Stampin’ Up Artisan Award Entry: Card #1

Hello, Hello! What a fabulous Saturday… the weather is gorgeous and I’m spending the weekend with some fabulous new peeps at the Scrap-A-Way Retreats weekend. Many of the girls stayed up late last night, so I thought I’d pop on the old blog and share with you a card a made for the Stampin’ Up Artisan Award earlier this year. This is a close up of the card. I used glossy cardstock and embossed the large white doily images using versamark and white embossing powder. Then I used Stampin’ Up’s colored embossing powder in Pool Party for the smaller flower image. After I heat embossed the random patterned images on the glossy cardstock, I took a sponge and sponged Crumb Cake ink over the entire front of the glossy cardstock. Then wipe off the excess ink using a paper towel (this will also take any of the ink off the embossed images, too). Add a few layers of paper and some brads as accents and you have the finished card: This emboss resist technique is one of my absolute favorites. While Stampin’ Up doesn’t carry the glossy cardstock anymore, it is still readily available in the crafting market… it’s super

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Stitch Fix #2

I am anxiously awaiting my next “fix” today. So I thought I’d share with you my last Stitch Fix delivery so I’ll be all caught up when my new box of goodies arrives! For those of you who are not familiar with Stitch Fix — let me explain. Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription company. You can schedule “fixes” as often as you want (once a week, once a month, once a year — whatever you like). You pay a $20 stylist fee and then one of the Stitch Fix stylists selects five items specifically for you (based on your style profile you fill out when you join) and has them delivered straight to your door. It’s general four pieces of clothing and an accessory, but you can opt out of the accessories if you’d like. I’ve had two “fixes” so far and I love the excitement that comes from these little surprise deliveries! You can read about my first fix here. If you decide to keep anything from your “fix” you get to put your $20 stylist fee towards that purchase. Or if you purchase all five items from your box you get a 25% discount on everything. If

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A Stampin’ Up Artisian Award Entry 2013

  Hello there! Happy Saturday… it looks like this is at least becoming a weekly thing – this blogging. I’m working on my consistency folks… bear with  me!   I’m actually hanging out at the Cool Crops Scrapbooking Retreat this weekend and had a few moments to check-in on the ole’ blog and thought I’d share with you a scrapbook page I made as one of my entries for Stampin’ Up’s annual Artisan Design Team.   Demonstrator selected for the team receive a box full of FREE goodies each month to play with. Fun, right? Just another perk of being an SU demo. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut this year, but there is always next time.   The good news is that I can now share these samples with you as the winner announcement was made at convention. I’m a little behind in posting them, so most of the supplies on this layout are retired, but it can still be a great starting point for a page if you have one special photo you’d like to showcase.   This page features my Mom. I’ve had so many stories bouncing around in my head since losing her last year. So

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Quick Tips for Stress-Free Handmade Holiday Cards

Hello and happy Saturday! The weather is absolutely beautiful today so after spending the morning in my stamp room working on some projects for the upcoming Cool Crops event, I’m headed to the beach! But I wanted to stop by with some quick tips for making your own holiday cards this year — but without the frantic last minute stress. So without further ado, here are my thoughts: 1. Start early! Well, duh… that’s why I’m posting this in September. Of course we all have good intentions of creating beautiful hand-stamped cards for our friends and loved ones, but as time slips by (because clearly September is too early to be thinking about this — or is it??). Start now! Start with this: 2. Write a list of who you would like to send cards to. Once you get to the point of creating your cards (and hopefully ordering SU supplies), you’ll need to know how many finished cards you’d like so you know how much paper and envelopes to order. And just think how great it would be if you created a nice little list with addresses and everything so when you get to the card-writing part, you can

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My First “Fix”

So I’m going to venture away from crafts a bit today… I had been seeing lots of “Stitch Fix” reviews in recent months and was so intrigued by all the reviews that I signed up! If you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix – it’s a monthly (or anytime you want, really) subscription where you pay $20 for a stylist to pick out four pieces of clothing and one accessory for you and deliver them right to your door! How cool is that? What’s even better is if you decide to keep anything in your box, the $20 stylist fee goes towards your purchase and if you buy everything in your box you get 25% off everything. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I received my first box. I mean seriously giddy…. like run off and hide it like a dog with a special bone! Well, except that I could wait to open it and see what was inside! So…. here I will show you what I got in my first Stitch Fix box. First let me apologize for the poor photo quality (I was using my Smart phone to take the photos) and for the toilet in the background! Gah. What can I

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