Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer Tree Cards





Here is how "A Sheltering Tree" looks in the summertime!  So nice and green!  I have mentioned before that if I could only have one stamp set, this would be it.  
I recently used this stamp set to make a Father's Day card, a sympathy card, and a thank you card, as seen in the photo above.  Not pictured are several "thinking of you" cards.  This set makes great cards for men, women, & children, plus it can be used in every season. (Here are some autumn cards and here is a spring card.)

Supplies used in these cards:
  • stamp set - A Sheltering Tree (p 96), Endless Thanks (p 42)
  • cardstock - Whisper White (p 170)
  • ink - Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Real Red (p 170-171)
  • accessories - Floral Boutique designer series paper (p 172)


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"Summer Visits" Scrapbook Page


(You can click the photo if you want to read the journaling.)

One of my cousins recently posted a lot of pictures (many of which I had never seen before) on our family Facebook page.  Several of the photos were of her family's yearly summer visits from their home in Pennsylvania to where we lived in Tennessee.  This was the only time each year we were able to see them and it was definitely a highlight of every summer!  As I looked through the photos, memories came flooding back and I could "feel" what it was like to be playing with my cousins and having  fun times together!  Some of the photos show just how goofy we could get!

I was inspired to print some photos and document those memories in my childhood scrapbook.  (You can see other pages from it here, here, and here.)  What I like about making a theme album is that pages can be made fairly quickly, once you've decided on the color scheme, embellishments, and page designs.  By using the same elements on each page, you end up with a nice unified look that ties each page together.  And then once you start putting pages together, you end up with your story!

 When these photographs were taken 35-40+ years ago, we were simply living in the moment.  They are just little glimpses of who we were at that particular time.  None of us could have imagined what the future would hold.  All of us have changed and a few are no longer with us.  I am so very thankful for the memories that we share and for these photos that allow me to re-live those happy times!

Everyone is writing a story . . . right now!  The family trips that you might be making this summer will make up part of the story of someone's childhood.  The things you are doing now will be the memories that you will have in the future.  That will be your story!  

Are you doing anything to document your story?  My guess is that this summer you will probably take a lot of pictures of any trips or family visits so that you can share them on Facebook.  That's a good thing . . . but what about in 35-40 years?  Will your children be able to look at those same photos and remember the fun you had?  

It really doesn't take a lot of time or money to put together a simple scrapbook.   Our Stampin' Up catalog has a wide variety of products that can help you get started.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

July Cards-Of-The-Month



When I sat down at my craft table on Sunday afternoon to stamp my July cards, all I knew was that I wanted to use these two items:  


What I didn't know was that I would get carried away with all the possibilities of this gorgeous paper!  As soon as I saw this paper in the new catalog, I knew that I would be ordering it.  Blue is my all-time favorite color.  Most of my clothes are blue, my house is decorated in blue, and of course, I often use blue on my cards & scrapbook pages.

What I like about blue is that it has such a clean and calm look about it.  It is so classic.   It can be used for every season and holiday.  And it looks good with every other color!

This teacup and saucer is part of a set that I brought back from England when we lived there several years ago.  It was my inspiration in using a bit of yellow in this card.


This mug is also from England.  It features the church in the small village where we lived.  I love the simplicity of the blue image on a white background.


These cards have a more casual look to them and were very quick to make.


I made this card for my Aunt Dot, who lives in a nursing home.  Whenever I send her a card, I try to use polka-dot paper . . . to go with her name and with the fun personality that I will always associate with her!


I am sending this card to a lady from our church who has been experiencing severe back pain recently and hasn't been able to be at church.

Supplies used for these cards:
  • Stamp Set - Tin of Cards (p 86)
  • Paper - Floral Boutique designer series paper ( p 77)
  • Cardstock - Night of Navy, Whisper White, So Saffron, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz
  • Ink - Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Versa-Mark (with white embossing powder)
  • Accessories - Decorative Label punch (p 186), Night of Navy solid baker's twine (p 179), Whisper White organza ribbon (p 178)
If you haven't browsed through the new catalog yet, take a few minutes to have a look.  Click on the catalog image in the margin and enjoy the beauty!




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Summer Get-Well Card


We don't usually think about people being sick during the summer, but unfortunately that sometimes happens.  This afternoon I wanted to make a get-well card for a lady from our church.  But as I was looking through my stamps, I realized that I don't have many stamps that say "get well".  However, there was this one stamp that I kept coming back to . . . 

I really like this stamp a lot, but to me it looks like a stamp that should be used in the winter, when someone who is sick might enjoy a cup of something hot.  Our temperatures here in Michigan have been ranging from 80 - 90 degrees the past few days . . . not the kind of weather that calls for hot beverages!  But I really wanted to use this stamp and I was determined to find a way to adapt it for a summer get-well card.

I decided that a person who is not feeling well in the summer time would probably like a cheerful bouquet of flowers.  So I reached for my Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating punch and stamped out some flowers in colors from the Brights collection.  The leaves are also punched from the Petite Petals punch; I simply cut the flowers apart into leaf shapes.  I didn't need the swirling steam and the spoon handle, so I inked up the stamp with a marker (rather than a pad) so that I could color only the parts of the stamp that I wanted.  As a fun embellishment, I used little circle enamel shapes from the Brights collection.  

Items used for this card:
  • Stamp Sets  - Get Well Soup (p 54), Petite Petals (p 86)
  • Ink - Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (p 171)
  • Cardstock - Pacific Point, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (p 170-171)
  • Accessories - Petite Petals punch (p 187), Enamel Shapes (p 177), Stampin' Dimensionsals (p 182)
Note that all the colors I used are from the Brights collection.  All of these colors look great together and are perfect to use during the summer!

I admit that I don't always think about sending get-well cards.  But I was sick over Mother's Day weekend and had to miss church that Sunday.  A few days later a get-well card showed up in my mailbox and really brightened my day (even though I was feeling fine by then)!  It is a simple way of showing others that you care.  




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"Wild About Flowers" Thank You Card


There is a sweet lady in our church who spent the past two months teaching the children in our "Kid's Church" each Sunday.  I saw her each week cheerfully setting up for the class- time and greeting each child with a smile!  She is a joy to be around and a blessing to our congregation.  This afternoon I created this card to send to her to let her know that she is appreciated.

I wanted to make a bright, summer-y card, so I chose colors from Stampin' Up's "Brights" collection.  (Did you know that all of the colors within each collection are designed to coordinate with each other?)  And if you look carefully, you can see that I sponged Soft Sky ink over all of the flowers.  I folded the wings of the butterfly up and adhered it with a glue dot.  I adhered the greeting with foam dots to make it stand up slightly.


Supplies used for this card:
  • Stamp Sets - Wild About Flowers (p 112), Suite Sayings (p 104)
  • Cardstock -  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (p 170-171)
  • Inkpads - Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky (p 171)
  • Accessories - Elegant Butterfly punch (p 187), Stamping Sponge (p 180), Mini Glue Dots (p 182), Stampin' Dimensionals (p 182)
Is there anyone you need to send a note of thanks?  Most everyone likes to be appreciated!

I (actually my husband) finally got the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalog linked up on the side of my blog.  The UPS man delivered my first box of supplies from the new catalog and next week I will show you some of the new products.  I still have a few copies of the new catalog , so if you would like to have one just let me know!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

a happy "new year"



Change is in the air!  With the beginning of summer, there are some new and exciting things happening for many people.  For Stampin' Up fanatics, the biggest day of our year is coming up on Wednesday, June 1.  The 2016-2017 catalog is being released!  I've had my copy for a couple of weeks and have started making out my wishlist.  There are lots of beautiful new stamps, accessories, and five gorgeous new colors.  

The card pictured above features one of those new colors . . . "dapper denim".  Blue is my absolute favorite color and "dapper denim" is a perfect shade of blue.  I think of it as being like blue jeans . . . almost anything goes with it!  I know that I will be using this as the basis for many future projects.

Supplies used for this card:

                 (All page numbers refer to the new catalog.)

  • cardstock - Dapper Denim (pg 169), Whisper White (pg 170)
  • paper - Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, So Saffron (pg 174)
  • ink - Dapper Denim (pg 169), Real Red (pg 171)
  • stamp set - Endless Thanks (pg 42)


I made this card for my friend Lisa in Alaska.  I am so thankful to have a friend who shares my passion for stamping & scrapbooking!  


Just seeing the cover of the new catalog inspires me to want to sit down and start crafting!  I have a box of 7 catalogs to give away . . . would you like to have one?  If so, please send me an email (godismydelight@yahoo.com) or leave a comment.  The catalog is 209 pages of products and samples of beautiful cards.  I would be very happy to send you a copy of your very own!

Or if you'd rather view the catalog online, I plan to have it linked up on the side of my blog tomorrow, as soon as I am able.  It will be sitting there for the following year, ready for your viewing pleasure!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

June Card-Of-The-Month

 


It's almost summer-time and that is the look I'm going for in my June card.  I made both a "guy" version & a "girl" version of this card, that features the retiring Stampin' Up set, Ray of Sunshine (Annual Catalog, p 78).  The only difference between these two cards is the pink and the blue.  This set has some versatile greetings and a "sunshine" stamp is useful to have when you want to send a card to brighten someone's day.

  


Other supplies used in these cards:
  • ink - daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, melon mambo, pacific point
  • cardstock - daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, whisper white, melon mambo, pacific point                                      
  • accessories - candy dots (daffodil delight), hexagon punch (to "flag" the ends of the greeting)                       
        *Both the candy dots & the hexagon punch are retiring.


The items that are retiring will be available until May 31, or until supplies run out.  To see a complete list, click here.