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The Show Goes On

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I recently went through some of my stamps and decided to sell a few sets that I didn’t use much anymore. My collection of stamps includes about 100 sets which is not a huge number in the stamping world but, I like to keep my possessions to a minimum. And don’t like the idea of things just “hanging around” if I don’t plan to use them in the near future. So I sifted through my collection and sold off 8 or 9 sets and I have another half dozen or so that didn’t sell, so I will use them as gifts for my crafty friends.

One of the sets I sold is from Stampin Up and it’s called Under the Big Top. It is now available as a digital stamp set, so I decided to let the rubber set go in exchange for the digital set. This way I don’t have to store the set in my craft room and the digital version can be easily sized up or down depending on my project. And my sister was happy to add a new set to her stash at a bargain price.

Here are two older cards that I had made with this set but never showcased on the blog.

Circus card

 

This bear could have just been a ballerina but, by adding the balls she became a juggling ballerina. Very talented, bear!

Under the Big Top Stampin Up

 

I love this Strong Man character but, he is so darn tiny. So I look forward to using the digital version which I can print out much larger than the 1″ 1/2 that he stands at now. It will be a lot easier to color him at a larger size too! I am fighting off the need for reading glasses now that I am over 40 and bigger stamps mean I can put off the “Granny Glasses”  for a little longer. 😉

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

Magic Window Card Monkey

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 I made this card for my mother Janet, who is in a physical rehabilitation center for the next week or two.

The past two weeks have been very hectic for me and my family. My mother fell and broke her hip on Sunday April 22nd. Mom is only 74 but she has brittle bones and fast walking feet. It rained that Sunday and as my mother scurried into the daycare hall of her church, she forgot that wet shoes and shiny vinyl floors don’t mix.

Although,I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers I am the only sibling who lives close to my mother and father. So I had a lot of phone calls to make that day. I tried to keep the worry out of my voice as I passed along the bad news. My mother made that easy for me because, she had such a good attitude about her accident. I was able to tell my siblings that Mom was really impressed “how cute and buff the EMT’s were”. But she was also miffed because they had to cut off her her pants and she “only has two pair of pants good enough for church!” That little bit of mom-isms told my brothers and sisters everything they needed to know…That mom was hurting but, she was still her indomitable, unflappable self.

I wanted to make something that would make my mother smile but, also let her know, that she really was a strong woman whom I admire. So I tried my hand at my very first Magic Window card.

       

The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment that reads “Everything will be fine in the end. If it isn’t fine, it isn’t the end”.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

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