Sunday, July 23, 2017

Still Grown With Love

This is another image from the Grown With Love stamp set. My sweet downline, Sherry, is letting me borrow the bundle so I can make lots of useful bits for future cards. Yippee!

For this one, I stamped the flower image twice, in Old Olive and Crushed Curry. The terra cotta pot was stamped in Cajun Craze, and a tiny bow was added. Pretty simple, really. Oh, I almost forgot! I also added some Old Olive "splats" from Touches of Texture.

 Old Olive 2-1/8" x 3-1/2"
 Copper Foil 2-3/8" x 3-3/4"
 Color Theory DSP 4" x 5-1/4"

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Grown With Love

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted....I have the perfect excuse! The garden has suddenly exploded in squash. I'm not kidding! Last week I was taking a colander out to harvest the pickling cucumbers, and maybe a zucchini or two. This week I think I need this wagon! I've been picking every day and I still can't seem to keep up! I guess the garden has been really feeling the love lately, LOL.

I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches this week; this is the sketch:

Had I known just how prolific the patty pan squash was going to be, I would have planted only one plant. There are three out there, and that's not counting the five zucchini plants and the three butternut squash that are trying to take over the entire garden.

Yes, there are other things also producing like crazy (need any green beans or jalapenos?), but it's the squash that is threatening to consume me! I'm still waiting impatiently for the tomatoes to get ripe. They're starting to get some color, but aren't ready yet. So, instead of making salsa with all those jalapenos, I'm making jalapeno poppers for the freezer.

Here is three days' worth of squash, which doesn't include the ones we ate (six patty pan, six zucchini) or dehydrated (eight zucchini).

You thought I was exaggerating, didn't you?

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

I'm posting the winner of the drawing for the Coffee Cafe bundle now, and will have a card for you later today.

There were eleven entries (some had multiple entries), so I wrote each entry on a piece of paper, folded it up, mixed them all together, then randomly assigned a number to each one. Then I went to the random number generator, which picked number 106.

That was Becky's number, so Becky you are the winner, congratulations! I'm sending it today.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Deadline for Coffee Cafe Bundle Drawing!

Tonight is the deadline for placing qualifying order to be in the drawing for the Coffee Cafe bundle! You have until 9:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Pacific) to place an order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping). Each increment of $50 gets you another entry, and don't forget - Stampin' Up! Bonus Days are going on now, so you will also receive a $5 coupon from SU (by email) for every $50!

I have to make this a quick post today, because I have about 20 pounds of zucchini and squash that needs to be processed for the dehydrator. Whose bright idea was it to plant SIX zucchini plants, and SIX patty pan squash plants, and THREE summer squash plants? Oh, that would be me. Just shoot me now, LOL. And that's not counting the winter squash, but those will keep on their own.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek

Programming note! Because many of the Control Freaks earned the incentive trip to Thailand and were gone this past week, the Tour de Freaks has been moved to July 29th. See you then!

Here is another little sneak peek at the Carols of Christmas stamp set (wood or clear-mount), which will be available either alone, or with the coordinating dies starting next month. Stampin' Up! will be offering them as an Early Release, so you can get it a whole month before the holiday catalog comes out!

Have you started your holiday cards yet? No? Well, don't feel bad, I haven't either! That is something I hope to remedy starting with this card. It's easy to duplicate and produce in multiples, so I think this might be one of the cards I send this year.

The background is very subtly heat embossed with clear snowflakes on white from the Colorful Seasons bundle. The greeting is from Carols of Christmas, also heat embossed in white on Night of Navy.

You know how I love snowflakes, so the snowflake dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits were the perfect addition for a dimensional effect!

Here's the "How To"
 Snowflakes: Whisper White scraps
 Greeting: Night of Navy 3" x 3-7/8"
 Background: Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Rub Embossing buddy all over background and greeting panels. Using VersaMark ink, stamp snowflakes randomly on background. Cover with clear embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with heat tool until shiny.
  2. Using VersaMark in, stamp greeting on navy cardstock so greeting is a little toward the right (leaving room for snowflake). Cover with white embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with heat tool. Adhere to background approximately 5/8" from bottom.
  3. Wrap ribbon around top and bottom of navy panel and adhere ends to back. Adhere backgound to card base.
  4. Die cut the two snowflakes. Attach smaller flake with liquid glue. Attach larger flake with liquid glue only on parts that cover the greeting panel and ribbon, leaving top half free.
  5. Add rhinestones.
Note: The Carols of Christmas can't be ordered yet, so it isn't listed in the products list. Be sure to Pin it on Pinterest so you can find it later when you do have it available!

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