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