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Colorful Seasons

 So how are you about learning something new or a little hard? Oh holy cow, did I get the what for when teaching this card! Yes it was a little difficult! Yes it had some cutting out of elements.
But who was it awesome when done. When the card is closed you see sunshine behind the chair.... only thing missing is me in it on the beach!. Oh, moving along..... And when you open it, God pops in a dear verse. What comfort, what fun to make. Just cuz its a little hard doesn't mean ya can't do it!

Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamps are available here
White Card Stock
Here for You wood set
Here for you red rubber cling set

Crafting Forever

 Crafting forever is such a fun new stamp set. I just love it, and its perfect to create cards and gifts for all your crafting friends. Even a few non crafting friends.
 Inside of cards
Never send necked envelopes! Stamp them up and make paying a bill fun. I have used that line a million time over the past 18 stamping years with Stampin Up and it always gets a little chuckle!

Get your Crafting Forever stamp wood set here
Comes in red rubber cling too - here
Inks Razzleberry and Memento black
Card stock Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake

Lovely Friends

 Lovely Friends is the most amazing Stamp set in the catalog. The greetings are so nice, and the images work out so you can be super creative with it. Look at these two cards I did for our club gals to create! Very different, so simple, yet what a great impact on giving.
 The font is just beautiful. You can create for guys and gals, and couples. It is the perfect word stamp set to add to your collection.
This wreath is going to be crazy beautiful to use for Christmas cards. So click on the links below to find your sets today.
Lovely Friends bundle
Card stock I used Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Garden Green
I used Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, and Chocolate Chip Inks

On the Road

I had one of the best days ever this past month. My sweet friend Janice Rowe and I went quilt shop hopping to collect the Row by Row quilt block kits and patterns. We had a hair brain idea to be the first to get the quilt done and turned it in and win a prize! We spent 2 days driving and shopping at the quilt stores in central Indiana. Then I spend a full 6 days cutting, sewing, ripping, re-sewing, quilting, but through blood (pens are sharp), sweat and a few tears (my back was killing me).... I finished my quilt first! I only purchased one kit as the proceeds went to support the humane society in Indianapolis, and it was the 9th row!
 
The suitcase pattern came from a shop in Richmond. I was a bit worried about putting it together because I didn't get the kit and didn't have the little picture verse center blocks, but I did have something that worked just great.

The rainbow pattern came from Crimson & Tate in Indianapolis on Mass Ave. Great store, super trendy. The row was sunrise or sunset and was made from solid fabric. OH NO ... that would have been to easy... hindsight is 20/20! This was one kit I probably should have purchased as it was the most difficult row of them all, and I thought I would just use all the strips of scraps I had already had on hand. I love the way it turned out, however it was so hard and it stretched a lot after the first cut. I started with that row and I am glad I did. If I left it to the end, I may have never finished the project.
The top row Flying Geese came from The Back Door in Greenwood In. I just love that shop and all the samples they have. I could, well I do spend days looking and drooling, and touching every fabric, pattern, design and sample in there.

The Bumblebee pattern came from my vary vary favorite store in Spencer Indiana, Unraveled. Lisa, the shop owner is a doll. I love her, her humor, her knowledge, the shop with all the vintage sewing machines. Lisa also designed her row and it was so easy to understand and complete. I turned my finished quit in to Unraveled, where it is now on display for a few weeks. Get there quickly if you want to see it in person.
 This next row came from Nancy's Fancy in Richmond In. The butterflies were super hard to figure out, so I kinda had to do my own thing. The center point is not as wide as the pattern showed but, it's done, it worked out okay and the monkey in the door doesn't care!
This long row came from Quilts Plus or Quilts Quarters, cant remember what one, since we traveled to both. I don't have my patterns in front of me (all cleaned up and put away) but we went to both stores. Thisrow was fashioned after the Indy500 race and I had to change it up and use some different fabric! Oh love the car!
The black and white row is another flying geese pattern came that from Coffee Cup Quilts in Trafalger In. I had never been there so it was fun to visit the shop. The owner Claranna had the most beautiful quilt displayed, all 1"x1" or 2"x2" squares, (can't remember the exact size) of all colors, but who cares at that small of a square, the quilt was probably king size and it was magnificent! I cannot imagine cutting and piecing thousands and thousands tiny fabric squares. The first photo above is a better shot of this fun and easy row. Oh and you should see the quilts she has in the bathroom - wow!
I love this scooter! So stinking adorable. Janice and I split a charm pack of this cute bundle. I took the peach and yellow fabric she took the blues and greens, then we made all our suitcases pilled on top the scooter. This pattern came from a little french inspired fabric shop in Indy called French Seams. Sooo cute, and the mom and daughter owners are as sweet as can be. I love this row!
One of the requirements was to have a tag, so this is my tag on the 9th row. My name tag is also on the back of the quilt.

The 9th row are these cute arrows from this really fun orange fabric. I had to split the row in 1/2 so my finished quilt would be balanced. I am so happy with the way it turned out.

I learned a lot of new (to me)  quilt block designs and  how to fudge a few to get them to work because a few of the patterns were poorly written. I used up a pile of fabric I had in my stash yah! I learned to quilt as you go and found that I totally love it. I had a super great day turning it in to Unraveled and winning!

Oh what did I win! First my family back, they were really missing me since I spent sun up to sun down in my studio for 6 days and nights. $25 fat quarters, and a bonus of $20 gift certificate because I used the bee block designed by Unraveled in the quilt. I also sold my quilt! Yep, our contractor friend saw me sewing on the last few buttons before I headed to Spencer to turn it in, and he purchased it for his new grand baby! Thaw was sooo awesome!

I will not do another quilt under a time restraint like this again... so I say so today! For more info on the Row by Row, google it and you will see all the rows from across the nation and tons of quilt stores to shop at!

Happy Birthday

We celebrated three birthdays this month! Handsome's dad turned 88 and he acts like hes in his 40's, Handsome had a 50 something birthday, and our grandson turned 11! You know between the age of 21 and 70 not many like to tell their age, after 70 who cares, if you are blessed to be alive after 70 you totally have bragging rights! Bwahahah! Our grandson turned 11, yes I have grand babies that make me older then I really am!

I love the everything about this card, color, simplicity and the new Happy Birthday die is pretty awesome in itself!

You can order the Happy Birthday die here and add a few more fun new stampin toys to your order too. I used daubers in Crushed curry, Old Olive and Razzleberry ink to create the fun background.  Click on any of the highlighted underlined items to take you right to the order page.... oh fun!

Bonus Days

We are Celebrating the Summer with Bonus Days. Summer is so fun it feels like bonus days with the time off from school and maybe work and spending them doing fun stuff. How about spending them over the new catalog and filling in a wish list.... and a get it now list! If you spend $50 in July you will be emailed a coupon for $5 to spend in August.

Go here to see all the great specials.

Jar of Love

Man we have been busy! Lazy when were not... because I'm to tired to do anything! Ha... story of all our lives right.
How sweet is this card. Using the Jar of Love stamp set to create this for any occassion. We also used it for recipe club. The gals love it!

You can find the :
Stamp Set Here
Card Stock Here
Foil Acetate Here

Shopping on line through me so super fun, because I send surprises in the mail to you, so be sure to check that its ok to share your contact info with me and me alone. I keep secrets and won't share it with anyone. Oh just the mail man so he can bring you the surprise.