Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Today we celebrate the Independence day of the United States of America.

I went in search of fun facts about this day and wanted to share.   There is a surprise at the end!

It has now been 238 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

1. A Truly Young Nation

The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45.

The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina.  The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania.

The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.

2. Men of Harvard

1 out of 8 signers of the signers were educated at Harvard (7 total).

Four each at William & Mary, Yale, and Princeton.

George Wythe was a professor at William & Mary and one of his students was Thomas Jefferson.

3. An Act of Treason

After signing the Declaration, John Hancock remarked that Congress must now “all hang together”.

Benjamin Franklin replied,

“Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

4. Happy July 2nd

The initial date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress was July 2, 1776.

The next day, John Adams remarked in a letter to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America.

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.

It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

5. Date for History

Congress revised the Declaration for final approval on July 4, 1776.

The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (bitter rivals) died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

I have been told by a member of my family who has traced our family history that we are related to another signer named Charles Carroll.


DSP - June Paper Pumpkin, Brights, Watercolor Wonder
Cardstock - Real Red
Ribbon - 1-3/4" Striped Night of Navy
Brads - June Paper Pumpkin
Punches - Large and Small Star
Die - Stars #2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

With Sympathy Butterfly

This time the blue is Island Indigo.  

I decided to use as my accent color a little yellow, Daffodil Delight that is.  Just to lighten it up a bit.

I'm really loving the All Abloom DSP, obviously lots of flowers are in the designs.  Flowers call for butterflies, right?  A little embossing, small vellum overlay and Baker's Twine make for a simple and very pretty card.

Send a card to someone you love today.

DSP - All Abloom
Cardstock - Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight, Vellum
TIEF - Fancy Fan
Tools - Modern Label and Word Window Punches
Beautiful Wings Embosslits
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die
Accessories - Islang Indigo Baker's Twine

Praying For You

Sometimes it's a good idea to make 2 instead of 1 card.  This was one of them for me.  Because I used 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock cut in half for my card base, I decided to go ahead with 2.  I needed 6 cards total so it saved some time.  

It's really hard to lose a loved one.  Call or go see someone you love and spend some time with them.  It could be your last chance.

Cardstock - Soft Sky, Basic Black
Ink - Staz On, Soft Sky
Tools - Scallop Oval, Large Oval Punches, Aquapainters 

Sending Thoughts . . .

The verse reads "sending thoughts of love and praying for The Lord to sustain you with bright and restful days."

Beautiful, isn't it?  I love how the stamped image fits inside the embossed frame!

This almost wraps up my sympathy cards.  Thank you for stopping by.  Please come again.  I love having you!

DSP - All Abloom
Ink - Lost Lagoon
Cardstock - Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Tools - Top Note Die, 1-1/4" and 7/8" Scalloped Circle Punches
TIEF - Designer Frames
Accessories - Vintage Faceted Buttons, Whisper White Baker's Twine 

With Sympathy

My uncle recently passed away, I wasn't able to attend the service so I have been making sympathy cards.  I have them all done.  I hesitated to post them before the cards were actually received, but did not have anything ready to share with you.  

Aunts and cousins - here's a sneak peek.

As you will see in the coming posts, I used mostly blue tones.  It has a calming effect and frequently found on sympathy cards.  

If you have lost a loved one, my heart goes out to each of you.

DSP - All Abloom
Cardstock - Blue Lagoon, Whisper White
Framelits - Apothecary Arts
Edgelits - Adorning Accents
TIEF -  Adorning Accents
Accessories - Pearl Basic Jewels

Oops, looks like a pearl fell off.  Hope I remember to replace it before mailing.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Creativity in a Box

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Happy Birthday Zadie

A sweet card for my little cousin Zadie!  She is so growing up.  We actually share the same birthdate.  How cool is that?  I worked hard to arrange for that!!! 

CCMC 308

I've combined 2 challenges for this design &  I love how it turned out!

DSP -  Maritime, Regals
Cardstock - Blue Lagoon, Crushed Curry

The rosettes are so easy and fun to make with our Simply Scored Scoring Tool & Diagonal Plate & a hot glue gun with our Silicone Craft Sheet!  To top it off, I used a glittered gold brad.  For the sparkly gold centers of my stars, I used our Gold Glitz Dazzling Details (a glue with glitter).


Tuesday, June 17, 2014


When I think of Summer colors, I usually think of red, white and blue.  Why, you may ask.  First there's Memorial Day, then the Fourth of July & ending with Labor Day.  You knew that was coming, huh?  What colors do you think of?

I started with a card base of Real Red embossed with the TIEF Simply Stripes, a large glittery star (stars & stripes) and fireworks!  Bang!

Happy Summer everyone!!!


Introducing two of our 5 new In-Colors called Blackberry Bliss & Hello Honey. 

Stampin' Up!'s high-quality card stock is dyed with pure color all the way through, so you'll never get a white core! Available as individual color packages, you'll love having plenty of your favorite colors on hand! 

■ 80-lb. weight
■ 24 sheets per package
■ Card stock is acid free, lignin free, and buffered

Also available are assortment packages by color collection and both In-Color groups.  

Sizes are 8-1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12.  


Playing with new DSP called All Abloom.  Summer is almost here but Spring wasn't here long enough.  Sigh.

Colors here are Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush & Pistacio Pudding.  

I'm so enjoying pulling out stamps to play with that I haven't used in a long time!  

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God Bless You

Isn't this bookmark pretty?  I made several as thank you gifts for my customers and the ladies in my weight loss support group.  

Colors are Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe.  The TIEF is called Delicate Designs.

If you would like to learn how to make any of my projects, I would love to show you how, and friend(s), if you like.  Feel free to email or call me today.  

Thanks so much for looking!

Make & Take

For my Make & Take, I wanted to show the scrapbookers the On Film Framelits Die and how fun they look & easy to use!

Basic Black and Whisper White.  So sharp and striking.  I highlighted the center butterfly with Lost Lagoon and a Blender Pen.  

I hope you find something today that will awaken your creativity and find the joy in doing so that I find. 


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Aneya

Oh my gosh, I am so behind in mailing this card to her (and my blogging)!  This was such a fun card to make.  I know she will love it.  She is such a cutie!

The colors I used were Purely Pomegranate, Pink Pirouette and Gumball Green.  I used 3 punches; Boho Flowers, Itty Bitty Shapes and the Bird Builder.  

Do you see the cute little birds?  They are from the Flock Together stamp set.  

Thanks so much for looking!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Love You

I have another share for you today.   I used the DSP Pack Moonlight,  now available in our new catalog.  It comes with 48 sheets measuring 4-1/2 x 6-1/2, perfect for cards or Project Life.  

My colors are Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  

Aren't the colors just yummy?  

Now to get it in the mail and off to my Grandma. 

Today's sketch is MOJO348

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Stampin' Up! New Catalog Party

 could finally share our new catalog with friends Monday so I invited them over for a little wine & cheese, sweet red grapes & merlot-flavored chocolate cupcakes.  Oh my gosh the cupcake batter was sooo good!  

Good eats, good wine, good friends = a very good time!.

My party theme was inspired by items I found on Pinterest, of course.  I made wine glass charms and coasters, food flags for the three different cheeses.  

I also wanted to create a blackboard effect using Basic Black cardstock and our White Stampin' Chalk Marker.  I had never really shared Stampin' Up's!
Statement of the Heart before so this would be the perfect time.   I chose my pretty crystal picture frame to house it and decorated it with garlands of black, gold & the new In-colors.   

This year my goal was to keep it simple and use what I already had.  I'm so proud of myself - I did just that.

 Statement of the Heart

"To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference." 

TIEF - Pretty Script
BIGZ Die - Scalloprd Circles
Accessories & Tools - cork sheets, Crop-a-Dile, Circle & Banner punches, Linen Thread
DSP - First Edition, Glimmer, Gold Foil