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November Newsletter

This card was made by stamping 0965-P, Zuni Bear Fetish, Lg. in black on white card stock and die cutting a border around the image. That was glued to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of black cardstock. The final step was to glue that to a base of white cardstock. This is probably one of the easiest cards to make.

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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER – CAT IN SCENIC WINDOW

Well, here we are already in September! I’ve chosen Cat in Scenic Window, 0772-U to share with you today. The stamp was stamped on 120-weight watercolor paper and colored by my friend, Judi Lunday, who is a watercolor artist. This is one of the drawings that my mother did around 1990. I have the same image (0776-U) available in my catalog without the scene showing in the window. It is fun to have my friend color a stamped image and for me to do the framing of it onto a card. The Aloe Vera Plant (0775-D) is available separately as a stamp and measures 1″ tall. The card base is Stampin’ Up’s Choc Chip and the layer is a dark tan.

Cat in scenic window

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July News: Birch Grove and Doe by Branch

The card base for this card is off-white and is layered with Almost Artichoke and the third layer of black which has the stars die cut into it. The Birch Grove, 0305-T and Doe by Branch, 0225-K are stamped on off-white card stock, fussy cut, and attached to the black layer. The Happy Birthday saying is a die-cut of off-white cardstock. The moon is die-cut using Light Yellow cardstock.

Birch Grove and Doe by Branch

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MAY NEWSLETTER

Wow! Mother’s Day seems to have come upon me so fast! It has been a fun few weeks making Mother’s Day Greeting Cards for my display rack at the local Hardware store. Now, I am busy making Graduation cards. The card I’m showing today features one of my favorite drawings done by my Mother when she was 89 years old. It is Kitten on Creel, Lg. 0774-L. The background has 4 fishing flies. Listing from top left clockwise, they are Bivisible (dry fly), 0423B; King’s River, 0424A; Spinner, 0751C; Caddis, 0750-C. Colored pencils were used to color all images. The Kitten on Creel was cut out and mounted with dimensionals on a black oval. The card is ivory cardstock, layered with black and ivory cardstock.

Kitten on Creel
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APRIL NEWSLETTER

Living in North Idaho, I frequently see white-tailed deer in my yard, and I like to stamp with images of wildlife that is frequently seen here. The image used on this card was drawn by my mother in 1949, and I made it into a rubber stamp in 1995. It has become one of my favorite stamps. What I particularly like about this drawing and many of my mother’s drawings, is that it captures the animal ready to run at a moment’s notice, almost as to say, “I’m aware you are there.”

“Doe by Branch,” 0225-K, was stamped in black dye ink and cut out with an asymmetrical die-cut, then layered onto an “Always Artichoke” die-cut that is one size larger. That was adhered to a base layer of homemade paper using dimensionals. The card base is Stampin’ Up’s “Always Artichoke.”

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March Newsletter

Here we are at the first of March with rain expected for most of this week. We’ve had heavy snowfall this winter. I’m seeing the snow melting very rapidly as our weather recently has been in the 40’s and rainy. This winter, there have been sightings of moose; however, I haven’t seen one for several years. It makes me happy to know that they are being spotted occasionally. i walk regularly in a forested area near my home and do see evidence that they have recently walked there also. The card I’ve chosen to share with you this month is a card stamped with Lg. Moose, 0766-K. The basic card is Stampin Up’s Crumb Cake which is layered with handmade paper that I purchased 30+ years ago. I figured it was time to pull it out again. The moose is stamped on tan cardstock, gluded to brown cardstock and attached to the card with dimensionals.

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February Newsletter

I’m excited to share the valentine’s card that I made using Bold Block, – Love Hand MC1208-G, and Hugs and Kisses, MW0672-D. The Heart/Hand stamp is stamped in maroon ink on white cardstock and cut out with a square die-cut that is 1/4″ bigger on all 4 sides, then layered on maroon cardstock and a final layer of white cardstock. A piece of maroon cardstock is cut 4″ x 5 1/4″ and, after embossing with a heart folder, is layered on a white card base. The word stamp, “Hugs and Kisses” is stamped on white cardstock, trimmed on the ends, and layered over a maroon piece that has been cut out with a punch. It is then layered on a white piece that has been cut with a die-cut. Both layered pieces are mounted on the maroon heart embossed piece using dimensional as shown in the picture below.

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January Newsletter

The card I am sharing today was made with a stamp (Geese in Flight, 0758-M) drawn by my mother around 1980 and another stamp of unknown origin. I’ve sold this stamp and often wondered how others use it, but have never seen it used by anyone other than myself. Making this card challenged me to get the depth perception that I wanted. I hope that when you view it, you do see the depth. Living in North Idaho, we often see the Canadian geese flying in their beautiful formations. Just recently, I saw seven geese fly over and, suddenly, I came to the realization that one of them had lost his/her mate as usually, they are in groups of even numbers. I felt sadness for that goose, but happiness that he/she is still with his/her community which is just another example of how important support groups are.