All posts by Becky Bakley

I was born in Washington DC in Spring Valley; I have lived in these Virginia Cities: Alexandria, Arlington, Sterling, Herndon, Great Falls (Loudoun County), and Ashburn. Then we moved to Ocean Isle Beach, NC

We live in a beautiful Golfing Community — neither of us play golf, but the views are just gorgeous.

Online Extravaganza Sale 23-30 Nov 2015

Online Extravaganza Sale 23-30 Nov 2015

ALERT – Sale Starts 11/23/15 ~ An Extravaganza sale is starting 11/23/15 for Stampin’ UP! products.   I have attached a link to the flyer.  The sale runs until 11/30/15 and they are offering items up to 50%, 40%, 30%, and 20% off.   This sale is an “Early Bird Gets the Sales” day because the items are First Come First Purchase.

On Monday, 11/23/15, there is a FLASH Sale for Designer Series Paper (DSP).   If you have never used their DSP, you will notice that it is double-sided and just beautiful.  The Quality of this paper is nothing like you have ever seen before.  You might not want to cut some of the pages (There is are several pages that I would like to frame).  The DSP comes in 12″x12″.  For this ONE-DAY ONLY sale, you purchase 3 packages and get one package free.

The last FLASH Sale is on 11/30/15 and they are offering Project Life Bundles at 30% off.

Stampin’ UP! Online Extravaganza Sale

Get your catalogs out so you can compare the flyer to your books.   If you don’t have an Annual Catalog, I am attaching the link for you to purchase one from my site:  Stampin’ UP! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog

With me being in Virginia for the Holidays, I am not able to send a catalog to you. In order for me to reimburse you the cost of the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog in the amount of $5.00, please sign up as one of my customers and DO NOT click “No-Contact”.   By clicking “No Contact”, I am not able to Thank You or keep you advised as to what other sales and information Stampin’ UP! is announcing; I can not add you to my classes either.   One of these days, I would like to have an online Class.

After your purchase, I will be able to see who you are and I will mail you $5.00 for the cost of the Catalog.

I will also add you to my list of customers that will receive the New Occasions Catalog and Sale A Bration Catalog that start on January 5, 2016.  If you don’t know about the Occasions Catalog and Sale A Bration Catalog, please leave me a comment and we can start a dialog.

Thank You for listening!

Walking Through the Woods

As I imagine walking through the woods looking at the multitude of trees with their leaves starting to change, the beautiful fall colors of orange, yellow, green, and maybe a shade of blue come to my mind as the sun is shining down on God’s creations.

Views as you walk through the trees
Views as you walk through the trees

 

Beautiful colors as you walk onward
Beautiful colors as you walk onward
The hues of green as the sun shines through the trees
The hues of green as the sun shines through the trees
As you turn your head, the reds, greens, and orange shine through
As you turn your head, the reds, greens, and orange shine through
All the bright colors shining through
All the bright colors shining through

 

 

 

 

 

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Virginia’s State Bird

The Cardinal is Virginia’s State Bird.  As promised, I am posting the final version of my card that I submitted to the NC Demos Quarterly Meeting for my Full Card Swap.  I hope you all like it!   Please leave me a comment.

Final Cardinal swap card

 

 

Clear Block “A” was used to apply the ink from the Stampin’ UP! ink pad to the paper.  Using this technique is really enjoyable for me as I feel that I am putting a little bit of me into each card.

I will be posting a video on November 4 or 5 on how the “Clear Block” stamping came about and how you, too, can create your own backgrounds.

 

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods was created using Stampin’ UP! Ink Pads, the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and other Stampin’ UP! Products.   Last night, I needed a change from what I had been doing all week.   I wanted to play, so I grabbed a piece of Whisper White Card Stock, my trusty Clear Block A and Clear Block G, some ink pads and went to town.   As I was layering on the ink and trying to see what I saw in the picture, I thought of trees.

Stampin’ UP! has a new Embossing folder called, “Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This new product is featured in the Holiday Catalog, called “Handmade for the Holidays”.  The products in this catalog are good through 4 January 2016.

If you would like to have a Catalog Mailed to you, please leave me a message.

What Will You Find Looking Between the Trees?
What Will You Find Looking Between the Trees?

Joyful Season – Keep Trying

Joyful Season – These are the first 3 attempts at Creating my Full Card Swap for the NC Demos Quarterly Meeting.  The meeting was cancelled due to some NC streets being flooded prior to Hurricane Joaquin arriving in our area on Sunday, 4 October 2015.

I really enjoy making my own backgrounds using the Clear Blocks.  Block “A” is my favorite.

Come back on Saturday, 24 October 2015 to see the final design.

 

The background is too busy

 

Working on the Image -- it needs a mat!

 

Back to the drawing board -- the Cardinal need to be closer to the berries

Deja Vu ~ 50 Years Ago

On Tuesday, September 28 at 5 PM EST, Ron, came home from walking Winston, our Miniature Schnauzer.  Ron was excited to show me some pictures he had taken.  When I saw the pictures, my heart jumped back fifty (50) years.    The pictures were of a baby squirrel that had fallen out of his nest.   Of course, I had to go take a peak to see what condition this poor baby was in.

The squirrel appeared to be OK – the eyes were open, but it was too young to walk as it was just crawling around in the grass.  I told Ron that I wanted to bring it into the house because the yard that the tree was in, the neighbors had a Yellow Lab.   All I could think of was the poor baby squirrel was going to get eaten.  Of course, Ron was shaking his head, but I continued.

We walked back to our house and got a box and a towel and returned – the baby squirrel was still there.  I picked up the baby squirrel with the towel and that is when the squeaking began.   Ron said he saw movement in the trees — the Mother was coming to the rescue.   So, I put the squirrel back on the ground and we left.   I don’t know if the Mother picked up the baby or left it there.  I don’t want to know.

I guess you want to know why my heart jumped back those 50 years.   I can’t even remember how old I was — somewhere between 13-16 years old.   A grey squirrel fell out of a tree in our yard.   This squirrel was smaller than the pictures Ron took — I couldn’t leave it outside with winter coming.

We had a large house which had a screen-in porch on the second floor.   It actually was a “sleeping porch” with three beds with springs.   I named my new pet “Chip”.   Black and White pictures below are of him in the grass and tree in our yard.   I had to bottle feed him, clean the porch, play with him, and later provide him with nuts to eat.  As he got older, I had to teach him how to climb a tree.  No one else in my family got near him.  Chip would climb up my leg (of course, I had jeans on) and sit on my shoulder.

One afternoon while my Parents were not home, my brother, Billy,  opened up the porch door and must have gone into the porch.  We don’t know what happened, but Chip jumped up and bit his finger and wouldn’t let go.  Billy was crying, screaming, & running around in my Parent’s bedroom.  Blood was spitting everywhere.   Finally, my sister got the Chip off his finger and I put him back outside onto the porch.

It wasn’t until my Father passed away in 1971, that I found out that Chip didn’t die of the cold as I was told, but that my Parents made the decision to have an autopsy to make sure Chip was not rabid.   It was getting close to the end of the Quarantine period and Billy would have had to start getting those very painful Rabies Injections.

Now, you know the “Rest of the Story”.

The photographs could not be uploaded due to my Internet problems I have had for two days.    Very Frustrating!   They just don’t understand that I am trying to run a Business!

 

 

 

Christmas Cards in September

To start the season off a little early, these are the cards that my class did today.  I just love each and every one of them   They are all so different.  These cards are just beautiful and I have to thank Janet Morrow Wakeland for offering the members of Patty Bennett’s Luv2Stamp Group to take part in her “Christmas in August Make n’ Take Fest” for a nominal fee.   Her class gave me the inspiration to create the card with the Tree Embossing Folder and the Christmas Tree card.   The other two cards, I cased from Janet’s class.

What I found to be fun on the Christmas Tree card, is that I used daubers and Stampin’ UP!’s Soft Sky Ink Pad to color the ribbon from white to light blue.  The strip of background paper with the circles is Retired.   I just needed something to pull in the blue.

To get the snow effect on the third card, use a dauber with Stampin’ UP! Whisper White Craft Pad.  Apply it in a circular motion and it is up to you how heavy to apply the Whisper White Craft Ink.

On the fourth card, you use another dauber to shade the trees in.   It is OK if you get off the tree.

Sorry my lighting is a little shaded.

The Snow is Falling!
The Snow is Falling!
Delicate Ornament Card
I Love Delicate Ornaments
Sleigh Ride
Are we in the Amish Country?
Trees in Forest
The Birch Trees are Lovely

 

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Halloween & Christmas Cards

A Halloween Card and some Christmas Trees using the Clear Block Stamping Technique. I have a class on Wednesday that I must prepare for tomorrow. I will post pictures of the new “ Crafting” Space later in the week. And, lastly, I was reading the Stampin’ UP! Guidelines for Demonstrators and I can not sell directly from my Blog which I was disappointed, but those are the rules. I will let you all know when I start posting my Sale to the Facebook Group, “Scrapbook Deals”.

 

Love the Colors
Love the Colors
Clear Block Background
Clear Block Background

Where Have I Been?

Our Grandchildren have been visiting us here at the beach without their Mother.  I have missed making cards while they have been here.  They have to return to VA in order to start school on Monday, so I plan on doing lots of designing, creating, stamping, watercoloring, and attaching it all to card stock for some beautiful cards. Lots of ink, paper, Designer Series Paper, stamps, clear blocks, and just plain having fun! Check back next week to see what I will be posting to this site.

Dove of Peace

While I was looking through my purchases from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog, I saw this beautiful Stamp Set called “Dove of Peace”.   I was excited to see if I could accomplish the Clear Block stamping on it as I had previously done below.

I like the design of the card.   I am sorry I didn’t have enough time to add more embellishments or a ribbon, but my Grandchildren are visiting and I wanted to watch the movies, “Witches” with them.

A tutorial will be prepared after 8 September so you can create unique designs as well.

I love the streaks of colors
I love the streaks of colors