Here Comes the Sun(flowers)

Finally! The sun has peeked through the clouds of La Nina and it has brightened my soul! I was so inspired by the light (and a card sent to me years ago by a demonstrator friend, Mindi B) that I pulled out the Love & Care stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog and my Stampin’ Pastels for a little “Poppin’ Pastels”:

This technique is really fun and easy: Stamp with Versamark onto white card stock and then use sponge daubers to apply pastels (chalk) to the stamped image and watch the color POP! It’s such a cheerful look, matching my optimistic attitude today. Oh, and the flowers embossed into the Early Espresso card stock is the new Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (also from Summer Mini). Enjoy the sunshine!

A Mom’s Ode to Teachers

In May the teacher’s plight was lost 
Amid the joyful day
As children books and pencils tossed
And hurried off to play.
The next three months pass in a haze
While mothers entertain
And sweep and clean for endless days~
Summer days wash down the drain.
Exhausted, August finally comes
And school begins once more!
A smiling teacher now welcomes
Each child at classroom door.
A Mother feels both sad and glad
As she waves her goodbyes.
Grateful and appreciative, Mom knows (and Dad!)
That teachers deserve a PRIZE!

(Sample by Pam Clyde, from the Summer Mini Catalog Swap)
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Summer’s End

The end of summer is always bittersweet: It’s the end of late nights and lazy mornings, but the beginning of preservation season as we can/bottle/dry the fruit of the season and the smell of new school supplies. It’s the last chance for summer vacations and the first opportunity to print the pictures from those trips. August is also the last chance to order from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog, and with that said, I wanted to share some summer-themed samples made by talented demonstrators showcasing the Tropical Party and Sentimental Journey stamp sets from the Summer Mini! First from Jennifer Valk, a taste of the tropics:

 “If you like Pina Colada! Getting caught in the rain…” And I do! And how about that totally cool Designer Series Paper? It’s called Island Oasis and is so vibrant, it gives your projects POP!

Next up, the perfect stamp set to use for decorating those scrapbook pages after your vacation or to journal your journey of self-discovery: Sentimental Journey by Pam Staples:

All stamp sets in the Summer Mini catalog are available in wood mounted or clear mounted rubber stamp options, and both of these sets have coordinating Designer Printed 6×6 Albums (only $10.95!) and Designer Series Paper to make scrapbooking your summer vacation a SNAP! Consider it your “Passport to Creativity” 🙂 and you can order on my website anytime, just click the “Shop Now” button in the top right.

Go FOURTH!

Here is some patriotic inspiration for the holiday weekend! This card using the “July Fourth” stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog is loaded with bling and created by my stampin’ “granddaughter” Kristi Kelly:

And I had to steal this crafty idea for an adorable centerpiece from my sister’s blog since they are so stinkin’ cute:
You can find the directions for these “Paper Lollies” at this ultra cool site called MAKE AND TAKES, which you really should bookmark, too!

A Cool Ride for Dad

The a la carte Motorcycle stamp in the Occasions Mini Catalog creates a few classic greetings for Father’s Day, as shown here by Sandra Hansen, my friend and member of my Stitched Stampers family:

And how stunning is that Square Lattice Embossing folder texture in both Navy and Silver??

Memorial Day: King of the Grill

In honor of those backyard chefs who display their skill on Memorial Day, here’s a card by MaryAnn Meyers (from the Summer Mini Swap) to kick off your weekend:
 

…and just in case you tire of the same old hamburgers and hot dogs, this is my all-time favorite and super-simple marinade for chicken (try it and leave a comment to tell me how you like it!)~

Marinated Grilled Chicken
1/2 c. Soy Sauce  
1/4 c. Honey
1 clove Garlic, crushed
1/2 t. ground Ginger
Mix all ingredients together and marinate chicken tenders overnight or at least 4 hours. Grill chicken on BBQ (or broil in oven on a rainy day!). Be careful as it does not take long to cook 🙂

Watercolor Trio and Sweet Lenas

You know how you get excited for Spring to come around the beginning of April when the first sunny day gets above 50 degrees, so you pack up all your winter clothes and cheerfully pull out your short-sleeves and flip-flops? Then there comes a few days when you have to layer some of those clothes because Mother Nature pulls a trick on you and the temperature plummets below 30 again. Well, here in Utah, that tricky lady had a great chuckle yesterday when she set a record for the latest snowfall on record since 1979 (which, btw, was May 17 of that year).
So, needless to say…I am READY TO WELCOME SPRING!!! So to entice Mother Nature to send a little more sunshine, here are a few lovely spring card samples using the Watercolor Trio stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog and created by some talented demonstrators for the Summer Mini Swap I recently hosted. First, from Kim Innis, a rejuvenating orange beauty:
Next is a card using the Scallop Circle die (for the Big Shot) as a creative accent by Dawn Hill, one of my SU! “Grand-daughters”
One more thing I would like to share with you today, another sign of spring: My Sweet Lena Iris!  I *wish* you could smell these flowers…they have such a sweet fragrance, you would believe they would be as sweet as sugar to the taste!

My husband picked up one of these plants as a gift for me when we lived in the Seattle area about 12 years ago. We have planted them and divided them among friends and neighbors in each place we have lived since then and they grow without much effort on my part (thank heavens). If you come by my house in the next few weeks, stop and smell the Iris!

Scrapbook a Moment of Life

Capturing the perfect moment in a photograph is a delight, so when my sister gave me this photo of my photogenic niece, Madi, I knew that it deserved a page of it’s own! 
 
I borrowed a page “map” from Jan Tink and used the Elements of Style stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog. The colors (Lovely Lilac, Barely Banana and Sage Shadow) are perfect together, but all are retiring on June 30th (so order them soon if you can’t live without them!). 

Graduation Inspiration (Swap, pt. 2)

Since it’s that time of the year, let me share some ideas for Graduation cards that were shared in our Summer Mini Catalog Swap, starting with a card by Tina Taves using both the Go, Graduate stamp set and Happy Grad single stamp. I really liked the window sheet peek-through:

Next is a card by Roseanne Urbanc from the Go, Graduate set:
And one from Ann Olsen (my Stampin’ Up! “daughter” and dear friend):
And finally, this beauty by Kimberly Meyers…I really like the fact that the Happy Grad stamp is only $8.95 and by adding a punched star and brad, you have a totally cool card:
Don’t forget that you can order these stamps 24/7 on my SU! website!

Summer Mini Swap, Elements of Style

I have been sorting and sending out a huge demonstrator card swap and it was much more work than I anticipated, but the results are stunning! I am going to share a few of the cards here on my blog over the next few days, but to get the full effect you need to see them in person (and you could do that by hosting a workshop anytime before July 31st!).

These cards were all created with stamps from the Summer Mini Catalog (click on the link in the left column to download the Summer Mini Catalog).

Let’s start with MY card 🙂 This stamp set is called Elements of Style:

 Elements of Style by Debbie Greuser (one of my Stitched Stamper Demonstrators!):

And just for fun, here is a card made with this same stamp set by Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Stampin’ Up! that she shared at Leadership in January:

Come back for more Summer Mini Samples soon!