Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WOYWW 489 - I'm Back!

Good gravy!
I haven't played in almost two months! But for good reason, which I'll tell you about in a moment. But first, the reason you stopped by:

Horrible, isn't it? This is what happens when you don't have time to do anything but pile. I see one small opening but I can't work with the clutter around me so that is my task for today. You guys know me and this is NOT me. But about that good reason I told you about. 

First off, take note of the brown and black box in the front right then go up and to the left from the top left corner of that box and you'll see a print out of 4 square pictures. The box contains bookmarks and the print out is of the inside front cover of a booklet I made as a giveaway at the writer's conference last weekend.... all to promote this lovely item:

AN OZARKS CHRISTMAS released in eBook on my birthday, September 26 then the print copy went live on Amazon two weeks later. Though this is my second book, I am most proud of this one. The cover artists (Sweet n Spicy Designs) did a fabulous job of creating a marketable cover that FIT THE STORY. This is the first in a 4-book series. I'm hoping to release Book 2 around Mother's Day 2019. If you'd like to find out more, here is the AMAZON link. If you love Hallmark Holiday movies, second chance at love stories or sweet romances, then I think you'll enjoy my book. 

Bob left Monday. I'm spending this week and next getting stuff caught up around here so I will be able to visit. I've missed you all!

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Saturday, September 22, 2018


First off, as you can tell I totally spaced our Monthly Color Challenge. With that in mind, and the lack of participation, I am going to discontinue the Monthly Color Challenge. I would love to have seen people participate. Maybe that would have helped me remember.

On the other hand, if you've not seen my book cover on FB yet, I will be posting that here on Monday. So much creativity went into this book from a lot of people and I look forward to showing you.

But today, is all about our month Card Chicks group on SplitcoastStampers.

Sue was our hostess this month and she sent some lovely papers and images to work with.

Here was our note from Sue:
Creative Chicks, here is my challenge for September.
The image and sentiments are from SU Birthday Blooms, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on recollections white card stock. 
The DP is from SU Pop of Pink consisting of Melon Mambo and Basic Black. I've included Melon Mambo Baker's twine, the black and white twine was from my stash. The silver sequins are also from my stash. I included one piece of Melon Mambo cardstock.

Here is card #1:

I loved this black DSP for some reason. Not necessarily me. I pulled Stampin' Blends that I thought were perfect, not realizing they were a discontinued color until I pulled the matching cardstock from my retired shelf - Pink Pirouette.

I used the light and dark Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends to color the image as well as Light Basic Black. The string is from a previous Paper Pumpkin and I added Basic Pearls (retired)

For both cards, I used the Oval Framelits.

Card #2:

This one took some playing. The time was getting late, I was tired but was determined to finish a project. Everything here except for the Melon Mambo card base and the piece large enough for the scallop mat came from the kit.

Some of the girls are super creative. Take a look at what Jeanette did with items from the kit:

I'd like to say things will slow down but not for a couple more weeks. I'm trying to get the house ready for company arriving on Friday. My SIL (also my downline) will be helping me assemble 250+ promotional giveaways for me to take to conference on the 11th of October. We'll also be wrapping mini chocolate bars for my table at the conference.

To add insult to injury, I'm speaking at the conference and came up with a crazy idea to sell a companion workbook to my talk. I'm still organizing notes and compiling. Then there's the printing/ binding I'll probably be doing two days before I leave. 

So probably not a lot on the blog until after the 15th when I can breathe a bit.

Thanks for stopping by my studio!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WOYWW #482 - pictures

Welcome, friends!
Several pictures to show you, some based on comments from last week. Let's start with why you are here:

My space as I left it last night. I did all the prep work for a planner video I need to film this morning. I'll need to clean this morning before I start on cards.

Last week I showed you my new book ends unit and explained the unit had been made from cutting up a storage drawer from my old stamp cabinet.

This is the unit. The drawer is one of the deeper drawers - bottom right:

I turned the drawer so you could see how this came from a drawer. The back piece was either the drawer front or back. The underlayment piece  at the bottom.. was the bottom of the drawer. Bob cut the drawer in half according to how tall I wanted the item to be, then angled the sides of the drawer frame to create the book end. No additional nailing/ gluing/ etc involved. This could be done with any drawer from a nightstand or bureau.  Because I wanted this a certain height to accommodate the DVD cases I store embellishments in, that underlayment base is actually the back of the unit. 

Next we discussed carpet vs laminate.

I would really have preferred hardwood but Bob wasn't keen on putting that in. Didn't feel confident in doing so - silly man. Laminate was my second choice as that is what we have throughout the house. Because of the dimension of the room, we would have had a lot of waste. You know that wasn't going to happen! LOL So flare square carpet it is. If I think I'll be doing a lot of wet/ paint stuff, I can put down a drop cloth or work outside on the picnic table. This is really easy to clean... well, except for the glitter that gets in the pattern grooves.  

Lastly, pictures of happy mail. I went on a shopping spree a week ago last Saturday. Darn Tim Holtz and his new toys. I've managed to not buy anything every year when he does his fall releases. This year, I decided I wanted a few things. The antique wardrobe where I had my Yule tree last December will be a perfect vignette for a Halloween display. I'm still waiting on my big order from Simon Says Stamps. Many of the new items were not releasing until the 22nd.  However, JoAnns had TH items on sale 40 or 50% off... can't remember now but they also had $2.99 shipping on the entire order!

Well, the first thing that went into my cart:

I've been waiting on this since he showed it off in January. Some of you  may have ordered this. I don't want to think what you would have paid in shipping. Tempted to take mine to the PO just to see LOL

Well, since the shipping was already taken care of, I had to add a few more things:

Not holiday related items but things that were not checked off in my app.

Finally, I went over to Stampendous for these little jewels:

I have one but Tim said these will be discontinued, when they are gone, they are gone forever. Then he showed one of his new ideology hands holding the lantern and I had to have a couple more while I had the opportunity. Stampendous is the only place I found them still in stock.

Okay... one more thing - not stamping related.. kind of:

This is a 6-box Holiday sampler of tea from Bigelow Tea company. A small family-owned company shipping all over the world. My heroine in An Ozarks Christmas enjoys her hot tea in the evening. I found little pocket booklets made from scrapbook paper that would work great for giveaways. So I ordered 3 of the sampler gift boxes. I contacted Bigelow and they wanted to help with my promotion so they gave me a generous discount. I will tuck a tea bag (individually wrapped) into the giveaway as well as adhering one into the inside cover of each book I autograph for the hotels. 

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Two weeks ago, we were asked to make a card for a woman who had just moved into a new home next door to her daughter. There is a gate in the fence between the two yards so they can visit each other whenever.

I knew when I heard the challenge I wanted to use the Stampin' UP! set,  AT HOME WITH YOU. I even pulled the stamp set and put it on the work table. I just couldn't get to it.. until yesterday morning.  So while my card is going to be a bit later than the others, I hope she'll appreciate the thought.  I also added something from a new set in the Holiday catalog releasing September 5th - MANY BLESSINGS is similar to the At Home set but without dies. The potted flowers, basket of pumpkins and box of candy canes are the same size as the adornments in the original set. The only set back is there are no dies. Man, I could have used those cutting out two sets of the potted sunflowers this morning, but at that they only took about 15 minutes to cut both sets.

I started with a Soft Suede A2 card base. Then I cut a piece of Crumb Cake 5-1/4" x 4" and ran that through the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. 
The door is stamped on Whisper White then colored in with Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Blends. The door handle is colored in Dk. Daffodil Delight and I added a gold brad at the top of the door handle where the latch is located. 

I cut the window panes out with my Xacto knife then layered a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock behind that. The door opens. I cut through the door, the embossed layer and the card base front so that you can see the white inside where it says 'to your new home' The 'to' is from Snowflake Sentiments. The rest is from At Home With You. I covered up 'on'. Welcome 'on' just didn't sound right LOL Of course, the Welcome is the welcome mat stamped in Memento Black on Soft Suede.

For the lantern, I cut out two, then used the window pane die to cut out to openings in one. I sandwiched Daffodil Delight between the two lanterns. 

The pot of sunflowers is from the new Many Blessings. I used Cajun Craze for the pot and edged with Soft Sued. The flowers have a hint of Pumpkin Pie beneath Lt. Daffodil Delight. The leaves are Granny Apple Green over top a touch of Old Olive. I stamped and colored the image twice. Then I cut the flowers and the single leaf stem from one of them. The full pot is glued flat to the card front. Then I used mini dimensionals to layer the bouquet, single flower on top. 

This is the first time I've used either of these stamp sets. I look forward to creating more cards with them.

Monday, August 27, 2018

COLOR CHALLENGE - August - Really!

Thank you all for your patience. To top everything off, we found out on Wednesday for sure that Bob was leaving Thursday. I'm glad I took the time off to spend with him.

So here's this month's color challenge:

I fell in love with these colors! So rich.

Here's the SU colors I selected:

Remember, you do NOT have to use Stampin' UP! products. You can use anything. These are just my go-to products. As you'll see in the embellishments, I keep forgetting I don't have to use current product on this blog.That's just where my mind always goes.

I started with the Basic Black A2 base. Used my Martha Steward lace border punch for the accent strip.  The flowers are from PRESSED FLOWERS and the sentiment VERY VINTAGE

I used the Darling Label Punch (available only through the box set in the link) to punch out the floral mats from Whisper White. I punched one from Smokey Slate, cut it in half then mounted under the sentiment mat so that I had a border top and bottom.

For the base mats under the florals I cut punched three, one from each Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron and Merry Merlot. Then I cut each one in half and off-set under the coordinating flower color. I used retired SU Share What You Love Artisan Pearls for the flower centers and the top right corner for balance.

Okay.. now the fun stuff!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WOYWW - #481

My desk in all its glory this week. I've just finished some of the August Paper Pumpkin cards. Loved the prints I had to work with and in gorgeous colors.

Saturday, I started to clean the worktable and wound up stripping everything off, rearranging as well as shampooing the carpet. I haven't worked with this enough to find out if I like the arrangement but I think I do. Bob repurposed a drawer from my old stamping cabinet and made the  'book' holder you see center back. That's where I put the stamp cases that house current SU embellishments as well as my small self-healing cutting mat and my piercing mat. They seemed to always get buried before. I also have a spot now to stand my paper trimmer up and out of the way instead of always looking for a place to lay it but still keep handy.

Bob leaves tomorrow or Friday... probably for four weeks so I'll have mornings to visit again so should be able to get 'round to more of you.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, August 20, 2018


I woke up this morning and realized today was the third Monday. Man is this month zooming by. Do you realize we are 4 months and 4 days from Christmas?  Yikes!

Torrential rain and storms here so I'm hoping this gets posted before I lose internet. If not, I'll be back to finish.

I did have to shut down. By the time the storm was over I needed to make a grocery shopping trip, come home to fix dinner.. and the day was gone.

COLOR CHALLENGE will run next Monday - August 27th.