More new stuff…

I’ve been playing again… actually this is a card I made Monday night in my first play session! I got on a roll! Used lots of new things on this card too including the Well Scripted stamp set and the Sending Love Specialty paper (it is pre-glittered!). I also used the Polka Dot Textured Impressions folder for the Big Shot again. This time I sent a piece of clear transparency through the big shot to add those polka dots. I also used the new Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die to make all those butterflies… it not only cuts out the butterflies, but also emobsses them at the same time. Very cool! Lots of different sizes, too. I’m off to get to work on my Leadership swaps… I’m amazed at how quickly this trip is sneaking up on me! Yikes! Happy Wednesday!

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Another Sneak Peek…

I realized today that I am only one week away from taking my first plane trip all by myself! That also means that I am waaayyy behind in making my card swaps for my first Stampin’ Up Leadership event! I have to be honest I’m very nervous about this adventure, which includes catching connecting flights both to and from Phoenix! — but I am so excited about attending Leadership… it should be very inspiring and motivating… I still haven’t decided what I want to do for my swaps… but I’m hoping to play some more tonight and I guess I’ll have to be a little more focused on creating a card that is easily mass-produced. Anyway, on to my next sneak peek card… This card uses the Sending Love Designer Series Paper featured in the new Occasions Mini Ccatalog. It also used the our new Sending Love Epoxy Brads (the 1/4″ Chocolate Chip version… there are also 1/2 inch versions in Pretty in Pink and Real Red). I made the flower using my full heart punch and arranging them in the form of a flower. Then I stamped the center flower using the new “With All My Heart” stamp set

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Sneak Peek

Ok… so I’ve FINALLY had a few minutes to sit down and play with some of my new goodies from the Occasions Mini Catalog set to be released on January 5. (Those of you on my mailing list should be receiving it in your mailbox sometime this week if you don’t have it already!) The best part about this new catalog is that it is being released in conjunction with the fabulous Sale-A-Bration promotion offered by Stampin’ Up! So for every $50 you spend from the new catalog (or the big catalog) you receive a free Sale-A-Bration item or, new this year, you can choose one of numerous stamp sets tagged in the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion … very fun! Anyway, this card features four new items from the Occasions Mini Catalog including the “With all My Heart” stamp set, the fine flourish stamp (the background on the white cardstock), the new glitter Designer Series Paper called Sending Love (very pretty) and the new Polka Dot Textured Impressions folder — I love those things! So easy and fast! Anyway, I’ve got a few other cards up my sleeve from today’s crafty session —

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Winding down

So it’s the end of my five days off for Christmas and although I had big plans to spend today in my craft room creating up a storm, I decided to go out and spend some of my Christmas gift cards! I went to New York and Company, Kohl’s and Barnes and Noble and got some great after-Christmas deals. Fun, fun, fun! I love guilt-free shopping! Speaking of things I love… I love this picture of two of my nephews. The intensity is just too cute! They were playing with the web cam on Michael’s (the nephew on the right) new Gateway Netbook (a mini-laptop). I only wish that basket wasn’t in Willy’s face… oh well… it was real life at the moment — there really wasn’t much space in the house after you load in 18 people and all the coordinating gifts for and from those 18 people! Yikes! lol! Life is now getting back to normal… which means back to work tomorrow. Bummer! But the good news is I’m hoping to start playing with some of my new stamps and accessories this week so be sure to check back soon for some sneak peeks. The new Occasions Mini

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Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year! And I want to take a quick moment to thank all of you who have been regularly visiting my blog over the last year! It really means a lot to me (especially when you comment!). It’s great to know someone is listening! lol! Here is our tree this year — It got brought in the house last weekend (just before the big snowstorm) but didn’t get decorated until Wednesday! It’s a cute little tree — even with Matt’s tacky red garland (wink, wink). Have a fabulous holiday … and be sure to check back soon!

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Winter Wonderland

This was the view from my scrapbook room today, which is where I was from the wee hours of the morning until 10 p.m. (minus a fab-u-lous nap during the late morning — is that not the best – a nap on a cold and snowy day!!). I was in my stamp room finishing my Christmas cards and getting them set to mail… I still have quite a bit of work to do — so if you are expecting a card from me — it may be a little later than usual! I have to get through two more days of work before I can completely focus on preparing for the holiday — still have Christmas cards to finish, baking to do, LOTS of cleaning to do, LOTS of shopping to do and of course tons of wrapping! Whew… I’m tired just thinking about it! Nighty-Night!

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On Santa’s naughty list…

Ok, so I am a very bad blogger this week. Does anyone find themselves buried in holiday preparations? Every year I say I’m going to stop procrastinating and I DON’T DO IT! What is wrong with me? lol!Anyway, we have 18 people coming to the house for Christmas so there’s lots of cleaning on tap, many, many more holiday cards to make, some gathering with friends and family, a few remaining Stampin‘ Up events and of course, some holiday parties to tend to… so the blog has kind of taken a back seat! Sorry about that…Anyway, today is the beginning of the 12 days or Christmas Sale for Stampin‘ Up. If you own the Big Shot or any Sizzix machine or compatible die-cutting machine you’ll definitely want to check it out. Lots of deep discounts on various dies and embossing products. Plus, there are a lot of different colored vinyl sheets available for use in your Big Shot. So imagine your favorite die in chalkboard vinyl for your wall… I’m definitely going to be buying some of that… I think it is so cool. And just a little sneaky-peeky — the new decor elements coming out in January include some

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Best of 2009 challenge….

I never do enough reflecting, or writing about me and my life in my scrapbooks, journals or otherwise. So I’ve decided to participate in Gwen Bell’s The Best of 2009 Challenge. The idea is to reflect on the best aspects of 2009… best trip, best meal, best album, best inspiration… etc. Some of the prompts speak to me more than others — particularly the first one, which is why I couldn’t resist participating! You should try it, too — even if you don’t have a blog — write it down somewhere — in a journal or to keep for journaling in your scrapbook later — it’s good to sometimes think about yourself once in a while! Anyway the first prompt is best trip. And hands down I have to say the impromptu trip Matt and I took to Hampton Beach, N.H. in September was my favorite trip. That is the first time we’ve ever just got in the car and started driving, not knowing where we’d end up. It was also the first time I’ve ever seen a sunrise (see above) — I’m a night owl, so mornings are not my thing, but we got up early and watched the

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Hi There….

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving… I had every intention of popping on to say happy Turkey Day, but well, I got caught up spending time with the fam. The past two days I’ve been buried in Designer Series Paper, cardstock, inks and stamps as I planned my second Holiday Stamp-A-Stack of the year for Wednesday, Dec. 2. I still have a little bit of space if you are interested in coming… e-mail me ASAP and I’ll add you to the list. This card isn’t actually one of the Stamp-A-Stack cards — actually it is a card I made from the scraps leftover on my desk… I really need to use up my scraps more often! This card came together probably in about 2 minutes and I think it’s really cute… (It looks much better in person — taking photos at night in my stamping room isn’t really ideal) There is still time to order supplies for the holidays — need more cardstock? Would you like some pretty paper to play with? Or how about a new stamp set? Feel free to email me with any orders you’d like or you can go to my online store and order

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