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October 2015

Happy Scenes

I had a little time yesterday to create. So, I took advantage of the quiet day, and sat down in my stamp room to play with one of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog.

The "Happy Scenes" stamp set has a variety of seasonal images, so its sort of an "all occasion" stamp set.

I decided on a snowy, wintery scene for this card.

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The cool shade of soft sky gave this card a icy, crisp, wintery feel.

I brayered the Woodlands emboss folder with soft sky ink, before I put it through the Big Shot. This gave the background of the trees that soft blue hint of color.

I also used one of my favorite techniques on this card. I haven't used "faux stitching" in ages, but thought it would make a perfect frame around the window.

I did this by using the piercing mat and piercing tool, with the "Updated Esstentials" piercing pack. Once I poked the holes, I then used our fabulous white gel pen to connect the "stitches". I think this is such a cool look and much easier than using a sewing machine!

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I added some sparkle with crystal effects on the snow and branches, and sprinkled dazzling diamonds glitter over the crystal effects. The crystal effects gives it dimension and the glitter gives it sparkle.

I topped it off with a cute button and some cherry cobbler bakers twine.

This card makes me want to build a fire and cozy up with some hot cocoa.

Hope you were inspired by my Happy Scenes card and I hope you will give "faux stitching" a try. Its so cool and so easy!

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

 

 

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Snowman Tag Reveal

A couple of weeks ago, I told you all about the Tag Swap that I was participating in.

I teased you a little with a photo of the supplies that I was using, but never revealed the finished tag.

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Well, the swaps were due today and I received some wonderfully unique and beautiful tags from the other swappers.  I will share some of them later, once I get photos of all of them.

For now, I'm going to show you my little Snowman Tag. I used the "Snow Place" stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

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These were a lot of fun to make and super easy! You should give it a try.

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I just love these snow men. I think they are super cute! If you'd like to make your own super cute snowman tags, the supplies are listed below. One quick note: for the snow mounds I used the paper snips to cut out the drifts free handed. No two drifts are alike, just as unique as snowflakes.

I hope my fellow swappers will like my tags once they receive them. And, I hope I've inspired you to make your own super cute snowman tags too.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

 

 

 

 

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Its an Engagement!

You all have seen and heard me talk about my friend, Tracy. Well, her son, Zach just so happens to be our god son. And... I've got some exciting news to share.

Zach and his girlfriend, Emily, got engaged just a few days ago! They make an absolutely adorable couple. Actually, I haven't met Emily yet, (they both live in Florida) but I've seen photos and they are both so stinkin' cute!

Zach is super tall and Emily is super tiny, but it works and they are so happy together. I'm so very excited for both of them and their families. Zachs a super great guy. Tall, handsome, smart, laid back and funny. He reminds me a lot of my son, Chase. We always compare them and their personalities.

I know Tracy is very excited and especially happy to help them in this wedding planning journey.

Recently, Tracy traveled to Columbus, where Emily is from, to meet with Zach and Emily and her family. Tracy put together an engagement basket to give to the newly engaged couple and needed a card to top it off.

She asked me to make a quick card, so that she could include it in the basket.

I was eager to help and headed to my stamp room to create a fun card for my god son and his finance. <3

Congratulations to the Zach and Emily. Enjoy this exciting journey as you plan your wedding and future together. Wishing you the very best of everything!

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A side view too. Did you notice the "bling, bling, ring?"

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I hope you all enjoyed my engagement story and another chubby little penguin card.

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Card of Thanks with a Unique Twist

Today, I wanted to dedicate this post to show you a fun and relatively simple card.

I created a card with a special kind of fold. I've seen this fold before, but I don't know exactly what its called.

I'm going to call it a "drop down" fold. Its kind of a tri fold card, with a drop down flap.

I used the "Thankful Forest Friends" stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog on this card and, I'm going to attempt to show you a step by step tutorial.

Here's the Card:

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1. I inked the stamp in tip top taupe ink, then wiped off the ink on the leaves and stems and colored them with markers, before I stamped it.

2. I used pumpkin pie, old olive, rich razzleberry and early espresso Stampin' Write Markers.

3. I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch

4. I used the Metallic Foil Doilies in gold, behind the circle

5. The card is a 8 1/4"" x 4 1/4" piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock. Score it 2 3/4" up from the bottom and fold.

 6. I cut the long very vanilla cardstock piece 10" x 3 3/4"

7. I folded it in half and embossed the front by only putting one end of the cardstock into the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

8. I attached it to the rich razzleberry card like this:

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9. I cut a 2 3/4" by 4 1/2 " Piece of Farmers Market Designer Series Paper in the rich razzleberry gingham design and attached it to the front of the bottom flap. IMG_4840

10. I used the Rich Razzleberry 3/8" Cotton Ribbon and tied it around the top flap into a knot.

11. I then finished the card by attaching the "Give Thanks" greeting.

It makes a pretty cool and unique card that any recipient would enjoy opening, don't you think?

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and unique fold.

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Washington, DC Adventures and A Sweet Snowman Card

My last post had some highlights of the Army 10 Miler Race in Washington, DC

I wanted to show you all some of the other things that my friend, Tracy and I did while we visited the Nations Capitol.

This was my first trip to DC and I was so impressed. It is an absolutely beautiful city. My friend,  Robin Merriman lives in the area and she gave me some great tips and suggested a few fun places to eat. 

I was delighted to learn that, all monuments, museums and memorials were free admission! So, we crammed in as much as we could in the 3 days that we were there. 

First stop was the Capitol Building, which to my dismay, was under scaffolding. The roof had 1,000's of leaks we were told, and they were repairing it, inside and out. Its such a grand and stunning piece of architecture even under re-construction. 

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 Next, we ventured over to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. I was surprised at how small the courtroom was. It was a grand building, but only a few seats were assembled inside the courtroom doors.

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The Library of Congress is a must see. This is one building that we didn't originally plan to visit. However, I think this was the second most beautiful of all buildings in DC. I will show you my #1  pick, later in this post. IMG_4337

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 Of course there is the stunning Washington Monument, built to commemorate our first president.

It is 555' ft tall with 897 steps. No, we did not climb the steps. But you can if you wish to. We didn't wish to. You can see part of the World War II Memorial in the foreground and the Capitol Building in the background. 

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Abraham Lincoln is my favorite President, and I was in awe of this fabulous Memorial. Its just so breathtaking when standing in front of it. Photos don't do it, or any of the monuments or memorials justice.

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Here we are in back of The White House. I actually thought this was the "front" of The White House but, we were told that this is the rear entrance. IMG_4508

Here's the front. There were Secret Service men guarding all entrances.

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 This is the Korean War Veterans Memorial. If you look close, you can see actual etchings of the men and women who served. 

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The National Museum of Natural History is the second most visited museum in the world. This is the home of the Hope Diamond and also where "Night at the Museum" was filmed.

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 We saw so many historical sites. The Jefferson Monument, World War II Memorial, Union Station Plaza, Constitution Gardens, Department of Treasury, The Blair House, Embassy Row, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Watergate Buildings, the Kennedy Center, National Air and Space Museum, The National Archives, Fords Theatre, the home where Lincoln died and we even cruised on the Potomac. There are just too many photos to post, but no less important than the others. 

A huge perk of site seeing, is that we got a LOT of exercise. We walked over 12 miles a day. That was on top of riding the Metro and a tour bus.

One of the most moving statues was the U.S Marine Corps War Memorial, which is also more famously known as the Battle of Hiroshima Monument. Our guide told us a story about each of the men raising the flag.

Its also quite amazing that the flag seems to raise up as we walk around the statue. 

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We did enjoy some great food while in DC. My friend Robin, mentioned Old Ebbitt Grill and Clyde's of Georgetown, however both had long lines and it was late, so we had to choose other places to dine. I'm sure those are fabulous places to eat, hence the long lines. There's always next time.

We did have a great meal at the Orange Anchor, along the Potomac River. This was the Lobster Roll. So delicious!

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Of course, we HAD to visit Georgetown Cupcakes. So pretty and so yummy.

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One last stop on our way home. The breathtaking, National Cathedral. My #1 pick for most beautiful building in DC. 

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If you haven't visited our nations Capitol, I strongly suggest that you put it on your bucket list. I intend to go back again some day to see and learn even more of the glorious history of our country.

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I don't want to leave you just yet. It just wouldn't be fair if I didn't post a cute stamped project, right?

Well, here's an adorable Snowman card that I stamped yesterday. I used one of my favorite stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, "Snow Place."

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No fussy cutting needed on this card. I used the coordinating, Snow Friends Framelits Dies to cut out all the images. A dab of crystal effects on the nose, arms, holly and buttons to make them shine. 

I topped this off with a super cute bow using the 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler.

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my trip to Washington, DC and a little stampin' inspiration from my cute snowman card.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

 

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Card Class Capers

Oh my, what a night. I had my monthly Card Class tonight and it was so much fun.

I don't think I have ever had quite a class like this- ever.

We laughed, we cried, we made mistakes, we fixed mistakes, we shared and we helped each other create our masterpieces. I adore all the ladies that attended tonight, and attend my Card Classes each and every month. They certainly are a fun group, and I never know what might transpire before the night is over. What happens at Card Class, stays at Card Class.

I do know that everyone made and took home some of their very own beautifully made cards and even a cute little gift card holder.

Card Class is always the highlight of the month and it is because of all the great people who attend that make it so special.

I fully intended to take people photos, but forgot to get out my camera. It was just that kind of night. Never a dull moment!

But I did take  a few photos of the projects we made tonight.

I got the idea of the cute bears holding hands on this card from Cindy Baughman. View her blog at http:www.stampedwithaloha.com

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This post is a bit short but only because I need to get this posted before I leave for the weekend, which will be in 5 hrs.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the projects that were created tonight. If you were one of the fabulous ladies that attended tonight, thank you so much for joining me this month!

Keep on Stampin' and Come back soon!

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