Tuesday, November 17, 2015

So Much FUN!

I got the privilege of attending On Stage in Dallas last weekend. I also got the privilege of attending with some fantastic, fun-loving, very talented ladies whom I adore! On Stage is the "new" official Convention for Stampin' Up! This time it felt more cozy, but there were still tons of goodies and laughs.

We learned so many things - like how a card based cut 4.25 x 11 is called a hot dog, but a card base cut 5.5 x 8.5 is a hamburger. We giggled all afternoon about that! Silly, I know, but it's fun!

There is a new Occasions catalog coming out on December 3, and we got to see it first, and order some things early. YOU ARE GOING TO FLIP out over this catalog! Wow! And I already have tutorials in mind for you! You can order on January 5th.

Here's my first project with a stamp set from the Occasions catalog. Squee!!!

Isn't that freaking cute? I love this new stamp set. It has so many sentiments that work inside and out. I had a hard time deciding if I should have used the larger "Shine" on the front, but I think brightening my day contributes to my punny nature.

Here's the inside - perfect for leftover halloween candies or Christmas ones. I know, we need Thanksgiving first, but I couldn't resist. Lydia gets all the credit for sharing the video with us for Alex's wonderful tutorial over on Splitcoast. I love it! Easy gifts for teachers, postal employees, your sitter, etc.

Stampin' Up! is doing something new. You know in the past we didn't get the retiring product list until just a few days before they vanished? Well, we're getting that list much sooner.

Click on the image and it will take you to the list. You might want to tell the family about your retiring products wish list. Just sayin'. Ya might. Stamp sets are going to be produced until December 28, but the rest of the product is first-come first-served until sold out.

Don't forget about my online classes - the kit is delivered to your house and everything is pre-cut and ready for you to stamp and play, complete with full color instructions! I will be retiring these classes soon, so don't miss out!

The Sale-A-Bration is coming soon. You can order from the occasions and earn free stuff from the SAB. Trust me, every single item in the SAB is a must-have! I hope you feel inspired to play today. It's very cool and rainy here, so I'm gonna get my ink on! Oh - I'm working on another video, so stay tuned! You can check out my videos on YouTube.

Ta for now,

Supplies for Christmas Light:
Sunburst Sayings - 140725
Curvy Keepsake box die - 135853
Silver Foil Sheets - 132178
Wild Wasabi Cardstock - 108641

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hurrier Becomes Behinder

You've heard that saying, right? The hurrier I go the behinder I get? Yeah. That's kind of been me of late. I got sick, got busy, got out of my good habits... You've been there, I'm sure. So - let's get this ball rolling, yes?

Splitcoast Stampers just wrapped up this year's Hope You Can Cling To event, and let me tell you - there wasn't a bum challenge in the whole lot!

How do you survive 40 challenges in 30 days? Plus the other ever-how-many other stamping obligations you have?  My secret is to boil the challenge down to the nuts and bolts, keep the design simple, and git 'er done!

I changed the cat's food last week. I wanted something with a bit more protein. But there's this problem. These really fat bunnehs that own this house along with the cats decreed the new food was theirs. Bunnehs. Eating kitteh foods. I suspect the ingredients don't match what's on the bag.

In other news, the Cowboys almost won a game. OT does not refer to overtime when there's a Cowboys game. It's Only Teasing.

Also, don't let your neighbor climb on the roof of their house on their own. Especially if they are over 80. Or 70. Or 60. That was a nerve wracking half-hour. His excuse was that he had to clean the roof off before his wife came back home, otherwise she'd yell at him and not let him do it.

Two days later apparently he told his little secret (don't tell my wife I did this), and she came running over to thank me. I enjoyed a little chuckle at the time because it was safe to laugh since no catastrophe happened. But really. Don't let them. The world needs more good neighbors watching out for each other!

Supplies used to create the Righty-Tighty and Swallowtail cards:
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Shiny Hexagons

I'm ready for real fall. We got a tease, then summer came back. I love the smell of fires and the way smoke lays in the sky in the early morning. I feel warmer just knowing my neighbors are stoking their home fires. I miss my wood stove, but yeah, I don't miss the mess.

It's October - time for ghouls and goblins, Friday night football, baseball playoffs and the beginning of the hockey season. It's easily my favorite month. It's also a scary month because midnight of Halloween begins the month for writing novels. I've written several, but I've not published. I don't have a good concept yet, but one will come. They always do. Meanwhile, I'm still working on cards.

I cut 3 hexagon bases with the die, then layered the black hex paper and red foil over the white layer. I used a little sponging of Watermelon Wonder just to carry the red through the card. Easy little sentiment and a spiral of curling ribbon. I attached the curling ribbon and sentiment to the panel with my little stapler.

October is also the month that everything turns pink. Cardmakers are cranking out cards for MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. You see, when cancer victims, families, even the staff are spending significant time there, they are often separated by the ones they love. These cards are available for them to use for free to stay in touch, offer encouragement, or even to share a laugh.

It's just so cool how the Splitcoast Stampers bring all their best for causes like these. If you'd like to join in, you can visit the forum HERE. Now - get out there and bless someone! And if you have an idea for a novel...


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Friday, October 2, 2015

October Creative Crew

Hey there, you! I'm glad you stopped by. I have a couple of little things to share with you. I'm part of a crew now!

I really like this card. I fussy cut the sails out of white and popped them up with dimensionals. I gave them a very thin wash of Sahara Sand. The 3D really pops better than I hoped it would!

You know, even kitties need anchors. I had one show up at my house. She's beautiful! She's young, lean, and well mannered. She's feral - dirty and both ears have been ripped. I've kept her separate from the rest of my flock to reduce stress and avoid sharing germs. I finally got her in to the vet for a spay and... she's a he. Already neutered. Go ahead - you can laugh.

He won't fit in with my bunch, but he's street smart and I turned him out. He has come by to say hello, but doesn't stay. I'm sure we'll see a lot of each other and I know he'll have space with bad weather and such. He knows the secret knock!

I hope your Friday is a blast, and has a great kick-off to a fun weekend. We here in Texas finally have cooler weather but still no rain, so I'll be schlepping water hoses.

If you have some craft time - check out Hope You Can Cling To on Splitcoast. The entire month of October is filled with challenges, then we send all the cards to MD Anderson Hospital. It's our way of supporting the breast cancer patients.

P.S.  I still have 2 online classes you can purchase!
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Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!