#IRMA2017 (#jos006)

Good morning!  Oh, and what a glorious morning it is!  To say that I feel blessed is a major understatement!  Irma was headed right at us inching a bit more west every hour.  To be on the water and East of the actual Hurricane would have been catastrophic for us.  But as if God answered our many prayers Irma decided to move a bit East of us.  Because of that shift we did not end up with the 10-15 foot storm surge that would have most certainly put half my city underwater.

Our family is coming up on our 21st year living in Florida.  We have lived through many Hurricanes,  Up until Charley came to SW Florida in August 2004, we took each “threat” pretty lightly.  In fact, up until the year AFTER Charley we never once boarded up our windows much less even considered evacuation!  After all, the last BIG Hurricane to devastate our area was Donna, back in 1960!  After Charley we got a bit more serious with Hurricane Prep.  We bought plywood and boarded up our home each time a storm was imminent.  But that was 2005.  The year that every home in Florida practically remained shuttered or boarded up for the entire season.  We were all so tired and weary from the prep, and the stress of the unknown.

The following year we made an investment getting metal shutters.  They were a step up from the plywood, but after a year or two of putting them up and taking them down, my husband wanted shutters that weren’t so tedious to do by himself.

My husband just wasn’t sure what he wanted so we got a few of each style, accordion, Kevlar shade, Electric, , clear and metal.  Seriously, our house looks like the model home for a Shutter Retailer!  Here is my opinion.  Although the electric are the most convenient, when your power goes out you are stuck behind them!  LOL. the Power going out is one of the biggest inconveniences of a hurricane.  Believe me, it gets stifling hot in Florida and if you can’t get the breeze because your at the mercy of electric shutters people get mighty grumpy LOL

I have no idea why I just blogged about my shutters LOL I guess they weigh heavy on my mind!    The #1 rule regarding Hurricanes is, “stay for wind evacuate for surge”.  Because of the shutters our home was a fortress from the wind.  BUT this storm was bringing along her evil sister “storm Surge”.  We have never, ever evacuated our home for any Hurricane but this time we had a mandatory evacuation.  Our home is on a salt water canal, the elevation is 7.25 feet.  The prediction was for a possible storm surge of between 10-15 feet!  It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out our house would be totally submerged!  We evacuated to my sons Town-home, we are at the most SW portion of the city, he is at the most NE section.  We felt totally safe there.  Then the power went out.  But that was our only causality.  Refrigerators needed to be emptied, food tossed.  But all 3 of our family homes came out totally untouched.  We were blessed and for that I am ever so thankful.

 

After our power and phone service was restored I was greeted with the surprise of “winning” another challenge at The Joy of Sets Challenge Blog.  It’s such a fun way to challenge yourself to make a card with an assigned Letter in a stamp sets title.  I wish more people would join in the challenges, it’s open to anyone that has a blog or is able to link back to their FB page.  The stamp sets can be current or retired and the sky is the limit (well of course except the title needs to include the chosen Letter for that particular challenge.)

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This weeks Challenge was to use a set that included a word in the title beginning with the letter T.  I wanted to make a card reflecting how I felt about my fellow Floridians.  I chose Totally Trees for my stamp set, because I love the Palm Tree!  I thought by embossing it with gold powder it would be symbolic of how strong we Floridians are!  Totally Trees is retired, but High Tide isn’t!  I just love the water stamp in that set!  I heat embossed only the edges of my scalloped oval.  Stamping or adding color over a heat embossed image made this card so simple, no masking necessary because you just wipe the ink from the embossed image!  The hashtags were made using the Labeler Alphabet set.  I had to abbreviate Florida because it wouldn’t fit!  LOL I hope people aren’t going to wonder what a Flastrong is hahaha

 

Final week!  Don’t forget about my September class:

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I will be offering this class locally in my home or yours for a small fee of $10.  This fee will include materials and the lesson.  If you make a minimum purchase of $20 the class fee will be waived.  With your $20 order you will also have a PDF file so that you can make these at home following detailed instructions.  (Sorry class fee does not include a take home PDF, just me live and in person:)

Now, of course I realize that you may be outside of the Cape Coral area so I will have this PDF tutorial as a gift to you with a $20 online order using Hostess Code P6XC47YJ

I’d also love to grow my YouTube audience and will be having a small giveaway to any USA resident that subscribes to my YouTube Channel during the month of September.  Once you subscribe please leave a comment on this video so I know you have entered.  The link to the video is here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, see you next week!

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New Series: “What do I do with this?” Wednesday

Hi Peeps!  Do you guys love DSP (Designer Series Paper)?  I love it!  What I mean by love it is that I love to look at it LOL.  Have you ever noticed my cards rarely use DSP?  I’m just not comfortable making simple cards, I correlate DSP with simple, I shouldn’t though, I know there are some fabulous cards/projects out there that are anything but simple.

I have quite a few packages of DSP from catalogs past, with barely 1 sheet used.  I even have the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper from the current annual catalog still in its sealed package!  I resolve to start using it at the start of the new year.

Last year I joined in on a paper share from another Demonstrator.  This works better for me because I get a nice sampling of all the papers and since its cut down to 6X6 I have less guilt by cutting it myself!

I just received my project share for the Holiday Catalog.  My goal is to actually use it to make cards and projects!  So that’s where the title of my series comes in to play!  What exactly do I do with this?!  Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the many samples, I decided to focus on just one.  With Halloween right around the corner I opened up the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

I studied the paper for a bit and then saw that the paper with the spooky tree and moon would actually fit perfectly inside the little shadow box ornament I have as a class for the month of September.  I fussy cut the cat and the witches hat and voila my first DSP project was done!  Yes, there is a matching Cat Punch, but I’m a dog person, so for me fussy cutting was A-OK 🙂

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I added my Lemon Lime Twist marker to my cats eyes and added “ribbon” to the bow on the witches hat with a black marker.  Pretty easy little project!  I’ll be making a few more and turning them into magnets to give to my kids!

As I was finishing this project up another idea popped into my head.  Actually 3 more!!!  Please come back each Wednesday to see what I did with my DSP!

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Beachy Little Christmas at night

Hello!!!!  It’s me, the girl that’s weathered the storm.  At least I hope I have!, since I’m writing this post pre-storm, just so I have a post in the event I actually did blow away to Oz!  Wrong story you say?  LOL I just didn’t want to reference The Poseidon Adventure, because honestly I’d rather be blown away then have my house under water, me and fish do not get along well!  Plus, I wish to have my ashes spread along the beach, I don’t wish to be buried at sea (see fish statement above!)

Let’s chat about stamping on candles, shall we?  When I saw that you were able to use Dollar Tree Flame-less Candles as well as real wax candles, I knew I had to give it a go!  Every year since I’ve been a Red Hat Lady I’ve made a small gift for my red hatted gal pals at Christmastime!  Just when I thought I had run out of ideas, stamping on candles showed up at my door (also known as ‘Pinterest, you may like this’ email)  Like?  I LOVE!!!!

I picked up 4 candles (I left room for error) and stamped and colored in my Beach house and trees from Beachy Little Christmas onto the dull side of my Tissue paper (Dollar Tree)  Then I trimmed it and placed (dull side up) onto my candle (Dollar Tree) and tore off a piece of waxed paper (Dollar Tree) and laid it waxed side down over my stamped images with enough to wrap around the candle and still have something to grab hold tightly on!  Turned on my Heat Tool and watched the image melt right into the candle.  If you love to watch embossing powder melt to your card stock, you will certainly LOVE watching it melt into the wax candle!  Oh, did I mention those flameless candles from Dollar Tree actually do have a wax coating on them?  (No, I don’t work for nor own stock in Dollar Tree, I’m just cheap LOL)  Enjoy my short video to see this candle lit and unlit, I hope it gets you in the Christmas spirit!

So I had a successful first try, but the coloring was a bit labor intensive (keep in my mind my MS has limited my ability to properly hold a marker in my dominant hand for any length of time, and coloring left handed reminds me of refrigerator artwork my kids used to bring home back in the dark ages!)  So I timed myself while making a 2nd candle.  I came to the conclusion that while do-able at 2 candles a day, but with having to make 25 of them, I might lose my love for this stamp set!  LOL, and we can’t have that, right???

Since I still had 2 candles left, I tried using stamps that you didn’t have to “color”.  Needless to say, 12 candles later, I’m well on my way to completing this years Red Hat Christmas Gifts!  I just need another trip to the Dollar Tree to get about 15 more candles (I like to have a few spares in case another project pops into my head!)

BUT, I will not be heading to any stores that sell hurricane supplies until AFTER the storm, so I will be posting a pic of my 25 Flame-less Candles at a future date!

Don’t forget about my September class:

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I will be offering this class locally in my home or yours for a small fee of $10.  This fee will include materials and the lesson.  If you make a minimum purchase of $20 the class fee will be waived.  With your $20 order you will also have a PDF file so that you can make these at home following detailed instructions.  (Sorry class fee does not include a take home PDF, just me live and in person:)

Now, of course I realize that you may be outside of the Cape Coral area so I will have this PDF tutorial as a gift to you with a $20 online order using Hostess Code P6XC47YJ

I’d also love to grow my YouTube audience and will be having a small giveaway to any USA resident that subscribes to my YouTube Channel during the month of September.  Once you subscribe please leave a comment on this video so I know you have entered.  The link to the video is here.

 

Still feeling Beachy!

Greetings from SW Florida!  I am writing this post on Wednesday, while waiting for the impending doom aka Irma!  I know it is still too soon to tell just exactly where the Goddess of War is headed, but we are as prepared as we can be without totally leaving the state!  We survived Charley and didn’t even board up our home back then, now we have all sorts of shutters so hopefully my ton (literally) of paper stays nice and dry!  I live in Cape Coral, on a canal that feeds from the Gulf of Mexico.  The city is known as a “Waterfront Wonderland”, with over 400 mi of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world!  But that is precisely why we moved here from NJ back in 1996!

So, because of my love for the Jersey Shore and now the scenic waterways of Cape Coral, I thought I would stick with the Beachy Little Christmas Stamp Set to remind me I really do love living in paradise!

I stamped all the small shells from the stamp set in Sahara Sand onto a square of Very Vanilla!  Yes, most of the card is red and WHITE, but by stamping on Very Vanilla I didn’t have to color the shells!  I’m a bit sneaky ha, ha!  I also turned the sunflower from Painted Harvest into a wreath with the bow from Everyday Jars Framelits Dies !  The Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are amazing, I have the bundle but I totally love the “frame” it makes, and can be used year round, bonus!

I made the crab red again LOL, but only because the Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers  are still a wish list item for me!!!!

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So here I sit, in the middle of a project (for a future blog post reveal) and I need a trip to the Dollar Tree!  But no way will I venture into that store before this hurricane, they sell canned goods, water and batteries!  I will just browse Pinterest and get some inspiration so I can in turn inspire you!

Bye for now, from the soon to be a very windy city!

P.S.  Don’t forget about my September class:

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I will be offering this class locally in my home or yours for a small fee of $10.  This fee will include materials and the lesson.  If you make a minimum purchase of $20 the class fee will be waived.  With your $20 order you will also have a PDF file so that you can make these at home following detailed instructions.  (Sorry class fee does not include a take home PDF, just me live and in person:)

Now, of course I realize that you may be outside of the Cape Coral area so I will have this PDF tutorial as a gift to you with a $20 online order using Hostess Code P6XC47YJ

I’d also love to grow my YouTube audience and will be having a small giveaway to any USA resident that subscribes to my YouTube Channel during the month of September.  Once you subscribe please leave a comment on this video so I know you have entered.  The link to the video is here.

Beachy Little Christmas-Heat Embossing

It’s been an exciting month so far, hasn’t it?  Have you had a chance to browse through the 2017 Holiday Catalog yet?  Do you have any favorites?  Wish List started?  Ohhhh I have so many questions…LOL  But lets get down to business shall we?

I’m still playing with the Beach Little Christmas stamp set.  I love how the stamps can make two completely different card looks!  In fact, the only stamp out of the set that I used in both my card from this week and here was the sentiment!  I just thought the “Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells” was perfect for cards I send to my northern friends and family! I can also make this exact card using the other sentiment “Have yourself a beachy little Christmas” to send to my neighbors, friends and family living here in Florida!  This stamp set is rather perfect for us “transplants” isn’t it?

My previous card was a colorful beach scene, I really changed it up this time, didn’t I?  2 colors! I love the sharp contrast of the heat embossed white images against the diecut red shapes!  I love using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder but please remember to use your Embossing Buddy or your card may look like it went through a snow storm!!!!  Ha!  Doesn’t exactly go with the sentiment does it?!

I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to make the rectangle shapes!  Whats that you say?  There are no rectangles in that set?  Oh, but that is where the magic of partial die cutting comes in!!!!

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That’s my card for this week, I hope it inspires you to try heat embossing!

Don’t forget to hop over to my YouTube Channel to enter my giveaway!

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I haven’t gone online with my store yet, so if you are interested in any of the products I’ve shown you, this is how you can get them:

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2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE!

I’m so very excited to share with you that the Holiday Catalog is available online!  Yay!  You are absolutely going to love it, I know I have been 🙂

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I’m doubly excited because September I’ve decided to step up my Demonstrator Status from Hobby to my very own itty bitty business!  I absolutely love Stampin’ Up! products and I want to share my love with you!  By trying to get a few small orders each month I can continue to purchase product and share projects with you!!  I actually am assuming you love my projects…LOL its ok to lie in this case 😉  I’ll take what I can get hahaha!

The first step is to offer classes!  My September Class will be learning how to make this Mini Shadow Box Ornament.

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I will be offering this class locally in my home or yours for a small fee of $10.  This fee will include materials and the lesson.  If you make a minimum purchase of $20 the class fee will be waived.  With your $20 order you will also have a PDF file so that you can make these at home following detailed instructions.  (Sorry class fee does not include a take home PDF, just me live and in person:)

Now, of course I realize that you may be outside of the Cape Coral area so I will have this PDF tutorial as a gift to you with a $20 online order using Hostess Code P6XC47YJ

I’d also love to grow my YouTube audience and will be having a small giveaway to any USA resident that subscribes to my YouTube Channel during the month of September.  Once you subscribe please leave a comment on this video so I know you have entered.  The link to the video is here.

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Please feel free to dpwnload the PDF file of the 2017 Holiday Catalog to your computer and when you are ready to place an order remember:

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Painted Harvest DIY DSP Take 2!

Oh my goodness!  I just discovered Stampin’ Up! Note Cards!!!  I honestly thought they were too small to send in the mail, but they aren’t!  I also found I could easily make Easel Cards using the Note Card rather than a full size card base and that meant my DIY DSP would go further!  Woohoo!

I really love how my easel cards turned out, and I love how the stitched oval framelits could be turned into a pumpkin!  I made a short video showing you how this card came together.

They came together so quickly, I actually made 7 ~ LOL!  Now my Thanksgiving cards are done for this year 🙂

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Tomorrow is September 1 already!  You know what that means!?!  The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live!  That means you can get your lovely hands on some fun new toys, including the Painted Harvest Bundle I used this week!

I’m going to be offering a free tutorial with a minimum purchase during the month of September.  Stay tuned for that!  If you are local I will be offering in person classes!  I’m so excited to share this project with you!

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