More Merry Patterns

Some of my hostesses are on the verge of receiving this set with their workshop orders.  I’m crazy about it!  Just check out this Stampin’ Up! corporate video — and remember that this free set is only available during September and October.  Read here for details about this promotion.

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Baby wipe birthday

When I was making up a bunch of thank-you cards last week, I tried out an old technique that was perfect for the autumn leaves I was creating:  the Baby Wipe Technique.  I learned this years ago, and in fact this SplitCoastStampers tutorial is over 7 years old!

I encourage you to check out the tutorial, but basically the technique is folding a baby wipe into a pad (four layers thick will do) and dropping onto it splotches of ink refills.  Allow the ink splotches to spread naturally.  Then ink up a solid stamp in the DIY pad and stamp away!

After I sent out the cards, I slightly altered the design for camp yesterday:

These leaves were each stamped using the same baby wipe “ink pad”; although the intensity may change with repeated re-inkings, the effect is just as great.  Be sure to clean the stamp between inkings so you can use a different part of the pad.

I have barely touched the item I was most excited about from the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog:  the Embossing Paste.  We experimented with it at the “group drool” meeting in June, but the product was on backorder for weeks and I didn’t feel I could use it for camp projects.

Meanwhile, however, I have used the “decorative masks,” or stencils, with the Sponge Brayer.  It’s an easy way to add just a bit of background pattern.

And speaking of easy, to define the edge of the Very Vanilla panel that’s flat adhered to the note card front, I held it perpendicular to the So Saffron ink pad and gently tapped across.  It gave me just the barest edge of color!

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Thankful Thursdays #4

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary.  That’s amazing to me.  They said it would never last (including someone who sent me an anonymous, hateful letter), but no one counted on his forgiveness and grace and my faith and determination.

I’m thankful for my husband.

When I think of our grandchildren finding life mates, I think of the advice I read before I got married:  Read 1 Corinthians 13 and substitute his or her name in place of the word “love,” or this:

He is patient, he is kind.
He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud.
He does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs.
He does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Pretty serious list, eh?  My husband measures up.

To be entirely transparent, this is a September camp card, so I need to borrow it back from him to use again next week!

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Silver Christmas wreath

This is a classic Burgin Christmas card using the Hello Friend wreath embossed in silver.  It was a favorite at the September Jingle Jump.

Instead of poky embellishments, I punched out circles from Red Glimmer Paper.  I used the retired Stampin’ Up! 1/4″ Circle Punch, but a regular office punch will do.

Want to attend the Jingle Jump in October?  Click here to read more information and register.

1/4" Circle Handheld Punch

1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch

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Birthday Wreath

I love this wreath from Hello Friend — in fact, every image from this set.  Here’s a camp card from August:

I tried to give it a late-summer look with flowers in Crushed Curry and Lemon Lime Twist.  This is a simple card with nothing but stamping, perfect for standby “thinking of you” cards.

Come back tomorrow for a Hello Friend wreath for another season!

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Thankful Thursdays #3

A funny thing happened to me when I went to pick up Peter from school yesterday.  Coming out as I was going in was a young man wearing an athletic team shirt that said Burgin.

Now in my older years I am not as reticent as I used to be, so without hesitation I flat out asked him why he had that on his shirt.  When he said it was his name I was flabbergasted, expecting it to be a school.  “That’s my name, and we’re not related!” I said.  And that’s true, as near as we can figure out.

His wife pointed out that, in fact, we belong to the same family of God, so we are indeed related.  It was a surprising and happy encounter with them and their little daughter.

This week we have house guests from Minnesota.  He is a distant cousin of my husband — his grandmother and Bud’s grandfather were sister and brother.  (Or maybe I have that backwards.)  I think that makes them fairly distant, right?

Surprisingly, we’ve never met these family members!  But that didn’t stop us from talking for hours and visiting family sites in northern and central Illinois.

I am thankful for shared faith and shared memories that are the ties that bind.

This is an August camp card inspired by Fran Sabad.  Scoring the panel with the Stampin’ Trimmer gives the effect of siding.  I used a tiny piece of Window Sheet for the glass.

I have another one that I’ll send to our house guests when they get home next week to let them know they are always welcome here.

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Register now for the next Jingle Jump!

Jingle Jump bannerRegistration for the 2017 Jingle Jump (October) is at the bottom of this page — keep reading!  Please note that these projects are different from those made in September.

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, October 20 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2:  Friday, October 20 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Session 3:  Saturday, October 21 — 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, October 11. 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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Little Trees

I had such a good time at the Jingle Jump this weekend, and I think the stampers did, too!  My goal is 10-minute cards, but I’m not sure I always succeed at that.  This one qualifies, though — especially since the Big Shot was just around the corner from the table!

Remember the tease on Friday?  Here’s the full card:

Doesn’t it make you want to strap on some snowshoes?  OK, no.

The surprise feature is the row of pierced dots, produced with a die from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.  I feel the urge to use it on every project from now on!

Did you miss the Jingle Jump?  Come back tomorrow for information on the October sessions!

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Make a note in your head

Yesterday I realized too late that I had not packed extra water for an afternoon excursion.  I told Peter I’d have to remember next time, and he said, “Make a note in your head, Gramma!”  I guess that’s a mental note or a “note to self,” right?

Earlier this week I talked about how hard it is to see the details of products in the catalogs.  Well, here is a perfect example.

Now this is not to scale, but see those dots marching across the white piece?  Those are perforations created from a new die.  Do you know which one?

This is for a card we’re making at this weekend’s Jingle Jump — in just a few hours!  So as not to spoil the surprise, I’ll wait till Monday to show you the whole card.

You’ll just have to remember to come back.  Make a note in your head, will you?

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Thankful Thursdays #2

Last week I learned that a dear friend of mine, one who has been stamping with me since I started Stampin’ Up!, has terminal cancer.  Selfishly, I am sad.  I’m not really sad for her; knowing that heaven awaits, she was beautifully serene when I visited her on Friday.

I’m thankful for my friends.

I wonder what people do who can’t share with someone else the heartaches and soaring joy and hysterically funny moments that are part of life on earth.  At least, they are part of my life.  Do men have friends like that?  Not that I have seen.

So this card is in the mail to my friend.  Strangely, it was knowing a former neighbor was dying that catapulted me into making cards many years ago.  I vowed she would receive one from me several times a week.  She never said anything — she was so very private — and I didn’t do it for the accolades, anyway.

I posted on the Heartfelt Inkspiration Facebook page that I would give my friend’s contact information if stampers would message me.  (That is, I won’t post it online.)  Can you help?

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