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Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Feeling Like I Climbed a Mountain!

Have you ever had that feeling where you want to shout from the mountain tops?

I kinda have that feeling.

While I’ve never actually climbed a mountain,  I bet it would be exhilarating.  That’s the feeling I have!

Seriously… there has been so many great things happening it makes my cheeks hurt.

I’ve been promising an update so let me get right to it…

and I have a card… with a mountain.

Forgive the long post but I wanted to capture all the feelings…

 

Cultivating & Nurturing Friendships

One of the greatest assets to being a military spouse has been meeting great people in all the areas we’ve lived.  The downside is moving away.

Along the journey of moving comes incredible friendships.  Stampin’ Up! has been an amazing vehicle and opportunity for me to meet so many great people.

In late October I gathered with 5 other friends on a week long cruise.  Believe it or not it was a stamping cruise put together by another demonstrator.

We had a ball on this trip. Beautiful sites, lots of stamping and a chance to nurture friendships after being apart for so long.

My favorite time on the ship was gathering for dinner.  Our conversations were intimate, giggly (like teenagers) and occasionally inappropriate.  Really this was a cherished time.  Complete girlfriend time- uninterrupted.

 

Time for Onstage

After the cruise a few of us were meeting again in Atlanta just days later.  Here we gathered for a Stampin’ Up! conference called OnStage.  My friend Cathy flew home with me to Pensacola after the cruise and then we drove to Atlanta.

Cathy and I have done MANY road trips together.  We could have made the movie Thelma & Louise.  No road trip can be completed without hot boiled peanuts.  It’s always the first stop… and nothing better than catching the guy along the roadside for HOT boiled peanuts.

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You might be completely grossed out… but you have to try them.  Oh so GOOD.

It was a little reunion again to be with friends and our friend Deb was able to get all 4 of us into this incredible suite.  Typically we do not stay in anything fancy fancy so this was a real treat.

It was SO great… they left chocolates on our bed AND I had my own bathrobe. I kinda felt like a queen for a day.

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Does it get any better than this? Robe, chocolate…. smiling?

This is what I call feeling completely joyful.

There is nothing that says happy like this picture…

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No one is looking in the right direction… big eyes… small eyes… and as always… my mouth is open.  I love them.

Our time in Atlanta was action packed.

 

Presentations Galore

Brian King asked me to present at his amazing World Card Making Day and I had a ball there.  This team of demonstrators put on a remarkable event and I could listen to Brian ALL DAY LONG.  He is definitely that person who can light up a room in a second and fill your cup with so much joy.

My presentation went well except for few things…

  • I laughed A LOT!
  • I always forget the names of the products I use.
  • My facial expressions caught in photos leave much to be desired!

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Who knows what I was talking about or thinking… but I promise I was having fun.

The next day was PACKED.  We had a full day of the conference which was so fun to see friends from all over and some I have been friends with online but had not had the pleasure of meeting in person yet.

One of the best parts of that day was meeting up with my friend Allison Barber.  You may remember after Russ had his stroke a very special young lady made these amazing cookies and sold them to raise money for Russ.  He used that money to buy his cane.

Honestly, this story always brings me to tears and gives me goosebumps.  This special young lady is named Annie, and her mama is Allison.  While I would have loved to meet Annie, I was so grateful to hug her mama, Allison.  Annie brought Russ a bag full of cookies for me to bring back.  All homemade and I tried not to eat them all. Her heart is so big and so inspiring.

The day really was packed with so many great stories.  I was honored to be offered another year as Artisan Team Member.    It’s quite humbling to be asked and this past year has been incredible.  It’s definitely stretched my creativity.  I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for the new team.

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The next BIG deal….  

At the end of the day Stampin’ Up! revealed the Top 100 Demonstrators in the WORLD…. and I heard my name called.

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After going across the stage and taking in the energy of the moment I had a huge feeling of elation.

I quickly thought about all that happened this past year.  This number represents my TEAM.  It represents lifting each other up during struggling times, learning and stretching our creativity to share with others, working outside of our comfort zones and most importantly loving each other through all of the roller coasters.  That’s my TEAM!  They are amazing. These are ordinary women doing extraordinary things.  It’s about sharing the passion of stamping and cultivating friendships along the way. Again, my heart is full.

 

Another Presentation

After we left the conference there was one more presentation left for the evening.  My friends Cindy and Monika put together a small gathering where three Artisans presented a few projects.  We were also blessed to have two of the Stampin’ Up! concept artists in attendance for a question and answer time.

Cindy and Monika had the most beautiful set up and the make n takes were amazing.  One look around the room and you knew this was a successful event.  Everyone was happy as could be.

By the time we got back to our hotel my robe was waiting.  I couldn’t wait to wear it one last time. We ended our evening sitting around the floor looking at swaps and enjoying our time together.

 

Parting Ways

The next morning was full of goodbyes to a few of our friends.  I hate goodbyes and especially after having so much fun.

We put two of our besties on a plane and Cathy and I set out for the long ride home and another full week of playing in my craft room.  There is something to be said about spending quality time with your friends.

 

I feel like my heart is full and ready to tackle the next big things set in front of me.

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The week felt like it came to an abrupt end.  It was time to put Cathy on a plane and saying goodbye was gut wrenching.

I tried hard not to be mopey.  I couldn’t help it and needed a day to gather myself.

 

Time to Get Busy!

Of course the night I put Cathy on the plane I started sneezing which then led to a nice giant ugly cold.  Thankfully I’m on the mend but thought for sure I was dying for two days.  Funny how a little cold can make you MISERABLE.  I’m sure I ran myself down during the 3 weeks of fun but I have no regrets.

The best part about the last 3 weeks was nurturing new and old friendships.  It’s the best feeling in the world.

 

Mountain Adventure

I wanted to share a fun card I made while she was here.  The mountains were totally fitting for my post today because I really feel like I could shout from the top of the mountain how blessed I am to have all the beautiful people in my life.  That includes YOU too.  Those of you who take the time to read my silliness, and continue to support me and love me.  I’m shouting from the mountain…. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!

 

Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,

 

I pulled out the cutest stamp set called Mountain Adventure from the Holiday Catalog.  I’m in love with the smaller images like the cabin and beautiful little trees.  Great opportunities with this stamp set.

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Tips & Tricks

 

  • Stamp the mountain on Watercolor Paper and use and color images with the  Aqua Painter.
  • Mica Flakes were added to the tops of the mountains to create snow.
  • I used the Outdoor Adventures Framelits to die cut the two mountains behind the mountain image.  Love this Framelit set.
  • The greeting was stamped and then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

 

Mountain Adventure, Stampin' Up!,

Click the clickable links below to see all products used for this project.  

 

Stampin’ by the Sea News!

Online Extravaganza Time! 

Starts November 21-28th

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Mark YOUR calendar…. November 21st… Don’t miss these GREAT deals!

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BRAND NEW product release.

Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stitched Shapes Framelits

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.

 

 

Artisan Hop Stitched Framelits

Artisan Hop Stitched Framelits 

Today’s Artisan Hop is going to be AMAZING using the new Stitched Framelits.

If you haven’t seen this new product from Stampin’ Up!, hang on… they are AWESOME.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been doing cart wheels since the release.

 

Stitched Framelits

Why all of the excitement? I love stitching on cards.  It’s the frilly goodness that keeps my creative happiness in check.

Well, one of them anyway.

The Stitched Framelits are available until the end of November, then they will take a slight sabbatical and come back in the new Catalog this June.

This is one product you will want to grab NOW if you have patience such as mine… NONE.

It gets better friends…. there are also stamp sets that you can purchase at a 25% discount.  YAH.  You can see all of the stamp sets on sale below.

Let’s create….

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I’m pretty excited to share two cards using the Stitched Framelits, but even more because two of the stamp sets are listed on the 25% off list.  WAHOO.

 

Merry Mice

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The cuteness level just jumped up x1000.  This set is adorable and the cards I’ve seen created using it is outstanding.

Stitched Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop, Merry Mice

 

Stitched Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

Stitched Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop

 

Tips & Tricks

  • Die cut several sizes of the square Stitched Framelits using Watercolor Paper.  Using an Aqua Painter, add Pool Party or Smoky Slate to each of the framelits.
  • Stamp the mouse onto Watercolor Paper.
  • I matched the large square Stitched Framelit with a scallop Layering Squares Framelit.  I love how the Square, Circle and Ovals have layering possibilities within all of these die cuts.

 

Blooms & Wishes 

I’m a bit excited about this card.  This flower set is beautiful and you can create all kinds of gorgeous flowers, including poinsettia’s.  You can also create a beautiful wreath.

This stamp set is also on the 25% off list.  YAY!

 

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Stitched Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Hop, Blooms & Wishes

 

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Tips & Tricks

  • To create the wreath, use one the second largest circle stitching die cut and draw a circle on the inside of the circle to use as a template.  Create wreath by stamping all along the penciled circle using Old Olive ink.  Add full on ink of Old Olive as well as stamping off to get the lighter tones.
  • The flower was stamped using Watermelon Wonder and Real Red.  I inked the flower using Watermelon Wonder and then used a sponge dauber to add the Real Red.
  • The Joy greeting came from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.  Perfect holiday greetings in that set.
  • The center of the flower uses the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies with Delightful Dijon Cardstock.

 

 

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You can find the all the products used for these cards below in the clickable links.  

Be Inspired!

Now its time to see more of the Stitched Shape Dies in action from the Artisan Design Team.

Prepare to be INSPIRED!

Click the button to visit Krista’s blog and see what she has created.

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Don’t forget to grab your Stitched Shape Framelits.

Stampin’ by the Sea News!

BRAND NEW product release.

These new Framelits are ONLY available in November.

dBUT… they will come back in the new Idea Book & Catalog coming out in June 2017.  If you want to play with them now… grab them HERE.

WAIT…. There is MORE greatness!!

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.

 

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Don’t forget…  

Available NOW…. 

Exclusive Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Read more about this great tutorial and the back issues HERE.

Get the October Tutorial FREE when you purchase $50 in my Online Store.

Click HERE to start shopping!

Have an AWESOME day!!

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