Happy Fourth!

Well hello there long lost blog world! I seemed to have missed the entire month of June. Hmph. How is it that I’m having such difficulty keeping up with the little old blog these days? I do have grand plans to update (both literally – as in posting! – and physically – as in giving it a bit of a sprucing up) in the not too distant future. I’m a little bored with it so I’m thinking maybe if I make it a little prettier and maybe offer some things here … it might be more fun for me! Of course, words of encouragement from my friends in blog land are always fun — so feel free to comment away when you see something you like! 🙂 I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, today is a big day! It is the official start to the new Stampin’ year! That means a brand new Idea Book & Catalog, folks. Very exciting. I’ve actually already put in my first order of the year — and I must say I was very well behaved — only ordering supplies for upcoming classes. Click here to check it out for yourself. Here’s a little

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June… really?

Well, hello there long lost blog friends! I’m sorry I’ve been away so long. Sad to say, but I don’t really know what my excuse is. I often thought of updating the little blog, but just didn’t have much to say. Sadly, I don’t think I have too much to say today, either, but I couldn’t leave it neglected any longer. I am completely stunned that we are heading into our 6th month of this year. How the heck did that happen so quickly! I don’t even think I finished posting my 2011 goals way back in January… You can probably guess how those are going, too. 😉 I’ve included a couple of creations I’ve made recently. The scrapbook page I made late last month I think (in April). I really liked how it turned out. I realized though that I am out of practice with scrapbooking. It took me like four days to finally commit and tape it down! Here’s a card, too: This one features some products from the Summer Mini Catalog including the new triple layer punches. Very cool. You can see the Mini Catalog here. Here’s a fun wildlife photo, too: Isn’t he cute? He was

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Random Thoughts on a Rainy Thursday evening…

Lately I’ve found myself thinking numerous times, “Oh that would be a good blog topic.” Yet when I sit down to write about these things… it turns into a sentence or two. Not really the blog feature I was thinking of. Tonight I was browsing some blogs and found myself very inspired on a number of different levels. Kelly Rae really made me want to do some soul searching this week. I may have to break down and buy her e-book. Becky makes me want to do some spring cleaning — I’m not really sure why this post made me think of that — Perhaps it was the whole comment about having an empty room for two years. It made me wish I could start over with an empty room or two — what can I tell you? My brain works in mysterious ways. This post really made me want to work on my Etsy shop again. I really love focusing on presentation. It does indeed make a difference. It reminded me I need to focus a bit more on that again in my business. You may see a variation of this card on my blog in the near future

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Lazy Day…

I was so excited that the weathermen were predicting upwards of 6o degree weather today as I knew I had the day off! So, I was a little disappointed when I saw the fog and rainy weather today. But I always try to find a positive spin on everything lately so… I’ve been stamping all day! 🙂 I’m actually working (very last minute) on my Artisian Award entry and in between coming up with some projects for my Stamp Club this week. I also got to have a 2 hour nap today, which I’ve said before, always feels rebellious to me on a weekday afternoon 🙂 Anyway, this card is using the Create a Cupcake stamp said and punch. I honestly can’t remember if I cased this layout or not… I think I might have so if it looks familiar please let me know and I will absolutely include you as my inspiration! I’m usually really good about marking whether an idea was mine or “borrowed” from someone else — and this one… I just can’t remember and I didn’t write it down! I’m amazed at how old I’m feeling these days 🙁 I used this card at a workshop

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Happy Sunny Sunday…

I just got around to unpacking a box of goodies at had shipped to me from my favorite place (Stampin’ Up, of course) and you wouldn’t believe what I found in the box. It is just yet another reason why I love this company! Mixed in with the stamp sets, cardstock and fun embellishments I found the sweetest little hand-stamped gift… see: Isn’t that cute? The front was stamped with the cute little owl from the Aviary stamp set and the back was signed by the woman who must have packed my box. I think I may have to send a thank you card back to Julia, now 😉 Today has been a really great day… between finding thank you notes in my box of stamping goodies and have the sun shining brightly (and it’s not too cold either), life is good. Plus, I’ve been in my pajamas since 2:30 (well, I should say back in my pajamas — as I did shower, get dressed and grab a bite to eat with hubby before returning back to the pjs!). Well, I really must get to work on some taxes now… but I hope to be back soon with some sneak

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Breathe….

Let me just say that trying to run a business that has quickly become full-time while having another full-time job during the day is hard. But I love teaching rubber stamping and paper crafting so it is soooo worth it! I’m not complaining in any way, shape or form, as I am very thankful to have a very successful Stampin’ Up business and to have a well-paying day job where I love the people I work with, but some days I feel as though I’m being stretched in six different directions. However, today is a fantastic day. I slept in until 10 a.m. and I’m in my pajamas, catching up on some things that need to get done and then I plan to goof off a bit. I also want to acknowledge any of my new friends from Crop on the Cape 2011. I met a TON of new people and I’m so appreciative of their support. So if you are visiting my blog for the first time (and this goes for anyone not just Crop on the Cape-goers), welcome! I have a progressive scrapbook page to share with you today. I made this actually a few weeks ago and

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Think Summer….

I think it is fitting that I am featuring the “Sweet Summer” Sale-A-Bration stamp set this week. For the second day in a row I’m waking up to snow — granted it is just flurries and not adding up to much, but I. Am. Done. I don’t even like the to look at snow anymore! I’m also waking up today with the start of a cold… Yuck! You know, sore throat, one side of my nose that won’t stop running and an overal feeling of yuckiness. So to say that I would like summer to arrive would be an understatement! Actually, though, I don’t want to skip spring as I love that season. I love the fresh feeling spring brings with new buds on the trees and little birdies chirping in the morning. Just as long as it is no longer 20 degrees and snowing — that’s the weather I would like now. I’m just saying. Anyway, enough whining from me today… on to today’s card. It is actually not very summer-like colors, but I like the pop of bright blue. The color is Pacific Point and I usually find it hard to work with, but this card came together

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Back in Business….

Happy Monday! The only reason why I can say that is because I have the day off … 🙂 And it is going to be a goof off day filled with fun stuff — no housework, no working, nothing boring like that! I wanted to get back in the routine, however, of posting my daily Sale-A-Bration posts. This week we are looking at the Sweet Summer stamp set, which you can earn free with a $50 order. This one took a little while to come together. I started with the Sale-A-Bration Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series paper mixed in with this card, but it simply overpowered the stamped images so I went simple with just some embossed polka dots (made fabulously easy with my Big Shot), a little punch action (with my scallop border punch, my little tag puncy and my big circle punch) and of course some ribbon. This stamp set doesn’t look like much when you see it in the catalog, but it really makes some great cards once you start playing with it. Visit my Web site to place your $50 order and earn your Free Sale-A-Bration set!

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Never Ending Bliss?

I really think I could play with this stamp set for another week and still be a happy girl (I probably will!). However, on Monday it will be time to feature another Sale-A-Bration product. I think next week I will show you Sweet Summer… which is another fun set. Today’s card is loaded with different supplies from vanilla shimmer smooch spritz (so fun to play with!) to First Edition Deisgner Series paper. I really love how this card came out. I think it is my favorite of the week. I did get a bit carried away and kept adding more and more and more. The beauty of Sale-A-Bration is that you can spend your dollars on the fun embellishments (like pearls, ribbons, buttons and punches) and then get your stamp set free. If you’d like to place your Sale-A-Bration order and earn “Bliss” for free, click here. See you on Monday!

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Bliss is good

I am so in love with this stamp set (Bliss from the Sale-A-Bration brochure)! I played with it tonight and made two more cards that I absolutely love. I pulled out the Smooch Spritz for today’s card (and tomorrow’s) — that stuff is lots of fun, too! This card is so much prettier in person… Although Matt said he likes this card best out of the two I made tonight — I prefer the one I will show you tomorrow… You’ll have to tell me which one you like. This card uses patterned paper from the Level 1 hostess 6 X 6 paper pack, the First Edition Designer Series Paper, the word window punch, stampin’ dimensionals, log cabin smootch spritz, neutrals brads, and pearls. The color combo is the same as yesterday ( I was playing with the scraps on the table — one of my favorite ways to make a card!) — Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride. So do you want this stamp set yet? Have I convinced you how wonderful it is? 🙂 Visit my Web site to place your $50 order and it’s yours! Thanks for stopping by today… see you tomorrow!

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