Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Look out for Cupid!

I promised you something creative today too - not just Leadership photos, so here you go!

This cutie-patootie card is one that I designed for my Very Valentine Stamp Camp last weekend. I liked it so much, that I made 17 more of them for my GoDivas Leadership swap too.

This card is made with the NEW P.S. I Love You stamp set that's in the Occasions Mini catalog. I chose Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride with Very Vanilla for my color combo - love the subtlety of these colors together.

My card base is Cherry Cobbler and the first layer is a piece of Blushing Bride Patterns Designer Series Paper. It's edged with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter applied with the 2 Way Glue Pen.

The next layer is Cherry Cobbler as well, and the collage stamped layer of Very Vanilla is adhered to it. I tied a piece of Blushing Bride Poly-Twill Ribbon around it in a knot and added the punched embellishments with Stampin' Dimensionals. The top circle also has Dazzling Diamonds added around the edge - you can never have too much glitter!

There is another Very Vanilla inside that's stamped with the heart and cupid as well as a Be My Valentine greeting. All in all, a very simply card to make.
The gals at Very Valentine class loved this one and so do I!

Here's a few of the products I used to create this card:
#119267 - Blushing Bride Poly Twill Ribbon $8.95 (15 yard spool)

#117158 - 2010 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack - $21.95 (four sheets of each color and double sided pattern)

#125462 - P.S. I Love You Stamp Set - $27.95 (clear-mount)

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Have a great day everyone!
Happy Stampin' and shoppin',

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Leadership - Fun with Friends!

I had such an amazing time at our Leadership Conference last week in San Antonio, TX. The best part of any Stampin' Up! event is being able to spend time with friends that I love dearly and only get to see a couple of times a year. Today's photos are all about the friends!

This photo was before we went in to the Manager's Reception:
L to R - Michelle Theriault, Tara Bazata, Tiffany Bauer, Me, Patti Chesky
(side note - the food I'm holding in my hand never was consumed - I just plain talk too much!! Good thing we had appetizers in the hotel restaurant before the event!)

Here I am with my roomies at breakfast the next morning - note the large cups of coffee being consumed.
L to R - Michelle Theriault, Michelle Suit (her 1st Leadership!), me, Tara Bazata.

This is a photo of my wonderful group of swappers, the GoDivas. Amy Caraluzzi, who is to my left in the photo named our group because of my well known love of all things chocolate. She's the bomb! These girls are all hand picked by me because of their style and the quality of their work. We have all different styles in our group so we always get a great variety of cards, but all are the best quality. Love these girls! Do you recognize any of them??

Here's my BFF Tiffany showing off one of the All-Attendee prize giveaways! We can't show the stamp set - it's coming out in June with the New Catalog!
No matter how many times we attend an SU! event, we still LOVE getting FREE stuff!! And the best part - Stampin' Up! never disappoints!

Here I am with two good friends, Debbie Naylor and Rachel Yurkanin. Debbie and I met at her first Founder's Circle and I met Rachel and her husband on our Hawaii Incentive Trip. They are two of the sweetest girls I know!

Me with my roomies on the Riverwalk at night. Not the greatest photo, but trust me, it's so beautiful down there!
My upline, Jan Wakeland, held a little get together in her room for her Dreambuilders Group. We somehow all managed to pile on the bed for this photo. Cathie Gaspart is not pictured because she is taking the photo for us.
I'm truly surprised that we didn't collapse that bed!

Me with Jan, my upline and fellow Advisory Board alumni.

Me with my secret sister, Kathy Hamrick.

We ate at a restaurant called Casa Rio down on the Riverwalk two nights in a row! The mexican food was authentic and oh, so yummy! This photo is of our last night there. We picked up a few more friends along the way that night. Next to Tara is Brenda Marshall, Tammy Morgan and across from her, Diana Eichfeld.

Waving goodbye to the Cindy, my fellow Facebook reporter for the event. It was so much fun, but it was time to go.
Did you follow our photo journey on Facebook?

Like I said before, my SU! friends are dear to me. I love that our company has brought me together with ladies I'd probably never have met otherwise, but are truly my sisters. It's the best part of my job!
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Stamped blessings,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Birthday Treats are the Best!

Howdy Stampers!!
Can you tell I just returned from San Antonio?? heehee.
There were definitely some cowboys hanging around our hotel, but I didn't do much "howdying" - SU! kept us pretty busy with our conference!

Something really cool did happen to me and my friend Michelle Suit. We had gotten on an elevator to go up to a little get together in Jan Wakeland's room, when all of a sudden this guy in a bright blue cowboy shirt practically sprinted onto the elevator. Well, I didn't pay him much attention, but then I heard Michelle talking to him behind me. So, I turned around and found myself staring into Mr. "God Bless the USA" himself, Lee Greenwood!
Lemme tell ya - THAT was a pretty cool moment.
What was really cool was that I maintained my composure (I think. I'll have to check with Michelle) and stuck out my hand to shake his. I said, "Hello Mr. Greenwood. Thank you so much for your music." Or something like that. He said "You're welcome." and I think I told him to have a good evening.
Honestly, it's kind of a blur right now. But, hey! I didn't go all fan girl on him and ask for a picture or gush or anything - and I'm pretty proud of myself.
Good thing he got off the elevator pretty quickly or things might have been different. Just sayin'.

I'll share some fun photos from leadership with you tomorrow. We had a blast and came home so ready to share all that we learned. I've got some great ideas for projects and classes too, so look out - we're gonna have some Stampin' fun this spring!

Here's a card I created for my card classes this month:

It uses a mix of old and new stamps and accessories. I love how some stamp sets blend so beautifully together - like they were made for each other.
The colors are from the current year In Colors - Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder. I added Whisper White as my neutral.

The candies that are stamped on the White background layer come from the Sweets for the Sweet stamp set (which was all the sweeter because it was a gift to us on the Alaska Cruise this past year!). I added a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter with my 2 Way Glue Pen so they would stand out a bit.

The six punched squares are pieces of the new Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper. I used my 1 1/4" Square Punch to punch out 2 each of 3 different designs. I think it's a fun mix of candies, cakes and ice cream! Actually, it's making me hungry........

I stamped the greeting from the new Sweet Cake stamp set on a Whisper White scrap with Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink. It's punched out with the Decorative Label Punch and edged with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. I trimmed off part of the bottom of the punch out so it would sit nicely behind the Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon that's tied around the top layers. Those layers were attached to the stamped background with Stampin' Dimensionals - you know I had to! Dimensionals make the card dontcha know!

This was a fun card to create and one of the class favorites this month. It's perfect for anyone's birthday, young or old.

Have a great evening everyone! I'll be back tomorrow with fun photos and another project too!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blog Vacation!

Hello stampers!!

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm on a blog vacation until Monday the 23rd. I'll be leaving early in the morning for Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference in sunny San Antonio, TX and I won't be back in the studio until next Monday.

I'd planned to leave you with some new projects already loaded and ready to post for you, but folks, I simply ran out of time today! I need to pack all my swaps and my unmentionables in my suitcase so I've got what I need while I'm there, so no posts for now. :(

Check back on Monday, I promise I have enough new projects to show you to carry us into the first week of February!!
And if you want to keep up with my adventures in San Antonio, check out the Stampin' Up! page on Facebook - I'm their reporter again for this fun event!!

Happy Trails!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Simple Mixed Bunch

I'm having a GREAT morning!
Well, any morning that I wake up is a great morning, but really - today is starting off fantastic!

It's been kind of a rough 6 weeks or so around here. Busyness galore, missing my Dad at Christmas, changes with our church, skating, skating and more skating. Pretty much every area of my life was affected by STUFF, know what I mean?
Today though, I see a little light at the end of my tunnel and I'm getting very excited about next week especially because I'll get to be with so many of my fabulous stampin' friends in San Antonio at SU!'s Leadership Conference! Can you say "mini-vacation for Mom"??
I still have a ton of work to do both for my classes next week and stuff for the conference, but today, it seems do-able. Like God is whispering to me "It's all gonna be ok, just trust me." And I do. He gives the peace that passes all understanding and I see it in so many things when I take the time to acknowledge them in my life. A sunny morning when you expected rain; a sweet text from a friend saying "Hey Petunia!", getting to have a few hours out to shop and play with another friend, having my sweet Buster curled up beside me as I type this post. They are all small, simple things, but they bring me joy and peace and I know that each is a gift from the God who loves me so much!
What are YOUR simple joys? You know you have them, wanna share?
I've loved reading your comments and e-mails on this post the other day - Early Twitter. You guys are awesome!

Since I was thinging about simple joys this morning, I thought I'd share a simple card with you as well. It's one that we made at my Open House last month.

I know, I know, Mixed Bunch again!
It's the simplified version of my Marimekko style cards from the other day, but how quick and easy can this be?
Poppy Parade cardstock, Poppy Parade ink for the background flower, Poppy Parade Twill Ribbon. Add a splash of Daffodil Delight with the two punched flowers and Basic Rhinestone for the bling and you've got it!
Simple, elegant and easy - and sure to bring a smile to someone's face when you send them a sweet note in it.
You know, a card is a hug with a fold in the middle!

So, I hope you all have a sunny day too - even if it's not sunny outside.
Here's a great song that I shared on my Facebook this morning. It's a great reminder that everything we do is a reflection of our creator. When we show Jesus to those around us, it's a two way blessing!
Stamped blessings,

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Live in the Sunshine - Shaped Notecard

Today is the perfect day to share this card with you.
The sun is out this morning and after the yukky, on and off downpours we had here yesterday, it's truly a welcome sight!
Monday we had snow, Tuesday, sun; yesterday, pouring rain; today, sun - anyone betting that tomorrow will be some form of stuff falling from the sky??
Guess I'd better check the weather report........

So for today, I'll "Live in the Sunshine". Actually, I try and do that everyday. It's easy to let circumstances and people drag you down, but really the key is not to let it happen. We're the only ones who have control over our emotional choices and it's a tough life lesson when we're going through it.
My daughter Emma was pouring out her heart last night on the way home from skating. She's having a tough time with another girl on her team who just doesn't like her. She's spent the entire season going out of her way to make Emma miserable. Emma doesn't understand, especially in light of the fact that she's friends with EVERY other girl on the team. At 14, it's hard to see that some people are just difficult, period. Whatever their reasons, there are some who choose to make those around them miserable. Sadly, like we told Emma last night, the world is full of girls like this one and hard as it may be, it's best to learn how to deal with them now and hold on to the truth that NO ONE can make you feel bad unless you let them. We can't control the thoughts and actions of others, but we can control ourselves - and that lesson makes all the difference!

Bah! I've been talking an awful lot lately - hope you're ok with that. Well, I guess you wouldn't come back if you weren't! Ha!
Today's card just reminded me of this conversation last night so I shared.

Now about the card.
I signed up for a Vintage card swap at Leadership this year. I've never done that before and you know I love that style, so I figured I'd give it a whirl.
This card was one that I also featured at my Open House last month - kind of trying it out, ya know? Well, they loved it so I went ahead and kept it as my swap design.
One thing I did differently was to use Stampin' Write Markers on the swap cards. My sample, shown here, used sponged daubers and q-tips with ink pads to color in the flowers and I just wanted a deeper color after I pondered it a bit.

I actually created the card using the new Framelits Labels Die Set. All the cardstock pieces were cut with them, so easy!
The stamp set is the coordinating Apothecary Art - honestly, this seems to be the most popular set from the New Occasions Mini so far judging by the samples I've seen. About 1/2 the swap cards I've received this season so far have used it!

The greeting actually comes from the Full of Life stamp set. I stamped it in Basic Black then cut it out with the right size Framelit. It's sponged in Blushing Bride, blinged up with a couple of pearls and popped up over the ribbon with some Stampin' Dimensionals.

The main image was stamped with Versamark ink then heat embossed with Basic Black EP. (I did use my now retired Embossing Buddy to de-static the cardstock first, but you can also use a new dryer sheet for the same purpose)

Once it was embossed, I cut it out with the matching size Framelit Die. I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake then the color was added to the flowers and leaves - Blushing Bride and Lucky Limeade. It was attached with Stampin' Dimensionals to the Blushing Bride card front underneath. Once it was attached, I threaded the Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon underneath and tied it off in a bow. I think I used 18" of ribbon, but don't quote me on that!

That card front was just a piece of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock (easier to just use a 1/4 sheet of cardstock), cut out with the largest Framelit in the set, then sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

Here's a look at the back side so you can see how I did the notecard itself:

I cut a piece of Whisper White at 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" (you get two card bases out of one sheet of cardstock this way and the strip leftover from the end is large enough to use for the greeting here.).
It's folded in half and I placed the folded edge just below the cut line of the Framelit so when it ran through the Big Shot Machine, it would create a folded note card.
It's adhered to the Blushing Bride card front with Tombow Multi Adhesive.

All in all, it's a very easy card to make, just a few steps, that's all!

Well, I'm off here now to get to work! I've got cardstock to cut and swaps to make!! :)
Have a wonderful, SUNNY day!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Twitterpated - Early Twitter

I am pretty old. I actually grew up in the time when we only had one phone in the house. It was a standard black rotary dial that had a cord long enough to reach the chair in the corner of the dining room.

I'm pretty sure that I had some serious conversations on that phone. You know, life changing conversations like what did you put for #9 on your math homework, did you hear who got caught smoking in the bathroom, what I was wearing to the dance and who my best friend was going with.
I'm more than sure that I had my first phone call from "a boy" on that phone and I know without a doubt that my parents were in the other room, listening intently then making me hang up once the clock hit 8 pm.

That phone sat on an old desk in the corner of our dining room that my Mom had painted yellow - it was the 70's, ok? - and it coordinated with the lime green carpet and mirrored tile room divider. I don't remember the curtains, but I might be repressing that image.
Anyway, I remember pretty well that we never answered the phone during dinner, and hold on to your hats - we didn't even have an answering machine! We knew that people would call back if it was important, and if it wasn't, well, we didn't miss anything now, did we?

What I really remember is that our lives weren't as frantic then. I'm not sure how much of that peacefulness came from the lack of phone communication, but I do know that there are days now when I'm not always thrilled to be so connected all the time.
Don't misunderstand, I LOVE my iPhone. I enjoy Facebook. I have a Twitter account, but don't really "get" it. Maybe that's a good thing??
I guess what I'm wondering is how we got to this point in the first place. This "need" to always be connected. I didn't feel like I was missing anything before, but now, God help me if I leave my phone at home. Isn't that crazy? I mean, if it rings when I'm in line at Target, I get annoyed. If I get a text when I'm driving to the rink, I can't answer it and I get annoyed. And goodness knows, if I text or call someone and don't get them, I really get annoyed. Yeah, it's true.
If it's more of an annoyance than a "convenience" why do we use the darn things anyway? Would it really kill us to miss a message from time to time? After all, if it's important, they'll call back, right?
Just a thought. I feel like Andy Rooney this morning!

So, I know you didn't come here for an essay, you want to see a card!
Well, alrighty then! Here you go:

I created this for my sweet friend Diana Gibbs' swap a couple of weeks ago and the best part was that it made my daughter laugh out loud when she saw it. If she "got" it, then I figured everyone else would too!

I chose the You're My Type stamp set to work with for this swap - it's one of my favorites in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. I think it has great creative possibilities!
I don't know where the "Early Twitter" idea came from - it just occurred to me one evening while I was pondering a design. I thought how funny it would be, so tongue in cheek.

The swap card has a base of Riding Hood Red, layered with Whisper White and then a layer of the text paper from the Neutrals Designer Paper stack. I used the Basic Gray color.
A strip of the Twitterpated Designer Fabric was torn off the piece and used for my ribbon wrap and bow -you know I don't sew, so since I love the matching fabrics we have, I have to find another way to use them!

The focal image typewriter was stamped in Basic Black onto Whisper White and it's layered on another piece of Riding Hood Red. I used the little bird from the "Best of Everything" stamp set and stamped him in Baja Breeze then trimmed him out with my Paper Snips. He's popped up on a Stampin' Dimensional and is tweeting "Hello" on the typewriter paper.

The layered punch greeting was made on my computer. I just found a font that was close to the stamp set and matched the color to Riding Hood Red as best I could. it's punched out with the Word Window punch and layered on a punch out from the Modern Label Punch.

I really, really love this card, maybe because I love the stamp set so much, but yeah, this ones a keeper.
Here's another photo with a version I did with the Blushing Bride Designer paper.

You've kind of got masculine and feminine options, right?

I'm off for another busy day today - I'll get some stamping done, no worries, but Mark and I are starting Weight Watchers today and we have skating tonight. I'm hoping to have my pieces cut so I can assemble Leadership swaps at the rink. I'm so behind the 8 ball on those!

Have a great day everyone, maybe you'll find a way to be unconnected for a while today. Might give you some time to stamp!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mixed Bunch Bridal

Well, the snow turned out to be a blessing.
It actually was really beautiful and the best part was that it didn't mess up the roads too bad. I had to drive Emma to skating yesterday at the height of rush hour and I won't lie, it was a little hairy on the way to the rink.
But coming home, we took a back road to avoid some of the traffic and it was so stunningly beautiful seeing all the snow hanging in the trees along the road. I wish I'd stopped to take a photo to share because it was just so soft and lovely. On that drive home, there was no inkling of the frenzied, crazy traffic problems that we usually encounter on Mondays. Emma kept saying "Oh, Mom, look how pretty it is! No! Don't look, you drive!" Ha! She cracks me up, but I love that she takes the time to appreciate the beauty around her.
The last month or so of my life has simply been overwhelming at times, for many different reasons, but last night, on that peaceful drive home in the snow, I felt a calm in my spirit that hasn't been there in quite some time. It was like God was putting a blanket around my shoulders and reminding me that He was walking with me. That He was my comfort and strength.
He always knows just what we need, doesn't He?

Today's card kind of reflects the soft, peaceful feeling that the snow brought me last night. I actually made it the first week of December, the day my order arrived from the New Mini Catalog.

Again, I used the Mixed Bunch stamp set, but this time, I chose the vintage image in the set. It's embossed on Blushing Bride cardstock with Pewter Embossing Powder. There are three flower layers, all punched out with the Blossom Punch - the embossed piece, vellum cardstock and another layer of Blushing Bride. They are adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals and I curled the petals with my Bone Folder. One of the new Large Pearls adorns the center.

The card base itself is Very Vanilla that was trimmed and embossed with the New Adorning Accents Edgelit and Adorning Accents Embossing Folders. I love that these work so easily together. I used my Paper Piercer to add a little hole in each scallop, making it look more like lace.

I used my Blushing Bride Smooch Spray to splash up the background - it dries into a lovely, shimmery pink and was perfect for this wedding card. A piece of Twitterpated Designer paper is attached to the card front bottom. I added it with the scallop pattern down, so it continues the scalloped edges of the Vanilla cardstock.

The final touch was a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding tied around the card front in a bow. I frayed the ends and added the greeting from Tiny Tags, punched out with the Jewelry Tag punch. The little safety pin is from the Vintage Trinkets.

Well, that's it for this card! I'm headed down to the studio to get back to work on projects for my card classes and my Valentine's class this weekend. I did a stained glass card and a collage card yesterday, so who knows where my brain will take me today~!!

Stamped blessings,

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Mixed Bunch Marimekko

It's snowing.
I knew it wouldn't last all winter long, these wonderfully warm temperatures, but I was REALLY hoping that the snow would miss us altogether this year. After being bombarded the past two years, I'm just not excited to see the white stuff coming down.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate snow, not at all, it's lovely to look at and normally I'm happy for a snow day or two for our family. It gives us a chance to be lazy and curl up by the fire with a good book or a movie on the tv. I think I'm just snowed out for a little while.
Even our trip to Lowell this past weekend was snow free. Not a flake on the ground anywhere and the temps were in the 50's. That was awesome!

Emma's team skated beautifully, but still ended up placing 8th out of 11 teams. Frustrating, but they knew that they'd skated well, and honestly, that's what you hope for - that they are satisfied that they did their best.
I was way too busy to even think about posting while we were gone - sorry about that - but you guys know, the Mom stuff comes first!

So, because of the snow, today's card(s) are bright and cheerful and put me in mind of Summer - which I wish was here already!
Here, take a look:

The new stamp set, Mixed Bunch has so many design possibilities - I can't wait to really get some quality time playing around with it. There is a new matching punch that coordinates with all four of the flower images in the set too. Love that!

The cards I'm showing you today came out of my love for the Marimekko design style. If you're not familiar with them, they are a company based in Finland that deeply influenced design and fashion in the 60's and 70's. They are really known for their bright, bold design schemes. Most consider their style to be contemporary, but I consider it more eclectic because of it's ability to work in many design schemes.
Anyway, when I saw the boldest image in the stamp set, I knew right away that it would be killer done in some bold jewel tones, so I got busy creating!

The first card uses Concord Crush, Whisper White and a touch of Daffodil Delight - I've always loved purple and yellow together, how about you?

You can't see it, but I embossed the punched out flower with the New Melon Scented embossing powder. I stamped the flower using Elegant Eggplant Craft Ink, which coordinated nicely with the Concord Crush. Once I embossed it, I punched it out and layered it with Stampin' Dimensionals on the punched out Daffodil Delight Flower. I added a Basic Rhinestone to the center for a little bling. The Concord Crush Twill Ribbon is wrapped around the front of the card and tied off in a knot on the left.

I loved the design so much that I couldn't stop there, I had to make it again in another color combo.
Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight.
Honestly, I can't decide which I like better. Opinions?

Here's a close up of the focal point:

So, there you have it - some bright, flowery fun for a cold, snowy day. I hope it's made you feel a bit sunnier today!
You can be sure you'll be seeing a lot of this stamp set here over the coming months. I know SU! has a lot of floral designs, but this one has a little bit of several different styles and the creative possibilities are intriguing to me.

Have a great evening everyone!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

The "U" in Us

Hey stampers!!
Keeping this post short and sweet - I'm in the middle of packing up and movin' out - headed up north again to Lowell, MA for Emma's next skating competition.
Her team competes on Friday at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell in the Colonial Classic Synchro Competition. It's a pretty big event - there are 24 teams at her level alone - but it's one we enjoy a lot each year! LOTS of great skating to be seen.
If you've never seen Synchronized Skating, it's AMAZING! I can barely stand up on skates, but the things these skaters do, all in sync, feet oh, so close together is mind boggling.
There's a bunch of videos on You Tube so you can get a feel for it. Way cool!

Anyway, just sharing another version of the super simple card I posted a week or so ago. I added a few layers to this one and switched up the colors, but it's still super simple! Love that!

I combined Very Vanilla and Island Indigo for a little more male friendly card.
Yes, I know, it's still got glitter, but hey - it's a Valentine for goodness sake! Ya gotta have a little glitter!!
The stamp sets I used are from the NEW Occasions Mini catalog - Take it to Heart and P.S. I Love You.
The new Hearts Framelits cut out that heart shaped image perfectly and I love the hearts impression from the Adorning Accents Embossing Folder set.

I did this card for my GoDivas swap group - I hope they like it. It's a little more clean and simple than I usually do for these gals, but it was what I was feeling at the time so I went with it. :)

Have a great day everyone and send us some good wishes for safe travel and a GREAT competition!
I'll update here as I have time!
Go National Blades!!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NEW! Occasions Mini Catalog Product Shares!!

Hey! It's TODAY!!!
The start of this AWESOME New Mini Catalog!
And you are gonna flip your lid over all the fantastic goodies inside!!

In fact, there is so much crafting candy jam-packed in there, I've decided to offer some sampler packages for you just to help you get a taste of all the fun NEW accessories in this little beauty!
I sent this out to my e-mail newsletter stampers last week to give them a heads up on what was coming, but now that I can publish the images from the catalog, I'm sharing it with you here too!

Click this link to download all the details!
Robin's Occasions Mini Product Shares

There are Four Shares to choose from:

Ribbon - $11.43 (plus $2.00 shipping)
1 yard each of all four Pleated Satin Ribbon colors

2 yards of the Pool Party Seam Binding

5 yards of all 5 New Baker's Twine colors

Buttons, Brads and Do-Dads - $12.32 (plus $2.00 shipping)

Twitterpated Buttons - 3 each of 4 designs

Large Pearls - 10 pearls

Jelly Bean Brads - 1 each of 4 designs

Attic Boutique Side Notes - 1 each of 12 designs

Sweet Shop Stickers - 1 each of 2 different design sheets

Designer Series Paper - $10.07 (plus $2.00 shipping)

Twitterpated - 2 pcs. 6" x 6" each double sided design

Attic Boutique - 2 pcs. 6" x 6" each double sided design

Sweet Shop - 2 pcs. 6" x 6" each design (2 raised, embossed designs)

and the "I Want It All" Package! - BEST VALUE! $33.82 (plus $2.00 shipping)

EVERYTHING listed above in ONE Sweet package!

When you e-mail me at to place your order, I will send you an e-mail with PayPal links in it to make it easy and quick for you! (Using PayPal adds a $1.00 fee per transaction.)

I'll be submitting the first Share Group orders on Friday, another set of group orders next week!
Happy Stampin'!

Twitterpated Meets Waffle Paper! Results in Happy Dance!!

And it was love at first sight!

Two things before I start yammering on about this project - 1) If you are signing up for my Very Valentine's Class on January 14th - THIS is one of the projects you will be making! And spaces are already filling up. Better get a move on if you want to come!
2) Laura (Petunia) - We are using Waffle Paper!!
(That's an inside thing - but she knows........heehee!)

Ok, so last night I was spending quality time in the studio working on projects for the Valentine's class while Mark was finally putting the chicken wire in my painted antique frames. Love that man! Anyway, I'm surprised you didn't hear the whoops and hollers as I was doing the Stamper's Happy Dance after finishing up this banner!

Wanna see??
Ok, enough chatter, here you go -

I am in love, love, LOVE with this banner!
Honestly, I started with the idea that I had to find a way to use the New Dresden Designs Big Shot Die other than with fabric. You guys know I don't sew!
So I looked at the die and thought "Hey, I could use those layers to make a banner." So, I pulled out a few things, co-ordinated a few designer papers and colors and off to the races I went.

This banner uses the New Twitterpated Designer Series Paper combined with Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red and Blushing Bride cardstock. I took those colors directly from the DSP - love how SU! makes it easy to co-ordinate everything!

All the pieces are cut out using Big Shot Dies - Perfect Pennants for the scalloped circles, Serif Essentials Alphabet and of course, Dresden Designs.
Here are close ups of each panel:

It's hard to see in these photos, but each letter is stamped with the floral spray from the New stamp set Bordering on Romance. I used Riding Hood Red ink for a tone on tone effect.

All the cardstock and DSP pieces are also sponged with Crumb Cake ink to give it a bit of depth. The unintended effect was to make each piece look like a vintage apron. Don't you love it when something cool happens like that??

I used Tombow Multi-Adhesive to adhere all the pieces together, but each letter is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals. This is a great use for those edges of the dimensional sheets. Just cut them apart to give you long dimensionals! Perfect for these letters!

I used 1" wide strips of Waffle Paper and adhered them to the back of each banner piece with SNAIL. Worked like a charm!
The ribbon bows on each end are Baja Breeze Seam Binding and are attached with Mini Glue Dots. I used the 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon for my banner string. About a yard I guess. I didn't measure it last night.

I'm thinking I may add some Twitterpated Buttons to it today, but both Mark and Emma voted for NO glitter! They liked the vintage apron look of it just like it is.

So, there you have it - the project that rocked my world last night! I can't wait to make it in class on the 14th with all my stampers! Are you coming??
I guess I can add another class if I need to. Let's see how quickly this one fills up.
The banner isn't going to be the only project we do. There will be something with chocolate; something with glitter and a couple of great cards!

I'm also posting in another post today the info on my Product Shares from the Occasions Mini. Be sure to check that out! It's a great deal for those of you who want a little sampling of lots of fun accessories!

Happy stampin'!

Place your order for Stampin' Up! supplies at this link here: Robin's Online Stampin' Store
Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner to start shopping!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time to Get Moving Again!

Well, the Christmas break is well and truly over today.
My house is so quiet right now. Mark is back to work. Emma is back to school. the sound of quiet.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE having my family home and getting to spend time with them, BUT, I also love the absolute peace in this house when it's just me and the dogs. I feel like I can think again. Know what I mean?
Since my "office" is in the house, sometimes my work life and home life get muddied and frankly I struggle with that. I think it would be easier sometimes to have an "office" to go to. That I have to physically leave the house to get to. But, then I remember why I work from home in the first place and I'm grateful all over again for that HUGE blessing.
Yes, sometimes it's true. I am the blogger sitting at the computer in my pj's. Ha!
And NO, I won't post a picture of that! I'll spare you, k? :)

So, now that Christmas and New Years are behind us, I'm checking out my January calendar. It's kinda like December all over again! We have skating travel to Boston this weekend, leaving Thursday. (Emma is ecstatic that she only has school two days this week!)
We have skating travel to Hershey, PA at the end of the month for four days and I'll be traveling to San Antonio, Texas for four days for the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference.
Add into that mix, six Stampin' Up! events, skating practice galore and being part of a new church plant in our area, I've got a busy month ahead!
Maybe I'll schedule in some Naps!!

One of the highlights of my trip to San Antonio is the annual Advisory Board Reunion meal. This year, it's a luncheon, which pretty much guarantees that I won't oversleep and be late for it.
Oh, yes......I did.......sigh.
Here's the gorgeous invitation that came in the mail a few weeks ago. It has a little sneak peek of a new Occasions Mini product on it too:

Isn't it gorgeous?
So, can you guess the sneak peek product? If you have your new mini, you should be able to figure it out pretty quickly!

If you don't have your new mini catalog yet, let me know and if you're not working with a local demonstrator, I'd be happy to send you one!
My Product Shares begin tomorrow too. I have four different options to choose from: Ribbon; Buttons, Brads and DoDads; Designer Series Paper and the "I Want It All" Collection.
The "I Want It All" Collection contains everything in the other three shares for only $33.82!! (shipping to you is $2 extra)
My clients received the information in an e-mail over the weekend and those who attended my Open House last week got to see the new products up close and personal. So, needless to say, share groups are filling fast so don't miss your chance to get a fun sampling of the great new accessories in the Occasions Mini!
I'll be posting complete details and photos tomorrow, but if you want the info today, simply e-mail me at and I'll forward my client newsletter to you.

Happy back to work and school day everyone!
Here's a fun video to help you get up and moving today. It's a cool, toe-tappin' song collaboration by Mandisa and TobyMac. You'll love it!
Happy Stampin',