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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, December 18, 2015

Hershey Nuggets Snowman

Hey friends!  I have a quick project to share with you today!  It's a really cute snowman made with Hershey Nuggets, Avery address labels, the Snow Place stamp set and Snow Friends framelits! We made these at my workshops and my daughter and I made 30 of them to give to her classmates!
Here they are ready for her to take to school!
Here's a close up!!
...and here are directions!  I can't take credit for this ADORABLE idea...I saw it online!  I'm posting from my phone though...not from home and I don't have the site with me....so SORRY!  I hope you'll give it a try!!!

I'm gonna be hit and miss at posting for awhile!  I want to just ENJOY having my kids home for a couple of weeks!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Today's Thought

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

OH Christmas Tree

Good Morning friends!  I hope you had a WONDERFUL weekend!  I'm sorry I missed yesterday...I was getting ready for my workshop last night!  My plan was to get ready on Saturday after getting our tree, but we had such a great time hunting for the perfect tree, playing in the snow, drinking hot chocolate...I just didn't want it to end so we watched The Grinch as a family and a couple of other movies...it was WONDERFUL family time!  I was glad I already had a plan...I just had to do the cutting yesterday!

Today I have a FABULOUS project to share with you!  You all know that I love to make Burlap Twine out of my Burlap Ribbon by taking it apart. I had bunches of the left over pieces so I decided to make a Christmas tree out of it...I had to dye it green first though...so I put it in a bowl of water with 50-60 drops of green ink (I used Garden Green) and let it soak over night.  The next morning I laid the scraps on a piece of cardboard to dry. It drie really quickly and within a a couple of hours I was able to put it together!

I just love it!  My daughter, Kate, came in after school yesterday and just went crazy....mom...I LOVE IT!  It was so simple!  Once I dyed the ribbon remnants I just glued it around a cone shaped styrofoam base and fluffed it up!  I added a Glimmer paper star that I cut with my star framelits and tied a bow from Real Red 1/4" cotton ribbon.

Kate loved it plain, but I had to try one decorated up a bit so I wrapped some of the Real Red Pompom trim around it!  It's so FESTIVE!  So don't throw away your scraps!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I know that it is such a busy time of year...it makes me happy to know that you take the time to see what I'm up to!  

Here we are getting our tree...in the snow! It was a beautiful day!!  It sure was weird with only two kids at home...but oh so much FUN!
 ~Today's Thought~

Friday, December 11, 2015

More Curvy Keepsake Boxes Christmas FAVORITES!!!

Good Morning Everyone! It's finally Friday!  I hope I get to my workshop this weekend...I have workshops next week to get ready for!  Today I'm off to the grocery shop...tomorrow we're gonna go hunting for our Christmas tree...hopefully in the snow and Sunday is church and a 4H dinner party! Does life EVER calm down?

I just wanted to inspire you with a few more of my FAVORITE Christmas Curvy Keepsake boxes from last year! I will never tire of them and they look SO CUTE on my tree!

Aren't they FUN!  I hope you'll take time to make some! They are addicting!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!

~Today's Thought~
( I need to remember this...often my day runs me!)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Curvy Keepsake Boxes Galore!

Howdy Friends!  I'm hoping all is well with you!  We are getting lots of MUCH NEEDED RAIN and hoping for snow!  I'm enjoying EVERY minute of it!

I haven't had time to create..I haven't even made my Christmas cards yet...so I'm gonna inspire you with some of last years creations...still current...still FUN!! These make me want to go make some ginger bread cookies!

The Curvy Keepsake die is a MUST HAVE!  If you don't already have it be sure to get it!  I hope SU never retires it...but eventually they will!

I'm so glad you stopped by today!  Hopefully I'll have lots of NEW creations for you next week!  Thanks bunches for following me!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Curvy Keepsake Boxes....A Christmas Review

Hey there everyone!  I'm so sorry I've been so hit and miss the last couple of days!  I've been working at my part time job...my husband is home...my computer has been acting crazy...and I HAVEN'T gotten out to my workshop for a few days!  I MISS MY HAPPY PLACE!

That said...I've been thinking...what can I share with my followers?!?!?  I thought and thought and realized my Curvy Keepsake Boxes were a HUGE hit last Christmas so I've decided to highlight my FAVORITES! 

I just LOVE this die!  It's so versatile!  I have a page FULL of ideas of things I want to create with it! NOW....I just need to find the time!  I have a snowman tutorial on the top left side of this blog (IT'S FREE!!).  I hope to be adding more in the near future!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll give these boxes a try!  You can fit a bunch of Hershey Kisses inside! 

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Tags

Good morning friends!  I hope all is well with you and yours!  Did you have a FABULOUS weekend?  Are you ready for Christmas?  Have you even started? YIKES....it's a crazy life sometimes!  I had to have a root canal last week because I had a fistula...because I let a tooth go playing the insurance game last year...I should have just taken care of it right away!  LEARN FROM MY EXPERIENCE!!! Don't put off until a new insurance year what needs to be done RIGHT NOW!  Oh well...LESSON LEARNED...again the hard way...and the expensive way!  Yesterday...I was back at my regular dentist getting a temporary bridge...I feel sick to my stomach...why...WHY...WHY didn't I just have it done right the first time?   Today I have JURY DUTY...and I haven't even started my Christmas shopping, put up my tree or made my cards! Do you ever feel like LIFE IS OUT OF YOUR CONTROL?

On a good note...my husband and I had dinner with my daughter Sarah, her fiance Andy and his parents Saturday night.  YEP...we met the new in-laws...and they are GREAT FUN!  I can't wait to  spend more time with them and getting to know them better!  The wedding is in June...SO EXCITING!  We are all so excited about it!  

....enough about me...I have some Christmas tags to share with you!  Last night myself and other members of my Stamper For Others team had a tag themed Facebook Hop...and these are what I created.  I love making tags and couldn't stop at just one, so I have a few to share with you!

I stamped the wreath in VersaMark with the Festive Fireplace stamp set and cut it out with the Festive Fireside Framelits (along with a Whisper White cat).  I ran a 2" X 4" piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock through my Big Shot using the Brick Wall embossing folder.  I added some pearls and bows to the wreath, some Chevron striped ribbon to the top and a bow I cut with the same framelits to the cat, along with a metal rimmed pearl.  I also inked the bricks with Whisper White ink and the cat with Soft Suede ink. I really like the cat addition!  

This tag was made using the Wonderland stamp set and the watercolor technique I shared a week or so back.  I inked up my watercolor paper using my Aqua Painters with Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow ink.  While still wet I shook Kosher salt on top...set it aside and let it dry. When it was dry, I shook off the salt and stamped my image in Memento Black ink and matted it onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch, added some ribbon, twine and a wooden snowflake to finish it off.  BEAUTIFUL!!!

This tag comes together so quickly and uses just scraps of designer paper and glimmer paper.  I simply cut 1/4" strips of designer paper into different lengths and adhered them to a piece of tag size Crumb Cake cardstock.  I added a trunk made from Early Espresso cardstock and ran through my Big Shot using the Woodgrain embossing folder.  To finish it off I punched 1/2" and 3/4" circles and two different sized stars out of glimmer paper...add some ribbon to the top and you are FINISHED.  So simple...so cute!

That's it for today!  Please bear with me...my computer is really acting up!  I hope to be back tomorrow with another FUN project so stay tuned!


~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hospital Gift Shop

Good morning!! I've been busy getting ready for our hospital gift shop bake sale and bazaar!  I made a bunch of cards and some snowball cookies!  Here's how I packaged my cookies...they turned out so cute...and YUMMY!!

I hope it's a great success!  The money goes to support the Skilled Nursing Facility (where my father-in-law spent the last year of his life) and other areas of the hospital!  I'll keep you posted!

Have a GREAT day and THANK YOU for following me!!!  You're the BEST!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fry Box Elf

Good morning everyone!  I hope your day is going well!  I'm a little frazzled!  This post was ready to go...and I deleted it...I blew a fuse and didn't know it for half an hour so now my gravy for the soup kitchen isn't thick...YIKES!!!  ...and I just saw that my post from yesterday never posted!  BREATHE!!!

Now I'm gonna try again and hopefully you'll get two posts today!

Last night a friend posted this cute creation on Facebook for me to see...
I...OF COURSE...said how cute it is and that I was saving it for next year!  Then another friend chimed in....you could use  a green fry box and make an elf!  I...OF COURSE...(sarcastically said)...I'll just whip one out in the morning!!!  I COULD NOT STAND IT!!  As soon as everyone went to bed...I went out to my workshop and here is what I created!!
SUPER CUTE!  Thanks Angi and Sandy!!  I hope you like it too and feel inspired to create!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a FABULOUS day!!

~Today's Thought~

Advent Calendar

Good morning!  I hope you had a GREAT weekend!  Mine was WONDERFUL!!  I had an  Advent Calendar class AND most of my kids came up to celebrate dads birthday....what a blessing that was!!!

Today I'm sharing the Christmas Tree advent calendars that we made using the Tiny Treat boxes and a variety of Christmas designer paper!  I think they are so cute!!

They all turned out so CUTE!  I had a ton of fun creating, laughing and eating with these gals!!

....and here is part of the birthday FUN!
I LOVE MY FAMILY!!  I wish they all could have been there!!

Have a FANTASTIC day!  See ya tomorrow!!

~Today's Thought~

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Weekend FUN!!

I hope you have a FUN ADVENTURE today!

What's Retiring?

     Stampin' Up!s Holiday catalog retiring list!

            Most items WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

THIS IS VERY EXCITING!!!  For the FIRST TIME EVER - Stampin' Up! is announcing what is retiring from the Holiday catalog while you can still order from it.
We are saying goodbye to retiring products from the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog; but before we do, Stampin' Up! is giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites. 
Retiring products will only be available until January 4, or while supplies last (stamp sets will be produced through December 28 -all other items are while supplies last), so now's a great time to order them before they're gone!
Download the retiring list by clicking on this link: 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wonderland Woodland

Hey there crafty friends!  I hope you had a FANTASTIC week!  Are you ready for your Thanksgiving celebration coming up?  I'd LOVE to hear some of your traditions...so post them below if you have time!

I have another card that we made at my workshop this month!  It is made with the Woodland embossing folder and the Wonderland stamp set!  It is so easy to make and BEAUTIFUL too!  To make this card you simply stamp Soft Sky onto your embossing folder (the side with sissix printed on it).  Ink it all over with the actual stamp pad.  Then you ink up your trees in Old Olive and stamp directly on top of the Soft Sky.  Place your piece of Whisper White card stock on top (high enough so the tops of the trees show) and run it through your Big Shot!

It is so EASY and so PRETTY!  I added some glitter ribbon and linen thread to finish it off.  I also stamped some trees on the inside of the card but AGAIN forgot to take a photo...EPIC FAIL....SORRY!!  I hope you will give this technique a try...you'll be hooked...and there are SO MANY different embossing folders you could use!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  ENJOY your weekend! I hope you find some time to RELAX....CREATE...and JUST BREATHE!!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Hello there friends!  I'm on my way home from my workshop...stuck in roadwork and thought I'd share a card we made today!
I love this technique!  You simply brush a piece in of watercolor paper with water and ink.  I used Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow.   Then you sprinkle it with Kosher salt and let it dry.  After it dries simply brush the salt off and stamp the tree image in Memento black ink!  It's a BEAUTIFUL effect!

I added some texture to the front of the card with the Decorative Dots embossing folder and some lace. The sentiment is from the Reason for the Season stamp set and the Iced Rhinestone finishes it off with a bit of elegance! I LOVE IT...and hope you do too! 

That's it for today!  It was a PACKED and WONDERFUL class...such a GREAT group of gals that bear with me through all of my HOT FLASHES!!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Peaceful Wreath

Good Tuesday Morning to you all! It's another BEAUTIFUL day...we have some snow on our mountains (which we haven't had in a long time)...it's gorgeous!!

I had a workshop last night and I want to share one of the cards that we made! It's simplicity makes it wonderful!  I hope you agree!
To make this card I dry embossed a 3 3/4" X  5" piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock using the Brick Wall embossing folder.  Next I stamped the wreath from the Peaceful Wreath stamp set on Mossy Meadow card stock using VersaMark.  I stamped the bow with Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake card stock.  I cut both the wreath and the bow with the Wonderful Wreath framelits.  I added some Basic Pearls to the wreath to give it some elegance!  I tied a bow with a piece of White Jute twine and added it to the Crumb Cake card stock bow.  Isn't it a lovely card?!  I also used the Versatile Christmas stamp set for a sentiment inside of the card (but I forgot to take a picture).  I layered Cherry Cobbler and White card stock inside and stamped Merry Christmas in Soft Suede Ink!

Remember I told you I went to my old churches bazaar last Saturday...here's one of my finds!

It's funny...I just started a horseshoe board on Pinterest (this is on it), I texted my son and told him I want to learn to weld (he's a welder, but he's in North Carolina) and I want to take a class at the city college down in Redding.  Then I went to the bazaar and found a project that I wanted to make!  I LOVE IT!!!  There is a REALLY COOL Christmas tree on my Pinterest board...I REALLY need to learn to weld!

Well...that's all I have for you today! I have a workshop down in Redding tomorrow so I might be late in posting...UNLESS...I'm totally on the ball....BUT you all know that I fly by the seat of my pants...I guess time will tell...lol!

~Today's Thought~

Paper Share - 2024-2025 Annual Catalog

Hello everyone!  Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by!!  So much has been going on my way...I haven't blogged or made a Tuesday...