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The Dog Days of Summer OSAT Blog Hop!!


Good morning!  Welcome to our One Stamp At a Time (OSAT) Design Team Blog Hop for the month of August!  I know that I say this A LOT, but where the heck is this year going?  I could probably recap about 5 minutes of June...and, maybe, about 7-10 minutes of July, but with August half gone...well, it's soon to be history.  Yeee GADS!  Before I lose track of time, I want to thank you for stopping by to visit me. This may be your first stop on the hop (YEAH...muwhaaa!), or you may have come from the previous stampers blog. Either way, in order to view all of the blog participants sharing their wonderful craftiness, click on the "NEXT" button at the bottom of each post.

This month's blog hop had me stumped on what to create and share with you.  Our theme is "Dog Days of Summer"....hmmmm...what's a stamper to do?  Well, I decided to poll a couple of my scrapbooking friends to see what they envisioned.  I got a variety of responses...HOT was the #1 answer, along with multiple other answers...sun, picnics, fun-in-the-sun, camping, boating, etc. All of those answers were good ones, but my creative MOJO was just not catching on.  haha!  I knew I wanted to create something using the new exclusive Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies.  Absolutely stunning bundle!  But, there was one particular sentiment in this set that is perfect for several of my close friends who have lost a parent and/or child within the last month.  Despite the high heat & humidity of summer, losing a loved one can make for a crummy summer.  Let's see how I did.


Creative Tips:

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, measuring 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"" and scored at 4-1/4".  The heavier weight of this cardstock will help support many layers of cardstock and designer series paper, along with embellishments.
  • Using the regular weighted Whisper White cardstock, emboss it with the Elegant Dots folder. Then punch the bottom 2 corners using the Project Life corner rounder punch.  Add a strip of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series paper.
  • Trim off a portion of a Delicate White Doily and top with a Circle die cut from a different Affectionately Yours designer paper pattern.  Add to the card front.
  • The tree consists of 2 dies from the Beautiful Branches Thinlits die set using Crumb Cake and Cucumber Crush cardstock.  Add dimensionals and set in place.


  • The sentiment was inked with the Archival Basic Black ink and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  Layer with a strip of Watermelon Wonder and banner cut both pieces.  Add dimensionals and tuck the under the tree trunk.  To enhance the softness of the occasion, add some Whisper White Baker's Twine to the tree trunk.
  • DID YOU KNOW? that you can click on any images I include related to the project to see an enlarged version?  Yep!  I do this so that you can see the details of my projects a weeee bit better. As I get older, I'm finding myself pulling out what I call my "granny glasses".  haha

Upcycled Canning Jelly Jar Project:  Okay, yes, yes, yes....I love to upcycle!  I can't help's a handmade gift that is unique and will never be found in any store.  Plus, think of all the extra love that went into that extra special touch.  So stinkin' easy, adorable and extremely affordable!  Check out the yummies that now fill this 'used-to-be' jelly jar.


 Creative Tips:

  • The belly band is the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon.
  • The tag is created using the Everyday Jars Framelits, Affectionately Yours Speciality Designer Series paper, Jar of Love, Delicate Doily, Soft Suede ink, Whisper White Baker's Twine and topped with a tag die cut from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  Too much cuteness when filled with some yummy Heartland Melt-Away chocolates.

At this time, you are now ready to hop on over to Tina Riddle’s blog.  You won't want to miss traveling on as I know that she will have something adorable to share with you.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!


Blog Hop Participants

  1. Lori Mueller <-- That's me!!

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