Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Walking with Dinosaurs


Okay I'm back today to show the photos of the Dino Trail. 

They put this little path that leads up to benches at Brunswick Lake. 


the beginning of the trail. The tracks start off small then

get bigger as the dinos get larger. 


the tracks are mixed with different dinos


Hubby walking in the tracks. 






Look even little tracks. 


I like that they mixed nautilus shells in with the tracks. 



Here are the benches. 

The kids at the  schools made artwork to be added to the top of the benches. 


I really like the artwork of the dino getting a drink. 


and I like the mastodon. 
 
Sarah is coming over this morning. We are going to visit grandma and 
 
take her lunch. She likes McDonald's hamburgers so we are going to
 
get her those along with some fries. After that we are going
 
to hit a few stores and do some shopping. Should be a great day! 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Yellow Skies



I forgot to post these photos late week. 

We had a little storm, just before the sun went down. I happened 

to look out the window and the sky looked yellow. 


Both of these photos were taken out my front door. 


This photo will really show that the sky was yellow. 

My kitchen walls are white, but in this photo they appear

yellow/green.

It was different so I decided to take the photos. 

Me and hubby went walking around Brunswick Lake yesterday around

6 pm. I wish I had brought my camera. So how many times do I say that? 

We saw a snake, groundhog, fish jump out of the water, dinosaur tracks (I'll explain

that one later with pictures as I'm going back today and take them)

and we saw two young boys who were maybe ten and they were fishing. 

One of the boys caught a bass and we watched him reel him in. 

So it was an exciting walk! 
 
Sending a shout out to my friend Kat. She knows why. Wishing
 
you all the best girlfriend! 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Mailable Monday #203


So let me just step well away from my comfort zone, and

do something a little abstract. 

The pink layer that the face is stamped on was done

using the polished stone technique. Haven't done that one

for awhile, so I got my fingers nice and inky yesterday. 

The stamp set is called Shattered Pieces, and made by Dylusions. 


This isn't what I first reach for when buying a stamp set, but

I thought it would be great to use with some of the artist trading card 

swaps that I join. 
 
I really like that the stamp set came with a stencil. You can see that I used it under
 
the stamped layer in pink.

I added some washi tape and a greeting to the bottom of the card. 

Greeting is from a Tim Holtz set called Paris Adventure. 
 
I lost 2.3 pounds last week. Go me! I'm just plugging right along with
 
the 2 pound loss a week. I think it also helps that me and hubby have
 
been taking walks, and in this heat I'm just melting off the fat. LOL 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dog Days of Summer ATC


Dog days of Summer. Well not yet. I believe 

they start in August, but this is my artist trading card

that I made for the month of August swap. 

I love it! Used Tim Hotlz Crazy Dog set. The

sun rays are from a Tim Hotlz layering stencil. 

The words were made using my Dymo label maker, and DOG was die cut

with SU! Little Letters. 

The dog was stamped on Kraft cardstock then color was added with Prisma pencils. 

So for my friend Kym......just for you I'm finished posting Christmas in July projects....

for now anyway! 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Punch Art Santa


Well I've already stated how hot its been here. 

I am melting! 

We went hiking around the lake yesterday afternoon, and

my hair was soaking wet because I was sweating so bad. 

Well I guess I got rid of some excess salt! 

So because its so hot I made my Santa punch art look very "cool"

Gave him some shades! I think he is pretty funny looking, but

I think this will make a good gift card holder for one of the boys. 


And I have to share this photo with you. 

I was driving by Paninis restaurant, and they
 
have this very large inflatable Santa Claus. Guess they
 
must be having a Christmas in July thing going on. 
 
Since no one was right behind my car on the road I stopped
 
and snapped the photo. I really think he needs to be wearing shorts, 
 
sunglasses, and lots of suntan lotion. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Snowman Cocoa Holders


These happy little snowmen were made using the envelope 

punch board, and different punches. 

They will hold a package of hot chocolate, and a candy cane, but

since its 90 plus degrees here there is no hot chocolate in my house.

I also have to add that I didn't want to buy any. Plenty of time

for hot cocoa later! 


This isn't my idea. I found it while surfing Pinterest. 

I did change it up just a bit. Instead of the black buttons I

added the greeting. The brim on the hat was popped also

give it some dimension.
 
And because I know that you will want to make these cute little men to....
 
Here is the link to the blog that has the video on it. View it here

So I've been melting. I'm hoping that all the Christmas in July stuff will

help me think of winter being around the corner and that it will be

freezing here once again! 

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Karen
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July Lip Balm Holders


How bout some stocking stuffers? 

These cute little holders contain a lip balm. 

I made one to look more for a guy by using the deer done

in silver. Hey guys need to use lip balm in the winter months also. 


For the red one I used Scentsational Season stamp set with

the matching dies. Greeting is a Project Life set called Holiday Cheer. 

Both sets by SU!
 
For the cut out I used a Spellbinder set. I wanted the lip balm to
 
show through the box. 


The deer is a Spellbinder set that came out last year. Super cute! 

I thought he looked good with the designer paper that

had the Night Before Christmas words on it. 

The little trees is a die that was part of the Square Pillow box thinlits. 
 
I know you want to make these also so I'm adding the link to a video I
 
found. You can view it here

Stamping trails
Karen


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday Envelope Punch Board Card Holder


I'm back continuing with Christmas in July. 

I've received several emails requesting info on how

to make these Envelope Punch card holders. 

The holders are sized to fit A2 cards, and can hold 8 cards and 8 envelopes. 


You will need 2 pieces of 12 x 12 cardstock. 

Cut one of the pieces into a 9x9 inch square. 


Place one edge into the envelope punch board at the 3 1/2 inch mark.

Punch then use the score tool, and make a score line following the diagonal groove in the board. 


Now slide the cardstock to the 4 1/2 inch mark. Punch then

use the score tool, and make a score line following the diagonal groove in the board. 

You will not need to use ruler at the top of the board again after completing the above steps. 


Now turn the cardstock just as you would when making an envelope on the board. 

I've darken the score lines so you can see. Place the first score line so

it lines up with the marker. Punch then use the score tool, and make a score line following

the diagonal groove in the board. Slide the cardstock over to the next scored line. Punch, 

and score again. 

You will continue to turn the cardstock, punch, and score till all 4 sides have been punched and scored. 


This is how the scored cardstock will look when you are finished with the above steps. 


Cut and remove the top two flaps. See the shaded area. 


Those are the two pieces to remove. 


On the bottom end cut on the bold line on each side. 

Now use the bone folder on all the score lines and make sure to get good creases so

The cardstock can be folded into a box. 


Apply adhesive to the flaps. They will be folded up to form the box. 

You will also need to apply adhesive to the flaps. 

After the box is made apply adhesive to the back of the envelope as

it will be adhered to the back of the card holder. 


Set the box aside for now. 

With the second piece of cardstock cut two pieces each measuring
 
5 7/8 x 11
 
 
Score one end of each piece at 3/4 of an inch. If you plan to stamp
 
on the cover that now. Apply

adhesive to both and adhere to the bottom of the envelope card box. 

Adhere the the back of the envelope box to the cover. 

I used the large oval punch to make the handles of the holder. 


Here is a view of the inside. You can decorate the card box however you like. 


Side view of the holder closed. I used ribbon to keep the holder closed.


I also wanted to share some more of the cards I made using that One Sheet Wonder that

I posted yesterday. The wooden snowflakes go great with the natural colors I used

on the holder and stamped piece. 



Not going to post them all as this post is getting pretty long. 
 
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions just write me a post. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Mailable Monday # 202


Christmas in July!

I've been working on some gifts for Christmas. 

I know I'm early, but I love Christmas! 

This card was made using a One Sheet Wonder that I designed

yesterday afternoon. I'll be posting the rest of the cards

in tomorrow's post along with the directions for the card holder

that I made last week using the Envelope Punch Board. 

I've had several emails requesting the directions, and I'm only happy

to post them. 


Here is the entire sheet of stamped paper. 

I have this thing for brown snowflakes. Don't ask why I just like them. 

You can't really tell from the photo, but I have some of the larger

flakes embossed with gold power, and some of the smaller ones embossed

with iridescent powder. 
 
Hubby took me to Red Lobster yesterday. It was so good. 
 
Before leaving I looked up all the nutritional info, so I knew

what I was ordering, and what the calorie content would be. 

Glad I was able to do that and not blow my diet for the day. 

Had salmon and it was so good! 

After dinner we stopped at the park and did a little hiking. I'm 

sure that helped sweat out some of the extra salt from the food. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

National Ice Cream Day....Many Scoops Card


Did you know that today is National Ice Cream Day? 

How great is it that we live in a world that has

some great ice cream? 

Of course I won't be getting any. Trying to watch my diet.

I lost 2.6 pounds this past week, so I'm going to stay on track. 

If you do a google search you will find some places that

are having specials on ice cream today. I know Wendy's

is selling their classic Frosty for 50 cents each from today through

the 25th of August. 

Of course the only ice cream worth eating in my opinion is Honey Hut! 

Okay back to the card. I used designer paper for all the scoops on this

very tall ice cream cone. I used Sprinkles of Life stamp set with the matching

punch from Stampin'Up. 

The paper is made by D C V W. Called The Haute Pink Stack. It

was an limited edition pack that I found at Old Time Pottery for 6.99. What a 

great deal for a 12x12 paper pack! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful day, and can enjoy some ice cream! Eat some for me!!!!

Stamping trails
Karen 
lost 2.6 this past week
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Down on the Farm 2nd Tag


I had a few leftover embellishments from the 1st 

down on the farm tag I made. 

You can view that here


A closer look at the bottom of the tag. 

I added a stand to the back so it can be displayed. 

The horse is a sticker that had to be mounted to cardstock. 

It was then cut out and glued to the tag. 

The background designer paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug

folder that looks like barbed wire. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Cards with Holder Using Envelope Punch Board


I used a one sheet wonder to make these eight cards. 


I used a Dylusions stamp set for the greetings. 

Click on the photos to get a closer view. 

Using the envelope punch board I made a card box to hold these cards. 


Here is the outside of the card holder. I decorated it 

the same as the cards. Stamp set is an older retired one from 

Stampin'Up called Botanical.


Open view. 


Side view. 


Used the large oval punch to create the handle, and tied a dragonfly charm to 

the bow. 


Closer view of the decorated front. 


and here is a side view of the card holder closed. 

Hope you enjoyed today's post. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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