Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fresh & Pretty Cards

I made these cards last night for two special people with special days coming up very soon.  My favorite things about these cards:

  •  The Pretty Petals designer series paper stack (Annual Catalog, p 144)  This paper is on Stampin' Up's retirement list and will only be available until May 31, or supplies run out.  I have used this paper for many different projects!  I love the fresh colors and nature themes.  This 6" x 6" paper comes in a tablet of 48 double-sided sheets, making it a very cost-effective way of having a wide variety of patterned paper on hand.

  •  The Elegant Butterfly punch and the Decorative Label punch (Annual Catalog, p 166)  Punches are a quick and easy way to make a card look a little more special.  I've especially gotten a lot of use from the Decorative Label punch, since many of our greeting stamps fit perfectly on it.

  • The Suite Sayings set (Occasions Catalog, pg 41)  This set includes stamps for almost every occasion.  I especially like the variety of fonts.

Suite Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

This is the time of year when it seems like there are plenty of occasions to send cards.  Stampin' Up has all of the products for you to make them yourself.  If you send a lot of cards, you might want to consider making them yourself.  In the long run, it is more economical.  Plus, it is fun to be creative and personalize cards for the special people in your life!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pretty Bookmarks + Give-Away Winner

First things first . . . . let's see who is the winner of the give-away!  I wrote down all of the names on small slips of paper & put them into a basket.  I mixed them all up and let one of my grandaughters pull out a name and it was . . . Kathryn Clemens!   Congratulations Kathryn!  You can send me a private message on Facebook with your address or send it via email (godismydelight@yahoo.com) and I will put this in mail to you tomorrow.  Thank you all for entering . . . I enjoyed reading your comments and I think it would be fun to do another give-away sometime in the future.

I often give books as gifts and I usually make a matching bookmark.  I enjoyed making this one to go along with this Miss Read book.  This was so easy and quick to make using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch from Stampin' Up (Annual Catalog, p 165).  I adhered a strip of paper from the Pretty Petals designer series paper stack (Annual Catalog, p 144) on top and then added a short length of Venetian Crochet Trim (Annual Catalog, p 159).    

Please note that both the paper and the crochet trim are on Stampin' Up's Retirement list.  These products will be available until May 31 or until supplies run out.  Click here to see a complete list of retiring products.

  • The Venetian Crochet trim has been marked down to $4.20.  It comes on a spool containing 5 yards.  I have found that it only takes a tiny bit of lace to make an item look really special.
  • The paper is one of the 8" x 8" paper stacks that Stampin' Up sells.  This is a very easy size to work with.  And I love how fresh and bright the colors look!  Here is a closer look at each of the papers included in this stack . . .

As I explained last week, the book that I am giving away (Thrush Green) is one that my husband bought for me as a birthday present.  I have several books by Miss Read and I actually already had a copy of this one. Thrush Green is the name of a fictitious village in England and there is a whole series of books that tell of the little happenings (always charming and often humorous) in the English countryside.  When Pete realized that I already had a copy of this book, he told me that he would order me a different book.  And this is what he found!

A couple of commenters said that they were familiar with Miss Read, so I thought that they might be interested in these two books.  These are autobiographical; telling much about the early life of Miss Read (her actual name is Dora Saint).  In A Fortunate Grandchild, Miss Read shares memories of both of her grandmothers.  It was especially interesting to me since I myself am a grandmother and after reading this book I found myself wondering what my grandchildren will remember about me!  I haven't read Time Remembered yet, but here she shares her memories of the three years (1921-1924) when she attended a local village school.  It is this special time in her life that inspired her to write the famous novels she would write as an adult.  If you are looking for something light, yet meaningful to read, I highly recommend anything by Miss Read!  They are easy to find in public libraries, used bookstores, EBay, and Amazon.

Thank you for stopping here today!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

English-Themed Give Away

In honor of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, and also because I have an extra copy of the book shown above, I am giving away this small collection of English goodies.  

Thrush Green by Miss Read is the first in a series of novels that are set in a small village in the English countryside during the early part of the 1900's.  Our family had the wonderful experience of living in a small village in England several years ago and everytime I read one of Miss Read's novels, I picture everything as happening in the actual village in which we lived!  All of the quintessential British elements are part of her novels, such as lovely flower gardens, thatch-roofed cottages, and neighbors visiting over cups of tea.  There is a quote printed across the top of this book . . . it reads, "If you've ever enjoyed a visit to Mitford, you'll relish a visit to Thrush Green."  And that was written by Jan Karon, author of the popular Mitford books.

My sweet husband gave me a copy of Thrush Green for my birthday, but it turns out I already have this one.  I couldn't think who I could give it to and then I decided a give-away on my blog could be fun!  I've added a few other items to give away along with the book.

 PG Tips tea was our favorite tea we drank during our years in England.  Only the top two leaves and the bud of the tea leaf plant are used - hence the name "tips".  And the bags are a fun pyramid shape, which supposedly gives a better flavor.

The HobNobs biscuits (cookies) was another treat that we often enjoyed.  They are a nice accompaniment to the tea.

And I am also including a pretty tea towel from England that I've only used once or twice.

I have long been fascinated with the British royal family and the part that they play in the culture of England.  We witnessed the celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee while we were there; the commemoration of her 50-year reign.  And last year the country celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.  We have enjoyed watching several documentaries of her life and learning how she has spent virtually her entire adult life serving her country.  She is apparently still going strong at age 90! 

If you would enjoy the items in the give-away, just leave a comment below or on Facebook.  I will draw a name on Tuesday afternoon and announce it here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

May Card-Of-The-Month

This is the card that I created to use as my all-occasion card in May.  This card will make perfect notecards to have on hand throughout the month, plus will work for  birthdays,  Mother's day and graduation.  I can change the wording on the card with any of the stamps from the Tin of Cards set (p 110, Annual Catalog).  The papers I used are from the Subtles Color Collection (p 144, Annual Catalog).

The bird on the card was made using the Bird Builder punch (p 167, Annual Catalog). 


This punch is on Stampin' Up's  list of Retiring Products.  If you are interested in seeing the entire list, click here.  These products are available until May 31, or while supplies last.  The accessories, like the punches, usually sell out quickly.  So if you think you would like a punch, now is the time to order!  You can do that by clicking on the "Shop Now" button to the right and entering my info (Tammie Baker, Coldwater MI 49036) in the Demonstrator Directory.  

I also want to share with you something that my husband, Pete, recently decided to do.  He has an aunt who lives alone and he doesn't get to see her very often.  Beginning this month, he is planning to write her a short letter, just as a way of keeping in touch and bringing some "happy mail" to her mailbox!  This has motivated me to do a better job of sending cards to both an aunt and an uncle who moved into a nursing home a few months ago.  It really doesn't take long to write a few lines and it seems like a simple, yet meaningful way to bring to brighten the days of these special family members.  Is there anyone in your life who could use some extra cheer on a monthly basis?  

One last thing . . . as a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I got to take a "sneak peak" at the new Annual Catalog, which will be released June 1.  There are tons of great new stamp sets and accessories coming out!  I am excited to start making cards & scrapbook pages with these products and sharing them here on my blog.  If you would like to have a copy of the new catalog, you can email me (godismydelight@yahoo.com) or let me know in the comments.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Favorite Books (Scrapbook Page)

Today I completed this page for my childhood scrapbook (you can see other pages here and here).  This was a page I had been wanting to do, ever since I started planning this album.  I do not have any pictures of myself, as a child, actually reading, but I do have several of my books.  I thought of several other books that I enjoyed, found images of them online, and printed them.  Here are few close-up shots of my page:

(I had to write small to fit in all of my journaling.  If you want to actually read what I wrote, you can enlarge the photo by clicking on it.)

If you've looked at the other two pages that I've completed, then you will notice that the overall design is the same.  I used the same colors, embellishments, and stamps.  That is what helps make a theme album like this come together quickly and also gives it a uniform look.

The biggest challenge in making this page was trying to fit in all of the journaling.  There was so much more I could have written, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.  If reading is one of your favorite past-times, then you understand what I mean when I say that seeing these books is like seeing old friends!  I love the warm, nostalgic feeling that comes from seeing a scrapbook page like this.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Tree For Spring

Are any trees looking like this where you live?  Not yet, here in Michigan.  We're having cool temperatures and have even had scattered snow showers in the last few days.  But . . . we know that spring will eventually arrive in all it's glory. It's nice to have that to look forward to!  

This card is a spring version of the Sheltering Tree set (Annual Catalog, p 89) that I showed you back in the autumn.  I try to buy stamp sets that I know I will use over & over again and this set definitely fits that criteria!  Also, I like to use sets that reflect the natural beauty that God has given us each season.  And as I mentioned back in October, this is a set that makes you look like an artist!  If I could only have one stamp set, this would be it!

I hope all of you are enjoying whatever beauty God has placed in your corner of the world!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Smiley Face Card

I have been feeling pretty nostalgic lately and remembering random things from my childhood.  I remember when I was around 6-7 years old, smiley faces could be seen on all kinds of items.  I remember that I had a shirt on which my mom had applied an iron-on patch of a smiley face.  Although smiley faces are easy to find now,  it was in the early 1970's that the smiley face image was at it's height of popularity.  Wikipedia has quite a bit of information on the history of this simple little image.  

The sentiment on the card above is from the Suite Sayings set in the Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog (p 41).  This set contains sayings that would work on a wide variety of cards.  
Suite Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

When I saw the saying about smiles, all I could think of was pairing it up with a smiley face, which was very easy to create using my 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches (p 165, Annual Catalog).  I inked up the words using markers, so that I could highlight the word "smiles" in red.  The patterned paper here is from the Everyday Chic designer series paper (p 142, Annual Catalog), which is all black & white patterns, some of which have a "retro" vibe.

By the way, if you make your own cards, take a look at the design of this card.  You will notice it is very simple and clean.  It is one that would be super-easy to duplicate on any kind of card.  The patterned paper is cut into a 4 1/2 " square and the white cardstock is a 3 1/4 " square. Any paper, any words, any image could be used and it would look great! 

And just for fun, I found this photo on pinterest of some cups that we had in our kitchen when I was growing up.  I'm pretty sure this photo will find it's way onto a page in my Girlhood Memories scrapbook, perhaps sometime soon!

If you are interested in stamping, scrapbooking, or placing an order from the Stampin' Up catalogs, you can leave a message in the comments or email me at godismydelight.yahoo.com.

Have a happy day, everyone!