Fantastic Friday!

I have sort of caught up on my stuff so that blogging is no longer viewed as a "luxury" and once more I can add it to my roster of things to do. Relatively successful trip to the post office. Finally got the last round of giveaway items mailed off along with two more catalogs and some "thinking of you" cards. The catalog thing can be a bit challenging especially when going out to new people. I had another occurrence of someone accidentally giving me the wrong address for their catalog request and the post office checks everything before you send it when you ask for a tracking number. Thank goodness because the USPS guy told me on one of my catalog send outs that there "was no such address." Luckily, I was able to message the person who requested and got another address from her but not before I was already back home from the Post Office. Will re-send on Monday.

I used to only send things Priority Mail but when I send things in California I can still get a tracking number and for about half the fee use first class postage and they get it in the same amount of time. I love that, great service while saving money...who wouldn't love it?

What's new in your world? Are you working this weekend or settling down to relax? Or going somewhere?? That would be exciting!

For me, my husband is working all weekend so I will be keeping the "home fires" burning. I have a scrapping date tomorrow with a work mate at her house so that will be a blast for me. Believe it or now, I don't have ANY crafting friends who live near me. The closest I have for crafters are my daughter and daughter in law, and they are only a little bit interested. For sure they never initiate getting together for crafting. They will begrudgingly come to a gathering but only if they have nothing better to do lol. Oh well, what can you do?

I was able to drop off the basket I made for the charity raffle when I went to Temecula to get my hair done. I put together a cute basket with a bunch of Stampin' Up! stuff inside. I had a set of six hand made cards and envelopes, a brand new stamp set (Carousel Birthday), a pack of DSP (Cupcakes & Carousels), Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Various colors of card stock (enough for 20 cards) and envelopes to match. I also included two catalogs, Archival Basic Black ink, an acrylic block, Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock, a spool of ribbon, and a package of Basic Rhinestones. Hopefully someone will be very excited to get all that. Because the person getting it might be a brand new paper crafter, I let them know in a hand made card that they should come to my YouTube site to see the beginner video I made for them. It helps them understand how to cut the card stock to fit the A-2 sized envelopes and some basic card making skills. I am very hopeful that it will light a spark of interest in some new crafter out there!

Messing around with one of the new suites coming up for the June 1 catalog and came up with this pretty card:
The new card stock in Fresh Fig is so pretty and pairs well with the Dapper Denim and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I used three of the framelits from the Eastern Palace suite to make the medallion cut out on the front of this pretty card. The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty. To decorate the envelope I just stamped one of the medallions from Eastern Beauty and colored it in with my watercolor pencils.

Here are the cards I made in my "beginner card demo" for the person who wins the basket in the charity raffle. Actually, this video could be useful to any person just starting out and even some who are already crafting. It is just a simple card but we all like to learn new tips and tricks, right?? Check it out on my YouTube site if you get a chance, and while you are there maybe you could "like" the video and "subscribe" to my channel. That is awesome! Thank you! <3

On that note I will get back to my productive Friday afternoon. I hope you are having a wonderful day and getting all that stuff done that you wanted to get done. Have a crazy-good weekend, everyone!

Love,
Deb
xoxo

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