Find Joy in Nature

There is beauty everywhere, just stop, look and find joy in nature around you! I have bird feeders outside my office window, I love to look up and catch a glimpse of a little yellow finch, perched and ready to grab some sunflower seed hearts. However, it has been gloomy with rain and storms lately, I haven’t seen one for a couple of days. So, I thought I would create one! 

I used Petal Palette for the bird and branch and Share What You Love Designer Series Paper as my background on cardstock. I love the vibrant colors and playful flowers in this DSP. Can’t find a sentiment or word to add to your card? Make your own!

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Joy is the serious business of Heaven.  – C.S. Lewis

Create Joy! Deena

Last Week of the 2017-2018 Catalog

This is the last week of the 2017-2018 catalog.  I am going to share a couple of cards here but I will also post a card each day on Facebook highlighting stamp sets that will be retired or a bundle that will no longer be offered (one of today’s cards). 

I also wanted to advise that I have added a Privacy Policy to my website. If you are reading the blog post online, scroll to the bottom banner and you will see the link on the left.  If you are reading this in email, scroll to the bottom of the email for the website link and then follow the same steps just stated.

There are new privacy laws in Europe that apply to any European Union (EU). It is called GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, and it applies to any website, blog or email that might be accessed by someone from a Europe Union. While it doesn’t apply to the US now, it is sound practice to have a good Privacy Policy that explains how I might use your information or the steps I take to protect your data.  But the key to the whole section is to tell you that I don’t use, share or sell your information.  You can opt out of newsletters or updates at any time. I will likely send another update soon giving you a link to opt in and I’ll purge all previous lists that I have created. It won’t be this week though.

Truly Tailored stamp set is retiring but can be ordered as a single stamp set but the bundle with the punch will be retiring. The punch is not being retired, but order this bundle and get both! I created a Father’s Day example using the design in the catalog but adding “Dad”. 

Eastern Beauty stamp set and Eastern Medallions Thinlit Dies are not retiring but the 2016-2018 InColors are. I am going to miss these beautiful colors – Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach! But I bought the reinkers so I can use them for my personal cards. 

Check Facebook for cards this week using stamps that are retiring on May 31 – Bird Banter, Butterfly Basics, and Badges & Banners. 

Beginning June 1, around Noon Mountain Time (corporate office needs the morning to transition all of the items to the website and ordering system), you will be able to order new catalog items.  The new Stampin’ Blends colors won’t be available until mid-June, I’ll be sure to post when they are available.  In June I will post many of the new items as well as some of my favorite returning items using the new InColors or new Designer Series Paper. It’s going to be fun!

Create Joy! Deena 



Last Chance Products will be gone soon

Last chance products will be gone soon! Don’t forget that at the end of May you won’t be able to order the retiring items in the 2017-2018 catalog.  Yes, there are some great new items to order and enjoy, but I have a ton of favorites from last year and I am glad I have ordered while available. Some items are on sale too, so it’s a great opportunity to shop!

I used new colors (Pineapple Punch, Soft Sea Foam, Mango Melody) along with returning color Mossy Meadow and favorites Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive to create this card using a sentiment from retiring Birthday Blossoms and the designs from  Paisleys and Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits. I created a stamped only version which was posted on Instagram.

I spent some time last week coordinating all the new colors and ink pads.  I bought another paper holder but I could use another! I have several colors doubled up.  I also included a picture of the new colors.They are so much prettier when you actually see and touch them!

I heard some of your received your 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! How exciting, don’t you love all the new Stampin’ Blends. We weren’t able to pre-order those, so I’ll be placing another order early June! I think I have enough of the new stamps that I want for now. Well, or more correctly, I have to start using some of them before I buy more!!  😛 

Create Joy! Deena

Happy Halloween & Thank You!

I did it, I made it to October 31 and completed my 31 Day Blog Challenge.  So, Happy Halloween & Thank You!

I loved the challenge of writing every day and creating cards and posts to share with you.  It was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks to all of you for reading and following along. I am especially thankful to those of you who took the time to comment either in a post or by replying to the email you receive. I can’t tell you how much it means to receive feedback and comments.  Thank you to each of you!

I will continue to blog but not every day like this month. It will probably be 3 – 4 days a week just because there will be so much going on and new things to share with you from now until after the New Year. The new Stampin’ Blends will be available this week, November 1 and I will be attending Convention in early November and hearing about the new catalogs and products. Of course, we are still making cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. I won’t be able to share information regarding the new catalogs right away but as soon as we can I’ll be excited to share so that you can begin planning for January and the best sale of the year, Sale-a-bration! 

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So enjoy all the little ghosts and goblins for Halloween but please be sure to keep pets inside and safe, all the excitement can be upsetting to them.

Double double toil and trouble;  Fire burn and cauldron bubble.    – William Shakespeare

Create Joy! Deena


Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies

I have viewed posts of the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies and thought they were adorable.  I ordered them on my last order and finally had a chance to play with them!  On my Weds., Stamping – Short and Sweet I featured the Mini Treat Bags.  Using our Designer Series Paper, which are two-sided unless it is one of the Foil Papers, will result in a cute design inside of the bag too. 

I used the Christmas Around the World DSP for the treat bag with the Christmas Wishes sentiment. The label on both treat bags is one of the dies included of the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. The “For You” and the thin little bow are also included. I used Red Glimmer Paper for the bow. I wanted to add a little to the white label so I added the green pine branches by using the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies from the Annual Catalog.  I added more color by using the red star from the Stitched Felt Embellishments.

Don’t forget about the Designer Series Paper Special, buy three get one free, on sale through the end of October. The Christmas Around the World DSP is one of the papers included in the options to purchase 3 and get 1 free.

As I said in the Stamping – Short and Sweet Facebook Live Video these treat bags will make adorable gifts for Halloween treats, Thanksgiving table place setting, St. Nicholas Day treats or Advent, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts.

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The Designer Series Paper Sale Options

Click here to visit the Specials Page on my website.

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.    – Richard Bach

Create Joy! Deena

It feels like it could snow

It feels like it could snow here in Illinois,  so why not make a Christmas Card!  We made some at Stamp Night this week but I want to make a Christmas card for my swaps for Stampin’ Up! convention in November. So I have to start playing with different cards to decide what to make.

If you have never been to a convention or even a large stamp retreat or workshop, swaps are a very popular event.  You make as many cards (or sometimes just the card fronts to use as ideas for card classes and workshops) as those participating in the swap or at convention, as many cards as you want to swap and come home with.  I have gotten so many beautiful cards over the years!  Other demonstrators have told me that they put these out at their card workshops for a dollar and let stampers buy them.  I might start sharing them at Stamp Night. We usually put them in nice plastic envelopes so they stay very nice during the swap. I want to make between 50  – 100 so I have to start planning so that I can order paper or embellishments that I might not have enough of.  

So the chilly weather has put me in the mood for snowflakes, reindeer and winter scenery and trees.  You may see a lot of card samples of this nature before I leave in November!

I chose the reindeer and “Merry Christmas” from the Merry Patterns stamp set. This is the stamp set that can be earned FREE by placing a $300 order by the end of October or hosting a virtual party by the end of the month with a combined order total by you and your friends of $300.  I used the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies to add the trees to the front. The evergreen with bow is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set, a new Christmas stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  The cardstock used is Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White. I’ve listed the products below.

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!     – Humbert Wolfe 

Create Joy! Deena