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Stamping Fun in March

Now that I have a truly organized and wonderful stamping space, I made some cards for friends. There seems to be a constant need lately for support and cheering up. I got out this pretty lavendar rose paper, and it was easy to pick coordinating colors from the paper shelf, now that the colors are sorted.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Gluing the paper to the front of the cards, I added a dark purple ribbon tucking the ends behind the rose paper.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I stamped “Thinking of You” on cream stock, mounted it on green stock, then set it at a slight angle.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Inside, I did the basket of flowers in three colors of ink, and added the sentiment.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, my stamp goes on the back. Better than Hallmark, right?

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I made one plus a spare to have one in reserve for later. A lavendar rose was stamped on the envelope.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had enough of the lavendar paper left to do one more card, so I tried it out with a darker cardstock. Over the top a green strip of embossed paper was added.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Adding a gold cardstock scalloped circle, and then a pink one with a stamped butterfly, the front of the card was done.  I could add a sentiment in the lower right, but this time I think I’ll leave it alone.

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Then I got more creative with the inside. I needed something light to show up the sentiment, so I chose the coordinating lattice paper and cut a piece to fit inside. I added a rose in lavendar ink, then the sentiment in dark purple ink. I really like the way it turned out! This may be an inspiration for the next card front.

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I was on a roll, so I kept stamping. It was just too much fun to stop yet. This neat printed vellum was in the same paper pack as the lavendar rose stock. I had a stamp to use that looked nice with it, and I colored it with my chalks and blender pens.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

Picking up the gold color from the vellum, I embossed a strip for texture, and mounted the stamped image on two layers of frame.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I only use my little rabbit tail stamp in the springtime, and usually I’ll just write my name under it. This time, I masked off the leaf on my personal stamp, and added my name below with ink.  It is crooked, but maybe that just adds to the charm of a handmade card.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I use this sentiment a lot this time of year, this time adding a daffodil bouquet inside.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

A fun day of stamping!  I am getting started on my Easter cards too, and will show you those next month.

What are you having fun with today?


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Stamping score at the Estate sale

It is well known that I am a thrift store and estate sale junkie. When I got an email from my favorite estate sale company showing a house with one whole room dedicated to stamping, I knew I had to go to that one. Bonus was it was close to home! Running over there, they had been open about 20 minutes, and I searched out the stamp room first. The house was at least 5 bedrooms, and had three levels, so it took a minute or two to find it on the upper level. The room was stuffed full of card making supplies – dedicated desk, equipment, supplies, tons of stamps and punches, (mostly Stampin UP too!). The first thing I saw on the preview photos was this spectacular revolving, wood ink storage unit, and I really wanted that puppy.

Estate Sale Stamp room

Unfortunately, the lady right before me had snagged it and it was already on the way to her car.  Later, I found her and gave her my email so maybe I can make another stamping buddy.  I’ve been looking online for one of those carousels but haven’t found one like this.  Oh well, there was lots more to see! Every wall had shelving or stacking bins, and there was a u-shaped desk area with cutting mat, and lots of space to play.

Estate Sale Stamp room

There was a whole wall of shelving full of all kinds of stamps and punches, and cutouts, and more!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Behind the desk, in a closet with the doors removed was all this. I immediately snagged the paper shelf, as it was just $25 for the shelf plus all the paper in it! All Stampin’ Up paper, I might add, over $100 worth at retail prices!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Two very nice young men put it in the trunk for me, and I came home smiling. I thought it would fit on the workbench under the wire shelf, but it didn’t. It was too tall for the space. This is the mess before. See those wire shelves on the right of the workbench?  They have paints and canvases on them, along with wood items and other things for future projects.

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I measured the space and found if I took one out, then the shelf would fit on one of them if I didn’t push it all the way to the wall. So I got to work rearranging the stuff. I took most of the painting supplies and made space in the storeroom for that. Then rearranged what was left.

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Then, DH looked at it and decided that the wire shelving would be too flimsy to hold the weight of a wood shelf full of paper. So he wanted to take all the wire ones out and figure out something for it to sit on. Well, I knew just the thing, if it was still there. We got out early the next morning and went back to the estate sale for the two drawer cabinet the paper shelf had originally been sitting on. We were in luck, the unit was still there! And 25% off! So, a quick call to a friend with a pickup, and home it came as well.

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Good thing too, as it began snowing off and on during the day Saturday.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had fun reorganizing the workbench space. Taking the bins of paper I already had, I integrated my stock into the shelving. This is going to be great, I’ll have the colors where I can see them. Plus the drawers can hold the once-a-year bins for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter card making.

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On top are more beautiful papers that I got at the estate sale, along with my embossing unit with its folders.  The paper unit had some books hidden in it, along with some really beautiful specialty papers, and a lot of holiday theme papers.  Moving some things into the drawers freed up space on the shelves over the workbench to spread out the everyday stamps and other items, utilizing the bins emptied of paper. Now, much neater and better organized, things on the upper shelf are no longer stacked two-high. Plus the little drawer organizer I also got will help keep the little stuff like glue sticks and blender pens handy.  Maybe a couple of stamping buddies would like to come and play.

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But for now, I can do some cards!  Sunday I did have some time for that, as it had snowed overnight about 4 inches.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

I took this picture of a blue jay in the snow-covered redbud tree.

Blue Jay in Snowy Tree @ From My Carolina Home

My bulbs were covered in snow, but they should be OK. It warmed up to the 40s later in the day.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

This is a different turkey than my two buddies, but he still was happy to get a bit of bread.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

We weren’t covered up this time, the streets were warm enough for the snow not to stick.  All of it was gone by the afternoon.  More cold and perhaps more snow is predicted this week.  I’ll be showing you the cards I am working on soon.

Are you playing with paper?  How’s the weather where you are?

 

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Stamping Cards in February

It has been a month of misfortune for some of my friends.  After having two in physical therapy rehab early in the month, I found out recently that my Stampin Up demonstrator, Gail, had shoulder surgery. Another friend broke her leg requiring significant reconstructive surgery with hardware.  Yet another friend had major kidney surgery. So, I headed to the workbench to stamp some cards. I wanted all of them to know that I was thinking of them.

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Starting with a sunny yellow color cardstock, I embossed it with a tiny flower pattern.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

This little pickup truck has a bunch of things you can put in its cargo bed. I used the flowers this time. I thought the sentiment was perfect.

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Placing a pretty ribbon over the embossed card, I wrapped the ends to the backside.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

Picking up the teal color from the ribbon, I used that as the frame color for the pickup truck.

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One down!

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I like that blue with the ribbon too, so I got another large piece for a birthday card for my MIL. Her birthday is this month too, actually today. Happy Birthday, Dear MIL!! She already has her card, so I can share it with you.

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I glued the ribbon across the lower part and wrapped the cut ends to the backside, then mounted it on the card.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

Because she is very special to us, I used this stamp and punched out a scallop.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

The scallop was framed in purple on a larger scallop, and the front was done.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

Inside, I am doing more combination stamping, this time with two sentiment stamps and a few butterflies.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

Yes, all the cards today got my signature stamp.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

I put a butterfly on her envelope too.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

This month I was the lucky recipient of two beautiful cards from my friend Carol W., who is much better at this than I am. She sent this one after my oral surgery, lovely tri-fold card with a cut out jar of flowers! I have to have her show me how to do this.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

It is Carol’s fault influence that convinced me to get the embosser. She sent this lovely Valentine card to me last week. I am hoping we can do some stamping together when Gail gets back to doing classes again.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

While I had the stamps out, I did a couple of additional cards to send out. These are essentially the same, with the same ribbon, and some embossing. They have been sent out too.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

So once again, I say I am going to do some cards to keep in reserve for quick needs, but I have not been able to do that.  Maybe this week I can get out the stamps again and get a head start on the next round of cards.  I want to do several, leaving the insides blank so I have one when I need one quickly.  And it always seems I need one quickly, LOL!!

Have you done any stamping recently?  Or, what are you working on now?

 

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Cards for Friends

Recently I found out that two of my friends were in physical therapy in-patient centers, one with a knee replacement and the other for strength rebuilding after a pretty bad infection and illness.  It is unusual to have two friends in at the same time, but the really amazing thing is that they were at the same center only two doors apart. Of course, that meant getting out the stamping stuff and creating cards to go with the little goodies I planned to take.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

These cards began with ivory color cardstock, and I embossed a pretty deep blue cardstock rectangle for texture.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I have some pretty floral ribbon, and I glued it to one side, wrapping the cut ends to the backside.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I glued those to the fronts of the cards, then stamped “Thinking of You” on yellow cardstock for the front. I did them a little differently, especially made with each lady in mind. One got a bird, the other a butterfly.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The inside of the one with the bird on the front has a birdhouse inside, with the Get Well sentiment.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The other card has a butterfly inside as well as on the front.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Both cards have my special stamp on the back.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

And the envelope got a pretty design too.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I packed up a couple of pretty bags with two paperback novels to read, a puzzle book, a tube of hand lotion and some chocolate in each one. It isn’t a lot, but I know from trying to recover from surgery myself a couple of years ago, keeping the mind occupied is essential.   The paperbacks are easy read cozy mysteries, and the puzzles – one a word search and the other a Sudoku – can be done here and there in short increments or longer if they want.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course, I had to do a couple of bookmarks to go in as well, to go with the novels.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

It was nice to have a short visit to deliver the goodies. Both ladies appreciated the thoughts.

Get Well Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

It occurred to me that I should make up a bunch of cards as ‘blanks’, so I can run down and quickly have a card when I need one. There are plenty of times that I have an immediate need but no time – like a birthday almost forgotten, or someone needs a pick-me-up or support at a moments notice.  Naturally, if I am rushed or pressured, it is hard to be creative.  If I had some made up with the fronts and backs done, I could have the needed card in a minute just by stamping the inside with the appropriate sentiment.   Next time I have a burst of stamping creativity, I’ll make a few extras for those times when I need something in a hurry.

Do you keep cards on hand?

 

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Stamping Thanksgiving Cards

Thanksgiving is coming soon, time to get some Thanksgiving cards done. I know I have said this several times, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is family and friends, football and food, all with my favorite autumn colors!  A nice long weekend of fun, with all the anticipation of more holiday fun to come. I am the only one in my family that does Thanksgiving cards, and the cousins have come to expect one every year. The one year I didn’t do them, I surely heard about it! I was told the holiday just wasn’t complete without a card. So, time to get out the golds and oranges, and get some stamping done. I have this neat veggie ribbon that was in an estate sale box in just the right colors.

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I was lucky to find the Happy Thanksgiving stamp at a thrift store a few weeks ago. I have been looking for that stamp for quite some time!

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I have these marvelous die cut leaves, so I got one out and put dimensional mounting stickies on the back.

Thanksgiving 2016 cards 3

This sets it up a bit from the mounting cardstock. I framed the unit by mounting it on green cardstock.  I  added a pumpkin color grosgrain ribbon in the center of the other ribbon before mounting the leaf unit.

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Using a pair of the decorative scissors I scored in the stamping stuff bag, I cut a decorative edge on the front lower edge.

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Inside, a sweet sentiment and a little pumpkin.

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My personal stamp on the back goes nicely with its leaf, and I added a pumpkin there too. All the cards got the same two stamps on the back.

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The envelopes got a turkey, after all, the recipient needs to know this is important, right?

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For the next design, I wanted to use my wheel with the leaf roller. I glued the same ribbon to the bottom of the next card, then using the ruler, lined up the edge and rolled leaves.

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Three rows of rolled leaves looked good, and I added the sentiment “Thankful Thoughts” on top, matted in orange.

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Inside, the sentiment from the same Stampin UP set, along with some leaves.  I stamped the Happy Thanksgiving at the bottom.

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While I had the roller out and loaded up, I did another card all over the front side at an angle.

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Rolling the entire card gave it a pretty pattern, but a bit boring by itself.

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So, I got out some other leaf stamps and different colors, and added those between the rows.

Thanksgiving Card overstamp 1

Happy Thanksgiving is placed in the middle with a frame, on top of the same veggie ribbon.  Inside is the same sentiment as the first card.  All three got my signature stamp on the back.

Thanksgiving Card overstamp 2

So there you are, three new designs for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

One more thing, I am thrilled to announce that I now have a Craft Designer page on Fave Crafts!  No, I don’t get any compensation for this, but it is exciting to have my blog seen by a larger community.  See it HERE.  The projects are all crafting projects that I have on my blog.  You can look around their site for all kinds of great project ideas from bloggers like me.  If you are visiting from Fave Crafts, I invite you to look around while you are here.  I have a lot of projects and a variety of subjects including crafting, quilting, sewing, recipes, tablescapes and more.  In 2017, the next mystery quilt will begin.  To see more of my crafting projects, click on the Crafting category on my sidebar.  Thanks for visiting!  You can follow my blog by using one of the choices on the sidebar.

Are you stamping cards for Thanksgiving or Autumn?

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Autumn Jubilee Wrap Up

Today will wrap up the Autumn Jubilee event, but read to the end for a sneak preview of the next big Mystery!  I have loved seeing all the progress photos on Flicker.  The colors chosen and the projects made are just wonderful.  Once again, I’d like to thank all my favorite companies for their participation in providing giveaways for readers.

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Giveaway drawing winners

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Aurifil winner Nancy at Joy For Grace blog, new follower using a blog reader.

Connecting Threads winner of the mini conthrdspumpkinquilt stand and topper is Vicki H, blog reader subscriber.FatQuarterShop-300x300

The winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate is Danice G, email subscriber.

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paisleyposies Stampin Up Paisleys and Posies bundle winner is Margaret N, email subscriber.

Magnet King – winners of the craft kits are Mary C and Pat T.

From My Carolina Home – The random number generator gave me this picture on our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group, quilting winner – Diann B!   Diann may have finished this mini-quilt, but she wins quilting of a table topper.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!  Yes, there will be more events like this one next year.

Now, for the preview!  I have been sewing like crazy on next year’s mystery quilt.  The design is done, one throw size quilt top is pieced, and at the moment it is on the quilting frame.  I do like the design, and I think it is a good scrappy look.  I am planning to make another larger one to check the measurements.  The sneak preview is this – the design will take advantage of jelly roll strips, charm packs and layer cakes, along with some fat quarters. So, take advantage of the clearance sales on those precuts and you’ll have a big head start on the mystery.  I just ordered three clearance charm packs for the 5 inch squares I’ll need for the larger size, and save cutting time.

I have another new design coming up next week using jelly roll leftovers.  It will be a very fast project using just 9 jelly roll strips, so dig out those strips, or cut some WOF strips 2-1/2 inches in width to quilt along with a project that can be finished in an afternoon.  Plus, the red two tone quilt is in the design process and I think will be a quilt along too.

Did you have fun with Autumn Jubilee?  Please join me in thanking all the wonderful sponsors of this event.


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Autumn Jubilee Stampin’ Up Halloween Cards and Giveaway

Time to get out the Halloween stamps and get our cards ready to send. It will be here before you know it! I got out all the Halloween inspired stamps and goodies, and began auditioning various looks. One thing I knew I wanted to use was a neat new embossing folder that had a spider web.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I embossed the spider web design on black cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, yes, I like that. An orange ribbon is added going straight across.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I stamped a spider web with a goofy spider on orange cardstock, and mounted it on a purple cardstock frame. Then it was glued to the front, overlapping the ribbon.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside is stamped with a jack-o-lantern and Happy Halloween.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

On the back, I added a witches hat to my personal stamp.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

That witches hat gave me an idea. The witch shoes are in the same Stampin Up set called Wicked Cool. I remembered another stamp about shoes in another Stampin Up set called Humor in High Heels. I thought they would be a hoot together. Plus, how often can you use a striped paper? It reminded me of the stripes on the witch’s tights.  So, I mounted a large square of rust and white striped paper on cream cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The sentiment is from Humor in High Heels, and the hat and shoes are from Wicked Cool.  I mounted the element on green cardstock as a frame. Perfect together aren’t they?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside are some bats, with a cute saying.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I added the witches hat to my personal stamp on the backs of these too.  I liked that idea so much I made three more, with different color combinations.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course the envelopes all got a stamp too.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Isn’t this fun?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

We will get to more Autumn inspired Thanksgiving cards soon. And you can see the Welcome Autumn cards I did last month for more inspiration.  The best news for today is the wonderful giveaway sponsored by Stampin’ Up!! They are going to send a Paisleys and Posies bundle set to one lucky reader!

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This fantastic bundle is a modern twist on a classic shape.  The Paisleys & Posies bundle contains a set of 18 photopolymer stamps and 19 Paisley Framelits Dies with the largest piece: 2-1/2″ x 1-3/4″, a $45 value!  The stamps are not mounted, and can be used with the clear stamp blocks sold separately.

To enter the drawing for the Paisleys and Posies Giveaway, visit Stampin’ Up (just click on the words) and read a blog post, or view the catalog, then come back to comment on anything you like about Stampin UP!   Comments will be taken until November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends! Good luck!!

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