The Crying Curse is over!

I survived! For those of you that are on my email list, you may remember that I had a big presentation this past weekend at the Stampin’ Up OnStage event. I got to present some ideas for a new stamp set from the 2017-2018 annual catalog coming out in June. During rehearsals on Friday, I was super nervous… I really wanted to vomit before it was my turn to have my “test” run. But I made it through that (and actually nailed the time allotment I had!) so I was feeling much better. On the day of the actual presentation I went over a bit on my time, and forgot to mention one important part of the stamp set, but overall it was fine. It was kind of funny because at the beginning I told them a little bit about my previous public speaking experiences (the fact that I always cried) so I told them not to yell at me if they couldn’t see something or if I did something wrong as I’d probably cry (I was really only joking — well, kind of). Well, for my first two projects the camera wasn’t working, but no one told me! They

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Stampin’ Up Thank You… So Very Much

Howdy Stampers! I had some fun this past weekend playing with one of my new Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. It’s called “So Very Much” and I found that it’s pretty difficult to make a real fussy card with this set…. And I think that’s a good thing! That means if you’re looking for a stamp set that you can make some adorable, fast and easy “thank you” cards (think mass producing) then this is it! I’m going to share a few of the cards that I made with this set over the next few days. This first one is a little different. I used my Layering Squares Framelits to cut out a window in a scrap piece of paper. Then I used the negative piece to sponge Crumb Cake ink in the square cut out that was left behind. I then just simply stamped the “Thank you sentiment using Early Espresso ink. I added a small piece of the dapper denim Washi tape from the Moroccan Designer washi tape to the bottom edge of the inked square. I then took a tiny strip of gold foil cardstock and snipped “banner” ends in each side. Finally, I punched out two Delightful Dijon

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Hello September… the perfect time for PUMPKIN!

  Hello September! I have to say I’m loving that summer isn’t making a fast exit. Summer is by far my favorite season and it always seems to go so fast! Don’t get me wrong, I actually do like fall, too. It’s just that fall leads to…. well, you know what and after last winter? I’m not ready! Anyway, you know what fall also brings? Pumpkins! And you know what kind of pumpkin is my favorite? Paper Pumpkin! What’s that? You don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is? Well, it’s only the best monthly paper crafting subscription there is! These all inclusive kits include a full stamp set, one or two ink “spots” (just adorable little ink pads), a pre-designed, pre-cut project that you can usually make a bunch of and all the accessories and embellishments you need to complete the projects. Most of the time it even includes the adhesive you need (glue dots, stampin’ dimensionals) — you may just need to supply a tape runner of some sort. And for ONE MORE DAY (through September 10), you can get your first two months of Paper Pumpkin at half off (even at full price it’s a great deal… it’s usually

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Emerging from the fog (er… winter)

I think I’m finally (albeit slowly) emerging from this brutal, late-blooming winter. I’m finally feeling as though I have a bit of energy. It’s amazing what a little sun will do, huh? The spring is always like a new year for me — it signifies a clean slate, starting over and beginning again. I have to say I think I like the start of spring even better than a fresh new year — because it means sunshine, flip flops and beach time are right around the corner! Do you like my card today? I thought it was appropriate. It uses the amazing stamp set called Crazy About You. Tons and tons of greeting card possibilities with that set and if you add the Hello Life thinlits to your collection you have even more options! Want to know a trick to get those teeny, tiny word pieces out of your die? Wax paper! Just make sure you put the wax paper in between the die and your cardstock. Works like a charm. You may still need a piercing tool or something sharp to poke a corner or two to get it started, but so much easier than fighting with the cardstock

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Meet the Crafter: Linda M.

 Hello, Hello! Welcome to my second edition of “Meet the Crafter.” I don’t know about you, but I love to read about other crafty folks and find out what inspires them, what they’re favorite tools are and get that “backstage pass” to what their crafting life is like! I introduced this series with Sarah K in June and now I’d like to introduce you to Linda M. We spent some crafty time together back and June and this lady can make a card like nobody’s business! 🙂  Without further ado… here’s more about Linda: How did you start paper crafting and what is your paper craft of choice (card making, scrapbooking, etc.)? I started making Christmas cards about 15 years ago. The first two years I used construction paper! From there I moved on to scrapbooking, but my favorite craft of choice is still card making. Where do you find inspiration for your projects? I find inspiration from other people’s work and all the materials that are available. There are so many talented people out there. I have really fallen in love with doodling, different stamping techniques and using twine, ribbon and buttons.  What is your favorite Stampin’ Up product

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Stampin’ Up Leadership: Manager’s Reception

Hello and Happy Monday! I am in a fabulous mood today. I just returned from an amazing Leadership Conference last night and I am so excited and raring to go! Is that how you spell that?? Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the highlights of my trip on the old blog and the best one to start with I thought was Manager’s Reception. This is only the second year that I’ve qualified for Manager’s Reception (Last year I got to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando) and while I was super excited to see Harry Potter last year, this year was truly amazing. I’m not sure if it’s because last year I was kind of solo for the trip or just because this year was better, but nonetheless… Manager’s Reception 2014 was awesome. Stampin’ Up rented out the Downtown Aquarium (in Houston) for us for the whole night — just us!   We were greeting by these two (on the right) when we got off the bus from the conference center… talk about feeling short! 🙂 They were really cool. That’s the Aquarium building behind them… so fun. Our first stop was the Shark Depot. It was a cute little train that made it’s way

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Goodbye 2013… Hello 2014!

Happy New Year! I tried to type up this post before 2013 actually ended, but blogger was just not cooperating! So I had a couple extra days to marinate on 2013 and what I want for 2014. I find it rather interesting that this year I’ve been really hesitant to make any plans/resolutions/goals for the new year. For those of you that have followed this blog, you may know that this is very uncharacteristic of me! I usually love a new year and am all about setting some goals and talking about the prospect of a clean slate. Interestingly enough, I’m also having a hard time recalling 2013. It’s honestly as if it went by without me realizing it! Strange. Nonetheless, I have come up with a few things that were highlights for 2013 (thanks to being able to review my blog) and I thought I’d share them with you (I personally love to read New Year posts — I find it fascinating to read other people’s highlights and goals… but feel free to skip to another post if this doesn’t interest you.) Anyway, highlights of 2013: Leadership Conference is always a highlight of my year — I leave for

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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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Stampin’ Up Convention 2012 – Swap #2

Howdy, blog friends. Happy Monday — It always bothers me when I type that — I don’t know why I always say it!! Monday is by far my least favorite day. Anyway, I digress. I’m back today to share another one of my swap cards from Convention 2012. This one is pretty simple, but I like it — and it proved to be one of my more popular choices when I gave other demonstrators the option between this one and my other designs. Remember if you see anything on this card that you’d like to have for your own stash, feel free to visit my online store where you can shop 24 hours a day and have new goodies delivered right to your doorstep! I had wanted to get a photo of some of the ladies swapping cards when I was at convention, but my battery was dying the first day I arrived to convention and I couldn’t find my charger (in fact, I still can’t find it!) so I had to be very selected about what I took photos of and alas I forgot about the swapping photo. Actually, as I’m typing this, I think I had one from

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