Tuesday, July 31, 2012

'Toxic Treats'


Here is a card I whipped up this morning.....fall is on my mind.  And I especially love Halloween!

This is a sneak peek of a new set in the Holiday Catalog.  You can start ordering from the Holiday Mini tomorrow!!!  YIPEE!!!  I love this mini.  It has SO MANY COOL THINGS IN IT!  I want it all!!

'Toxic Treats' & Border Banter'
cs:  Basic Black, Basic Gray & Tangerine Tango
ink:  Basic Black
supplies:  Big Shot, Oval Accents Bigz Clear die, Spider Web embossing folder, Labels Collection framelits, Modern Label punch, 1/2" striped satin ribbon, dimensionals, glue dot

I am off now to hide in my Stamp Studio for the day!!  But I have to clean some first as I still have things all over my tables from creating for my downline meeting last Saturday.  This is the only day/night I'll be home this whole week to get things done.  I have LOTS of stamping to do since I have 2 workshops this weekend!  I sure hope I have some great mojo & my creative juices just flow! 

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 30, 2012

More 'Reason to Smile'!!

HI!  Happy Monday!!
Don't we all need a 'Reason to Smile'!  This stamp set is one good reason to smile!

I LOVE fall!!  It is my favorite time of the year.  And it is just around the you'll be seeing lots of things coming up with fall in mind!

This set is a SU! exclusive & is only available with during the month of August!  It cost $5.00 with a $50.00 order!

If you want this set- be sure to shoot me an email or order on line before tomorrow night (07/31).  I will be placing a last minute order tomorrow if anyone needs me to add it to an order for them.  After tomorrow this set will be gone forever!

'Reason to Smile' & 'Loving Thoughts'
cs:  More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory
Naturals Designer Series Paper
ink:  More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
marker:  More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
supplies:  1 3/4" circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals, color spritzer tool 

Deke is in the office this morning.  I wish I could say I was going to be home stamping all day- but not so.....I have farm business to take care of today.  I have to run to Washington for that & will deliver a few stamp orders on my way home. Then tonight April is having a Thirty One party that I will be going to.  

I have 4 workshops coming up in the next 2 weeks that I need to find time to plan.  I have so many ideas from to play & figure out what I'm going to do!!  

Have a great week!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fabric flowers......WOW!

At convention they had working stations that SU! employees did showing us new products.  The Holiday Mini has new Jumbo Sticky Rounds.  AND they work fabulous for sticking material to for make flowers like this one.

This is a close up of a flower I did on my card for my shoe box swap for my downline meeting yesterday.  I used the Summer Smooches Fabric.

'Itty Bitty Banners'
cs:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Summer Smooches Designer Paper
ink:  Real Red
supplies:  Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Scallop Edge Border punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (small circle), Brights Designer buttons, Basic Pearls (colored with a red sharpie marker), White Baker's Twine, Essentials Paper- Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing tool, 3/8" Ruffled Lucky Limeade ribbon, glue dots, dimensionals

We had a great downline meeting yesterday!
A big group, lots of ideas & a fun day!
Glad everyone could join me!
It was fun sharing with each other!

Deke & I had all 3 grandsons last night.
(The twins went home about 10 & Brayden spent the night.)
It was a fun night enjoying all of our boys & playing!
They love each other & are so fun to watch them play together.
We did lots of rolling on the floor, chasing each other & laughing!
How lucky we are that they live close by & we get to see them often. 

Made Brayden his pancakes & bacon for breakfast & enjoy him a bit this morning!
Then hope to spend the afternoon in my stamp room getting things put away from yesterdays meeting & gearing up for all of my workshops I have next week.

We were blessed with a little rain yesterday.
Hope more is on the way!
We will take all we can get since it has been so hot & dry here.

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

OH- Black them!! Especially this one!

I am a huge cat lover!  
(I'm just an animal lover or any kind.)
AND black cats are among my favorites!  
THEN mix Halloween with them (which is one of my favorite holidays) 
& the potion is AMAZING!! 
Check out my black cat.
He is so cute!!

 Don't you just love his orange glowing eyes?
They are our rhinestones & I colored them with a permanent (sharpie) magic marker!

AND here is my whole card!
It is a window sheet card.
All new products that will soon be available in the NEW Holiday Mini beginning 08/01.
'Frightening Feline', 'Seasonal Saying' & 'Tiny Tags'
cs:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, window sheet
Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Paper
ink:  Black Stazon
supplies: rhinestones, 1/8" black taffeta ribbon, 1" square punch (to make the points on the end of the banner), Little Labels Punch Pack, Basic Black & Tangerine Tango 1/2" scallop dots ribbon, dimensionals, glue dots
other:  Permanent Orange Sharpie marker

What an EXCITING day I have ahead of me!!!
I'm having my downline meeting today & have invited several adoptees to join me!
AND I have a new recruit joining us today too!!
She is becoming a  Stampin' UP! demonstrator & will be
on my Iowa Inkers downline team!!  WAHOO!
I'll be sharing things at today's meeting about convention.
PLUS we'll be doing LOTS OF STAMPING!
Everyone will be going home with TONS of new ideas!!

This Halloween card is one of the shoe box swaps that I am providing for everyone to make.

OK- I'm off now to water my outside flowers, shower, load my car & head out the door!!

Then Brayden is spending the nigh with G'ma & G'pa tonight!
I can't wait......I haven't seen him for almost 2 weeks since I was gone last week
& he has been gone this week.
Sure miss my little man!  Know he misses me too.
I'm excited to get to see him!

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Convention display boards....

Here are some of the display boards at convention!  
They are full of wonderful stamping ideas!

What a FUN week full of lots of great times spent with friends!
Happy Stamping!

Some convention photos of me....

Here is a picture taken of me with some demonstrator friends as we walked 
across the stage at convention, being recognized for an award.
Here I am with my dear friends Tiffany Bauer & Robin Merriman.
We all met at Founders several years ago & keep in touch!
 We are all in the Go Divi's stamp group below
(along with several other great stamping friends)!

Here I am with my dear friend Sharon Cline.
We met at Founders a few years ago too & hit it off. 
I have to laugh as she has the same name as my mom, born the same month, same year & reminds me so much of my mom.
Whenever there is a SU! event we try to connect for lunch or something each time.
It is always great to see her!
This is me with Angie Juda at Awards night.
We met at Founders a few years ago & the past 2 years have been on the same 'team'!
A picture of me walking off the stage being recognized for my 2012 Founders Award.

Rodizio grill dinner 
Here is a picture of me eating supper with some friends on Saturday night- saying our good-byes.
We were eating at the Rodizio Grill.
Lynda, Hanna & I joined my friend LeeAnn Greff & her downline & friends.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Googly Ghouls sneak peek.........


Here is a card that I made for my upcoming downline meeting that I have on Saturday.  This is one of my swaps!  I have asked several adoptee downline gals to join my 'Iowa Inkers' group for  fun day of stamping!!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone & sharing things from our Stampin' UP! convention with them.

This card is a sneak peek!!  This was created with one of the NEW Halloween sets in the Holiday Mini.  You can start ordering from the Holiday Mini beginning August 1st!  This mini is amazing!!  I want everything in it!!!!!

'Googly Ghouls' & 'Border Banter'
cs:  Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Howlstooth & Scaringbone designer paper (Holiday Mini)
ink:  Black Stazon, Tangerine Tango
supplies:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Googlies (Holiday Mini), Extra Large Oval punch, dimensionals

We were blessed with about 1/4" of rain.  We need more, but not complaining.

I have a terrible sore throat.  I went to bed early last night & slept in a little this morning.  I am hoping I am not getting strep throat!   I don't have time for that.

I am still sorting though orders & trying to get things caught up on from being gone last week.  I still can't believe how behind I am on things.  I have some back ordered stamp sets ('Reason' to Smile' in clear) that come today & can then get done with orders so I can connect with everyone. 

Still have lots of stamping to do with July birthday cards & downline meeting things too!!  Hope I get alot done today. 

Have a great day!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cute BANNER......

Here is a cute banner that was one of our make & take projects at convention.
There is TONS of NEW PRODUCTS in the project!
'Gossamer Lace'
ink:  Versamark
cs:  More Mustard, Primerose Petals, Early Espresso
Natural Composition Specialty Designer Paper
First Edition Specialty Designer Paper
supplies:  Big Shot, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, NEW 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Elegant Butterfly punch, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon, Paper Snips, dimensionals, glue dots, wooden dowl

Do you see the glossy raised print on the Natural paper in the 
Natural Composition Specialty Designer Paper??
There are 2 each of 6 different glossy raised prints on each sheet in this pacakge.
It is beautiful!!
What do you think of the flower?
We will be making one of those at our upcoming monthly classes.

So what do you think about the new Delicate Doilies Sizzlit?
I love it!!
AND the NEW 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch is in the 
New Holiday Mini on pg. 7 for  $15.95.

We sold a semi load of hogs last night in this dreadful heat!
Pray they all made it safely on their journey.
We were just drenched when we got in.
Deke also got over 1200 baby (weaner) piggies in last week when I was gone, so I went through the buildings last night & saw all of them too......they are SO CUTE!
I hated not being here to help with them.

Deke is in the office this morning.
I have alot of stamping to do.
I have a swap I have to make & get in the mail by noon.
Plus July is almost over with & I don't have my July birthday cards even started yet.....have to get that done too!
Then plan to finish working on sorting & cutting boxes of orders so that I can get them delivered.

Southern Iowa Speedway races for tonight are rescheduled due to heat!
Too dangerous for the guys to put all of the safety equipment on & race in this kind of heat.
So we are home tonight to catch up on things here.

I have gotten through the hundreds of emails that came while I was gone & sorted through the pile of mail that came too & paid the bills.
It is amazing how many things you have to catch up on after being gone for 6 1/2 days.

We have a chance for some rain today!!
It hasn't rained in weeks & everything is brown & dying.
I PRAY that we get some rain today and tomorrow.
Plus temperatures are suppose to be close to 100* again today, but cooling down some tomorrow again.
What a tough summer 2012 has been!
Not good for anything or anyone, but especially tough on our animals & crops.
We need a good corn & bean crop so we have the food to feed our pigs.

I am off to my stamp studio now!!!
Excited to get to stamp!
I've missed it.

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

MOJO Monday sketch 

Here is this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch.
I couldn't sleep last night, so got up & this is what I whipped up....

 Very simple!
BUT- what a good wedding or anniversary card!
I can think of endless possibilities using this sketch, so I'm sure you'll be seeing it again at one of my upcoming classes or workshops!

'Forever With You'
cs:  Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Comfort Cafe' designer paper
ink:  Midnight Muse
supplies:  Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, glue dot

Note how clean & flat my bow is.
I used the bow helper! 
If you've been to one of my classes you know what I'm talking about.
If you've never stamped with me- it is amazing!
Such an easy way to tie a perfect/flat bow this way. 

I should have taken a picture of the boxes of stamp orders that the UPS man delivered to our home while I was away!!
I came home to 7 boxes of stamps sitting by my door & 2 more boxes that he brought yesterday afternoon!
So yesterday I literally worked on stamp stuff almost all day except during the lunch hour.
Manda & the twins came out to eat tacos with us for a quick lunch.
It was so wonderful to see them!
I missed them bunches!
My how the twins have grown & changed in a weeks time while grandma was away at convention.

Deke went with me to deliver stamps last night to my IC group.
It was great to chat a bit with some of the gals as they met me to get their new treasures!
We then went on a date.
Deke chose to go to the Olive Garden.
It was good.
I'm sure he enjoyed it since I think he lived on brats all last week while I was gone.
Good thing I had just gotten meat picked up at the locker right before I left so he had some to cook.

Today I'm going to unpack, do laundry & sort more orders to get delivered.
Tonight we sell hogs in this dreadful heat!
I have much to catch up on so hoping to get alot done!

Hope you have a fabulous day!
Happy Stamping!

Join my team in August & get this gift from SU!

Isn't this CUTE!!
Oh how I love Halloween!
This can be yours when you sign up in August to join my team as a SU! demonstrator!!!

Photo: Ask me how you can get this FREE in August! Woo Hoo!...we can get together and make it too!

Be sure to check out my blog on 08/01 for more details!
OR contact me before then!

Starter kits are only $99 (you choose over $120 in products) & you can customize the kit with ANYTHING you have on your wish list!
What a great deal!
What a great time to sign up to be a SU! demo!!
What a perfect time to join my "Iowa Inkers" stampin' team!

Monday, July 23, 2012


Hello everyone......
OH it is SO GOOD TO BE HOME!!!  I walked in the door about 12:30 this morning.  I had an amazing week!  Learned alot & got lots of awards.  THANKS again to all of you- my dear customers & downline for letting me share my love of stamping with each of you!!  I can't wait to see you & share some more!!! 

I so missed my whole family!! It was wonderful to walk in the door & see Deke & get a hug & kiss last night.  Manda & the twins are coming out to see me after bit.  Nathan, April & boys are out of town for a few days camping- but will get to see them on Wednesday.  I am such a home body....being away from my family is hard.  BUT I had great company at convention & so happy that Dawn, Rory, Lynda & Hannah were my buddies all week!!!  We had a lot of fun together!!! 

Lots to catch up on today- so this is going to be short & sweet.

I am sharing with you another make & take that we did at convention on Saturday.  It is another sneak peek of a set from the NEW Holiday Mini catalog.

'Affection Collection'
cs:  Primerose Petals, Early  Espresso, Very Vanilla
ink:  Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Primerose Petals, Midnight Muse
supplies:  small heart punch, Primerose Petals stitched ribbon, Scallop Edge Border punch, Basic Rhinestones, glue dot & dimensionals

Be sure to check back again tomorrow. 

Off now to have a cup of coffee (I didn't have any while gone, as our hotel coffee was terrible) & start unpacking & do laundry!  Then I have to sort though LOTS of Stampin' UP! boxes that came the day before I left & while I was gone & get them ready to be delivered! 

Have a great day!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Heading home......WOOHOO!!!

I'm heading home today.  I don't get in Des Moines until late though- so be after midnight before I'm actually at my home.  I am so ready to be home.  I so miss Deke, our kids & our grandsons!!  I am such a home body.....being gone for week is a LONG time for me. 

But what a fun & EXCITING week I had  It was full of great ideas, wonderful friends & so much for me to learn & do.  Stampin' UP! 2012 Convention was amazing & I'm so glad that I got to attend.  I enjoyed spending my week with Dawn, Rory, Lynda & Hannah & seeing all of my other demonstrator friends too!!

This is a sneak peek from the NEW Holiday Mini catalog.  Here is one of the make & takes that we did yesterday.  Isn't the material flower cool!!!  Note the new designer paper too!  

'Affections Collection'
cs:  Very Vanilla, Primerose Petals, Midnight Muse
Natural Composition Specialty Designer Paper
ink:  Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Primerose Petals, Midnight Muse
supplies:  Basic Pearls, Primerose Petals stitched ribbon, sticky strip, dimensionals, Essentials Designer Fabric, small heart punch, Bloosom flower punch, paper snips, glue dots

We are headed out the door now to go to the Tabernacle Choir. 
Then back to check out of our hotel & off to the airport.

Have a great day!!!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Your'e Amazing!!!


Well- today is convention day #3 & the last day!
We are headed out the door now.  Have make & takes this morning, then classes & then closing general session.

Here is a make & take that we did yesterday.  Cute new set!!!

'You're Amazing'
cs:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Primerose Petal. Midnight Muse
ink:  Midnight Muse
supplies:  Linen thread, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Itty Bitty punch pack (to make the very small heart- can't wait to show you), Ticket Duo punch, dimensionals, glue dots

Yesterday was a fun day!!  We were busy with classes & learning new things!!  I am so excited!!  I learned alot yesterday that I will be showing & doing at upcoming workshops, classes & my Fall Stamp 'Til You Cramp.

Eight of us got together last night, went out for supper at the Red Rock for salads & then back to our hotel lobby to work on shoe box swaps we all brought to share!  It was alot of fun!!

Dawn & Rory had to leave early this sad they had to miss the last day of convention.  BUT so HAPPY they were here to get to spend the past few days with me & attend convention.

Gotta run.....hope to post more tomorrow before I head home.

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A bright vase of flowers.......

Here is a flower card I did a few months ago at my Spring Stamp 'Til You Cramp.
'Bright Blossom' & 'Friendly Phrases'
cs:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Summer Smooches Designer Paper
ink: Tangerine Tango & Wild Wasabi
supplies:  Daffodil Delight 1/2"seam binding ribbon, 2 1/2" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flower), dimensionals, glue dots

Stampin' UP! Convention 2012!!

Opening session of our 2012 Stampin' UP! convention.  
Our theme this year is "I am".  
There were over 3500 demonstrators that are here attending.

It was a fun day of classes, make & takes & seeing friends.

Awards night was last night, followed by a DJ & dessert.

Here is a picture of Shelli Gardner- Founder of Stampin' UP! & myself 
taken after Awards night last night.  
She is just the sweetest person ever!

Today we start out our morning just like yesterday with breakfast, a walk to the convention center, general session, classes & make & takes.
 Tonight my group & some other friends are getting together to eat supper 
& then do some stamping together.  
We all brought shoe box swaps to share.  
It will be fun!

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Love this new WOODGRAIN embossing folder!!

HI!  BUSY day yesterday!  Took a bus tour to our Riverton Distrubution Center.  Then picked up our darling convention bags (Summerstar Fruit color), took some pictures, visited some friends & ate at Olive Garden for our lunch/dinner combo.  It was great to see so many demonstrator friends that I haven't seen for several months!!  Lots of hugs!  Lots to talk about!

I was very honored to have earned Founders (the top 100 demonstrators in the company) again for the 6th year in a row.  THANKS to all of my customers & downline for allowing me to share my love of stamping with them!!

Last night we took a stamp class called "I am Inspired" & made a darling pin board.  Wait until you see it!!

I also had my GoDiva's swaps too, right before the class!  Here is my cute 3D swap that I did for it!
It is a note pad holder.  Don't you just LOVE the new Woodgrain embossing folder!!
Many of the products used here are "sneak peeks" of upcoming things from the NEW HOLIDAY MINI that you can start ordering from on 08/01/12!  WAHOO!!!!

'Itty Bitty Banners'
cs:  Early Espresso
Orchard Harvest Designer Paper
supplies:  Big Shot, Woodgrain folder, Autumn Accents BigZ die,  Itty Bitty Banners Framelits,  Top Note die, Brushed Bronze designer buttons, linen thread, dimensionals, glue dots

Sorry this is so short.  We got in late last night & up really early this morning to be at the convention center by 8:00 to start out our general session.  Then we  have classes throughout the rest of the day!  Tonight we also have awards night.  So will be another very busy day & late night!  But can't wait to learn some new things!!

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!


Lynda, Hannah, me, Rory & Dawn
We are by the big rock at the driveway as you pull into the parking lot.

This is the Riverton Distribution Center.It is a beautiful place!
This is a waterfall inside the building.

Here is a photo inside the distribution center.
This is the beginning of the line where boxes start & then they off they go to be filled & on there way to us!! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Another convention swap.........

Hi!!  Here is another convention swap that I made.  
Wanted to share.....know Christmas is months away, but it will be here before we know it!

'Scentsational Season' & 'Joyous Celebrations'
cs:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Snow Festival Designer Paper
ink:  Gumball Green
supplies:  Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim, Designer Label punch, Merry Minis Punch Pack (star punch), dimesionals, glue dots, Cherry Cobbler marker

Continue down to my next post to see all about our day in Salt Lake City yesterday!!

We are here for Stampin' UP! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah

What a great day we had yesterday touring Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah!!!  This is such a beautiful Heaven on Earth!

We had 2 young women that were on missions give us a half hour tour around.  They were the sweetest!!  They were also a wealth of information too!

This is the waterfall as you entered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

We visited the South Visitors Center to learn of the history.
Then went to the North Visitors Center were we saw an amazing statue of Christ that was 11 feet tall & made of marble & viewed the amazing art galleries.

Here is one of the gardens....
These are some neat statues.

Here is some of their beautiful flower gardens.

Here is a fountain.

Here are more beautiful flowers.
This is the North Visitor Center.

Here is Salt Lake Temple.
It was built by the Mormans between 1853 & 1893.
It took 40 years to complete this masterpiece.

Here is an inside view of the Tabernacle.
Look at this organ!
There are over 11,000 pipes in it.
The sound was AMZING!
We were lucky enough that we got to attend an organ recital.
It was fabulous!!!  
It gave you goose bumps.
All I could think of all day as we were touring is that my mom should be with me!
She would LOVE all of this.
Next year mom- you will have to come along.  
You'd so love to see this history.

Here is a picture of Lynda, me, Rory & Dawn.

We also Toured the Church Office Building.
It has 28 floors.
We got to go to the observation deck on the 26th floor for a spectacular view of
Salt Lake Valley.
It was breath taking!

We also toured the Joseph Smith Memorial Building 
This was another old building but SO BEAUTIFUL!
Lots of fancy chandeliers, pillars, gold painted trim & so much!
Inside it was the Nauvoo Cafe.
I was SO EXCITED as on their menu was Turkey Pot Pies.
So that is what I had for lunch.
Oh my was SO YUMMY!!
I couldn't even eat it all.
It has HUGE chunks of turkey in it.

We went to the Melting Pot for supper & I forgot to take my camera,
so I don't have any pictures to share. (Bummer)
It was a fondue place & something I've never done before.
It was really delicious & so much fun!

Today we are headed off for breakfast & then doing a tour of the
Stampin' UP! Riverton Distribution Center;
check in for convention & get out bag & goodies;
hopefully go to Momento Mall;
& then have a stamp class we are going to tonight!
We have a busy day ahead of us!

I'll be back tomorrow- hope you stop back by!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We are here & here is my convention swap!!!

Wahoo.........Dawn & I are in Salt Lake City, Utah.   We had a little bit of a rough ride coming through a storm to get here yesterday afternoon.  But our plane flights were on time & we made it safely.

I sat by a very sweet 17 year old girl on the plane from Denver to Salt Lake City.  She lives in Riverton, Utah- right by the Stampin' UP! distribution center.  We had a very nice visit!!  I had planned to sleep......but I talked instead.....imagine that!

As soon as we got to our hotel we called Lynda & Hannah & went out for supper with them.  It was pouring down rain, so we called a cab, but after a half hour of waiting & he wasn't here yet we decided to walk.  We had Mexican food & it was yummy.  Dawn & I were both starving as we hadn't eaten much all day.

Today we are going to do some site-seeing.  Rory came in late last night so we will connect with her, eat some breakfast & then we are not sure where we are headed.  It is a beautiful city with lots to see so I'm sure we will find plenty to do.

Tomorrow will be convention registration & our Riverton Distribution Center tour.  And the CONVENTION FUN BEGINS!!

Today I wanted to show you my general convention swap.  I made 100 of these (with Nicole's help).  I so LOVE this new set- 'Scentational Season'.  This card is very basic, but would make a great workshop card.......but just think of ALL of the possibilities you could do to step this card up.  You could sponge around it, use the mug framelit to cut it out, add glitter, wheels are turning.....maybe I'll have to try making a stepped up card when I get home & post that for you.
'Scentational Season' & 'Made for You'
cs:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory
Neutrals Designer Paper stack 
ink:  Early Espresso
supplies:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots folder, Basic Pearls, dimensionals

Be sure to check back tomorrow sometime.  I am not sure when I'll get a post done.  Sometime- promise!  It may be LATE.  Remember- we are on Mountain Time Zone here.......

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Another simple, but elegant card.....

Happy Monday!!!
Here is another simple, but elegant card that was on our display table at Disney.......

I love it!  It is so "my colors".

'Forever With You'
cs:  Naturals Ivory
 Comfort Cafe designer paper
Comfort Cafe material
ink:  Midnight Muse
supplies:  Regals Designer buttons (Mustard), Jewelry Tag punch

I am packing right now & then I'm off to the airport soon!!  I am headed to Salt Lake City, Utah for the week!!  I will be attending our annual Stampin' UP! Convention!  I'm so EXCITED!!  Dawn & Rory from my downline will be attending with me, along with side line demonstrators- Lynda & Hannah!  I know I'll be learning TONS OF NEW THINGS to SHARE WITH YOU WHEN I RETURN!! :)

I am also really looking forward to seeing many of my demonstrator friends from all over the US & Canada!  Convention is like a big family reunion.  SU! is a wonderful family to be a part of!  I'm so blessed to have SU! in my life & be part of their family!  :)

I am a huge home I know by Wednesday I'll probably already be home sick & missing Deke, our kids & grandsons.  Hopefully I'm so busy I won't have much time to fret about missing them.  I am also worrying about missing the races this week.  Nathan will race 3 times & I won't be there!!  Luckily I will be able to keep in contact with minute to minute race happenings by getting text messages from Manda & Deke.  

I plan to post convention updates each day.  I probably won't have time to do any posting until bedtime each if you check my blog & don't see anything new- I will get something posted when I have time.  We have to get up early each morning & head to classes- so know mornings will be busy.

Have a great week!!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Simple........but oh so elegant!

Here is a pretty card that was on our display table at Disney.  I love the simplicity of it.  It has room to add some words along the bottom too.  I love the way it has material & designer paper on it, with ribbon & buttons too. 

cs:  Summer Starfruit
supplies:  Naturals Designer buttons, Vintage trinkets, Linen thread, Victoria crochet trim, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Comfort Cafe Designer paper, Comfort Cafe fabric
Yesterday my dear friend Nicole & her daughter Avery came & helped me work on my convention swaps all day!!  They are DONE!!  YIPEE!!  I had my ideas created & part of some of them already done- but needed to get everything finished up & ready to go!!  Stamping yesterday was a team project.  Avery colored little witches & rhinestones, put on dimensionals & was a great little stamper for only being 6!  She is already a PRO! 

April, Brayden & Beth stopped by too to visit & worked on things in my stamp studio.  It was a fun day!!

I did all of these to take to convention with me. 
*20- 3D swaps- a post stick it note holder with the new Autumn Accents (leaves) die, bronze button & tag;
*100-card fronts using the new set 'Scentsational Season' using the mug;
*50- whole cards doing a fun fold with a belly band, using the new set 'Googly Ghouls', googlie eyes.
*8- Holiday Mini sampler books in a clear case.  They were LOTS of work- but oh so CUTE!  These are gifts for my roomies & a few others.  They are several pages showcasing new products!  Can't wait for the girls to see them. 
 *8- SUPPLIES that are whole cards using the set 'Rejoicing with You' using window sheets & ribbon.  These are for a shoe box swap we are doing one evening with my group in our hotel.

Now just imagine all of the great ideas I'll get in exchange for swapping with other creative demonstrators.  I will have a whole basket full of new ideas to share when I get home!!

Today I'm catching up on emails, paying bills, doing laundry, packing, attending a Birthday Party at my moms for July BD's in our family, etc.....LOTS to do!!  Making sure everything is done & taken care of here.  I need to be all ready to leave in the morning! 

Hope you have a good day!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

'For You' card.......

Here is another card that I did at my workshops this month. 
Very pretty.......different......FUN!
The cut out piece is actually what opens up & the back piece is just nothing but to hold the other.
It is very elegant.
I put a ribbon over the piece I scored on the front to help cover up that.
I love the richness of the new Midnight Muse color.
You can't tell from the photo, but the FOR YOU words are set down inside the frame around them & the frame is what is popped up with dimensionals.
Just something different- but really made the card just beautiful!

'Layered Labels' & 'Blooming with Kindness'
cs:  Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla
ink:  Midnight Muse
supplies:  Large Oval punch, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, basic pearls, glue dot, dimensionals, Big Shot, Square lattice folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Oval Accents Bigz die, Simply Scoring tool
Here is the card slightly opened.
Don't you just love the shape & size of the new Oval Accents Bigz die!
Here is the card opened all of the way up!

Yesterday Nathan & Brayden were in the shop all day working on the race car-
so Brayden was here most of the day visiting grandma.
They both ate lunch with us.  (tacos)
I really enjoyed having them here!!

Last night the twins were in the Baby Contest in What Cheer.
There was a nice crowd at the fair &
it was great to see many people I don't see often. 

The guys were suppose to race in Columbus Junction but they got rained out.
(Wish we could have gotten some much needed rain here!)
So all of us got to go the fair together.
That was fun!
We then all went to the Copper Lantern in Sigourney & ate supper. 
Afterwards we sat around the Fountain at the Courthouse & enjoyed looking at it-
with the lights & beautiful evening.
Jackson & Brayden had gotten balloon figures from the clown at the fair &
so the boys all enjoyed playing swords with them.
(Including the big boys!)
It was a very nice night out with our family!

Today I am going to "hide" in my stampin' studio & work on swaps
& things for convention.
I leave on Monday morning....have LOTS to do!

Hope you have a great weekend!!
Happy Stamping!