Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sheltering Tree We'll Miss You!

As I was browsing through photos today, I came across these from 2015.  They were photos from a class that I had.  Sheltering Tree is such a wonderful all-occasion stamp set.  I will miss it!




You still have time to purchase it if you don't already have it in your stamp room though!  Available through June 3rd or while supplies last!




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Monday, April 15, 2019

It's a Wonderful Thought

Sharing with you a card I made with the stamp set that I had won at SU!'s OnStage last November.  


The Highland Heather base of the card allows the Granny Apple Green leaves just pop!  I simply love working with the Stampin' Blends.  Coloring flows and they don't leave lines; giving a professional look to the finished piece.

The coordinating framelits have sold out, so I chose not to use them.  Instead, I did some fussy cutting on the flowers and popped them up with mini stampin' dimensionals.  Though hard to see, I added a little Wink of Stella to give some shimmer.

An elegant card that's now ready to send to a friend.

Thanks for stopping by....
Happy Stamping! 
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Beautiful Bouquet for Mom

This card is one I made for a demonstrator swap I participate in each month.  The theme was Easter or Mother's Day.  I hadn't used the stamp set Beautiful Bouqet except for the wonderful image stamps that are a part of it, so this was the set that I determined to create a card using.


I love how the Stitched Rectangle Framelits add just that little bit of detail to a card front.  A "mother's day" tag tied off with a bit of Linen Thread finishes it off!

I hope I've inspired you to go and make a card!  If you need supplies, I'd welcome the opportunity to help you out.  Check out my SU! store to get all you need.




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Thursday, April 4, 2019

And Just Like That.....

Have you ever had one of those moments where you blinked and it seemed like the world spun by far too quickly?  That has been what it's been like for me since January.  I recently looked at my blog and realized that it had been months since I've posted anything!  Yikes!!!!

Let me catch you up on some of what has gone on in my life since January 6th, when I last posted anything here on www.justalittleink.com.

January 17-20th I was privileged to attend a conference for all teaching directors for Community Bible Study at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It was an amazing time in a gorgeous setting.  I came away refreshed and challenged. 

On  Monday, January 21st I traveled as I do each month to Thornton, Colorado for the monthly stamp club that I've taught for 11 years now.  Because a snow storm was in the forecast, and it was set to start snowing about the time that I would leave the decision was made to drive our pickup truck that is four-wheel drive instead of the Chevy Camaro that I usually drive.  That decision would turn out to have been a very good decision!


At just a little after 8:30 that evening, as I was approaching the turn for Interstate 25, our pickup truck was met by a Chevy Tahoe that had run the red light.  I'm so thankful for God's protective hand over me that night!  The airbags deployed, but I walked away with minor injuries.  (I did have a mild concussion, some whip-lash, and lower back pain.) The pickup truck unfortunately, did not drive away.  :-(  

On February 7th, my dad who lives in Georgetown, Texas called me.  We had a wonderful conversation, discussing the above mentioned wreck and so many other topics.  He had called both of my sisters this evening as well since he and his wife had recently finished a couple trips.  One of those trips was to Haiti to do short-term mission work drilling a well.  (Oh, and his wife had surgery the day before too!)

Within an hour of talking with my dad, his wife called to say that he'd had a heart attack.  That diagnosis was a bit like a roller-coaster as it changed to a stroke, then a mini-stroke, to meningitis, and finally to encephalitis.  He had been in his wife's hospital room and was getting up to leave when he'd collapsed.  We are so very thankful to God that he was immediately cared for by medical personnel!  He was rushed to the ICU in Austin where they were better equipped to care for a brain infection.  

A week later, I traveled to Austin to see my dad and to be with his wife.  It was a difficult trip as my dad was pretty much in a coma-like state the entire time I was there.  Only opening his eyes briefly.  

It's now the beginning of April, and my dad is now at a rehab hospital in Georgetown, Texas closer to his home.  He is able to talk, and I've been blessed to have a number of short conversations now; even a couple of face-time calls which were priceless!  There has been some damage to his memory and he's working very hard to regain his strength and what has been lost.  We are hopeful that he will make a full-recovery, but that is yet to be realized fully.

So, I know this has been a long post but I've had a lot on my mind.  And, posting here just hasn't been among them.   Promise I'll post some projects tomorrow!

Now to some happy stamping!



Sunday, January 6, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Re-take

I love getting Paper Pumpkin in the mail!  Really, I do but putting the wonderful kits together in a timely manner....well, that I'm not so good at.  If you subscribe, you know exactly what I'm talking about.


When December's kit came in the mail I was both excited and a little disappointed too.  Why both?  Well, I loved that the kit was a calendar and I love the stamp set that came with it.  The ribbon is beautiful!  But, I wasn't really very thrilled with a calendar that you hang on the wall, or cubicle or whatever you'd hang it on.




So, I made mine into a desktop calendar!

The base of the calendar stand is a piece of card stock measuring 4-1/4" by 11".  Fold in half just like you are making a card.  You also need a piece of card stock measuring 4-1/4" by 4".  Score along the 4" side at 1", 2" and 3".  Fold it so that it looks a bit like an "M" and attach tear & tape to the 2 outside edges.  These you will attach to the bottom of the folded base once you have stamped whatever you'd like onto it.  I used the Buffalo Check background stamp on mine.  I simply love buffalo checks!

Decorate your calendar pages as you desire.  (I used the new Butterfly Gala stamp set and coordinating punch to decorate mine.)  Make sure all your calendar pages are in the correct order and then line it up on the front of your calendar base.  Mark where the holes are, and use a hole-punch to punch them out on the front.  Thread the ribbon through all the holes and tie on the front.

And, voila!  You have a cute desktop calendar.

Happy stamping!