Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Unusual Graduation



With Memorial Day behind us, it is time for the summer show its color and its warmth. I have been busy with so many thing going on, and some commissioned work has been solicited. There is 6 children from the violin program we attend that are graduating this year. It is bitter sweet. We have know this children since our first day at violin and all of them have been a source of inspiration to our family. My daughter is happy that she got to play with them this past year.

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One of the teachers that run the advanced group has commissioned me to prepare the cards fro those graduating children. A privilege I say. Today I am showcasing one of them and will showcase others this week.  I used the DoStamper Stars 233 as an inspiration for color, but certainly not the theme. I used the new Beautiful You stamp set and the image was fussy cut to be placed in the card. The background is the Watercolor Wash stamp and I added the grass from the In the Meadows stamp set. The flowers are from the Bloomin' Hearts thinlits and the leaves from the Rose Garden thinlits set. The Flower Pot DSP is retired but went well with the card and the colorful inspiration. The girl whom will receive this card is very artistic and feminine and I sure hope she will like her card.

Thank you so much for you visit today. Please do come again. Be well

Miriam



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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Colorful Bliss

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Oh, all the colors that bring so much meaning to my life, have been all around us. The rain has been coming down for several days, and so has the temperatures. Nonetheless, the flowers hear the calling and are blooming. I love them all.


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Since it has been hard to work in the garden, I have been doing some work indoors, purging, organizing, and getting ready for the next school year. But, I keep looking out and enjoying the beauty, and then I go and crate some beautiful cards that honor nature. Today's card uses the Dostamper Stars 232 for inspiration and how can these colors go wrong together? I used the Falling Flowers stamp set for the main image on the background and the Jar of Love gave the flowers to adorn the image. On the Old Olive panel I stamped an image from the Floral Phrase to add a delicate touch. I had to stamp the image 2 times to cover the length of the paper, but that is easy to do. I used Old Olive ink so the detail would not overpower the front panel.

Thank you for your visit today. I hope you are enjoying Spring time and also enjoying good health and lots of love. Be well

Miriam




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Monday, May 22, 2017

It is product share time!

Dear Friends and readers,

The count down for the new catalog launch has going on and quickly coming to the big day. I will, once again, be offering product share and want to give you the details, so you can also enjoy the marvelous new paper and ribbons that will soon be available to all.

- Paper share: a total of 33 sheets, 6” x 12”. Each share is $31.00, if you are out of town to me, an additional $6.65 will be added to your order.  To complete the share I need 4 people or a total of 4 sold share. These are the sets that will be included in this share:
   
Whole Lot of Lovely
Naturally Eclectic
Coffee Break
Pick a Pattern
Be Merry
Birthday Memories
Delightful Daisy
Eastern Palace
Bundle of Love


- Ribbon share: Each share comes with 38 yards of ribbon in a  wide variety of colors and styles. Each share gets 2 yards of each ribbon and copper trim. The share will include the following ribbons and copper trim. To complete the share I need 5 people or a total of 5 sold shares. Each share is $32.00, if you are out of town to me, an additional $6.65 will be added to your order

1/2” Finely Woven Ribbon
1/4” Stitched-edge Ribbon
3/8" Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon
1/4" copper trim
3/8" Shimmer Ribbon

Miriam's Schedule:

Taking Reservations: starting May 23
Paypal Billing: starts May 29
My Stampin' Up! order: June 1 (after 12pm - first day/time to order)
Estimate mailing of shares: approx. June 15th (provided there are no backorders from Stampin' Up!)
How to Reserve a Product Share:

NOTE:  There is a process for product shares...collect reservations, send invoices via Paypal, collect payments, place the order, receive shipped order, cut and sort product, repackage product, package up your product share and mail.  The entire process takes approximately two weeks after I place my order with Stampin' Up!

EMAIL ME directly at mstampin@wi.rr.com with your product share reservation information listed below: 

Please include the following information in your email:
1.  Full Name
2.  Mailing Address (United States addresses only)
3.  Indicate which share(s) you would like to reserve (see choices below) 
4.  Email for Paypal invoicing

When your shares fill, I will email a Paypal (*) invoice to you to complete the payment process.  I will then place my order with Stampin' Up!  Upon it's arrival, I will sort, cut, wrap/assemble, package and mail. The entire process can take upwards to 10-12 business days (barring any backorders with Stampin' Up!).

(*) I use Paypal for all my billing needs.  However, a paypal account is not required to make your payment.  Just an email address and credit/debit card is all you need.  When you receive my paypal invoice, you can choose to pay using your paypal account funds or by credit/debit card.  Just follow their SUPER EASY instructions to make your payment via the method that is most convenient for you.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gorgeous!

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A trip to the farmers market on Tuesday, got me 18 tomato plants, cilantro, parsley, lavender, and oregano. Oh, I love going to the farmers market and enjoying the beautiful plants at this time of the year. Everything is gorgeous.

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Another thing that is gorgeous is the Beautiful You stamp set. I was not sure at first, but then it grew on me and I love using it. The sentiments are equally good. For today's DoStamper Stars 231, I also used the Definitely Dahlia background stamp, and for the corner details I used the Sealed With Love stamp set. This was not doe using watercolor paper, however I did use the watercolor brush to color the dress and the hat. Now, if you use your watercolor brush on regular Very Vanilla or Whisper White, just make sure to keep the tip a bit on the drier side or the paper can peel, rendering your hard work less than perfect.

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. Have a beautiful rest of your week. Be well

Miriam



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Monday, May 15, 2017

Season of growth.

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Oh, it is wonderful to hear the birds chirping away, happily celebrating a new season of growth. Funny thing is that we got couple nests on our back yard, close to the house. The robins have hatched and flown to their freedom, but there are some sparrows that I thought were done too and now are fighting, literally over a spot on top of the speaker. They are so quarrelsome that the other day they were simply annoying. But, I love them anyway.


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No birds on my card today, but a bit of flowers with a promise of fruits to come. A dragonfly can also be handy and sure adds a bit of embellishment to the season. Today I use the sketch from Mojo Monday 497 for inspiration. I used the Brushstrokes background stamp in So Saffron, and the Touches of Texture for the front. I have gotten a great appreciation to Wink of Stella and I added that to the dragonfly's wings. The flowers were colored in Watermelon Wonder using the watercolor brush, being easy on it since I am using regular cardstock. Little Pearls embellish the flowers and they look gorgeous.

Thank you for your visit today. Glad to see you here. Be well

Miriam

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