Sorry For Everything

Although I love to make cards, I am never happy to have to make a sympathy card.  It is funny (well not funny) but I never used to send sympathy cards.  I don’t know why.  I just didn’t.  I don’t ever remember my parents getting sympathy cards when their parents passed away so maybe it was just something they didn’t do either.  Then my step father died and I received so many beautiful cards.  It made a difference knowing I was going through a tough time and my friends cared enough to send (and make) me a card.

Stampin’ Up! came out with a new stamp set in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  It is called Sorry For Everything and it really fits everything.  It covers everything from forgetting a birthday to the loss of a pet.  It includes break ups, get well, retirement, moving and so much more.  It is a set everyone should own.

Although it is hard to tell, this card is a fun fold card.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Eastern Palace.  The flower is from Colorful Season and cut out using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  The leaf is from a set in the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Painted Harvest and the matching Leaf Punch.

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Winter Wonder

The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is full of products that don’t necessarily stand out in it.  The Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of these products.  It is easy to overlook on page 37 of the catalog because of all the awesome products being showcased on that page as part of the Year Of Cheer Suite.  The Embossing Folder is a super large snowflake (and we all know how much I love large images!) that makes a beautiful impression for a background of a card.

The snowflakes I used on this card are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  This is a great set of dies that has something for every season.  There are three different snowflake dies in the set (although I only used two for this card).  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the stamp set called Star Of Light which is in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

I know Labor Day was a couple of weeks ago but I had a couple of wonderful visitors that weekend.  My son, Sam came for a visit and brought Madelyn with him.  Poor Tara had to work all weekend so she couldn’t come and she was sadly missed.  Madelyn is the prettiest and brightest two year old I know.  Of course, I am a little prejudice but as a grandmother, I can say such things.  We had so much fun with her.  She slept in the room across from mine and every morning when I woke up I would hear her calling me to come snuggle with her.  It was awesome!

We did a lot of reading from the Daniel Tiger book.  Daniel Tiger is a great kid’s show (and book) that is based on the Mr Rogers Neighborhood series from long ago.  It talks about a lot of life lessons like having a baby brother on the way, being scared of trying new things, going to the doctor and other lessons like that.  Madelyn and I read the entire book over the weekend.  Daniel Tiger is her favorite.  Ugga Mugga, Madelyn!

Colorful Seasons Fun Fold

I am sure you can all tell that I love Fun Fold cards.  I love any cards but Fun Folds are definitely my favorite.  I think I like them because they are unexpected.  It is always wonderful to get a card in the mail but there is something special about a card that is different then a normal card. It is, well, fun!

This is a tri-fold card.  It is pretty simple to make.  All you do is cut a piece of cardstock the long way so it is 4.25″ x 11″.  Then you score it at 2.25″ on one end and 3.25″ on the other end.  The makes the ends of both sides meet in the  middle.  To make it overlap I just added a 4.25″ x 1.50″ piece of Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper and cut it using the scalloped die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  Then I just added a little strip of Whisper White on the end so the scalloped edge stood out.  Lastly, I cute three 4.25″ x .25″ pieces of Designer Series Paper to add to the top.

The stamp set I used is called Colorful Seasons and if you buy the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in a Bundle together you can save 10%.  By the way, those with eagle eyes will see a sneak peek of something from the Holiday Catalog.  It is a new leaf punch that I was so excited to see.  We have needed one for a while!  It is part of an awesome Fall Bundle that is going to be a must have on everyone’s list.

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Guest Stamper

We had a kind of house warming party a couple of weeks ago at the cottage.  It really wasn’t a real house warming party.  We just invited our friends and neighbors over for dinner so they could see the cottage and meet each other.  We were expecting around 20 people but we ended up having almost 30.  It as lots of fun.

My parents were very social people and had a lot of parties.  I guess that is why is doesn’t seem like a lot of work and I don’t get stressed when we have them.  Every once in a while, before the party started, my mother would say FHB to all of us (kids).  FHB means Family Hold Back.  It was usually a sign that meant Mom was worried about having enough food.  I was a little worried about how much food we had for our cottage party so FHB went into effect.  We actually ended up with just the right amount so family got to eat after all.

My friend, Karen made me this card and gave it to me with a beautiful Hydrangea plant.  It is just adorable.  She used the set of Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.  It was perfect because Rob and I sit on the deck every night to enjoy the view.  It is very peaceful just like this card.  She did a great job sponging the background and using cardstock for the water. I love how she made a table out of the Adirondack Chair.  That is very clever, don’t you think?

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A Color Stamp Off Challenge

Hello everyone.  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a color challenge.  Here are the colors (which by the way are one of my favorite combinations):

I think this combination of colors is so bright and cheery.  Here is my card:

I used the stamp set called Colorful Seasons.  This is a great all around stamp set because it represents all the seasons.  There are snowflakes for winter, leaves for fall, flower for spring and a beach chair for summer.  It also has a set of matching Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.  It cuts out all the different snowflakes, leaves and flowers but my favorite part of this Bundle is the Adirondack Chair die.  It is just adorable (as you can see).

For the background I used one of the new Dynamic Folders. These folders  are amazing because they emboss a deeper, bolder pattern into the cardstock.   This one is called Ruffled.  It is supposed to look like ribbon but I thought it also looked liked waves.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using these colors.  I know Jackie was not the fondest of this combination but I know she will make something awesome using them.

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A Fun Fold Card

This is the second card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last week.  It is a fun fold card using a new Bundle called Colorful Seasons.  The Bundle includes the stamp set also called Colorful Seasons and dies called Seasonal Layers.  If you buy them both in this Bundle you will save 10%.

This card is actually a tri-fold card so it opens three ways.

This Bundle is extremely popular with my customers because it is so much fun.  There are images for every season and it has the cutest Adirondack Chair in the die set.

A couple of week ago, all my kids were able to come home for a memorial service.  It was the first time Emory Jade came to visit.  She is already three months old.  Time really needs to slow down.  Her Daddy, Zachary, flew all the way from Alabama all by myself with her.  Emory’s mom was not able to come.  Zachary was so brave to do this alone.  Emory and he very well though.  Emory got to meet the rest of the family, which was awesome.  Just look at those cheeks!  They got lots of kisses during this time!

Today just happens to be Zachary’s 30th birthday.  I am so proud of him.  He is an awesome Dad and an awesome man.  Happy Birthday, Zachary.  I love you!


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Colorful Seasons

Yesterday I wrote about the new dies in the 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog and how they cut out the usual shapes of the matching stamps but they also have extra dies that cut out different things.  Here is another example of that.  The stamp set is called Colorful Seasons and the matching Thinlits are called Seasonal Layers.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  In any case, the chair in my card above is one of the dies that is extra and it is adorable.

This set of stamps and dies are my favorite in the new catalog.  The stamp set covers all the seasons,  There are snowflakes for winter, leaves for fall, flowers for spring and a cute beach chair for summer.   The dies cut out all those stamps plus the Adirondack Chair.  I love it!

The Designer Series Paper I used on this card is called Color Theory.  It has Ombre designs on one side and two other design on the other side.  The colors are Berry Burst, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Dapper Denim.

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