OnStage 2017 is over!

Stampin’Up! OnStage Conference was held in Salt Lake City Utah. But I am sad to say OnStage 2017 is over and it is time to head home. I loved spending time learning from Stampin’Up! Home office team and other demonstrators in our sessions, celebrating the joy of demonstrators accomplishing goals at levels big and small. Just attending, celebrating and visiting with some of the 2100 attending demonstrators was fun!

I know you know what else was fun…seeing the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration (SAB) Catalog, watching demonstrations of new product and receiving new products! I look forward to the new year and sharing them with you. I will be placing a pre-order and starting to play in December but we have so much time left to get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that will remain our focus for stamping for now! If you are a demonstrator on my team or fellow demonstrator that was unable to attend, I only have one word…WOW! Wait until Monday!

This will be short because I am writing the blog post on my phone at the hotel, preparing to leave in the a.m. I would like to post a couple of pictures. One of them is my first chance to “walk the stage” for my 5 year Stampin’Up! Anniversary. I miss blogging and sharing with you, but prepping for OnStage and some other personal events kept me busy. I will try to get back at it this week! I will also likely post a Facebook Live in the next couple of days of some of the amazing swaps I received. We may work on a couple of them at Monday’s Stamp Night.

This marked the beginning of the Stampin’Up! 30 year anniversary so it will be a great year ending with OnStage in Orlando next November. Local OnStage will be in Milwaukee (closest for me) in April, consider joining and attending with me! We’ll be seeing the new Annual Catalog at that event. I know it is bound to be exciting!

Stampin’Up! Mission/Statement of the Heart – To love what we do, share what we love as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…in this we make a difference! 

Create Joy! Deena

Whole Lot of Lovely

I hope you enjoyed my slight departure from daily Stampin’ Up! posts regarding my theatre day this weekend. Unfortunately Les Miserables ended but if it returns, make sure to see it.  It is probably my favorite musical so I was so happy to see it before it ended.  To have the opportunity to stay and see Hamilton at night was amazing! It may have taken a top spot on my favorite list. It is awesome, if you live in Illinois make sure to see it before it leaves Chicago in March.  It is crazy how fast time is flying by and one other thing you don’t want to miss is the end of the Buy Three, Get One Free Designer Series Paper special.  It ends on Tuesday, October 31.  I will post the papers that can be ordered as part of the special below.  But today, I am featuring one of the designs from Whole Lot of Lovely DSP. This flower pattern is one of my favorite of the designs. 

For those new to Stampin’ Up! 12×12 Designer Series Paper packs, there are 12 sheets, 2 sheets of each of 6 double-sided designs (unless it is a foil sheet, then single-sided). The Paper Stacks, such as the Wood Textures DSP stack including in this special, are different. They have 48 sheets, four 6×6 sheets each of 12 double-sided designs. 

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Click here to visit my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator site for a list of all the papers available and an ability to see the designs for each pack. 

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.   Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Create Joy! Deena

 

Peace on Earth

I combined Peace on Earth from the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Bethlehem Edgelit Dies to create my favorite Christmas Card so far this year! I absolutely love this card! I want to try several variations of the Night of Bethlehem stamp set and the Edgelit Dies with the sentiment.  

I used Gold Foil Sheets to create the Bethlehem background and the Christmas Star.  There are many beautiful sentiments in the Night of Bethlehem stamp set but I think it is perfect with “Peace on Earth”.  This is certainly a message that I pray for and a sentiment we all need to share more. 

I can vision this combination of stamp and Edgelit dies used with so many of our pretty cardstock colors but I love Tranquil Tide as the background and for the figures of Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem. 

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O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight.     

– Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) wrote these words in 1868 after a trip to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine.

Create Joy! Deena

Blizzard in Minnesota?!

Wow, did  you see the news regarding the blizzard in Minnesota?!  What strange weather this year and so hard to believe that there they are getting so much snow already! I had heard Denver Colorado and Casper Wyoming had some a couple of weeks ago, but then it warmed up. The pictures of MN look like it will stick around awhile!

Instead of crazy blizzard snow, this is a lovely gentle snowflake with the warm candles of Christmas glowing. We made this card at Stamp Night the other night. I will have to try to remember one of the variations made by Gloria, it was so pretty! I will post as we get closer to Christmas. 

The foil snowflakes are in the Holiday Catalog this year. There are gold and silver snowflakes. The package includes 24 total, 12 of each. I cut mine in half and then adhered to the Stitched Oval Shape Framelit to create a bit more silver elegance behind the sentiment.   The “Merry Christmas” sentiment and the candles are stamps in the Merry Patterns stamp set that I have discussed in previous posts. It can only be obtained as a free stamp set with a qualifying order, whether personal or as a result of a virtual party order.  The red background Designer Series Paper is from the Be Merry Christmas paper in the Annual Catalog.

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Be sure to read tomorrow’s post, I have created my favorite Christmas card so far this year!  I think you will like it too!

A snowflake is winter’s butterfly.    – Author Unknown

Create Joy! Deena

Sometimes we feel a little (or a lot) helpless

Sometimes we feel a little (or a lot) helpless. What do we do? Where do we turn? I hope that you have a faith or a belief in the world that there is good, that evil can be/will be overcome.  It’s been a bit overwhelming lately.

Spending time in my craft area, creating cards to share with you or to send to others is something that brings me joy and is a way to brighten the day of someone else. It isn’t just paper and stamps, it’s a way to share your feelings with others, express yourself and your love and friendship.

Monday night Sandra Boynton, a lovely artist, posted this on Facebook. I love the message. We can share so many feelings with our art!

Create joy! Deena