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

 

 

 

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

 

Repeating Pattern Techniques

Repeating Pattern Techniques are an easy way to create wreaths and elegant designs on cards. Using stamping tools like Stampin’Up!’s Stamparatus or the MISTI help with precision alignment.  Using square pieces of cardstock create a wreath or circle appearance. In my card sample, I wanted to use my typical layering size pieces of cardstock so it created more of an elongated design.  Do what make you happy! There is no right or wrong.

I also received the new bundle of Blended Seasons and Stitched Seasons Framelit Dies earlier this month. These are pre-order items for demonstrators in July and will be available for you to order August 1.  

This is just a practice image, I didn’t create a card. I wanted to try the largest stitched die (love it!) and stamped the largest flower image. I used Stampin’ Blender markers on the pink flowers (my attempt to represent the beautiful little Proven Winner Superbells I have in a pot on the patio). I also used the markers for the various greens on the leaves. I used the Gorgeous Grape from the new Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen to smooth out the pencil lines. I stamped a leaf branch in Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo Cardstock.

It is going to be a fun set for Fall and Winter!

Speaking of Fall and Winter – can you believe it, the Holiday Catalog will be available to demonstrators this next week. I’ve seen some sneak peeks from demonstrators on the Alaskan Incentive Cruise, Holidays are never a disappointment with Stampin’Up!  We’ll be able to order August 1 and customers September 1.  Fall is my season, so I am really looking forward to it! 

Join my team, there isn’t a better time than right now, new demonstrators (besides getting all the early perks and peeks like I do) will receive a free assortment of 10 Classic Stampin’ Pads along with the “regular” starter package of $125 product for $99 and free shipping. The free colors are from the Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles and 2017-2019 In Colors. What a great way to build your stamp pad assortment! But you must join by July 31 to take advantage of this offer.

 

Product List

Stamparatus

$49.00


Product List 2

Blender Pens

$12.00

 

Create Joy! Deena