Paper Pumpkin – Season of Gratitude – October 2016 Kit Review and Giveaway
It is hard to imagine that we are starting to enter the holiday season. I have officially seen my first holiday commercial complete with music!
What is often overlooked is in our march towards this time of year, it is also important to remember to show gratitude. When I think of this coming time of year, I always reflect on what I am thankful for and the people I appreciate the most.
When I received the October 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit “Season of Gratitude” I knew I had received the cards I wanted that would show all the people I care about some gratitude.
Stampin’ Up – Stitched with Cheer – Project Kit Review + Giveaway
One of my favorite times of the year is when I start to receive holiday cards. I love to hear from people that I lose touch with throughout the year, and seeing the happy photos.
When I was young I was in charge of the yearly holidays cards and I would look forward to it. Each year I would look forward to choosing the perfect cards for the recipient. I loved verifying addresses and updating my “master list” spreadsheet. I credit this yearly ritual to giving me the handwriting ability I have today. Now that I am older and have a home and “furmily” of my own I tend to do our own holiday cards.
Instead of purchasing cards I tend to make them by hand. I begin my search early in the season and many times I purchase the supplies throughout the year. This year my card making will be made easier since receiving the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit by Stampin’ Up which is a 18 card kit and the perfect way to show my appreciation for friends and family.
Stampin’ Up – Pretty Kitty Stamp Set Review + Giveaway
Sometimes as cat guardians we are put into funny and odd positions. As the humans we are the source of love and attention, but we are also responsible to clean their litter boxes and clean up hairballs when they invariable come up.
It is difficult for non-cat owners to understand why after the bad we would continue to love these furry mess makers. One of the best ways that I express my cat lady love to my friends is through the sending of cards. The stamps that I like the best are the ones that integrate my love of cats.
Since I am always on the search for cute, high quality and useful cat themed items, when I saw the Pretty Kitty Clear-Mount Stamp SetI knew that it was the stamp set I had been wanting.
Stampin’ Up – Oh Happy Day Card Kit – Review and Giveaway
As time has gone on I have noticed that time is much more of a commodity. The goal now-a-days is to maximize time and consolidate tasks as much as possible.
I have noticed that as we get older events are brushed under the rug, and the dates that were once special no longer hold the same reverence.
The first time I realized this was in my mid-30’s and it was my birthday. I remembered days when I received cards in the mail, and phone calls from everyone in my phone list, and I noted that that birthday was different. It seems fitting that since I am all about nostalgia and celebration that I acknowledge dates otherwise pushed aside.
Since I am a traditional girl, I love to send cards to loved ones for holidays and events, and even my neighbors have received cards for their special days. When I saw the Oh Happy Day Card Kit I knew it would be the perfect for the occasions that I want to commemorate.
If there is one thing that I find occuring earlier are the holiday advertisements. My first thought is usually a plea to hold of on the passing of time, and why start advertising so early.
As I have gotten older I see there is a very practical reason for this mass holiday marketing, and while much of it is over my head, it boils down to planning. Most people start planning for the holidays and gift giving 6 months before the holiday.
The other thing that starts coming out this time of year are the holiday catalogs. While I know we still have some time before the holidays are thrust upon us, it is never to early to start planning. On September 1st Stampin’ Up released its Winter 2016 catalog and that is where I encountered this Tin of Tags Project Kit. I thought it might be fun to have this early holiday giveaway in support of the catalog release!
Stampin’ Up – Thoughtful Branches Stamp and Thinlet Die Bundle – Giveaway
I have been a crafter for years, but was never a stamper until a couple of years ago. It was my 35th birthday and I could not find invitations that fit what I wanted in the invitations. I began to rifle through my limited craft collection, since most was in storage at that time, and hatched a plan. I went to the craft store with a concept in my head, a budget on my wallet and a deadline on the date, as it quickly approaching. After an exhaustive search I decided to embark on a craft medium that I had never tried before – Stamping.
Since I am not a stamper, and really knew very little about stamping I was nervous to say the least. After my first couple stamps, and with Jason encouraging me, I realized that this was a great way to get a base image, and accent it in the colors I chose.