With Faith

IMG_1228I love the sentiment on this card. I created this card for my Aug 21st technique class because I know that my stamping gals will want to play with the new embossing paste and decorative masks.  It is so easy to use and it dries quickly. I mixed some ink from my ink refills to the paste to make a graduating color effect with the Night of Navy, Berry Burst and the natural white. I was not sure if I liked the drastic change in color so I slept on it. But the next morning I glanced at the card again and behold! In it I see someone (the butterfly) who is in a dark place and through faith sees the light. I love it!! This would be a great card to give to someone going through so dark times. Do you know someone that could use a pick-me-up card like this?

If you want to make this card at my class then sign up at Meetup at http://www.Meetup.com/Stamp-with-Tina-Houston-TX/.

If you want to make it at home here are the products I used:

Supplies:

Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set, Move Me Thinlits Dies, Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Night of Navy Cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scrap, Berry Burst Cardstock 5 1/4 x 4 and scrap, Crumb Cake Cardstock 5 x 3 3/4, Whisper White Cardstock scrap, Night of Navy Ink Pad, Night of Navy and Berry Burst Ink Refills, 18″ Berry Burst ribbon, Embossing Paste, Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives.

 

Congrats to my winner

Congratulations to Pat Freyaldenhoven! She won the set of cards shown here.  I drew her name from the new subscribers of my blog. A big thanks to all of you who subscribed this week.  Subscribe now for your chance for more giveaways. Ms. Pat, I will deliver your prize this week.IMG_1191.JPG

8 Reasons Hobbies are Important

Think for a moment, what are your hobbies? Why do you do them? Did you ever think, “why did my parents make me take piano lessons, take ballet and tap, and attend Girl Scout meetings?” It was to channel your inner talents so that later on, when you have a full time job and all those responsibilities that come with adulting, you have a talent and something else to look forward to doing.  I know that some days all you want to do is plant yourself in front of the TV until bedtime. I get it. I used to do just that. But now I find doing my hobbies is much more rewarding. So as I sit here on the bus this morning listening to my Pandora (Roger Waters “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Live”. Those who know me well know that another big love of mine is music) and as I think of why I stamp, cook, exercise, camp, read, and listen to music, I came up with eight reasons.

1. To relieve stress – it helps me forget about that awful workday and the responsibilities resting on my shoulders.

2. Builds my self-esteem – The more I hobby, the better I get.

3. To meet people – the ladies I have met in my stamping classes and the friends and family I connect with when I camp – priceless!

4. To reconnect with family – I get to spend QUANTITY time with my husband, kids and relatives when we travel. And having my family at the dinner table after a delicious home-cooked meal for sometimes a couple of hours, laughing and sharing memories, is so much fun!

5. To avoid boredom – I have a problem with just sitting around. I have to be doing something all of the time. So why not learn something? It feels so rewarding.

6.  To keep me young – it keeps me moving which is healthy, especially later in life.

7. It makes me more interesting – I can only talk about my line of work in “Trust Services”, the weather, or the latest episode of Game of Thrones for so long.

8. It saves me money – most definitely! Becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and teaching classes in my home has added to my income; and learning to cook well for my family instead of eating out saves money for sure. Uh wait – camping on the other hand is “spending a fortune living like a homeless person”. Teehee

So tell me! What are your hobbies? Do any of these reasons resonate with you, or do you have another reason you would like to share?

 

8 Reasons Hobbies are Important

Think for a moment, what are your hobbies? Why do you do them? Did you ever think, “why did my parents make me take piano lessons, take ballet and tap, and attend Girl Scout meetings?” It was to channel your inner talents so that later on, when you have a full time job and all those responsibilities that come with adulting, you have a talent and something else to look forward to doing.  I know that some days all you want to do is plant yourself in front of the TV until bedtime. I get it. I used to do just that. But now I find doing my hobbies is much more rewarding. So as I sit here on the bus this morning listening to my Pandora (Roger Waters “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Live”. Those who know me well know that another big love of mine is music) and as I think of why I stamp, cook, exercise, camp, read, and listen to music, I came up with eight reasons.

1. To relieve stress – it helps me forget about that awful workday and the responsibilities resting on my shoulders.

2. Builds my self-esteem – The more I hobby, the better I get.

3. To meet people – the ladies I have met in my stamping classes and the friends and family I connect with when I camp – priceless!

4. To reconnect with family – I get to spend QUANTITY time with my husband, kids and relatives when we travel. And having my family at the dinner table after a delicious home-cooked meal for sometimes a couple of hours, laughing and sharing memories, is so much fun!

5. To avoid boredom – I have a problem with just sitting around. I have to be doing something all of the time. So why not learn something? It feels so rewarding.

6.  To keep me young – it keeps me moving which is healthy, especially later in life.

7. It makes me more interesting – I can only talk about my line of work in “Trust Services”, the weather, or the latest episode of Game of Thrones for so long.

8. It saves me money – most definitely! Becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and teaching classes in my home has added to my income; and learning to cook well for my family instead of eating out saves money for sure. Uh wait – camping on the other hand is “spending a fortune living like a homeless person”. Teehee

So tell me! What are your hobbies? Do any of these reasons resonate with you, or do you have another reason you would like to share?

 

Easy Peasy Starbucks Gift Card Holder

Today is a rainy day which means I get to spend the day in my craft room.  Woohoo!  I have this $5 Starbucks Gift Card that I am gifting to someone, and instead of using the generic kraft paper one that came with it, I decided to amp it up a little by using the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  I made it in less than 30 minutes.  However, learning to write this blog took me all day! LOL!  The greeting “enjoy today” came from my Pieces & Patterns Stamp Set. What do you like to do on a rainy day?

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Starbucks gift card inside

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143840S Pieces & Patterns Stamp Set

 

Bonus Days are Here Again!

Treat yourself during bonus days at Stampin’ Up! going on now until July 31st.  To order, shop online 24/7.  If you have any questions, please contact me at stampwithtina@gmail.com or send a text at 713-446-5899.

Here is the fine print:

  • For every $50 (on a single order, price before shipping and tax) you spend now until July 31, you will earn a $5.00 Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem between August 1 – 31, 2017.
  • Requires email!  An email address is required to participate; bonus days coupon codes can only be delivered by email.
  • Keep your codes!  Save both the email containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place  Codes cannot be re-sent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • There is no limit to the number of bonus days coupons you can earn in July per order or throughout the duration of the promotion, and there is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during the redemption period in August.
  • Coupons can be redeemed for any Stampin’ Up! product, excluding Starter Kits, Stampin’ Hostess Rewards and Paper Pumpkin month to month subscriptions.

Test driving my blog

Do you know it has been over a year since I have written something on my blog?  For someone who is very technically challenged, this is quite a feat that I was even able to find it, much less type something on it.  I hope to be able to share fun Stampin’ Up! projects and have some super awesome giveaways and great deals that you will want to come back often and interact.  Bear with me as I make my way through this tangled web of posts, pages, widgets and whatever all of that means.