Summer nature walk

 It’s our first Saturday of summer vacation…  Big blue sky, warm sun and birds chirping… Welcome summer!


Some shots I grabbed on my morning walk…


gathering for the nest:




berry breakfast:


singing her little heart out:


in the shade:


top seat:




bumble bee in the honey suckle:


cardinal in the pine tree:


Thanks for stopping by!

Hope your having a beautiful summer day…

~ Linda ~

camp notes

camp notes field notes

Welcome back crafters!

Today I am happy to share with you some camp notes I created for my son’s friend who’ll be at sleep-away camp this summer.  As you may know, many camps are “screen-free,” so texting and email are generally not permitted.  While this is tough for our young generation of campers, it does leave good ol’ snail mail as the perfect method of staying in touch with friends & family back home.


To begin I created twelve top-folding cardbases in standard A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5 ” folded) with my favorite kraft cardstock and stamped them with Hero Arts Wet Cement Ink and this fantastic woodgrain background stamp.

camp notes woodgrain 2


A bit about background stamping:

camp notes woodgrain 1

When using a large background stamp, first lay the stamp flat on your table surface, rubber side up, as shown here… Then pat your ink pad directly onto the rubber surface until it’s completely inked.  Bring the cardstock or paper down onto the inked surface and then cover completely with some scrap paper before rubbing lightly all around the surface to transpose the ink to the paper… The results will be beautiful and very natural.  This ink/stamp/cardstock color combination is great for your masculine cards or earthy themed projects…


When my woodgrain cardfronts were all stamped, I then stamped my “Field Notes” sentiments in Hero Arts Ink on some leftover kraft cardstock.  I hand-trimmed the images out into simple rectangles and  adhered them to each cardfront with glue tape runner:

camp notes field notes 1


For the inside of the notes, I adhered two white liners to leave plenty of free space for lots of good writing!

camp notes liners


 For presentation, I stacked the twelve completed cards and envelopes together and tied them with some jute twine.  I wrapped the twine around the bundle three or four times before knotting it in the front and adding this compass image.  I then punched the image out with a 2 inch circle punch.  I popped a hole in the compass with my Crop-A-Dile and tied it onto the card pack with the twine tips.

camp notes compass 2


To finish off, I added two pens and a sheet of U.S. Postal Service Planet Forever stamps:

USPS planets stamps

 …along with a blank address book page, and placed it into a drawstring canvas bag for gifting… A fantastic going away present for a great friend!  Keep in  touch!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Linda ~

camp notes field notes

Supplies: Paper: Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake;  Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Lifes Journey, Stampin’ Up! Hardwood;  Ink: Hero Arts Wet Cement, Cup O’ Joe;  Tools: 2″ Circle Punch; Crop-A-Dile; Misc: jute twine, tape runner adhesive