Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday is Here!!

Today is the Monday following last night's Oscars....the Academy Awards. I have to say it was a night to remember for the sheer number of technical errors. I really don't like it when they actors postulate about the state of the union, just like I wouldn't like it if the politicians tried to act like they knew something about acting. But as everyone has an opinion, it is important that we are allowed to all share those opinions as peacefully as possible. One more reason that I would never really mix my political beliefs with my blog. There's always a person who does not agree with your opinions and they have every right to do so.

But it was entertaining!!

Today, I have some pictures for you, they are of some "simple yet stunning" cards that can be made, well; SIMPLY. I realize many people are just beginning their crafting journey and even for the advanced card-makers among us, it is always a  nice thing to have a simple project that takes hardly any time or effort yet comes out beautifully and will WOW someone special.

I took an informal poll on my Facebook page and most of the respondents said they use "Thank You" cards the most. This was only second to "Happy Birthday" and "Thinking of You"/"Love You" cards. Pretty much, I have to agree. In honor of that sentiment, today's giveaway will be for a Thank You set. Now I realize this is a set that people COULD have earned for free if they had placed an order of $50 or more, but as the entrants have (for the most part) not placed any orders I feel safe than none of them yet own this set. The other twist in this week's giveaway is that I have included the supplies and a short video (ok, a LINK to my video) tutorial on how to make the cute cards!! They will get the supplies to make SIX complete cards with their matching envelopes. How neat is that?? Pretty neat, I think!

These were made using the "So Very Much" stamp set that comes with the large "thank you" plus four smaller sentiments such as "so very much""for your kindness""for the gift" "from all of us" and I forget the fourth one. I used some colors from both the 2016-2018 In Colors (Sweet Sugarplum) and from the Subtle's Collection (Pear Pizzazz) plus some DSP from Serene Scenery along with ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. You see the gold foil card stock and I used the butterfly paper punches (Elegant Butterfly) and (Bitty Butterfly.) These are cards you can put together in a jiffy and keep on hand for when you need a quick yet elegant thank you card.

To enter either leave me a comment here before six pm tonight (Monday, Feb. 27) or on my Facebook page. Winner will be chosen at 8:00 pm pacific time and announced shortly afterwards. I can only ship to the US, sorry about that.

In other news, Sale-A-Bration is in it's third and final month. There is still time to take advantage of acquiring all those free items from the promotion brochure. After the close date, those items will no longer be available for free. In fact, I don't think they will be available at all. This is my first Sale-A-Bration so I will find out and let  you guys know because I want to know, too!!

Ok, busy Monday ahead so I'll leave you for now. Have a wonderful and productive day and I will let you guys know who the lucky winner is tonight!!!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's a Rainy Sunday Here!

What's it like in YOUR neck of the woods?

Getting ready for my giveaway tomorrow, I decided that this week I will keep the set a secret till the winner is drawn. Makes it more exciting that way, don't you think?? If you want to enter for the giveaway just comment with what type of cards you imagine yourself using/giving away most often. You can choose birthday, thank you, sympathy, get well, or some other category that you use a lot! One entry per person only, please. I can only ship to the US, sorry about that!! Comment now before you forget!

In related news, the giveaway this week will include supplies to make SIX complete cards (complete with envelopes) with your new stamp set. This is a great deal because who doesn't love FREE!!?? I love it so I know you do, too!! I will be posting a video with the prize stamp set so you can have a few options to make your cards. You don't have to follow my examples or you can follow parts and make it your own. Either way, the video will be for you to use at your discretion. You will have all supplies needed to make six cards, all you need is some adhesive like snail adhesive or fast fuse or something similar.

Made some super cute cards lately. Here they are just for you:
This is a super simple but cute card to make and it uses washi tape!! How many of us have un-used washi tape laying around and we really should use it. It can make a really cute card. The sentiment on this card says, "You Inspire Me" but it could say anything at all. From "Thinking of You" to "Congratulations" to "Here's something to Brighten your Day!" I love that for this card you just need some card stock, gold foil card stock and a paper punch. Nice and simple!

Not sure if I posted this sympathy card here or not but I will post it now:
While this is also a super simple card it requires the use of the Big Shot. While the Big Shot is an expensive addition to your card making arsenal, I feel it is one of the mainstays in my own card creating menus. There are so many cute dies to choose from and with Stampin' Up! they always offer bundles (stamp set plus accompanying framelits) at a 10% discount so that is wonderful. These beautiful shapes are from the Flourishing Phrases bundle and I used the paper from the Subtle collection to soften it up a bit. With just a few cranks of the Big Shot handle I had all these super pretty, delicate shapes to adhere onto my card stock. I added a bit of bling (when don't I? lol) to the centers of both flowers; I realize they are hard to see in this photo. That's what I get for not using flash!!  This die cutting bundle even comes with the custom label cut out as you see here. Quite a different label shape and really pretty.

Don't forget, Sale-A-Bration is in its final month and now is the time to JOIN MY TEAM if you are on the fence. By joining during the Sale-A-Bration promotion time you will get an additional two stamp sets absolutely free. It only costs $99 to join and you never have to sell an item EVER. You can simply join as a hobby demonstrator to get your perpetual 20% discount off all supplies YOU need. So don't let that hold you back. One of the great things about Stampin' Up! is that they fully support each demonstrator however they decide to use their demonstrator ability. If you need more information or want some help getting signed up please do not hesitate to call or text me. I can easily help you over the phone if you need help navigating the computer sign up. 951-973-3270 is my cell  number or you can text me if you prefer.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Easter is coming!!

We had some various team challenges lately and I will be showing YOU the results of those challenges. In the meantime, my paper share paper came (only half of it) and I am awaiting the rest of the order so I can finish cutting up the paper and get it sent out. It is sort of fun for me to do these small paper shares. We all get to share the cost of the paper and I get to distribute it! Yay!! I can see how it would be a ton of work if there were more than 20 participants, though. That would seriously be a job unto itself!

Before I show you pictures of the cool new creations (that I fully expect you guys to CASE...."Copy And Share Everything!") I would be remiss if I did not remind you guys of something VERY IMPORTANT!!!

We officially only have one more month left of our Sale-A-Bration promotion. NOW is the perfect time for you to JOIN MY TEAM if you want to become a hobby demonstrator and start getting a whopping 20% discount on ALL your crafting and stamping supplies. And these aren't just any supplies, Stampin' Up! has proven themselves to be super high quality and you will be amazed at how much better your projects look when using their products. I was, and my friends and family even noticed and asked me what I was doing differently. Now that is amazing!!

Whether you want to just earn the 20% discount for yourself (and maybe your BFF) OR you want to go to the "Next Step" (we call those demonstrators "Next Steppers") I am here to help you. Being a newer demonstrator myself, I naturally have a lot of time to spend with my team members and I am a natural born teacher! I love to help my team blossom in whatever area they love the most and want to see them develop to their fullest potential. Even if that is being a hobby demonstrator.

To join MY TEAM it is only $99 and you will be able to choose ANYTHING in the catalogs up to $125 - that is a 25% discount on your initial membership! As an added benefit of joining during Sale-A-Bration you will also be able to choose TWO additional stamp sets worth up to $104! We definitely have a small handful of sets that are $52 (for wood mount) and I encourage you to choose the most expensive sets you can during this deal....the most expensive that you LOVE, naturally. You will also get about $50 worth of free catalogs and other business supplies along with a free Paper Pumpkin set!!

It is such a great deal and you will plug in to a wonderful community of positive, uplifting stampers who only want to help you create the best cards or other projects that you can. CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW or just call or text me if you have questions. I can even walk you through the process if you need any help. I am sure you can choose your own stamps and supplies without me, that is the most fun EVER!!! 951-973-3270 is my cell and I prefer texts. If it is after 10 pm pacific time I will likely wait till morning to return your text or call. :)

On to the photos!!

These note card-sized cuties are only 5" x 3.5" but they are adorable and make a fantastic gift! I used a couple of different cute sets I had (Just Keep Swimming and Love You Lots) but I think they came out super cute. The Just Keep Swimming set is one of the 'two-step' stamping sets and the images come out really nice. In the ones you see above, the gems, fish, macarons, and bears I used the same color but I "stamped off" in the first image then with the second stamp-the detail stamp- I just used the same color ink full strength. If you are wondering what "stamping off" is that is when you ink up your stamp in whatever color (say sweet sugarplum) and then "stamp off" on a piece of scrap paper then stamp the image on your card. Repeat that for all your first layer or first "step" images and then for the second image or for the detail image (in the case of the gem it is the little lines in the gem) you simple use the SAME color but you do not "stamp off."
The second set of notecards with the ladybugs came from the "Love You Lots" host set and the cupcake came from "Bella and Friends" and finally the last card has a watercolor was creation I did on my last foray into watercolor wash. It is fun and slightly addicting. I happened to have several small pieces that I never used for cards so there was a ready made card front!! Just added a bit of bling and a tiny sentiment. Super simple and stunning.

The UPS guy just stopped by so I need to go see what he brought me today. I know Stampin' Up! was going to send me my silver necklace you get when you promote to Silver level and I am waiting for it. I thought we had to pay for it but that isn't the case at all.

Please have a wonderful Thursday and check back often. Two more videos are in the works!!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Ok, So I went on a bit of a Binge...

...A card-making binge!!

Hi Everyone!

It is President's Day; Monday February 20. Most schools have the day off and I'm pretty sure the banks are off. UPS is working because I just got THREE big boxes full of Stampin' Up! stuff. Woo Hoo!!

Time to play. But first, here is what I've been doing the past 12 hours or so. And yes, I got about 7 hours of sleep somewhere in there as well.
 This first one is in honor of our upcoming holiday, the one where we always wish each other the sweet, sweet sentiment, "May All Your Chocolate Be Solid!"  What a sweet thing to wish someone you truly care about lol. For this soft, spring-themed card I stamped everything in Basic Black and then colored it in with the watercolor pencils and used blender pens to blend to the best of my ability. I never claimed to be an expert at the whole watercolor phenomenon. I just promise to do my best every time. That isn't always so great, but hey. We are all a work in progress; that's my perception!
I used card stock and designer paper from the Subtle Collection.

 The two previous cards are a bit bolder. I used two techniques that while they sound tough, are easy to do with a bit of practice. First, the background layer is made by using the watercolor wash technique. Basically just applying thinned out ink with an aqua pen (a pen-like brush with a reservoir of water) and using silver embossing powder (and a heat tool of course) on the sentiments. Then I had the second layer made by using the silver foil card stock. I could have added a bit more bling in the way of the silver 1/8" ribbon but I forgot. It is still pretty!
Lastly, I saw one of my teammates doing this technique and I was intrigued. It looked super technical and very, very complicated. It turns out it was just a tiny bit technical (you need to make a mask of the lighthouse) and not too complicated. It was only my first try and I imagine this is the type of thing that gets better with you getting more experience. Sort of like everything in life, right? After I made the whole card I figured that I didn't really need to mask off the light house at all, just the sandy island. It is mostly sponging on (dry sponging) a bunch of blended colors and then Adding the lighthouse on top of it. In this set "High Tide) the lighthouse is stamped using a 'two step' method where you stamp one of the images in black (in this case) and the second image in red over top of the first image. It turns out pretty! The sentiment I took from "Suite Sayings" because it was more size appropriate to the card. I layered it in DSP from the Subtle Collection and the card base is Island Indigo card stock.

Oh, speaking of UPS trucks, my paper just got here for my paper share. I have to get busy cutting and splitting it up. My ladies will be so excited. I have some extra goodies to put into their paper share packages. What fun is it to get mail without a surprise here and there??

On that note, I wish you a wonderful rest of your Monday. There is still time to enter my Monday evening giveaway (Lucky Elephant!!) just leave me a comment. Last call for entries is tonight at 7:30 pm pst. Sorry I can only ship to the US.

Good Luck!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Last Night Was Lucky Elephant Night!!

Hey Everyone! How is your Sunday so far??

Mine is sunny, believe it or not! Ok, partly cloudy, but who's looking? (Besides me!)

Last  night was definitely Lucky Elephant night. I took one of my favorite stamp sets of all time and made as many different color combinations as I could. Some of the combos came from suggestions from people who were entering my giveaway - I just happen to be giving away one of these awesome sets tomorrow night - and some combos came from my own head. Yes, be very afraid!!

As you know, there are no real hard and fast rules with color. You can go by the color wheel or color charts and try to use complementary colors or adjacent colors or whatever. Sometimes pink and white DOES look good together and sometimes the complementary colors are too boring and you need to spice it up. I tried to do that with these cards. I used embellishments, gold and silver foil paper (the thick kind) and glimmer paper all to my advantage. Some ribbon made its way onto a couple of cards and I embossed nearly each one in some way. I like the technique we recently re-learned where we are able to use Versamark and then any color ink we choose to literally emboss in any color. This is using clear embossing powder, of course. With the metallics or the opaque color embossing powder you would not get the same result. Clear embossing powder is awesome!

Check these out and tell me what you think:
 As green is my favorite color (besides gold) you know I had to put this card together! The elephant is  Pear Pizzazz (with the clear embossing powder) and the glimmer is our new mint macaron glimmer paper. Don't forget that will be available in just TWO more days for FREE in the Sale-A-Bration promotion. For each $50 purchase you can choose one free item and now the new glimmer papers are available as a combo pack; you get Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, and Mint Macaron. So pretty!!
This one was something I wanted to do by incorporating some of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Urban Underground into the card but giving it a pop of pink with the Melon Mambo elephant. Again, the clear embossing powder was brought into play along with the stitched Melon Mambo ribbon as embellishments. Silver foil card stock is seen peeking out from the layer below the elephant and also in the oval scallop shape for "Good Luck."
 This card was inspired by a suggestion from a team mate for Melon Mambo, Grey, and Bermuda Bay. I simply embossed the elephant in Basic Grey with clear embossing powder, and accented with the other two colors. A little glitz on the elephant's ornamental saddle, and the stitched Melon Mambo again.
This card is super cute in person but the photo doesn't quite capture it. From the Subtle Designer Series Paper (DSP) paper stack, Wisteria Wonder is a super pretty light purple color that is soft and delicate. Here it just looks sort of grey!! I embossed the elephant in Wisteria Wonder and stamped "Good Luck" in black and embossed it in black as well. The silver  1/8 " ribbon works well behind the elephant layer. The silver star embellishments were used to add a bit of bling.
 Here is a rendition using another color suggestion from a teammate with Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight. The gold 1/8" ribbon came into play along with the gold sequins which I left connected to their little string and draped over the elephant's saddle.
Lastly, this Delightful Dijon and Melon Mambo was suggested by a new page member who is interested in getting more involved with stamping. She has a good eye for color, right?? This looks super cute in person too and I used the Delightful Dijon with clear embossing powder for Mr. Elephant. More paper from the Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack from Urban Underground for the first layer and the Melon Mambo for the second layer. Accented with Melon Mambo watercolor pencils on the elephant's ornamental saddle and lots of bling in the way of Basic Rhinestones. Pretty!

On that note, I hear my family calling me. Today's agenda includes some de-cluttering of my craft area and the master bedroom. We are getting a donation ready for our local Goodwill and Salvation Army and it is time for the trucks to come. Mama's closet is getting looted for that. Anything I have not worn in a year will be going for a one-way trip and hopefully making room for other items that are new.

What are you all up to this Sunday??

Whatever it is, enjoy your family and be safe out there.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

New Stamp Giveaway for Monday!!

Hey, Everyone!!

It is a bleary and cloudy Saturday here in (normally) sunny Southern California...but that is OK because we need the rain. Just not five to six inches at a wallop.

Yesterday was like that, we had such a storm system move it it was like something out of a movie! I even took a short video because the super tall palm trees across the street from me were bent over so bad from the wind. Of course as soon as I started my video the wind dropped off!! Of COURSE! lol.
The high surf warning continues for today with surf as high as 10-12 feet in some locations. We have avid, die-hard surfers who can probably handle these types of waves but everyone else PLEASE stay home. Every year when we get high surf warnings we have weird people who just want to SEE the high surf, end up getting to close on a break wall or pier, and get washed out to sea. Don't believe me?? Go to YouTube, there are tons of videos that you will be sorry you looked at. (So don't go there lol)

For my stamp giveaway this Monday I am doing something different. It is a more simple stamp set as I'm realizing that many of my winners are either non-stamping people or people with limited stamping experience who want to learn more. Starting in March I will be offering one beginner stamping class each month come rain or shine. This will be super helpful for those just starting out because I know (as a beginner at some point) that at first your confidence could use a boost. After they start creating on their own they won't really need this type of class but in the beginning it is very helpful!

Here is the stamp set I will be giving away this Monday. "Lucky Elephant" is one of those simple stamp sets that after you start using it you realize just how versatile it really is!! It also has the added benefit of being able to make a complete card with one stamp set as it has its own sentiment. Using a variety of color, ink, methods, and embellishments you can doll up the card to be super fancy or keep it simple and stunning! Your choice.

 In this card I used Melon Mambo ink for the elephant and Melon Mambo card stock for the card layer along with gold foil card stock to add some bling to the card. The other added feature that made this card special was the gold sequin embellishment that I added to the elephant's saddle trim. Just that simple piece stepped up this card from simple to STUNNING! With just a few items you can make a super cute card.
 In this card, the elephant has been embossed which is a little more advanced technique and requires more specialized equipment such as a heat tool and embossing powder. Once you have all the supplies, it is simple (once you are taught) how to do this technique and get a lot of bang for your buck. Coloring in the elephant's saddle details with the Stampin' Up! markers just adds a pop of color.
Lastly, another simple card uses just Dapper Denim ink pad and some Delightful Dijon designer series paper as a background. Even though it is simple, the card is beautiful. You see a couple of dapper denim embellishments to round out the look.

So you see you can either make it into a simple card or "step it up" to the next level, your choice. It is always good to have choices, right??

On with the giveaway!!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Today Has Been a GREAT day!

Why? Because it was "Get my hair did" Day...gotta love it when you can remove all traces of gray and add a couple of blonde streaks for good luck. Just something about getting pampered makes a girl feel happy I guess!

Since I don't do a lot in that area I guess I can indulge in my hair. I really should go for regular manicures and such but never seem to find the time. Or maybe it is because they are always asking if "you got a boyfriend??" and wanting me to get long, red talon-nails. Nope, not gonna happen!! lol

Have a great drive out to Temecula today (about 90 minutes from home) and super good visit with Ginger my hair stylist. Rich went around town and did all our errands while I was getting my hair refurbished, so by the time I was ready about 2 hours later, he was there to pick me up and take me to In & Out Burger for a quick lunch on the fly before getting back on the freeway. We had volunteered to pick up Kiera to help out because my son was in Yuma, AZ working the past two days and we try to make life a bit easier for Fion (our daughter in law) whenever possible. Lately the stress levels have been high, so we wanted to do our best to take then back down.

As usual, Kiera was so happy to see us and we went home (first a brief stop at her house to pick up PJs and clothes for tomorrow) then a quick dinner at our house followed by a warm bubble bath for Kiera then BED.

Which leaves me with my next agenda item: BED.

It is funny, I am more of a late night owl type than an early-to-bed type but tonight I am tired. We are getting up bright and early to get Kiera ready for school and since her school starts at 8:15 I'm assuming we need to leave here at about 7:45 or so to get there on time. It is okay, the things you do as a grandparent. All well worth it, believe me!

I've been posting all over FaceBook, but I am happy to say that I completed my second video late last night and it got uploaded early this morning. That is two videos in two days...very good for me! My goal for the next two weeks (per my conversation with my Business Advisor) was to get a minimum of 2 videos per week uploaded. So far I am right on track or even a bit ahead of the curve!!

If you get a chance check out my videos on my YouTube channel and please hit the subscribe button and LIKE the video. Every like and subscription really helps! Just CLICK HERE and the link should take you to the "Rad Dad" video which shows how I made the Custom Tee card using the watercolor wash technique paper I had just prepared in the previous video. It isn't perfect but it is getting better.

On that note I'm heading off to bed. But not before I leave you with this pretty picture!
The sky looked extra pretty when we were at my son's house in Whittier. Storm clouds are starting to gather, they are predicting a storm over the next few days that is supposed to drop up to FIVE inches of rain on us. Just call us Seattle!!

Ok, I'm delirious. Good night!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watercolor Technique!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!

Well, barely. I've been so super busy lately that I have not posted here for a few days. So much is going on and it has truly been a whirlwind.  A good one, though!!

So here is the last video I did, it is a quick little video which I'm happy to say is totally my style. I am not very good at pre-rehearsing stuff or making it perfect. Instead you will see how I really am (mostly) and at least get a gist of how things can be done. Or maybe even done more easily. If I share something with you and it helps, PLEASE let me know. That's why I do it, well...partly. I love to share my passion for crafting but if it helps someone I feel really good about it.

Here is the video.  I hope it links up here normally, sometimes there is a bit of a glitch. I will check myself but again if you have trouble please inform me so I can make changes. Every little bit helps me make this a better blog!!

My swap cards for my Stampin' Up! team are completed and safety tucked away in their priority mail padded envelope. Just waiting to be escorted to the post office tomorrow so they can begin their journey to Colorade. Montrose, I believe. For this swap there were 46 people who signed up. When the swaps are that big (bigger than 30 usually) the swap hostess will split us into two groups so we end up making fewer cards. In two groups of 23 each, we all had to make 23 cards to swap. Turns out nicely because you don't really realize how much 23 of anything is till you have to make it.

For swaps we have rules and I think that is a good idea. Each card has to have your name or business card taped to the back or inside for identification purposes. They tell us to make sure there are no loose embellishments, smudges, or errors. We are to do our very best work which I am happy to say most everyone complies with. Envelopes are not required but this time I used the transparent envelopes for my cards to protect them. It is important to me that after working so hard on them that they stay that way!! We also enclose $7.00 so we can have our swaps (once they are divided) sent back to us. If all goes well, in about 10 days I will have 23 different yet gorgeous cards to ooh and ahh over.

The purpose of swaps is to get more ideas, have cards to take to workshops as examples, and honestly to do whatever we want with. If we like, we can give them away. I've kept mine but I'm a newer demonstrator. I am sure some of the long time demonstrators have given some swap cards away somewhere along the way.

Aren't they cute?? I really like the whole umbrella theme lately because we have had a record amount of rain this winter! The umbrella and the "rain drop hearts" are from the "Weather Together" bundle. I used the framelit to cut out the umbrellas. The pretty paper is from the "Succulent Garden" designer series paper. I used the watercolor pencils to color in the egg, which is from the Sale-A-Bration promotion stamp set "Hey, Chick." I think it was Calypso Coral I used and then used a blender pen to get it washed out looking. The "sand" at the egg's feet are just some dots I hand drew in there with a Stampin' Up! marker. The markers are awesome because there is a fine point and and a thicker brush point on the other end of each marker. Very versatile, and we all know how I feel about versatility in stamping stuff!!

What do you think about those clear envelopes?? Not bad, right?? For only about a dime each, you can protect your little works of art! Oh I forgot to mention that the sentiment was also from the "Weather Together" set and says, "Sometimes we all need shelter from the storm." Love it!!

Ok on that note I will head out of here. Let me know what you think of the watercolor video or even if you had any issues getting it to load. Have a great night!!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Day is right around the Corner!

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

I'm sure everyone is busy running around doing all the Saturday stuff we do. Errands we couldn't get to during the week, kid's soccer games, piano lessons, the whole nine yards! Then there is that pile of laundry that won't wash itself, and the grocery store to contend with.

Wouldn't it be nice to take an hour or so and go to your happy place to relax? Maybe make a card or two??

That's what I do when I feel a bit overwhelmed. I might do some housework, start dinner, get rid of the stuff in the fridge that looks like a science experiment...then escape to my craft table for an hour to put together some cute Valentine's stuff. Here is one thing that is quick and easy but pays off in BIG creative dividends!
These cute little Valentine's treats are just some Hershey's chocolate nuggets that I wrapped in some of our "Sending Love" designer paper series. The nuggets are so cute and pack a big wallop of chocolatey goodness in each little nugget. Paper is cut to 3 inches x 1 inch strips and I used a strip of snail adhesive then wrapped the little nuggets before sticking them into the 2 " x 8 " cello bags from Stampin' Up!  The little tag toppers were just scraps of Whisper White card stock with some hearts cut out using the Sweetheart paper punch and some red glimmer paper and more paper from the Sending Love paper stack. The sentiment was taken from the Sealed With Love stamp set and is adorable, don't you think?
Target had the Hershey's nuggets on sale for 3 bags/9.00. Believe me you could get a lot of these little  treat bags out of that much chocolate! I just made these for my grandkids because they are not allowed to bring anything edible to school these days. Especially not candy of any sort. So different from when I was a kid. Is it better? Probably. I know the kids would like candy and might get it at home but I think in moderation like everything else it is probably not so bad.

The card swap for my team is upon us. I have designed the card I am making and last night cut out all the components. All that is left is the Big Shot work and the rest of the stamping...I have some background work to do and the main image. Then final assembly!! My timeline is that I will be mailing them out in the beginning of the week, that will give them plenty of time to arrive to our swap host's home before 2-24-17. These are super fun to do and I highly recommend them to any of you who are thinking of participating. It gives your creative juices a chance to flow and you have to figure out quantities, etc. Do it!!

Here are my components, I am leaving the actual card as a surprise for now. Some of my teammates pop in to my blog occasionally and I don't want to spoil the surprise for them till they get the card!
Love these colors, though. Reminds me of spring, Easter, and the garden. All good things to be reminded of, right??

On that note, I need to get busy. My hour of 'down time' has just expired lol. I will be back later. If you have any questions please leave me a comment. I LOVE to hear from you!!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Dad's Birthday Card

This Sunday we are having a family gathering to celebrate my Dad's 81st birthday. If you knew my Dad you would know he HATES any type of recognition or celebration and thinks parties are 'silly.' He agreed to let us all meet and gather to celebrate, though. Nice of him, right? In honor of this great event (lol) I made him a card. Now, usually he just chides me when he sees my hand made cards and says, "eh, too girlie." He pretty much says NEVER to make him a card because he probably thinks I only know how to make feminine or blingie stuff. But I'm going to surprise him this weekend. What do you think of his birthday card?
It is from Stampin' Up! and called "Country Livin'" and when I purchased it months ago, it was precisely for this type of event. Maybe an older relative or a guy relative or friend who HATES girlie stuff. Or who doesn't want to be fussed over. This image (or sets of images) is so perfect for my Dad because he's always worn cowboy boots and has always had a pickup truck as long as I remember. The wood grain layer is actually a new stamp I recently bought. They have paper that has wood paneling on it but when your paper is gone that's IT. With this huge stamp you can have all the background wood paneling you need...forever! lol.
Anyway, I used Bermuda Bay as the card base and my watercolor pencils to give it that vintage, sort of faded look. I got the idea to add the boots (after I colored them I fussy cut them out to adhere) after I was just about done and felt the card needed a little something. I really wanted to avoid ribbon or bling of any sort though looking back the burlap ribbon would have worked well here too, I think.

Anyway, that's my day so far. We are about to go pick up Kiera and I will get my swap cards finished. I'm scheduled to get them mailed out Monday and I know all day Sunday we will be traveling to and from my Dad's place and celebrating his special day.

What are YOU up to today??


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Things are Fantastic!!

Except I think my blog is double posting for some reason. Still have a few things to iron out, but all is well otherwise. Kiera is feeling SO much better and went back to school today. The doc saw her yesterday and said she was OK. I'm just happy Sawyer didn't also catch whatever it was that got Kiera. So many bugs going around right now.

Here is her finished project for her school Valentine's mailbox:
She was really happy with the finished project and it turned out pretty good for just using left over stuff from around the house and a shoe box. I bought the little tiara from the dollar store but it said "Birthday Princess" so I had to use some glitz I had to cover the "birthday" and I had no stencils so (as you can clearly tell) we had to free hand her name and cut it out of glimmer paper. The rest is felt paper she helped trace and cut and we drew the wood planks onto the castle door and window shutters. The two topiaries (hard to see but there is one next to each window) were actually two ornaments that looked like icicles from the dollar store and we added glitter ribbon and some other stuff.
All I know is, I can't wait to see all the Valentines she gets! Yay Valentine's day!!

How is your Thursday going so far? Yeah, I know it's almost over, that's why I asked. lol. Here it was super foggy this morning then it got warm. Now it is damp again and rain is in our forecast for all night and all day tomorrow. Then a nice weekend and then more rain on Monday. Wow, our weather just won't decide what it wants!!

I'm gearing up for another paper share. This time it will be just card stock. Some of us find it easier to split the paper packs from Stampin' Up just because we can get more colors that way. When we band together it works out great for all of us!!
Yay, paper shares!!

I'll close with that. I am going to put together a couple of videos tonight and get them uploaded. They are mainly for my recruits but anyone can watch them and learn some stuff, I'm sure.

Have a great night!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Testing, One, Two, THREE!!!

Well, this is just fantastic!!

My old friend from the WAY back machine (Mr. Emmanuel; better known as E-man) has worked miracles and brought my mess of a blog/website/etc etc etc back from the dead (zone.) Fitting, if you stop and think about it a minute.

While he claims he is not a computer programmer, I have my own views on that. Because I chose the wrong domain folks to purchase from, it looks like my brands were not the easiest to marry together; one of my super smart teammates already tried (and I mean she gave it the college try; went above and beyond) and we got stuck. Remember, this is after I've already been playing with it since October. True, off and on, but still.

Yes, I looked up all the tutorials I could find, I watched videos, I did what I could do by myself because I figured since everyone else was doing it, why couldn't I? (That's a rhetorical questions and cannot be answered here lol.)

The truth is, while I am not completely ignorant in the world of computer-stuff, there's a lot I can't figure out. Even with tutorials. I'm sure if I brought people into my world of ICU nursing there would be some stuff out of grasp as well that a simple tutorial (or 30) couldn't solve for them. The bottom line is that I'm supremely grateful for all the help given me way back starting with Robyn's tutorial on how to add my blog to my DBWS. If I'm being honest (and I try to always strive for that) I took something away with each tutorial, each video, and each private message all my helpers bestowed upon me. I feel I could eventually get really good at this type of stuff if I went to school for it. Unfortunately, it just doesn't come naturally to me like some other things might.

So most of the site is up and running, I'd venture a guess and say ALL of it. There are some tweaks I'd like for some of the buttons and there is a little redundancy but  nothing that cannot be fixed. In the meantime I'm SO grateful to my friend. Thank you, Eman. You have no idea how you've calmed my spirit. This whole webpage thing was really bumming me out.

In other news...poor little Kiera is so sick today. We got together yesterday - well Rich and I picked her up from school and then came home to put together her mailbox for the school's Valentine's cards. Each kid can design their own mailbox made out of a shoebox and then put it together. It was due today so the kids can have it a week before V-Day and allow the other kids to put their offerings into the mailboxes. Kiera was busy over the weekend so we were stuck doing it last night. Here is the one she wanted to fashion hers like:
We got about half way done last night and it was so late; like 8:15 or so and she still had to go home and get a bath, etc. So we assured her we would meet again today after school and finish it. Except she got sick during the night and stayed home from school, luckily her dad had the day off so he took care of her all day. Poor baby has some type of stomach bug and has been throwing up quite a few times. I finished what we started last night (glue's drying) and will snap a pic later. We are taking it over to her house tonight to check up on her and to deliver her masterpiece.

On that note, I will leave for now. I hope you are all doing well and getting some crafting time in there. I know I sure haven't the past couple of days, but I will NOW!!  Take care till then!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

It is Sunday!!

For most of the United States (of sports) also known as Super Bowl Sunday. But I refuse to be part of all that. I think it is just a phase and will blow over soon.


I've been on a roll lately with rain-themed cards. Here is one using the cute little kitty set I've had for a month or so called "Pretty Kitty" and it is adorable. I love it when I open a set I haven't used at all (or maybe very little) and have such a good time creating wth it.
The little 'rain drop' hearts are from the "Weather Together" stamp set as well as the umbrella which I cut out using my Big Shot die cutting machine. The first layer of the card (on top of Daffodil Delight) is from the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP and I think matches the Soft Sky on the rainy hearts pretty well. I kept the rest of the colors on the kitty soft by using the watercolor pencils and a blender pen to give it a washed out look. The little bow is from the embellishment set in our new Occasions catalog all I did to the bow was add the ribbon from Sale-A-Bration to its middle. Just a pop of bling.

This set and the set with Bella the puppy in it are so adorable. They are also super versatile and can be used for so many occasions. I love that in a stamp set. The more uses I have for it, the more I'm liable to keep it out and use it.

I'm getting ready for a February card swap where we all gather (virtually at least!) and share cards. After everyone signs up and there is a total number we divide into two teams usually and then send all the cards to one 'host' house where the cards are divided up and re-sent out to each of us. This is a great way to get ideas, have samples for your workshop customers to actually handle, and even for use if we  need an extra card or two. Basically it only costs the amount for supplies and postage and let's be honest, you were going to make a bunch of cards anyway!

I just participated in a January card swap and I was impressed with the quality of cards I received. Hoping this swap is just as good!

On that note I will leave you to the rest of your afternoon. Tomorrow at 8:01 sharp I will be announcing the winner of the "Hey, Chick" stamp set. Remember if you still want to join there is time. Comment either here or on my Facebook page with the colors you would use if you win the stamp set.

Thanks for playing!! Don't forget to sign up to "follow" my blog.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Technically it is Saturday!!

But let's be honest. It's 1:09 on Friday night and I'm STILL awake.

Not for long, I'm headed to bed even as I type this. Yes, I'm walking down the hallway passing the thermostat and re-setting it a bit lower before I climb into my cozy bed for a nice warm slumber. I hate it if it gets too hot and stuffy when I'm sleeping but I pile a ton of covers over me. My husband hates this!

Before I go to bed I wanted to share these cute cards I made tonight. Well, I WAS making them but then I got busy with Kiera and then we had to take her home and then we sat and visited with my son who just returned from Yuma.

When we got home at 9:30 I made the cards.

I wanted to see how many color combinations I could put together and have them still look pretty with the "Hey, Chick" stamp set. Also, I was interested in trying to see how versatile the set was and wanted to try some Valentine-themed cards with them and maybe even an Easter theme. Didn't get to the Easter theme (weird since there's an EGG involved) but you tell me whether the Valentine card came out ok.

Here they are:

Overall, I'm happy with how they turned out. Everything on the cards is current Stampin' Up! stuff and I tried a couple of new (for me) techniques such as using the dauber to get color onto the Irresistibly Floral Designer specialty paper and also daubing the edges of some of the layered pieces to coordinate them with the primary layer of the card. I also mixed in a couple of other stamp sets, "Weather Together" got its umbrella in there and I also used the raining hearts from the same stamp set. It seemed to fit that card. The wink of Stella pen got a good workout in several of the cards and the gold foil doilies made it onto a card that was themed in Mardi Gras colors. One of the cards used some paper from Cupcakes & Carousels DSP as a layer that came out really nice. I had thought originally that it would be too busy but it looked great.

Let me know what your thoughts are on these super cute little cards. They feature my giveaway stamp set so if you are interested in winning the set for free (an un-used brand new set!!) just leave me a comment here letting me know what colors YOU would use to make some super cute Hey Chick cards.

And with that I bid you a good evening.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Good Morning Everyone!

It is a RAINY February 3rd here in Southern California and it seems fitting. My mom's favorite weather was RAIN and today would have been her 78th birthday. We miss her more than words can say but I know she is in heaven acting as our guardian angel till we meet again. <3

This weekend I'm running a giveaway for a super cute stamp set that I know you've all seen before, it is for Hey, Chick! This really cute chicken stamp set can be used in so many ways. I have the visitors to my site on FaceBook commenting with what colors they would use on this cute little set. I'm going to post some examples in a bit but first, I'd like to hear YOUR color combinations. Here is the set:

Those samples are directly out of the Stampin' Up! catalog so don't Dream up your own color combinations and don't forget; Valentine's Day and Easter are coming. Who's to say that chickens cannot be a central theme in those two holidays?? Not me, that's for sure!!
You can enter my giveaway (for which I will announce the winner on Monday at 8:01 pst) by either commenting here with the colors you would use OR by commenting on my FaceBook page under the guessed it.....The Fancy Stamper!

All the items you need to make the cute cards for this set are available on my "shop  now" page here online. On this page you can shop securely right from  your very own computer and take your time looking at all the cool stuff you can create. And it's open 24/ great is that?? I will let you in on a secret, though. Whoever wins this set is going to get supplies to create their own "Hey Chick" card and probably enough to make a few cards. It is always nice to get free stuff, isn't it??

I agree completely.

To show how much I value and treasure all of my followers not just if you are a customer but ALL of you I will continue to do giveaways as often as I can. This shows you in a concrete manner how much you all mean to me. Remember that saying it is more fun to give than receive...a little secret: it's TRUE!!

In the mean time comment away with all your cool color combinations and please have a fantastic Friday!