Today, I applaud Facebook!
I really like how it shares past memories with you. This was the first thing on my feed this morning:
Two years ago today, I was sharing my favorite Christmas gift. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a remote controlled diffuser by Young Living. Diffusers come in all shapes and sizes, but this is my fanciest one. It plays music, and covers the largest square footage with its oily goodness.
I simply add water, and several drops of essential oils, whatever I feel I need that day. With Purification (an oil blend) it eliminates cooking odors, or with Citrus Fresh it makes the room smell amazing. Peppermint is great for stimulating the brain, and in the morning or late afternoon, I definitely need that! Joy (another blend) fills me with just that. I keep it in the kitchen, where it is centrally located, and guests can enjoy the benefits.
I have a smaller diffuser beside my bed, where I diffuse “sleep” oils every night, usually Lavender and Cedarwood. Sleep was a problem for me in the past, so I also apply oils directly to my skin, Tranquil, StressAway, and Sara. Sometimes I change it up with other combinations, but getting a good night’s sleep can be life changing.
Two years later, my diffuser is still going strong. If you’d like a diffuser of your own, please comment, or private message me. I’d love to help you get one.
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Merry Christmas to one and all!
My husband, Neil, and I were having fun trying to take a selfie, so we could wish you a Merry Christmas. It’s a little blurry, but at this age, blurry can be a good thing.
So, wishing you a fabulous Christmas day, and all your hearts desire in the coming year. Let’s make 2018 the best year yet!
When I saw the Bubble Over Bundle at OnStage, my mind went beyond the bright colors to my mother’s bottle collection.
My parents were collectors, and they loved to rummage around antique stores. My mother couldn’t resist things that “went together” to make artistic groupings in their home. Her old, bottle collection is now hanging in my home, and was my inspiration for this project.
My living room wall paint is very close in color to Sahara Sand, so I layered that on the Always Artichoke card base. My mother would have named this green color Bottle Green. She painted our house this color, the one we lived in when I was 3-10 years old, and I will always like Always Artichoke. For the antique shelf, I used two strips of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper.
The Bottles and Bubbles die set has two sizes of bottles, which I used to cut seven bottles that would fit nicely on the shelf. I used Champagne Foil, Copper Foil, Vellum, Always Artichoke and Pear Pizazz cardstock, and Acetate. The acetate was sharp, like glass, and I actually cut my finger. Ouch!
I tied the bottles together with Linen Thread, and attached the sentiment, “happy together.” The sentiment was cut with a die from Petals and More, one that will be seeing lots of action. Many sentiments will fit perfectly within its frame, and I like its side detailing.
This would make a great anniversary card, so I stamped the inside with a sentiment from Petal Palette, “Some things are just meant to be~ like the two of you together.”
I like participating in the Tic Tac Toe challenge, so can you see which row I chose?
If you chose, vellum, die-cut, open, you were right! Thanks for stepping back in time with me. And, it’s okay if Always Artichoke isn’t appealing to you. We can’t all like the same thing. Have a great day!
The doorbell rings, Simba barks, I open the door, and there it is! I placed my order for the Premier Products the first evening of OnStage, but I was still shocked to have it arrive so soon. I can’t wait to open it!
I remove the bubble wrap, and start lifting out the contents. The first stamp set is my favorite, Petal Passion, which is banded together, because it’s a two part set. I bought it in a “Bundle” with the dies, so there’ll be a 10% discount. I also have the Black and white Designer Series Paper in all of it’s wonderful patterns, and two embossing folders. That little bird is “to die for,” and I can’t wait to ink her up!
I ordered two more Bundles, taking advantage of that 10% discount.
We did a Make and Take at OnStage with the Bubble Over stamp set, dies, and Designer Series Paper, which convinced me I had to have it. It’s such a versatile set that can be used for numerous occasions. The Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper that coordinates has dies to cut the bottle from the DSP. There’s also a die for a straw that looks real. How fun! And, those epoxy bubbles and teardrops for embellishment are a must!
The third, and last Bundle I ordered is Sure Do Love You. I’ll be making lots of Valentine’s Day Cards, and this set even includes a box! And, my wedding anniversary is February 1st, so I’ll be using it for that!
Before I show you the rest of my order, I’ll let you see what I brought home with me from OnStage. This is a huge amount of FREE goodies! No wonder everyone wants to go to OnStage! Everyone gets so excited when “Prize Patrol” is announced. This is when everyone with a designated number stands, and the Stampin’ Up employees run around handing out the brand new, FREE stamp sets. Everyone is clapping and screaming, and having an unbelievably good time. Bird Banter was my Prize Patrol gift, and EVERYONE received Picture Perfect Birthday and Lovely Wishes.
Thanks for joining in the fun with me. Stop by tomorrow to see what else is in my box!
It is amazing how things can fall into place when you are open and receptive to change and new ideas.
I was flying home on Southwest Airlines, after spending four fabulous days in Salt Lake City. I was at a Stampin’ Up Convention for the unveiling of the new Occasions 2018 catalog, along with recognizing demonstrators from all over the world. It was a whirlwind of forming relationships with people I’d only known on Facebook, creativity overload seeing all the new products, and learning how to “love it, live it and share it.”
Here I am (on the left) with my roomie Stesha (in the middle), Mary Fish (our team leader), and Brian King (photo bomber).
The short flight gave me time to read the entire Southwest magazine. On page 22 there was an article about Robyn Benincasa, and her quote immediately caught my eye: “If you combine what you’re great at with what you love, you’ll be fulfilled your whole life.” She goes on to say, “Find the ‘vein of gold’ within you.”
Talk about reinforcing what I’d been hearing for four days!
And, next to the last page, this is what I saw:
Yes, it’s a toucan, and isn’t it remarkable that a toucan is in one of the new Occasions Catalog stamp sets? It happened to be the stamp set that Brian King demonstrated, and I was one of the lucky “Prize Patrol” recipients.
I would use this Bird Banter stamp set to make my first card from the new, 2018 Occasions Catalog.
I selected my sketch from the CAS(E) this sketch challenge:
I first stamped Mr. Toucan in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock, and colored him with Stampin’ Blends. It was fun choosing his bright colors of Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Bermuda Bay. I used the Stampin’ Write for his Basic Black feathers. He is just one of many cute birds and sentiments from Bird Banter. Just wait until you see all of them!
Brian King used a piece of the Birthday Memories DSP on one of his samples, and it was so perfect for the toucan with the colorful stripes, I HAD to use it also. I layered this on Basic Black cardstock on Bermuda Bay cardstock, embossed with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, and layered this on a Basic Black card base.
The Whisper White half circle was die cut with Circle Framelits, and I stamped Mr. Toucan’s feet where I wanted him to stand. The rest of him was easy to cut by hand, and I glued everything in place.
The Leaf Punch from the Holiday catalog (a gift from Mary Fish for the Pals who attended OnStage) made the white foliage.
Once again, the Bunch of Banners is the right size and shape for the sentiment, “Just A Little Toucan Of My Appreciation.” Isn’t that the cutest? And, the last detail, the Daffodil Delight Enamel Shapes.
This is my first “sneak peek” of the new Occasions 2018 Catalog. Demonstrators can order beginning December 1st, and customers can order Jan. 1st. If you would like to place an order, and aren’t working with a demonstrator, grab me! I can get you hooked up!
Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winners Blog Hop. The theme for this month’s Blog Hop is “life changing events.” Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.
The reason I’m able to participate in this Blog Hop is because you voted on my entry in October. So, thank you! It was for my daughter’s wedding, and if you missed it, you can see it here:
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Today’s project is one that represents a life changing event that caught me by surprise. I’ll explain.
As I was coloring this adorable tea pot from Just Add Color DSP with my new Stampin’ Blends, I was thinking of my mother. She is often on my mind when I’m in my craft room, because she would love to be sitting next to me, being creative. She majored in art in college, and loved to paint with watercolors and oils, but lost her sight years before she left this earth in May of 2016. I was her eyes, and she was my everything.
I know she would love that I am spending my time in creativity, and praise me for my efforts. Do children ever stop wanting to please their parents? Losing a parent is the life changing event I’m trying to describe. But, I prefer to think that I can still communicate with Mama. I found these words in the Sitting Here stamp set, “come and sit a while with me,” along with the little bird that hopped next to the tea pot.
Maybe I’m naïve, but Mama was speaking to me from Heaven. Why do I believe this? A little bird told me so.