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a fond farwell to a favorite stamp set

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Yesterday was one of those days when you wonder why you ever had children. Well actually I was only wondering why I had the first one since he was giving me fits. But today is a new day and I am working on planning my June workshops. Today Julia S. over on SCS challenged us to use our soon to be retiring sets and since that fit in with my plan for the day, here we are. I must say that Autumn Leaf prints is one of my all time favorite stamp sets. I will miss being able to demo it and can not bear to part with it. What I used: Autumn Leaf Print stamp set and French Script background True Thyme, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White True Thyme, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip classic ink pad chocolate grosgrain ribbon and thyme stitched ribbon sponge What I did and how I did it: I started with a True Thyme card base, half a sheet of card stock folded in half. I stamped the birch (I believe that is what it is, correct me if I am wrong please) leaf inked in True Thyme randomly all over the

just a simple card

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Today's card challenge involved a color combination I would never have tried but I have to say I am not unhappy with the results. I have always liked Cool Caribbean and Chocolate Chip together but I thought the addition of Garden Green was maybe going a little to far. I was wrong. Write that down because it doesn't happen often. Super simple card today. Still think it need something but simple is sometimes best. What I used: Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip and Garden Green card stock and classic ink pads Whisper White card stock Happy Harmony What I did: First I inked the flower image from Happy Harmony with Garden Green ink then I wiped the ink off of the flower. I then carefully inked the flowers with Cool Caribbean, just using the corner of the stamp pad. I then rolled the edges of the flower stamp in the Garden Green stamp pad. This is called the rock and roll technique. I stamped the image on Whisper White, and layered it with Garden Green and Chocolate Chip. The

2 days without a computer and a new technique

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Picture me shaking. I just survived a traumatic event. My computer was ill! And I had to go two whole days without. My computer has actually been ailing for months. If I turned it off it wouldn't turn back on. This usually involves me shaking my oldest son awake at 5:50am and dragging him out of bed to get me back up and running. Then just when I learned how to deal with that problem on my own, my diabolical computer developed a new twitch, it got amnesia. I woke up one morning to find that my computer thought that it was new years eve 2002. Now I am not real swift in the morning and you should not mess with my head first thing and this was like a cruel joke because for just one minute I thought I was in my thirties again. It did that to me again a couple of times just for giggles. My oldest son either had an attack of conscience or is just plain sick of me waking him up with my computer problems decided this was the weekend to fix my it. Little did I know that it woul

the change of season and the search for a purpose

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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1. One of my favorite verses and I always take comfort from it. Just knowing that there is a season and a time for everything gives me strength. Jen (Jen70) over on SCS posts the Limited Supply Challenge. Today's is entitled Graduations Galore . She challenges us to make a graduation card using non-traditional stamps to make graduation cards, but you can also use graduation themed sentiments and images with them. My eldest son is graduating from High School on June 24th so I need a card. I am struggling a little bit with the thought of him leaving the nest. I know I have done all I can do to get him ready for the world and he is so excited. But I am his mother and though I am positive that he will do well he is still that not so small baby I held in my arms for the first time less than 18 years ago. Now nearly a man and searching for his place and purpose in this world

Wasted time and a fear of yellow...

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Thursday's challenge is the Way to Use it challenge. Julia S over on SCS challenged us all to use the color Yoyo Yellow. Now I have to admit that I have a little trouble with using the Bold Bright color family. I like red and on occasion have been know to use Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise, or Gable Green. But I hardly ever use the other colors in that color family. I actually still have nightmares about the challenge from last year that involved Glorious Green, **shudder, gag**. I spent most of my morning making excuses to myself on why I didn't have time to stamp. I even got on the treadmill and wasted a half an hour there. Paid some bills, talked with some friends in general did nothing. After the kiddos were down for a nap, I decided that it was time to just do it and this is what I came up with. What I used: Summer by the Sea stamp set black Stazon permanent ink pad Close to Cocoa classic ink for sponging chocolate chip and yoyo yellow card stock basic gray des

The Sketch Challenge and My Stamping Spot

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Good morning everyone. Today's challenge is the sketch challenge. Roxie (Rox71) posts a sketch on SCS and we create a card using that sketch. I need a birthday card for one of the little boys I babysit for, so I thought that this was a good opportunity to do it. This is a pretty simple card. The main image is stamped on a 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch piece of whisper white card stock. This is a very small area to use for a main image (there in lies the challenge). Since I am making a birthday card for a little boy I opted to us the Wild about You stamp set, which is a current favorite of mine, and will still be in the fall/winter Stampin' Up! catalog. The giraffe is stamped in Pumpkin Pie classic ink, the bird in Tempting Turquoise and the grass in Old Olive. The grass stamp is from the Because of You stamp set that will be retiring in the end of June. I usually sell most of my retired sets but I will be holding on to this one just for the grass stamp. The flower in the gira

The Color Challenge and other stuff

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Those of you that I hang out with on SCS or Splitcoaststampers.com know that I am a challenge chaser, known there as debils. For the rest of you what that means, is that I start each morning, with dietPepsi in hand, sitting at my computer, either checking out the challenge or eagerly waiting for the challenge to be posted. Waiting means chatting online with my stamping buddies from around the world (or at least the east coast of the US and Canada, since everyone else is sleep at 6am EST) until the challenge is posted. When it is up I scramble down to my new (!!) stamping room and begin the creative process. Usually at this point at least three out of my five children are awake or supposed to be awake (read that as teenager son) so I am multitasking. Stamp something, pound on bathroom to get someone out of the shower, layer my image, pour cereal, tie some ribbon, answer door and let in one of the kids I babysit for.... You get the picture. Tuesday is Color Challenge day. Basicall