Mar 26, 2010

Insomnia...


I hate when I get insomnia! I'm fortunate that it doesn't happen very often, but I honestly don't think I have slept a wink tonight. It's ten minutes to 5 (a.m.) and I'm playin' on the computer already (and those of you who know me, know I'm NOT a morning person).

I'm hoping I survive today as I have a 12-hour day at Crop on the Cape this afternoon and evening. Yesterday was fun. It was a short day for the first day of the event from 6 to 10, but it FLEW by.

Now I'm trying to clean up my scrap room a bit while it's a bit emptier than usual!

The cards in this post are from another card and scrapbooking kit I created for the Crop. It uses one-half of the Simply Scrappin' kit to make 12 cards and two scrapbook pages. You can see some of the designs from my previous version here.

I'm watching the early news this morning and they just said that the rain is supposed to turn to snow later today??? What? Isn't it spring now? I'm just not accepting that snow is possible! Hopefully they meant in Boston. lol!

Anyway, I think my brain cells might be sleeping (unlike me!) so I'm going to call this the end of today's post. But here are a few more pictures of the card/scrapbook kit. Don't forget you can pop into the crop on Saturday. It is open to the public from 9 am to 9 p.m at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis (the former Four Points Sheraton behind the Cape Cod Melody Tent).









Mar 18, 2010

Chaos...


Someday I will become this super organized, non-procrastinating, always on top of the ball, plan ahead type of gal. But not today. Not this week. Not this month!

Now don't get me wrong... I am super excited to have been so busy for the month of March -- I am well on track of making March 2010 the best month of my entire four years as a SU demonstrator... but let me tell you being busy makes me messy! lol!



This is my desk top right now. It is filled with card samples to be made, kits to be packed for workshops, clubs and events and who knows what else is under that pile!



I also need to go to the dump. This is the pile of Stampin' Up boxes from the past couple of weeks... that's a lot of orders... and I'm expecting more this week and probably a few more in the last couple of weeks in March, too.

I am truly blessed to have such a growing business in a time when many other business owners are struggling.

Of course, those of you that are regular customers of mine know Sale-A-Bration has been a wonderful boost to my business (as always). I've seen so many of you at the 16 events I've had during Sale-A-Bration.

Many of my customers always comment on how I find time to do all of this in addition to my 40-hour-a-week "real job." I get so much happiness and meet so many incredible people through Stampin' Up... I can't imagine NOT doing it! It's not work ... it's just fun. AND I make extra money doing it... I've been much better in 2010 about not spending as much on stamps and supplies just for myself. I'm actually very close to paying off my credit card and have even bought myself some new toys (outside of stamps!) using my SU money.

This is the note that greets me each time I open a box since Sale-A-Bration started:

Isn't that funny? And it's true -- even after 4 years as a demonstrator I still get excited when I get a new box of goodies!

Anyway, this long, round-about story is really just to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you that has supported me and my business. I am truly grateful.

Don't forget if you'd like to see how Stampin' Up can change your life, you still have a couple weeks left of the Sale-A-Bration promotion of 15% off the starter kit and you'll receive an additional free stamp set with it, too! That's about $400 in product and supplies for just $169.


Feel free to call or e-mail me if you'd like to learn more.

For those of you in my neck of the woods (the Northeast)... enjoy the sunshine!

Mar 15, 2010

Another dreary day...



I thought you might enjoy seeing a few bright and cheery cards today since it is day number four of the lousy weather!

I actually made these cheery cards with one-half of the Petal Party Simply Scrappin' kit. I love these kits... they are filled to the brim with product!

I made 12 cards and 2 scrapbook pages from just HALF of the kit -- so that means with a full kit you could make at least 24 cards and 4 scrapbook pages for just $19.95! The best part is that you don't really have to think much about it because everything coordinates.

I made these cards as a kit that I'm planning to sell at the Crop on the Cape event in a couple of weeks. It will include pictures of each of the cards and pages, a supply list and various added embellishments such as ribbon, brads and rub-ons.
I'm working on a second kit using the Love Sparkles Simply Scrappin' kit, too. I'm just addicted to making these quick and easy cards! Check out a few more that come from the Petal Party kit:



As you can see, I took these photos last week when we were having that spectacular weather -- such a perfect backdrop for these bright and cheery projects! Please, please, Mother Nature, let the sun come back! ;o)
And these are just a SMALL sampling of the projects I made with this kit. To see the rest be sure to stop by the Crop on the Cape event on Saturday, March 27 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Happy Monday!

Mar 12, 2010

The new 'do


So I promised I would update the blog with a photo of the new 'do when I had showered and made myself a little more presentable... well, I'm not sure if I'm any better off than this morning (lol!), but here it is... the debut of the new 'do.
What do you think? I personally really like the red in my hair -- you actually can't see it really well in this photo...
I'm not as sure about the cut -- I think I like it, but of course I don't know how to style it right...
Oh well, maybe I'll try it straight this weekend, too. I just don't have the time to straighten my hair when it is long -- so now that it is quite a bit shorter maybe I'll give it a shot. It's got lots of fun layers now so maybe it will be cute straight and a little flippy.
So what do ya think? Maybe I should just stick to sharing crafty stuff, huh? (smile)


A day off....

Well I hope to get a ton done today... I have the day off now as I finished up a few things I had to do for the newspaper and I've reached my 40 hours for the week already. That means I have the rest of the day to get some major work done for some upcoming stamp clubs (two next week), some upcoming workshops (two the following week) and the big Crop on the Cape event from March 25 - 28th. Boy it's going to be a busy few weeks!!! I'm excited though!

I love getting out and meeting new people and teaching new projects. I think the people are what make this job the absolute best! I've truly made some incredible friends in the four years I've been a Stampin' Up demonstrator and I am so grateful. Thank you all for your friendship and support!


Anyway, I was going to show you my new 'do, but between bed-head and no make-up it's just not going to happen right now! I thought it would be better to take the picture now before I showered as it's still in fairly good condition after sleeping on it last night and you know how your hair ALWAYS looks better when the hairdresser does it. Well, it was a little too wild right now and I really need some help with the aging face here this morning.

Actually part of the problem is that I went for a walk with my Mom Wednesday and we walked down to the boatyard where my brother works. He had Sam (my favorite little puppy) and just as I bent over to say hello to him, he jumped up to say hi and got me right in the nose! So now I have a little scratch right between my eyes where his tooth got me. Attractive, right?

So when I get a little make-up on to cover that, I'll post a picture of my new hair 'do. I'm really excited about the color... I went a little crazy and did a really intense red highlight. Pretty cool if I do say so myself! Thanks to Becca at Essential Beauty in the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center!

So how about some crafty news? As I said I've been super busy preparing for some upcoming events and I'm sort of excited that it's supposed to be a bit rainy this weekend. I know, I know... don't shoot me, it's just that, that way I won't feel guilty when I'm trapped inside every day!

Here is a card that I'm featuring at the Crop on the Cape event:




It's a pretty simple card and it actually looks better in person. There's a bit of bling on the bird cage.

I used the Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini and the new Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Happy Moments.

If you aren't already signed up for the Crop on the Cape be sure to stop by and see what it is all about on Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Unfortunately, I don't think there are any more spots to actually participate in the crop, but you can come and check out the vendors (that's me!). I'll have some specials, pre-made kits and retired stamps for you to peruse plus I'd love to see your happy face! :o)

Well, I really need to get back to work (as if stamping is really work! Ha!). Be sure to check back soon as I will post a picture of the new 'do as soon as I can get a decent one! (Ok so that might be a while... ! hee hee...)

Have a great weekend!

Mar 4, 2010

Scrapbooking 101


I think I may have showed you these scrapbook pages before, but I'm re-posting them again as a sample of what you can make in my upcoming Scrapbooking 101 class at the Chatham Community Center.

Here's the class description:

Interested in learning how to record treasured memories in an heirloom album created by you? Have tons of photos lying around and not sure what to do with them? Learn the ins and outs of scrapbooking in this class. We'll go over a five-step process to perfect pages and create at least one page of our own (maybe more!). Besides the completed scrapbook page, students will take home two "scrap maps" to be used to create additional pages at home and all the leftovers from the Simply Sent Scrappin' Kit we'll use in class. Students should bring 5 to 10 photos to class, scissors and a paper trimmer if you have one. Class cost is $35. Class runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

I'd love to have you join me! It's a fun, self-paced class and you really can get a lot done. Here are some more pages I made with that same Happy B-day Simply Scrappin' Kit:






I actually did one more page, but I can't get it to upload! Grrr. And actually there are a lot more leftover supplies... I could probably get even one or two more pages out of the kit.You really get a lot of supplies for your money.

If you want to "play" please call the Chatham Community Center at 508-945-5175 to reserve your spot. I need to order the supplies no later than March 12 so I won't be able to take any late reservations.

If you want, you can even pick which Simply Scrappin' Kit you'd like to use. Just visit pages 164-167 of the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog to make your selection. When you call to register just let them know which kit you'd like to use. If you don't give a preference I will order you the Happy B-Day kit I used above.

Thanks for stopping by today!








Mar 1, 2010

March already?

Isn't funny how time can seem to fly by, but at the same time it feels as if it is dragging?
I know, I know. I don't make sense. But you see I can't believe it is March already. It seems like we just started 2010. I still haven't written down my "new year resolutions" or picked my word of the year, which has become popular recently (see Ali Edwards Word of the year entry here).

At the same time, though it feels like this winter is NEVER ENDING! I am so anxious for sunshine and flowers. Spring jackets and birds chirping. Big puffy clouds and long walks along the beach without my fingers falling off!

Anyway, that's my two cents. Not that you asked for it! ;o)

This mini book I made last month to use as a stamp club project, but it got cut from the lineup. Why you ask? Well I painted the binding and as I filled up all of the pages it began to crack and look yucky. Also once I got the book completed the pages didn't line up right and the book doesn't even remotely close. All these little things are minor, but added up enough to bug me. So it was pulled and we made some of the cute projects featured here.

But just in case you were wondering, here are some of the interior pages of the mini book:






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