Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Cards

I've been blog-hopping a lot lately.  You know what I mean... you sit in front of your computer, gazing at all types of creative, informative, funny etc, blogs... You jump from one and it links you to another, until you get completely lost and not quite sure what, where, or why you started to begin with.  I love it.  I don't get a chance to blog-hop often.  Life seems to be a distraction... One thing I have noticed tho, is how far behind I am in my own blogging... personal and professional... EEKS!  SO, I guess I need to to get busy, and show you some of my Christmas Card designs. 

So here we go...
This first set of 4 were for my Annual Christmas Card class that I held a few weeks ago.  Being, I think, fairly new to Stampin' Up!, this was my 2nd Christmas Card class.  I really look forward to doing it... and I have some amazing customers who do also...!  My "girls" really are the best!

My customers all set on their holiday cards... Me? Not so much.  So inbetween my kids holiday parties, and school concerts, I have done a few others... that weren't anywhere close to my Christmas Card Class...

I love ornaments... and adore the Ornament Punch. and the amazing stamps  that coordinate with it!

Don'tcha just love the Jolly Holiday Designer Paper.  I do!  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla... classic!

Ahhh, Cute Christmas. stamp set and Designer paper.  One of my customers, ordered the stamp set and asked if I could coordinate something into my Christmas Card Class.  I didn't have the stamp set, so she let me borrow it.  SO CUTE!

This one is my favorite.  Comtempo Christmas... and the Jolly Holiday paper... And of course I had to use my FAVORITE Embossing Folder  for my Big Shot - Square Lattice.  The catalog just doesn't do it justice in how amazing it turns out!!

This one was NOT in my Christmas Card class (just the first 4) I found an app for my ipod... (yes... there is an app for that) that showed me how to do an origami Christmas Tree.  Super easy, and SO fun... Kinda Bulky, so I might hand deliver this one, instead of mail.  I loved it.

So I know... 2 pics of the same card.  This one shows the truer colors of the Whisper White and the Marina Mist, but you just can't see the glitter...

So, this one... you see the glitter (OOO - Sparkly!) but the colors are off.  *SIGH*  I just can't win!!

With all the hustle and bustle of holidays, I hope you take time to enjoy the Season, enjoy your family, traditions. 

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


November and December are packed with birthdays in mine and my hubby's families.

On November 24, my niece turned 18... not sure how that happened. Wasn't she 2 just yesterday? *sigh* She is a senior in high school and due to some crazy job circumstances,  mixed with her being a good kid, she lives in Idaho, with an aunt and uncle, while her mom (my sister) and dad and siblings moved here, to Arizona.  I was an exchange student when I was 16, so I know a lot of what she is going through being away from her immediate family.

November 26 holds 2 birthdays... One for my nephew, who turned 16. And the other for my adorable sister-in-law, Laura (who just happens to be my Stampin' Upline)  This next one was for my nephew...

And this next card was for Laura.  Her adorable hubby (my hubby's little brother) sent out an email to EVERYONE in Laura's contact list, reminding them of her birthday, and her love of cards.  He asked to please remember to send  them, and even sent a reminder email on the day to send them, so they would ALL arrive ON her birthday.  She received 100+ cards!  So fun!  Here is the card I sent.  I cased the idea from my good friend Martha - who is on my team.  (She's got some great ideas)

December has a TON of birthdays too (2 nieces, Mother and father-in-law, that super sneaky Brother- in-law I mentioned above... and I'm already behind on sending the cards (missed getting 2 out on time! - ugh) I guess I better get off the computer and get stampin'!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


HOLY MACKEREL! Stampin' Up! is offering the starter kits (both standard and digital) for 
50% off!
I know right! CRAZY! How can anyone resist?  I want to sign up again (but I can't - its for new demo's only)So here's the deal... 
Something THIS big can only last for a little while...

November 15-30,
For 2 short weeks, you (YES YOU!!) can start your own business for $87.50!!  (its normally $175) and you receive everything you need to start your own business. The kit is worth $310. It's such a huge savings!
The Starter Kits are customizable, so you have your choices of papers and ink and stamps - so you can personalize it to your own taste!
The Decore Elements and Stampin' Memories add- on kits are still available for their regular prices ($40-50)

What are you waiting for??

(and if you just want all the amazing products for that deal, you can still purchase it, and there are no penalties for dropping your demonstrator-ship- Not that you'd want to do that.  It is seriously such a fun, rewarding job!  Give it a try!)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Holiday Bundles!!

Now is a PERFECT time to purchase some of our beautiful holiday sets... 
and Stampin' Up! is offering it at a GREAT discount... YUP!
I said DISCOUNT!  
A 20% Discount to be exact, 
when you purchase one of these amazing Holiday Bundle!!  

And if you are like me... and want to see what is in those amazing bundles... here are some  pictures of the sets... Aren't they great?  Who can resist? I know you can't!
(click on the images to enlarge them)

 So Hurry, this promotion is from October 19 - December 16

Friday, October 15, 2010

2nd Annual Christmas Card Class

Are the Holidays sneaking up on you? They are sneakin' up on me, that is for sure!  But there is always time to send personal and beautiful cards out for the holidays!

Come to my 2nd Annual Christmas Card Class!
You can make 20 beautiful hand-stamped Christmas Cards to send to your loved ones for $25.  You will make 5 cards each of 4 different designs.

Saturday, November 20, 10am - 4pm
at my home
(Contact me for my address!)
Must Prepay by November 1 to reserve your place.  Space is limited, contact me soon to reserve your place!

October Card Club

I really say it enough... 
I meet with the funnest, craziest (in a good way of course) group of women each month to teach and create some cards and just have a great time each month.  
This month, I was feeling very "holiday-ish" and created 3 holiday cards for - 1 for each of the "big" upcoming holidays.  

The girls loved it... After living in New England for my High School years, (Vermont), I HAD to get the WICKED COOL Halloween Stamp Set (IBC page 23 Item # 120600).  Because,  In Vermont "we don't say "Wicked" unless we "wicked" mean it."  If you're from New England, you know what I'm talking about.  

We tried out a new technique "the Stained Glass" technique for the Thanksgiving Card, which was really fun and easy and has a great look to it.  Everyone's turned out GREAT, and SO different.  Such a fun technique to try out! Glad I found it. 

I hadn't used my adorable little bird punch punch on ANYTHING.  I love it, but it never really worked for any of my projects.  Until, I felt the need for a little Cardinal on a Christmas Card.  It worked nicely with the wood grained DSP series from the Woodland Walk Pack (IBC page  item #117389)

Now, to get ready for my annual Christmas Card Class and my last (for the year at least) Card club).  I can't believe the holiday's are upon us!  Craziness I tell ya, Craziness!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Raffle Winner

October has totally snuck up on me! I have had so much going on in my personal life - 
good and not so good.  But that is life isn't it?  

So here I am finally blogging who my winner was of my 

My Digital Studio Raffle

Out of 65 entries the winner is.... (drum roll, please)

Deb S
Congrats to Deb and thanks so much for playing!!

Thanks to for the third party entry drawing!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some more samples

I love dying the paper flowers and I just don't do it enough.  PLUS, I love Marina Mist. It is my favorite new color.  I could use it all the time.  This time I dyed 2 flowers... there is a chocolate chip dyed flower under the marina mist one to add some depth.  

Hmph. My camera setting is making My Vanilla card stock look yellow-ish. Disappointing.  

Anyway. I have the coolest sisters in the world.  One of which, is in my card club (if you have any questions about what a card club is, just email me) and she lovingly stores all of her purchases at my home with all of my supplies, giving me full access to her stuff! SUPER FUN! She recently purchased the Seeing Stars stamp set and the coordinating Star punch.  So we made this fun card at Card Club this month.  The girls loved it, (and yes, my sister pointed out to everyone it was her stamp set and punch, not that I wouldn't have given her credit, she just loved to have fun with it!) It was such a fun stamp set. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I just love the new stamp set Aviary (clear mount item number 120462). It has cute little birds and stunning bird cages!  I couldn't resist getting it. There are so many fun techniques with this set.  My favorite is to heat emboss the bird cage.  Which is what I did with this card.  It made sure to make it look like the bird was INSIDE the cage and gives a shiny texture.

I also used some of the new Designer Paper Series (DSP). This one is called Woodland Walk (item number 117389) When next to the Elegant Eggplant card stock, the  Chocolate Chip polka dots actually look a little purple-ish, (there are actually 2 polka dot colors, Wild Wasabi is in there too) It gave the DSP a whole new look that I wasn't expecting at all!

Hope you enjoy!

Dont forget my Raffle!! Check out my last post for details!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Enter my Raffle to Win My Digital Studio!!

I am holding a raffle for YOU, yes YOU to win My Digital Studio!  Exciting huh! Beginning ... NOW!!
I LOVE, love, LOVE My Digital Studio.  I create albums, scrapbook pages, cards, email invites, flyers for my Stampin' Up biz. I love to play on it and see what I can create!  Very fun!

My Digital Studio comes pre-loaded with over 2000 elements and of course, you can later, (or sooner) download more stamps, papers, ribbons, punches, and emblishments - that are all inexpensive. They range from $.95 to under $15 - for a ton of options. 

I am a My Digital Studio Certified Demonstrator too - MEANING - I am trained to help you learn the program - so should have any questions, I can help answer them!

So I know, you are chopping at the bit to find out how to win My Digital Studio... Here's how...
Email me your favorite things you LOVE about Stampin' Up! = 1 Ticket
Place a $20 order = 2 tickets
Place a $50 order = 4 tickets
Hold a workshop = 5 tickets
Place a $100 order = 7 tickets
Become a Demonstrator = 20 tickets

(all order prices are considered before shipping and taxes)

The winner will be drawn at random October 1, 2010
Oh and looksie - here's a sample of something you can do with My Digital Studio. Of course - you can't wait to see if you win , or want more info about My Digital Studio... contact me!!
  (Click to enlarge the photo)

(This Raffle is not open to current Stampin' Up Demonstrators - Sorry.)

So Go NOW, place our orders, set up your workshops, email me, galore, and become a demonstrator and lets see who wins!!

Scrap Sistaz Scrapbook Retreat - Vendor Follow-Up

Yesterday, was my first opportunity to set up as a vendor at a Scrapbook Retreat hosted by Scrap Sistaz. It was held at the Sheraton Resort at Wild Horse Pass - a GORGEOUS resort on the Gila Indian reservation, just south of town.  I got a little lost finding it.  I assumed, it was the hotel right by the main casino. NOPE, luckily, a nice lady saw me struggling with my stuff and told me I was in the wrong place.  It was a just a bit further down the road and I would have NEVER guessed it was there.  

I brought my stuff, got it all set up - and forgot to take a picture. D'OH! I brought my laptop - so that I could show off My Digitial Studio, and my Big Shot, a CUTE make-n-take bookmark all the catalogs. I made "new catalog survival kits" (they have post-it notes, a pen, a wish list, my business card and chocolate in it) I had all the promotional flyers and of course I brought Chocolate.

My table was next to the FUNNEST woman, Bernadette, a jewelry designer. We had so much fun between customers, covering each others tables when it was time for a potty break. She is incredible!  We decided that if we do another one of these retreats, we just have to be Table buddies again!
My experience business-wise, was an interesting one.  I'm chalking a lot up to learning - since I do have a lot to learn.  I gained a few new contacts and had a few sales. I'm already thinking of things to do different/better next time - and I have a ton of questions for my upline and things I need to double check in the Demo Manual. But I had a good time, had a few sales, and I'm learning a lot.  I made some great contacts and made new friends. 

Sounds like a good day to me!

(here's a picture of my cute little bookmark make n take)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Birthday Decor - not Stampin' Up. (am I bad??)

So, this has NOTHING to do with stamping, but it is crafty so I'm posting this. I love it.  One of my sons is turning 6 tomorrow,  another is 3 on the 16, my hubby's birthday on the 25 - so July is a big birthday month for our family  I was shown a cute Balloon Wreath on the internet and was asked for a church activity to make it for ahem...research. (such difficult research I tell you!) I needed to  time it how long it took to make, price it, those sort of things (about an hour and about $15)
The instructions on the site were super helpful... except, I didn't know which sized wreath to get... so I ended up buying a 14 inch wreath... which was too big. SO I needed more balloons. (my sister saved the day, having left over balloons from a recent party)  S0 - I would recommend getting a 10-12 inch wreath.  That way you can really pack in the balloons tighter!

Here is my finished product (sorry for my dusty door - Living in AZ - its a never winning battle!)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Vendor Op

July 17 I have a GREAT opportunity to set up as a vendor at a weekend Scrapbooking Retreat. My friend, Jolee and her friend,  organize weekend retreats at local resorts.  They invite all their friends, get great deals on rooms and scrap till their hearts content!  I've, unfortunately never been able to attend for a few reasons, (scheduling, usually) but THIS year, I am going as a Stampin' Up! Vendor! I just found out about it - so I'm a little stressed out... timing and all.

So All day, Saturday, July 17, I get a 6 foot table and get to do what ever I wish with that space!  This will be the first time I've had this type of opportunity since I've only been a demo since Sept 09, and my brain is racing with what to do for 7 hours during that time --- how to promote my business, get more workshops, attract customers, make sales.  Any suggestions would be great!

In the mean time, I will be scoring idea websites and prepping and stamping till I just can't stay awake each day.  (or my kids get into everything!! - it is summer!!)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Little Mia

My sister's best friend, Laurie, is in the hospital as we I write this giving birth to her first baby, a girl, they will name Mia.  So excited!  She and her husband, Chris, have been together for 10 years, got married 1 1/2 years ago.  This last little bit of her pregnancy has not been too fun, and she went to the hospital for some testing and the doctor admitted her with the plan to start inducing her this morning. They have since scheduled an induction this afternoon.  In my excitement waiting to hear all the fun details... I created this little card...   Welcome little Mia!!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 18

Friday, June 18 was my 34th birthday.  My card club was also scheduled for that night.  I had everything prepped and I was really excited to go spend the evening with "my girls". I always have SO much fun with them.  I swear my job as a Stampin Up Demonstrator does NOT feel like work!  It is fun!  Even before I became a "demo" I would scrapbook with people, and ended up teaching techniques and helping them with there projects - so this is a very natural step for me.  

I showed up to Celeste's house, got things set up, helped get the table pulled out, visited while others showed up.  We were already laughing pretty hard.  

So as I got up to go get started, they surprised me by saying that they were taking me out to dinner, that they would still place their orders, but I got the night off from "work" tonight!  My hubby was in on it. My sister, who is in the club, told me that Celeste was going to serve finger sandwiches instead of dessert (which has been what is normally served at our clubs... sweets). I was oblivious.  

Even a few people that aren't part of the club, but are friends, came, and I was still oblivious to what was going on.

I loved it, I love my card club, but I love the ladies that are in it.  There were a few that missed it because of traveling, or other commitments, and I missed them. 

It was a great Stampin' Up kinda Birthday!!

(and PS, My hubby and kids bought me the Big Shot for by Birthday!! YAY!!)

Card Samples

I made these first 2 to go together, the first is a card, and the second is a note card set.  

The next set of samples, I made the cupcake card one evening, and my oldest son (who is 8) wanted to help. So, he came up with his own card.  I liked what he came up with. He was very adamant about doing it all his own way, without help or guidance.  He done good. 

 This last one, I used some left over pieces and changed the stamps up to try out my new colors, card stock and hostess set preorders... (loved the Cajun Craze with this one!!)

ABC Preschool - Update

I recently finished my job with ABC Preschool in Tempe.  They were so fun to work with and I look forward to working with them again.  The entire staff were a pleasure to work with, but the kiddos stole my heart.  The first day, I worked with the school aged kids.  I learned some lessons that day pertaining to my choice in card style (a little too advanced - especially with the number of kids I had. I know better for next time - but they had GREAT cards for Father's Day - Tee Hee) One little boy was SO excited to make this card because he "had the bestest dad in the entire universe".  Another little boy - who struggled with writing, asked me to help him write in the card, and as he thought of things to say, his eyes lit up thinking about how much he loved his dad.  He have me a hug afterward. It was sweet.

The Second day, as I showed up, the kids I worked with before, were leaving on a field trip and half of them had to give me a hug first... (requiring me to set my awkward box of supplies down so I could give proper hugs!!) They were on their way to Home Depot to make Bug houses.  Very Fun.  I worked with the 4-5 year old kids. They were so sweet, and listened SO well.  They loved the little card and had fun making it. Some gave me hugs and thanked me for coming in and didn't want me to leave.  It was AWESOME!!

I really hope I can work with them again.  Now I get to put on my thinking cap to come up with ideas for them!! YAY!!

 Here are some samples of what we made!

This was the card the 4-5 year old kids did. They LOVED the kangaroo, and they loved that the heart popped up off of his hand!
This is the one we did for the older group.  Fun little pocket card.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Macaroni Kids Mesa

My good friend, Lachelle,  started her own in home business, called, Macaroni Kid Mesa. She has a website, and weekly newsletter. In it, she picks out great family centered activities around the area.  I've had the awesome opportunity to advertise on her blog and newsletters.  It has been a great opportunity for me.  I received a phone call from ABC Preschool and have been hired to work on some card making time for the kids there in time for Father's Day! I am SO excited, (a little overwhelmed). My brain is going a million miles a minute.  They are letting advertise there also, not just for the the 75 kids I will be working with over a few days, but with ALL of the students. So I will be super busy prepping for that, and for my monthly club!

So check out Macaroni Kids Mesa and subscribe to her newsletters (they are free!!) and you'll have some great fun (and some free, or super cheap) ideas of what to do come right to your inbox.

And if you aren't local, Macaroni Kids are a growing company, so you'd be able to find someone near you from browsing her site for more info. 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Retiring? WHAT?

SO much is happening in the world of Stampin' Up!  My brain is struggling to keep up with 
all of the information AND the excitement of it all! 
July 1 is the day when the NEW Idea Book and Catalog comes out.  There have been 
SO many changes since January (clear mount stamps, new punch designs, new color announcement, etc) 
that I CAN'T WAIT too see what is in the new catalog.  (plus is 16 YUMMY pages longer!)
SO to get ready for the new catalog,
it is time to say goodbye to some of the things in the
current 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.

So, I'm hosting a "little" Retirement Open House, at my home. June 3, 2010 from 6- 8:30  (you should be able to click on the picture above for more info, if not email me for more info).
Come for some fun, food, demonstrations, and a make-n-take and I will have lots of order forms ready. because as of June 30, the items are not available for purchase.
I will have a FULL list of all the items retiring, as well as a list of the colors that are retiring. 

So come to play, check things out.  If you are new to Stampin Up, I'd love the opportunity to show you how this great company works and its great products. I Love to teach people how to stamp, and scrapbook.  

I'm ALWAYS looking for people to join my team! If you are interesting in a fun, in home, job opportunity, that is fun, crafty and centered around working with people, I'd love to help you start your own business.

See you all June 3!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Next Card Club

So My Next card club is THIS FRIDAY! I've had a couple ideas in my head for a bit... but then WHAMO - I came down with STREP (they thought maybe mono too, but NO, YAY!!).  So here it is, TUESDAY, I'm scrambling to get my oldest son's final book report done... let me rephrase... I'm trying to get my son to finish his final book report finished this week and I need to get a move on for Card Club.  My ideas are pretty fun... A little gift baggy idea, trying to sort out a couple ideas I've had for a Father's Day Card (as much as I am surrounded by testosterone in my life, masculine cards are hard for me) and my 3rd idea I'm STUMPED on... gotta go play in my Stampin Room...  My 8 years olds book report will get done, RIGHT?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

More Card Samples

One of my personal goals, and the goals as I lead my card club is to learn and teach new techniques.  So for this fun little 3x3 card.  I used Dusty Durango Textured card stock, Not Quite Navy Card and Very Vanilla Card Stock. Not Quite Navy Stamp Pad and a Rhinestone brad.  I used, once again, the "With All My Heart" Stamp Set.  But for the Image I used the "Baby wipe Technique.  Super fun!  My girls LOVED it.! Its a really SUPER easy technique.  Lets see if I can explain it.  Set out a piece of plastic on your workspace and place a baby wipe over it.  Drop several drops of Ink Refill drops randomly over the center of the wipe.  Repeat this with several colors.  The colors will start to 'bleed' together. That's perfect!  This becomes your stamp "pad".  Some things I learned is that normally, stampers will dab their stamp all over their "usual" stamp pad to get their stamp covered in ink.  Try NOT to do that with this technique.  Also, I would sort of try out different areas on my baby wipe, to see where I liked the best color combination. Make sure you clean your stamp each time! Don't be afraid to experiment with the choice in inks.  While I don't remember for sure which colors I used, I think I had, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Taken with Teal, and Ballet Blue while I was experimenting with this card.   

This was one of my Valentine's Cards i designed. I used Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence and Whisper White card stock, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, staple, The Scallop Trim Punch from Sale-a-Bration, and the Super cute I {Heart} Heart Stamps (I started getting clear mounted stamps!!) I used the Pink Passion, Pixie Pink and Versamark Inks

For this card, I  used Rich Razzleberry Card stock, Razzleberry Lemonsade Designer Paper, Embossing powder, black ink, Chocolate Chip ink, Old Olive Ink, and Rich Razzleberry Ink. All the stamped images, inside and outside are heat embossed.  I used the Things I Love stamp set. 

Let's Get This Started

This is a 3x3 card I did for my monthly Card club. I used textured Bermuda Bay card stock (Bermuda Bay is one of the "In Colors" for this year) I used the  Eastern Blooms Stamp set, stamped in So Saffron and Rich Razzleberry (also one of the In Colors, but it has been made a core color as of July 1) Has a Summery feel, dontcha think?

I actually made this one for my sweetheart for Valentines this year.  I used Rich Razzleberry card stock (it's my fave!!) with some of the Designer Paper Series called Razzleberry Lemonade just barely peeking out.  I used the Stamp set "With all my Heart" from the 2010 Occasions Mini, and heat embossed stamps using Rich Razzleberry (surprise!!) and Soft Suede.  My honey loved it and still has the card on his nightstand... Aww!

For the next card, I used the Same Stamp set, "With all My Heart", And the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper Series (same peice of paper too!!) Also some Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip and Rich Razzleberry card stock. and a Clear Rhinestone Brad. I  used the New Extra Large Flower Punch and distressed the paper to create the 3D flower.