Sneak Peak

If any of you are parents to teenagers you know that getting them moving in the morning is worse than getting those in Washington D.C. to agree on something!  Today is election day in our State,  I am not a big fan of politics, I usually vote for who I think will make good sounds decisions and help the people.  I vote because my dad always told me if you don’t vote then you have no right to complain.  Another reason is because you can’t keep doing things the same way and expect a different outcome.  So I encourage everyone to vote.

I have noticed the days are getting shorter and have been seeing the signs of fall.  The last several nights I have heard a pair of owls calling to each other.  Owls are one of my favorite birds.  When I was a child we had an owl living in our garage for a summer.  It was not afraid of us and was so fascinating to watch.  So when I saw the Still Night Bundle I knew it was for me.  One of the perks to being a demonstrator is you get to see and order from the new catalogs a month before they are live.

I used Mossy Meadow for my base, then Natures Poem Designer series paper for my background.  I stamped the tree branch out on whisper white with soft suede, then colored with my blends.  I stamped the owl out on granite grey and colored with blends and added a little bit of wink of stella.  I liked the first card but it needed more…..

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I like cards to grab your attention and though I was happy with this one it didn’t have that wow factor I like.  So I played around with the next card adding grapefruit grove and pineapple punch by sponging.  Now it pops!  WaterMark_2018-08-12-16-03-05

If you don’t have a new Holiday Catalog let me know, I would be happy to send it out to you.  Don’t forget for every $50 you spend in August you get a $5 bonus to use in September!  I love great deals!  Have a great day and week.  Hope you get to spend some time creating!

Never a Dull Moment

I would love to say my absence from my blog was due to increased crafting an summertime bliss, but that would be a lie.  I am sitting here writing this from my son’s hospital room at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.  Along with writing this I am watching Med Flight take off and land.  I know for sure they have been in and out about 5 times this morning.  That means somewhere a family is in need of medical services and are as grateful for this service as I am.  I am also grateful for the Children’s Hospital and the great care my son has received.   Who would thought a puncture wound from a barn nail could cause so many issues 1.5 months later.  He is doing fine, loves the 5 star accommodations. A teenagers dream, room service, xbox at the bedside, cable tv, ability to sleep and really nice people waiting on you. Mom on the other hand is ready to go home, my back is anything but impressed with the cot they give us to sleep on.  It is better than the one I had when hubby had open heart surgery.  So as you can see it is never a dull moment at out house.  Pretty sure my husband thought I needed a sugar high by the size of the sour gummy worms he brought me.

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Med flight landing.

The good news I want to share with you is Bonus Days are back!   For the month of August for every $50 on product you buy you get a $5 coupon to use in September.  You can use these coupons on any item in the annual or the new Holiday Catalog that goes live on Sept 4th!  I have had a sneak peak at the catalog and can’t wait to show it to you and all the wonderful products.

Well just got the news we are headed home today so need to pack up so we can boogie!  Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers you are so wonderful to me!

 

 

Simple Things

First off I have to apologize for my delay in posts.  Seems life caught up and somethings had to go on the back burner.  Between my husband having open heart surgery, spring cleaning, new animal babies, farmers market starting and my mondaine daily jobs there hasn’t been time to blog let alone get crafts done!  I know we are all busy but having your spouse home for 12 weeks underfoot and not feeling the best can become a bit daunting. 

Meet our newest edition to our little hobby farm.  This is Squirt a spunky 4 week holstein steer.  He is so sweet and friendly, and our dog loves to play with him.    I enjoy watching him romp around in the play yard he has and how he interacts with the hens.  I have been nursing one with a broken leg, amazing what a popsicle stick and gauze can do.  Simple tricks you learn over the years. 

Have you viewed the new catalog yet?  If you would like one just let me know and I will get it out to you.  I have really been working with the stamparatus so I can demo it to all my customers.  In doing that I struggled with getting the magnets picked up off the stamparatus.  A trick I picked up on with the magnets is to wrap washi tape around them to leave a tail.  That makes it so much easier to pick up and less chance of the the two getting too close together.  To see how I did it, look at these photos:  

Hopefully that makes sense.  Once I saw this I was like how simple is that!  

I hope you will have time to do something creative this week.  Enjoy the weather it is suppose to be gorgeous here!  Amanda

 

What a difference a week makes

The last few days have been delightful with warmer temps, daffodils blooming, birds singing.  A far cry from a week ago when we were trying to melt snow.  I love my daffodils they are so bright and cheery.  I am not sure if I will have tulips as they look a bit worse for wear from the late snow storms.  Of course with all the blooming and budding comes my dreaded allergies.  I am hoping they will be short lived.   

Last Sunday I stopped at the Dollar Store and was able to get candles and flame-less candles.  I had wanted to try stamping on them for a time but never seemed to find the right size candles.  Well I finally found what I was looking for.  WaterMark_2018-04-24-16-51-25  This is one of the flame-less candles that I did.  I found they are a bit more challenging to work with.  Here are the others I did and a box I made to go with a few of them.  I hope to sell them this weekend at the Fennimore Craft fair.  I think they will make great Mother’s Day or Graduation gifts.  I hope to get a tutorial done this week so you are able to have fun doing this technique as well!

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Yesterday I decided to ignore the fact that Old Man Winter was showing his face again!  He is like the one relative you don’t want around and he keeps showing up.  I am grateful we only got 3.5 inches vs. the 8 they were predicting.  I am sure my daffodils will never bloom this spring, but today the sun is out and it is around 40 degrees out so most of the snow will be gone by Saturday when it is to be in the mid 60’s!  Now I pray it will be at least 7 months before we see “him” again.

I played with my blends and the new “stained glass vellum” paper that is coming out in the new catalog.  This paper is so easy to work with and the stamp set that goes along with it is just as great.  I think these make perfect sympathy cards.  

The best part is the blends color lifter picks up any color that comes out of the lines, giving you a very clean image.  

Just a reminder that the “Last Chance” items are selling out very quickly!  If there is something you want, I suggest you order it now or you may not get it.  You can go to my online store at:  All Wrapped Up with Ink

Have a great day everyone and Think Spring!  

 

 

Winter’s Harsh Grip

This weekend found most of us in Wisconsin still under the grips of Old Man Winter!  We had it all from freezing rain, snow, sleet, high winds and more snow.  Don’t get me wrong, I like winter to some extent, but mid-April is pushing it’s welcome!  My poor tulips and daffodils don’t know whether to grow or crawl back into the ground.  Last year I had beautiful blooms at this rate it will be June before they bloom.  

Since I had to hold off on yard work ~ I choose to start stocking up on Graduation cards.  I have them for all the local schools and can make special order ones as well.  

I will be at several Arts & Crafts Fairs over the next few weeks.  I will also have cards available at “Our Front Porch” in Dodgeville.  Here are the list of Craft Fairs I will be at:

  • 4/21 – Baraboo Spring Fling – North Shore Restaurant & Bar 11-5pm
    E11614 Tranquility Lane, Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913
  • 4/22 – Platteville Craft Fair- OE Grey Learning Center – 155 Lewis Street, Platteville 11:30-4:30
  • 4/28 –  Fennimore- Elementary School &  Memorial Building 860 Lincoln Ave Fennimore, WI 9-5 PM

THE COLORS ARE EVOLVING!

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The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color.  Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries. When they see changes happening, they review the color spectrum to ensure that they remain consistently on top of the trends. This brings us to the 2018 Color Revamp!

 

Previous In Colors that are returning and joining our core colors:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

Here is the new color charts!  Let me know what you think of these new colors and some returning favorites.  I am in love with the new shades of purple, but then purple is my favorite color!  But I am drawn to the Poppy Parade and the Lovely Lipstick.

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I know saying good-bye to some of the old colors is sad but we have a new pallet of colors to play with!  I hope to have some card designs for you to see these beautiful colors in the upcoming days!  Have a great weekend and think spring, seems like old man winter wants to hand on.