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Chest Out, Chin Up!

Chest Out, Chin Up!

Tonight’s words of advice to my teenagers-Chest out, Chin up!

Words I heard 100 times tonight while watching my daughter at gymnastics… four hours worth.

It wasn’t until we got in the car to come home that these words resonated a different meaning to me.


Attitude is Everything

Recently I took a leap of faith and switched my daughter to a new gym.

We left a gym that was a part of our lives for 3 years.

The reasons for leaving were many.  Although a huge change and many sacrifices will be made, in my heart I know this was a change that needed to happen.

It wasn’t until the ride home however that I needed to give my daughter a real heart to heart.


As I was watching her tonight I could tell that she wasn’t giving her all in a sport she loves so much.  Granted, she hasn’t been feeling well, and maybe she was tired.  However, she has always been quick to complain about everything around her being the problem but not looking deep inside herself to find that the problem lies within her.


GASP!  You might be thinking I’m a terrible mother by saying this.  The truth is, she needed to hear the truth.

Moving to the new gym she could see that her skill level was behind.  Her quick answer was to blame everyone at the last gym.

I could only chuckle because isn’t this the answer for many? If something isn’t working right it couldn’t be me? It must be THEM.

The truth is she’s not giving it 100%.  What can you expect?


The REAL Truth


Maybe I’m way off base in my thinking and let me preface this is my personal opinion and what I see in relation to my own children…  smart phones in my kids hands are creating lazy, low self esteem, attitude monsters.  

My kids have become so dependent on this little device and it’s causing more problems than I ever imagined.

  • pure and simple laziness
  • lack of self confidence
  • attitude problems

Let me explain my issues… because it all ties into Chest out, Chin Up and believe it or not it ties into my stamping world as well.


My heart to heart with my daughter came to life this evening because of these very things I have written above.

My girl loves to lay on her bed and do absolutely nothing but watch YouTube video after YouTube video.  Resulting in ZILCH effort on her part of actually getting something done.  Brandon is in the same boat.


Tonight as I watched her on the bars, her arm strength was ZERO.  Yet she has no time to gain strength in her upper arms at home because she is sitting on her bed, watching a video of someone else gaining strength in their arms.  Not kidding.

When I explained that it would take work to build up her arm muscles, you would have thought I had 4 eyes and spikes coming out of my head.  I was immediately the worst mom ever.  The truth was hurting. There was no way this could be her fault.


Lack of Self Confidence

I’m not bragging, but my kids are smart individuals.  Honestly, I know for a fact it is not from my side of the gene pool.  I am amazed at the intelligence of my kids.  BUT… they lack every bit of self confidence they should have.

I hear the “I can’t do that…” more times that I can tell you.  When in fact I know they can.

Why would a smart phone tie into this you might ask?

I thought about myself.  When I look on Pinterest, or YouTube many times I feel less than a stellar human after seeing the amazing things people make or do.

I won’t tell you the countless Pinterest recipes I’ve tried and ruined and I can promise DID NOT come out looking like it did in the picture.

Don’t get me wrong. Please hear me out… I love both of these sites.  But can I tell you there are times when I watch or see something and I feel like a ninny because I can’t do the things these people do?

A perfect example would be a blogger I follow who posts the most beautiful pictures of her home all decked in WHITE and she has 4 beautiful children dressed to the nines every single day.  She’s as big as a stick and there is NEVER a mess.

When I first started following her I was amazed at her ability to keep her “photographed” home so clean and tidy with 4 children.  I felt like a lazy mom knowing I had a pile of dirty dishes waiting, nothing even planned to cook and there was nothing pretty to photograph around me.  AND definitely nothing WHITE.

Then it hit me…

My “Something is not right” ticker went off in my head.

Keep it REAL

I am guessing she too has dirty dishes.  Behind that camera she is in her pajamas, not showered in a few days and one of her kids is wearing a diaper soaked to the gills.  I mean really….

But you see how quickly I lost self confidence in myself?

Again, maybe I’m totally off base… but I feel like with my kids noses in a smart phone seeing all the perfection there is NO way they can meet the expectations of what they see.



Let’s Not Forget Attitude- It’s EVERYTHING!

It wasn’t until the handy little smart phone landed in my kids hands when the attitudes started flying. I’m not talking about a disrespectful attitude.  I’m talking about complaining, whining and the constant… I can’t do that syndrome.

It was the basis for my entire conversation tonight with my daughter.

Attitude is everything.  When we tell ourselves we can’t do something it will NOT be done.  PERIOD.

If you think you can’t, you won’t.

I have spoken these words for years with my own team of great women.  If your attitude is in the toilet, your business is in the toilet.  If you think you can’t stamp, you will probably never stamp. If you compare yourself to others it takes away all the joy you had for something.

Isn’t it amazing that when we want something SO bad, we will move a mountain to make things happen?

That’s my way of thinking, because attitude is everything.  If there is something out there that I want to do, or a new thing I want to try, I will work HARD to make it work.

Ahhh… Hard WORK.  That was the underlying truth that came out tonight.  Sometimes it takes hard work to see results.


Chest Out, Chin Up!

Tonight as I summed up my little heart to heart with my daughter my last words were- Chest Out, Chin Up!

In other words, stand tall with confidence and the right attitude. Keep your chin up in all the things you do.  Yes, you will have bad days and many falls.  The idea is to keep getting up and keep working hard.  You will soon see the results.

Obviously I need a quick fix on removing my kids smart phones from their sweet little hands too.

Let’s remember…

We can move mountains and accomplish great things with hard work.

If you are a crafter and you are struggling, I did too.  I kept working hard at it. Really hard!


One Last Thing… 

I could never leave without sharing a little something I created.  It’s not my favorite card at all, and it’s exactly why I’m going to share it.  Plus it had a mountain on the card and totally fit my conversation.  We can move mountains if we try and try again. Don’t give up and keep working hard.

Now, I really do have dirty dishes in the sink, laundry all over my living room floor and my stamp room looks like a storm rolled through.  I’m NOT kidding and keeping it REAL.


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Going Global-Stampin’ Up!

Going Global-Stampin’ Up!

Holy Moly! Today the UPS man dropped an awesome package on my doorstep and I couldn’t wait to tear into the box.  It was filled with Stampin’ Up! products that are being released in January.  This is one of the greatest perks of being a demonstrator- getting my hands on things first.

Going Global stamp set, Stampin' Up!

The reality is I have FOMO disease- Fear of Missing Out!


It’s the truth.  This little disease plays a roll in so many things I do. Even when I was a school girl I had this disease.  I would rarely miss a day of school for fear of missing out on something great happening.  Years and years later I’m still in deep with this same issue.


The first stamp set I wanted to play with from the new Occasions Catalog was the Going Global stamp set.  I was able to stamp with the Going Global stamp set at the recent OnStage event.  This set had more meaning to me after the recent attacks in Paris.  I can’t imagine the depth of fear the people in Paris had at that time.  It also made me think of our demonstrators in that area.  Stampin’ Up! is a global company and during these attacks our demonstrators in Europe were gathered for their OnStage event.  What a scary time for everyone.


Going Global stamp set, Stampin' Up!

The Inspiration

Tonight when I started to stamp with this stamp set my first thought was, “Love makes the world go around!” While you and I see so much hate around the world, we know there is good and we know there is love.  This was my inspiration for this card.


I also added another fun set to this card that is also new called Timeless Textures.  You are going to LOVE this stamp set.  This stamp set will give Gorgeous Grunge a run for it’s money.  Beautiful textures that you could use on ANY card.  Go ahead and add that to your wish list.  You are going to fall in love.


Going Global stamp set, Stampin' Up!


See the grid looking image across the Kraft cardstock above? That image is from the Timeless Textures.  It’s just enough texture to make me grin from ear to ear.

Tips & Tricks- 

I wanted to stick with neutrals for the most part with this card so I used Soft Sky, Whisper White and Kraft cardstock.  I added a little bit more color by using Soft Suede Ink on the Kraft cardstock.

I spritzed the doily with water and Mint Macaron re-inker.  I added little more spritz using an Aqua Painter and Delightful Dijon re-inker.  This was done VERY sparingly.  Once this was dry I stamped on the doily using the grid texture stamp from Timeless Textures using Soft Suede Ink.

Another little helper- the sequins I used come from the Hello December Project Life Kit.  I love these sequins. They are bigger than our catalog sequins and have a cutely design on them.

Teaser- do you see the texture embossing… it’s a beauty.


Going Global

I would definitely consider this set on  your wish list for the upcoming catalog.  It’s going to be a set that many will fall in love with.

I realize none of these sets can be purchased right now, but you can still get your hands on them.  All demonstrators will have the opportunity to pre-order stamp sets and other products from this new catalog starting December 3rd.  It’s a great time to become a demonstrator and get your hands on this new catalogs products AND the Sale-a-Bration products too.  You have no obligation to do anything else.  You get to pick all of your products in your starter kit.  Truly a win win.  Click HERE to see more information on starting your journey with Stampin’ Up!  and become a part of one of the best stamping communities around.


Before I Go-

I wanted to share a Fall card with you today.  This card uses the Vintage Leaves stamp set on page 88 in the catalog.

Vintage Leaves stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I used a sponge dauber on the leaves with Pool Party, Delightful Dijon, Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze inks.  Once I sponged all over the leaves with the three colors I stamped them on Whisper White cardstock and die cut them using the Leaflets Framelits.  Next I dipped the leaves into my VersaMark pad and then added a little Gold Embossing Powder.  Heat them up and you will never get the same look twice.  Such a fun technique and beautiful result.

Vintage Leaves stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks- 

You can see a small circle burlap piece beneath the button.  I die cut the burlap ribbon using one of my circles framelits.  I loved how rustic this makes the card look.  Just that small element.

Vintage Leaves stamp set, Stampin' Up!


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Celebrate Father’s Day

Celebrate Father’s Day


The countdown begins as Father’s Day approaches.  I’m racking my brain trying to figure out how to celebrate with Russ this year.


He is pretty low key typically and never asks for much.  Maybe a day without therapy would be a good for him or have the kids do what they love and make breakfast in bed.  Who knows, I’m sure we’ll come up with something.  BUT… I want it to be special this year.  If you have any ideas, throw them my way.  


Normally I do not purchase baby stamp sets.  It’s very seldom that I know of friends having babies.  The funny thing is my friends are not having babies but becoming grandparents.  That’s pretty fun too although it will be AWHILE for me.  


The Something for Baby stamp set caught my eye because of the matching framelits. The sweet baby buggy and the ties are just adorable.  


I decided to create a Father’s Day card using the tie stamp and framelit.  


Something for Baby stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Celebrate Father's Day


I decided to keep most of the ties neutral and then one was a pop of color.  It’s Coastal Cabana of course.  I love that color.  I stamped the greeting Celebrate from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set in Chocolate Chip ink.  


Confession time…  When Early Espresso  was added to our product line I pushed Chocolate Chip to the side.  When I was stamping the Celebrate I squealed out loud.  WOWSA, I missed that color.  It was perfect for this card and I need to use it more often.  I did add a little stitching and the scatter from Gorgeous Grunge to the top left.  

Something for Baby stamp set, Stampin' Up!


 JUST love the way it turned out.  

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Have a SUPER creative day. 


PS: Alexis is now sick.  103 temp.  She is not happy with Brandon.  Brandon is doing much better.  Seems to be bouncing back to his crazy self.


Great Tips Creating Masculine Cards

Great tips creating masculine cards


Do you struggle creating masculine cards? I have to admit it’s my weakest link when creating cards.  It’s probably due to the fact I love anything vintage and frilly, but you can still have the vintage feel when creating a masculine card.  Let me share a few tips with you. 

Great tips creating masculine cards, Stampin' up!

When creating a masculine card try these tips to help you get started:

  • Create a fun fold to capture the wow factor for your guy!
  • While I am absolutely positive my Prince would love rhinestones and pearls try to stay away from the BLING and add more neutral tamed down bling such as Neutral Candy Dots or small punched elements.
  • Create a leather look as shown in the photo above.  Learn how below.
  • Make the card personal.  Create your own stamp using our Undefined product line.  Click HERE to learn more.
  • Keep your color palette neutral.
  • Create a card with humor.

Creating cards for our favorite males doesn’t have to be difficult and let’s face it… if YOU make it they are going to LOVE it!

Great tips creating masculine cards, Stampin' up!


Creating a Faux Leather look: 

To create Faux Leather as I did on the card above start by using the 2 1/2″ Circle punch with Crumb Cake cardstock.  I gently rubbed ink all over the Crumb Cake cardstock using the Hello Honey ink and a sponge.  I worked in circular motion to create a very wet “leather” look.  You want a nice inked pad when you are creating faux leather.  Let the ink dry.  By letting the ink saturate the cardstock it gives the cardstock a nice “smooth” finish.  What do you think? 


Once the circle was dry I used my paper piercer to create the holes around the circle.  


You may also note that my punched stars are also Faux Leather.  I simply did the same thing above on a scrap piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and then punched the stars out.  

Great tips creating masculine cards, Stampin' up!


Have you used the Canvas Creations on any of your projects?   I love this product.  I added a small layer on the front of the card and then I added a large piece on the inside.  I love how this turned out.  



Creating Masculine Cards, Stampin' Up!


My project this week is a part of the Dazzling Diva Challenge #26.  It’s all about Father’s Day.  See what the other design team members created this week.  Great masculine cards.  Don’t forget to join the challenge and share your creative muse with us.  I used a strip of Add a Little Dazzle Gold Glimmer Metal Sheet across my card and embossed with the Arrow Textured Emboss Folder.  


Lastly and pretty EXCITING is the greeting on this card.   My greeting, Happy Fathers Day came from my Paper Pumpkin kit this month.  I receive this each month in the mail and I love it.  If you are a new subscriber you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin for just $10!  That’s a 50% savings.  Click HERE to start your subscription.  Use Promo Code: SHELLIDEAL to start your membership.  Paper Pumpkin is a quick and easy craft each month with exclusive stamps.  While the stamping may only take you 20 minutes it’s a fun getaway.  


Are you ready to tackle the world of Masculine cards? Tell me what you are creating.  I would love to hear.  

You can see all the products I used on this card  below.  

Vacation Over! Still Thinking Nautical!

Vacation is over but I’m still thinking NAUTICAL!


Seriously! Reality stinks sometimes.  Our trip to the Western Caribbean ended on Sunday, Mother’s Day.  Russ and I had the time of our lives.  We kicked back, relaxed for a week and counted all of our blessings over the last 6 months.  We had many so a week was perfect to go over them.


My Prince had a GREAT time and did amazing.  We knew the limitations before we set foot on the ship which helped Russ knowing he would not do the normal activities he does on our Stampin’ Up! trips.  Just walking around that BIG ship was very tiring for him.


We were super excited that he received his walking aide prior to leaving on the cruise.  This little device goes on his right leg just below the knee and tells his right foot to move up which helps with his foot drop.  He was able to get a lot of walking time which was great therapy. Probably more than he bargained for.


One of the best parts of this trip was seeing demonstrators from all over the world that have prayed for him.  It was great for those who prayed to see him, and it was especially great for Russ and I to personally thank them, hug them and tell them how much that special gift has meant to us.  How great to meet our friends in Australia, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, and the UK.  Seriously, it makes my cheeks hurt from smiling.


We were also able to connect with our friends and fellow demonstrators in the US who prayed hard for him.  Russ was able to share his story, share his progress and best of all get lots of hugs from friends.  Russ said this was his “pillow gift” each day.


Much of the trip we spent very low key either at the pool or in our room on the balcony going over the last 6 months and things we have learned and the blessings we have received.  God is so good.  SO SO good.


I’ll share pics in my next post plus funnies of our trip and coming home.  You know we have them.


Meanwhile let’s get inspired with a nautical themed card today.  This picture is the inspiration and I love it.  I want all of the nautical goods in the pictures.

Nautical handmade cards, Hello Sailor stamp set , Stampin' Up!



Being a Navy wife I love anything Nautical and one of my favorite sets in the Spring Occasions Mini is the Hello, Sailor stamp set.


This set is NOT in our new catalog so get it while you can by shopping HERE.

Nautical, Hello Sailor, Metal Sheets, Stampin' Up!


The red circle was created using a Red Metal Sheets from  along with the Circle Framelits.  I then Texture embossed the metal sheet using the Argyle Texture Embossing Folder.  Love how this turned out.  This could be a great manly card.


I tied the Gold Twine in two areas and then stapled onto the metal sheet.  Adding the staple made sure it was secure.  I couldn’t help but add a little Vellum to my card.  I did a very crooked stitch around the Vellum and loved how it softens the Maritime Designer Series Paper in the NEW catalog.

Nautical, Hello Sailor, Metal Sheets, Stampin' Up!


I used the Gold Encore ink and stamped the Best Mate image onto Whisper White cardstock. This image was punched using the Label Bracket punch.  The image is a little bigger than the punch but I was able to capture all of the greeting.


Lastly, I used the Gold Bakers Twine and pulled out the Gold thread to put in my Whisper White button.  One gold sequin was added and a Rhinestone to finish the embellishments.

Nautical, Hello Sailor, Metal Sheets, Stampin' Up!

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