Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Christmas in July 2020 - part 2!

Hello everyone!  I am popping in quickly with a bunch of Christmas cards I have made over the last 7 or so months.  It's super hot here again; the high today was 93 degrees F.  It's humid too, which makes it feel even hotter.  All I can say is, thank you God for air conditioning!

Hopefully this batch of cards will make you feel cooler, if it's hot where you live too.

Stampin' Up! Peaceful Boughs pine cone, branch dies, ombre ribbon, silver snowflake vellum specialty paper; pearls

Stampin' Up! Bells And Boughs poinsettia stamps; Wplus9 Clear Cut Stackers: Stars dies; rhinestones

Stampin' Up! panel from scrap bag (stamped with 'good tidings of great joy, music notes, holly); pearls

Papertrey Ink Silver White Winters snowflake dies, Silent Night sentiment; rhinestones; Verve Glad Tidings snowflake stamp; Webster's Pages green lace trim  

Stampin' Up! silver snowflake vellum specialty paper; SEI silver and white winter die cuts; rhinestones; Verve Glad Tidings single stamp; Kat Scrappiness Wonky Wave Stitched Rectangles die; silver cord

Stampin' Up! patterned paper collage found in scrap bag; Inspired By Stamping Christmas Postcard Add-On stamps (postage, postmark); white enamel dots; red rhinestones; natural twine; Martha Stewart Branch punch; Papertrey Ink snowflake 

I usually shy away from such bright colors all together, but this panel of different Christmas patterned papers had a base for me to work with.  All I had to do was add different collage elements (postage stamps, leaves, a star/snowflake, gems, and a postmark.  It made the card really easy to make, and fun to do!

Martha Stewart Branch punch; Stampin' Up! elements from scrap bag (panel stamped with 'joy' sentiment, snow fall, white glitter stars, silver embossed snowflake)

Stampin' Up! Peaceful Boughs pine cone stamps, pine dies; pearls, rhinestones; Memory Box Breezy Wreath die (cut into pieces for greenery); Verve Glad Tidings sentiment 

Stampin' Up! elements from scrap bag:  die cut stars, mercury glass acetate, swirl/star die cut, embossed background; Papertrey Ink Tag Its #8 Mini sentiment stamps; rhinestones 

Stampin' Up! Bells And Boughs bells, holly stamps; Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blessings: Holiday sentiment stamp

Papertrey Ink Garden Gild leaves stamp and matching die, Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die frame; Stampin' Up! Snowfall Thinlits snowflake dies, Sanded background stamp; Verve Glad Tidings sentiment stamp; white crochet thread; rhinestones

Stampin' Up! Snowfall Thinlits snowflake dies; rhinestone; SEI silver and white winter die cuts

And that's it for now!  I will have another {shorter} post this week.
Thank you for your visit, and God bless you!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Christmas in July 2020

Hello crafty friends!  Here on the East Coast - man, it's HOT!  It's 97 degrees right now, and humid, and I'm incredibly grateful for air conditioning.  Thought I'd show some Christmas cards to you all today, so we can think cool thoughts.  LOL

I'm playing in another challenge today, one that is new to me.  It's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and the current challenge theme is 'Santa'.  I've got one Santa card, and a whole bunch of other Christmas cards to share today!

Inspired By Stamping Christmas Postcard Add-On postage/sentiment stamps; Fiskars star punch; crystal glitter; Kat Scrappiness Stitched Postage Stamp Edge Rectangles die; Stampin' Up! - tag with Santa stamp/trees (in scrap bag, not sure of names), kraft/white cotton twine, Itty Bitty Accents star punch

The card above is my official entry into:

Lawn Fawn Winter Bunny stamp; rhinestones; Papertrey Ink Tag-Its #8 Mini sentiment stamp, tiny snowflake stamp, What the Doodle: Snowflakes larger & medium snowflake stamps; vintage thread; Memory Box Classic Tags tag die

Stampin' Up! Snowfall Thinlits snowflake die, copper metallic paper; Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blessings Holiday 'peace' stamp; twine

Girls' Paperie Tinsel & Twig corner flourish stamp, snowflakes; Stampin' Up! village die cut and sentiment stamp (from scrap bag; not sure of names); rhinestones

Verve Every Heart Plain Jane sentiment stamp; silver glitter paper; Papertrey Ink Fancy Flakes snowflake center die cuts; white glitter paper; rhinestones; Girls' Paperie Tinsel & Twig corner flourish stamp

Papertrey Ink Christmas Tree tree die, Peace word die; Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents star punch; gold sequins; clear rhinestones

Papertrey Ink Christmas Tree tree die, Peace word die; Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents star punch; gold sequins; clear rhinestones

Papertrey Ink Petite Places: Nativity sentiment stamp; Stampin' Up! village die (unsure of name); clear sequins; 

Martha Stewart Himalayan snowflake punch, black pearl; Stampin' Up! Peaceful Boughs pine cone stamps and matching dies; Hero Arts Winter Scene sentiment
I've got to head outside now to water my flowers.  Even with the sprinklers going off today, things are wilting!

God bless you!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Pen Pals Needed for Country Acres Personal Care Home Residents

Hello everyone!  I'm putting out the word on behalf of Country Acres Personal Care Home from Pennsylvania.  They are asking for pen pals for some of their residents.  I found this on Facebook, and wanted to help out by making personalized cards for them.  If you can see this link, look at the pictures, and you'll see residents holding posters indicating their name and address, and what it is that they would like to converse about.  They are precious! 

Here are my cards going in the mail this week:

For Doris, who likes cooking, I used a piece of an old calendar and stamped some herb names in a light color ink on the panel.  Can you see coriander, parsley, rosemary, thyme?  I added a stamped butterfly, sentiment, and punched flowers.

For Louis, who likes to travel the world, I found a great piece of patterned paper by Teresa Collins, from the World Traveler paper pad.  It's perfect!  I added a sentiment - Follow your heart; it will take you to incredible places - from Stampin' Up!'s Parisian Beauty stamp set, and a circular postmark stamp that says 'Palermo Porto' from Inspired By Stamping's Vintage Postcards stamp set.

For Ellen, who likes to craft, I used patterned paper from Stampin' Up! that features pens, markers, pencils, and a couple of buttons and pretty burlap/scalloped ribbon. 

For Esther, who likes gardening, I found another calendar image to repurpose.  It has a grand bouquet of roses and ferns on it.  I added a butterfly stamp from Verve, and a sentiment from Stampin' Up!, plus a couple of punched flowers. 

And for Mrs. List, who loves cats, I used an Memory Box Large Sitting Cat die, and cut out another cat from black craft foam to help pop him up.  There's a 'hello' stamp from Altenew Label Love, and a sentiment from Stampin' Up! to show Mrs. List that this was truly made with love!

Here is the mailing address for Country Acres Personal Care Home:

2017 Meadville Road
Titusville PA 16354

There are a few other residents I saw that are also looking for pen pals:

- Joe likes anything Italian
- Dave likes sports
- Darel likes science (was a chemistry professor)

Spread the word!  What a great way to make someone's day a little brighter. 😀

Thank you for coming by, and God bless you!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Nautical Cards - Father's Day and Graduation

Hello everyone!  It's been a while since I popped in here, but I've been keeping busy in the craft studio.

There's a definite nautical theme in the cards I'm sharing today.  Not too long ago, I got the Stampin' Up! set, Sailing Home and its matching set of dies, Smooth Sailing.  I have been having SO MUCH FUN with these!  They arrived in perfect time for making Father's Day and graduation cards.  Let's take a peek:

Stampin' Up! - Sailing Home & Smooth Sailing stamps/matching dies (lighthouse, boat, birds, rope); Verve - Strong Anchor sentiment stamp; gray button; navy/cream twine

Verve - Strong Anchor sentiment stamp; Stampin' Up! - Sailing Home & Smooth Sailing stamps/matching dies (lighthouse, boats, seaweed), Top Note die 

Stampin' Up! - Sailing Home & Smooth Sailing stamps/matching dies (lighthouse), Stitched So Sweetly; Verve - Strong Anchor sentiment stamp
The cards below are for a few of my daughter's close friends.   I like to go real personal for the graduation cards.  They deserve such recognition after putting in more than 12 years of school -- and they are graduating in 2020, which is a highly unusual year for seniors!

Stampin' Up! - Sailing Home stamps (boat, rope, birds, lighthouse, sentiment), Stitched Nested Dies die; Impression Obsession Mortarboard and Scroll mortarboard hat die
WHOA!  After a lineup of muted colors on the cards above, these last two are BRIGHT! 

Stampin' Up! - Sailing Home stamps (boats, sentiment), Smooth Sailing matching boat dies, label die;
Impression Obsession Mortarboard and Scroll mortarboard hat die
Even brighter than the previous card, is this hot pink glitter card!  This young lady loves glitter and hot pink and red -- well, I gave her all three!

Impression Obsession Mortarboard and Scroll mortarboard hat and diploma dies; Stampin' Up! label dies and sentiment (they came in a scrap bag, so I am not sure of the names)

I'm entering a couple of challenges again, too!

  • Krafty Chicks - #514 Week 1 - Stamp Act: Use a stamp
  • NBUS Challenge - Challenge #16 - Use "never before used schtuff" - I am using the Stampin' Up! Sailing Home and Smooth Sailing goodies 

Thank you so much for joining me here, and God bless you today and always!

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