Tuesday, January 31, 2017

And now they are 11!

How is this possible?  Here's a video that I have shared before of their beginnings:


And now they are 11 years old!!!  I have shared pictures of these precious children many times in the past - here, and here, and here.  There are more but regrettably not any current.  I hope to remedy that soon!  They are blossoming and growing and becoming more wonderful with each passing year.  This grandma is so very, very proud of these two.  They have come a very long way and it has not always been easy, but they hang in there and continue to grow into strong and independent individuals!  Happy, Happy, Happy 11th birthday to Isabella and Julian!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rose Hill Grange Stamp Camp - 1/28/2017

The Rose Hill Grange Stamp Camp is coming up this weekend.  2017 launches with this camp going monthly instead of every other month.  We are very excited about that.  Here is the info:

This is a very fun camp and everyone is looking forward to this being a monthly adventure!  My granddaughter Isabella is really excited as this will make 2 camps a month she gets to go to and help grandma with her table. She's a real trouper and it is good for her to be able to spend some time with the ladies that attend.  

This is the card the campers will be making at my table:

The campers will have choices for the dsp (Pretty Petals - retired) and a choice of the single or the flight of dragonflies in gold foil (Detailed Dragonfly thinlits).  The card base is Pacific Point with layers of Very Vanilla and Calypso Coral.  I added a strip of Basic Black grossgrain ribbon (retired) and stamped the spots from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Calypso Coral.  The sentiment is also from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and was stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  They will have a choice of sentiments for the inside.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Stamp Camp North - January 14, 2017

Yesterday was DH's 73rd birthday!  The kids and grandkids were here to help celebrate with food, football and, of course, birthday cake.  I don't get a chance to do the cooking very often, but I did get to cook yesterday and had a ball!  Not much else got done though so I'm back today with the cards from Stamp Camp North:










This was the prepay gift that the campers that signed up in advance received:

Everyone had a wonderful time!  This camp is always so much fun and there's another coming up in February:
I won't get to be there as we will be visiting with my mother for her 85th birthday!!!  We are getting the chance to do a bit of "land cruising" in the RV and plan to take Maude (our elderly cat - she's 19) with us.  She has been an indoor cat her entire life so this will be a totally new experience for all of us.  While in Florida we have some maintenance work to do on the boat so that we will be ready to sail next season.  We are putting off sailing this season due to a few health issues for both of us that hopefully will be resolved by next time around.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Go Pats Go!

After today we will know who's in and who's out!

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More Valentine's Day Cards ...

Here's a couple more Valentines:


These were both made with current SU product with the exception of the little punched hearts.  Such a shame this punch retired as those hearts fit so perfectly into the recessed hearts on the embossing folder.  Luckily, punches are one thing (among way too many things) that I hold on to even after they retire!

Card stock colors used here:  Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White.  I think they look smashing together.  What do you think?

These were lots of fun to make and the colors came after a breakfast with two of my all time favorite ladies!  Thanks you guys for giving me such inspiration and support.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

nuff said ...


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Variations on a theme ...

After making one V-day card, I got hooked and made some more.  Here are a couple using parts and pieces I had on my desk:


These use old and new SU stamps and dies and current card stock colors.  I'll have a couple more soon using some current products with colors talked about over breakfast with a couple of my demo besties.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Sassy Chic Stamp Camp - January, 2017

Saturday, January 7 was the Sassy Chic Stamp camp.  I took the pictures of the projects, but didn't get them edited until Thursday.  Here are the cards from the camp:










This was January's prepay gift:
I hope to have the cards from January's Stamp Camp North to share in the next few days too.  Both of these camps highlighted some gorgeous and really fun cards.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #82

I saw the Stamp Ink Paper challenge to use natural elements and immediately thought of the wonderful paper pad that's been knocking about my desk for a long time from Elizabeth Craft called Through the Lens Wood.  It has some great images and I thought it would be fun to make a valentine with non-traditional colors:

The card base is a retired in-color called Baked Brown Sugar.  I love this soft shade of brown and it complimented the dsp rather well I thought.  I put the wood grain paper on a layer of black and stamped the sentiment (from Sealed with Love) directly on the dsp.  I added a fun heart from the Sunshine Wishes die set and added a die cut arrow from the Love Notes framelit set.  A couple of gold glimmer hearts and it was done.  I think this will be for DH this year.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stamp Camp North - January 14, 2017

Stamp Camp North is this Saturday and my prediction is - tons of fun!  Here is the card the gals will be making at my table:

This card is kind of a hybrid of a couple of cards I made using the wonderful Beautiful You set in the new Occasions catalog.  The background was created using the flowers from the Touches of Texture set, the images are from Beautiful you and that lovely gold foil lace is from the So Detailed thinlit dies.  The stylish lady was colored using the fantastic new watercolor pencils and then blended using an aqua-painter.

Here is the flyer with all the details on how you can get in on the fun:
If you are in the front range area of Colorado, this is an event you really should check out.  We have lots of fun and everyone gets to go home with a belly full of great food, 10 gorgeous cards and maybe a door prize too!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Paper Players Challenge #326

I don't play in challenges very often anymore, but I have had this little image sitting on my desk since before Christmas.  DH received a nice treat basket for Christmas from my sister and this was part of the packaging on a box of smoked almonds.  I couldn't resist the gorgeous rich colors and cut it out and it sat there waiting for me to find a use for it.  This challenge is to use recycled items so it was perfect.  The old olive panel was just sitting on my desk as well so I just pulled out some Daffodil Delight cardstock and some retired Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon along with a sentiment I had punched out for yesterday's Hey, Chick card. 

I'll be back tomorrow with my card for this weekend's Stamp Camp North along with all the details on how you can join in.  I will soon have pix of the fun projects from the Sassy Chic Stamp Camp yesterday too.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Still Playing WIth My New Toys

I am still having a blast playing with all the new fun things I got from the new Celebrations and Sale-a-Bration catalogs!  So many wonderful items and I anticipate being busy with them for quite a while.

This one uses the gorgeous new Beautiful You set with a background I created using the Touches of Texture set.  I am loving browns these days (maybe because it is so white outside right now).  You can't see it in this photo, but I brushed some clear Wink of Stella on the centers of the flowers and it is very sparkly.  I stamped the flower outline in Whisper White and the solid flower in Soft Suede.  The ovals are from the Stitched Shapes die set and the Layering Ovals die set.  I colored her dress and hat by pulling the Soft Suede ink from the stamped outline with an aqua-painter (a very fun technique).


This card uses some of the Falling in Love designer paper from the Occasions catalog and features one of the dragonfly shapes from the Detailed Dragonfly dies cut in gold and another die in the So Detailed dies cut in Crumb Cake.  I stamped the sentiment and the flowers from the Best  Birds stamp set and cut it out with a Stitched Shapes die (I absolutely LOVE those dies!) 
I have been surfing Pinterest and am finding so many fun cards that inspire me.  I am so happy to be retired and able to spend time in the craft cave creating my own takes on some of these gorgeous and fun cards.

I'll be back soon with details on the upcoming Stamp Camp North stamp camp with a picture of my card and all the details on how you can join in the fun.  Hopefully, I will also be able to share with you all the fun cards from tomorrow's Sassy Chic Stamp Camp!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sassy Chic Stamp Camp - January 7, 2017 - Longmont, Colorado

First up this month is the Sassy Chic Stamp Camp in Longmont, Colorado.  Here's the flyer:

Here's a couple samples of the card the campers will be making at my table:


The cards use the SAB stamp set Hey, Chick and you can get it  FREE with a $50 purchase!

Here are some of the products I used in the creation of these cards:

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