Is it possible to fall in love at first sight?
Well I think so, because I totally fell in love with this stamp set AT FIRST SIGHT!
I know, that may be overboard for most folks but y’all- this set has it all.
I guess I should say I love most nautical themed stamp sets and dies, as long as they are somewhat realistic and not cartoony. Sailing Home by Stampin Up! is one of those. It reminds me of the amazingly beautiful lighthouses and quaint nautical towns we visited while in Maine one year. Bar Harbor, Acadia National Forest, Ogunquit, Portland and Kennebunkport. It was the trip of a lifetime! And one day I will finish the scrapbook and post it here.
Meanwhile, here is the card I made for a friend of my husband and also links to the stamp set, dies and supplies that I used. I CASE’d the design from Brian King via Pinterest, and added some of my own flair.
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Apron Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set  $21.00
When my pastor approved a card ministry for our church, I couldn’t wait to get started on planning our first meeting.
Since that time, we have had several card making sessions, producing a variety of much-needed notes of encouragement, get well and prayers.
Here’s one of our first meetings at our church. I’m ‘splainin’ something somewhat important hahah!
Due to Vacation Bible School at church, the ladies of our Dove Notes group met at my house today. It was a nice change because the lighting is better AND my studio is in the very next room- I found that to be super helpful as I didn’t have to carry everything from place to place. The room we are in is a multi-functional room where everything can be moved around and space repurposed. See below for more on this room.
Silly me. I didn’t take pix of the card even though I worked far too long designing it and trying to coordinate colors- that’s easy IF you use current product. I used some stash so I had to work to get it all coordinated.
Anyway, all this took place in the EBR- the Emotional Baggage Room at my house. We call it that because after the move into a house we refurbished, we had a LOT of emotional baggage and no where else to unpack it. 🤣
The 42 X 18 room transitions into many things and currently houses my sewing area, a place for grandLittles to watch movies, three guest beds, fabric and quilts, tables for game night (or card making) and a runway for our three pups to haul tail to the doggie door. They pop in and out of that door like it’s a vending machine. We can change the room’s purpose in so many ways, and we are still working on finishing up some paint and trim.
Who can have emotional baggage when ALL THAT is going on? Right?
Anyway, we had fun making cards today and my crew learned something new: how to heat emboss. It is fascinating and magical and one of my favorite techniques.
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This was such a fun set to color! I could have made all the flowers purple, pink or yellow, or any color I wanted. Though i love the photos of tulips in Holland, all lined up by color, I decided to mix them up for a splash of excitement.
The bicycle is just adorable. I enjoyed coloring the tulips in the basket and going a bit rogue with my bad self while coloring the ground. There’s a place denoting grass, but I think the grey adds the idea of a roadside.
The pair of tulips has so many options; I can imagine creating my own background paper with them. (Watch for an upcoming post on the card!)
Here are some pix of the stamped examples as well as the product list.
The June 4, 2019 release of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog was SO exciting! When I was finally able to participate in the preorder, I found it difficult to choose between “all the things”. Somehow, I narrowed it down to my budget and lo and behold, my orders have arrived!
I don’t want to waste a minute sharing this catalog with you! If you’re familiar with my YouTube channel, you know I’m all about sharing. I’ve made five videos for the new catalog, each one providing a walk through its five main sections.
Here is the first of five videos, complete with my opinion on some of the products I LOVE and because I like to keep it real, a very small number of others I do not love.
Fun Fact: Everyone who places a $50 order with me (US only, $50 before shipping and tax) will receive a free catalog in the mail. This is only possible if you leave your contact info for me on the order! Please note I cannot mail out to those who do not.
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My brother Dave has had a difficult journey of challenges in life, and recently the blessings have come in abundance. I am so thankful that things are going to be better for him! He is seriously such an amazing human, and knowing no one else was doing so, he looked out for me when I was a teenager. He’s been my best friend as an adult for over 40 years. Back when I was young I don’t know where I’d be if he had not been there guiding me to make good choices- I mean it WAS the ’70’s for Heaven’s sake… y’all can just imagine what I was exposed to at a tender age. Big brother made sure I was safe and sound at all times.
So it is this gift I made for him, and I was too excited to wait to surprise him with it. I had to send him a picture of the finished piece! Could I have embellished it more? Oh… Yes… It is difficult not to go back and keep adding things like the title “Armor of God” somewhere, or the scripture from Ephesians… BUT I’m not adding to it. I think it is just right the way it is.
Now y’all know I’m a Stampin’ Up! girl, but I saw these stamps from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and I had to have them. Ok, I had to have another set too, but I’ll blog on that one at another time. I am not affiliated with this company, but want to share because they have a wide variety of faith based stamps. Please support them! We need products like this!
Here’s brother Dave’s shadow box:
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