several times. Shortly after this image was taken she was stalked by a lioness and barely got away! I have images of the whole scenario! Very special. A couple of days later we found her and her 4 babies and spent the whole afternoon photographing their antics.

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What a beautiful animal. The next page I will show you is not an animal nor a bird, but what I chose to use for the letter Q. Q and X are difficult as I had no images for either letter. So, I used my imagination. For the X I put in an Xtra image of a W (warthog).

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This next image is of an owl that very few people ever see. We had FANTASTIC guides who knew where to look for various critters. They knew I especially wanted to see birds, so were constantly on the lookout for them. I was able to photograph good quality images and identify 119 species of birds I had never before seen. And, most people who do see the owl don’t get to see the eyelids!

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Our Photographer leader asked which was our favorite animal and I was hard pressed to answer. I loved them all. However, I said, “Elephant”, as I have always loved the big Pachyderms. I think, though, now that I have been in their realm, I would have to include the Zebra as among my favorites. They are so unique.

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So, there you have it. Some samples from my gift for a special little guy. I hope he cherishes it as much as I cherish the memories of that trip and the wonderful animals of God’s creation. Every time I see something new, I am overwhelmed by an Awesome God and what he did for us mere humans.

The gifts of the Creation pale in comparison to the Gift sent to earth on the day that we celebrate as Christmas. Honor Him by trying to be more loving and kinder to your fellow humans, even when you don’t want to do so. You will be Blessed!

Thank you for stopping by. I would appreciate your comments.

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“Celebrate” Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop theme today is “Celebrate!” That single word covers a lot of territory….birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, weddings, babies, graduations and on…and on…!

I am choosing to celebrate the birth of Christ with the Wise Men From Afar stamp set.

One of my all time favorite Christmas hymns (though I like them all) is “We Three Kings.” I was so happy to see the stamp set Wise Men from Afar in the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog this year. To go along with that is the Merry Music Designer Series Paper with the “We Three Kings” music. For our hop today I am pairing those two items as well as some Designer Series Paper from Merry Little Christmas.

So, take a look, then go on to see what the creative minds on our team have put together.

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I began by cutting my card base from Basic Black card stock. The front is matted in Whisper White, on top of which is the Merry Little Christmas DSP in black with white stars. This is the mat for the Merry Music art piece.

Using Basic Black ink, I stamped the Wise Men to the left of center and toward the bottom of the paper. I wanted a tiny bit of color on this card, but didn’t want to detract from the main theme. Hmmm. What to do? Well, I colored in the little dots on the three robes, each in a different color. I used my Stampin’ Write markers of Elegant Eggplant, Real Red and Pacific Point.

As these were men of wealth, I added a bit of glitz to the color with my Wink of Stella. I also added color to the white areas of their headpieces and more Wink of Stella.

Of course, they were following a bright star, so I made mine out of Silver Foil Sheets using the die from Night in Bethlehem. Before adhering the star, and before adhering the Merry Music DSP to the starry DSP, I cut another big star from the music. Using Liquid Glue, I attached the music to the stars paper. Then, I inset the silver star into the music. I really like this effect. This whole panel was adhered to the Whisper White mat with Liquid Glue also.


For the sentiment, I used the short one in the Wise Men from Afar stamp set, stamping it in Versamark on Basic Black paper. Before stamping, I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the black paper so the embossing powder wouldn’t stick anyplace that was not stamped.

I heat embossed this in Silver Emboss Powder. I used my Paper Snips Scissors to cut a flag in one end, leaving the other end straight. To set the sentiment off a bit more, I put Versamark Ink on all the edges and heat embossed them in silver also. This gives a finished look to the sentiment banner.

I placed three Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back near the straight end and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around to peek out from behind the sentiment. Using more of the Silver Metallic Thread, I wound it around the whole panel three times under the Wise Men, and just under where the lower edge of the sentiment banner would be, taping it on the back.

After adhering this card front with liquid glue to the card base, I added more Stampin’ Dimensionals to the sentiment banner and adhered it to the card front.

Card front….Done!


For the inside, I used the same papers, layered in the same order. The sentiment, also from Wise Men from Afar, is again heat embossed in Silver on Basic Black card stock. This was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits. The Silver Foil Sheets mat was cut with the next larger size framelit. All were adhered with liquid glue EXCEPT the sentiment to the foil. To be certain of good adhesion, I used Fast Fuse for this step.

On to the envelope. I stamped the three Wise Men on the front of my Medium White Envelope in Basic Black ink. On the flap I used Liquid Glue to adhere the leftover piece of “We Three Kings” music from the Merry Music Designer Series Paper.

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I hope you enjoy this card. I think it is one I will repeat.

Card Cuts are below.

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Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front sentiment 7/8″ x 2-5/8″, inside sentiment 2″ x 3-1/2″; Whisper White: outside mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper: front mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Merry Music Designer Series Paper: front art piece 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Silver Foil Sheets: star 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″, inside sentiment mat 2-1/2″ x 4″.

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Masculine Birthday

Good Tuesday morning, Everyone! Wow! November is nearly gone. Can you believe it? Christmas will soon be here and gone, and it will be time for new beginnings. Are you ready???

Seems like last week we were preparing for Y2K. Where does the time go, anyway???

Part of my time is spent making cards to give or send to friends and family. I need to be making more Christmas cards, but, unfortunately, a couple of deaths in the community necessitate sympathy cards. AND, there are a couple of family birthdays which require a card as well. So, on with the show.

Today I used one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree. I have made my wishes known to Stampin’ Up! that I hope they NEVER retire this one. It is so versatile for so many different occasions.

card front

There are some sheets in the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper about which I am not too fond, so I challenged myself to use some of them, somehow, some way. I think it was pretty successful.

One of the lighter colored, more formal sheets became the background for my card front. In Early Espresso I stamped the line of trees from Lovely as a Tree. So far, so good.

Next, the sentiment from the now retired Designer Tin of Cards, also in Early Espresso, finishes the stamping on the front.

A length of Burlap Ribbon is wrapped around and taped to the back. Then, to add some color to the front, I ran a length of Jute twine through my Tranquil Tide stamp pad and let it dry. While it was drying I cut the card base from Tranquil Tide, the mat from the flip side of another piece of Wood Textures DSP that I used for the front, and a mat for the front from retired Mint Macaron. The Wood Textures DSP mat was liquid glued to the card base.


The twine was still a bit damp, so I used the additional drying time to sponge Soft Suede around the edge of my stamped front.

Assembly was pretty quick and easy. I wrapped the stained twine around 3 fingers three times and tied off the bow with a separate strand. This was tied around the three strands previously wrapped around the card over the Burlap Ribbon and also taped on the back.

I have some little leaf brads I picked up at one of our local stores. There was a green one very close in color to the Mint Macaron, and a brown one. These were attached to the front after piercing a hole with my Paper Piercing tool and the Stampin’ Pierce Mat as they were not going to be where my 1/8″ hand held punch would reach.

Those attached, I liquid glued the front to its mat and adhered it to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, I used the same color Wood Textures DSP, and stamped the end of the row of trees in Early Espresso. The sentiment, from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, was stamped in Early Espresso, while the second sentiment, also from that stamp set, was stamped in Tranquil Tide.


After sponging the edges in Soft Suede, this was liquid glued to the Mint Macaron mat and into the card base.

The Envelope front was stamped the same as the inside of the card. The flap is covered in a scrap of the same Wood Textures DSP as the front.envelope front

front and envelope flap

I think makes a very nice masculine card.

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Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Mint Macaron: front mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: dark side for mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, light side front 3-3/4″ x 5″, light side inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Tomorrow’s post will be a masculine birthday card. Stay tuned!