A September not to remember

I will share a bit of my month with you. It has not been good and it’s not looking to finish well either. But, anything can change.

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What’s missing here was my computer. At the beginning of the month, First Day of School for my girls actually, my Hard Drive Blew on my Imac computer. WHat! I had to drive it into Milwaukee and try to get a new one at the Apple store. None on hand but would order it. So back home I go. Next day, I brought my external hard drive for them to put on the new. I guessed it would only take 4-5 hrs and I would stick around. Nope. After 1 hr trying to figure out passwords I set up 5 years ago-forgot and did not write down, they were able to get in, change a few things and then said 12 hrs of transfer. What?! Um-forgot I have almost 20,000 pics. yikes. So went home again. Next day, back to get my computer-all looks good. The traffic in Milw. is horrible right now. Lots and lots of Construction, bridges out and being rebuilt. Horrible. I got home, tried to set up internet-that code was changed. I Hate Passwords!!! However-emails were not coming in. 4 hrs later with a Apple rep-still nothing. I had to wait until the following Monday to finally get a really Awesome Apple tech name Marnie. She got me up and running. Once the emails came in-over 1,817 to be exact after one week. Yes, we get a lot of email as we sell on different online stores all sorts of things. I can tell you I was very relieved but what a crazy beginning of the month. I think 10 gray hairs from worry, and driving through the construction area were added this month. Extremely grateful that I did not get into an accident. Now to limit the kids time on my computer, that in itself is a challenge. During the school year, Only weekends. If they have homework on it, then I hang out to make sure it stays that way. Kids!!!

On a great note, My Mom turned 85. She is doing well in the assisted living. Her Dementia is far more noticeable now. To me, her Dementia acts like a fog or a cloak. In a weird way, it protects her from any sad news. Today I had to share with her that a dear friend of ours has decided to opt in for Hospice rather than fight cancer. For me, it’s been a awful day. For my Mom, she stated “what a year of changes”. A year ago, she would have cried and asked why and how. Now, sad, horrible news, it’s sort of a weird acceptance, like it’s not real but something you watch on tv. It’s hard watching someone live with Dementia. It’s even harder knowing our friend will be leaving us soon. It’s not been a good day. I know once she gets into Hospice, it will be short. Our friend has no more fight in her. I respect her wishes.

The last week, I could not add any posts to my blog since the Awesome gal who manages my computer needed to switch to a better, improved server. Hopefully in the upcoming months you will see great changes on my blog. It’s a slow process as she is busy at the moment. Just grateful that everything moved over well enough. If there is a glitch somewhere-let me know. It’s been a month of Pain in the but Computer stuff. Technology! Love it or hate it, I still have to have it. Generally, most of you do too. Right?

Sorry, I didn’t mean to bring you down with this post today. It’s more of a share. Over the years many of my stamping friends on other blogs have shared their stories of ups and downs. Almost all of my posts are Up. Just once in awhile, a blue kinda day walks in. Today is that kind of day.

But, it isn’t in my nature to leave you with that.

Last Thursday, First Day of Autumn, I was able to do a craft with my Mom and several of the residents. Everyone got to make a delightful Fall plaque for their doors to their apartments:

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I stamped and layered all the pieces and letters. All they did was pull the tape off the back and assemble like a puzzle. It was thrilling for me and a great joy for all of them. For my Mom, it was like she was crafting with me again. They all were so very proud of their work. I was so busy helping them pull off the tape, I forgot to take pictures. Next time.

I also welcomed a New Recruit this month Maureen C. -Welcome to the Dairy Best Stampers!!!

I promise to have a better post tomorrow.

Until then,

Enjoy! every day.

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Autumn Luminaire Tutorial

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Isn’t this fun? You want one don’t you?

It’s time for a tutorial for you.

Start with a piece of Pumpkin Pie C.S. cut to 8 1/8″ x 4 1/4″

Score on long side 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″

Score on Short side 2″

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You will need the Detailed Floral Thinlits to cut out the stencil.

When placing-keep it closer to the center.

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Run it through the Big Shot.  Now, use this great tool-the die brush, and run that over the die several times.

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Pull off die and most if not all the pieces should be easy to dump off.

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Ta Da! Perfect. Now-do the other side same way.

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Place it closer toward the middle, almost butting up to the side you already did.

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Repeat and you should have this.

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Now, fold over on all score lines.

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Trim off the little thin strip up to the score line. You want to only keep the top half.

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Now cut up to the middle on the score lines:

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Add a strip of “Green “glue-Multi-purpose glue on that tiny strip.

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Fold your box in half and glue together.

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After a few moments, add tape to three inside flaps:

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Place the one flap without tape into the box first:

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Now place other flaps on top.

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Flip over, add decoration. In this case I added a pumpkin using our oval dies and sponging color all over. Love making these.

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Because this is paper-I will add a disclosure that you should not use a real candle but rather an artificial tea light.

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Now you have the perfect little Autumn Luminaire.

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You can make these for Weddings, etc. just by changing the color of the card stock.

These are the supplies I used:

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Day two at the Walworth County Fair

Well, I certainly had a great group of people come to my demonstrations both days at the fair. Check out day two at the Walworth County Fair:

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Their Enthusiasm and crowd participation was fantastic.

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We made a cute little paper box filled with really Yummie candy apple caramels.

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The crowd loved adding a bit of Clear/Gold Wink of Stella to their leaves.

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I decided everyone should have a cute little paper punched pumpkin to make too. Everyone added a Wink of stella on that too.

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It was really fun. And a serious shout out to Kathy Papcke for hooking me up with the demonstration opportunity once again.

Enjoy!

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The New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is up and running

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Yes.

It is AWESOME!

Do you have yours yet? No?

If you don’t already have a Demonstrator, Contact me today for Your Free Holiday Catalog. Sure you can download it right now-click on the image above or-on the right side of my blog, or shop by clicking the one below it. But, you and I both know, it’s better to get that catalog in your hands now.

Of course-if you live within 3 hrs distance of Lake Geneva, WI- You can book your Holiday Stamp party with me. Oh the ideas I will share with you and your friends.

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The last two days I demonstrated at the Walworth County Fair. I was able to show off some really fun ideas using our products. The first day was making dry erase boards using our Washi Tape (both current and retired). It was a big hit!

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The smiles shared said it all.

I will post more with you tomorrow with day 2.

In the mean time,

Happy Shopping and ENJOY!

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Last days to get the exclusive stamp set Thoughtful Branches

Don’t wait! Get it now!

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We are down to the last 2 days. Stampin’ Up!® has advised the Demonstrators that this will not be showing up again, in future catalogs or even the clearance rack. Don’t miss out on this wonderful stamp set and die bundle. Click here to see a past post.

Here are a few more reasons why you might want this set.

I am definitely ready for Fall/Autumn!

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A fun Sunflower gift bag made with the leaves and the brown circle made with the tree branches.

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My take on a fellow demonstrators idea (from Germany):

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ENJOY! and Happy Shopping:

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Technique class at Bragi Coffee Shop

There is nothing like having a group of friends gathered for lunch and stamping fun. Yesterday, I held a stamping techniques class with Lunch at Bragi Coffee shop and Wine bar in Williams Bay, WI. I taught my guests fun watercolor techniques with our texture stamps. I showed them that you don’t have to be an artist to know how to watercolor, anyone can learn and be good at it. Over the years I have shown different watercolor ideas using our Aqua painter pens, but this time I added more tips and tricks. We made 4 cards with multiple sayings, and created envelopes with our envelope punch board. I even had a “newbie”-right Kim-who now knows how to create too. Lookie see at the cards we made:

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We had great fun and a really tasty lunch. Our lunch was a Cup of Summer Squash Soup with a bit of curry and a 1/2 Marco polo sandwich along with Bubbly lemonade. OMG it was Fabulous! The food here is AM-A-ZING and Bragi is really a hidden gem in Williams Bay. If you get a chance to be in this neck of the woods, the Lake Geneva area-Williams Bay, you need to stop in at Bragi for Lunch or grab a coffee and scone, or an evening of Open Mic and other entertainment and a glass of wine. You will be glad you did.

As always, they had great fun, ate a lovely lunch and went away with beautiful cards. Pieces of beautiful art.

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These are the supplies I used:

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Happy Stampin’ Up! Anniversary to me

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19 Years!

Happy 19 Fabulous, Stampin’ Up!® Anniversary to me!

but most importantly-

THANK YOU!

Thank YOU to my wonderful Customers and Hostesses for all your orders and support all these years. I truly appreciate all of you. I couldn’t have made all my sales goals and trips without you. To my Team members-The Dairy Best Stampers, thanks for sticking with me all these years, I appreciate you as well. Look for a fun package at the end of the week.

Thank You to my Wonderful husband, Don the man. I couldn’t, wouldn’t be doing this without your love and support. When we were dating, he kept saying, are you sure you want to do this? Is it a scam? Of course I wanted to do this, I love Stamping. It’s my thing-it’s what I do. A Scam? Stamping? Seriously! It truly has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I LOVE stamping! I Love Stampin’ Up!®. I’m grateful for all the joy that Stampin’ Up!® has brought me these 19 years. I just wish I had started sooner. I look forward to more creativity, and excitement of the stamping ahead of me and you should stay tuned for more great ideas and projects.

Onward, I say, as I continue in my Stampin’ Up!® journey.

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I decided to make a cake for all of you in Celebration.

A Chocolate Nugget Cake.

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Isn’t that fun!

I plan on surprising someone, randomly, with this beauty. That will be fun.

Now, if you too would like to start your Stampin’ Up® fun, CLICK HERE to learn more. I would Love to have you on my Stampin’ Up!® team-The Dairy Best Stampers. It doesn’t matter if you have never stamped before or if you were a Demonstrator years ago and dropped, or are looking for a little creativity in your life and a discount. I would love to have “all” of you join me in the fun TODAY.

Enjoy!

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