Gloria's Garden & Paper Crafts

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Friday, October 23, 2015

What's Going On?

Hello my friends,
I've been really busy in the past couple of weeks, but I haven't forgotten about you. First off, my family is doing great and my sister e-mailed me that she will be moving back to the Midwest. Yeah! I'm so glad that she will be closer, even though it's still "states" away.

Second, I've been enjoying the Fall weather and I wanted to show you what our house and garden looks like at this time of the year. Here it is:



The tree is in our front yard, it's really getting the gold color of autumn, but eventually we will have a lot of red in the leaves in the next couple of weeks.

I haven't shared that I got a dog this past summer. I adopted her from a local rescue organization. She's 3 years old and has never had a "fur-ever" home. Her name is Annie and she's my sweet buddy. She's part Golden Retriever and part Chow Chow. Her favorite thing to do is to chase squirrels and snuggle with me. Or maybe the snuggling part is my favorite thing to do! 


I've also gotten involved with a Relay for Life Team. I'm a retired cancer nurse and the American Cancer Society (ACS) is very important to me. They do a lot of research to help with treatments for cancer and they promote a preventative life style. The picture below shows the people that are part of the Leadership Team. We met at my house and as you can see, we love to eat as we work on trying to think of ideas for funding our team for ACS.


As you can see, it's been a busy couple of weeks, but, I can't forget about card making and scrap booking. I've been working on 2012 scrapbook...yes...I'm that far behind. I've also been working on the November Stamp Camp and here is a picture of one of the cards we will make:


Sorry about the glare in this picture, but you can get the idea. I hope you'll be able to make it to the November Stamp Camp and make this card. We have a lot of fun and I love to teach so, don't worry if you don't know anything about card-making!

Take care,
Gloria






Monday, October 12, 2015

Grateful for October


I love this card with the layers and rustic elements. This is another card that the Stamp Camp group will be doing this coming Saturday, Oct. 17th. It can be used as a thank you card or as a Thanksgiving card. I'm also thinking of making some decorations for the Thanksgiving table in the same design to hold the silverware and place each persons name instead of "grateful" on the design. Won't that be cute? Once I get one done, I'll post it so that you can copy it. 


I was trying a new technique with these cards. I used watercolor paper and colored the background with beautiful fall colors. I used Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and & Soft Suede. I taped it down on my desk before starting and then saturated the paper with water, then I started to apply the color. I love how it turned out. I stamped the trees and words in Memento Black and fussy cut around the trees. I love that it shows the new Woodland Textured Embossing Folder from Stampin' UP! in the background.

Randy and I have been cleaning up the yard and it looks pretty empty, but the autumn colors are starting to show in Southwestern Michigan. Today, will be another beautiful day...Indian Summer...in the 70's and I'm going to enjoy it by sitting on my swing and reading "art" books.

Take care,
Gloria




Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Boo, It's Halloween!


I had a lot of fun creating this card and we'll be making it at Stamp Camp on October 17th. I used some retired punches to add to the card; the border and bat from Stampin' UP! The stamps are current and I especially love the "FaBOOlous" stamp. I had to get it, so I pretended I was a Hostess and spent enough for product that I got it. I also used a product called "Wink of Stella". I know, I know, it's been around for awhile, but I couldn't find it in my area. I got it in a craft store in Sturgis, MI when I was at a retreat. Yes, shopping is permitted during the retreat! 

I need those times to re-group and rejuvenate, not only with my friends, but also with my God. Geez, we get so busy that we forget who is really in charge. It's funny, I usually don't stop...I want to do it all, but then, God gives me a STOP sign that says you're doing too much. The STOP sign is usually my health, and last week was no different. I got two injections in my lumbar area of my back because I've been in so much pain that I couldn't walk more than 10 minutes. The injections helped a lot, but I experienced some side effects from the steroid that lasted 4 days. No fun, and my sleep schedule has been completely off, too. Well, enough of my issues...God is good and He has helped me to grow through all of these problems. Isn't that what it's all about, stampingcharacter on my soul and in my mind. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I hope you can join me at one of my events. Just take a look at my website at www.stampingcharacter.stampinup.net  to find out dates and times.

Take care,
Gloria



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy Cardmaking Day! Quick & Simple Card

Hi Everyone,
It's been quite a while since I posted a project, nor have I been able to blog about my garden. I don't know how the months flew by, but, I'll try to be a bit more diligent in my postings. October is here and I wanted to share a cute Fall card with you on this beautiful Autumn day. I fell in love with this stamp set called Lighthearted Leaves by Stampin' UP! I hope this card is something you'll share with other stampers and whoever the recipient of it will love it because you made it yourself.


Supplies:
Stamps: Lighthearted Leaves, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Whisper White Craft
Cardstock: Whisper White (thick) 4 1/4 x 11 , Whisper White (regular) 3 3/4 x 5 ; Tangelo Twist 2 1/2 x 4 1/2, 4 x 5 1/4; Basic Black 2 1/2 x 4 1/2
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

1. Score 4 1/4 x 11 at 5 1/2. Fold in half. Adhere Tangelo Twist 4 x 5 1/4 to card front. 
2. Stamp Whisper White 3 3/4 x 5 randomly with a medium leaf in Tangelo Twist.
3. Stamp Tangelo Twist with Whisper White Craft; apply white embossing powder and heat set.
4. Stamp greeting in Basic Black on Tangelo Twist. Angle the Basic Black under the Tangelo Twist piece and adhere.

Have a great cardmaking day and I hope you'll visit my blog again.
Gloria



Friday, July 24, 2015

I Can't Wait!

I just got a peak of the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin' UP! and...OH MY GOSH, it is awesome. I can't wait to show you all of the new products that are available, 50 pages of beautiful and delightful stamps and accessories. The only problem is that I will have to wait until mid-August to share it with you. As soon as Stampin' UP! says I can show it to my friends, I will, and then we can OOH and AAH it together!

In the meantime, I'm getting ready for July's stamp camp. Prepping for my camp is so much fun for me! I love the cutting and the organizing part...weird, huh? Anyway, I wanted to show you the cards we'll be making on Saturday. Here they are:


July Stamp Camp Cards

Three of them are made with our newest stamp sets, (from L to R) Sheltering Tree which came out this past spring. Sprinkles of Life which is this years Ronald McDonald House stamp set. For every stamp set sold, Stampin' UP! gives $3.00 to RMDH. Garden in Bloom is the next stamp set and I love it because I get to do a two-step stamping technique which is loads of fun (or frustration LOL)! The last card is made from Summer Silhouettes which I've had for quite a while, but I wanted to try to make it look like Queen Ann's Lace. Some folks just call that a weed, but to me it brings back great memories of hiking through the woods and meadows up north in Michigan when Mark and Ben were about 5 & 6 years old. Anyway, I tried embossing the flower part with white embossing powder and I think it came out pretty good. 

So, that's what I'll be doing Saturday and I can't wait to see my friends and share it with them!

Also, I haven't forgotten my garden this month. So, I'm going to share some of my pictures of how it's doing. Here they are:










Well, that's about it for now! I have to get back to prepping for Stamp Camp! See you soon, I hope!

Gloria




Monday, June 29, 2015

Fancy Fold Class


 Hello Friends,

This will be  a quick post because I'm trying to write out the newsletter, too! You'll be getting it by e-mail. If you don't get one, please let me know so I can send it to you. These beautiful cards will be made at the Fancy Fold Class on Monday, July 13th from 1-4 PM. You'll have written instructions and will be making all the cuts yourself. Please bring your adhesives, paper cutter and scoreboard. We will make only three cards, but, it'll be worth it. Envelopes are included for the cards. Cost is $10.00 for the class. Please RSVP by July 11th to reserve your spot.

See you soon,
Gloria

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Stamp Camp is coming up on Saturday, so, I'm beginning to prep for it. I hope you can come to the camp and enjoy the fellowship. I'm excited about these projects because these are new stamps to me. These are the projects that we'll be doing:


Every time I read "happy birthday" Thanks Facebook, I start giggling! I think this card will be a hit with my Facebook friends. The other's are just pretty! We will be doing a bit of stamping, coloring and embossing. I'll show the crafters a couple of new techniques and we'll swap stories and have fun. That's what it's all about!

My garden is growing like mad! Let me show you a picture:



Peonies


This is the dark pink peony in my yard. What's so special is that I received these from my Mother-In-Law, Vera Pollack and I have a whole row of them, so that I can think of her each time they bloom! I wish I had the power to help you smell their wonderful perfume that fills my yard, but alas, I don't have the power, but, come on over and sit with me and enjoy the scents of Spring and Summer in Michigan!

See you soon,
Gloria


Friday, May 22, 2015

Hello Friends!

Hi Everyone,
I can't believe over two weeks has gone by since I posted on my blog. It has been a whirlwind of activity and that's a good thing! Cardiac Rehab and PT have given me  a kick in the pants. I'm glad I've been participating in both programs, but, goodness...I can't believe how tired I am. Well, as one of my friends told me..."put your big girl panties on and get going!"

I've been doing some picture taking and card making, but first an update on my garden! It has been absolutely beautiful this spring. My perennials and bushes are doing well. Here's a few pictures to show you what has been growing:

Prunis

McIntosh Apple Tree

McIntosh Apple Blossoms

Iris

Old Fashion Iris

Wild Columbine

Snowball Bush


Aren't they pretty? Oh there's more but I don't want to bore you with all that's in my garden.

Now, to talk about all the cards I've been making with the Stampin' UP! new products.

Made with the Ronald McDonald's set: Sprinkles of Life & Tree Builder Punch


This set is so cute! Cupcakes, ice cream, trees, clouds and many cute verses are available in the set. I always buy the Ronald McDonald set each year because Stampin' UP! donates $3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC keeps families together when their children are receiving medical treatment away from home. I used the new In Colors for all of these cards...the paper and inks are so beautiful!




Friendly Wishes and Bow Builder Punch


I love this card, it's so bright and cheery! These verses are just right for all those special people in your life. I used Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Whisper White along with the new 6 x 6 DS Cherry On Top paper. This is one of my favorite cards, so far! I also used the In Color Stampin' UP! Marker, Watermelon Wonder.

I can't wait to show you some of these products at the next Stamp Camp on Saturday, June 13th. We will have a lot of fun and if you come to Stamp Camp, you'll receive a new catalog for this year.

Hope to see you soon,

Gloria




Monday, May 11, 2015

Gloria's Stamp Camp Fun!

Hello Everyone,

It's been a fantastic week at my house because I'm feeling better and better! I've been honored twice, once with my "Tea" that was given to me by the hospital I retired from, and then with Mother's Day! Not only was I honored at both events, but, I also got a chance to get back into providing Stamp Camps at my house! Below, you'll see what we did at camp. I love having friends over, it makes me happy. We had a great time making the cards below. I hope you'll join us in June (Saturday, June 13th) for Stamp Camp...I have some creative surprises for you and we'll be using some of Stampin' Up!'s new catalog products. Also, if you come to Stamp Camp, you'll receive a free Stampin' UP! catalog!


May Stamp Camp Projects

Not only have I been making cards and scrapbooking, again, but I've been keeping track of the garden. This is our crabapple tree in the back yard. It has been beautiful this year! The birds have been flocking to it and I have a robin's nest in the tree, but I don't think you can see it in this picture. 


Crabapple Tree

During the end of April and beginning of May, the Orioles have been loving the tree and tasting the sweet nectar from the flowers. We don't see Orioles at any other time of the year since they are migrating to their summer home and passing through Michigan. They are a beautiful bird and we look forward to seeing them each year. It's a sure sign of spring for us and even though the weather is still fickle in Michigan, I know we'll have warm weather soon.

Well I hope you have a fantastic day and I look forward to writing the blog later in the week to let you know what I've been doing.

Take care,
Gloria



Friday, May 1, 2015

From the Garden


From the Garden inspired by Kristin Frattin at stampindolce.com

I like to look at other blogs to get ideas for my cards and Kristin Frattin did a 3-D gum package that was so cute that I had to try to make a card from her idea. I didn't used the same material that she had on her original because I didn't have the lace and such. Plus, I added the fern to give it a bit more background. I was struggling with the lace part, but found some left overs that I had from another project to use. It came out OK, but, I'm going to make another one, once I get some Stampin' UP! lace. I used the From the Garden (137139) set and Handpicked Framelits (137361) along with the Butterfly Basics set! I colored the leaves & flowers using Wild Wasabi, Hello Honey and Crushed Curry. I stamped the fern with Wild Wasabi and the accents in Marina Mist. I used Memento Black as the first stamp of the flowers. 

I can't wait to show you the NEW STAMPIN' UP! catalog, we aren't supposed to post anything right now, but, let me tell you it is packed full of great ideas and products for you to make tons of different items. I love the new In Colors, they're brighter than I thought, and can't wait to get my hands on them. Also speaking of the catalog, those that host a party or attend Stamp Camp will get a catalog FREE as soon as I can get them. I'll order the catalogs and some of the sneak peak items on May 5th, so I should have them by the end of the month. 

The next Stamp Camp is Saturday May 9th, the AM camp is 9 AM-12 Noon and the PM camp is 1 PM-4 PM. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 7th!

Now, for an update on the garden...the plant kind not the paper kind. 


The Periwinkle is so pretty, huh?


Hosta is sprouting fast!

And guess who I'm baby sitting this week?


Yes, that's Max, King Max, to me, he's so spoiled! 

He's really fuzzy right now, and do you see those fangs...he'll scare anyone off the porch! The only problem, he's only about 8 pounds. Did you notice he's lounging on a pillow on my desk!

Well, I hope I made you laugh today!

See you soon,

Gloria

PS. You can find all the products on my Stampin' UP! Website:






Monday, April 27, 2015

Well Behaved Women!

Most of you know how I look forward to stamping with my friends, and this last weekend I had a fantastic time at Craft-A-Thon! We met at Woodland Shores Baptist Church and it was a blast. I always end up laughing until my sides hurt! 

Getting together with friends is the best part of crafting. I have to say that we were not "Well Behaved Women". Can you imagine, not behaving in church? Well, we are modern women, with modern thoughts and we love to laugh, giggle and tease each other about what we are creating or in some instances, not creating, because it all went wrong! Sometimes we use sarcasm or even words that have two meanings...I'm sure you know what I mean! Anyway, this wasn't the card I made at CAT (it didn't go wrong, but I gave them all away and even forgot to take a picture), but another that I've made because I love the stamp sets and the colors.


These sets are retired Stampin' UP! sets: Mixed Bunch and Favorite Thoughts. Mixed Bunch has just retired this year, but Favorite Thoughts has been retired a long time. 

Please pick from the following: What do you do with your old stamp sets?
  1. I kiss them goodbye and can't wait for the new stuff.
  2. I lovingly hold them for a while, see if I'll use them again, and if within a year or two, I don't, off to the garage sale!
  3. I keep them forever and ever, since I can't seem to give them away.
I'd like to take a poll, so, place your answer in the comments below. I would love to see if your answer matches mine!

See you soon,

Gloria


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Daffodil Delight!


I can't wait to get out of the house and work in the garden. Jeez it's been so cold today, it's only 39 right now, can't you see the daffodils shivering! In fact, my sister-in-law, Shirley, said they got snow in Watervliet! I didn't see any here, but, I'm closer to the lake and it might have jumped over us and landed further inland. Once it gets a bit warmer, I'm planning on adding some perennials just to spice up the garden; maybe some fresh herbs that I can dry or freeze (LOL..."spice up the garden"..."freeze"...it's already freezing here..."guffaw"). I have to research herb preserving because I've never done it before...can't be too hard, though. Since, I'm trying to change my eating habits, I need to do what I used to do 30-40 years ago and start canning and freezing, again. I used to like doing it, even though it's a lot of work. I always felt that I was providing good wholesome food for my children and as the years went by and life got busier, I gave a lot up because of working as a nurse at the hospital. Well, now, I have more time, and I'm going to try to enjoy all of the fresh food that grows in Southwest Michigan. When it gets warmer, I'll be outside planting some annuals and I might sneak in a tomato plant or two.

See you in the garden,
Gloria

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Showers Bring...

May Flowers


Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, but this year it is very special for me because I have been given a gift of new life. Last week, I had a heart attack. Huh, didn't think it would happen to me. I have been dealing with lupus for many years and with osteoarthritis, but the heart attack added a new spin to my life. I had a left reverse shoulder replacement on January 26th; retired from my job after 25 years at the hospital on April 4th; then had a short stint at another job then had a heart attack. I think the Lord wants me to stop. I did. Now, to get it together again!

So today, I thought I would get my blog running again. I have one through Stampin' UP!, but it was too much of a pain to get things in and out. I love this blog because it's easier...I hope! So, since, I've been laying around resting, I have also been creating. Let me show you a few things I've been doing.


I love this card, I made this in February, thinking about spring. I used the All Abloom paper and I used the Wonderful Wreath Framelits that are still available and in the Occasions Catalog. I love the color combination of Daffodil Delight and Lost Lagoon!


Isn't this a fun card? This card was the one we were going to make at a technique class on April 11th, but low and behold the heart attack happened on April 9th, so I couldn't do the class. I'll have to show you how to color the glitter paper another time!

I'm in love with the Berry Basket Bigz Die and the From the Garden Framelit Bundle. I love the little plant spikes that you can place in a basket or on a card. Also, I love, love, love the Bow Builder Punch! It is so easy to use and just the right size for cards or baskets.

Easter came along and I made these cute little bunnies for the grandkids! They loved their cards and of course, the money that was in them!

This card was made from left-overs from the Perpetual Calendar Kit that I did last month with a few of my friends from Craft-A-Thon! I used the Star EF along with some star punches and one of the Sale-A-Bration sets and I love the red, white and blue theme. The blue stars were left over from the kit.

Well, that's all I have for you this time. I hope that you'll visit again and see what I've made. I hope you'll follow the link to the Stampin' UP! catalog and have fun with some of the products that I used. You'll be able to order right off of my website.

Take care,
Gloria