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November 2016


There are many things to treasure and be thankful during a lifetime and sending and receiving cards and letters is one of them for me.  Over the past decade, we have watched the cost of postage stamps go up in price.    Now it is .48 cent.   For many people, this rise in postage cost along with emails, Facebook, and texting; have reduced letter writing and Christmas cards.    So I find myself grateful to everyone who shares a Christmas card and writes me a letter.    

I personally enjoy creating Christmas cards each year.   I make about 20 for my Mom to send and about 80 for me.   This year I made 105 Christmas cards.   The joyful message of Jesus's birth and wishes for Peace of Earth never changes for me.   I hope for you this season, is you will send some Christmas cards and write a letter or two.   


A picture of the postage stamps I have at this moment in November.   


An article from REAL SIMPLE Magazine, December 2016 called 4 cent

"The cost of the first Christmas postage stamp (4 cent), released in 1962.   Despite controversy over whether religious themed stamps violated the separation of church and state, the U.S. Post Office Department anticipated a huge demand for the inaugural Christmas stamp and printed 350 million, the biggest printing for a special stamp at the time.   That wasn't enough.  The initial supply sold out quickly and by the end of 1962, 1 billion of the stamps, which featured a wreath and two candles, had been printed and distributed.   Since then the U.S. Postal Service has issued contemporary and traditional holiday stamps." 



Workshop November 12, 2016 - Item 1

This workshop featured packaging and gift giving ideas.   There was also a Thanksgiving card made.   One of the reasons I like the Butterly Basics Stamp Set is because it can be used for many seasons, not just late summer.   

Fall Thanks


  • Stamp Set - Butterfly Basics and Suite Seasons
  • Card Stock - Very Vanilla 8 1/2"x5 1/2", score & fold 4 1/4" and 5"x3 3/4".  Cajun Craze 5 1/4"x4".  Whisper White scrap paper for butterfly
  • Inks - Cajun Crze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Calypso Coral
  • Stampin' Up! Markers - Old Olive, Rose, Deep Yellow
  • Framelits - small butterfly outline
  • Basic Pearls - 4 on butterfly 
  • Directions:  First, use the stamp on and stamp off to stamp a lighter fern.   Ink on the flower stamp by applying the markers Rose and Deep Yellow on the flowers and Old Olive to the leaves.    Give the stamp an "AH" breath and stamp down on paper.  The "AH" technique is use to reactivate any marker ink which may of dried while you were apply the marker to the entire stamp.  For the butterfly, I mixed Rose, Old Olive and the Crumb Cake inks to give the butterfly some texture.






A Cooked Yellow Squash Dish

At the close of my garden this season, I found a lovely large golden yellow squash.   What a perfect color and texture.   I created a dish from it for our supper the other night.   It was quite good and easy, combining several fall harvest vegetables.   

Cooked Yellow Squash 

  • 1 small to medium yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup sliced green cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped in cubes yellow squash
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh tarragon
  • salt and peper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water or white wine 
  • Directions:   sautéed first the onion and celery in the olive oil.  Cook for a few minutes, add 1/2 tarragon, salt and pepper.  Add sliced cabbage, yellow squash, cook for a few minutes, add rest of tarragon.  Stir for a few minutes until cabbage starts to get soft.  Add water or white wine.   Stir and cover for about 4-5 minutes.    Serve hot as a side dish.   


How my garden did 2016

This summer I started a garden at my community garden center.   I live in a community when a portion of the property is set aside for gardening, including an area for organic gardening.   I have a plot 20'x10' and put in 4 garden plot beds.  Or I should say, my husband did - Thank you George.  

I tried to grow tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, green peppers, cucumbers, bok choy, butter lettuce, red skin potatoes and kale.    I had wonderful results from yellow squash, green peppers, cucumbers, butter lettuce and kale.   My tomato crop could of been better, but in August when my tomato plants really needed me, I was off on a 2 week vacation.   Wow, did I come home to a mess.  I ended up juicing my remaining tomatoes and freezing them for another day.   The yield on potatoes was about 8 but they did taste good.  The bugs feasted on the bok choy, it was ugly.  And the zucchini never really grew.  

So next Spring my plan will be to repeat my successes:  Tomatoes (hybrids next time), yellow squash, green peppers, cucumbers, butter lettuce and kale.  I will be adding a bed of flowers next year - Zinnias and a Monarch Butterfly Mix.  I love cutting these bright flowers in the August-October months.   

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Featured Stampin' Up! Product - Jar of Love

So many cards from one idea - a jar of love.   What can you make from a mason like jar?   Lots of things.   Here are two cards I made for birthdays.   Get the bundled set and the two partner jars of love from the Holiday Catalog called Jar of Cheer and Jar of Haunts.   I'm holding my Jar of Haunts for next year and plan to make spooky cards in September.    

141587S  142161S  142247S

Jar of Love #141587 $27                    Jar of Cheer #142161 $21                    Jar of Haunts #142247 $17

Includes a matching frailest #141490 $33             Get the Jar of Love and matching frame lit for 10% off  142342  $52




November 2016 - DJ Cards & More - Stampin' Up!



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Be my guest for the first time or bring a friend who has not attended one of my workshops, and receive a Stampin’ Up! gift from me.

Details of my workshops are posted on My Blog – DJ Cards and More.   After the workshop date, see this blog for details on how to make the cards you missed in my workshop.  

All workshops are held at my home. Please call me or email me about attending.


Making gifts to share.   Making paper crafts boxes and decorating gift bags. If you like to make handmade gifts or a handmade gift containers, then this workshop is for you.   Plan your birthday and holiday presents in advance.   Packages will be good for gift cards, cookies, soaps, welry, etc. Make 4 samples. Workshop fee $15.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 AT 1:30P-4:30P    Making Christmas Holiday cards. There will be four different cards made, two of each. There will be one for Jesus, one for Peace, one for fun and one to say thank you. Workshop fee $17.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017 AT 1:30P-4:00P     It will be Sale-a-Bration time again and this means FREE product with orders of every $50.   Love this sale every year!   We will make 3 different cards, a total of 6 with envelopes.   All occasions and maybe one for Heart Day. Workshop fee $15.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT 1:30P-4:00P   More ideas on how to create cards with the Sale-a-Bration products.   Three different cards, a total of 6 with envelopes. All occasions.   Workshop fee $15.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 AT 1:30P-4:00P   More Sale-a-Bration ideas and Spring is in the air. Three different cards, a total of 6 with envelopes. All occasions and maybe one for Easter. Workshop fee $15.


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