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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!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bingo Prize Gift Bag Topper

Good Morning! Hope your day is shaping up nicely! It's a BEAUTIFUL, clear but chilly day here!  I can't believe I completely forgot to blog yesterday! I went to work in the morning and when I came home I just started putting my workshop back together! OH MY is it a ton of work!

At church once a month we have a DOTK meeting...Daughters of the King...only women. We always pray for each other and eat together and we usually have an activity...it's great fun and fellowship!!! This month we had nachos and played bingo.  I put some prizes together and added a cute topper! 

I found some really cute signs at Khol's (all different), a yard decoration, word search and gum from the dollar store...threw them in a bag and added this cute topper.  I used Flirty Flamingo cardstock and rounded the corners with my corner punch. Next I attached a Lace Doily with a Tip Top Taupe doily (folded over the top) with a staple.  I used my Stitched Circles framelits to cut another large circle in Mint Macaron and a smaller circle in Tip Top Taupe.  I attached them to the topper with dimensionals (hiding the staples).  I cut the numbers using my Large Number framelits in Whisper White cardstock and stamped some color on them using my Happy Celebrations stamp set.  Last I added a flower that I punched from designer paper using my Pansy Punch!  I love how it turned out! I so enjoy doing what I do...I am BLESSED!

Well...that's it for today!  THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by and letting me share what I love doing! Have a TERRIFIC day...stay safe...and find time to CREATE!!!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cool and Tasty Treats

Good Morning everyone!  What a BEAUTIFUL morning!  I came out of the gym after bootcamp and the sky was a beautiful red.  I'm so glad I was up to see it! It's shapin' up to be a great day!  I was suppose to head over to Ferndale, California for my sons baseball game today, but their field is flooded so it's been cancelled.  I'm so bummed...I LOVE that town....but mostly because my daughter was coming to the game.  I did get to see her this past weekend though....LOVED every minute of it!

I have one more April workshop card to share with you today! Hope it makes you want to CREATE today!

This card is so SWEET!  I just LOVE the Tasty Treats designer paper! My card base is Watermelon Wonder...so sad it's retiring!  My first layer is Flirty Flamingo and then the Tasty Treats designer paper. I wrapped a piece of Watermelon Wonder 5/8" Mini Striped ribbon around the two layers before adhering to the top left corner of my card base. Next I attached a Mint Macaron Doily (which is also retiring AND ON SALE!!) with dimensionals and added a sentiment which is from the Cool Treats stamp set! I added a gold button that I tied a bow through with White Bakers Twine! SUPER CUTE...SUPER EASY!!!

OF COURSE I had to stamp something on the inside of my card. Nothing better than an ice cream cone with sprinkles! What a FUN stamp set!  

Well...if your'e not inspired to create...maybe your'e inspired to enjoy a tasty...cool treat! Either way, I hope you have a FANTASTIC DAY!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

~Today's Thought~

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Lift Me Up

Good Morning! What a GREAT weekend! I got my workshop cleaned and my tables cleared on Saturday...18,425 steps for the day!  I was SO TIRED when I came in at 10pm...but THRILLED!  The Essential Oils Make-n-Take was lots of FUN and I LOVE the smell of my shop after hosting one! Now I've got to get ready for my card class on May 6th.  We will be making 20 cards with a tin to hold the cards and having lunch together.  I can't wait...it will be a FUN day! I hope you too had a WONDERFUL weekend and got all that you needed to get done...DONE.  I hope you also found some time to relax and just ENJOY LIFE!

I have a "Make-It Monday" to share with you this morning!  Be INSPIRED!

"Make-It Monday": Lift Me Up card created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2016 Stampin’ Up!® 

Image & page number of the full stamp set & dies shown below the project instructions.

  • Stamps: Lift Me Up #142896
  • Ink: Basic Black #140931
  • Paper: Whisper White #100730, Basic Black #121045, Soft Sky #131203, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper #141630; Party Animal Designer Series Paper #142738
  • Miscellaneous: Big Shot #143263, Up & Away Thinlits Dies #1427148, Precision Base Plate #139684, Die Brush #140603, SNAIL Adhesive #104331, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Fine Tip Glue Pen #138309
  • Basic Black Card Base: 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” (score then fold in half)
  • Soft Sky: 5-1/4” x 4”
  • Scrap: Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP & Party Animal DSP
  1. Using Basic Black ink, stamp the greeting on the right side of the Soft Sky panel.
  2. Using the Big Shot and Up & Away Thinlits, cut the following:
    1. 3 Clouds from Whisper White
    2. Large solid hot air balloon die in Festive Birthday DSP
    3. Bucket die in Party Animal DSP
    4. Balloon outline in Basic Black (tip: use Precision Base Plate for best results)
  3. Attach DSP to black balloon outline using Fine Tip Glue Pen (or SNAIL)
  4. Attach clouds to the background using SNAIL
  5. Attach hot air balloon panel with Stampin' Dimensionals

Life Me Up (Occasions catalog, page 10)
Click on image to go to it in my online store.

Well...thanks so much for stopping by! 


~Today's Thought~

Friday, April 21, 2017

Definitely Dahlia

Good Morning everyone! The weekend is here...do you have BIG PLANS??? I'll be working in my shop ALL DAY on Saturday!! It's all painted and now I'm putting it back together! I have to finish by Sunday because I'm having an Essential Oils Make-n-take class after church on Sunday! Thank goodness I'm not in charge...I just have a great place to host the classes! Today...I'm headed to Mount Shasta to watch my son play baseball...but first, I want to share another April workshop card!

For this card I used the Definitely Dahlia stamp. My card base is Whisper White and I cut a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock to stamp on...4 1/8" X 5 3/8". I used Calypso Coral ink and stamped off the side of the paper. I used my Elegant Butterfly punch (which sadly is retiring) to cut a black butterfly and another cut from Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper. I attached the black butterfly with dimensionals and glued the dp butterfly down only in the middle.  Of course I had to add some bling to the card and the butterfly!  The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. Clean and simple look!

I also stamped off the inside of the card and added some more bling! Isn't that a BEAUTIFUL color!  My thought was to grab some envelopes before I left for my workshop so my ladies could stamp off on a corner of an envelope too...wouldn't that be cute!?! Dang if I didn't forget to grab them! That will have to be for another project!  

Well...that's it for today! Thanks for stopping by and letting me share what I love to do with you!  ENJOY every moment of your weekend!!! 

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's a Good Day!

Hello everyone! What a BEAUTIFUL day it is today! I'm lovin' the sunshine and blue skies...it's especially gorgeous as a backdrop to the snow covered mountains! I hope you all are having a wonderful day too!! I want to share another April workshop project with you today!

This card is created with several retiring products! Mint Macaron, a 2015-2017 In Color is retiring May 31st. I hate to see it go, but the new In Colors are beautiful too! I embossed a piece of it using the Elegant Dots embossing folder and attached it to my card base with dimensionals. Next, I attached the Lace Doily (retiring and ON SALE!!) with a dimensional. The leaves are cut in Tip Top Taupe using the Stylish Stems Framelit dies. Last I used my 1 3/8" Circle punch for the Mint Macaron center, added some Linen Thread behind it. The sentiment is from the Best Birds stamp set and is cut out using my 1 1/4" Circle punch! 

It's such a BEAUTIFUL card...I hope it inspires you to CREATE!

Well...that's it for today! THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by! Have a fantastic rest of your day! Hope you'll come back tomorrow for more inspiration!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Hello everyone! I'm back from my workshop in Redding! I LOVE my ladies so much! They are so encouraging and I just LOVE spending time with them...it's such a delight! Thank you ladies!!!

I wanted to share a card I received in the mail yesterday from my upline Sarah Wills at Sarah's Ink Spot !! She sent it to me along with some goodies for being in the top 10 for sales on her team!! Thank you all for helping me get there!

Isn't it WONDERFUL! I am so glad that the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits are NOT retiring! It's such a great set!!! The colors she chose are terrific...LOVE that Mint Macaron cardstock...it's a beautiful color and goes great with the Tip Top Taupe!! I really love how Sarah added the little flower with a Perfect Pearl. The stitched framelits are wonderful! I hope SU comes out with more of them!

Well...that's it!  I'll be back tomorrow with another April Workshop creation! I hope you'll join me!!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrations Duo Birthday Card

Hello there!  It's a beautiful sunny day today and I'm enjoying every moment of it! Hope you are as well! Today's card is one we will be making in tomorrow's class! I've been wanting to use this embossing folder for a while now...it's a very cool folder!

I made this card using the HAPPY embossing folder that comes in the Celebrations Duo set. The other folder says CELEBRATE! First I embossed it (it actually debosses the letters) then I used the Happy Celebrations stamp set to stamp over each letter. The colors I chose are Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight! The designer paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. The balloons are punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch and embossed using the Lucky Stars embossing folder. I tied a piece of White Bakers Twine around the bottom of the balloon to finish it off!  

Pretty CUTE and BRIGHT birthday card don't ya think!?!?! I hope it inspires you to get your stamps and tools out and ready to use! 

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by! Have a WONDERFUL rest of your day!

~Today's Thought~ 

Monday, April 17, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Country Livin'

Hello ya'll! Hopin' your weekend was DELIGHTFUL! Hey...I have a "Make-It Monday to share with you today and you'll see what the YA'LL is all about! 

"Make-It Monday": Country Livin' card created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 

Image & page number of the full stamp set shown below the project instructions.

Stamp Sets – Country Livin’  (141922 w), Hardwood (133032 w), One Big Meaning (138788 w)
Card Stock – Crumb Cake (120953); Whisper White (100730);
Stamp Pads – Memento Tuxedo Black (132708); Versamark (102283); Smoky Slate (131202)Misc. – Stamping Sponges (141337); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Heat Tool (129053); Aqua Painter (10394); Linen Thread (104199); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (142778)

  • Crumb Cake Card Stock: 8 ½” x 5 ½” (score at 4 ¼”)         
  • Whisper White Card Stock: 5 ¼” x 4” (two pieces)       
  • Succulent Garden DSP: ¾” x 1” & ¾” x 1 ½”
  1. Stamp Hardwood background image using Crumb Cake ink onto both 5 ¼” x 4” pieces of Whisper White.
  2. Ink boots from Country Livin’ stamp set with Memento and stamp onto one piece of Whisper White in the position where you desire it to ‘pop out’.
  3. Color boots using Aqua Painter and Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake ink pads. Cut out boots, saving the Hardwood scrap for another project.
  4. Cover boots with VersaMark ink, sprinkle clear embossing powder over, shaking off the excess. Set with the heat tool.
  5. Use black Memento ink to sponge edges of second Whisper White layer that has been stamped with Hardwood.
  6. Place Stampin’ Dimensionals behind boots and remove backing. Add some linen thread behind the boots, using the Dimensionals to hold in place.
  7. Adhere the boots onto the other background piece, aligning them so that the background image flows with the stamped image.
  8. Stamp “Thanks Kindly” from One Big Meaning set with Memento ink onto front of card layer. Glue onto Crumb Cake base.
  9. Cut banners out of Succulent Garden DSP, using the gingham patterns. Sponge edges with black Memento ink. Mist lightly with water and crumple up. Unfold banners and dry with heat tool. Glue both pieces to front of card.
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Well...I sure do hope ya love this card! Thanks BUNCHES for stoppin' by!

~Today's Thought~

Friday, April 14, 2017

Retirement Products

Hey there friends! Just wanted to remind you that the 2016-2017 In-Colors are retiring soon...and are available while supplies last only! You can also click on the link below to see what else is retiring!!!

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! Enjoy your weekend!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cupcakes and Carousels!

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! I'm headed to have coffee (well chai) with my mom-in-law! I have one last project from my March workshops to share with you! I hope you like it!

I'm sure you've noticed that I LOVE the Cupcakes and Carousels 6" X 6" designer paper pack! The paper is just BEAUTIFUL! The base of my card is Bermuda Bay with a piece of my favorite designer paper as its first layer.  Next I added a Pool Party Stitched Circle cut with my Stitched framelits! The glimmer paper was from Sale-a-bration...hoping SU brings it back in the new catalog! I also used my Stitched Shapes framelits to cut a square and added a Happy Birthday sentiment. Last, I punched a butterfly with the Elegant Butterfly punch! It is punched from the Cupcakes and Carousels designer paper too! Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!!! I'd LOVE to get this card in the mail!

So...I'm off! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a WONDERFUL rest of your day!  

HEY...the Cupcakes and Carousels paper is on sale for $6.00 instead of $10.00....check it out when you go to my store...just click on RETIRING PRODUCTS!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Flourish Thinlits and Floral Boutique Designer Paper

Hello Friends! Well...I'm home now! I had a great birthday visit with my daughter and her husband! We had a wonderful dinner at a Louisiana style restaurant in Berkeley called Angeline's and saw a FANTASTIC baseball game! Today, I'm out in my shop putting things away, throwing things away and making a give away pile! The painting is finished so now I need to put it back together! I also need carpet, but I need to get organized FIRST!

I do have a project to share with you today! It's another card that we made at my March workshops! I hope you are INSPIRED to CREATE!!

The base of my card is Whisper White with the first layer being Night of Navy! Next I cut a circle out of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Stitched Circle framelits! Be sure to save the CUTE stitched circle for another project! I backed the piece of Whisper White cardstock with a 3 1/4" X 3 1/4" piece of Floral Boutique designer paper so it would show through the circle! I cut the flower using the Flourish thinlits...I LOVE these thinlits! The center is a Metal Rimmed Pearl. You can use any sentiment down in the corner...I needed a sympathy card so that is the sentiment I chose. It's a BEAUTIFUL card don't ya think?! SIMPLE too!

That's it for today! Thanks so much for stopping buy! Lots of things are retiring soon so I'll be sending out a list in the next day or two...be sure to sign up for my emails so you don't miss it! I usually only send one a week!!

~Today's Thought~

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Circle of Spring

Good morning everyone!  I'm headed to the San Francisco Giants home opener today!  Our kids got us tickets for Christmas!  I'm so excited!!! Yesterday was our daughters 24th birthday so we came to the Bay Area a day early to celebrate with her!  Today we're taking the ferry into the city for some baseball...but first I have a "Make-It Monday to share with you!!

"Make-It Monday": Circle of Spring Mother's Day card created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 

  • Stamp Sets – Circle of Spring (138964); Suite Sentiments (wood: 142968, clear: 142971)
  • Card Stock – Cucumber Crush (138335 Retiring May 31), Watermelon Wonder (138334 Retiring May 31), Blushing Bride (131198), Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Pad (140931)
  • Miscellaneous - 2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (138333); Subtles Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (131263); Cucumber Crush 5/8” Mini Striped Ribbon (141429); Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138288); Wonderful Wreath Framelits (135851); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
  • Cucumber Crush: 11” x 4 ¼”, folded in half for card base
  • Whisper White: 2 pieces each 5 1/4" x 4”; scrap for die cutting
  • Watermelon Wonder: 3 ½” x 3 ½”
  • Blushing Bride: 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”
  • Ribbon: 16"
  1. Use Brick Wall embossing folder on one piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhere to card front.  Wrap ribbon around top of card, tie in a knot, and trim ends.  Adhere Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride layers.  Set aside.
  2. Stamp wreath and bow on scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp “happy mother’s day” in center of wreath.  Die cut wreath and bow and color with markers.  Attach to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. For inside, stamp “hoping your day is perfect” and several small flowers; color flowers.  Adhere to card inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!! Have a FANTASTIC day!!!

~Today's Thought~


Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter Message

Hello everyone! WOW! What a rainstorm we had last night! Crazy wind...branches down...but the power stayed on!!! I'm participating in a Facebook Hop today at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time and I wanted to share my creation here first, so you can be sure to join in the hop!  Our theme this month is Easter or Pastels. I chose Easter, because I have NEVER sent an Easter card. Now I have one to send!

This card is made with the Easter Message stamp set. My card base is Soft Suede, with the first layer being Whisper White and next a piece of Cupcakes and Carousels designer paper. This paper reminds me of rays of sunshine and I thought it went perfectly with my Easter...He is Risen theme! I used my Soft Suede and Perfect Plum markers to color the cross stamp, blew on it and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. I mounted the stamped image onto a piece of Soft Suede cardstock. Last I stamped the sentiment, also from the Easter Message stamp set, in Soft Suede, onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I cut it out with my Oval Stitched Framelit! Before adding the sentiment to my card, I added some linen thread for texture.  

For the inside of my card I simply stamped the Palm image in Wild Wasabi and added the sentiment...both are from the Easter Message stamp set! 

I really liked the simplicity of this card...I think I'll send it to my pastor and his family!

Hey...thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! I hope you follow along on our Facebook Hop! You can get to my Stampin' Up page by clicking on the Facebook icon just to your right if you're looking at my blog! You'll be inspired by all of the creativity!

Enjoy your weekend! See ya Monday!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lift Me UP!!

Good morning my crafty friends! I hope your day is off to a good start! The last few days have been so busy for me! I feel busier now, with two kids at home, then when I had all seven kids at home! I think I have figured out why though! My husband has been down for the count SICK and I don't have any drivers! I loved having drivers...I MISS having drivers at home!  Only a year and a half longer until I have a driver again! 

I have another card from my March workshops to share with you today!  

The designer paper is from the Cupcakes and Carousels 6" X 6" paper stack.  The clouds and the hot air balloon are cut using the Up & Away Thinlit Dies.  I used the glimmer paper that was from Sale-a-bration and Daffodil Delight cardstock to add color to the balloon. These pieces were cut with the same thinlits! Those Basic Pearls are perfect!

For the inside of the card I used a scrap piece of the same designer paper that I used on the front of the card.  I added another cloud and used the Lift Me Up stamp set for the sentiment!  

I just LOVE this card!!!

What a WONDERFUL bundle this is! 
Click on the image below to find it in my store!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a BEAUTIFUL rest of your day! I hope it goes smoothly and I hope you find time to create!!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

High Tide

YIKES!!! I almost forgot to blog today! I met a dear friend for breakfast...she's leaving for a months vacation...and I had to go into work for a couple of hours! I came home to a sick husband and blogging slipped my mind! I have my March workshop projects to share with you the rest of the week! I hope they get you in the creative mood!

Here's one of my FAVORITE projects! I've been wanting to show my ladies how to use Heat & Stick powder and this was the perfect card!  I used the High Tide stamp set to create the water, the lighthouse, the words and the birds, but first I used it to add sand (yes...that's real sand) to my card! I stamped the sand with VersaMark...applied my Heat & Stick powder, used my heat gun to activate it (make it sticky). I used my heat gun again to set the sand in place.  It turned out perfect! I layered my stamped image on to a piece of Basic Black cardstock, then attached it to my card base. Last, I tied a piece of Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine around the card.

For the inside of the card I used the Heat & Stick powder again as well as the High Tide stamp set which includes the sand area, the birds and the grass!  It's a FABULOUS stamp set...I just LOVE IT! I hope you love it too!

Click on the photo below to find this stamp set in my SU store!

That's it for today! Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by! Have a WONDERFUL rest of your day!

~Today's Thought~

Monday, April 3, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Eggstraordinary Easter Treat

Good morning everyone!  HAPPY MONDAY!  I hope your weekend treated you well! It was so nice to see the sunshine at my house! It was so hard to get out of bed and get going this Monday morning! I skipped the gym and slept in a bit...but I still had to take kids to school (wouldn't it be nice if school was Tuesday through Friday?!?!) On a bright note...I'm so happy to be back to creating and blogging...it feels like it's been a LONG time, but it's only been a week!  

I have a "Make-It Monday" to share with you today! I hope you are INSPIRED!


"Make-It Monday": You're Eggstraordinary Easter candy holder created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 

Image & page number of the full stamp set shown below the project instructions.

  • Stamp Sets: Greatest Greetings W(140703); C (140706)
  • Inks: Tempting Turquoise (126952)
  • Paper: Whisper White CS (100730), Festive Birthday DSP (141630)
  • Other:  Layering Oval Framelits (141706), Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324), Bow Builder Punch (137414), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319), Big Shot (143263), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Cadbury© Candy Egg
  • Festive Birthday DSP – 7 1/4” x 2”, score at 3 1/2”, 3 5/8” & 4”
  • Whisper White CS - 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Whisper White Organza Ribbon – 7”
  1. Punch each end of the DSP using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
  2. Fold scored DSP in half.  Using the 1-3/4” oval framelit, cut an oval in the DSP about 1/4” above the scored lines.  (Tip you can cut both sides out at the same time)
  3. Accordion fold the bottom of DSP on score lines.
  4. Add Glue Dots to the top of the DSP (above the ovals), slip the candy egg in and connect together.
  5. Tie Organza Ribbon thru the top of the treat into a knot.
  6. Punch out the Festive Birthday DSP using the Bow Builder punch (2 times) and assemble your bow using Glue Dots.  Attach to the egg using a Glue Dot.
  7. Stamp the “You’re Eggstraordinary” on the Whisper White Strip.  Pennant cut the ends using the Paper Snips.  Attach to the top using Stampin Dimensionals.
Greatest Greetings (annual catalog, page 78)

Click on the image below to see it in my online store.

Well...that's it for today! What a FUN Easter treat! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I love sharing what I do with you!!!

~Today's Thought~

Tune In Bundle Tutorials

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