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.

Sep 21, 2010

Happy fall...

Well, it appears the summer disappeared with Hurricane Earl a couple of weeks ago, huh?
I actually don't mind the fall... except that I really don't look forward to the winter... at all! However, I do enjoy the cool, crisp sunny days of fall. Plus the colorful pumpkins, leaves and scarecrows of fall are beautiful color inspiration for crafters like me! lol...
Fall also means that it's time to start planning for the holidays... it's never to early to start, you know! This card here is a sample from one of my upcoming holiday card classes. The first one is on Wednesday, Sept. 29. There's still time to RSVP if you'd like to come ... just e-mail me ASAP. It will be held at the Chatham Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Each guest makes 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs) for $18... and a head start on the holidays... priceless! :)
I'm really excited about this fall. The new holiday mini catalog is fabulous with lots of new product including fabric, which works great with our Big Shot die-cutting machine. Keep an eye on the old blog-o as I will be featuring a fabric project that I made (with the help of my Mom) recently -- and yes, it involves sewing, gasp! I'm very proud of myself ;)
Well, I've got to get to work -- lots of designing, cutting and prepping to do for upcoming classes, a crop, and some workshops.
Talk to you soon!

Sep 10, 2010

Vintage Vibe...

I'm loving the vintage trend that is popular in the papercrafting industry right now. The lace, the subtle colors and old school feel of the products are fabulous.
I made this card using the new Greeting Card Kids stamp set from the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog. It's the same set I used to make a Halloween card recently as well. For those of you on my e-newsletter list, you saw the Halloween card in the newsletter.
On this card I used my blender pens and ink from my ink pad cover (squeeze the ink pad while it is closed and it will leave a little "puddle" of ink you can pick up with the blender pens). I love how it gave the card a softer look than using straight markers.
I also love the new paper ribbon punch (the scallop edge under the torn piece of crumb cake cardstock). It is so fun -- You can use it as a tiny scallop underneath another piece of cardstock or use it as a strip of "ribbon".... so fun.
Well that is all for now... I've got LOTS of stuff going on in the coming months so be sure to check back often. If you'd like to have a copy of the brand new Holiday Mini Catalog, feel free to e-mail me and I'll send one out to you.
Thanks so much for stopping by...

Sep 7, 2010

I want to go to Disney World -- and you can come, too!

The first and last time I was in Disney World was 20 years ago. That seems so impossible, but, unfortunately, is true. I was a Freshman in High School and we drove down to Florida on two large Peter Pan buses so the band could perform at Sea World.
It was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life... and not just because I got stuck in the hamburgler statue (remember him?) at the McDonalds PlayPlace (what? I was dared!) or because I can still hear the loud chatter of 60 teenagers on a bus. For 24 hours straight. With no sleep. lol.
It truly is a magical place and turns everyone into a kid again.... no matter how old they are. That is why I was so excited to learn I could earn a trip to Disney... all expenses paid... for two.... and be pampered like I've never been pampered before just for doing something I love.
Those of you that know me or who have been following my blog for a while, know that I love Stampin' Up. I've worked with two other direct sales organizations (for very short periods of time) before I joined SU and I have to say the company is TRULY the best I've worked for. The company truly cares for its demonstrators and does everything it can to make us successful and reward us for our efforts. It's a fun company, too... check this out:

I know, a little silly -- but that's how the company is ... they like to have fun! And all their tunes for convention, leadership and their videos are always so catchy! :)
So all of this is why I really want to earn the incentive trip to Disney in 2012.
When you travel with Stampin' Up you have to know that it's an experience in and of itself. You come back to your room each night to a "pillow gift". You don't pay for a thing. They have special events for hubbies and of course some time for stamping and swapping.
For the 2012 trip, Stampin' Up has reserved Disney's BoardWalk resort hotel and planned a special event at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park!
I am going to try as hard as I can to earn this trip and I'd love to have a few of my Cape Cod friends on hand to join me in the adventure!
Now is the perfect time to join Stampin' Up, too, as the holidays are just around the corner - my busiest time of year (and likely yours, too!). Plus if you join Stampin' Up right now, in addition to over $350 worth of product and supplies, you also receive an exclusive Stampin' Up carry tote (pictured above) for FREE! It features our Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper and can carry 12 X 12 paper, a paper cutter, seven Stampin Up ink pads and plenty of other tools and accessories. It's a phenomenal bag -- one that I can't even order anymore -- and retailed for $39.95.
Of course, I don't want anyone to jump into a new venture without fully understanding all that is involved so that is why I'm hosting an Opportunity Night for anybody interested in being a Stampin' Up demonstrator.
You'll learn a little bit more about the company, how you earn money, the many perks to being a demo and have the opportunity to ask questions.
So join me at my house on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to learn more about how Stampin' Up can fit into your life. I'm positive you won't regret the decision. I know I joined almost five years ago and haven't looked back!
RSVP before Sunday, Sept. 12 and receive a special gift when you arrive on the 16th.


Hi There!
Well, it's the unofficial end of summer... sigh. How do you feel about that? I'm sort of torn... I love summer weather (although fall isn't bad either) and endless hours at the beach, but the fall always translates into new beginnings for me... almost like the start of a new year.
So I'm ready to get a fresh start... on life, on business, on the weather (there's nothing better than crisp, fresh fall air).
That means I'm ready for a fresh start with this blog, too! Boy... I am having difficulty keeping up with it and I only expect it to get busier as we head into the fall and holiday seasons as that's my busiest time of year! Yipee!
The card I'm featuring today was from one of my all occasion card classes earlier this summer. It uses the Level 1 hostess set Punch Potpourri, which coordinates with four of our fabulous punches.
If you'd like to make some fun holiday cards shoot me an e-mail to RSVP to one of my THREE upcoming holiday card classes (Sept 29, Oct. 19 and/or Nov. 30). You'll make 10 cards (two each of 5 designs) for $18. The classes will be held at the Chatham Community Center from 6 - 9 p.m. E-mail me today to reserve your spot!
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