Monthly Archives: January 2016

The BIG one…three..

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So, boy birthday cards instill fear and trepidation into this stamper’s soul.  Cause, I have NO IDEA what to do for boys.  I’ve got boy babies down, (zoo babies0 and small boys aren’t a problem…  trucks, diggers.  All good.  Even the monster set was a good one for young boys.  BUT THIRTEEN??  What do you do for a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD BOY?????

Grungy Numbers to the rescue.

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This is my husband’s cousin… and I know a couple of key pieces of information… 1.  he likes the color orange and 2. he requested amazon gift cards.

This, my friends, I think I can handle.

And it is so fortuitous that the gift card to that glorious shopper’s haven in the interwebs happens to coordinate with his favorite color.  This makes the OCD in me very happy.

The number framelits dies have a very nice stamp set to go with them.  It is VERY nice.  But not one bit 13 year old boy.  So… I decided just to cut the numbers with the framelits (instead of using the stamps and then cutting the numbers out) and then to stamp the background with EVERY COLOR OF NON-COLOR WE HAVE.  (Both grays, black… white embossing on the starburst cut-out).  And, I just stamped the background as much as you could stamp a piece of paper with every splatter and scrape available in the Gorgeous Grunge set.

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And, there you go.  Simplest card ever.  Simplest card made for the most difficult card segment of the population.  Done.

Pocket Calendars

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Pocket Calendars

I wanted a little Happy New Year gifty for my stamp club members… so on one of my excursions to target, I happened upon these in the Target Dollar Spot:

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Super cute little calendars with a clear plastic cover.  I used to decorate these a million years ago… and with the digital influx, they seem to have not been as prevalent as they once were…

So, I loaded up.  And decided I needed to do something nice, but it had to be fast.  Cause, I don’t have these brilliant flashes of crafting genius when I actually have time to make anything.  It’s always last minute…

So, I thought watercolor and Flowering Field (a Sale-a-Bration set).  You can whip up a gigaton of these in a jiffy!!

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They are perfect!! the aqua painter makes this go so fast.  Use some favorite colors and you have an instant gift.

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I love simple field flowers…

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I was just at the dollar spot yesterday… they have more…  Hurry.  Before I go back and buy the rest…

100 Days Smarter

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Today marks 100 days of kindergarten. I can’t believe how fast that went. So. To mark the occasion, Isaac’s class is having a celebration. (I would like to go on record and say I do not recall…one instance…where I celebrated 100 days of school…so…um….). Anyway… I thought I’d turn to Pinterest  for some  inspiration and here is what happened:

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Loved the idea to use twix and fudge striped cookies to make 100! And, I dug into the vault for the Crayon Kids stamp set (one of my faves) for the crayon stamp.  I cut strips of Bermuda bay, daffodil delight, and watermelon wonder. I glued them to whisper white. On a velum panel, I printed the sentiment. I layered it over my colors and used stazon black to stamp the crayon onto the vellum.

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I don’t like that glue shows through velum so I used the stapler to attach the vellum as well as the cello. Staples through all the layers. Super fast. And a lot of fun!  Happy 100 days Isaac! And many more to come!

Happy 2016!!!

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Happy 2016!!!

Hard to believe it is time to welcome another year!!  I always start working on these calendars in October of the previous year, and it seems SO far away at the time… but wow… it sure sneaks up quick.

I’m very excited about this year’s calendar!  I think you will enjoy it!  We had some fun sets to use…

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Doesn’t this cover just make you NEED one of these perched up up on your desk??  A little bit of smile just staring at you each and every day of the year…(FYI, I have a handful of these calendars left… but you better act fast before they are gone.)

Of course, for January, we needed something to WELCOME the year, so I thought the use of the Dotty Angles stamp made a great New Year’s Confetti Drop…  image

The stars are the punch outs from the star confetti border punch…  The fine tipped glue pen makes gluing them down a breeze…  Celebrate comes from the Celebrate Today Stamp Set.  It works perfectly here.

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Hope you are able to celebrate the coming of the new year with those you love…  Hug them tight.  🙂  Wishing you much joy in the coming year.

If you need one of these calendars, fill out the contact form belowand I will get one to you…  The calendar with the easel is $15 and the refill (calendar only) is $10.  I will have it weighed to figure exact shipping costs, and will ship it as cheaply as possible.

Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!