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Many Thanks

I decided to sit down today and make all my thank you cards for the month.  WOW!  What a busy month!  There are so many that I wasn't sure I'd be able to get them all done.
A situation like this calls for a clean & simple card.  I finally tore into the Another Thank You photopolymer stamp set.  What's great about this type of stamp set is that you can see exactly where you are stamping because the stamps are completely clear.  No need for a Stamp-a-ma-jig and you'll get perfect alignment!
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The Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper adds a big pop of color to an otherwise simple card.  And don't you just love the pairing of Island Indigo & Strawberry Slush?

Today is the last day to take advantage of the 25% off 25 stamps sale.  Order online and you'll also be receiving one of my thank you cards in the mail very soon!
 
 
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25% Off Stamp Sets


 All weekend, I'll be sharing samples made with the 25% off stamp sets.  Like my page to be inspired by a new project every 2 hours!
 
 
 
Everyone that orders online during this sale will be entered for a chance to win an exclusive hostess set.  You'll get one chance for every $10 spent.
 
And if I hit my personal goal of selling 25 stamp sets, I'll be giving away a $50 shopping spree to one lucky customer!
 
Be sure to also check out the Weekly Deals and New Digital Downloads
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An Update

I think it's time to give a little update on what's been going on the past month.  Some of my friends & customers have noticed the lack of posts, cancellation of classes, and delays in responding to emails.  This will be long.  Nothing is wrong.....in fact, everything is really good and I'm feeling very blessed in many ways.  However, my stamping business has had to take a backseat while I work through an extemely busy time.

First, my husband has decided to take a continuing education course to earn a certificate in whole food nutrition.  This means that we must travel once a month to St. Louis (a five-hour trip) for 8 months.  I'm actually very happy about going "home" every month.  I've gotten the opportunity to reconnect with friends & family that I don't get to see often.  But the trips our hard on us....we leave as soon as the kids finish school on Friday, usually arriving late on Friday and we often don't get home until 10pm on Sunday. 

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On our last visit to the St. Louis area, I got to hang out with some of my high school buddies. The guys started a band in school and reunited after 20 years for a special concert.

I usually have Mondays off from work so I'm able to catch up on all of the normal weekend chores.  The last 3 Mondays have been a different story....field trips, volunteer work, and a very busy season in the chiropractic office has meant that my free time has been completely eaten up.  I feel fortunate that I am able to go on field trips with my daughter and I truly value that time together.  She is growing up so fast!

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Bella on her first day of school

In the Spring, I was asked to serve on the board of the Hospital Cheer Guild.  The mission of Hospital Cheer Guild is to promote "Comfort, Charity, and Cheer" in Howard County through volunteering and fundraising activities. These activities benefit Howard Regional Health System and St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana.  Our first fundraiser is a soup & bread mix sale and guess who was put in charge of the packaging?  Yep! I had no idea what I was getting into, but I figured out quickly that I was going to need to devote a significant amount of time this month to this project.  Last week, we spent HOURS creating the decorations for the bags and today was assembly day.  I'm so excited that this is over, yet so very proud of the work we have done.

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These ladies were such good sports. Many of them had never stamped before and we made 350 of these bags!

So, in between all of the things I've already mentioned, I also did the Fort Wayne Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook show plus 2 workshops.  Honestly, I don't know how I've done it all.  Oh, that's right.....I let my stamping business slide. 

If you are on my mailing list, you've certainly noticed an absence of emails.  The wonderful lady that has helped me with my newsletters for years, decided to "retire" last month.  It caught me completely off guard and I just have not had a chance to address it.  You'll definitely see a few more emails within the next 2 weeks.  There are some great specials coming soon and I will be adding to my class schedule.

At this moment, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted.  We don't have to travel again for several weeks.  My work with the Cheer Guild is mostly done.  And I should be getting my Mondays back!  With any luck, I'll be stamping again by this weekend.

Thanks for hanging with me!

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Monday Montage--BITE ME

 


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Welcome to the Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We've got some great projects to share with you today, so make sure you take the time to visit all 10 blogs.  You can navigate through the hop by clicking on the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of this post.

Life in the Stout household has been crazy busy for the last month.  This is the first weekend that we've been home in 4 weeks and I think the kids just wanted to be homebodies.  Because we've been gone so much, I haven't had a lot of time to do any stamping. The projects that I have for you today are "real-life" projects--a few supplies and a little time are all you need!

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I am featuring the Bite Me Photopolymer Stamp Set in all of these projects.  It is such a fun stamp set and I'm pretty sure you could use the "bite me" senitment for occasions other than Halloween.

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These are little treat holders that have a small package of M & Ms inside.  I shared the tutorial for this project at Valentine's Day, so you can use it for any holiday.  The thing I love is that it only takes 1 sheet of card stock to create 4 of these treat holders!

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The cards that I created with this stamp set can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.  If you have even less time, forget the layers.....you'll still have a great card!

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The "moon" behind the cat was sponged with Summer Starfruit from a "template" created with the punched out Bite Me circles.

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STAMP SET:  Bite Me Photopolymer

INK:  Basic Black, Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie

PAPER:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Brights Designer Series Paper Pack

ACCESSORIES:  1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Trimmer, Stapler


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Monday Montage

 


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Welcome to the Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We've got some great projects to share with you today, so make sure you take the time to visit all 10 blogs.  You can navigate through the hop by clicking on the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of this post.

There was a big drop in the temperature today and the leaves are definitely starting to turn.  I'm officially in the mood for Fall!  I love the colors, the pumpkins, the falling leaves, and I love to start decorating the house.

 

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I've been seeing a ton of burlap wreaths on Pinterest and I knew I wanted one for my front door.  There are lots of tutorials online for how to make the wreath.  That part is really easy.  I then added a store-bought wooden letter for our last name.  The final touch was the leaves.  I cut them with my Big Shot using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.

WreathcloseupI crumpled the leaves, then smoothed them out a bit before hot gluing them to the wreath.  I had a few leaves left over, so I had to find something to do with them.

Harvestbanner I am absolutely loving the new Build-a-Banner kits from Stampin' Up!  I've already made the Halloween & Christmas banner, but I wanted something for my mantle before the holiday season.  I think this fits the bill perfectly.

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