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Stampin’ Up! Celebrating a Summer Birthday with Sailing Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Julie Johnston-You are here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing a letter to one of her friends.

Not to be outdone, he colors while she writes.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless you all!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Bella and Friends Happy Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Stampin’ Up Waterfront masculine Card

Good Thursday morning Everyone! I haven’t posted much lately, and I truly don’t know where the time goes. It just flies right on by. Before you know it we will be thinking 4th of July patriotic events, parades and picnics. However, for today’s card I am playing along with three  challenges. They all fit in with a card I needed for my doctor who is retiring. I don’t know if he is a fisherman, but this card suggests it might be a good pastime for him.

The first one is Challenge # 218 Whatever the Weather on the Cardz 4 Guys Blog.

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The second challenge is  a sketch challenge from Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. For this one you can use either the colors or the sketch, but I chose the sketch since I was doing a masculine card, and turned it on its side.

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The third challenge is from Stinkin’ Inkers and is “Lovely as a Tree”.  The requirement is to use a tree on the card. I used several!Stinkin' Inkers Header

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I began with a card base of Blueberry Bushel and ran it through the Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  A strip of Wood Textures DSP was Liquid Glued in the center.

For the art piece, I used the largest Stitched Shapes circle die and cut it from Very Vanilla. Using the Waterfront stamp set, I stamped the water in Pacific Point and Balmy Blue, stamping off once on some of the images and full strength on the rest.

With Smoky Slate and the single ‘land’ stamp, I stamped the shorline, then stamped a second time on an angle to make it more realistic.

Next are the trees, as per the Stinkin’ Inkers Challenge. These were stamped in Mossy Meadow on the right, using the complete tree stamp from Waterfront. Inking only the top half of the stamp, I stamped over the first image to create a forest. Moving to the left side, I repeated, inking only the top of the stamp.

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For the sky, I sponged some Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Smoky Slate very lightly. Then I went back over some of the sky with Highland Heather, trying for a sort of stripe effect to look like rain coming down. This was not too successful, but, no matter.

The clouds are actually the exhaust stamp from Geared Up Garage, stamped off once, then rotated and stamped again a couple of times. I think this fulfills the requirements of the Cardz 4 Guys challenge of weather. Fishing is often best when the weather is not the best.

The fisherman was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then colored in his face and hands with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker. His hat was colored with the Crumb Cake marker and his clothes with Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate. I wanted a camouflage look, but you can’t really see that.

This circle was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish, I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to ink the rest of the fishing line on the card front, and Memento Tuxedo Black to ink the sentiment in the lower left corner.

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For the inside, I used more of the Wood Textures DSP as a mat, and a panel of Balmy Blue, run through the Big Shot with the second largest Stitched Rectangles Framelits die, for the sentiment. The sentiment, from Colorful Seasons, as is the one on the card front, was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, using my Stamparatus. I wanted the sentiment to be dark, and using the Stamparatus allowed me to stamp it a second time.

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The trout is stamped in Smoky slate and left as an outline image.

The Very Vanilla Medium Envelope flap has more of the Wood Textures DSP, and another outlined fisherman on the front, stamped in Smokey slate.

I think this is a nice card for any man, and I hope the newly retired Doctor likes it. I will write a personal note as well.

Thank you for stopping by. Leave comments below, and be sure to check the retiring list in case there is something there that you want to get before it is gone.  Just click here to see what will be gone at the end of May.

The new annual catalog will be ready for you to order goodies on June 4. If you do not have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, please let me know.

CARD CUTS: Blueberry Bushel: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack: center strip on front 1-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Balmy Blue: inside liner 4″ x 5″; Very Vanilla: to cut circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ or larger.
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Easter Sunday-the Resurrection of Jesus

Good Sunday morning to you! And, Happy Easter. It isn’t about the bunny, you know, it is about the Lamb. For you who may not know, Jesus is the Lamb, pure and blameless, sacrificed for MY sins and Yours.

However, He rose again. Death could not hold him. For He is God himself.

Here is the resurrection story from Luke 24.

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Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

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13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Happy-Easter

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! retirement list now available

Good Afternoon everyone! At least I hope it is a good afternoon for you. I know, it is Monday, but still….

I have been on the run today so just now had a chance to look at the list of retiring items. A lot are being retired, some to my dismay. That said, the new catalog has some great looking items in it, so don’t despair. If you want any of the retiring items, they will only be available as long as supplies last, so don’t wait until June 3 to order, hoping that you will still be able to get whatever you want. Maybe, maybe not.

As promised, Stampin’ UP! has released the 2019 Occasions and 2018-2019 Annual Catalog Retiring Products List!

Here are the Details:

Promotion Dates: April 15–June 3, 2019

  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to any order
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after June 3.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, these items will have guaranteed availability until May 24; all other products are not guaranteed and are available while supplies last only.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets may be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party only.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 9.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
    • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out!
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing. If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.

Just click on the shop with me online button at right to go to my online store to see all the retiring items. Or, click here to go there. Easy Peasy! Click here for the pdf retiring list from the annual catalog, or here for the pdf retiring list from the occasions catalog.

Please note, some of the bundle items may be carrying over into the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  However, the bundle pricing will go away, so get them while you can at the discounted price!!

Happy Shopping!

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Stampin’ Up! Changes coming!

No card today. I wanted to bring you some news from Stampin’ Up! so that you’ll be on the cutting edge of “in-the-know”!  As you’re aware, we’re headed into the transition time between catalogs.  So…we’re anticipating the arrival of the 2019-2020 Retiring List – watch for it on 15 April (that’s next Monday!).

We’re also going to see some changes to our product lines!  Though change is hard, I know these are going to be for the better!

Here’s what we know!

Big News!!  Stampin’ Up! has just announced that they’ll be transitioning to a new manufacturer for their dies and embossing folders moving forward!

Stampin’ Up! is moving to a direct-to-manufacturer relationship.  This means they’ll work directly with the factories who manufacture their dies and folders instead of working with another company who then works with different factories (so – eliminating the middle-man!).  This gives them greater control and potential in the manufacturing process.  Always a GOOD thing!

TRANSITION TO NEW DIE-CUTTING AND EMBOSSING LINE

Here’s a look at how this transition will unfold

HIGHLIGHTS: NEW-STYLE DIES AND EMBOSSING FOLDERS

Since Stampin’ Up! is using a new supplier for their dies and embossing folders, they’ll be manufactured differently, which means the way you use them will be a little different.  A few of the changes between the old-style and new-style products are listed below.  In the future, Stampin’ Up! will also provide videos to show how to craft with the new-style dies and embossing folders and better showcase the features described below.

Here are some of the changes you’ll notice with our new-style dies and embossing folders:

  • The new-style open dies (those that coordinate with stamps) use a high quality metal that’s thinner than before but still as strong and durable.
  • The new-style dies have an added lip to the inside of the blades.
  • On old-style dies, when you place an open die (dies that coordinate with stamps) over a stamped image, a small border of cardstock is visible around the stamped image.  With new-style dies, the die hugs the edge of the stamped image.  Instead of aligning the die to the space around the stamped image, you will align it to the edges of the stamped image.  When the image is cut, there will still be a cardstock border around the image.

OLD STYLE ALIGNMENT

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NEW STYLE ALIGNMENT

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  • They’ve improved the adhesive that secures the dies to the insert sheet in the package so that it’s not too sticky.  It’s easier to remove dies from the insert sheet, and the adhesive won’t cling to the dies.  Thank goodness!!  BEST.  CHANGE.  EVER!
  • They’ve standardized the size of the die inserts for easier storage.  There are now only two insert sizes: 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm), which coordinate in size with the stamp cases, and 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm).  The standard sizes will allow uniform storage in whatever system you use.  The envelopes that the dies come in will be slightly larger.
  • With old-style Dynamic folders, they recommended that you spritz cardstock before embossing to soften the fibers so you got a better impression.  Now, that extra step will not be necessary because the new-style folders usually create a crisp impression without spritzing.  The way the new folders are manufactured also gives options for more detailed and intricate designs in the future.
  • 3D folders are thinner than the old-style Dynamic folders.  Because they’re thinner, you may need to use a shim, depending on the die-cutting & embossing machine you use.

 


Stampin’ Trimmer Discontinuation

Stampin’ Up! will be retiring the Stampin’ Trimmer as of 3 June 2019, including all accessories—replacement cutting blades, scoring blades, and cutting mats.  As most of you know, they’ve experienced challenges with their supplier and are taking the opportunity to research and explore a replacement option for this product, which won’t be the same as the current Stampin’ Trimmer.  There’ll be a gap in time between when the current Stampin’ Trimmer retires and when a new product becomes available, but they do not currently have an estimated timeframe.

While the replacement cutting blades will also retire with the trimmer and will not be featured in the annual catalog, Stampin’ Up! has ordered what would normally be six months of inventory based on recent historical patterns to help customers during this transition away from the current trimmer.  But please know that this news could cause faster inventory depletion. 😳

  • When the retiring list goes live on 15 April, the order limit for the blades will increase from three to six (and the limit will remain at six until they’re no longer available).
  • From now until September, intermittent shipments of blades will be received from the supplier. Throughout these months, Stampin’ Up! anticipates times when the blades will not be orderable (and not offered as a backorder). During those downtimes, you will have the option to enter an email address to receive notification when the blades are available again.

While change is usually difficult, remember that most likely these will be changes for the better. Stay tuned for more information as it unfolds.

Your comments are welcome.