Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Celebrating A New School Year

Today is the first day of school for most of the schools here in Michigan.  I've seen several "first day of school" pictures posted on Facebook, and I was glad to see that almost all of the kids looked excited to be starting their school year!  

I wanted to share a card today that is inspired by this time of year, so I used bright, primary colors and my Writing Notes background stamp (p 124, Annual Catalog).  I stamped 10 of these cards to be used all through the month of September.

I also wanted to match this card with some fun postage stamps that I bought recently: 

These are called "Soda Fountain Favorites" and aren't they cute?!  They really look more like decorative stickers than postage stamps.  The soda bottle stamp that I used in the corner of my card is from a retired stamp set (Cycle Celebration), but there are similar images in the Mixed Drinks stamp set in our current Annual Catalog (p 153).

Other items used in this card:
  • ink - Pacific Point (p 171, Annual Catalog)
  • paper - Brights designer series paper stack (p 174, Annual Catalog)
  • cardstock - Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (p. 170-171)
  • accessories - Banners Framelits (p 193, Annual Catalog), Owl Builder Punch for the heart (p 188, Annual Catalog)
Our new Holiday catalog was released last week . . . click on the catalog image on the right side of the blog and take a look!  I will soon be sharing some projects for the upcoming fall and winter season.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Canning Jars

It's late summer now . . . and time to get out those canning jars!  Last week I made some dill pickles, for the first time ever.  I have always liked dill pickles, but have not wanted to buy any at the store since I read the ingredient label a few months ago & learned that they have artificial colors plus some other questionable ingredients.  But then I found this recipe and it looked easy enough for me to make.  Not long after that, someone from church gave me some pickling cucumbers.  Then someone else gave me some dill.  Canning makes me a little nervous, so I only made a small batch.  I ended up being surprised at how easy and quick this recipe was and how delicious they turned out.  So now I want to make enough jars of pickles to last us for the next year!  My generous friends have already supplied me with more cucumbers and dill, so that's what I will be doing in the next couple of days.  And then later I will be making some apple butter . . . and who knows what else?  Does anyone have any favorite canning recipes they would like to share?  (Only easy ones, please!)

I am sending cards like the one above to my friends who supplied me with the cucumber & dill.  I made all of the cards in this post using 3 basic items from the Stampin' Up annual catalog, which you can browse by clicking on the catalog image on the right side of the screen:

  • Dapper Denim cardstock (p 169)
  • Brights Paper Stack - daffodil delight (p 174)
  • Jar of Love stamp set (p 75)

This is such a fun stamp set, with so many possibilities!  To make these cards very quickly, I first cut all of my cardstock to the same dimensions and then stamped the images.  This is an easy way to make up a lot of cards in a short amount of time.

A couple of other miscellaneous supplies:
  • Whisper White cardstock (p 170)
  • Ink - Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Sky (p 169-171)
Whether it's making pickles, cards, or anything else, it is satisfying to spend time being productive!

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!