Totally Trees – What was I thinking?

Totally Trees – What was I thinking when I created the card and planned the post for today.  This is a retired stamp set! But card was made and I had an appointment so you know what…we are going with it!

This was a great stamp set with various branches and then shapes for leaves. 

I used Cajun Craze as the cardstock base and then ran Crumb Cake card stock through the Big Shot using Seaside Textures. When you run the lines vertically, they look like branches.  The sentiment is from Painted Harvest Photopolymer stamp set.

Another lesson learned this week was my attempt to resize images.  The thumbnail size is too small for posts read using a phone.  Also I created a gallery of pictures instead of one beneath the other like those inserted today, those didn’t show up at all on a phone view but were fine when viewed online. So until I figure it out I will use a larger image for the card and thumbnail size for the products. If you didn’t see the product used yesterday, just revisit the post.

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Create joy! Deena



Halloween Weekend #4 – I couldn’t resist one more!

Halloween Weekend #4 – I couldn’t resist one more post with a card and a treat box idea.  (I’m not ready for Monday anyway so why not post a “Weekend” post.)

Not all Halloween cards need to use the Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate or Creep It Real Halloween stamp sets. I opted for a cute theme and used the Foxy Friends stamp set.  I used the pumpkins from the Pick a Pumpkin bundle. The Happy Halloween is an old Stampin’Up! stamp but so darn cute, I had to use it with the fox peeking in to say Happy Halloween!

Halloween Treat Box 

I used the new little pizza boxes in Holiday Catalog to create a couple of treat boxes for Halloween treats. They don’t have to have black cats and use scary themes to be adorable for Halloween. One of the boxes has a circle trim from the Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper and a sweet orange cat instead of (my favorite) black cat punch. For the second treat box I created a border trim from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I decorated with burlap ribbon, a foil pumpkin and branch stem made with gold and copper foil paper. The foil gold leaf in the back on the window sheet is one of the leaves from the September Paper Pumpkin kit. 

Paper Pumpkin Reminder

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by end of day (11:50 MT) October 10 to receive this month’s kit. There still haven’t been any new clues except that October and November will be a coordinating theme for card and gift giving. This picture was provided on the marketing flyer. Of course you don’t have to purchase October and November to have a complete project. They are stand alone kits. If you subscribe and are busy a month, you can hold a month at any time by logging in to the Paper Pumpkin site and placing the project for that month on hold. The deadline to join or change is always the 10th of each month. (The problem is I am always afraid I will miss a good month so I just save the kit if I don’t have time for it the month it arrives!)

Click here to subscribe!

Something to make you smile…

Thanks for joining our Halloween weekend fun, Butters wanted to drop by and say Hi!

The leaves are just beginning to change here in Illinois so I think I might work with fall leaves and trees for this week’s theme. Let’s see what I come up with!

Create joy! Deena

Wednesday – What’s Up?!

Wednesday – What’s Up?! A lot, that’s what!  September is zooming by, I can’t believe there is only a week left to the month and then we are really in the holiday season whether it is just enjoying Fall, getting spooky for Halloween, decorating with mums and pumpkins, taking at least one day (hopefully you are doing daily, it does wonders for the soul!) to be thankful for the gifts and graces we have received throughout the year and then remembering the gift of Jesus in our world and sharing that love and light with others!  I love each and every part of this time of year but want to savor each day and want to remember not to rush through it.

Monday Night Stamp Night

Monday night I will host another stamp night, 6 – 9 p.m. (That is the time frame if you need that long, but if you don’t, you can leave when finished. We will stop on time!).  Last month was so much fun and for September I will follow a similar format – 4 cards for $10 but about 6 choices, one a project, to choose from.  If you want to make all 6, $12.  PLEASE RSVP to [email protected] and let me know you are coming so I can make sure to have enough supplies.  Please bring your adhesive and snips (i.e. scissors).  

Have you seen the Eclipse Card?

I was so curious about the Eclipse card samples I have seen on demonstrator pages and Pinterest. So, I decided to try it. Watch my video on my Facebook Page to see the process. As I mentioned there, I don’t have the Large Letter Stamps and Framelits in the annual catalog so I decided to try it with the Large Number Stamps and Framelits, just to see if I like the technique. I LOVE IT! And I will be ordering the large letters!  So we might make this as one of the card techniques in October.

Something to make you smile

That cute meme was from my friends at Stamp-n-Storage (love love love my storage bins in my craft area!).

Create joy! Deena

Goodbye August, Hello September and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog

Goodbye August, Hello September and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog

Goodbye August, Hello September and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!  It is so exciting to think about Fall colors, holiday parties with families and friends, making holiday cards and special gift tags.  It is absolutely my favorite time of the year! Fall colors and bright Christmas lights just make me happy!

Your Holiday Catalog

By now you should have received your copy of the Holiday Catalog.  Have you started a wish list yet? If not and you would like a copy, please let me know.

I received an order with more new stamp sets this week and will be featuring the Count My Blessings stamp set in Wednesday’s video “Stamping Short and Sweet” on Facebook Live.

This is a sneak peek of one of the card versions.  I will be sharing stamping on Kraft and Crumb Cake card stock. Even simple color can be stunning. Tune in on Weds. night to see the Facebook Live Video.

Wine and wine cards are fun any time of year!

Some of the sentiments are holiday related but the stamps in the Half Full stamp set are versatile and can be used well beyond the holidays!  Check out this cute card and label!

August Winners

Congratulations to the August birthday winners! Thank you for taking the time to post a comment regarding an August Birthday Card post or sharing a virtual card.

Kay Corredato – for posting a card.
Beth White – for posting a comment
Deb Smeak – for posting a comment
You will each receive a gift from the new catalog.

Also, a gift from the new catalog will be sent to each person who placed an order in August!

Thank you for sharing in my birthday fun!

Merry Patterns

As I mentioned in my last blog post, Stampin’ Up! has added a cute stamp set that will be FREE to anyone hosting a party, or placing a qualifying order, of $300 or more.  Virtual parties are a great way to share your love of stamping with friends and family all over the country and earn this stamp set as well as your regular Stampin’ Rewards!

Something to make you smile…

True for me! I hope so for you too!

Create Joy! Deena


Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days Ending July 31

Just a quick reminder that Bonus Days are ending on Monday, July 31.  If you were planning an order, do it on Monday. For every $50 ordered, you will receive an email with a $5 bonus code to be used in August. There is no limit.  I just did a quick order to get a couple of additional bonus coupons that I will be able to use on the new Holiday catalog.  As demonstrators we can preorder on August 1.

August Birthday Celebration Time

I tried to strategize my order from the holiday catalog to share new product but also use for the birthday cards I will be posting in August. I want to introduce you to new product that you can order on September 1 but also use as birthday card options for my August Birthday celebration.  Check out the previous blog entry for all the ways you can have a chance to win product from the new catalog.

New Card Posts on Facebook

I used the Coffee Café stamp set and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper to create these cards for my Facebook page.

This is a fun set to work with. I look forward to playing with it more!

Something to make you smile…

Don’t miss out on your free $5 coupons as Bonus Days are ending by close of business tomorrow, July 31. Stay tuned for lots of updates and card posts during the month of August!

Create joy! Deena

Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch is back!

Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch is back in stock!

The Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch have been one of the most popular bundles for Stampin’Up!  Good news – it is back in stock.  I think with all the attention on the holiday catalog (by demonstrators) in August, it might actually stay in stock for you.  July would be a great time to order it if it’s been on your list because we are in the final days of Bonus Days.

As a reminder – during Bonus Days, for every $50 you spend you get a coupon (save the email) for $5 to use in August. No limit!

This is a versatile set, just check out Pinterest for hundreds of ideas on this stamp set and punch. There are so many great ideas to CASE (copy and share everything) and tweak to make your own. The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) has so many pretty patterns to use but I actually have a lot of ideas using the other DSP packs too!

August – Birthday Month Specials!

August is my birthday month so we are going to have a bit of fun during the month. I’ll select THREE winners at the end of the month to win an item (new ribbon or trims, seasonal embellishment, or a new Winter embossing folder) from holiday catalog.

These are the ways you can win:

  • Post a comment on my Facebook business page when you see me post a birthday card sample during the month or a birthday card in my new Stamping – Short and Sweet FB live videos.
  • Comment on any blog post sent during the month of August.
  • Post a birthday card you made on my Facebook business page and send me a virtual birthday greeting.

I will also be giving away one of the new ribbons or trims if you place an order during the month of August. This is in addition to the prizes above.

Stamping – Short and Sweet

I am trying to improve my Facebook Live video skills (and equipment!) so I’ve challenged myself to share more online.  Tonight I posted my first “Stamping – Short and Sweet”  to demo the Daisy Delight stamp set and card shown above. This month, because of my birthday, I will be creating birthday cards during the segments, in addition to demo’ing new holiday product. My goal is to post a new card 2 – 3 times per week.

So, if you haven’t start following my business page yet, this is the month to do it. Be sure to comment or post after the videos or card posts for the chance to win items mentioned above.

Take time to relax

There is so much in the news or going on around us to get stressed about if we let it get to us.  So take time to relax, just like Bela did today (of course I was trying to work but that didn’t matter to him!).  Get up from your desk or task at home, stretch or go out for a walk or to water the flowers. Just breathe! You will feel better as a result. I know I did for the few minutes that I let Bela remain undisturbed on my desk  🙂

Create joy! Deena