Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I've been doing a lot of Christmas cards and treats lately.  I have several more craft fairs coming up so I need fun things to sell at those.  I got to pre-order from the Occasions mini catalog and the Sale-a-Bration catalog but haven't had much time to play with my new stamps.  I did manage to eek out a few minutes to create this card with the fun FREE chicken stamp set though. It is a Sale-A-Bration set called Hey, Chick.  I paired it with a stamp set from the Occasions Mini catalog called Birthday Blast for the background.  I need to make a scrapbook page with pictures of my chickens with the cute Hey, Chick stamp set.  Will I get time before Christmas?  I doubt it!  Something to look forward to, huh?

As  you can tell, this picture was made before Halloween.  I've been making cute earrings with the Cookie Cutter stamp set and punch out of shrink plastic.  I always used the oven to shrink the plastic but someone said they used their embossing gun so I tried that and it is great!  Fast and easy and so much more fun to watch than leaning over the oven door.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hi everyone, I think the blog problem has finally been solved!  What a year it has been for me, I wouldn't have had much time to post if my blog had been working correctly anyway.  Last June my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer.  He had the large tumor and about 10 inches of his colon removed but the biopsy showed that there was cancer outside of the colon also and he had stage 3-B cancer.  He didn't want to do chemotherapy so I studied up on natural treatments and developed a program of very clean eating including NO sugar at all because I discovered that sugar feeds cancer.  I also made some herbal remedies and used essential oils to fight the cancer.  It must have been the right combination because at his year follow up appointment with the oncologist all the tests showed no cancer at all!  Needless to say, we are very excited with that news.

During this rough year we had a bright spot with the birth of our 7th grandchild.  She is such a cutie and we are loving having a baby since our last grandbaby is already a big 3 year old.  And our daughter who lived in Colorado moved to East Tennessee so they are much closer to us so we will be driving East a lot now!

Now, on to Stampin' Up goodies!  When I looked in the new Holiday Catalog I knew I had to order the Cookie Cutter sets and punch, it is just too fabulous!  And I love that it has a punch to make all t ht cuteness easy.  :~)

 The first project I made was a fun card for Halloween.  I used the small stamps from the Halloween Cookie Cutter stamp set as a background and added a piece of DSP behind the 3 Halloween spookies.

I found the idea for the little box online somewhere, I can't remember who to give credit for it.  I used the envelope punch board to make the box and then used the reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.

The fun stamps in the Christmas set were begging me to do a scrapbook page with them.  I'm sure I will be making more pages soon.  Since Halloween is first I'll soon have pictures of the grandchildren dressed up that I will need to get into my scrapbook.  I used the 12X12 Kraft cardstock as a border, cutting out the middle of the sheet to use as mat layers and the stars.  One of the inch wide strips I cut off the Real Red cardstock was used on the right border with some paper from the wonderful Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.
By the way, check out the DSP sale!  During the month of October if you buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper you will get your 4th one one FREE!  I think this link will take you to the right place to order if you need some of our beautiful paper. https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx  

One of my favorite projects with these fun sets is the shrink plastic earrings.  Aren't they adorable when you shrink them down to the perfect earring size?  I just bought the Ruff and Ready plastic at the local craft store and stamped in Staz-on on the slick side and colored on the back with Sharpies or colored pencils.  And the skeletons and mummys don't even have to be colored, extra quick and easy!   

I'm so glad to be back, I hope it continues to work ok because I struggle with computer problems.  I'm amazed by what a computer can do but when it doesn't do what it is supposed to do, I'm just lost!  Too bad I can't just stamp it back into shape!