Thoughtful Branches

I’m putting Christmas on hold…for now.

Thoughtful Branches is a stamp set/die set/ bundle you can only purchase this August. I almost didn’t get it as I have other tree sets but I am so glad I did, this is so versatile!

The new 6×6 dsp stack Serene Scenery is one of my favorite stacks as I actually like both sides of all the papers…all very pretty! (Annual catalog pg 174) I wanted to make a dandelion to match this sheet, shown below,to create a calm, comforting card. From the Thoughtful Branches die I cut the blooms from velum cardstock ( pg 175) then decorated it with Stickles Frosted Lace. I’m very happy with the results.

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You can never have too many thank-you cards on hand. The leaves cut out so beautifully from the Gold Foil Sheets from Stampin’ Up. Also used the copper, silver and some Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the cards below. The sentiments for both cards are from  Thankful Thoughts.

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These last two are just to show off the flowers more…I haven’t even begun using the trees in the set! I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards and that they will inspire you to get crafting.

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More Christmas cards

I had a full day of crafting a couple of weeks ago…before the vacation and before we took our youngest back to school. Made a bunch of Christmas cards and tags. Well, I thought I posted them, but didn’t, so here they are…finally!  These cards and tags used the Peace this Christmas stamp set in our current Stampin’ Up catalog, page 27 (#141570 clear) and some retired dsp from last year. I stocked up/hoarded a lot of Christmas dsp last year, was glad to use it! Real Red and Garden Green cardstock as well as gold thread and bakers twine was also used. I made a dozen  of these simple cards and at least two dozen tags. Woohoo! Kept this bunch simple…may add more detail to the cards later.

So, today, I got out one of my favorite new stamps- Time of  Year. It is a hostess set and I’ve used it so much already, just love it!

I haven’t ordered,much from the holiday catty yet as I’ve been trying to use what I just ordered from the annual book first. But I did get the Candy Cane Lane dsp…I’m a sucker for gingerbread! Using Early Espresso and Real Red ink and some Crumb Cake and Real Red cardstock this is what I made today…

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I’ve given you some fun ideas so you can start planning early for Christmas!

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Christmas in July!

Every December I tell myself, as I’m stressing over how many cards I have left to make, that I will get ahead the next summer and make some Christmas cards. This year, I finally followed through and completed two dozen cards and two dozen tags! More cards are planned and will be completed as soon as my Holiday Catalog presale order is delivered later this week…hurray!

The May Paper Pumpkin kit (item # 141570) from Stampin’ Up contained cards with pretty laser cut fronts. I glued Christmas Specialty dsp ( item # 141628) behind those laser cutouts and then stamped the fronts using the new Peace This Christmas stamp set from the annual catalog (pg 27 item #141570 for the clear stamps). The dies and Merry Christmas sentiment are retired Stampin’ Up. Ink colors used are Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green. I think they turned out real pretty. The Paper Pumpkin kit pictured on the right (item # 141574) is $8 and comes with other pieces I plan to use on fall cards,, birthday and Christmas…there will be no waste! Eight cards plus eight envelopes. Love this set!

Do you make Christmas cards in the summer? I have friends who say that it’s too hard to get in the mood when the weather is so nice.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my latest projects.  Martha

 

Card time!

I’ve been sewing so much lately, you’ll hear about that later, I finally made a couple of cards today. I’m always lacking in the “guy card” department. Still have the Fourth of July spirit  by looking at these colors used today.

The new Marquee Messages and Timeless Textures stamps from Stampin’ Up were used on both cards. The cowboy boot is from their set called Country Livin’. The cardstock and ink colors used are: Crumb Cake, Real Red and Dapper Denim. A retired ink color, Baked Brown Sugar, was used to color the boots. I miss that color, still really like it.

imageSo, I mentioned that I have been sewing. I finished another baby quilt this week…hurray! This is for my niece’s newest daughter. She’s so precious; hoping to see her in person soon. I stitched her name on it and stuck to using mostly strips to keep it simple. My husband said that there will be no confusing who this belongs to, right on! Ha ha.

For their two year old ,the “big sister”, I made a doll baby quilt with the remaining fabric pieces.

The tutorial I found for the satin binding is by Karen/Two Strings here: http://klee2strings.blogspot.com/2013/11/tutorial-satin-binding-on-baby-blanket.html?spref=pi

It was really helpful. I’ve found some baby flannel with bamboo for recieving blankets…going to be so soft…can’t wait!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Martha

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Happy Fourth!

Do you go somewhere to watch a parade on July 4th? We drive a little South to Sedro Wooley, WA. One of your typical small towns with that friendly, welcoming feel as you walk or drive through. Many of the houses along the parade route are decorated in the red, white and blue. Hundreds of flags flying …very patriot and fun!

I’ve had a goal for a while now to make a Fourth of July themed quilt. Something to sit on while we watch the parade and that would also go nicely in our basement family room. So happy to say that I finally made it! I found most of the fabric on-line from Missouri Star Quilt Company  in a stack of ten inch pre-cut squares. The print with the cream background and words is from JoAnn Fabrics.  The sashing and backing is broadcloth and also from Joann’s. It just took  two afternoons. The quilting was a breeze and it washed up real nice. It feels so good to have this done and in plenty of time for the holiday, too!!

Thanks for checking in today! I hope you have a wonderful, safe Fourth of July weekend!

Blessings to you,

Martha

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I’m Back!

So, I was just telling a friend of mine the other day that it had been a whole year since I had posted anything here…I check in and come to find out that it’s been two! Yikes!! Time really does fly!

Now that school is out for the summer and I’m on vacation I’ve got loads of crafting and sewing planned. Probably enough projects for three summers! Stay tuned As I work my way through them.

Below are some samples of cards I’ve made this month . The cards were made for a stamp workshop, using Stampin’ Up products.  My side business of selling Stampin’ Up is going great! I just completed year two and made the Silver level! I have an enormous gratitude for the gals who buy through me; they have been encouraging and really fun to work with.

Now to the gardening…another passion. The little evergreen in the pot on our front porch needed some company. Lowes had a bunch of healthly perrenials on clearance (they have the best clearance section) and each of these annuals were a dollar! I was able to fill in a few other bare spots in the garden, too and spent just $15.

 

Here is another photo of some of the annuals I purchased. Made a bit of a mess on the porch as I should have taken the pots to the back yard for the planting but the hose took care of that later 😉. With a little Alaska fish food fertilizer, my go to plant food,  these little guys will fill in and grow nicely for some welcoming color!

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Thank you for joining me today!  I hope to get on a regular schedule so stay tuned! I hope you have a blessed day!

 

70th Birthday Gift Box!

We have been invited to help our neighbor celebrate his 70th birthday today. Chuck and I have a couple of things in common. One is that we both have lived most of our lives in the same house we grew up in ( he has been in his MUCH longer than me!) and the second is our determination on finding ways to keep the multitude of deer from eating everything in our yards! He and his wife have a lovely family and they are one of the reasons I like where I live so much.

One crafter I truly enjoy following is Pootles in the UK ( http://pootles.co.uk)  mainly for her tutorials on boxes.  Lately, Sam has been showing off her wonderful little gift boxes for “sweeties”  and such using the Stampin’ Up! dsp stacks.  But later this week, she mixed things up by using a 6×6 piece of dsp  to make a rectangular box with an open top. You can see it here .  A fabulous box, but for my gift it was just not tall enough. So I omitted one of the scores and closed the top like a milk carton.  I love this wood looking paper and  these tiny clothes pins add to the rustic charm. I’m really loving the feather dies and stamps from Stampin’ Up!  You will definitely be seeing more of those here in the future!
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Paper: My Minds Eye dsp and nv red
(Scored along one side: 1 3/8, 2 3/4,4 1/8, 5 1/2  and the other side 1 3/8, 5 1/2)
Stamps: Wish Big by Savy Stamps.
Embelishments:velum from Stampin’ Up! and clothes pins from Michael’s
Dies: Stampin’ Up! Deco Labels Collection (2014-2015 catalog pg. 230) and Feathers Framelit Dies  (Holiday Catalog pg. 42).
Embossing Folder: Spider Web by Stampin’ Up!
Check out the coordinating Four Feathers stamp set, you can purchase both sets and save15%!

First Workshop!

Hosting my first workshop at my Open House in July was an eye opener!  I’ve participated in many shoebox swaps over the years where you make one card and about twenty kits of that one card, often including step by step instructions, to swap with other crafters at a particular event, but I have to say that running a workshop is a little different!  We made two cards and a little box.  I forgot to set out all of the tools I needed and didn’t anticipate the chatter and other distractions, and I was getting sidetracked a bit,  but I think, overall , it went pretty good! Everyone said they had fun and that is what’s most important.

This was one card from my first workshop. I really enjoy CAS ( clean and simple) cards now and then and love the fun colors of this one. It was made with all Stampin’Up! products including the new Polka Dot Pieces stamp set from the 2014-2015 catalog(pg.139) stamped in Coral Calipso and Pear Pizzazz. The washi tape, from the Sweet Sadie set (pg. 190) made for an easy background embellishment as did the Very Vintage Design button (pg. 208) and Linen Thread (pg. 206).

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