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School Day Note – SFYTT

It’s Saturday and we have our first soccer game of the season at 9:30, but Colin has to be out there at 9. He’s been doing really well this year and has been enjoying the practices so far. We’ll see how he does at his game. This is the first season Roger hasn’t coached. I also have my Sketch for You to Try card for Jen’s sketch. This month we have Ashley Nguyen Newell joining us.

This week I have a sketch using some new Stampin’ Up! stamps and Designer Series Paper.  For this card I combined the Greeting Card Kids with Newsprint dsp and Love Letters dsp. My base is Riding Hood Red and I threw in Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  To make the base paper look like notebook paper I used a hole punch and simply punched every other space.  I distressed that edge with the Cutters Tool Kit and then stamped on it with Define Your Life in Crumb Cake that was stamped off.  I used the Journey defintion.  The circles are cut with the Circle Scissors and were then distressed.  I’m proud of the fact that I used my sewing machine to sew around a circle!  I’m good with straight lines but this was a first for me.

I wanted to show off a new embellishment I have. The flowers were made for me by my Mom.  She has been crocheting them for me in the evenings while she watches TV. I added a Neutrals button in the center and attached it with Naturals Hemp Twine before using a glue dot to add it to my card.  This also gives you a better view of the distressed edge I added to the card. Colin wants to give this to his teacher when he starts school in a few weeks. Hopefully she will like it.

Here is Jen’s Sketch for You to Try. It’s a fabulous sketch and I hope that you have a chance to play along with us. Also make sure to check out the Sketch For You to Try Sisters to see what they worked up with this fun sketch.

Jen del Muro
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage
and the Designer of the Month, Ashley Nguyen Newell

I hope you have a fun weekend as summer starts to wind down. We are taking a 3 day weekend and are going to Fair Oaks Farm in Indiana on Monday. It’s only about 45 minutes from our house and the boys really like it the last time we were there.

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Define Your Life, Apple Blossoms
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Blush Blossom
Accessories: 1/8 Hole Punch, Cutters Tool Kit, Sewing Machine, Twill Tape, Neutrals Brads, AquaPainter, Sponge Dauber, Neutrals Buttons, Natural Hemp Twine, Glue dots, Dimensionals


Sweet Morning Coffee

I was typing up my post for today and happened to notice that yesterday I reached 800 posts to my WordPress blog!  That doesn’t even include the year or so before I self-hosted my own blog on my domain.  When I started my blog I didn’t even know if I had much to say.  I was using a scanner to add photos and my cards were something I’d not be proud to post today.  What a difference 4 years makes!

This card was made for two challenges.  The first was the sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You.  I love the sketches that Laura and Kazan post each week and I’ve missed doing them this summer.  The 2nd challenge is the Ways to Use It challenge at SCS and it was to “stick it” and it was stretched to involve the use of pins, needles or sticks. I used a sewing machine on my card so I’m counting it for that challenge as well.

I wanted to use some of the newer Stampin’ Up! sets I haven’t gotten around to getting inky yet.  This one is Morning Cup.  I’d have never thought of how true this was until I had kids.  I didn’t drink coffee and a glass of water and a shower was enough to wake me up in the morning.  I now *need* my daily cup or two of coffee to feel like a human being.  Since we are talking about morning coffee I picked my colors to reflect a bright morning.  The base is Bashful Blue and then I layered Crumb Cake with Sweet Pea designer series paper in two patterns.  I sewed the top and bottom of this layer and the small piece of dsp.  I then added my main image layer with Early Espresso (fitting for a coffee themed card I think) and Whisper White.  I sponged the Whisper White layer to give it more of a vintage feel.  The image is stamped twice in Basic Gray and then watercolored with various re-inkers.  I made the circles with the Circle Scissors and then just cut off the overhang with a pair of scissors.  The Chantilly Crochet Trim is bunched with a piece of thread and then pulled to make pleats.  I finished it off with 3 half pearls.

Tomorrow I have a fabulous card using another Stampin’ Up! set along with Jen’s Sketch for You to Try.  I also have a new embellishment I used on my card that was handmade by my Mom!  You’ll want to stop by and see it.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Bandit is doing fabulous!  He had his surgery and was a little dopey and mopey last night.  He’s going to be happy that he can eat again today.  The poor thing is probably starving from his fast for surgery and they said no food until this morning.

Stamps: Morning Cup
Paper: Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Sweet Pea dsp, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Circle Scissors, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Sewing Machine, Thread, half pearls, sponge dauber
Techniques: watercoloring

RAWR Means . . .

Today I have another new to me stamp set from My Favorite Things called Little Loveosaurus.  When the set came out I fell in love with it and it fits in perfectly for cards for my 2 boys.  I asked Colin if he wanted to see some new stamps and he said this was one of his favorite.  I used the set along with the Mojo 150 sketch.

There are a lot of layers on this card, but I love how it turned out.  I started with a Bashful Blue card stock base and then added Pacific Point and Pear Pizzazz.  I cut a piece of Celebrations designer series paper and then trimmed the bottom with a Creative Memories cutter.  I then added a strip of the same dsp in Real Red and sponged the edges to make it stand out a bit more against the number pattern.  The Crumb Cake layer has the corners rounded, paper piercing and is sponged with Whisper White craft ink.  I then stamped repeatedly in Crumb Cake ink the RAWR sentiment to create my own background paper.  I re-inked the stamp only every other time.  I added the Bashful Blue strip with Neutrals brads.  The main image was stamped in Basic Gray ink and was colored with Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Blush Blossom.  I then cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals.

Today we have Bandit’s 2nd to last Puppy Training class.  He is doing a fantastic job learning all of his commands and he has learned a few other tricks too along the way, such as Paw and Roll Over.  He’s very happy I am home from CHA.  I think he missed me the most out of everyone.  Roger said he moped the entire first day I was gone.  Now I have to figure out what new stamp set to play with for tomorrow’s post.

Stamps: My Favorite Things – Little Loveosaurus
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Celebrations dsp, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Craft ink
Accessories: AquaPainter, Dimensionals, Neutrals Brads, Sponge Dauber, Mat Pack, Corner Rounder

Old Fashioned School Days

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This week has been super busy.  We were out of town on Tuesday and I’m going to be gone tomorrow and Saturday, so I have less time to do everything I need to get done each week.

Today I sat down to make a super clean and simple card with the Fall to Layout 100.  I used Crumb Cake, Naturals White and two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.  The Rough Type Alphabet is from the Summer Mini catalog and Greeting Card Kids is a brand new stamp set in the catalog.  I loved this set the first time I saw it.  I simply stamped it on Naturals White in Basic Gray and watercolored it in with an AquaPainter.  I then stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink.

I have a post ready to go for Saturday for Jen’s Sketch for You to Try.  It’s all typed up and ready to go.  If you e-mail me I will get back to you when I get back from CHA.  I can’t wait to check out the Super Show this year.  I hope to come home full of new and exciting ideas.

Hokey Pokey Season

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I want to thank all of you who e-mailed me this weekend when you found out that I was one of the Artisan Award Finalists again this year.  It’s nice to know that I made the list again for the 2nd year in a row.  At least I know that Stampin’ Up! likes my entries even though I never make the final cut and actually win the Artisan Award.  If you want to see my entries for this year and past years simply click on the Artisan Award category tag at the end of the post.

This card was so fun and easy to make and I think I’ll use it as one of my next class projects.  I used the Fall to Layout 100 from Clean and Simple Stamping.  I used a Crumb Cake base and Naturals White card stock.  I stamped the Season of Friendship tree sideways on the card stock using Soft Suede ink.  I then used Old Olive and repeatedly stamped the leaves.  The Two Step Owl punch was used with Chocolate Chip, Sweet Pea dsp and Naturals White.  I used the Trio Flower punch and a silver brad for his decoration.  The owl is on dimensionals as are the eyes.  I added the Smarty Pants sentiment in Early Espresso ink and some paper piercing along the bottom.  I also used the Scallop Trim border punch.  The ribbon is retired from one of the Ribbon Originals.

Tomorrow Roger has a meeting in Aurora so the boys and I are going to visit my parents.  I don’t know if I’ll have a card to post or not.  Otherwise I’ll be back on Wednesday.  Only a few more days and I’ll be going to CHA!  I can’t wait!

Stamps: Season of Friendship, Smarty Pants
Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Sweet Pea dsp, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Trim Punch, Mat pack, paper piercer, Ribbon Originals, dimensionals, Two Step Owl punch, trio flower punch, silver brad