Dec 21, 2010

Snow Day!

As much as I hate snow, I'm a little thankful for it today.

I actually started a new job this week, which is great and I think I'm really going to like it. My first day I got three dozen cookies as part of cookie swap that I wasn't even part of and my second day... I got the day off! (Those are not the reasons why I think I will enjoy it, though! lol)

I have to say that as excited as I am to be learning new things and enjoying my new role... I'm a little bit more excited to have an unexpected day off to get a few things accomplished.

One of my "things to do" today will include some simple play time. I got some new products from the upcoming Occasions mini catalog and I really haven't had much time to play with it. I also hope to do some planning for some upcoming classes at the same time -- wouldn't that be a shocker for me to create projects BEFORE the day before the class? lol.

I also have "nap" on the to-do list -- that has to be one of my favorite things to do. I love taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon... there's something rebellious about it! I know, I'm a little strange... but what can I say? Nothing, really.

I do have a little sneak peek to show you today, too. This card was actually a make and take we made at my last meeting of local Stampin' Up demonstrators. This card uses a new stamp set called "Nature Walk" and new paper called "Springtime Vintage." For those of you in the Northeast, I thought you might enjoy a bit of Springtime ;)

Well, that's it for me... I'm off to stamp and nap the day away!

Dec 5, 2010

New toys...

Howdy, friends! Happy Sunday to you... although it is almost over now.
I had a super long "to do" list today, but I'm trying to be better about the old blog-o (I know I've said that before... but I'm trying!)
Today I was actually working on some Christmas gifts... including a My Digital Studio digital scrapbook for my brother's race at Seekonk Speedway earlier this year... among other things.
The card I'm featuring today is actually one from the three-part Holiday Card Classes I held for the past three months. I like how this one has a monotone feel except for the one pop of red. I used Contempo Christmas stamp set, Sanded background stamp, Woodland Walk DSP, the ornament punch and Wild Wasabi as the green.
Now on to the title of this post... Guess what I got on Friday? I got a nice big box of brand new products from the upcoming Ocassion Mini Catalog! I got a ton of fun products to play with to prepare for some classes and events in January. You'll definitely want to keep an eye on the blog for the next few weeks as I share a few sneak peeks of the new products.
After all my digital scrapbooking today, I'm really in the mood to make a traditional scrapbook page -- something I haven't done for at least three months! I'll be sure to share it with my friends here first ;)
Hope you've enjoyed a nice weekend with your family....

Dec 4, 2010

The holiday favorite

Well hello there long lost blog friends! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your loved ones.
I think things are finally starting to calm down a bit for me these days. Not that that is necessarily good news... but I do have to say it's nice to be able to take a breather!
Of course, this is only for a short time before I kick into high gear for the start of '11! In fact, as we speak I have a box of brand new Stampin' Up product on my stamp room couch. It's begging me to open it and play, but I told myself I could not open the box of new goodies from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog until I cleaned up my room! (I think I'm channeling my mother :)
The card above is a Christmas card I designed for a workshop this season and I have declared it my favorite card of the year. It was supposed to be a nice simple, no coloring card, but really turned into a card that wasn't quite as simple as I had intended. I absolutely love it though. The colors are not your normal Christmas combination, but it just works (at least for me!)
I have to say that I'm very excited to be able to put the Christmas stamps away soon (just have to finish making close to 200 Christmas Cards .... Yikes!) and start working with cardstock that is a color other than red or green!
It's a little sad, though, as I have been working on holiday cards since August, I'm sort of "over" the holiday and not really in the mood to actually celebrate it now that it is here! Hopefully when we venture out for the tree (hopefully not the day before Christmas like last year) I'll feel a little bit more of the holiday spirit.
Well, it is already 1 a.m. and I'm still fiddling around (actually I was working on a Christmas gift for my brother... so it's O.K!) so it's off to bed I think... perhaps a little reading before I actually close my eyes. I started reading the Harry Potter series again so I'd be ready for Part 1 of the final movie... but since I'm only one third of the way through the first book, I'm thinking I may want to see the movie and then continue on with my reading! I guess I can re-read them all so that I'm ready and waiting for the final installment of the series when it comes out next year....

Happy Weekend!

Nov 22, 2010

A Simply Amazing Deal

Hi my blog friends! Sorry it's been so long since I visited... It has been a very busy (but lots of fun) couple of weeks.
I have something very cool to share with you today... If you love Stampin' Up products then you just have to take a look at this...
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I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Set (clear mount) $18.95
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Fast Flowers Stampin' Around Wheel - FREE
Stampin Around Self-Ink Handle - FREE
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5/8" Satin Ribbon - FREE
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Plus you'll receive all the business supplies and catalogs you'll need. Seriously this is an absolutely amazing deal and the beauty of a Stampin' Up business is you can do as little or as much as you want!
Of course as a member of my team you'll be invited to my downline Christmas Party on Dec. 8 where we will be stamping, swapping and chatting ourselves silly (of course there will likely be a present, too!).
So don't hesitate to send me an e-mail or give me a call if you have questions. But let me tell you that in five years I think this is the absolutely best deal ever given to new recruits. If you are ready to sign up now... head to my Web site and use the password "pitta padders".
I'm so excited to help some new friends get off to a great start with their own Stampin' Up business. It has done so many great things for my life that I can't help but want to share that with you!
On a side note, if you are into digital scrapbooking you can select the digital starter kit that includes the My Digital Studio software. I used the My Digital Studio software to create the scrapbook page shown today. It's very fun if I do say so myself (although I still love my paper in glue best :)
I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by today.

Nov 10, 2010

I miss the sun....

I'm am so tired of rain. I actually like rainy days most of the time... especially if I can stay at home in my pjs. :)
However, last night Matt and I were trying to figure out the last time the sun was out ... and we could not remember! I'm lucky that today is my day off so I don't have to go out in the windy, wet world today (actually I do have to go to the dump later -- such fun!), but I had such a hard time getting up this morning. If a VERY loud truck hadn't stopped outside the house about an hour ago I might still be sleeping!
And you know what... on these rainy days I find it very difficult, though, to stay away from the afternoon nap! :)
Anyway, I selected a bright, cheery card to share with you today. This is one of the cards I made at the crop a few weeks ago. I used my big shot and the flower burst embosslit to make the flowers. I also cut my Old Olive striped ribbon in half so the edges would fray -- I loved how it looks. There's actually not a whole lot of stamping on this one -- I stamped the bottom with the circles from the Apple Blossom Level 2 hostess set (LOVE!). I also used the "just a little note" stamp from that set. I had to add the "thanks so much" tag that I made with my tiny tags stamp set and the jewelry tag punch. Love those tiny little tags, too.
Well, I have to get to work today... I've got two workshops this weekend plus several classes next week to prepare for and my annual trek to the Crazy For Croppin' scrapbooking weekend next week!
Have a great Wednesday...

Nov 7, 2010

Hmmm... what to share today?

Happy Sunday morning with an extra hour of sleep to you! I am very thankful it was daylight savings time last night as I stayed up until 2 a.m.! So that extra hour came in very handy this morning. :)
I'm excited that I have a workshop with one of my dearest friends today. It should be lots of fun. We are doing Christmas projects of course, but I thought I'd share this little cutie I made at the crop a few weekends ago.
It uses the Pun Fun stamp set -- it's an oldie, but really is a good one. This cute little lamb image says "Thank Ewe" -- cute, huh?
I of course had to add some glitter to his wool and layered on some fun Rich Razzleberry cardstock -- I'm not usually a big purple fan, but this card really struck my fancy. I sent it to one of the lucky online shoppers last month. That's just one of the little perks of ordering from my online Web site... I send you a little thank you card and guess what? I don't even write in it -- I usually write on a Post It note so you can take it off and use the card yourself! I'm so thoughtful, right? ;)
Well I must go get dressed and pack up the car for the road trip... Have a fabulous Sunday!

Nov 3, 2010

'Tis the Season

Greetings blog friends (that sounds like I'm a martian or something!)...
Anyway, I hope the morning of mid-week Wednesday finds you doing well. I am busy, busy, busy preparing for LOTS of upcoming events! I'm talking workshops, scrapbooking crops, classes, and craft fairs! All within the next three weeks. It's all good.
I'm so happy that my business has really been booming this year -- I hope it continues into 2011.
Believe it or not, when I was deciding what to post today I found myself thinking, "Oh I should post these Christmas cards soon because it's getting late in the season." Really? It's only Nov. 3! As I mentioned in this post, though, I tend to get way ahead of myself with the seasons.... I'm already thinking about Valentine's Day!
Oh well. Today's card is one of my favorite of this year. It includes our new Deck the Hall fabric (the scallop edge under the ribbon). It also has lots and lots of layers, which is always fun. I used the Winter Post stamp set (another one of my favorites!)
Colors on this one are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla - classic, I think... what about you?
Well, I'm off to cut up a storm in the stamp room -- got three workshops to prepare for THIS week! Yipee!
Thanks for stopping by...
P.S. I haven't forgotten about showing you the crafty care package I awarded a week or so ago (Congratulations Mary B -- It's on the way soon!)... I will show you all the goodness soon!

Oct 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

I know. This isn't a Halloween image... but the only Halloween project I have that I haven't shown you is a scrpabook page, but every time I load it into blogger it turns sideways. I'd normally just take another picture when that happens, but I no longer have the page!
So here we are on Halloween with a baby card... go figure. I actually made this card for my best friends' little sister who just had her second baby girl, Gabriella Michelle, cute, right?
This is one of the seven cards I made last week at my Crop... (and yes I'm just now getting around to posting it).
I have to warn you that since I already fell off the blog-a-day posting challenge wagon -- I probably will be a little scarce this week in posting. Don't worry I won't disappear altogether -- at least I hope not -- but I have three workshops this week. And that starts my marathon run of 10 events this month! Yahoo... but I'm probably going to be very pooped at the end of each day.
Today I'm being a good little girl and getting a head start (what a concept!) on many of the events... and then hope to take a short little break this afternoon for a trip to Kohl's -- I have a couple of coupons and I desperately need some winter clothes -- especially considering they are talking about 30s next week. Ugh... does this really have to happen? lol...
Well I hope you have a Halloween filled with all treats... I plan to get a few of my own "treats" this afternoon in the form of clothing. Have a great day!

Oct 25, 2010

I'm Baaaack....

So I fell off the wagon of posting every day for a little while. I have to admit the first day (Thursday) was intentional. I remembered just as I was getting ready to go to bed that I hadn't blogged for the day, but I decided ... ah, let's just see if anyone notices...

Congratulations Mary B for catching me in my lack of posting. I will be sending out a fun little crafty care package for you shortly (and don't fear blog readers... I will take a picture of it and post it after I send it).
Now as for the other three days that I didn't post... well, I was very busy getting ready for my first crop! I had 10 croppers at the Chatham VFW on Sunday and we had great fun! Lots of games, challenges, stamping, Big Shotting (I think I made up a new verb...) and, of course, scrapbooking!

Here's some highlights....

Croppers had access to ALL my punches and ALL my stamps and ALL my Big Shot dies....

I had an inspiration table with a few different projects and two scrapbook albums for ideas. I also had a sale table with lots of retired product and paper available (no picture) and we had a yummy lunch of roll-up sandwiches, Ceasar Salad, Cape Cod Potato Chips and Soda.... For dessert we had cookies and lots of this....

Most importantly, though, we got lots of work done... (well I only got 7 cards made... but the other ladies were very productive):

Bee was catching up on a Disney album while Missy worked on a Halloween page for one of my many challenges (Congratulations to Julie for winning the challenge contest and being selected out of all of the participants to earn a free stamp set!)

Linda worked on some holiday tags for some upcoming swaps (and a few scrapbook pages mixed in)

Nicole was hard at work on a family album...

And Julie, Sherry and Barbara worked on Holiday cards, "Big Shotting" and spooky little treats....
Overall a really fun day -- although I was POOPED at the end and I think I drank too much soda as I was up ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Tossing... turning... tossing... turning.... Oh. bother.
That is why I am off to bed early (at least for me). I'll show you the cards I made at the crop over the next few days.

In the meantime, here is the make-n-take the ladies made at the crop. They actually made at least two ... one to keep and one to give to Dream Day on Cape Cod. The cards will be used for the families coming to the Cape for the organization's annual holiday weekend:
I finished up the rest of the cards tonight and will be getting in touch with the executive director, Kathleen tomorrow. We also raised $75 for Dream Day to use for whatever else they might need in the coming months.
Thanks for attending my first crop ladies... I had a blast!

Oct 20, 2010

He's making a list...

Are you on Santa's naughty or nice list this year? Me? I don't know... it might be too early to tell! lol.
This is another card that the crew at my Holiday Card Class earlier this week got to make. The Santa is from a tried and true favorite -- Jolliest Time of Year.
I'm not sure but I may be getting sick of Christmas already! Too bad for me as I've still got a ways to go before I can pack up the holiday until next year.
It's funny because I always gripe when I go into a store and they have Halloween items out in late August, or Christmas in early October or Valentine's Day in December -- but guess what? I do the same thing!
Well, in my defense... if folks want to hand-stamp a special holiday card they need to order supplies in advance -- so therefore, I need to have samples done in advance! You see? Don't blame me... it's an occupational hazard I guess.
Hope you are having a great week. I had the best two days today and yesterday -- First, I was off from work both days and I had a stamping event both nights! Doesn't get any better than waking up when I feel like it and stampin' the day away...
Til' tomorrow!

Oct 19, 2010

Sending Christmas Cards....

Just a quick stop today to show off another one of the cards from tonights Holiday Card Class. I've got a full house attending tonight so I'm sure it will be lots of fun!
This card is not your traditional Holiday Card, but I really like it. Rather simple, but cute. Who says you can't use hearts on a Christmas card?
This is a busy week for me with tonights class the first of three events! Of course, I'm not done planning the other two yet (I only finished planning tonights this morning!) -- some things will never change -- even though I say I'm going to stop procrastinating.
Maybe I'll stop tomorrow!

Oct 18, 2010

All I need to know...

I learned while walking on the beach.

Did you ever read the book that came out years and years ago called "All I need to know I learned in Kindergarten?"

It was a really great book (from what I recall anyway -- I think I read in high school). I should read it again.

But on Sunday, I decided to go for a walk on the beach. Boy do I love having the beach to myself again (well and a few other locals) -- I just wish it were a big warmer! But it's Ok I'll take it.
Anyway -- here is what I learned on my walk:

Lesson 1: Life is good -- don't be afraid to dive in.

Lesson 2: It's O.K. to stop and rest with a friend (as often as possible!)

Lesson 3: It's also good to have some alone time to reflect once in awhile

Lesson 4: Sometimes life includes a lot of "Gunk", but the other side is often beautiful

Lesson 5: Whether it's with family, friends or an important cause, it's important to stick together.

Lesson 6: Always remember to show empathy to everyone. You never know what they are going through. (Doesn't it look like this Sea gull is talking to that fish? I'm sure he's not, but that's how my brain thinks!)

Lesson 7: No matter how big or small ... leave your mark.

Hope you enjoyed my beach lessons... see you tomorrow!

Oct 17, 2010

Dang technology...

I had planned on showing you some of the other pre-made scrapbook pages I made for a customer, but alas technology is against me.
For whatever reason, the three other pages I took pictures of are fine on my computer, but when I load into blogger they turn sideways -- it's driving me nuts! So sadly, I don't think I'll be able to show them to you (I only have the one picture and I've already given the pages to their new owner).
So, instead today I am sharing a full sneak peek of a card from next week's holiday card class. I showed a glimpse of it the other day, but this is the full card. Isn't it cute? This is an old stamp set called "Punch Pals" -- I thought I'd pull out an oldie, but goodie. There are still a couple of spots left for next week if you are interested... we're getting together at 6 p.m. at the Chatham Community Center and will make 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs) for $18.
Supplies for this card are simple: Old Olive Cardstock, Basic Black Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock; Punch Pals Stamp Set and Teeny Tiny Wishes; Old Olive 1/8th inch Tafetta ribbon and a little bit of linen thread and the big shot to do that fabulous polka dot embossing folder.
Thanks so much for stopping by today -- I actually thing I'm going to go back to sleep for awhile (it's 7:20 on a Sunday and I've been up since 5:30 -- waaaayy to early for me :)
Have a great day!

Oct 16, 2010

Ahem.... is this thing on?

So no one caught my flub yesterday when I forgot to post. I actually didn't forget entirely. I remembered just as I was putting my head down on the pillow -- which was just after midnight anyway -- so I missed.
However, no one e-mailed me to tell me I missed -- therefore the "crafty care package" that was up for grabs is still available! So let's get some comments going so someone can win it!! Remember, if I miss another day -- e-mail the next morning to let me know and you get the crafty goodies.... and while your here leave some comments and if I make it all the way through to the Nov. 3 with no more misses, I'll draw a name and that person will get to keep all the crafty goods...
Anyway, I was working on some pre-made scrapbook pages for a customer request and came up with this bright, fun birthday design. Sorry the photo is a little distorted... the camera is acting a little screwy (or maybe it's blogger... not sure).
I used the Celebrations Designer Series Paper -- I think it is really perfect for birthdays! I'll try and share a couple more of my scrapbook page layouts in the next couple of days...
Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Oct 14, 2010

For the little ones...

You almost caught me today! I was coming upstairs to shut down the computer and call it a night (and it's only 9 p.m!) when I remembered that I hadn't posted today.
But, not to worry -- here I am. It will be a quick post though as I am exhausted and am going to hit the hay as they say...
I have one friend that just had a baby girl and another that is going to have a baby girl in just a few weeks -- so here is a new baby card that I plan to send along to one of them (with a little gree, too). This card was a bit of a challenge as I don't currently have any baby stamp sets. So I used the adorable little bear from the new stamp set called Every Little Bit and although it took me a while to figure out how to make this tiny little image th focus of a rather large card (at least it seems large when you are only working with a 1" stamp!)... I like how it came out.
Well, that's about all I've got left today -- I don't really know why I'm so tired (I went to bed at 9:15 yesterday, too!)... but I'm going to go and try and catch up. I wish it were already raining (we're supposed to be getting a Nor'Easter tonight) as I love to curl up in bed with the rain pounding on the windows... oh well, I'll probably be fast asleep by the time that happens -- or better yet I'll be driving to work in it (can you hear my sarcasm?) lol...
Til tomorrow....

Oct 13, 2010

Productivity and a peek...

So do you ever have a day off where you just are NOT productive. You try, but.... Nothing!

That was me today. It started with a startling awakening this morning when the heat kicked on for the first time... what? Already?? It only came on and then off right away. I think that was probably at about 7 a.m. So I rolled over and went back to sleep -- it is my day off afterall.

Well, I didn't get up until 9:10 -- lazy, lazy girl (hey, my bed was comfy!). But then I just couldn't get myself moving... I did my usual routine... e-mails, blogs, breakfast... then nothing.

Monday when I was off I was SOOO productive so I guess it's not all that bad except for the fact that I have three events next week and 8 events in November! Got to get my butt in gear!!

Anyway, this little cutie snowman is a sneak peek at one of the cards from my holiday card class next week. Can you believe I have all 5 cards designed a whole week before I need them?? Shocking huh? Anyway, I think the cards came out really cute and that those attending will like 'em. There are still a couple of spots left if you'd like to join us -- Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chatham Community Center. E-mail me now to RSVP, but be quick as I only have two spots left.

Since I only teased you with the snowman card, here is another card I made that didn't make the cut. I like the card but it would have taken too many pearls (I didn't have enough on hand) to do in next week's class....

What do you think? Don't forget there is still a crafty care package up for grabs! Leave me some comments to enter to win... please? I'm feeling a little lonely! :) Happy Wednesday!

Oct 12, 2010

A break from Christmas...

It's not that I wanted to stray from my Christmas parade of card ideas... I've actually been stamping up a storm of new cards for next week's card class -- but I've been so busy stamping (well, and working -- dang job always gets in the way!) that I haven't had time to take photos of my new creations and upload them!
Tomorrow. I promise!
Anyway, today I thought I'd show you this cutie, which was actually a card design from one of my stamp-a-stacks this summer. It uses one of my favorite sets Chic Boutique (I have to pull that out again -- Oh wait -- we're on Christmas!!! lol)
I wanted to have a sewn looking so I ruffled the ribbon along the card using sticky strip (this was before I had my adventures in sewing so now I could probably really sew it!)
Well, that's probably all for today -- it was a busy day as it was Stampin' Up's first Book-A-Thon event. I booked two workshops today and I'm so excited to share SU with some new friends!
See you tomorrow....

Oct 11, 2010

You can't catch me yet....

I bet you thought I had forgotten to post today, huh? Got ya!
I've been busy, busy today stamping up a storm for a very hectic week next week. I have a holiday card class on Tuesday, stamp club resumes on Wednesday and then my first-ever crop on Sunday! Whew... I'm tired just thinking about it.
Well, I got all the cards done for the card class next week. Maybe I'll show a sneak peek of one of the cards later this week.
Today's sample is actually a 6 X 6 scrapbook page I designed for a recent hostess who loved all the Halloween goodies in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog. I have to say I'm not normally a Halloween fan, but some of the supplies this year were just too yummy to resist! The paper on this sample is actually called "Wicked Cool" -- very appropriate for New England... and I love that it is flocked. Very fun. I also used some of our new waffle paper -- more fun stuff!
I felt a little guilty being inside all day as it was so beautiful. So I did go for a drive this afternoon to do a couple of errands and I brought along my camera because I wanted to get a photo of some cranberry harvesting that had been happening at a local bog ... but alas... it was over and now was just a big lake of water. Oh well... I guess it's my own fault for not being prepared with a camera... now if only I was still working my reporter job I would have been ready!
Thanks as always for stopping by to visit me... see you tomorrow!

Oct 10, 2010

Simple sentiments...

Happy Sunday! I'm really looking forward to a day where I don't HAVE to do anything... just relaxing with hubby -- maybe a little road trip or something -- who knows!
This is the last card I used in my first Holiday Card Class last month. I actually cased it from a fellow demonstrator (sorry, I can't remember where I saw it to provide the name -- if it's you, e-mail me and I will give you credit here on the blog-o!)
I love the simplicity of this card, but it is very festive! I actually changed the colors from the original -- but I really like the monotone feel.
Supplies for this card were really simple -- naturals Ivory cardstock, Tags til Christmas Stamp set (Holiday Mini), Many merry Messages, ornament punch and Rhinestone jewels. So simple! I love it....
Can you believe it? I've made it a whole week with a post EVERY day! Thanks for continuing to visit -- don't forget to leave me comments if you'd like to win a crafty care package at the end of the month!

Oct 9, 2010

Mommy & Me time....

It's been almost a month, but I figured I'd share some photos from our annual Mom's Day girls' road trip weekend.

Last year my sister had the brilliant idea to take Mom on a fall trip to Sturbridge for Mother's Day -- she loved it and now it has become a tradition... one I think we all enjoy more than we expected.

This is Mom and me at the Publick House in Sturbridge. This year we did essentially the same trek -- Sturbridge antiques shops, Sadie Green Store and Old Sturbridge Village (we did the half we didn't get to last year).

I think next year we may head off to new adventures somewhere undecided as of yet -- but we're all up for something new.

Here are some more fun photos from the trip last month:

And then there was this cutie:

We had a great time and I'm looking forward to next year! Stay tuned... tomorrow we'll be back to some crafty holiday inspiration....

Oct 8, 2010

More holiday cards....

Here's another card we made in my holiday card class last week (if you get my e-newsletter, you've already seen this card. If you would like to receive my e-newsletter sign up in the box to the right).

This stamp set is called Angelic Joy and I embossed the angel image with white embossing powder. I think this stamp set works really well with heat embossing.

If you'd like to join us and make 10 holiday cards, I still have space for my Oct. 19 class at the Chatham Community Center.

This card also uses the square lattice embossing folder for the Big Shot -- I LOVE those embossing folders -- they make such an impact.

I got the idea for this card from a recent card swap I did with fellow demonstrators. The demonstrator that designed it (Thanks Sharon Cline) used a different stamp set, but the same design. I think it is simple, but elegant.

Here is another card using the same Angelic Joy stamp set. This time a heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder.

It's actually a similar card layout, but very different look (or at least I think so :)
Well, that's all for today -- I couldn't sleep this morning so it's 5:15 am and I think I'm finally tired enough to sleep -- for an hour or so before I have to get up again.... ugh. Have a great day!

Oct 7, 2010

Happy Anniversary....

Greetings blog friends... Well, I'm four for four so far! I'm very impressed that I've kept up with the little blog for four days in a row now! (I know I still have a long way to go, but I really didn't have high expectations for myself!)
Here's a quick little card I put together for hubby. We are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary today. It's amazing how fast time flies by (especially as you get older... grrr).
Nothing big on the agenda -- maybe a dinner out? I'm not even sure... I think we'll probably do something more "official" this weekend when we both have some time off.
I realized though during my search for a stamp set that was appropriate for a boy that I don't really have many! I'm thinking I need to invest in the "Unchartered Territory" stamp set that is currently in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. That would be very fitting for Matt.
I hope you have a great day and thanks as always for stopping in....

Oct 6, 2010

Another rainy day...

I'm really missing the sunshine these days. This is day four of rain for us here on Cape Cod. And while I miss the sun, I have to say that the rain always makes me feel less guilty when I stay in my room stamping -- which is on the agenda (hopefully) today.
Sadly, I do have to go out into the cruddy weather a bit today as I didn't get out yesterday and do some of the shopping I need to do (I have a hole in my favorite well-well-worn jeans!).
Todays card is a bright holiday card that generally isn't my style. When I host my card classes I do try to make a variety of styles of cards as everyone likes different things. This one actually almost got axed from the line-up as I just wasn't that fond of it (it's growing on me, though). It's a good thing I kept it in though as it was a class favorite! See you never know.
I used Serene Snowflakes for the stamp set (with Many Merry Messages for the greeting). I love the snowflake punch and then of course I also used the scallop trim border punch, too. It's actually a relatively simple card. This set is perfect for creating your own patterned paper -- you can pick any colors that match your project and stamp away!
Well, that's it for me today. Don't forget though I am in the middle of my blog post a day for 31 days contest -- so at the end if I make it all the way through I will pick a winner from all my comments during the month for a crafty care package. So be sure to comment on the blog-o -- the more comments, the more chances to win!
Of course, if I fall off the wagon and don't post one day -- be the first to e-mail me and let me know I missed a day and you will win the crafty care package! (Please wait until the morning after the day I miss to e-mail -- sometimes I post late, late at night -- you know I like to procrastinate!)
Have a great day... and don't forget to check out the recently updated Clearance Rack!

Oct 5, 2010

It's beginning to FEEL like Christmas....

I cannot get the chill out of my body the last two days! It certainly feels like winter has arrived! What happened to fall??? I love the crisp, cool weather and this is not what I had in mind.
Oh well, I guess I don't really have much say in the matter.
Here's another card we did at my Holiday card class last week. It was actually adapted from a card I made for a workshop a few weeks ago. I love the new pearls we have in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog -- they just add so much to a design... and they are very inexpensive. You get 150 pearls for just $4.95.
Today is going to be a quick post as I've got a ton of things to do on my day off. Lots of shopping errands. I've already been a good girl and cleaned my bathroom (which was way overdue) and finished the laundry.
I've also got some planning and creating to do later tonight, too. I do want to let you know, though, that Stampin' Up has added over 200 items in their clearance rack section of my demonstrator Web site. There are some fantastic deals on retired merchandise that you can get for up to 80 percent off! Check it out here. All orders must be placed online, though. So you can order right through my Web site. Let me know if you have any questions.
I'll "see" you tomorrow!

Oct 4, 2010

A little Christmas and a contest...

Good morning.... Christmas is finally here in my stamp room... I had my first Holiday Card Class last week and have two more coming up (Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 30).

This is a preview of one of the cards we made at my first class (the cards will be different at each class). This little cutie girl was my favorite card of the last class. It's always funny because my favorite card is never the class favorite. In fact, the class favorite from the last round almost got cut from the line-up because I wasn't really a big fan. I decided to keep it in though because it was a different style (really bright and festive). I've been more into the vintage style lately. I'll show you that card later this week.

The card I'm featuring today uses Greeting Card Kids, our Newsprint Designer Series Paper, our big designer buttons from the mini catalog, our Victoria crochet ribbon, the Bold Brights Patterned Paper Stack, and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (with the Big Shot).

Here is the full card:

What do you think? I'll show you the other cards from my first holiday card class for the rest of this week.
Now for a contest.... I joined a business challenge to post to my blog every day from now (Oct. 4) through Nov. 3 -- that's 31 days that I have to post EVERY day. This is going to be a tough challenge for me as I've been struggling lately with keeping up the blog-o. So to help make this a little fun for you, too -- I'm offering a little game.
There's two ways to win... if I should forget to post one day, if you are the first person to e-mail me the next morning saying I didn't post the previous day you will win a crafty care package from me. However, I'm hoping that's not how anyone gets a prize :)
The second way to win is if I make it all the way through and post every day (remember don't e-mail me until the following day as I am a night owl and may post late at night sometimes)... I will pick a random winner out of those who left me comments on the blog for the whole month. So every time you comment... there's another entry. So if I make it through to Nov. 3, I will pull a winner on Nov. 4 from all the commenters for the month.
Happy blog hopping!

Sep 30, 2010

When the scrapbooker goes to far....

Hi there blog friends! Interesting title, huh? Well, I have a rather silly story for you today. So, whenever I want to take pictures for the little blog I take my cards outside and stage them on my deck (best lighting ever in the afternoon).
Well, I went out there today forgetting that we had a little "incident" on the deck a few days ago. I woke up one morning and found five piles of poo on the back deck. What the heck? We don't have dogs. We don't have cats. We don't even have fish. So where is this poop coming from -- and so much. Overnight. And on the deck?
So we've determined it is raccoon doo-doo. I don't know... did they get "trapped" in the three-sided enclosed deck? Not sure. But anyway, flash forward to today when I'm trying to avoid the little mounds on the deck as I take photos and I think, I should take a picture. Wait, what? Did I just say I'm going to take a picture of poo? Ok... so the scrapbooker in me went a little too far (well, actually I didn't -- because I didn't actually take the picture -- I just thought about it!). Lucky for you, I decided that you have probably seen poop and don't necessarily care to see it up close and personal and certainly don't need it for illustration of a story on a little blog. Geesh....
OK... on to some craftyness. In my last post I mentioned that I had sewn! Quite the feat for this non-sewing type girl. But here's a peek:

My Mom, being the smart girl that she is, decided we needed proof of this big moment and snapped a picture while I was hard at work:

On a side note... that is actually my bedroom from childhood ... although it looks NOTHING like it did when I was a kid. Mom transformed it into her sewing room (probably hours after I left! lol)... It is still as cluttered though as it was when both me and my sister (!) lived in that small little room -- for 16 years! It's lucky we both made it out alive. lol.
Anyway, here is the full picture of the finished rag bag purse:

It blends into the deck a little bit, but I think you get the idea. I used the new Deck the Halls Designer Fabric from the Holiday Mini Catalog (and one extra coordinating print Mom had lying around). I'm really so proud of myself -- you have to understand that somewhere in my Mom's attic is a purple scarf still on knitting needles that is probably about four inches long -- that was about my attention span for any needle work or sewing!
Well, I took numerous photos today on my poop-ridden deck of some other projects that I've been working on ... so be sure to check back for some Holiday inspiration soon.

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