Encouragement

Stampin’ Up! Sunny Splash Slimline Card with Video Tutorial

Happy Friday!!  Whoo-hoo!  If you’re like me (yes, even now that I’m retired!) the weekend is stretching out ahead of you and it feels like it’s such a LONG time before you have to go to work again!  Surely it’s not just me?!  That feeling is so wonderful, isn’t it!?  I hope you get to enjoy the time “off”! 🙂

I’ve got a cool card for you – it’s a Slimline card – and it’s perfect as we head into hot (aka “pool” season) time of the year!  The sweet little Sunny Splash stamp set features fun bathing suits and sentiments – I added some 2022-2024 In Color DSP and a little texture with the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Wisteria Wishes Triple Time Card

Good morning again!  Just a reminder – this is the last day to take advantage of my Special Bundles from the 2022-2024 Annual Catalog – don’t miss out on an opportunity to save some money and add to your card-making stash!

My Zoom the Craftroom session was really fun yesterday – I had a few team members on – Carol Buckalew (from Inky Bee Stampers) and Barb Fadel – and long-time customer Sharon Harris.  We got to talking about the Triple Time Technique – yet another team member has done a few in the last week (Terry Lynn Bright – from TL’s BrightSpot).  It’s one of my fave techniques – that I haven’t done for a while – so…we decided to make a card together!

I pulled out the Wisteria Wishes stamp set and a little cardstock – set up my camera – and away we went!  Take a look-see at what we created!

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Stampin’ Up! Wisteria Wishes Sneak Peek for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all!  It’s Thursday – which means it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  We’ve got a sketch challenge to work with and I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table – I just know you’re going to see a ton of awesome-ness on the hop today!

When I saw our sketch – I saw the new Wisteria Wishes bundle with it’s gorgeous die cut flowers (I LOVE wisteria!!) – which you’ll be able to pick up on 3 May.  So out it came and I set it atop another beautiful design from the new Tea Boutique 6″ x 6″ DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Cactus Cuties Hello with Video Tutorial

Good morning, y’all!  Hope your weekend is going well!  We had a nice time with our friends yesterday before my YouTube video (we ALMOST didn’t get back in time for the video – I looked at my watch and…we had 20 min to get home! 😳😳).  And then on the way, there was a little dog in the road – and he was standing right in front of the van – would NOT move.  So…naturally, we had to pick him up.  After a few minutes we were able to find his family – he’d gone walk-about – and I (sort of reluctantly, I admit – he was VERY cute and VERY sweet!) handed him over.  And we beat feet (or tires?) back to the house.  I quite literally walked in the door with 30 sec to start time! Yikes!

The card I made for you uses a sweet little set – sort of a flyover – it took me a minute to get it, myself! – called the Cactus Cuties bundle.  I also pulled out the retiring-soon-and-on-sale-now-for-20%-off!  Macrame 3D Embossing Folder.  And you MIGHT see a brand new goody, too!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Flowering Rain Boots and Pansies!

Good morning – happy work week!  Did you have a good weekend?  We really did – we got SOO much done in the garden.  We’re almost ready to transplant the seedlings – they’ve been residing on the barn porch getting all hardened off and stuff!  We’re growing a lot this year and I can’t wait to see them all in their new spot! AND – I got a new sourdough start from King Arthur’s Flour fed and bubbling and….started some more bagels, which I’ll cook today.

Yes.  Yes you CAN call me Martha…. 😉

My card today is sort of appropriate for this time of year – rain and then sun – and then rain…sun…rain….

I used the Flowering Rain Boots (with a perfect sentiment to send to someone going thru some “rainy” times) and the bundled Rain Boots Die set.  And added some gorgeous Pansy Petals DSP (retiring soon and on sale for 20% off while supplies last!).  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Flowering Rain Boots for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all!  It’s Thursday – which means it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  We’ve got a sketch challenge to work with and I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table – I just know you’re going to see a ton of awesome-ness on the hop today!

I made a card that we all need in our stash (and sort of hope to never need to send!).  I used the Flowering Rain Boots bundle – plus the sweet Gingham Embossing Folder.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Hello Ladybug Sneak Peek Corner Easel Fun Fold

Good morning and happy Tuesday!  So…it’s that limbo week between Christmas and New Year.  Wayne and I did a little half-tidy-up of the garden this morning – nothing huge.  Pulled the tomato cages and teepees.  And…what was in the mail?  Yup,  First SEED CATALOG of the year.  That’s the gardening equivalent of stores already having the Valentine’s Day stuff on the shelf.  Which they totally do.  Is it any wonder that time is flying by?!?  Sheesh!

But…getting to be time to start thinking about seed-starting!  Whoo-hoo!  I mean – if they’re going to make time fly, we might as well flap, huh? 😉

And – that catalog MIGHT be what drew me to the new Hello Ladybug stamp set with its bundled Ladybug Builder Punch.  See what I’ve done here?  Garden.  Fly.  Ladybug? 😉  You’ll be able to get this one in less than two weeks when the Jan – Jun 2022 Mini Catalog goes live on 4 Jan.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Ever Eden’s Garden In The Moment Sneak Peek with Video Tutorial

Happy Sunday, y’all!  And…how’s the day going?  Did you remember to set those clocks back last night?  Or – did you do it this morning?  If that’s how you roll, then at least in this “Fall back” phase – you GAIN an hour of your weekend.  Yeah – it’s weak (and an hour of DARKNESS!), but it’s the only possible positive thing about the switch back to standard time?  Why, oh why, can’t we just pick a time and stay there?!?

If you were able to join me for my YouTube yesterday, I appreciate you spending part of your weekend with me!  If not, but you’d like to see the replay then here ’tis!

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Stampin’ Up! Strong of Heart Quiet Meadow Card

Well – it’s happened.  Monday.  Again.  Hope you had a great weekend!  We stuck pretty close to home – Wayne worked on the barn, I worked in my craft room!

My card today is so clean and simple I am a little shocked that it came from my brain!  It uses the pretty Strong of Heart and Quiet Meadow stamp sets – plus a couple of pretty die cuts from the Scalloped Contours die set.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Ever Eden’s Garden Sneak Peek Arrow Fun Fold with Video Tutorial

Good morning and Happy Friday!  My fave day of the week!  Not cuz we’re headed into the weekend (although after working for 30 some-odd years, I DO still gaze at the next 48 hours of being “off” with affection!).  No.  It’s cuz this is Miss Sonya day!  By 2pm – my house will be Finn-fuzz-free and smelling all fresh!

By 5pm …the Finn-fuzz with have returned.  But boy do I love that 3 hours each week! 😂😂😂

If you were able to join me yesterday afternoon for my YouTube tutorial, I appreciate you spending part of your day with me!  If not, but you’d like to see the replay – here ’tis!

And – I am not a dumb woman.  I’m an engineer.  But – the first few minutes…sheesh.  My brain stopped doing math.  Like…at all.  So…bear with me, y’all! 🙂

This card is an Arrow Fun Fold, which seems to be all over the internet right now – but I used measurements from Lisa Curcio to get started.

This is another fun sneak peek of the Eden’s Garden stamp set and bundled Eden Dies – with the gorgeous Ever Eden Specialty DSP.   Take a look-see:

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Categories: Encouragement, Feminine, Friendship, Jan - Jun 2022 Mini Catalog, New Product, Ordering Bonus, Ordering Special!, Packaging Special, Sneak peek, Video Tutorial | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments

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