Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sounds like a plan...

Hello, my friends!

It's been a busy but fun weekend here at our house.  Brittany and Sam came home Friday night so that we could go to our first wedding venue appointment yesterday at Glen Echo Park in Maryland.   They've really been giving "where" they want to get married a LOT of thought and let me just say that Glen Echo is perfect!  Ok...I'm getting ahead of myself.

For those of you who don't "know" them...Britt met Sam during her freshman year at JMU.  She decided to try out the Swing Dance Club and they danced together a LOT.  (You HAVE to see them dance!  It's awesome!)

Anyway....they both love to dance and they fell in love....  That's the short and sweet version.  They have attended lots of dances at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom in the past five years.  They have swing dances every Saturday night in the Spanish Ballroom there and they have some of the most amazing swing bands around that perform there.  The park itself dates back to the early 1900's.  On a little side note...I've heard tales of my own Dad sneaking up on the bus to ride the coasters and other amusement rides when he was a young lad.  There's a gorgeous carousel that was installed back in 1921 and it has been renovated over the years and still runs every day throughout the spring and summer seasons.  It's music can be heard throughout the park.

So...we decided it might be a venue worth checking out...  Yesterday Britt, Sam and I met Sam's dad, Dave at Glen Echo (his mom was out of town) and took a tour with their Events Coordinator.  We all instantly fell in love with the Spanish Ballroom and know it's the perfect place to have their wedding ceremony and reception.

They had several photo books from past weddings on site and it was easy to envision all the possibilities for their day.   I'll be blogging about it more in the coming months so stay tuned. 

They had decided on the colors they want for the wedding and when we walked into the Ballroom....they were all there!  It is simply gorgeous.  The dance floor is over 100 years old and they do everything they can to take care of it.

Just a little sneak peek.....

So....the wedding date has been set.....and the venue has been chosen......

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at 
Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo, Maryland

They've both decided on their groomsmen and bridesmaids and a couple of other details.  Britt has chosen a very unique and special way to ask her girls to be in the wedding.  She told me I could share it with you.
We went to our local craft store and bought these unfinished wooden boxes and some craft paint.  Then we chose sheets of scrapbook paper that captured not only some of the wedding colors but also the "feel" they are going for.   Then...we got to work....

 We painted the boxes with Cadmium Orange acrylic paint.  Once they were dry we adhered the printed paper to the lids and the mostly solid paper the bottom inside.  Then we used the new Framelits dies from Stampin' Up! and cut pieces for the outsides and insides of the lids.   We printed each girl's name on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and then another for the inside and cut those out with the Framelits too.  Here's how they turned out....  I'll explain what's inside....

 Included in the each box are:  First, on the inside lid it says, "Be my maid?" asking the girl to be a part of the bridal party.  Then there's a swatch book we made with paint chips in the colors of the wedding.  Next Britt printed out four different cards that we then tied together.  They include:  "Our Day", "Your Role", "Your Dress" and "My Girls".  Each card has info for the girls to give them a feel for the wedding.  Then there are several photos of things like the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, Dress Ideas etc.  It's such a fun idea and way better than just a phone call.  :-)  

The boxes will be going out in the mail to each of the girls this week so they'll have plenty of time to plan and get excited right along with us. I'm ready for a nap!  LOL.  No.  I wouldn't trade them memories we made this weekend for all the money (or sleep) in the world.  We are soaking it all in and enjoying every minute.

Before I sign off for today, here are a few pics of the kids I took before we left Glen Echo.  Ah, Love....

Wishing you a magical day and love beyond measure!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sweet Valentine

Hey there, my friends....

I have a card to share today.  It's one I made tonight while working on new designs for a couple of upcoming events.  It's a "suspension card".  
I used a few "sweet" new products from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is from the "Sweet Shop" collection.  I love the colors.  There's also a set of Designer Stickers that matches that are awesome too.  I used Peach Parfait card stock for the base of the card and embossed the back with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The Peach Parfait heart is embossed using the new "P.S. I Love You" stamp set and white embossing powder.  I used the same technique on the smaller hearts that are cut from Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade and Pool Party card stock.  The hearts are cut using one of the coolest new tools that Stampin' Up! just debuted.  They are exclusive SU! designs and they rock my socks.  These are from a set called the Framelits "Hearts Collection".  I can't believe all the creative possibilities with these little guys!

The "Love You" sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in Wisteria Wonder ink.  See the Whisper White panel and that cool edge and matching embossed design?  That is another of the new Framelits designs...except that are called "Edgelits".  SO fun! 

I then used one of the new Textured Embossing Folders "Adorning Accents" that matches the Edgelit design.  Such an easy accent that's just dressed to impress if you ask me.
The "Sweet Valentine" sentiment on the front is from the "Something to Celebrate" stamp set and it's also embossed in white.

If you like these new goodies and would like to see more, check out the Occasions Mini Catalog by clicking HERE.  It's the perfect time to get exactly what you want AND earn FREE items at the same time.  For every $50 you spend on any SU! products you will receive one Sale A Bration item.  The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by....come back again soon!

Have a magical day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beauties and One Hard Workin' Girl...

Happy Tuesday!

Whew!  What a day.  It's been a little busy around here and I'm just about ready to call it a night.  Before I do though I thought I'd share a few photos with you.  First, I thought I'd share a couple of smiles from today.  This week is "exam week" at Zach's school and students are dismissed at 10:30 a.m.  Because he can't stay at home alone...Linz, Mike and I are at parents are on vacation in Florida....  well, you get the picture....  Mike and I are tag teaming this week so that one of us can be here to meet his bus each day and be with him during the remainder of the day. I came home and met his bus and then he and I went to surprise Linz at work for lunch.  It was SO much fun.  She was really surprised and very excited.
Here are a couple of photos from our visit...

Linz outside the Radiology Department where she works each day.

Linz at her desk in Radiology. for a few of my favorite swap cards that I received at Leadership last week...  There are SO many gorgeous cards!  It's going to take a few posts I think.

Here we go:

**Don't forget!  Today is the FIRST DAY OF SALE A BRATION!**
Check out all the details at my Stampin' Up! website...

Wishing you a Magical Wednesday!

Monday, January 23, 2012


It's the MOST wonderful time of the year!

January is such an exciting time for Stampin' Up! and for all it's demos and customers.
It's our once a year extravaganza..... "SALE A BRATION"!  WOOT!
SALE A BRATION starts TOMORROW, January 24th and goes until March 31st.
It's an awesome time to take advantage of specials like these...

*  FREE Sale a bration product for every $50 you spend

*  Extra FREE product for Hostesses during Sale A Bration
$150 workshop - Get an exclusive FREE TOTE too!
$400 workshop - Get an exclusive FREE HOSTESS BUNDLE too!

*  The"I want it ALL!" special - Sign up as a demonstrator during Sale A Bration and you will receive....
Your personalized starter kit that YOU can customize with exactly what YOU want for only $125 (That's over $300 in product and a $50 savings off the regular kit price) AND you'll can choose to receive either a FREE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK ($10.95 value) or FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS for every month for the rest of the year that you place an order!   You don't have to choose JUST the DSP or JUST the Digital can mix and match to your liking. 

You'll be able to stamp, create and share what you love while enjoying getting your stampin' stuff at a discount!  Whether you're looking for  a great way to have your hobby and get what you want at a great discount or if you are  looking for a way to add to your family's income... This is just the ticket for YOU.  You can check out the kit specifics and get more info on my Online Stampin' Up! Website.  Just click HERE
Please contact me if you have any questions.  I'd love to tell you all the details.

So, don't miss out on all the exclusive offers during Sale A Bration.  The FREE PRODUCTS will be flying off the shelves!  I don't know about you...but I LOVE FREE STUFF!!

It truly IS the "most wonderful time of the year"!  :-)

Stamped Blessings,

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Hey there, Peeps!

I'm back from my very first Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas and I'm feeling SO blessed.  Blessed by the generosity of my husband who pushed me and made it possible for me to get away on my own for a few days and learned how to put Lindsay's hair in a ponytail for work each day so I could go without guilt...and she wouldn't look like a "goofball" (her fear!)....Blessed by the new friends I made (including my awesome roommates)...Blessed by the numerous demos who read my blog and came up to say "Hi" and they were all so supportive.....Blessed by every single presentation by our SU! team from corporate.  They rock my socks and they helped me understand that it's okay to do things "My Way"....and finally, blessed by how loved and appreciated I am by my family and their sweet "Welcome Home" when I returned.

I have to share this reaction from Linz and Zach when I arrived home at Dulles....

What an awesome feeling!  Zach doesn't say much but he was sure excited and words just flowed! Traveling and adventures are fun and exciting but it's always good to get back home.  :-)

So....I thought I'd share a little about my trip.  First, let me just say that I've never been "under"whelmed by any Stampin' Up! event.  They definitely know how to do it right.  They think of absolutely every detail and make sure that each and every person feels appreciated and special.  It truly is NOT about the bottom dollar with them.  It's simply about sharing what we love.  I like that a lot.  They love to celebrate ALL the accomplishments of each and every demonstrator whether you're new to the company or you've been a demo for years.  They are (and I can't say this enough....) the most generous company I've ever seen.  It's a given that when you attend a Stampin' Up! event you better bring an extra suitcase to take all of the FREE STUFF home in or you'll need to ship a box back home.  It's amazing!!  Here's a little taste of some of the goodies I brought back with me.

From the Leadership Tote, themed notepad cover with a personally signed note from Shelli the free stamp sets, embellishments, ribbon, markers, mini catalogs and more....each and every item comes with their encouragement and love.  It's AWESOME!

I went to several classes and was so inspired by the personal touches and stories that each of the presenters shared.  Some of my absolute favorites were given by Carrie Cudney in "Why Women Buy" (she hit the nail on the head!)....another given by Natalie White and Jim Pitt - "Coaching For Performance" (they rocked it!) and I loved Donna Griffith and Patsy Waggoner's presentation of "Retaining and Engaging Your Downline".  Patsy is someone I'd like to sit and have lunch with so I could hear more!  Such a fantastic group.

The Main Stage presentations are always SO fun and just completely awesome.  This Leadership definitely did NOT disappoint.  I loved everything from Scott Nielson's "report" from the past year done as a spoof on Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood! (which ended with him doing and incredible SALSA DANCE...SO COOL!!) to Chad Richards coming out on a Harley!   It is always fun and inspiring to see our founder, Shelli Gardner share the stage with her daughter, Sara Douglass.  They both are SO fun and incredibly inspiring.  I love that family is such in integral part of who they are and what they bring to Stampin' Up!

I took along swaps and I'm SO glad I did.  The cards I received are just top notch and I will be taking photos of some to share with you all here on my blog in the coming weeks.

Here are a couple of photos from the trip....

Me with my roommates at breakfast before our first General Session... (from left to right:  Michelle, Me, Robin and Tara)

Our "GoDivas" swap group   
The RemARKables Dreambuilders

Me with Lisa Cool - a fellow demo from Kansas who reads my blog!  She just blessed my heart!  Thanks, Lisa!

Ok....I guess I'd better start emptying out all my dirty laundry and getting ready for the week ahead.  I have SO much more to share with you and I will post again soon with the details about our ONCE A YEAR...SUPER SPECTACULAR....SUPER DE DUPER.....SALE-A-BRATION!  WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!  You're gonna LOVE IT!!!

Have a blessed Sunday and come back SOON!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bella and the BIG NEWS!

Hey there Peeps!

Ok...I've been busting at the seams to share our BIG NEWS with you!!!
Our daughter, Brittany, and the love of her life, Sam, are
Sam proposed on Sunday and we are OVER THE MOON EXCITED!
We love him and can't wait to make him an "official" part of our family.  They are planning on tying the knot in August 2013!  Stay tuned...cuz this MOB (Mother of the Bride) will be blogging a LOT!
Here they are in a recent photo....

Aren't they cute??  :-) on to today's newest critter!!
Her name is Bella.  I guess if I wanted to be like Beyonce I should name her something like "Bella Bleu Bunnie" or something like that.  LOL  Oh well, Bella is happy just the way she is. (I know many of you are thinking I've been down in my stampin' studio by myself waaaaay tooooo long!)  LOL she is....

Bella is made using a few card stock scraps and a couple of punches.  Really simple...
She's on the front of a "Z Fold Card" made from Pear Pizzazz card stock. The front left was embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  The front panel is made using one of my favorite new items from the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  The panel was cut using the new "Labels Collection" Framelits Die. 

"Labels Collection" Framelits Dies - 125598
 There's also a set of Hearts...

"Hearts Collection" Framelits Dies - 125599

If you've ever seen or used Nestabilities AHEM... another brand like these, let me just say that these are tons better and Stampin' Up's exclusive designs.  I used two different sizes.  The larger one is cut from Pacific Point and the smaller one is from a new Designer Series Paper Pack from the mini called "Twitterpated".  So cute!  Now a peek at the inside...

The inner panel is a piece of Whisper White card stock that was embossed using the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  I used the new P.S. I Love You stamp set for the both sentiments.

Here she is...ready for her close up....

I thought she really needed a "cotton tail" to finish her look.  I hope you like it.

If you haven't seen a copy of the New Occasions Mini Catalog can check it out HERE
Also, if you'd like to learn how to make some of my Punch Art Critters, don't miss saving your spot for my new "The Punch Line" Stamp Camp.

Ok...I'm off to work on card swaps for our upcoming Leadership event next week.

Wishing you a magical day!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Stamp Camps Scheduled!

Hey there, Stampers!
Ok...I’m finally back in “stampin’” gear and getting things started for the new year.  It’s time to get some classes on the calendar!  Are you ready?
Is your “Card Box” looking a little empty after the holidays?  Are you ready to fill ‘er up?  Well, let’s do it!
“What’s the Occasion?” Cards Stamp Camp
Tuesday, January 31st from 7 to 9 p.m.
Here at my house:  10256 Battlefield Drive
Come and make 10 cards (2 ea. of 5 designs) for assorted occasions
Class fee:  $24
RSVP:  No later than 1/26/12
Adhesive and Envelopes will be provided
“Be My Valentine” Stamp Camp
Tuesday, February 7th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Here at my house:  10256 Battlefield Drive
Come and make an adorable Valentine 3D Gift for someone special and 5 Valentine Cards with matching envys
Class fee:  $24
RSVP:  No later than 2/1/12
Adhesive and Envelopes will be provided
"The Punch Line” Stamp Camp
Tuesday, February 21st from 7 to 9 p.m.
Here at my house:  10256 Battlefield Drive
For those of you who have been it is!  I’m going to show you how to make a few of the Punch Art Critters that I’ve featured on my blog!  Woot!
Class Fee:  $15
RSVP:  No later than 2/16/12
Adhesive will be provided
Ok...that’s just the start!  I have several more stamp camps that I’ll be posting soon.  I hope you can come and stamp with me!  Also, I’m working on the detail for the “Inkerbelle’s Scrapbook Club”.  Let me know if you’d be interested in hearing all the details.  
Wishing you a magical day,

Hoppy Sunday!

Hey there, Peeps!  
Yep.  You read it right.  It's NOT a typo.  It's a "HOPPY" Sunday!

I've been busy in my stampin' studio this weekend getting new designs and swaps done for my trip to San Antonio in 10 short days!  I'm attending my first ever Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference!  I'm thrilled to be able to participate.  It's for demonstrators who are Senior Supervisors and above.  I achieved my title back in July so I finally get to go!!  Woot!  I'm SO ready to see all the creative demos who will be there and get MY creative batteries recharged.

This morning I was working on some new punch art and this little critter just kind of appeared. 
Her name is Charlotte.  She's made completely from just card stock scraps and a few punches!!

Isn't she sweet?  She's wearing a Melon Mambo hair bow....a must in my Lindsay's wardrobe!
This is definitely one of the critters that will need a video tutorial I think. :-)

I added the "XOllent" sentiment from one of my new favorite stamp sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  It's called "P.S. I Love You".  It's embossed with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder on Whisper White card stock just to make it POP.  The bow on the sentiment is just a couple loops of linen thread held together with a Green Glimmer Brad.  

Here's a peek at all the stamps that are included in the "P.S. I Love You" set.

Such a perfect set not only for Valentine's Day but there are images that can be used all year long!  Love that!
Check out all of the NEW products in the NEW Occasions Mini on my Stampin' Up! website.  Just click HERE to go there now.  
Alrighty....I'm off to get thing ready for the week ahead.  I hope you have a wonderfully HOPPY Sunday!

Stamped Blessings,

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Praise Report, Premiere and Swaps to Share...

Hey there Stampers and Friends!

First let me say a HUGE "Thank You" for all your prayers and support in response to yesterday's post.  AMAZING NEWS!!  We went to the surgical consult today and the surgeon was able to repair Zach's wound in the office so he WILL NOT need surgery!!!  PRAISE THE LORD!!!  We have been rejoicing all evening.  Zach was a trooper through it all. on to BIG Stampin' News!!
First.....IT'S HERE!!!  The New Occasions Mini Catalog has arrived and I'm finally able to share it with you.  For those of you who are on my Mailing List, you should have already received your copy in the mail.  If you'd like a copy of your own and don't have one yet....just send me a note and I'll get you one asap.  It's a beauty!  So many fun new products and cool, new tools to create with.  LOVE IT!!!

Here it is.....

So many gorgeous things in here!!  If you'd like to check it out online....just click HERE and you can see all the goodies at my Online Store.

I thought the perfect way to show you how some of my demonstrator friends are creating with these new products I would post some of the swap cards I just received from our "GoDivas" Occasions Mini Swap.  I was blown away when I opened the package!  What a talented and creative group of ladies.  Here are just a few of my favorites....

 that last one is mine....  :-)

There are new paper......AND even new embellishments!!
It's going to get your hand just itching to create!  

I have a new list of Stamp Camps that will be posted soon so stay tuned.  Also....I've got two new words for ya...."Scrapbook    Club"......!!!  Yep, I'm working on the details now and will be telling you all about it very soon.  Whether you're an avid scrapbooker already or maybe you just have boxes upon boxes of photos that you'd love to get organized on pages that people can enjoy and cherish for a lifetime....this club is for YOU.

Here's a "Sweet" Page to whet your appetite...

"Sweet Scrapbook Page"
Just click on the above link to see the supply list....

Ok....I'm off to tuck my kids in and get a little "pre-TGIF" sleep.  Woot!  I've got a weekend of stamping planned and I can't wait to get started!

Have a magical day!