Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Guest Stamper . . . My Daughter :)

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a card created by my lovely daughter, Rachel, who's going into her sophomore year at Slippery Rock University.  One of her friends is celebrating both her birthday and her first wedding anniversary soon, so Rachel wanted to make her a "birth-iversary" card (that just makes me laugh!!).  Her friend is also going to the beach soon.  Here's what she came up with (I helped with the "sand", made from our new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper & sponged with Baked Brown Sugar ink):

Wondering where she got the "happy birthiversary" stamp?  Clever girl!  She used two stamps from Teeny Tiny Wishes & combined 'em!
Happy stampin'!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Friends Who Know

Hi Stampers!

I love the "Friends Who Know" single stamp.  It makes me laugh every time I look at it, because I sure have a few friends that come to mind ;)

The mojo is really stalled, but I did manage to find a little and created this Blackberry Bliss beauty.  Blackberry Bliss is one of the new In Colors, and it's SUCH a rich, deep shade of purplish.  The photo just does not do it justice.  The mat is our GORGEOUS Brushed Silver cardstock, and I also used my Stampin' Dazzle Marker in Silver to color in the word "FRIENDS" - but it's super-hard to see in the picture:

I also wanted rhinestones, but in COLOR, so had to do a little experimenting.  First, I tried using my Stampin' Write marker - but then when I touched the rhinestones, the color came off on my fingers.  So I tried putting a little drop of clear nail polish over top - but then I "lost" the facets of the rhinestones & they just looked like little blobs.  So then I thought I'd try my Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities - the darkest shade seemed like it would - well, blend (ha ha ha!!).  Here's a little close up photo:
See how the rhinestone on the bottom right-ish looks like just a round colored thing?  The larger one is colored with the Blenda.  Much better!
. . . . and here's the inside of the card (I almost ALWAYS forget to stamp inside):
 If you'd like to order any of the supplies I used for this card, just click on the link below:
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So, like I said, trying to get back into the stampin' swing.  It's really hard because when I have time off, all I want to do is sit around or nap - but hey.  It's a start :)
Come back tomorrow and check out my guest stamper - daughter Rachel, who made the CUTEST card for a co-worker's birthday/wedding anniversary.  What she came up with just totally cracked me up!!
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Explaining My Absence . . .

Hi Stampers,

Since March, I'm sure you've noticed my posts have been few and far between.  Missing mojo is part of it, but here's the real reason.

In March I went for a routine physical because we had to change doctors due to insurance changes.  Routine physicals mean routine bloodwork.  Mine came up a little wonky.  I won't bore you with the details, but as a nurse and the child of a dad who passed from leukemia in 1968, I knew they were of concern.

My doc repeated it a couple more times, weekly, and it was still coming back "off".  No signs or symptoms of anything, so no worries . . . but to be sure, he sent me to a hemeoncologist.

More bloodwork through April and May, still abnormal.  So May 29th, I had a bone marrow biopsy.  Checked back in with doc on June 12th for those results.  The good news:  not leukemia.  The bad news:  it was still considered abnormal enough that she wanted it sent off to another lab for more testing.

Flash forward to this past Monday - the results are in!  Negative on all the things she was testing for.  However, a couple cells in their random cell count showed an extra "X" chromosome (but not cancerous) - see, I TOLD you I am a princess :)  That extra "girly" chromosome proves it (ha ha).  Have a couple elevated T cells too, but negative for anything auto-immune.  SO - she's sending it off to Mayo Clinic just to be sure they're not missing anything, I have to have monthly bloodwork done for a while, and my next appointment is in November.


To say my mind has been occupied elsewhere these past several months would be an understatement.

The only "symptom" I've ever had is a nagging tiredness, but anyone who knows me knows I'm too da** stubborn to give in to that.

Anyhow, for anyone who's still interested enough to keep checking into my blog, I promise to get some new projects up here soon.  I've got new goodies from the new catalog that I haven't even had the urge to play with yet, but plan to get into next weekend FOR SURE!  This weekend, I'm going to be searching Pinterest and my fellow demonstrators' blogs to get some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Hope your weekend is fun and CRAFTY!!!

Thanks for following me :)

Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hamburger Box Critter - Rhino!!!!

Hi Stampers!!

The new Hamburger Box Die makes some of the sweetest little critters EVER!!!

I held a class today and we created these six cute little critters that I CASEd from Betty Traciak and Jenn Van Wart, fellow SU! demos:


While I was making my class samples, my daughter asked if I could make a rhinoceros.

Now, I rarely come up with anything original, but together, we created this little cutie:

What do you think?!  Pretty great collaboration, if I do say so myself :)  Made even sweeter by the fact that my soon-to-be 20 year old hasn't been into crafting with me for quite a while now . . .
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Lovely as a Tree & Work of Art

Hi Stampers!

Really sorry I haven't blogged lately - my laptop has been acting up and OF COURSE this laptop is where I store all my photos.

Anyway - I came up with this simple card last week using Lovely as a Tree (old classic) and Work of Art (new set):

This card literally came together in MINUTES!!

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Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

Happy stampin'!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Work of Art Found Me Some Mojo!

Hi Stampers!

As you are probably well-aware (due to the non-existence of postings this month!!), my mojo has just been AWOL.

However, the other night I made myself sit down in the studio and FORCED my hands to stamp some cards.  They're not my best work, but at least I stamped.  I guess maybe sometimes you have to just make yourself create some art and see what happens:

I'll blog them individually this week.  These are a sneak peek of the Work of Art stamp set I received at the Catalog Premiere.  I tried to have some fun using it with other stamp sets in some funky ways.
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Woo Hoo! New SU! Catalog :)

Hi Stampers!

Mr. Brown (UPS, for those of you who are uninitiated) just came to my door with my three boxes of NEW 2014-15 Stampin' Up! catalogs that I earned for FREE through Great Rewards :)

Yes, you see them - that's TWENTY FOUR brand spankin' new, shiny, happy catties in that box.
Is your name on one of them??  Message me to save you one, if you're not already on my customer list!
My new catalog open house will be held towards the end of this month . . . stay tuned for details!
Happy stampin'!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Have You Seen My Mojo??

Hi Stampers!

So.  I have a new stamp set.  Actually, I've got a few new stamp sets.

Plenty of cardstock.

Plenty of DSP.

Plenty of supplies.

NO MOJO!!!!!!!!


What do YOU do when your artistic side goes on the blink?  Send me some mojo!!!!!


Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Catalog Premiere!!

Hi Stampers!

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is sneak peeks of NEW STUFF!  The highlight of our SU! year is getting to see the brand new catalog before the public.

This year, SU! held a first time ever event - a simulcast Catalog Premiere across the country in movie theatres all over.  We got to see folks from the corporate office live from Long Beach CA on the big screen (can't get any better seats than that!) showing us pages and projects from the new 2014-15 catalog.  SO.MUCH.FUN!!!

At the end of the evening, we left the theatre with our very own copy of the catalog, the new Stampin' Success (our exclusive SU! magazine) AND (can you even STAND it??) A FREE STAMP SET from the new catalog!!!!!

Here are some photos:

Goodie bags for my downline who attended with me!  How do you like our shirts??

Michon, Brittny, and me (Mama Hen of the Cross Country Crafty Chicks)
New stamp set, new catalog cover, Stampin' Success mag

Can't wait to use this new set, but it'll have to wait til Friday when I'm off!!
Would you like to get in on sneak peeks like this???  I'd be honored to have you join my team of Cross Country Crafty Chicks!  Now is a PERFECT time to join up - it's no obligation to try it out :)

Happy stampin'! 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Stampin' Up! Retiring List is Out

Hi Stampers!

The Retiring List is out.  Remember, all items are while supplies last only!  If there is something you want, get it now by going over to my online store and placing your order directly :)

This list means that it’s time for you to pull out a highlighter or post it notes, sit down with a cup of something good and highlight the things going away.  Print the Retiring list by page number to help you go page by page.  Keep a Post-It nearby to tag the possible sets you might want to get before they retire officially at the end of May.
Remember that this is the first year that stamps will be “while supplies last”.
The Retiring  promotion runs April 21st – June 4th    The new SU Annual Catalog starts June 2nd so we will have some overlap with just the retiring products.  That’s a great thing so you can compare the new catalog with the retiring list to be sure of what you need to purchase.
For the stampin’ accessories – those are the inks, papers, ribbons, designer papers, buttons, brads, etc….Some of those will be going and what doesn’t sell may end up on the clearance rack, but we never really know for sure. Some of those are discounted already  – you will see those on the accessories list.
Retiring Lists – 2 ways to view
(Please note, if you see a FRA or ESP or DA, it simply means that those are also being retired in English as well as the other languages)
Happy shoppin' and stampin'!

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