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Friends Across the Miles

Friends Across the Miles

While we might have friends across many miles, we can still bring a smile to their face.

The Lift Me Up stamp set from Stampin’ Up! came to my rescue!

 

 

Coordinating Products Together

One of my favorite things about Sale-a-Bration this year is how Stampin’ Up! created products in the Occasions Catalog that coordinates with a product in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

This set is a great example.  The Lift Me Up Bundle comes with the Lift Me Up stamp set and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Lift Me Up stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

On Page 7 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog, you will find the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  When you purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! products from my store, you can receive the Carried Away Designer Series Paper for FREE.

Friends Across the Miles, Lift Me Up stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

I used the Carried Away Designer Series Paper for this card as well I used the paper to inspire my color combination.

Lift Me Up stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

  • The card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock 4-1/4 x 11.
  • Attach a piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper (1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″)  onto the left side of the card base using adhesive.
  • Die cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″) using the large hot air balloon image.  Attach this to a piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″).
  • The clouds were die cut from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.
  • The greeting was stamped onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits.
  • Load your Aqua Painter with Night of Navy ink, then brush over the Delicate White Doily.  Heat set with Heat Tool to speed up the drying process.

 

 

Friends Across the Miles, Lift Me Up stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Whether you have friends far away or near, you can definitely lift someone up using the Lift Me Up stamp set.

 

 

 

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Fancy Friday Blog Hop- Dude Cards!

Fancy Friday Blog Hop- Dude Cards!

Fancy Friday Blog Hop
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve given the Dude Cards a run for my own money this week.  Especially since it’s taken ME way out of my normal comfort zone of frilly pretty stuff.  

Today I was lucky enough to partner with a few Artisans from Stampin’ Up! and share with  you even more Dude cards.  How EXCITING is that??? You will find the blog hop links at the bottom of this post.  

Let’s get the party started.  Some of the favorite men in my life are military.  It’s time they hear how much I adore them.  

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Again, I’m keeping things on the simple side.  Not too flashy, but still manly.  

If you have military friends or family the For Your Country stamp set is totally worth having on hand.  It’s a super set to use for sending cards to our amazing troops.  

I paired my card with the World Map background stamp and used the Rock n Roll technique for the background.  

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Love how the Hexagon punch spotlights on pieces of the map.  Again, an easy touch.  


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When I was creating this card last night I became a little emotional.  Luckily it was just me still up and I could have my moment.  It just made me think how grateful I am for our Military Men and Women who serve our country.  It doesn’t have to be a holiday to let them know.  We should tell them ALL the time. 

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Right before we left Virginia Russ and I were out for dinner one night when smack dab in the middle of our dinner conversation he got up and walked over to an elderly man.  I sat there not knowing what in the world he was doing. He had gotten up to thank a World War 11 Veteran that was sitting adjacent to us.  I remember the smile on the mans face and it will be etched in my memory forever.  A soldier thanking a soldier.  Coolest thing ever.  Truly!! 

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Again, I kept these VERY simple.  Just a few layers.  Nothing cray cray, but it gets the point across.  I love that simple thank you greeting in the For Your Country stamp set.  That’s just IT.  A simple thank you will carry these fine men and woman a long way.  

Now it’s time to see what these artisans created for the M.A.N! I didn’t feel any pressure about what I was creating until just now.  These are also fine women who are the craftiest Kates I know.  Funny thing is your going to visit Mercedes blog and she has a DUDE (her husband) that stamps.  <grin> I love that! 

NEXT

I’m off to another gymnastics meet.  This time we are traveling 6 hours to Georgia.  I’m thankful my mama rides with me.  She keeps us entertained.  Wish Lexi luck and I’ll share how she does.  It’s going to be a great girls weekend.  

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Hello Sailor…

 

“Hello Sailor!”  I think I’ve said those words a few times when Russ came home from deployment.  His plane would land and it seemed like an eternity waiting for him on the tarmac.  As soon as I could see his boots on the ground, this lady was running fast to jump in his arms.  Great memories.  

 

What a great surprise in Stampin’ Up!’s  Occasions Mini this year to see a fantastic Sailor stamp set.  It’s perfect for the Navy wife or nautical lover.  The best part of the Hello Sailor stamp set is the products that can coordinate with it.  I’ve used a few today that I want to share.  

Coordinating Products for Hello Sailor

Hello Sailor, Stampin' Up!, Nautical

 

Already Stampin’ Up! has the coordinating Designer Series Paper called High Tide.  I decided to use a different Designer Paper Pack that also pairs with this set so nicely called Fresh Prints Paper Stack #132996.  The Hardwood Background stamp set helped make this card perfect for my sailor giving it that “manly” feeling.  I used Soft Suede ink and sponged gently around the entire piece to make it look like REAL hardwood.  

The Burlap ribbon also helps to give the manly feeling and I liked it paired behind the Hardwood image.  It also adds another fun layer to the card and you know I love my layers.  

The BEST piece for me was adding my coveted little wood man.  Coveted because I only have a few left.  This was an embellishment in one of my Paper Pumpkin kits and I love these wooden pieces to bits.  How fun to add a little sailor boy?  He looks perfect hanging out on this card.  We will call him, Russ! <giggle>

Hello Sailor, Stampin' Up!, Nautical

The ships wheel was perfect on the Starburst Wooden Elements piece.  I stamped this image using Soft Suede ink and just tucked it behind the burlap.  I like to use a hot glue gun when adhering my wood pieces. 

Of course I added a few Rhinestones for a little bling.  I’m sure my sailor won’t mind, you think? 

 

My point to all of this- Hello Sailor is a GREAT stamp set that can work with many of Stampin’ Up! products.  

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Supplies

Stamps:  Hello Sailor #133278, Hardwood Background Stamp #133035 Ink: Soft Suede Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red  Accessories:  Glue Gun, Rhinestones #129324, Fresh Prints #132996, Starburst Framelits #132967, Essentials Wooden Elements #132258, Burlap Ribbon #132140, Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon #132982, Hardware Clips Essentials #129964

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Hello, Sailor

When the new Occasions Mini came out this year I was smitten with the Hello, Sailor stamp set.  Besides, I have a sailor so I thought this set would be perfect to create  little love notes.   Hello Sailor, Stampin' Up!

Once again this stamp set has sat on my desk waiting to be used.  I thought I would also give you an update on how the sailor is doing as well.  

Hello Sailor, Stampin Up!

 

I used many of my favorites on this card.  

 

My first favorite was my Silhouette.  I created the stars by exporting a star punch from My Digital Studio and importing to my Silhouette.  The stars were cut from the High Tide Designer Series Paper.  LOVE this paper with it’s awesome designs.  

You can find all the supplies I used for this card below.  

Time for an update on the Prince and my sweet sailor.  *deep breath*  

To be honest, there has not been much of a change in the recent weeks.  The progress we see on a day to day basis is more strength related than anything else.  This makes his spirit a little down.  Russ has really struggled over the last week especially. For a man that fixed everything and took care of “us”, he feels useless at home.  Of course we tell him all the time this too shall pass.  I’m sure he hears it but I can imagine it’s not what he wants to hear.  

We are trying to find ways between therapy that he can be more helpful around the house.  Sometimes it does the opposite and frustrates him more because he realizes what he cannot do.  It’s a catch 22 for me.  

We had a little chat about attitude this week.  The plumbing and dryer issue did not help his spirit/attitude at all.  Seeing me clean up the great flood in the bathroom just upset him.  We both know that this WILL get better but it’s going to take a lot of TIME.  I can’t beat him up for having a few bad days because Lord knows I’ve had my share.  When he has an attitude change I have to be up on my game and keep my attitude in check.  Together this is how we are dealing with it.  

We are seeing a little progress in his right arm and hand.  The arm is what gives him more frustration than anything.  Getting those fingers to move and start picking up objects is BRUTAL!  

We did get some good news at his last Dr. appointment.  His neurologist is going to try giving his arm Botox to relax the muscles and let his fingers relax more.  Right now his hand curls up because the muscles are so tense.  Of course when the Dr. said Botox I immediately perked up and asked the million dollar question… “will there be leftover Botox I can have?”  Just a little in my forehead would be fine.  A girl can ask, right?

We are awaiting approval from insurance to move forward with this.  I’ll keep you posted and you’ll know I was able to get the leftovers when I post selfies everyday.  

Continue to pray for Russ, please.  Now that the plumbing is fixed (today anyways) and the dryer we can relax over the weekend.

 Hello Sailor, Stampin Up!

 

Supplies

Stamps: Hello, Sailor #133278 Ink: Coastal Cabana Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana

Accessories: High Tide DSP #132992, Gold Bakers Twine #132975, Paper Doilies, Gold Sequin Trim #132983, Gold Foil Sheet #132622, Silhouette Cameo, My Digital Studio, Essential Wooden Elements #132258, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Starburst Framelits Dies #132967, Glue Gun

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A Day to Remember…

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin Up Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demonstrator

 

I don't have many words today.  It's a day to reflect on what happened to our country 10 years ago today.  It's hard to believe it's been 10 years.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  We had friends visiting us from Iowa.  We were living in Pensacola, Florida at the time and Russ was a flight instructor.  He had gone to work that beautiful morning and I was entertaining our friends at home.  Brandon was just 9 months old and it was time to feed him.  We were all sitting in our living room watching Good Morning America just as I still do today.  We watched the horrific events unravel on the TV from the start. I remember sitting there in disbelief.  I tried to call Russ and I couldn't get through to him.  Once I did he wasn't sure if he would be able to leave the base. It was in lock down. We were glued to the TV the rest of the day. I'm finding myself glued to the TV again today. 

 

My heart aches for all the innocent people that we lost that day and for those that continue to make sacrifices to protect our freedom.  I'm so proud of my Prince and all of our service men as they make huge sacrifices everyday and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice protecting us. 

 

This card is for my Prince. I think it's pretty patriotic.  ;)

XOXOXO