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It's the Thought

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Wow, can you believe that I got it together enough to post every day for a week?  I tell you the summer has just flown by and now the school year is staring us right in the face.  I can’t wait!  Colin is talking about 2nd grade and is missing his friends that don’t live in our neighborhood.  Evan could probably care less, but I think Colin was like that going into his 2nd year of preschool.

I made another card for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges.  There is paper piecing, gingham and winged things involved in this card.  I thought the Fairy Fhiona stamp from Your Next Stamp would work perfectly.  I paired her up with papers from the Sweet Pea dsp pack.  The sentiment is from a retired hostess set from Stampin’ Up! called So Many Sayings.

I’m trying to get the boys motivated to get dressed and out of the house to shop for a gift for my grandma.  I have no idea what to buy her.  I think we may stop at our local candy store and buy her some chocolate.  I also want to make a trip to Hobby Lobby.

It’s going to be one of the hottest days so far this summer.  I’m planning on staying inside and staying cool.  Tomorrow I’ll have a Sketch for You to Try from Jen for you to see.

Stamps: Your Next Stamp – Fairy Fhiona, Stampin’ Up! – It’s the Thought
Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Sweet Pea dsp, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Neutrals brads, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, large and small oval punch, dimensionals, AquaPainter

Birthday Luxuries

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This weekend we are celebrating my grandmother’s 91st birthday.  I’m not sure if this is the card I’ll be giving her, but it’s a great possibility as I don’t have any cards in the house right now.  I made this for a few of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on SCS.  One challenge was a sketch, one was to Strut Your Stuff and the other was for glitter.

I used Lap of Luxury dsp and pulled all of my colors right from there.  The base is Pretty in Pink and the back layer is Basic Gray and dsp.  The strip across the bottom portion is Concord Crush and dsp.  To make my main image I used an oval I cut out with the Coluzzle.  I then stamped my Birthday Bakery image in Basic Gray ink and then masked the images.  I used a mask I cut with the Coluzzle and then sponged on Bashful Blue ink before watercoloring my images in.  After I was done I added some doodling and Crystal Effects with glitter sprinkled on for some of the icing.  I finished it off with the sentiment and a Chocolate Chip epoxy brad attached to a Filigree brad that I’ve been hoarding.

I’m glad I got a lot of stamping done at the beginning of the week because the last two days I haven’t had a chance to stamp at all.  Yesterday Colin and Evan had play dates.  While Evan was out Colin had a friend over.  I used the time to prep our dinners for the rest of the week and weekend. I made Mexican Stuffed Peppers, Orzo Pasta with fresh veggies and Chili for a crock pot Chili Dog recipe.  Today I cleaned.  I love starting the weekend with a clean house.  I’m a little bummed because when I finished the floor I noticed my Bissel Flip It had a cap fall apart.  I have to see if Roger can fix it for me.  I can literally wash all of the floors in our house in under 20 minutes and have them dry by the time I’ve emptied and cleaned out the compartments.  It better not be broken since I haven’t seen these in stores for years.  I can’t even find the solution in stores anymore so I’m afraid they fazed them out.

Tomorrow Colin has an eye Dr. appointment.  We’ll see if he has to continue patching or not.  He’s been patching since he’s been 3, and we’ve cut down from all of his waking hours to 3 hours every other day. We’re getting to the age where his brain is supposed to get used to keeping his eye “turned on” all of the time.  I’ve certainly learned a lot about amblyopia over the last few years.

Stamps: Birthday Bakery
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Lap of Luxury dsp, Basic Gray, Concord Crush, Very Vanilla
Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: AquaPainter, Coluzzle, Sponge Dauber, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds, crystal effects, Chocolate Chip Epoxy brads, Filigree brad
Techniques: watercoloring, masking

Spotlight on Thank You

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A Dare to Get Dirty challenge was to embrace the white space.  I love clean and simple cards and a very easy way to get an eye catching card is to use circles of patterned paper.  I still have a bunch of Sweet Pea dsp that I’m using up so I pulled it out along with my 1″ circle punch and this card came together in about 5 minutes.  It was as simple as punching circles and attaching them.  I finished it off with a sentiment from All Holidays.  I stamped it on Naturals White card stock in Chocolate Chip.  I then attached 2 extra pieces cut with the notch in them underneath it with dimensionals to create a folded banner look.  I then attached it to the card with more dimensionals.

Spotlight on Thank You Supplies
Stamps: All Holidays
Paper: Naturals White, Sweet Pea dsp
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1″ circle punch, dimensionals

This next project is for the Lost & Found challenge.  I recycled a Kleenex box into a Kitchen Clutter Organizer.  I found the video and instructions on Stamp TV.  It was fun and easy to make and now catches the mail we get on a daily basis.  I don’t like clutter on my counters and now I can stick the bills in there until Roger has a chance to look at them.  We then move them into the correct spot in our mail sorter based on the due date.  It’s very sturdy!

My Mom is using hers to store cards for sale.  You can have two 4 1/4 X 5 cards next to each other in the organizer and we found it holds close to 30 cards this way.  The possibilities are endless.

I just realized that CHA is a week from Friday!

Kitchen Clutter Organizer Supplies
Paper: Early Espresso, Thoroughly Modern dsp, Whisper White
Accessories: Alpine Orignals Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brads, 1 1/4, 1 3/8 and Scallop Circle punches, sticky strip,
Techniques: Altered Kleenex Box

Summer Sunshine

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Yesterday I started to play along with the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on SCS and found the Red, Yellow and Green color challenge.  These are not normally colors I combine together to make a card.  It’s a little out of the box for me.  I knew if I was going to make it work, it would have to be very clean and simple.

My first thought of yellow and green was Lemons and Limes, so I pulled out Tart and Tangy and got to stamping and masking.  I stamped a few extras on scraps of Whisper White, cut them out and in half and popped them up on dimensionals. I added the sentiment from Something Sweet in Poppy Parade.  The final colors I worked with were Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade.

Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Something Sweet
Paper: Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch
Techniques: masking

Forever & Always

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It’s Dare to Get Dirty over at Splitcoaststampers and I decided to check out some of the challenges.  They are open to Fan Club Members and they are always fun to play along with.  This is for StamperSharon’s sketch.

I used a Digi stamp from the Wild Flower Patch.  I printed it out this past weekend as a possibility for Jen’s Sketch for You to Try, but I decided to use Alice instead.  Since Bella was printed out and on my desk I thought she’d work perfectly with the Love Letters dsp.  I started with a Very Vanilla card base and added Basic Black, and two patterns from the Love Notes pack.  I then created a main image layer from Basic Black and Very Vanilla and added paper piercing.  The Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon retired a few years ago, but has been sitting in my stash.  Bella is watercolored in an then cut out and popped up on dimensionals.  I then added the sentiment from So Many Sayings, a retired Stampin’ Up! hostess stamp set.  I thought it was perfect for a Twilight themed card.  I punched out the sentiment with the Modern Label punch and then layered it on a Basic Black large oval punch.

This weekend was busy.  Roger and I had a date day on Saturday and spent a good deal of it shopping.  We did the grocery shopping, shoe shopping and went to Kohl’s.  We did go out for dinner and ice cream, but the day could have had a few more hours in it for my liking.  Then on Sunday we picked up the boys and then met with the people who were going to adopt Shadow.  She is gone and it’s so quiet here today.  We are really going to miss her and Bandit is a little mopey today because she is gone.  I’m sure our lives will return to normal again soon.

One thing that brightened my spirits today – School starts one month from today!  I can’t wait!

Stamps: Wild Flower Patch – Bella, Stampin’ Up! – So Many Sayings
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Love Letter dsp, Watercolor paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy,
Accessories: AquaPainter, Mat Pack, Modern Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon
Techniques: watercoloring