Free As A Bird

Stampin Up Free As A Bird

Free As a Bird is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020/2021 Annual Catalog.  It is such a cute set with multiple bird images, leaves, flowers and sentiments.  I love the little birds on the branch and decided to use them as the basis of my card.

I first stamped the birds in Memento Black Ink and then colored them with So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Just Jade Stampin Blends.  I am not a very good artist and was never a good colorer but Blends make it a lot easier because they blend so well together so you can shade and you don’t see lines.  I decided to use Designer Series Paper called Flowers Forever for the backdrop.  I punched the flags (or banners) out using the Banners Pick A Punch.  As I was starting to layer it all, I decided to stamp the leaves using Just Jade ink on the Just Jade card base to add a little texture.

Last week was a crazy week for me.  Rob and I went to Alabama to see my son and his family.  Emy is now 3 1/2 (that half is very important to her) and Jackson is 6 weeks old.  What a different 6 weeks make.  He has lost that newborn look and seems to have grown a lot since we saw him after his birth.  Emy is handling the new addition to the family pretty well now.  She didn’t want a brother.  She wanted a sister and tried to get her parents to exchange him.  I guess she has accepted that there are no returns on a baby.


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Snow Front

This is one of the cards we made at my monthly stamp class meeting in October.  It uses the stamp set called Snow Front which is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is a scene building stamp set much like the stamp set called Waterfront that is in the Annual Catalog.  This time the stamp set more of a woodsy, winter scene than a waterfront scene.

The colors I used on this card are Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Seaside Spray and Real Red.  To make this card I first stamped the log cabin in Crumb Cake Ink.  Then I masked it off using a Post-It Note and stamped the trees on both sides of the cabin.  Then I stamped the mountains, the path, the pond and the tree.  I added the deer and the Cardinals last.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called So Many Stars which is also in the Holiday Catalog.

Last weekend I went to Alabama to visit my son, Zachary, his wife Mary and my grand daughter, Emory.  Emy is 2 1/2 going on 16.  She is adorable yet sassy and definitely has a mind of her own.  There is definitely a mix of her parent’s personalities in Emy but she is 100% her mom in looks.

Alabama was 95-97 degrees while we were there.  Apparently it was like that all summer.  I thought I was going to melt.  After taking 30 hours to get home due to flight cancelations, we arrived to 50 degree weather here.  That is almost a 50 degree drop in temperature.  I need to find a place where the weather is somewhere in the middle!

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Piece Of Cake

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting during April.  I love this card because it is so bright and cheery.  We used the stamp set called Piece Of Cake.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Cake Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The sentiment came from another stamp set called Amazing Life.  The Designer Series Paper is called How Sweet It Is.  All of these products are in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

To make this card I first stamped the cake in Memento Black Ink and then colored it with my Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch and Bermuda Bay Stampin’  Blends.  Then I punched out the cake and the stand (in Pineapple Punch cardstock) using the Cake Builder Punch.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink and colored the word cake using my Pineapple Punch Blends.  Lastly I added the sequin from the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins.

I told you I had been traveling a lot during the month of April.  The first weekend I flew down to Montgomery Alabama to visit my son, Zachary and his daughter Emory (Emy).  Mary, his wife, was away so I had the job of watching Emy while Zachary was at work.  It was a tough job but someone had to do it and it was awesome!  We had such a good time.  The last time I saw her was at Christmas.  It amazes me how much she has grown in a few months.  She went from saying one or two words at a time to speaking full sentences.  Of course, she is two so most of her sentences start with the word no!

Here are some pictures.

Isn’t she just adorable?  (I know.  I am a little prejudice!!)!!

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Tropical Chic

This is the third card we made at our monthly club meeting in December.  It uses products from the Tropical Escape Suite that is in the 2018/2019 Annual Stampin’ Up!® Catalog.    I love how Stampin’ Up! puts matching products together making it easier to buy things that match.

The stamp set called Tropical Chic and it has matching dies called Tropical Thinlits.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  There is also Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper, ribbon, cardstock and embellishments in this Suite.  I do have to say that the 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon is beautiful (even though we didn’t use it on this card).

To make this card I first cut out the leaf square in Whisper White cardstock and backed it with a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock.  Then I stamped the flower in Poppy Parade and cut that our using the matching die.  The Granny Apple Green Leaf is also a die.

I haven’t shown you pictures of my grandchildren lately so I am sharing here.

Madelyn had a Christmas concert at school.  All the children wore this shirt.  They did a great job singing.

Here is Emy in her Christmas outfit.  I think this is what she wore when they went to pick out their Christmas tree.

I think Nolan had a great time in the bubbles!

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Commercial Break

I am taking a break from my regularly scheduled posts to show you pictures of my grandchildren in their Halloween costumes.  I know it is a little late but , as they say, better late than never.

Emy Jade was Minnie Mouse (or, as she says, Mixy) on Halloween.  Look at those shoes!

A couple of days before Halloween she wore this to school.

Madelyn was Wonder Woman (she always wants to be a super hero) and Nolan was Clark Kent. I thought that was pretty clever!

Then you can add Waffles to the mix.  She went as Batgirl!

Here is Sam and Tara’s traditional “shove a kid in a pumpkin” photo.

Wishing You Well

Wishing You Well is a new DisINKtive stamp set that is in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  DisINKtive stamps are designed by Stampin’ Up! to show depth to an image.  You can see this best with the bow where it looks darker where there would be a layer (such as the knot)  One tip when using DisINKtive stamps is it is better to use Stamping Sponges them or a Sponge Dauber to ink them.  There are a few of these kind of stamps in the catalog.

I stamped the wreath in Call Me Clover and the bow in Blueberry Bushel.  The Designer Series Paper is called Best Route and is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

A couple of weeks ago I was telling you that my son, Zachary, his wife Mary and his daughter, Emory (sometimes called Emy) were coming to visit me.  It turns out that Mary could not come.  She ended up having back surgery and could not travel.  Zachary and Emory decided to come anyway because it would be easier for Mary to recuperate without Emy.  Emy likes here Mama to pick her up and Mary can’t do that right now.  In any case, we had an awesome time!  Emy is 18 months old.  She is absolutely adorable, although a little sassy at times.  Zachary seems to think she takes after Mary but I seem to remember a little boy being quite sassy at times too so I am not so sure.  In any case, Rob and I had a great time with them.

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Stitched All Around

Stitched All Around is a new stamp set that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching Framelits called Stitched Labels and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set is has some cute sentiments but the dies is what drew me to this suite in the first place.

There are ten dies in this set.  They are mostly label dies which make them perfect for sentiments but there are a few other dies in the set that really add to it.  If you look at my card you can see the pattern that one of the dies makes.  It doesn’t cut out a shape.  It just pierces the cardstock to make this cute X pattern.  Plus it has two straight dies that add piercings to your cardstock.  One makes x’s and the other makes dots.  You are going to love this set of Framelits!

On a side note, here is a picture of Emory Jade.  She is growing up so fast and is already 16 months old!  She is the cutest and sassiest little southern girl.  Just look at those eyes!  She looks just like her Mama.

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Grandchildren Are The Best

I don’t really have a card for you today because I have been away visiting my son, his fiancé and granddaughter in Alabama.  Rob had a convention to go to in Atlanta so I went along for a couple of days.  Then I rented a car and drove to Montgomery.  Of course, we were probably the only people in the world traveling south when Irma was going to hit.  Everyone tried to talk us out of it (including me!) but Rob wanted to go anyway.  I am really glad I did.

There were two amazing things that came out of this trip.  The first is me renting a car in Atlanta and driving to Montgomery by myself.  I live in Northern New York.  A traffic jam is five cars. I get nervous when I have less than five car lengths between me and the car in front of me.  Of course, it really did help that I was driving south when most people were driving north to get away from Irma.  Anyway, I did it.  I survived and I even made it to Montgomery despite Google Maps wanting me to make a couple of wrong turns.  Thankfully I believed the giant thruway signs over Google telling me to veer right when it should have been left (twice!)!

The other really great thing is a bad thing that turned into a great thing.  My 92 year old mother, my sister and brother-in law live in Savannah and they were under mandatory evacuation because of Irma so they came to Atlanta when I was still there.  We met for dinner.  It was great to see both of them because I hadn’t been down there in a while.  Luckily Irma missed Savannah for the most part and they were able to return quickly.

The best thing, of course, was that I got to see Emory Jade.  Emory is six months old and adorable (in looks).  Emory is a little cranky at times.  Ok, Emory is a lot cranky at times but she is still adorable.  When she smiles at you, it just lights you up!  She has these giant hazel eyes that look so sweet and innocent (except at 1 AM, 3 AM, 4:30 AM and 5:30 AM).  Yes, she wakes up a lot during the night which makes for a long next day.  Just look at this face.  She has her mama, daddy and grandmother wrapped around her finger!

PS:  Luckily Alabama was spared from the wrath of Irma.  We just got a little rain and wind.

Lemon Zest

I totally forgot to show you the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting a couple of weeks ago.  We used the new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog called Lemon Zest.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Lemon Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set also has an orange or grapefruit with it along with some leaves and lots of cute sentiments such as “If life gives you lemons, chuck  them right back”.  The oranges fit the 1 3/4″ punch so you don’t need to cute them out by hand.  We used the new Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder is thicker than normal and leaves a deeper impression.  It is awesome!

Last week I went to Alabama to visit my youngest son, Zachary, his fiancé, Mary and his sweet little baby girl named Emory Jade.  Emory is adorable although I am not sure I should call her sweet.  She is kind of a terror but we all love her just the same.  She is five months old and just starting to giggle and when she does, it melts my heart.

While down there we went to a Peach Park.  Well, that was the name of it, although it wasn’t much of a park anymore.  I think it is one of those places that used to be fun but is now run down.  The huge peach is still. there so we all had our pictures taken in front of it.  It is really a giant peach so we didn’t quite notice what it looked like until we got home.  Oh my. No comments please.  We all know already!   Just keep your eyes on Emory!  If you are from Northern New York, look at the price of gas in Alabama!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous Geraniums

Everywhere I look people have these beautiful Geraniums in their yards.  They hang from porches and are planted in big pots all over the place.  I love Geraniums but unfortunately I am a plant killer.  Either I over water them or forget to water them at all so they just shrivel up and die.  It is sad and pathetic.

Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have a Geranium stamp so I thought I would make my own.  I used a couple of flowers from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set that is in the Annual Catalog.  It is a two set stamp set which means you use two stamps to make one image.  I used Berry Burst and Powder Pink to make the flowers.  Then I used an Aqua Painter to soften them.

The border is a new punch in the catalog.  It is called Decorative Ribbon Border.

Here is a picture of Emory Jade on her first 4th of July.  She has these beautiful big brown eyes.  She is also growing up way too fast!

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