Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Best. Summer. Ever.





Greetings from the Outer Banks - Avon, NC
This is our home away from home this week.  Not too shabby if you ask me!
We've counted the days until this trip since we drove off of the island last year  It's just awesome having all of us here together just kicking back and sharing laughs and fun together.
Our tradition of ordering pizza for dinner the first night lives on.

Today we've had clouds and spitting rain.  Even rain at the beach can be a good thing.  We've all just kicked back and relaxed today and I have to say it's felt heavenly.  It's also given me time to look at my upcoming calendar of events and I am just itching to share some new and exciting ideas with all of you.
The view from here....just over those dunes the waves are beckoning...
I loved sitting here and putting this month's Paper Pumpkin together.  It's probably one of my favorites ever.  It's called "One in a Melon".  It's stinkin' cute!  I have so many ideas for other ways to use the stamp set that was included in the kit.  Have you ever tried Paper Pumpkin?  It's a monthly kit that comes in the mail with projects that are ready to stamp and assemble.  It even includes the ink that you need!  Love it!  If you'd like to find out more about Paper Pumpkin, just CLICK HERE.
Here's a peek at "One in a Melon"...
All ready to craft to my heart's content...
How cute are these!?  Six fun cards and four adorable gift bags.

Whether you're a long time crafter or just a beginner, Paper Pumpkin is a perfect treat each month to keep your creative juices flowing.  One cool feature is that you can choose to skip a month here and there if you'd like.  It's just magical!

Want to see more?  Check out this fun Paper Pumpkin video from Stampin' Up!  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fallin' for Fall Creative Escape


What could be better than a weekend getaway to relax and enjoy fun, creativity and laughs with friends?  Join me for this "Creative Escape" and enjoy time to work on your own creative projects plus make and takes themed for fall and the upcoming holidays.

Don't want to craft all weekend?  That's okay too.  Take time out to enjoy local Virginia wineries, shopping and more.  The Creative Escape will  start at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 22nd and will end at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th.  The crop room will be open from 11 a.m.-midnight on Friday, from 8 a.m. til midnight on Saturday and from 8 a.m. til 2 p.m. on Sunday.  
Come and go as you please.

I will be basically be bringing my studio for you to use.  You'll be able to check out stamps, framelits/thinlits, embossing folders, ink pads and more to use.  There will be Big Shot stations on site so there's no need to bring yours if you don't want to.

Cost for the weekend event:  $225


Special Room Rate (Double Occupancy):  $69 per night
Reserve your room by calling the Wyndham Garden Hotel-Manassas, VA
703-335-0000

Here's what's included in the Creative Escape Weekend

*  8 ft. workspace for each person
*  Swag Bag ($25 value)
*  Scrap Bins for your use
*  Make and Takes
*  Door Prizes
*  Use of my stamps, tools, etc.
*  Snack/Candy Station
*Coffee/Tea/Water
*  Lunch and Dinner on Saturday
*Fun...laughter...and friends

Event Location:
Wyndham Garden Hotel 
10800 Vandor Lane
Manassas, VA  20109






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Live with Zest!


Hello, Friends!

Happy Hump Day....  I'm having a blast playing with lots of new products from the new catalog.  The Lemon Zest stamp set is so whimsical and guess what....it has a coordinating punch!  Woot!  I'm SO excited!!  Even the slice of lemon/lime can be punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  Score!

Not only are the images fun...the sentiments are awesome too!  Check out all of the images in the set...

In the photo below you can see how I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the lime slices and they just POP.  Also, check out the gorgeous, new Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon.  Isn't it yummy??
To give the lime slices a 3D look, I inked up the stamp first in Lemon Lime Twist ink and then used a Sponge Dauber to ink the edges over top of it with Wild Wasabi ink.  


Here are all of the supplies you'll need to create this tart but sweet beauty.  To get yours, just click on the items you need and you'll be taken right to my Online Store where you can finish shopping.
I hope you have fun creating with these and other new products.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

Wishing you inky fingers ahead,
Michelle

Friday, June 2, 2017

NEW Catalog Debut!


Happy NEW Catalog Day!

The brand new 2017-18 Stampin' Up! Catalog is LIVE and ready for you!
This catalog is absolutely filled to the brim with amazing products and TONS of incredible project ideas and inspiration.

I thought I'd share my TOP FIVE favorites with you today.  Ugh....choosing just five was tough!  LOL  Okay....here we go....

Colorful Seasons Bundle  #145348


Wood Words Bundle  #145315 (W)   #145316 (C)


Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle  #145301

Hello Lovely Designer Series Paper #144110

AAAAAND.....probably my MOST FAVORITE.....

YES!  The "Love Today" Planner Kit  #144257

Whew!  That was tough just choosing five.  There's just SO much to see and SO much inspiration all wrapped up in just one catalog.  You're not going to want to miss even one page.
Be sure to email me if you'd like to receive your own copy in the mail.
Until then, you can "flip" through the pages online by CLICKING HERE

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead with plenty of time to get your fingers inky.

Stamped Blessings,
Michelle