Thursday, December 31, 2015

Birthday Blessings for My friend

Thank you for coming by to visit with me today. I'm sharing a quick card that I've made for my friend. Her birthday is tomorrow and I really hope she has a wonderful day! How about January 1, 2016 for a birthday to start the year off right? Here is her card! Hope you enjoy & I really hope she enjoys it!
Thanks for looking!  Have a wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Blooming Hearts - Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek

Good Morning friends!  Today, I'm sharing one of the new product spotlights from our new 2016 Occasions Catalog!  Our beautiful Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies.  

The colors I've used for these cards are: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, and Chocolate Chip.  I thought they really worked well together.  They look like chocolate and Valentine's Day together!  Love, love love!  Do you have a favorite from the new catalog?  

Thanks for looking, have a beautifully creative day!  Here are the other supplies used for this card:
Chocolate Chip Cardstock, Pink Pirouette Cardstock, Gold trim ribbon (only good til Jan. 4th) - Get yours soon!! 

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Crafty Blog Stalker - Guest Designer!

I'm so excited to be here today and share my crafty project with you today!  It's called a Valentine's Day treat bag/box and you can use it for making so many goodies!  But first, a little about me!  My name is Raquelle and I am the Lady behind "The Lady & Her Stamps"!  I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for almost 2 years now!  I love what I do and best of all, I love sharing it with YOU!  You can find me on my blog: HERE. Facebook HERE and Pintrest: right HERE!

Here are my Valentine's Day Treat Bags!
Ok, now I'm gonna share how I made it!  Part of all the fun is to share how you made it!  So lets get started!  Here are some of the supplies you'll need.  {Besides the Big Shot and Fry Box Die}
First cut your cardstock paper to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  You can do 2 at a time if you like - on the Big Shot. Go ahead and cut your box out. That's what the die looks like.  Already pre-scored.

Then cut your Designer Series Paper. This is my 6x6 pack, Cut it into 3x3 squares is best. That's the die back there.
After you cut out the fry box shape, then score on the scorelines with our bone folder.  You also will cut the DSP 3x3 size only on the front portion of the frybox.  So you have the shape in the next picture.
This is what it will look like with the little shapes cut and then adhered.  Put tear & tape on the sides, like I've shown here.
and here....
This is what it will look like once you have finished with adhering everything down and then taping the sides together.
And here is the finished product! 
Here are the supplies I used:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog
Thank you to Katie for having me as your guest designer for the month of January and a special thanks to all of you for following along with me. Head over to my blog and see more creations!

 As I always say, have a beautifully creative day!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Build Up Your Birthday Card Stash!

Come and build up your birthday stash! Bring a friend for a free goodie from ME! You're not going to want to miss this class! Text or call for more details!

So, this is Christmas....

The topic of my post today says a lot to me. So, this is Christmas. That's what I was thinking when the day came and left. Family, presents, food! Oh the food. But then at the end of the day, I still said - So, this is Christmas.

 Maybe some of you - (from my generation) can remember John Lennon's song, about the war and other things happening at that time, called So This Is Christmas? That is my focus for this morning. I'm so blessed to have family and friends (yup, that includes you too!) To be able to say I feel so great at this time of the year, but then my heart sinks into my chest and I say "So, this is Christmas and what have you done? Another year older.... and I'm like did I just waste another year? There are so many things that I want to be able to do or accomplish within a year and for some reason, these last few years, I've been getting to December and thinking, what have I done this year?

 So, should I do a review?  What have I done?  Well, what I have I done that made a difference?  I want to say that what I did at my job made a difference, but sometimes I'm not so sure because I'm so far from the source, ya know?  And my lovely daughters are far from me, in North Carolina, and Virginia, that I really am not able to influence them very much anymore.  Besides, they are getting older and don't need "mommy" like they used to.  But the older they get, the more I see ME in them! So that is such a great feeling!  LOL.  They may not like it very much though!

I have made a ton of cards, not many scrapbook pages, but that's going to change.  I'll be doing that real soon too.  So, back to the subject at hand....So, this is Christmas.

Usually on Christmas day, and Christmas eve for that matter, I'm in the house.  Cooking and cleaning and making my home as nostalgic as possible.  I love that about the holiday season. But on Christmas day and eve, I'm doing my last minute cleaning and getting ready for family to come and visit and making food and the house smells wonderful.  But this year, not so much.

I went to my son's house for Christmas this year and actually left my home.  We stopped at Walgreens and the parking lot was full and people were coming in and out - there wasn't a lot of "Merry Christmas!" greetings and smiles were not on the little one's faces, being dragged about - up and down the aisles.  I said to myself - So, this is Christmas? People at the movie theater, eating at Chili's and Fridays? I feel like I've been living a "sheltered" life for so long.  This is what the rest of the world is doing on Christmas Day.

I literally thought that the world stopped on Christmas Day!  What the?  So, why do I feel so bad? Why did I feel like there was nothing nostalgic about my CHRISTMAS DAY? Well, there wasn't.  I was around some folks I didn't know in a home that didn't smell like mine, and I just wasn't comfortable.  I think I'm getting into scrooge mode in my old age.  Not sure!

Anyway, cause I can kinda see this post getting really long, let's wrap this up - So, this is Christmas and what have I done? I'm another year older and a new year is about to begin.  The only thing I can think of is that I want next year to be better.  Actually, I want to start before the new year and make this NEXT year better.  One day, the Lord is going to call me home to be with Him and I want to be able to say that I've lived my life to the fullest.  Not just existing, but living.  Living a blessed life.
 Here is a line from another song that has just touched my heart this Christmas, that isn't even a Christmas song that I want to share, because in my realization that-Yes, this is Christmas and Yes, I'm another year older, I've done a lot, been through a lot, but I also have so much more to give!  Enjoy this song & Merry Christmas: song by Lee Ann Womack.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin',
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin',
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin' out - reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

Thanks for reading...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Just for You! - New 2016 Goodies

Good Morning friends!  I thought I'd share some goodies that I'll be showcasing for our new 2016 Occasions catalog!  We have so many new products and ideas coming your way!  Here is a sneak peek at some of the new things headed our way!

JAN. 5 IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Both the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration promotion begin Jan. 5.  During Sale-A-Bration, you’ll earn a FREE, exclusive Sale-A-Bration gift for every $50 you spend before shipping and tax.  Today’s card shares a sneak peek! 
Ohh, so many goodies! Can't wait to share!

Have a beautifully creative day!
Stay close for more from the catalog!

Monday, December 21, 2015

WWYS - Sharing a Cup of Cheer

Good Morning everyone! Today, I'm sharing a cup of cheer! Well, this is the stamp set A Cup of Cheer! So many cute images on one set! Love it!
Here is my submission for our challenge this week! 
Thanks for visiting me and please check out the other submissions HERE:  Have a beautifully creative day! 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Stampin' Friends - Merry Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stampin Friends Christmas  Hop! If you just arrived from Mandy's Blog, thank you for continuing with the HOP! Don’t forget to click the Previous button to check out her amazing creations too!  You will see some awesomely talented people here? Just keep HOPPING!

The theme for this HOP is Christmas!  

Here is my project & card for this hop!  Simple, but really cute!  & Easy to make:I love the snow gently falling on these trees.  It looks so much like Colorado - my home.  LOL.  Every time I stamped Silent Night, I felt like singing the song...but I'm sure that's just me.  I love Christmas music too! 
Who doesn't need cards & tags to match!! I love the easy way these came together!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did  making them.  The ingredients are down below.  Try making them yourself before Christmas is over.  It's never to late to create!  For some reason I keep trying to rhyme!?
Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!
Don't forget to keep track for a goodie prize @ the end of the HOP!  When you have all the favorite holidays and have commented on everyone's Elizabeth @ for a chance to win a PRIZE!
pssst....My favorite HOLIDAY is Christmas!
  Now, continue to hop and click next for the next awesome blogger!  Maria, is up next and she is so talented!  You're not gonna want to miss her creations! 
Here are the ingredients to my goodies made above:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Monday, December 14, 2015

WWYS - Challenge Blog Card Inspiration: SNOW Place!

Good Morning friends!  Oh, for a SNOW DAY!!  It's been snowing here in Colorado and the next day, it's kinda gone.  I hope we see a very WHITE Christmas.  I'm really excited about having some time off.  

Today, I'm sharing my submission for What Will You Stamp Challenge Blog.  I'm a Design Team member there and I really think you should go and see all the inspiration happening over there.  Especially for this stamp set in particular!! Adorbs!! Too cute right?  

Here is the stamp set that will be featured on the blog.  Try and play along.  Just make a card that uses this stamp set and post it on the challenge blog!  You'll see my card there. 
And here is my card that I'm submitting!  How cute is this little penguin?  Well thanks for playing along over at WWYS & have a beautifully creative day! 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Happy New Year Cards! Come ON 2016!

Sometime it could seem with the rush of the holidays, another holiday skips right on past!  New Years!  Well, for making cards anyway!  We have resolutions and our weight loss journey begins AGAIN!  I'm sure that's just me, but you know what I mean.

So, I'm sharing a quick card I made just for New Years - Come on 2016!  I'm looking forward to the unlimited possibilities and blessings you are bringing my way!
Thanks for visiting me! Have a beautifully creative day!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

SALE STARTS NOW! Stampin’ Up! Year-End Sale. Up to 60% off

Whoo Hoo!  A SALE you don't want to miss!  
The Stampin’ Up! Year-End Sale is here!  It’s time to stock up and save on Stampin’ Up! products that were added to clearance today.  Up to 60% off  PLUS many items on the Holiday Catalog Retiring List have been discounted, some up to 40% off.!  These products are only available while supplies last so please don’t wait to order your favorites.

Here's More Details:

  • Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
  • Year-End Sale & clearance items may be combined on your order with other Stampin’ Up! products.
  • Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.

OSAT - Blog Hop - Thank You! Theme

Hello again! Happy Holidays everyone!  It's time for another amazing blog hop!! The theme this month is Thank You! I love doing thank you cards & projects! Pretty soon I'll be posting video classes - so maybe you can craft along with me.  It's so much more fun when you craft with friends!!  If you are here from AJ's blog then I know you have already seen some wonderful projects and trust me you're about to see so many more!  Keep Hopping!!

Here is my project & card for this hop!  I got so excited in making this because I love the paper and the colors are always so pretty & coordinated!  "Thank You" Stampin' Up! ...and who doesn't like Pink?  Don't answer that! TeeHee!

This is just a small thank you that you can send someone and it's super shiney and twice as darling!  Thanks for visiting me during this last hop!  Have a beautifully creative day!

So, now you can click the NEXT button below to move on!!!  I'm so glad you stopped by, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!   I would love to help your creativity grow! Be sure to sign up for my mailing list & customer newsletter to receive project tutorials & more! Next up is Wynne!
Here is a list of all the Hoppers!  Happy Hopping! 
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Inking Pretty Stampers - 2016

Good Morning friends!  Today is such a beautiful day here in Colorado!  The weather has been beautiful and almost in the high 50's!  You know why?  Cuz it's gonna SNOW!!  They are calling for snow Saturday night into Sunday evening.  Of course not enough to snow on Monday too!  I so could use a snow day!  Hee Hee!  

Today I'm sharing a little card that's going to go into a TEAM gift package for future "Inking Pretty Stampers" TEAM members!  Sweet right?  It says congratulations because to be a part of the Inking Pretty Stampers family - deserves a "Congratulations" for a brilliant decision!  

Also, as the new year approaches, I'm getting IP in shape for some awesome members!! Hobby and Business.  If you think you might want to join me and some other very talented crafters - You can sign up HERE!  Or Email me HERE!  
Have a beautifully creative day everyone!  Psssst.....Yes, that is the NEW Designer Series Paper! From the brand new catalog!  And you do know that SALE-A-Bration is headed our way!  There is also an incentive for joining the team then too!  I'll be doing a video review soon!  The products in the new Occasions Catalog is just so beautiful!  Of course I've got to have it all!  But I promise to share lots with you!  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Jingle Bells Christmas Card Class

Just in case you are in need of some darling Christmas cards that you have yet to send...