When the scrapbooker goes to far….

Hi there blog friends! Interesting title, huh? Well, I have a rather silly story for you today. So, whenever I want to take pictures for the little blog I take my cards outside and stage them on my deck (best lighting ever in the afternoon). Well, I went out there today forgetting that we had a little “incident” on the deck a few days ago. I woke up one morning and found five piles of poo on the back deck. What the heck? We don’t have dogs. We don’t have cats. We don’t even have fish. So where is this poop coming from — and so much. Overnight. And on the deck? So we’ve determined it is raccoon doo-doo. I don’t know… did they get “trapped” in the three-sided enclosed deck? Not sure. But anyway, flash forward to today when I’m trying to avoid the little mounds on the deck as I take photos and I think, I should take a picture. Wait, what? Did I just say I’m going to take a picture of poo? Ok… so the scrapbooker in me went a little too far (well, actually I didn’t — because I didn’t actually take the picture —

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Happy fall…

Well, it appears the summer disappeared with Hurricane Earl a couple of weeks ago, huh? I actually don’t mind the fall… except that I really don’t look forward to the winter… at all! However, I do enjoy the cool, crisp sunny days of fall. Plus the colorful pumpkins, leaves and scarecrows of fall are beautiful color inspiration for crafters like me! lol… Fall also means that it’s time to start planning for the holidays… it’s never to early to start, you know! This card here is a sample from one of my upcoming holiday card classes. The first one is on Wednesday, Sept. 29. There’s still time to RSVP if you’d like to come … just e-mail me ASAP. It will be held at the Chatham Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Each guest makes 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs) for $18… and a head start on the holidays… priceless! 🙂 I’m really excited about this fall. The new holiday mini catalog is fabulous with lots of new product including fabric, which works great with our Big Shot die-cutting machine. Keep an eye on the old blog-o as I will be featuring a fabric project that I

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Vintage Vibe…

I’m loving the vintage trend that is popular in the papercrafting industry right now. The lace, the subtle colors and old school feel of the products are fabulous. I made this card using the new Greeting Card Kids stamp set from the 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up Idea Book & Catalog. It’s the same set I used to make a Halloween card recently as well. For those of you on my e-newsletter list, you saw the Halloween card in the newsletter. On this card I used my blender pens and ink from my ink pad cover (squeeze the ink pad while it is closed and it will leave a little “puddle” of ink you can pick up with the blender pens). I love how it gave the card a softer look than using straight markers. I also love the new paper ribbon punch (the scallop edge under the torn piece of crumb cake cardstock). It is so fun — You can use it as a tiny scallop underneath another piece of cardstock or use it as a strip of “ribbon”…. so fun. Well that is all for now… I’ve got LOTS of stuff going on in the coming months so be sure

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I want to go to Disney World — and you can come, too!

The first and last time I was in Disney World was 20 years ago. That seems so impossible, but, unfortunately, is true. I was a Freshman in High School and we drove down to Florida on two large Peter Pan buses so the band could perform at Sea World. It was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life… and not just because I got stuck in the hamburgler statue (remember him?) at the McDonalds PlayPlace (what? I was dared!) or because I can still hear the loud chatter of 60 teenagers on a bus. For 24 hours straight. With no sleep. lol. It truly is a magical place and turns everyone into a kid again…. no matter how old they are. That is why I was so excited to learn I could earn a trip to Disney… all expenses paid… for two…. and be pampered like I’ve never been pampered before just for doing something I love. Those of you that know me or who have been following my blog for a while, know that I love Stampin’ Up. I’ve worked with two other direct sales organizations (for very short periods of time) before I joined

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Howdy…

Hi There! Well, it’s the unofficial end of summer… sigh. How do you feel about that? I’m sort of torn… I love summer weather (although fall isn’t bad either) and endless hours at the beach, but the fall always translates into new beginnings for me… almost like the start of a new year. So I’m ready to get a fresh start… on life, on business, on the weather (there’s nothing better than crisp, fresh fall air). That means I’m ready for a fresh start with this blog, too! Boy… I am having difficulty keeping up with it and I only expect it to get busier as we head into the fall and holiday seasons as that’s my busiest time of year! Yipee! The card I’m featuring today was from one of my all occasion card classes earlier this summer. It uses the Level 1 hostess set Punch Potpourri, which coordinates with four of our fabulous punches. If you’d like to make some fun holiday cards shoot me an e-mail to RSVP to one of my THREE upcoming holiday card classes (Sept 29, Oct. 19 and/or Nov. 30). You’ll make 10 cards (two each of 5 designs) for $18. The classes

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