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Hello friends! Just dropping in to give you a quick update and share a card I made from the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog that features the new Market Fresh collection. Actually, if I’m being truthful, I totally copied this card from the photo on page 116. You know, sometimes I just don’t feel as creative as I’d like. In those times, I find it’s best to just copy something straight out of the catalog so I can enjoy my craft time without feeling like I need to be creative. Can you relate to that?

Before yesterday it had been about 3 months since I’d even been in my craft room. So when my order arrived, I made a point to copy this gorgeous card from page 116 of the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog:

Thanks a bunch features Stampin' Up's new Market Fresh stamps and coordinating paper. Don't you just love the brick texture?

Isn’t this the cutest?! This card was created with the new Market Fresh (also available in wood mount) stamp set and coordinating Farmers Market Designer Series Paper. I also used the scatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge (love this set!) as well as the new Very Vanilla Thick Bakers Twine. I pulled a few strands from the twine to make it just a bit thinner. Other tools used: Aqua Painter, Brick TEIF, Project Life Corner Rounder, and Triple Banner Punch. Colors used: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.

I love this new set and can’t wait to find more time to create other cards with the strawberry and lettuce stamps. And I have some great ideas for the coordinating papers! Oooh boy I’m super tempted to ignore the yard work I’d planned for today…

Speaking of yards! I should update you on what’s been going on for the last 3 months! Spring started springing a bit early in Seattle and we’ve been working on re-claiming the yard that’s sitting beneath 20-ish years of blackberry and trees-that-refuse-to-die overgrowth. And when I’m not working on reclaiming the yard, I’m in my small garden, learning how to grow some food. Turns out tomatoes and strawberries are pretty easy to grow and are still going strong. That’s pretty encouraging!

A trip to NYC

In April I was very fortunate to visit NYC for business but I managed to squeeze in some fun time. In fact, I pretty much didn’t stop moving the whole weekend. While I was there I rode the ferry to Staten Island for the free view of Lady Liberty, enjoyed a spring walk in Central Park, saw Chicago on Broadway (awesome!) and spent an entire Saturday at the American Museum of Natural History among other activities.

Hello Manhattan!

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I made it a point to stop by the World Trade Center and pay my respects at the fountain as well as snap a picture of the new tower. Though I lost no one in the attack, I can’t describe the grief I felt as I walked around the fountain reflecting on the loss of so many lives, unable to comprehend what it must have been like to be a New Yorker on that day.


Remembering. #911 #wtc #nyc


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But the best part of my weekend was the time I spent roaming through the halls of the American Museum of Natural History. I was there for 5 hours, folks, and it was awesome. The dinosaurs alone were totally worth the visit but I also had such a great time wandering around the exhibits. I found that I really wasn’t ready to leave at the end of the day. I could have easily stayed there all day if I didn’t have to catch my flight back to Seattle!

Spent 5 hours wandering the halls of this museum and I barely scratched the surface. Here’s a T-Rex for your amusement. #dinosaur #trex #TyranasaurusRex #amnh #nyc #bones

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With summer in full swing and kids out of school I’ll likely have little time to get into my craft room, so expect a bit of a hiatus from me for the next couple of months.

But then again, I’ve got some great ideas for the new dinosaur themed “No Bones About It” stamp set that I’ve been dying to play with, so maybe I’ll squeeze in some stamping between summer fun. ;)

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