In honor of George

You may be surprised to know that I have a small collection of George Washington memorabilia. Vintage postcards, sheet music, souvenir plates of Mount Vernon — all these go into a Presidents’ Day display in February. Well, some years; this year I still have ice skating items out.

However, I have stamped very few cherry images over the past 13+ years! After quick (and pleasant) run through my stamp camp images, only this card surfaced. The background technique is one we’re using in camp this month: applying ink to the inside surface of the front of an embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot. Note that the non-embossed areas have ink (in this case Whisper White Craft), not the raised areas. I love that the results are never the same twice. You can see other examples here and here.

Last Saturday I was in charge of dessert for our monthly family potluck. My SIL was sure I’d bring something with cherries in it, in honor of George, and she was right. I made a fruit crisp with four cups of tart cherries we had picked in Door County (mine were frozen, thawed, and drained really well), six golden delicious apples, and a can of whole cranberry sauce. The top is a standard crumble of butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and oatmeal.

Here are some other cherry recipes you might enjoy:

Did you know that February 22 was not exactly Washington’s birthday? Do a quick Google search to find out the facts — and myths — of the first POTUS!

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Blossoming Basket Bundle

Did you get a chance to look at the new Sale-A-Bration offerings?  I love the Blossoming Basket Bundle (we’ll use it for March stamp camps and the 3/20 Let’s Color! class), especially after seeing this corporate video and Shannon’s ideas for coloring the image:

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Birthday in bloom

I suppose there will come a time when Garden in Bloom retires, but I hope it’s not soon.  It’s one of my favorite two-step stamping sets.  I think it was one of the first photopolymer sets to have “pointers” as part of the stamps that show you how to line up the images.

Heartfelt Inkspiration Garden in Bloom

Even with that help, stampers are relieved that precision is not an issue with this set because of its watercolor effects.  (That means it’s OK to go outside of the lines!)

This may be my swan song for my card stock supply of Sweet Sugarplum, a 2016-2018 In Color that will retire at the end of May (when the current Annual Catalog leaves us).  I can’t say it early or often enough:  if you are in love with any of the retiring In Colors, make sure you stock up on those products sooner rather than later.  In fact, why not add ink refills and paper when you place your next Sale-A-Bration order?

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Stamp Review Crew: Petal Palette

Stamp Review Crew Petal Palette blog hop

Hello, stampers!  It’s time for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop, with all kinds of inspiration from one beautiful stamp set:  Petal Palette, from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog.  This mega collection of 15 red rubber stamps is one of my favorite sets in this seasonal catalog.  It’s just the kind of fresh and pretty feeling I’m (sometimes impatiently) awaiting during these waning days of winter in north central Illinois.

Stampin' Up! Petal PaletteYou may have arrived here via Cindy’s blog, Heart’s Delights Cards.  Cindy is a perpetual source of inspiration for me — I’m sure for you, too!  (Click the banner above for a list of blogs for this hop, and remember that all SRC hops are accessible at any time by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.)

I designed this camp card as an exercise in shabby-chic-collage, a look that doesn’t come easily to me.  I had used the Sheet Music background stamp for a card for last October’s Jingle Jump and loved its possibilities for a spring card:

Heartfelt Inkspiration Stampin' Up! Petal Palette

My second card uses just one of the stamps to create a kind of vine.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help.  This card reminds me so much of my mother’s style:  classy and feminine.  She loved pink, but may have thought the dots were a bit too much!  I’m not sure if you can tell that there’s a layer of vellum under the stamped panel and on top of the embossed pink panel:

Heartfelt Inkspiration Stampin' Up! Petal Palette

I just love this stamp set — you can see other examples of its use here and here, and I’ll have another one to post at the end of the month from my February stamp camps.

Thanks for visiting — I’d love if you’d take a moment to comment!  Then on you go over to Holly’s blog, Rubber Redneck.  I know you’ll love what she has to show you!

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Now more Sale-A-Bration for you!

2018 Sale-A-Bration 2nd releaseThe second product release of Sale-A-Bration has started!  As of February 16, there are three more fabulous products available as part of the regular Sale-A-Bration offerings.  Best of all, none of the first-release freebies have expired.  Just remember that everything offered during Sale-A-Bration is only available while supplies last.

Click here to download a pdf of the brochure (and here for the first-release brochure).  Note that two freebies are available with $50 US in product; the bundle (stamp set and embossing folder) is free with $100 US in product.  The Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder that’s part of that bundle will be in the next Annual Catalog — but of course it won’t be free!

If you’re like me, you strategically plan your Stampin’ Up! purchases during Sale-A-Bration.  Especially during this promotion, it only makes sense to get as much as you can, right?  All the items in this second-release are free to you with an order totaling at least $250 (before tax and S/H).  In addition, that level of order will earn you

  • At least $25 in Stampin’ Rewards free product — anything from the Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, or Clearance Rack
  • An extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards (a Sale-A-Bration bonus)
  • Five (5!) Burgin Bucks that will go toward earning you a free set of your choice

Plan carefully!  Click here for my Stampin’ Up! online store!

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A love-ly little bird

So here it is, Valentine’s Day.  I wish more people would see past the Hallmark romance fantasy and simply express love and affection and appreciation to a neighbor, coworker, or friend.  Someone needs you.

Our relentless snow last week (“Nine consecutive days in a row of snow!” exclaimed one broadcaster) brought neighbors out with their snowblowers and shovels in a kind of competition of helpfulness.  (Perhaps it was the Olympic spirit!)  Some delivered treats and newspapers to those who don’t get out.  We didn’t chat outside much, due to the bitter cold, but the phone lines were buzzing with well-being checks.

This card was one of the projects at the Big & Little stamp camp a few weeks ago. As I expected, the results were lovely, and I hope the girls have used the card to bring a little valentine sweetness to someone!

Be sure to watch for the Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring this stamp set, Petal Palette.  The hop starts Monday, February 19!

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It’s a cockatoo

I was mistaken about this bird; it’s a cockatoo.  Funny how many birds-as-pets stories I heard when this card was part of this month’s All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack!  It’s one of the things I love most about this event — all the talking.

Heartfelt Inkspiration Bird Banter

It was hard to photograph the colors right on this card.  The card base and coordinating envelope — Lemon Lime Twist — are from the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes (free with a $50 US purchase during Sale-A-Bration).  Not only are the designs fun (including inside the envelope!), the weight of both envelope and card are nice and substantial.  Nothing cheap about this Tutti-Frutti product — except the price!

As for the bird image, well, chalk this up to more bad influence on the part of other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I was ho-hum about the Bird Banter set when I first saw it.  That lasted only until I saw what others were doing with it; then it went on my wish list!

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Just a flourished note

I love designing the quick cards for my All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack events.  (So happy it was not this past weekend, when we were contending with so much snow!)  Here’s one that some of you may see in the next few weeks, as I made up extras for my own card box.

Heartfelt Inkspiration Flourishing Phrases

The impact of this card comes from the striking flourish image (see other examples from that set here and here) and the saturated colors, thanks to the Stampin’ Blends.  This truly was a 10-minute card — made even easier for me with the Stamparatus for perfect placement each time!

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Stripes and hearts

I was so happy to see two valentine sets in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  I never tire of hearts, so Heart Happiness gave me lots to play with; I couldn’t wait to put ink to rubber to paper!

This layout is one from last fall’s Inkspiration Saturday.  You can see it here.  There’s a bit of a trick to stamping the stripes:  I cut the 4″ x 5¼” Whisper White panel at an angle, then just stamped the bigger piece with the Brushstrokes background stamp.  After stamping the sentiment on the smaller angled piece (and note that I could have cut a new piece if I had mis-stamped), I flat adhered both angled pieces to the card base, taking care that the margins on all four sides were the same.  The diagonal seam between the two Whisper White pieces was covered by the hearts.

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Registration for Inkspiration Saturday closes Friday!

Registration for 2018 Spring Inkspiration Saturday — my 25th and final all-day stamping event! — will close Friday, February 9.

InkSat will be held Saturday, March 3, in Creston (just west of DeKalb) at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  The day begins with a cash-and-carry sale of retired product, then continues with lots and lots of stamping — interrupted by a delicious lunch, swapping, and door prize drawings.  It’s a wonderful day!

Will you be there?  You can find more information here.  Print out the flyer and mail in your registration, or scroll to the bottom of that page to register online via PayPal.  See you next month!

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