Friday, February 5, 2016

Ready for a Little Challenge?? Creativate Weekend Sketch Challenge!

So, are you ready to get crafting this weekend?
I've got something new to share that's going to remove all of your excuses to NOT create - 
a Sketch Challenge! 

I've been very, very busy behind the scenes of my Stampin' Up! business lately. :)
One of the best things I've ever done is team up with a group of 9 other Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends to form the 
Creativate Team. 
Our goal is to provide FREE, accessible training, inspiration and resources to our downline teams. We are all friends who share much in common - and #1 is our faith in Christ. 
We've combined our over 150 years of Stampin' Up! experience to bring unbeatable content to our teams that they would have to pay top dollar for elsewhere. 

One of the things we decided to do was to encourage our team members to STAMP!
And to promote that, we are doing a weekly sketch challenge for them. 
I thought you all might want to play along! 

Here's the sketch for the week of February 5th:
The Creativate Team wants to get you stamping but we know that coming up with ideas can be tough sometimes. Creativate Weekend Challenge to the rescue! 
Each Friday we will be sharing a sketch with you. Are you up for the challenge? Just grab some stamps, ink, and paper (and maybe an embellishment or two).
Look at the sketch... those squares can be anything! That circle could be a flower, Heart, framelit. The sentiment might look better somewhere else. That's okay! You might want the background to be designer paper or what about stamping a background stamp there? It's your card, just use the sketch to give you some ideas!
I want to see what you've created! 
Share a photo of what you design in the comments of this post. You have all week to share your card or project. 
Here's one idea to get you started - I'll share another on Monday!

Want to know more about the Creativate Team and how we are working to empower our downlines? 
I'll be sharing that story here on the blog on Sunday, so be sure to check back - it's an awesome story, you won't want to miss reading it. :)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

You Send Me Soaring Card

Undoubtedly, the stamp set used for this adorable card has been the hit of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration offerings thus far. 
But who wouldn't want a stamp set called "The Sky is the Limit"?
It's guaranteed to make you smile. :)
Check out this sweet card project:

It's a super simple card to create - even the hand cut bi-plane is a cinch. Well, lets be honest, no hand cutting is fun, but this one isn't too bad if you don't get all crazy and try to cut out between the wings. 
Otherwise, this cutie is just simple layering and the bi-plane is popped up on some dimensionals. Add a rhinestone to the propeller and you're done. Easy-peasy! 

Here's your supply list: 

REMEMBER - this stamp set is one of the Sale-A-Bration products that is GOING AWAY!!
You only have until the 15th of February to receive it FREE with any $50 order. 
Visit my Online Store by clicking on the product photos above - you'll be able to place your order there! 

So glad you stopped by today - 

Really Great Prices on the items this week - 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sweet Treat Packaging Idea!

Every now and again, you want to share a little sweet treat with someone special - but between you and me, it's so much sweeter when you can dress it up a wee bit. 
Check out this cute chocolate bar packaging:

The chocolate bar is inserted into one of our Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags that's folded and adhered around it. A doily is wrapped around one side and a cute, quick tag is added with a clothespin accent. 
Adorable, right??

Here's a supply list for this particular project, but you could easily improvise with items you already own to create something very similar!

If you need to shop for any of these items or other Stampin' Up! supplies, just click on any of the product photos above - you'll go right into my Online Store!

So, what kind of sweet treats are your favorites??

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sending Hope - A Card to Encourage

There's something about a butterfly that just speaks "hope" to me. 
The delicate wings floating against the sometimes impossible breezes - you wonder how it's able to remain aloft. 
But it does. 
And I think to myself, if the butterfly can do it, well, so can I. 
So can you. 

When I created this card, I was trying to find a use for the silver foil butterfly I'd cut out and left on my table a few months ago. And where it wasn't right for the project I'd been working on then, it was perfect for this pairing. 
A great reminder that everything has value, it just needs to find it's perfect place. 

Here's a complete supply list for you: 

As always, you can click on any of the product photos and shop in my Online Store for all your Stampin' Up! needs!
Don't forget to claim your FREE Sale-A-Bration product with each $50 order you place!
So glad you stopped by today - 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dream Big - Encouragement Card

You've heard the saying - "Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining". 
It's an oft used term of encouragement, but oh so true. 
Probably why it's stood the test of time. 

And NOW, you can even send those silver linings clouds in an awesome card! 
With a reminder to dream BIG no less. 

Here, check out this fun card:

This card is so clean and simple and will be super easy to recreate. 
It's a single panel Smoky Slate card base cut at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". 
Whisper White card stock cut at 4" x 10 1/2" and folded in half at 5 1/4". 
The silver clouds panel is 3" x 4".

Here's a complete supply list for you:

As always, simply click on any of the product photos and you'll go directly to my Online Store so you can get your shopping done. 
And don't forget - all orders of $50 or more qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration exclusive product bonus! 

On a personal note....

my daughter Emma had an awesome experience at her final Eastern Sectional Championships! 
While her team had a beautiful skate, they didn't place as high as we'd hoped for them. 
BUT, that's skating...

Here's a photo of their opening element - the whole program is a baseball theme - SO cute!
In this photo, Emma is in the spiral line in front, 3rd from the right.  

But our favorite moment by far was this:

Emma and her teammate Kelsey are the two Seniors on the team and they had the honor of representing the National Blades in the Opening Ceremony. 

It was a fabulous way for her to cap off the first part of what she plans to be a long skating career. 
She's headed to Western Michigan University in the Fall - to skate for the Broncos Collegiate Level team and to begin her journey to becoming a synchro coach in her own right. 
Go Emma -
Dream Big!

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's Not All About Stamping...

Hey there crafty peeps! 
Usually you're stopping by here for a creative idea or some crafty inspiration and you KNOW I'm all over that! 

But like most of the rest of you - life in the Merriman household doesn't always revolve around stamping and creating. 
I know - say it isn't SO! 
Sometimes, it's all about this: 

And this:

And this: 

My sweet girl gets to live out her passion for synchronized figure skating 3-4 days a week, and her heart beats to the rhythm of the sound of her teammates blades on the ice next to hers. 

This is her 10th season as a National Blade, and also her last. 
She's off to college in the Fall, and yes, she'll continue her skating career there as well. Pursuing her dream of coaching her own synchro team some day. 

The next few days we are at her last Eastern Sectional Championships. Held ironically, in our home state of Virginia. She's skating at the Intermediate level in a jam-packed division. 
Her team is an amazing blend of talented skaters and they work hard both on and off the ice to achieve that perfect skate. That perfect score from the judges. 

But no matter where they place -  she'll leave the ice having left her ALL on the ice. 
Because it's who she is and its what she does. 
And this Mama couldn't be more proud of her girl. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hello Birthday Girl!

Isn't this a HAPPY card?
It's like balloon confetti!

Wanna know the BEST part about this card?
You can create this one in less than 10 minutes! 
Yep, there's something to be said for clean and simple - and CUTE!

It also uses one of the fabulous Sale-A-Bration FREE stamp sets. 
Folks, FREE is never bad. LOL! 

Here's a supply list for you: 

As always, click on any of the product photos above and you'll head right into my Online Store to get your shopping done. 
And THANKS for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! demo. Can I just say "You're awesome!"