Stamping with my “chosen” family

I had such an amazing weekend… it may not have been the most productive one for me (I’m such a chatter!), but it definitely revitalized my soul.  Each time we have a new Stampin’ Up catalog (the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure launched on January 3rd!), I host an all day stamping event for my team of Shore Stampers. Right now we have just under 40 of us on the team and we’re spread out around the country.  So I designed 16 projects for them (that can all be used in their business if they are building one, or just for fun if they love to stamp!) and we got together for a full day of crafting on Saturday. What I love about the January team event is we turn it into a “Stampover.” So we finish the training at 4pm on Saturday, but then we hang out all night and through most of the day on Sunday working on our own projects and just laughing and having fun! We had 10 of us this weekend (including me) and I love that these ladies get along so well even though some of them only see each other once or

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Technique: Crayon Resist with Stampin’ Up products

I had a great lazy weekend and for the first time in a long time, I’m feeling a bit rejuvenated and ready to tackle my Monday. I have to admit that I’ve fallen into the trap of working what feels like 24/7, seven days a week now that I work for myself. But this weekend I participated in an online class from another demonstrator – it was part business training and part creating and it was just what I needed. I spent the entire day in my pajamas being inspired and getting inky on Sunday. I call that a win. I also hosted a fun Facebook Live Catalog Launch party on Friday night (you can still see all we covered if you go to my By the Shore Stamping Facebook page and click on events and scroll to January 19 — it was the Sale-A-Bration spotlight event.) Anyway, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite techniques from the night. It’s called crayon resist and I learned it ions ago when I first became a demonstrator. It was a real “wow” for me, and showed me the possibilities with this “stampin’ stuff.” (wink, wink). You can watch the

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2018! Each year for the past three years I’ve picked a word at the start of the new year to hopefully guide me during the next 365 days. I’ve never actually written about my word here on the old blog – because it’s sadly been a bit neglected – but I’d thought I’d share this year. Let’s look back first… I actually remember my words from the previous years, and while I might not remember exactly why I picked them or how they showed up in my life — I can still share them with you to give you ideas in case you decide to try this for yourself. 2014 – GROW In 2014 I was really working towards building my Stampin’ Up business to full-time status so I’m sure that is largely why I selected this word. I try and pick a word that reflects both my business and my personal life, though, so I imagine I was trying to grow in some way personally, too — and I’m sure it wasn’t in the waist! Ha! 2015 – SHINE For 2015, I was looking to really shine — I wanted to better my best in everything I did,

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