Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ready for All Occasions and Time to Sale-a-brate

Hello Stamping Friends,

Another month has passed and that can only mean one thing. It's time for another great blog hop with the Stampers Dozen. This month we are showcasing some of the great new stamps and products from both the Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-bration brochure. That's right, it's Sale-a-bration time now through March 31. Every $50 order you place (prior to shipping and tax) you will have the opportunity to select one items from the Sale-a-bration brochure for absolutely FREE.  And even better, if you host a party for you and your friends, you will receive and additional $25 in host benefits when your party reaches $250 in orders.  And the BEST yet, is that for a mere $99 (plus tax) you can select $125 in product and select ANY TWO stamp sets that you want by taking advantage of the great kit Stampin' Up! offers. Yep, you can get about $200 in product for just $99. Told you it was the best deal.

I selected one of my favorite new sets from the Occasions catalog. Who am I kidding, there are so many favorite new sets. Is that even possible? Well, I think it is perfectly reasonable, you will too after browsing the catalog. They are each my favorite for different reasons. Good thing, there are so many reasons/seasons/occasions that I "need" all of them for.

Isn't this a fun set? I absolutely love the saying. It's so fun, "I love when your Birthday comes around." Get it, the carousel horse, coming around? Yep, it's the small things that amuse me. Nothing wrong with that either. Don't judge me. HAHA

Don't be shy, head over to Patty Chenail's blog next to see what she is sharing. If you came from there, then head to the previous blog, Judy Garza's. Click the buttons below to navigate to where you need to go.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Winter Thank You

Hello Stamping Friends,

Happy Friday to you. Friday the 13th. Ooooo, are you superstitious? I'm not. I don't see it as anything but another day of the month. No worries here.

This week with Sisters in Stamping we are sharing with you some great cards that the perfect winter thank you's. I'm sure many of you need some quick and easy thank you cards after the recent holiday season. Well, I have the perfect winter thank you that is definitely quick and easy but will be loved by anyone that receives it. Seriously, it is super easy.

It also uses a great set that I think everyone should have because they will love creating with it, Thoughtful Branches. There are so many awesome cards out there that have been created with this amazing set.

You begin with a clear D block. Take your marina mist marker and color the top half of the block with the brush tip. Then take your pear pizzazz marker and color the bottom half of the block with the brush tip. Fill your spritzer with some water (before you begin) and then lightly spritz the colored block. After spritzing you "stamp" the block onto the white cardstock creating a nice background for the bare tree from Thoughtful branches. 

I then stamped the "thankful for you" stamp besides the tree (between the block stamped image and the swish of grass under the tree). 

Easy, peasy, right? I told you, you'd have a quick and easy card that is loved by everyone.

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more winter thank you card ideas.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Black and White with a Pop of Color

Hello Stamping Friends,

Don't have much time today but I'm dropping by quickly to share this fun card with you. It uses the botanical blooms. Remember this set from the 2016 Occasions catalog? It was such a huge hit that it is still available in the 2016-2017 Catalog. If you don't have it you will want to get it and the coordinating framelits because there are so many great projects you can make with it.

I love the black and white on this card and then of course the great pop of color from the leave and the flower. The stamped images really "pop" on the black and white. This card was inspired by another version that I saw somewhere online (sorry, can't remember where at this point) that I tweaked a bit to make it my own. I absolutely love how it turned out.

When I made it at a class, it was one of the favorites of the attendees as well.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

November OnStage Presentation

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hope you all had a fantabulous weekend. We had a pretty relaxing weekend here. Well, if you call undecorating your entire house from Christmas relaxing!?!?  Funny, I can't wait to get the decorations up, but then it feels so good to get them down and put away for another year.

I also had the Occasions Catalog Bingo on Saturday. It was such a fun time. If you weren't able to make it, you will want to be sure to make the next one. It will be in June. Always a good time with lots of laughs. After I got a bit tired calling (aka, getting in trouble because I wasn't calling the "right" numbers) I found an app on my phone that could do it for me. Who would have thought? Don't worry, I didn't really use the app, I sucked it up and kept calling (even the "bad" numbers). Thanks to everyone that came out.

Back in November I headed down to Seacacus, New Jersey for the Stampin' Up! OnStage Local event. Way, way back in July (I know, that was a long time ago) I was called and asked if I would like to be a presenter at the November event. I was so honored. So for the next few months, I worked diligently on my presentation, did phone rehearsals, tweaked it, made samples, and just got excited for the big day to come. November 8th finally arrived. I had to be down there on Friday for a dress rehearsal. And now, the nerves began to set in. Yikes! I gave myself a pep talk and went on with the show.

The picture above is my name on the big screen. How exciting is that? I was even more excited because there was an elephant behind it. I love elephants. 

There I am on the stage, getting ready to show everyone some great new things that were coming our way. After the first few minutes, I relaxed and enjoyed the rest of my time. I just shared my passion for the great coordinating products Stampin' Up! gives us and the rest was history.  

Here are some of the samples that I made for the event. I've shared a few of them already but will share more of them in the coming days. 

These are the other ladies I presented with along along with Carrie Cudney from the home office. Everyone did such a great job on their presentations. OnStage events are great to get new ideas that you can use. Next event is in April, wanna join me? Ask me how.

This was a photo opportunity area Stampin' Up! had set up for us. I have pictures with some great demonstrator friends that I can share another time. Don't want to overwhelm (or bore) you with too many pictures at once.

These pictures are of some of the table decorations. I am always inspired by the way Stampin' Up! takes such time and attention to detail. Always exciting to walk into the room and see the decor for the day.

And the next two pictures are from the Centre Stage event (once you reach Silver Elite or above, you can attend this event). This is the night before the all day training. We are treated to a special dinner, lots of goodies, and inspiring messages.

The jar was filled with yummy caramels. Just one of the many treats (even non-food) that we received that night.

Hope you enjoyed the glimpse into the most recent Stampin' Up! event. Remember, there's another coming in April and if you want to join me, ask me how!