WCC30 – A Cup of Cheer in 3D

  WCC30 Susan’s 3D Challenge

Welcome to a new Challenge.

This time around we are doing 3D!

 

WCC - Susan's 3D Project

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Whatever trips your trigger as a friend of mine likes to say…if it has several sides or depth to it…you’re in.   And we hope you will join us in submitting your very own 3D creation here.

Here’s my simple 3D treat holder:

WCC30 - Susan's 3D Challenge - Jean Fitch

And a side view so you can see how it all fits together.

WCC30 - A Cup of Cheer - Side View - Jean Fitch

Do you remember this little treat or card holder?  People have been making them for over a decade (possibly more).   Perfect for little gift cards just under 3″ wide and about 3″ – 4″ tall.    Or in this case a little package of teas and sweets…perfect for someone recovering from a cold or flu or other malady.

I’ll let you in on a secret that I discovered years ago…the tea in the picture is Moroccan Mint tea from STASH.  That tea is a wonder drug all on it’s own.  Whether for morning sickness or the upset stomach and dizziness you get from chemotherapy this stuff is magic!   And I can guarantee you that it tastes just like the mint tea that I had in Morocco back in 1975.   The only brand I’ve found that does.  I’m not sure if it’s the lemongrass or the blend of various mint teas or the combination but this stuff is powerful…and very good tasting.   Fun to suck on a peppermint too and hold it in your teeth while you drink the tea through it.   Just don’t let the mint go down the wrong way.  Yeah…been there…done that.

And yeah…I should probably add the disclaimer that I’m not a doctor and take my suggestion with a grain of sense and salt.  It may not work for everyone as I’ve described but I’ve given it to many, many people for whom it did work and used it myself.   And no…I don’t work for STASH or get a commission.  LOL

Are you wondering yet where the stamps and several of the papers came from?   My latest (July) Paper Pumpkin is the source.  Three wonderful sentiments, the cup, tea bags, steam and the plants that you’ll be able to use when the kit contents are gone.    Have you tried that monthly pumpkin delight yet?  Trust me…you will want to.   Especially…because…drum roll please…you can get two months right now for 50% off!

Contact your demonstrator (I’m available if you don’t have one already Click the highlighted text to sign up :D) and ask them about the 50% off offer.   It’s available until September 10th.   Want the August Kit…sign up by August 10th…get going…what are you waiting for…today is the 9th!!!

Here are a few other views of the inside with it open and treats removed.

 Click on the images to see a larger view

 

WCC30 - A Cup of Cheer interior

WCC30 - Cup of Cheer - inside box

Supplies:

Stamps: My Paper Pumpkin July 2015 Kit – Thanks a Latte

Ink:  Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Pool Party, Paper Pumpkin Kit papers and stickers

Punches: Large Oval

Other:  Clip from kit, 1/8″ Gold Ribbon, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Small Cellophane bag,  tea bags, Stampin’ Trimmer, Dimensionals, SNAIL

It’s a fairly simple construction that you can adapt to any size.   In this case a 3″ x 11″ strip of cardstock that is scored at 4-1/2″ and 6-1/2″.  Use the large oval punch to create the handles near the top.   The small box is 4″ x 5″ and scored at 1″ all the way around on all sides.  Cut along the score line up to the other score line on two sides at both ends.  Fold and crease along score lines and adhere tabs as needed to form the box.   Adhere bottom of box to the inside score area of the long cover piece.  Decorate…tie some ribbon to hold the handles in and fill with your desired contents.

Thanks a Latte Treat Packet

 

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Please join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   You can see the winner for the linky added projects for the last challenge here.  It was a hard choice as all the entries were wonderful.  If you haven’t looked already…take a look here.  You’ll be inspired.   I also hope this time you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

WCC29 – Flap Fold Flowers

WCC29 Bev’s Special Folds Challenge

Welcome to a new Challenge.

This time around we are folding!

Pretty much any kind of card fold little or big.  Simple or intricate.  You decide.   If you have a different idea than the picture…go for it!

Here’s the picture that was provided to encourage the thinking and the MOJO.

Fun-Folds-All-Cards

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Do you believe in kismet, coincidence or just blind dumb luck?   When I encounter that phenomenon I refer to it as inspiration.  LOL

Of course all of that also helped me to create this:

 

WCC29 - Wild About Flowers Flap Fold Card - Jean Fitch - Wild about Flowers & Trust God stamp sets

So how did I get there?

A week or so ago I had this wonderful tutorial by Julie Davison hit my inbox courtesy of SplitcoastStampers Weekly Inkling Newsletter.   Wonderful inspiration every Wednesday.  If you would like to get yours you can sign up for it on the home page of SCS here.  Of course I had to look at the gallery and came across this card (also by Julie Davison):

Tulip Flap Fold Card - Julie Davison

click the picture to see Julie’s post

All of that, the need for a card for the challenge plus a real hankering to play with my brand new stamp set Wild About Flowers put me on the road to creativity.

Needless to say…I had a very fun time learning a new fold and bending my own ideas into the fold parameters as well.   I always like a challenge.  Well duh…that’s why I work on our Wacky Watercooler Challenges. {grin}

I altered Julie’s basic design just a bit.  I added an Old Olive mat layer that creates a thin color border between the Pretty Petals designer series paper and that rather intense Pacific Point paper.  Hard to see in the photo but noticeable in the real card.   Of course I changed the stamps and the punch border but the rest is pretty much Julie’s design.  Now that I’ve done the basic design I have a few ideas for a stepped up version so check back.

Here are a few other views with the card unfolded.   If you don’t recognize the edging tool I used for the front flap…check out your punches.   I created the border with the Decorative Label punch.

 Click on the images to see a larger view

WCC29 - Flap Fold unfolded - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold top fold view

WCC29 - Flap Fold Side View - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold Front view - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold - inside folds - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold - front unfolded - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps: Wild about Flowers, Trust God, Lovely Amazing You (for the inside and still available for a short time)

Ink:  Old Olive, Pacific Point

Paper: Pacific Point, Old Olive, Very Vanilla Cardstocks.  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Punches: 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, Scalloped Oval, Decorative Label

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Dimensionals, SNAIL

I love the way the design from the Pretty Petals paper stack mimics the cornflower images I selected.  I’ve had a scrap of this paper sitting on my desk for a while now so not surprising I opted to use it.  I used the flip side to create the vest take out box you saw here.  Stampin’ Up does such a wonderful job of giving us papers and stamps that work so well together don’t you think.  Not to mention the general coordination of colors across many product types.  Love that!   Loving the new catalog too!

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Please join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   You can see the winner for the linky added projects for the last challenge here.  It was a hard choice as all the entries were wonderful.  If you haven’t looked already…take a look here.  You’ll be inspired.   I also hope this time you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

WCC28 – Sending Wishes

Watercooler Challenge #28

WCC28 Buffy's color challenge

Buffy’s Color Challenge

Welcome to a new challenge.  This time Buffy has tossed out a unique grouping of  five colors and dared us to do our best!   After just a bit of grumbling…and a few questions about the sanity level she enjoys…hee, hee….we all buckled down to creating.  And I have to admit…I’m now interested in making a few more cards with this color combo!  I think too that I finally figured out their appeal.  They’re all tones found in Vintage creations from decades and possibly centuries past.   All together they reinforce that look and feel.  Yep Miss Buffy…you converted me. 😀

After a good bit of head scratching…and truthfully…a bit of looking at other entries on our Design Team site (I swear…at least a few of my sister artisans stole my first ideas!)…here’s my entry:

 

WCC28 - Buffy's Color Challenge - Sending Wishes  by Jean Fitch

What do you think?   Does this reflect a bit of vintage look and feel?   The more I look at it the more I think of my Grandmother’s handkerchief box.  Many of them delicate with embroideries or printed patterns of flowers and butterflies and yes…many with these same colors!   And keep in mind…my grandmother was born in the late 1800’s.   And her handkerchief box reflected the various years…and also included some from her own mother.  Now I’m wondering if I should have gone with a faux silk background to get even closer to those handkerchiefs.   Hm…maybe next time.

Supplies:

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Floral Wings (hostess set)

Ink:  Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Early Espresso

Paper: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Whisper White

Punches:  Bitty Butterfly

Other:  Big Shot, Oval Collection Framelits,  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL

The trickiest part of the card, I found, was deciding which color butterfly should hang out with which colored flowers.  Finally, before my head could explode I decided to simplify it and keep color with color.  Easy peasy.  So why did it take me most of a day to figure that out!

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Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   Sadly we didn’t have a winner for the linky added projects last time.  We need three or more submissions to award that prize.  I hope this time you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

WCC27: Hearts & Folds and a surprisingly full box!

WCC27 – Iris Twist

Jackie’s Technique  Challenge

WCC27 - Twisted Iris - Jackie's Technique Challenge for the Watercooler Challenge

Welcome to a new Watercolor Challenge.   Jackie has provided us with a wonderful (and yes a bit challenging) technique to work with.  Today’s challenge is a “twist” on the original Iris Fold technique.  I’m overjoyed at that since it’s a tad easier and gives us more than a few options.   As you’ve likely seen (on the challenge blog) we’re, most of us, choosing a faux version or “twisted” version.  And trust me when I say…many of us were stretching to twist our brains around this version of the technique simple as it really is.

Here’s my version of Jackie’s wonderful technique challenge.  I decided to work with a small 3-D canvas.  Fun but requires a high degree of dexterity…and an ability to work with gluey fingers!   Hard to believe from the picture that this is a little 2″x2″ mini treat box.

WCC27 - Jackie's Iris Twist Challenge - Hearts and Folds creation by  Jean Fitch

And with a hidden prize inside….an accordion fold card insert!

WCC27 Card - Hearts and Folds by Jean Fitch - insert accordion card extended - front view-Floral Wings & Butterfly Basics stamp sets.

Can you believe that all fit inside such a tiny box?

WCC27 Hearts and Folds Collage - Iris Twist - Jean Fitch

Side views and more. Click on the picture for a larger view.

 

 

One of the things I love about this project is that the simplicity of the outer shell gives no hint of the play of color and folds to be found inside.   My twist on a Shaker or Amish look outside and a riot of a slightly more vintage color and style inside.  Most boxes of this type have the thread or ribbon showing outside…I decided to hide the full surprise inside the box…like a jack in the box with the lace ribbon swirled at the top to provide a pull up handle.  Another nice thing about this colorful design…I have lots of room on the backside of the accordion card insert to hand write or further stamp a personalized note.   Hm…should I put a note in there for the person to pull it out and turn it over do you think?

Supplies:

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Floral Wings (hostess set), You Brighten my Day (Sale-a-Bration 2015 now retired)

Ink:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals Paper Stack, Kraft Mini Treat Boxes

Punches: Sweetheart, Itty Bitty Accents Pack (heart), Bitty Butterfly, Ornate Tag Topper, 1-3/4″ Circle

Other:  Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits,  Simply Scored Scoring Board, Victorian Crochet Trim,  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

Tip: You can fit larger die cuts into a smaller space if you use your bone folder.  The small lace look butterfly die cut was actually too big for the tiny treat box and the accordion fold strip…until…I curled the wings and locked them more or less in place with a double (next time I’ll use triple) set of stacked dimensionals.

One further note:  I CASE’d  the basic idea and measurements from this post and video by Sarah-Jane Rae and added my own touches as well as the challenge technique.  The concept of accordion cards inside boxes has been around for ages but Sarah-Janes video is really wonderful for this particular design so I encourage you to watch the video and check out her blog for other wonderfully creative ideas.  I know I’ll be making many of these in the days to come…they are really addicting.  Of course…they may not all be Iris Twist versions.  LOL.

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If you’d like to try your own addition to the challenge here are a few resources you might find helpful:

For a faux version…here’s a video similar to the technique that I used – https://youtu.be/IjmmEE5WmjU  I hope this video in particular will convince you that this really is a fairly simple technique that gives a big bang visually.

If you want to learn more about the true Iris Fold technique:  I first learned about the true Iris fold technique and found helpful information and patterns here: http://www.circleofcrafters.com/irisfolding/

You’ll see their patterns all over Pinterest and other sources and community boards.

Of course being a Stampin’ up demonstrator I had to see what people in my own community were doing and the Stampin’ Up papers they were using.  A few years ago I came across this very helpful post by fellow demo Anne Hayward. It shows a variety of styles and templates and is followed up by a wonderful video on the traditional method she is teaching. At this point in time it’s a tad dated as to papers, etc. but still the real deal with great tips and examples.  Scroll on down to the bottom of her posts for the video.
http://www.stampingwithbluemooncreations.com/my_weblog/iris-folding-instructions-and-video-tutorial.html

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Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge Blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own version with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   Check out the last challenges winner for the linky added projects.  We had a wonderful set of 7 submissions so we were able to award the prize (three are required to award a prize).  I hope this time around you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

WCC26 – Lemonade anyone?

WCC26 – Jean’s Lemonade Pie Color Challenge

Welcome to a new Challange.  This time around we are focusing on three colors and if you want you can also use the picture for inspiration…or just let it make you hungry!  LOL

The official start of summer is just a few short days away.  Well alright…more like a week.  But hey…Mother Nature has been getting in some practice in my neck of the woods with an early start on turning grass to hay and soaring temperatures.   So I thought…what better time for lemonade pie and colors that will also work for Father’s Day…also coming up in a hurry.

Check it out.  Isn’t that pie scrumptious?   I like the china plate and the table runner too!   If you want to make the pie…here’s the recipe link  If you want to play along…check out the information at the bottom of the post.

WCC26 - Watercooler Challenge -Lemonade Pie Color Challenge - June 14 2015Here’s my version…non edible but it has soft and fluttering butterfly embossing, a cool trick with the Note Tag punch from Stampin’ Up and a few other yummy bits and pieces.   Best of all…whether it’s given for Father’s Day or another occasion…it tells the recipient how much they are loved.  Click the picture to see all the detail close up.

WCC26 - Jean's  Lemondade Pie Color Challenge - recipe included!

Supplies:

Stamps: Lovely Amazing You (still available for a short time), Papillon Potpourri

Ink:  Marine Mist, Daffodil Delight Classic Inks

Paper: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla

Punches: Note Tag, Itty Bitty Accents Pack (heart), Bitty Butterfly, Banner

Other:  Big Shot, Fluttering Embossing Folder (new),  1/4″ Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL

I wish this design had shown off the very cool Fluttering folder a bit better.  Perhaps I need to sponge some color onto the layer to show off the wings.  This new and very cool folder is a new 6″ x 6″ size and trust me when I say…you are going to love it and want it.  The new catalog is all about the butterflies this year.  Well…cake and cupcakes makes it in too…and of course trees, flowers…and more.  But really…look at the butterflies…that’s a big trend…and I’m loving it!!

The newish cotton ribbon is pretty cool too.  Soft, silky and very easy to tie.  Yes it was in last years catalog but somehow I never got around to trying or discovering it.  Yep…I do foolish things sometimes.  If you don’t want to follow in that path…try it!  ’nuff said.

Tool tips: Note Tag punch does more than tags.  Are you wondering what die was used to create the window layer?  No die…it’s the Note Tag punch!  Brenda Quintana has a fun video showing how to create this window and others.   I used a square of 3-1/4″ for mine.

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Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   Sadly we didn’t have a winner for the linky added projects last time.  We need three or more submissions to award that prize.  I hope this time you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

Fabulous Phrases – more goodies from the Llama Blog Hop!

Hi All,

Here’s another fun idea that had its origins in the Llama Blog Hop!   Speaking of which I hope you enjoyed that hop.  I’m still returning to my fellow llamas blogs to find more inspiration and ideas.    All the original hop posts are still accessible from this link – http://stampinllamas.blogspot.com/2011/09/doing-llama-hop.html

AND…we have another hop scheduled for October 22nd that will feature various holiday projects from Thanksgiving to Chinese New Years and any other holiday that enters our wild and wooly llama thoughts.  So stay tuned for more llama fun and inspiration.

In my hop post here in addition to the birdhouse template and directions I shared yesterday I  showed you what can be done with Stampin’ Up’s Fabulous Phrases stamp set and the birdhouses.     As I started building more houses I needed more ideas for what other word or phrase I could use so I returned to the stamp set and discovered a fun new game. 

Check this out…..

Fabulous Phrases pg. 163 in the catalog

Wood Mount: #117002  $37.95     Clear Mount: #120501  $26.95

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Whether you use them together or apart these words add a lot to any project.

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How many phrases do you see?   And here’s another hint….with selective inking you can create more words from what you see here.

Get your pen and pencil out and join in the fun then download my list (or just scroll down).

 Fabulous Phrases Word List & Game sheet  – PDF

And here’s the Game Sheet all by itself:

Fabulous Phrases game sheet – PDF

Now that you’ve tried it here’s what I’ve come up with.  Though I must admit…I’m still seeing new and fun bits every day the more I think about it.

Phrases

 happy birthday

happy birthday to you

forever friend

celebrate today (place to and day close together with SAMJ)

enjoy life

love life

celebrate love

celebrate life

welcome little one

welcome beautiful little one

heartfelt wishes

thanks to you

best wishes

heartfelt best wishes

heartfelt gratitude

gratitude forever

to you

best friend

sweet thanks

sweet dreams

to celebrate one sweet little one

welcome to life little one

enjoy life little one

enjoy one sweet birthday

welcome happiness today (place to and day close together with SAMJ)

fabulous forever friend

enjoy dreams, love, life

birthday wishes

heartfelt birthday wishes

hi & welcome to life little one

wishes for happiness

friend to friend

heartfelt wishes for happiness

kind, sweet, fabulous friend

Words within words (selectively ink with a marker):

joy – from enjoy

ever – from forever

come – from welcome

birth – from birthday

mile – from smile

rate – from celebrate

heart – from heartfelt

felt – from heartfelt

today (combine “to” and “day” )

we – from sweet

a – from day

thank – from thanks

wish – from wishes

end – from friend

More selective phrases

you rate

you rate sweet birthday dreams

come & celebrate

thank you for life (now that’s something a mother would love to hear on Mother’s day)

a day for love, a day for happiness (wedding card text or Valentines Day)

we love you

we wish you love

best wishes for a beautiful life

heart to heart

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Hope you enjoyed the game.   I bet you’ll never look at a set of words the same way again!   Bet this also makes this set seem much more reasonably priced too!    Feel free to click on over to my online store and order your own set today!    And if you come up with more phrases or words built from these I’d love to hear from you so I can expand my list!

Hugs and blessings my friends – Jean

Happy Earth Day everyone!

 

Happy Earth Day!

 

Hi All,

Don’t you love that Earth Day this year falls on Frugal Friday…well Frugal in my blogging world anyway!

Thought I would share a few of my favorite images, some tips and a fun stamp set  I’ve come across and a flyer I created sometime back to share with people the ways in which Stampin’ Up works to protect the Earth and her resources.  BTW…as women…don’t you love that the Earth is generally referred to with the feminine pronoun!   Women have so many opportunities to take the lead in recycling, reusing and…of course…reducing…LOL.    Actually I was thinking of the reducing of what goes into the waste stream since women are the main shoppers for the household.  Though of course reducing our own weight as well as our carbon footprint is probably good for the planet too!

As stampers we have those opportunities as well.  Choosing our products wisely, supporting companies that take their carbon footprint seriously and of course reusing, altering and stamping everything in sight including what comes in your Stampin’ Up boxes!  😀

Awhile back Stampin’ Up ran a contest for new demo’s to encourage them to use whatever came in their starter kit.   Here’s one of my favorites shared on our SU Demo Showcase.  Elisha Johnson literally used the box and on another card she used an order form in place of DSP!  I’ve reused the brown paper and other packing materials but can’t say I ever considered the box itself!

Elisha Johnson's Starter Kit Card Contest Entry

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To see what Stampin’ Up is up to in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle department check out this flyer –

 
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My favorite “Chia Earth” in Stampin’ Up’s Pear Pizzazz!

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Reusable card tip:  When I send out cards to customers and other demo friends I put my own message on a post it note inside the card then they have the option to keep it all together or reuse the card for their own purposes.

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While I didn’t get a card made to share with you today an SU  friend and fellow demo Rainy (Susan Roberts)  in her post here had a brilliant project that showcases Stampin’ Up’s So Green Stamp set (catalog pg. 146).  Ideal for Earth day everyday type cards and more – And oh so frugally priced!  –   http://rainy.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2011/04/17/stampin-up-so-green-blog-candy/ 

So Green – order #118728 $14.95 Wood, $11.95 Clear Mount

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On a personal note: 

Earth day has always been a special day for me for a number of reasons.  As a kid I loved to repurpose boxes into imaginary space ships, race cars and of course my very own first apartments for the truly large boxes – so getting permission to do so and be ecologically sound later as an adult just added to the fun.  That and having a good excuse to walk beaches (cleaning up), roadsides (cleaning up) as well as grabbing things to use for my crafts just seemed all that much better too.    

Then later I discovered April 22 was the day my late husband was born so that alone made it a pretty special date.   He was always convinced that date for Earth Day was specially chosen with him in mind…hee,hee,hee.  Well he was an early conservationist, Boy Scout and neat freak who prided himself on  being a minimalist (until his computer phase that is!).    Even before we were officially dating we did things together on that day to celebrate the earth and make it a better place – of course in my on head… time spent with a cute guy doing good was fun in itself.  Later after we were married we set up neighborhood recycling stations in our garage and had neighborhood block parties with the funds received which improved the relations throughout the neighborhood as people got to know and care about each other.    Eventually curbside recycling came along but the parties still continued.      And of course we  integrated green living principles as much as possible into our daily lives…most in such small ways it was barely noticeable and rarely uncomfortable.   Choosing recyclable packaging, natural biodegradable fibers and materials, combining errands into a single trip and so on.   

 Making the earth more comfortable can make you comfortable too and save you money into the bargain.  Adding the right green indoor plants can improve your home and office air quality and reduce your medical bills as well as lengthen the time on your various furnace and other filters.  Reducing spending for non essentials can allow you to redirect those dollars into charities, fun time with family, better quality more efficient goods, more stamps of course (those are essential right?) and on and on.    

Stephen may be on to greener Heavenly pastures but the lessons we learned together still improve my life and home, neighborhood and hopefully the planet in some small way.

Lastly I thought I’d share the following I came across when trolling the net.

A fun crossword puzzle I came across to celebrate today –  to download it to print just right-click and save as a picture image then print using any graphics program or insert into a Word document:

Hugs, blessings and have a happy Earth Day.   Oh and even though Earth Day is officially April 22nd….feel free to make everyday….Earth Day!

I you and I the Earth! – Jean

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