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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!!

Friday, January 31, 2014


I'm on the run today....life just seems to happen that way sometimes!  Kate and Adam are getting awards today at school...very exciting...but I didn't know about it until last night...so my day had to change!  Sometimes you just have to roll with it!  I made this cute little box last night with the Envelope punch!  Isn't it cute!!!  I am amazed at what you can do with that envelope punch!  I found the idea and directions on one of my favorite sites http://pinkbuckaroodesigns.blogspot.com....her work is amazing!  If you have any questions, shoot me an email!  Have a great day!

I'm leaving you with one of my FAVORITE quotes!!!

·         "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. "

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, January 30, 2014


I hope you are enjoying the FOURTEEN DAYS of LOVE projects!  I am certain you are going to LOVE today's goodie...both the bag...AND the candy!  This project is the easiest, quickest one so far, but is adorable!  The best thing about it is that you can make six bags with one piece of designer paper.  Here's how....cut a piece of designer paper 4x6.  Score the 4 inch side at 1 inch.  Turn and score the 6 inch side at 1, 2 3/4, 3 3/4 and 5 1/2 inch marks.  On the 6 inch side, cut the score line up to the 1 inch score line.  Cut the tiny rectangle at the end completely off.  Fold on the score lines and adhere...punch two holes at the top to tie your ribbon, but first add your candy.  I added three pieces of Dove chocolate hearts, but it will hold four.  I stamped the You Make Me Happy sentiment (from the Perfect Pennants stamp set) with VersaMark on Strawberry Slush cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder.  I attached it to the ribbon with a silver safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets embellishments!  Another sweet project completed and it took less than ten minutes...and part of that time was spent deciding which stamp to use!  Try it today!  BE CREATIVE and HAVE FUN!!!

Never underestimate the importance of having fun!

~Randy Pausch~

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


This little treat bag is so fun to make!  I just love that you can put a card in the front, some candy in the center and a gift card or more candy in the back.  I used Bermuda Bay paper from the Designer Paper Pack.  The hearts on the tag are made with the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit.

 Here are photos of the front and back of this project...in the front I added a gift tag...in the back, I think I am going to add a gift card...maybe Starbucks or I-tunes...it's a SURPRISE!

I stamped the gift tag with the Decorative Label Monogram stamp I created on page 135 of the annual catalog.  This is a saying I say all the time to my kids so I am very excited to use it on a project for them!  I have several other stamps with favorite quotes/sayings, created using the personalized stamps, that I will be sharing in the VERY near future!  I hope you are having fun creating treats to share with others!  Have a FANTASTIC DAY!

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Weekly Deals


I found these cute little heart shaped red velvet cakes the other day at the grocery store...the are Little Debbie's!  I bagged one up in a 4x6 cellophane bag, tied a piece of Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon around it and made this cute little tag to finish it off!  Seth, my twenty year old only saw the box, and of course wanted one...but I told him he'd have to wait!  Can't ruin my surprise!!!

The tag was made using the Chalk Talk Framlit.  I cut it out first in Whisper White and again in piece of Bermuda Bay from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack and adhered it to the Whisper White piece.  I embossed a piece of Real Red cardstock using the Adorning Accents embossing folder.  The XOXO was cut using the Circle Thinlit (it is an accent die).  I finished the tag off by adding a piece of Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and a Basic Metal Button with a Bakers Twine bow in it.

I am really loving the Heat and Stick embossing powder to add bling to things!  I used it again here to add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!


Monday, January 27, 2014


I finally made it out to my workshop Sunday night!  My intent was to work out there all weekend while my husband went to Davis to visit our oldest son.  My younger ones...Adam and Kate...had other plans...like going for a hike, having friends over, playing catch, watching some TV, making snow cones, having pizza and beer...(oh wait that was my idea!)  I had a great time with them all to myself AND I did get some LOVE projects finished!!

This cute little pouch could not be easier.  I simply cut a piece of Modern Medley designer paper 8 1/2 X 4 1/4 and folded it in half.  I used my Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to poke holes on each side and stitched it with Whisper White Bakers Twine.  I punched a half circle on the front only so you are able to see the Ghirardelli Raspberry Dark Chocolates.  The label is made with the Chalk Talk framelit.  I used the Label Card Thinlit to cut the I {heart} U and used Heat and Stick powder to add my Dazzling Diamonds for sparkle.  I also used the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit for the Very Vanilla Heart, punched the Glimmer Paper heart using the Small Heart Punch, added some Candy Dots with brads and a Silver Taffeta Ribbon bow....and it's finished!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014


I woke up yesterday, went to my SPIN class, came home to soak in a HOT BATH...and FELL ASLEEP!  YIKES!!!  I know I was SUPPOSE to catch up with my FOURTEEN DAYS of LOVE projects....BUT...I spent the day with three wonderful friends!!! Thanks for coming to play Linda, Laura and Karen!!!  Hope to do it again VERY SOON!  I had a blast seeing them, but didn't work on my projects all!!!  I know you all understand the treasured time we get to spend with friends just isn't enough! 

TODAY...my plan is to run kids around for awhile and then go out to my workshop and GET TO WORK!!!  So have GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR MONDAY!

Friends are like a good bra, supportive, hard to find, and always close to your heart!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Today I want to show you just how versatile the framelits are.  This is from the Apothecary set.  I simply cut it out in Real Red cardstock, tied it together with Whisper White ribbon and it holds three Hersey's kisses (these are candy cane kisses left from Christmas).  To decorate this cute candy holder I simply punched two 3/4" circles from Glimmer paper, stamped the sentiment "KISSES" with the Countless Sayings 2 Photopolymer stamp set and backed it with a Bermuda Bay 1 1/4" circle, added a couple of Rhinestones and VIOLA...I was finished!  QUICK AND SIMPLE...my new motto!
Notice, back on Day 2, I used the same framelit as a topper by simply scoring it in half lengthwise.  To make it into a Hershey's kisses holder I simply layed it on my scoring board and scored it at 2" and 3".  I LOVE that you can change it up a bit and use the framelits in so many different ways....MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!!!

 “Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.”
John Keats


I'm BACK!!! So sorry...I needed a few days to catch my breath and CATCH UP!!!  

My plan is to make my FOURTEEN DAYS of LOVE projects quick and simple!  What could be easier than using the Milk Carton Diecut and my Bigshot?  I stamped the hearts with the Language of Love stamp set onto a 1" strip of Whisper White cardstock, then wrapped it around the milk carton.  The be mine is from the Crazy, Mixed up Love stamp set....notice the Basic Pearl as the bee's eye!  The stamped heart is covered by a Glimmer paper punched heart for dimension.  I finished it off by FILLING it with candy and closing it with a mini binder clip that I purchased at an office supply store.  QUICK...SIMPLE...and FUN!!


WEEKLY DEALS January 21-27, 2014

Here are this weeks deals....A LITTLE LATE!!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Hi EVERYONE who looks at my blog on a regular basis!!! I must APOLOGIZE....I haven't posted day five or six of my FOURTEEN DAYS of LOVE creations!!! I am so far behind....LIFE has just gotten away from me!  Come back this evening...I will be caught up...(I HOPE)...with five, six and seven!  PLEASE FORGIVE my tardiness!!

 "When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves" 

--Jack Kornfield

Friday, January 17, 2014


Card Measurements

Base of Card 4 ¼ x 5 ½  - Whisper White
Layer One:  4 x 5 ¼  - Bermuda Bay
Layer Two:  3 ¾ x 5 – Whisper White

Use the I Love Love wheel (clearance item) to stamp on the top of layer two.  Use the large and small heart punches to punch the bottom of the same layer.  Cut at 2 x 3 piece of designer paper to put under the cut out ( I used Bermuda Bay from the Bright’s Color Collection).  Add ribbon and some glimmer paper hearts, stamp a sentiment ane you are finished!

I used the Follow My Heart stamp set for the sentiment inside   I used my Stampin' Write Markers to brush the words in Bermuda Bay and the heart in Real Red.

Thank you all for stopping by!  Hope this give you a few ideas to work on this weekend!  I will be back on Monday to share some more!  


Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Envelope Box

To make this box you simply place a 6x6 piece of designer ( this is Polka Dot on Parade) on the Envelope Punch Board. Score and punch at 3 inches, then score again at 3 ½ inches.  Rotate and repeat two more times.  Rotate a third time but only punch (don’t score).  Adhere with sticky tape or snail adhesive (tombo).  Decorate as you wish.  I used the Love You to the Moon stamp set.  Fill it with gum, chocolate etc. and this cute little 3 1/4 X 3 1/4 card!

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