It’s been a couple months since I’ve been able to hop with you all. Its been a rough time around the homestead and I am grateful to be able to stamp again.
Long story short, I went to Kansas to go visit my mother- and brother-in-law for a weekend. The day after I arrived, she was admitted to the hospital. A few days later, she came home on hospice. Ten days after I arrived, she took her last breath while holding my hand.
One thing that came to my attention is how great my daughter is. My husband and her came out to visit when they found out what was going on. When my husband had to go back to work, Katelynne stayed with me and helped take care of Grandma and Uncle LJ. After days if not eating, Katelynne finally was able to get her to finally eat some cheesecake. She loved it when Kate helped her. As the days progressed, Katelynne’s love for her grandma shined through the darkness. And her training as a CNA helped. I have always told Kate to treat her residents like they are her grandparents. She now has a new understanding of exactly what that means!
Anyway, this is the card that I made for Katelynne to let her know how much I appreciate her!
I used the Dragonfly Garden stamp set for the images and the sentiment.
I decided I would try out some of the new 2022-2023 In Colors. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to to use Starry Sky or Orchid Oasis so I used them both. The card base and ribbon are Starry night along with the ink for the sentiment and the flowers. The layer and DSP are Orchid Oasis as is the ink and Blends used on the dragonflies.
I used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch for the sentiment and the Dragonflies punch for … well, for the dragonflies! 🙂 Of course, I had to use a little Wink of Stella and Iridescent Rhinestones to add a little sparkle!
I told you I couldn’t decide… so I had to make another! Same colors, just opposite. (And I used Memento ink to stamp the flowers so they would show up.) I think I will send this one to the neighbor that bought is pizza while we were caring for Grandma!
Well, that’s it from me this month. It’s time to hop along!
But, before I continue with my project… I have to show you my inspiration for it.
This is Stella! Stella Layne Rose Cantrell…. But you may call her Stella Bean like the rest of us do!
Stella is 8-1/2 months old and is my oldest grandchild. (You might remember Wayland, my grandson from a couple blogs ago.) She had an early start in life.
She was born 9 weeks early at 31 weeks. But, she was a fighter and is now healthy and thriving and living her best life with Grandma Jo! She is my sidekick, my co-worker, and my travel buddy. She is also the main reason I am tired and cranky! LOL
So, now that you have met Stella… you might understand why she is the inspiration for these cards. I need to find a color scheme for her room. So I present to you, three different options. Let me know what your favorite is!
This first color combination is Evening Evergreen, Cajun Craze, and Petal Pink
This next color combination is Polished Pink, Blushing Bride and Smokey Slate.
And, the final color combination is Evening Evergreen, Cajun Craze, and Petal Pink.
Well, that’s all the new I have for you… on to the next!
Here it is, ten days before Christmas. Is there anyone out there like me? Maybe the guys? I haven’t bought but two presents. I just cannot get into the Christmas spirit this year. I think the weather is too warm here in Illinois. It should not be in the 60’s. And we need snow! Because without snow… there will be no penguins.
You didn’t know that penguins came to Illinois with the snow?
Well they don’t. But nothing says winter to me more than penguins. We will excuse the fact that some species live in warmer weather… Because in my mind, they live in igloos with the Eskimos (which I know is not correct by any stretch of the means!).
And who better to bring wishes of winter then a penguin – which just happens to be the theme of this month’s Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop… Winter Wishes.
With that… I present to you… a penguin and an igloo!!!
A few snowflakes stamped in Pool Party ink on a base of Pool Party cardstock sets the perfect wintery tone. My igloo was stacked using the Brink & Mortar embossing folder after I cut out a circle using the Layering Circle dies and a rectangle that was rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch. The snow bank was created using the Detailed Border dies and the Painted Texture embossing folder. Once the Winter Wonderland was comfy enough to be called a home, it needed a resident. I used the Penguin Place bundle to make the cute little penguin who wouldn’t be complete without the Playful Pets Trim scarf. I am sure with the Gingerbread & Peppermint Acrylic Shapes falling from the sky made it the perfect winter day!
This fine dapper penguin felt the igloo was too cold and he needed a winter wreath to live upon. I used the Gingerbread & Peppermint Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock to create the perfect little place for him to settle in the holidays under the Real Red Mini Ruffled Ribbon bow.
What penguin fun would it be without a kiss? I used the Penguin Builder Punch to create this little kiss holder. I created a small box to go in between the two penguins and added a little handle!
Well, that’s all I have for you today… I should probably go do some Christmas shopping while you go to explore what the others have in store for your wintery pleasure!
Welcome to my little corner of the world wide web and this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.
This month, our theme is Thankfulness and/or Gratefulness.
This is a theme that is fairly easy for me to express. I always try to let those around me how thankful I am for them. But, there is a small population of three that I often forget to thank. Those are my kidlets. But, they aren’t such kidlets anymore. They are all grown adults.
Throughout their growing up years, we had many adventures. I am so thankful for the memories those trips provided us. One time, we went to visit some friends in Toledo, Ohio and went to the Toledo Zoo. While visiting the polar bear exhibit, our friend was holding my oldest son (Dell) up in a window so he could see the large polar bear across the water. Dell was about 3 years old at the time. Next thing we knew, the polar bear spotted Dell and raced across the water and smashed into the glass. Scared Dell so bad he fell backwards, screaming and crying, into the arms of our friend. That was when my motherly instincts kicked in. I told Dell the polar bear was trying to kiss him. Thankfully, he believed me and calmed right down. It was many years before he discovered that was probably not the case. Now, Dell has a kidlet of his own and completely understands why I had basically lied to him all those years ago.
First, here is a cute picture of Wayland Luka Cantrell just for reference.
Next, is my card that I created.
The moment I saw the Artic Bears Stamp Set in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog, I thought of the polar bear trying to kiss Dell. He says trying to eat him… But still… polar bears will always remind me of that. I used a purple color scheme, including the last scraps of the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper that was available during the August-September Sale-A-Bration period. (I am sorry for using paper you can’t get anymore, but there are plenty of other designer series papers that would work great!)
Along with the Wink of Stella’d die cut icicles from the Polar Bears Dies, I added a Mesh Ribbon bow and some of the beautiful Opal Rounds to add interest to the card front around the polar bears on the card front.
Here is the inside of the card. It is sort of like a peak-a-boo card. The inside sentiment slides down when you open the card up. I used a tutorial by Srushti Patil and altered it just a bit.
Welp, that’s all i got for you this fine day…Here is the list of hoppers so you may continue on to find more great ways to show you are thankful!
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Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!
This month is all about a specific technique. It’s called the chalkboard technique. While some of you might not remember having a chalkboard in your classroom, I bet that a great many of you do. I loved getting to stay after school and clap the erasers!
This technique is simple yet produces gorgeous results. It is usually white ink on black card stock. But, I can’t be usual! For the majority of my childhood, I remember having green chalkboards! So I did the technique on Mossy Meadow card stock.
This first card is a quick and easy birthday card for the man who raised you. The base is Early Espresso. The background is one of the wood patterns from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. And the White Craft Ink images and sentiment are from the A Good Man stamp set.
This technique also makes gorgeous Christmas cards! The base is Real Red Cardstock. The background layer is from the Gingerbread & Peppermint 6×6 Designer Series Paper. And the sentiment and images are from the Peaceful Deer stamp set in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.
Well folks…. That’s all I have for you today. It’s time to hop along…
Welcome to the August edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.
I am not sure about you, but this summer has been busy, busy, busy! I have been constantly on the move. So, the theme of this months hop fits perfectly into my life! It’s all about cards that move.
Here is the first card I made. It may not look like it moves, but just wait.. it’s not your normal gatefold card!
The ornament slides. I know right! How crazy! LOL Okay, it may not be that exciting, but it’s pretty cool.
It slides completely off. This is called a “slide and lock” card. It holds the gatefold card shut in lieu of a band.
To create the sliding lock, it takes four pieces of the same shape. Two are folded in half and sandwiched between the other two. I really should have taken a photo, but I forgot!
I didn’t think that was enough movement to consider this a card that moves.
It’s a shutter card too! And, since this was my first attempt ever at a shutter card, I didn’t use a small enough sentiment to show completely though the shuttering. I am sure who ever gets this card will understand the sentiment and appreciate the thought!
I decided to try again. This is the same design, but turned.
It was made with a larger sliding lock and a bunch of paper peppermints.
This time, the sentiment fits, but just barely. So, my tip is to use a smaller sentiment!
That’s all I have for you this month around! Here are the links to the other gals… Get moving! LOL
Well… Hello there! Welcome to this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!
This month, we will be focused on TOOLS! And, you have to admit, Stampin’ Up! has given us some amazing tools!!!
While it sometimes changes from day to day, my favorite things right now are punches. I mean, come on now… Punches are so easy to use. The are portable. And, Stampin’ Up! gives us a great selection of them.
I don’t really have any true project for you today, but instead, I am going to share with you a life-changing tip for the Pick-a-Punch punches. I originally saw this on Nigezza Creates. I am not sure if the idea originate with her or not, but it was not my idea… Just one I hadn’t seen before and thought maybe you hadn’t either.
Let me ask you… What is the worst thing about the Pick-a-Punch?
I have only be able to find one negative! Sometimes, you want to punch something that is too small to feed into the punch! You grab your piercing tools, maybe even your Take a Pick tool but nothing you have on hand can help punch that sentiment at just the right spot.
Well, here is your solution…
A little feeder arm. I made it out of a stripe of Window Sheet. Just cut it to the width and dab a wee bit of Tombow Multipurpose glue at the tip of it and let it dry. This provides a sticky spot for the sentiment you want to punch, but not too sticky that it ruins the sentiment.
See how you can easily slip it into the punch now! Genesis.. I know, right!
So, right about now I bet you are asking yourself how I was able to measure it so that it wouldn’t punch off the sentiment or be too long, especially given the fact that it seems a little off center.
Well, I created these templates for each size of the two Pick-a-Punch punches I have: Banners and Lovely Labels. (Again… I saw Gez made these and thought they were brilliant!)
Each of these punches has two different end shapes in three different sizes. That means each punch has six different options.
I used the window sheets and Basic Black cardstock. I cut the Window Sheet to 3-1/2″ wide. Then I cut off strips 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ wide. I cut four of each width for my punches.
I then cut the black cardstock into the same widths and punched two of each available option. I then used Tombow to glue the tiny punched ends that are usually discarded to the strips of window sheet.
To use, just lay it over the stamped sentiment and line up one side of it with the template. I used a pencil to mark that end then used the Paper Snips to trim it off. Then you can slide it into the punch.
Once you punch one end, line up and mark the other side.
These will also help line up the layers as well.
Well, that’s all I have for you this month.
Here are the links to the other ladies’ favorite tools….
Welcome to the April edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!
This month is a very sad month or a very happy month… or a combination of both. We are saying so-long too some great stamp sets, designer series papers, and other beloved products. But, that’s just to make room for new and even better stuff!
So, here is a little something that you may not know about me. In my spare time, I am a dog breeder. Yup! That’s right! We have 11 miniature dachshunds that live in our house and nine of them are part of our breeding program.
So I bet you can guess which retiring set is my favorite? Yup… It’s Hot Dog.
Here are a couple cards I made with it.
This card was CASE’d from the catalog. The Designer Series Paper is from the retiring Well Suited Designer Series Paper and the dogs were stamped onto retiring 2019-2021 In Colors. I sure will miss these ones – especially Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray.
Here I used more of the Well Suited DSP. I added some of the Real Red Ribbon from the retiring Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack and some bones from the retiring Playful Pets Trinkets.
This card uses a piece of the retiring Neutrals 6″ x 6″ DSP. For the “Cone of Shame,” I used black Staz-On ink on Vellum. The sentiment is layered using the Double Oval Punch. It’s not retiring (Phew!).
This card… I made it for my husband. I used a bunch of the stuff already mentioned from the Playful Pets Suite. I left it on his pillow as I left town for about 10 days! This sentiment fits perfect with the slogan for our breeding hobby…
I bet you can imagine that this stamp set will not be leaving my collection anytime soon. That would most definitely be a winning bet!
Well that’s it from me this month. Hop along and see what the other gals will have a hard time saying goodbye to!