Friday, April 30, 2010
I was so excited to have a whole day off to catch up on housework, do a little crafting and a lot of purging! However, I woke up this morning at 7 a.m. and had the worst pulled muscle (at least I hope that is what it is) ever!
When I first got up I could barely move my head in any direction -- so driving to the doctor was out. Instead I gave them a call and they told me to try a warm shower, some ibuprofen and a hot compress. So I did the warm shower and the ibuprofen and crawled back into bed until 2 p.m.!
I got up and was a little bit better, but was still having difficulty holding my head up straight and turning to the left. So I've been lounging on the couch (or in bed) all day and have not been a ble to do anything!!
So frustrating. I had big plans for today and now I got nothing done. I'm not promising anything for tomorrow either as I don't know how this muscle thing is going to work out... but certainly don't forget to check my website tomorrow to view the new mini catalog (if you didn't already get it in your mailbox).
If you'd like a copy feel free to e-mail me and I'll pop one in the mail for you.
Sorry for the lack of eye candy today... I'll try and come back ASAP!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Well I made it today by the skin of my teeth! It's 11:28 and I've just now finished making a card for Day 3 of sneak peek week!
It's a super simple card as I was working well into the night again today! Ugh... but the good news is that I've worked so many hours this week that I am off tomorrow! So tomorrow's post should be much earlier (although I do need to do some housework!).
Anyway, on to the card. I think I put this together in maybe 15 minutes (I had a vision in my head as I was trying to fall asleep last night -- love when that happens!).
So I used the new stamp set called Go, Graduate. It's very cute... I'm not normally one to buy graduation stamp sets, but this one was just too cute and I do have a niece that will be graduating soon (well, not until next year, but hopefully this set will stick around!).
I used the textured impressions folder Square Lattice again. I absolutely love that thing. It adds so much to a card so even a simple card like this looks great! I colored the little grad feet with a blender pen and ink pads (don't look too close as my coloring in the lines apparently gets a little wonky after 11 p.m.!).
I also include three of the ADORABLE bitty buttons. They come in three different shapes and actually have matching punches to coordinate! So, so cute. It also has a matching stamp set called Itty Bitty Bits. Very fun.
I think you are really going to love this new mini catalog! I can't wait for you to see it. If you aren't already on my mailing list and you don't already have a demonstrator feel free to give me a shout. I'd be happy to send you a copy of this new catalog. It's a good one!
Well, I'm off to get some shut-eye (I hope-- the insomia has come back a bit this week). Be sure to check back again tomorrow for more goodies... I'm shooting to have a new post up by noon.... but if not shortly thereafter. (I have to clean my stamp space first as I've made such a mess I only have a 3" x 3" square to work in!!!).
Talk to you tomorrow... nighty-night!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My third sneak peek project for the new Summer Mini Catalog is complete, but it is a busy day for me.
So I won't have time to fill you in on some more new products, but here is a quick glimpse of today's card. And let me just say that I am super excited to share with you some of the products I used today. So FUN!
Check back later when I will post the whole card and give you some details on the new products!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
For the past week or so I've been stalking this single tulip that found its way into an ivy bush right outside our side door.
Matt says it has been there for years now, but I've been here with him for the past 3 years and I don't ever remember seeing this tulip outside the door before.
And I think I would remember as tulips are my favorite!
I'm so glad that I finally took a second, though, Thursday morning to snap a quick picture of the bud. It had been there for days but was mostly green up until that morning. This was the first time it had a hint of color at all to it. And this is likely why... by the time I came home from work that afternoon, my lovely little tulip looked like this:
Isn't it pretty? I love all the deep colors in it. It's funny because I had to wait a few minutes to get this shot because there was a big ugly spider crawling all over it when I took this photo (he is actually inside on the lower left petal... yuck! I was going to post the photo I had taken with him on it (not realizing he was there), but then decided why in the world would you want to see that!? ;)
Anyway, I think this year spring is really my favorite season. It is usually summer, but I think because of the horrible winter we had I was just so excited for spring to arrive. Here's a few thoughts on why I love spring:
- Bursts of bright color (fantastic inspiration for color combos on cards!)
- A fresh start (it must be something about all of nature coming back to life that makes me feel like I get a fresh start, too)
- The birds chirping each morning (Is there anything better than this?)
- The smell of the first freshly mowed lawn (LOVE that smell)
- Walks on the beach where your fingers aren't numb and ready to fall off by the time you get home (AND you still don't have to share the beach with tourists... yet)
- The smell of fresh, clean air wafting around the rooms of your house ( open windows, Yipee!)
- The re-introduction of flip-flops into my daily life (I've only broken them out once so far, but hopefully that will not be for long!)
The only real downfall of spring is the need to spring clean... and my house is in DIRE need of this... but not today! (hee hee)
May 1 also means a brand new SU mini catalog goes live on my website (and is available from me)! Be sure to check back on Monday to see a sneak peek of some new items from the new Summer Mini Catalog.
In the meantime, don't forget to stock up on all of your favorites from the Occasions Mini Catalog that comes to a close on April 30. Some of the things I'm going to miss from that catalog include the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack, the Well Scripted stamp set, the With All My Heart stamp set and the Sending Love epoxy brads. Be sure to get your favorites before April 30.
Also if you are a fan of the new sneak peek stamp set from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog called Awash with Flowers, be sure to order that before April 30, too. Otherwise, it will be gone until July 1. (It is available in clear # 120549, $27.95 and wood-mount # 117062, $39.95). Here are a few cards I made recently using the new Awash With Flowers set:
Thanks for stopping by... and happy spring!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The 6 X 6 page pictured above was a make-and-take for a recent workshop. It uses the fabulous Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper that is in the current Occasions Mini Catalog (which is only available until April 30). It is so much fun. I also really like using the Circle Circus Stamp set for scrapbooking (which I also used on this page).
And finally as a 12 X 12 page it looks like this:
Friday, April 9, 2010
The second reason why I am so excited is Stampin' Up announced a new Color Renovation for the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog! We're still going to have four color collections (they are no longer called color families), but there will be 10 colors per family instead of 12 (a little less intimidating for new stampers). The new collections are Brights, Subtles, Regals and Neutrals and combines some of our old favorites, with former In Colors (Welcome Back Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, River Rock, Soft Suede, Red Riding Hood Red, Rich Razzlebery, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze) and five brand new colors (Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, and Marina Mist).
What is also great about this new color program is our In Colors will stick around for two years instead of one and we'll have five new In Colors introduced each year. That means after this year (the start up year) we will always have 10 In Colors to choose from! Yipee.. I love new colors!
So would you like to see the colors for yourself? Check it out...
Nice huh? Now of course this means we'll lose some of our old favorites. Be sure to stock up on these prior to June 31:
I honestly am so excited about these changes and I can't wait to see what other surprises will be in store in the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog on July 1!
Remember if you'd like to stock up on any of those retiring colors (or even those that are not retiring!), you can shop anytime, 24/7, on my website.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Now of course, many of you know that the fabulous three-month Sale-A-Bration promotion is now over -- very sad -- but don't worry I've got other good news for you! Let me just start by saying thank you to everyone who purchased from me from January through March. I really sent March out with a bang -- exceeding my best sales month by $2,000! Holy Cow. Thank you all soooo much!
Now, a couple of things to share with you:
- I am going to be ordering some new product from the upcoming summer mini catalog this week, so be sure to book your workshops for May if you'd like to be first to order from this fabulous catalog!
- April workshops will be great, too -- with a sneak peek at a brand new stamp set from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog that hostesses can earn FREE and customers can purchase now! There are also four other flower stamp sets that will be available at 20 percent off and let me say I already own three of the four -- so you know they are good! (Wink, wink)
- And lastly, the clearance rack in my online store has been updated to include TONS of new items at HUGE discounts -- up to 60 percent off! Here are some pictures of some of my favorites:
Now I'm talking BIG discounts on these -- Simply Scrappin' kits (usually $19.95) $7.99, and Courduroy buttons and rub-ons for just $5! Go check it out. Remember, Clearance rack items must be ordered from my website, but if you have any questions feel free to give me a shout!