Thursday, July 19, 2018

Arthritis and Old Age

I just wanted to check in and explain where I’ve been.  I wish I could say I was getting ready for the Alaska Cruise with my Stampin’ Up! friends, but that isn’t it.  Someday!

On Sunday night I twisted my hip as I was helping take out the trash. Just a little step to go down, maybe 3-4 inches, but it got me!

Monday was okay and Tuesday was tolerable until I stopped really fast and put my weight on the offending hip.  How I got to the car that night I have no idea, but I did and got home.

Tuesday night was filled with pain and tears, aspirin/Tylenol powders and muscle relaxers. Wednesday and Thursday I stayed home from the office and managed to keep up on work emails from my laptop but that was about it.  Crafting wasn’t an option nor was sitting at my desk so nothing to post for you.

Hoping to go to work Friday.  Hubby bought me a Hurrycane which does not help me hurry but I can at least walk with it without fear of my hip hurting and making me fall. I’ve been moving better this afternoon (Thursday), so I’m hopeful for tomorrow.

Wish me luck!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Beachside Thanks

The theme for this month's workshop at Linda's house was Beach Party.  Linda had buckets filled with fun beachside goodies.   

So of course my thank you's for the girls included the same chair we used at the party to make this card HERE

Clean and simple.

We had a very full table of stampers!  Starting with the left front we had Andi, Debbie, Ann, Rae, Kathy and Sue.

and then Linda in the corner and another Kathy to Linda's right.  It was a great time and we even had some rain before we left.  Linda has now had rain every day for a week... I kinda don't like her any more.  ha ha ha  - she needs to share it with us in Phoenix!

Thank you for looking in today!  Happy Tuesday!

~ Donna

Monday, July 16, 2018

Love You to Pieces

This is one of those sets that I knew I wanted and then when I saw so many cute things made with it I knew I had to have it sooner.  The actual puzzle die for this is actually only 4 pieces x 4 pieces to make a square of 16 pieces, but because the pieces are precisely made to fit together in as many rows as you want, it is easy to make it bigger or even smaller.  Just cut more pieces and put it all together.

Whisper White Thick - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Basic Black 5 5/16" x 3 9/16 - yes, 16th's the tiny dit between the 1/8ths.
Real Red - 4" x 4" (for die cutting puzzle)
Whisper White - 4" x 4" (for die cutting puzzle)
Whisper White 5 1/8" x 3 3/8" (the piece to glue the puzzle pieces onto)

Start with a Whisper White piece of paper 5 1/8" x 3 3/8" which is just a smidge smaller than the finished piece with all the puzzle pieces attached.  When you attach the pieces, simply start with them off the base piece by just a smidge (1/16th of an inch or less).  This is NOT like doing a real puzzle, don't do all the edges first.  ha ha ha!  Do a row at a time by putting down a squiggle of Tombo Multipurpose Glue, start at the corner and work your way across.  Each piece will fit nicely into each other piece.  Just slide them together before you move on to the next piece.

Here is how the back will look with the pieces all attached.  See just a bit is over so you won't be able to see the base piece.

For this card, I needed to have a mat around the pieces so the white pieces didn't just fade into the background.  I made a black and white one as well and it could be put onto a color and you wouldn't need the mat around them.

I stamped the sentiment with Real Red onto Whisper White and then die cut it out with a circle from Stitched Shapes and then a scallop circle in Basic Black from Layering Circle Dies.

The ribbon is 1/8" Real Red Solid Ribbon and attached it with a rolled up Glue Dot.  Here you can really see how nicely the pieces fit together.

Thank you for looking in today.  Here's to another week!

~ Donna

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dandelion Wishes

I was so excited when I saw this set in the new catalog.  The last time there was a stamp set with dandelions, I waited too long and it retired.  So when I spotted this one, I knew it was going to be in one of my early purchases.

This was so easy to put together.


Mint Macaron - 11" x 4 1/4", scored and folded at 5 1/2"
Tranquil Tide - 5 1/4" x 4"
Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Whisper White (inside) 5 1/4" x 4"

Stamps:  Dandelion Wishes and Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
Ink:  Tranquil Tide

I popped up the Tranquil Tide layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This sentiment comes from Colorful Seasons.  A perfect stamp would be anything that says "Make a Wish!"

Thank you for looking in today!  Have a Blessed Sunday!

~ Donna

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Animal Expedition Pair

Don't you just love all the beautiful colors in the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper?  So many bright colors and those sweet little birds flying all around!

Recipe (2 color choices):
Pool Party / Berry Burst - 11" x 4 1/4", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Berry Burst / Pool Party - 4 1/4" x 2 3/4"
Pool Party / Berry Burst - 3 3/4" x 1 3/4"
Whisper White - 3 1/4" x 2 1/4"

Stamps:  Animal Outing
Ink:  Memento Black
Stampin' Blends:  Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Bronze,

I stamped the Giraffe, twice, with Memento Black Ink, let it dry completely and then colored with Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight Light and Crumb Cake Dark.  I also used the light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends for a very light thin shadow on one side of each giraffe.

Inside I stamped the branch with the little frog.  Sorry the frog is a bit blurry... not sure what happened there!

Remember to decorate the flap with matching Designer Series Paper.

... and I finally remembered to stamp the front of the envelope!  I always mean to, and it just escapes my brain!  Give it a try - you'll love how nice it makes the envelope look.  Before coloring the envelope, I slipped a piece of scrap paper inside just in case the Stampin' Blends bled through.  I didn't notice any ink inside, but if you were coloring something darker, or heavy on the ink, it certainly could.

Thank you for looking in!  Happy FRIDAY!

~ Donna

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