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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I'm still designing thank you notes for the men who have filled in for our Adult Bible Fellowship this summer. This one was almost too easy, but it is so appropriate for a man who, with his wife, lives on the other side of Canandaigua Lake from us. Their cottage is right on the lake with a boat house in place of a garage. This just seemed so appropriate for him. It's another two weeks before he will be teaching, but I'm prepared!

This card is simply one of our note cards with a piece of last year's Serene Scenery dsp backed with Bermuda Bay card stock. The Adirondack chair is cut from Chocolate Chip card stock using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The only stamping uses words from the Sheltering Tree set and the bird is from the Sitting Here stamp set.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Expressing Appreciation

I love to give snail mail. I know how much it means to receive it and I know how fun it is to send it. This morning another man stepped out of his comfort zone and into the position of teaching our Adult Bible Fellowship, aka adult Sunday school. He is a quiet man, but he did a fantastic job. Prepared well and even brought items to incorporate into what he shared. The first three men who filled that spot received the same card, posted earlier. This one goes to this morning's substitute.

I used to worry about whether or not the whole stamped image would fit on a given piece of my card but I've discovered it doesn't really matter. In this case, the fact that the leaves extend beyond the 3" x 4-1/2" Whisper White layer actually gives a sense of fullness that I really like. Once again, I am using our Note Cards and Envelopes. I am finding I love using these cards—and they are so economical! The Emerald Envy adds so much vitality to this card. You probably can't tell from this scan, but I used Dapper Denim for the cross bars on the bike.

Products Used:
Sheltering Tree photopolymer stamp set (14), 137163, $25.00
Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (20), 131527, $6.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Emerald Envy 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141415, $8.00
Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad, 141396, $6.50
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 126974, $6.50
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad, 141394, $6.50

Saturday, August 12, 2017

One More in Lemon Lime Twist

Whenever I prep for a class, I find myself designing more cards than I will use. I wasn't sure about this one, but my attendees loved it. I combined the same paper and stamps with some Fresh Fig ribbon and ink. The card base is Lemon Lime Twist card stock.

I love the fact that the paper stack used in this is no longer adhered as a tablet—just individual sheets.

Products Used:
Label Me Pretty rubber stamp set (6), W 143858, $23.00; C 143861, $17.00
Fresh Florals 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 144131, $22.00
Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144245, $8.00
Fresh Fig 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144242, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad, 144082, $6.50
Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (10 yards), 144132, $7.00

Friday, August 11, 2017

More Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper

This card is essentially the same as in my last post except I used the reverse side of the Fresh Florals dsp. Completely different feel. Plus I used a different stamp in the Label Me Pretty stamp set. Such a different feel!

You'll notice the stamped image is not colored in. Looks fine just like that. However, on page 27 of the annual catalog, you can see a sample of the same stamp that has been colored. Admittedly, I find it much easier to color the rubber stamps and have the ink stay than when I try to use the same technique on the photopolymer stamps.

The thick Whisper White baker's twine is no longer available; in fact, we don't carry any thick twine anymore. However, you could always use the Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine (124262, 25 yards, $3.00). Or even the 1/4" Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist (it was out of stock when I tried to order it; next order). 

Products Used:
Label Me Pretty rubber stamp set (6), W 143858, $23.00; C 143861, $17.00
Pretty Label Punch
         Bundle the two for a 10% savings: W 145304, $36.75; C 145305, $31.50
Fresh Florals Designer Series Pack (40), 144131, $22.00
Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144245, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lemon Lime Twist

In all honesty, I didn't think I liked the new In Color Lemon Lime Twist, yet everyone else seemed to be raving about it. So when I designed my last class, I decided to use that color in the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack. And guess what! I decided I love the cheerfulness of this bright color and ended up with several variations using the dsp and the "Label Me Pretty" stamp set and punch.

[Oh, dear! I discovered when viewing my blog after creating this post that the Lemon Lime Twist doesn't go well with my blog design at all! The colors clash. Sorry about that.]

The one on the bottom is the one we made in class. Different bow, different center, additional color on one. And they are such simple cards! I was concerned I wouldn't be able to line up the saying in the middle of the upper label, but it was easy! I think the font is a type that will allow for some error. And the stamp set has enough variations to make it usable for so many occasions and in so many different ways. I fear the thick baker's twine and the organdy ribbon are no longer available, however.

Products Used:
Label Me Pretty rubber stamp set (6), W 143858, $23.00; C 143861, $17.00
Fresh Florals 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 144131, $22.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, 144086, $6.50
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $6.50

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just Sitting Here...

I found the idea for this card on-line, perhaps on pinterest. I never would have thought to use the "Number of Years" stamps to create the wisteria, although I probably have too much to be realistic. As I finished, I decided I wanted something different for the rest of the card and chose to hang the swing from the "Sitting Here" stamp set. I'm very pleased with the end result.

Products Used: 
Number of Years photopolymer stamp set (29), 140653, $27.00
Sitting Here photopolymer stamp set (14), 141589, $17.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 122922, $8.00
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, 126985, $6.50
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad, 131180, $6.50
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, 144086, $6.50
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 120953, $6.50
Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131263, $29.00
3/4" Circle Punch,119873, $13.00

Monday, August 7, 2017

Masculine Thank You Cards

I scheduled teachers for our Adult Bible Fellowship class during the summer so that we who rotate as teachers could have a break. As a result, I felt it would be nice to send notes of appreciation to them for filling in. For some, it was completely out of their comfort zone, so I especially appreciated their willingness to step up and help us out. Although I've passed some out already, there will be more to come. Glad this design is so easy to replicate.

"In the Meadow" stamp set is no longer available, but I still love this set and continue to use it. I "colored" the image with stamps from the "Work of Art" stamp set, which is still available. The Garden Green adds that touch of color the card needed. And using our Note Cards and Envelopes is an inexpensive way to go for multiple cards. I would have used the Very Vanilla note cards if I had them but only had the Whisper White. Next order!

Early Espresso and Crumb Cake are the other two colors used on this card.