Snow Day!

As much as I hate snow, I’m a little thankful for it today. I actually started a new job this week, which is great and I think I’m really going to like it. My first day I got three dozen cookies as part of cookie swap that I wasn’t even part of and my second day… I got the day off! (Those are not the reasons why I think I will enjoy it, though! lol) I have to say that as excited as I am to be learning new things and enjoying my new role… I’m a little bit more excited to have an unexpected day off to get a few things accomplished. One of my “things to do” today will include some simple play time. I got some new products from the upcoming Occasions mini catalog and I really haven’t had much time to play with it. I also hope to do some planning for some upcoming classes at the same time — wouldn’t that be a shocker for me to create projects BEFORE the day before the class? lol. I also have “nap” on the to-do list — that has to be one of my favorite things to

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Summer Mini Sneak Peek – Day 1

I have a scrapbook page to share with you today for the first day of the Summer Mini Catalog sneak peek. The new Summer Mini Catalog goes live on May 1 (Saturday) and has some really great new product that is sure to get your creativity fired up. The stamp set I used on this scrapbook page was a “must-have” for me when I went through the new mini. Those of you who know me, know that we love to travel. And this line is perfect for me. The stamp set is called Sentimental Journey and it has coordinating Designer Series Paper called Travel Journal. It’s super cute and could actually be used for other pages as well such as talking about the journey of growing up, finding your path in life or documenting a road trip. What I also love about this line is the new 6 X 6 coordinating album that is available. It would make creating a mini-album about a favorite location or trip super easy! Here is a close-up of some of the stamps from the Sentimental Journey set. I used them on Pumpkin Pie cardstock with versamark ink to give it a watermark look. I

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Spring has sprung!

For the past week or so I’ve been stalking this single tulip that found its way into an ivy bush right outside our side door. Matt says it has been there for years now, but I’ve been here with him for the past 3 years and I don’t ever remember seeing this tulip outside the door before. And I think I would remember as tulips are my favorite! I’m so glad that I finally took a second, though, Thursday morning to snap a quick picture of the bud. It had been there for days but was mostly green up until that morning. This was the first time it had a hint of color at all to it. And this is likely why… by the time I came home from work that afternoon, my lovely little tulip looked like this: Isn’t it pretty? I love all the deep colors in it. It’s funny because I had to wait a few minutes to get this shot because there was a big ugly spider crawling all over it when I took this photo (he is actually inside on the lower left petal… yuck! I was going to post the photo I had taken

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Quick post

I was fortunate in March to have more workshops than normal and that means more scrapbook pages! So I figured I’d share another progressive scrapbook page with you today since I haven’t been able to put together any insightful or entertaining posts recently. This was a 6 X 6 make and take we made at a workshop late last month. I find progressive scrapbooking is great not only for new scrapbookers, but also for cardmakers, too since the smaller size is a similar size canvas to a card. You can’t really see it in the picture but the background is stamped with the flower image from “With All My Heart” out of the Occasions Mini Catalog. The 8.5 X 11 page looked like this: As you can see I just mounted the 6 X 6 on a polka dot patterned paper (from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack) and added a small strip of Dusty Durango to the side. You could easily add photos along the left hand side or add a title there with some smaller photos under the main photo…. You get the idea. I have to say I even surprise myself sometimes with how quickly these

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A day off….

Well I hope to get a ton done today… I have the day off now as I finished up a few things I had to do for the newspaper and I’ve reached my 40 hours for the week already. That means I have the rest of the day to get some major work done for some upcoming stamp clubs (two next week), some upcoming workshops (two the following week) and the big Crop on the Cape event from March 25 – 28th. Boy it’s going to be a busy few weeks!!! I’m excited though! I love getting out and meeting new people and teaching new projects. I think the people are what make this job the absolute best! I’ve truly made some incredible friends in the four years I’ve been a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and I am so grateful. Thank you all for your friendship and support! Anyway, I was going to show you my new ‘do, but between bed-head and no make-up it’s just not going to happen right now! I thought it would be better to take the picture now before I showered as it’s still in fairly good condition after sleeping on it last night and you

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Back in business

On Friday I left my camera bag at a restaurant in Hyannis. Fortunately I had the camera with me, but unfortunately the cord to download photos to the computer was in the bag. Long story short, I was unable to get any of the photos I had taken off the camera and onto the blog! Ugh… it’s always something with me, huh? Well, now that I’ve got my downloading capabilities back I’ve realized that I’ve been quite crafty this week (part of that is because I have stamp club and a workshop this week!). I even managed to sneak in a few projects just for fun! Imagine that :o) I purchased some of Stampin’ Up’s new Simply Adorned chains and charms last month and finally got around to stamping my 1″ X 1″ charm for my necklace. What do you think? I did another version first, but I liked this one better (I bet you want to see the first version, huh? Well, some things are not blog-worthy my friends! lol!). Anyway, I used one of the small Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flowers from the Occasions Mini Catalog as an accent as well as the tiny tags stamp set and

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Happy New Year

Welcome 2010! I hope you all had a wonderful celebration for the end of 2009. I have high hopes for 2010. I love the beginning of a new year. Fresh starts always inspire me and I have a lot of fresh starts for this year … I’ll have more on that in a later post. For now, I wanted to show you another sneak peek from the Occasions Mini Catalog that goes live on Jan. 5. This card uses the “With all My Heart” stamp set again and the new Chocolate Chip epoxy brads. New on this card, (by new, I mean that you haven’t seen before — as I know all of the goodies on the card are essentially new!) Is new paper from the Sweet Pea Paper pack. It is absolutely adorable and probably one of my favorite new products! It is a 12 X 12 paper stack with a total of 48 sheets of paper (2 each of 24 double-sided designs). And you HAVE to have the matching Sweet Pea stitched felt (not shown here). Sooo cute! Guess what? You can actually view the ENTIRE new mini Occasions catalog on my website. The mailing of the catalogs

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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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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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