A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

This week Buffy, Jackie and I have a sketch off challenge.  It was a collaboration between Jackie and me.  She found a design and I tweaked it.

Here is my card:

I am still on my quest to use my Designer Series Paper.  I’ve told you before.  I am a hoarder.  It just seems so hard to cut that first piece.  I don’t know why but this year I vowed to use it more often.  So far I am doing better than previous years but not as well as I would like.

I used the stamp set called Wild About Flowers.  You would love this set.  It reminds me of a country meadow filled with wild flowers.  The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes.  This set has been a very popular one with my customers.  The font is great and it has a lot of sentiments in it.  There is a sister stamp set called Endless Thanks which uses the same font and also has a lot of different sentiments.  Sadly both of these sentiment stamp sets are being retired on May 31st.  I will miss them!  Don’t forget to check what else is retiring by clicking on the button to the right of this post.

The Designer Series Paper is called A Little Foxy.  It uses some of the most popular colors (Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral and Pool Party).

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy created.  I am sure they will be awesome!

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On Stage & Washi Label Punch

Washi Label, Endless Birthday Wishes

Well, today I am leaving for Salt Lake City and the Stampin’ Up! On Stage (convention)!  I am meeting Buffy there and can’t wait to get there.  On Stage is so much fun.  There are a ton of demonstrators from all over the world attending.  We get to stamp, eat, get free stuff, stamp, meet new people, stamp, eat….well you get the picture.  I’ll be posting some updates with pictures while I am there (if I can).  Last time I went, I tried to post but it didn’t work out so well but I’ll try again.

This is another card that we made at our monthly club meeting.  It is a very simple card, but I think it is really nice.  When you are a demonstrator, not only do you get to go to On Stage, you also get a monthly magazine called Stampin’ Success.  This magazine has a ton of ideas in it for card designs, recruiting other demos and building your business.  This card was in this magazine so I am not taking any credit for it at all.

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Watercooler Wednesday WWC42


This week’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge was given to us by Bev.  She used a photograph to challenge us.  Nov 11Here is my card:

Your Presents, Endless Birthday Wishes

The colors I used don’t really need any explanation.  They are the colors in the photograph (Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Basic Black and Whisper White).  I did have to sneak in a little Melon Mambo because of the Rubik’s Cube on the table.  The gifts represent the square one color pillows on the couch and the squiggle under the word “celebrate” is for the pillows that have the designs.

Now check out the other creations on our web site HERE and don’t forget to play along by posting a link to your creation!

One final noteToday is Veteran’s Day in the United States.  I would like to thank every person who is serving or has served in the militaryThank you for your service and keeping our country safe.


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A Happy Birthday

Dotty Angles, Hello You Thinlits

This started out as a quick and easy birthday card but ended up a bit more complicated than I thought.  I wanted to use the Hello You Thinlits but instead of just cutting it out of Calypso Coral cardstock, I wanted to inlay it by cutting it out of the Whisper White cardstock.  So I did that but it looked funny because the letters were not filled in.  So, I used the new Fine Tip Glue Pen to fill in all the little pieces of all the letters.  By the time that was done, I realized I should have just cut it out with the Calypso Coral and used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add it to the Whisper White.  Ok so if you are still reading this, then you should get a medal!

The birthday stamp is from Endless Birthday Wishes and the polka dots are from Dotty Angles.

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Wild About Flowers

Wild About Flowers, Endless Birthday Wishes

The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog is awesome this year.  It has stamps for every taste.  There are vintage stamps, modern stamps, flowers (of course), lots of sentiments and so much more.

The first time I saw Wild About Flowers I knew I had to get it.  When I was young, my grandparents lived in Manchester, Vermont.  It was not the Manchester it is today.  It was a small rural town where the only place to eat was the Bluebird Diner.  It had a wonderful bakery that made these toffee cookies that were to die for!  Now, it has a ton of outlet stores and is crazy busy.

My grandparents house was on a long dirt road and on either side of the road were big fields full of wild flowers.  We would walk down to their pond to go swimming and pick wild flowers on our way back to the house to give to my grandmother.  I am sure most of them were weed but she would put them in a vase anyway.

Wild About Flowers is a two step stamp set made out of Photopolymer.  That makes it so easy to line up the stamps.  Plus, the pictures are numbered so you know which flower goes with which stem.  It makes it so easy.

Here is a picture of my son, Sam, taking a nap with his girls on his first Father’s Day!


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Happy Birthday, Zachary

Hello You Thinlits

Today is my baby’s birthday!  Zachary is turning 28!  I can’t believe how fast that happened.  It didn’t seem that long ago that he was the same age as Madelyn.  I am not sure where time goes but it is true what they say.  It flies!

I am so proud of Zachary.  Six years ago I cried when he told me he had joined the Air Force.  Turns out it was the best thing that ever happened to him.  He became an Air Traffic Controller.  He went places that scared me to death, but he did an awesome job.  Now he has left the Air Force and is going to go work for the FAA.  Although I know I would still cry if he started all over again, I also know he is an awesome young man because of his service in the military.

Happy Birthday, Zachary.  You are as wonderful as I knew you would be the day you were born.  I love you!

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Hello You Birthday For A Friend

Dotty Angles, Hello You Thinlits

Today is Karin’s birthday.  If you pay attention to my blog at all you would  notice that she is makes the most comments on my blog.  It is so awesome that she takes the time to say such nice things about my cards. She is an awesome friend and a great cheerleader!

Not only is Karin a good friend, she is also in my Stamp Club.  The only thing is, this year she will not be joining.  I am very disappointed that she is leaving for such a silly reason!  Turns out she got a job.  In Italy.  For 3 years.  Yes, Italy!  Can you believe she would want to leave my Club in order to go live in Italy?  I will have to figure out a way to have her be a virtual member!

In any case, Happy Birthday Karin.  I hope you have an awesome day and the most amazing time in Italy!

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