Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Hey there! I almost didn't make it, but Happy National Scrapbooking Day! Did you get a chance to get scrappy?

I'm actually at the Ready Set Crop Spring Fever event in Leominster, MA. We're having lots of fun.

Although sadly I'm not teaching any scrapbooking classes this weekend I did have a fun card class earlier today that kept me busy for a bit. But rather than sharing cards today, I thought it would be more appropriate to share with you a few of my recent scrapbook pages. I've actually been making quite a few lately for events.

The one above was a single page I made as part of the make and takes for last month's Memory Keeping Club class, which meets the last Friday of every month at the Harwich Community Center. We get together and work on our own projects for a few hours and I always have a make and take or two. The next date is Friday, May 22nd. You should join us!

I've also been hosting a couple of scrap-a-thon's lately, too. The first time I did this event was last summer and it was a big hit. So I just did one in March and have another one coming up later this month.

Here is my favorite layout from the March event:
The Something Borrowed paper from the Occasions Catalog is really great for scrapbooking because you can add any color you want with it and it works beautifully. Here I added little pops of Elegant Eggplant and I loved the result. I also used the "So You" stamp set from the Occasions catalog... that's another perfect choice for scrapbookers.

So how about you... did you get any scrapbooking done today? I wouldn't be surprised if you said no... from what I hear it was a beautiful day outside in our neck of the woods.... I guess that's what late nights are for!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Emerging from the fog (er... winter)

I think I'm finally (albeit slowly) emerging from this brutal, late-blooming winter. I'm finally feeling as though I have a bit of energy. It's amazing what a little sun will do, huh?

The spring is always like a new year for me -- it signifies a clean slate, starting over and beginning again. I have to say I think I like the start of spring even better than a fresh new year -- because it means sunshine, flip flops and beach time are right around the corner!

Do you like my card today? I thought it was appropriate. It uses the amazing stamp set called Crazy About You. Tons and tons of greeting card possibilities with that set and if you add the Hello Life thinlits to your collection you have even more options!

Want to know a trick to get those teeny, tiny word pieces out of your die? Wax paper! Just make sure you put the wax paper in between the die and your cardstock. Works like a charm. You may still need a piercing tool or something sharp to poke a corner or two to get it started, but so much easier than fighting with the cardstock that gets suctioned into the die without it.

Want to see another card with this set? Just look to the right! :)  These were two cards that were part of my Harwich Port club session last week. Did you know I offer this class "to go?" If you live too far to come to the class and want to become a member of stamp club,  I email you the supplies we use for that month. All you need to do is place your minimum required order. Then I mail off the instruction sheets for the four cards we make and all the pre-cut supplies. It's the next best thing to actually stamping with me!

Okay... so that's all for that. I do want to update you on a few things happening with Stampin' Up right now. We're in the middle of some pretty big changes -- but all are designed to make the company bigger and better in the future (Did you know that Stampin' Up is now in 10 different countries?). My friends at the home office have been analyzing the products that work and don't "work" for the company and one change they are making is that they are discontinuing the MDS (My Digital Studio) product line. If you already have the software you will be able to continue using it and upload your projects to other printing outlets (such as Snapfish, Shutterfly, etc.). However, the company will no longer be offering the software for purchase after May 31 (or when the supply runs out). They also won't be offering digital downloads or the professional printing services any longer (after May 31). So be sure to stock up on any of these items now! You can see the My Digital Studio software here and the download options here. If you have downloaded any of these products be sure to have them fully installed on your system and backed-up somewhere because after May 31 you will no longer have access to them in your online Stampin' Up account.

On to another major announcement made by Stampin' Up last week. This one isn't due to purchasing performance, but instead, quality issues. Unfortunately, SU has decided to discontinue the Blendabilities alcohol marker line. Due to an issue with manufacturing that creates microscopic holes in the markers, they have been pulled from our offering. Our provider couldn't provide a solution to the small holes and the small holes were causing the markers to dry out too quickly. If you purchased any of these from me or if you received them as you free Sale-A-Bration item, please be sure to check them to ensure they are working if not, please send me a message and we'll make sure we get it fixed.

And finally.... there are only a little less than two weeks left of Sale-A-Bration 2015! Have you got all the free goodies you wanted yet? Did you know there are even more items available for free now? Have you seen these... or how about these? I love the new In Color Accessory Pack (25 yards of twine!!) and the new vellum paper stack... so fun and spring-y (are you sensing a theme to my post today?).

Be sure to get your orders in soon ... and don't forget for every $50 you spend you get to pick another free item. It's a great time to stock up on cardstock, adhesive (by the way, have you tried the new Fast Fuse adhesive -- I actually think I'm a convert with this stuff!) and envelopes!

Okay... that's all for today. Hope you have a crafty day!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Could it be?

So there's nothing like a little sunshine to make you feel like you can conquer the world again -- or at least post to your blog! ;) Amazingly the temperatures got up to almost 50 degrees today. I can actually see grass in the backyard (just one small spot that is in the center of all the drifts but I'll take it!).

Anyway, I thought I'd pop on here and say, "Hi." After all, I do write here, occasionally.

I also thought I'd pop in with some gratitude for the beautiful weather provided today. That's why you're looking at a Thank You card today.

This one was actually from my Stamp Club To Go program. Each month I provide a list of products we use to complete four "stepped-up" cards. Stamp Club members place their orders online and then I send them all of the pre-cut supplies and instruction sheets to create the four projects at home. This winter the "to go" problem has been popular -- not much else to do when you're buried in five feet snow banks than to stamp, right?

This card was from last month's kit. We used the Painted Petals stamp set from the Occasions catalog. I'll tell you, that stamp set doesn't look like much in the catalog, but it is really very versatile. For this card I also used the Stacked with Love Designer Series paper stack, which is another very versatile product -- one side of the papers are all hearts, hugs, kisses and pink and white and then the back side is all blacks and white -- making it perfect for all types of crafting projects.

I feel like I've lost my blog "mojo" over the past year or so -- so feel free to comment below and tell me what your favorite posts have been -- maybe it will get me back in my groove. Or perhaps the sunshine will help with that... another 40 degree day on tap for tomorrow. It's rather silly that I find 40 degrees exciting, but I do!

I was saying at work today that I'd really like to move somewhere where I don't ever need to wear a jacket outside. But, my co-workers oh so smartly advised me that the spring wouldn't be quite so sweet if we didn't have to experience the cold -- and forty feet of snow first. :)

I hope your week is off to a great (warm!) start!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Big News! Creative Escape SPRING Edition is open for Registration

Hello there... and happy snow day (again!) for those of you in the Northeast. The snow isn't getting me down today, though, because I'm thinking SPRING today -- as in: Cape Cod Creative Escape SPRING edition!

I've hosted two of these events in November now and I am super excited to be offering this fun, four-day crafting escape in the SPRING this year. (Can you tell I'm excited for SPRING??)

So, what is the Cape Cod Creative Escape? Well, about 50 of us take over the Four Point Sheraton in Hyannis for four days (Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19) and we craft our little hearts out!

You bring some crafty projects you have on your "to-do" list and have over 40 hours of uninterrupted time to work on them -- whether that's scrapbooking, card making, sewing - whatever makes you happy! Then, I provide you with five FREE Take and Makes (I'm switching up how these will operate a bit from the previous two events -- that's why they're called Take and Makes and not Make and Takes!), lots of prizes, optional add-on classes and SIX pillow gifts. Let's just say I like to spoil you!

Plus, the registration fee includes your hotel stay for one, two or three nights PLUS meals on Friday
morning (if you arrive on Thursday night), Friday & Saturday night and Saturday & Sunday morning! Basically, you don't have to think about anything but what colors you want to use on your project. Sounds delightful, right?

Well register now, silly! The registration form is here. You can also find more info here.

My last event did sell-out so be sure to act quickly if you want to attend!

Ok, I'm off to dream up ways to spoil you.... :)

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Stampin' Up Leadership 2015!

Hello! Do you ever have one of those days when you just can't force yourself to function? Yup. That was my day yesterday. I came home after work and I ate dinner, sat on the couch and that was the end of the story.

So I apologize for not posting my Stampin' Up Leadership photos yesterday as I had promised, but I'm back and wanted to share some of the highlights with you!

I love this photo -- so much fun. I must admit, Donald Duck was pretty smitten with me. He kept kissing me! :) So fun. This photo was taken at the Manager's Reception held on the first night of Leadership. Stampin' Up rented out a small section of Hollywood Studios for manager's and above. For the third year in a row I've been able to go to this awesome event! They had two roller coasters open for us (I'm a wimp and didn't ride either of them!) and there was also a plethora of yummy desserts for us to enjoy.

Here me and my buddy Candy were enjoying our Mickey Mouse cake pops!

Manager's Reception is always a highlight, but there were so many other fun moments packed into those three days. Leadership has always been my favorite Stampin' Up event.

I'll share a few more fun project photos that were shared on stage during the conference. It's always interesting to see all the different ways people use the products in the new Occasions catalog. Hopefully a few of them will inspire you as much as they do for me! With that... I'm heading off to the craft table... well, maybe it will be off to bed for tonight (it's 10 p.m. and I had a long day!) -- but I certainly will be headed to the craft table this weekend -- after all what else would I do as we prepare for MORE snow!! Stay warm, friends!

Ok... that's all for now. I'll be back soon with some more crafting goodness. If you're in the line of the latest snow fall... stay warm!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Have you Sale-A-Brated Yet?

Howdy there! So if you're in the Northeast with me have you dug yourself out of a snow bank yet? Geesh... I was lucky enough to miss the first big storm last week (I was in sunny Florida!), but I am already done with winter. And I really shouldn't complain as we had been pretty unscathed up until the big blizzard. Well, when Mother Nature decided to introduce winter -- she really did it with a powerful one, two, huh?

Anyway, let's talk about something more fun, okay? How about this adorable little card I  made using the new Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper called "Best Year Ever" and the Simply Wonderful stamp set (also an exclusive Sale-A-Bration pick).

One of my favorite parts of this card is the cute little bow -- did you know that is a new handheld punch for the new Occasions catalog? Yup. Super fun and easy!

What did you say? You don't know what Sale-A-Bration is? It's only the biggest celebration of the year! Check out the brochure of super cute products you can earn for free here.

Three ways to partake in the Sale-A-Bration fun:

1. Spend $50 and pick anything out of the brochure for free
2. Host a private stamping class of your own and earn an extra $25 in hostess benefits with a qualifying workshop
3. Purchase the starter kit for just $99 and get $125 worth of product of your choice PLUS free shipping. In addition, as a Sale-A-Bration perk you can pick TWO free items for the SAB brochure or a free project kit from the new occasions catalog.

So much fun...

So I mentioned I was in sunny Florida last week. On Thursday, I'll be back with some fun pictures from the Stampin' Up Leadership conference (the reason I was in Florida)! Oh how I miss my flip flops and no jacket!

Oh well, I'll have to console myself with some stamps. Stay warm, friends!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's Time to Sale-A-Brate!


Happy 2015! So sorry I sort of fell off the face of the planet at the end of 2014. Sometimes you have to know when it's time to disappear for a bit. Personally 2014 was not my best year, but I'm ready to start a new year with a fresh new, positive outlook! I still do love a new year and while I know January 1 isn't any different really than December 31 -- it just gives me that mental fresh start that I love.

Know what else I love? Sale-A-Bration! So excited that the most anticipated promotion of the year is here! The products our fabulous and did I mention there's a new Occasions catalog, too? I always love the spring options... I think after four months of creating holiday cards I get so excited to start playing with pastels again!

Anyway, I need to get back to creating some samples with some fabulous new goodies, but I wanted to give you the run down on Sale-A-Bration. There are three ways to take advantage of SAB:

1. Host a Workshop - This one might be the most fun... get together with some friends, make some fun crafty projects under my helpful guidance (wink, wink) and earn some free products! E-mail me if you'd like to schedule you're own par-tay.

2. Shop - The big perk of Sale-A-Bration is that for every $50 you spend from now until March 30 you get to pick a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure -- a gorgeous booklet of limited time, exclusive products. You can see that here.

3. Join the Fun - Do you love Stampin' Up products? Want to save some money (or make some money)? Purchase the starter kit during Sale-A-Bration and you get to pick one of two extra perks offered just for the next couple of months:

Option A: Select $125 worth of product of YOUR choice for just $99 and pay NO SHIPPING. PLUS, during Sale-A-Bration only, you can pick one of five awesome kits from the Occasions catalog for free to add to your new goodies:
Hello Life (item #137949, value $24.95)
Hooray It's Your Day (item#139166, value $24.95)
Perpetual Birthday Calendar (item#137950, value $15.95)
Build A Bouquet (item# 137952, value $24.95)
So You (item#137951, value $19.95)

Option B: Just like Option A, you still get to select $125 worth of product of YOUR choice for just $99 and pay NO SHIPPING. PLUS, during Sale-A-Bration only you can pick TWO Sale-A-Bration items for free to add to your kit. See the Sale-A-Bration brochure here.

As a side note, did you know that purchasing the starter kit doesn't require you to hold workshops or classes? You can join just to get the discount on your own supplies. Of course, the great part is that if you do have a class or find some friends that like Stampin' Up as much as you do, you can actually earn enough money to purchase your new stamps and accessories! I haven't used "house" money to purchase my stamps or other new toys for well over five years -- and it's so wonderful to be able to buy whatever I want and not worry about it. E-mail me if you have questions... I'd be happy to explain how it works.

Ok... so that's the skinny on Sale-A-Bration. What's that you say? You don't have a Sale-A-Bration catalog or a new Occasions catalog? Oh the horror! If you don't already have a demonstrator I'd be happy to send you one (a catalog not a demonstrator... I haven't found an inexpensive way to ship myself out yet -- ha ha)... just shoot me an e-mail and we'll get that problem fixed!

It's oh, I don't know, around minus 15 degrees outside with the windchill so I'm going to go back to my cozy couch to make my list of items to order (my second one!).... Stay warm, friends!

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