Friday, July 31, 2009

Christmas in July

This week's challenge at Yahoo StampinUpLNStampers Group
is to create a card using current Stampin'Up products for
a "Christmas in July" card!

I awoke with an idea in my head, and this is the result!

I wanted a "country" look to my card so I started with Kraft card stock. I stamped many images on velum so I could see where I would actually stamp my images on my card front. Then I used a few of those velum images to mask areas so I could stamp over those images.


Stamps: A Flower For All Seasons, and sentiment from Home For Christmas
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, and Dusty Durango
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, and Old Olive
Embellishments: Soft Suede Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon, Modern Label Punch and matching die from Movers and Shapers Pieces. I also used my Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Crystal Effects.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Expressions on Wood!

Wood popsicle sticks that is!!! Here I have used our stamp set, Herb Expressions, to identify plants! These little plant markers would make wonderful gifts for that gardener! You could even place them in the pocket of my pocket card! (See my previous post on July 25th)

Above I have decorated a small pot with our Dusty Durango 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon and two corduroy buttons.

Tip: Did you know you can create your own customized corduroy button in the color of your choice? Take a "kraft" colored button, rub it across your ink pad, and/or, use your Stampin'Write Markers to ink it up. Allow time for the ink to dry before handling it though!

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align my image on the popsicle stick and I only inked the words I wanted to stamp!

Hope you have enjoyed my projects!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Expressing Myself With Herbs!

Here are a few fun cards I've made using the new stamp set, Herb Expressions!

Each 4" X 4" card uses the same colors and stamp set, but are different layout designs. Don't you just love being able to make different looks?


Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Cottage Wall DSP

Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence

Stamps: Herb Expressions

Embellishments: Rich Razzleberry 1/2” Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads, and Dazzling Diamonds.

Stay tuned for more!

My Fun Summer Adventures! And Reasons Why I Haven't Been Posting

Hi Stampers!

My summer has been quite FULL! And yes, that is 'normal' for me actually! With our two week vacation to Colorado, the exciting birth of my granddaughter and the wedding of my fourth oldest child, it has been "non-stop" activities!!! (And these are just the highlights of my summer life!)

Introducing my 4th grandchild, Clare Marie!
Isn't she just "PERFECT"?

And introducing Mr. & Mrs. Dustin Shields, and family!
We had a gorgeous garden wedding that makes me cry just thinking about it! It was worth every minute of all the preparations and details! I have never attended a wedding that compares to this one! Everyone had their part and did it so well.
The memories will last forever!
God's blessings on your beautiful marriage, Dustin and Natasha!!!
I love you both, so much!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Royal Blog Tour

Hi Stampers!!! I am introducing a new stamp set called Herb Expressions! I love the garden feel and have created several gorgeous projects for you!

This first project is a pocket card!


Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Cottage Wall DSP

Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence

Stamps: Herb Expressions

Embellishments: Linen Thread, Soft Suede 1/2” Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon, and Kraft Corduroy Buttons

Corner Rounder and Scallop Oval Punches, Scallop Oval Movers and Shapers Die, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, and Distressing Tool from our Cutter Kit.

In the photo above I used my stamped image to create a backdrop for this beautiful lavender wreath! Be sure to come back Wednesday, July 29th for more gorgeous projects using this versatile stamp set!

Once this path hath reached its end, thy royal coach will travel back to the Royal Blog Tour - Home Castle where more paths await thee!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

We Are Home and more great news!

Potato plants
Shipping potatoes. Great "behind" shot as I'm picking up potatoes that have fallen off the truck.
Center pivot irrigation and a new crop of potatoes!!!
Now that's a lot of potatoes!
Moving them from storage to semi truck!
Potatoes are moved along the sorting belts to take out rocks and any potatoes that are cut or spoiled.

We made it home after a wonderful two week vacation in the cool mountains of Colorado! Spending time with family and friends and enjoying the beauty and cool air was a welcome break to our very full life here at home!

*This morning I awoke to the news that the expected birth of our newest family member had occured! I'm a grandma, again! Welcome Clare Marie, and congratulations to Steve and Sara!!! Can't wait to see photos!!!

I cannot wait to stamp again! Have several huge projects to complete and share! Will be posting them later!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

We're On Vacation!

We are traveling thru colorful Colorado visiting family and friends. I won't have any ideas to post until we return home due to limited computer use, and because I forgot to pack my camera's cable! :(
All I can say is this is a much needed break from daily life, and of course, the summer heat in Phoenix! I am thoroughly enjoying myself!

Will be back soon, with lot's to share!
Thank you for sticking with me thru the silent times!
Hope your summer is going well.

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