Of course, we had to use the Wood Words stamp set and coordinating Wood Crate dies for one of our projects at the A Morning in the Country classes I held last week. I was inspired by catalog pictures of this suite when I made this. The crate was cut...


Crate Day! and more...

Crate Day!

Of course, we had to use the Wood Words stamp set and coordinating Wood Crate dies for one of our projects at the A Morning in the Country classes I held last week. I was inspired by catalog pictures of this suite when I made this.


The crate was cut from, you guessed it, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. It is really quick and easy to put together. Just about all the images from the Wood Words stamp set were used to create the 3" x 3" enclosure cards.


The catalog inspired me to use the largest stamp for the background on each card in the same colors as the card stock used: Cherry  Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Dapper Denim. Using Crumb Cake was my pick for embellishing the cards. We used lots of the dies to cut the shapes from Wood Words to add to the cards. They'll all make cute cards when giving little gifts. Or the crate and enclosure cards could be used as a cute hostess gift too!

I got my walk in yesterday! Then I put stakes out around my peony bushes as they're full of buds and when they bloom they will be heavy. I picked up a ton of sticks from the yard but it was really windy so every time I went outside the rest of the day I picked up more sticks. I about got the pillow I was working on completed and hope to finish that up today. I have friends coming over to scrapbook this weekend and I have a little more cleaning to finish up. I better get going! Hope your day is great! - Dawn


Daisy, Daisy

So many things come to mind when I see daisies. Of course, songs and plucking daisy petals off one at a time saying, "he loves me, he loves me not" and trying to make it land just right. And I always think of Doris Day for some reason! Do daisies bring different things to your mind? Another of the cards we made at class last week is this one, featuring the Daisy Delight bundle.


We used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper on this one in the background. Can you see it? Theres a piece that serves as the foundation for the card in the very back, kind of like a tabletop. The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (officially all gone as of today) was added over the Wood Textures DSP with dimensionals to raise it up a bit. We stamped the jar onto a Window Sheet with Staz On ink and also the Hello sentiment and set it aside to let it dry. We didn't want any smearing when die cutting it out with the medium sized jar in Everyday Jars Framelits. Beforehand, I had cut all the stems for the jar from Garden Green card stock to which some Adhesive Sheet had been added so that they could be attached to the card easily. We used touches of Multi-Purpose Glue along the edge of the jar in strategic places behind those stamped lines and it was attached across the raised layers. The daisies are so easy to make with the daisy punch. We layered two Daffodil Delight card stock daisies and two that had been stamped with Daffodil Delight ink first. Of course, any cute arrangement needs a cute bow! All the Night of Navy Gingham bows were pre-tied by me for easy attachment to the jar with a glue dot. I'm not pulling the petals off these daisies!

Inside the card we used more stamps from Daisy Delight.


I'm happy this set is not retiring, aren't you? It's just so delightful! I'm hoping to get back out on the road today and I'm talking about walking! I'm going to have to check the wind out first because it's been blowing about 20 mph the past two days and all that pollen is all over. One thing or another, like pollen, has kept me inside. I feel bad for my dog, who always walked with me, as he has developed a hip issue and I can't take him along. I have to sneak out of the house because when he sees my tennis shoes come out of the closet he is ready to go. :(  I have been exercising but I miss being out pounding the pavement and seeing what's going on from another perspective. I  hope all of you have a great day! - Dawn


Berry Basket

The classes I held on Friday and Saturday were called "A Morning in the Country" and we used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and lots of the product that Stampin' Up! has out right now that's country inspired. We have a cute store and tea room about 45 minutes north of us called "A Day in the Country" and I've been going there for years. When I was thinking about this class the name of one of my favorite spots came to mind and I just changed it from "a day" to "a morning" and that was it! 

One of the first projects we made was this gate fold card using Basket of Wishes.


Here it is open....


Wood Textures DSP was used on this project on the two gates or front flaps that fold in to make the gate fold card. Layers of Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White card stock were the "latches" on the gates and where the stamping was done. This card and one other were colored with Stampin' Blend markers. Much passing of markers and some looking for markers was done while coloring!

Inside the card is a leftover strip of Wood Textures DSP and one more sentiment from Basket of Wishes....


After Cards & Coffee yesterday morning I got my craft room all cleaned up and ready for more projects. My sewing machine is back out this week for a couple of things I want to stitch up.  Then I painted up a trio of wood barn quilt background planks and they're ready to "quilt" on later. I want to paint a couple small barn quilts for the bathroom we just renovated. Wonder how much I'll actually accomplish? I have to stop in the middle of the afternoon to take my mother to a doctor's appointment. :) I hope your day is amazing! - Dawn

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Bubbling Birthday

What a great weekend I had with my two stamp classes! Everyone had fun and enjoyed the projects we created and that was the goal! I won't lie and say I wasn't tired Saturday night though. :) Today's card I made last week in anticipation of my busy weekend. I used the Bubble Over stamp set and coordinating Bottles & Bubbles Framelit Dies to make it. Oh, and i used the (now retired) Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper too.


These are such fun colors and make me feel happy when I look at them. The stamps and dies are so easy to use. I mentioned last week that I re-watched the Barn Door video on the day I posted the Barn Door card. I wanted to link it to my blog post that day but for some reason when I checked the link to be sure it went to the correct video it went to the Bubble Over video no matter what I tried. So I deleted the video off my post but I watched the Bubble Over video. That's where I discovered the label dies in the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits that I used on the bird card Friday. I love all the pieces the die set has in it. The straw is so cute with the embossing at its crook. I made a striped straw, which is hard to see, by using the Diagonal Background stamp and stamping with Daffodil Delight ink then die cutting the straw from that. I'm a sucker for those paper straws that are out everywhere and that's what this reminds me of. The bottle cap was cut from Silver Foil paper to hold the "YAY" label on the bottle of Lemon Lime Twist soda. Doesn't that flavor sound just soda-lightful!

Inside a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and some of those Lemon Lime Twist bubbles were added.


I'm off to set up the craft room for Cards & Coffee this morning. This afternoon I plan to give that room a thorough going over as I put everything back in its place! Have a fun-filled day! - Dawn


Mr. Bluebird

I had the Best Birds stamp set lying on my craft table for a couple of days and I finally got around to using yesterday. I used an unlikely, for me, color as the card base and it was Sahara Sand. I can't remember the last time I used Sahara Sand but I like how Mr. Bluebird looks on it.



The tiny bud stamp was used with Sahara Sand ink to create the tone-on-tone background for my bluebird. We have had a good many bluebirds at our feeders right now. They seem to come and go but they usually bring their babies back to feed when they have fledged. It's always fun to watch the parents feed them and then they try to figure out how to get on the feeders themselves. All the pieces for the bird on a branch were die cut with the Birds & Blooms Thinlit dies. This Marina Mist bluebird is sitting pretty on a limb full of pretty Powder Pink blossoms. I pinched them up a little bit to give them some dimension. Maybe he's looking for a worm to eat! The Powder Pink ribbon was tied into a neat little knot and the sentiment was die cut using...can you guess? The Bottles & Bubbles Framelits! I had just watched the Stampin' Up! video on this set and they showed these layering label dies and encouraged use of them on other projects. I took that advice right away. It's good (for me anyway) to check those videos out again every once in awhile. This little biuebird has already flown out to the mailbox to take a note to a friend of mine!

Here's what I added to the inside of the card. A couple leftover blooms and a sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers. That stamp set will be leaving us soon. It was one of the first Stampin' Up! purchases I made!!


It Friday and time for my class this morning! I have a lot of fun projects lined up. I better go make sure everything is ready. I always have to double-check myself. Thankfully, I only have a few steps to walk if I forget something! I'll be repeating this class again tomorrow with another group of stampers. I'm looking forward to both classes. Have a great weekend! - Dawn