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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Mini Catalog

OMG. Why is it so hard to get back into the swing of things after vacation? Here is some news that should kick my crafting butt in gear...


Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog
The new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is now live! Check out all the great holiday items in the online store.

Or view the catalog here:
My Favorites
Here are a few of my favorite items from the catalog:


Snow Place (Page 33)

Holly Jolly Greetings (page 34)
Witching Decor Project Kit (Page 7)


Happy Crafting!
Diana

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Vacation Time!

Sunset on Silver Lake

On Vacation!
I left the sweltering heat and humidty of Florida to spend August in Upstate New York.

I really had every intention of making this a working vacation. I packed a suitcase with some card making essentials and my camera. But the only pictures I've captured are these.

View from our Cabin
View from top of Silver Lake Mountain
Silver Lake
For the first week of our vacation we stayed in a cabin on Silver Lake in AuSable Forks, New York. The weather was great...maybe a little on the chilly side for us Florida folk. But certainly a refreshing change!

My mom and I actually worked on a Paper Pumpkin kit but of course I forgot to capture that on film. :-?

Katie, Becca, Sierra and Aubrey on the way up the mountain.


My daughters (minus one) and my grandaughter went on a hike to the top of Silver Lake Mountain with their cousins, aunts and uncle.

The Hikers 
Back Row:
Julia (sister), Tim (BIL), Kate (sister), Vanessa (niece), Becca (daughter), Aubrey (daughter), Katie (daughter)
Front Row: Sierra (granddaughter), Chris (nephew), Tyler (nephew)

The girls are having a great time with their cousins.
The last night of camp Aubrey, Chris and Tyler played Clothed and Afraid — the PG version of the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid. They built their own fire, gathered firewood, and slept out on the beach.

They all owe a huge thank you to their Uncle Tim who slept out on the hammock all night (out of sight but within earshot) to make sure they were all safe!

Aubrey and Katie (Photo bombed by Chris and Tyler)
Schoharie
After Silver Lake, Katie and my husband had to fly back to Florida but Aubrey and I have been staying at Becca's house in Schoharie, New York.

We have been shopping, eating, reading and relaxing. Again I thought surely I would find time to write a blog post or two — but no — instead we did this.

Lunch at the Schoharie Creek


What a great day! We brought our lunch down to the Schoharie Creek and sat on the rocks with our feet dangling in the water, eating and visiting. I few even took a dip in the stream.

Paper Pumpkin Craft Night
Well enough vacation photos. :-) This Sunday we are having a Paper Pumpkin Craft Night with my mom, sisters and friends. Hopefully I'll remember to take a few pictures.

If not...I'll be home next week with my photos and vacation memories. Project Life, here I come!

Happy Crafting!
Diana

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Quick and Easy - Stampin' Up! Thank You Card

Stampin' Up! Card - English Garden DSP, For All Things Stamp Set
Quick and Easy
I've come to the conclusion that getting work done while out of town and visiting with family is nearly impossible. So today's card is a quick and easy one.

English Garden DSP
Stampin' Up! English Garden Designer Series Paper is so beautiful I decided to let it be the star of the show. I love the blue watercolor flowers. They make a great centerpiece for the card.

Stampin' Up! English Garden Designer Series Paper

For All Things
Stampin' Up! For All Things is a great stamp set for Thanksgiving and fall. But I like to get as much use out of my stamps as possible.

I think the "Grateful For You" greeting is perfect for a thank you card anytime of year!

Stampin' Up! For All Things Stamp Set


Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card
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Happy Crafting!
Diana

Friday, July 31, 2015

Christmas in July with Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath

Stampin' Up Wonrous Wreath Christmas Card - www.secretlifeofpaper.com

Christmas in July
Since this will be my last project for the month, I decided to make a Christmas in July card. And as luck would have it, it fits right in with Dragonfly Journey's Christmas in July Challenge.

Wondrous Wreath
I knew I wanted to use the Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath stamp set for this card. I bought it and the matching Wonderful Wreath Framelit dies back in April. Since it wasn't Christmas time — I never opened them.



I stamped the first layer of my wreath (the one with the most leaves) with Smoky Slate ink. The second layer is also stamped in smoky slate ink. Because I stamped with the same color twice, the areas of double ink are slightly darker. The berry layers is stamped in Real Red.

TIPS:
  • Each of the wreath stamps have a tab that protrudes off to one side.
  • This is to help line them up when you stamp multiple layers. 
  • It's VERY helpful to remember what position that tab is in when you stamp the first layer.
  • Keep each layer's tab in the same position. i.e. 6:00, 3:00, 12:00 — Just keep all the tabs pointing the same way.

Oh JOY
After I finished stamping my wreath, I broke out the framelit dies for some easy cutting. As I opened the package, I was overjoyed to see that the package of framelits included not only the wreath and accessories dies but also the words JOY and NOEL. I had forgotten they were in the package and the Joy was the perfect finishing touch for my card.


Bundle and Save
Purchasing the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and Dies together in the Wondrous Wreath Bundle will save you 15%.




Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card
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Happy Crafting!
Diana