Dec 30, 2012

Hesitant to say goodbye...

You would think I'd be happy to say goodbye to 2012, but I have to admit I'm a little hesitant to let it go. Seeing 2012 end makes me feel like I am accepting that my Mom is really gone. I feel as though if the calendar still says 2012 then she can still come back.

Unfortunately, though, we all know that is not possible. I have to remember that saying goodbye to 2012 doesn't mean that I love my Mom any less or that my heart is any less broken. It just means I continue to pick up the pieces of said heart and try and put them together the best way I know how -- one piece and one day at a time. There will always be gaping holes because Mom took several pieces of my heart with her when she left, but I will carry on and continue to make her proud any way I can -- even if right now that is by just getting out of bed. Even six months later, that is still often my hardest task each day.

I scrolled through my posts in the beginning of 2012 because I'm always so optimistic and excited for a new year and I wanted to see what I had to say about 2012. I found this post. Yup. My signature optimism. I had forgotten that I had picked the word "realize" as my one word for 2012. It sort of took the breathe out of me when I read that ... never did I "realize" that I'd be closing out the year as an orphan. Never once did I "realize" the work that was ahead of me - physically, mentally and emotionally in 2012. 

I'm sure I was thinking more along the lines of realizing my dreams and coming to realize my strengths and joys in life. That being said, 2012 did see me realize my dream of earning my first incentive trip with Stampin' Up -- and that was a much needed escape and a huge blessing. I did realize I was a much stronger person than I had ever imagined and I realized that I have the most incredible siblings on earth. So I am thankful for many things this year -- but it is all just a bit overshadowed.

With that, I turn my attention to 2013. If my Mom taught me anything it was to never be a quitter so while I still quite frequently want to hide and just give up, I will not do that. I will try to conjure up some excitment for the new year of possibilities and press forward.... for her.

I've picked the word DISCOVER for 2013.... mainly because I'm discovering I am a new and very different person. A lot of my thoughts and beliefs have changed. I think I've become a bit more free-spirited and less tied to "rules." I want spend more time with family and live my passions and be happy to the best of my ability. So for me 2013 will be a year for me to discover my new self, discover new opportunities, discover who I am without my Mom, discover what motivates, inspires and feeds me... and move in all of those directions. Afterall, we only live once and we never know when times up.

Sorry for the somewhat sad post to close out the year, but please know that I am wishing you a happy, healthy and successful new year! Be sure to come back beginning January 1 for a countdown to Sale-A-Bration from January 1 - January 22 with new "eye candy" every day!

Dec 25, 2012

Top Five Tuesday: Merry Christmas!

Hello there.... Merry Christmas! I thought the best Top Five list today would be a list of my top five favorite Christmas songs... Perhaps one or two are on your top five favorite list, too? Feel free to share... I'd love to hear your favorites!

1. The Christmas Song, by Nat King Cole - You have to include this one... it's such a classic! This one always reminds me of Christmas morning when I was a kid. I'm not sure why -- Mom always put the radio on Christmas morning so it wasn't like she played it specifically, but since it's such a classic I guess I remember hearing it every Christmas morning as a kid.

2. Santa Baby, by Kellie Pickler - This song has always been a favorite of mine as well -- all versions, but I think Kellie (American Idol alum) has the perfect voice for this song. Although the version by Madonna is a good one, too (I was a child of the 80s you know!)

3. Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reinder, by Jewel - I love the harmony on this one, plus Jewel was one of my favorite singers in high school and college. I love her uniqueness (is that a real word?)

4. Silver Bells, by Bing Crosby - Another classic! It had to be included in the list.

5. Santa will find you, by Tripping Lily - This is a song is by a local group called Tripping Lily. I saw it performed at the Holiday Pops concert last year with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and instantly fell in love. Now it has a little bit more meaning to me as my Mom was with me for that concert and she really liked them as well. I hope Santa found my Mom this year and brought her the gift she had wanted for the past eight years -- to spend Christmas with Dad.

I hope you are surrounded by your family and friends this year and that you receive everything you want this year. Wishing you much happiness in 2013!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 17, 2012

Top Five Tuesday: My Five Favorite Christmas Cards

  Hello there. Happy Tuesday and welcome to my very first Top Five Tuesday! I thought I'd start out the season by showing you my top five favorite Christmas cards that I made for this year. I must note however, that I don't think I can find them all (!) -- there were 20 different designs that I made for card class and I could only find like 12 of them... also as another note two of my favorite cards are also the new designs I made to send to family and customers for the holiday... so while they are my favorites, I didn't want to show you and spoil the surprise! I'll definitely show them after I get them in the mail, though, Ok?

Now onto my top five (in no particular order):

This one probably is one of my top favorite this year. It uses the Frosty Friends Stamp set. Love that stamp set! If you love it, too, you may want to order it soon as it is in the Holiday Catalog, which will be done on January 2.

I used a variety of supplies for this card including: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, More Merry Messages, and the scallop trim border punch.

I really like this one, too even though it isn't my traditional style. The woodgrain embossing folder on our Core'dinations Cardstock really just makes it pop (especially in real life). The deer stamp is really cute, too. I need to try and make a couple more cards with it this year because I want to hang ornaments from his antlers!

Here are the supplies I used for this card: Woodgrain embossing folder, Christmas Deer Stamp, Delightful Dozen Stamp set, Early Espresso Core'dinations Cardstock and Early Espresso stitched grosgrain ribbon.

This one is pretty simple and a nearly complete copy from a fellow demonstrator and friend of mine, Ronda Wade. I love to color and this one allowed me to color, but without having to spend hours on each card.

Here are the supplies on this card: Easy Events Stamp Set, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper and very vanilla tafetta ribbon.

Honestly, this one wasn't really one of my favorites at first, but it was met with such rave reviews the two times I showed it that I had to include it in the top five!

It's not as impressive in this picture as with the rainy weather lately I couldn't get a good day to take a nice photo -- the glitter is so sparkly on this and totally adds to the overall feel of the card.

Anyway, the supplies for this one are: Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set, Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and the two way glue pen.

This card has been all over the internet in different variations, but I really loved the color combination on this one. I like that it is simple, but still feels elegant.

The main supply on this card is the paper from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack in the Holiday Catalog... be sure to get one before it is gone on January 2. Also on this card is the Lucky Limeade ruffle trim and the More Merry Messages Stamp set.

So that's it... my first top five. Which one is your favorite? Did you have a favorite stamp set this year? I'd love to hear it! Well, I must return to Christmas card making.... I'm hoping I can get them out before the holiday!!

I don't know how this holiday always sneaks up on me as I always start planning for cards at least 3 months prior to it (this year I started in August)! Ah well... I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and completely stress free!

Dec 16, 2012

Hello there... I thought I would pop in for a minute to show you one of the tags I designed for a class I had earlier this season.

This tag features the Frosty Friends stamp, which is so stinkin' cute (especially when you add glitter). I attached this lovely group of jolly snowpeople to the front of a hostess gift for one of my recent private classes. (Inside I tucked a cute little mason jar of snowman soup).

I love making tags this time of year to spruce up my holiday gifting and to add that little something extra to those store-bought presents. Plus, they are so easy to make with just a few scraps of paper and a couple of stamps (or in this case -- just one stamp!).

I also used the Apothecary Accents Framelits, my large circle punch, cherry cobbler baker's twine and the bitty buttons. Oh and don't forget the glitter!

Don't forget to come back on Tuesday for my first "Top Five Tuesday" post -- I'm really excited about this new feature. I think it will be really fun (certainly for me -- and hopefully for you, too!).

Dec 14, 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz!

Greetings friends... sorry for my lack of posting.... I promise to be back soon. I did want to alert you to some awesome finds -- particularly at this "shopping" time of year! Whether you're shopping for family, friends or just for yourself, be sure to check out the Clearance Rack Blitz where Stampin' Up has added more than 300 new items and some of them are up to 80% off!

Some of my favorite things on the list:

Happy Shopping! (and don't forget to come back soon for the announcment of my winner and for my first Top Five Tuesday post.

Have a great day!

Nov 19, 2012

It's the Online Extravaganza!

  Just hopping on to offer you a quick reminder about the Online Extravaganza sale that starts today. There are TONS of items that are 20-50 percent off from now until Wednesday, November 28. Check out all the deals here.

There are two days with "doorbusters." Today we have the Big Shot, Doctor's Bag and Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored Tool are all 20 percent off, but only until midnight Mountain Time (2 a.m. here) today (Monday, November 19).

On the final day of the sale on November 28 we have three more 24-hour "doorbusters." For that day we'll have the classic block bundle, clear block storage caddy and stack & store caddy will all be 20-percent off.

Keep up with all the details by visiting my online store here.

Nov 17, 2012

My Top Five Tips for Scrapbooking...

Hello there.... I'm a little late in getting back here, but here I am as promised in my last post with my top five scrapbooking tips.

This page here is actually a sample from the display board at the Stampin' Up Regional event in Providence, Rhode Island this past August.

I loved the fact that this page has so much visual interest, but it is really simple and still focuses on those adorable photos!!

I think the little patterned paper and banner ribbons under the photo are also an ingenious idea for not only focus, but also using up your scraps! A double win, right?

Ok.... on with my top five (and these really aren't in any order of importance or anything):

1. Your handwriting really isn't that bad. I think this is the number one reason I get for why people don't journal and it always make me so sad. Your handwriting it such an important element on a scrapbook page. It's part of YOUR story regardless of what the page is about. I still have a greeting card signed by my Great Grandfather -- was his writing neat? Absolutely not. But I treasure that lasting memento of him.

2. It's really about the photos -- start with them. With all the amazing products available in scrapbook stores (and from me ;), it's so easy to get caught up in using fancy, frilly products, but I think it is so important to keep in mind why we have this hobby. The whole point of scrapbooking is to showcase your photos so it's not always necessary to glam them up with all these extras when you are really looking to tell people a story about what is in the photos. Don't get me wrong -- I'm totally on board for expressing your creativity and maybe even going a little overboard once in a while, but I think it's important to bring yourself back to your main reason for scrapbooking frequently. It's all about the photos.

3. Don't forget -- you're a part of the story, too. This is a big one -- and one many of us don't remember to take into consideration because we are always behind the camera. For me, because I don't have children -- I'm sort of forced to scrapbook about myself a lot, but when you are creating scrapbooks for your children or grandchildren, it is so easy to forget to include photos of yourself. Remember, your family loves you and they don't want you to "crop" yourself out of the picture!

4. This is FUN - don't make it a chore. I am guilty of this myself. I used to get so caught up in "Ok, what holiday do I need to scrap next," or "Dang, I can't remember the exact date this photo was taken." Honestly, the actual date of your photo rarely matters -- remember it's about the story. And when I first started scrapbooking I was totally all about scrapping "in order," but I've found I'm so much more creative -- and I enjoy the process so much more - if I just scrap what "speaks" to me. I totally used to get to an event or year where the photos just weren't appealing or interesting to me and I'd stop scrapbooking for months at a time. One book that was monumental in my new focus when I started this change was Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom book.  I was going to say it was life-changing -- but that may be a bit dramatic, but it certainly was scrapbook-changing.

5. Never, ever compare yourself to others. Again, with so much juciy inspiration out in blog land, Pinterest, Facebook etc. it is so easy to feel inadequate. I do that all the time -- I "inspire" myself right out of even sitting down to scrapbook because I have scrapbook-envy. I go back again to this is about YOU and your family. It doesn't matter what you do in your scrapbooks, your family is going to treasure the time you took, the stories you told and the love you infused into every page. Don't let someone else's story ruin that for you... or them!

Ok... I guess that's enough of my babbling. I hope these were helpful, gentle reminders to get you back to your scrapbook table. Just to see if this is something you like to read on the old blog-o, leave me a comment below and I will enter you to win some scrapping goodies from Stampin' Up (Don't worry you'll be able to use them even if you don't scrapbook). Tell me what you like, don't like -- other tips you may need... Maybe I'll come back with a part 2!

Thanks for visiting!

Nov 16, 2012

Cool new Social Media Product!

Hello there stampers... Happy Friday! I wanted to take a quick moment to post this cool new video from Stampin' Up featuring "Talking Tags."

This is a new product being offered by Stampin' Up. You get 10 tags per sheet and you can insert them in your cards or other hand crafted items and be able to include a recorded message from you to your recipient! How cool is that?

Watch this video to see how these cool new tags work. Then run on over to my website and enter item #129723 into the online store to get your own!

While you're there check out the new Texture Boutique Embossing machine. This little cutie allows you to use the embossing folders with out the full expense of purchasing the Big Shot! It's just $29.95 if you order just the machine (item #132657) and $39.95 if you order the bundle (item #132700), which includes the machine and two embossing folders (Flower Garden and Stripes). But you need to hurry on this special as it is only while supplies last and there are only 4,000 available in this "test run."

Ok... that's all for now, but I'll be back later today with a scrapbooking post -- my top five tips!!

Oct 29, 2012

Today is the day!!

 Stampin' Up has never, ever puts stamp sets on sale, but guess what? Today will change all that. The company wants to sell more stamps today than any other day in their history to celebrate their weeklong celebration of Digital Scrapbooking Day (Oct. 29 - Nov. 5).

For TODAY ONLY, get 15% OFF every stamp set you order (excluding hostess sets, bundles and digital stamp brush sets). This is such a steal for the quality, cute designs SU offers! Remember, as I mentioned on Thursday, I'm in a contest and want to sell at least 40 stamp sets (this includes single stamps and stamp sets) to earn some free products from the upcoming Spring Ocassions Catalog that I'll be able to use to show you in my classes and events in January. If I reach my goal, there will be a prize or two for some lucky customers!

Are you coming to Card Class on Tuesday, Oct. 30? Why not place your order with me today? You'll save money, cover your minimum order ($25) to earn your card class for free and help me at the same time! It's a win-win all around!

Are you long distance? Place an online order and I'll send you an extra-special thank you card in the mail. Today is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to see how many of you take advantage of this extremely rare event!

On another note, as part of the week-long celebration of Digital Scrapbooking Day, Stampin'Up is also offering three free digital downloads this week and 50% off all digital kits! Visit the website for more details on the downloads and visit my digital store to see all the digital kits being offered at 50% off.

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail or call me! I am super excited to help you get a great deal!!

Until next time...

Oct 25, 2012

BIG deal for YOU on Monday!

  Ok... make some time on Monday to call me, text me, e-mail me -- however you can get in touch with me -- plan on it! Stampin' Up is offering a FIRST-EVER offer for just 24 hours on Monday, October 29  (from 2 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. - mountain time!).

As part of this promotion, Stampin' Up demos are in a contest to sell lots and lots of stamps -- the more stamps I sell the more free products from the upcoming Spring catalog I get for free! You know what that means -- you'll get fresh new demos of fabulous new product at classes, events and on this little blog!

I'm hoping to sell at least 40 sets -- and if I do it there may just be a little blog candy in it for you! So be sure to check back on Monday, when I'll have all the details! Start making your list now -- and include all the stamp sets you need for the holidays and beyond!

So excited that you'll receive such a great deal -- and benefit from all the new products I'll earn and be able to share with you!!

Stay tuned... :)

Oct 23, 2012

Hello, there! I thought I'd pop in again today to share a couple of projects I made for a recent private class.

The card is actually straight out of the Stampin' Success magazine that demonstrators get every other month. Isn't it so cute? It's soooo simple, too. It uses the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack from the Holiday Catalog. There's 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided designs) at the perfect cardmaker's size 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" (great for photo mats, too!).

The little tag uses the Two Tags die for the Big Shot. It is a fantastic project to whip up some adorable gift tags for the holiday season. I also used the core'dinations cardstock in the Stampin' Up exclusive color: Early Espresso. I embossed it with my Big Shot and then sanded it with the Stampin' Sanding System.

I have a private class next month featuring all tags so I'm really excited to make some more holiday tags -- For whatever reason, lately the smaller the canvas the more inspired I am!

What are you inspired to make lately?

Until next time...

Oct 22, 2012

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I had such a great day yesterday. It was my annual hostess appreciation day -- but this year I called it my Hilton Head Appreciation event as the support of all my customers allowed me to take a FREE trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina in September!

I had so much fun spoiling all my hostesses and downline members. It was exhausting, but so worth it! I had displays of all my card swaps from Convention, Regional and the organized Hilton Head swap that I participated in.

There were balloons to pop for any orders (they were not required to order anything, though!) -- inside the balloon were coupons for things like free shipping, a free ink pad or no sales tax. These delicious chocolate covered pretzels decorated with the Friendship Preserved stamp set were the gift that I made for each attendee and we had Beautiful Booking Boxes (I feel like that should be part of the Berenstain Bears "B" book -- did you ever read that as a kid?? I digress...) for anyone who wanted to host a private class of their own. These were one of the box styles I created, but I forgot to take a picture of the other one before the girls scooped them up!

Inside the boxes were a little embellishment of some sort they got to take with them and then a coupon for a bigger gift they can redeem at their party -- free stamp set, big shot item, DSP, etc.

We also had a fun make and take. My theme as you can see was fall - so I thought a great "thankful" project would be a gratitude mini album. A few months ago in the Stampin' Success magazine that Stampin' Up sends to its demonstrators there was a travel mini album made out of kraft envelopes. I thought it was so cute (and clever) that I created my own, but turned it into a gratitude album. I want to do another one of these, too, but make it a Christmas album - won't that be fun? I'm going to teach it at the Crazy for Croppin' event in Hyannis the first weekend of November... that will be fun! Here is the gratitude album the girls got to make:

It's made with four envelopes. I tore off the flap on each one and inserted a piece of vanilla cardstock inside the envelope for journaling or pictures. Each little ribbon was attached to one of those journaling/picture cards.

The front of the journal and the booking boxes feature the "Wonderfall" stamp set from the Holiday catalog. I also used the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die for the Big Shot, which are also from the Holiday catalog. All super fun toys!

Here are a couple more pages from the album:

I'll show you one more thing from my Hilton Head Appreciation event... this was the invitation I made with My Digital Studio and sent to 50 of my hostesses, downline members and VIP customers:

Well that is it for me today... thanks for stopping in and run on over to my website if you want to score some of these products for yourself. Oh, and the Clearance Rack on the website has been updated with 70 new items so you'll want to act fast on those, too!

Until next time...

Oct 9, 2012

  Hello. Happy Rainy Tuesday. I was fortunate that I didn't have to go to work today so it was a pajamas and crafting kind of day. : )

This card is actually another one from my card class last month. We make 10 cards (two each of five designs) for just $18 or free with a minimum order. Anyway, the September class was the second of our four class series. There's still time to join us this month if you'd like. Our next class is at the Chatham Community Center on Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. E-mail me if you'd like to go.

Back to the card again -- boy, I'm easily side tracked today, huh? It features the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. Do you know this is the best selling stamp set Stampin' Up has? It's also the longest running I believe. Honestly, it really is a beautiful set -- it makes very pretty cards and not just for the holidays. I've used it to make masculine cards as well -- which is always tricky for me, but not with this set. It's just an elegant stamp set that really lends itself well to all different styles of cards from bright and cheery to muted and elegant. Try it out!

Well, despite having the day off, I don't feel like I accomplished even half of what I wanted to today so I'm going to sign off now and get to work. I've got some great new offerings I'm working on -- I just have to get them finalized so I can tell you all about them!

Have a great week...

Oct 3, 2012

Two done... two to go!

It's funny because I can't believe it is already October and yet in the same sentence I want to say how can it only be October? I've already designed 10 different holiday cards for this year's Christmas Card sessions (five in August and five in September). Even with that said, I have 10 more designs headed your way -- five more on the last Tuesday of October and then five more designs in November, too! For my customers that attend all four sessions, they will have made 40 cards by December 1! How's that for being ahead of the game?

Would you like to see a couple of designs from my last class? I figured I would show you at least two since I've been MIA recently. Sound fair? Here's the first design I came up with for the September class:

I like to have at least one "non-traditional" colors for the holiday. This one uses Pool Party and Island Indigo. I think they are the perfect colors for snowflakes. The stamp set is Snowflake Soiree from the Holiday catalog and I absolutely love it because it's one of those stamp sets you just can't go wrong with -- especially went you create your own patterned paper like I did here.

This is another design we made at my last card class:

This one uses fun Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The coloring is a little off in the picture, but it is a great "traditional" option for the holidays. This stamp set is called Scentsational Seasons and is perfect with scented embossing powders. I also wanted to show you this card today because it shows off the holiday paper piercing pack from the Holiday catalog. You can get the festive paper piercing pack for free when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes bundle (the ornament keepsakes stamp set and the Candlelight Designer Series paper). How cool is that?

Well, I'm off to try and find my stamp room under all of this paper and stamps. Somehow I've had a small tornado roll through my room....

If you'd like to order any of the products I used in my projects please visit my online store anytime day or night!

Sep 4, 2012

Beach Day

September 3 -- and it was the first day I managed to get here. Hopefully the weather will remain beautiful for a few more weeks so that I can visit again soon.

The good news? The beach will be a lot less crowded now than if I had been visiting the past three months! :)

Enjoy the view.

Sep 3, 2012

Why the story is so important....

It may be hard to know this from visiting my blog of late, but my original paper passion was scrapbooking. I started scrapbooking about 12 years ago after being introduced to Creative Memories at a home party. I had just come back from a vacation in Barbados and that vacation album became my first completed album.

I continued to scrapbook for about five years before I was introduced to rubber stamping. I was so excited by the stamps and all the coordinating Stampin' Up accessories offered me (and I still am!). Of course, with rubber stamping comes the ability to whip up a card or two at a moment's notice (and for a lot less than running to the local store).

Recently, I've become largely focused on making cards for classes and events and while I love that and will not stop doing that, I'm really feeling compelled to go back to my scrapbooking roots. Especially after a recent discovery.

When going through some of my Mom's things recently, my sister and I came upon an actual nut and bolt on a chain in my Mom's jewelry box. We pondered what this nut and bolt might be from. We're fairly certain that my Dad gave it to her, but why? What was the story associated with this little nut and bolt? How long has she had it stored away? Did she actually wear it for a while? Was it from something my Dad made or owned?

My point is that I have so many questions about this little nut and bolt. Questions that could easily be answered by my Mom, but sadly asking her these questions is no longer possible. Please let this little story be a lesson for you - not in a school teacher "you're late with your homework" kind-of-way, but as a friend who doesn't want you to miss out on the details.

Tell your stories. Document them. Share them. Ask questions and listen to the answers (I'm amazed at how many things I know my Mom once told me that I don't remember!)... better yet write them down, scrapbook them, cherish them. As you never know when it will be too late to ask.

Aug 30, 2012

Another Artisian Award Non-Entry

Hi there, stampers! I'm back again today with another card I created to enter into the Stampin' Up Artisian Award Contest. I explained about this demonstrator-only contest here.

This one I made so long ago I'm not even sure I can remember what is on it! Ha..

I know it uses the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper and the Apothecary Art Stamp Sets. Lots of layering on this card. I really went all out with the details using twine, pearls, brads, background stamping, lots of punches, Big Shot Framelits, etc.

I've been thinking about what I want to work on for this year's entry (because I AM going to enter) and I'm thinking I need to use the Birds of a Feather Suite -- It's a little out of my comfort zone, but so, so cute.

Well, I've got a lot of busy work to tackle on my early Friday evening (no work for me tomorrow!) -- think lots of tidying, organizing and well, some stamping, of course!

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Aug 17, 2012

An Artisian Award non-entry

Hello. Happy Lazy days of summer... at least that's how I feel today. I had the day off and while I did have quite a few pre-scheduled appointments that got me up and out of the house this morning, the rest of the day has been one of those lazy, hazy days of summer. I've actually been hiding in my air-conditioned stamp room for a bit if I must confess... but I'm thinking I might head out to the beach for a bit in a while... we'll see.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you one of the cards I made for the annual Stampin' Up Artisian Award contest. This award is one of the greatest perks of being a Stampin' Up demo! You submit 10 projects (5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages and 2 3-D items) of your best work in hopes that you'll come out in the top 10 participants. Why, you ask? Well, the winner gets a $500 SU shopping spree, $500 in cash, a special dinner with SU co-founder Shelli Gardner and concept artists and usually a special little gift or two from SU. Sounds wonderful, right? I agree!

Oh, and I forgot... because they changed it up this year and made the Artisian Award winners - "design team members" - the winners also get a free box of SU goodies once a month to design projects with to inspire fellow demonstrators... how cool is that?? Wouldn't you love to get that happy mail?

I haven't submitted in a couple of years so this year I thought I would try my hand at it again. Unfortunately, with my Mom getting sick I never finished up my entries so I didn't enter -- I thought I'd still show you the few I finished.

This was the first card I did... It features the Elements of Style Stamp set and the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (both of which are still current!). I was going for a shabby chic style with this one and I think it worked. Very muted and simple with just a few little "extra" touches -- like the embossed oval frame using my big shot, the inking of the heart, the ribbon bow tied into the button etc. Nothing too fancy, but I was hoping I showed that I paid attention to detail! ;)

I think I need to get started on this year's entries soon... I'm pretty quick with the cards and the scrapbook pages, but the 3-D items take some thinking outside of the box for me. I'll show you my other card and my 8 X 8 scrapbook page that I finished some time soon...

Would you like to compete for this coveted Artisian Award title?? It's easy! Just pick up the demo starter kit at a huge steal (just $99 for $125 worth of product of your choice) and scoop up the Spooktacular offer for August where you get an extra project kit for Halloween including a great artist's tray project and all the goodies (think more free stamps) to make it! You can then have almost a full year to get to work on your entries -- not to mention make a bit of cash for the holidays if you host some card classes and other events....

It really has been one of the coolest things I've ever done (being a SU demonstrator I mean!). Want more info? Visit my website or e-mail me and I'd be happy to talk you through it. Or if you're ready to hop on board... visit my site and click "join the fun." It really is fun!

Aug 4, 2012

Yet another Convention Swap...

Hello and Happy Saturday! I was a little scattered with my convention swaps this year. Usually I do one or two designs and make like 80 of each. This year though I must have been board as I made five different designs and only made about 20 or so of each. Part of it was because I was using up some leftover card kits that I had lying around the house.

This one was a butterfly card I had made using the old Flight of the Butterfly stamp set - but that set retired so I came up with this new creation using all the same pieces. Sorry the coloring on this one is a little off... This one got flattened a bit, too, in the clear envelopes. I really softened the fiber of cardstock on my yellow flower so it curled and had a nice texture to it. It is simple to do, just run your bonefolder over your cardstock similiar to what you do with scissors and curling ribbon.

For those of you who received this swap at convention, here are the deets:


Soft Suede, 115318, $6.95

Old Olive, 100702, $6.95

Pool Party, 122924, $6.95

Daffodil Delight, 119683, $6.95

Whisper White, 100730, $8.50


Old Olive, 126953, $5.95

Daffodil Delight, 126944, $5.95

Pool Party, 126982, $5.95

Soft Suede, 126978, $5.95


1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, 119960, $5.95

Ribbon Border Punch, 119275, $15.95

Houndstooth Embossing Folder, 123134, $7.95

Big Shot, 113439, $99.95

Floral Frames Framelits, 127012, $26.95

Stampin' Dimensionals, 104430, $3.95

If you'd like to order any of these products, you can visit my website and shop 24 hours a day! Thanks for stopping by today... Happy Weekend!

Aug 3, 2012

Memento Mall

One of the coolest things about being a demonstrator and being able to go to convention each year is Memento Mall!

It's the greatest little Stampin' Up logo store available only during convention. Look at this sweet little display of Stampin' Up branded chap sticks! There were four flavors: Watermelon, Pomegranate, Spearmint and Vanilla. That makes keeping your lips from chapping or burning super fun, right? And I love the cute little flag decorations -- all made with fabulous SU product, of course.

I thought I'd share a few more photos I took of Memento Mall. There is just so much to see at this fun little shopping haven!

See for yourself:

This was a fun little display of cards to showcase the card tree (quite literally a tree!) for us to showcase upcoming class projects and favorite samples. Isn't it the cutest thing?? There were some great card samples on it too....

like this one:

and this one:

and this one:

I'm telling you ... there is inspiration EVERYWHERE at convention!

Here are a couple more photos from Memento Mall:

This last one is the cashiers ready to ring all of us up. It's actually only one side of the bank of cashiers (there's more to the right). The line can get pretty long sometimes... but don't worry they move really quick! Can you see in the center of the photo above one of the cashiers is waving a little flag? That's how you know the register is open again... it's so hard to see through the sea of people! :)

Would you like to be at Memento Mall with me next year? Right now is a great time to join SU... all new recruits who take advantage of the new "build-your-own" starter kit option in the 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog, will also receive a spooktacular home decor project kit, too (it includes free stamps and accessories -- boosting the value of your starter kit!). Look at how cute it is:

So cute. Do you want to join the fun? Ready to do it right now? Go to my website and click on the "join the fun" tab on the top right. Have some questions? E-mail me and I'll get right back with you to answer your questions. I'd be so honored to have you as part of my team!

Happy Friday!

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