Help Me Stand Up to Cancer!

On February 23rd, I am hosting my first Fund Raiser with all proceeds benefiting Cycle for Survival.  Before my brother lost his battle with cancer, he participated in this event with my niece and sister-in-law.  Since then, Nancy and Ali have continued on in his memory along with other family members.

I’d love to have you join me in helping fund research for rare cancers.  More details can be found in the Cycle for Survival Fund Raiser flyer along with links to both the Cycle for Survival event itself as well as a link to our team – Bill’s Biker Brigade.    

Hope to see you there!!



Sum, Sum, Summertime Blog Hop

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Welcome to our August blog hop!  Today we are featuring projects that reflect summertime.  The weather here in Northern Illinois can get pretty hot and steamy about this time of year, but we’ve been having some really pleasant days this last week or so.  Temps in the mid to upper 70’s with very tolerable humidity.  Kind of rare for us – not that I’m complaining!

I can’t seem to put the Abstract Impressions stamp set down for very long.  Here’s another one, this time in purples and greens; yet another color combination that I love!  I recently held a Stamparatus class, and this was one of the cards I demonstrated.  I started off with a base that is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.  I ran the front through the Big Shot with the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The flowers in the focal point were stamped in Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather; the foliage is Soft Sea Foam and Granny Apple Green.  That panel was layered over a piece of the Subtles 6″ x 6″ designer series paper – the thin striped Soft Sea Foam pattern and adhered over a length of Whisper White 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon that was attached in a ‘Z’ fold pattern.  Thank You was stamped in Gorgeous Grape and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch.  It’s a little difficult to see in this photo, but I ran the brush end of my Gorgeous Grape marker around the edges of the punched sentiment to give it a little more accent.  It’s a very quick and easy card to put together, especially when you use the Stamparatus for perfect alignment every time!

Next up in our hop is Kathya and I know you’re going to enjoy what she has in store for you!  Thanks for stopping by, and if you get lost on our hop, the full line-up is listed below as are the ‘ingredients’ for today’s project.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Red, White and Blue, and a Blog Hop Too!


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Welcome to another Di’s Country INKers blog hop.  In honor of our nation’s birthday, we have chosen to show projects that either reflect the 4th of July, or something Red, White, and Blue.  

The Details

My card starts with a Blueberry Bushel base that’s layered with a piece of Watercolor Paper.  I added a masking strip towards the top of the card to create the illusion that there is a layer there, and the flowers are behind the ‘layer’.   I used the Abstract Impressions stamp set to create the lovely flowers.  For the roses, I used Real Red ink and began with the ‘heaviest’ layer of the large flower image.  I used an aqua painter to wet and spread the ink in a circular motion.  Before the paper dried, I used the matching medium flower image and stamped in Real Red again.  Finally, I used the lightest large flower image and stamped it over the first two layers with Cherry Cobbler.  The smaller flowers were stamped with the heavier small flower stamp in Balmy Blue.  The lighter small flower stamp was inked in Blueberry Bushel and stamped over the Balmy Blue, then rotated 1/4 turn and stamped again without re-inking.  Really looks like there’s a layer there, eh?  The ‘Happy Birthday’  is from The Perennial Birthday stamp set.  It’s a little difficult to get crisp, even coverage when stamping on Watercolor Paper, so I used my Stamparatus and Balmy Blue ink to get the greeting to come out clearly.  The final touches were a couple of pieces of Blueberry Bushel ribbon to further enhance the layer look above and below the greeting, as well as several Pearls in the centers of the blue flowers.  So there you have it – my Red, White, and Blue card!

Now On To The Free Stuff!

Two new promotions begin today.  First, when you join as a Demonstrator during the month of July, Stampin’ Up! will add your choice of one of the color families of inks to your starter kit for free!  What will your choice be?  Brights, Regals, Neutrals, Subtles, or perhaps the In-Color collection?  Whichever one strikes your fancy, I’d love to add you to my Stampin’ Family, and see you get your own Ink Family too!  Sound interesting?  Contact me and we’ll talk about it!

The second promo is another goodie – Buy Three pkgs of DSP and get the fourth one Free!  Take a look at the list of papers included in the promo and stock up!

Now off you go to see what Kathya has to show you.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Our full line-up as well as a list of products used in today’s project can be found below.  

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