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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!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Woodland Vellum

Hello Friends! It's Wednesday evening and I'm finally able to blog! My computer...or internet hasn't been working correctly (and I'm not tech savvy) so I haven't been able to get to my blog. Here I am now though...

Today's card is another from my November workshops. It is so very SIMPLE and so very BEAUTIFUL! The first thing you do is run a piece of Vellum through your Big Shot. I used the Woodland embossing folder. SU vellum is nice and thick so it doesn't tear and crack when you dry emboss it.  Next I added a piece of Silver 1/8" ribbon using 1/8" scorpal tape to the front and the back of the vellum.  I also added small dots Multipurpose Liquid Glue in strategic areas to adhere the vellum to my Night of Navy cardstock. After attaching it, I simply hid the glue with Basic Rhinestones that look like twinkling stars!

Then sentiment on the inside is from the Be Jolly By Golly stamp set. I used Night of Navy ink to stamp it on Whisper White cardstock and added a few Basic Rhinestone to tie it all together! 

I really LOVE the look of the embossed Vellum and hope to get out to my happy place to play with the vellum some more!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hopefully all goes well tomorrow and I'll share another project from my November classes! Enjoy your evening...stay warm!

~Today's Thought~

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Blessing with Santa's Sleigh

Good Morning everyone! Well...Thanksgiving went off without a hitch...well almost! My son was in an accident where he totaled his brother truck and PRAISE GOD...walked away with only a black eye. This happened the morning of Thanksgiving and let me tell you...we were and are...EXTREMELY THANKFUL!

I want to share a card with you today that we made in my November workshops. It's a lovely and simple Christmas card.

The first thing I did to create this card was to run the Whisper White layer of cardstock through the Softly Falling embossing folder. I used the Santa's Sleigh framelits to cut the tree from Old Olive cardstock, attached it with dimensionals and tied a piece of Linen Thread around it's trunk.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set and is stamped in Real Red ink.

For the inside of the card I simply stamped part of the tree image from the Santa's Sleigh stamp set. This would be a great card to send out for Christmas as it comes together quickly and if you have a little helper like do...she can cut out the trees for you while you work on the rest of the card! A fun family project!! NO...this is not my Christmas card this year!

Well...that's it for today! I'm heading down the mountain (having an MRI on a my neck, throat and brain this morning)...praying for good results! You have a FANTASTIC day! Don't forget to come visit tomorrow for more inspiration!

~Today's Thought~

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cozy Critters

Hello there everyone! Well...were on to BLACK FRIDAY!!! Anyone going shopping today? In my quaint little town we celebrate Mountain Magic Christmas the day after Thanksgiving...SHOP LOCAL...so that's where I'll be!  

I do have another card that my upline sent me the other day...to congratulate me on my sales!  

Pretty cute right?!  It's made with the Cozy Critters stamp set...I don't have this set...but just might have to order it! See the Via Instant in the background...it's Pumpkin Spice Latte and it WAS delicious!

That's all I have to share with you today! Next week I'll be sharing my November workshop projects (which were ALL Christmas projects...so be sure to check back in! 

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I've been up too! Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

With Gratitude...

Hey there everyone! I know you are all BUSY...BUSY...BUSY or TRAVELLING, but I have a quick post to share with you today! 

My upline, Sarah Wills (click here to see her blogsent this card to me wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving! 

I wish I would have thought to send one to all of my customers...NEXT YEAR...



Isn't a great card?!!?

Here is a close up of the diecut leaves that she turned into shaker leaves! SO VERY COOL! Thank you Sarah!  I LOVE IT!!!

Well...I hope you all have a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving...eating, celebrating, serving...whatever you may be doing I pray its WONDERFUL!

Thanks so much for stopping by, for following me and liking what I do!

                        ~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Fun Scrapbook Page

Hello there folks! Well it's Tuesday evening and I just realized I hadn't blogged yet! Today is my husbands birthday so we've been CELEBRATING!!! Well...we said goodbye to our son, Seth, who was suppose to be home for Thanksgiving but had to leave for Louisiana for a job..the plumber came and we got a new toilet...we worked in the Soup Kitchen...we went to the dump...now that's what I call CELEBRATING! The kids and I are making a special dinner for him now and the yellow cake with chocolate frosting is already to eat...all in all...it's been a good day!

I have a Christmas scrapbook page to share with you today...made with scraps of designer paper and the Starlight thinlits.  The background paper is from the Candy Cane Lane designer paper pack. I REALLY like this paper! Very simple, but very cute! I love scrapbooking Christmas and I can't get enough Christmas paper...WE ALL HAVE OUR VICES! 

That's it for today! I hope life is going smoothly for you all as you get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving! Remember...one thing at a time! Try not to get overwhelmed! BREATHE!!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Santa's Sleigh

Hello friends! Hope your weekend was wonderful! It sure went by fast! I didn't get out to my workshop at all! It is SUCH A MESS! I do have a card to share with you today though!  It's the card I made to take to OnStage to swap! 

Here goes...hope you are inspired!

I used the Santa's Sleigh framelits to cut the trees and reindeer for this card. The trees are cut from Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz which I sponged with Whisper White Craft Ink. The reindeer is cut from the very cool Copper Foil sheets of paper. I cut the snow by hand using the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. The background is Crumb Cake and I ran it through the Woodgrain embossing folder then inked it with Whisper White Craft Ink. The sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set. I stamped the sentiment is Real Red, inked the edges of the banner with Whisper White Craft Ink and added some Basic Pearls. I cut a Red Glimmer Bow using the Pretty Pines Thinlit dies and tied a Mini Jingle Bell around the neck of the reindeer with Linen Thread.

I mounted the Crumb Cake cardstock onto a piece of Real Red cardstock and then onto a Soft Suede card base. LOVE these colors together!

For the inside of the card I simply stamped the sentiment (which is from the Wonder of Christmas stamp set) onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I mounted it onto a piece of Real Red cardstock and then onto the inside of my card. I made fifty of these cards and had fun swapping them for other cards. Now I need to make my Christmas cards...I know for sure it won't be this one...it was a bit time consuming to make fifty!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope that your week is starting off great and that you have a terrific day! See ya tomorrow!

~Today's Thought~

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Hey there everyone! I know it's Saturday, but I'm kind of behind on things with SU since I've been out of town and I DON'T want you to miss out on some great deals! 

Here's what's going on in the world of Stampin' UP!

Stitched From the Heart framelits...

Because of the extreme demand, the Stitched Shapes Framelits (item 145372) will go into backorder very soon, and will be placed on non-orderable status on  November 21st at 10;00am (MT) ). Additionally, when you enter this product’s item number, you will receive a pop-up notification asking if you would like to be notified via email when this product is back in stock. This allows you to find out immediately when the item’s status changes and it is again available for purchase. Stampin' Up! apologizes for its forecasting error

25% off SELECT Stamp Sets...

24 Hour Sale...November 21st ONLY

EXTRAVAGANZA SALE November 21st thru 28th

24 Hour Sale...November 28th ONLY

Last...remember to look at the Clearance Rack!

Have FUN shopping!  When ordering online use HOSTESS CODE SUGX3F99.  For all orders of $30 or more (before tax and shipping), I will send you a small gift and an Occasions Catalog. You MUST choose me as your demonstrator!  If you are placing a large order of $150.00 or more, DO NOT use the Hostess Code as you will be the hostess and receive free product!

Please contact me if you have ANY questions!

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!!

~Today's Thought~

Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Themed Convention Swaps

Good Morning one and all! Friday is finally here! I woke this morning and realized that I flaked on blogging yesterday...and I had nothing to do yesterday! I guess it's better to be busy! I'm headed down the mountain to grocery shop for Thanksgiving and the rest of the month so I just quickly wanted to share some more of the swap cards I traded for at convention...they are Christmas themed! BE INSPIRED!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a FANTASTIC weekend! Have FUN getting ready for Thanksgiving and company and SAFE travels to those of you on the road, in the air or on the tracks!!!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Convention Swap Cards

Hey there everyone! I'm heading down the mountain this morning for my Redding workshop! I can't wait to see all my ladies...I missed them in October when my mom got sick! Quickly I'm gonna share some of the cards that I received from the swap at convention! 

Aren't these LOVELY cards?  I hope you're feeling inspired! I love the colors, the texture, the fun folds....VERY CREATIVE!

That's it for today! I be back Thursday morning with more inspiring projects! Enjoy the rest of your day!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Birthday Fiesta...Christmas Card

Good morning everyone! I've missed you! I must apologize...I was going to blog while I was at convention and while I was packing up my moms house, but I forgot my laptop. I was gonna use my brothers computer, but I forgot the cord to my camera! Can you say SCATTER BRAINED?!?!

So convention was a ton of fun and so was visiting my son and daughter! It was a FANTASTIC trip! Today, I want to share my FAVORITE swap card from convention! It was made by my teammate Jenny. She lives in Arizona, convention was in Arizona (she was there) and here is the PERFECT Arizona card! I just LOVE it!

The stamps Jenny used are Merriest Wishes (sentiment) and Birthday Fiesta (cactus). She cut the cactus out using the Fiesta Time framelits. The colors she chose are Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green an Whisper White. She tied a piece of Cherry Cobbler Metallic Thread around the card, securing it with a Basic Pearl! It is so dang CUTE! I just think it was so clever! If I lived in the dessert this would MOST DEFINITELY be my Christmas card!

Well that's it for today! I have a workshop in Redding tomorrow but I'm gonna try to post before I leave! I have my swap card to share and I'll share the rest in groups.  

Have a FANTASTIC day!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Summer Fun Scrapbook Page

Hey there everyone!  Quick post today...I'm working half the day then headed down the mountain to be close to the airport! I leave EARLY in the morning for Phoenix! I'm so excited!

This "Summer Fun" page is made using Festive Birthday designer paper. It's a really GREAT pack of paper! I LOVE the bright colors!  

We have some BEAUTIFUL spots here in Trinity County to go swimming and we LOVE going to Trinidad beach on the California Coast...that's where these photo's were taken!  

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by!  

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Strips Scrapbook Page

Hello everyone! Hoping you day is shamping up nicely! I'm gonna post quickly today...I have a meeting at 9am and haircut at 11:30am...and I still have all my swaps to make! I have everything cut out for 52 cards...now to put them together!

I've always wanted to make a strips scrapbook page so I have been saving my scrap strips for a long time. Of course I didn't have them with me when I went to my retreat but I did have some new designer paper that I cut into strips on purpose...it was really hard for me to do!!! I used the Moroccan and Festive Birthday designer papers for these strips! I still need to journal and put the date! Thanks for the reminder Linda...you're a DEAR friend! So save your strips...you may think they aren't worth much, but they make a pretty cute scrapbook page!  

Thanks bunches for stopping by today! Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

~Today's Thought~ 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Preserving Memories!

Good Morning friends! Hope your Halloween was rewarding...did you have candy tax? We did not have one trick-or-treater so we have candy left over! My son decided to put his in the community bowl so we didn't have to tax him...giggle and my daughter had fun helping grandma! My husband was called out to get the power back on...it was an odd night!

This week my plan it to share scrapbook pages with you then next week I'll be sharing swaps from OnStage...the SU event I'm going to on Saturday in Phoenix (and I get to hang out with my son who lives there and my oldest daughter is flying out to hang with us too!) Then my plan is to concentrate on CHRISTMAS...cards, treats, decorations and more! I hope you'll follow along!

Here is a simple Easter page (I'm not sure I like my title..it's too small...gonna have to fix it with alphabet stamps, versamark and white embossing powder!) The background is Old Olive cardstock and the designer papers are from the Brights paper stack. I love the White Perfect Accents at the top and bottom of the circle. If this was a girls page I could add some cutesy embellishments...but I'm keeping it simple for the boy! I'm really loving getting back to scrapbooking...so many memories to cherish and preserve! I hope you'll find time to do a page or two throughout your busy week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a WONDERFUL day! I'll be back tomorrow!

~Today's Thought~

3D Thursday - Flowering Zinnia Seed Packet

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another 3D Thursday project!  I am the designer this week and in honor of spring (although snow is a possibility...