Monday, November 30, 2015

Oh What Fun tags and last day of Online Extravaganza!

Hi all! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I've been on a tag kick lately, and for today's share, I made tags from the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit. These tags are so much cuter in person too! They coordinate with the Oh What Fun polymer stamp set. Here's a look at a few more close up!

The tag kit comes with all the supplies to create 30 tags (3 of each style). This is a great project to do with friends or even solo listening to Christmas music {which is what I did last night! heehee}. Hope you liked these!

Oh, and one last reminder - today is the last day of Online Extravaganza and don't miss the exclusive 24 hr flash sale on select items today!

Have a great one and thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas tags and Stampin'Up!'s Online Extravaganza!

Hello all!  How are you? I know it's been ages since my last post, so thanks for bearing with me and visiting my blog. Life has been busy, but all is good. I will catch up with you guys with some pics and highlights from the last few months soon. I do have a couple of Christmas tags to share today. I was really excited to be in my craft room, although I admit I felt a little out of practice. After some trial and error, these fun tags are what I came up with while I was playing with these fun Delicate Ornament Thinlit dies. Here are a couple more pics for you:

Aren't these ornaments so pretty? I love how they look using the red and gold foil sheets - they look like you can hang them right on your tree! For the tag base, I used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and then just dressed up the tags with Cherry Cobbler twine, Real Red Pom Pom trim, and Gold and White 3/8" Glitter Ribbon. Hope these inspire you to get your Christmas crafting on!

But wait - there's more! Did you know that Stampin'Up!'s Online Extravaganza starts TODAY?! You can shop the sale HERE and you can check out the list of items here.

There's lots of great items on sale for gift giving as well as for your own personal crafting stash! :)  It's definitely worth checking it out!

Now, for those of you who've been wondering what I've been up to these past few months, I have been crafting here and there, but family and my day job have taken the priority. Things have been quite busy on all fronts for me, so with the time that I have, I've focused in on my life priorities, which I know you all can understand. While my presence has been limited here on the blog-o, I have been posting on Instagram and Tumblr, just because it's been easier to post and share some quick pics. I can really appreciate how precious time is these days, especially when it seems like it's such a limited commodity for I share when I can.  :) Feel free to follow me there or check out the links every now and again. 

I'll leave you with some pics from my recent trip to Japan - it was an amazing trip with the hubs.  These shots are from Kyoto at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. All in all, I was inspired and awestruck by the beautiful country and wonderful people.

Well, all, thanks so much for dropping by today and checking in. My dear friend Norma at PinkBlingCrafter has challenged me to post at least once a week, so I am taking her up on that and will try to do a little more.  Catch up with you all soon!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This week's Stampin'Up! Weekly Deals {May 19}

Hi there, blog friends!  Happy Tuesday! Hope you guys are having a great week so far. Ready for this week's Weekly Deals? I'm excited that the Birthday Bash Paper is on sale! That's one of my current faves.  Not to mention, the cool chalkboard paper!
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I am still pulling together my May giveaway extravaganza to celebrate my 500k milestone...stay tuned tomorrow!

Til, then hope you have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sneak Peek of some new Stampin'Up! goodies

Hi all! My box of new sneak peek goodies from Stampin'Up!'s new catalog came yesterday! Woot woot!  So of course, I had to open up the box and play! Seriously, this time of year, I feel like a kid in a candy store. :) These new stamps and products will be available in June, so just a few more weeks til you can order them! Here's a quick post with some simple and easy cards I made (time is of the essence for me these days!).  How do you like these new 2015-2017 In Colors? They are so fun! Well, my dear blog friends, hope you like the peek and I will have more posts to come soon!  Have a great day!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stampin'Up!'s retiring product list is here...

Hi all!  Can you believe it's that time of year already? Stampin'Up!'s list of retiring products is here, so it is almost time to say goodbye to some favorites.  The good news is, you still have the chance to get them while they're still available! You can check out the full list here.  

There's also this week's Weekly Deals to share with you, too!
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Lots of awesome things on sale this week!  If you've been eying the tag punches, the Ornate Tag is an awesome one to add to your arsenal! I love me the framelits, so I would definitely recommend those to you as well. Be sure to check out if your faves are on sale!

Yesterday, I got this month's Paper Pumpkin in the mail! Woot woot! It's been so crazy busy for me though that I didn't even get a chance to open it, so I brought it to work so I could open it there. Do you want a spoiler alert?  Scroll down quickly if you don't want to see what this month's kit looks like! I personally can't wait to create these cute projects!

Being the Bruin that I am, I was very excited to see the blue and gold colors for this month's project, which is perfect for the upcoming Mother's Day and Father's day. I will definitely get good use of all these goodies!  I'll share some pics of the projects once I make a few of them! :)

Well dear friends, I'm going to say toodles for now. But, be on the lookout for a special giveaway soon!  I just passed a BIG milestone while I wasn't even looking.  Over 500K visits to my blog - woot woot woot!!!

There will be more pomp and circumstance for that post, so stay tuned!  Bye for now :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

This week's Stampin'Up! Weekly Deals {Apr 7}

Hi all!  Happy Tuesday! I just wanted to pop in real quick with this week's Weekly Deals:

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Being the flower girl that I am ( name IS Rose), I have to say one of my faves this week is the Flower Frame Framelits Die! Here's a card I had created recently for my cousin's wedding shower.  I just love the flowers, don't you?!

Now, if you're a big flower fan like I am, this is a must-have to add to your stash. You'll love all the flower variations you can make! So pretty. Just food for thought, with the free shipping and all. :) Feel free to checkout my online store here.

Well, dear friends, I've got to run for now. I'll catch up with you all soon. Toodles!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Free shipping on all Stampin'Up! products from April 6-10

Hello friends! Hope you had a nice weekend! What better way to start of the week than a free shipping perk from Stampin'Up! Have you been eyeing some goodies from the Occasions catalog?  Well, I would say that now is a great time to get it!  Plus, with no minimum order for this Free Shipping Deal, it doesn't matter if you get one thing or get a bunch, shipping is on the house!

A quick recap from our weekend - we had a very nice Easter at the Diehl house!  Little man painted eggs for the first time.  I loved watching his reaction as he turned each white egg into a colorful masterpiece. His expressions were truly priceless.

How about you all? Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Would love to hear from you! Sending you all Easter blessings from our little family.

Thanks for visiting today. Catch up with you all soon. Bye for now!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sale-a-bration 2015 workshop cards


Happy Saturday! Hope you all are doing well! I'm sure glad it's the weekend and so happy I was able to do a Sale-a-bration workshop today for my friend Kaye.  We created the fun cards above and got to use some SAB and Occasions catalog goodies. It was a great time!  One thing though that I realized after the fact is that the Butterflies Thinlits are currently not available for order. Boo.  Fingers crossed though that they will be available again very soon, now that the port strike is over. I will keep you posted, but I am being cautiously optimistic. Let's keep it at that til I know more. :)

Now, here's a close up look at these beautiful butterfly thinlits...

Aren't they so pretty? I posted this pic on my instagram (@stampdiehler for those of you that want to check it out).  Hope to get some definitive good news this coming week!

I can't believe we're at the end of March already. Time sure does fly when you're super busy! I have a lot of things I would love to catch you guys up on, so I'm hoping to put out a few recap posts of the latest-goings-on-in-my-neck-of-the-woods soon. It's all good, just so busy - like frenetic pace busy! I'm hoping I get a chance to catch my breath and embrace and enjoy Easter week with the family. 

Thanks to you all for coming by and paying me a visit! 

Here's a quick list of the goodies I used in my SAB cards:

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This Week's Stampin'Up! Weekly Deals {Mar 3}

Hi all! Happy Tuesday.  Hope you all are having a great week! Are you ready for this week's weekly deals?  Well, St. Patrick's Day and Easter are right around the corner, and this week, there are some great deals for crafting something cute for these upcoming holidays! Take a look...

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Lots of packaging options are on sale! I'm especially eyeing the Filter Paper and the Sweet Treat cups, myself!  I saw the cutest little egg favors on Pinterest using the treat cups.  You can check them out here on Paper Ecstasy's blog. They are the cutest little eggs that I think you'll want to make them, too!

Thanks for coming by today. Have a great one! Bye for now.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Irresistable matchbook mints tutorial!

I'm back with the quick and easy tutorial for the Matchbook Mints.  Super simple! For the matchbook covers, I used one sheet of the Irresistably Yours DSP which I just LOVE! The pack comes all white, but by using the "resist" technique, you'll see that the prints resist the ink colors and create beautiful background papers.  Here's a look:

So first, let me start off by saying I cut the 12x12 sheet into two 4 1/2" x 12" pieces, and one 3" x 12" piece. The pic above shows 2 of the 3 pieces.  I sponged the DSP and really love how these 2 panels turned out!  Now here's a look at the 3 colors - Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, and Strawberry Slush -  cut into the 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips for the matchbox covers. Score each of these strips at 2", then you'll see there's a half inch that you fold over.  This is the flap that you'll staple with your mint in place.

Now for the 3 simple ingredients:

1) Mints, 2) cardstock, 3) stapler.

And finally, you need to put your mints in something right?  Here's my fave berry basket with the pom moms. Viola! Cute mints in a giftable or cute put-on-your-desk-at-work container, ready for displaying and giving.

For a quick summary of the steps, here's a little cheat sheet for you:

And, last but not least - here's a list of supplies for your quick reference!
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Thanks for popping by!  Hope you have fun making these. Would love for you to leave me a comment and share so I can visit your blogs!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

A basketful of Freshness

Hi blog peeps!  Hope you're having a happy Saturday so far. I have a quick share today - this cute basketful of mints! I totally cased this mint idea using the Jan Paper Pumpkin kit from Instagram friend @hofkissed. I thought it was a brilliant idea and an all occasion use of the cute kit! Just add the lifesavers and you're basically good to go.

I'm blogging on the go at the moment, but stay tuned for a full post from me later today with details and dimensions on making this project using an alternative spring theme!

In the meantime, have a great one!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This Week's Stampin'Up! Weekly Deals for {Feb 24} + NEW Sale-a-bration items!

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Hi blog friends! It's Tuesday, so I wanted to share this week's Weekly Deals that are available from Feb 24-Mar 2.  So many cute things for spring!

I also wanted to share that there are NEW items that will be available to earn for Sale-a-bration starting March 1!

Aren't these so cute?!  If you're interested in hosting a party at your home, or if you want to be the hostess of a virtual stamp party, send me an email and I'll be happy to schedule something for you! As always, you can check out my online store at any time. Just visit here!

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stitch Fix #2!

Hi all!  My Stitch Fix #2 finally arrived Saturday afternoon!  It was scheduled to come earlier this week, but there was a delay in delivery {as the handy tracking link showed me from my shipment confirmation}. So, as you can imagine, I've been waiting in anticipation for the last few days. I'm pleased to say, the box arrived in perfect condition.  With this fix, I even got an accessory included this month - the cute studded clutch above.  For those of you that are new to Stitch Fix, you can check out my first post to find out more. In a nutshell, it's a personal styling service that you receive at your door once a month (or at your preferred frequency). What I love about this service the most is the surprise factor. I mean, how fun is it to get a box of clothes each month? You want to see the rest of my Fix #2? I definitely would love to here your opinions.  Here's what I got in the box:

#1 - Nickolai Asymmetrical Button Jacket. I like this jacket and the material feels like a faux suede, so it's got a little bit of an edge to it.  It's comfy and can be dressed up or down, which I like. I'm a minimal fuss kinda gal. Below is the card of outfit potentials for the piece. I really do like how Stitch Fix includes this for each of the clothing items. It's nice to be able to visualize a few options to mix and match the piece with.  Verdict: Maybe.

#2 - 41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print and Camisole Blouse.  I love this top! I know it's been around from the Pinterest pins I've seen, though I think it's a classic cut and love the color for spring and summer. Verdict: Keeper.

#3 - Fun2Fun Holston Crochet Trim Solid Blouse. I love this blouse, too! It's got a pretty tulip sleeve with the crochet edging. The color is perfect for spring and summer. I am in need of tops that I can dress up or down, so this one is another one that will be a great add to my wardrobe.  Verdict: Keeper.

#4 - 41Hawthorn Jayne Textured Dress.  I like the look and cut of this dress, though the only thing I'm debating is that when I first put it on, it was on the snug side.  However as I walked around in it, the material does give a little, so I'm thinking that it will be fine. Verdict: Maybe.

So friends, what do you think?  Would love to hear from you!  Also, if you're interested in trying out StitchFix, you can use my referral link here. Stitch Fix has a great referral program where if anyone you refer uses your link and gets a fix, then they'll get $25 to use towards their next fix.  Pretty cool, right?

Anyway, as far as my items go, I have 3 days to decide what I keep and what I send back. To give you a sense of the pricing for this fix, if I get the whole kit-and-kaboodle, it'll cost me $202.50, which includes a 25% discount and an additional $20 off, since I'd be applying my non-refundable styling fee. I really think the pricing is reasonable this month. So, I'll keep you posted on what I end up keeping or sending back. Decisions, decisions.

As for my first fix, here are the two items I kept in the pic below - the black and white blouse and the moto jacket.  Really happy with them!

Thanks for coming by today!  Have a great one :)

Birthday Bonanza!

Happy Saturday!  How are you all?  Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far.  Birthday season is starting in our family, so I've got a couple birthday cards to share!  I think I'll need to build up my stash, so get ready for more bday cards coming soon :) I can't quite tell you who I created these for since the cards are still in transit, but nonetheless, aren't they so fun and festive? I had a great time playing with the Celebrate Today stamp set and the Balloon Framelit dies that coordinate so perfectly.  I dressed up the envies with the Balloon Bash stamp set. I also love that both the stamp sets I used are photopolymer, too!  Here's a closer look.

The balloon framelits come with the cutest little accent dies, like the banner, bow and tassles that I die cut in the silver glitter paper.

I'm also loving the embossing folders, which add such a nice texture to the cards!

Here's a list of all the products I used!
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Thanks for popping by today and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hey, Valentine!

Hello there! How are you, friends? Well, Valentine's Day is approaching fast, so I've got a couple of fun projects to share with you today.  The first project is the one above - it's an adorable triangle treat box that was shared with us at Leadership.  This was originally created by Sam Hammond Donald, aka Pootles, and the link to her awesome tutorial is here. I made 2 of these cute little boxes for my little man's teachers.  It makes for such a sweet Valentine with the Stacked with Love paper stack! Here's another look:

The next Valentine idea was a ton of fun to put together..primarily because I got to stamp with my son to create his Valentine's cards for his preschool class! I have to say it warmed my heart to see him stamp.  He was just too darn cute and he really did enjoy doing it!  

As you can see, he even got to use the Big Shot!  That was probably his favorite. He loved to turn the crank! Do you want to see the finished product? 

Aren't these cute?  I am such a big fan of the "Hey Valentine" stamp set! I used the fish image as well as the cute fox #1 Valentine image for the teacher tag. For the Valentine treats for his school friends, I filled them with these mini play packs that all come prepackaged with a small coloring book, 2 crayons, and a sticker.  I have to admit that I did color in the little fish on the cover, but I made it fuss free for the kiddos by stapling the Valentine to the front and just dropped in the play pack without  using any ribbon or string.

Well, my friends, hope you liked these! Would love to hear what you think!  I'll catch up with you all soon.  Have a great one!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Highlights from Stampin'Up! Leadership 2015

Hi all! Boy was this year's Stampin'Up! Leadership conference a whirlwind! I totally intended to blog onsite, but I had some technical difficulties with my computer (slow wi-fi) and also didn't get a chance to download and transfer all my pics from my camera and iPhone to my computer, that I'm just now getting around to doing it!  Pictured above is the roommate gift I made for my dear roomie, Norma. I used goodies from the Sale-a-bration and Occasions catalogs to decorate this cute mini printer tray. 

If you're on Instagram, you can check out my quick posts @stampdiehler as well, but I've put together some highlights for you here as well...

It's always exciting to get into the spirit of things upon arrival when you see Stampin'Up! on the convention center signs!

Here's this year's Leadership bag.  I love that it says "Best. Day.Ever." What a fun sentiment.  Makes you want to make the most of each day. :)

Here's a peek at one of many great ideas we got at leadership - this little envelope treat holds a cookie.  Now, how cute is this packaging! Between the classes we attended and the samples on display, I've become rejuvenated with a ton of projects that I can't wait to try out!

Oh, and of course, we got our fair share of giveaways. Here's lucky Louise with her prize patrol giveaway.  Have to say I was a teenie bit jealous for not winning this fun bundle!

We also got to play in the "Product Playground." Tons of fun.  They had the bouquet kit on display and while I had ordered the kit for myself, I hadn't put it together yet, so it was awesome to see first hand how simple it was to put the flowers together! I made the blue flower in the bottom right. Didn't that come out so pretty?!

The Paper Pumpkin area was a lot of fun. We got a sneak peek of the upcoming kits and they don't disappoint. You will definitely be delighted!  In case you're not familiar, Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription where you get a new craft project, complete with all the supplies needed, delivered to your door.  Sound appealing?  You can check out more info about Paper Pumpkin here

In typical Stampin'Up! style {thanks, SU!}, we had several all-group giveaways at Leadership, so no one gets left out! Here, Michelle and Norma proudly display the pack of the Birthday Bash DSP we received. How yummy is that!

Here's a look at the rest of us! Norma, me, Louise and Terry, among all the other demonstrators at the session. Fun times!

Thanks for popping by today! I'll be posting more fun ideas for Sale-a-bration and the Occasions catalog, so come and visit soon! Toodles for now!