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Saturday, July 22, 2017

'Lovely Friends'

Here is a quick & simple card.......but very elegant too!  I love how the black is added into the flower!  It just makes it pop!

I used the 'Lovely Friends' stamp set & coordinating Lovely Thinlits.  Cute huh!
stamp set:  'Lovely Friends'
card stock:  Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive
designer paper:  Pick A Pattern
ink:  Crushed Curry, Black Memento
other:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Lovely Laurel Thinlits, dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Dots (Crushed Curry)

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Yesterday was a busy day!  And it ended with a fun night of stamping with many friends!!  We all had a great time together!!!  I know I enjoyed my evening.  And a few of the gals stayed to visit, as we hadn't seen each other for awhile & we had alot to catch up on!

This morning I'm getting things cleaned up & all set up for more stamping!!  I have more friends joining me this morning to stamp too.  I plan clean up after they are gone & then stamp all afternoon too- as have things I need to get caught up on. 

I think tonight is gonna be date night for Deke & me!  I'm not sure where we are going yet.......as we need to return some shoes for him that don't fit.  Guess we'll then decide where we are gonna eat supper at.  I have my guess where it will be.....we'll see if I know know where he is going to pick & if I am right or not.  Hopefully we'll get to bed early.  As we still aren't back to feeling normal yet from our long traveling home last weekend.  

Gotta run......
I hope you have a SUPER Saturday!!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Friday, July 21, 2017

'Eastern Beauty'

Here is a fun card using the 'Eastern Beauty' stamp set & the coordinating 'Eastern Medallion Thinlits'.  It is bright & cherry!  And yes it does make me smile!

This is my favorite new In Color- Lemon Lime Twist!  I love how it coordinates with the Dapper Denim.
Yesterday afternoon I was cleaning up my stamping counter & made this with left over pieces from one of my June monthly class cards.  You can see that card BY CLICKING HERE!

stamp set:  'Eastern Beauty'
card stock:  Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla
designer paper:  Eastern Palace Specialty DSP
ink:  Dapper Denim
other:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Eastern Medallion Thinlits, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Lemon Lime Twist ribbon, dimensionals
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WOW- it sure has been hot!  I'm not a hot weather lover to begin with.  I'm so ready for fall!  That is my favorite time of the year.....I love the crisp air & wearing a sweatshirt.  And I love the fall colors & holidays that come during that time too!  

Yesterday was a busy day running kids around, going to pick up some farm parts & get our meat picked up at the locker.  I also got a little done in the house, as I've been working on getting ready for this weekends stamping classes! 
Last night Deke & I picked up Casey's Pizza & we all ate supper at Nathan & Sarah's.  The Seeley family joined us too.  This is the first time we'd all been together since before we left for Thailand.  It was great to all be together!

Today Deke is off early to chore & then has a farm related meeting.  He hopes to mow around all of the buildings & the lagoons today too.  The air conditioner in his old John Deere tractor that he mows with has been broke, but he just got it fixed.  So he is hoping it works today!  

I think I'm home alone today, so I will getting the house set up & all of the little things ready for tonight's stampin' class that is here at our home.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone that is joining me!  And I can't wait to stamp & share with them.

Gotta run.......
I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday!!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Thursday, July 20, 2017

'Ribbon of Courage'

I love this stamp set!!  I have so many friends that have had cancer or are currently going through cancer treatments now.  That just makes this set very special to me & many others I know!
This new In Color- Powder Pink- is just very fitting too for this ribbon card.

OH- and I love all of the words in this stamp set too! 
Check out this card from the side- it is a fun flip up card!!  I added the Fresh Florals DSP along the outside edges to dress it up!  I then repeatedly stamped the stamp- courage, randomly along the front piece.  I think it turned out really pretty!

stamp set:  'Ribbon of Courage' & 'Work of Art'
card stock:  Whisper White, Powder Pink
designer paper:  Fresh Florals
ink:  Powder Pink
other:  Banner Triple Punch, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Support Ribbon Framelits, Perfect White Accents, 1 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals
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This is short & sweet.......
Nathan got 5th in his heat & 2nd in the main.  They were great races......just a late night & it was hot!

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

'Colorful Seasons'

Check out this  fun summer card!!  My friend Christy gave this to me!  I love it!  

It is similar to a card that I did at some of my June classes.  You can see that card BY CLICKING HERE!
stamp set:  'Colorful Season', 'Swirly Bird' & 'High Tide'
card stock:  Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake
other:  Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (for the flower), Seaside Embossing Folder,
Dimensionals

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Wow- Deke & I are both still having a hard time adjusting to the time changes & getting back on schedule.  Our LONG travel home was a killer & we haven't adapted back to normal yet from it.  We are both beat trying to get caught up on everything that piled high while we were gone.  It is just amazing how much stuff happens in a week around here. 
  • Our laundry is all caught up on & put away.  
  • I finished working on farm bookwork last night when I got home from the races.
  • My emails are all finally all answered.....as we had over 500 of them to go through.  
  • I've gone through all of our mail.  
  • Plus we got the yard mowed & now need to find time to work in the yard & catch up on pulling weeds, etc.- but that isn't going to happen until after this weekend. 
We got a little bit of rain late yesterday afternoon....which we really needed & could still use more.  But we are sure thankful for the little we got!  

I have stamp classes this coming weekend & I have swaps to get done too......so I need to be working on stamping stuff every spare minute I have.   I still have lots to get done! 

Yesterday was a busy day with our grandkids here.  It was good to get to see them all!  As the Seeley's are now home from their vacation too.   And it was fun getting to hear the boys talk about their trip to South Dakota & all that they saw.  We sure missed all of our family while we were gone.  How blessed we are that they live close by & we get to see them almost every day! 

Last night we went to the races in Osky.  It was hot!  Nathan got 4th in his heat & 2nd in the main.  The track was terribly rough.  Deke & I went & picked up a few groceries afterwards- as we needed milk, bread, fruit & veggies.  As our frig was pretty bare from us being gone. 

This morning Deke is off early to chore, go to a meeting about our pig group & then head to the courthouse for another meeting there.  He'll be home to work on the farm all afternoon, hopefully. 

I have some of the kids again today here to keep me busy.  And then we have races again tonight in Osky.  I'm sure hoping that the track is in better shape & that we have good luck! 

Gotta run........

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Daisy Delight'

This is my favorite new In Color!  I love this Lemon Lime Twist color!!  And it is just stunning when added with the black & white!

At my team meeting last month, Luetta brought a card layout similar to this one for us to do as a shoe box swap.  I loved it so much I did my own version of it making this card.
I used a sponge dauber & the Lemon Lime Twist ink to make the circles on the background.  

stamp set:  'Sheltering Tree' (words)
card stock:  Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
ink:  Black Memento, Lemon Lime Twist
other:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits, 1" Circle Punch, Daisy Punch, Lemon Lime Twist ribbon, Dimensionals 
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Yesterday I had the 3 Wood kids.  It was great to get to see them.  Today the Seeley's will be out, as they just got home from their family vacation last night.  

Tonnight we are all going to the races to cheer Nathan on.  It is a special night of racing at the Southern Iowa Speedway (Osky), as it is their fair week.

I hope you have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-

SUSIE

Monday, July 17, 2017

More 'Coffee Cafe'

Oh my gosh.....check out this cute card!!  This is a totally Susie card & it is one that everyone joining me to stamp for my July classes will be making!!!
It is a flip top fun fold!!  

Look how the front flips up! Check out the row of little coffee beans that I stamped.
And then you just flip down the bottom to see the inside of the card, like I am showing you here!  

This card is the perfect finished regular size- 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" to fit into our Medium Envelopes too!

I just love this card!!  And I'm a big coffee fan too, so that makes it perfect for me!!  In fact- I like weak coffee.  And I didn't drink any coffee while we were in Thailand......as their coffee was strong & wasn't well strained & I worried about drinking any water too that wasn't bottled.  So this morning, making a pot of coffee was the first thing I did! 
 So what do you think???  Don't you like this card too!


Here are the supplies & the measurements for this card.
Coffee Cup card-
'Coffee Cafe'- #143677- (photopolymer only)= $21.00- pg. 31
card stock:
 
  •  Soft Sky S (24)- #131203= $8.00- pg. 186  4 1/4 x 11"; 2 3/4" strip 
  • Soft Suede N (24)- #115318=$8.00-  pg. 185  2 3/4" strip; 2 3/4" strip; 4 1/4 x 1 1/4" 
  • Whisper White N (40)= $9.00- pg. 185  4 1/4" strip; 2 3/4" strip; 4 x 3"
designer paper:
  • Coffee Break- #144155= $11.00- pg. 188  4 x 1"; 4 x 2"
ink:  Soft Suede- #126978= $6.50- pg. 185
other:  Corrugated Elements- #144158= $3.50- pg. 196
Big Shot- #143263= $110.00- pg. 209-Magnetic Platform- #130658= $40.00- pg. 209
Coffee Cafe Framelits- #143745= $30.00- pg. 213
2 1/4" Circle Punch- #143720= $18.00- pg. 207
Starburst Punch- #143717= $18.00- pg. 206
2" Circle Punch- #133782= $18.00- pg. 207
1 3/4" Circle Punch- #119850= 18.00- pg. 207
Pool Party Twine- #144353= $3.00- pg. 199       15"
Delicate White Doilies (24)- #141701= $3.00- pg. 194

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I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Thinlits!

Here is a fun birthday card!  Oh what a cool new framelit this is.  It is called Happy Birthday Thinlits!  Neat huh!

This is the card I designed for my monthly July card classes.  I liked it so much that I decided to make it my Thailand swap too!  So for those of you that will be stamping with me yet this month- you get to make this card!  And for those of you swapping with me in Thailand- this is the swap you'll get there.  
And it is a fun fold!  The top part flips up.   Check it out when it is opened up!
stamp sets:  'Happy Birthday Gorgeous' & 'Confetti Celebration'
card stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
designer paper:  Pick A Pattern (12x12)
ink:  Black Memento
other:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Balloon Punch, Black Twine, Tear & Tape, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Multipurpose Glue, Silicone Craft Sheet, Sponge

Look at my piles of different pieces I had when I was working on my swaps!
Woo Hoo!  And here they are all done!!  I'm ready to put them into their clear envelopes, add my contact information & put into my suitcase!  
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I hope you have a great upcoming week!

REMINDER- I won't be posting again until after July 17th, so be sure to check back sometime after that- as I'll have alot to share with you!!  

Happy Stamping!!

Hugs-
SUSIE

Friday, July 7, 2017

A 'Heartland' barn!

This is clean, simple & sooooo cute!!  I love the way this card turned out!!  It is totally a Susie card. 

This barn is so cool & is from the stamp set called- 'Heartland'.  The heart & the words are from the stamp set called- 'Wood Words'.  
The barn is so detailed......and even very neat here when I didn't even color it in.  
I did sponge around the edges of the stamped images to give it an older or aged look.   

With me being a farm girl, this stamp set was one of my favorites the first time I looked at the new Annual Catalog.

You can see another card that I made using this stamp set by CLICKING HERE!  
I used the tractor stamp & made this card for Deke's birthday last month!  Be sure to check it out!  It is super cute too!  And I colored it with the Watercolor Pencils & ink pads!
Did you notice the Wood Textures DSP (6x6 stack), as it coordinates perfectly along the edge here.

Check out how the card opens up!  

stamp sets:  'Heartland' & 'Wood Words'
card stock:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
designer paper:  Wood Textures DSP (6x6 stack)
ink:  Early Espresso
other:  Linen Thread, Sponge, Classic Label Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Everyone joining me for my July monthly stamp classes will be making a card similar to this one!  I will post that card later this month. 
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We had all of the 5 boys here last night to play outside, eat supper, go to the park, have ice cream, watch a movie & then we had a sleep over on our family room floor!  I know I was beat last night.......think they were too once they finally gave in. 

Today Deke is off early to chore, as he has an early meeting in Des Moines to attend with our County Engineer.  He'll then come home & work on the farm the rest of the afternoon/evening.

I'll spend my morning with the boys, take Brayden to Open Gym & then take the boys home.  The rest of my day I'll be getting all of my bookwork (farm & stamping) caught up on, running errands & packing!  I have LOTS to do!!!  My list is huge!

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning early Deke & I leave for our Stampin Up! trip & we are heading to Thailand!  YIKES!  We are dreading the super LONG flight & the hot weather there.  But we are looking forward to seeing many of our friends, spending the time with each other & learning the many new things that Stampin' Up! has to share with us!  So I'll have lots to share with you when we get back home!

I have tons to get done in the next few hours & we probably won't even go to bed tonight.  We'll just catch up on our sleep on the long plane ride! We don't get to Thailand until early Monday morning.  So we have many upcoming hours to spend in different airports & on planes in the next couple of days!  

I will post on my blog again tomorrow morning before we leave, but I will not be posting anything until we return home again.  I am not going to be taking my lap top with me on this trip.  We won't have any cell phones (no calls or texting) & no email either.  So there will be alot for both of us to catch up with when we get home.   We'll be hitting the ground running!

Gotta run now too......
I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday!
Until tomorrow......
Happy Stamping!
HUGS!
SUSIE 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A fun fold- 'Coffee Cafe'

Oh wow!!!  Yep- I am a coffee drinker (a weak coffee drinker).......so this stamp set- 'Coffee Cake' is so fitting for me!  I just absolutely love this whole bundle!!  It all coordinates so perfectly together!!!

Check out the cool DSP that has the coffee rings on it that I used on this card.  I LOVE IT!  

And look at the cute corrugates heart!  This is one of the new elements that go with this bundle too.  There is also a little tag & some ovals too in this elements set.
This is a fun fold that I haven't done for awhile.  I thought it would be the perfect layout for this cute new stamp set!

Everyone joining me for my monthly July stamp classes get to make a card similar to this one.....doing this same fold & using this 'Coffee Cafe' Bundle.  

OH & I can't forget about the coordinating framelits too......they are SO COOL!  

stamp set:  'Coffee Cafe'
card stock:  Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White
designer paper:  Coffee Break (12x12)
ink:  Early Espresso
other:  Corrugated Elements, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Coffee Cafe Framelits, 2 1/4" Circle Punch, Starburst Punch, 2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Crumb Cake Ribbon, Glue Dots
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I hope you have a very special Thursday!!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

'Lovely Inside & Out'!

This is a fun stamp set!!!  And when I first saw it I thought of my friend Tamara, that has a birthday on July 1st.  Every year I send her a birthday card that is some type of fireworks!  So this is the card that I made for her this year! I think it turned out super cute!
I used the little flower (stamen) center from the 'Colorful Seasons' stamp set- for the little sparkly fireworks on this card.  

And then check out the cool Navy& White Gingham ribbon!  It is just so yummy......it folds/ties super easy!  It is wonderful to work with!  It comes in the Smoky Slate & Night of Navy colors.  I wish it came in more colors!

Don't you think this looks like the grand finale of fireworks display!!  It does to me!  And we saw an awesome fireworks display on Monday night (after the races) at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Osky.  

stamp sets:   'Lovely Inside & Out', 'Colorful Seasons' & 'Confetti Celebration'
card stock:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper Whiteink:  Real Red, Night of Navy
other:  Night of Navy Gingham ribbon, Perfect White Accents, Dimensionals
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I hope you all had a great 4th of July yesterday!!  We had a busy day with our family.....it started out with a short night, as we got home late from the races on Monday night.  We were up early & I went to town to meet Nathan & Brayden- as Brayden did the annual run (and in record time too), while Deke chored!  I came home to get Deke & we went back to town for the Annual Sigourney Parade.  Then we went back home to eat lunch & wash out pens in the finisher & then back to town to watch the 3 older boys in the greased pig contest (which was so cute).  We went back home to chore after it & then last night we all went to the races together again!!   Nathan got 3rd Monday night & 4th last night........there were alot of cars, so he did good! 

I hope you have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!!
Happy Stamping!
HUGS- 

SUSIE

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!


Here is a blast from the past......a card that  I made & posted on my blog on July 4, 2015!

Here are the supplies I used.....some of them are now retired!  
stamp set:  'Celebrate Today' & 'Banner Banter' card stock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy, Thick Whisper White ink:  Nigh of Navy & Real Red other:   Big Shot, Lucky Start Embossing Folder, Medium Star Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (small Star), White Twine, Banner Triple Punch, Banner Punch (small banner), Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wishing everyone a very safe & fun holiday today!!!

Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Monday, July 3, 2017

More 'Daisy Delight'

This is a clean & simple card using the little stemmed daisy stamps from the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set. 
How many times have you heard me say that I love this 'Daisy Delight' stamp set & the coordinating punch & DSP that go with it?  

Here I just used the stamp set though, combing the Birthday Memories DSP with it!

I like it when I can just use circle punches to layer stamped images with.  

Here I just turned my square, so that it is a diamond shape!  And then I added some DSP & ribbon, along with a little banner flag for the words!

stamp set:  'Daisy Delight'
card stock:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
designer paper:  Birthday Memories
ink:  Old Olive, Crushed Curry
other:  Crushed Curry Ribbon, Paper Snips (to flag the end of the banner with the words on it), 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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I have been on the go with stamp classes all weekend!  It was a busy, but fun weekend of stamping & sharing with many friends!

I had 2 stamp classes yesterday & went right from my last class to Vinton to the races & met all of my family there.  Nathan won his heat & got 3rd in the main.  It was late when we got home! It was fun being with all of our kids & grandkids though. 



I hope you have a MARVELOUS Monday!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Sunday, July 2, 2017

'Ribbon of Courage'

Here is a clean & simple card to share this Sunday with you!!  It is made using the cool new stamp set- 'Ribbon of Courage'.  Cancer has touched so many lives (& many of my friends) over the years.  What an awesome stamp set this is that represents it.
I stamped multiple times the word stamp- 'courage' to make the background here.  

AND check out the scalloped edge!  I love it!  It is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits!

This is the bonus card that everyone stamping with me this weekend at my July monthly classes gets to make.  

Not only is there this cool ribbon stamp & framelit in this bundle, but there are also some hearts & a cute flower framelit too that doesn't even have a stamp that coordinated with it.  So be sure you check out this bundle on page 96 in the annual catalog.

Here are the supplies & the measurements for this card-
Ribbon card-
'Ribbon of Courage'- #143852 (w)= $27.00 or #143855 (c)= $19.00- pg. 96
card stock: 
  • Thick Whisper White (24)- #140272= $7.00- pg. 194- 4 1/4 x 11"
  • Powder Pink IC (24)- #144244= $8.00- pg. 184- 2 3/4" strip; 5 1/2 x 1" ; 5 1/2 x 2"
  • Whisper White N (40)- #100730= $8.00- pg. 185- 5 1/4 x 1 3/4" ; 4 x 5 1/4"
ink:  Powder Pink IC- #144084= $6.50- pg. 184
other:
Big Shot- #143263= $110.00- pg. 209-
Magnetic Platform- #130658= $40.00- pg. 209
Support Ribbon Framelits- #143749= $22.00- pg. 214
Seasonal Layers Thinlits- #143751= $33.00- pg. 216
Powder Pink ribbon- #144134= $7.00- pg. 198    3"
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I have a great day stamping yesterday with everyone that joined me!! 

Sandy & Cindy are my hostesses for today's 2 stamp classes.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone & stamping!

Tonight I plan to go to Vinton to the races to meet up with everyone else in my family!

I'm headed out soon.....gotta run!
I hope you have a SUPER Sunday!!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE

Saturday, July 1, 2017

'A Little Wild' -Bear

Check out this cute little bear!!  He is from the stamp set- 'A Little Wild'!  This is such a cute stamp set.  I've used it alot lately......the lion, the elephant & now the bear!! They are all adorable!
stamp set:  'A Little Wild'
card stock:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
designer paper:  Pick A Pattern
ink:  Archival Basic Black
other:  Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/2" Circle Punch, Pretty Label Punch, Glitter Enamel Dots (Crushed Curry), 3/8" Shimmery Basic Black Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
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I have been burning the midnight oil this week creating & cutting for my classes that I have this weekend!

This morning I'm off to join everyone stamping with me at my N. Liberty group!!  I have some super cute cards for them to make.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone & stamping together!  Jenny is our hostess today! 

Gotta run......
I hope you have a SENSATIONAL Saturday!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs-
SUSIE