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!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Gifts: Ornaments

Hi there! Welcome back to 12 Days of Christmas Gifts. How are you making out with you holiday preparations? I'm making progress, but not quite ready. Can you believe we're only a little over a week out?? Crazy.

Today's gift idea is fast and festive! I try to stock up on these little plastic, see-through ornaments from the craft store each year after the holiday. They make the cutest and simplest hostess gift or co-worker gift.

I just cut strips of the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (2.5 x. 5 inches each), curled them with my bone folder and then dropped them into the ornament. Seriously, does it get any simpler? If you're at a loss for a last minute gift, this is the best idea!

It's a great way to use up the leftover holiday paper you have from your Christmas cards or projects, too. You could even use non-holiday paper and make a set of ornaments for someone to use as decorations all year long. Think of how cute these would be in fun bright colors for Easter hanging from the mantle or something. Ooh... the wheels are turning now.

Well, this one was so simple I don't really have much else to say about it!

Thanks for stopping by today... hope you'll come back and visit again soon.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Birthday Book

Hi There! Happy Tuesday. Monday this week was tough for me -- as I mentioned yesterday I was in Christmas Card mode this weekend and I stayed up until 12:30 in the morning on Sunday night making them with my niece. It was SO much fun, but I was really paying for it yesterday.

Today I'm a bit more rested, but still working diligently to get my holiday messages out to all my friends and family.

Today's gift idea can help you stay organized in 2015. It's a perpetual birthday calendar using the small grid journals from the Annual Catalog. Can I tell you how much I love these (I probably don't have to since I think I've used them for three of my 12 Days of Gifts Series)!

I love that you can stamp directly on these books and they accept the in so beautifully. I added some birthday stamping using the Amazing Birthday stamp set, a little washi tape, linen thread and bling for the cover. Then I used the Project Life "stickies" from the Happiness Is Accessory pack on the pages to mark the start of each new month. It's funny I designed this a while back because I'm really in need of one of these perpetual calendars so I can get back to sending birthday cards each month in 2015. Well, little did I know that Stampin' Up was going to be helping me with that task next year with a beautiful new perpetual calendar kit in the Occasions calendar. I haven't put it together yet (I can't play with my new toys until I finish all my holidays chores: Christmas Cards, decorating, gifts, etc. It's torture I tell you!), but I'm so in love with the samples I've seen so far and I can't wait to offer it as a class in January. In fact, save the date of Thursday, January 8th. That's the day I'll be holding the class at my house in Harwich Port. Class cost will be $20 and include all the supplies you need to create an adorable little clipboard-style birthday calendar.

If you don't live near me, but would like to make the perpetual calendar in January - e-mail me because maybe we can get a group of your friends together and I'll take a road trip! Fun!

Anyway, back to today's gift idea. This is an adorable way to keep track of birthdays as well because you can carry it with you at all times. You know how you'll every once in a while learn about someone's birth date in everyday conversation and then write it on a little sticky note. Then, you promptly lose it. What? That doesn't happen to you? Well, if it did... this little book would be a great way to counter that problem.

So have you ordered your little grid journals yet? What will you make with them? So many options... so little time.

Have a great day and see you back here tomorrow for another installment of 12 Days of Gifts.

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Gifts (continued...): Picture Frame

Hello... so I took a little unexpected hiatus in my 12 Days of Gifts. Let's just say making about 200 Christmas cards sort of slowed me down a bit! But I'm just about ready to start the process of writing out the cards and getting them in the mail. With any luck I'll have them out by Christmas (wink, wink)!

Since it's too late to get purchased gifts in time for Christmas now for the most part (without expediting shipping), I'll just be sharing hand made gifts for the remainder of the 12 Days of Gifts. Hopefully I'll still have a couple of ideas you can use this season.

With that... on to today's gift idea. I purchased this little white frame at Michael's over the summer (but they still have some now -- just in different colors). They were in those little $1 and $2 bins near the front of the store. That area is a gold mine for little "gifty" ideas.

So my Harwich Port stamp club members decided to have a handmade gift exchange at our meeting last week so I made this little gift for my contribution to the exchange. I used washi tape for the little banner (I think that was an idea that I got from the bi-monthly Stampin' Success magazine that Stampin' Up provides for their demonstrators).

The flower is a super, super simple paper flower. You can use any size scallop circle punch you want. For this smaller size flower I used the 1 1/4" scallop circle. I punched out three of them (you could do more if you wanted a "bulkier" flower) and spritzed them with a little bit of water to soften up the cardstock. I then crumpled each of them up in a little ball (yup - just completely crush them) and then I carefully unfolded them.

Next, I piled them all on top of each other and poked a hole in the center of all three; insert a small brad to hold them all together and then "fluff" and "scrunch" until you get the carnation-like look. Then use the 2-way glue pen to add some glitter for a little pop of sparkle. Voila! I attached it to the frame with glue dots and there you have it. Simple!

Here is a close-up picture of the frame so you can see the flower a bit better.

Fun, right? I do have a little warning for you with this project -- it's very hard to stop making these once you start! In fact, I first became obsessed with making these way back in 2010. You can see another project I made with these here.

Ok... I'll be back tomorrow with another idea. Promise!

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