Sunday, August 25, 2013

Etch a Birthday

Happy Sunday, Peeps!

As I type this I'm lounging on our deck while I watch Mike assemble our new fire pit.  I'm SO excited!  I love fall and all of those crisp evenings.  I can't wait to try it out.

I wanted to check in and share a card that has been in my head for the last few days and this morning I had to just stop what I was doing and go in and make it.  It absolutely makes me smile.  I hope you will too.


Isn't that fun?  It sure brings back the memories from when I was young and playing with my Etch A Sketch.  :-)  It's great because it's a quick and easy card that packs a "punch".  Mike asked me how I thought of the design for this card and I asked him if he wanted the truth.  He did.
The other day (for some odd reason) I went in the kids' bathroom to....um....use the facilities. :-)  While I was there I saw that Linz had hung up one of our Disney beach towels.  It has pics of lots of Disney characters on it including some from Toy Story.  Well....I saw the image of "Etch" from that movie and that was that.  I couldnt wait to create one out of card stock.  I love the "Sketched Birthday" Stamp Set too.  Here are all of the images that come in the set...

Sketched Birthday #130246 - Clear Mount - $17.95



Ok....I'm thinking it might just be time for a Sunday afternoon nap.  I'd better get those in before football season starts. 

Wishing you a happy and relaxing day,


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Peach Pickin' Wednesday

Good Morning Peeps!

We had an awesome trip to visit family in upstate New York and we even got to meet up with more family at Niagara Falls during the last week. What an incredible time we had!  I only have today and tomorrow to soak in the summertime before I head back to work on Friday. Today we are headed out to the Shenandoah Valley to pick peaches.  YUM!  I thought while we were busy out there that I would share a few beautiful swaps that I received at Convention this year.  I have SO many to show you but we will start with these.  Let me tell you...these are some talented ladies.






Just a couple of reminders before I go....

**Paper Pumpkin Special - Time is running out to take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin $10 special.  It ends on August 31st.  You can check out all the details at www.mypaperpumpkin.com.  Be sure to select me as your demonstrator.

**Pick A Kit Special - Want to get all your stamping and paper crafting stuff at a discount?  Want to do what I do?  Want to be a part of my Inkerbelles Team?  When you take advantage of the Stampin' Up! opportunity for just $99 (no tax/no shipping) you can pick one of four bonus kits for FREE.  Just CLICK HERE  to see them now.  Remember....You choose $125 of ANY of our products (including digital downloads) and pay just $99. Plus you will get the kit of your choice for FREE.  Contact me if you have any questions.  I'd LOVE it!!

Alrighty then....time to head 'em up and move 'em out!

Wishing you a magical, fun filled day,


Thursday, August 15, 2013

NEW Thinlits are rockin' my socks!

Hey there, Peeps!  Happy Thursday...

I am coming to you from my deck this morning.  I can't believe that I'm sitting here in a hoodie on my deck in August in Virginia!  What in the world???  I don't know but I'm loving it.

I want to share one of the fab, new products we got to see at Convention this year with you today.  They are seriously the coolest.  They are called "Thinlits".  There are two different sets that come with accessories for you to be able to create fun cards and tons of other projects.  There's also a set of words in the Expressions Thinlits that are just too stinkin' cute.  The three words included in the set are "Thankful", "Merry", and "Love".  They are awesome to use to embellish your projects and cards.  Here's a video from Stampin' Up! with a little "how to" for you...
 

 
Ok...Let me show you what they look like.

Label Card Thinlit Dies  #133479
Circle Card Thinlit Dies  #133480

 Isn't that the coolest??  I have so many ideas and so little time!  I will have lots to share with you very soon.
To order your Thinlits just head over to my Online Shop.  You can either Click Here or just click on the shopping cart up above.  I'd love to see what you come up with.  Send me a photo of your creations.  

Wishing you a magical day!

signature - 1st try

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NEW Disney Princess Punch Art Debut!

Hello, my friends!

I'm seriously busting my buttons while working on this post.  If you've followed my blog for awhile you know that I truly LOVE punch art.  I love all the fun things that I see when I look at the fun punch designs and just the endless possibilities that they provide. It's like I said at the Baltimore Regionals....You should think about punches as a "staple" in your wardrobe...they are capable of creating SO much more than just their regular shape.

Another thing you probably know about me is that I LOVE Disney.  I have LOVED creating punch art Disney Princess Dresses and I have really appreciated all your support (and orders).  Well, tonight I'm adding to the Princess Punch Art line.  Cinderella, Snow White and Belle have made room in the royal court for.....(drumroll).....

MULAN

Here's my latest design....


I had SO much fun creating this one.  I really hope you like it.  I've already shot the photos for the color tutorial and it will be released soon.  I will be posting all of the info here on my blog so be sure to keep checking back.

If you haven't seen the other Princess Dress Punch Art yet, just click at the top of the page on the "Tutorials" tab.  There you'll be able to see Cinderella, Snow White and Belle's dresses.

I'm off to work on more fun creations to share with you.

Wishing you a magical day!

Michelle

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Sweet Celebration

Good Monday Morning!

It's another gorgeous day here in our neck of the woods.  It feels more like a September day than August.  I'm loving being able to open all the windows and hang my clean sheets on the line. 
I'm also happy to have time to be back in the studio creating.  I had a lot of fun yesterday designing new cards for my upcoming Christmas Stamp A Stack in August class that will be here next Monday.  If you'd like to join in the fun, just leave me a comment or email me.  I'd love to have you here.

When the new catalog came out I went through it with sticky notes and marked everything on my Wish List page by page.  The stamp set I used on today's card was one of those sets.  I love it!!  Its called "Cycle Celebrations".  One of the other items I marked with the coordinating Designer Series Paper.  I had NO idea how cute it was until I had it in my hot, little hands.  WOW!  SO stinkin' cute!!

First, let me show you the card.....


Isn't it bright and cheery?  I love all of the colors in the DSP pack and I am really happy with the way it all coordinated.  Did you know that Stampin' Up! prints a list of all of the colors that coordinate with every pack of Designer Series Paper right on the back of each package?  It's such a great resource and take away all that pesky guess work. 

Now....Here are the stamps included in the 
 "Cycle Celebrations" stamp set
 (Wood Mount #130270/Clear Mount #130273)....

 
 
Don't you just love it??   Now...Here are the papers included in the coordinating DSP pack.  It's called "Birthday Basics"  (#130145)

 
It is SO pretty in person.  I just love it!  I know that I'll be using a lot of it since it will work for so many different occasions and projects.
 
Alrighty....I'm off to run a few errands and then I'll be back in the studio creating more fun projects to share.
 
Wishing you a magical day,
 
 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Happy Day - Butterflies

Hey there, Peeps!

I can't tell you just how good it feels to be back and creating again.  Ahhhhhh...
I absolutely love the "Happy Day" stamp set.  I know for sure that it's going to see lots of "ink time".  Let me show you the card I created today with it.


I used two of the new In Colors...Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.  One of the not so obvious treasures in the catalog (in my opinion) are the Designer Paper Stacks.  All of the paper used on this card are from the In Color Paper Stack (#130136).  What's great about them is that each of the colors has 4 different patterns all in the same pack.  I love them.

Here are the stamps that are in the "Happy Day" stamp set...


"Happy Day"  Wood Mount #130294   Clear Mount #130297

 I love the Basic Pearls as accents.  (#119247)  The NEW 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim rocks my socks too.  It comes in all five of the NEW In Colors too.  That makes matching everything a no brainer.  :-)  (Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim #130024)

And how about those awesome NEW Envelope Liner Framelits?  Seriously?  SOOOO cool!

They come in three sizes and absolutely make your envelopes "pop".  They were definitely on my "Gotta Have It" list when the New Holiday Catalog came out.  (#132172)

Speaking of the Holiday Catalog....Have you checked it out yet?  If you'd like to see it right away, just Click Here Now   If you'd like a copy of your own, leave me a comment and I'll send one out to you asap. 

 

Wishing you a magical day,

 

Your Crafting Fairy Godmother

Hey there, Stampers and Friends!
 
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Wishing you a magical day!
 
 

Wogging & Me...Just Keeping it Real

So I decided today on my wog that I was going to write this post.  Today's wog (to be absolutely honest) sucked out loud.  I'm going to write about my journey thus far but I preface it by saying that it hasn't always been sunshine and happiness.  It's been hard.  Really hard sometimes.  Today my legs felt like Jell-o and I was sore like WHOAH.  But I made it home and I'm incredibly proud of myself for not giving up.  So here's my story.  The good...the bad...and the jiggly.

Ok, so some of you have asked about my Facebook statuses regarding "wogging".  Wogging is what I call my walks/jogs.   When Brittany got engaged last year I kept thinking to myself, "I will NOT be the biggest mother of the bride EVER at my daughter's wedding".  I wanted to lose weight and just feel better in my own skin.  Now I had gradually put on weight year after year and had hit an all time high of 252 pounds.  Yep....252.  That's keeping it as real as I can people.  I used to be so secretive about how much I weighed....like saying it made some HUGE difference.  What the heck???  People could SEE I was huge.  THAT'S not exactly a secret.  I found out that once I just said it out loud a few times, it sort of took the fear out of it and made me feel like I was taking ownership of it.

Well....like most things in life I found myself just a few short months away from the wedding and time seemed to be speeding along.  There I sat....no weight loss.  I kept thinking things like "once it warms up I'll get outside and walk" or "once things slow down I'll have more time to exercise".  Yeah, right.
We all know that things NEVER really slow down and we all should stay active...warm or cold...sunny or rainy.  So I decided I was done.  I was taking back my body.  I joined Weight Watchers just to get a starting point and have some accountability.  I had tried other "diets" and they never worked.  I knew that what WW talks about (a lifestyle change) was not a bunch of BS.  It truly is about changing the way you eat and the way you live.  I am NOT an expert....I'm not even really too smart about all things "nutrition and fitness"...I just know what's been working for me.

I started walking.  Just walking.  I took along my iPhone and I had an app that would measure the distance and time.  I'd listen to music while I walked.  When I started I struggled to go ONE mile.  It sucked out loud.  No lie.  It would take me about 21 minutes to do it and it wasn't pretty.  I was relentless.  I went when I felt good....I went when I felt like crap.  I went when it was sunny....I went when it drizzled.  I made myself do it.  At first I grumbled and I thought I should just give up.  After all I was 250 pounds! 

Long story short....I didn't quit.  I kept going out there and slowly the weight  started coming off.  I wasn't going to WW on a regular basis.  I really figured out the amount of food I could eat....feel satisfied...and still lose weight.  It just started to click.  After awhile I was up to 3 miles!!  My times were getting faster and I didn't dread it.  I was actually starting to look forward to that time of the day.  Mike started to come along sometimes and we loved being able to just have time to be together and chat.  It was GREAT.

One day my friend, Stephanie came over for a stamp camp.  Now Steph is a runner.  She's done half marathons!!  WOW!  She said, "You know you should sign up for a 5K.  You're already going the distance.  Why not?"  I laughed out loud!!  A 5K!  Are you kidding me?  She and her husband had already decided that they were signing up for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon this November.  She said that they have a 5K the day before.  She said I could walk the entire 5K and she'd do it with me.  Wow.  I never in a million years would have thought about a 5K.  Seriously?  Well....within a week I had registered for the race!!  I know, right??

Mike is SO excited for me and he is quite the cheerleader.  I've continued my walks and started to jog parts of them. (thus the term "Wog").  I'm actually starting to miss it when I skip a day.  I'm doing 3.5-5 miles each time and my average pace per mile has gone from 21 minutes to between 13:50-15:00 per mile.  I can't believe it!!  Even more unbelievable to me is that I'm jogging parts of each mile.  Me??  Jogging??  Yep!  That's just crazy!  I'm proud of myself....and that's a very good thing.

Now...even more awesome than that....I've gone from 252 pounds down to 214!  I have a long ways to go but I'm on my way.  Some days (like today) I feel crappy most of my wog.  I don't feel like and athlete.  But...I will go back out there again tomorrow because I want to be the one that is in control of my body and NOT let the food take over again.  I honestly feel better than I ever have physically.  I have a husband who can't stop telling me how amazing I look. (I still have a hard time believing it...another story)...and shopping for clothes is fun again.  I've gone from wearing a size 22 to wearing between a size 14/16.  I love having more energy and just feeling better in my own skin.

So...about the wedding.  One week ago today Brittany and Sam got married.  Yes, I was her matron of honor and YES I wore a dress that I had dreaded buying.  When I was measured earlier this year for my dress I was still huge.  When the dress came in, it was a size 24.  I wanted to throw up.  A few weeks before the wedding we went to have my dress fitted.  The seamstress had to take my dress in SEVEN INCHES!!!  WAHOO!  And I can tell you that on the day of the wedding it was still too big!  HAHAHAHAHA!  What an amazing feeling!!

I'm not writing all of this to toot my own horn.  I'm just hoping that for those of you who have asked about "what" it is that I'm doing this will help you see that YOU can really do it too.  You just have to decide to take the power back.  It's your body and YOU are in charge.  I still eat things that I love.  I just eat less of them and I burn calories by going out and wogging.  My goal now is to be below 200 pounds by race day, November 9th.  I am enjoying the journey and I'm hopeful I will make it.  I'll keep you posted.

Wishing you success,
Michelle


Friday, August 2, 2013

Tax Free Holiday

Hey there, Peeps!
 
You know those pesky school supply lists? Remember all of the pushing and shoving in the supply department at WalMart and Target?
How would you like to stay at home in your pj's with your feet up and get your shopping done PLUS pay absolutely NO SALES TAX!?
Well, you're in luck. It's Virginia's Tax Free Holiday Weekend and Stampin' Up! has a lot of those school supplies just waiting for you.
Virginia sales tax went up to 6% on July 1st, so you are saving more than last year AND getting great products too.
Visit my website at www.stampinsuitsme.stampinup.net to place your order in my Online Store. But only Through Sunday!
When placing your order, enter each item as a quantity of one to get the tax exempt.
You can enter the same item multiple times, but only
quantities of one will trigger the savings. (discovered this the hard way last year! )
 
I'll be the first one to admit that going into WalMart and seeing those Back to School displays gives me hives so I'm thinking this is definitely the perfect way for me to "get 'er done" from the comfort of my couch while watching Downton Abbey reruns.  :-)  
 
Wishing you lots of shopping fun,
 
Michelle