I hibernate in the summer time. I used to joke that I had reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. And one day, I found out there really is such a thing! It seems I'm not the only person to feel stressed and depressed in the summer. The heat and the humidity are so oppressive to me, that I just hide inside in the a/c. It's just too sunny! I don't want to go anywhere or do anything, unless it involves shade and a screened porch.
Come fall though, that's a completely different story. The humidity breaks and I'm rejuvenated. The sun isn't burning directly overhead, and there's a freshness in the air. I live for the day I can turn off the a/c and open up the house to let the fresh air in.
Fall is a time of cleaning for me too. It's a time to count my blessings, and be thankful for who and what I have in my life.It's a time to purge and go through cabinets and closets that seem to be bursting at the seams. I started this weekend in my kitchen. I'd be challenged by a friend to begin intentionally living, and in order to do that, we must intentionally remove the physical clutter around us. When our environment is clean and beautiful, we can live cleanly and intentionally.
It's been a big chore to clean and purge my kitchen. I'm spent several hours going through every cabinet and pantry shelf. Everything has been wiped clean. I know where everything is, and have a good sense of what foodstuffs I have. Does anyone need an extra jar of curry powder or thyme? How about some non-fat sweetened condensed milk? If a zombie apocolypse happens, I've got you covered on all 3 accounts because I've found multiples scattered throughout my kitchen! And truly, how silly is that? I don't like curry powder; and I only use sweetened condensed milk and thyme at the holidays.
This week, we're counting our blessings and cultivating thankfulness with the Many Blessings Stamp Set. Remember to post a comment on today's blog for your chance to win a DIY Card Kit every day this September. (Offer valid to US Residents Only).
Today's Blog Winner: Shirley Best! Congratulations! Please send me your address for your DIY Card Kit.
Base: Mint Macaron, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2:
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 2 1/8" x 3 3/8"
Layer 2: Country Lane Designer Series Paper, 2" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Early Esprsso, 4 1/8" x 2 5/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 4" x 2 1/2"
September Sweet & Simple Class
Retreat in a Box
Can't make the Fall Stamping in the Mountains Retreat? Don't worry! I've got you covered. Come let me surprise, delight, and spoil you! This special edition retreat-in-a-box is perfect for fall crafting. We're showcasing fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas projects created just for you. Click on the image for more information.
September Card Club
September Christmas Card Club
For a full calendar of events, please see myevents page.
Happy First Day of September! I look forward to this day all summer. Why? Because that means, I can officially start my fall and holiday crafting!
Today's Crafty Saturday Facebook Live event was full of information and stamping fun. It featured the new Many Blessings Stamp Set, which was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Ruth Snyder. This set is just perfect since it can be used throughout the fall and Christmas holiday season. If you had to choose just one stamp set from the new holiday catalog, this would be it! Speaking of the new catalog...it goes love on September 5th. Need a copy? Let me know!
There were a few announcements on today's Crafty Saturday Facebook Live:
Finally...I announced a NEW BLOG CONTEST! Throughout the month of September, leave me a blog comment on the blog post of the day. Each morning, I'll randomly draw a name to win a DIY Card Kit from me. Kits will include 6 card bases and coordinating Designer Series Paper. For example, leave a comment on Today's September 1st Blog, and on Monday, September 3rd, I'll choose a winner from those comments only. Kits will be mailed out on the Monday the following week. (***Contest valid for U.S. residents only. )
Phew.... I think that was everything! I hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Go out and have some fun. You deserve it!
Base: Old Olive, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 5 1/4" x 4" (Cut 2; 1 for the inside)
Layer 2: Country Lane Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Old Olive, 2 1/4" x 3"
Layer 4: Early Espresso, 2" x 2 7/8"
Layer 5: Whisper White, 1 3/4" x 2 1/2"
What would you do if you're teaching at a retreat and the whole town, not just the hotel, goes dark? Do you give up and cancel class? No...you grab a couple i-phones and just keep stamping. My 1 1/2 hour class may have turned into 3 hours, but no one was complaining. After all, the whole hotel was without power; I had a captive audience and we had no place to go. It truly was a night of "Making Memories with Michelle"!
Today's project is not one we did at retreat, but one that I used as little treats for my classes last Sunday. These Envelope Punch Board Tea Bag Holders are Sweet & Simple and make perfect teacher gifts, get well gifts, or even something quick and easy for craft fair season. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Remember to join me next week when Crafty Saturday returns to our regular live broadcast.
Happy Stamping everyone...and make it a Crafty Weekend!
August 2018 -
Have you seen theFlirty Flowers Stamp Set in the annual catalog? It's the one I used for my goodie bag class at the Stampin' at the Beach retreat a few weeks ago. It's a cute set, but easily over looked. I knew there was more to this set than meets the eye, so I invited Amy Bryson, a demonstrator from my Stamping Bee Team, to have fun and be creative with the set. Other than providing her with the stamp set, watercolor pencils, a blender pen, and some organza ribbon, I left it up to her to decide what to create.
I think she was a little concerned when she realized there weren't manyFlirty Flowers samples out on Pinterest. But...she rose to the task and create a dozen floral cards, note cards, and tags that are absolutely stunning! This one was certainly a favorite of everyone at retreat! I'd say she rose to the challenge, wouldn't you?
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored
at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 2: Crumb Cake, 5 1/4" x 4
Layer 3: Crumb Cake, Stitched Circle Framelit
2. Using a blender pen, pick up the color from the tips of the Watercolor Pencils and fill in the flowers.
3. Adhere Layers 2 & 3 and wrap with Whisper White Organza Ribbon and tie with a knot.
4. Add to base.
Farewell to Sale-a-Bration - and 2 Free Stamp Sets!
Saturday, 3/31 is the last day to take advantage of the Sale-a-Bration sign up bonus. Choose 2 Free Stamp Sets (of any value!) out of any current catalog, get Free Shipping, and selected $125 of any product all for only $99. Plus, you get to be part of a growing and dynamic team of hobbyists and business-minded Stamping Bees. Learn more here, or email me. I'd love to have you join us!
It's hard to believe Sale-a-Bration is drawing to a close. In just a week, we'll have to say goodbye to all these limited time, free with purchase products: Party Pandas, Heartfelt Blooms, and Amazing You, and more. And while those are all perfectly lovely, what I'm going to miss most are theTutti Fruitti card bases and envelopes!
You'd think I'd wants something more glitzy and glamorous, like the3-pack of Shimmer Ribbon or the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. Nope...give me these pretty, patterned pre-cut and pre-scored card bases and matching envelopes any day! They're so quick and easy to use. Just grab one off the shelf, and start stamping. I know it doesn't take long to cut and score a card base, but this is like going through the drive through. It's the convenience that makes it so appealing. Not to mention...their patterned bases. It's like getting an extra layer of designer series paper!
Speaking of missing thing. I'm missing my Stamping at the Beach Retreat peeps! Today's card is from the free 8-card class that was included in their goodie bag. It featured the Flirty Flowers Stamp Set, and yes, they all used the Tutti Fruitti card bases and envelopes!
Sale-a-bration ends March 31st. Don't miss out on all these great products! Order yours before it's too late.
Base: Tutti Frutti Card Base (2018 Sale-a-Bration)
Layer 1: Night of Navy, 2” x 5 ½”
Layer 2: Pool Party, 3 ½” x 2”
Layer 3: Shimmery White, 3 ¼” x 1 ¾”
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