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{I Wore My Stamps Today}

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This is an idea that I've been playing with in my head for a long time, and when I saw Embrace Life, I had to try it out!  It all started with my dear friend, Lissa, brought over a finished wall quilt that she had made for a wedding gift.  She handed me a stamp from Wonderful Words II and aske ME to stamp it on the quilt!  We were both too scared to do it, but it did plant in my head the very cool idea of stamping on fabric.  (She stamped it in the end and it worked beautifully).

As many of you know,Stampinupskirtfamily my other passion (gee, how many do I have?) is sewing.  I wasnted to make a skirt and decided to use a solid white and embellish with stamps!  Now this is really opening up some possibilities here . . . !!  Watch out – I think I can feel some fantastic handbags coming on!  And oh my, what about those quilt options?!

My dad was taking some family photos of us, and this is not a great one of either us nor the skirt, but the best one of the skirt "in action".  I took a close up so you could more detail.

Rivetbudgetwise You need to use a permanent or fabric-specific ink for this.  For my skirt, I have used the Jet Black Staz-On and heat set it with a dry iron.  Quilters and Dressmakers, I'd love to see how you  Stampinupskirt incorporate stamps into your projects!

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{Loads of Love in My Heart}

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Rivetmaleapproved This is just a few cute & fast little card that I made for my Uncle Bob.  He was such a dear man, a real big teddy bear.  I made and sent him this card when it was discovered he Stampinuploadsoflovebob had cancer and was in the hospital.  (I just took a photo of it before I sent it). Unfortunately, he passed away before the card even arrived.

It did bring some comfort to his wife, my Aunt Jacque, in those first few days.  It brought home to me that this hobby of ours is more than just "having a play" – we have the opportunity to bring real joy to others.

Whether it's a random I Love You, an otherwise forgotten birthday, or preserving simple memories on a page, I challenge all of us to find a way, big or small, to touch someone else this week.  Let's not just save the I Love You's for Christmas, Valentine's and Birthdays – let's make it a personal challenge to share our love for others every month, every week and every day.  We never know what kind of impact we might have on someone who just needs to know that someone cares for them.

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{Colour Challenge #36}

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123008-colors[1] This week's colour challenge was easy for me with three daughters!  Give me pink, and I have thousands of photos to fit!  Really, when I do laundry, I can easily do a full load of just "pink"!!

These photos are some of my favourites of my two eldest daughters.  My father is an ameteur photographer, and he sat them down for a silly photo shoot by an old, rotten fence (Gee, it looks like the fence on my driveway).

Stampinupwildrosepage The papers here are from Daisy D's.  They came already distressed, but I did add a bit more on the cut edges. I just love the look of antiquing and distressing combined with subtle colours and feminine elements.  And, as always, I just adore lots of layers and visual textures with ribbons and stitching.

The stamp sets used here are Wild Rose and Blossoms Abound.  Wild Rose produces such an amazing result with Stampinupwildrose2 little effort.  I masked the flower here to put on the greenery.

This was a lot of fun – give me pink and I know just what to do!Stampinupwildrose3

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{Sofie’s contribution to the Colour Challenge}

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See the above post for the Colour Challenge this week.

IMG_5763_edited-1 It's school holidays, so in order for me to get my page done, I had to find a way to occupy Miss Sofie as well.  I gave her the four colours in cardstock  and she had her go.  The glitter heart paper I gave her for Christmas was a "must", according to her.  "Pop Up cards – when you open them, something puffs up", says Sofie. 

Sofie is six years old. 

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{Rubber Stamping Gift Idea}

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Rivetbudgetwise Not just for Christmas, this is a fun gift idea for any time of the year!

I have a dear friend who has been diagnosed with cancer.  She's been in the hospital for surgery this last week, and my dad and I resolved to visit her every day.  Each day I took in a small gift – chapstick for her dry lips, an extra blanket to keep warm, a truffle, a book Fern's-vase to read.  One of the days we took in a vase with some scented flowers to fill her space with lovliness.  I cut some flowers for her and found a little vase at an op shop.  Dad scrubbed it shiny clean, and we were ready to go.  I just added this one last detail – one of Stampin Up's rub-ons from the Cherish collection right onto the glass.  It worked beautifully!  (You get a sheet of black and a sheet of white in each pack.)  I gave it a quick coat with clear nail polish so she could wash it without it coming off, too.  Now my $2 vase is something unique and special.

Try this with little hand mirrors, glass jars, wine glasses, etc.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

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{Christmas Cards for Me!}

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Stampinupxmas08 Here are just a few samples of some of the lovely Christmas cards I received this year.  Thank you so much to all who thought of me and took the time to send me a holiday greeting!  It's the people in my world that make my life so good!!

The artists here are Karen Rogers, June Abbott, and Hannah Pham.

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{A Cute! Gift from Melinda}

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Rivetbudgetwise Melsstampinupchapstick I have to confess my dearest and long-timest (hate to say "oldest") friend, Melinda, sent these for my girls . . .  a long time ago!  It took me shoveling out my craft closet to find them again.  And bonus! Perfect stocking stuffers.

Aren't they adorable?!  Pefect for three little girls who love to doll themselves up.  She's a clever lady, that Melinda.  She made up this little project, too.  Now maybe if we all write to her, she might come and visit-teach us.  She's timid of airplanes, so she'll need lot of encouragment.

The stamps used here are Stampin' Up! stamps, but from a retired set.  the colours are from the Bold Brights collection.

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{Wanted Bag in a Box}

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Wanted-bag Rivetmaleapproved In giant size!!  This turned out very cool!  I wanted to give my dad this really really yummy vanilla hot chocolate (order here), and thought a giant bag in a box was the perfect presentation.

The papers are the Wanted series and the stamps are from the Wanted stamp set.  And, imagine this, they work really well together.

Now, the really perceptive people out there might wonder where I got the circle to go under the scallop punch.  Take a close look – it's two tabs from the round tab punch layered on top of each other to make a perfect circle! 

Colours are Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Really Rust, and Very Vanilla.  Contact me to order your sets today!

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