Daisy hello

This is a camp card from July that is being put in the mail today.  A friend from church is ministering to her mother during her final days, and I thought this card might make her smile and remember happy times.

As for yesterday’s eclipse, it was quite a letdown for me because I was ready and excited. The others in the household were less enthusiastic — until we watched the NASA feed from across the country as various locations experienced “totality” (a word I’m pretty sure I’ve rarely used before). Then we were mesmerized. How many times did I hear “amazing” and “incredible” and “awesome” expressed by those watching? It seemed entirely appropriate.

I told Peter it would be another 7 years before he would see a total eclipse. “Will everyone still be alive?” What a funny boy.

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It’s the first day of school, and with early dismissal, Peter will be with us to experience the solar eclipse live with us.  Unfortunately, as I write this, it doesn’t look like the weather will be cooperating.  In case things change, we’ll be ready with our homemade viewer.

It’s funny that we’ll be using the same device as I used back in 1963 in the back yard of our childhood home, about 50 miles from where I live now.  I’ve shared this picture — of me, our neighbor and my younger sister — before.  I hope we’ll have an updated picture later today!

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Happy birthday lemons

Here’s the kind of simple card I love to make:

It was perfect for my Colonial House stampers yesterday — and for my husband, too, for his birthday next week.  Can you guess what sentiment is stamped inside?

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Version A

This is not a card on this month’s camp lineup, as you may have already seen!  But since I love gold and vanilla — and all the textures here — it will go in my own stash after being displayed at Inkspiration Saturday on October 7.  Simply stunning in person!

Tip #1:  That little bit of scallop border to the sentiment circle is beautiful, but there’s an awful lot of Foil hidden.  It could seem like a waste, but here I cut the tree out of the center of the scalloped circle — both at the same time!

Tip #2:  Assuming you are not cutting words, numbers or letters, cutting Glimmer Paper is easier (and you can see what you’re doing) on the reverse, white side of the paper.  This also gives you a mirror image of the Foil tree, so they are not exactly the same.

Tip #3:  Using a smaller panel of the same cardstock as the card base doesn’t necessarily require Stampin’ Dimensionals to give definition to the edges.  I’ve simply used dabs of Multipurpose Liquid Glue about 1″ from the edges to secure the panel.  No bulk!

Although the Carols of Christmas set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits dies (available as a bundle) are from the 2017 Holiday Catalog, you can get them both this month, before the catalog debuts September 1.  Talk about getting a head start!

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2017 Fall Inkspiration Saturday registration is open!

Inkspiration Saturday badgeSaturday, October 7

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church UCC
615 N. 1st St., DeKalb, Illinois

Register online below! (be sure to click the Pay Now button at the bottom)

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Christmas Quilt coming soon!

A few days ago I announced the date and location for the next Inkspiration Saturday:  October 7 (World Card Making Day), 8:30-3:30, at 1st Congregational UCC in DeKalb.

Today’s bit of news is the featured stamp set you’ll get with your registration, Christmas Quilt from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!

Registration for Inkspiration Saturday opens tomorrow, August 11, but meanwhile here’s a corporate video showing the stamp set and rest of the Quilted Christmas suite:

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2017 Jingle Jump (September)

Jingle Jump bannerRegistration for the 2017 Jingle Jump (September) is at the bottom of this page — keep reading!  Please note that the projects for October’s Jingle Jump (10/20-21) will be entirely different.

Is this the year you’ll send out handmade holiday greetings? Then get a “jump on your jingle” with this holiday “stamp-a-stack.” Come and make 10 Christmas/holiday cards (several of the same or a variety) for just $20. There will be six different designs to choose from in a variety of styles–you’ll love the stamps from the Holiday Catalog! The cards are designed to be completed quickly (in about 10 minutes or so) and have lots of interest but not a lot of fuss, in order to keep the cost low. These cards can be mailed with no additional postage. This event is perfect for the new stamper — invite someone to come with you!

Session 1:  Friday, September 8 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2:  Friday, September 8 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Session 3:  Saturday, September 9 — 9:00 a.m. till noon (come any time)

Place:             My DeKalb home (322 Fairmont Dr)         

Note that registration is limited to 10 stampers at each session.

Need more than ten? Each additional card you make is $2, payable during the camp. I’ll supply envelopes and Stampin’ Dimensionals, but you need to bring your own scissors and adhesive (I suggest bringing several types).

Paid registration of $20 must be received by Wednesday, August 30. I’ll just need your name and contact information in addition to your check. You may also register online below. Please note that if I do not have your payment, you are not registered for this event.


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Birthday cake!

The Heartfelt Inkspiration team meeting in June was our annual “group drool,” when we examine every page of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog and point out the smallest, most fabulous details of projects and products.  This event has lasted into the later hours of the evening, and this year we never did get around to our make and take projects!  It’s great fun.

Former Artisan Design Team member Sue Plote often joins our meetings  — she is a friend of the team — and brings the perspective of one who loves packaging and containers.  She did a subtle but very effective job of selling me on the Celebration Time bundle; I couldn’t resist.

This July camp card, inspired by Amy Koenders, was my first project using the bundle.  I love everything about it!  I offered a choice of sentiments, and several stampers created a wedding version of this card.

Tip:  To save paper, cut the cake stand in the center of the Silver Foil mat.  It will be hidden by the white panel and no one will know there’s a hole in the mat — unless they read this blog, of course.

Do you love that luscious 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon?  I’m really glad that all three colors (Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, and Lemon Lime Twist) are in stock now!

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Just a Splash of Inkspiration

I hold Splash of Inkspiration events several times a year.  These half-days are typically concentrated on a single stamp set.  Last weekend’s Splash was all about Colorful Seasons.  Participants stamped 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs), including this “spring” one, inspired by Patty Bennett:

I used the “cherry blossoms” stamp on this long branch (stamped twice), but it’s designed to fit another one of the images.  So blossoms are floating in mid-air — but that’s not a bad thing, right?

I’ve been using the “anchored ribbon” technique for years, and I’ve assumed that anyone stamping with me has seen it before.  But Saturday there was a stamper who hadn’t already learned it.  How about you?  See a tutorial on how to anchor a ribbon here.

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At home

In our August stamp camps, we’ll finally be using the wonderful At Home with You bundle, new in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog:

At Home with You Photopolymer BundleI was actually able to use this stamp set months ago, as I was preparing projects for the displays at OnStage in Minneapolis in April.  The funny thing about this was that I didn’t receive the dies, only the stamps.  That meant when I made my three projects, I had to cut everything out by hand.  Here’s one of the cards:

And because I changed my mind after I started, I fussy cut the garland and greens twice!  The dies are shown below, but know that you can save 10% by ordering stamps and dies as a bundle (#145351, $50.25 US).

Yes, there are 28 tiny circles of Glimmer Paper on there!

I love this card, even though the vellum overlay wasn’t cooperating and wanted to buckle a bit.  The implied snow was just what I wanted!

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