It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas……

and we are just one day after Thanksgiving!  But, as with most other parts of our life, we must plan ahead in order to be on time.  And nothing is more true than getting ready for Christmas.

In August I had a little Holiday Happenings workshop and we made four really cute Christmas projects using Stampin’ Up! paper, ribbon, die cuts, ink – all the good stuff.  And we made a gorgeous Fall Wreath (will be on another post). First up, a set of four 4”X4” ceramic coasters using Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper and fabric.  So very easy and inexpensive, but such a cute and useful gift.

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Coaster supplies:  4”X4” ceramic tiles from big box store $.16 each- Hello!; Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper and coordinating fabric; Ornament Keepsakes Framelits, Scallop Oval Punch and Medium Oval Punch, Sentiment from retired stamp set, Gold Glimmer Paper, Linen Thread, Clear Acrylic spray; Real Red ink, Gumball Green, Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, Big Shot.

Next, a Christmas Blessings Journal.  We covered a composition book with Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper, embellished with Silver Glimmer Paper Snowflakes and even embellished a pen to match.  Easy peasy and Oh, so useful.   A journal of blessings for the entire year.  I know that mine will be full.  God blesses me with his grace every minute of every day.

Journal Blessings Journal Supplies: Composition book from big box store; Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper; More Merry Messages Stamp Set; Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler , Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer Paper; Early Espresso Stamp Pad; Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Large Basic Pearl, Tasteful Trims Die, Big Shot.

Another very quick and easy project – a set of four cute, cute, cute notecards.  They measure 4”X4” (loving that size today) with matching envelopes.  I completely copied (very legal in Stampin’ Up! world) the terrific creation by uber-demonstrator Mary Fish.  You just can’t improve on perfection, I say.  Don’t you agree?

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Scentsational Scents Supplies: Scentasational Season, Sweet Essentials, Tiny Tags and Fabulous Phrases Stamp Sets; Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight Cardstock; Regals Paper Pack; Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point Stamp Pads; Holiday Collection Framelit Dies; Gold and Cherry Cobbler brads; Real Red button; Basic Rhinestone; Tiny Tag Punch; Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Big Shot.

And finally, the prettiest Christmas Tree in the house!  It is a Rolled Christmas Tree using Be Of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper, assorted buttons and cardstock embellishment- a project to exercise your creativity!  And, again, not my original idea- got this one from Pinterest.  I could just kiss the folks that started that site….Anyway, easy peasy again.  Here are very quick instructions: Cut 17 strips of DSP 2” wide and starting at 5-1/2 long (your bottom strip), decrease length of each strip by 1/4  with the last strip being 1-1/2 long X 2” wide.  (i.e. 5-1/2, 5-1/4, 5, 4-3/4….) Then apply Sticky Strip to one long end, wrap around a dowel and glue making a tube. Add another piece of Sticky Strip to the seam.  Glue your handcut and embossed trunk to the bottom center and start building your tree.  Adhere with more sticky strip.  Embellish as you wish and Voila!  Gorgeous!!!

Rolled Christmas Tree

Rolled Christmas Tree supplies:  8”X10” white canvas from big box store (2 for $4- love it!); Gumball Green Core’dinations Paper, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock; Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper; Silver Glimmer Paper; Simply Scored (for rosettes); Various buttons; Woodgrain Embossing Folder; Various circle punches; Wooden Dowel, Sticky Strip.

Whew- this could be my longest post ever- but I hope you enjoyed.  We had a wonderful day making these cute projects.  In fact, I have made several more of each for Christmas gifts this year.  What fun!

Blessings,

Diane

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Got Juice?–Day 4

To quote the Fresh Beat Band, “It was a Great Day.”  Fresh Beat is Bella’s favorite show and we actually enjoy it too.  Anyway, Day 4 has been the best yet!  I was able to get my hot green tea just right this morning and really enjoyed it.  I thought today’s juice was going to be a challenge.  It had apple, beets, kale and ginger.  The kale and beets didn’t sound very appetizing, but, it wasn’t bad at all.  In fact, quite tasty.  Tomorrow is pure carrot juice.  I love carrots, but don’t think I have ever actually drank carrot juice.  Well, we will just have to see how it goes.  Check out the color of today’s juice:

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See how Tiffany labels our juice?  I pick up three days supply at a time on Tuesday and Thursday and she labels with our name and the day.  I love that it is in a Mason jar.  I love, love anything in a Mason jar, but that is a tale for another day.

I had lots of energy today and almost finished cleaning an purging in my craft room.  I already have five big boxes of almost new stamping and scrapbooking supplies that will be in our garage sale next week.  Lots of Stampin’ Up! stamp sets- for cheap!  Gonna have a little pre-sale for my crafting ladies and whatever is left I will take to my mother-in-law’s nursing home. 

But, I digress.  The detox/cleanse gives your colon and digestive system a break.  Then your body can work on getting rid of the nasty stuff instead of expending energy digesting all our food.  Is that where my energy comes from?  I don’t know, but I love it.  Another super benefit I have discovered- I sleep like a dream!  And it is really a restful sleep.  I hope to change to a partial raw food menu after the cleanse.  I will still drink my juice each day, but really focus on healthy eating.  Tiffany says 4-5 small healthy meals a day is ideal.  You don’t get hungry and are satisfied with yummy fruits and raw veggies.  She has some wonderful recipes I will be trying out.

Speaking of recipes- here is the recipe for the energy boosting Raw Green Smoothie that I had on day 2 (compliments of Tiffany Finney at Pour Me Some Juice).

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  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 3-4 leaves of kale
  • a mint
  • 1 banana (I slice my bananas into chunks and freeze- makes the smoothie super cold)
  • 1/2 apple
  • 6 strawberries (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of cut pineapple (frozen)
  • 1/2 avocado (to me- the perfect food)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsps raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds or mill
  • mangoes – frozen

That’s it- takes about a minute to put it all in a blender, then blend for a minute.  Very, very tasty.

I had a half-banana as a little snack mid-morning, then a salad for lunch.  It was so pretty.  Romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, celery, fresh blueberries, a few almond slivers, flax seeds, 1/2 avocado and a couple of chopped medjool dates.  I dressed it with a lemon vinaigrette.  It tasted as good as it looks!

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So, to recap the last four days.  I have had a lot of juice, lettuce, raw veggies, and a couple of smoothies.  No caffeine, dairy, no processed foods or sugar (except what is in the fruit).  Two more days to go.  Thanks for staying with me.

(I promised to show you a couple of cards, but I just ran out of room on this post.  Check back in a few for a countdown to Christmas!)

Blessings,

Diane

Got Juice?

Well, I do!  Today is the first day of my “juice cleanse” or “detox” and I am excited to start this journey.  What, pray tell, prompted me to jump on the juice bandwagon.  I could say it was because I love juice, veggies, salads and smoothies.  Which is true.  But not the real reason.

I want and need to get healthy and stay healthy.  I want to chase after my little granddaughter- Sweet Isabella.  I want to climb to the top of a lighthouse easier than I did last month in Maine.  I want to be here for my family for many more years.  And, in order to make those things happen, I must change my eating habits, lose weight and get movin’.
I am going to share my 6 day detox with you, mainly as a record for me and because I think I will be more accountable if know I am going to blog about it.
My juice is provided by Tiffany Finney, creator of Pour Me Some Juice.  Tiffany has degrees, certifications and mucho training in nutrition and fitness.  She is a raw food counselor and master juicer.  She gets up at 4 AM to make our juice and have it ready by 8 AM.   I actually started eating healthier a couple of weeks ago and had 10 oz. of her wonderful juice 6 out of 7 days.  Folks, I tell you, it is yummy!  The juice for the 6 day detox is a little different.

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Each day’s “menu” is the same.  I start with 8 oz. of warm lemon water, then 8 oz. of juice for breakfast.  For lunch I can have a big ole salad with lots of colorful veggies mixed with oil and vinegar dressing.  Mid-afternoon is another 8 oz. of juice, then at dinner I will have another big ole salad.  Warm lemon water for a nightcap and I’m done for the day.  Oh, she also gave me some yummy smoothie recipes that can substitute for a meal.
Tiffany warned that Day 1 juice was not very tasty, but I had no problem drinking it.   It consisted of:

Kale, Apple, Collard Greens and Lemon
It just sounds green doesn’t it?  Well, it is. You can see it on the far right in the picture.  I forgot to get a photo until after I drank the first half for breakfast.  Day 2 and 3 are in the picture, along with a jar of her very tasty homemade Almond Milk for my smoothies.
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Here’s a little “juice” card I made for Tiffany when we started our journey together.  I used the terrific new Perfectly Preserved Stamp Set, the Cannery Framelit Dies and our new fall Designer Series Paper, Orchard Harvest. Jar for you
Thanks for going on this journey with me.  I will update each day of the detox and then as I move forward, I want to keep you up to date with my overall progress.
Now…I gotta get movin’!
‘Till next time….

Blessings,
Diane

A New Header and Too Many Things to Talk About

 

Can you believe how long it has been since I last posted?  I really don’t have a good reason other than…..I’ve been soooooo busy.  Now I know we are all busy with home, work, kids, church, stamping, scrapping and all that stuff…it’s just that I don’t seem to be able to get it all done so something suffers.  Unfortunately one of those things is my blog.  I sure hope I can do better.
So much has been going on and I want to share it all with you.  So, in no particular order, I will be sharing what is and has been going on in Isabella’s grandmother’s life these past few months.
Today I am on the fourth day of a very bad head cold.  I feel lousy.  We were looking forward to going to Franklin to see the little Princess Friday, but alas, could not risk exposing her to this crud.  Here’s a couple of recent photos of the little darlin’ in case you have been missing her sweet face.

 

 

I don’t really feel like stamping, so I must feel bad.  I really want to sleep all day, but can’t breathe when I lay down, so I thought….Hey, girl, why don’t you make a new blog header?  So, I did!  The entire header was designed in My Digital Studio using exclusive Stampin’ Up! images.  And it was so easy.  I love the new Subway art trend and found some awesome words to use.  You can take a 30 day look at MDS….just to my Stampin’ Up! site and download the Express version for free.  It’s not just for scrapbooking anymore!
Here’s a card I made a couple of months ago for a dear friend’s son and his new bride.  I loved how it turned out.  Lots of silver paper, embossing and glitter paper.  Plus the terrific Flower Fest stamp set.  I don’t know why I don’t use it every day!  So sorry my photos are so crummy.  I am working on making a photo box and getting the proper lighting.  Hopefully soon.

So many exciting things happening at Stampin’ Up!  I will be back tomorrow with all the deets.
‘Til next time…

Planted In Joy Has Moved!!!

Hello all,

If you are visiting, you are aware that I do not have a recent post.  I have moved my Stampin’ Up! blog and my personal blog to blogspot and would be so honored if you would follow me there.  Here are my new blog addresses:

Planted in Joy

Tennessee Joy

There are some terrific card samples and gorgeous photos of my granddaughter that I would love for you to see.  Come visit soon!!!

Blessings,  Diane

On the Fly – LSC207 Stretch Yourself – Something Different

Hello all and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope that you are warm and I know you are looking forward to spring.  It has been lovely here in Tennessee this week- I can see buds on my Bradford pear tree and buttercups peeking out from the ground.  It’s a little colder today, but still looks like we will have sunshine all day.  My sweetie and I are going to see our great-nephew play basketball, then go out for the best hamburger I’ve ever had at a little diner type restaurant in Henderson, Tennessee called Bells.  I’ve been going there since I was just a little girl and people drive from miles around for the food.

The SCS Limited Supply Challenge this week was to get out of our comfort zone and do something different.  I’ve always run the other way when it comes to the brayering technique because it just seemed so hard.  So I decided to challenge myself and give it a real try.  I went to Michelle Zindorf’s blog, the ultimate expert on this technique and pretty much cased  this card.  Her creations are amazing and if you haven’t visited her blog, I highly recommend you spend some time there.  You will really be inspired.

on-the-flySo, here’s my creation.  I liked it so much I made several for my March “guy” cards.  I used On the Fly by Stampin’ Up which is a newly retired set.  The images are colored and then clear embossed which really makes the colors pop.  It was a lot of fun to make and I can’t wait to try another one.

Supplies:  Stamps:  On the Fly;  Paper:  Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Night of Navy, PTI White; Ink: Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Stazon Jet Black; Accessories: Brayer, Versamark marker, Fine Detail Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun, Cuttlebug numbers, SU! Markers, White gel Pen, Black fine tip marker, Sponge, Ticket corner punch, photo Corner punch, Post it notes.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!!

Blessings,

Diane


Bold and Bright Birthday – CC204

cc204-boldly-and-brightly-goWhat a busy January!  We have had very cold weather, snow, ice and lots of wintry mix (what is that anyway?).     But, that didn’t stop me from traveling a couple of hours on MLK Monday for a day of stamping with my sweet, great friends Lisa, Leisa and Cleo.  What a fun, fun day we had!  Great food and great conversation.  We got a little stampin’ done too….

But, today is what I’m all about right now- in particular the very, very challenging Color Combo that Julie Buhler chose for us.  Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Pink Passion and Lovely Lilac.  All from the Bold Brights collection and let me tell, these ain’t my favorites.  I was really challenged and finally decided to take Sharon’s (notimetostamp) advice and just Stamp Simply.  So here it is.  I managed to get all the colors in and focused on my favorite of the four- Tempting Turquoise.  I clear embossed the flowers to give it a little pop.

Supplies:  Stamps:  Embrace Life; Paper:  PTI White, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac; Ink:  Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise, YoYo Yellow, Pink Passion, PTI Dark Chocolate;  Accessories:  SU! Markers, Turquoise GG Ribbon, Dimensionals, Clear EP, Heat Tool, Versamark Marker;

Hope you are staying warm.

Many blessings,  Diane