Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dandelion Wishes with Stampin' Up

Hello friends. Today I am going to tell you about my conversation to a Stampin' Up Demonstrator. Those of you who have followed my blog for years know that I was a CTMH consultant for six years. While I liked their products, I lost my consultant status last summer. I chose not to renew.

I have an amazingly talented friend (okay, several amazingly talented friends) who are Stampin' Up Demonstrators. I was encouraged and inspired, and decided to open my own Stampin' Up business. I love the stamps, the papers, the dies (!), and the embellishments. I also adore many of their tools. Hence, my new status. 

I made the two cards above for a Stampin Up training event card swap. I am pleased to tell you that I entered the top card into the swap and it won! I do love this stamp set, Dandelion Wishes. It is perfect for both card making and scrapbooking. 

What I love about these cards, other than the colors, is the versatility. They would make wonderful birthday cards, sympathy cards, and thank you cards - to name a few. So many uses for these cards and this stamp set!

Shop with me at Stampin Up!

*Anyone who purchased this stamp set and at least one other item through my Stampin' Up! on-line store will receive instructions from me via email on how to create these two cards.*

Products Used:

Dandelion Wishes 146747
dandelion wish stamps

Petal Pink Ink Pad 147108

pink stamp pad

Pool Party Ink Pad 147107

pale blue ink pad

Pool Party Ink Pad 101406

black ink pad

Subtles 6 x6 Designer Series Paper (40 sheets - 10 Colors) 146966

multi-pattern paper

Petal Pink 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 146985

light petal pink paper

Pool Party 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 122924

light blue paper

Layering Circle Framelets Dies 141705

layering circle dies

Powder Pink 3/8" Mini Ruffle Ribbon 146949

pink 3/8" ruffled ribbon

Metallic Sequin Assortment 144214

assorted metallic sequins

Share What You Love Artisan Pearls 146927

colorful artisan pearls

Whisper White 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 100730

white paper

Sponge Daubers 133773

sponge dauber

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Christmas Cards in April - Or - Catching Up

Hello friends! Today I thought I would try to catch you up on some of my papercrafting. Last fall I had planned to be in a Christmas craft show here in Aiken. Due to mom's health and rainy weather, that did not happen.  However, I was able to sell a number of cards to my mother's home healthcare workers. While unexpected, that was fun.

I tried to create a variety of styles to appeal to differing tastes. 

I will admit, I am only going to photograph a few styles of cards. I am also willing to admit that I used my favorites as our Christmas cards.

I will be back tomorrow with more news of my latest adventures.... Including a new business opportunity.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Returning From A LONG Hiatus

Greetings friends. I have been missing from the blogosphere for 9 months and in that time I have experienced a whirlwind of life. While I did need a break from blogging and the Design Team, I never intended to stay away this long.  

Back in July when I took a break, I was enjoying dollhouse building and was taking a break from papercrafting. All of that has reversed. I am back to papercrafting and loving it every bit as much as ever.

As most of my readers know, my mother lived with us for nearly five years as she struggled through Alzheimer's disease. Around Halloween last year mom fell and broke her hip. She did very well with the surgery and the rehab. However, after she was home, she had a stroke in December. We called in hospice at New Years. Mom passed away peacefully at home with my uncle and I by her side on February 13. 

Since mom's passing I have been slowly reclaiming my house and my life. One of the issues with paper crafting while mom was with us, especially in the last couple of years, was that my scraproom is located off of the back hallway and I could not keep an eye on her and scrapbook. I took over the dining room, but that too had limitations. Since her passing I have redone redone her room, purchased new furniture, etc. I have cleaned all signs of craft life from the dining room. And I have made great headway on reorganizing my scrap room.

I removed my old L-shaped glass topped desk from the space and replaced it with this set up. I purchased the cube set with the attachable desk piece, then I added another 4 x 1 cube set to the top. I finally - literally years later - purchased legs from my scrapbox easy view desktop.

As you can, I have made a lot of headway in organizing. However, I still have some untouched areas (bottom row of the cubes, under the desk, etc). 

I do not want for this post to be too long and filled with too much information, so I will close for now. I do have SO MUCH MORE to share, including my latest paper crafting creations and adventure.