Happy New Year

Welcome 2012. Glad to have you here! Hopefully, your a kind, healthy and happy year. If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time you know that I love a New Year. It’s fun to have a fresh start. Are you familiar with Ali Edwards “One Little Word” campaign each year? The gist of it is that she selects one word to focus on each year… it sort of become her mantra for the year and often plays out in ways she never imagined when she first selected the word. While I’ve never really participated in “One Little Word,” I have selected “realize” as my word this year… as in realizing my blessings, realizing the moment, realizing success. That’s what I would like my 2012 to be. What’s your word? One thing I hope YOU realize is that the Stampin’ Up Holiday Mini Catalog is ending as of the end of the day today! So if you really wanted the adorable Stocking punch and Stitched Stocking Stamp Set — get it now or it is gone forever (we’ve already been told the punch isn’t carrying over to the next catalog… gasp!). Here is a really fun Christmas card

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Senak Peek!

So I finally had a minute or two to play with some of my new toys and this is what I made! It features almost exclusively new product from the colors to the Designer Series Paper to the stamp set. It actually features six new products… can you guess what they are? I mentioned in my last post that I’m very excited about the new catalog this year. I don’t know if I’m just ready for a change or what? Really, I think it is the new color families… the samples in this catalog are gorgeous. I’ve already marked several that I want to copy! I also stamped the inside of this card as well. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of finishing the insides of my cards as I really want to get an online Etsy shop up and running. I had one over the winter, but I really didn’t put any time into it and the listings all expired. Maybe I’ll try again later this week… not sure if I will get to it though. I’ve been in a major photo re-organization project this week. I’ve sorted through and filed all my photos from the 70s,

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Sneak Peek – a little late

So this is the sneak peek that I intended to share with you on Friday, but I didn’t have it in me to finish up the chipboard letters, take pictures and post. Thankfully, however, my neck is back to normal (for the most part anyway) and I can resume life (already in progress). This sneak peek includes the new Elements of Style stamp set, which I received free at the 2010 Leadership Conference in January. Love this set. It’s great for those of you who like the vintage style. I also used the smooch spritz again on this and I have to say that I am TOTALLY addicted to this stuff. I think I’ve already gone through a half a bottle of the vanilla shimmer and the gold glow. Must. order. more. So here is the whole project. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while. It is an idea journal so that when I am stumped for where to start a project or scrapbook page, I can pull out this handy, dandy book and get some quick inspiration. Inside, I have four categories. There is a section for color combos (clipping from magazines and such), layout ideas

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Such an off week

Well, sadly I must apologize, but there will be no new project from the summer mini catalog today. I was so excited to have a whole day off to catch up on housework, do a little crafting and a lot of purging! However, I woke up this morning at 7 a.m. and had the worst pulled muscle (at least I hope that is what it is) ever! When I first got up I could barely move my head in any direction — so driving to the doctor was out. Instead I gave them a call and they told me to try a warm shower, some ibuprofen and a hot compress. So I did the warm shower and the ibuprofen and crawled back into bed until 2 p.m.! I got up and was a little bit better, but was still having difficulty holding my head up straight and turning to the left. So I’ve been lounging on the couch (or in bed) all day and have not been a ble to do anything!! So frustrating. I had big plans for today and now I got nothing done. I’m not promising anything for tomorrow either as I don’t know how this muscle

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Summer Mini Catalog – Sneak Peek Day 3

Well I made it today by the skin of my teeth! It’s 11:28 and I’ve just now finished making a card for Day 3 of sneak peek week! It’s a super simple card as I was working well into the night again today! Ugh… but the good news is that I’ve worked so many hours this week that I am off tomorrow! So tomorrow’s post should be much earlier (although I do need to do some housework!). Anyway, on to the card. I think I put this together in maybe 15 minutes (I had a vision in my head as I was trying to fall asleep last night — love when that happens!). So I used the new stamp set called Go, Graduate. It’s very cute… I’m not normally one to buy graduation stamp sets, but this one was just too cute and I do have a niece that will be graduating soon (well, not until next year, but hopefully this set will stick around!). I used the textured impressions folder Square Lattice again. I absolutely love that thing. It adds so much to a card so even a simple card like this looks great! I colored the little grad

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Here I am!

Whew… what a day. Busy, busy, busy, but it is now just before 9 p.m. and I’m in my PJs and just about ready to fall into bed and call it a night… BUT I have one thing left to tend to 🙂 So I apologize for taking ALL day to get back here, but without further ado here is project #3 in the series of sneak peeks for the new Summer Mini Catalog: This card actually features a bunch of new stuff including two new core colors from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. I talked a bit about the Color Renovation coming with the next big catalog here. Check it out. In the meantime, lets talk about the card! One of my new favorite products in the Summer Mini is the Smooch Spritz! It comes in four colors and I used the Vanilla shimmer on the Early Espresso (new) card base and on the layered flowers (an XL Bigz die for the Big Shot machine – from the current main catalog). I also used the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz on the new Presto Patterns Designer Series paper (another one of my FAVORITES!). The paper is actually entirely white

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Hold that thought… Sneak Peek – Day 3

My third sneak peek project for the new Summer Mini Catalog is complete, but it is a busy day for me. So I won’t have time to fill you in on some more new products, but here is a quick glimpse of today’s card. And let me just say that I am super excited to share with you some of the products I used today. So FUN! Check back later when I will post the whole card and give you some details on the new products!

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Summer Mini Catalog Sneak Peek – Day 2

Good morning! Just a quick post today as I’m running a bit behind already and I have a loooong day ahead of me! But as promised, I wanted to share another project created using some new Summer Mini Catalog products. Don’t forget the catalog goes live on Saturday, May 1. This card is so not my usual color combos. I actually took the colors from some pillows in a Pottery Barn photo … and I like how it turned out. It features the new Bouquet Bunch stamp set from the Summer Mini and lining up the topiary was a cinch with the new clear mount stamps. And I love the little tiny bird on the tag. There is an adorable tiny squirrel in the set, too that I’m dying to use, but he didn’t fit on the plant… he was just a tad too big. Anyway, I digress. The background is a brand new textured embossing folder called square lattice and I think I’m in love (wink, wink). It adds such great texture to a card that I didn’t want to cover any of it up — hence the concentration of items in the center of the card — including

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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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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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