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Darla Hutt-Watson

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Weaverville, CA, United States
Hi there! I'm Darla and I live in BEAUTIFUL Northern California! I am a mother of seven terrific kids and have been married to my husband for 32 years. I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator since 2010 and love ALL THINGS paper crafting. I also have a scrapbooking retreat business called Scrap Happens Retreats. I love teaching and learning new techniques, sharing ideas, hosting my retreats, being a wife and a mom. Hiking, bicycling, gardening and cooking are a few of my other hobbies. I'm living for Jesus and LOVIN' LIFE!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day Twenty Three

Day Twenty Three....One of my favorites....LOVE the bird punch (and I thought I would never use it)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day Twenty

Day Twenty:  WELL...my plan was to write something with each post...BUT time has gotten away from me and I HAVEN'T gotten it done!!! TODAY I am gonna get it done!  We are all hunkering down...waiting and hoping for a BIG SNOW STORM...(hope it doesn't fizzle out...which happens often...the weather man gets our HOPES UP...and then NOTHING!!!)  Anyways....shopping is finished...now on to wrapping all those presents....all seven of my children will be home for Christmas.  Every year I think this may be the last one....so I am waiting to take a photo on Christmas day with everyone here.  That means Happy New Years cards this year instead of Christmas cards!

Well on to the crafting....I stamped the snowflakes with versamark and heat embossed white embossing powder, both on the real red and old olive cardstock....(I did punch out the mittens before embossing them!)  I decided on snowflakes and mittens because of the snowglobe....AWWWW!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen:  Golly....could have used this sled yesterday...IT SNOWED ALL DAY!!! YIPEE!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day Fifteen

Day Fifteen:  The Poinsetta is made using the Blossom Punch....you can use any of the petals you wish...THEY ALL WORK!!!  Simply score a line down the middle and fold for some dimension....add the pearls to the center and VIOLA!!!! EXPERIMENT!!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Day Fourteen

Day Fourteen:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day Thirteen

Day Thirteen:  Yesterdays post was simple to figure out....just use that glimmer paper!  I LOVE glimmer paper!!! The silver glimmer paper makes BEAUTIFUL snowflakes!  Today...#13 is a simple one too...I stamped using Early Espresson embossing powder.   What I want you to notice is how I attached the tag to the ribbon....A SAFETY PIN from the VINTAGE TRINKETS embellishments .....I love using the safety pins...SO FUN!!!

DO YOU REALIZE Christmas is only 12...TWELVE...12...YES TWELVE days away!  This is an old post...but a GREAT way to give gift cards using the TOP NOTE diecut!  I'm headed down the mountain today to START on my Christmas shopping....HOPE YOU ARE ALL FINISHED!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day Eleven

Back to work today....it's nice to get back to a routine!  I start the day by going to the gym at 5:00 or 5:30 am....depending on the day of week....with my sixteen year old daughter.  We do a BOOTCAMP a couple of days and WEIGHTS a couple of days...sometimes ZUMBA (although I am a VERY CLUMSY zumbaist!)  Then it's home to shower, shave and shine....make lunches....get kids on their way....and then off to work I go!  I love working at a doctors office...EVERYDAY is a NEW EXPERIENCE and a day to LEARN something NEW!   I work til about 2:00....then home to be ready for kids to come home!  Fridays are my days....the office is closed...so that's my play day...UNTIL my husband goes back on four tens....when the time changes back to DAYLIGHT SAVINGS....then its a date day, or a bike riding day...or....just a day to catch up on our rest.....
Day Eleven:  Don't you just love the bakers twine tied in a button?  It adds just the right touch to day eleven...stamped in versamark with pewter embossing powder.  Punched out squares in Polka Dots Parade (double sided designer paper in Old Olive), add a FESTIVE background!

Below is another goodie for guests, friends or coworkers....I purchased the container at a local store filled it with candy, trinkets and embellishments (it was one days goody at my retreat).  Tied it with Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribon.  I then cut snowflakes with the Snow Flurry Diecut...added a glimmer circle with a glimmer brad and a name tag....(which I typed and printed with my computer)...you could use your favorite alphabet stamp set too!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Day Ten

WORKSHOP TONIGHT....looking forward to having my group here....another bunch of WONDERFUL WOMEN!!!  I will post projects soon!
Day Ten:  The rings I made by punching out a 1 1/4" circle and then using the 1 3/8" punch to punch over the circle hole....hope that makes sense...SAVE you 1 1/4" circles for a future project!

Below...another treat...filled with YOUGURT covered PEANUTS....it's a SNOWMAN SENSATION!
These were made using the 1 3/4 " Crcle punch, the Curly Label punch and the Decorative Label punch.  The eyes were made with a plain ole' hole punch...and I drew on the nose and mouth with SU markers....GREAT FOR place settings...just had a name or gifts for your childs classroom....even a FUN project for the kiddo's to make!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day Nine

Time to pack up and head home....tomorrow night is a workshop....
Day Nine:  I haven't use the Brushed Silver cardstock very much....but I think I'm gonna start!  I like the look of it with real read and Old Olive and OF COURSE som BLING!!!

KEEP LOOKING.....below is another Frappuccino bottle gift...SIMPLE, INEXPENSIVE and FUN....my seven year old daughter is even making the....ALL BY HERSELF...I will ABSOLUTELY post photos when she is finished!  She is making Christmas themed bottles for her brothers and sisters and a birthday themed bottle for a girlfriend!  LOVE IT when she comes out to my workshop to play and create with me!  OUR HAPPY PLACE!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day Eight

Day three of my retreat....I'M STUFFED!!!!
Day Eight:  This  is one of my favorite days....I love the Candlelight Christmas designer paper punched with the Decorative Lable punch and layered onto Early Espresso cardstock punched with the same punched and stretched!  The JUMBO pearls are PERFECT and the imaged was created with Versamark and Early Espresso embossing powder!

I wanted to share another NO ADVENT CALENDAR idea with you...so keep scrolling down.....
This is a gift that I shared with each of the ladies that attended my November retreat!  It is a Frappuccino which I removed the lable from...made a topper with circle punches and a stamp that says...FOR YOU with Rhinestones.  The bottle is filled with chocolate coved almonds, yogurt coverd raisins and chocolate coverd coffee beans.  I then tied it with Scalloped Tulle Ribbon in the Holiday Catalog!  Fun and simple treat...along with some SU brads!  I will be posting more SIMPLY, FUN and INEXPENSIVE gift ideas as we go!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Day Six and Seven....ALL CAUGHT UP!!!

This is day two of my retreat in Shingletown, California!  Having FUN with a great group of ladies!  Hope you are getting some inspiration as you follow along with the making of  this advent calendar!  Have a WONDERFUL day!!
 Day Six:  The simple elegance of pearls and rhinestones sets off number six, which was embossed with Cherry Cobble embossing powder.  I used the scalloped square punch for the VERY Vanilla layer that is under the Old Olive layer.  The Early Espresso layer is made with the same scalloped square punch...stretched in BOTH directions by cutting two punched scallops in have and then cutting each end at an angle....looks like it was made that way!
Day Seven:  The snowflake was cut using the ASnow Flurry Die Cut and my BIGSHOT...of my FAVORITE tools!  MOST USED TOO!!!  A glimmer brad keeps it simple and FUN!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day Three...Four...Five....

Today I am headed to Shingletown, California to host my last scrapbooking retreat of 2012!  Check out my website for more information... http://www.scraphappensretreats.com/  I LOVE my retreat business....I have met some AMAZING women!  I am VERY blessed to have a business which incorporates my two favorite things....PAPER CRAFTING AND COOKING!  This is also what brought becoming a demonstrator for Stampin' Up into my life!  I originally started as a hobbyist so that I could get the discount on things to make for my retreats and for prizes and gifts for my ladies.....and then....I feel IN LOVE with making cards and three dimensional goodies!  I have a blast doing what I do!!! NOW onto DAY THREE!
 Day Three: I heat embossed with black embossing powder for a night time effect.  The layers of paper are Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espress and Real Red with designer paper from the Polka Dot Parade pack.
 Day Four:  Imade the tree using...again Polka Dot Parade designer paper in Old Olive.  I cut the shape with Stockings Accent Diecut...you have just as easily used the tree in the Holiday Framelits Collection....back it with Early Espresso for a showdow effect!  Last you CAN'T go wrong with a Rhinestone and Glimmer paper....
Day Five:  Red and Silver Glimmer paper make number five come alive!  I stamped the image with Pewter embossing powder...ANOTHER FAVORITE!!!  Hope you are having FUN....following along!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day One...Day Two....CATCHING UP

Day One:   I used Real Red, Whisper White and Early Espresso cardstock.....and yes that's correct the 25 and Counting Stampset.  The silver embossing powder shines...I LOVE IT!!!  I also used a brad from the Antique Brads.  The bottom layer of circles were punched from Candlelight Christmas designer paper in the Holiday catalog.

Day Two:  I LOVE to attach things with the VERY COOL safety pins in the Vintage Trinkets set.  Number two is layered over Early Espresso punched with the Postage Stamp punch, pinned onto 1/4" Real Red Grossgrain ribbon and attached to a circle of Silver Glimmer Paper.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 Advent Calendar


I am so sorry I haven't posted....LIFE has been so CRAZY!!!  I don't know what has happened!!!  Things are HAPPENING!!!! My oldest son got a job as a pre apprentice power lineman...my oldest daughter is at San Francisco State...my next son finished welding school at Butte college....now we have a senior (son) who is working, playing sports and keeping great grades...our junior (daughter) is busy working, playing sports and keeping great grades too!  Then we have a fifth grade son and a second grade daughter....that's seven right....I didn't forget anyone did I?  Well...needless to say....I am VERY greatful......

TODAY I am sharing a project I have wanted to do FOREVER...and FINALLY it is completed!  I will give you dailey details....but for now...can you guess which stamp set I used?


Monday, December 3, 2012

BUSY LIFE....means much to be thankful for!!

Well....I have been absent for a VERY LONG TIME!!! I am so sorry...but LIFE has just happened!  I have started working more at a doctors office....four days a week, five to six hours.....AND I HAVEN'T WORKED AT A JOB LIKE THAT IN TWENTY 20 TWENTY YEARS!  I love it so much...but I must say that it cuts in to  my creative time!  Still doing retreats....almost monthly.....LOVIN' IT and a once a month workshop with a WONDERFUL GROUP OF LADIES at my home the second Monday evening of each month!

I decided to share a few things that I have made for recent retreats....love the PUMPKINS....so FUN and EASY to make!!!   Below is a simple boxt with Hershey Nuggets inside....

...and here we have a CUPCAKE holder that I have place a canning jar in  and filled with goodies and name tags to show my ladies where they are sitting! 

JOIN me again tomorrow....I have created an ADVENT CALENDAR THAT I JUST ADORE!!!!

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