Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween, Everyone!!!

Wow, how did I forget it was Halloween this morning? Crazy...

Ok, here are the treats I made for my grand babies. They are still pretty young (5 and under) so they cannot be too spooky but should still be a little bit creepy. Creepy and spooky are two different things, you didn't know?? Haha...

The Halloween Cookie Cutter set came into good use for these tricky treats. I had some scraps of harvest-colored paper laying around so that's what I used for the candy covering. One thing I definitely lack right now in my Stampin' Up! inventory is paper and I'm currently placing orders to fix it! Not having enough paper is always a BAD thing for any crafter.

What are you guys doing for tonight's festivities? Most people who had church harvest festivals did them this past weekend. Some people are having theirs tonight. I remember a church we went to YEARS ago always did it on the day of October 31 no matter what day of the week it was. When the kids were small it was always tough trying to get them to a function when there was school the next day. Live and learn, right??

Whatever you are doing tonight be sure and stay safe, have fun, and above all enjoy your family and friends!

Talk later!
Deb
xoxox

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Just Barely Sunday...

Hey, Everyone!

I'm barely making it under the wire for Sunday's blog post. When I started this blog I promised myself that I'd do my darnedest to write daily and post pictures that were meaningful for that day. Try as I might, it seems that life gets in the way, so to speak.

Today was a busy one, filled with grandkids, shopping, laundry (does it EVER stop? lol), cooking, cleaning, shopping, Target (haha...whole separate category from 'shopping'), and catching up with our kids. I had a very few minutes this morning for creating a new card and wasn't happy with the end result at all. I also worked on a new idea for some gold patterned vellum paper I have. It came in a paper pack of 6 x 6 sheets and was on sale and I REALLY wanted to love the paper. Well, I still love the paper but it didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to. I'll post a picture and you can see what I mean.
Ok, so the paper I was so excited about is the velum with the gold snowflakes on it, they are glittery and a bit raised up and the vellum (as most vellum) is translucent. By itself on top of a Whisper White card base the vellum with the gold snowflakes looked washed out and not pretty, but when i put it over a black layer of card stock it looked super pretty. The adhesive issue was another whole problem. You can see clearly the glue dots in each corner. You can even partially see where I used the liquid glue (from Stampin' Up!) fine tip glue pen to adhere the vellum to the black layer. I used dimensionals to the cut out, embossed stamped image (Gentle Peace photopolymer.) Separately, all that sounds good but together it was not.

The other card I put together was a more whimsical Christmas card using "Jolly Friends" bundle - photopolymer stamp set with the related paper punch. Here it is:
It came out a little better than my first card creation but not as it was in my mind. Still a cute idea, next time I'll used a different card stock for the base card (like crumb cake) and then have one reindeer head in whisper white. The bundle itself is adorable and the paper punch is awesome. I chalk up my two less-than-awesome creations to my lack of time and feeling rushed. I was not thinking about creating stuff, I was thinking about hurrying up and getting out of the house so I could get back and start cleaning!

Which proves: housework is bad for you! Ok, so I'm paraphrasing a bit. Tomorrow I will have much more exciting creations to share with you. For now, my bed is calling me. After I get some rest I will be much more able to talk and plan for next week's adventures!

Till then, happy crafting!
Deb
xoxox

Just Barely Sunday...

Hey, Everyone!

I'm barely making it under the wire for Sunday's blog post. When I started this blog I promised myself that I'd do my darnedest to write daily and post pictures that were meaningful for that day. Try as I might, it seems that life gets in the way, so to speak.

Today was a busy one, filled with grandkids, shopping, laundry (does it EVER stop? lol), cooking, cleaning, shopping, Target (haha...whole separate category from 'shopping'), and catching up with our kids. I had a very few minutes this morning for creating a new card and wasn't happy with the end result at all. I also worked on a new idea for some gold patterned vellum paper I have. It came in a paper pack of 6 x 6 sheets and was on sale and I REALLY wanted to love the paper. Well, I still love the paper but it didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to. I'll post a picture and you can see what I mean.
Ok, so the paper I was so excited about is the velum with the gold snowflakes on it, they are glittery and a bit raised up and the vellum (as most vellum) is translucent. By itself on top of a Whisper White card base the vellum with the gold snowflakes looked washed out and not pretty, but when i put it over a black layer of card stock it looked super pretty. The adhesive issue was another whole problem. You can see clearly the glue dots in each corner. You can even partially see where I used the liquid glue (from Stampin' Up!) fine tip glue pen to adhere the vellum to the black layer. I used dimensionals to the cut out, embossed stamped image (Gentle Peace photopolymer.) Separately, all that sounds good but together it was not.

The other card I put together was a more whimsical Christmas card using "Jolly Friends" bundle - photopolymer stamp set with the related paper punch. Here it is:
It came out a little better than my first card creation but not as it was in my mind. Still a cute idea, next time I'll used a different card stock for the base card (like crumb cake) and then have one reindeer head in whisper white. The bundle itself is adorable and the paper punch is awesome. I chalk up my two less-than-awesome creations to my lack of time and feeling rushed. I was not thinking about creating stuff, I was thinking about hurrying up and getting out of the house so I could get back and start cleaning!

Which proves: housework is bad for you! Ok, so I'm paraphrasing a bit. Tomorrow I will have much more exciting creations to share with you. For now, my bed is calling me. After I get some rest I will be much more able to talk and plan for next week's adventures!

Till then, happy crafting!
Deb
xoxox

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday of Service

Better known as Servant Saturday.

Good morning, everyone!  It's still pretty early here. Had another late night last night putting together some new Christmas cards so I could take pictures of them. Today is Saturday and my sister is moving, so we are going to help her move! Now I know what you are thinking: You are too old to help!  Well, that part is true but I won't be doing much more than offering moral support. My hubby is driving his truck over there and we are bringing a couple of recliners that used to be mom's so my sis can have enough furniture for her new place. This goes under the heading of being of service.

When I was taking classes for my masters degree in nursing education, we talked about a concept called Servant Leadership. It is actually a style of leading others and if you've ever had a boss like this you will have remembered them. They actually try to help you, they don't sit on the sidelines and toss out orders, they actually get in there and get their hands dirty. If you need something, they will likely get it for you. Anything to help the team succeed.

What can you do today to be of service? Maybe it is just getting up and making breakfast for your family, maybe it's just feeding your pets. You might have something going on with friends or even church members. Whatever you do, when you give a service to others it does YOUR heart good, too!

Here are a few pictures of the cute cards I made last night. I actually got them from an online class I signed up for but I changed around some of the colors and decorations to suit me. The teacher of this class always encourages us to be as original as we want and I appreciate that. One thing I've noticed about crafters is we always have our own tastes and likes and dislikes. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of these cards! Oh and don't forget, I'll be having a giveaway...to enter just leave a comment on one of my blog posts. This giveaway ends the last day of the month which is almost here!!


I thought these cards were a little unusual for Christmas, love the delicate coloring and I used one of my embossing folders to make it look like snow. Not your usual Christmas colors but super pretty anyway! Then there were these:
They were made with Stampin' Up! Pretty Pines thinlets and the Christmas Pines photopolymer stamp set. They did not take long to make and I was really happy with how they all came out. I'd love to see what you guys are creating, leave me a photo in the comments and show me your masterpieces!

If you love stamping, consider joining my team of stampers who also belong to the Stampin' Up! family of demonstrators. Whether you want to join to become a hobby demonstrator or go full force and do it for extra income, I guarantee you will have a blast. For only $99 you will get a starter kit of YOUR CHOICE of stamping goodies worth up to $125. You can't beat that!! The quarterly requirements to remain a demonstrator are very reasonable and you can meet them no problem. Contact me anytime for more info or just go to my site and click on the "join now" button!

Have a great day you guys!!
Deb
xoxox

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fruitful Friday

Good afternoon, Everyone!!

Today I'm celebrating what I call "Fruitful Friday." Why is it fruitful? Well, some people may be ending their work week, others may not work at all at a typical Mon-Fri type place. It doesn't really matter.

You can be fruitful any day.

What does fruitful mean? In the online Merriam-Webster's dictionary it says it is: "producing a good result : very productive." 

It goes on to say that it refers to being "conducive to an abundant yield." So basically, being fruitful is to produce a good result, be productive, and producing an abundant yield.

Today I can do some things to help myself be more fruitful, or more productive. I can not think about the pain in my knees so much as it tends to slow me down, makes me thing I cannot do things that I probably can (and should) be doing. Like walking. Sure, I know it hurts more when I walk but I also know that my arthritis feels better if I take part in 'moderate exercise.'  Moderate doesn't mean running a half-marathon (for me.) It means getting up, getting dressed, and going outside to walk a few blocks and stretch my muscles. It means going to the grocery store, coming home and putting away groceries, making dinner, etc. All the stuff we all take for granted until it is too painful to do it easily. When it becomes harder a lot of us just do less and hope the pain goes away, but it doesn't really do that. It just hurts more when we eventually get up, and you always have to get up at some point. 

Something really fun happened today, I got a package from Stampin' Up!  Just like Christmas...I love getting things in the mail anyway, but when it is a treat box from SU, it is really exciting. So let's see what was in the box.


I got the Paisley & Poseys designer paper pack and it is even prettier in person than it is online! I needed more embellishments so there's a pack of those in there, a couple more clear stamping blocks, some adhesives (always a necessity!) some embossing powder, and something from the clearance rack. You can't order something without checking that page out!  
If you buy the Paisley & Posey's photopolymer stamp set, you can also make your own backgrounds like in this card:
Of course you can change any of the colors to match whatever paper stock you are using so it will match, but you get a great effect and it doesn't take long to practice before  you have some really pretty results!  Now it's time to pick up my granddaughter from school and I think she and I will make a couple of pretty things. She loves Halloween but not the scary Halloween stuff. So we will concentrate on the cute leaves, friendly Halloween cookie cutter stamps, and other stuff so that she'll have a good time.

See you all later!! And have a fantastic FRUITFUL Friday!

Deb
xoxox

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thankful Thursday!

Good morning, everyone!

I started this on my other blog a couple of weeks ago but thought I'd carry it over here: Thankful Thursday. It's pretty simple: what are you thankful for today? It could be something simple like your morning coffee or it could be so much more.

Though for some of us, coffee is a big deal some mornings!

I stayed up too late last night again. Just trying to catch up and my craft room looks like a hurricane went through there. I'll call it "Hurricane Debbie" and I'm not being funny, either. Seriously need a few hours of "me" time in there to fix it up.

I keep throwing in some Christmas items but go back to the Fall stuff because we are basically in our autumn time ....yes, even here in California we have autumn. You just can't really identify it by the weather. Though it did get down to 62 degrees the other night so I was pretty stoked about that!  It's the little things, people!

Ok, so here's a card I put together last night. I've gotten into the good habit of making two of anything at the same time. Usually it works out supply-wise especially if I'm cutting my own card stock for a card. I get two out of one 8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock. Next, if I'm designing something new I can have the same basic stuff for each card but play around a little bit to see what works better. Sometimes this turns out as a surprise, even for me!

I used some of the thinlets from the Paisleys & Posey's set and card stock from the Petals and Paisley stack. One of the backgrounds is from a Christmas 6 x 6 paper stack that I got on clearance a month ago. If you guys haven't checked out the recent clearance items there is some awesome stuff there, in fact there's another paper stack (Go Wild designer series) for only 3.20 on clearance. You can't beat that! I love these 6 x 6 stacks because they are so versatile and for that price you can't go wrong. The envelope paper is still showing as available too, and that's quite a deal at 2.40 for 20 sheets of double sided paper (12 x 12.)

I'm definitely thankful for the clearance items Stampin' Up! offers. They are good about keeping stuff on there till it is sold out, and seem to have an excellent selection of items.

One last thing: you will likely hear me talk about the incentive trip that Stampin' Up! is offering to its demonstrators. The current trip is to Thailand and that one is all complete, they just haven't gone on the actual trip yet. But the earning period for the Alaska trip is going on till next year and I'll be working towards it. In future blog posts you will see the button for the Alaska trip and know that any and every order you place through me will help me get there, and for that I am truly grateful. Without my loyal Stampin' Up! customers, where would I be?

Want to have even MORE fun? Join me as a demonstrator. I would be happy to help you and tell you all I can about how much fun it is to work with Stampin' Up! products every day. It really is a fantastic journey!

I'm going to go back to the crafting table now. Coffee time is over and it is time to get CREATIVE!!
Have a great day!
Deb
xoxox

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's Still Wednesday!!

Hi again, everyone!

I wanted to just pop in for a minute to talk about this great new item I purchased from Stampin' Up! It is the Envelope Punch Board (item # 133774) and it is FANTASTIC!  This makes it so simple to make any size envelope you might need, and when they say ANY size, they mean ANY size. Sure, it isn't so bad getting envelopes for the standard sized cards we make but what about those small 3 x 4 cute little cards you might want to include with a gift? Or oddly sized larger cards that you might make for a particular occasion? Check this out:

 
For only $20 you can make all the envelopes your little heart desires. Look how cute they are? Not to mention right now there's a huge sale on envelope paper at Stampin' Up! The paper very conveniently comes in many colors (all in one pack!) so you can use the right color for each occasion, or even use the striped or patterned side for the outside of your envelope - as long as you use a white address label it should be fine for the US Mail folks.

That's all I wanted to say, and if you go to my site and order this envelope punch board in the next 30 days I'll give you something pretty!

Ok, have a great rest of your Wednesday!
Deb
xoxox
Good morning, everyone!

I know it's not that early but given that I had such a late night last night I feel pretty energetic this morning...been up since about 7 or so and gathering supplies for a new project.

I started something on my Stampin' Up! blog about 10 days ago and since I'll be posting more here I will continue it over here. Today is Wednesday, or as I like to call it, "Whimsical Wednesday." I assigned titles to my days of the week to help me get organized, creative, or otherwise engaged in whatever I endeavor. For instance, yesterday was "Tuesday of Trust." I will come back and link my blog post here so I don't just re-copy the whole thing, but you get the idea. In my mind it helps me become more focused and involved in my plan.

My team leader had a similar idea on our team's Facebook page this past Monday when she coined her own term of "Motivational Monday." As I said, it is a good idea for all of us to use whatever tools we have at our disposal to get our plans underway and feel good about them.

I hope you got a chance to take a look at the pictures I posted yesterday...please don't be shy. Let me know what you think. I was using up some of my older paper last night and making some Thanksgiving cards...posted them to my Facebook page not even thinking about it and suddenly someone messaged me and asked if they could buy the cards!! Wow, was I surprised. I let her know that the paper is no longer available and that I was basically just making the cards for use to send out to family members...but if she only wanted a few cards it could probably work out.

Here are some Christmas cards I put together while I was playing with my new framelet set.



Those are just done with the Stampin' Up! supplies that I had on hand, which are a little bit limited right now as I'm waiting for an order. My card stock supply is way down and I need more, another part of the reason I was using some old card stock on those other Thanksgiving cards. Have you guys seen the new frame lets that will be coming out on November 1?? They are layered shapes (square, oval, and round) but they have the added detail of stitching! Can't wait for them, I can already think of a zillion project.
I was thinking of doing a giveaway on this blog, what do you think? To enter all you have to do is comment below. I will post more information about the giveaway later.

In the meantime, have a great day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wow, Another Blog!!

Hi Everyone...I actually have another blog elsewhere but thought I'd try blogger.com because of all the great stuff I've been hearing about it. Here's hoping it is a long and wonderful relationship!  

Welcome to my world of stamping creative cards and goodies to give to your friends, family, church members, and any other people you want to favor. Here is a picture of a recent card I made by playing around with my newest bundled stamp set, Paisley & Poseys available at Stampin' Up!
Let me know what you think of it. I made the background myself using the stamp set and then used my Big Shot to cut out the cute little flower. I also used the "Thankful, grateful, blessed" stamp but left off part of the wording to just leave the sentiment you see there "thankful-grateful." 
Since it is the fall season, I think I am naturally drawn to the coppery colors as well as the burgundy-Rich Razzleberry, and dark blue-Night of Navy. Please check out my website if you'd like to order any of the items used to make this card. You can order securely from my website 24/7 and if you need any help, I'm here for you!

One last picture before I go, just a fun little photo I took of some decorations in our yard for Halloween....is it spooky or just kooky? 
What's great about those decorations is that we got them all at the local 99 cent store, even the lumpy pumpkins! I never see real pumpkins there so that was a real score, when have you ever got a pumpkin for a buck? Me neither! The cute little fence-posts were also there, 2 for .99, and the white plastic hand I couldn't resist. Let's just say that there are a few more of those in the yard somewhere. 

Ok I'm off for now, it's getting late and I have a few make and takes I need to prepare for the morning. Please leave me a comment below!
Deb
xoxox