Winter Wonder

The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is full of products that don’t necessarily stand out in it.  The Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of these products.  It is easy to overlook on page 37 of the catalog because of all the awesome products being showcased on that page as part of the Year Of Cheer Suite.  The Embossing Folder is a super large snowflake (and we all know how much I love large images!) that makes a beautiful impression for a background of a card.

The snowflakes I used on this card are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  This is a great set of dies that has something for every season.  There are three different snowflake dies in the set (although I only used two for this card).  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the stamp set called Star Of Light which is in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

I know Labor Day was a couple of weeks ago but I had a couple of wonderful visitors that weekend.  My son, Sam came for a visit and brought Madelyn with him.  Poor Tara had to work all weekend so she couldn’t come and she was sadly missed.  Madelyn is the prettiest and brightest two year old I know.  Of course, I am a little prejudice but as a grandmother, I can say such things.  We had so much fun with her.  She slept in the room across from mine and every morning when I woke up I would hear her calling me to come snuggle with her.  It was awesome!

We did a lot of reading from the Daniel Tiger book.  Daniel Tiger is a great kid’s show (and book) that is based on the Mr Rogers Neighborhood series from long ago.  It talks about a lot of life lessons like having a baby brother on the way, being scared of trying new things, going to the doctor and other lessons like that.  Madelyn and I read the entire book over the weekend.  Daniel Tiger is her favorite.  Ugga Mugga, Madelyn!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

This is a fun card I made using a stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  The set is called Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  The Happy Birthday Thinlits die goes with this set and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

You already know the die is one of my favorites but it was also a favorite at my monthly stamp club meeting.  Most of the ladies bought this one.  I love the size of it and the stamp set is a lot of fun.  It is a two step stamp set which means you use two different stamps to make an image.  In this case, each of the flowers has an outline stamp and then an inside stamp.  It is super easy to line up because it is Photopolymer which means you can see through it for exact placement.

Speaking of gorgeous, guess who came to visit us last weekend!  Sam and Tara had a wedding to go to in this area so Rob and I got to watch Madelyn for them.  Every time I see her, she seems to be so much bigger and her vocabulary is amazing.  I could even understand most everything she said so Mom and Dad didn’t have to be interpreters.  Plus she gets prettier every time I see her (yes, I am a little biased!)!


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French Toast In October

Some of you will get the title of this post right away and others may think I am crazy.  I guess I should start at the beginning so some of you will understand.

My son, Sam and his wife, Tara have a Sheep-a-doodle named Waffles.  Waffles is a crazy but very sweet dog who loves her feet rubbed,  Yes, it is very odd, but if you think about, don’t you like your feet rubbed?  In any case, when Sam and Tara were expecting their first child, I nicknamed him/her (because we didn’t know at the time) Pancakes.  Of course, Pancakes turned out the be Madelyn.

Have you figured it out yet?

Yes, Sam and Tara are expecting again.  French Toast is due in October.  When Tara had the test to find out the sex of the baby, she asked the doctor to email it to a local bakery.  They baked a cupcake for them where the filling would be either blue or pink and gave it to Madelyn to eat.  I don’t think Madelyn has ever eaten cake where everyone was so excited to watch!

 

French Toast is a boy!  For good or bad, the Horr name will continue.  I’ll have three grand children then!  It is just awesome!

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Happy Birthday

Stampin’ Up! has a new die in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog that I just love.  It  is called Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  It is a big die (3.5″ x 3″) and we all know how much I love big dies!  It has a matching stamp set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

This is one of the cards we made last night at our monthly stamp club meeting.  The balloon is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and it coordinates with Ballon Bouquet Punch.  This set also coordinates with the Classic Label Punch (although I didn’t use it for this card).  The Designer Series Paper is called Pick A Pattern.

Last week we went on vacation with Madelyn and her family.  My 92 year old mother lives nearby so she got to visit with all of us too.  We all went out for lunch one day.  Madelyn loved her Great Grandma!

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Sunshine Sayings

Last weekend Rob and I went to see our grand daughter, Madelyn.  It was her second birthday.  I can’t believe how quickly time went and that she is already two!  If you ask her how old she is she will tell you “two weeks”.  I’m not sure where she got that from, but it is adorable.  She is also a genius!  I mean it.  She is so bright.  Ok, I will admit I am her grandmother so I may be just a wee bit biased but how many two years olds can sing the alphabet song?  She sung it perfectly except for the usual jumble of l, m, n, o p.  See?  I told you she is a genius!

For her birthday party she dressed like Minnie Mouse.

Back to our regularly scheduled program……

I made this card using the stamp set Sunshine Sayings.  This set has matching Thinlits called Sunshine Wishes.  Both of these items are being carried over into the new Annual Catalog which starts June 1st (Yay!).


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So Detailed Thinlits Dies

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So Detailed Thinlits Dies are in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  They are a set of three dies.  Two of them are belly band dies which means you wrap them around cardstock and tuck each end underneath.  You can make them slide off if you don’t attach them directly on the card stock.

In this case, I decided to cut off the ends that normally wrap around and just place a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock underneath it.  I took one of the hearts that get cut out when using this die and glued it next to the sentiment.  The Designer Series Paper is called Floral Boutique.  Each piece is Whisper White and Night of Navy.  It is very elegant.  The sentiment is from All Things Thanks.

I was looking through my camera yesterday and found this picture of Madelyn on Christmas Day.  She makes me so happy.  Can you tell?

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Santa Shaker Card

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I love shaker cards and they just happen to be all the rage right now.  They are not hard to make at all and I think it is so much fun to get a card in the mail, especially when it is something different such as a shaker card.

I used the set of Thinlits in the Holiday Catalog called Detailed Santa.  It is a set of four dies.  Two of them are border dies which are fun to use too (even though I didn’t use them on this card).  These dies have a matching stamp set called Greetings From Santa and you can save 10% by purchasing both in a Bundle.

Madelyn and her family came to see us this weekend.  Every time I see her, she amazes me how much she has grown and how much she has learned.  We decided to take her to the Mall to see Santa.  Madelyn wanted nothing to do with him and ran away as soon as he looked at her.  So Daddy had to sit with Santa in order for Madelyn to go anywhere near him.  She was still pretty skeptical about some crazy white bearded man in a red suit.  She has quite a look on her face!

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Falling Flowers And Thoughtful Banners

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Here is a quick and easy birthday card that you can make in just a few minutes.  I used the stamp sets called Falling Flowers.  This stamp set has a matching set of Framelits called May Flowers and you can save 10% buy purchasing them in a Bundle.  I didn’t actually use the Framelits for this card but it is always awesome when you can buy matching Framelits.  That is one of the best things about Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Thoughtful Banners.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Duet Banners (again, you can save money by purchasing the Bundle).

I forgot to share Madelyn’s Halloween costume.  As some of you know, Madelyn has a dog named Waffles.  Waffles is a Sheep-a-doodle.  Madelyn’s parents decided to dress her up as a Sheep – Baby for Halloween!  She is just adorable, if I do say so myself!

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Paper Pumpkin Shaker Cards

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This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is one of the cutest I have seen so far.  It makes shaker cards which are always fun.  Watch this video to see how easy and cute these cards are.

On a side note, last weekend we went to visit Madelyn.  What a difference two months make!  I am going to have start visiting her monthly.  She is brilliant!  She is saying words by imitating people.  She knows all her animals noises and she eats like a horse.  I don’t think I have smiled that much in one weekend ever!  Here is a picture of her when we went to pick out pumpkins.  I thought it was perfect when talking about Paper Pumpkin!

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Baby Bear

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This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting earlier in the summer.  I don’t know why I didn’t post it previous to this but I guess it doesn’t really matter.  This stamp set is called Baby Bear and is in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It is a 3-step stamp set which is why the bear looks so life like.  First you stamp the background color in the lightest color.  We used Crumb Cake.  Then you stamp over that with the 2nd stamp in the series (we used Soft Suede) and last of all, you stamp the third color over it all (we used Early Espresso).  It really give it a nice 3D look and it is very easy to line up.

I am saving this card to send to Madelyn.  It is a perfect card for a sweet, little girl.  Here is a picture of her in pigtails.  She is growing up way too fast!

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