Friday, July 31, 2020

Life Is Beautiful... Countdown to Holiday Mini Release

Stampin Up's 2020 Holiday Mini Catalog release is in 4 DAYS!!!!  YEEEEE!  Today's Freebie Friday on Facebook featured one of my favorite sets from the new catalog.... Life is Beautiful.  I love the sentiment, I love the autumn theme, I just love everything about this set!  The free PDF is available in the download below the last pic....

I am absolutely over the moon in love with this card.  I love how easy it is to make and honestly... just looking at it makes me feel calm and relaxed like I'm about to put on my favorite comfy sweater.  I know... we aren't quite there yet!  LOL!

What can I say... Coffee IS Life!

Another simple set featuring one of the new "In Colors"... Just Jade.  Very vibrant green and this card is perfect for guy or gal!  And I can't seem to get enough of that Designer Series Paper!

And I can't forget the bonus card..... EVERYTHING is done but the stamping on this one.  But snag it quick.... that card pack with envelopes is in the clearance section at $3.50!!!  That's a STEAL!  24 pre-decorated cards with envelopes for $3.50... oh yeah!  Check out the link to the free PDF below the last pic for more details, dimensions, instructions and product numbers.  You can order everything you need  in my online store:  CLICK HERE!

AND... don't forget to use the hostess code GY4BBZMF.  This code is good through 8/7/20 and all orders over $35 gets all these make n' take kits for free.... INCLUDING the card for the bonus:

Isn't it stunning!  Get the free PDF by clicking HERE and bonus is HERE!

I hope you got to see the Freebie Friday Facebook Live.... sincere thank you's if you did!  I'm working on perfecting my live tutorials and I'm so thankful for those who've joined me on this adventure!

Don't forget that the deadline for the Hallows Night Magic class closes in two weeks.... You can register at the link below.

Christmas In July.... The Last Day of July!

So I'm late to the party!  Stampin Up's Holiday early ordering for demonstators was about a month ago and I've been sitting on the most amazing Christmas products I've seen in a long time.... so why so late to the Christmas in July party.... well, as I shared yesterday, they also are coming out with the most amazing Halloween Suite I've seen in a long time as well.  Truly, I am over the moon for this upcoming holiday mini catalog release on August 4th.... I can't wait for you guys to see! 

So even though it's the last day of July, I thought, "well why not?"  It also helped that a friend of mine asked for a quick tutorial for flat gift packets and you KNOW I had to oblige!  

All the projects in today's post feature the Snowflake Wishes Bundle that is being released next week.  I also whipped up the quickest of treat boxes.... wait till you all see the projects they made in the catalog using the new Little Treats Bundle!  From wedding favors to general gift-giving.... this bundle is PERFECTION!  I also had fun playing with Versa Mark ink to make those Layed Stitched Labels and speaking of being late to the party.... why am I JUST NOW finding out about the tag-tail trick using the Tailored Tag Punch????

Here's the link to my online store (CLICK HERE).... get your clickin finger ready for August 4th!  

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hallows Night Magic Class To Go Registration Is NOW OPEN!

Okay everyone.... registration is now open for the Hallows Night Magic Class to Go!  Registration closes 8/14/20 at 11:59 PM as I will need to order everyone's stuff and then prep everything.... expecting shipping date for class materials will be 8/21/20 and then I'm planning the video feed on 8/28/20... WHEW!  This one's gonna be good.  Here are a couple of the projects that will be featured.... we're ALL about the Halloween goodies!  The link for registration is down below the last pic....

A total of 6 projects for this awesome class... two of the projects are not Halloween-specific, the rest of them are.  We'll be doing a candy dispenser box, a small treat box, a large treat box and a door-hang treat box.  Along with the super-fun goody boxes, there is one Halloween card and one GORGEOUS, not-so-Halloween card (my mind's eye sees it as a wedding card).  Below are a couple of my favorites for this class.....

Here's the link to register for the class:  CLICK HERE!

 The PDF will also be accompanied by a live-feed video how-to… an online party if you will!  YAY! 

 All the projects in this class feature the Hallows Night Magic stamp set and die bundle as well as the Magic In This Night Designer Series Paper. Two of the projects also use the coordinating Cobwebs 3D Embossing Folder, which you can add on to your kit.  

You will need  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pretty Peacock, Gray Granite, Craft White and Versa Mark ink pads. You will also need an assortment of your choice of Stampin’ Blends OR…. I recommend the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, which you can also add to your class kit.  Adhesives used include Stampin’ Seal, Stampin’ Seal +, Tombow, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots.

You can order ink, pencils & adhesive here or use what you already have. 

The class kits will include 6 project kits and the full color step by step tutorial PDF as well as the live-feed recorded tutorial. 

Each class kit will arrive at your front door sorted and organized by project. I will do all the scoring, punching and cutting for you (other than what needs to be done with your new Halloween Magic Dies.)

  This class to go has three options:

Option #1- $75

This is the full Class To Go Kit. Included are: 

  • Hallows Night Magic Bundle (Stamp set + dies: $46.75 value) 

  • 1 full pack of Magic In This Night DSP

  • 1 pack of Iridescent Pearls (FREE)

  • 5 Make and Take packets 

  • Full step by step PDF and live-feed video invitation

*Some items may go on back order or unorderable which could cause delay in shipping.   

Option #2- $39

This is the option for those who already own the Hallows Night Magic stamps and dies. You will need them to complete your projects so only choose this option if you already own the bundle.  

  • 1 full pack of Magic In This Night DSP

  • 1 pack of Iridescent Pearls 

  • 5 Make and Take packets 

  • Full step by step PDF and live-feed video invitation

Option #3- $15

PDF only- want to cut your own cardstock and already own the products? This is the option for you. If you purchase the PDF Only option, you will be immediately emailed the links. If you do not receive them within five minutes of purchase, please email me! Click here to purchase just the PDF Tutorial (Separate page.)

Option #4- $20

 Mental Case Members (my first level downline Stampin Up team members) can purchase this option for the make and take kits and PDF. This is a perk for belonging to my team! 

All class kits and included product will be ordered and prepared together after the deadline. This is a preorder only and per SU policy, I do not have product on hand ready to ship. Because of this, it takes about 1 week after the deadline for me to order, cut, prepare and ship all the class kits.  Class Kits can only be mailed within the United States. If you live out of the US, you can still purchase the PDF. 

I'm really looking forward to this one.... Halloween is my absolute favorite! :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

6 Days Till Release!

Tis The Season... I mean Stampin Up Holiday Mini Catalog release time AND CHECK THIS OUT!

Really you guys... the holiday catalog this year is EVERYTHING!!!! Today I'm featuring a double Z Fold card that I made using the Poinsettia Petals bundle along with the Hallows Night Magic Halloween bundle..... ACK!!!!  Christmas meets Halloween here. The designer series paper goes from ghoulish to formal in a snap!

I couldn't resist sneaking in the Itty Bitty Greeting "Tis The Season" for a little funny... LOL!

And this paper....OMGosh, the paper!!!!  The Stampin Up Holiday Mini releases in 6 days, to place an order CLICK HERE and use hostess code GPVASDJB... you won't be sorry! 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Timeless Tropic Freebie Friday

Oh yes.... Timeless Tropical is the PERFECT set for summer!  Last Friday's Freebie Friday featured three projects using the Timeless Tropical stamp set, In The Tropics dies and the tote pieces from the All Dressed Up Die Set!  Seriously, SO perfect!!!  The PDF for this week's Freebie Friday is posted below the last pic.  

The pineapple box we made was inspired by a project created by Erica Cerwin of Pink Buckaroo Designs and is just the right size to hold some small sweet treats or a travel-sized Bath and Bodyworks hand sanitizer.  It really is a wonderful way to say "Thank you"!

I also feature my super-simple but super stunning "Relax" card.  This little score trick is the perfect embellishment for so many applications.  I like this technique when trying to pop a focal point or even just creating drama for say, a wedding card.  This one is REALLY good!

Lastly... this tote from the All Dressed Up dies was SCREAMING to be matched up with the In The Tropics Dies!  Really the perfect pair...Could this be more summertime perfection???  LOL!  This tote also features the Tasteful Textile embossing folder to give it that weaved look.  I showed how to put this together in our facebook live and chose not to emboss the paper so that you could see all the score lines that are automatic when you cut the tote... it's like magic!  The die cuts, embosses the score line and leaves the incredible stitching all in one pass through the die cut machine.  LOVE!!!!

HERE'S THE PDF with measurements for you to recreate! 

Feel free to join us every Friday for Freebie Friday Facebook Live in our FunAndMentalChanges facebook group.  I share a live presentation with tips and tricks to complete these projects.  Also, anyone who places an order of $35 or more before midnight on 7/31/20 using hostess code GPVASDJB will receive all three of the projects featured in this post for free*!  :)

*Please note that make n' take projects will include everything except stamps, ink and adhesive.  You also may need scissors and additional tools.... see PDF for project details.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Jar of Flowers Flop... But REDO Comin Your Way

Oh we're doing this!!!  SO excited for my first Stampin Up Make n' Take.  I've been a customer for many years but after the year we've all had, I decided it was time to take the plunge and do the things I love.... and I LOVE paper crafting (as some of you already know).  Welp, I had the opportunity so we're giving it a shot... and here I am with my first ever Stampin Up Make n' Take! 

UPDATE:  The class ended earlier this afternoon after my phone that was recording DIED!!!  I am in the process of getting a replacement, but unfortunately EVERYONE who was in attendance were dropped.... I'M SO SORRY!!! 

So the goal is to go live every Friday at 1 p.m. MST in my FunAndMentalChanges: Danielle's Inky Chaos  facebook group and share 3 fun and easy projects, but I will need to dial in the equipment piece.  Thank you for those who did attend today.  I promise, we will have a "redo" next Friday.  My goal is to get my own creative juices flowing and for everyone to have a lot of fun... everyone is welcome to join in on the fun but the fun needs to actually happen!  LOL!  Until then, the link to the PDF is below the picture.  Enjoy!  If you make projects, PLEASE share a pic with me in the Facebook group.  If you place an order in my store at of more than $35 before midnight on 7/24/20, I will send you ALL THREE of the project kits contained in the PDF below.  But make sure to use hostess code U2GHMWKA unless your order is over $150.  If your order is over $150... you will want to place your order on your own to receive the freebies.  I will still see the order come through my store and will STILL send you the project kits.

All the projects our very first Friday together featured the Jar of Flowers stamp set with one really cool gift box and two cards.  I posted about those gift boxes the other day... and am looking forward to next Friday to finally show you how it's done!  I also featured some honorable mentions with Itty Bitty Greetings, Celebrate Sunflowers and The Right Triangle stamp sets, not to mentions some really great in-colors.   Check out the PDF link below for all the details and as I said, we'll redo this thing next Friday.  Thanks for hangin in there with me everyone!  <3

Mint Macaron paper with Forever Greenery DSP!  One of three projects featured...see PDF HERE:
Jar Of Flowers Make n Takes PDF

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Nothing Goes To Waste!

Just popping in for a quick share.... never throw out your "practice" projects.  You never know when they will come in handy!  This is a box attempt that is now turned into a gift package.  LOVE how handy the Stampin Up So Sentimental Bundle (#153828) works in a pinch!  A couple of honorable mentions.... the tissue paper came from last month's paper pumpkin kit and the embellishments are a sneak peek from the upcoming August 4th holiday release..... YEEEEEE!!!!

And can I just say how much I love that Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper????  
Have a great one you guys!  Hope to see everyone in the FunAndMentalChanges facebook group for my first-every facebook class.  Should be "entertaining"... LOL!

Here's the link to my online store:

Monday, July 13, 2020

There's a Life Lesson There

Getting Into my groove and playing with paper.  No sooner did I dive my hands into my paper stack, I felt the slice on the cuticle of my pointer finger and the sting of a deep, fresh paper cut.  You KNOW you love something deeply when you accept the pain that comes with the loving.... I feel like there's a life lesson there!  And I DO love paper crafting, well, MOST of the time....

as I'm sitting here at this very moment looking at more than a dozen varying box creation attempts for a tutorial I'm trying to put together this month. I feel like this is going to be a terrific class and I'm wanting to do it for free, but I also want it to be easy with a major "WOW" factor.  

Luckily my 13th attempt was PERFECTION!  And I'm soooo looking forward to sharing the fun this upcoming Friday, June 17th at 1:00 p.m. MST on Facebook.  I mean... it is REALLY easy once I got my cuts right!  LOL!  I'm also going to be announcing my very first Stampin Up Class To Go EVER!  A little hint, the class is featuring new Halloween products from the upcoming Stampin Up holiday catalog (debuts August 4th... but here's a little sneak peak!).

I will be posting the registration for this class before the end of the month.... SOOO excited for August!!!!  

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Quite A Long Hiatus... But I'm Back!!!

What Happened????  I've been out of commission for a LONG time!  Well... there's a story!  Isn't there always???  Let me see if I can catch you all up quickly. 

So once upon a time.....
the real estate market crashed, this girl lost her career and started a blog to help focus on the better times that she knew HAD to be coming.  This blog helped distract, helped to focus and was an outlet for getting and doing things that money truly couldn't buy because she didn't have any to spend. 

During this time I learned that I was strong, I was resourceful and, most importantly, I was capable.  But in looking back at this blog and the HUGE gap from my last post to today, I realized that I was grateful that I documented my journey and now wish I had never stopped.  So, back to the first question... what has been happening?

1.  I got my career back and actually landed my dream job.

I have the UNBELIEVABLE honor of helping folks make their dream homes a reality!

2.  My dream job ended up being like every other job and I found I didn't have the time to blog, work on myself and play in my beloved craft room.  That was NOT part of the dream!
3.  I traveled and invested in a vacation club to enjoy more traveling.

Kauai was a DREAM!

4.  My granddaughter was born, family drama ensued, she was in my life, then out of my life and now back in... Thank you GOD!!!
5.  I started the weightloss journey of a lifetime.  I feel like I've ALWAYS been on a weightloss journey (since I was 8) but FINALLY feel like I'm getting a handle on it!!!  There's still work to be done (it always seems to be two steps forward and one step back), but I intend to share it with you guys as I'm jumping back into my blog-life!

I've taken a couple steps backwards as of late... getting back on the wagon!

6.  Continued on my oily journey with Young Living and actually reached the level of Executive.  This particular journey helped to pay off my car in under a year and a half and also helped finance the vacation club mentioned above!  YAY!  SOOOOO much gratitude!!!!

Young Living Essential Oils have changed everything for me;
my health, my finances, my relationships.... I'm so very grateful!!!

7.  YOU GUYS.... I FINALLY got to attend CHA (okay, it's now called "Creativation"... but you know what I mean... it was "CHA" back when this blog started and I NEEDED to go).  I've only wanted to go FOREVER!!!  I got to go in 2019 for the first time and was asked back in 2020 where I THINK I contracted the corona virus but can't be sure.... more on that later....stay tuned.

Creativeation 2019:
Yes... that is me with Mr. Tim Holtz!  Pinch me!

8.  And my latest and greatest:  I just fell down the rabbit hole signing up as a Stampin Up member.  It is totally for play as #1 listed above NEEDS to be balanced with some creative fun!!!!  So with that I want to extend an invite to anyone out there who finds this and wants to play along with me.... for a limited time when you sign up as a member, in addition to the starter kit (where you pay $99 for $125 worth of items, all your choice and WITH free shipping), you will also get a free bundle.  That whole deal is pushing almost $200 for the cost of the $99 starter kit.... WHAT?!?  Oh man that's good!!!! 

Click the sign up link below to join me on this amazing crafty journey!

So for anyone who wants to join me on revamping this fun adventure... here's the membership sign up link:  Sign Up Here!   Send me a quick message if you sign up... I have a special kit for you so we can start this journey together right!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Every Once In A While

Every once in a while something comes along that is brilliant and riveting and ground breaking and Emma Watson's Met Gala dress is IT for 2016!

I know Emma Watson isn't the FIRST person to wear clothes made from recycled materials (click HERE for some pretty creative creations), but dare I say that this is the prettiest I've ever seen!!!  Emma's Met Gala dress actually gives me hope for my future.... and not in the socially responsible way, but in the self-centered, vain kinda way.

I mean, HOW many outfits have I LOVED until I completely wore them out???  The answer is A LOT!!!  Clothing is one of the few applications for the horrible, won't-go-away invention of plastic that actually makes some sense.... well, that and medical equipment.  But the reality is, while in my dream world I may one day finally have a wardrobe that I will LOVE that won't ever go away, that still brings me back to the fact that plastic STILL never goes way.  And I'm interested to find out REALLY what she thought about that dress.  Did it make her feel overly hot or uncomfortable in any way?  Did her wearing recycled plastic all night hurt her in any way?  Would it have hurt her over the long-term?

Every once in a while I get glimpses of a perfect world where my vanities are catered to with IMMORTALLY GORGEOUS outfits that I KNOW would motivate me to never gain weight, but then I'm reminded that recycling and repurposing still means that something is created that will never die and that goes against nature.

Every once in a while my initial reactions are wrong and I realize that this gorgeous innovative Met Gala gown STILL would have been lovelier made of hemp.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Journey of 1000 Miles

So... how to begin this???  Welp, I guess with being blunt.  I was a child who grew up in an abusive home being kicked out of the house around the age of 16.  I have spent MANY years of my life working on forgiveness and getting to a point where I can say that I've overcome the "consequences" of living with an abuser.  It is something that I willingly admit still rears its ugly head, not because of unforgiveness, but because of unrepentance (well this is what I thought anyway).  The relationship remained toxic well into my adulthood to the point where I finally separated from the abuser.  Well, you might guess from how I started this blog post that my abuser was a family member.

Recently, I had another family member share with me that I have issues (that she will be praying for) and that my separation was wrong.  I was told that I was rigid and that I needed to look past the abuse even if the abuser did not repent.  That, me being a Christian, I was called to love my enemies, feed them, clothe them and walk with them 2 miles if they walk a mile and that God never called us to act out of self-love or self-respect.  I REALLY toiled with that because I too have read that I needed to love my enemies, but this person was not supposed to be my enemy... they were supposed to be my protector.  Did God really want me to be around an unrepentant abuser???  I don't know what was truly going through this family member's head and heart when she said what she said (only God knows that; perhaps I AM manic as she suggested), but it is my experience that it ALL is used by God.  No matter how hurt I was in hearing all of this, I AM grateful!  CLEARLY it is time for me to deal with the issues I still have no matter how offended I may be.  I trust God's love for me above all else!  If I am wrong and need to change, I pray that God humbles me and helps me change.

So here is where I am, submitting this to God.  Above all things I believe Him.... so off I go to my Bible.
John 3:20-21 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.

As I've discovered with previous Bible studies, God has a way of veering me off whatever way he wishes (He's funny like that), but this is how I'm planning my attack:

1.  Study self-love.  Is it wrong?
2.  Study abuse.  WHY can't I deprogram the pain?  
3.  Study forgiveness.  Is this me really not forgiving?  I feel like I've forgiven the past, I feel like it is the distrust of the future that guides my actions.  Is that just justification?  Even God, himself, requires repentance.
4.  Talk to church counselors for confirmation during my study.
5.  Daily prayer asking for God's thoughts to be my own.  I know that God loves me and will answer my prayer.
6.  Journal the journey of 1000 miles!!!!
7.  Consult with other Christian-based resources on the topic of abuse.
8.  Check with healthcare professional to see if I'm manic... I just laughed as I typed that, but I guess someone who is manic maybe wouldn't know. 

Ok... so today is day 1 and here is my journal:

Ephesians 5:29-30 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.
Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
What was my take away from today? Loving yourself and self respect isn't wrong.... he built us to love ourselves. It is when the love we have for ourselves (and other things) is more important than our love for Him or our love for others that there is a problem.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Ok... it is WAY past time for bed and I have writer's cramp, but today was an AWESOME day of Bible study!!!

Life Is Beautiful... Countdown to Holiday Mini Release

Stampin Up's 2020 Holiday Mini Catalog release is in 4 DAYS!!!!  YEEEEE!  Today's Freebie Friday on Facebook featured one of my favo...