Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Halloween treats!

I love making little Halloween treat bags for Liam's classmates. Well, that's if I remember. Let me explain. Last year I was working alot of hours at my part time job and on the Thursday night when I got home from work I remembered that he needed to have these treat bags for school the next morning. Halloween was on the Saturday night and I for some reason I was thinking that I had another day to get the treat bags ready. So at 10 pm I went down to my studio to make 25 of them. I made these cute little tags and Top Note die bag toppers....then at 11pm I went to the cupboard to get the treats.....and we had none! Jon hadn't gotten any with groceries. So now what? I was so tired. I did consider that the Shoppers's Drug Mart was open 24 hrs and it is just around the corner....oh, I was so tired. So the tired me won. I just could bring myself to go out and get the goodies. I figured he would be getting a ton of goodies at school already and don't they always get too much candy at Halloween anyway. Well, those bag toppers and tags...I still have them. They will come in handy for this year! As you know this will be Summer's first year of school...so I'm thinking that I'm half way there for this years Halloween treats! (Liam never even knew about them...so he was never dissappointed.)

This year we have a new Big Shot Die called the candy wrapper (Holiday Mini) and this die will make "making" the treats bage so much easier!!! Here are a couple I made last week....
I love these little guys!!! I used the Wicked Fun Specialty DSP from the main catalogue. So I will have to make 28 of them for Summer's class. And buy treats to go in these and LIAM's!!!

This one is a little Halloween Gift bag I made too. I was just playing....
Kinda fun, eh!

I received an special bow from Mr. Brown yesterday! A box of ribbons and die storage boxes! The reason why it is so special is because it was $200 of FREE product! I promoted to Consellor with SU last month and I earned this special product bonus as a reward for my promotion! I love ribbon! So I ordered 10 spools of different kinds and colours of ribbon and two of those new die storage boxes in the main catalogue! I love things that help keep me organized! The small die storage box hold 57 sizzlits and embosslits! The largest one holds 10 XL dies or 20 L dies. And they are soooooo nice to look at...chocolate coloured material covering the boxes with label holders! I'm going to go fill them!!

Have a nice day!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I had a workshop this afternoon...

This is the fun card we made as our Make & Take...
This is a fun folded card. I'm not sure if there is a special name for it or not. I posted a Christmas one a little while back. I used the Wicked Cool Stamp Set (#118738 wood mount) in the 2010/2011 Idea Book and Catalogue. The belly band around the card to keep it closed is made with Wicked Fun Specialty DSP (#117400) and Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. I also used the Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#120889) from the New Holiday Mini....if you did not receive one in the mail from me this past week, let me know and I will deliver one to you (if you live in the Sarnia Area!).

I met a great bunch of girls today! I really enjoy doing workshops! I get to demonstrate all the cool new products from Stampin' Up! And you get a fun girls day out!

I have some dates open to schedule your workshop...you can even hold your workshop here in my home!!! All you have to do is get a group of girlfriends together! I'll do the rest!

I also have two new clubs starting in September. In club we get together once and month and make a bunch of fun projects and cards. You get to take a turn as Hostess and receive all the Hostess Rewards plus more....check out my events page here for all the details...Thursday night club is almost full and Tuesday Night Club has a few openings...I expect it to fill up this week... so contact me to reserve your seat today!

Thanks for stopping in...I'll be back tomorrow with more Halloween projects!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Spring Cleaning in the late Summer!?!?

I decided to get better organized in my studio. I bought desktop organizer catty and some jars last Saturday when I was in London for our "FUN" meeting. So then I can home and got looking around my studio....well, one thing lead to another and I have moved everything around and cleaned out all those corners of the room where things like to collect and multiply! And now I've been at it for two days and things are still not all tidied yet. I went down there tonight after the kids went to bed...but I got some new DSP in today and I wanted to make a couple of thing! I got distracted by paper....sounds a little silly but if you could see this paper...well, you can, it's on page172 of the Catalogue and it's called "Wicked Cool Specialty" DSP ( #117400). What makes it special"....I'm glad you asked that question....it's FLOCKED! Really nicely FLOCKED! When Stampin' Up! does something they do it right or they don't do it at all! (that's a little bit of another story... I tell you about). First I'll just say that I love my projects and I will take pic's tomorrow...it's really late now...time sure gets away form me when the house is quist and I'm playing with FLOCKED paper...it happens all the time!!!

So the other story. SU anounnced the other day that they will NOT be carrying the punch caddies that are in the catalogue (page 200) due to manufacturing and quality issues....it's unfortunate if you had your eye on these...but I think that it shows how particular SU is about their products and the quality of it. I know someone else that is particular too....well that's what I'm calling it, particular.

So tomorrow I will take lots of pic's to share with you in the coming days. I do have one for you tonight....
Don't you just love him! Oh dear I forgot to put his hat on! Do you love his eyes? I do! This little guy is so stinkin' cute! Do you know how I made him? With a PUNCH! An owl punch! (page 201 #118074) I made 50 of this cutie! Do you want one? (with a witches' hat!) When you place an order I'll slip him in you bag! Or if you are not on my Mini Catalogue mailing list let me know and I'll hand deliver it with one of these little guys' with your Holiday Mini. (you gotta live in my city if you want me to hand deliver it to you though!)

Ok now it's really late and I'd better get this little cutie to bed!
Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friends Never Fade...

This is a card that Alicia Ryckman made as a Convention Swap card...I really love the colours. I would normally put these two colours together...but I really like them! This was a very simple card and fun to make!
The colours are Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait. The stamp set is Friends Never Fade. I used the Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder to emboss the Poppy Parade mat piece. The ribbon is Poppy Parade Poly ribbon...love it!!

The kidlets are sleeping and hubby sleeping snoozing on the couch..you know where I'm going!!!
Thanks for stopping in!

P.S. Did you know that time is running out to get all the items on your wish list from the Summer Mini? Contact me to place your final Summer Mini Order! It all retires on Tuesday, August 31st!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I love this card...

On my weekend away my friend Barb showed me a couple of cards that she knew I'd love and she was right! This is one I made time to duplicate...
Love the colours, love the stamp set...LOVE IT!!!
The colours are Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, and Early Espresso. The stamp set is Friends Never Fade. The DSP is Greenhouse Gala. I also used Inspired by Nature stamp set for the stems of the flowers.

I had my Thursday night Stamp Club tonight! They are a great group of ladies! I sure enjoy their company!

Liam is sleeping over at Nana and Papa's house tonight and tomorrow night. Summer is going to Baba and Diddo's (Grandma & Grandpa in Ukrainian) tomorrow night for a sleepover there. Jon and I get a date night!! Whoo hoo! I feel like we are just passing by each other and saying "Hi, how's it going? Good. Going good with me too. See you later."
So tomorrow night we are going out for Thai at a little reaturant downtown. Great food! Then I think we might just have a little camp fire, just the two of us....time to caught up.

I'm away all day Saturday at a FUN meeting in London. Oh, I have soooo much fun at these meetings! This is the meeting that I designed all the make & takes for. There are four projects that will make up three classes for the demonstators to use in their businesses, if they choose. I get to demonstrate how the make a couple of these project. I am also demo'ing how to make my award winning strawberries. When I'm doing this there are eight other demonstrators are demo'ing other projects, techniques and products...so I need to have one of what I'm demo'ing for each of those 8 demonstrator because they will be busy and won't get to see my demonstration...you know what I mean. Therefore I have to make eight of my projects. So I made eight baskets of strawberries. Lots of work today getting those ready. I even called in my Mom to help! Thankd God for her! She has been a huge help with cutting and punching and bagging for my clubs these later few months too. Thanks Mom! Love you!

So I see that it's time for me to turn in. I still have some 3D swaps to finish and four more swap cards too. I know that there is something that I am forgetting...hmmmm, maybe some sleep will help me to remember.

Thanks for stopping in.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Just look at this beautiful ribbon!

I got in some new Marina Mist Satin Ribbon and I couldn't wait to use it! I just love how rich and beautiful it looks. This is a card I made on the weekend. It was inspired by a swap card I received at Convention. I'm sorry I don't have the name of the original designer. I will look it up for you later.
I used Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz cardstock and Greenhouse Gala DSP. I used the beautiful Marina Mist Satin Ribbon (#119751 $12.25). I used the Vintage Wallpaper Impression Folder to emboss the Pear Pizzazz piece. I used the Charming stamp set and the sentiment is the Hostess Level 1 stamp set call Afterthoughts. I used a maker to colour only the Thanks part of the sentiment. The whole stamp says "Thanks i love being spoiled". I made a duplicate of this card with the entire sentiment for our Hostess of the weekend for having us at her cottage. I had everyone sign the card. Boy did she spoil us.

I hope you enjoyed the card today!


Monday, August 16, 2010

What a Wonderful weekend!

Oh I was right! I was so spoiled!!! My weekend at Windswept (my up-up-uplines' cottage in Port Lambton)was incredible! No cooking, no cleaning, no responsibility! I got so much accomplished! I made about 74 cards! Not all different though! I made some batches of the same card and then a few individual cards. But that was alot and it was alot of fun!

So one I want to share with you today is a beautiful card...I am not sured who the original designer was (sorry...I heard that it was a file folder then made into a card).

I love this card. I love the colours!
The card base is Whisper White cardstock. I embossed snowflakes in a Bashful Blue cardstock mat using the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I added a small strip of Sahara Sand cardstock on the bottom and then two pieces of Pear Pizzazz cardstock that were punched with the Scallop Border punch. The ribbon is Pear Pizzazz...so soft, I love this ribbon...I've used a whole roll of it already!!! The stamp set I used is called Seasonal Sentiments. I plan to make some more of these when my new ribbon order comes in!!!

I have pic's of more cards to share with you this week.
I have just finished a batch of 50 Halloween cards...I had to make 100 eyes! Can you guess what for? Now I'm off to finish off some 3D swaps for a FUN meeting I'll be attending on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping in! Have a great night!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I am so spoiled...

I get to go away again! I have been invited by one of my up-uplines to her vacation home on the St.Clair River for a relaxing and fun filled weekend. She has tons of things planned if we want to partake in the activities or we are welcome to relax and enjoy the quiet time. I'm looking forward to getting some stamping done. I'm just trying to plan what I want to make over the weekend so that I can pack all the things I need. I wish I could pack my whole studio!!! I have been invited twice before and I so enjoy spending the time there with her. She is such a generous and gracious Hostess! I do feel a little bad leaving my husband again sooooo soon after Convention. Mommy needs a break!

I've been working on 3D Swaps for Alicia Ryckman's meeting in London next Saturday. I can't share yet though. I know, I'm teasing you. I have all these projects that I have worked on in July and August and cannot share them with you. I have made 9 projects this month that I'm holding out on you and this swap makes 10. Well that just means soon I'll have these projects to share with you.

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Have a great weekend! I'll see you Monday with pictures of what I whip up on my weekend away!!!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I love these little New Brown Bags!

They are called Mini Lunch Sacks....so cute!! They have a scalloped edge along the top!
These bags are great to have on hand to make a quick little gift bag!
This is made with All New Product from the upcoming Holiday Mini (starts Sept.1st).
The Snow Flakes are called Northern Frost Decorative Stip die for the Big Shot! I love snow flakes!!
The stamp is from the Tags till Christmas stamp set....every stamp coordinates with a PUNCH!!! And there are new punches in the Holiday Mini!

I smooched the snowflakes with Gold Foil and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, and the bag with Gold Foil and Log Cabin Smooch Spritz.

Summer's appointment went well today. She is doing much better with her stuttering but there is more to it than that. She is talking way to fast and we need to slow down her speech so that she can pronounce words properly. So I have some work to do with her. Most importantly she needs to learn to say "La". She can't do it. That is the problem with most of her words is the "L". She cannot form that with her tongue. So we will practice in the mirror together. She is very willing to pratice this too! We'll see how it goes.

I'm thinking I might just go back down to my studio and create something more!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mr. Brown came today with a box of "Christmas" presents for me!!!

Really, he did! The box is full of Christmas stamps and ribbon and DSP and buttons and GLITTER! Yes, I am excited about glitter...I am not usually a fan of glitter at all!! But this glitter is Glass Glitter and it is supposed to be not-so-messy! I'll let you know how that works out. I'm hoping that I will get to play with my new stuff tomorrow...hoping and praying. Did I mention FABRIC? yes, Stampin' Up! is making fabric....oh, I am sooooooo excited about the fabric.

Tomorrow Summer has an appointment with the speech pathologist. She stutters. Her speech has been so good lately. But there are some problems with her phonics, for example she'll say "Gog" instead of Dog and "Yiam" instead of Liam. Things like that. So tomorrow they are going to do some therapy with her to help her with this. She needs the help so that when she is in JK in September her peers and teacher can understand her. I've had to do a lot of translating for her to others...even her grandparents. So hopefully she enjoys this visit and it helps her.

Did somebody say school? I just have to say that, as terrible as this may sound, I can't wait for the kids to go to school. I know, I'm a terrible Mom. I feel like it....but I also know that I am not the OLNY one that feels this way. The kids won't stop arguing with each other! They are driving me CRAZY!!! Really CRAZY!!! They cannot be in the same room together without arguing. I'm trying to keep them busy but one moment of inactivity....and "MOM, she's touching me!" and "MOM, he's yelling at me!" because she stuck her foot in his face and now wonders why he is yelling at her to stop! OMGoodness....I want them both to stop!!! I love my kidlets, don't get me wrong....love them to pieces...just a little stressed with the constant arguing. So we had a heart to heart tonight and a big long time out in their rooms. I think the HEARD my words. Not because I yelled them, but because I spoke them softly with tears in my eyes..."Mommy can't take anymore. You need to treat your sister with love, you need to respect what I say, you need to be the nice, sweet, loving boy that I know you are." And for Summer...well, she's four. I can't use too many words with her or I lose her. So no candy for Summer...that's her currency. "No candy until you behave and be nice to your brother and listen to what Mommy says." Gold stars for both when I catch them being nice to each other and listening to me. Gold stars that they can cash in on Friday nights, candy for Summer and $ for Liam...that's his currency...cash for toys. So pray for me that I survive another day of Summer holidays. Pray for strength and patience for me. Because I really truly need it. I'm not the only one, right?!

Thanks for letting me vent...I do feel better now. Stamping would be good for me. I need to stamp...stamping makes everything better right? That's why we do it! So tomorrow I will try to stamp...after the appointment and sometime before the day is over. I will share what I make. Thank you for stopping in and lending me your ear. I really do appreciate it.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Can't seem to get time to make a card....

Hubby's away....kids are keeping me busy....have to work at my real job the Sunday and Monday...have to get ready for club on Tuesday....September is coming....not that I'm wishing the Summer away....I'll hopefully be less bust then. I'll post my club projects on Monday....Thanks for stopping in though!

Gotta go watch a kiddie movie...bath the kids then get them to bed...then pour a glass of wine and watch my chick flicks...Jon's away so I got to pick some really mushy chick flicks!!!! Wanna come over?

Thanks again for baring with me and coming back to see me!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Working so hard on some secret projects...

I have been very busy stampin! I cannot show you though. I'm sorry. I've done sooooo much stampin' and watercolouring that my hand husts, my back and neck hurt....I even had to stop early last night because I hurt. A little ibuprophen and a good night's sleep really helped! So I'll be back at it today.

I have lots of other ideas rolling around in my head....just dyin' to get them made! Maybe I can squeeze one in today! If the kids let me!

I will try to be back later with a card for you!

Did you know that SU's promotion for this month is EXTRA Hostess Rewards?! Yes, if you hold a workshop and do $450 or more in sales you will get an EXTRA $35 in Hostess FREE Product...that means a total of....drum roll please....$80 in FREE product!!!!! That's AWESOME! I have a couple of open dates for your Private Stampin' Party! You can hold it in my studio too if you'd like! So call me, set the date, then call your friends! I have a ton of new product from the new catalogue and I can't wait to design the project for your workshop!