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Hi There Stamping Friends!

Have you noticed that my blog posts are not coming as often as they once were?? I’m sorry about that- here’s a nice long post so you can catch up on some creations and projects I’ve been working on.

First of all, so proud of our Girl Scout troop #2637, on Veteran’s Day the girls made over 50 Thanksgiving cards for the annual Equinox Thanksgiving Meals delivery program. They did such an awesome job, and I was thrilled that they wanted to continue in that generous spirit and last night they came over to my house again and we made over 100 Christmas cards for the “Holidays for Heroes” program sponsored by the Red Cross. The girls quickly decided they’d have more time to create cards if they didn’t have to slow down to write on the inside of each card, so they dictated to me a little saying that we all agreed on, and I printed on the computer.

There was plenty of giggling, stamping, punching and getting to know our 2 newest members of our troop. The girls learned more about what “deployment” means, and we talked about one of the rules for card making “no glitter”… when I asked the girls if they knew why that was a rule one of them raised their hand and said “so the enemy doesn’t find them and kill them”. Of course she was right, but I didn’t think a 3rd grader would know all that.  Anyway- they surprised and impressed me, and were so grateful and kind and sweet, my heart just melted watching them having such a good time. Here’s a couple pictures of the girls in action:

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I just adore that she signed this one… girls who care indeed!! ❤

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This one is so special, one girl wrote “thank you” inside each star…

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And here they are, all 114 cards in all… notice anything special? One girl took great pride in organizing the completed cards into color families- I was impressed… might have to hire her to help me clean and organize my craft room.

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There is so much more I could say about last night, it was one of those nights that you’re just so blessed and thankful to have such wonderful children in your life. If you’re reading this Patty- thank you for asking me to help you this year with the troop, I am loving every minute of being your co-leader and looking forward to making more memories and doing important service project with our girls.

Today has been a super fun kind of day, I had 2 events today- my Christmas Banner class was this morning and each person signed up for either “JOY” in silver/blue or “MERRY” in red/green.


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How many people does it take to make one rosette???? 3 apparently. Too funny, and some nice tips and tricks to get these together.

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I didn’t get to take a picture of each person’s banner because I had to run downstairs and pull apart the pork shoulder I had been cooking in my crock-pot. I invited these ladies, and my team for lunch as I knew I wouldn’t have much time between banner class this morning and my team get together this afternoon.

Thanks to Jamie’s wonderful recipe (same one we made on our girls weekend get away up to Lake Luzerne last month) we enjoyed a delicious meal together:

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Then we moved into more stamping fun, and created some beautiful framed art…I came up with the red (actually Cherry Cobbler) version as an alternate as some don’t decorate their home in blue/silver:




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What one do you like better? Either of these creations could be mounted inside either 8×8, 8×10 or 12×12 shadow box frame. I did one in each size to show the options, and I helped a couple who brought their frames with them today.  This is a preview of the framed art class that I am doing Tuesday night… it was supposed to be our final class at the Elks for the Christmas series we put together, but we didn’t get enough people to sign up in time to use that big room. Luckily, I have 8 people coming on Tuesday, and they will get to choose which one they want to make. To make my life even easier, Amye wanted to make both framed art pieces, so I am going to offer it to my club ladies for our December club projects. What a way to wrap up my clubs for 2013, right? Hope they all decide to re-up for our next term January-June. I’m working on the calendar for that this weekend too.

Well, thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog. Don’t forget that we have MANY awesome deals going on prior to Black Friday, did you print the flyer with all the sales? Here it is again, if you need it:


I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


Lynn Streifert

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