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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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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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Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop!

Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts’ latest blog hop — this one featuring retiring products from the 2009-2010 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  I’m stop #11, so may have just visited Rubber Redneck and enjoyed Holly’s projects using Stampin’ Up!’s froggy set Hoppy for You.

Here I’ll present some projects made with one of my all-time favorite baby sets, Nursery Necessities, found on page 76 of the current catalog.  I chose this set because we are expecting a grandchild in the fall, and I’ve got babies on my mind!  I don’t know why I feel so certain that the baby is a boy — maybe just wishful thinking for DH.  We’ll find out in a few weeks, but I am proceeding “as if”!

To keep your stop short and sweet, I am omitting recipes for the projects — check back next week for the complete stories!  Click to enlarge the photos, please.

  1. My first project, Diaper Bag Tag, is designed to be tied on to a diaper bag (I know you figured that out!), but may also be useful for distracting a fussy Junior.  No chewing on this, please!  The bling on this is from several layers of Glassy Glaze (also retiring at the end of the month) and Iridescent Ice embossing powder.
  2. I think this chick stamp is too cute, and I always wanted to use it in a series.  So March of the Chicks was born!  Difficult to see in the picture is a very generous application of Smooch Spritz (Vanilla Shimmer) on the Barely Banana card base.  It is a beautiful, shimmery texture.
  3. This Sweet Little Sailboat gift enclosure uses the paper piecing technique.  If you like “fussy cutting,” this is the technique for you!  It works best with a line image, but this sailboat is solid.  I’ll explain next week how I did it.
  4. Finally — just in case it’s a girl! — I’ll be ready with this Cute Chick Dress.  I wanted to re-use the chick motif from the card above, but this time I used the same bling technique as on the diaper bag tag.  (Talk about recycling!)  I’ll post the template for the dress and pinafore next week, when I’ll give you more details.  (And sorry to steal Tanya‘s retiring set, Wanted!)

I enjoyed having you with me — I hope you were inspired! You’re now on to the next stop on the hop, Stampin’ Addiction to enjoy Carmen’s projects using the “just” sports stamp sets Just Baseball, Just Basketball, and Just Soccer.

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Put your hoppin’ shoes on!

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Save the date!  Coming up this Friday through Sunday (June 11th-13th) is the Stampin’ Addicts Last Chance Blog Hop, featuring over 28 retiring stamp sets and other products.  Take another look at what is leaving, before it is too late!

I’ll be featuring Nursery Necessities, a favorite baby set of mine.

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Welcome, Stampin’ Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop!

Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts’ latest blog hop — this one featuring the brand-new Summer Mini Catalog.

I’m stop #22, so perhaps you’ve been hopping for quite some time!  If you started at the beginning, you’ve just visited Stampin’ My Life Away and enjoyed Lisa’s projects using Stampin’ Up!’s patriotic set July Fourth and jumbo wheel Red, White & Blue.  I salute you, Lisa!

Here I’ll present some cards made with the single-stamp set All a Flutter, found on page 31 of the mini.  I’m happy that Stampin’ Up! offers reasonably priced single stamps — so often they are just the specific stamp I need (like Dasher and Chocolate Bunny!).

To keep your stop short and sweet, I am omitting recipes for the projects.  Check back in the coming days for the complete stories!  Click to enlarge the photos, please.

  1. My first project, Metallic Butterfly, uses a re-inker technique I learned at a Stampin’ Up! Regional meeting in Milwaukee a few weeks ago.  (You can read my tutorial here when you have time.)  It was hard for me to capture the metallic sheen of the image.  Please try this technique — it is so cool and so easy!  The color here is Bermuda Bay:  farewell, dear friend!
  2. I call this next project Silk Butterflies, because it uses the faux silk technique.  Actually, this was the first project I designed, based on an old nightgown of mine — with basically the same pattern!  The nightgown wasn’t silk, nor did it have a sweet ruffle like this one.  It did inspire this card but, being very practical, not much else ….)  I’ll post the tutorial for faux silk on Tuesday.
  3. This Watercolor Butterfly uses a technique that’s as simple as it looks:  over an embossed image, scribble stripes of crayon and blend as little or as much as you like.
  4. Relax, all you lepidopterists, this Butterfly Trio is art, not science!  I started to look online for coloring ideas, but I never could find this particular butterfly (moth?), so I just went with what I liked.  This is simply markers on Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Paper.  The spatter you see on the More Mustard mat is from the cool new Smooch Spritz.  The color of this one is Log Cabin, which makes you think red-brown, but the color is more copper.  The spray is unpredictable — and that’s a good thing! — so be sure to protect other surfaces/items around where you’re spraying.

I enjoyed having you with me — I hope your heart was All a Flutter while you were here!  You’re now on to the last stop on the hop, Tinkerin in Ink with Tanya.  Tanya’s projects using Motorcycle are sure to appeal to the biker chick in you!

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Skip, jump and … hop!

Tomorrow begins the Stampin’ Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop, featuring items from the upcoming mini.  Come back and join the tour here; you’ll loop through all 24 blogs that will be showcasing fun new products.  What a great way to spend a weekend!

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Bulletin: Money can’t buy happiness!

In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, David Brooks writes that wealth is not the key to happiness.  (Surprise!)  Brooks asserts that it’s interpersonal relationships that lead to happiness and personal fulfillment.  He cites a study that says that “joining a group that meets just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income”!

Every month someone at stamp camp tells me how they enjoy being with other stampers.  It’s not only the creative outlet, it’s talking and laughing with others that feels good.  As you’ve experienced, these groups are fluid — many stampers attend different camps as their schedules allow.  So you may be sitting with someone “new” you discover has a child in the same school as yours.  Or she has relatives in the town where you grew up.  Or you have both survived breast cancer.  Or her father is your chiropractor.

Stamp camps are good for you!  Why not come to one in May?  Check my calendar for the camp that works best for you!

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