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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

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Resolution & Prayer Book

Yes, I start with a list a mile long, and end up completing about a third of what I want to accomplish. This year I'm trying focus on only three things:
Goal: Keep my life balanced. That means equal amounts of physical, mental and spiritual needs will be met.


1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Lose weight, stand up tall, exercise.
2. Maintain a healthy mental status: My job is pretty stressful, so, the way I de-stress is through my creativity with scrapping and cardmaking. So, one of the ways for me to de-stress is work on my projects.
3. Maintain a healthy spiritual life: Meet with God everyday and read my Bible.

So, how do you reach your New Year's resolution? Well, you have to have a plan and be organized. I happen to love to organize, but when I get too many projects going at the same's impossible to be organized. I meet myself "coming and going!"

Resolution # 1
Ok, so my first plan is to try to keep a running total of funds that I save, by taking my lunch to work. At the end of the month, the money I save will go into my "mad money fund." So, I made a notebook, with Stampin' Up! paper to keep in my pocket. It'll also remind me to write down the things I eat during the day. I'm trying to maximize vegetables, fruits, water and protein and stay away from empty calories and processed foods.I'm also going to keep track of my activity during the day. Walk a bit more and try to take the stairs instead of the elevators at work. I'm going to do 1% better everyday, and by doing this I'll accomplish my first healthy living goal.

Resolution # 2
Healthy living goal number two is to spend time doing what I love, and that is to scrap and make cards. This year I want to focus on my scrapping, so, I'll complete a two page layout for my personal scrapbook each week. It will be fun to work on my scrapping! Sometimes I fall into the trap of over-preparing for my Stampin' Up! events, so,I'm going to try to "keep it simple" this year and have fun!

Resolution # 3
This resolution should be the number one thing I do in my life, but, as I'm not perfect, I fall short of keeping my "date" with God. I will take the first 1/2 hour of my day before I start work, to communicate with God & read my Bible. To be honest about this, I have a larger notebook for noting my thoughts each day and writing my prayer concerns and thanksgivings. Of course, I've prepared the notebook with beautiful Stampin' Up! paper. :)

Well there you have it! Three goals, a plan and motivation! It's going to be a great year, and I know that I'll be healthier by the end of 2010!

Ok, now for the Stampin' Up! posts. I have a great project you can do at home that is simple and a great way to start out the new year! Cover a big notebook and a little notebook with beautiful Stampin' Up! paper and start achieving your goals for this year. The notebooks will keep you accountable! I'm attaching a picture of one I've recently done. These make great gifts, too! Enjoy making your notebooks and Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Grandpa, Katie, Abby & Joshua having fun in the snow!

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Abby's not happy being outside!

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Legos, Legos...Daddy's having fun!

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Abby opening presents!

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Quiet Christmas...

It's almost 5 AM and I've been up since about 3:30 AM. Sidney was prancing around on the hardwood floors and as funny as it sounds, it's like an alarm clock to me. So, here I am, all is silent, except for the snoring of my husband. This has been a very quiet Christmas this year, and that's ok. With three of the four living out of state, it's hard to get together. It's just another facet of my life with grown up kids, we have to celebrate when we can, and last week we spent Christmas with Marc, Katie, Joshua & Abby. What a great time we had with them.

We took the kids to Applebee's for lunch and after lunch we opened gifts. We received a beautiful picture album from them and a wonderful cinnamon scented candle. We gave Marc & Katie money. They need it with two growing children, and just maybe they'll use some of it for themselves. Joshua & Abby were so excited as they opened their gifts and I got some fantastic pictures. Once the gifts were opened, the carbs I ate at lunch started to kick in, and I wanted to get some fresh air. Grand Haven had about 3 inches of snow on the ground, so Joshua, Abby, Katie, Grandma & Grandpa went outside to play. I'd forgotten how heavy a four and two year old are on a sled! But guess what, I had a great time pulling them and throwing snowballs and just having fun! Grandpa and Katie did most of the pulling, but I did my share. Whew, that's hard work! No wonder we have kids when we're young! It was fun and it was a wonderful day.

So, now I sit, trying to figure out my next project. it's 0510... guess I have to get going on something. But, first, I want to record what I did on Christmas. Randy and I didn't buy each other presents this year...or so I thought! I woke up to a huge present under the tree, and guess what? It was a new flat screen monitor for my computer. Wow! It is nice. I've been thrilled with the clarity of words and pictures on it. I guess it's for both of us, but, it is really more for me. Randy does this to me. We decide not to get anything, then he surprises me. He's such a sweet guy. So, most of the day, I played with my computer, then I started to work on sorting some of my old photo. I'm still looking for Ben's 1st birthday baby pictures. I haven't found them, yet. It's so frustrating! I can't finish his first year book until I find those pictures! I did finish my Arizona vacation scrapbook yesterday. All it needed was my journaling, a few titles, and a couple of "do-dads" to make it complete. I also finished the title page for my 2008 scrapbook. I was procrastinating on that one, and I don't know why!

So, since I can't make any noise by going upstairs to search for photos, I guess I'll upload some of my favorites from 2009, so I can add them to an album. It's so nice to have the Scrap Attacks each month! I've got my pages done for 2009 and all I have to do is add my photos. Well, I think that's what I'm going to do now, but, before I do, I want to post some photos here. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gift Card Box

I got these little boxes last year and I thought they were so cute. So, my dear husband, Randy, painted them for me and they look so cute decorated in designer paper and using the Tree Trimmings stamp set. This is my prototype, but the ones we'll be making will be using the Print Pack II, Garden Green paper. They'll look fabulous and will be so festive with red and gold trim.

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Explosion Box

Here's the explosion box we'll be doing. We'll be filling it with gift tags for our Christmas packages. No directions for the tags, just free-creating with my friends. I'll provide directions for the box at the party, but, you can find it on Splitcoast Stampers website. The one we're doing tonight will be using the "Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper in the Holiday Mini. It's beautiful paper and I can't wait until everyone sees it!

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I had to cancel my Wednesday night Stamp Camp due to the weather, and I was looking forward to itand everyone else was, too! It was so windy and snowy that I was afraid that those that came would have trouble getting home. Today is not much better. In fact there are blizzard warnings until about 4 PM, so, I'll have to make a last minute decision. I hope I don't have to cancel tonight's Christmas Party. We're going to make some awesome things and it would be a shame for me to box these things up instead of having my stamp campers enjoy making them. If I have to cancel, I might try to re-schedule next week, but, it may not work for everyone. Well, I think I'll post what we're going to be doing. I'm going to be optomistic and hope that some of my friends can come.

Here's our first project, so that we can place all of our other projects in it!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dormant Sets Retiring

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know about the dormant Stampin' Up! sets that are retiring. Most of them are from the Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer 2009 catalog. If you don't have an old catalog to look at let me know and I'll try to send you more information about those sets. Once they're retired, they're gone. So, if you want them please let me know and I'll order them for you.

Here is a list of them:

Item Number Stamp Set
113407 Back Woods
114492 Beautiful Baby
114486 Birthday Wish
113200 Branch Out
114496 Celebrations
113732 Central Park
113206 Classic Sketches
113226 Classy & Fabulous
114498 Flowers in Silhouette
113405 Font of You
113216 For the Bride
114494 Forever
109425 Friend by Definition
114488 Fun Flowers
113716 Garden Greetings
114490 Glad Friends
111580 Grand Soiree
113242 Hit the Road
113710 Lexicon of Leaves
113236 Man's Best Friend
114423 Ocean Commotion
113728 Playful Petals
109276 Polka Dot
111544 Putt Putt
113240 Quilt Quips
113754 Really Retro
113403 Sip by Sip
113726 Sweet Stems
113250 That's Funny
113688 Wonderful Watercolors
114028 Para la novia
114032 Acuarelas Maravillosas

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cookie Monster--Me!

Thanksgiving is over, but, I'm still eating as if it isn't. No, I didn't cook a big dinner, but, I got to take some cookies home! Now, if you know me, I love cookies. I can really relate to Cookie Monster from the Muppets. Grandma Closson made two of my favorite cookies: Snickerdoodles and a Chewy Molasses cookie. I think Mark told her that I haven't made them for a long while. Of course, I've been eating them everyday since Thanksgiving. Nothing like a homemade cookie and a cup of coffee! Randy hasn't touched them...he's not a cookie eater like me. Of course...that means MORE COOKIES FOR ME (ha, ha)! Unfortunately, I'm going to pay for all this gluttony when I get on the scale. I think I'll wait until the first of the year before I get on it...well...maybe. Darn, I have to go to the doctor before then! Guess I'll stop eating cookies...but

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanks For You!

Thanksgiving Day! I can't believe it's here already! I'm not cooking this year and it feels wierd! No turkey in the oven at 0700, no stuffing being prepared, no pies sitting on the counter, no table set with my fance feels wierd! I usually have everyone over for the holidays, but in the last few years it has changed. Most of my family lives quite a distance away, and those that live closer have other family that they celebrate with on the holiday. So, last year it was just Randy & I, but I cooked the whole meal just for the two of us. It was nice and we enjoyed it, but different!

This year, Randy and I are going to my ex-husband, Tim's house in South Elgin, IL. Every time I tell someone this, I get a strange look or comment. Yes, it is a bit wierd, but, you know, I'm over all the pain and sorrow from that time, and I've never hated the man, nor his wife. In fact, I still love him (differently) because he is the father of my children, and Mark & Ben are the love of my life along with Randy, of course!

I have so many things to be thankful for...a wonderful husband that treats me like a queen (how would I have him without divorce???). He puts up with all of my idiosyncracies, including my insatiable appetite for anything with crafts. I'm thankful for my children and grandchildren and for the joy that they bring to me. I'm also thankful for the wonderful friends that I've made through the years, and for the new friends that I've made through Stampin' Up! I wouldn't have known you otherwise, and I'm thankful for all of you.

Well, I could go on and on about how I'm thankful, but this blog would be sooooo long! Dr. Tara (my chiropractor)challenged me to write down 25 things I was thankful for last Monday. I did it in 2 minutes and filled the page, so, Wednesday, she challenged me to think about the things that were challenges and list 25 that I'm thankful for...well...I guess you know at least one of them! I'm going to his house for Thanksgiving and will enjoy it immensely! Well it's Thanksgiving turkey in the oven, but...I hear a "turkey" (Randy) coming down the stairs...better sign off...Have a wonderful Turkey Day!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

December Stamp Camp Sneak Peak


Hi Everyone! I'm gearing up for our stamp camps this month and I wanted to show you one of the cards that we're going to make. The stamp set I used is from the Holiday Mini Catalog called Patterned Pines. It is a really cute stamp set and can be used in a multitude of ways. I CASE'd this card from one of the galleries that I have access to from Stampin' Up! I don't know who actually did the card, but, wanted to make sure that everyone knew that it isn't my idea originally. I can't wait until you see the rest. One of you asked for a dark navy card with embossed silver and we will be doing one of those. We'll also be doing a special fold card which will be a lot of fun. I can't wait to see what you think of all of the projects. Take care and happy stamping :)
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009


My goodness it's been a busy week for me, and it seems as if my body is finally getting used to the time change. One of the things I can't get used to is the lack of light at this time of the year. I just want to burrow in a cave (my craft room) and stay there until spring like a little ol' Build-A-Bear! At 0500 I try to get up and moving for the day, and by 0600 I'm generally trying to scope out my day. I wish I could just stamp today, but, I'll be at work in meetings all day. Since, I'll be there early, I might be able to go home early and yes, stamp! Saturday is the Craft Expo at the Mall, so, I'm excited to get my cards and other craft items out there. I hope it will be a successful day. I hope to see some friends and make new ones in the process. I guess Santa is coming, too! So, Randy and I will probably want to say "HI" to him. Well I'm off to work--it's going to be a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

It's a Scrappy Day!

I love to scrap and today due to lousy weather I'm actually going to work on some projects for myself, not for my Stampin' Up! classes. I might make some cute cards, too! Did you know that today is World Card Making Day! Ok, so it's not one of the most prominent holiday's for most people, but for me it's a day to just have fun and make cards and to scrap. I'm working on using up all my scraps of paper and I challenge you to take a couple of hours today and go to that box of scraps to make a card or a scrapbook page. As a crafter, I'm sure you have a lot of scraps. Many of my scraps bring back memories of stamping and scrapping with my friends. I love how ink and paper seems to do that. I hope that you have a wonderful day making something gorgeous--then do something it to a friend or family member just for fun and tell them you're thinking of them. Take care and happy scrapping & stamping with your scraps!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

October Stamp Camp!

Last Friday I came home from work early because I had a horrible headache that started Thursday night. Well, I called the doctor, and to make a long story short, I have shingles, again. I guess when you have an autoimmune disease, you're more likely to get it more than once. I had Shingles about 3 years ago, and I sure didn't want to get it again! Well, I can't do anything about it, so, to keep my mind off of the pain and to concentrate on something fun, I got the projects done for October's stamp camp.

They are so cute! I can't wait for you to make them. I used two Stampin' Up! sets for all of the cards. They are both from the new Holiday Mini Catalog: "Twick or Tweet" & "Sweet Centers". SU has so many cute stamps this year and the Holiday Mini is awesome. Check out my web site to look at the catalog and to check out the dates for camps and classes. I hope that you'll be able to join me soon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Convention Project

I finally got my some of my Stampin' Up! Convention projects done. Going to convention is so much fun, and there are so many people there that I have a tendency to visit instead of working on projects. I finally completed them at home this past week. I learned so much at convention, not only are the business tips enlightening, the technique presentations by the staff at SU are wonderful, too. I loved the fellowship with other demo's and all of the swaps and project ideas. The entertainment was awesome. We had a chance to see a wonderful acapella group called Tonic Sol Fa. They were so talented and we had so much fun rockin' & rollin'! I'm so excited about the projects, and I'm sure we'll do them sometime, but, right now I'm gearing up for October's Stamp Camp & Scrap Camp. I don't have those projects done, yet, but I'll probably work on them in the next few days. I'm also finishing preparations for the Build-A-Bear Mom & Me workshop which will be held this Saturday. I'm busy with my SU ideas and projects, and I have projects that will keep me busy for quite a while. So, I hope you can join us for some of the events--it's a lot of fun!

Monday, September 7, 2009

September Scrap Attack!

Oh my goodness, I just finished the most adorable pages for Scrap Attack. Of course I used all Stampin' Up! inks, stamps, paper and punches. I can't wait for you to complete them! I got this idea a long time ago, but, couldn't visualize it on a page, until this week. I must of had to feel the changing of the seasons in order to produce these pages. Fall is a time that I start craving fresh apples. There is nothing better than to bite into a crisp apple on a beautiful sunny autumn day. These pages are perfect for those backyard family days, picking apples in an orchard, or just to say how much you love "the apple of your eye." My hope is that you'll come to Scrap Attack on September 15th to complete them with me. We'll also be making four cards with a fall theme.
Hope to see you at camp--

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mom & Me Build A Bear Workshop

I'm so excited about my first Build A Bear Event! I thought it would be so fun to have Mom & Child to participate together. And I had so much fun preparing for the workshop with my new Big Shot Build A Bear Dies & my Beary Best Friends and Beary Nice Wishes stamp sets. I hope you can come to the workshop on Saturday, Sept.19th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM! It will be a "Beary" Fun Time.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Back To School" September Stamp Camp!

Hello Everyone! This weekend has reminded me of autumn and the first day of school. Do you remember when you were so excited for the first day of school to begin? I do. I always missed seeing my friends I only saw during the school year. Anyway, I thought in honor of "Back to School" that we would complete a Mini Back Pack (originated by another SU demo and I'd love to give credit, but I can't remember her name) and some "School Day Apple" Cards. These would make great teacher gifts! Fill the back pack with candy or a couple of school supplies and you're done! Hope you can come to the stamp camp!

Check out my Web Page at to find out the dates of my camps.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Stampin' Up! Convention

Oh, I am so excited about what I learned at convention! We have a awesome Holiday Mini Catalog and some fantastic new Build-A-Bear stamps and Big Shot Products! Also, "My Digital Studio" will finally be released this fall! If you would like to try scrapping or card making digitally...this will be an awesome way to start. I can't wait until I can get mine!

Some of the highlights of conference:

I saw where our stamps are made and how they get packaged at the Riverton campus.

The weather was absolutely wonderful and we walked to the Salt Palace convention center each day.

I learned some new techniques to use at my workshops and camps!

I received new stamps and participated in the "make and take".

I swapped cards with other demos and got some fantactic ideas.

Unfortunately, my camera broke, so Nancy took all of our to get a new

I heard some wonderful speakers about the Stampin' Up business and learned what it takes to keep a large organization running.

I made some awesome friends from all over the country!

This is just a bit of what I wanted to share with you, so, if you want to hear more, have a workshop!


Friday, July 31, 2009

In Seattle--Next Stop SU Convention

Hello Everyone,

Well, I'm back in Seattle with Ben due to his surgery! So, this time there won't be any "tour guide" and sightseeing. I'm just going to enjoy taking care of my son for awhile. We just got home from the hospital and he's snoozing on the couch. So, I thought I would catch up with my blog. I'll be here for 5 days then go to Salt Lake City for convention. I'm looking forward to seeing the Riverton Campus and how our stamps are made. Nancy, Susan and I will be one of a few "Sparkler" girls that are going on the bus trip. I know that we'll have loads of fun!

We will also go to business classes and art classes to learn some new techniques. I'm looking forward to it all because this is a chance for me to bring back something new for my customers.

Anyway, when I get back, I'll have great stories to tell and a lot of stamping to show you. Take care while I'm gone and know that you are in my thoughts.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Sneak Peak

Hello! I'm back from vacation and raring to go. I'm attaching a sneak peak to next week's Stamp Camp. I hope you can come. Let me know if you can. We will have a blast!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Stamp Camp-June 10th

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to give you a sneak peak of one of the projects that we'll be making at stamp camp on Wednesday. It's a cute Patriotic Favor pouch for the 4th of July. You'll have plenty of time to re-create this project for your parties. Hope you can make it. Please let me know if you are coming, unless you already did.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Last Chance!

Hello Everyone,

I haven't posted for awhile because I've been so busy this month with "LIFE" in general. I wanted to let you all know that Stampin' Up! will announce June 1st stamps that will be retiring. Once they're retired, you won't be able to purchase them again. The list will be posted on the web site for you to look at.

Nancy & I will be having specials each week of June and you should have received our calendar by e-mail with the class schedules and specials. I hope that you can make some of our classes.

Also, mark your calendars for July 19th! Nancy & I will have an open house to showcase projects from the new catalog. It will be a lot of fun and we'll be having door prizes, projects for you to do, and food! It will be a great time to bring a friend who has never stamped before.

Now for this months project. It is a very easy card to make. Easy is better, I say. Because at this time of the year we are busy with graduations, weddings, showers and of course, all those thank you notes that you have to write for all of those activities.

Friend Purse Card


Pacific Point 8 ½ x 11(2); Cut in half horizontally to make a 5 ½ x 8 ½; Fold in half. Make 4 cards.
Pacific Point; Use the 1 3/8 square punch. Punch 4.
Pacific Point; Use the 1 3/8 circle punch. Punch 4.
Whisper White 8 ½ x 11(2); Cut 4 x 5 ¼ (8) (need two pieces for each card) Use slit punch on 4 pieces to round the corners. Glue these to the front of the cards.
DS Pattern; Cut 1 ¼ x 1 ¼ . Cut 4. (this is for the base of the purse)
DS Pattern; Use the 1 ¼ circle punch. Cut 4. (this is for the flap of the purse)

Accessories: 1 3/8 circle punch, 1 ¼ circle punch, 1 3/8 square punch, 1/16 inch hole punch. Rhinestone Brads (4). Grosgrain ribbon 4” per purse. Dimensionals; Stampin’ Write Markers

1. Make cards as directed above.
2. Glue pattern paper to cardstock squares & circles.
3. Fold circle in half. Punch hole for brad. Insert brad. Fold circle over square to make flap. Glue to front.
4. Glue ribbon to purse.
5. Apply dimensional to back of purse. Center on white.
6. Color Friend with marker and stamp on bottom right.
7. Glue white piece to inside of card.

Hope you enjoy this card. You could use any stamp set with it. I used the word "Friend" from the True Friend stamp set because I liked the font. Hope to see you at the June Stamp or Scrap Camps.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mother's Day!

Ok my friends, here is the challenge. Make two cards for Mother's Day. One for your Mom and one for your Mother-In-Law. Now, if you're like me and your Mom is no longer living, send your cards to someone who is "like a Mom" to you! They won't be expecting it, and you'll really impress them.
I have the perfect card to send to your "Mom". See the instructions below. Have fun, change up the paper...use you're creative...and have fun!

Heartfelt Thanks Flower Card (Many Layers)


Certainly Celery: 8 ½ x 11 cut horizontally and fold to make 5 ½ x 4 ¼ card (2)
So Saffron: 8 ½ x 11 cut horizontally and fold to make 5 ½ x 4 ¼ card (2)
Sahara Sand: 4 ¾ x 1 ½ (4); 3 ¼ x 2 ¾ (4); 3 x 1 ½ (4)
Bashful Blue: 2 7/8 x 1 3/8 (4)
Whisper White: 2 ¾ x 1 ¼ (4)
DS Delicate Dots Pattern Paper: 3 1/8 x 2 5/8 (4); 4 5/8 x1 3/8 (4)

Stamp Set:

Heartfelt Thanks, All Year Cheer, Noteworthy


Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (2) and Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon (2): 6 inches for each card; Pretty In Pink & Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Markers

Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, So Saffron

1. Fold card in half.
2. Cut cardstock and pattern paper as directed above.
3. Glue Pattern Paper on 4 ¾ x 1 ½ & 3 ¼ x 2 ¾ Sahara Sand.
4. Glue Bashful Blue to 3 x 1 ½ Sahara Sand.
5. Color stamp using markers. Use Pretty in Pink for flower & Certainly Celery for stem. Huff on stamp after coloring to wet ink. Stamp on Whisper White. Glue to Bashful Blue.
6. Tie ribbon around 4 ¾ x 1 ½ piece. Trim ends.
7. Glue 3 ½ x 2 ¾ piece to card front on right side. Glue 4 ¾ x 1 ½ piece on top as shown in picture. Glue the last piece on top.
8. Stamp “Happy Mother’s Day or Thank You” to inside of card if desired.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Another April Stamp Camp Sneak Peak!!

It's Spring Break for some of the schools, and I want to remind you about stamp camp next week. Don't forget to call and let me know which day you'll be coming. The sneak peak projects are for Wednesday, April 15th. I haven't seen what Nancy is doing for Tuesday. It will be a real surprise for me! Both camps are at my house, so, just call me to let me know if you're coming. Since this is Spring Break week (even though most of us have to work), I thought it would be nice to show you one of the Spring cards that we'll be making at the camp. It has a different fold and I'll show you how to do it that night. I thought it would be appropriate for male or females and I hope you think so, too! Take care and happy stamping!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sneak Peak!

If you've never been to Stamp Camp, you just have to come and play with us. Do you remember how summer camp used to be? Well, Stamp Camp is very similar! We gather around a large table, talk, eat chocolate and complete beautiful projects. I hope you decide to join us. Just so you know, you really don't need to bring anything but yourself, but, if you're like me, and have a favorite pair of scissors, or you have an adhesive that you prefer, bring them to camp. By the way, above is another sneak peak into our projects that we're going to complete. I can't wait to see you!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

April Beginners Stamp Camp

Hello everyone!

I have been so exhausted after the move at the hospital last week. I'm sure it will take me three weeks to re-coup. It seems it always does when I over do it. I knew that I was taxing myself when I was working, but, as you know when you have a job, you sometimes just have to do it! Most of you know that I have Lupus and when I don't take care of myself, I pay for it dearly. And guess what? That's exactly what happened. But, as I rest and try to do what I'm supposed to do, I've been working on projects for Stamp Camp. I'm excited that I can share a few things with you through the blog!

I love my Stampin' Up business! I love being my own boss and the flexibility that I can "work" at my own pace. If you call it work, that is? Actually, for me it is so much fun! I love meeting new people and sharing what I love! Stamping and scrapping is something that anyone can do, but, sometimes they just need a bit of encouragement and all of a sudden...they're as excited about it as I am.

I also love to teach. I do it all the time at the hospital, but, it is so much more fun with workshops and stamp camps! I love to see the "light turn on" in someone's eyes when they have finally figured out the project. At each event I see the growth of all of our stampers and that is so rewarding to me.

April's stamp camps will be a bit different as I told you in the last blog. We are splitting the advance stampers from the beginner stampers. By the way, I'm not categorizing you, so you'll have to make a determination which camp is a better fit for you. On Tuesday, April 14th, the advanced stampers will meet to do their projects, and on Wednesday, April 15th, the beginner stampers will get together. Some of the projects will be the same and some will be different. But, they'll all be AWESOME!

Some of the stampers have requested to do some "male" cards. Above is a sneak peak of one of them. Doing "male" cards is fun! I kept asking my husband, Randy: "Do you think this is ok for a man?" He's been very helpful because I'm a lace and flower kind of girl and I tend to do a lot of that type of designing and it just doesn't fit for the guys.

Anyway, I hope you're as excited about April's stamp camps as I am. I hope to see you at my house. Don't worry, I'll send reminder notes to you!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Update on Stamp Camps!

Hello my friends,

After last stamp camp, many of you felt that I should re-organize the camp with Advanced Stampers and Beginner Stampers in mind. So, that's what I have done. When you go to my Web Site: you'll see that the camps have been re-named to indicate the change. Please note that the projects will be geared on Tuesday Stamp Camps to "Advanced" stampers and Wednesday Stamp Camps will be geared to "Beginner" stampers. As time goes on, I know that my "beginner stampers" will become "advanced stampers", too! When that happens, I'll just add another beginner camp and I'll have two advanced camps! I can't wait for that to happen!

Ok, now for the project that I want to share with you this week. Above, you'll see a beautiful, but simple card.

Pacific Point Cardstock (8 1/2 x 11 cut in half)
Garden Green cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Tangerine Tango Classic Ink
Tangerine Tango 5/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon (13-14 inches)
Pick A Petal and Pocket Silouettes Stamp Sets
Stampin' Up! Anywhere Glue Stick
1) Cut Pacific Point in half vertically to make a 4 1/4 x 11 inch piece of cardstock, fold in half to make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.
2) Cut Garden Green cardstock to 3 5/8 x 3 7/8 inches.
3) Cut Whisper White cardstock to 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches.
4) Stamp open circle from Pick A Petal stamp set with Tangerine Tango classic ink in lower right corner of Whisper White. Stamp dot within the circle. Stamp petals around the dot.
5) Stamp "Thanks so much" from Pocket Silhouettes stamp set in upper left corner. (I used a "thank you" stamp, but I can't remember which stamp set!)
6) Assemble card by gluing the white onto the green, then the green onto the blue. Make sure when you glue the motif to the blue that you glue it closer to the top of the card.
7) Tie Tangerine Tango grosgrain ribbon around the bottom of the card. Make knot and trim ends.
8) Voila--you have a cute simple card! Enjoy!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring Scrap Attack!

I heard my first robin the other day, then I glanced up in our red maple tree, and there she was! It always brings me great joy to see the spring birds return to our area. I love to sit in my craft room and watch the birds outside of my window as I create. When I get stuck for ideas, I watch the birds and all of a sudden I come up with a solution for the problem. Today was no exception. I'm working on a project for a scrapping workshop that one of my customers wanted to have. I am so excited about this workshop! Not only do I get to scrap, but, I get to show everyone how to use my new BIG SHOT! If you haven't noticed, Stampin' Up! has incorporated it into their line of supplies, and I'm thrilled because it gives me some added flexibility when I'm scrapping or cardmaking. Anyway, my scrapping problem was, how can I fit 4 pictures on one 12 x 12 page? I wanted to use four of my own pictures, so, I thought this would be a great time to create something for the scrap attack and the workshop. I also wanted to use my BIG SHOT and I wanted to do a SPRING page. I think I got it worked out and boy did I have fun with my new dye cutter. I can't wait to show it to you, in fact, I'm going to have everyone use it at the workshop and scrap attack. I can't wait to see you and I know that you're going to have as much fun as I did!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

It's A Rainy Day

It's a rainy day, it's a rainy day! It's wet outside and I can't go out and play...oh it's a rainy day. But I'm free to be inside and play! What a day to pull out your paper, stamps and ink...yeah! I love days like this. It's cozy and I love to watch the birds outside of my window. I can't wait until my flowers start to pop. The wonderful thing about rainy days is the coziness and wonderful anticipation of all things Spring! So, in honor of all things Spring, I'll be posting some new projects for you to do. I can't wait to get started, so, in the mean time...

Inspire. Create. Share.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Stampers Block!

Yesterday I was trying to make my prototypes for the upcoming Women's Ministry event, and I wasted more paper trying to come up with some new ideas! Whew! Sometimes I get "stampers block" and just don't know what to do. I'm sure that happens to a lot of stampers and that's why blogging is so inspiring.

Anyway, I wanted to post the cards that we will be doing at the Women's Ministry event on March 15th. It will be a lot of fun and we'll be making cards to send to the "shut ins" and those that complete the cards at the event will be able to send a card to someone who needs some cheering up. I love teaching others to stamp! I can't wait for this event. I hope a lot of women from the church participate. I tried to make the cards simple for beginning stampers, so, I hope this works out.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Scrap Camp on Friday

Yesterday, I worked on Scrap Attack. We will be doing our LOVE project. Two 12 x 12 pages and 4 cards. I love to scrap, in fact, I even finished two 12 x 12 pages for my son's baby book. As you know he's 26 and I had to take all of his pictures out of his book and re-do it because they were disintegrating. I didn't know about archival quality at the time I was doing his baby book. But, it's been fun reminiscing about those times again and I've really enjoyed looking at the pictures.

It is such a beautiful day. Soft big snowflakes are falling and the sun is shining at the same time. Lake effect snow is awesome and so pretty. Only those hardy enough to love Southwestern Michigan would be pining for the snow. Today, I thought I would post a picture of the catalog from Stampin' Up! As you know the catalog is more than a catalog, it is really an idea book and the Spring/Summer Idea Book is lovely. It has so many ideas in it. A lot of my ideas come directly from the catalog. Well guess I'll sign off for now.

Thanks for looking--


Sunday, February 22, 2009

February 22, 2008

Hello Everyone,

I've been working on projects for our next Stamp Camp in March. Oh my gosh, I'm so excited to tell you that we have seven different projects that will include a large notebook, small notebook, place setting card, purse scrapbook and 6 cards. All are geared toward Easter. To give you a taste of what we'll be creating. I've attached some pictures of the projects. I hope you can come and join us for a lot of laughter and fun! See you at camp!

The purse scrapbook is an awesome project! I've wanted to do this one for quite some time. I borrowed the pattern from another blogger named "Mary's (more or less). I don't have her blog address, but she is the one that inspired me and gave me the pattern. I can't take credit for this one. Anyway, it's nice to have stampers and scrappers that love to share on their blog. That's what I hope to do in the future. But for now, I'm just getting reacquainted with blogging, and hope to make it a place where you can go, and get great ideas.

Don't for get to check out my website from Stampin' UP! There are some new card ideas and scrap ideas for you to do.