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.  

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

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

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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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2-Minute Tuesday Tip – Creating a Double Loop Bow

Happy Tuesday my stampin’ peeps!!!  Last Tuesday I shared a tip on making ribbon bows that was as easy as tying your shoes.  After I created that video, I wondered if this same technique would work to create a double loop bow and lo and behold, it worked!

Let me share today’s 2-Minute Tuesday Tip on creating double bows!

 

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Hope you learned a new trick in today’s video and will order some ribbon and get busy creating some beautiful bows!  Have a fabulous day my friends!  See ya tomorrow for What’s New Wednesday!

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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.

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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!

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

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Can you see that wonderful shadow behind it?

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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!

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

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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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2-Minute Tuesday Tip – Quick & Easy Bows

Happy Tuesday my stampin’ peeps!!!  Hope you’re having a wonderful day so far.  I am so glad you stopped by for a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video.  Today’s tip is on making ribbon bows but you can also use Baker’s Twine using this tip.  There are LOTS of different ways to make a bow and today’s tip is quick and easy.

Making pretty bows was always a challenge for me. My bows always looked lopsided.  I learned this little trick to making bows and my lopsided days were done.  Today I want to share the trick with you.

 

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 It seems both my girls brought home an extra treat from Broadway Bootcamp – head colds.  Ugh.  Yesterday I watched two sick girls coughing, sniffing, blowing, and sleeping on my couch all day.  I feel so bad for them.  Not fun.  We heard from one student from bootcamp that they had strep throat so I am counting my blessings that this is nothing more than a nasty cold.  Strep is awful!

On the plus side, it meant that I could get laundry caught up, go through the mail, catch up on emails, etc.  I had a lot to do so having them just sleep it off was fine with me.  I do hope today is a better day and that it’s a short-lived cold.

Today I hope to get some stamping time under my belt but first…. gotta clean that room.  Something exploded in there!  Oh wait, that was just creativity at work.  Well, gotta clean up the creative mess and get back to the fun!

Hope you enjoyed today’s video and will grab some ribbon and get busy creating some beautiful, non-lopsided, bows!  Have a fabulous day my friends!  See ya tomorrow!

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MAKE IT IN MINUTES – Pinewood Planks Heart Card

MAKE IT IN MINUTES VIDEO - Pinewood Planks Heart Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 16, 2017 blog postMAKE 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

Yesterday I shared a card in the TEACH ME THAT series and I realized that this card deserved a video tutorial.  It turned out amazing and I really want to teach you how to create it.

MAKE IT IN MINUTES VIDEO - Pinewood Planks Heart Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 16, 2017 blog postMAKE IT IN MINUTES VIDEO - Pinewood Planks Heart Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 16, 2017 blog post

I love the window in this card and I especially love the sponging on the pinewood to make it more pronounced.  Gorgeous!

MAKE IT IN MINUTES VIDEO - Pinewood Planks Heart Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the June 16, 2017 blog post

Let me share today’s video with you….

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Here are the measurements for my card: 

  • Crumb Cake – 11” x 4 ¼”, score and fold at 5 ½”
  • Very Vanilla – 3 ¾” x 5″
  • Cherry Cobbler – 1 ½” x 1 ½”

Need any of the items I used on my PINEWOOD PLANKS HEART CARD today?  Use what you have, Order what you need.  Just click a pic to order!

 

*Also available in Wood Mount
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What a fun and crazy week it’s been.  Last night the kids sang the National Anthem at a Drillers baseball game. They sounded amazing!  The video is on Facebook and I am not sure how to post it here (CLICK HERE to go to the Broadway Bootcamp page).

Yesterday they treated the choir and drama teachers of the students to a luncheon. Ginny’s choir teacher drove to Tulsa for that and I’m so glad she did. They really spoiled the teachers and being one of the worst states in the nation for teacher’s salaries, it was nice to honor them and thank them for staying in Oklahoma to teach.

Tonight is the Showcase the kids have been working on at Bootcamp and to say I am excited is an understatement!  Ginny has shared so many amazing stories over this past week and tonight we get to see them strut their stuff!

I will share what I can about the performance on Monday. 

It’s been fun camping but this girl is ready to head home. We will pack it up all Sunday morning and it’s back home.  Yay!

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Hope you all have an amazing weekend!  Have some fun, okay?  I will be back on Monday to share another Make It Monday!

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