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Road Trip

Yesterday Russ and I went on a road trip with my sisters, their husbands, and our mom to Dover and Massachusetts to check out our favorite craft stores: Stamped Designs in Dover and Absolutely Everything in Topsfield. We had a good time. Jeannette in Dover was having a sale to make way for newer items. I was able to get punches for a dollar a piece. Check out the picture of my sale purchases. The sale was alot of fun. Lots of people there filling their baskets with sale items. People were friendly and having a good time, too. Stamped Designs is a great place. Check out Jeanette's blog here: http://www.stampeddesignsblog.blogspot.com/

We headed to Absolutely Everything in Massachusetts where my sister, Adrianne, was to meet us. She lives a few minutes away. Love this store. It has a variety of items. No sale. But I did find Ten Seconds Studio and Melissa Francis items. Lots of Tim Holtz and Sizzix to buy. This stores blog is interesting to check out too: http://www.absolutelyeverythingblog.blogspot.com/

We then headed to Hilltop Restaurant in Saugus. Russ has been dying to go here since he had been there many years ago. He said it hadn’t changed a bit. The decor was charming. I loved the Indian statues. The food and atmosphere was excellent. Our waitress was very nice and helpful. We had a great time.

Dont' you love their sign?

Mom wanted to see Adrianne’s place, so we headed towards Billerica. Michelle, Adrianne’s roommate , was there. What a sweet person. The condo is gorgeous. We even saw Canadian geese there.

Resting from their long day, too!

We shared stories and rested awhile before heading back to Maine. We are hoping to have another road trip soon.

Finished Thank Yous!!

I finished the last four thank you notes to my former students who sent me letters before Christmas. I chose a different design, but still used Stampin Up’s Trees Threes set. I love Michelle Zindorf’s work. I cased her card that you can see here

I added the moon in the background and did not use the ribbons. For the snow I used Enamel Accents in white. The sentiment is from SU’s Short & Sweet set, and the bird is from SU’s Feathered Hope set. I did not have SU’s River Rock ink, so I used Always Artichoke instead. I think it came out okay.

Sample squares

I am including a sample of my most recent endeavor which is Zentangling. I think the students might be interested in trying this creative art form. I am certainly a novice.
The weatherman has predicted a nor’easter for tomorrow,so I think this card is timely. I think the red bird is cute in the forest. Hope they like it, too.


Punch Bunch Card

I am still working on my thank you notes, but I just had to try making flowers/pine cones from a book I bought entitled:” Paper Bouquet”.. Great book on using different punches to make different flowers. This
is my first attempt. I decided to make the pine cones. I used the small pear paper punch, mega fern punch, and the pine bough punch. The book recommended using molding paste glue, which I didn’t have and hate to buy if I don’t have to, so I just used my glossy accents glue. That’s why in the picture my fingers are covered with glue. I may try and find this paste…
Anyway, my pine cones are a bit tighter than the books,but I think it’s okay. I used SU’s bird punch. Love this punch! I also used SU’s tag punch. Tim Holtz’s inks helped to age the tag a bit. Also, I think the tree embossing folder is from Tim HOltz. I rubbed his ink pad: Vintage Photo over the raised tree parts and then rubbed with a sponge in between the raised areas. I liked the effect.

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The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s Summer by the Sea. I used the white and black enamel accents for the bird’s eye. Ribbon is from JoAnn’s Fabric Store. Love their ribbon ’cause it’s so reasonably priced.
I plan on working on making flowers from punches alot this winter. It takes alot of time and patience, but what else do I have to do in this cold weather.

Thank You…Kids!!

I received some lovely letters from some of my former students just before Christmas vacation. They were writing to me due to my father’s illness. They were so sweet. I am sending each one a card. These cards seem perfect in light of our recent snowstorm.
I had forgotten how much I love Michelle Zindorf’s designs. I cased these cards from her gallery at Splitcoaststampers.com . You can check it out here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/689372

Looks like a cold winter!

I used Stampin UP’s Trees Three stamp set. I love this set. I also used SU’s Lovely as a Tree set and SU’s Short & Sweet stamp set. I cut a 1 3/8 inch circle as a mask for the moon. First I masked the bottom part of the card with ripped paper to look like snow banks, and then I brayered So Saffron, More Mustard, and Pumpkin Pie ink. I removed the masks and stamped the trees in black. Oops, I almost forgot that I sponged a little So Saffron and More Mustard on the moon to make it glow a little. This is what Michelle did on her card. I stamped the trees in black. I did use White Enamel Accents on the bare trees to mimic snow. I think Michelle used a gel pen. I hope the students like these cards.
I may try and use the Trees Three stamp set a little differently for the other cards. Braying is wicked fun.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Christmas Thank You!!

Thanks for the gift

I have been working on my thank you cards for Christmas giving. I am retired now, so I can get a jump on these cards which makes me feel less stressed this holiday…Yeah!! I cased a card from my favorites gallery. Check it out here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1803970
It was beautifully done,but I did not have the same materials this gal had, so I improvised. I may try to make a butterfly on my next cards, but I am happy with this one.
I used the stamp set from SU called Thoughts and Prayers. I also used the sentiment from pocket silhouettes. You could use any small flower punch in white paper. I did not use pearls,but used white enamel accents from Ranger. It dries pretty quickly. The paper is from SU. Scor- pal helped me emboss the lines around the picture. What would I do without my Scor-pal. I just have to finish the inside with a personal note. I am feeling pretty good with Christmas almost here. Retirement is all it’s cracked up to be!!

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