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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MAKE IT IN MINUTES – Easy Watercolor Card

MAKE IT IN MINUTES VIDEO - Watercolored Just a Note Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 2, 2017 blog post
MAKE IT IN MINUTES - a new video series from Connie Stewart, featuring great cards and gifts made in minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Confession: I am the world’s worst watercolor. I have always been jealous of those of you who can.  I just can’t watercolor….or so I thought! 

MAKE IT IN MINUTES VIDEO - Watercolored Just a Note Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 2, 2017 blog post

This card was so easy and the watercoloring is SO fast and I knew it was perfect for Make It In Minutes!   The colors are so bold and beautiful, I honestly surprised myself at how it turned out.

MAKE IT IN MINUTES VIDEO - Watercolored Just a Note Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 2, 2017 blog post

Let me share today’s video with you….

 

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Here the measurements for my card in case you missed them:

  • Berry Burst – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White – 3 ¾” x 5″
  • Whisper White – 2 ½” x 4″

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Wahoo!  It’s a camping weekend for the Stewarts!  I am in need of a break too.  It’s supposed to rain all weekend and when I’m camping, that is a good thing.  I love listening to the rain on the camper roof.  I don’t know why.  It’s just relaxing.  

I do plan to play a little catch-up while I’m there.  I need to get Thank You cards sent out to many of you.  With kids being home from school and some other issues that popped up this month (a little health scare for Christina but she’s okay), days aren’t as long as I wish they could be.  I will be sending those out soon, Guys, promise!

Oh, and I just have to share this….. I spoiled myself the other day and had my windows cleaned.  I don’t know why I never thought about hiring anyone to do it (anyone else hate to clean windows?)  I am so embarrassed at how BRIGHT everything is now.  Sometimes you don’t realize how dirty your windows are until they get cleaned.  It was a sweet young couple who started this little company and they have done quite well.  I love hearing stories like that.  These two found a need and met the need.  They not only cleaned my windows but the tracks too (eww, dead bugs and grime – so glad they did it for me).  You know, sometimes you just have to treat yourself to things like this.  Do yourself a favor…look up residential window cleaning and have someone come make your home look brighter.  It made me so happy!  It’s the little things, right? 

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Saying Good-Bye to…..Flower Patch & Flower Fair Framelits


Oh, the sadness.  I have always loved the Flower Patch stamp set and matching Flower Fair framelits.  Don’t let this gorgeous set pass by before it’s gone forever!

I created this card back in 2014 and it has always been a favorite of mine.  It’s a simple card but it sure packed a lot of WOW, even the NOW version!

The WOW card has some extra awesomeness to it.  I love that gold sequin trim and a few extra layers!

This Now or WOW video was one of my more popular videos with over 32,000 views over the past 3 years so I wanted to share it again. 

 

A couple of the colors I used are no longer available but not to worry.  I have the alternative colors listed below.

To order any of the supplies you need, just click a pic!

 

Items in RED will retire on May 31, 2017

Don’t let the Flower Patch stamp set pass you by!  Here are a couple other projects I created with this set!

FLASH CARDS 2.0 - Overwhelming Awesomeness - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO ON THIS FLASH CARD 2.0


I had a restless night sleep last night.  Why?  Well, I received a lot of backlash on yesterday’s 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video.  Viewers commented that I was being deceptive because I didn’t show the actual “stamping” on the Stampin’ Up cardstock. One even accused me of stamping it twice to obtain that deep, rich image while others said the video was not credible.  I was crushed to say the least.

My wonderful stamping friends…. I hope you know I would never do something deceptive on my videos.  Creating a video with all the information in 2 minutes can be a challenge and I have to cut out the excess.  I did cut out the part where I stamped on the Stampin’ Up cardstock but you’ve seen me stamp a thousand times.  I had no idea it would upset people and cause them to think I was being deceptive.  I considered re-shooting the video, but if I do, that means one less video for the week.  Instead, I changed the video to “Unlisted” so that only my blog readers can view it.  Instead of re-shooting it, I have a Flash Card video for you on Friday.  I hope you don’t mind.  🙂

In closing, I want to apologize if anyone felt I was being sneaky, deceptive, or trying to pull one over on you.  I love you all too much to do that!  Thank you for letting me share my thoughts.

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip – Vellum Tip #4 – Vellum Flowers

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

I have really enjoyed sharing these 2-Minute Tuesday Tip videos on how to use cardstock vellum.  I have a new one for you today.  How about soft vellum flowers?

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

Aren’t they beautiful?  They give such a nice softness to a card.  The Blossom Bunch punch works great to create the layered flowers on this card.

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

Check out this box!  WOW!  That vellum succulent turned out gorgeous!
2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

I added some Silver Dazzling Details to the center but silver glimmer paper would have been beautiful as well.

Let me share the video for Vellum Tip #4

 

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

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Items in Red will retire May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

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Items in Red will retire May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

You’ve heard of Beatle Mania…..well,in our house, it’s ANT Mania…. as in pesky little black ants.  We had all the rain over the weekend and the ants have been making my stamp room their new Hilton!  EEK!

Pinterest to the rescue!  I found a way to get rid of them and although I wasn’t sure if it would work, after a couple of hours, this is what I find.

Kill ants - ⅓ c. sugar, 1 T. Borax, 1 cup warm water

EWW!  Look at all of them!!!  Pinterest sure saved me!  So, I thought I would pass along the secret recipe.  Okay, not secret.  It was on Pinterest.

  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • 1 T. Borax
  • 1 cup warm water

Mix together and drop cotton balls in the mixture.  Set the cotton balls in the lids of water or pop bottles and walk away.  In about an hour, the ants will be sucking that delicious concoction and take the Borax back to their nest….killing them all.  Wow.  It sounds so morbid.

I’ll let you know if the ants went marching home or not!

 

I hope that you guys have a fabulous Tuesday!  Can’t wait to share more stamping with you tomorrow.  See ya then my stampin’ peeps!

 

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FLASH CARD 2.0 – Hey, Thanks Jar of Love Card – Video No. 76

FLASH CARD 2.0 Video Tutorial - Hey, Thanks Jar of Love Card - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the October 5, 2016 blog postFlash Cards by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.comThe flowers in the Jar of Love stamp set immediately caught my eye.  I just love the look of 2-step stamping and the dimension it gives to the final stamped image.

FLASH CARD 2.0 Video Tutorial - Hey, Thanks Jar of Love Card - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the October 5, 2016 blog post

I had this idea in my head and had a chance to play with it today.  Check out this card!

FLASH CARD 2.0 Video Tutorial - Hey, Thanks Jar of Love Card - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the October 5, 2016 blog post

I love how it turned out!  I honestly didn’t think I could make that huge focal image with a Flash Card but when there’s a will, there’s a way!

Let me share today’s FLASH CARD 2.0 video with you.  It’s a beautiful card!

FLASH CARD 2.0 Video Tutorial - Hey, Thanks Jar of Love Card - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the October 5, 2016 blog post

Here are the measurements for my card today:

  • Soft Sky card base – 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Wild Wasabi Flash Card 2.0 – 2 ⅛” x 5 ½”
  • Whisper White Flash Card 2.0 – 2″ x 5 ⅜”

Flower Color Combinations are:

  • So Saffron and Crushed Curry
  • Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant
  • Blushing Bride and Rose Red
  • Soft Sky and Island Indigo

Want to order any of the supplies I used to create today’s Hey, Thanks Jar of Love Card?  Just click a pic! 

 

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I hope that you enjoyed the card today.  You could always take it up a notch by making the sentiment a separate layer but I wanted to keep it true to the Flash Card method.  It’s what I do.  😉

I better wrap things up here.  Thanks for joining me today!  Make it a fabulous day and I will see you tomorrow for more stamping ideas!

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Bonus Tutorials: Flourishing Phrases

I mentioned yesterday that I am out of town for a stamping retreat.  I also said that I had great stuff lined up for you while I am gone.  And I did.  Well, I was just about to work on a video for you guys and BOOM –I knocked my tripod over, breaking the clip that holds my camera.  Can you believe it?  Like I have TIME for that?  Ugh!!!

So, unfortunately, I will have to put off this video until next week.  I have a new clip on order and I promise, you will have the video as soon as I get back.

Since I can’t share my video, I have something even better to share with you.

I have this incredible collection of FLOURISHING PHRASES cards along with a FREE tutorial!

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Here the supplies you will need to make the three projects but remember, use what you have, order what you need.  Don’t have a certain color?  Choose your favorite color combos!  Don’t have Washi Tape?  Try a strip of Designer Paper instead.  Creativity is in your hands!

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I hope you guys are having a great week!  I am kicking back and having a blast with my friends.  I do have some great ideas to share with you tomorrow for the Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge so I will see you then!

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