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.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gift Box Punch Board


I am not one to buy a lot of extra gadgets, but when the Gift Box Punch Board (Annual Catalog, p 150) was on sale a few months ago, I decided to buy it.  I am so glad I did!  I recently sat down to try it out and within a very short time, I had created 10 cute little gift boxes.  I will be giving these to the ladies that have been coming to our Ladies' Bible study on Wednesday nights.  

The punch board is very simple to use . . . the directions are printed right on top of it!  You can create boxes up to 4 " on each side.  My boxes are 1.75 " square and I made them using the Pretty Petals designer series paper (Annual Catalog, p 144) that I have shown here on my blog several times.  This paper is "retiring" at the end of May, so if you want it, now is the time to order it.  The "thank you" stamp is from the Tin of Cards stamp set (Annual Catalog, p 110).

If you enjoy giving small gift items (for hostesses, place-settings, teachers, kids, etc) you need this awesome tool!  It is reasonably priced at $20.  And I especially like how it gives me another way to use patterned paper (my favorite craft supply)!

You can order this, as well as many other paper craft supplies, by clicking on the "Shop Now" link that is below the catalog images to the right.  Or email me at godismydelight@yahoo.com.




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fun (In Black & White) Scrapbook Page

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When I signed up as a Stampin' Up demonstrator last August, I began to be much more intentional in keeping up with my scrapbooking.  I have become really good at having photos printed after an event or outing and then quickly making a page with them.  But I still have lots & lots of catching up to do. 

 Yesterday I went back and selected photos from almost a year ago.  Last year on May 15, our daughter-in-law, Jazmin was finally granted an immigrant visa.  She, Ben, & their girls were finally able to move to the United States.  For the first time, the cousins could be together!  Pete & I have had our hands pleasantly full of 6 grandchildren!  Countless photos have been taken since then, but I wanted to scrapbook the first ones of this special time in our lives.

Yesterday when I began gathering my photos & supplies, I knew that I wanted to use one of the products from Stampin' Up's retirement list.  The Everyday Chic designer series paper (Annual Catalog, p 142) worked perfectly.  Because black & white are completely neutral colors, I was certain that they would not clash with the colors in my photos.  

I featured this paper in some card-making several months ago (you can see here).

Tips & Tricks:
  • Because I had a lot of busy & colorful photos, I stayed with the black & white color scheme, adding only one pop of color (the pink heart).  The Sweetheart Punch (Annual Catalog, p 166) made the perfect place to add the date and also goes with the hearts in the patterned paper.  This heart punch is a "must-have" accessory if you create scrapbook pages of your family!

  • I used only 4 of the 12 designs of the paper.  I chose the two papers with the hearts because it conveyed the "feeling" of the page.  And here is a little detail that no one would notice . . . but the paper with the "grid" look to it matches the design of the chair that Lincoln is sitting in.  It sounds kind of silly, but I think that little things like that help make a page look more co-ordinated.  Plus, it is fun to look for designs in the photos that can somehow be repeated in the embellishments.

  • I had way too many photos and not enough room!   I spread all the photos out on my table, set aside the photos I KNEW I wanted to use (for example, the one of Pete & me with all of the kids) and then started making the cuts.  I eliminated any photos that looked similar to any of the others.  I wanted a balance of candid and posed photos.  I looked really close at my photos to see what could be cropped.  For example, in photo of DeDe & Cualli on the lower left, Lincoln was sitting there too, but he was looking off to the side doing his own thing.  So he got cropped out.  Plus I already had that cute picture of him and Cualli up at the top.

  • I used two different sets of alphabet stamps on the title block; making the word "fun" stand out, since it is a key word of the page.  (Both sets of these alphabet stamps have long been retired from Stampin' Up.)

  • The title "Let The Fun Begin" is what popped into my mind when I looked at the picture below the title block.  The way Mollie has her arms outstretched and the other two girls are there with her make me think that maybe she is directing them in some kind of game!

  • I had almost completed this page and then I realized I had not done any journaling!  There is an important story here and I definitely needed to tell it.  But I couldn't figure out where I could put it.  I kept looking and decided I could replace one of the blocks of patterned paper that run across the left side of the page with a journaling block.
I am really pleased with how the page turned out!  I felt like this was an important page to make because this little chapter in our lives will soon come to a close.  Ben, Jazmin, & the girls will soon be moving to Oregon to work with a church there.  We are so thankful that we had this past year together!  I think it was especially an exciting time for the three older grandkids and I am glad that I have these photos that they can always look back on and remember the fun.  

And now a new chapter is about to begin . . . at some point, Pete & I will be taking a trip to Oregon.  More stories, more fun, more photos!

Don't forget, the Everyday Chic designer series paper, along with many other items, will only be available until May 31, or until supplies run out.  Click here to see the retiring list and contact me (godismydelight@yahoo.com) if you would like to place an order.




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.