Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My contribution to the Coffee Blog Hop

Here are some cards using "Hetty's Coffee Cup stamp set. I would like to point out that tea drinkers need not feel left out. Notice the tea time card? I stamped the cup with a green ink and changed the coffee beans on the cup to tea leaves by color penciling in the beans green and adding a point to each bean turning them into "tea leaves". Jolly Good! Please visit my friend Hetty's blog next: http://craftchaos.blogspot.com
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Friday, July 15, 2011


Here's our little Lilly at 3 months.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

French Fry Box


One of the cards we'll be making at Debra's Cottage on Saturday has a miniature french fry box on it. I borrowed the design from you know who. There are instructions here on the blog from a while back if you want to make the card. Just type "french fry" in the search box.
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Beachy Keen Card


I am the "card captain" this week at enjoymichaelstrongstamps Yahoo group and this is the card of the day. It's made with a few of my new products, die cutters, embossing powder, paper pack and "beachy sand". All these are in the catalog now!
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Friday, July 8, 2011

For The Birds - Card Challenge Winners

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Here are the winners of the June 2011 Card Challenge!
From left: Judy McKay, MJ Boumans and Carla Van Der Mei-Stolk. Congratulations Ladies!

Judy McKay – Canada
Judy’s card features a beautiful color palette of copper and blue which compliments her subtle coloring of the little bird. She has unified the whole design with dots, dots in the embossed background, dots on the blue frame and a finishing touch of dots on the central medallion. The birthday pun lends a touch of whimsy. Well done Judy!

MJ Boumans – Netherlands
When I first saw MJ’s card it made me smile! How charming is her vignette of the mother hummingbird feeding her babies in a teacup nest. MJ’s skillful cutting has animated the birds perfectly. Did you see the pile of broken eggs in the background? Well done MJ!

Carla Van Der Mei-Stolk – Netherlands
Wow is the word for Carla’s card! How clever it was to make an origami crane as part of the card. Inside is just as interesting with the stamped and colored origami cranes positioned just right. I love the torn paper element too. Well done Carla!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Triple Pennant Banner

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Triple Pennant Banner


Three sheets of cardstock (two 8 ½” x 11” plus one other 8 ½” x 11” sheet in an accent color)
Paper cutter or scissors or craft knife
Ribbon or raffia


Fold a piece of cardstock lengthwise to make a folded 4 ¼” x 11” card. Cut the spine of the fold off at ¼” to make two 4” x 11” pieces and one 11” x ¼” folded strip. The folded strip will become the “stick” upon which you will hang the pennants. Cut one more 4” x 11” panel from the second sheet of cardstock

Fold each of the three 4” x 11”panels in half to make 3 folded cards measuring 4” x 5 ½”
Mark the front of the open end of each folded card at 2”. Cut from the folded side down to the mark on both sides to make three folded triangle cards (as shown).

From the accent sheet, cut three triangles the same size as the folded triangle cards. Glue the accent pieces to the inside back of each triangle card.

Put glue along the entire length of the “stick” and attach the three pennants starting with the left one then the right one and finishing with the middle one. NOTE: The open side of the “stick” should be at the bottom.

Decorate the pennants any way you wish. String a length of ribbon or raffia inside the open end of the “stick” and tie the two ends together to hang your banner. Enjoy!

Triple Pennant Banner steps



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Triple Pennant Banner steps



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Monday, July 4, 2011

And the winner is.....

crafterGM, also know as Gloria Morizen of Michigan USA! Congratulations Gloria your name (number) was chosen at random at our July 4th family barbecue! Please email me at mike@strongstamps.com with your address. I will send your stamps and dies as soon as I hear from you. Thank You, thank you, thank you to all who made a comment. Watch for more blog candy soon!

Star Spangled Banner

Here's a quick little patriotic banner for your front door. This project took no time at all and is adaptable to any other celebration. Instructions will be on the blog tomorrow - but now we are off to a day of family fun! Don't forget to comment on the Blog Candy post if you want a chance to win the prize. Granddaughter Lilly will choose a number at the party today and I will announce the winner tonight!
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Blog Candy - July 2011

To celebrate the 235th birthday of the USA, I will be giving away this set of mini stamps and my brand new matching die cutters. Make a comment on this blog entry for your chance to win. One name will be chosen at random on July 4. Good Luck!
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