Monday, March 30, 2009

Swaps and Kites...I love Spring!!!

Hi Stampers!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I had a family fun filled weekend. I didn't have to work at all this weekend (YIPPIE!!!) so I was able to spend some quality time with my hubby and daughter! LOVED IT! It was the annual Kite Festival in D.C on Saturday and my daughter's newest favorite past time is flying her barbie kite!!! So, we were all so excited....until we woke up to clouds and drizzle on Saturday morning! We decided to stick it out and head to the METRO all bundled up in rain coats and wellie boots!! And I am so happy that we did! The down pours held off and we had a wonderful time! Elle got to make her own kite, pin wheel and wind sock, watch the pro's do their tricks(did you know there where Kite Flying Pro's?? We didn't and they were so cool!!) and ...of course, fly her hand made kite! We had such a great afternoon! (click on the picture to see it closer)

Then, we woke up Sunday to a gorgeous, WINDY we went out to the Bull Run battle field (right by our house) and had another fun filled afternoon of kite flying! This time she was able to fly her Barbie kite and was so happy! She was actually able to fly her kite ALL by herself and got it so high in the air she ran out of string! What a GREAT weekend!!

In stamping news...I have just mailed out my swap for the Spring Mini Occasions Catalog and cannot wait to check my mail each day to get the beautiful swaps from my swap buddies! While I am sad to see Sale-A-Bration end tomorrow, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Occasions Mini that will be available on April 1st!!!!

Here is my swap card. It is a gift card holder that I got the dimensions from Dawn's Blog. I love how the Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point cardstock really pop together and I LOVE the new cupcake stamp from the new Wagon Full of Fun stamp set!!!!! HOW CUTE ARE THOSE STAMPS!?!?!?!?!?!

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hello Spring!!!!!!

Hi Stampers! I hope you are having a FABULOUS Monday and happy Spring!!! It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here! Here's wishing and hoping that the cold weather is finally over!!!!!

In honor of the beginning of Spring, I pulled out the Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot die cut and made this lovely card! It is not my typical card, I am usually a "cute and fun" type of stamper rather that a "pretty" card maker....but I was inspired by one of my fellow demonstrators, Chris M., and her card that I received during a swap! Her cards are ALWAYS gorgeous!!! This card was using the gorgeous Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Paper (LOVE IT!), Baja Breeze and Kraft cardstock. I added some of the gorgeous half pearls from the pretties kit and the ticket punch to the corners.

The card is very simple yet very pretty, but for some reason, I don't think this picture does it justice. I think it is much prettier in person!! I think it's because you can't tell the different textures and such in the picture! Guess you'll just have to take my word! ;o)
I had a Stampin' Up! party on Sunday for my friend and customer Heather (Hi H~!) and made the butterfly card and the Top Note bag! She recently bought the Big Shot and I couldn't wait to show her so many fun, great things she can make with it!!!! I also made a little chocolate goodie for each of them to show how easy cute projects can be with the big shot.....I am a firm believer that you CANNOT stamp without chocolate!!!!! ;op I got the idea for the Scallop Envelope goddie from Julie's blog at Valentine's Day and loved it!!!
Here is the Top Note bag and the Scallop Envelope little goodie!!! (They both hold Ghirardelli Sqares chocalate!)

Speaking of the Big Shot (the newest love in my life!!) there are only a few more days left of Sale-A-Bration!!! It ends March 31st.....which means that so does your chance for FREE stamps!!! NOW is the time to buy the big ticket items such as the BIG SHOT, the Marvelous Markers and all the fabulous Big Shot die cuts!!!! If you are on the fence on whether or not you should buy these items...let me help you decide!! ;op If you purchase the Big Shot NOW and buy some envelopes (or something else small for $5) YOU GET 2 FREE S-A-B ITEMS!!!!!! If you buy it later, you get the wonderful Big Shot, which is fabulous...however, you will be missing out on the FREE THINGS!!!!!! So, off the see-saw and contact me!!! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!

OK, off my soapbox...can you tell that I love it when you can get FREE goodies!!!! I hope you all had a super weekend and are enjoying the beautiful Spring weather!!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Preparing for St. Patrick's Day!

Hello Stampers!
I wanted to quickly share what my daughter will be bringing to her pre-school St. Patty's Day party tomorrow! They are little (the snack size) Kit-Kat bars! She is so excited! Elle came home from school on Thursday and was a little nervous because she "didn't have a green party dress and the Leprechauns where going to poke her!" Yes, that's right...."poke" her. I guess pinching is no longer acceptable at school! ;op She feels MUCH better now that she has a green outfit, green jello jigglers and green treats to bring to her class!
These were sooooo easy to make and I'm sure you have all seen some version of these before. I didn't reinvent the wheel here, I just adapted the designer paper to fit the mini kit-kat bars. The designer paper is the Hostess (level 1) 6 x6 Patterns Pack in Garden Green. I cut it 4 1/2 X 4, used SNAIL on all 4 sides, wrapped it around the kit kat and then put the ends through the Crimper. Since I unfortunately don't have any St. Patrick's stamps, I used the heart in the (retired) Bitty Basics set with Garden Green Ink. Then I punched it out with the 1 3/8 circle punch and then layered it onto the scallop circle punch. Wa-lah.....15 of these took me 15 minutes to make!! SOOOO quick and cute and such a happy little girl!
Hope you are having a fabulous Monday! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sign up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in 3 EASY PAYMENTS!!!!!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?? Would you like to earn a few extra dollars while making your own hours? How does a discount any time you want sound??? What about hanging out with some great, creative and FUN ladies??? Well here is YOUR chance!!! Stampin' Up! has just announced that YOU can sign up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in THREE EASY PAYMENTS!!!!! Can you believe it?!?! Here are the details:

The Three Easy Payments for the Starter Kit is available from now until April 30, 2009. Please note that this promotion for the Three Easy Payments option is only available to new recruits when the Starter Kit form and other paperwork is mailed to Stampin' Up!. This special offer is NOT available through online IDA's. (Independent Demonstrator Agreements).

Payments if you sign up by March 31, 2009 :

Payment #1 (charged when you order) -$56.34 (+ sales tax)
Payment #2 (charged April 15) - $56.33
Payment #3 (charged May 15) -$56.33
Total Payment: $169.00
When you order by Mar 31st,09 (during Sale-a-bration) you are Saving 15% OFF the Starter Kit (regular price is $199) AND you get to choose a FREE stamp set - valued up to $47.95!!!

Payment Breakdown for the Regular Starter Kit Price(April 1-30, 2009):

Payment #1 (charged when you order) - $66.34 (+ sales tax)
Payment #2 (charged around May 15th)- $66.33
Payment #3 (charged around June 15th)- $66.33
Total Payment: $199.00

*Payments indicated are for the cost of the Starter Kit, including shipping. They do not include and any applicable state taxes. (Please note that any applicable taxes for the total amount of the Starter Kit and, if selected, price will be added to the first payment.)

I would love for YOU to become a Demonstrator!!!! Please let me know if I can help you with ANY and ALL questions you may have!!! This is such a great opportunity!!!!

Don't forget to check out my Accessories Club info found in this previous post. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what I've been working on!! Have a great one!!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Hello stampers~
I love accessories and embellishments!! Whenever a new SU! Catalog comes out, as much as I LOVE the stamp sets...I turn straight to the back of the catalog and drool over the newest ribbons, bling, and embellishments!!!! And they never disappoint me!!! I think SU! does a fabulous job at keeping up with the trends in the stamping and scrapbooking world! The ONLY problem I have each and every time is that I WANT IT ALL!!!!! That is why I am super excited to have an Accessories Club!!!!

Here are some questions to ask yourself....

Do you love embellishments but can't afford to own them all?
Not sure you are going to like something and want to try it before you buy it??
Do you love having a variety of fun embellishments for your craft projects, scrapbook pages and cards?
Do you hate to buy a whole package of embellishments for ONE specific layout???

YES, YES, YES AND YES?!?!?!?!?! ..... This Accessories Club is for you!
Receive 51 fabulous embellishments to use on your craft projects, scrapbook pages or cards. Separately owning a pack of each of these embellishment would cost over $150!! Join this club and your sampler will include these 51 pieces:
3 Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons
3 Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons
3 Kraft Corduroy Buttons
3 Pacific Point Corduroy Buttons
3 Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons
3 Summer Sun Corduroy Buttons
3 1/2" Library clips (one Chocolate Chip, one Old Olive, one Whisper White)
4 Mini Library Clips (one black, one silver, one Antique Brass, one pewter)
4 Jumbo 5/16" brads (one Chocolate Chip, one Very Vanilla, one Whisper White, one Silver)
4 Jumbo 5/8" brads(one Chocolate Chip, one Very Vanilla, one Whisper White, one Silver)
12 Flower Fusion Flowers (4 of each color)
1 Fleurette Flower (these will be randomly chosen and placed in your sampler)
2 Circle Designer Brads
3 Clear Buttons
WOW - a total of 51 pieces. View these fun items in our new 2009 Catalog! or here

PRODUCT SHARE DETAILS/FINE PRINT! - Each Product share will consist of 7 members. I will place orders every FRIDAY when I have 7 people who want to share and have submitted their payments. All orders should be to you within 16 days barring any backorders or delay from UPS. You will be notified of any anticipated delays.

Your Cost is ONLY $20 (+&2 for shipping, if necessary!) Email me at or add a comment to this post to reserve your "Accessories Club" today! I'll contact you with payment options!

Since I don't have any stamping projects to show you today (I'm hoping to finish one up this afternoon and will share it tomorrow...) I thought I would share a picture of my Princess.... she is really enjoying playing dress up these days....and tends to have the "princess attitude" to go along with the outfit!!! Boy am I in trouble!!!! ;op

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Thanks for looking!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tons to talk about!

Hello stampers! Sorry I have been MIA....I guess "life" has been keeping me pretty busy this past week! I have a lot to catch up with! I wanted to let you know that Stampin' Up! is allowing YOU to purchase a few Easter and Spring sets EARLY. These great sets will be in the FABULOUS upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog (out April 1st!) Click here to see the stamps and then contact me to place your order so that you can get started on your Easter projects soon! I have already ordered my Wagon Full of Fun...who can pass up that cupcake?????

As many of you know, I will be attending a Breast Cancer Fundraiser Stamp Camp that my upline is holding in honor of one of our fellow demonstrators and friend Allison Kelly! Allison, on top of being a wonderful, fun lady, is a Breast Cancer Survivor and advocate! In addition to donating money to help her walk in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in D.C and N.Y, we are helping raise money to help her pay for some of the medical expenses she has acquired! Her insurance has not covered all of her treatments! If you are unable to make it to the Stamp Camp tomorrow, please check out her websites below and learn more about how you can help this WONDERFUL lady and many like her in the Avon walk! Or, you can contact me directly if you would like to donate money to go directly to Allison. Thank you!!

Allison's Avon Walk: DC Page

Allison's Avon Walk: NY Page

I have also been busy busy busy with a swap to pass out during the Fundraiser. (the beginning portion is a Demonstrator meeting) Those of you that attended my February stamp class made this card....This is one of my favorite cards that I have made in the past few months. It is simple, and the colors really pop! HOWEVER, no matter how simple it is....making 50 if them was extremely time intensive! There is A LOT of cutting to this SIMPLE card! The cherry is stamped and then cut of of Real Red, the icing part is stamped and then cut out of Whisper White and then the wrapper part is stamped and then cut out of Pacific Point! X 50!!!!!!!!!! I have seen this color combo of Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point a lot lately in the retro style cards and I love it! And I am always searching for a masculine bday card...and I think this could be for either male or female, kids or adult! I also LOVE the chunky sprinkles!! Although... I have heard that many of you are having a difficult time with them because you can't find an adhesive that they stick to.....I have found the Tombo works the best (in my humble opinion!) I apply the Tombo glue, sprinkle on A LOT of chunky glitter and then push the sprinkles into the glue THEN shake (gently) off all the access! Pushing the sprinkles into the glue really seems to help! Hope this help you fall in love with your chunky glitter! ;op Leave me a comment and let me know what your "secrets" are for using glitter (chunky OR fine!)

Well, the weather is gorgeous here in beautiful to be inside on the I'm off! So hard to believe it was 12 degrees and snowing just a week ago!!! ;op Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!! Stay tuned...I will be announcing my April Stamp Camp and another group SOON!!!!!

Thanks for looking!