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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thoughtful Branches...LAST DAY TO ORDER

Hello there!  I have one more quick post for today...just as a reminder!  If you were thinking of getting the Thoughtful Branches bundle (or either piece of the bundle) today is the LAST DAY to order it!  DON'T MISS OUT!!!  I'm sad that SU will not be carrying it over...it's such a GREAT SET...but I will still be playing with it!





 Click here to order ONLY the Beautiful Branches Thinlets

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by...AGAIN!  Have a WONDERFUL Day!

~Today's Thought~

Workshop Makeover!

Good morning friends!!! I have been MIA for a few days, but I have a REALLY GOOD EXCUSE!! I haven't been able to create because my workshop is having a facelift!!!
Look!!!  I have WINDOWS!!! I'm so excited!!! 

I'm planning on getting my retreats going again in 2017 in my beautiful place! I'm so grateful to my husband who gave up his workout space! I'm hoping I can get in there to create this weekend...but if not...it will be worth the wait!


You all have a FANTASTIC day! See ya again SOON!!!


~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Marquee Messages

Happy Tuesday! I'm off for a walk then to the Soup Kitchen to serve today so I'm quickly going to share a card that my Upline sent to me!  



This card is made with the Marquee Messages stamp set.  It's a FUN set! The colors are Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Smoky Slate and Whisper White.

A classic...SIMPLE and CLEAN card with fun layers to add dimension and and make things pop!








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Here's a look at the stamp set!  

SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!!! 

I'd LOVE to see what creations you come up with! 



Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Tuesday...ENJOY it!





~Today's Thought~

Monday, August 22, 2016

Christmas from Thoughtful Branches

Hey there everyone! Well...it's Monday night and I'm finally sitting down to blog! Boy did the day ever get away from me! I started at the gym this morning...got the kids to school...worked a few hours...came home to make a dessert for our Monday night home group...a friend came to visit...brought me a lemon (for my Strawberry Lemonade Bars)...had to go back to town for powdered sugar...came home finished the dessert...took my daughter to volleyball tryouts...back home to cook dinner...picked my daughter up...made lemonade and tea for our guests...ate dinner...finished helping kids with clean up chores just in time...and now I'm all cleaned up from dessert dishes and glasses...and ready for bed!!  BUT FIRST...I have one last card from my August classes to share with you...and it's my FIRST Christmas card of 2016!!!

This is such a simple yet very charming Christmas card!  My layers are Crumb Cake, Real Red, Crumb Cake (again) and Whisper White.  I made an oval template and placed it on top of the Whisper White layer then used my Sponge Brayer to color inside of the oval with Pool Party ink. Next I stamped my tree in Garden Green and the trunk in Soft Suede using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set. The ribbon I used is Mint Macaron (which goes great with the brayered Pool Party oval). I tied a piece of Kraft Rope (from the upcoming Holiday Catalog) around the bow while attaching a Mini Pinecone (also found in the upcoming Holiday Catalog)!  Isn't it a great card!  The really cool thing is it doesn't have to be for Christmas! It would make a fun masculine birthday card as well!  

Well...I hope your starting to think about your Christmas cards! There are only 124 days left until we wake up Christmas morning! The new Holiday catalog is FABULOUS! Please let me know if you'd like one!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a TERRIFIC rest of your week! I hope you find time to create!!!

~Today's Thought~


Friday, August 19, 2016

Hello Jars!

Hello there and HAPPY Friday! It's been a HOT week with lots going on! The kids are settled in school and I'm figuring out how to use my free time! I can't be out in the workshop ALL THE TIME...although I would like to!!!

I have another card from my August classes to share with you today! Hope you like it!


I made this card using the Everyday Jars framelits and the Jar of Love stamp set. The colors I chose are Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White. I LOVE the 2015-2017 In Color Doilies ( just cut one in half)....isn't it cute popping out the side?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!  Stay SAFE!







~Today's Thought~

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Detailed Floral

Good Morning everyone! Hope you have a TERRIFIC Thursday coming your way! I had a FANTASTIC...albeit a bit UNORGANIZED workshop in Redding yesterday and I want to share another card that we made with you!  

This SIMPLE yet ELEGANT card is made using the Detailed Floral thinlits. I simply cut the floral design from Very Vanilla cardstock and adhered it to a piece of Soft Suede. I wrapped a piece of Pool Party Satin Ribbon around it and adhered it to a Crumb Cake card base. The inside of the card is layered with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla, but for the workshop I left it blank so they could choose their own sentiment from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. I personally need an anniversary card so I will be adding a CONGRATULATIONS sentiment! The color combinations are ENDLESS with this thinlit...can't wait to play some more with it!


Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by! I hope you find time to create today!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Dandelion Wishes

Good Morning everyone! I'm heading down the mountain today for my Redding Workshop and I have a SNEAK PEEK for you!

You know that I've been wanting to play with my Thoughtful Branches die, but haven't had the chance...but yesterday I did! I wanted something totally different then I've been seeing on Pinterest! A girlfriend had a birthday yesterday and someone posted my inspiration on her facebook page!  


Isn't it BEAUTIFUL! I just LOVE it! The designer paper I chose is from the Fruit Stand pack.  I cut the DANDELION WISHES from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. The PERFECT sentiment is from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set. I added a Metal Rimmed Pearl and tied a bow using Thick White Baker's Twine!  I was DELIGHTED when it was finished!  I hope you love it as much as I do! 











...and here is my inspiration!


Well..that's it...gotta get on the road! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

Thanks so much for stopping by...it means the world to me! I LOVE sharing what I do!








~Today's Thought~


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Time to PLAY!

Good Morning and HAPPY TUESDAY!  I hope you had a FANTASTIC weekend! Camping was WONDERFUL! The first night I FROZE...and woke up thinking...I'm to old to tent camp! With a few extra blankets, some long socks and a hoodie...the rest of the trip was just PERFECT! It was so much fun to reconnect and hang out with old friends! 

Today...Adam starts his freshman year in high school and Kate starts sixth grade (junior high at our school)! I took them to school and now I'm OFF TO PLAY!! I hope you have as much fun as I'm gonna have!!!!  I'll see ya tomorrow with my creations!


~Today's Thought~



Friday, August 12, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Day Seven

Hello and Happy Friday! It's the weekend! YIPPEE! 

Today I want to share just a few of my FAVORITE ideas for the Thoughtful Branches Bundle! You'll find all of these on Pinterest...it's a GREAT place for inspiration, and I've included a link to find them below each photo!!  

















Don't you just LOVE them all!?!? That's all I have for you today! Camping is FUN, but I can't wait to sleep in my own bed and shower in my own shower! We are tent campers, so we don't have any frills! We are having a lot of FUN though!

Thanks always for stopping by my blog! I hope you are INSPIRED!!!

ENJOY your weekend...I hope you find time to CREATE!!!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Day Six

Hey everyone! Hope all is well! Are you finding any time to create? Here we are Day Six of Thoughtful Branches inspiration...I hope you're having FUN and that ideas are just flowing from your mind!

Today's card is just simply beautiful! I LOVE the new In-Color Sweet Sugarplum! There really isn't a theme for this card, which is kinda cool...because you can use it for ANYTHING...birthday, thinking of you, missing you, thank you...ENDLESS possibilities!

If you have this bundle...I hope you have had time to play with it and would love it if you shared your creations! If you don't have it...I hope you get it (and I know where you can get it from...lol)! 


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Day Five

Well...it's Wednesday and I'm heading down the mountain to go camping! You would think with where we live, we'd just go camping locally...but not this trip! We wanted to get away so we are going to Alpine Lake with some old friends from Modesto! There will be trails to hike, we're taking our inflatable kayaks to check out the lake, we'll be fishing! I can't wait! This is a new place to our family so we are VERY EXCITED! I'll share photos when we get back!

Today's Thoughtful Branches card has a LOVE theme. This card can be used for Valentine's Day, Anniversaries or just to say I LOVE YOU! I love the Soft Suede with Blushing Bride and Whisper White! GREAT color combination!


That's Day Five for you...I hope you are being inspired by these cards! My up-line Sarah at Sarah's Ink Spot  is so talented! I'll be bringing these cards to my workshop next week in Redding so you gals can see up close and personal!

Thanks so much for joining me today! It means so very much to me that you enjoy coming to my blog for inspiration!  

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Day Four

Happy Tuesday friends! Lot's going on at the Watson house...trying to get ready to go camping! I only have two kids at home still...it should be easy...WAY EASIER than with seven kids at home...but I'm still running around like a chicken with my head cut off! A goal I have when I get back and the kids are back in school is to STOP flying by the seat of my pants and GET ORGANIZED!!!



Today's Thoughtful Branches card (from my up-line Sarah Wills at Sarah's Ink Spot) has a WINTER theme! It' simplicity makes it so pretty! I think it would look stunning with some snow falling, some Wink of Stella and maybe a snowman!  I still haven't played with this set...but my mind is going CRAZY!!


Thanks bunches for stopping by! I love that you come to my blog to be inspired! Have a TERRIFIC rest of your day! See ya tomorrow with Day Five of Thoughtful Branches inspiration!




~Today's Thought~


Monday, August 8, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Day Three

Hey there friends! I hope your weekend was filled with fun and cherished memories!! We are leaving to go camping on Wednesday so I have lots of things to do to get ready. I have to make salsa, individual crustless quiches, macaroni salad and by special cheesy bacon ranch dip! DELICIOUS!!!

This week I will be sharing the rest of the Thoughtful Branches cards that my up-line sent me with different themes.  So far I've shared BACK TO SCHOOL and HALLOWEEN...today I want to share FALL/THANKSGIVING!


This card is so simple, but so great! The versatility of this bundle is AMAZING!! You are gonna LOVE it! I've already ordered this set for several ladies that attend my workshops...should be here this week!  




That's it for today! Don't forget I'll be sharing more ideas for this bundle the rest of the week so come back for inspiration!





~Today's Thought~

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunshine Wishes Summer Facebook Hop

Hello everyone!  It's Sunday and I'm blogging! I'm participating in a facebook hop this evening and I linked it to my blog for instructions...so I had to blog on Sunday! I hope you are all enjoying your day!

The theme for our facebook hop is summer so I decided to make a card with a flower that blooms all summer long! You know I love DAISIES so I choose Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia) for my card. I made the top daisy using Delightful Dijon cardstock and the flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I cut the stem off and turned it upside down to get the look I wanted. Before adhering it I stamped my Whisper White cardstock with the Sunshine Saying stamp set. I also stamped another flower image using the same set and sponging some So Saffron ink in the middle. The centers of the flowers as well as the background are from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I stamped the sentiment on So Saffron cardstock with Black Memento Ink. The stamped image is layered over a piece of Old Olive cardstock and attached to the designer paper with dimensionals! I used Linen Thread to tie a bow. The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock!

I don't usually use so many layers on the inside of my cards, but I really liked the look of Whisper White on Old Olive on Basic Black and then onto the Crumb Cake! Before I adhered all of these layers I stamped half of the flower that I stamped on the front of the card. I had to finish it off with a leaf from the same stamp set (on both sides) because I couldn't get it just right! I added a flower center made from the same designer paper as on the front of the card! I almost forgot to mention that I cut those centers using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. I LOVE how it turned out...a really fun card! 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you were happily surprised to see me here on a Sunday! I also hope you follow along with the hop! You can click HERE to go directly to my facebook page or you can click on the facebook icon above on the right!

~Today's Thought~  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Day Two

Hello and Happy Friday! I know you're all ready for the weekend! Well...the girls have all gone home and I'm headed down the mountain to grocery shop! Fun was had by all...they decorated some cute flip flops! 

I have a quick card to share with you...another Thoughtful Branches card from my upline Sarah Wills at Sarah's Ink Spot.


This is such a simple card...you can use it for Halloween (obviously) but by changing the sentiment it would be great for fall, thank you, thinking of you...the skies the limit! 

This bundle is SO VERSATILE...you are gonna LOVE it!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a TERRIFIC DAY!!!






~Today's Thought~


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Day One

Good Afternoon friends!  Gosh...another day has gotten away from me! Today is the FLIP FLOP PARTY so I've been busy pulling it all together! Before I got started I went for a bike ride (about 20 miles) with a girlfriend and in between I had to go into the office to do payroll! Five of the girls have arrived and are downstairs playing TABOO...a couple more are due anytime now and will be off to do our FLIP FLOP CRAFTS!  

I totally had something else to share with you, but my up-line, Sarah Wills at Sarah's Ink Spot, sent me some cards that she created with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle to share at my workshops. She made a card for a variety of seasons and over the next week, I'd like to share them with you! You're gonna LOVE each one of them!


We start school on August 16th, so I chose this card to share first. Isn't it cute! I thought I would change the sentiment to HELLO...(or GOOD LUCK), add a gift card to our local coffee shop or Starbucks and give it to my daughter's teachers to start the year of caffeinated!

I have not yet played with this set, but I know I'm gonna LOVE it! I have so many ideas swimming around in my brain...it kind of makes me crazy sometimes!  I plan to get out to my workshop this weekend to see what comes about!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great night! 


~Today's Thought~


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday and Wine

Hi guys! Hope you are having a FANTASTIC day! I...OF COURSE...am running behind! Today was HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION for my son...I can't believe it! Time sure does fly...ESPECIALLY when they start high school! He got his locker, his books, his schedule...and paper work to fill out! I'm also having a FLIP FLOP party to celebrate my youngest starting Junior High School. The big, exciting thing when entering Junior High is that you can chew gum and WEAR FLIP FLOPS. So....I've been busy doing some last minute shopping for that! Last...I have a workshop tonight and my workshop was a DISASTER!!!!! I have it all cleaned up and ready to go now and I even got caught up on a few projects...now I'm ready to relax...wish I had a glass of wine! All this to tell you...I've got nothin' for you today...EXCEPT...

~Today's Thought~


Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by! 

Have a GREAT rest of your day!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

27 Years....Anniversary Card

Hello and how ya doin'? Today is a big day for Stampin' Up and for me!  It's PRE-ORDER time for the Holiday Catalog!  It is AMAZING...you are gonna LOVE it! It's also the day that the Thoughtful Branches bundle is available!  I was up til 11:30 getting my orders in...now for the WAITING (for it to arrive)!

If you've been following my blog, you know that my anniversary was last Friday and we went away for the weekend.  We drove to Woodland to take my two youngest kiddos to their older brothers house (they had FUN in Monterey and Santa Cruz).  We had dinner with them at the Elkhorn Saloon...DELICIOUS... then we drove to Vallejo...we stayed the night in a Super 8 (my poor husband...I really gave him a bad time about that), it was actually very nice. Saturday morning we had a delicious breakfast at the Good Day Restaurant and walked through their AMAZING farmers market! Then we took the ferry from Vallejo into San Francisco and watched the Giants beat the Nationals...oh and did I tell you Hunter Pence started back that same day too.  He's my favorite player! We returned that evening to Vallejo where we had INCREDIBLE calzones at Napoli's. We stayed another night and took our time getting make to life and home on Sunday! It was a TERRIFIC weekend!

Anyway's...today I wanted to share the anniversary card I made for my husband!  He is a Power Lineman by trade and a bicycling enthusiast....

For the front of my card I used the Happy Heart embossing folder to create my background on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I used the back of the embossed cardstock because I could adhere the heart I cut using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits much easier.  I found this groovy bicycle wheel heart on Pinterest and printed it on Whisper White cardstock, mounted it on another piece of Whisper White cardstock and then a piece of Basic Black cardstock. The sentiment is from the Baby Bear stamp set.  I tied a piece of Linen Thread around the corner and used dimensionals to attach it to the card.  The base of the card is Smokey Slate with a mat of Basic Black which I attached the embossed cardstock to. I used Wink of Stella and bling around the heart...just for a bit of FUN!

 
For the inside of the card I added another heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and a sentiment that I found on Pinterest! He absolutely LOVED the card!  I had plenty of room to tell him how much I love him at the bottom...and the other side!  

Well...we had a FANTASTIC weekend....but I was sure tuckered out yesterday...I didn't do a thing...except CLEAN MY HOUSE, because we had home group last night!  Hoping to get some creating done today...time will tell!


Thanks bunches for stopping by!  Have a WONDERFUL rest of your day!
  

~Today's Thought~
(to make you giggle)

...and just a few pictures of our fun weekend!