Saturday, October 16, 2010

SUStars Blog Hop

Welcome to SUStars Blog Hop! We were invited to create either a Thanksgiving card or a thank you card. I chose to go with the thank you card. We've had so many great things going on around here and have a lot of people to remember with a thank you card. This first card is done with the Just Believe stamp set. I made the basic card for a swap and added the thank you to fit my needs. That is the great thing about card swaps, some can be for general use but you can turn it into a thank you, birthday, etc.

Stamps: Just Believe, Occasional Quotes
CS: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Confetti White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait
Punches: Designer Label, Sm. Oval (119863), 1-3/8" circle, scallop border punch
Misc.: Dimensionals, Vintage Wallpaper EF, WW Taffeta
I'm hosting a baby shower this coming Saturday and I'm making a bunch of these as a favor for the guests.

The fun for this hop begins on the SUStars blog. There will be a complete list of links for all the participants in the hop in case a link is broken along the way. Your next stop is Mary Campbell's blog. Enjoy!!! I know you will!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Trying to Stamp Around Life

Here's hoping that there is time tomorrow night to stamp. It has been so crazy busy with family, school concerts, company, a recognition night at church, scouts and normal life. I was just lamenting to my husband that I haven't stamped in days and I planned to tonight and it didn't happen. He said I'll make a blog entry for you. I asked what he would say - thus the title.

My son earned the Life rank a month ago and is focused on Eagle now. We went to an Eagle workshop yesterday. While there, I learned that I, as the advancement chair for his troop, should have written some letters requesting commendation letters/certificates for a recent Eagle. I had no idea. I spent some time tonight writing 6 letters to various individuals that I thought he would appreciate acknowledgement from. The court of honor hasn't been scheduled yet. His parents wanted it with the regular troop court of honor. I had the Committee Chair check again on that because it is a big deal and should be recognized as such.

My mom comes into town tomorrow and will be here for a week. Kind of neat that she will be here for the twins birthday. I don't think she has ever been around for any of the kids' birthdays. Military life does that.

I hope everyone has a great week. It is going to be another busy one with the usual things, a sleepover birthday party and then some. I know I'll be making time for stamping because there is a blog hop next Saturday.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Stuff Swap

The SUStars group had a swap last month with the focus being on using new stamps and new colors. My swap came back yesterday. I was so busy yesterday that one of the girls ended up bringing in the mail after dinner. I was still working when she did and didn't take the time to see what came. Just before bed, I checked my e-mail and read that someone received their swap. I went to the table in the entry and there it was.

Swaps are like Christmas for me, you go to the mail box anticipating that today may be the day that you receive it, giddy when it is there. I usually tear into it walking toward the bus stop to meet my girls. I look through them quickly, oohing and aahing at some. I talk with the twins about their day at school and then I look through the swap again before the other kids come home and dinner is started. Love it.

Martha Lucia Gomez
Barbara Furlong
Sue-Lynn Bock
Joann Williams
Lauren Winemiller
Tracy Meece
Mindy Gray
Danielle Bodden
Shari Dudek

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Monday, October 4, 2010

*gasp* No Stamping on This

My youngest girls are twins and they have a birthday coming up. When I was thinking of the invitations, I thought of making one that looked like a sleeping bag. That seemed easy enough to do with cardstock. I got to thinking that most will bring a blanket and a pillow. I decided to make pillows out of felt and have the invitation inside.

I sewed white felt in the shape of a pillow. Trimmed the invitations to fit inside. (Some pillows had to be wider because they had both girls' names on them.) I added some batting to fluff them up a little. A ribbon stapled at the top, a flower and a gem and they are done.

They are happy with them and that is all that matters.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just a Blog Hop

Welcome to Just a Blog Hop. We were invited to put aside all of our stamping oriented obligations and deadlines and create something just for fun. The hop guidelines were simple: choose a challenge to play and choose either a new uninked stamp or an old favorite. Create a card and mail it to someone. What could be better to celebrate World Card Making Day?

I started with challenge (TESC130) from Taylor at Taylored Expressions. It was a fun sketch to work with and I got to use my Balmy Breezes set. While some of you are experiencing cooler weather and perhaps leaves starting to change, we are still in the upper 80's/low 90's. Thankfully not as hot as some have had it lately. The nights are starting to get cooler. My kids notice this as they leave in the morning. One of my girls asked if this is what fall is here. This is our second fall in Florida and they have forgotten last year with the busyness of moving.
I looked on Split Coast Stampers (SCS) to see what challenges have been offered there recently. This first card filled two challenges, the color challenge (CC290) and the Clean and Simple Challenge (CAS86). The Cottage Rose stamp set has always been one of my favorites. I have to say that gray leaves are not a bad thing. Why do I always have to have green leaves when I stamp?
I pulled out Garden Pleasures for this next card for the Sketch Challenge (SC300). That is amazing that they have offered that many sketch challenges, that is about 6 years now. Wow! I stamped the birdhouse on a paint sample from my favorite Hardware store. It went well with the Bravo Burgundy Paper. I used my Copper EP, it has been a long time since I used that color. I don't use my embossing powders enough.
If you came from Emily Gunnell's blog, you are on the right track. The next stop on the hop is Monika Davis. To start at the beginning, go to Jami Sibley's blog.

Happy World Card Making Day

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