Texas Tradition!

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It’s almost that time! Homecoming is scheduled early this year for Jordan’s school–September 13.  She is going with a friend who is a swimmer–hence the speedo.  Here is a closeup of the bear–note the swim goggles–

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Those are made from bead tube caps!  Fun stuff!

A funny thing happened on my way to a challenge…

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Alright–so forget the challenge–at least for now–too much happening to be able to handle it!

My older daughter is getting married next May.  My dear friend Sami (click to see her blog–she is a fabulous inspiration!!) gave Kendall her first shower–a Pampered Chef shower!  We had a ball making all kinds of yummy Pampered Chef recipes and picking out gifts for Kendall and Michael.  

The ovens were the shower favors–Jordan made delicious Orange Burst Cupcakes (yes, from a Pampered Chef recipe!) to fill them and they were a huge hit!  Sami and I spent an evening at her dining room table putting them together.  

Here is a photo of one opened:

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Someone ate the cupcake–but, you get the idea.  

Am working on Homecoming mums and garters for Jordan and her cousins–might be doing one for a friend of hers as well–so, while not exactly stamp-related, they are one of the many crafts I enjoy–so will post those later.  

Sami and I are also getting ready for our next Stampin’ Saturday–we are making Christmas Cards and gift tags.  Will post my projects as soon as they are presentable!  

Until then–Linda

 

OOOOOPS!

Yes, well–sometimes life gets in the way, right?  Obviously, the card challenge pwned me.  Please don’t think I have been sitting around eating bon-bons–although we have been drinking some wine–we have been prepping for our BIG CRAFT DAY!!!  That’s right, on Saturday we are hosting a 4-5 hour event complete with lunch and a boatload of fun projects.  We are making a version of the Boo Banner, Sami’s fabulous mixed media Thanksgiving canvas, Gina’s amazing project (Is it a Christmas card?  Is it an ornament?  It’s two, two, two projects in one!), a flip card and a coffee cup project.  

Stay tuned for photos!

The other thing I have been working on is a Save the Date for my daughter’s fiance’s sister’s  (got that?) March wedding.  Can’t show you that either–cause that would ruin the surprise.  

SO, because I like pictures, here’s a fun birthday card I made some months ago–I do like the shutter cards!

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DIdn’t make it with anyone in mind–just wanted to try the technique.  Here is a link to a great tutorial:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/trishuttercard/

You can always find GREAT info on the Split Coast Stampers site–and I love how they are organized.  I promise to get back on this after our event.  Until then, enjoy your day!  Linda

My Card Challenge

To call Carla a voracious reader is an understatement.  I love to read–and she puts me to shame.  She is also a generous reader–she passes her books on to me and to others–by the time they are through the circle of friends, there have been at least 8 of us who have enjoyed her books–then she recycles them at Half Price Books or Goodwill.  

I wanted to make her a card with a bookmark similar to one that Sami designed for us.  Here is my finished product:

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And here it is without the bookmark.  It needs something once you remove the bookmark, don’t you think?  

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I may add something to it before I put it in the box with 20 of her books and 10 of mine for her to read!  

Sami and I are crafting tonight–trying to design a Save the Date for a friend–hope you have as much fun as I will!  Linda

Halloween Blog Hop!

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This is my first Blog Hop–and Truth be told, I don’t have any idea what this is about!  So, please bear with me as I learn.  If I understand the concept, you should have come from Cali’s blog–and head to Sami’s after you visit mine.  Hoping I have links correct here–obviously, I work in technology!!

I LOVE banners!  They add a cute festive touch to my home–and I love to decorate with them.  Here is my Halloween themed banner:

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Want to know how I made it?  I started with two items–the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit and the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit.

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Then, because I wanted to zhuzh it up a bit, (BTW, whatever happened to the Queer Eye guys?) I grabbed my Summer Starfruit, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie paper and stamp pads, and my Black and Orange Stampin’ Glitter.

I started by using the image stencils.  If I was more organized, I would have purchased the ink refills or the sponge daubers and looked like a pro.  Instead, I cut up a home depot sponge I had from another project and used that with my ink pads and the stencils to color my banners.  They ended up looking like this:

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You will notice that the placement of the blank area for the lettering is not consistent–I noticed as well–when I laid them out for this photo.  If I was more detail-oriented, I would have been disappointed–but, since I am not, and since this was going to say, “boo”, I decided that this just made it more whimsical and that it was a happy accident!

Now comes the fun part–deciding how to decorate this!  I love the layering–so started with a black flag and orange glitter for the “b”.  I tried to use my black StazOn Ink pad for the two “o”s (Is that how that should be written?  I don’t think so–but, can’t figure out how to do that correctly.  Teachers?  Grammarians?  Please pull our your red pen and fix that for me!) but, it wasn’t dark enough.  (Note to self, order the Jet Black refill)  SO, I decided to use the Tombo glue and black glitter for those.  Image

Now, onto the REALLY fun part–choosing the decorative elements!  I used a few items from the Halloween kit–the black rosette and a starfruit center, the spider web, one black and one starfruit button.  I added a bow to the button with linen thread from my stash and a designer builder brad with an orange “jewel” to the rosette center.  (You do know the secret of making a jewel any color you want, right?  Use a Sharpie to color the clear ones-it works PERFECTLY!)  Now that I had both of the outside flags looking good, I knew that I needed something in the center flag that was “more” than what I had on hand.  So, I made a jack-o-lantern with an oval framelit and my pumpkin pie paper, cut quarter-inch strips of paper to give it dimension, and spread the black glitter on black paper and cut out his eyes, mouth and top hat.  He is certainly unique!

I threaded the jute through and I was done.  Until I decided to add some ribbon between my letter–I may decide to add some to the ends as well–but, for now, here is the finished banner!Image

Happy Halloween to each of you–enjoy your trick-or-treating and may you get the GOOD candy!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!  Linda

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Challenging Myself

I was talking with a friend (Hi, Gina!) yesterday who said, “I need to focus on crafting more–I have stamp sets that I haven’t even opened!”  I hope she and I aren’t the only ones.  Do you do the same thing?  I get so excited after Sami’s Stamp Club–purchase whatever she has used and then some–and then it sits on my shelf WAY TOO LONG!

SO, I decided to challenge myself.  I spent the last 4 weeks on the road–and now have at least 3 weeks at home (most likely–unless something comes up!) so have made a “Card a Day” promise to myself.  I am going to make a card for someone everyday–and make a duplicate for my stash.  

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My first card is for Pam.  Pam works in our Minnesota office and is the one who knows where all the bodies are buried.  She has been with the company more than 25 years and is the most efficient person I have ever known.  However, that is not the best part of Pam.  

When I saw this stamp set, my first thought was of Pam.  She is truly sunshine in my life. Please don’t get me wrong, she is not the cloyingly sweet, never says a mean word, boring, Pollyanna type of person.  She is honest and real and beautifully opinionated.  When I call her (which I do A LOT!) she is cheerful no matter what and is always willing to help me with whatever silly questions I have.  She does everything with a smile on her face–no matter what she may be thinking inside.  

I used the chalkboard technique with embossing and a craft pad–I love the look of the chalkboard stuff.  Obviously, I am behind the chalkboard curve–I sure hope it doesn’t go away any time soon! I struggled with the chevron background.  I tried brayering (is that a word?) onto the embossing folder and just made a mess–so I embossed and then lightly brayered the color on top.  Maybe not professional quality–but, it worked for me! 

SO, this is on its way to Pam–hoping she loves it as much as I loved making it!

Supplies:

  • 129684        Feel Goods Stamp Set
  • 125598        Framelits – Label Collection
  • 127749        Chevron Embossing Folder
  • 129964        Hardware Clips Essentials
  • 125573        Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine
  • 109132        Stampin’ Emboss Powder in White
  • 101731        Whisper White Craft Pad

Paper is Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Basic Black and a small piece from 130814–Epic Day This and That.  

 

Feels Like the First Time

So, I have been asked to participate in a blog hop. Truth be told, I have no idea what that means–but assumed that I would need a blog–so, here goes!

I call my blog, “Stamp Therapy” because that is what it is to me. I have lots of friends who create to make money–or because they are incredibly talented–or because that is who they are. I create to stay sane. I can always tell when work is stressful–because my creative output goes WAY up! Family has asked about my cards, “Is it cheaper to make them than to buy them?” My answer is, “I don’t know–but I do know that it is cheaper than a therapist!”

I have been stamping for a number of years–when I was in Austin, a friend introduced me to a woman who was a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator who held monthly Stamp Camp meetings. I fell in love with the quality and variety of items available and was a regular stamp camp member and buyer. Recently, I found myself buying so much, that it made sense for me to become a demonstrator–so I could buy at a discount. But, then I went to Convention.

The best part was spending time with my friend and upline, Sami. The second best part was all the free stuff–every time we turned around, they were giving us stamp sets and accessories! The third best part was being with a group of women with a common cause–being the difference.

So, wish me luck–and hold on–let’s see where this takes us!

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This is a gift card holder I made for my mom–pull the handles and the gift cards are snailed to the bottom of the card.  (Sorry my toes got in the photo!)