Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.  May your day be filled with love, laughter and joy!

I am so looking forward to Jody's pumpkin pie!  She makes it right from the pumpkin.  No canned stuff for her!

Blessings from Marsha

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Merry Christmas!

For my last Christmas Card Class, I wanted to do something fun and easy and sparkly.  Since I love the sparkly of our Glimmer Paper, which comes in red or silver, it was the perfect choice for some pretty packages.  

Stamp Set:  Bells & Boughs, God's Blessings; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Naturals White, Red Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamping Sponge

The inside of the card is stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink and a sentiment from the God's Blessing stamp set.

My schedule is filling up fast, so contact me soon set the date for your next Workshop date.  Our new Occasions Mini Catalog is coming out soon and you won't want to miss all the great new products.

Blessings from Marsha

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Online Extravganza Is Coming!

The Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, begins Monday, November 21, 2011 and continues through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Savings include... FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 % off select Designer Fabrics and 30% off an exclusive ribbon bundle!

And... there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM (MT) - so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of the Online Extravaganza!

These deals are only available online.  To see them all and take advantage of the savings...

Log in on Monday, November 21, to my Online Store, look around, find out what the two special items anre and then, place your Holiday Online Extravaganza order!

Note:  When you place your qualifying order on my Demonstrator Business Website, you will be eligible for all the usual Hostess Benefits.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day Tribute

To all of our service men and women who are serving, who have served and who gave their lives, Thank You.  I, for one, appreciate the sacrifices that you have made and continue to make.

I want to share a photo I came across during my research yesterday.  It is not my photo and I do not know who took it but I thank the anonymous photographer.

May God continue to bless our great nation.  May He protect those who keep it free.

Blessings from Marsha

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Holidays

I just can't seem to get away from making Christmas cards.  :-)  I'm usually the one who doesn't even think of Christmas until after Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Not this year!  With all the wonderful stamp sets from Stampin' Up!®, I have really gotten hooked on the Holidays.

Today's card is quick and easy and features stamps from our Christmas Lodge stamp set.  On the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment, "May the miracle of Christmas find you safe in the Peace of God, warm in the Light of Christ" from the God's Blessings stamp set.  I really like the way it turned out.

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Lodge, God's Blessings; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Card Stock:  Naturals White; Accessories:  3/8" Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon, Sponge

Want to learn how to make this card?  Schedule a Workshop and I'll show you and your friends how easy it is to make beautiful cards for your friends and family.  Call or e-mail me.  You'll find that information at the top of my blog.

Blessings from Marsha

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Today is the Marine Corps birthday.  I have been doing some research and it is a fascinating history.  I wanted to post a picture of my brother, Lance Corporal Larry Dean Borschel, in his dress uniform but I don't have one.  He served from 1963 to 1965 when he was killed in action in Vietnam.

The card I'm sharing is one that I made a few months ago but want to share it again.  Because of my brother's sacrifice and the sacrifice of so many other service men and women,  The Star Spangled Banner yet waves because of those who are fighting and have fought for our country.

Stamp Set:  Land of the Free; Inks:  Real Red, Night of Navy; Card Stock:  Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Accessories:  1-1/4" Not Quite Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Brayer

Here is a bit of what I found during my research.

The Marines' Hymn 
From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

Our Flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes, You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

The Marines' Prayer
Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose in deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold. If I am inclined to doubt; steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer. Amen.

Happy 236th Birthday!

Semper Fi!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Successful Workshop!

We had such fun at tonight's Workshop!  We made a card that I had designed last week and it was a big hit.  They loved learning how to emboss.  The tree from the Christmas Lodge stamp set is perfect for embossing.  The Pewter Emboss Powder and the Silver Glimmer Paper make this card so sparkly and shimmery.  Although I shared this with you all last week, I'm going to post it again as I've not designed a new one today.  With getting ready for tonight, I just simply ran out of time.

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Lodge, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Pewter Emboss Powder, Modern Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool

It's late and I have such a busy day tomorrow that I'm going to keep this post short.  I'll fill you in on all the happens tomorrow.

Blessings from Marsha

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Just Add Cake!

My youngest grandson's birthday was November 2nd.  He is now two and such a little character.  He's the life of the party and today Mom & Dad had a family gathering to celebrate the eventDad made his famous potato soup and it sure was delicious.  Mom made two very tasty cakes. By the time the crew of family and friends had soup and were caked and ice creamed up, nearly everything was gone.

I sat down this afternoon and made Aiden's birthday card.  I am really enjoying the Peekaboo Frames Die.  It has turned out to be one of my favorites from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The first photo is a close up of the window I made from the Silver Glimmer Paper.

Stamp Sets:  Forest Friends (retired), Punch Bunch (retired), God's Blessings; Ink:  Island Indigo; Card Stock:  Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Bigz L Peekaboo Frames Die, 1/2" Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber, Stampin' Dimensionals, Jewels Basic Pearls, Eyelet Border Punch, Tempting Turquoise Emboss Powder, VersaMark

I used the birthday sentiment from the God's Blessings Stamp Set and embossed it in Tempting Turquoise Emboss Powder on the inside of the card.  The contrast with the Island Indigo Card Stock was really nice.

Tomorrow I'm going to play with the Peekaboo Frames Die again and design a Christmas card for Tuesday night's Workshop.

Blessings from Marsha

Friday, November 4, 2011

Holiday Stocking

Today was spent exploring options for an upcoming Workshop I have on Tuesday.  My Hostess wants a Christmas card as our make and take.  I'm wanted to use the new dies but just wasn't sure in what manner.  I decided to use the Holiday Stocking Die and place the card stock in such a way as to have a fold along the left so it actually forms a card.  You could use it as a card or a large tag on a gift bag.  I used the Peekaboo Die to made a window in which to hide the sentiment.  I love that Glimmer Paper, both the Silver and the Red.

The first photo shows the window up close.  The second is of the card itself.  I'm thinking I need a new camera because my photos of late have not been as good as when I first purchased the camera.  The colors are just not right but at least you'll get the idea.  Looks like a shopping expedition is in my future.

Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock:  Pool Party, Silver Glimmer Paper, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (retired); Accessories:  Big Shot, Bigz L Holiday Stocking Die, Bigz L Peekaboo Frames Die

There is still time to get your own Big Shot.  Become a Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator by November 11th and you get one FREE!  For details, click here.

Blessings from Marsha

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Yes, It Is Good To Be A Hostes!

From now through December 15, a Hostess can earn an extra $35 in additional Stampin' Up!® products when they host a $350 workshop. Schedule your Workshop today!  Click the image above for more information.
 And, you still have time to get that FREE Big Shot!  You have until November 11th to sign up to become a Stampin' Up!®  Or, you could choose up to $100 in Free products.  But time is getting short, sign up today.

Blessings from Marsha

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Christmas in Black, White And Silver

It's been such a busy week and this is only Tuesday.  I've not had a lot of time to create in the last few days so tonight I decided to make a quick and easy card.  I wanted to do something different so I chose black, white and silver.  I've never done a Christmas card with this combination.  Who would think that black and white would work.  I love the Christmas Lodge tree.  It is perfect for embossing.  I added just a touch of color when stamping the sentiment.

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Lodge, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Pewter Emboss Powder, Modern Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool

That's it for today.  Watch for tomorrow's post as I have plenty of good news to share.

Blessings from Marsha