Did You Miss These?

Did You Miss These?

While I may not have been here sharing on the blog, I was stamping during all the craziness.  Hopefully you didn’t miss these as I may have posted them on my Facebook Fan Page.

 At any rate, I want to share them here.  

Love this Christmas Bauble stamp set.  Easy to color and so many options.  

Christmas Bauble, Christmas, Stampin' Up!

I colored this image using Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities.  I love the simplicity of this card and the “Be Merry” at the bottom.  

Christmas Bauble, Christmas, Stampin' Up!One of my favorites about the Gold Bakers Twine is unraveling so the Gold twine stands out more.  

This next card uses a product on the Clearance Rack.  I love love these expression thinlits.  I wish they were not retired…

Expression Thinlits, Stampin' Up! Fall

For All Things, Stampin' Up!, Fall 

My club created this card together.  I love the little details and fun products on this card.  

Notice the glitter on the Wooden Autumn Elements? Also the Washi Tape behind the Thankful?

I’m finding that I don’t use my Washi Tape NEARLY like I should.  UGH.  I have an entire basket full, easily accessed, little used.  Must change that.  

Hopefully these cards inspire you to create something beautiful today.  I’m working on a few things in the office today.  One is my Newsletter…. and a special Christmas Newsletter for you too.   I am SO behind on this, but like the old saying goes… good things come to those who wait.  Well, I pray it does. <sigh>

Below you can find the products I used to create both cards.  

Love to each!!

Christmas Bauble Card
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Fearless of Blendabilities?

Fearless of Blendabilities?

Have you tried our new Alcohol Ink Markers- Stampin’ Blendabilities? If you haven’t yet I hope I can help subside any fear you have with them today.  

Now don’t get too excited yet.  I’m not showing anything EARTH shattering although I did a short dance when I completed this card due to excitement.  

You might be asking yourself why do I WANT to use them?? 

Getting to Know Blendabilities

If you love to color then Blendabilities are going to rock your world.  Each color comes with 3 shades of the color.  It’s pretty simple to follow- Light, Medium & Dark.  
Blendabilities are perfect for blending and shading Stampin’ Up! line art stamp sets.  

What do you need to get started? 

Whisper White cardstock is the perfect paper to get started with.  Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock is SUPER smooth and soaks up the ink from Blendabilities perfectly.  

You will also want to use a Memento Black Ink Pad to stamp the line art.  Once stamped you are ready to start coloring.  

If you are new to using Blendabilities, today’s card will be perfect for you to start with.  

Life in the Forest, Stampin' Up!, Blendabilities

I used the Life in the Forest stamp set to create this card.  Once I stamped the trees and Raccoon I was ready to finish the rest of the card.  

Life in the Forest, Stampin' Up!, Blendabilities

Now hold on to your pants….

Yes… I am going to SHOCK you….

I created a video. 


Today’s video will show you a fun trick using the Filter Paper and a beginner tip on using the Blendabilities.  

Life in the Forest, Stampin' Up!, Blendabilities
Now that you have seen a QUICK and easy way of using Blendabilities… it might be time to dive into more tricks using them. 

Bottom line- don’t be afraid and enjoy them. Because they are alcohol base, try coloring your Rhinestones, Pearls and even buttons.  

Below you will find all the supplies I used for this card.  Just click the links and you can go straight to my Online Store.  Remember, at the bottom of that list you can also print the supply list.  

Don’t forget to check the Weekly Deals.  The Word Bubble framelits are on sale this week until next Monday, 11:59pm.  GREAT price.  

Supply List

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I’m Left Speechless!

I’m Left Speechless!

If I’m speechless you know something is CRAZY awesome!!  

I just got home today from the best 5 days with my mom and I’m still floating on a cloud from all the great things we did.  

It’s not often (practically never) that my mom and I get to whisk away and be together.  Many times her and I are bouncing schedules around just to have lunch.  It’s just the reality of our busy lives.  To spend 5 great days with her was a HUGE blessing and many memories were made.  We laughed until we cried and overall had the BEST time.   

We went to Disney for one day which is SO different when you go without kids.  I loved watching parents around the 5 O’Clock hour.  Their faces change from happy to “Please HELP me!”  The kids are screaming from being overwhelmed.  Mom and I sat and giggled.  I can do this because I have been that parent.  They say Disney is the happiest place on earth… Ummm…  not for me.  By the time the day ends at Disney with kids I’m ready to strangle everyone and they are ready to strangle me.  Not the happiest place on earth to me.  

I bet you are wondering why I’m speechless?? 

We all know this NEVER happens!

One of the fun reasons I went to Orlando was to be a part of the Stampcation event put on by my friend and demonstrator Linda Heller. This was a demonstrator event like I’ve never seen before.  I’ve NEVER seen displays so well put together.  I’ve been to plenty of demo events and while they are ALL amazing, this one takes the CAKE. 

The theme of the weekend was The Beatles.  Each display was themed around a Beatles song.  HOLY COW!  It was INCREDIBLE.  Linda has a friend, Shantaie that helps her with the displays.  The two of these gals together blew me away.  Check out these amazing displays.  

StampCation, Stampin' Up! StampCation 1 StampCation, Stampin' Up!Any guesses what Beatles song this display was? 

StampCation 3 (1) StampCation 4 (2)

StampCation, Stampin' Up! StampCation, Stampin' Up!

How about this theme?  Look at the clouds!! The details… WOWSA!!

Here are a few more fun pictures from that day.  

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Can you believe all the details? These were all jaw dropping.  

This was one of my favorites too….
StampCation, Stampin' Up!
Just gorgeous.  Don’t you think???

Again, I’m speechless over the amazing displays.  The demonstrations were amazing.  I learned SO much!!  

Here is one of my favorite pics of the event:

StampCation, Stampin' Up!
Watching my mom swap with other demonstrators was the highlight for me.  It was her first REAL stamping event.  Remember, the last one she sat in a bathtub dodging tornadoes all night.  <sigh>

Now we are home.  It’s great to see my little family and knowing I’m not traveling for a few months is even better.  Now to catch up this week.  All in all, I am one happy lady and SUPER glad I made this trip.  

One last share….

This was my swap for the event.  I love the new Many Merry Stars stamp set.  This is from the new Holiday Supplement that you can check out HERE.  Remember, these are only available while supplies last.  

Many Merry Stars, Stampin' Up!
I love these colors together- Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede.  Nice and crispy clean looking.  Not sure how I managed to fit the greeting perfectly where I did, but I did. LOL.  

StampCation 3 (4)  

Sequins… Can you get enough of them? I love them.  

This is a wonderful stamp set to fit into the Star Framelits.  You can see how I layered the Soft Suede star onto the card base using dimensionals.  I used two of the stamps to get that look on that die cut star.  

Do you love all of these samples.  Truly, I was speechless!  

Things to Remember….

Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals Stampin' Up!
My FAVORITE Edgelits Die is on sale.  The Large Scallop Edgelits Die is a MUST have.  For that price… scoop it up.  Great deals this week friends.  Click the photo and it will take you directly to my Online Store.  

Have a beautiful day and create something pretty.

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CYCI#42 Halloween Challenge

CYCI#42 Halloween Challenge

Oh BOY!! I’m pretty excited about something.  First, I’m in Orlando having a GREAT time with my mom at a stamping event.  We’ve had the BEST time and this event is one of the best I’ve ever  been too.  Linda Heller was gracious enough to invite me to her event and present.  I’ll be sharing all of my fun on Monday.  

I was asked to be a part of a design team called- Can You Case It.   I thought this would not only be fun but also a little challenge for me.  I hope you take part in the challenges each week.  If you are a new stamper, this is a perfect way to increase your stamping skills.  If you are seasoned stamper, this will be a great challenge and more inspiration for you.  

This week the challenge is Halloween.  Ahhh.. one of my favs to stamp.  

Halloween Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Ready for a Halloween Challenge?  


Halloween, Stampin' up!


I love all of the Halloween stamp sets this year but the Freaky Friends cracks me up.  Click my photo above and it will take you to the challenge site where  you will see more fun Halloween ideas.  

Below you will see all the products I used for my project.  

I hope you are having a FANTASTIC day. 


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A Look Into My World

A Look Into My World

I realize this post is LONG overdue but once I give you a peek into my world you will fully understand.  It’s been about priorities lately.  

While I keep my priorities intact, it’s not always fun and many of the great things I love to do get pushed to the side.  I am a FIRM believer in knowing what my priorities look like and it’s always been God first, family second and career third.  My team of great ladies hear this often from me.  Always keep your priorities intact.  

Over the last month I’ve traveled more than I have in a year.  I figured the time was right and I always look forward to traveling.  Ummm… I was a bit mistaken.  

Traveling looks much different today than last year.  While the Prince is coming along beautifully there are still many things that he cannot do yet.  He tries, oh believe me… he tries.  Prepping before I travel is nothing compared to the things that need to be done after I come home.  I have come to the conclusion that a 5 day trip = 10 days of catch up when I get home.  This also equals exhaustion. 

Let me tell you this- there is NO such thing as super woman.  PERIOD.  

My travel dates have been super exciting.  Founders was the first trip and oh my it was the BEST time.  I don’t know what it was about this particular year but I had a fantastic time.  Maybe it was the amount of gratitude I had being there.  Grateful to my customers. Grateful to my team.  Truly grateful for being able to have this amazing opportunity with Stampin’ Up!  It’s not a hobby for me.  It’s my job and I love it.  

We were spoiled at Founders.  We always get spoiled.  The best part was seeing friends I don’t see often and enjoying their company.  Special moments indeed.  

Coming home to see the little family is always exciting too.  Of course don’t tell anyone but I was so excited to see my dog, Brin.  I am in love with this crazy dog.  The Prince and the kids did a good job keeping up with the house but once I got home I had  A LOT of catching up to do AND planning for the next trip that was the first week of October to Colorado Springs.  Getting on the plane heading to Denver was a true blessing as I immediately fell asleep.  

Once in Colorado I stayed with my best friend Cathy.  We ran our tails off the first 3 days getting ready for the big Breast Cancer event- Stampin for a Cure.  This event is such a huge blessing and the 7th year (I think) we’ve done it.  Raising money for the local Colorado Springs women stricken with Breast Cancer.  The last I heard we raised $4500.  That’s incredible.  

One of the special moments that day was meeting a new friend- Jeannette.  She has come to our event for many years but this time she came so we could support HER!  She has breast cancer.  My heart sank.  This was a moment I didn’t want to come.  I knew at some point that one of the beautiful ladies attending would come back with Breast Cancer.  The statistics are staggering with 1 and 8 women that will have it.  

We showered her and her sweet daughter with love. I’ve been praying for her and her family.  She is one STRONG beautiful lady.  I hope you can lift her in your prayers as well.  

After the event we celebrated as a team at dinner. It’s amazing to see the friendships within this group.  Really amazing woman.  Cathy and I went home that night and started crafting and could feel our eyelids needing toothpicks to stay open.  We crashed!!  It was all good.  The next day we crafted a total of 13 hours straight.  Now that is F U N!!

Since that trip I’ve felt like I’ve been running a race and I’m in last place.  WE are BUSY.  Here are just a few of the things going on….

  • Alexis made the gymnastics team.  Great news but more hours to be spent at the gym.  
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts typically have lots going on in October. Camping trips, Award Ceremonies…. many things that need prep work. 
  • Not one, but TWO bible studies.  Yes… over committed but I do love each of them.  One just ended today and it’s a little sad.  
  • Struggling teenager on relationship building and a Prince who struggles more!
  • The Navy! There is not much more to say except we are waiting on what happens next.  Russ has been working out big time at home to take the physical readiness test coming up.  His goal is to pass this and prove to Mr. Doctor that he is WRONG.  This can be an emotional roller coaster.  Think about this… have you ever had something you’re working really hard on but then hear a little voice inside telling you that you CAN’T do this? Welcome to my Prince’s brain.  One minute working out hard the next wondering if this is the right thing to do.  I believe the outcome will surprise him. Hard work pays off.  Russ is a testimony to this.  
  • Good news! Russ doesn’t have to drive to Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy anymore. He graduated.  
  • Bad news!  Russ has to motivate himself at home to do his Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  This is NOT an easy task.  
  • The dog… Oh my word!  I know she isn’t the 4 pound Chihuahua we had but WOW.  50 pounds of love and she want’s it ALL the time.  No sooner do I get started on something she wants my attention.  She is a sweetheart. 
  • Youth Group, Science Olympia, Small Group are a big part of our week.  ALWAYS on the go.  
I’m exhausted just writing all of that.  This is just the NORMAL stuff.  Not the crazy that happens to creep in.  

I’m slowly working on a long list of To Do’s on my desk.  I’ve made a huge dent in them this past week and hoping to really knock them out after I get back from this next trip… YES. Traveling one more time.  I’m headed to Orlando this Thursday to demonstrate at a Demonstrator gathering.  I am really excited as my mom is traveling with me.  We will make it a girls weekend too.  I can’t wait.  

I’ve learned a great lesson during all of this.  I love to live life to the fullest and I don’t want to miss out on anything.  It’s not a bad way of life, but I learned that while you love life don’t overwhelm yourself so much that the joy gets sucked out of it during it.  Yikes.  

Time for me to get my big project done prior to this next travel date.  Stamps in the Mail is due this week.  It’s a fun stamping week for my members.  

Stick with me.  I do have lots to share.  I have been stamping.  <smile>  Hopefully you follow my Facebook group which I keep updated with fun projects.  

Here is one of my favorite projects we made at my club recently.  A very simple clean shaker card.  I love this framelits- Wonderful Wreath Framelits Die. WOWSA!!

Joy Stampin' Up!, Christmas
You can see all of the supplies used for this card below.  

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The new Holiday Supplement is LIVE.  There are gorgeous products available in the Supplement.  Check out all of the fun products HERE.  

Weekly deals for the WEEK: 
Weekly Deals Stampin' Up!

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