I'm back with a second post today as promised. First off, a card for the Simon Says Stamps challenge. I placed my first order with them last week and was amazed at the fast service. I've never looked at their blog before this week, and there's lots of inspiration there. This week's challenge is for Stars and Stripes. I had several new products I was anxious to use and was able to use some favorites as well. As I created the card, it occured to me that it would be a perfect birthday card for my MIL. She doesn't read my blog, so it's safe to post it here. Her birthday isn't until July 5th, but it's nice to be ahead!
One of the products on my list when we were traveling was the Tim Holtz mini-rosette die. I never found it so it was one of the goodies in the Simon Says package. I love how easy it is to create these fun rosettes and they are much flatter than the ones I've tried on my own. I stamped the stars for the centers with a Teresa Collins stamp, Free Style. The sentiment frame is also from that set, and the sentiment is from the new Papertrey set Tag-its #4. The Tag-it stamps are just $5 and I get a lot of used from the sentiments as well as the tag frames. The striped pieces are from a new stamp set, "Daily Junque," by Pink Paislee. I saw Danielle use it on three fabulous cards last week, and when I saw that Simon Says carried it, that pushed me to click on the purchase button!
Here's a closer look at the rosettes which I cut from some cute October Afternoon papers from the Campfire line.
There are some great stamps in the Daily Junque set, so I decided to stamp an envelope as well. All the stamps except "July" are from that set.
And now to Amy's photographic challenge. She asked us to photograph five things we think will be gone from our homes in five years. It turned out to be pretty easy.
First off, my cook top from the 1950's. It is probably the only live pilot cooktop in our town. But it will definitely be gone as we purchased a new stove on Friday. These green counters will also be gone.
My relatively recent refrigerator will also be gone from the kitchen, but probably moved to the basement. We're waiting for the final estimates, but expect to have a new kitchen by the end of the year. I've never had room for a full-size refrigerator, and I am absolutely thrilled with the one we bought this weekend (on close-out at a great price, to boot)!
So, in fact, my whole kitchen will be gone. These cupboards will be replaced as well. It's not a terrible kitchen, but the cupboards are over 50 years old and hard to keep clean. I stripped and refinished them 20 years ago, but it's time for a new look. The best part is we'll have a new arrangement, and it should be much more efficient, and I hope to have lots more counter space, even though we're not expanding the size of the kitchen.
Matt's room, now the guest room, will also have a new look. Hopefully, that won't take five years. I'm on the lookout for new bed linens and when Tracy has worked his way upstairs with his painting project this room will no longer have dark green woodwork, which I notice now doesn't appear in the photograph.
And, finally, my laptop. It's already several years old and is used enough that some of the letters are wearing off the keys. I'm not anticipating replacing it in the next year or so, but I doubt it will last five more years.
This was fun, Amy! Thanks for throwing down the challenge.