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Today’s FTF for the Scrap it Girl team is “favorite electric die cutting machine”.

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Well, this is easy-peasy in my opinion!
I have both the Cricut and Silhouette Cameo, which means I also have a lot of cartridges for my Cricuts. One of the things that sold me on the Silhouette was the fact that I can order a single design and my bundle came with $10 worth of free software of my choice from the Silhouette store. To be fair, Cricut is now offering a similar setup but I love my Cameo. It’s projects like this one that made me even more excited about my new Silhouette:

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Isn’t that bottle cute?
It was so stinkin easy to select layers to omit so I could have a simple vinyl design.
And that bottle? It has a mister, which was perfect recently for a very hot and humid day in Savannah, Ga. I found it at Academy Sports
Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed.
Kathy Bo

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I love Facebook. Why? Well, first of all it helps me to know the prayer needs of others. Second to that, I get to know when neat things are happening with my kids – like the garden that my son The Boy and his wife Emily are planning.

The post showed them tilling the soil. I knew I had to do something to surprise and encourage them, so I whipped out my Cricut machine and made these:

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I will add plant stakes to them so they can stand the signs in their garden. I think my grandLittles will enjoy the fun colors and shapes too!
Here’s how they came together:

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First, I used Cricut Craft Room to select designs from the Cricut cartridge Freshly Picked . Once I selected the various components, I arranged them on the virtual mat, wrote down the sizes and began cutting.
It wasn’t too difficult to choose colors- earthy, garden colors worked out just fine.

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A bit of trimming came next.

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Some 2-way glue and a bit of placing elements together came next:

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Now it was time to laminate:

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I made sure to round the corners when I cut them apart since there will be some little hands in the garden!

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Once finished, I took them all outside to introduce them to their natural habitat! Here they are again:

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I have a few more to make but thought I’d share now just in case I forget to before I mail them.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Visit me on Facebook, “Like” my page and see what’s going on in my creative world! God bless. Kathy Bo

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Check it out! It’s time for Stampin’ Up Marker Club!

Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Write markers are awesome – and it’s a great time to start collecting them all. Why? Because very soon, Stampin’ Up will be introducing a whole new line of markers that are completely different and you’re going to need them all! Joining Marker Club will help you to do it a little at a time, which is much easier on the wallet. We’re all about making this craft addiction more dollar friendly, right?

Check out the details on the video below! My Marker Club is open to U.S. only, and I will ship directly to you.  All the contact info is on the video, so let’s get this going! And if you join Marker Club AND my team (only $99!) just tell me you saw this on my blog and I’ll pay the (U.S.) shipping on your markers for you!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Kathy Bo

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I’m giving away this awesome Blossom Petals punch! How to win: go to Facebook and see all the details in today’s post about Club! Please “Like” my page while you’re there, it’s makes me so happy to have new friends. CLICK HERE for my page! Imageampin

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Crafting typically brightens up the world of not only those who create sweet handmade items, but also those who receive such treasures.

But there comes a time when making something is the only thing you can do to offer support and comfort.

The situation is that I’m close enough to a neighbor family that I (along with many, many others) was devastated by the loss of their precious newborn child. But like many neighbors, not so close that I was “needed” for hands-on during their darkest hours.

It’s one of those times that privacy, rest and quiet are the greatest needs. Primal needs. The last thing they needed was to have a parade of folks in and out of their home asking what they could do. We did all we could; the ones who babysit kept the toddler. The ones who walk dogs walked their dogs. The rest of us joined those helpers by praying.

When I was asked to make a card to share on behalf of the neighborhood, I put my whole heart into it, because finally, FINALLY, I could “do” something “hands-on” for this precious young couple.

Powerless. That’s how we all felt- and still feel. There are no words. And so amidst the days of constant prayer and an unbelievable amount of tears, I went into my studio and sat down.

The young mommy loves bright colors, so I tried – really tried- but nothing came together. Likewise, a stoic sympathy card would not express what we as a community felt because just days before, we would have hoped to send cards of congratulations on the birth of this sweet little one.

No, it needed to be soft. Gentle. Not sympathy. It needed to offer support for this little family who desperately hung on to hope and their unwavering faith in God throughout every moment.

And so I made this.

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Psalm 42:8 is stamped on the front. It offers encouragement and said just what I felt it needed to say. “By day The Lord directs His love. At night His song is with me.”

The colors are soft and quiet. Respectful. Gentle.

I was finishing up the card when I received a text.

Do I have room at my house for family members who are flying in for the service?

Of course I do.

As I was making an envelope to go with the card I thought of the guest room, meals, comforts for weary travelers. Suddenly I have a lot to do.

Hug your kids.

God bless you and yours.

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I made this little notepad with Stampin Up Designer Series Papers, cardstock, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and punches. Here’s how it turned out:

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The inside features a notepad and pen. The pen has a bit of Velcro to keep it in place.

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Here are the items I used to create this super cute and easy gift! International Bazaar Designer Series Paper

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Brights collection card stock

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Elegant Butterfly punch

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Scallop Circle punches

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A bit of vellum

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Rhinestone Basic Jewels!

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And this embossing folder

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I found the little spiral notepad at WalMart and used a heat knife to cut the plastic case

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And the case? It’s the same ones our clear mount stamps come in! I love these little cases!

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Almost forgot: the scallop edge border punch!

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Add a bit of TomBow Multi glue, snail adhesive, and some great music (Adele on Pandora is pretty much the standard in my studio) and you have fun while creating a great gift to share!

Thanks for visiting! God bless,
Kathy Bo

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Y’all have been asking, so here’s more of what Stamping Up announced in Leadership last week! (Put on your I-can-get-WHAT-for-free?! seat belts…it’s gonna be a ride!)

TWO new sets of single stamps! Among the stinkin’ adorable stamps in this set are some super cute bunnies and oh… have you seen the fox?! Okay, I’ll just share it now:

Need that fox. In order to live a normal life.

Need that fox. In order to live a normal life.

But wait. There’s more.

Set #4, oh yeah.

Ok, y'all know we need all of these!

Ok, y’all know we need all of these!

And yet, there’s MORE! Stampin’ Up! is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, which means cool stuff for all of us! A new set will be released every month, each set containing the MOST POPULAR STAMPS in the history of Stampin’ Up! along with a never-before-seen brand new stamparoo!

 Each set includes one never-before-released stamp! Woot!!

Each set includes one never-before-released stamp! Woot!!

As if that’s not enough, they are even giving away stamps.  What could be more fun than getting free stamps?

Here’s the dealeo: Each 25th anniversary stamp set will include a sticker to place on this card

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When you fill a line of stickers, you receive a set (up to $14.95 value) for free! Seriously?  Yes, seriously.  Stampin’ Up! not only makes the highest quality stamps, but ALL of the products I have ever used have been awesome.  That’s one reason I’m a demonstrator; I enjoy the discount.  While you can’t discount “free”, it sure is nice to know that anything and everything I use along with that free stamp will be at a super cool discount!

I know, I know. That was a lot… BUT there is even more.

True story. I can’t believe it either… but… apparently the Stampin Up! gurus gathered around the Big Table, looked at one another and said, “Hey, we haven’t done enough. Let’s add Sale-a-bration to this list, offer a LOT of free stuff and THEN HAVE A WHOLE NEW BOX OF SURPRISES TO UNVEIL AT CONVENTION IN JULY!” Then they all stood, cheered and danced Gangnam Style. (Speaking of true stories, Scott danced a little bit of this at Leadership. Later I told him it was worth the price of admission just to see him do it. Who is Scott? Scroll down, see his pix with Stalkie McStalker. You can thank me later.)

Anyway, here’s the deal on Sale-a-bration: Beginning Jan. 22, you will receive a free item from the Sale-a-bration flyer with every $50 order (before taxes and shipping charges). I’m not allowed to show you the flyer yet but dang skippy, I can share this much:

Got a $50 order? Get free stuff. OH YEAH!

Got a $50 order? Get free stuff. OH YEAH!

How do I get to see it first? Oh, it’s not a birthright… no special talents necessary.  How, you ask? HOW??  I thought you’d never ask…just go to my website: http://www.kathybo.stampinup.net and join for only $99. Paper, stampin’ and creative bliss. All for you. ‘Nuff talkin’, I’m heading to my studio!

God bless!
Kathy Bo

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