Friday, April 30, 2010

Such an off week

Well, sadly I must apologize, but there will be no new project from the summer mini catalog today.

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

Summer Mini Catalog - Sneak Peek Day 3


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

Here I am!

Whew... what a day. Busy, busy, busy, but it is now just before 9 p.m. and I'm in my PJs and just about ready to fall into bed and call it a night... BUT I have one thing left to tend to :)

So I apologize for taking ALL day to get back here, but without further ado here is project #3 in the series of sneak peeks for the new Summer Mini Catalog:

This card actually features a bunch of new stuff including two new core colors from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. I talked a bit about the Color Renovation coming with the next big catalog here. Check it out.
In the meantime, lets talk about the card! One of my new favorite products in the Summer Mini is the Smooch Spritz! It comes in four colors and I used the Vanilla shimmer on the Early Espresso (new) card base and on the layered flowers (an XL Bigz die for the Big Shot machine - from the current main catalog). I also used the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz on the new Presto Patterns Designer Series paper (another one of my FAVORITES!). The paper is actually entirely white and I used the dusty durango ink to color the cardstock (with a sponge) and that reveals the pattern on the cardstock. Cool, huh?
The Smooch Spritz also comes in two other colors - Silver Foil and Log Cabin (brown). Let me just tell you these are VERY addictive! I was only planning on adding it to the new Presto Patterns background paper, but after it looked so cool I added it to my flowers and my card base. Love it!
Also new is the tiny vintage tag attached to the knot. These super cute mini vintage tags come with 12 in each package for just $4.95. I think they provide a great bang for your buck and I love how they look with the Smooch Spritz.
Lastly, there is a tiny sneak peek of another new stamp set from the Summer Mini. It's called Elements of Style and I love it! I actually got this one for free when I attended Leadership back in January. This is a great vintage style set that has a lot of versatility. On this card I just used a swirl element from the set. I'll show you more of this set later this week so be sure to stay tuned!
Oh and by the way there is a second new color from the Color Renovation featured on this card, too. It is the sunny yellow, which is called Daffodil Delight. I think this color will work great with a variety of color combinations. It's a bright, cheery color, but not quite as intense as the current Yo-Yo yellow.
Well, I think I must call it a night as I'm not even sure if this post made sense because I'm so tired!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to leave me comments on what you like (or don't like). I love, love, love hearing feedback from you!
Have a great night and be sure to come back tomorrow for more more new goodies!

Hold that thought... Sneak Peek - Day 3



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

Summer Mini Catalog Sneak Peek - Day 2


Good morning! Just a quick post today as I'm running a bit behind already and I have a loooong day ahead of me!
But as promised, I wanted to share another project created using some new Summer Mini Catalog products. Don't forget the catalog goes live on Saturday, May 1.
This card is so not my usual color combos. I actually took the colors from some pillows in a Pottery Barn photo ... and I like how it turned out.
It features the new Bouquet Bunch stamp set from the Summer Mini and lining up the topiary was a cinch with the new clear mount stamps. And I love the little tiny bird on the tag. There is an adorable tiny squirrel in the set, too that I'm dying to use, but he didn't fit on the plant... he was just a tad too big.
Anyway, I digress. The background is a brand new textured embossing folder called square lattice and I think I'm in love (wink, wink). It adds such great texture to a card that I didn't want to cover any of it up -- hence the concentration of items in the center of the card -- including the greeting.
I thought this would be a great get well card since it is so bright and cheery. I just added a few added details like the linen thread bow and the brad with the popped-up tag.
Bouquet Bunch also has a leaf "ball" for the top of the tree and also has a vase and some bunched twigs that are really cute. It's a great value, too with eight stamps for just $10.95 in the clear mount style or $13.95 for wood mount.
Thanks for stopping in today. I will be back tomorrow with some more new stuff... but it may be a bit later than usual. Tomorrow is an earlier day than normal so I may not have time to play in the morning.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Summer Mini Sneak Peek - Day 1


I have a scrapbook page to share with you today for the first day of the Summer Mini Catalog sneak peek.
The new Summer Mini Catalog goes live on May 1 (Saturday) and has some really great new product that is sure to get your creativity fired up.
The stamp set I used on this scrapbook page was a "must-have" for me when I went through the new mini.
Those of you who know me, know that we love to travel. And this line is perfect for me. The stamp set is called Sentimental Journey and it has coordinating Designer Series Paper called Travel Journal. It's super cute and could actually be used for other pages as well such as talking about the journey of growing up, finding your path in life or documenting a road trip.
What I also love about this line is the new 6 X 6 coordinating album that is available. It would make creating a mini-album about a favorite location or trip super easy!
Here is a close-up of some of the stamps from the Sentimental Journey set. I used them on Pumpkin Pie cardstock with versamark ink to give it a watermark look.

I got the idea for this background from a new product training video on the demonstrator website -- just another perk of being a Stampin' Up demonstrator (not to mention that I'm already playing with these products and the catalog hasn't even gone live yet!).
So would you like to see the completed page? Of course you would! Here it is:


It's fairly simple. I was really trying to feature the new designer series paper prominently. The journaling reads:
I love to travel. I love the new adventure, the new sights and exploring new locations. Travel is probably the biggest reason why Matt and I decided not to have kids. We have no committments and can get up and go whenever we want... well, excpet for that work thing...
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek ... be sure to stop back tomorrow for some more new products from the Summer Mini Catalog. Don't forget, a new mini catalog release means we have to say goodbye to the Occasions Mini Catalog, which was also chock full of goodies. Be sure to order any last minute must-haves by the end of the day on April 30.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring has sprung!


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

One More!


Hello there my blog friends! So I had been waiting to post to the blog because I wanted to share a card for a change, but I just haven't had a minute to download some photos I took this week.

Of course, I can't post without sharing a little eye candy so I figured I would show you ANOTHER progressive scrapbook page.

I did very well in March with getting some scrapbooking done since I had five workshops. This is is actually a page I did for an April workshop. This photo was taken at Leadership 2010 of me and a new stamping friend I made while I was there. Her name is Susan and she was fabulous! She even ditched her friends at lunch one day so that I wouldn't have to sit by myself (not that I would have really sat by myself as everyone is so awesome and inviting -- I would have just sat with a different new friend!).

The journaling reads, "The love of stamps makes strangers into instant friends." And at convention or Leadership it is so true! You have never seen a crazier bunch of women. lol!

I used the Dreams du Jour stamp set on this page. Here is the next size up (8.5 X 11):



For this I added some more photos, a title on the top note die (made with the Big Shot) and the quote from the Dreams du Jour stamp set, which normally says "The way to know life is to love many things," but I changed it to many stamps! hee hee. And boy do I love my many stamps!

For the 12 X 12 version of this page I used the "Write me a Memory" software that we used to carry in the the Idea Book and Catalog to make my title. I love having exclusive Stampin' Up fonts on my computer that I can use on any projects or documents for that matter. I hope they come out with a new one of these in the future -- or maybe offer them in our digital download store.


Well I think that should be it for progressive scrapbook pages for a little bit. Check back soon though as I hope to have some cards that I've made recently. And don't forget that starting on Monday, April 26 I will start featuring items from the new Summer Mini Catalog that goes live on May 1.
Each day next week I hope to showcase a new item included in the fabulous 31-page mini catalog! If you have purchased something from me recently look for your copy in the mail any day now. If you would like to have a copy feel free to e-mail me to request your own copy. I'd be happy to mail one out to you.
I'm off for a very long day today at work, but fortunately I'll be spending Friday with a very good friend for a "girls day." I can't wait.... Let's just hope today flies by!
Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Quick post


I was fortunate in March to have more workshops than normal and that means more scrapbook pages!

So I figured I'd share another progressive scrapbook page with you today since I haven't been able to put together any insightful or entertaining posts recently.

This was a 6 X 6 make and take we made at a workshop late last month.


I find progressive scrapbooking is great not only for new scrapbookers, but also for cardmakers, too since the smaller size is a similar size canvas to a card. You can't really see it in the picture but the background is stamped with the flower image from "With All My Heart" out of the Occasions Mini Catalog.

The 8.5 X 11 page looked like this:



As you can see I just mounted the 6 X 6 on a polka dot patterned paper (from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack) and added a small strip of Dusty Durango to the side.

You could easily add photos along the left hand side or add a title there with some smaller photos under the main photo.... You get the idea.

I have to say I even surprise myself sometimes with how quickly these progressive pages come together. It really makes it so much easier because for one your options are somewhat limited when you are building up in smaller increments and two it forces you to be a bit creative so that all your pages don't look the same.

Anyway, the final version of the page (12 X 12) looked like this:


Well I guess that's all for today... I need to go off to dreamland early tonight as I have an early morning tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Scrapbook update

At the beginning of the year I had set a goal for myself to complete 6 scrapbook pages per month. Well, the results are both good and bad.

On the good side, the little quota I set for myself has increased the amount of scrapbooking I do each month (having a lot of workshops where I demonstrate progressive scrapbooking has helped, too!). Sadly, though I have still not hit the six page requirement yet (that's the bad side).

I've come close. I completed 4 and 1/2 in March. How do you have a half of a scrapbook page, you ask? Well, I laid it out. Continually looked it over day after day for about a week and I just couldn't commit to it (I hadn't taped anything down) so I packed it all up and put it in one of those scrapbook page folders and stored it under my table for a new day. I know, I know. I should just pull it out, tape it down and call it done, but now it is just principal.

I will evenutally probably do just that, but for now it remains in limbo.

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).

At most of my workshops I always demo how you can take a 6 X 6 scrapbook page and turn it into an 8.5 X 11 page and then into a 12 X 12 (also known as progressive scrapbooking).

So the above page as an 8.5 X 11 looks like this:















And finally as a 12 X 12 page it looks like this:














To see any of the photos a bit closer you can click on the image, which will display it larger. These photos were taken last year at our Fourth of July cookout. We always put out a little pool in the backyard for the kids even though most of them are really too old for that kind of pool.

Well, needless to say when you give a bunch of kids access to water on a hot summer day a water fight is generally the outcome. And of course when you have a bunch of "big" kids that are also members of the family this is what generally happens:













And, of course there is retaliation... so this is what happens next:








But that's a whole different page! :o)
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Let's Renovate!

This week has been a great week for me. Of course one of the main reasons it was such a great week was because the weather was so fabulous here on the East Coast. I even pulled out the flip flops and capris this week! So. Excited.

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

All good things must come to an end.... BUT...

Hello there friends! Happy Thursday to you... it's nice here in the Northeast not to see any rain today! No real sun in my neck of the woods right now -- but hopefully later!

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!
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