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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Labor Day Adventure

Today was one of those days where I just didn't have the energy to leave the comfort of my couch to march into my studio to create something but I felt the need to complete a project.  What to do?  Grab the laptop and do some digital creating with My Digitial Studio. 

We spent Labor Day weekend camping near the Hood Canal with my parents, brother's family and my brother's in-laws.  On Labor Day, we decided to spend some time hiking to some waterfalls in the area.  So, the Lawsons took to the forest with my dad and my brother's in-laws, hiking a little over two miles.  Liam had some fun hiding behind the bushes trying to scare his poppy, but I think he scared my brother's poor mother-in-law (Kim) more than his poppy.  I noticed on the way down the mountain, she didn't walk behind the rest of his my dad and kept Liam close.  We had such a fun day.

Here is my project using My Digital Studio.  I recently downloaded the Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper Kit.  Although the paper was called Shades of Spring, this print brought fall to mind and our hike was clearly more of a fall day than a Spring or Summer day.  I kept the page very simple, letting the beauty of God's handiwork and the beautiful paper design speak for itself.  I added one Soft Suede ribbon along with two Riding Hood Red buttons. 

I hope you enjoy the page as much as we enjoyed our hike.  Special thanks to Kim for the great photos!

God Bless and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Harvest Thank You

This card is very similar to one that I previously posted on August 2.  I am preparing for an upcoming workshop and my hostess liked the original design but wanted a fall themed card.  So I made some changes and created the following card:

As before, I used So Many Thanks stamp, Very Vanilla card stock, Bitty Buttons and Linen thread.  To modify the design for fall, I used More Mustard as my card base and added Autumn Spice Designer Series paper and Pumpkin Pie 1/8" grosgrain ribbon replacing the original combination of Tempting Turquoise, Playdate Designer Series Paper and Daffodil Delight grosgrain ribbon. 

I continued the updated color scheme with Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers for inking my stamp.

Same card, new look for fall.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Back to School

On Wednesday, the girls headed back to school.  Summer flew right by!  Our PTA hosted a Back to School staff appreciation luncheon on the first day and we wanted to make sure each staff member had an apple.  Inspired by a card made by Martha De Vries recently showcased in Stampin' Success, I wanted to make a chain of Build A Bears all dressed for the fire first day of school and ready to welcome the staff.

I used just Chocolate Chip card stock for the bears and a variety of Designer Series Papers and card stocks for the clothing (some are retired).  The bears were cut using the Bear Bigz Die and the clothes were cut using Beary Essentials Bigz and Beary Dressy Original Die.  When I cut the bears I folded the paper such that I cut 3 at a time and left them connected.  I then connected four groups of threeto create my 12 bears. 
For the basket, I used the pillow box die and Daffodil Delight to make a basket similar to this pumpkin one on Splitcoast Stampers.  I did not make a bottom since I planned to set the bowl of apples in the center.  After I had my chain of bears all cut out and dressed, I adhered them to the basket.

Once the bears were all attached to the basket, I added a sign with letters spelling out the words, "Welcome Back" between the bears.  For the letters I used the Naturally Serif Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die.  I also used the Beary Bright Sizzlit die to cut out some apples, books and little pencils.  I glued some of these to the spaces between the bears and also sprinkled some on the table.

I filled the center of the basket with some artificial fall leaves and a bowl.  I then filled the bowl with apples and added a bunch to the table. 

It was fun, and I hope the teachers enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it for them.

God Bless and Happy Stampin'