Naughty girl…

Hi everyone! I forgot to update my blog for the new deals of the week this week! This is the last one and it’s a good one if you’ve got little kiddos… or you just like to feel like a kid again! lol! From now through October 31 (Saturday), you can order either the Princess party kit or the Pirate party kit for just $9.99. They both are usually $15.95. Check out the photos of the kits below. You can order either kit online here. That’s all for today…. I’m off to curl up in my bed with a good book… it’s definitely a good book in bed kind of night (very windy and rainy here on good ol’ Cape Cod!) Nighty-night!

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I’m trying…

I’m really a summer girl… I’m just not a fan of cold weather. But I took this picture during our most recent vacation and I love it. I love the “newness” of fall — it almost seems like a fresh start to me. Maybe it’s from my days of going back to school in early September… I’m not sure. And if it wasn’t the pre-cursor to the season I like least each year, I think I would actually enjoy the fall! I love the pumpkins laid out across lawns (the ones still in tact — not those strewn across the roadways), I love the little scarecrows guarding the soon-to-be dormant gardens. I love the changing colors of the trees and the leaves crunching under my feet. I love sipping hot chocolate cuddled on the couch as the wind whips through the trees. I just wish that it came at a different time of year so I could focus on all these wonderful aspects of the season instead of knowing that it just means the dreaded “s” word (snow) is just around the corner…. Do you think we could we swap spring and fall? lol! Thanks for stopping by today… and

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Happy Halloween… early!

Good Morning! I’m up early today and I went to bed really late last night! I’m not sure why I can’t sleep — but I’m really glad it’s Friday. I was playing around with a new Halloween Stamp Set I got last night. I still can’t decide if I like this card or not. I think I will try some more tonight… although I really should be working on Holiday cards instead of Halloween… but you know how it is when you get new toys! I used to love Halloween when I was a kid but since I’ve never had trick-or-treaters at any of my apartments/houses and I don’t have any kids to doll up in cute costumes… it’s really not all that exciting for me anymore! A few years ago (I think about 4 or 5) Matt and I celebrated at a party at a bar in Eastham… I think it was called Jimmy’s. We came in third place and won some sports tickets that we never used… but we had fun anyway! Ha! This still cracks me up…. My hat looks like I stole it from the McDonald’s Hamburgular — remember him? Hope you have a great day!

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Giveaway Day…

Well, I didn’t get around to photographing any of my recent crafty adventures today, so I figured I would instead reward you, my fabulous blog readers, with a giveaway day. I have this Decor Elements “Home” wall vinyl to give away… I earned it as part of my demonstrator perks and have yet to find a home (ha, no pun intended!) for it. Sooo, it will go to one of you. It says, “Home is built of love and dreams” and looks fabulous in this picture, which was taken by a fellow demonstrator, Shawna Mackenzie. Doesn’t it look great with that photo grouping? She also used some of the “Flourishes” Decor Elements to accent a couple of the pictures. The “Home” decor element was a hostess gift and is no longer available for purchase so this is one of the few ways you can get your hands on it. (yipee!) So in order to be included in my drawing, submit a comment on this post (or e-mail me with your response) and answer what kinds of classes you wish I offered (Stamp set of the month, Stamp-A-Stack, Scrapbooking etc.) by Friday, Oct. 30 and I will award someone with the

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Please don’t leave me…

I know, I know. It’s been over a week since my last post! I apologize for that… Matt and I took off for a short little vacation… yes, in Vegas… again! We had lots of fun with some friends of ours who visited Sin City with us. Now it’s back to reality! That’s always so difficult… sometimes I wonder if the time off is even worth it… getting readjusted to “real life”, diving back into work and getting the house up to par after several days of absence. Alas, it is all really worth it — I’m just whining… and I shouldn’t be. It was a great trip. However, this means I have things to catch you up on as well. The newest “Deals of the Week” have been posted on my website… you can see them here. I know a lot of you are a fan of the library clips Stampin’ Up offers and the mini ones as well and both of them are part of the sales this week so be sure to check them out. The first digital download for My Digital Studio has already been released as well. If you haven’t ordered your copy of this

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Deals of the Week #2

So Stampin’ Up has announced the new Deals of the week for Oct. 12 – Oct. 19. These are some great deals, too. The perfect Setting Bigz XL die is great for setting the Thanksgiving table for my American friends…. The others are all great deals for anyone with the Sizzix Big Shot. Perfect Setting Bigz XL die, page 200Reg. $42.95NOW: $25.99 Flower Burst Embosslits die, page 195Reg: $11.95NOW: $5.99 Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die, page 201Reg: $39.95NOW: $25.49 You can see the dies here. You can also order them from me directly from that page or if you’d prefer you can email or call me with your order. If you order online from my website, be sure to sign in to get the preferred pricing. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about this promotion.

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Progressive pages…

So those of you who are scrapbookers probably know what progressive scrapbook pages are. Searching the internet for progressive scrapbook pages will likely bring up plenty of samples — as this is not a new idea. But I wanted to put together a progressive page to demonstrate in one of my recent workshops. So basically what you do is start with a 6 X 6 page and then build upon it to make it an 8.5 X 11 page and then ultimately a 12 X 12 page. I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of this one in progress, but I’ve strategically cropped my photo of my layout so that you’ll get the idea. So what I started with was this: I used a whisper white 6 X 6 piece of cardstock and stamped the Medallion stamp in crushed curry in the lower right hand corner. I stamped the image again on a separate sheet of whisper white cardstock and punched out the center and layered it on top of the medallion on my scrapbook page. Once I had the 6 X 6 page, I wanted to incorporate that page into an 8.5 X 11 scrapbook page. I added the page

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A special day…

It’s so hard to believe it’s already been 3 years since this wonderful day! Despite Matt’s confusion, Oct. 7 is our wedding anniversary! He tried to tell me this weekend that our wedding date was Oct. 6… umm… since I made 135 invitations (with the helping of some fabulous friends — see the photo of them below) I think I should know!! ;o) We had a fabulous lunch at DiParma in Yarmouth to celebrate because silly hubby had to work tonight… He was very sweet though leaving me cards and little gifts throughout the day (even though he said no presents! I’m still mad at you about that!) I look at these pictures and can’t believe we’ve already flown through three years! And even though I joke a lot about how goofy my husband can be sometimes, I love him to pieces for simple reasons like this boyish little grin he has: (It usually comes out when he is up to something… but I love it nonetheless)! I love that he is always so excited to see me every day — no matter how bad the day has been. I love that he is so thoughtful buying me the bagels

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Some more scrappy goodness…

Hi all! I managed to squeek out a couple more scrapbook pages late last week in preparation for my Scrapbooking 101 class I held at the Harwich Council on Aging on Friday. I made these two scrapbook pages, plus the other three posted here and here and here all using the Happy B-Day Simply Scrappin’ kit. I could probably make two or three more layouts using that same kit, too! Lots and lots of supplies in those kits to make both scrapbook pages and cards. So on the layout above I was actually catching up on a layout I started hmmm… 9 years ago! I know, bad. You can see that two of the photos are cut into ovals because those were the days when I was all about cutting all my pictures into shapes… and you know what, I really like how the page came out! I popped the two oval pictures up using stampin’ dimensionals and did a bit of distressing around the certainly celery background paper. The second page I did is of my nephew’s fourth birthday party — he turned 13 this past weekend… so no worries if you are behind a few years ;o) I’ve

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A few snow buddies…

Happy Monday! Did you have any time this weekend to get crafty? I managed to make three cards in honor of World Card Making Day (on Saturday). However, I didn’t actually make them on WCMD… I was lazy on Sunday and didn’t get dressed until 7 p.m! But that means I had plenty of time in my craft room… cleaning, planning and creating. I’ve got a lot of events coming up in the next few weeks so I wanted to play with the new hostess level 2 stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog, called Snow Buddies. I really like this set — it is too cute! I made the card above first and it features the Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Mini Catalog as well. The bottom red and white piece is flocked — so it feels like felt! The Snow Buddies stamp set has two snowmen in it, so I decided I wanted to make a Mama and a baby snowman celebrating the holidays: This last one is non-traditional Christmas colors, but I was playing with the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper and thought the colors had a cool sort of snowy look (Ok, so you

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