Monthly Archives: December 2009

TTFN

So many of you have been praying for my sister, Nancy, and our family as she struggled with cancer for the past 7 months.  She died yesterday morning.  I appreciate the cards you made and sent her — it was a surprise to her that so many “strangers” cared.

She was my next-older sister, glamorous and sophisticated, loving and generous.  I feel like part of me is missing, but I am so very relieved to have her suffering ended.

Thanks again for your care.

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Hoppy New Year

What better way to kick off a new year of stamping than with a blog hop?  Beginning Friday, January 1, at noon EST through Sunday, January 3, you can visit 24 blogs that feature one of the items offered in the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  Begin here at my blog to see projects made with the new Chocolate Bunny stamp — that’s a sneak peek above — and you will make a loop through all 24.  See you this weekend!

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Tuesday Tip: Hold that ribbon!

You may have wondered about the “bow” on yesterday’s Mini Milk Carton.  Here’s how it worked:  I wrapped the ribbon around the milk carton, than doubled the end back on itself, cinching the middle with twine — something like a half-bow.

Sound simple?  It would be except that you need at least three hands to do it — unless you are armed with my secret weapon, that is:  Dotto repositionable adhesive.  Rolled onto ribbon, it provides just the right amount of mistake-proof assistance.  Ribbon in the wrong place?  Peel it off your project, rub any adhesive off the card stock, and reapply the ribbon.

Although Dotto uses temporary adhesive, I find that over time it seems to become somewhat permanent.  I wouldn’t use it to adhere panels on cards, but I have used it many times on scrapbook pages that are inside page protectors.  I’ve never had anything move yet!

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Got milk?

How stinkin’ cute is this?  From the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog, the Mini Milk Carton die is exclusive to Stampin’ Up! and is in a new size:  Bigz L.  This die can be used with standard cutting pads but still produces a large die cut.

Well, OK, this milk carton is not school lunch size — each flat side is about 2″ tall.  But it’s perfect for little goodies, like those I gave my stampers enrolled in my hostess clubs this past six months.

There’s still room in the hostess clubs that begin in January!  You can find the details and benefits of my hostess clubs here, but you must sign up by Wednesday, December 30!

Paper:  Real Red, Old Olive, Naturals Ivory

Other:  Big Shot and Mini Milk Carton Die*, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, Sleigh Bells Ribbon**, Linen Thread, Hemp Twine, 1/2″ Library Clip (Old Olive)

*Available January 5
**Retires January 4

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A winter landscape

Not too unlike what we have here — white, sparkly, beautiful.  I am practicing my sky sponging technique, thanks to Sheryl Dickinson.  A mask protects the snowy ground from wayward color.

I have a ways to go, but I’m pretty pleased with this card, for my BIL’s birthday next week.  I got approval from DH that it was not too girly.

Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree

Ink:  StazOn Jet Black, Elegant Eggplant, Bashful Blue

Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Glossy White

Other:  Stampin’ Sponges, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds

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Hark how the bells

They said all you needed to know was how to count to four.  Really, it’s a little more complicated than that to ring handbells as part of a group.

I joined this fall and was immediately overwhelmed, intimidated and terrified — yes, at the first rehearsal.  Luckily I have been in choral music since about 5th grade, maybe before, and I can read music.  And count.  And hear harmonies.  So last night, preparing to play a piece I was sure I had never rehearsed before, I surprised myself by how relaxed I was.  After all, I know the group’s motto:  Better never than late.

I pray that my small contribution to our worship is worthy of the One for whom I play.

Christmas blessings to you, dear friends!

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Joy!

That’s what this little snowman made me think of when I first saw him on a tag, created by an anonymous stamper.  My version places him on a slope — in his element, if you will.  This is a 4¼” square card — a little thank you note to stampin’ friends for a Christmas gift.

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Stampin’ Write Markers (Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie)

Paper:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie

Other:  Big Shot, Stampin’ Up! Perfect Details Texturz Plate (Pattern 1), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plate (Small Dots), Punches (1-1/4″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, Jumbo Snowflake), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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