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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Honor Flight Part Two

Today's posting is an update.  My last post was about the card I made for my uncle Ed who was going to go on a WWII Honor Flight to Washington DC.  My cousins Mike and Terry posted pictures of the return home (it all happened yesterday!).  By the way, Uncle Ed is 87.  Doesn't he look great?

Uncle Ed tipping his hat when he returned to Midway Airport in Chicago.  Photo taken by Mike W.

Welcome Back poster my cousin, Therese, made.  Several family members were at the airport to welcome him back home.  Photo taken by Terry D.

Uncle Ed arriving back in Chicago to a hero's welcome.  Photo taken by Mike W.

The veterans shake hands with the crowd as they walk through the airport on their return.  Photo taken by Mike W.

Uncle Ed with his escort for part of the event.  Photo taken by Terry D.

I talked to Uncle Ed today and he told me all about his day.  He had a great time visiting the sites in Washington D.C.  The whole experience was incredible.  And, he loved the mail call.  He was impressed that I remembered he went overseas on the U.S.S. West Point and that I put a ship on the front of his card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Honor Flight Card

What a thrill today to receive an email from another stamper who featured one of my cards on her blog!  To see the post, click on the icon on the left or go to .  She has featured several other cards/stampers, too.  It's a great blog to visit.  For the record, I don't know Josee.  I was surprised to get her email and quite excited to see my card on her blog.  Thanks, Josee!

And now, here's a new card for you.  I recently learned about the Honor Flight program when my cousin sent an email saying that our uncle Ed (age 87) would be going to DC as part of the Honor Flight.  It's a program where WWII veterans are flown to DC (at no cost) to see the memorials and to be honored.  There is a mail call on the flight home, so relatives and friends were asked to send a letter ahead of time so it could be given to our loved one during the mail call.

The Honor Flight program is happening in cities across the country and has been around a while, I guess. As I said already, on the flight home, the veterans have mail call (like when they were active duty serving our country).  I googled "honor flight" and found a video on youtube showing the vets getting their mail (  It was quite heart-warming to watch, and I'm thrilled my uncle can be a part of it.  He goes on his trip on July 30, but since he doesn't go online, I feel pretty safe that he won't see this post.  The mail call is a surprise!  If you happen to know my wonderful uncle, don't breathe a word about it until after July 30.

Below is the card I made for Uncle Ed.  The ship is from the new Traveler stamp set.  I chose the ship because it looks a bit like the U. S. S. West Point, the ship both my uncle and my father were on when they went overseas.  I made the card quite patriotic, as you can see.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hero on a Waterfall

I made a waterfall card for my son's birthday using the Calling All Heroes stamp set.  Here's a picture of the card front:

How this card works is you pull down on the orange tab.  When you do, the top square lifts to reveal what is on the square below it:

I had a Bruce Wayne type guy on the first square.  The second square has a lightening bolt.  Pull it down a bit more, and Batman appears.

I also had stamped Make a Wish on the tab that pulls down.  Pull it down even further, and Batman flips up to reveal CELEBRATE. 

The "Make a Wish" stamp is from the Perfect Pennants stamp set and "celebrate!" came from And Many More, a new stamp set in the 2014-2015 catalog.

Other supplies used:

  • Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
  • Designer Series Paper:  Confetti Celebration
  • Brads

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Striped Scallop Day

Today was one of my monthly stamp camp classes.  I had made a "diaper fold pouch" and filled it with teabags for each person.  One of these was at each person's place at the table. I used the Tea Party Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! to decorate the front of it.

In class today, we made a card below using the Striped Scallop Thinlit (for the Big Shot).

Besides the Striped Scallop Thinlit, I also used:

Ryn is one of the regulars in the class.  She decided to experiment and add a splash of color to the Striped Scallop.  She also curved her flower petals out; I had curved my flower petals down.  I love how her card turned out:

One more card I made using the Striped Scallop thinlit is below.  I used Bermuda Bay colored cardstock for the base of the card and cut the striped scallop using Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The feather stamp is from the A Happy Horray Stamp Set.

I've become intrigued with all the possible uses of the Striped Scallop thinlit.  It's my new favorite item in the new catalog -- at least until I turn the page and something else catches my eye.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two Cards

My college roommate's mother celebrated her 90th birthday, so I made the card below for her.  The card is in white, black, and gold.  The flowers were made using the Petite Petals punch and the pansy punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (available June 2, 2014).  A black Candy Dot in the center of the flowers finished them off nicely.

The card below is a teabag holder card I made for a friend.  I met Diana when our husbands were in navigator training school in the Air Force back in 1981.  Once the card is untied, there is an envelope (made with the envelope punch board) that holds a tea bag.  She'll love the card.  Her birthday is in July, so I haven't mailed this one yet.  By the way, the blue designs above and below the bow are just two sections of the soon-to-be retired (retires June 1) Delicate Details Lace Tape.  I colored the lacy circles with the new Stampin' Blendabilities markers.  These new markers are alcohol ink markers made for blending and shading, but they also color those hard-to-color items like rhinestones and the lace tape.  I used the Tea Party stamp set.

I have a few more cards to make this week, and then I must start planning my upcoming classes.  I love every minute of planning the cards and teaching the classes.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Easy-to-Make Napkin Rings

I was having some friends over for dinner, so I wanted something new for the napkins.  I saw some napkin rings that Lisa Harlow, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, made and decided to make my own version of them.  They turned out quite cute, if I do say so myself.

I had a fork and knife in each napkin and wrapped it in Designer Series Paper.  The clothespin held it all together. 

Supplies used:
Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Garden
Accessories:  The mini clothespins were part of the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, but they are also are available in silver and gold in the spring catalog - Mini Metallic Clothespins
Stampset:  Oh, Goodie from the holiday catalog