Sunday, April 29, 2012

Super Special For You

Hello My Stampin' Friends!

To celebrate this gorgeous Sunday here in Virginia and the end of this year's Occasions Mini Catalog, I'm sending out a very special offer to all of my customers.

If you place an order on my website of $50 (or more), you will be entered in an AWESOME drawing.  All names will be put into a hat and the winner will be drawn on Wednesday, May 2nd.  Wanna know what you'll win???  The winner will get to choose the BIG SHOT DIE OF THEIR CHOICE (up to a value of $32.95).  How awesome is that???

There are SO many great deals right now.  Check them out at my ONLINE STAMPIN' UP! STORE
There's the Clearance Rack, The Occasions Mini Catalog, The Summer Smooches Suite and all of the Retiring Stamps and Accessories. 

So don't miss it.  Check it out before the deadline and start thinking about which die you'll choose for FREE.

Have a magical day!

Summer Smooches

Summer Smooches Product Suite
I love the colors in this collection.  It just screams "SUMMER".  The bummer is that it is only going to be available until Monday, April 30th.  I was surprised at how fast this project came together.  I used the Daisies Die for the Big Shot for the larger blossoms and the others were made using the "Blossom" punch from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The leaves are punched from the "Blossom Builder" punch.  The ribbon is the Daffodil Delight 1 1/4" Grossgrain and it's retiring. *sniffle*....  I love that ribbon!  
    Speaking of sure to check out the RETIRING LIST.  They items are only available while supplies last.  There are also SO many great deals on the CLEARANCE RACK .
There are some items marked down as much as 60% OFF.  Woot!

Don't forget to send me a quite note it you'd like to reserve your copy of the NEW Catalog that will debut on June 1st.  For those of you who live long distance, I'll put you on my Catalog Mailing List and you'll get yours too.  :-)

Wishing you a magical day!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scrapbook in a Day Stamp Camp Added

I’m SO excited to announce a brand new event that I’ve wanted to do for a very
long time.  It’s a Scrapbook in a Day Stamp Camp.
The camp will include  a beautiful Espresso Classic 6 x 6 album including 20 pages
and page protectors.

We’ll be using the “Spring Fling” Simply Scrappin’ Kit from the Occasions Mini
Catalog plus ribbons and cute embellishments.  The pages will be pre designed by me and you’ll
have all the pre-cut parts and pieces with page maps to assemble it all in class with me.  You’ll
go home with a lovely keepsake that will be ready to just add your photos to and it’s sure to be
a treasured keepsake for years to come.

Here are the deets:

When:  Saturday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where:  My House  10256 Battlefield Drive – Manassas, VA

Class Includes:
    6 x 6 album with 20 beautifully designed pages
    Page Protectors
    “Spring Fling” Simply Scrappin’ Design
    All embellishments and accessories

and a LIGHT LUNCH (woot!)

Class Fee:  $40

RSVP No Later Than MONDAY, MAY 7th
** This is a pre paid class and due to all the supplies and prep required, payment is non-refundable.
If for some reason you are unable to attend, you can arrange for someone else to attend in your
place or pick up your kit at a later date.   Kits will be available for pick up on Monday, May 21st.
May 20th.

**This class will be limited to 12 spots so contact me to save yours.
Phone:  571-217-8414

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pomp & Circumstance

It's that time of year!  Graduations galore!

If you're looking for the perfect way to make the grads in your life feel special, I have just the project for you.  Come to my "Pomp & Circumstance" Stamp Camp and make three 3D gifts and two lovely graduation cards.  When you RSVP just leave the school colors you'd like to use to celebrate your grad.  I'll customize your kits just for you.

Here's a fun gift card holder that will be on the project list....

The purple and gold and the paw prints are for my favorite JMU Dukes.  I just happen to have a very special someone graduating from there in 2 short weeks!

So here are the details....

"Pomp & Circumstance" Stamp Camp
Wednesday, May 2nd
7-9 p.m. at my house

It's Graduation season and we're going to be making three 3D items and two grad cards. Please note the school colors you'd like to use when making your projects. The cost is $20 and all supplies are included. Please RSVP no late than Monday, April 30th. 


*Non Stampin' Related Post Alert*

I knew it was coming.  It's not like it was a surprise.  Seriously?  Why am I feeling this way?

We got a postcard in the mail letting us know our "remaining balance" on Zach's graduation collection order.....cap, gown, announcements, tassle...  Delivery date....Monday, April 23rd, 2012.  Ok.  Fine.

When we got home this afternoon he pulled the big box out of his backpack and left it on the table for me.  That's what he does.  Need a lunch check?  Leave agenda out for Mom.  Need  a form signed?  Leave it on the table for Mom.  Today, though, it was different.  That box contained more than just card stock with the school seal, a silky blue graduation cap and gown and a tassle with a shiny, gold "2012" dangling from it.  That box packed quite a punch.  In fact, it knocked the breath from my lungs.  Still....why?  Why?


Three simple letters.  Three letters that seem like such a simple word.

Three letters that haunt me everyday.

Now I know that I've had SO many people say, "Oh, Michelle, you just can't ask yourself "why".  It will drive you crazy".  (short drive...hahaha)  Not to be disrespectful to those who've said it....but I kinda think at this point I've earned the right to ask "WHY?".  Haven't I?  No seriously.

I remember vividly the day I was laying on the table at my OB/GYN's office.  It was one of the very few appointments that Mike couldn't be there for.  He was on travel and he was extremely bummed to miss it.  .  Today was a different visit though.  After two girls I was waiting to find out if we'd be buying even more pink or.....maybe we'd be buying blue.  I'd been dreaming of what it would be like to hear that I was carrying the little boy who would grow up to be the apple of his daddy's eye.  There would be sports (like Mike never played...LOL), "boy" adventures, scouts, car stuff, and maybe...just maybe we'd have a VT Hokie just like his dad.  He'd probably be a geek...a SO handsome.  We'd laughed at how different it would be having a boy after two frilly, little girls. 

I lay there holding my breath as they did the ultrasound and I remember the doctor saying, "Wow!  You see that?  It's like this little one is sitting on a glass top table and we're looking up from underneath.  Yep.  No mistaking THAT!  It's a BOY!"

A boy.  A boy?  Oh my word!!!  A BOY!  I remember crying as I told Mike later on the phone and I remember how thick his voice was.  No matter what he'd said....  he really had hoped for a boy deep down.  How blessed I felt that I was getting to carry the boy that would be one of the three greatest gifts we'd ever receive.  Zachary Michael Suit  (Mike didn't want a "Jr."  :-)  )

Fast forward 18 years......

Today I realized something.  I did get the BEST gift.  I got a boy who has grown up to be funny and smart, analytical and somewhat of a geek and he is definitely incredibly handsome (all 6' 6" of him).  We are indeed blessed beyond measure.  There's still a whole in my heart though at the "what if's" though.  Now you can throw stones at me and tell me I have no right to feel that way.  That's ok.  But I believe MY God.....the one who knew me (and you) before I was ever even conceived....who knows every single hair on my head (yep...the gray ones too)...He's strong enough to take whatever I can dish out.  He holds me in the palm of His hand and lets me be sad and mad and let's me ask "Why?".  It's ok.  He loves me anyway.

I know this more than any other truth there may be.  Do you know how much He loves me?  He loves me SO much that He entrusted me with three very precious gifts.  He loves me SO much that he entrusted me with two very real treasures who just happen to have autism.  Autism.

Ugh.  I'd never heard of it back on that day I lay on the table in that doctor's office.  Little did I know that God had other plans.  A different plan.  A scary plan.  A better plan?  Yes.

Today when I looked at the enclosure cards that will go in each of my son's graduation announcements, I ran my finger across the raised silver lettering...."Zachary Michael Suit"....  Wow.  How different I look at that now.  How proud I am to be his mother.  How blessed am I?

Mike got home from work and he saw the things on the table when he came in and walked over to see them.  We stood there together and he looked at each item.  He held up the announcement to read it and he smiled.  I saw him look at the name card.  I saw him run his finger over the lettering and I whispered, "I'm sorry".  He grabbed me and hugged me so tight and told me the words he's said before and I'm sure he'll tell me again.  "Don't say you're sorry".  With tears running down his cheeks he smiled and said, "We are SO blessed.  God gave us the perfect kids.  We've been blessed over and over and over by them.  Do I wish things were different?  Sometimes I do.  Not for us....mostly for them. I want to give them the world.  They deserve it.  We are so blessed and I love you and them beyond words".

I couldn't walk this walk without him.  So many of the special ed parents we've met through the years are now divorced.  The pressure was just too much.  Fortunately we've weathered many storms and come out stronger.  I'm sure there'll be more.  We can do this.  With God's help and by standing together....We can do this.

I am sad today because Zach isn't going to head off to college in the fall.....he won't be going to Virginia Tech like his Dad.....he won't be finding the love of HIS life there and building his own family.  That does hurt my heart.  I hurt but you know what....he doesn't.  He's SO happy.  He's SO proud of his class ring...his cap and gown....the tassle....all of it.  What joy there is in his heart. 

He WILL continue to grow (hopefully not UP!)....He'll continue to bless those who meet him....He'll continue to be our "little" boy and we feel God's love and His arms around us all.

Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with such a gift.  Thank you for loving me loving me when I ask "why".  I praise you and thank you for it all.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Penguin Love...

Hello my friends!

It's been a rainy, rainy Sunday and we've gotten SO much done.  I actually feel like it was quite a productive weekend.  Whew!  I just came down to my Stampin' Space to work on some new designs that are rattling around in my head.  I want to share a cute, little wedding gift card holder I made for a friend of mine with you.
She asked if I could make two of them using my punch art penguins.  Oh boy! Could I??  Here's what I came up with....

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  I LOVE using the Pool Party color scheme and I think it worked perfectly with the theme.  Here's a closer look...

I was really excited to see how the Delicate Doilies Designer Series Paper looked once I had embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  Doesn't it just "POP"?  So cool!  Here's a look at the inside...

This is such an easy way to include a gift card.  I simply used a piece of card stock and scored it to fit the gift card dimensions.  I then popped up the "Congratulations" sentiment stamp with Stampin' Dimensionals and have it placed so that the flap of the "envelope" is held in place.  Fun, huh?

I stamped the inside of the card and the matching envelope using the coordinating "Delicate Doilies" stamp set and Pool Party ink.  It's so soft and just really lovely.

Don't forget that you can check out the newly released "Retired Stamp Sets" list at my ONLINE Stampin' Up! Shop.  Just CLICK HERE and you'll go straight there.  There are also lots of goodies still available on the "Clearance Rack" there too.  Stop'll be glad you did.  :-)

Wishing you a wonderfully magical day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Triple Treat is Oh, so sweet!

Hey Peeps!

I've been having SO much fun down in my stampin' studio tonight.  I've pulled my retired stamp sets and getting things organized.  I've got something really FUN planned for next month so be sure to stay tuned.

The card I made to share tonight is one that I love.  It's using an awesome stamp that will be retiring....  :-(  It's the "Triple Treat" A la Carte stamp.  It is the perfect stamp to use when you want a project that is "dressed to impress".  It's such a simple stamp to use!  One reason I love it is because Stampin' Up! created 2 punches that make it even more impressive.  Here's the card....  

Woot!  Don't those colors just POP??  Here's a close up of that Triple Treat flower...

It is stamped twice...once in Rich Razzleberry and once in Pumpkin Pie.  Here's a peek inside....

Here's the stamp...

Here are the punches that work with it to make these gorgeous creations...

They are the Fancy Flower Punch
and the Five Petal Flower Punch
No tedious, time consuming cutting required.  Just stamp...punch and VOILA!  I love it!
One other product that I'm currently quite smitten with is the Designer Series Paper Pattern Stacks.  I will admit it....I'd never tried them until recently.  Let me just tell you that they are now one of my favorite products of all time.  Each paper stack pack includes 40 ea. 12x12 sheets of Designer Series Paper.  They come in stacks for each color collection.  I really love the "Brights" Collection.  These are just the bomb!  I think one thing that drew me to Stampin' Up! in the very beginning was that all of the products coordinate.  Everything from ribbon to ink to card stock to DSP to accessories.  I never have to wonder what will go with what.  It's just so simple.  The paper stacks are awesome because they coordinate with the other Designer Series Specialty Papers.  They are double sided and so versatile.  The printed DSP on this card and the matching envelope are from the Brights Collection Stack.  

Ok....  If you love the Triple Treat Stamp, make sure to go online and order it soon.  It will only be around until May 31st when all the retired stamps are gone for good.  It's definitely one to keep in your collection and it's sure to make your projects a triple treat indeed.

Click Here to head on over to my Online Stampin' Up! Shop.  No lines and no waiting and the lights are always on.  :-)

Wishing you a magical day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pretty Petite Purses

Hi there, Peeps!

Hope you had an awesome day.  Mine was definitely a "busy as a bee" one to say the least.  That might take an entire post of it's own.  for now though, I need to share something with you that is SO stinkin' c-u-t-e!

During the month of April you have the opportunity to order from the adorable "Summer Smooches" Suite of products.  They are bright, cheery and just plain cute!  Last night I had my "Gimme A Smooch" Stamp Camp and we made four projects using various things from the suite and the ladies loved them.  :-)  One of the projects we made using the new Petite Purse Die for the Big Shot.  It's so simple and easy to use.  Here's what we made with it.....

Each of the stampers got to choose the Designer Series Paper from the Summer Smooches Suite and then they picked coordinating card stock.  The one on the left is made with Daffodil Delight and is embossed with the Polka dot embossing folder.  The one on the right is made from Pacific Point card stock and is embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Aren't they cute?  In the interest of (ahem) "research", I bought some  Ghiradelli chocolates.  Each purse holds 3 of them comfortably. 

There are so many other goodies they could hold and they'd be the perfect little gift for someone special.

Here's a peek at the die:

Petite Purse Bigz L Die     125606
Price: $32.95

Create a perfect little purse in a snap with the Petite Purse Bigz L Die. Available now only for a limited time!
I love how simple it is to put together.  Just 2 tabs to glue together....attach the strap and VOILA!
So....once's a look at the "Summer Smooches" Suite

Don't wait though.....These are only available until April 30th.  Check out these and so much more at my Stampin' Up! Website.  Just CLICK HERE

There's SO much to see....don't miss it.

Wishing you a magical day,

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Time To Say Goodbye....

Today Stampin' Up! released the list of stamp sets that will retired at the end of May.  There are a LOT of them this go 'round.  You may be wondering why....  Well, our catalog is going to be getting and incredible makeover and they needed to make room for TONS of new fun and fresh products.  The NEW Catalog will be released on June 1st. 

Take a look at the Retired List and get out your highlighters!  Don't miss out on all of the sets you've wanted and haven't gotten yet.  Once they're gone....they're gone.  

Print your copy of the list by clicking the following link:
Retired Stamp Sets only have til May 31st to get them!

Have a magical day!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hey there, Stampers!

Want to come and have fun AND get to make this cute little"Mother's Day" gift box with 3 other projects?  There's still room for my "GIMME A SMOOCH" Stamp Camp.  Monday, April 16th from 7-9 here at my house.  You can make two 3D items and 2 greeting cards made with the "Summer Smooches" products that are brand new at Stampin' Up!  Class Fee is $20 and all supplies are included. Come know you wanna!  :-)

Email me to reserve your spot!

Stampin' Smiles,

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hey there, stampers!

I’m so glad to be back!  I took off a little while...first to enjoy family over Spring Break and then to get things situated as we’ve gone back to school and work.  We’ve had lots of adjustments to make and it’s been a bit of an adventure but I think today I feel like things have smoothed out.  (*knocking on wood like crazy!!*)

There’s SO much to tell you in from the SU! world.  I’m going to try to send a couple of separate emails so I don’t overwhelm anyone.  LOL

I am over the moon about this new collection.  It is absolutely SO cute and just perfect for so many projects and occasions.  I’m attaching the flyer to this email for you.  It shows everything included in this awesome new suite of products.
The suite includes:  Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Fabric and matching covered brads (that are A-MAZING!), Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, a gorgeous new, coordinating stamp set and several digital products.  Check them out.
These products are available from April 1-30 for you, my favorite stampers!  You can get them before the NEW catalog premieres.  You can check them out at my SU! Online Store at  Take a peek at what’s included.....

So....Do you want to play with some of these cute products?  Well do I have the perfect stamp camp for you!

Join me for my “GIVE ME A SMOOCH” Stamp Camp
Have you seen the NEW "Summer Smooches" bundle yet? Well, sign up for
this camp and you will get to make two 3D projects and two cards using
these fun new prints.

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 7 to 9 p.m.
Class Fee: $20
All supplies are included

Please email me no later than Saturday evening, April 14th to save your spot.  I can’t wait to share these fun new projects (and products) with you!

Stamped Blessings,