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You can now find the Heartfelt Inkspiration blog at www.heartfeltinkspiration.com.  See you there!

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A winner!

Stamper Sue (luthersmom), you are the winner of the 2nd Annual Great Coin Jar Contest!  Sue guessed $98.10.  That’s amazing!  I myself was way off — I guessed $117.  DH guessed $76.  I think I’ll have him make up the difference, so he owes me $22, which ought to pay for something during my trip!

Speaking of amazing, what are the odds that there would be an even dollar amount in a jar of coins collected over a one-year period?

Sue, I’ll hand-deliver your box of goodies!  Thanks for playing, everyone!


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Thank you, hostesses!

Here are some of the milk cartons holding goodies for my club hostesses of the past six months.  Inside?  Well, it’s a secret, in case some of my hostesses haven’t yet seen their gift.

All of the paper (except Whisper White!) is retiring TODAY!  When I put these colors together, I was delighted by the effect.  It’s something to look forward to — all the mixing and matching with the new and returning colors.  Yes, I’ll miss the polka-dot ribbon, but I am very pleased with the selection in the upcoming catalog.  I like that Stampin’ Up! creates a ribbon style exclusively for the In Colors.  It looks wonderful!

Stamps:  Lovely Letters Alphabet

Ink:  Green Galore

Paper:  Green Galore, Gable Green, Taken With Teal, Whisper White

Other:  Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die, Scallop Circle Punch, 1¼” Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Bermuda Bay)

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Tuesday Tip — Ribbon slot

When you have a side-fold card like this one, how can you get a ribbon tied horizontally around the card front?  Simple!  At the point where you want the ribbon, with the card folded, use the soon-to-be-retired Horizontal Slot Punch to nip off the tiniest bit of fold.  (It will be twice as wide with the card unfolded.)  That will be big enough to feed the ribbon, but not enough to distract from your design.  No punch?  Use a craft knife — carefully, please! — to cut a slit.

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Blog candy for the best guess!

On this day last year, I posted a contest:  guess the amount of money in the jar and win Stampin’ Up! product.  This time, however, the money goes toward my trip to Convention in Salt Lake City in just three weeks.  (Did you just hear me screaming with excitement?)  Since I’ve been saving coins for an entire year, I’m planning BIG!

ETA:  It may help you to know that this is a quart jar.  Last year I used the same jar.  You can see it here.  Last year’s total was $45.24.

I’ve been setting aside some special items just for the contest winner again this year.  So take a guess!  Here are the rules:

  1. I’ll take the jar to the bank to be counted on Wednesday.
  2. The person who leaves me a comment on this post with a dollar amount guess closest to the actual amount wins.
  3. Only one guess per person.
  4. The contest closes at midnight CST Tuesday (tomorrow!).  That is, guesses after 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday will not be counted.
  5. You must be in the United States to win.
  6. In the event of a tie, my husband will randomly choose the winner.
  7. I’ll contact you for your mailing address on Wednesday and mail your prize (or hand deliver it).


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Scrappin’ Saturday — Belle Meade #1

After our sobering visit to Carnton Plantation, we were caught in a serious storm.  Luckily, it was almost time for lunch, and we waited out the rain with delicious food from Puckett’s in front of us.  Wish I had taken pictures of that place — marvelous!

In the afternoon, we left Franklin to visit another plantation.  No war history here; the farm (at one time 5,400 acres) raised  Thoroughbred horses.  Yes, in the late 1800s horse racing was great sport!

This page is pretty straightforward. I wanted to use the En Franςais stamp as a background because the plantation’s name is French (for “beautiful meadow”).  Delicate sprigs from the Always stamp set were “stamped” in various opacity settings and rotated or mirrored.

More next week on Belle Meade.

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An amethyst fairy

It’s no secret that I love Stampin’ Up!’s Almost Amethyst.  Lucky for me I have a spare pack, because it is not available after June 30 — in fact, it is totally out of stock in 8.5″ x 11″.  (Check the status of retiring accessories here.)

This card was part of my Wings and Things stamp camps in June.  Isn’t her face pretty?  The little smudge at the bottom is her shadow, although one of my stampers thought my card looked like the fairy was jumping into a puddle!  Must refine my coloring techniques!

The secret to the ribbon tied around the card front, even with a side opening?  Check out the Tuesday Tip next week!

Stamps:  A Little Bit of Magic (Summer Mini), Tiny Tags (still available)

Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, Basic Black

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Almost Amethyst*, Lovely Lilac*

Other:  Big Shot, Scallop Square die, Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder, Horizontal Slot Punch*, Aqua Painter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons, assorted Stampin’ Write Markers, Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Taffeta Ribbon (Very Vanilla), Glue Dot, Stampin’ Dimensionals

*Retiring June 30!

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