Dec 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hi There!

Well it's 12:33 am on Christmas morning and I think I can finally say my Christmas to-do list is done (well except the wrapping of one present!). I just finished my final Christmas card.... this one is for my nephew who is saving for a car.... therefore his present was very easy to shop for... I simply whipped out my checkbook! :)

I don't have a picture of it right now. The camera is downstairs and frankly I'm just too tired to put that much effort into this right now! Sorry.... I will post it soon though.... promise!

I just wanted to pop on here quickly to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah or best wishes for whatever holiday it is that you celebrate this time of year! I've had a busy day of baking cookies (that's a first for me on Christmas!), wrapping presents and cleaning house.... getting ready for a full house tomorrow!

Now I'm off to wrap one last gift, put a few other presents under the tree and hopefully get a good nights sleep before tomorrow's festivities (remember how hard it used to be to sleep on Christmas Eve?? Thankfully... it's not so hard for me anymore! :)

Have a wonderful holiday!

(P.S. Is that Santa and his reinder I see out my window??)

Dec 10, 2011

New Blog Design!


Hello!


So obviously I need to start with a big shout out to Erin at Designer Blogs for my new design! What do you think? I love it... so much more fun. If you want to check out other designs they have or possibly a custom design (which I hope to do some day!), click on the link on my sidebar.




Last night was fun. I had our annual Holiday Party with the members of my Stampin' Up demonstrator group, Pitta Padders. We had chinese food, gift swapping, chatting and a fun make and take!




Here are some photos.... First up is the pile of presents I had for each of the girls (if you're long distance I'll have them out shortly!). I don't know how long I'll be able to do this, but while we're still small... I love to spoil them!!






Then we enjoyed some Chinese Food... I didn't take pictures of that... I just enjoyed it without thinking of photos! :)




We had some great gift giving, too! We did a homemade gift swap -- make a gift, get one back! Here is Sally with her gift (designed by me), a journal jar:







Here's Jill with her paper tree made by Missy:




Here is Adrian with her homemade chocoalate fudge made by Sally (Yummy!):





Here is Missy with her handmade ornament by Jill (p.s. check out her hand stamped scarf):





And here is me with my beautiful hot plate made by Adrian:




Fun, right? Then we had make and take time.... We made fold-out scrapbooks using the Holly Berry Bouquet DSP in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Here's some pictures of the project:








And inside....







And one more:













I saw this project at convention in Salt Lake City this past July. I loved the idea -- it's a great little mini book with 8 pages that you can add photos and journaling to. It makes a great gift or just a holiday decoration you can pull out each year to remember Christmas 2011!




Want to join the Christmas fun next year? Because I'm attending Leadership in San Antonio, Texas in January, I'm going to be able to offer my new team members a great special on December 13 & 14th! Be sure to check back here for more details -- or just e-mail me and I'll give you the scoop.




I also have a wonderful box of new products from the upcoming Occasions mini catalog sitting on my floor! So, you'll probably want to check back for some new samples using my new toys, too!




Have a great weekend!



Nov 26, 2011

Surprise!



Hello. It's me, Jen. I used to blog here a long, long, long time ago!


I can't believe it has been four months since I've showed up here. Honestly, it's not because I didn't want to. I thought about it often, but felt too much pressure to keep coming back! ;)


While I'm not promising anything, I do want to have a more regular presence around here again. I miss my little blog... and my two or three readers. ;)


It's full-on holiday preparation time over here in crafty land. I've got two card classes this week, plus a make and take event. Then there's a holiday gift class and a bags & tags class before I take a break for a little while for the holiday. Don't worry though, I won't be stopping with the stamping. Come Dec. 1, I get to pre-order some fun new goodies from the new Occasions Mini Catalog and I plan to make all sorts of fun new things with my new toys -- I first have to narrow down my wish list to a more reasonable amount! Not an uncommon problem for me these days... the new products Stampin' Up is coming out with is really making that a challenge!


Well, I can't spill any more details about that, but stay tuned. I planned to show some sneak peeks of what I'm working on through the holiday. Another big task on my list is the holiday cards -- I'm not sure if I'm going to go traditional or perhaps make some fun digital cards using My Digital Studio -- or perhaps a combination of both. While I'd love to make hand-stamped cards for everyone, the Christmas card list is getting a little intimidating -- approaching the 300 mark!!! We'll see...


I have been playing with My Digital Studio (Stampin' Up's Digital papercrafting software) and it is really impressive. I'm placing an order for some professional printed items shortly -- I'll share those when I get them. I have to finish designing a few things.


Well, talking about this list of things that still needs to get done has made me a little nervous! Must get back to work.


If you're looking to get some good deals on some holiday gifts (for you or for someone else), you still have time to take advantage of the Online Extravaganza at my website.


Happy Shopping!

Jul 31, 2011

Let's play catch up....





Well, I have returned from Convention and I had so much fun I don't even know where to begin for a recap! I had planned to show you a bunch of the displays, some main stage demos, some new friends, some great new project ideas, but unfortunately, I misplaced my camera on the way home so the only picture I have is this wee little one of general session on the first official morning.



I think there were about 5,000 or so of us... so much fun! I actually won prize patrol, which means I got a new package of Designer Series Paper and a stamp set out of the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog. I am in so much trouble with that mini.... soooo much fun stuff in there! Now as a demo, I actually get to pre-order some of that stuff TOMORROW! yipee :)



If you want to take a gander at it and earn 30% off your first order within 45 days... run (don't walk) to my Web site -- well, I guess you wouldn't need to run or walk as you are probably already on the internet... lol) and sign up today for the $99 starter kit. It is such an awesome deal -- with tons of product about half the regular price. It's completely customizable and comes with a $40 Christmas Keepsake Box kit (including another stamp set) for Free. And I get one, too, which means we could make it together! :) Signing up as a demo has never been a decision I doubted... and with all the great stuff they've been doing lately, I SO don't want to miss out!



Anyway, on with the update... I got 180 card swaps at convention, too. I actually have a small photo of that, too (I forgot... I have two photos!)....





I think this year was some of my best swaps ever... so many amazing ideas! Plus I came home with eight free stamp sets! I've got to get to work with them... So many fun possibilites.


With the new Holiday Mini catalog coming up in just over a month (for you -- for me, it's tommorrow!) I've really been thinking about the holiday and traditions and such. Do you have any family traditions that you do every year? I'm thinking I may want to start creating a small mini-book each year to capture the holiday. I feel like my holiday spirit has been waning the last seven years after my Dad died. He was born on Christmas so the holiday just sort of went downhill for me.


This year, I want to try and focus on what is good in my life. What I'm grateful for, etc. It's something I've been trying to be better about in life in general. So I think a small mini album is in order.


Do you have a tradition or crafty project that is a must every year? I'd love to hear about it!

Jul 7, 2011

Greetings from a Crazy Girl...

Hi there, blog friends! I'm just popping on quickly to let you know I haven't forgotten you. I've been super busy getting ready for my hostess appreciation event tomorrow. Want to see the invite?



Cute, huh? It uses a new stamp set called penant parade. My hostess appreciation event is by invitation only to all my hostesses from the past year... We have lots of fun with games, prizes, freebies and yummy food!

Want to come next year? Be sure to book a workshop with me soon :)

Well, a short post today... I'll hopefully be back soon when I'm not so pressed for time. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Jul 1, 2011

Happy Fourth!

Well hello there long lost blog world! I seemed to have missed the entire month of June. Hmph. How is it that I'm having such difficulty keeping up with the little old blog these days?

I do have grand plans to update (both literally - as in posting! - and physically - as in giving it a bit of a sprucing up) in the not too distant future. I'm a little bored with it so I'm thinking maybe if I make it a little prettier and maybe offer some things here ... it might be more fun for me! Of course, words of encouragement from my friends in blog land are always fun -- so feel free to comment away when you see something you like! :)

I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, today is a big day! It is the official start to the new Stampin' year! That means a brand new Idea Book & Catalog, folks. Very exciting. I've actually already put in my first order of the year -- and I must say I was very well behaved -- only ordering supplies for upcoming classes. Click here to check it out for yourself. Here's a little sneak peek of the cover:



Beautiful, isn't it? I have to admit the samples in this catalog are truly some of the best ever. I cannot wait for convention in a few weeks as I'm sure I will truly fall in love with lots of other stuff, too :)

The great little bonus for me today was that I earned FIVE free stamp sets during Sale-A-Bration this year - so I got to place my order for those today, too - and they were all just the FUN stuff that I WANTED,not needed.

Would you like to be able to earn free shopping sprees while making money doing something you love? Well, now is the perfect time to join Stampin' Up as a demonstrator. Not only is it super exciting because of all the new product, but right now you can join for just $99!



Plus if you join between July 1 and July 31 you'll also receive an exclusive Creative Kit to make the adorable Christmas keepsake box below -- it would be a great gift or just the perfect thing to keep your own mementos in:


So if you are ready to jump on board and start making money now (doing something that is totally fun!) then visit my Web site and sign up any time -- day or night. If you've got questions, or if you want a little guidance first, feel free to e-mail me and we can set up a time to sit down and chat -- either in person or over the phone. I'd love to have you join my growing team!

With that, I'm off to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family... but plan to be back real soon with some eye candy.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

May 30, 2011

June... really?




Well, hello there long lost blog friends! I'm sorry I've been away so long. Sad to say, but I don't really know what my excuse is. I often thought of updating the little blog, but just didn't have much to say.


Sadly, I don't think I have too much to say today, either, but I couldn't leave it neglected any longer.



I am completely stunned that we are heading into our 6th month of this year. How the heck did that happen so quickly! I don't even think I finished posting my 2011 goals way back in January... You can probably guess how those are going, too. ;)


I've included a couple of creations I've made recently. The scrapbook page I made late last month I think (in April). I really liked how it turned out. I realized though that I am out of practice with scrapbooking. It took me like four days to finally commit and tape it down!

Here's a card, too:




This one features some products from the Summer Mini Catalog including the new triple layer punches. Very cool. You can see the Mini Catalog here.



Here's a fun wildlife photo, too:


Isn't he cute? He was gnawing on that wood like you wouldn't believe. You could actually hear him from the other side of the yard. He was a little guy, too. This past weekend I actually saw a baby bunny in the yard, too. Like a real baby... you could barely see him over the grass (I must admit the grass was a bit long at the time). I love our backyard... there's always something fun to watch.



It's hard to believe that the retiring stamp list will be released by Stampin' Up on Wednesday, June 1. So if you are not on my e-mail list, either join now by entering your e-mail address above in the right sidebar or be sure to check my website on June 1 to get all the info.



Of course, as a demonstrator I get to preview some sneak peek items from the catalog on June 1, too. So it will probably be the one morning of the year when I'm up early (it's better than Christmas)! The best part is when I place my pre-order (to prepare for upcoming classes) I also get a hard copy of the full catalog sent to me. I'll be able to drool all over it for a whole month! I promise I won't give that to anybody. I'll keep it for myself ;) But, you better believe I'll be stalking my UPS truck driver late this week (because of course I will have it expedited!)



Well, I guess I had more to say than I thought! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and took a few moments to honor those we've lost and who continue to serve our country.

Apr 28, 2011

Random Thoughts on a Rainy Thursday evening...



Lately I've found myself thinking numerous times, "Oh that would be a good blog topic." Yet when I sit down to write about these things... it turns into a sentence or two. Not really the blog feature I was thinking of.


Tonight I was browsing some blogs and found myself very inspired on a number of different levels.


Kelly Rae really made me want to do some soul searching this week. I may have to break down and buy her e-book.


Becky makes me want to do some spring cleaning -- I'm not really sure why this post made me think of that -- Perhaps it was the whole comment about having an empty room for two years. It made me wish I could start over with an empty room or two -- what can I tell you? My brain works in mysterious ways.


This post really made me want to work on my Etsy shop again. I really love focusing on presentation. It does indeed make a difference. It reminded me I need to focus a bit more on that again in my business.


You may see a variation of this card on my blog in the near future as it really speaks to me. I love the layout, the colors, everything.


This post just made me laugh out loud... so dang cute! I have to say I think the second photo is perfect!


I'm ridiculously addicted to this game, but I tell you -- I AM NOT going to play tonight! It's the fastest way for me to lose an hour or two!


Ok.. I guess that's enough randomness for one night. I will say the card I made for tonights post was originally going to be an entry for the Artisian Award. But Miss Procrastinating Patty (that's me, even though my name is not Patty) didn't get her act together fast enough ... I decided to enter the contest two weeks before it was due... yeah... just not enough time for nine quality projects! There's always next year...


Well... I'm off to accomplish something. I hope.


Apr 11, 2011

Lazy Day...


I was so excited that the weathermen were predicting upwards of 6o degree weather today as I knew I had the day off!


So, I was a little disappointed when I saw the fog and rainy weather today. But I always try to find a positive spin on everything lately so... I've been stamping all day! :)


I'm actually working (very last minute) on my Artisian Award entry and in between coming up with some projects for my Stamp Club this week.


I also got to have a 2 hour nap today, which I've said before, always feels rebellious to me on a weekday afternoon :)


Anyway, this card is using the Create a Cupcake stamp said and punch. I honestly can't remember if I cased this layout or not... I think I might have so if it looks familiar please let me know and I will absolutely include you as my inspiration! I'm usually really good about marking whether an idea was mine or "borrowed" from someone else -- and this one... I just can't remember and I didn't write it down! I'm amazed at how old I'm feeling these days :(


I used this card at a workshop recently and everyone loved it. I really like that we have so many punches that coordinate with our stamp sets. Remember these two are only available until the end of April when the Mini Occasions catalog ends (but don't worry I have a fun new Summer Mini Catalog to show you!).


Hope you have a great day!

Apr 3, 2011

Happy Sunny Sunday...

I just got around to unpacking a box of goodies at had shipped to me from my favorite place (Stampin' Up, of course) and you wouldn't believe what I found in the box. It is just yet another reason why I love this company! Mixed in with the stamp sets, cardstock and fun embellishments I found the sweetest little hand-stamped gift... see: Isn't that cute? The front was stamped with the cute little owl from the Aviary stamp set and the back was signed by the woman who must have packed my box. I think I may have to send a thank you card back to Julia, now ;) Today has been a really great day... between finding thank you notes in my box of stamping goodies and have the sun shining brightly (and it's not too cold either), life is good. Plus, I've been in my pajamas since 2:30 (well, I should say back in my pajamas -- as I did shower, get dressed and grab a bite to eat with hubby before returning back to the pjs!). Well, I really must get to work on some taxes now... but I hope to be back soon with some sneak peeks of some new product from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog that you can purchase during April -- or even earn for free! I'll tell you more in my next post. Happy Sunday!

Mar 26, 2011

Breathe....

Let me just say that trying to run a business that has quickly become full-time while having another full-time job during the day is hard. But I love teaching rubber stamping and paper crafting so it is soooo worth it!

I'm not complaining in any way, shape or form, as I am very thankful to have a very successful Stampin' Up business and to have a well-paying day job where I love the people I work with, but some days I feel as though I'm being stretched in six different directions.

However, today is a fantastic day. I slept in until 10 a.m. and I'm in my pajamas, catching up on some things that need to get done and then I plan to goof off a bit.

I also want to acknowledge any of my new friends from Crop on the Cape 2011. I met a TON of new people and I'm so appreciative of their support. So if you are visiting my blog for the first time (and this goes for anyone not just Crop on the Cape-goers), welcome!

I have a progressive scrapbook page to share with you today. I made this actually a few weeks ago and just hadn't had the time to share. I showed progressive scrapbooking at Crop on the Cape and I think it was well received! So let me share with you another example.

For those of you who are not familiar with progressive scrapbooking... what it is, is you start with a 6 X 6 page, then build up to an 8.5 X 11 page and then to a 12 X 12. I just find this to be a great technique when I am stumped looking at a very large 12 X 12 page. :)

So here is the 6 X 6 starting point...

Oops... I just realized that I never cropped these images so you get a glimpse of my bed, too!

So this small little page features the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and the Fancy Flower Punch (which was embossed with my Big Shot).

It also showcases two of my bestest buds... Laurie and Jackie.


I simply stamped some tone-on-tone butterflies on the Rose Red cardstock, some small yellow flowers on the So Saffron cardstock and then the flower stem on the Old Olive cardstock.

Once I had that done, I made that the focus of the 8.5 X 11 page, which you can see here:


So you can see the 6 X 6 starting point on the right-hand side of this page. I also made a super, cute butterfly embellishment for the page. You can see the tutorial for that here from Tana's blog. She is also doing a fabulous weight loss program where she is trying to lose 111 in 2011 and it's so awesome to see her progress!

So the final step is to make this 8.5 X 11 page the focal point of a 12 X 12 page:


Ta-Da! (Again... sorry about the lack of cropping). I added a few photos along the left-hand side, some patterned paper and a button in the top left corner and Voila! I still have to do some journaling on this page, but I haven't decided what I want the focus of the page to be (there's several different directions I can go with these pictures). However, I did leave some space on the bottom to include some journaling (always remember to include your thoughts on your pages -- it will mean so much to your relatives when they can get some insight to how you think and how you lived).
Well, that is all for me today... I'm off to enjoy a bit of free time today! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and thanks for stopping by!

Mar 1, 2011

Grrrr....

I honestly don't mean to keep going MIA on you! It's really nothing personal!

I am truly tired of this winter. I know I shouldn't be complaining as it is a really trivial issue, but it just has been kicking my butt! Between just the cold, gray days and the dumb virus I got over the last week, I just don't feel like I can catch up and March is a busy, busy month!

So if you are wondering where I went to last week... well I was curled up on the couch with a blankie pretty much permanently for the entire last half of last week. No stamping. No eating. No talking. No sleeping!

I spent the last two rainy days holed up in my stamp room to catch up -- and I think I did.... at least for now. But this is going to be a super busy week with Stamp Club and three workshops still to go! (Not that I'm complaining!)

So needless to say not a lot to show you. I will hopefully have some cards to show you from my card class last night when I get them uploaded.

In the meantime, let me show you some close-up shots of some of the scrapbook pages I gave you a peek at a while back.

This is page one of a two page spread:



This is page 1 -- I know super simple! But that was kind of what I was going for in this album. There really is no stamping or embellishments at all right now. Although I think I might add some embellishments once I figure out what photos I want to include.


You can't really tell from this photo, but I love how this page has the perfect spot for journaling... the left hand side of the page is made up of ledger paper... making it very easy to jot a few notes.


The second page is just as simple, but perhaps a little more intriguing....


Again.... super simple. Scrapbooking doesn't always have to be complicated, you know. I have to remind myself of that sometimes, too.
We often get so wrapped up in the fancy products that we forget it is really about the photos and recalling important memories.
I created eleven 8 X 8 pages with just a handful of coordinating cardstock and the Botanical Gazette DSP from the Occasions Mini Catalog.
I'll show you some more in the coming days. Right now I'm off for some breakfast. Thanks for stopping by... despite my erratic posting habits lately! :)
Have a great day!

Feb 22, 2011

Think Summer....


I think it is fitting that I am featuring the "Sweet Summer" Sale-A-Bration stamp set this week.
For the second day in a row I'm waking up to snow -- granted it is just flurries and not adding up to much, but I. Am. Done. I don't even like the to look at snow anymore!
I'm also waking up today with the start of a cold... Yuck! You know, sore throat, one side of my nose that won't stop running and an overal feeling of yuckiness.
So to say that I would like summer to arrive would be an understatement! Actually, though, I don't want to skip spring as I love that season. I love the fresh feeling spring brings with new buds on the trees and little birdies chirping in the morning. Just as long as it is no longer 20 degrees and snowing -- that's the weather I would like now. I'm just saying.
Anyway, enough whining from me today... on to today's card. It is actually not very summer-like colors, but I like the pop of bright blue. The color is Pacific Point and I usually find it hard to work with, but this card came together fairly easily.
I love the mix-and-match aspect of the Sweet Summer stamp set. You'll see I used a different "flower" than yesterday so each and every card you make with this set can be truly different. Fun!
Don't forget that if you place a $50 order with me either online or through e-mail you will qualify for free Sale-A-Bration item -- which could be this cute "Sweet Summer" Stamp set!
I hope you have a great day! I'm off to cuddle under a blanket with my breakfast before I must get ready for work.

Feb 21, 2011

Back in Business....


Happy Monday! The only reason why I can say that is because I have the day off ... :)
And it is going to be a goof off day filled with fun stuff -- no housework, no working, nothing boring like that!
I wanted to get back in the routine, however, of posting my daily Sale-A-Bration posts. This week we are looking at the Sweet Summer stamp set, which you can earn free with a $50 order.
This one took a little while to come together. I started with the Sale-A-Bration Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series paper mixed in with this card, but it simply overpowered the stamped images so I went simple with just some embossed polka dots (made fabulously easy with my Big Shot), a little punch action (with my scallop border punch, my little tag puncy and my big circle punch) and of course some ribbon.
This stamp set doesn't look like much when you see it in the catalog, but it really makes some great cards once you start playing with it.
Visit my Web site to place your $50 order and earn your Free Sale-A-Bration set!

Feb 17, 2011

I know... I've been naughty!

Hello there blog friends...

I, of course, must begin with an apology for being absent for the past week and a half. You see, I had every good intention of finishing my Sale-A-Bration preview projects prior to leaving for vacation, but alas I had way too many things on the "to-do" list before I left and it just didn't get done.

And then of course you know how it goes when you return from a vacation... everything and everyone wants something from you.... right now! Well, this is the first time I've had a moment to breathe and take stock of what needs to be done and I've been home for five days now.

So I promise I will get back to the Sale-A-Bration parade of samples on Monday. We'll take a look at the stamp set "Sweet Summer" all next week. It's another one that I think I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with.

In the meantime, I thought I'd show you some 8 X 8 template pages I made with the Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper in the Occasions Mini Catalog. It coordinates perfectly with the Nature Walk Stamp set and the Rustic 8 X 8 album. Here's a picture of what I've done so far...




You can't really see all the pages... perhaps I'll load a few of them and show you over the next couple of days -- although I can't promise anything as there is still a lot of work for me to do to catch up! Thankfully, I have a long weekend this week... Yipee!

I'll leave you with a few highlights of my trip to Las Vegas (sorry no photos as I really didn't take any -- gasp!):

Viva Elvis - This Cirque de Soleil Show was one of my all-time favorites. Matt and I love to catch a Cirque show whenever we can. They are a bit expensive, but always deliver. I especially liked this one as Elvis is a favorite of my Mom's -- I wish she could have seen it! I bought her a very cool gift though in the gift shop... can't wait to give it to her!

Pawn Stars - This was probably more exciting for Matt than me, but it is always cool to see what something looks like that you've seen on T.V. We went to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (I think that is what it is called) -- it is the Las Vegas Pawn Shop featured on the TV show Pawn Stars. The "Old Man" (as he is dubbed on the show) was actually in the store when we went -- although he was hiding in the back!

Candied Apples - I don't know that I've ever had a candy apple, but in The Orleans where we stayed the first two nights they had this won.der.ful. chocolate shop (click on photo gallery to see the candy apples). On Super Bowl Sunday we got three Candy Apples to share -- one of them was called Cheesecake and Oh. My. Goodness. was it yummy!!! I might just go look to see if they will ship me one it was that good!

Gloves? Really? - While there were lots of other highlights from the trip -- one other very funny thing (at least to me) was when we first arrived. We exited the airport to a fabulous 68 degrees and sunny skies at 3 p.m. Vegas time. When we got outside, there was a limo driver waiting there -- unfortunately he was not there for us, but the funny part was that he was dressed in a winter coat, scarf and gloves. Gloves, really? It's 68 degree! Perhaps I should take him home to New England so he can get a taste of what cold really feels like... what do you think?

Feb 4, 2011

Never Ending Bliss?



I really think I could play with this stamp set for another week and still be a happy girl (I probably will!). However, on Monday it will be time to feature another Sale-A-Bration product.

I think next week I will show you Sweet Summer... which is another fun set.

Today's card is loaded with different supplies from vanilla shimmer smooch spritz (so fun to play with!) to First Edition Deisgner Series paper.

I really love how this card came out. I think it is my favorite of the week. I did get a bit carried away and kept adding more and more and more.

The beauty of Sale-A-Bration is that you can spend your dollars on the fun embellishments (like pearls, ribbons, buttons and punches) and then get your stamp set free.

If you'd like to place your Sale-A-Bration order and earn "Bliss" for free, click here.

See you on Monday!

Feb 3, 2011

Bliss is good


I am so in love with this stamp set (Bliss from the Sale-A-Bration brochure)! I played with it tonight and made two more cards that I absolutely love.
I pulled out the Smooch Spritz for today's card (and tomorrow's) -- that stuff is lots of fun, too!
This card is so much prettier in person... Although Matt said he likes this card best out of the two I made tonight -- I prefer the one I will show you tomorrow... You'll have to tell me which one you like.
This card uses patterned paper from the Level 1 hostess 6 X 6 paper pack, the First Edition Designer Series Paper, the word window punch, stampin' dimensionals, log cabin smootch spritz, neutrals brads, and pearls.
The color combo is the same as yesterday ( I was playing with the scraps on the table -- one of my favorite ways to make a card!) -- Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride.
So do you want this stamp set yet? Have I convinced you how wonderful it is? :)
Visit my Web site to place your $50 order and it's yours! Thanks for stopping by today... see you tomorrow!

Feb 2, 2011

Blushing Bliss...


Hi there! I am waking up today to a very soggy morning... we escaped the latest storm with just rain it looks like. I'm a little disappointed as I really would have like to have a snuggle at home snow day... ah, well.... such is life.
Today I have another fun color combo for you. I found this one in my Stampin' Up color coach. I love that thing!
Did you know you can get one for free if you join the Stampin' Up family? It's part of a $50 add-on product bonus for new demonstrators during Sale-A-Bration. Plus, you'll receive 15% off the starter kit, which is normally $175. Visit my Web site for more details.
Back to today's card... I'm really liking this one. Another simple one, but I just thing that First Edition Designer Series paper from the new Mini Ocassions Catalog just makes the card. I also used the eyelet punch and some stampin' dimensionals to give the butterflies "lift."
Just a quick post today as I'm running a little behind in getting ready for work (I'd like to squeeze in some breakfast before my shower!)... see you tomorrow!

Feb 1, 2011

A new favorite color combo....



Hello there snow. Again. It has been a very snowy winter -- although the Cape keeps getting missed a little bit with it usually turning to rain.


Usually I'd be happy with that... but occasionally it is nice to have a snow day :)


Today I have two cards for you showcasing a color combo I found on line that I absolutely LOVE!


It is Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso and Baja Breeze. Yummy, huh?


This is a very simple card , but I love the layering of stamps on the large circle. It of course uses Bliss again with the large filigree stamp in the background in Crumb Cake and the butterfly on top in Peach Parfait. That is actually a new In Color and I don't know why I haven't used it more often... it is definitely on my re-order list.


My second card is also fairly simple, but it features our new beveled windowpanes that are so very fun!


It's hard to see in the picture, but I stamped the filigree image in Early Espresso this time on the Early Espresso cardstock -- giving it a subtle tone on tone look.
Then I added another butterfly and some pearls and the "Bliss" word image under the windowpane. That's it!
If you wanted to order the supplies for both of these cards you could earn the "Bliss" stamp set for free... check it out:
Getting Started Cardstock Collection, $6.95 (120954)
Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad, $5.95 (119670)
Peach Parfait Classic Ink Pad, $5.95 (119783)
Baja Breeze Marker, $3.50 (120965)
Crumb Cake Marker, $3.50 (120967)
Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, $6.95 (122331)
Beveled Windowpanes, $7.95 (121881)
Pearls, $4.95 (119247)
Snail Adhesive, $6.95 (104332)
Bliss Stamp Set, FREE!
Visit my Web site to place an online order or you can e-mail me an order directly through me... either way you can end up with this gorgeous stamp set to play with in just about a week!

Jan 31, 2011

A week of Bliss....


Happy Monday! I had a nice productive weekend so I'm actually in a fairly good mood (at least for a Monday!) despite being woken up early twice (!) by both my mother and my sister.
That's Ok though as I really needed to get up to make my lunch (I've been trying to be better about the eating habits) and to write my blog post!
So this week we will be looking at the Sale-A-Bration stamp set "Bliss." This is my favorite SAB set I think and the more I made cards with it this weekend, the more I fell in love with it. You can look at it on page 10 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog here.
This card also features the new Big Shot embossing folder called framed tulips. I have to say I wasn't to excited about it when I first saw it in the catalog, but after I saw some samples with it, I knew I had to own it!
The Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini is also featured on this card. The color combo is Rose Red, Baja Breeze, River Rock and Very Vanilla.
Be sure to come back tomorrow when I have two Bliss samples for you using a great color combo!

Jan 28, 2011

Wrapping up Punch Bunch...


Day 5 of the Punch Bunch features brings a card featuring some bright and a bit more manly colors (although I'm not sure if I'd call it a masculine card).
This one uses the Celebrations Designer Series Paper and, of course, Punch Bunch from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.
You could earn Punch Bunch FREE with the following order (the supplies used to create this card):
Celebrations Designer Series paper (117164, $9.95)
Getting Started Cardstock Collection (120954, $6.95)
Real Red Tafeta Ribbon (119763, $6.95)
Scallop Square Punch (119884, $16.95)
Whisper White Medium envelopes (107301, $6.50)
Stampin' dimensionals (104430, $3.95)
That totals $51.25 and then you would receive Punch Bunch for FREE! Free is always fun, right? Be sure to come back next week when I feature the Sale-A-Bration stamp set "Bliss."

Jan 27, 2011

A little "Love" for Sale-A-Bration


The "Love Letters" Designer Series paper from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog is probably my favorite paper pack this year (although somoe of the new mini paper is very, very tempting!).
I used the "Love Letters" DSP on today's card (it was featured on yesterday's card, too!). This is another relatively simple card -- it primarily consists of a lot of layering. In all honesty, this card came together by simply piling on a variety of scraps I had hanging around the table after putting yesterday's card together. That's often times my favorite way to create.
In fact, I have a bin on my paper rack behind my table where I put any small "card-sized" scraps and then when I have a minute to make a card, I simply pull a few scraps from the bin that speak to me and start playing.
This was the method I used when making my crop cards back in October and I came up with 7 different designs that I really liked. You can see a few of those here, here and here.
So, you can scroll down to yesterday's post and see the products you can order to earn the "Punch Bunch" stamp set from Sale-A-Bration for free (the image featured today comes from that stamp set again).
View the Sale-A-Bration catalog here and remember you earn a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set for EVERY $50 you spend! So if you were to order $150 worth of product (say perhaps a Big Shot and some dies) you would not only earn hostess benefits of a free exclusive hostess stamp set and $15 in free merchandise of your choice... you'd also earn THREE Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.
One of the greatest things about Sale-A-Bration is that demonstrators earn free sets for every $50, too so when I placed a supply order of $300 I earned SIX free Sale-A-Bration sets. Cool, huh? Want to learn more about being a demonstrator during the best time of the year? Feel free to come to my group meeting on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. (just please let me know so I have enough supplies cut for the make and takes).
During Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up also offers a great deal for new demos, too, including 15% off the starter kit and an extra $50 in product! Call or e-mail me for details!
See you tomorrow....

Jan 26, 2011

Punch Bunch: Day 3!


Hi There! Are you enjoying these Punch Bunch ideas? I think this is going to be one of the most popular choices for Sale-A-Bration 2011... we'll have to wait and see, though, if my prediction is correct!
Today's card is one of my favorites I made with the Punch Bunch set (well, tomorrow's too as it uses the same basic kit).
You could earn the Punch Bunch stamp set for free and make today's card with the following "kit:"
Love Letters Designer Series Paper (117162, $9.95)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402, $15.95)
Scallop Circle Punch (119854, $16.95)
Getting Started Cardstock Collection (120954, $6.95)
Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon (109055, $6.95)
Pearls (119247, $4.95)
That kit would cost $61.70 and you would earn the Punch Bunch set for free. Again, remember to come back tomorrow as I will have another card you could make with this kit.
I'm in a giving mood today so after Friday's post, send me an e-mail with your favorite card from the week and I will enter you into a drawing for a free card class!

Jan 25, 2011

It's Here, It's Here!


Welcome to Day 1 of Sale-A-Bration. I am super excited about this promotion this year... we have some great items up for grabs and plenty of new goodies in the Occasions Mini catalog that we qualify for a $50 order (you'll see more of those products coming up soon!).
Anyway, today's card is somewhat of a continuation of yesterday's blog post. I'm using the same basic supplies to create this card as I used to create yesterday's card. This one still features the Punch Bunch stamp set as well.
I like to make multiple cards using the same supplies because, well, it just makes sense! You have all the stuff out to make the card and you of course make a bunch of scraps when you are cutting into the paper to make the first card. So... I just pick up the pieces and create a new card!
Voila! This is another simple birthday card. It is always handy to have those on hand! See yesterday's post for ideas of what to purchase to make a similiar card to this and earn the Punch Bunch set for Free! (just scroll down and you can see yesterday's list.
Don't forget... I'll be featuring a new card using Punch Bunch all week this week (except Saturday and Sunday) and then come back next week as I'll be featuring the Sale-A-Bration set, "Bliss," which is one of my favorites!

Jan 24, 2011

Just One More Day...


Hello Monday. I have to say I'm overly happy this Monday as we had a fabulous concert for the Cape Cod Symphony this weekend (my new job) and now I have today off.
Of course, having the day off is in and of itself reason to be happy -- but I'm even more happy that I don't have to leave the house (well until my card class tonight). It is COLD outside and I am so not a fan of this weather. Will someone please call me when the 60-degree weather returns and brings those happy little birdies back?
Anyway, another reason to be happy today is that Sale-A-Bration starts tomorrow! What is Sale-A-Bration you ask? It is only the best promotion of the year for Stampin' Up. Starting tomorrow and running through March 31, any time you purchase $50 worth of product you receive a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Many of the items are exclusive and only available during this 2.5 month time. Although, as they did last year, Stampin' Up has also offered up some of the favorites from the big Idea Book and Catalog as Sale-A-Bration items, too.
The card I made for today's showcase is relatively simple. It uses the Punch Bunch Sale-A-Bration set as the focal image.
Here is a suggested order to earn your free Punch Bunch stamp set (you could use this package to make tomorrow's card, too!):
Scallop Trim Border punch (118402, $15.95)
Scallop Circle Punch (119854, $16.95)
Sweet & Sour Specialty Designer Series Paper (117390, $11.95)
Getting Started Collection Cardstock (120954, $6.95)
Rose Red Ink Pad (101778, $5.95)
Pumpkin Pie Marker (105115, $3.50)
Pearls (119247, $4.95)
Your total is $65.20 and you would earn the Punch Bunch stamp set free. Be sure to check back tomorrow and see another card you could make with the supplies above.

Jan 22, 2011

Hello, Hello!


How cute is this little owl? He is a member of the adorable Punch Bunch stamp set. You know what the cutest thing is about him? You can get him for FREE!
He is one of the five fantastic products you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration 2011! Sale-A-Bration starts on Tuesday, January 25. If you are not familiar with this fantastic, long-running promotion -- this is how it works: For EVERY $50 you spend on Stampin' Up product you earn a FREE exclusive item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.
To help you see the stamps in action... for the next four weeks I am going to post a new card sample featuring one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.
Beginning on Monday, Jan. 24, I will begin posting a card a day. This week I'll be featuring the stamp set "Punch Bunch".
So be sure to check back next week! I'm ready to show you these fantastic new products that you can get for FREE!

Jan 4, 2011

Happy New Year

I say it every year.... I love a New Year. You can get rid of any negatives from the previous year, build on any successes and best of all wipe the slate clean if you choose to! Of course, you can do this at any time of year, but for some reason for me I always find the beginning of the year very inspiring.

I've been scouring all my favorite blogs this past week taking in others' resolutions, "One Word" picks, and plans for 2011. I have to be honest that I haven't really been able to pinpoint my thoughts on this year... so no real insightful thinking to share with you today... but perhaps in the not too distant future... ;)

I figured since I can't really collect all my goals, aspirations and desires for 2011 yet, I'd share my favorite projects from 2010. Have a look back...

January:

While I didn't actually create this layout in January... I made it to commemorate my first trip to Leadership, which was in Phoenix, Arizona last year. This was a big milestone for me for a couple of reasons -- first it was my first flight alone ever! (Not necessarily something I want to do alone again... lol!). And it was my first trip to Leadership, which was amazing! I'm sad I won't be able to attend again this year. I am definitely aiming to attend convention though in July!
February:

I used the crayon resist technique here -- which is an oldie for me -- I learned it in my very beginning stages as a demonstrator and I still love it. I love the sentiment of this card as well and it is something I hope to accomplish more often in 2011!

March:

I loved this set of cards I created using a Sale-A-Bration set from 2010 (Sale-A-Bration 2011 starts Jan. 25 -- don't miss out on some great FREE stamps!). I made these cards for the 2010 Crop on the Cape event. It was my second year attending, but my first as a vendor and I had so much fun and met so many new friends! I'm so excited to be participating again this year -- it's not to late to sign up -- click here right now!

April:


This was a fun and simple card I made with the Awash with Flowers set for a workshop. I love the simplicity of it, but yet it still is impressive to a new (and experienced!) stamper -- LOVE that!

May:


I really like this card a lot... I made it for Stampin' Up's annual Artisan Award contest, but sadly didn't complete my submission so I never sent it. I am determined to submit projects for this year's contest open to demonstrators (in fact I've already been thinking of my projects)... afterall, who wouldn't love $500 in cash and $500 in new SU products!

June:



This card was fun because it was the first card I made with my sneak peak items for the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and catalog, which was released in July... always a favorite month for a Stampin Up demonstrator ;)

July:

This card took me a while to put together -- but I liked it when I finished... and I liked this post because it showed a bit about my process. One of the biggest concerns I hear about rubber stamping is that people feel like they could never be creative enough... the thing is it doesn't always work for me either -- but it is still fun! Time flies when I'm messing around with a card until I get it "just right" -- and it really helps me forget the world when I need to -- perfect!

August:


Another fun, simple workshop card featuring my new toys from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and catalog... Artistic Etchings is still one of my favorite!



September:



This may be my favorite project from 2010 -- I think it's more symbollic than anything -- as I tackled the sewing machine and won (with Mom's help of course!). You can read about it here. And guess what -- I got a sewing machine for Christmas so you might just be seeing some more sewing in my future ;)


October:


I made this scrapbook page to sell and I realized as I was compiling this list -- that I really didn't do too much scrapbooking in 2010, which is sad as it was the initial reason that I signed up as a demo... So that is definitely something I'm going to work on in 2011.


November:




The colors of this card just make me happy ... Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Very Vanilla -- plus a little bling of course!


December:




Last but not least -- my favorite holiday card of the year -- these adorable little snowmen. While it's not your typical Christmas card, I think it just makes a great contemporary design.

Well, that's a recap of 2010 through my creative projects... Do you have a favorite project from 2010? Feel free to share it with me (with a link!) in the comments!

Happy Crafting to you in 2011!
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