Celebrations and sadness

I can’t believe how quickly time flies by… it seems like yesterday that my niece looked like this: See that cute little picture of her printed on her “sweet 16” birthday cake! She was about 9 mos. old. It’s amazing that we are celebrating her 16th year of life! On Saturday we had a surprise birthday party for her with tons of family and friends and she had no idea! This was her timid walk around the corner when she caught on that something was going on…. My sister had created a great collage of six photos from each of her birthday parties for the past 15 years. She promptly noticed the naked butt photo from her 2nd birthday with a “Really, Mom?” It is so hard to believe that this is the grown-up version of my little niece that I bragged about as a senior in high school. I was just a year older than her when she was born! Crazy! Happy Birthday, Hay, Hay! (that was the nickname for herself because she couldn’t say her own name!) The sad news. It’s days like Thursday when I hate to be a news reporter. As a reporter, I talk (or

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More winners!

So about three months ago now I started a card challenge with my Stamp Club members. It really was a ploy to clean up my room (wink, wink) as I used leftover card kits from classes and workshops. Each person who wanted to participate was given a kit that included a card base and several scraps to use to make a card. They weren’t allowed to add any additional paper to the kit, but could use whatever stamps and emellies they wanted to create their card (Of course, Stampin’ Up product was given preference). The winner of the challenge each month gets a free Stampin’ Up classic ink pad or a $5 product coupon. So I’m very behind on this little project and have two winners to announce from month 1 and month 2 (for Stamp Club #2). For month one I had all nine club members participate and voting was very close, but the winner is: Judy! There was actually a tie for first place and the close runner-up for month one was Adrian who had an adorable owl card (of course!): For month two, I also had a tie initially and had to seek out another demonstrator to

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And the winners are….

Sorry to be so late in posting this today! Tuesday is my busy day at work with deadline tomorrow and the Selectmen’s meeting to cover tonight (for those of you who don’t know, my day job is as a news reporter for a weekly paper on Cape Cod). Anyway, without any further ado… I pulled names from my very sophistacted photo box for the two prizes mentioned here and the winners are… In case you can’t read that: Prize #1 goes to Laura Gray-Shultz and Prize #2 goes to ddmhunt. Congratulations ladies! And thank you to all of you for becoming my followers! I hope you will continue to “stalk” my blog … hee, hee! For my two winners, to claim your prize please e-mail me and confirm your mailing address with me and I will get the prizes out pronto! Thanks for playing! (Note: You will have until Monday July, 27 to claim the prize before I draw new names) Be sure to check in tomorrow when I will post the first two winners in the card challenges I offer to my stamp club members…. ’til then… TTFN!

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New Deal of the Week… last chance for the giveaway!

Happy Monday (if there is such a thing!) I have a great new Stampin’ Up Deal of the Week for you this week! From now until July 26, Stampin’ Up is offering over 30% off the Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware assortment! This is such a great product for cardmakers and scrapbookers… It is usually $29.95, but for this week only you can get it for just $18.99! Click here to order it now. In other news, I’ve had some people they’ve been having problems becoming a “follower” of my blog in order to be entered into the drawing I posted here. So to allow everyone the opportunity to participate, if you can’t sign on as a follower, simply either comment on the original blog entery here or if that doesn’t work either, just send me an email before noon tommorrow and I’ll enter you name into the drawing as well. Remember their are two prizes up for grabs! Hope to have some crafty goodness to share soon… between the Barnstable County Fair andthe Greek Festival this weekend along with ongoing efforts to dig out of piles of photos, I didn’t have much time at the scrap table! Maybe tonight! Until

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Knee deep in photos!

Happy Friday! I’ve been slowly working on a reorganization of my scrapbook room. My first step is to re-organize my photos. I haven’t been very good at scrapbooking lately and I think part of it is because my photos are filed everywhere and anywhere. I had started to reorganize my photos about a year or a year and a half ago after reading Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian. I had separated many of my photos into albums I could flip through when I wanted to scrapbook… I liked the idea of this rather than digging through a file, however, instead of just putting photos that actually “speak” to me in terms of scrapbooking into the albums — I put EVERYTHING in those albums so now I have 13 filled albums — some with photos I would probably never scrapbook. So now, I’m sorting through ALL my photos again… first creating piles of photos of specific people (Matt, Me, Mom, my niece, newphew etc) and then other piles of events (Mother’s Day 2009, Fouth of July 2009, Christmas 2008 etc). My plan is to then go through each pile and pull out the photos I think I will actually scrapbook and

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A very late swap… and a deal you don’t want to miss!

Hello my friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of days. I’ve all of a sudden got into this mode of wanting to do nine million things at once! Well it’s a combination of wanting and needing to do that many things at once! I decided earlier this week after reading Krista Hannah’s blog entry about redoing her Kraft Haven, that I wanted to do a scrapbook room overhaul, too. So I’ve started thinking about that and began a rather large photo organization project this week (I’ll show you pictures in my next post). I also have a class to teach tomorrow at the Harwich Council on Aging, a rendez-vous with a long lost friend tomorrow morning, swaps that are WAY over due (they are supposed to go out July 1) and a workshop to plan for next week… Oh and we’re leaving for Vegas in two weeks so I have to get ahead of the game at work and actually write some stories to run in the paper while I’m away! Whew, I’m tired already! lol! Anyway I thought I would share my long-overdue swap for my convention buddies from last year (I’m having a bit of withdrawal

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Deal of the Week #3

As promised earlier today here is Deal of the Week #3: This week you can get the fantastic square rhinestone brads for just $6.99! They are generally $10.95… that’s 30% off the regular retail price. As an added bonus, anyone who places an order online through my website between now and the end of July will receive an extra surprise bonus from me! Hint: There’s nothing like a little hand-stamped goodness to brighten someone’s day! I also promised you I’d spill the beans a little bit. As a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I got a sneak peek at the new Holiday Mini Catalog coming out on Sept. 1 and boy are there some great new things in store for Stampin’ Up customers! Here’s a little rundown of the products making their way into the new mini: Build a Bear Workshops (think Big Shot Dies AND stamps), glitter paint, glittered chipboard, flocked designer series paper and new DIGITAL scrapbooking software… Holy Cow… it is all amazing! I usually try to limit myself for what I buy from the mini-catalog only because we are not guaranteed that it will make it to the next big catalog, but I may just have to buy

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Just Playing….

Happy Monday (if there is such a thing! lol) I had a really busy, but fun weekend! Had a baby shower for a close friend (and stamping buddy), my 15 year high school reunion and a fun night out at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis Sunday. I think I need a weekend from my weekend! The good news is I think hubby and I are off to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks… so I’m excited about that! Anyway, last night I had some time just to “play” with my stamps and I have loved the color combo on a card on page 6 of the new 2009-2010 Stampin’ Up Idea Book and Catalog so I decided to play and make a card of my own with that color combo. I used Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry and Barely Banana. I was hoping for a more soft and summery look, but I’m still happy with how it came out. Perhaps I should have used Barely Banana as the base to get the more summery look…. I’ll have to try later and see which one I like better! I also used the Great Friend stamp set (page 107 of the

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I need some followers…. and a giveaway (or two!)

So I’ve decided to put the “followers” gadget back up on my blog. I had taken it down because I felt sad that I didn’t have any followers! lol! So to encourage some followers and clean out my stamp room at the same time….. I’m going to give away some blog candy! Just for becoming a fan of my blog and becoming a follower, you could win one of the following two prizes: Prize #1 Prize #2 Each prize includes 30 sheets of 12 X 12 retired Stampin’ Up cardstock (assorted varieties), and a basic black Classic Ink Stampin’ pad. In addition, Prize #1 has the “A little bit of Happiness” Hostess stamp set from a couple of catalogs ago and a goody bag filled with die-cut shapes, ribbon, chipboard elements, and hodgepodge hardware. For prize #2 there is also the retired “Rustic Rooster” stamp set from the spring/summer 2009 catalog (I really wish I had a chance to play with that one… I know it will make some cute, cute cards!) and the Valet Ribbon originals ribbon also from the most recently retired catalog. All you have to do to be entered to win one of these packages is

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Deal of the Week #2

So I would love to show you some fabulous pictures of our Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, but I was taking photos with my sister’s camera and well…. she is not known for uploading her photos in a timely basis. So you can look for those photos… let’s say in September! lol! However, I do have a new deal of the week for you today. You can get this beauty: for just $49.99! It’s the Stampin’ Up exclusive Big Shot Doctor’s Bag, which is usually $69.99 but is now on sale until Monday, July 13. While it is great to carry the Big Shot die-cutting machine in this bag — you could use it for any number of things, from traveling to your next crop or using it as a carry on bag the next time you travel! Remember, you can shop online anytime or feel free to e-mail me with your order and I would be happy to process it for you. Hope you had a fantastic Fourth of July!

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