What’s New Wednesday – Wood Textures Suite

What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017What's New Wednesday - see new stamps and bundles from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Happy Wednesday my friends!  Today I have a wonderful suite of products to showcase – the Wood Textures Suite.  You can see all the beautiful products in this suite on page 158-159 of the new catalog.

I know you guys struggle with masculine stamping like me.  This suite is awesome because it fits the guys to a “T”.

I think the first thing that grabbed my attention about this suite was the Designer Series Paper Stack.

What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017

I absolutely LOVE this paper and the realistic look it has.  You can use the full sheet, you can use little bits, you can die cut pieces from it.  

What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017 What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017

I also love how the Wood Crate Framelits are used with this Designer Paper for a true “wood crate” appearance.

What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017

The additional dies that come with the Wood Crate Framelits coordinate with the stamp set.  See?

What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017

The little label framelit works perfectly for all (4) of the decorative sentiments.  Love how this all coordinates!

Stampin’ Up has a great video on how this suite works together.  Let me share that with you…

 

I personally purchased the Wood Crate Framelits and the paper so I just need to add that sweet stamp set to my next order.  Had I been smart, I would have ordered the bundle.  I thought I didn’t need the stamp set.  Darn it.  Should have known that I would fall in love with it and I could have saved 10%.  Live and learn, right?

What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017 What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017

One more sample to share.

What's New Wednesday - see the WOOD TEXTURE SUITE from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 28, 2017

Is this not the cutest thing ever???  So adorable!

Be sure to add this new bundle to your next order.  It’s a wonderful collection of stamps, framelits, and don’t forget about that wonderful Wood Textures Designer Paper!

 

* Also available in Wood Mount

 

Nostalgia alert!  Does this look familiar to anyone?  Growing up, we had a Hi-Fi Stereo in our living room that was very similar to this one.  I remember listening to “Honey Bun” from “South Pacific” on that stereo.  I had no idea what the show was about but I loved that song.

Ginny had been saying for a while she wanted a record player for her birthday.  I thought she was joking but turns out, she really truly wanted one.  Amazon to the rescue!  Wait, let me rephrase that.  Amazon to the rescue IF Mom remembers to actually hit the “Submit’ button.  Ugh.  I was wondering why I hadn’t gotten a shipment notification yet.  Yesterday the record player came and she was one happy girl.  

The reason for me sharing this story was that Christina knew where all my old records were stored – in the garage.  What was I thinking?  I thought for sure they would all be warped but they were packed in the box really tight and were in great shape.  I had more fun going through those old records!!!  The one I was most excited about was “The Sound of Music” – my parent’s record that ended up in my collection, along with their “South Pacific” record too.  As you know, we love Broadway musicals and I totally forgot all the records I had.  A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie and Little Shop of Horrors. My favorites were the Beach Boys Endless Summer and American Graffiti.  I wore those records out when I was a teenager.

Isn’t it funny how what is old is new again?  The scratchy sound from those old records isn’t something you want…. but now a days, you do.  You can imagine how happy Ginny was with her birthday present… even if it was late. 

I hope that you all enjoyed this peek into the Wood Textured Suite!  I am feeling the need to go create a crate now!

Hope that you guys have a fabulous Wednesday and I will see you tomorrow for a new TEACH ME THAT tutorial featuring the Emboss Resist technique!  See ya then!

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MAKE IT MONDAY – Scallop Ombre Card Tutorial

Make It Monday - OMBRE SCALLOP CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 26, 2017 blog post! MAKE IT MONDAY - FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Happy Monday everyone!  I am so excited to share today’s tutorial with you because it was so easy and SUCH a fun card to create.  On Thursday I shared a TEACH ME THAT on Ombre stamping and I showed you this card.  Today I want to show you how I created this card.

Make It Monday - OMBRE SCALLOP CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 26, 2017 blog post!Aren’t those Ombre scallops beautiful?

Make It Monday - OMBRE SCALLOP CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 26, 2017 blog post!

And check out this pretty Ombre stamping!  I changed up the technique a little.  You’ll see what I did in the tutorial.

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Now it’s YOUR turn to create!  Want to work off your mobile device?  Just take it to your stamp space and work from here.  Click the picture to make it larger!

Make It Monday - OMBRE SCALLOP CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 26, 2017 blog post!

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Would you rather save the document to your computer?

Download the free SCALLOP OMBRE CARD tutorial HERE

Can I make a recommendation?  Create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY so you can always find the downloads whenever you need them.  Or, you can always search the Categories (left side bar) and click on Make It Monday.  You will see all of them in one place.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the SCALLOP OMBRE CARD.  Use what you have, order what you need.  Just click a pic!  

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YAY!  It happened!  Ginny got her driver’s license with only 2 deductions, both on parallel parking.  Can you blame her?  Who doesn’t struggle with parallel parking?  I am so excited to say that “Mom Taxi” is no longer in business.  Ginny is a really good driver and a very defensive driver.  My Dad taught me defensive driving and I am so glad he did.  He taught me to always be watching what the other drivers are doing and to be prepared on how to handle it.  His advice has served me well and now I am passing that onto my kids.  Both Christina and Ginny and big advocates of NOT being on your phone while driving (this mom LOVES this).

To celebrate her birthday, Christina treated her to a ComiCon (comic convention).  Here they are dressed in costume (because that is the best part of ComiCon).  

Christina is Kimmy Schmidt from “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (a hilarious show on Netflix).  Ginny is decked out as a modern-day Merida from “Brave“.  Are they adorable or what?  Love it!  My whole family then went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant.  Gotta love family time!!!  Funny story….. someone called the cops on us.  No, I’m not joking!  There is a bingo hall right next to the restaurant and after dinner we were letting the kids run off some energy and we chatted some more.  Someone inside didn’t like that we were loitering outside and a police officer showed up.  He was super nice and thought the phone call was ridiculous as we were not doing anything wrong. He said he gets calls from them all the time.  Bingo must be pretty serious and having any movement outside the windows is a distraction.  Well, we weren’t arrested so that was good.  lol  Just still find it funny that someone would actually call and bother the police with something like that.

Ginny’s birthday weekend was completed with yet another trip to Tulsa (we have seen more of Tulsa in the past month than we ever saw in 17 years of living here).  We had tickets to see “Matilda: The Musical” and WOW was it amazing!  

No words can describe this show!  Written by Roald Dahl (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and if you know his writing, his stories are very dark.  The music was incredible and this show had about 9 amazingly talented kids.  I don’t think any adult could sing and do such physical choreography but these kids had some power.  The performance we saw was the final performance of the national tour.  How sad those kids must be to have this show come to an end.

Busy busy busy weekend but tons of fun!  Weekends like this make me happy to see Monday though.  I need this week to be a little calmer…. and no police.

Thanks for joining me for MAKE IT MONDAY!  I love sharing tutorials with you and whether you have the stamp set or not, I hope you will play with this Ombre technique.  It’s a lot of fun to create.  See you tomorrow for another 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video.  I’ll give you a hint…. it’s another tip on bow making.  I know you will want to see it.  Until then my stampin’ peeps!

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Now or WOW – Happy Birthday Washi Card

NOW or WOW Video - Happy Birthday Washi Card - learn how to create this fun pop-up at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 23, 2017 blog post
Now or WOW - a new series by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

I am thrilled to share a new NOW or WOW video with you.  This card started as a NOW but as I looked at it, I realized that with a few extra steps it could be a WOW.

Let’s start with the NOW card.

NOW or WOW Video - Happy Birthday Washi Card - learn how to create this fun pop-up at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 23, 2017 blog post

I love the new Happy Birthday thinlit.  That font is fabulous!

NOW or WOW Video - Happy Birthday Washi Card - learn how to create this fun pop-up at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 23, 2017 blog post

The Pick a Pattern Washi Tape is most definitely a winner!

NOW or WOW Video - Happy Birthday Washi Card - learn how to create this fun pop-up at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 23, 2017 blog post

This is a great NOW card, but look at the WOW card!  

NOW or WOW Video - Happy Birthday Washi Card - learn how to create this fun pop-up at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 23, 2017 blog post

Can you see that wonderful shadow behind it?

NOW or WOW Video - Happy Birthday Washi Card - learn how to create this fun pop-up at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 23, 2017 blog post

And that dimension is wonderful!  I used the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to do that.

NOW or WOW Video - Happy Birthday Washi Card - learn how to create this fun pop-up at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 23, 2017 blog post

Let me share today’s NOW or WOW video with you….

 

Here are my measurements in case you missed them:

  • Thick Whisper White – 11″ x 4 ¼”, score and fold at 5 ½”
  • Tempting Turquoise – 3 ¼” x 3 ½”
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets – 3 ¼” x 3 ½”

To make this a WOW card just add:

  • Basic Black – 3 ¼” x 3 ½”
  • White Baker’s Twine – approx. 44″

Want to create the NOW or WOW Happy Birthday Washi Card?  Remember, use what you have, Order what you need.  Just click a pic! 


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Today is a VERY special day in our house.  Today is Ginny’s 16th birthday!  You guys already know how proud I am of this girl.  I could gush for hours on her, I really could.  She is one amazing kid!  This morning, we are headed to…. you guessed it, the DMV to have her take her driver’s test.  She is feeling really confident in all areas of driving except one.  Anyone want to take a guess?  It’s the one thing we all struggle with when it comes to being behind the wheel – the dreaded parallel parking.  Ugh.  I am 50 years old and I STILL have a hard time parallel parking!  I typically just keep driving around until I find a different parking spot.

She has been taking driving lessons from a local company (our schools no longer offer Driver’s Ed) and she gets amazing scores on her driving but today is the BIG DAY.  I know she will do well but I know she has got to be so nervous.

I will give you the update on Monday but for now, I need to go because she has to be there early.  Say a little prayer for her!

I have a special Ombre MAKE IT MONDAY for you Monday and I know you won’t want to miss it.  If you’re not already a subscriber, be sure to click on the SUBSCRIBE link at the top of my blog!  This will get you daily emails (Monday through Friday) from Simply Simple Stamping.  No more remembering to come back each day.

I hope that everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!  See ya Monday my sweet stampin’ peeps!

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TEACH ME THAT – Ombre Stamping

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog postTEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

Yesterday I was playing around with the Ombre Designer Paper in the Color Theory Paper Stack.  I’ve never tried stamping Ombre before and I had no clue what I was doing so I was just playing around.  I have no idea if this is a new idea  to the stamping world or if its been done before but it was an original idea for me and I was SO excited with what I came up with!  Check this out!

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

Today in Teach Me That, I will be showing you how to create this beautiful Ombre look and it’s SO easy to do.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

Are you ready to learn how?  Here we go!

TEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

OMBRE STAMPING

  • To create the Ombre look, pick 2 ink pads that are close to the same shade.  I am using Lemon Lime Twist and Wild Wasabi.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • Ink your stamp in the lightest color.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • In the darker color, gently tap in a random pattern on the top or the side (depending on where you want the Ombre look to be).  I chose the top so that it started dark and got lighter.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • Huff on your stamp to moisten the ink and stamp onto your cardstock.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • Check it out!  Wahoo!  So pretty!

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • You can do this same technique with our red rubber stamps too.  Here I inked the stamp with Flirty Flamingo first, then tapped the ink pad around the edges in Melon Mambo.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • Can you see the 2 different inks on the stamp?

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • Stamp onto the cardstock.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • Beautiful!

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • I followed up with some Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry flowers.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

  • Here’s my finished card.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

Now you’re ready to create a card using the Ombre technique?  Here are the measurements for my card but get creative with your project: 

  • Melon Mambo – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Lemon Lime Twist – 4″ x 5 ¼”
  • Basic Black – 5″ x 3 ¾”
  • Whisper White – 4 ⅞” x 3 ⅝”

Want to create my LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL card using the Ombre technique?  Just click a pic to order!

*Also available in Wood Mount

Here’s another version of the Ombre technique.  This is the card that inspired the Ombre technique.

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

Can you see the lighter color on the sentiment? 

TEACH Me That! Learn how to Ombre Stamp at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 22, 2017 blog post

I am working on a MAKE IT MONDAY tutorial for this card.  Be sure to come back on Monday, June 26th, for that.

 

Can I rant for a second?  Sorry, I just need to get this off my chest.

You may remember back in April my email provider, Cox, out of the blue canceled my email account “due to lack of activity”.  I was livid to say the least.  I use my email daily, what do you mean LACK of activity?  I called and was reassured the email was sent by mistake. I asked them to check again, they did, and reassured me AGAIN that all was fine…. they were wrong.  They deleted it.  An hour and a half on the phone because they couldn’t figure out why this happened, I was back online.  Good.  Well, last week, got another email saying the same thing.  I called and got the same song and dance BUT they assured me numberous times that there is no problem and my account is safe.  WRONG again!  The entire family’s email addresses have been deleted.  

Steam is coming out of my ears right now, folks.  I am FUMING!  17 years as a customer, never made a late payment…. I think this working relationship is done.  

My apologies to anyone who tried to email me over the last week and it bounced.  Please use my other email, connie.a.stwrt@gmail.com.

How does someone get a new email address after having the same one for 17 years?  Ugh.  I think I am going to go have more coffee and have some stamp therapy.  

There.  Rant over.  NOW I will put all this behind me and move on to a GREAT DAY.  I never want to let things like this ruin a perfectly beautiful day.

Thank you all for stopping by Simply Simple Stamping (and listening to my rant).  

I hope that you will give the Ombre technique a try.  It’s kind of addicting!

Have a wonderful day my stamping friends!  

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What’s New Wednesday – Home Life Bundle

What's New Wednesday - see the HOME LIFE bundle from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 21, 2017
What's New Wednesday - see new stamps and bundles from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

I don’t know about you, but when I see the new Stampin’ Up catalog, I immediately look for the new bundles.  I LOVE my framelits and matching stamp sets….and I love saving money when I buy the bundles.  I get so excited about the new stamping toys that I can play with.  Stamping is my therapy and NEW ways to stamp just makes me happy.

Today I want to share a video from Stampin’ Up on the new HOME LIFE bundle.

Can I be honest with you for a minute?  When I saw it, I said to myself, “Meh”.  It just didn’t excite me UNTIL I watched this little video and now I GET IT!  When I saw the stamp set, I just didn’t understand what it was all about.  

What's New Wednesday - see the HOME LIFE bundle from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 21, 2017See what I mean???  When you see the video you will understand why NOW this bundle is at the top of my wish list!

What's New Wednesday - see the HOME LIFE bundle from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 21, 2017

I love the sample card.  Can you see the flowers and how they are ‘popped’ off the card?  The die that comes with this card cuts ALL the flower with one swipe through your Big Shot.  Not having to lay out every flower die is awesome.  If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will.

What's New Wednesday - see the HOME LIFE bundle from the NEW 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - check out blog post June 21, 2017

Let me share today’s WHAT’S NEW WEDNESDAY video with you!

I know this bundle is moving to the top of my wish list now.  How about you?  Just click a pic to order yours!

I could use some advice.  Anyone out there live full-time in an RV?  Let me explain why I ask.  Christina will be graduating college in a year and a half.  She is going to be a teacher and here in Oklahoma, teacher salary is dead LAST in the nation (you can imagine how proud we are of THAT but that is another soapbox).  She is concerned about the cost of living,  knowing her salary will be so low, especially as a first-year teacher.

We have talked to her about the possibility of living in the RV rather than an apartment.  With the tiny house craze being the” IN” thing to do, an RV makes a lot of sense.

Pros:

  • It’s fully furnished so no furniture to buy
  • RV campground are about half the cost of an apartment (and utilities are paid)
  • She won’t have to get a roommate (if you’ve ever had a horrible roommate, you understand why this is HUGE)
  • As she is paying for the RV, she is investing in something, not just throwing money at rent
  • If she changes jobs, she can hook it up and move
  • She can paint and decorate any way she pleases
  • When she decides to move into a house, she either has a great RV for weekend camping OR she can sell it

Cons:

  • This will only work if she is in a state that has mild winter temperatures
  • If she has to move, she will have to rent a truck to do that
  • Will she feel safe in it?  The locks on RVs aren’t the best
  • Repairs – no landlord to come and fix things
  • It’s a smaller space than an apartment
  • If she decides it’s not for her, she has to store and sell the RV

Can you see why this is a tough decision?  We came up with the idea to have to spend 2 weeks in the RV this summer (she is living there now) and then another couple of weeks in December so that she can experience the two extremes.

So, now you see why I ask for advice from anyone who has done full-time RV living.  If you have suggestions, drop me an email at connie.stewart@cox.net.  I sure would appreciate any advice you have!

I am now just busting at the seams over this bundle.  What a great card with lots of possibilities!  I hope you enjoyed it too.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for TEACH ME THAT – my series teaching you new techniques or reminding you of some techniques from the past.  I will be working on tomorrow’s TEACH ME THAT this afternoon!

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MAKE IT MONDAY – Tranquil Tulips

Make It Monday - TRANQUIL TULIPS - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 19, 2017 blog post!MAKE IT MONDAY - FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Last week was an AMAZING WEEK!  I was in Tulsa all week for Broadway Bootcamp with Ginny and we rolled back into town last night.  More about that later but first, how about a MAKE IT MONDAY project?

My friend Tami saved the day for me since I wasn’t able to make a card for today.  She created this card and it was just too beautiful not to share.  I don’t have the Tranquil Tulip Host stamp set yet and I was so pleased that she let me share her card here.

Make It Monday - TRANQUIL TULIPS - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 19, 2017 blog post!

You may not have noticed this stamp set.  It’s an exclusive set available only with Stampin’ Rewards.  I HAVE TO HAVE THIS SET!  It’s just gorgeous!!!

Make It Monday - TRANQUIL TULIPS - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 19, 2017 blog post!

You can get this stamp set for only $10 Stampin’ Rewards.  How do you earn Stampin’ Rewards?  When you place an order for $150 or more, you qualify for Stampin’ Rewards.  Rewards start at $15 in free product and this beauty of a stamp set is only $10!

Make It Monday - TRANQUIL TULIPS - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 19, 2017 blog post!

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Now it’s YOUR turn to create!  Want to work off your mobile device?  Just take it to your stamp space and work from here.  Click the picture to make it larger!

Make It Monday - TRANQUIL TULIPS - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 19, 2017 blog post!

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Would you rather save the document to your computer?

Download the free TRANQUIL TULIP CARD tutorial HERE

Can I make a recommendation?  Create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY so you can always find the downloads whenever you need them.  Or, you can always search the Categories (left side bar) and click on Make It Monday.  You will see all of them in one place.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the TRANQUIL TULIP CARD.  Use what you have, order what you need.  Just click a pic!  

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Warning…. today’s Dear Diary entry is long.  Skip down to the bottom if you’d like.  🙂 

WHAT a wonderful week this was and I thought I would share some highlights with you.

Friday night, Kristin Chenoweth held a concert showcasing what the kids learned AND treated us to some fabulous celebrity talent as well.

The kids began the show with, what else, “Oklahoma”.  We all sprang to our feet as soon as it started.  It’s just an Okie thing.  We are proud of where we live and when that song is sung, EVERYONE sings.  The kids have such powerful voices.  43 kids and it was flawless.

I hope to be able to share actual videos from the show but we may have to wait for them to get put up on Kristin’s Facebook page. I hope to share Ginny knocking it out of the park with her solo in “Seasons of Love”.

In-between performances by the students we were treated to performances by the staff, most of them Tony award-winning or nominated.   

My favorite of the night was John Tartaglia who sang, “If I Only had a Brain” from “Wizard of Oz”.  John is one of my favorite Broadway stars EVER.  After the show, I had the pleasure of meeting him and wouldn’t you know it, he was just about the NICEST guy ever (next to Mr. Awesome, of course).  We talked for about 10 minutes or so about the arts in public school and he shared how much this week meant to him.  We took this selfie.  Okay, can we just stop for a second and talk about this ridiculous goofy smile on my face?  I am DYING here, absolutely star-struck!  Just typing this and looking at his sweet face makes me giddy!  Oh, but I digress…. we are talking about the kids, right?

Throughout the night, there were 20 Kristi Awards handed out, for all sorts of different categories – some serious, some just fun.  Each winner got to give a short speech (just like winning a Tony Award).  

The third award of the night went to Ginny!  We are SO proud of her!!  She was the only student to win in 2 categories – first, Sassiest Dresser.  This is so accurate because she was known around camp as the “girl with the pink glasses” and her 1950’s style. Here she is with Richard Jay-Alexander, who chose her for this award and presented it to her.  Oh, what an influence he had on these kids this past week!  He was Kristin’s right hand man.  Ginny ADORES him!

Her other award was the “Humanitarian Award”.  Proud Mom Alert!  On the first day of camp the kids were to introduce themselves and share something unique about themselves.  Ginny shared how she is starting a new program at her school in the fall working with special needs kids on stage.  Ginny has a HUGE heart for her special friends and wants these kids to have that same feeling of family and accomplishment that the theatre gives her.  

The basic concept is for the Show Choir students to perform a condensed production of a musical but their special friends will be shadowing them. When they begin to feel comfortable in the role, the show choir kids will move away and their friends will take over but they are there to back them up and help them if they struggle.   Their first musical will be “Elf the Musical Junior” in December.

Kristin spoke about Ginny during the educator’s luncheon and Ginny’s choir teacher, Mrs. Herbal, was so proud to say “That’s my student!”  I’m proud to say, “That’s my kid!”  

I want to close with this.  Theatre is about family.  6 days together and these kids became one big family.  They all sobbed as they said good-bye on Friday night. It’s their love of the stage, of singing, dancing, and acting that brought them together. These kids don’t need drugs and alcohol…. they have the stage to give them a ‘high’.  And to think…. they are trying to pull the Arts out of our public schools. What a mistake that will be and I hope that something will change soon.  The arts, ALL ARTS, have a place in our schools. It molds their lives and taking it away will mean that they will look for fulfillment in other places.  I don’t even want to think about the dark places they will look.  Off my soapbox now.  I LOVE being a Theatre Mom!

Thanks for being here today!  Sorry today’s post was so long. My blog is 95% stamping and the other 5% is my diary.  Blogging allows me to journal my memories and I just want to say THANK YOU for allowing me to do that here.

Well, I am HOME and ready to get some stamping done!!!  See you all back here tomorrow for a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video!

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