Take time for the things that make you happy!

Take time for the things that make you happy. Easy to say right? But are you?

For me, stamping and creating is one of those things. But I’ve come to a realization that while I love it, I don’t want the tug of feeling that I should be making samples, writing blog posts (or feeling bad when I don’t) and planning stamp nights. I will still remain a Stampin’Up! Demonstrator and hope you continue to follow me. But let me fill you in on a few things that have been happening.

Being busy with work, business travel and church activities, I was trying to keep up with stamping and sharing other info regarding wellness products that I sell. I do pretty good keeping up on Facebook and Instagram, updates are easier to make on a daily basis. I just kept falling short of my goals on these blog updates and worrying about doing them right with SEO and readability ratings.

This summer I attended my cousin’s celebration of life. It was shortly after the Amazon fires were making news. Lin’s husband, Dan, is a US Geologist and has been working most recently at Yellowstone. I asked him about climate change and for his opinion about the fires and whether it is too late to turn things around. He said it had to happen now, with our generation, not with the next and not in the future. That really inspired me and I began researching climate change more fervently. I found Catholic ecology groups and re-examined Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on our responsibility to care for creation. I also began to read about Greta Thunberg and the climate strikes and marches. I prayed to better understand what I could do to make a difference.

Be careful what you pray for! Shortly after those events I got a message from an acquaintance on Facebook. She is the current chair of the Diocesan Catholic Conference of Women for the Peoria Diocese. She mentioned that the topic of the 2019 National Conference was care for creation. She returned from the conference hoping to find someone to invite to the board to focus on creation and the environment. Then she saw all my posts and my interest in sharing what I was learning. Wow! I had to pray about it and also needed to focus on an important parish retreat. But everything kept telling me I needed to accept her offer. So this month I attended my first board meeting for the DCCW for the Peoria Diocese. 

It isn’t the type of role that is going to prevent me from doing other things I do, like stamping, but it did help me clarify what I wanted to spend my energy on. So what does that mean for my involvement with Stampin’Up!  – not much, I will remain a demonstrator and hope that you continue to order from my site if you choose to order. However, I know that some of you have found other demonstrators to stamp with when I stopped hosting my events. I totally understand if you choose to shop with them. If you order from me, I will keep your name on my list for catalog mailings, etc. I will continue to post cards when I stamp or see an idea I want to try, but I probably won’t just stamp cards just to post on social media. There are so many great Stampin’Up! videos or posts I can share to help with ideas for your stamping. Those updates will be on Facebook or Instagram. I will keep this website through end of December but not after that, it doesn’t make sense to keep paying for it every month. This site is separate from my Stampin’Up! demonstrator site. I may return to Constant Contact as a tool (free) for a monthly newsletter or as special sales or events come up. I know I will get excited about the Occasions Catalog when it is introduced to demonstrators in the next couple of weeks and will want to share products I order or updates on Sale-a-bration, one of best Stampin’Up! events.

I hope all of you will want to continue to receive updates from me in the new year and I as I mentioned earlier, I really appreciate your business and hope that you will remain my customer. Before we start getting very busy with the holidays, I thought I would let you know the changes that I see for me in the new year. It’s going to be an exciting one! 

Also if you live in the Illinois Valley, stay warm and have a cup of cocoa on hand, the weather for Monday doesn’t sound great!

Create Joy! Deena

National Coffee Day

I hope you enjoyed a cup of coffee today for National Coffee Day (if you are a coffee drinker). I have shared some info on my personal Facebook page but please use Fair Trade Certified or companies aligned with the Rainforest Alliance when you purchase coffee. Every cup makes a difference!

I reposted a card from last Fall this a.m on social media but wanted to make another coffee card tonight while I was working on some birthday cards. I used the Cup of Christmas Cheer bundle but added an old sentiment for Fall and used a colorful background and leaves from the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. I usually don’t make all the cards or projects when the Paper Pumpkin kits arrive so the pieces come in handy for other cards.

While you look and make lists from the Holiday Catalog don’t forget the awesome stamp sets in the Annual Catalog. I used the Good Morning Magnolia stamps to create this birthday card and coordinating envelope. I love to use my Stampin Blends to color this flower!

Speaking of the Magnolia Bundle, the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper is one of the choices for the Buy 3, get one Free offer which ends Monday, September 30.

Lastly, I corrected on my blog but caught a typo in email so I am adding the Fall quote again.

Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf becomes a flower.  Albert Camus

Create Joy, Deena

 

Fall Colors

Fall colors, my absolute favorite time of year. The bright oranges, yellows, reds and various shades of gold and brown make everything seem alive again after the heat of summer. Then add vibrant funky Halloween colors…love it!

I hope you have received and are enjoying the Holiday Catalog. I have neglected posting here, focusing more on Facebook and Instagram. I will try to do better as I know some of you don’t use those social media sites.

I have just a couple of updates and then this was intended to share a couple of cards using products from the Holiday Catalog.

This month Stampin’Up has a special Buy 3 get one Free special of select Designer Series Paper. It ends Monday, the 30th so don’t miss out!

Also, the new Stampin’Up Paper Trimmer will be available soon, time period to be determined. (However, Preorder for demonstrators is in October). It looks nice, very similar to our trimmer that was just discontinued. I like that it has a long arm that extend out for anything longer than 6 inches.

I will post a couple of cards below but I think my favorite is the one I made today. I had posted cards designed by the Stampin’Up Artisan Team on Facebook and wanted to CASE (copy and share everything) one of them. They said they used the Tree Punch in the Holiday Catalog, which I have, but when I looked closely I saw they used a tree die, not a punch. So improvise and keep going!

 

This was the Christmas card that used the punch instead of the die, so I had to add gold behind it since the tree from the punch is so much smaller than the tree from the die.

 

Just a couple of others…

Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf becomes a flower.  Albert Camus

Create Joy! Deena

 

 

 

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

Do more of what makes you happy! Do you have a hobby (along with stamping of course!) or activity that brings you joy or relieves stress?

One of my favorite Facebook pages is Project Happiness. This was a recent post and picture:

“Each of us has a canvas to paint. It’s up to us to make it colorful and vibrant! Take some time today and tend to your soul. Do some things that make you happy – visit an animal shelter, make a friend date, treat yourself to a massage. Paint yourself a colorful canvas today!”

One of my favorite things to do (besides stamping, I have a long list!) is to read and share motivational quotes and information. I loved to teach classes and help others reflect on these types of things. So recently I decided that if I saw a Stampin’Up! stamp set that had a sentiment that spoke to me, even if I didn’t like the other images, I was going to focus on sentiments that were aligned with my interest in personal growth and well-being. It really changed the way I am looking at stamps in the Stampin’Up! catalogs. 

I have shared a card below with a new sentiment from the Tasteful Textures stamp set I recently ordered, I love it and used it along with the Tropical  Chic stamp set. I case’d (“copy and share everything”) the background from a card on Pinterest. I think the palm layout in the background is so soothing.  

Before I post the items used for the card, don’t forget that Weds. July 31 is the last day of Bonus Days. For every $50 you order, you will get a $5 coupon to use in August.  Save the email with the coupon codes from Stampin’Up!  You will need those when you order in August. I shared some ideas of things to purchase in my last post, scroll on my website to the last post if you missed it. (Oh, sorry if the emoticons looked goofy in your email, they did in mine!)

Product List

So whatever else you have to do today, take a few minutes for you. Do something that makes you happy. The more you fill your cup, the more you have to offer to others. 

Let me know if you have any questions regarding Bonus Days or other items I might be able to help you with.

Create Joy! Deena

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Bonus Days are about to end!

That’s right, Bonus Days are about to end! For every $50 you spend in July, you will receive a $5 coupon to spend in August. The Holiday Catalog will be mailed in August but you won’t be able to order until September. But July and August are a great time to order items you will need for your Holiday order.

Need some ideas? 🤔
Buy some paper this month, then get the coordinating Blender pens in August and use these colors when you order Holiday product in September. Some of the colors used in the suites in the Holiday Catalog are Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot, Pumpkin Pie are a few for Fall 🍁.
This year the catalog features a lot of traditional colors such as Real Red, Garden Green, Cherry Cobler, Shaded Spruce, or Night of Navy for Christmas. 🎄

Don’t forget to order basics like Very Vanilla and Whisper White cardstock.

How many cards do you mail for Fall birthdays and greetings, Thanksgiving or Christmas? Why not stock up on envelopes? ✉️

Do you make a lot of the same card? A
Stamparatus is a great way to line up stamps and sentiments so they are perfectly placed on every card 💯‼️

Don’t miss out on this great deal! 👊🏻

Please place the email you get with your bonus code in  safe place! You will need that code for each $5 off and Stampin’Up does not resend them!

Do you order $100 at a time when you order items to craft? July and August are a great time to join Stampin’Up! for the buying discount. Until end of August, you can order $155 of product for $99!! To keep the discount you have to order $300 a quarter, but your first quarter isn’t over until end of December! Easy with Holiday ordering!

I will be placing my Holiday Catalog order online on Tuesday. If you have ordered this year, you are on my list, you will receive a catalog in the mail. I will have copies of the catalog at my house for others that would like one.  The 2019 Holiday Catalog is great, so many awesome stamps, Designer Series Paper and embellishments this year! ❤️

Create Joy! Deena

 

 

 

It’s time for the new Annual Catalog

It’s time for the new Annual Catalog! That’s right, we can finally order any of the products. The pre-order options were great but I had my wish list ready! I did show some restraint though, I only ordered about 4 stamp sets but lots of paper, embellishments and of course the new colors of Stampin’ Blends! 

I’ve been posting daily on Facebook but mostly sharing ideas and fun daily posts, I just haven’t had the time to get in my craft area and create! But I decided with the new catalog I would try to get something posted daily, even if it is a piece of Designer Series Paper! (That may happen tonight, I was busy and still need to head down to craft!)

But I would like to share two of the cards I created using new product. I am not going to share all the details in this post, too many projects to get done tonight but I will share the stamps and paper. If you have received your catalog you will be able to search to find the product. If you need a catalog, let me know by replying to the email that you receive this blog post in or by messaging me on this website. I would be happy to get a catalog to you as soon as my new bundle arrive. 

This card features the new Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the sentiment from the coordinating Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set. I also used the small flower stamp and “stamped off” to have a light image behind the sentiment. I used two sizes of the new Stitched Nested Label Dies. Love them! 

As a reminder, the Big Shot is being discontinued (it’s a long story with Sizzix copyright issues) so we will be using the language of dies vs. framelits, thinlits and edgelits.  While we are waiting for the new product that Stampin’Up! will introduce, you can continue to use your Big Shot or other device you might own. They will work!

This card features the Perennial Essence DSP along with the petal stamp and coordinating punch from the Floral Essence Bundle. #simplestamping, with our gorgeous new paper, cards don’t have to be complicated to be pretty. I used the “Thanks” sentiment from Magnolia Lane Suite and a cute little embellishment as the flower center in Seaside Spray, one of the 2019-2021 InColors. I used the Stitched Rectangle Die to stamp the sentiment on. 

I will try to keep up with posts that I make on Facebook, I know some of you prefer email and don’t check my Stampin’Up! page. I will try.

Also, I am thinking of holding a Stamp Night the last week of June (I don’t have to travel that week!!!), stay tuned.

Create Joy! Deena 

Last Day of Sale-a-bration

Where did the time go? It is the Last Day of Sale-a-bration! It always feels like there will be so much time for stamping and posting but then life happens. We had a lot of snow and work travel interrupted plans to host Stamp Nights.

I can’t say work will be better (actually more travel) but hopefully we are done with snow!

Several of the Release 1 and 2 items are sold out but Stampin’Up! added items from the Annual Catalog to compensate and provide additional choices for us. One Stamp Set that was part of Release 2 is the All Adorned Stamp Set. I finally got it out and stamped with it the other night, I love it! Very easy to line up with Stamparatus.

This Stamp Set and other SAB items are only available until end of day Sunday, March 31.

Don’t forget it is also the last day to join Stampin’Up! and get $175 for $99 (or $129 with the cute bag). The normal kit when signing up is $125 for $99. What a deal!

Special Welcome to Michelle Johnson for taking advantage of this great deal and joining my team!

But there is more exciting news, beginning April 1 Stampin’Up! introduces STORAGE, a great new way to organize stamping supplies on your desktop or creative work area. You can stack and rearrange the component pieces in several different ways. I will share more after April 1.

Let me know if you have any questions as we end Sale-a-bration.

Create Joy, Deena

Love and Happiness

Love and Happiness are always in the air in February. It’s a great time for making Valentine’s Cards, celebrating love and friendship, remembering those we love. The heart is a beautiful symbol for those things and for remembering to do the things that make us happy, that keep our hearts beating and joyful.

I posted this Valentine’s Card, a friendship card on my Facebook page the other day.  It is a mix of old and new – retired heart framelits and gold vinyl stickers from last year’s products as well as the new All My Love Designer Series Paper.

Today I played with a stamp set from the Sale-a-bration flyer. As a reminder, Sale-a-bration items can’t be purchased, you can choose a free item from the flyer for every $50 in your order. This one also reminds me of following your heart and finding happiness in life. The stamp and sentiment are from the By The Bay stamp set.  I used a variety of Stampin’ Blends markers to color the house, path, sand and sea. The wood Designer Series Paper is the Wood Textures 6 x 6 paper in the Annual Catalog. 

The Occasions Catalog has some awesome new stamp sets and Designer Series Paper but it also has some cute project kits.  This is the Cute Crew Punch Box on page 32.  It comes with a photopolymer stamp set, a black archival stamp spot, a clear acrylic block, 4 full size watercolor pencils and a perfect scallop top punch for making adorable tags. It is all packaged in a bright tin that will be great for storing stamping supplies. We will use this kit to make a tag at next week’s Stamp Night (but during the day) on Sunday, February 17 from 1 – 4 p.m. 

Speaking of Stamp “Night” we will also decorate one of these Sweet Cups. Since it will be after Valentine’s Day, you can keep it for yourself or save for a birthday or thinking of you treat! 

Enjoy your week, do something that makes you happy. Be sure to spend time with those who are special to you. And Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!  

I’ve seen that sentiment a lot but just adore this little vase I found on a new website, Natural Life (www.naturallife.com). Check them out, they have awesome products!

Create Joy, Deena

 

2019 Occasions Catalog and SAB Updates

Happy New Year?! I know, I’m a bit behind. I focus daily updates and posts on Facebook and Instagram so it’s been hard to get started again here in with my blog updates. But it’s time for the 2019 Occasions Catalog and SAB Updates. (SAB is short for Sale-a-bration). I guess with all the Christmas card stamping and then goal setting for 2019 (doing some new morning routines and a fun Goal Setting Planner), it took awhile to get my stamping mojo back.  I have a couple of cards today but most of my stamping has been cards to mail so I don’t post those.

Before we get to card ideas, I hope you are enjoying the 2019 Occasions Catalog, and of course, the Sale-a-bration flyer. If you are new to the first quarter of a year with Stampin’Up!, a new catalog is always released and the best sale of the year, Sale-a-bration.  For every $50 ordered from either the Annual Catalog, the Occasions Catalog or the website (Clearance and Holiday Favorites are still there), you can select a free item from the Sale-a-bration flyer. (check them out on my website, click here ) I love some of the items in SAB this year!

Inventory Updates

But it seems a recurring issue with Stampin’Up! the past couple of catalogs is inventory. I know! As a demonstrator it is very frustrating to share new products or want to hold a class and then find out the products are back ordered.  But we are hoping they will be back in stock soon. I wanted to let you know the updates I have so that you aren’t disappointed when putting your order together.  

Some of those items are: Happiness Blooms Memories and More card packs, Gingham Gala 6×6 Designer Paper Stack, the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (SAB), Piece of Cake or Butterfly Gala Bundles, Butterfly Duet or Cake Builder Punches. There are some kits on back order too.  The Home to Roost stamp set (SAB) is low inventory.  As I have mentioned on social media posts, roosters are everywhere again, so on trend! So I expect that to be a back order soon too, so if you want, order quickly.

This is a card I made today with Home to Roost. I love the stamp set!

I’ve listed products below but I did not include all the Stampin’ Blends markers I used. I saw the rooster coloring on a Google search so used a lot of markers to create this handsome guy. I also wrapped some gold thread in the background.  I also used a sponge dauber and some Soft Suede over the top of the Tin Tile embossed cardstock to give it a vintage look.

Product List

Stampin’ Blends Markers

Speaking of Stampin’ Blends – did you see two new colors in the Occasions Catalog (of course I ordered them!)? The two new colors, available in light and dark or combo pack, are Balmy Blue and Mossy Meadow.

Even though the Butterfly Duet Punch is on back order, I used the new Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper in the Sale-a-bration catalog to create this card. I simply “fussy cut” the butterfly and added it over two circles cut with circle framelits from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Set and created color layers with the black check paper, also from the Botanical Butterfly DSP. 

It’s easy to forget the great items we have in the Annual Catalog this time of year so I might start focusing on cards from that catalog until inventory levels are back up. Remember they earn free SAB rewards too!

Let’s Chat

I would love to hear from you regarding the new catalog or what you have been stamping. Just reply to this post in email (if that is how you are receiving it) or feel free to comment on the blog post for others to see. 

I would also like to know your thoughts on two other items:

Stamp Night – are you like me and once it is dark (and cold) you don’t want to leave the house? What would you think about Sunday afternoon stamping? Not next Sunday, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, but I am open on the 10th or 17th. 

If you follow my Stampin’Up! business page on Facebook, would you be interested in a stamping group page? A group page allows us to share stamping ideas (I can only post on my business page). If it is a stamping group, we can share other products and ideas, it wouldn’t have to be exclusive Stampin’Up! products but they are primarily the products I use. Let me know what you think!

I could go on and on, once I get started I think of so many things I want to share with you. But we’ll stop here for today. 

A Touch of Inspiration

One of my favorite pages on Facebook is Garden of Bright Images, (thanks for catching typo Kathy!). I share their posts ALOT! I loved this post the other day and I hope you enjoy it too!

Until next time,

Create Joy!  Deena

 

 

Ready for Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas? I know it is still early, we were lucky to have a week after Thanksgiving but I am feeling a tad behind. Most of my decorations are up but I haven’t started Christmas cards yet and on Day 3 of Advent, my Advent calendar is just half done.

So if you are like me and need to get started on cards, I am thinking about a stamp night on Monday, Dec 10 from 6 – 9 p.m I have events every night this week so I might only get a couple of cards designed and prepped to choose from. I have another order coming from the Holiday Catalog this week so I might be motivated to get some done. Stamp night might just be an open stamp, make cards using my stamps and cardstock.

Pricing will be 6 for $15 or free with a $30 order. So come and play with some stamps and decide what you might need to finish your cards. We might be able to sneak in more more open stamp night but it would have to be the following week just to stamp more of what you have designed.

Let me know if you would be interested and I will confirm later in the week. Of course you will get to sneak peek the Occasions Catalog and items I have on hand. Catalogs are shipping soon directly from Stampin’Up! to you if you have ordered from me.

I saw this cute post on Facebook

#Truth

Create joy! Deena