05/21/2020

CELEBRATE DAD...

My father passed away over 20 years ago and I still think of him with fond memories. The WORLD'S BEST FATHER in my life now and for the past 56 years is my husband, the father of our children. He is the cornerstone on which our family is built. Our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren love everything about him. They would choose him ahead of me any day of the week!  They know for sure that HE IS THE BEST Dad and Papa in the whole wide world...

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This is my husband Jim (...or James as his mother called him. He has an identical twin brother named John. "James and John are their Biblical names" as she used to lovingly remind me.) On Super Bowl Sunday this backdrop was set up at our church, and everyone took turns having pictures taken.

 

Super Bowl Picture

 

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05/20/2020

FLAG DAY...

FLAG DAY is celebrated each year on June 14th. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States of America. The date of that signing was June 14, 1777. 

I felt creative... so rather than using a flag stamp, I designed this card with images from the Duet Banner Punch! The Red, White and Blue Cardstock looks so patriotic for this day that is set aside to honor our country. (Thanks to Google for the 2020 Image below.)

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05/19/2020

MEMORIAL DAY...

The phrase on this card works well for MEMORIAL DAY but also when you want to share love and SYMPATHY. I have found that when a friend receives one of my handmade sympathy cards, it is not only comforting during their time of loss, but deeply appreciated, knowing that it was designed and made with lots of TLC...

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05/18/2020

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATE...

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IN ADDITION TO THE GRADUATION CARD TODAY,

THIS WEEK YOU WILL BE TREATED TO THESE CARDS:

Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father's Day, Birthday and Baby!

As our year marches forward through many holidays and special family occasions, it is always a delight to design handmade cards for those we love and appreciate. One of our family graduates attended a high school with mascot colors of orange and black. I wanted an image of a cap and diploma, but didn't have a stamp with those graphics. So... I Googled Cap and Diploma Clipart, and wah-lah, I downloaded this picture and printed it on Whisper White Cardstock. With a little editing, I added an orange "ribbon" around the diploma, and an orange "button" on the cap..... 

 

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES:  Here's a Card Stamp Set (for the word Congratulations), Google (for Cap and Diploma image); Basic Black Cardstock, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock; StazOn Black Ink Pad; Stitched Shapes Framelits Die; Old World Paper Embossing Folder.

Graduates around the country have been unable to gather for ceremonies due to COVID, but many wonderful events, like drive-bys, have been celebrated!! 2020 graduates may well be known as THE CLASS THAT MADE HISTORY!

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This is the frame I designed for our granddaughter. I called the high school in Nebraska and asked if they would email me the school and mascot logos so I could personalize it especially for her. They were very accommodating, so when completed, I sent them a photo of it.....

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05/11/2020

COVID 2020...

When the calendar flipped open to March 2020, little did we know what was in store... Regardless of where you live in this whole wide world, I don't need to explain COVID because you are likely living it too... So here is a little snapshot of our journey...

Since my husband and I are empty nesters and retired, staying at home was natural on day one, day two, day three... Then reality set in. This quarantine thing wasn't a difficult adjustment, but what could we do to make the best use of our time???  First, we volunteered to send mailers out to individuals and families in our church. The supplies were dropped off on our front porch, and we stuffed envelopes, applied labels and stamps. Then, hubby did some extra yardwork while I cleaned out a few closets and drawers... but mostly I sent cards... Get Well, Thinking of You, Praying for You, Happy Birthday. And then this happened... Stampin' Up released a 15 page download of COVID thoughts, greetings, wishes, and more. So I began making cards, cards, cards. This is the first one...

 

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Hubby and I have made a few trips to the grocery store,

but like many of you, we have mostly stayed home with a smile.

Jim & Linda

Here are some of the cards I've made with the Share Sunshine Download. There are about 50 different greetings, and all of them in several colors of ink. You may click on these card images to enlarge and see a closeup of some of the greetings.  If you would like to have a copy of the entire download, scroll to the bottom of this post for more information. 

COVID cards

The Share Sunshine digital stamp set is packed with both lighthearted and thoughtful sentiments relevant to the COVID pandemic. Simply print the download on white cardstock and cut or punch out the images to make cards, letters, or other meaningful and fun communications. As part of Stampin' Up's Making a Difference program, 100% of the proceeds will go to COVID-19 GIVEBACK efforts through the World Health Organization or United Way Worldwide.

The cost is only $12 plus tax when applicable.

I receive no portion of the proceeds of this sale.

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05/10/2020

BLESSINGS...

 

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This is a photo of me and my mom. She passed away in November.

This is my first Mother's Day without her.

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I miss you, Mom.

Linda

04/28/2020

COVID Giveback...

As of today, April 28, 2020,

(JUST RELEASED)

this 15 page digital COVID related design printout

is available for $12

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This digital package is filled with heartfelt sentiments relevant to COVID-19. Use the download in cardmaking and papercrafting projects. Simply print the pages on white card stock and cut out. The proceeds from this digital set will go to COVID-19 efforts. It will be so fun to see all the creativity we can share with each other. What will you make? I can't wait to see!!

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04/26/2020

RETIRING PRODUCTS...

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04/22/2020

OUT WITH THE OLD... IN WITH THE NEW...

It's that time of the year at Stampin' Up!

Old Catalog out June 2nd. New Catalog in June 3rd.

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04/20/2020

LOVING OUR GRANDKIDS...

Today my blog is highlighting one of my granddaughters, Kamille, who is not only turning 18 (today), but is one of those 2020 high school seniors graduating without all the pomp and circumstance that most of us experienced at our high school graduations... 

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Can you picture a thousand seniors all dressed in their caps and gowns,

with masks covering their great smiles! (No!)

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This is a 12x12 Frame I made that Kamille is receiving today for her

18th birthday...

Kamille FrameI made a birthday card and matching envelope too...

Card pictureIf you are an artist like me, you likely have a container like this

filled with brushes, pens, cutters, and tools of all kinds...
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I stamped the dancing girl's dress onto printed designer paper,

then fussycut it, and dressed her

so she would match the birthday frame and card...

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This is such a great Stamp Set for a project like this,

and for dozens of other designer projects!

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If you have questions or comments about this post,

I would love to hear from you.

 How about sharing a picture and a fun story

of your 2020 Senior with me!

 

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