Friday, July 21, 2017

FRIDAY FREEBIE - Camp Reset Essentials

Hey Everyone! Welcome back.

When I was young, I went to camp and later as an adult with my Girl Scout troops. But planning for Camp Reset has been a blast. I'm PLAYING!

The idea behind Camp Reset is to take time for ME. While some might think this is a crazy time for me to do this challenge, in a lot of ways it is the PERFECT time. I'm giving about 98% of my time to the girls but I have to breathe now and then. Camp Reset is my respite from the crazy summer I wouldn't trade for anything.

Okay, reminder of my basket:

We were given a Packing List in our Welcome packet. I've included some of those things and eliminated others. Choosing my own instead.

You see that adorable cat sitting proudly on top? I picked him up when we took the girls to the zoo. Haven't named him yet but it will come to me. You also see edges of things peeking out. So let's check out the packing list:

Stickers from The Paper House and Stickabilities

Bin for Camp Essentials - check
Snacks & Sips.. I just make a trip to the kitchen prior to my quiet time.
Candle/ Diffuser/ Fluffy Socks - I'm eliminating. I have a Sensa pot in my office with a lovely vintage lilac
Bubbles - check (Bought a HUGE bubble wand at $Tree)
iPad and Kindle or books for reading - check
Book about healthy diet/ exercise/ emotional well-being - check
Magazines about health/ crafting/ spirituality - check
Word Search Books - I'm going to practice Zentangle instead. Have tons on my Pinterest board
Mud masks/ beauty treatments - check
Pencil pouch - check 
Journal - check
Planner or TN - check
Retreat Crafty Girl PlayKit - I've chosen to use some of her products and other stickers I already have
I've also included two stamp sets that are camp themed, ink spots and small scrub pad

You saw my planner yesterday, with a journal insert. So let's see what's in the pencil pouch:

Glue stick, tape runner, scissors, ink spots & scrub pad (in the tin) and two roller stamps with appropriately themed quick messages.

Here are the two stamp sets:

I'm using a 1/2 case from Stampin' UP! to hold six rolls of washi tape for adhering stuff to the pages:

I also have an 8.5" x 11" page protector with a sheet of cardstock in it for sturdiness. I keep some stickers as well as the printables from Cori for us to use in our planners. 

Here are the three magazines I've chosen:

A little retreat inspiration for the backyard

Appeared to have some good articles as well as quotes and pictures I could put in the journal.

The premier issue of The Pioneer Woman. Ree shares some great recipes both here and on her blog that I want to try. I've been to The Merc in Pawhuska though the line was way too long to try the food. Next time!

And finally, though not 'healthy', this is my SIP.  I found it at Walmart for $5. There is Peach Schnapps in my future. :-D

While I was late 'getting to camp', I am enjoying the journey and super excited to be sharing it with my sissy, Kitty. Newly retired, she needed a little burst of something and we're doing it together!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

THURSDAY THREADS - Traveler's Notebook - Graphics loaded

 Earlier this month I joined not one but two creative challenges. Camp Reset and One Book July

One is Camp Reset - the brainchild of planner/ crafter/ encourager - Cori Spieker aka The Reset Girl. If you've even glanced at planner stuff in the craft stores you've probably seen some of her product designs distributed through Carpe Diem by Simple Stories.

Our first task was to create an Essentials bag/ basket of things we would use on our Self-Care journey throughout the month of July in the Camp Reset Challenge. Here's my Essentials basket. I'll be explaining more about the contents tomorrow.

The other challenge is One Book July.  THIS video is by one of the three creators of One Book July with a fun take on how the challenge works.  I am using ONE book - ONE pen - ONE 'Go Big Or Stay Home' 

Now, we can interpret the three points however we wish. I am using ONE BOOK - the one I'm about to show you. ONE PEN - one brand but in several colors.  ONE PROJECT - Trying to organize this studio - even if it's just to clear the mixed media pile from in front of my altar. 

But since this is about Threads, I'm going to show you my planner that I am using for both challenges.

I had planned on using a regular planner but in the waking hours after watching several One Book videos, I had a vision of a Traveler's Notebook made from recycled denim jeans. So here's what I came up with:

The notebook is made from a faded/ soft denim with a piece of poster board sandwiched between for a bit of sturdiness. Mine might be a bit off from size but it's 8.5 x 5.25.

Since I'm using more than one pen, a single pen loop on the side wasn't going to work.

I stitched a length of elastic on the inside front cover. The pencil marks I used to designate where the pen divisions needed to be stitched would not erase so I colored the whole strip with an alcohol marker.

I used eyelets to run my elastic bands through. The bands were made from soft-stretch braided elastic. I secured the ends together with a crimp closure used in jewelry making. There are 4 elastic bands holding the four signatures. I want to add at least one more signature to this. But this is what I have so far.

I've never made a Traveler's Notebook before but I want to make another at some point. You'll notice in the first picture I have a side closure rather than the elastic closure that comes out from the center of the side and loops over the entire book. Not sure I'm describing that well so I'm including a YouTube video below for you to check out. I really wanted the vintage button. I used a Tim Holtz elastic closure from the back so that I could loop over the button. 

Here are the inside layouts of my Traveler's Notebook:
The Welcome Page

The Packing List

Camp Itinerary

Badge Tracker. We R Memory Keepers pocket holds badges

Game Day - Wordsearch - All planner related

Right side is cover of the Self-Care signature

Check out my  #TRGCampReset on Pinterest

Habit Tracker
I've added my challenge cards inspiration cards since taking this photo. Ideas for:
Physical Time/ Tech Break/ Creative Time

Self Care/ Routine ideas to implement.
Just put these pages together while we were on vacation last week.
 Didn't get them filled in before I took photos
Camp Calendar
This lets us keep track of chats and things Cori has scheduled.

Notes piece taken from the tracker print out (Left)
Inside cover of the Weekly TN Insert (Right) from Michaels new TN line

Inside spread from the Weekly TN
I've added a monthly calendar sticker from Cori's line.

That's it for the journal. Curious as to what's inside my Essentials basket  Check back tomorrow for an update!

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

52 Christmas Card Throwdown -


Okay.. I messed up. Here's what happened.

But we left for vacation on Tuesday morning. My plan was to upload to the blog once we were settled at the hotel. I had the memory card, the flash drive.... but failed to remember I could not upload them through my iPad. So none of the cards got uploaded.  I couldn't come in and tell you guys that because then the whole world would know that we were not at home. That wouldn't be a good idea. We have enough issues with some people thinking they can come on my property.   So I'm bumping this post and showing you the card you were supposed to have seen last week.

Due to the size of the three mats, I did this on a 5x7 card. I cut the base from Whisper White at 7 x10 then scored at the 5" mark on the 10" side.

The mats are cut from Dapper Denim at 1-3/4" x 2-1/4" Then the Whisper white at 1-1/2" x 2".

I stamped all of the images in Versa Mark then embossed with the Silver Embossing powder. I might have to make a few more of these. 

The card was made using a new set due to be released in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog September 1st. However, they are offering this as an Early Launch beginning August 1!

The coordinating dies are super perfect for the smaller pieces of this set. If you'd like to see more of what I do with this set, keep an eye on my SU site all this week as I showcase the Carols Of Christmas!  

Monday, July 17, 2017


I live in a part of the country where canoeing makes up a majority of our summer season. If you live in the Ozarks, you go to the river when it's hot. Once warm weather moves in for the summer, a majority of the population work towards the weekend when they can move tents and campers to the river. They wade or swim in the Current or Jacks Fork river or hop on an inner tube. If they don't own a canoe, there is an abundance of places to rent one. Some will take you to a starting point then you float back down to a designated area for pick up. As we're in the final throws of summer before kids go back to school (school starts August 9th!!!), I thought I'd pull out some beachy colors for this month's challenge. 

summer hues

When I looked at these colors I saw Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride. The challenge came down to narrowing the colors I wanted to use.

This is what I came up with:

All colors are from Stampin' UP!

4.25 x 5.5 Soft Sky 
Stamp Set - Balloon Adventures (Stampin' UP! retired)
Balloons from left to right - Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, Blushing Bride
Inks in same colors
Strings - Memento Black
Banner - Marina Mist with Memento Black sentiment
Paper - Ice Cream Parlor (Retired SU 2011)

I ghost stamped the tone on tone of each solid balloon then stamped the tone on tone with a pattern.

This card is winging it's way to one of my besties this morning.  

Okay, I've shown me mine, let's see yours!

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

Remember... you can add a neutral light color to any of the color challenges. You also don't have to use all the colors from the Inspiration Photo. Pick a minimum of THREE and have some fun. Link to your post (Please use a direct link to THE POST - not to your general blog link. Need assistance, just email me and I'll help)

Show us your COLORS!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HAPPY 4th of July

Some creative people will have amazing cards on their blogs today. Not me. I'm struggling to keep up with day to day. Between the girls being here, the hubby being home (which you'd think in the grand scheme of things would help... lol) I'm just behind. And we have a challenge at work I need to fix this week.

We took the girls to see fireworks on Sunday night. They had a great time. To kick off the evening, they got to hear friends of ours perform. The Baker Family will be coming up on America's Got Talent in the next week or two. I hope you'll watch and when the time comes, cast your vote for this amazingly talented family.  You can read more about them HERE.  Bob and I've watched these kids grow up and are so proud of them.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


I belong to a Monthly Challenge Group on Splitcoast stampers. The first of each month someone has a month to send out a standard envelope of goodies for us to play with. Then between the 21-24th we post pics of the cards we made. We can add to whatever's in the envelope to make the cards our own.

We were given the DSP, the blue paper in the first card, 2 copies of the girls' image, the enamel dots, flip flop stickers and 2 each of 2 different sentiments.

I was a bit busy with the girls last week so my cards didn't go up until last night.

But here's what I came up with:

For this first card, I mounted the sun DSP and the blue paper to a Brown Sugar card base. I colored the ladies using colored pencils then fussy cut around them. Then I colored the umbrella and cut it out of the second image and popped it up on top of the first for a bit of dimension. Then I used dimensionals on the entire image to allow the ladies to create a bit of shadow. The yellow button and fiber were also from the kit.

I went simple on this one. The dsp is mounted on a Melon Mambo card base. The other mats are Tempting Turquoise. 

I had fun with this kit once I figured out what I wanted to do. I can't wait to see who has July and what they send us.

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I am loving having the granddaughters here. We are doing so much together. But I also need a little 'me' time so I'm taking part in not one but TWO art retreats this summer. I'm not sure how much I'll accomplish on either one but it least I'll have something creative to contemplate in a quiet moment here and there.

One begins in July. I'm talking about The Reset Girl 'Camp Reset' with Cori Spieker. I love her retro vibe and I think camp with her is going to be a lot of fun.

The other one is a Full-On soulful journey with 25 amazing ladies. The Women Unleashed On-Line Retreat is totally FREE!

This retreat is filled with sessions on art, movement, and all kinds of mini workshops to help you slow down and nourish yourself. Sessions are led by world renowned artists, teachers, speakers, authors and healers from all over the world. 
When you attend the Woman Unleashed Online Retreat you can...
•Attend the retreat sessions around your schedule.
•Wear your favorite comfy yoga pants. No need to brush your hair!
•Drink tea (or wine) from your favorite cup.
•Be a part of a global tribe of women who are saying YES!! to themselves.
You’ve been taking care of everything and everyone... now it’s TIME FOR YOU!

I hope you'll join me for either... or both.. of these artful journeys.
Creative Blessings!

Monday, June 19, 2017


The girls had fun using ink on glossy cardstock yesterday. They puddled ink, spritzed with water, tilted paper, blew with a straw (grandpa's suggestion) and had a really good time. Abby's came out a bit muddy but blotting with a roll of paper towels revealed a very pretty background.

Unfortunately, those pictures are on my phone and not on my regular camera. But, I do have a plan for those backgrounds so I'll show everything in a couple of weeks.

Now that the girls are acclimated to their new surroundings, this week we begin a regular routine. A routine that requires integrating their 'summer schooling' and weekly library trip in with my already established household routine.

So in the business, it's nice when I can take some 'me' time as I did yesterday.

Using some of the negatives from items I'd cut out to include in ATCs (which I will show as soon as recipients have seen them first), I created the second layer of an existing background (sunflower yellow)

I also used the relief from the labels that go on the backs of unmounted rubber stamps from SU.

I love using the negative spaces to create journaling and doodling blocks on my pages. 

I taped the edges down with blue tape...

and got busy with (Folk Art)  Red Violet, Light Blue, Yellow Citron and Podge Pink

After drying, I removed the stencils and started doodling with my Precision Pens from American Crafts. 

I outlined everything except the burgundy tag in the bottom left with a 08 and did most of the lettering with a 08. The tag was outlined with a signo white as well as the embellishments to the pink floral doily at the top. I colored in the doodle snake with Studio G paint markers from Michaels.

Not much of a page but was relaxing to just sit and play while we watched tv before bed. 

Do you doodle? Art Journal? play with paints? Link me to your creative goodness in the comments below. Inspire me!

Creative Blessings!

Monday, June 12, 2017


I'm late getting in here but it's a bit busy around here. LOL The girls are having a good time so far. They even totally forgot about asking for their tablet/ phone yesterday!

Today, I've had several webinars so they've had their devices part of the day.

So what have we been doing?  Well, yesterday I introduced them to the shaving cream technique. They used them to make card bases which became Father's Day cards they could mail to their daddy. We used all Stampin' UP! reinkers

I took the opportunity to make bases for my bases for the WOYWW 8th Anniversary ATC's. The full sheets are mine.

Abby (age 5)
She used Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Gray

We added mats from the SU Color Theory Designer Series Paper
Heart - SU
Sentiment - SU - Sentiments

We used the Stitched Framelits dies from SU for the small squares

Adrian (Age 9)

Adrian chose Real Red, Marina Mist, Black

Adrian used inks to color the edges of Whisper White cardstock.
She used the Stitched Framelits dies.

She chose SU - So In Love for her flower/ sentiment
 and SU - Wonderous Wreath for the bow

Because Adrian is older and been playing with my toys since the age of 2, she had a bit more freedom to be creative such as using the dauber to color the edges as well as learning to use the Watercolor Pencils. She thought those were pretty cool. 

Both girls got to use the Vagabond to cut their dies with plenty of supervision. Adrian will be using the Vagabond more as the summer progresses. 

I know you guys have been waiting to see the paper cabinet. I hope to have pictures on Wednesday.

Monday, June 5, 2017


As much as I tried to avoid this, I have to take a Time Out with this blog. I was hoping to get some things scheduled to carry me over until the girls got here and we found a routine. A vehicle breakdown and trying to get the house ready for two additional little girls has really cramped my creating time.

On the upside, Adrian LOVES to craft so we can stamp together and I'll have stuff to share from both of us.

I haven't forgotten to show the paper unit. That should happen a week from Wednesday. I'm not planning on being away from the blog very long... just not going to happen this week.

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WOYWW - 417

It is what it is. I'm showing you my desk this week. The paper cabinet is almost organized. I just have the current SU stamp sets to move over there. Should have a picture for you in two weeks. I won't be posting next week because I'll be picking up my granddaughters from the airport. I've not seen the girls (9 and 5) in almost 4 years and this grandma isn't missing a minute of time with them. We should be settled in to a routine by the following week and I'll be back.

In the mean time, I have the May Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin Up. They are donut cards complete with sprinkles in the stamp set. I'm going to finally get this kit put together today and posted on my Stampin Up blog.

The day my kit arrived I was on day two of a super high fever that came and went over the course of four days. Bob came in the bedroom to tell me I had happy mail. I mumbled something and went right back to sleep. I just had a fever, nothing else, and lost 5 pounds over the course of the virus.

The stuff in the center back all gets a new home this weekend. The stuff to the left will stay as will the white box in the back to the right of the Paper Pumpkin box. That holds my needle pad, stamp cleaner pad and cutting mat as well as my card kit from a group I belong to on SplitcoastStampers.

Remember, I have a Color Challenge here the third Monday of each month. There is still time to play in the May Challenge.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Friday, May 26, 2017


 Last week I received this in the mail - truly HAPPY MAIL!

When I opened the card ,this is what I found inside....

I waited a couple of days then decided to place my order before I lost the GC and they were offering Free Shipping. (I learned later it was for $35 and over orders)  
My luck, Oriental Trading was redesigning their site to include their new Wedding line and there were issues. When I got to the cart, everything crashed and I couldn't remember everything I'd put in there. 

A phone call to customer service got me in touch with the nicest person I've ever come across in Customer Service. She volunteered to read through every description if the catalog if I needed her to. LOL Well, I didn't have to go that far and in the end, I only wound up forgetting one item. Not too shabby.  She gave me the Free Shipping on my $21 order for the inconvenience plus emailed me a $5 coupon as well as Free Shipping on my next order.

Three days later, this box arrived:


And this was greeted me when I opened the box:

Everything could have fit in a box half this size! 

I had ordered 2 sets of one brad design and the invoice reflected my order but they only shipped one. A quick call to a CS that wasn't near as nice as Laurie has my absent set of squirrels on their way.

A note that I thought was surprising. They are discontinuing their scrapbook line. They are seeing scrapbooking and card making not as popular. Hmmm... maybe not for them, or in the way they are marketing. So unless they do a major clearance on SB product, I won't be ordering from them any time soon.

Monday, May 15, 2017


The office is coming along. I finally have all of the Stampin' Up supply unit finished with space to spare :-D Not sure how that happened but the new catalog launch in two weeks should help take care of that little issue. LOL

We had some link issues last week but I think we have those fixed. Won't know for sure until someone jumps in on the challenge.

I found a picture this week from ICB (In Color Balance) that has a sneak peek at variations of the new 2017-2019 In-Colors. Not all but a couple... the top one is a little more red than Berry burst and the bottom is a bit more blue than Tranquil Tide. The other 3 colors do not even come close... just liked the spectrum of this poppy.

Here's my card for the challenge:

I found the first color in the selection was closer to Cherry Cobbler. So I chose Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky and the Tranquil Tide from Stampin' UP!'s new In-Colors. I also chose to highlight the new Eastern Palace Suite bundle, using the Dies, Stamp set, DSP and the gold sticker trim with Very Vanilla as my Neutral. I also added a clear Glitter Enamel dot for the center of the diecut. I am looking forward to playing with this set more.

This is the inside:

Okay, I've shown me mine, let's see yours!

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

Remember... you can add a neutral light color to any of the color challenges. You also don't have to use all the colors from the Inspiration Photo. Pick a minimum of THREE and have some fun. Link to your post (Please use a direct link to THE POST - not to your general blog link. Need assistance, just email me and I'll help)

Show us your COLORS!