You’re welcome, Kate!

There were issues with my blog yesterday and, just for fun, I checked through the comments that were in the spam folder.  This one made me LOL:

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What can I help you with?

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Carols of Christmas by Stampin’ Up! early release

For the month of August, you have the special opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set, Card Front Builder Framelits Dies, or both in a bundle (and save 10%) a month before it is even released in the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  This is the perfect time to redeem your Bonus Days coupons, too!

Click the chart below to see a Carols of Christmas flier.

Carols of Christmas bundleCheck out the cuteness at stamp camp this month when we’ll make two cards from this bundle!  Meanwhile, watch this corporate video for more ideas:

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Cowgirl pretty

That’s where I was going with this July camp card, inspired by Linda Dalke.  Rough wood, flowers, Americana, shiny copper — here it is:

I love the floral motif against the Wood Textures label — in fact, that floral stamp (from Wood Words) is one I use again and again because it’s just so pretty.

I’m spoiled by the Banner Triple punch for flagging the ends of banners, but this one was too narrow for the punch’s channels.  You can make it work, but do you know the trick for easily cutting these ends by hand?  Read the Flag It blog post here.

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Gorgeous and simple birthday

This is another simple card from my Colonial House stamp camp.  I love our Thursday afternoon together!  We have a lot of laughs — maybe a serious moment or two — and stamp a couple of cards.

There are sometimes physical limitations that come into play, so I try to design the cards without tiny details.

But this leaf from Happy Birthday Gorgeous is really tiny!  Using Clear Block A makes sense because there is less chance to ink the block (and not just the stamp) and get stray ink on the card front.

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Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?

Kathleen Kelly thought so, and it’s hard to argue with her opinion.

That big, beautiful daisy in Daisy Delight really steals the scene, doesn’t it?  Add the stunning Designer Series Paper, and the smaller images in this set barely stand a chance.  I decided to give them some love with this easy (no Big Shot!) card:

I don’t think sympathy cards have to be grim, do you?  This one is ready to go, should the need arise, with the addition of the beautiful sentiment from Flourishing Phrases.

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I Like You

Funny thing about this June camp card:  several people omitted the sentiment on the front.

We laughed about the significance of that!

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When you travel with a stamper

My stampin’ buddy Jennifer Taylor shared the Thailand adventure with me last week.  We met six years ago at a Stampin’ Up! leadership meeting in Nashville and often see each other at regional events.  Cyberly, there can be an awful lot of messaging back and forth!

Despite our age difference (someone last week thought we were mother and daughter, ahem) and living in different areas of the country, we have a lot in common — including the love of stamping!

This was one of her pillow gifts to me — a little ring notebook made of pages cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits. Not only was the front customized using the Labeler Alphabet set, but the pages had the dates stamped on them to keep memories and notes organized.  I’ll include a small picture on some pages.

The perfect keepsake of our trip!

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Splash of Inkspiration registration closes Monday!

I am so looking forward to the first Splash of Inkspiration of 2017!

Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. to noon
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creston, IL

It’s all about the stamping at Splash of Inkspiration — you’ll make 8 cards (two of four designs) in just a few hours.  Then go and enjoy the rest of day (and ask my recommendations for great places to eat).

Of course, there’s more!  Download a pdf with registration form, or register online here.

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More lemon ideas!

Ideas, yes, but they have nothing to do with stamping!

One of my favorite bloggers, Ann Drake of On Sutton Place, published a post some time ago with ideas for decorating, cooking, and even skin care using lemons.  My mouth is watering — check out her fresh lemon ideas from the kitchen here!

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A big lemon-lime hooray!

I never have gotten all my OnStage display projects posted here, so I thought this would be the perfect time to show you this one — in keeping with the citrus theme this week!

So many products used on this card retired at the end of the 2016-2017 catalog, but the takeaway from this card is how to use Lemon Lime Twist.  Some stampers find this 2017-2019 In Color a bit jarring; I don’t share that opinion, but notice how interesting it is when tempered with Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.  Now it’s sophistication with a bite!

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