Monday, January 31, 2011

Ok, get set.....

Yes, get set for some posts this week.  I've uploaded pictures and I'm scheduling posts for the week.  Can you believe it?  Well I hope you enjoy them.  I've got lots to share.

Up first I want to share the last of some Christmas cards we received that were made with Stampin'Up! products.  We received many lovely cards, but these were made with SU so I wanted to share them.

Made by Vicki Affholter

Made by my upline Amy McBrayer 

Made by Anne Anderson

Made by Deb Herzog
Made by Myrna Born

Again made by Ellen Roth ( a little better photo than I showed you on Saturday)

Hope you enjoyed them and maybe even got an idea or two for your next years Christmas card.  It's never too early to start planning you know.  *wink*


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Just a quick post, but a beautiful card.  Thanks Ellen Roth. You did an awesome job!  I love how you used this embossing folder for a Christmas card.  It really shows the versatility of this folder.

Ok, what have I forgotten?  Heading out to my first Stampin'Up! party since November.  Wow that is way too long!!  Help me catch up and book your SU party now.  Great specials from now until March 31.  Whatcha waitin' for?
I'll be sharing the cards from today's party later. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Card!!! Yeah!!

I know some of you (and you know who you are) have probably been disappointed in me not posting cards as of late.  That would be for sure one of my regular stalkers, um I mean customers, cough, cough Kris Pettit! maybe? *grin* Well the time has arrived.  Here is what I think is an adorable Valentine card.  I had recently done a fun little trade with another demo and she asked me how much I wanted for the item she was looking for and told her to just make it a fun trade.  Surprise me!  Well that she did.  She sent me some sample goodies from the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  I was so excited!!!  She had even stamped some different stamps on Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock as well so that is how I made this card.

The tree is from the set Valentine Defined.  The words are from the set Filled with Love from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the recent special.  That set is no longer available, but the DSP that I used from that promotion is still available.  I used Rose Red, Very Vanilla and Pretty in Pink.  I embossed the base using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, punched the hearts using the Small Heart Punch and the greeting using the 3/4" x 15/16" Oval punch from the Holiday Mini, which has carried over and it still available.  Oh and I added adhesive back pearls to the center of the hearts.  If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.  As always thanks for stopping by and leaving me your comments.  They really do make my day.  And thanks as well to my new subscribers for subscribing.  I hope I can inspire you.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Another MDS Project

Here's another MDS project to share with you.  This is a 12 x 12 page.  This is like one of the only pictures I have on my laptop right now and it's also probably one of the best pictures Frank and I have ever taken so hey, why not go with it.  Right?

  Yes, I did some real stamping today, but haven't taken pictures yet, but tonight while watching TV I've been playing with MDS again.  I have to tell you, if I can do this anyone can.  I was really afraid to try it because I was afraid to fail.  Yeah, I'm an all or nothing kind of gal, but I have to admit it is rather fun to play because it's so easy to hit the undo button or better yet the delete button.  *grin*

I promise I'll be posting some good old-fashioned stamping tomorrow.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Yes stamping friends, Sale-a-bration has arrived today.  Let the FREE stuff begin.  For every $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) you can choose one awesome item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Lots of items to choose from and no limits on how many since you get one for EVERY $50 order.  To view the catalog, click on the catalog to the left.  Now is the best time to host a Stampin'Up! because with every $300 in sales you also receive a FREE item of your choice as well.   Contact me today to set a date for your workshop or to place an order.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Surgery Complete

Well friends, I had my gall bladder surgery yesterday.  It went well although it was longer than expected since I had a lot of scar tisuue from my previous c-sections that ended up having to be removed for them to remove the very inflammed gall bladder.  So the good news is that the gall bladder pain is gone, but I have a lot of soreness.  I know with each day it will get better, but right now I'm not feeling it.  A good nights sleep would sure help, since I didn't sleep real well last night.  I just couldn't get comfortable.

So I have no stamping for you right now, but will try as I get to feeling better.  If you are a customer of mine, or if you don't have a demonstrator please feel free to place orders through my Stampin'Up! store or you can call or email me with your orders.  I sure appreciate your support during this time.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Another MDS Project

As promised here is the MDS letterhead I made the other day.  As I said, I'm just starting out with very simple things to get the hang of this program, but I'm getting the feeling that the possibilities are endless.

I love how you can set the opacity on the different layers of your project to give it dimension.  Well that's all for right now.  Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

My First My Digital Studio Card

Yes folks you read that right!  This is my first MDS card that I made.  I've had the MDS for quite sometime, but really haven't had or should I say taken the time to figure things out since I knew my old laptop couldn't handle the program.  So after getting a new laptop from my family for Christmas, I loaded it on the new laptop and after seeing more and more on line, and then recently purchasing an item made with MDS from a fellow demo, I decided it's time to get at it.  My friend and fellow demo, Patty Bennett told me she worked a lot on MDS when she had surgery recently so that is probably my plan after my surgery on Wednesday.

I don't think I did too bad for my first try.  Nothing real fantastic, but a nice simple card none the less.  What do you think?  Now be nice.  I started with a letterhead sheet that I will show you tomorrow and then I did this card.  I really want to try some scrapbooking, although I know I won't use this as my main source for scrapbooking because I like the feel and textures of traditional scrapbooking, but it would be nice to do a book for a special occasion or event and have it professionally printed through SU's printer.

I think the MDS will be great for printing out words or certain pieces from sets that I haven't purchased or am not likely to purchase.  I currently just have the basic papers, embellishments, punches, etc. that come with MDS, but there are so many more you can purchase at extremely low prices.  I'm really looking forward to working more with this program.  Now I could have this card printed through SU's professional printing service or print it out with my own printer.

Well that's it for tonight and I will share more as I learn more.  Oh and I should add a big thanks to my DD Brooke for helping me with this.  She is currently a graphic design major at Baker College so this is the kind of stuff she works with all the time and she was a great help in me learning how to add all the layers.  Thanks sweetheart!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Finally a Post!

Well my stampin' friends, I'm finally getting around to a post.  Here's just a a little update.  I saw the surgeon yesterday and I will be having my gall bladder removed next Wednesday, January 19.  Yay!  I say that because I am ready for this to be over and to feel better.  Hopefully I'll have a quick recovery and will heal quickly, but I've promised my friend and fellow SU demo Patty Bennett that I will take it easy on myself since she sort of threatened me.  LOL!  Really I'm so thankful for her concern and suggestions since she had surgery not too long ago.

Now to get to why you've all stopped by today.  You know I have a love for mini albums because they can be done so quickly and I've been wanting to do one using SU's awesome Whisper White envelopes, but wasn't quite sure how I would do it so while surfing the web I came across several different ideas, but decided on this one.  You can find it HERE.  And now here is mine.

 This is opened and the inside of it.
 This is the inside as well and I've pulled out the inserts from the envelopes.  This is where you could journal or add pictures.
This is the backside.  You could actually put pictures on the two left pieces if you wanted because this will fold up into the book.  The third panel (second polkadot and closest to the front) is the back of the album.

Well I hope you enjoyed this.  I certainly had fun making it.  Now to get some of my Christmas pictures added to it.


Monday, January 3, 2011

An Update

I just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I have not vanished from blog land or from Stampin'Up!  I needed to take a little break from blogging just before Christmas so I could enjoy the preperation for the holidays and I intended full well in getting back to blogging between Christmas and New Years.  Well Christmas day I really wasn't feeling the best and thought maybe I had just over done it the last few weeks.  Well a week later and I still was not feeling well.  Pains in my stomach and some back spasms.  I went to the doctor and after 2 days of testing, 2 doctor office calls the diagnosis is I have a bad gall bladder with a large stone.  I had one more test today to confirm if there is only one, but we know there is at least one.  I'm going to have to have surgery, but as of today I don't know when.  My doctor will schedule me to see the surgeon and we'll go from there.  Needless to say I'm a little discouraged to start the new year out this way, but I know that God knows all about and He will bring me through this bump in the road just as He has many other bumps.  As you all know yourself, it is no fun being sick and it's even worse when you are a person who likes to be busy.  I haven't even felt like going to my stamp room at all.  That's when my family knows I'm really not feeling well. *Ü*

I will try real hard tomorrow to post some of the cards I received this Christmas from some of my customers/friends.  And will then try to get back to posting on a regular basis, but I hope you understand.

The Occasions Mini Catalog goes live tomorrow.  Have you received yours?  If you haven't and would like one, please let me know.  You will be able to view it from my Stampin'Up! website by clicking on the SHOP NOW button as of tomorrow January 4.  Lots of awesome new products and don't forget about the Current Special, Filled with Love Promotion.  It includes exclusive DSP not found in any of the current catalogs.  It's a great kit to make those Valentine cards.  Maybe you'd even like to host a book party during the month of January.  If so please feel free to contact me.  If you do I will send you a handmade hostess gift like I do for all my in home parties.  Contact a few friends to see if they'd like to order and you will be well on your way to hostess benefits.  Host benefits start at only $150 in sales. 

Thanks again for your patience and understanding during this time.


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