Another Valentine!

Here is one more Valentine I made using the Meant To Be Stamp Set and the matching dies called Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies.  I am sure you can tell I have a lot of Valentines to make.  I send them to all my children, my grandchildren, my sisters and my mother.  I always thought Valentine’s Day was a great day to show everyone you care about that you are thinking of them. As they say, in my opinion, Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers.  Anytime I get in a card in the mail, it always makes me smile whether it is associated with a holiday or not.

To make this card I first ran a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock through my Big Shot using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Berry Burst ink and cut it out using a heart die and then the border to go around the heart.  I cut the little border hearts die once in Whisper White cardstock and once in Berry Burst.  I layered them together off center so it would look a little 3D.  Lastly, I added the little hearts and the flower doohickey to the top of the heart.  I know that is a very technical name!

You still have a couple more days to get making some and send them to people you care about.

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Butterfly Basics Sympathy Card

No one likes to have to send a sympathy card but sometimes you have to so I try to keep a couple on hand.  I made this card using a couple of different stamp sets.  The flowers are from Butterfly Basics.  This stamp set has been around for a little while but it hasn’t seen any ink in a long time.  You know how it is.  I get new stamp sets that I am so excited about and those poor older sets sit there on the shelf so lonely and sad.  This past month I have been trying to get out those sets.  They made me happy once and they still make me happy!

The sentiment is from Rose Wonder, another older lonely set.  This set has some great sentiments that can be used for most every occasion.  It has wedding, birthday, thank you and sympathy sentiments in it.  I love sets that can be so versatile.

The embossing folder is from the 2017 Holiday Catalog and is called Quilt Top.  Although the stamp set called Christmas Quilt and the Quilt Builder dies are retiring, this embossing folder is not.  By the way, don’t forget this is the last week you will be able to buy some of the products in the Holiday Catalog because they will be retiring on January 2nd. Product List

Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonflies are one of those bugs that no one seems to mind if they are around.  As I was beginning to write this blog post, I realized that I haven’t seen any dragonflies at our cottage.  That is kind of weird since they like to hang out around water.  I’ll have to do a little research and find out why.

Edited:  Well, Dragonflies do live near the water.  They actually start their lives in the water.  Adult dragonflies usually only live a month but some species live up to six months.  They eat mosquitoes (which is why we all love them).  If you want to find out more about them you can click HERE.  I still don’t know why there aren’t any around here but that is research for another day!

I made this card using the stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Detailed Dragonfly.  Unfortunately, this set was released in a prior year so there is no Bundle Bonus.  In case you were wondering, Stampin’ Up! offers Bundles on matching stamp sets and dies the first year they are out.  After that, they are only sold separately.  If you like a Bundle, buy it before you are not able to.

One of my favorite this about this set is the cute little Dragonfly die I used above.  All those dragonflies are attached together with one die.   They are adorable, aren’t they?  I cut these out using Silver Foil Paper. I thought it added a nice little sparkle to the card.

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Christmas Quilt

I have a story to tell you.  When I was in 8th grade all the girls had to take the Homemaking Class.  This class was meant to teach us everything we needed to know to make a good wife.  Before you all go crazy, I find there is nothing wrong with this.  Back in the day, yes, that was what it was meant to be.  I think if they offered this course today (and maybe they still do) a lot of young girls and boys should take it.  They teach you to cook and sew which are not bad things to know (even today).  Of course, it would be better if they named the course something else like “How To Live On Your Own And Survive” and some of the boys might take the course.  My sons still do not know how to sew on a button.

Why am I telling you this?  Well the class was supposed to teach us how to sew.  We had to make a dress.  Our moms had to take us to the fabric store to buy the material, thread, buttons, zippers and pattern.  I picked out this simple pattern with cute fabric.  For the next 6 or 8 weeks I learned how to thread a sewing machine, put in a zipper, sew on a button, etc.  My dress came out gorgeous!  Every seam looked perfectly straight.  Every button was exactly where it was supposed to be.  I was meant to work at Simplicity Patterns!  Then I had to try it on.  It would have been gorgeous if one shoulder was just about 2 inches higher than the other.  It also would have helped in one knee was 3 inches lower than the other.  In other words, it would fix Quasimodo perfectly!  Unfortunately my knees and shoulders match.  All I can say it is a good thing I did the cooking section fairly well  because I did pass the course.

Anyway, for those who can not sew you can create awesome quilt patterns with the Christmas Quilt stamp set and matching Quilt Builder Framelits Dies.  Forget the sewing machine and just stamp!

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