Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

I hope you have a wonderful day and don't forget to be thankful for all your blessings - today and each and every day. 
And, before I go ... a little Thanksgiving humor:
ONLY 2 REMAINING KITS FROM CHRISTMAS RETREAT.  GET YOURS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. / $40.00 / EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE 18 CARDS! 

UP NEXT:
December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags
It's going to be a party atmosphere at our last class for 2017.  I've even been working on a hand made present for you!  The class is filling up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot right away!

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our Church in Tranquility, New Jersey ... All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

First, I want to share a photo with you of our former church in Tranquility, New Jersey.  A big part of my heart is there ... at Christmas and always.  New Jersey will always own part of my heart ... because of the beautiful people we knew there and because it's just a beautiful place to be.
Sorry it came out a little dark, but when I tried to get the photo outside, all I got were reflections in the glass.  I love this country church.  It was called 'the spire among the mountains' and was often used on the front of Christmas cards.  We had the most amazing organist.  She could play anything and play it well.  When all the choirs sang in this little country church, there were a little over a hundred singers.  Wow!
Now, would you like to see one of my absolute most favorite projects that I've ever made?  I love this one, especially because of the beautiful little church.
It really is straight and even inside.  It keeps slipping some in the frame.  I'm going to have to adjust it a bit.  Aren't the little houses adorable?  There's a church with a beautiful steeple.  I intentionally let it go outside the square.  I think it adds more interest.  Look closely and you'll find a teeny tiny snowman, too.  I love the stamp:  "All hearts come home for Christmas."
Now, just so you fully appreciate how much time and effort went into this project ---

The houses, church, trees, snowman --- Each and every one involves 3 layers of WW card stock AND a layer of Sahara Sand CS.  They are all painstakingly glued together, one layer at a time.  I got so wrapped up in doing this project that I kept at it until, the next thing I knew, it was finished ... and a lot of time had slipped right by me. 
It brings me great joy to make something that my friends and family and I can enjoy for years to come, as a part of our Christmas decor.  The little church reminds me of Tranquility Methodist Church in Tranquility, New Jersey.  So, yes, at one time, I was a Jersey girl --- and proud of it.  My father was the pastor at this church.  He was one of the best, perhaps the very best preacher I've ever heard --- and I've heard a lot of them, trust me.  I strive to live by many of the lessons he taught me through his sermons, his every day living, and his love of God and family.  I miss him every day.  I'll share more throughout the coming holidays about family, friends, and special memories.  Christmas just brings those out in many of us.  All hearts come home for Christmas.
ONLY 2 REMAINING KITS FROM CHRISTMAS RETREAT.  GET YOURS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. / $40.00 / EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE 18 CARDS! 

UP NEXT:
December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags
It's going to be a party atmosphere at our last class for 2017.  I've even been working on a hand made present for you!  The class is filling up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot right away!

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Monday, November 20, 2017

I hope you're enjoying all the busy activities at Stampin' Up!

There are so many special activities going on right now at Stampin' Up!  I hope you're keeping up with it all.  And where are we during all this?  We're hanging out together in our little hideout... under Nanna's party table.
See you later! 
     ... from Joey and Toby Joe

ONLY 2 REMAINING KITS FROM CHRISTMAS RETREAT.  GET YOURS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. /  $40.00 / EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE 18 CARDS!

UP NEXT:
December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags
It's going to be a party atmosphere at our last class for 2017.  I've even been working on a hand made present for you!  The class is filling up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot right away!

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Something exciting is coming our way!

It's that time of year when things get a bit crazy exciting in the Stampin' Up! world.  Check this out!
NOVEMBER 20 - 26
Our first incredible offering of this promotion will be the 24-hour stamp sale. Select stamp sets will be 20% off for the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza. Because of the limited time urgency of this sale, this is a great opportunity for you to stock up on awesome stamps! The Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM and ends November 20 11:59 PM (Mountain Time).
Below is a link to the list of stamp sets that will be on sale November 20 ONLY - 24 hour sale! 

You can download the flyer here:
Download Extravaganza Flyer

To close out the Online Extravaganza with a bang, we are offering a special 24-hour flash sale on November 27th, after other Online Extravaganza deals end on the 26th. Stampin' Up! will provide more information on this flash sale soon. Make sure to check back here for more details!


ONLY 2 REMAINING KITS FROM CHRISTMAS RETREAT.  GET YOURS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. /  $40.00 / EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE 18 CARDS!

UP NEXT:
December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags
It's going to be a party atmosphere at our last class for 2017.  I've even been working on a hand made present for you!  The class is filling up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot right away!

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Friday, November 17, 2017

More to Help You Make These Cards Yourself

I love the cards we were to make at my Christmas Retreat tomorrow.  However, life got in the way and it turns out that I chose a very poor date for this - a date already full of many other fun activities going on in the area, not to mention dealing with some family illness and emergencies of our own.  Thankfully, things have settled down a bit in our lives and I have the kits all made for you.  Contact me to reserve your kit --- while supplies last.  If you are making yours on your own, with your own supplies, this post will help you, too.
Here are the cards:
Here, the cards are numbered and you'll be able to recognize them, if you're using my kits, by the pieces in each little cello bag.
Your felt pieces will be in a little cello bag together, inside your gift tote bag.  I gave you some trees, too, to use as you wish.
If you don't have the stamps I used, find one of your stamps that is a similar size.
Card #4 kept me busy cutting out all these pieces!  Try moving them around to see where you like the placement before you attach them.  There are dimensionals and Liquid Tombow in your kits:)
I did not add the berries to your wreaths.  I wanted to leave them optional.  You can even add them with a fine tipped marker.  After you add your letters, you'll trim down the top two layers on your card.
You'll find supplies to make two silver and one gold card, along with a cute little tiny tin that contains your charms.  Surprise.  Another gift I gave those ordering my kits was a little too large to fit into my gift tote, so it will be in your Stampin' Up! bag.  Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.
I only have 3 kits remaining, so sign up fast to reserve yours. 

Below, are remaining items from my Christmas Boutique.  These make great teacher, co-worker, neighbor, bus driver, mail person, friend, or someone else - for when you just want to give 'a little something' to someone.  I've had so much fun sharing mine!  They make great stocking stuffers, too. 
I still have the beautiful red dishes, too.  Contact me if you're interested.  The price is a steal:)
You can see them in a  photo over on the left of my blog.

Here are the stamp sets and inks I used for my cards:
#1 - Cheers to the Year and Watercolor Christmas / Real Red ink
#2 - Ready for Christmas and Tags and Trimmings ' Real Red ink
#3 - Merry Mistletoe / Cherry Cobbler ink
#4 - Hang Your Stocking and Snowflake Sentiments / Basic Black ink
#5 - Painted Harvest and Christmas Happiness / Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler inks
#6 - Flurry of Wishes and Cheers to the Year / Basic Black ink
Take one or two of your favorite snowflake stamps and decorate the insides of your cards and your envelopes.

UP NEXT:

November 18 -- Christmas Retreat / KITS ONLY
     10:00-3:00 / NOW $40.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes all materials to make 18 cards.  

December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Simple 'Joy' Project ... A Joy to Create and A Joy to Display

I am over half-way finished with making up the kits and gift totes for the Christmas Retreat.  Since we've had to go to 'kits only' for this class, I'd suggest that you come up with your own ways to make this into your Retreat.  I know you'll enjoy making all 18 cards.  If you're wondering why it takes so long to make up your kit ...
When I'm finished, I will have put together enough kits to make over 180 cards.  Whew!  I look forward to hearing how your Retreat went and how you enjoyed finding your little surprise gifts.

While you're waiting on your kit, enjoy today's post.  It's one of my most favorite projects that I've ever made.  It brought me joy to create it, and now joy to enjoy having it on display ... and ... it will be a joy to reuse it as a part of my Christmas decor for years to come.
I've had this idea to create this project for a couple of years now.  It's lived in my head all this time.  This year, I finally took the time to make it happen.  I love it!  I've combined silver and gold embossing (mostly silver) and the word 'Joy' is cut from black CS and then silver foil.  I wanted the blue behind the beautiful star to be lighter than the DSP, so I layered it under a piece of vellum CS.  I wanted mostly silver on this project because I created it to pair with a gorgeous trio of silver angels.
Love, love, love it!  I added the light touches of gold to my project so it would tie in with all the silver and gold already on display.  The library cabinet that has the angels atop is right next to my mission style library table, where I have all the silver, gold, copper and even champagne.  I'll share an update on that soon, too.  Library cabinet?  Library table?  Gee, do you think it's that obvious that I used to be a teacher.  Seriously though, I love this style of furniture.

One thing I learned from this project is that I can go to my local craft store and have them cut a mat exactly the size I want, as well as the dimensions for the opening.  I never would have found a frame already on sale with these exact dimensions.  This is actually my second most favorite project for this year.  Wait until you see my number one!

 UP NEXT:

November 18 -- Christmas Retreat / KITS ONLY
     10:00-3:00 / NOW $40.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes all materials to make 18 cards. 
NOTE:
We are having a TON of conflicts come up with this date.  I am doing 'kits only' for this class.  I'm thinking that there is NO 'good date' in November for a big Saturday class.  I will have to  rethink this for next year.
   
I only have 3 kits remaining, so sign up fast to reserve yours. 

December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

They've done it again!

Well, Stampin' Up! has done it again.  They've come up with a new product that looks to be just wonderful.  It's similar to the MISTI and Ranger's Stamping Platform, but it does a few other great things that look to be fabulous ... and I do suppose we should put it on our wish list right now:)
Click here to see a video and learn 5 new things about the soon to be here Stamparatus.

Stamparatus - 5 Things

Here are some peeks at the new Stamparatus.

 

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!
Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • I need product details!
    • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
    • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
    • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
    • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
    • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
    • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
    • Magnet storage areas
    • Retail Price–$49.00 US
    • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
    • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
    Reserve now for the November 16-30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. While supplies last.


    • OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS:
      Our Open House/Christmas Party orders are almost here.  I'm still trying to find out why there was a slight delay.  I hope to get them all checked, sorted and in your bags by tomorrow afternoon, if this delivery stays on schedule.  I'll contact you when they are ready for pick-up.

      UP NEXT:
      November 18 -- Christmas Retreat
           10:00-3:00 / $45.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
           Fee includes materials, light lunch, and a ton of fun. 
      NOTE:
      We are having a TON of conflicts come up with this date.  I will have to go to 'kits only' for this class.  I'm thinking that there is NO 'good date' in November for a big Saturday class.  I will have to rethink this for next year.  I only have a few kits remaining, so sign up fast to reserve yours.  In your kit, I'll have everything you need to create your 18 cards.  The class fee is now $40.00, removing the lunch expense.

      December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
           5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

      - Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
      - Come back often for more creative inspiration.
      - Let's create something beautiful today.





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