Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 HOLIDAY Carry over items!!!


Hi Everyone,
Just a heads up, all items listed below are being carried over....they will NOT be retiring!!

Just remember, though, that the items listed in the Holiday catalog as a bundle will NOT be available as a bundle after the holiday catalog ends on January 3, 2017.

In order to get the 10% savings by buying a bundle, you will need to purchase the bundle or bundles before January 3rd!!

I am listing the items in the carry over list but NOT listing the bundles.  Should you wish to purchase them in the bundle, then you will need to refer to your Holiday Catalog or go online to my website to order them, there using the proper item code.
            
Holiday Catalog carry over items:

Have a great day!!!

Char

Monday, December 26, 2016

Last of the Christmas cards


One of the cards that I didn't post was this little 'flag' card.  I don't know what the proper name for it is, but it's a folded card with little squares that stick out.

It's easy to do, but so much fun and doesn't take a big sized stamp.  I used the Christmas Magic stamp set #142119 to creat this card.

Very little coloring and I just love the little trees and snowman.
Three of the other images in this set are a bell, a train and a North Pole sign.
So, of course, it made me think of the movie, Polar Express.

So, I had to create a card using a couple of those images.

The background stamp is Merry Medley.  I used that stamp set a LOT because it lends itself so nicely to a lot of stamp sets and just adds a 'little' something to your background.

Both of these sets are on the closeout sale page of my website and if you hurry, you can still get them before they are gone.

CLOSEOUT SALE

There are quite a few other Christmas sets in the sale, so if you are looking for stamps that you didn't get this year, for next year, now's the time.

This will be my last post showcasing Christmas cards.  It's time to look forward to a new year.  Sadly, I didn't get a chance to showcase all the stamps I bought from the Holiday catalog but you can rest assured I DID use most of them.  

This week, I will be working on cards using stamp sets in the Occasions catalog!!!

It seems I have been super busy these past few months.  I am behind in so many of my stamping projects and priorities.   With my hubby home, now, full time....YEAH!!!!!!, it's a been a bit of an adjustment. I LOVE having him home, I just need to re prioritize how I use my time. It is so awesome having him home that all I want to do is spend time with him.  But, as a result, other things get put on hold or never got done.

My new word for next year is SIMPLIFY!!!!  It should say PRIORITIZE but I can include that in the word simplify!

More on that later!!

Have a great day....and take time to PawsNStamp!!!

Hugs,
Char






Sunday, December 25, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!


Wish you all a wonderful Christmas Day!!!  Remember the Reason for the Season!!!

Hugs,
Char

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve!!!

Here is a card we did at class on December 1st.  It is called a Twist Card or at least that is what I call it.  A little different than the normal cards I make, although I LOVE to make different folded cards, this one has a little 'mechanism' out of card stock that enables it to fold into itself when you close it.

Just so you know, thought, one of my class members sent it to someone and it cost $2 to mail it!  So, it's not a card you would send to a long list of people but maybe for a special occasion.


It's Christmas Eve!!!  So, we'll be going to a service at church this evening, drive around and see all the decorated homes and then come home, eat and play games with our Granddaughter.

We love playing games and here is one game we bought, just recently, and are having a blast with it.  It's called Watch Ya Mouth!

You can find it at Amazon if you don't see it in the stores.  I'll attach a link to Amazon so you can see the game and watch the video.  Believe me, it's hilarious. I hope that family coming, tomorrow, find it just as funny as we do.

Watch Ya Mouth

Scroll down to the video!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs,
Char


Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Anniversary!!!!



Today, we celebrate our 48th anniversary!!!  Where on earth did the time go??

When I look back on it, this was a hectic time to get married as your anniversary always gets swallowed up in all the Christmas activities. And, it's so hard to take a little vacation as Christmas is just two days away.

BUT, then again, what a wonderful time as it seems everything is decorated and for the most part, it's a happy time!

We are just playing it low key again, this year, and just going out for Chinese dinner with our Granddaughter.

Maybe afterwards, we'll drive around and look at Christmas lights!!

See ya tomorrow!!!

Hugs,
Char


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sharing some Christmas FUN

I am truly sorry that I have been such a slacker at blogging!!!  I looked back over my posts and I realized (with a little nudge from a friend) that after my class on December 1st, I haven't posted.

I had had what I thought was a cold for over a week and thought that I was almost over it.  I did my class on December 1st, but by early evening, I just felt miserable...so off to urgent care we went and I found out I had bronchitis.

So, the meds and cough syrup he gave me helped a LOT and I was able to get some much needed sleep over the next couple of days.

On December 3rd, we drove up to WA(I slept a lot on the trip) and picked up our Granddaughter to come stay with us for the holidays.  We had heard we were in for some snow and didn't want to have to travel over the pass in snow.  As it was, going over, it started to snow...so on the way home we came back the long way, up the gorge and over The Dalles to Hwy 26 on the other side of the pass.

It's been a whirlwind of activity with her here.  We ended up getting snow a couple of days later and so we stayed inside and made crafts and I caught up a little on my Christmas card making.

We have been watching a ton of Christmas movies!!

We went to the Walk to Bethlehem, at our church in Redmond on Saturday 10th. She was fascinated with the animals and all the different scenes.

Then, we drove to downtown Redmond and took part in their "Charm Stroll". You donate some canned goods and/or personal hygiene items and they give you a 'passport' with the stores that are participating and as you go to each store and they give you a charm.


You have them stamp your passport with their letter...and when you are finished, it spells out a sentence.   Oh my gosh, we were over 3 hours doing this as you walk from one end of the downtown area all the way to the other side.  I got in over 7,000 steps just on the walk!  The snow was so bad and we tromped along the sidewalks mostly covered in snow except where some of the stores had shoveled it off!!

We topped off the day by going to a vendor market at Centennial Park and then we got an early dinner and headed for home.

FUN DAY!!!!





Thursday, December 1, 2016

Year End Close outs! Hurry while supplies last!


Year-End Closeouts
Click on the picture above to be taken to my website to check out the Closeouts!!!  Oh my gosh, so many great bargains!  And, some that are on sale even though they are in the Holiday catalog!!!  Still time to get them and make some cards.

The items not in the annual catalog are available while supplies last, so if you find something, get it quickly before it sells out.

Also, today, we as demonstrators, are able to pre-order for the Sale-A-Bration/Occasions catalog coming out next month.  :-)

All this and Christmas too!!!

I have class, today, so wanted to get this sent quickly so you can check out the bargains.

Happy December 1st!!!

Hugs,
Char


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

25% OFF Stamp Set Sales ends tomorrow plus new sale revealed and card share!

Wow!! The excitement never ends in the Stampin' Up! world. 

The Online Extravaganza sale just ended last night at midnight and the 25% OFF Stamp Set sale ends tomorrow night at midnight and the minute that sale ends the Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out sale will begin.

Save up to 60% off!! 

More details will come with the sale that launches December 1. Items will be "while supplies last" so you'll want to hurry. 

I'll send out details as soon as I get them. 

Still a bit under the weather with this silly cold I got on Thanksgiving, so haven't been stamping much except to be ready for my class on Thursday!  

I was able to attend another Demonstrator's class in Surprise, AZ when we were on vacation the first of November and thought I would share a card we made there.

She used the Detailed Floral Thinlits dies, Garden in Bloom and Kinda Eclectic stamp sets to create the card.


I really liked how easy this card was but so elegant!  

Hope you are having a great week!!!

Hugs,
Char






Thursday, November 24, 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to wish  everyone a happy Thanksgiving!!!  Hope you are spending the day with family/friends. But, even if you aren't, like us, there is a lot to be thankful for!!!  All we have to do is just look for the blessings!!

Enjoy your day!!!

Hugs,
Char

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Online Extravaganza starts November 21st


Just a quick note to let you know about a great sale coming tomorrow!!!  Be sure to check out the 24 hour flash sales, too!

Check them out on my Stampin UP website:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/charwilson/


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Star of Light Side Stair Step Card

Simple!!!!  We love different card folds in class!

This month, we made a side step card using the Star of Light stamp set.  I just love this set and can't wait to play more with it and come up with even more ideas!!

We did a monochromatic theme using Tempting Turquoise and Shimmery White card stock and Tempting Turquoise ink.

Just add some sparkle with rhinestones and a little Wink of Stella and that's IT!!!

I want to try it using different color schemes, now!

OH so many stamps.....so little time till Christmas cards need to be OUT in the mail!!

Have a Fantastic day and remember to take time to PawsNStamp!

Char







Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Lovely as a Tree.....for Christmas

I don't know about you, but this is one of my most favorite stamps in the SU catalog.  We, as demonstrators, hold our collective breaths every time the new annual catalog is released and immediately look to see if it's still in the catalog!  I can't remember how many years it's been included in the catalog but I just know that I love it and use it all through the year!

Simple card but if you have a lot of Christmas cards to do, this stamp set is your 'friend'.

I used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the Whisper White card stock and stamping on the "unbumpy side, I then stamped over it.  IF you are using the bumpy side, then you will want to stamp prior to embossing your card stock.

Adding a little sparkle by using either Wink of Stella or your Fine Tip Glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.....you can make quite a few of these in no time at all.

And, you can even change up the color scheme!!!  

Have a great day!!!!

And, take time to PawsNStamp!!!

Hugs,
Char

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Did you turn your clocks back? Some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time!

Daylight Saving Time

Did you know that it's Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time, like so many of us always seem to say?

Here are some other interesting facts that have NOTHING whatsoever to do with stamping or card making.

Springing forward and falling back may seem simple enough, but daylight saving’s history has actually been quite complex—and misconceptions about it persist today. As you prepare to reset your watches, alarms and microwaves, explore eight facts about daylight saving time that might surprise you.

1. It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” 
Many people render the term’s second word in its plural form. However, since the word “saving” acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb, the singular is grammatically correct.
2. Though in favor of maximizing daylight waking hours, Benjamin Franklin did not originate the idea of moving clocks forward. 
By the time he was a 78-year-old American envoy in Paris in 1784, the man who espoused the virtues of “early to bed and early to rise” was not practicing what he preached. After being unpleasantly stirred from sleep at 6 a.m. by the summer sun, the founding father penned a satirical essay in which he calculated that Parisians, simply by waking up at dawn, could save the modern-day equivalent of $200 million through “the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.” As a result of this essay, Franklin is often erroneously given the honor of “inventing” daylight saving time, but he only proposed a change in sleep schedules—not the time itself.
3. Englishman William Willett led the first campaign to implement daylight saving time.
While on an early-morning horseback ride around the desolate outskirts of London in 1905, Willett had an epiphany that the United Kingdom should move its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October so that more people could enjoy the plentiful sunlight. The Englishman published the 1907 brochure “The Waste of Daylight” and spent much of his personal fortune evangelizing with missionary zeal for the adoption of “summer time.” Year after year, however, the British Parliament stymied the measure, and Willett died in 1915 at age 58 without ever seeing his idea come to fruition.
4. Germany was the first country to enact daylight saving time. 
It took World War I for Willett’s dream to come true, but on April 30, 1916, Germany embraced daylight saving time to conserve electricity. (He may have been horrified to learn that Britain’s wartime enemy followed his recommendations before his homeland.) Weeks later, the United Kingdom followed suit and introduced “summer time.”
5. Daylight saving time in the United States was not intended to benefit farmers, as many people think. 
Contrary to popular belief, American farmers did not lobby for daylight saving to have more time to work in the fields; in fact, the agriculture industry was deeply opposed to the time switch when it was first implemented on March 31, 1918, as a wartime measure. The sun, not the clock, dictated farmers’ schedules, so daylight saving was very disruptive. Farmers had to wait an extra hour for dew to evaporate to harvest hay, hired hands worked less since they still left at the same time for dinner and cows weren’t ready to be milked an hour earlier to meet shipping schedules. Agrarian interests led the fight for the 1919 repeal of national daylight saving time, which passed after Congress voted to override President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. Rather than rural interests, it has been urban entities such as retail outlets and recreational businesses that have championed daylight saving over the decades.
6. For decades, daylight saving in the United States was a confounding patchwork of local practices.
After the national repeal in 1919, some states and cities, including New York City and Chicago, continued to shift their clocks. National daylight saving time returned during World War II, but after its repeal three weeks after war’s end the confusing hodgepodge resumed. States and localities could start and end daylight saving whenever they pleased, a system that Time magazine (an aptly named source) described in 1963 as “a chaos of clocks.” In 1965 there were 23 different pairs of start and end dates in Iowa alone, and St. Paul, Minnesota, even began daylight saving two weeks before its twin city, Minneapolis. Passengers on a 35-mile bus ride from Steubenville, Ohio, to Moundsville, West Virginia, passed through seven time changes. Order finally came in 1966 with the enactment of the Uniform Time Act, which standardized daylight saving time from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, although states had the option of remaining on standard time year-round.
7. Not everyone in the United States springs forward and falls back. 
Hawaii and Arizona—with the exception of the state’s Navajo Nation—do not observe daylight saving time, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands also remain on standard time year-round. Some Amish communities also choose not to participate in daylight saving time. (Around the world, only about one-quarter of the world’s population, in approximately 70 countries, observe daylight saving. Since their daylight hours don’t vary much from season to season, countries closer to the equator have little need to deviate from standard time.)
8. Evidence does not conclusively point to energy conservation as a result of daylight saving.
Dating back to Willett, daylight saving advocates have touted energy conservation as an economic benefit. A U.S. Department of Transportation study in the 1970s concluded that total electricity savings associated with daylight saving time amounted to about 1 percent in the spring and fall months. As air conditioning has become more widespread, however, more recent studies have found that cost savings on lighting are more than offset by greater cooling expenses. University of California Santa Barbara economists calculated that Indiana’s move to statewide daylight saving time in 2006 led to a 1-percent rise in residential electricity use through additional demand for air conditioning on summer evenings and heating in early spring and late fall mornings. Some also argue that increased recreational activity during daylight saving results in greater gasoline consumption.
  • Author

    Christopher Klein
  • Website Name

    History.com
  • Year Published

    2012
  • Title

    8 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Saving Time
  • URL

    http://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-may-not-know-about-daylight-saving-time

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fun at Class

I love the ladies that come to my class.  They put up with my shenanigans and silliness and are so patient with me when I forget stuff and have to go back to my stamp room to retrieve it.

That is one of the things that I always get so irritated about, though, is the many times I have to walk back to my stamp room to retrieve something I had forgotten to include in the kits.  (Good thing it's held at my house, huh?)

So, I decided to make a game out of it....and hopefully make it fun for them, since they are so patient.  I handed them each a slip of paper, had them 'guess' at how many times I would have to make that trip back to my stamp room and then someone kept count.  The one closest to the times I made the trip, got a prize.

Now, I look at this in a different way.  I see it as getting 'my steps in' on my Fitbit, but it does interrupt things so that's why it irritates me that I do it.  But, regardless of how many times that I go over and over and over the contents of the shoeboxes, I invariably forget something!!  It is what it is!!

It got to be so silly with some of them asking for things that weren't part of the class....like a different color of ribbon or asking to 'see' something that they knew I didn't have out.  LOL  Like I said, I love my girls!!! They just got right into the mix of things and made it fun!!

Well, I did good...only made 5 trips this month!!!  Two of the gals guessed 5.
But, I decided that since they were all such great sports, they all deserved a prize.

We did 3 cards at class on Thursday.  I'll share the other two in upcoming posts.

The one above was one they wanted to learn how to do.  And, when they express that they want to learn how to do something, I try my hardest to give them what they want.

This card used the Color Wash technique, using water color paper, reinkers and stippling brushes.

Oooooooh, the different colors the gals came up with were so cool!!!  No two were alike.

I wish I had thought to take photos of their creations!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Remember that the Stitched Framelits are available this month!!!  Can't wait to get my hands on mine!!

Hugs,
Char