Here is hoping that we can actually celebrate Christmas when the real time comes!  But until then, I will keep on celebrating.  I held my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering on August 30th with a small group, but boy did we have fun!  Here are some photos that my dear friend Nee took and put into PicCollage.  We are in-between decorating seasons, but she does such a great job on these I love to share them.  We were social distancing, wearing masks (until we ate) and were having social fun!

Here are the sample cards/treat box I provided the girls…

I have to Thank Akiko Sudano for the inspiration of the Dove of Hope card.  I used the white velvet paper Stampin' Up! had last year on the Dove which made her very soft looking.  The Owl card was made because I just love the plaid papers in the Plaid Tidings Suite.  Of course, the Little Treat Box used everything in that Die pack.  It comes with the box die, and all sorts of little embellishments – there is another picture below.  LOVE!

Did everyone on my mailing list get their Holiday Mini Catalog?  I sure hope so.  It has plenty of fun things in it to really get you in the mood for the holidays.

I started my Halloween by making a "shadowbox" and used old and new Stampin' Up! Halloween designer papers.  I have so much of the retired papers it isn't funny and so thought I would use some since I won't be giving this gem away.  Also in my stash of collections are stickers from many, many years of collecting.  This year is my use up or get rid of some of them.  So, many, many stickers were used.  Stamps used are from the current mini catalog – used the Flight of Fancy little witch!  She is just so cute!  I also used some of the bats from Hallows Night Magic, the cauldron and witch hat from last years DSP, and the house stamp from a couple years ago!  As you can see, I hold on to my Holiday paper, stamps and dies.  Here is my creation!
Also, experimented with the Little Treat Box Die…just made one little Halloween box to try it out!  It is so stinkin' cute I almost can't stand it.  I have Trick or Treaters that are allergic to candy (God forbid I should ever have that affliction 🙂 ) so I want to make these for them and put in a little lip gloss or a few temporary tatoos, so they can enjoy the Holiday also. 
This brings me to a HUGE question!  Will we get to have Halloween this year?  A question to ponder.  Let's hope the little ones get to have fun…Halloween is my Granddaughters birthday, so it is very special to us (and her).  I hope she gets to enjoy Trick or Treating this year!

I cased this cute Halloween Gnome card from Marcy Denning.  I love the gnomes this year and I love the Halloween paper.  She did hers in Purple, which I may do another one in.  Also, would love to do one in Granny Apple Green.  All very cool Halloween colors.
Here is a Christmas card using the Ornamental Envelope Bundle.  I saw Lynn Dunn's cards she made with the bundle and fell in love with the "natural" colors.  So I cased it.  Thanks Lynn!  I need to practice on putting the die for the envelope on envelopes…I don't think I did it right, so will continue to experiment. 

Envelope bundle

I participated in a swap with 13 other girls.  I would love to show you the card, but will wait until I get all of them and give you a display.  We did this not too long ago, and it was such fun!  I received many darling cards.  Can't wait to show all of you those cards!

I will do another quick post with updates from Stampin' Up!  Until then, be kind to one another, stay safe and make the time to be Creating With Paper!  See you next time!

Be kind to one another and make time for Creating With Paper.

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