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Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Birthday....FUN!!!

HI Everyone!  OH...SNAP!!! I promised I would have a new project yesterday and then I didn't share it!  LIFE just got in the way! I worked at both of my part-time jobs. I thought I'd be home by noon, but didn't get home until 4pm...then kids were home...they were fighting...we were fighting because I was mad at them for fighting! I had to make dinner for youth group...EPIC FAIL!! My husband took me out for dinner while the kids were at youth group...I WAS SO THANKFUL! After the kids were picked up, we watched This is Us and I went to bed! EXHAUSTED!  

This morning there was no fighting...no chaos...it was WONDERFUL!  We went down the mountain to get our groceries for our church Thanksgiving dinner and our home Thanksgiving dinner.  We left at 8:30 this morning and were home by 1:00...went to three stores...Costco, Winco and Cash and Carry...and even went out for lunch...picked up PIZZA from Papa Murphy's so I don't even have to cook!  AWESOME!!!

Came home and had a nap with the hubby...and now I'm bloggin!

This is a project I made for OnStage.  I joined three organized swaps.  One Birthday Card swap and two Over the Top Tag swaps. I also made about 75 cards (not this one) to swap with anyone else who swaped...a general swap! 

Here is the card that I created for the organized BIRTHDAY swap!

My card base is Basic Black and the first mat is Bermuda Bay. Next I scored five lines on a piece of Whisper White cardstock...evenly spaced, but not all the way up. Remember the snowflake Christmas card I shared a while back...same technique (it was back on September 27 if you want to see it!).  I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits but separated the HAPPY from the BIRTHDAY...cool thing...I can use the cut away BIRTHDAY just by using a HAPPY stamp! I glued HAPPY down with Multipurpose glue and stamped BIRTHDAY underneath. I used the Balloon punch to punch balloons in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay.  After punching the balloons, I embossed them with my Softly Falling embossing folder. I tied a piece of Silver Metallic Thread around the Bermuda Bay balloon to finish it off! The balloons are layered over each other, one above each line and attached with dimensionals! I LOVE the colors used in this card...they are FABULOUS combination!!!
For a little bit of fun on the inside of my card I simply scored one short line on the side and added an embossed balloon with dimensionals!

Here's what I used... 

My kids are off school this week and my adult kids are coming home, so I plan  to just enjoy them while they are here! I might sneek out and do a little creating, but I'll be sharing my favorite swap creations with you over the next week. Believe me...you don't want to miss them!

Hey...THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by today! Have a FANTASTIC weekend! I hope you get everything done that must be done so you can just enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday! Speaking of THANKSGIVING....have I told you lately how thankful I am for all of you! Thanks for following along and allowing me to share what I love to do!!!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stamparatus Pre-Order!!!! DON'T MISS THE FIRST ROUND!!!

Hey everyone!  I had a FANTASTIC class down the mountain in Redding this morning and I have one this evening as well! I thought I could share a project today, but I'm running out of time...still have some prep work to do! 

I have INFO on Pre-ordering the Stamparatus that I don't want you to miss though!!! The cost of this GROOVY NEW TOOL is $49.00 but your credit card will not be charged until it ships.  You MUST go online to pre-order this item...I CANNOT do it for you on a customer order!

The PRE-ORDER dates are....

#1  November 16-30, 2017 at 2pm MT-approx. availability to ship Feb. 1, 2018

#2  December 5 - 30, 2017.....approx. availability to ship March 19th, 2018

 #3  January 15 - 30, 2017.....approximate availability to ship April 15th, 2018

Here is the Tutorial on how to PRE-ORDER...

Here's a reminder of what it is....

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today!  I'm so excited about this tool...I can't wait to play with it!!  Have a FANTASTIC rest of your day! I'll be back tomorrow with a project...or maybe two!  

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Seasonal Chums

Good Morning friends!  As promised I have a really FUN and CUTE "Make-It Monday" to share with you today! I hope you are all well! I have a workshop on Wednesday, down the mountain in Redding, CA and a class at my church on Wednesday evening...so I will be busy...busy...busy getting ready for both of these today...so I'll be quick to get started!!

"Make-It Monday": Seasonal Chums pens created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 


  • Stamp Set Bundle (Seasonal Chums stamp set and Seasonal Tags Framelits dies) – wood mount bundle: 146076, clear mount bundle: 146077)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink (140931)
  • Miscellaneous – Stampin’ Blends NEW alcohol markers in assorted colors (see brochure with all colors HERE) or Stampin' Write Markers in assorted colors; Night of Navy ½” Gingham Ribbon (144232); pens; hot glue gun; jar

  1. Stamp snowman from Seasonal Chums stamp set on Whisper White card stock with Basic Black Archival ink pad.  Color as desired with Blends or markers.
  2. Die cut with Seasonal Tags framelits and trim off part with the tag hole.
  3. Fold in half and apply hot glue on both sides, starting about 1/2” from top.  Press a pen between the two halves and hold a few seconds until set.
  4. Make a bunch and put them in a glass jar.  Tie ribbon around jar. Cute to have on your desk at work or to give as a gift.

Place a $50.00 - $149.99 order (before tax and shipping) and use hostess code T7QVP3PD, in November, for a FREE gift of 1 pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels  (see image below). I will also send you the projects we make in my November classes!

If your order is $150 or more, do NOT use the code because you will receive hostess credits. You will get the gift from me FREE automatically along with  the projects we make in November's classes!

Your FREE gifts will be shipped seperately and will be shipped in Early December.

~Today's Thought~

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tuesday's Tip INTRODUCING the Stamparatus - 5 Things

Good Morning everyone! I hope you had a FANTASTIC weekend! Mine was INCREDIBLE! I had a wonderful time at the Stampin' UP! OnStage convention!  Let me tell you this...YOU ARE GONNA LOVE the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration products! I can't wait to share them with you!

I'm also changning it up a bit today....call it jet lag...call me  scatter brained and confused.....but I'm going to share my Tuesdays Tip video with you today!  Yes...I know it's MONDAY...but I PROMISE...you are gonna want to see this! I am so excited to finally be able to tell you about Stampin' UP!'s newest and greatest tool!! It truly is life changing is our world of stamping!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow with "Make-It Monday"...I know it will be Tuesday...giggle, giggle...but it will be fun!!!

I have ONE last thing I'd like to share with you before I start creating today! Thank you SO VERY MUCH for choosing me as your demonstrator and allowing me the privelege of sharing what I  LOVE TO DO...WITH YOU!!! It's because of you that I made my 100K milestone and was honored to walk the stage at OnStage! I thought the morning I was to be recognized that I should have made a sign to hold up thanking my TREASURED customers! Alas...my great idea came to late....but...

~Today's Thought~ 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lovely As A Tree

Good Morning! So...I'm on my way to Salt Lake City for OnStage! I'm traveling with a dear friend and am so happy to be spending time with her! It's gonna be so much FUN catching up with team members and meeting new ones and I CAN'T WAIT to see the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs!!! YIPPEE!!!

I wanna share a card I made a while back using the Lovely As A Tree stamp set. My card base is Night of Navy with the first layer in Whisper White. Next I used a piece of Glossy White paper, dropped a few drops of Night of Navy and Island Indigo ink on it and spritzed it with water. I used a baby wipe to pick up excess ink. After it was dry, I heat embossed the tree with Silver embossing powder after stamping it with VersaMark! Last I added the star cut from Silver Foil paper using the Bethelem Edgelit Dies. The 1/8" Silver Ribbon finishes it off nicely! It's such a gorgeous card...and simple to create...the photo doesn't do it justise!

Here's What I Used!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I know there are lots of blogs out there you can follow and I am THRILLED that you follow mine! Have a TERRIFIC day!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hometown Greetings

Hey there everyone! Another beautiful day! Hope yours is too! I'm SUPER excited to be heading down to see my son today. I'm gonna stay with him in Woodland because my flight to Salt Lake City leaves at 6:20 tomorrow morning! He just got back from a ten day trip to Iceland and I can't wait to see all of his photos!  I do have a card I'd like to share with you today...BE INSPIRED!

My card base is Whisper White. I cut a 3 1/2" X 4 1/2" piece of Whisper White cards stock and used the Marbled stamp to create the wintery background.  It is stamped in Bermuda Bay. The houses are cut with the Hometown Greeting Edgelit Dies...also in Whisper White with a So Saffron backing.The houses are attached with dimensionals to add depth.  I cut a 4 1/8" X 5 3/8" piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut an oval in the center using the Stitched Shapes framelits...save that cut out for a future project! Next I embossed it using the Softly Falling embossing folder. It is attached with dimensionals also.  Last...cut the trees with the Card Front Builder framelits andt attach them with dimensionals. Doesn't it look TOTALLY wintery and coldd...but the So Saffron makes the houses look cozy and warm! This was a fun card to make...I hope you'll give it a try...put your own spin on it...HAVE FUN!!

Here's What I used!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a TERRIFIC rest of your day! I have a few more things to do before I head out...better get busy! 

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gourd Goodness and Thanksgiving Facebook Hop

Hello everyone...I'M BACK!!! It's time for that Facebook Hop that I mentioned in today's Tuesday's Tip Video.  Our theme this month is Thanksgiving and below is my card!

I used the Gourd Goodness stamp set to create this card. I stamped the pumpkin image onto a Stitched Shaped circle cut from Very Vanilla cardstock. It is stamped in Peek-a-boo Peach ink. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in Early Espresso ink.  I used my sponge dauber to distress the edges of the circle and the Painted Harvest designer paper.  I mounted the dp onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and then onto a Very Vanilla card base. I attached the Stichted Circle with dimensionals to the designer paper along with  a Copper Foil pumpkin and Garden Green leaves that are cut with the Patterned Pumpkin dies. Last, I tied a piece of Linen Thread around the stem of the pumpkin. I aso stamped a pumpkin on the inside of the card and the Envelope (which you can see in the photo).

Here's What I used!!

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by....AGAIN for tonights Facebook Hop...I hope you'll follow along!!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday's Tip - Coloring your BLING with Stampin' Blend Markers

Hello there! Golly...it's a busy day today!  I'm finishing up some swap projects for OnStage, packing, making a video (it's short...but a FUN tip), sending out catalogs, getting dinner, stopping by both works to see if I have bills to pay...YIKES...so much to do and so little time!! I hope you enjoy my video!

Hey, THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by today! I mentioned in the video that there is a Facebook Hop tonight...it starts at 5pm PST.  I hope you'll check it out!

Have a FABULOUS rest of your day!  

~Today's Thought~

Monday, November 6, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Smitten Mittens

Hello! Hope your weekend was wonderful and your Monday is even better! I'm blogging late today because I had to take care of some things for my brothers and I had a Mani/Pedi appointment! Getting all spiffied up for OnStage! I'm so excited to be going! 

Today I have a really cute "Make-It Monday" to share with you! It's created with the Smitten Mittens Bundle. I love those mittens...they are so cute and VERY APPROPRIATE as we have snow on our mountains!  We even had a few flurries at my house on Sunday, but nothing stuck! 

"Make-It Monday": Smitten Mittens card created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 


  • Stamp Sets: Smitten Mittens (144931) or save 10% when you buy a bundle of the stamp set with dies using item #146070, Lemon Zest (w-143805/c-143808)
  • Card stock & paper: Garden Green (102584), Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper White (100730), Champagne Foil Sheet (144748), Be Merry DSP (144111)
  • Miscellaneous: Soft Suede Ink (126978), Cherry Cobbler Ink (126966), Quilted Christmas ¼” Ribbon (144620), Basic Rhinestones (144220), Clear Wink of Stella (141897), Layering Circles Framelits (141705), Many Mittens Framelits (144672), Lemon Builder Punch (143712), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)
  • Garden Green Card Stock:  5 ½” x 8 ½”
  • Designer Series Paper: 4” x 3 ½” and 4” x 1 ½”
  • Cherry Cobbler:  3” x 3 ½” (Mitten)
  • Crumb Cake:  2 ¼” x 2 ¼”
  • Whisper White: 4” x 4” scrap for mitten and mitten band
  • Champagne Foil:  3” x 3” (Pie Plate)
  • Ribbon:  6” piece for wrap and 10” piece for bow

  1.  Fold 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Garden Green card stock in half to create card base.
  2. Adhere the 4” x 3 ½” piece of Be Merry DSP to the top of the card as shown.
  3. Adhere ribbon to the 1 ½” x 4” piece of Be Merry DSP.  (wrap end to the back and apply adhesive to hold)
  4. Adhere the above  piece of DSP to the bottom of the card front as shown.
  5. Tie a bow towards the right side of the ribbon from Step 3.
  6. Add two Basic Rhinestones at the bottom left of the front bottom panel.
  7. Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp the mitten image with the sentiment onto the scrap of Whisper White card stock and then cut out using the Many Mittens Framelits.
  8. Next, cut the Cherry Cobbler mitten out using the same Framelits.
  9. Cut one mitten cuff from the scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Be sure to add the Framelit that will provide the “ribbing” texture to the cuff.
  10. Adhere the cuff to the Cherry Cobbler mitten as shown.
  11. Cut one 1 7/8” circle from the Champagne Foil Sheet to create the “pie pan” using the Layered Circles Framelits.
  12. Next, stamp the “lemon slice” image in Soft Suede ink onto a scrap of Crumb Cake card stock and cut it out using the 1 ¾” scalloped circle from the Layered Circle Framelits.
  13. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Crumb Cake circle and adhere it to the Champagne circle.
  14. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler mitten to the card front as shown.
  15. Next, adhere the “pie” over the mitten as shown.
  16. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the other mitten with the sentiment and adhere it as shown so that the thumb of the mitten is on top of the pie while the rest of the edge of the mitten is tucked behind it.
  17. Optional:  Add Clear Wink of Stella to the pie, mitten cuff and to accent the edges of the Cherry Cobbler mittens
Smitten Mittens stamp set and Many Mittens Framelits Dies
Sold separately or as a bundle at a discount

Place a $50.00 - $149.99 order (before tax and shipping) and use hostess code T7QVP3PD, in November, for a FREE gift of 1 pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels  (see image below). I will also send you the projects we make in my November classes!

If your order is $150 or more, do NOT use the code because you will receive hostess credits. You will get the gift from me FREE automatically along with  the projects we make in November's classes!

Your FREE gifts will be shipped seperately and will be shipped in Early December.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Join me tomorrow for a FUN Tuesday's Tip video! Have a FANTASTIC rest of your day!

~Today's Thought~

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Happy Celebrations and Stampin' Blends Markers

Good morning stampin' friends! I know it's Saturday and I don't normally post on Saturday's, but I wanted to share that third project I created with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers for our team FB challenge!

Here it is real quick and I'll let you get on with your weekend!

I started this card with a Whisper White card base. Layer #one is also Whisper White cardstock that has been dry embossed with the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder. The HAPPY is from the Happy Celebrations stamp set and is stamped on Glossy White cardsock using Memento Black ink. It is colored with the Light and Dark Bermuda Bay Blends markers. I hope you can see the ombre effect! Last I punched balloons using the Balloon Bouquet punch and embossed them with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  The colors I chose for the balloons are Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Bermuda Bay...they go terrific together!!! The balloons are attached using dimensionals with a piece of Black Bakers Twine attached to each one.  They are tied together at the bottom with another piece of Black Bakers Twine. 

Here's what I used!

One of the things I love about this card is that it can be masculine or feminine...adult, teen or child...it's just FUN and has LOTS of options! I hope you'll give it a try!!!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by on your weekend! I truly hope you find time to create today! I'm hoping to finish my OnStage swaps...I've already started packing! It's coming up quick and I am SO EXCITED!!!

~Today's Thought~