Archive | August 2014

Stamping Downeast!

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“Don’t bunt.  Aim out of the ball park.”

~David Ogilvy

One of our Stamping Peace Leaders, Beth Mills, always “hits it out of the ballpark” with her projects.  On Sunday four of us traveled to DownEast Maine for Beth’s monthly workshop.  As always, we made some awesome cards, had some fellowship with some very funny ladies and enjoyed a spread of delicious food (which included homemade veggie pizza!)  This was our first project and we used the Hardwood stamp, stamped with Lost Lagoon and colored with Pool Party and Baked Brown Sugar (BBS) markers.  It was cut with the 2nd largest Oval Framelit (not counting the scalloped framelit), and the Lost Lagoon oval behind it was cut with the largest Oval Framelit.  The shells are from “By the Tide” and were stamped in Baked Brown Sugar.  The top seashell is glued down and the starfish and the sea urchin are up on dimensionals.  The divots on the side of the Whisper White frontpiece were punched with a hole punch, 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ up from the bottom.  The “nautical rope” is the new thicker Baker’s Twine in BBS.  When the smaller oval was punched for the “thanks” sentiment, we traced around the inside of the framelit with a BBS marker before popping the piece out.  Thanks for that new tip Beth, and thanks for a grand day!


Pinecones for Merry Monday

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“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Good Morning and Welcome to Stamping Peace!  This week’s challenge at Merry Monday is to make a Christmas Card with pinecones, greens and plaid ribbon.  I didn’t have a pine cone stamp, so made my own using the “wing” on the Bird Punch.  The cardstock is Soft Suede and each piece is sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The background paper on the right is Very Vanilla, embossed with the new Zigzag embossing folder.  The DSP (Designer Series Paper) is from the new “Color Me Autumn” collection in the new Christmas catalog.  Those are sitting on Real Red and Soft Suede and the base card is Mossy Meadow.  This is the first time I’ve used the Mossy Meadow cardstock and ribbon and I love it!!!  The sentiment on the inside of the card says “peace and love” from the Good Greetings set and is embossed in gold.  This card was so fun to make…even though I didn’t have the pine cone stamp set or greens or the plaid ribbon, “the creative effort” was good therapy!

Have a great week-end,


You Make Me Happy!

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“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday, Joseph, my little guy with Down’s Syndrome (well, not so little, he’s 18 now), got new “walking shoes” for school.  He cannot tie laces and for five years our shoe store has had just one choice in men’s Velcro sneakers.  This year there were two choices…the regular white sneakers and some black walking shoes.  Joseph chose the black and said to me, “thank you.  you’re precious!”  He was grinning from ear to ear until he took them off at bedtime.  That boy sure makes me happy!  : )

This is one of the cards that we made at this week’s stamping classes.  It uses the new Blackberry Bliss cardstock and ink, the Flower Shop and the Perfect Pennants stamp sets and the Butterflies Sizzlit.  The little leaves are made with the Bird Punch.  Many said that the color is gorgeous “in person”, when they hadn’t thought so when they saw it in the new annual catalog!

Last week Pope Francis asked us Catholics to reduce our use of technology.  I’ve been trying to comply!  I do plan to continue blogging, but maybe three days a week instead of five.  Haven’t quite figured that all out yet.  Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!  xo

What a Challenge!

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“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”

~Hans Christian Anderson

Well, I started with a little flower, but this card needed a big flower!  I was so happy with the sponging (So Saffron) over the “En Francais” background stamp, that I didn’t want to start over, so I just topped the Simply Sketched Flower with a Tangerine Tango flower from Simple Stems.  Next time I would use a sponge dauber to add some shading to the large flower (since I don’t own any Blendabilities markers yet).  The Old Olive stem is also from Simple Stems.  A little tip about sponging…I start on a piece of scrap paper and use circular motions to get the ink spread evenly onto the surface of the sponge.  The sentiment is from a retired set called “From this Day Forward.”

This card I made for two Stamping Peace challenges.  One is for the Stamping Peace Leaders…to make a “Love Storm” card for their spouse (and devise a clever way to deliver it).  The challenge comes from a dare in my favorite magazine “MaryJanes Farm”…to create a love storm (any act of kindness or service).  Can’t wait to hear the stories that will come with the cards!  : )   The other challenge comes at the request of some of our Stamping Peace stampers who aren’t leaders.  They wanted a challenge of their own.  So, theirs is to make a card with a butterfly on it.  For this card I used the Butterfly Sizzlet, with Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Ladies, if you don’t have a butterfly stamp or the butterfly sizzlet, you can pop one (or two or three!) out at class next week to take home with you.  : )  Have fun stamping!

Sparkle, sparkle!

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“We must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Good Morning!  I hope everyone got a chance to see yesterday’s post.  Beth’s seaside card was amazing, as was all of our Stamping Peace Leaders cards.  (Monday’s are always slower on the blog for some reason…meaning not as many visits.  There is a page I can go to called “the dashboard” and it has a graph of how many people visit each day.  Tuesdays are usually a big day!)  All the Stamping Peace leaders (business and hobby demonstrators) just sparkle with talent and it’s so much fun to stamp with them.

This is a variation of a card I saw on Stampin’ Connection…a little spot Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can go for inspiration.  The sentiment is from a stamp set that demonstrators could win this past June…I can’t remember what the challenge was.  There is always something fun going on with Stampin’ Up!…it’s just too much fun!  Think about joining our team, or a team near you…it definitely adds sparkle to life and to those who receive the cards that we make.  It’s a win-win hobby!  : )  Stay tuned…some of our stamping friends that aren’t demonstrators asked for a challenge of their own, so that will be coming up tomorrow.  Have a great day everyone!

And the winner is….

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“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean.  But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”

~Mother Teresa

This is the first of two cards (the second one was posted last week) that were sent in by Beth Mills for our July Stamping Peace Leadership Challenge.  I think it was the “seaside-iest” card of all that were entered.  Congratulations, Beth…you will be awarded a Lost Lagoon Ink Pad!   The card starts with Whisper White cardstock that is stamped with the hardwood stamp in Lost Lagoon.  Beth used blender pens and added some Baked Brown Sugar(BBS) and Pool Party to the wood! The next layer is cut with the Striped Scallop die in Baked Brown Sugar. This is to mimic a cargo net. Three strips of cork (non SU item) distressed with BBS on the left serve as a wharf. (She got this idea to use cork from Justin Krieger). The shells and crab are from the By the Tide set and stamped in BBS on WW and Pool Party. The front is mounted on a Lost Lagoon card base. The inside and the envelope flap are stamped with some shell images.  We definitely would be missing something is we didn’t see this creation, Beth!  Whoever receives it will be blessed by your talent and your kind and giving heart.