Thursday, August 7, 2014

Around Here....

So it's been awhile... my poor neglected corner of the internet!  This summer has knocked me for a loop... so many things happening I'm on overload most days!  Enough is enough....  Going to hurry up and jot down the good stuff, get back on the daily card posting wagon around here (I've been making them... just not sharing them...) and catch up with documenting the happenings of this crazy year!

So what has been keeping me so occupied?  Well so far this summer...

Planted and replanted our front garden three times... finally have mostly alive plants!
As of today, there are four plants in the pic that have died... sigh... but definitely more wins than losses finally!


Attended a wedding for a family friend (also my sister's bestie!).... beautiful wedding!
The beautiful bride Heather -- I used to babysit her!  And her husband Casey.  Such a beautiful wedding and couple :)


I went to Lake Tahoe with my family.
No words can describe how much I love this place!

It's been a while since we had a picture of all of us.... missing Brian and Amy but really close to all of us! :)

Traveled to Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up! 2014 Convention - Inspire. Create. Share. 2014.  It was amazing!
This is just a little peek at what it was like to be there... more soon! :)

Our precious, furry baby Scarlet was brutally attacked by the neighbor's dogs and had to have emergency surgery. :(
As of today, her shoulder is completely healed and the fur is growing back in nicely!

We adopted an 8 week old Boston Terrier puppy. And we named her Molly. :)
She knows she's cute too! :)

Yes, Molly is usually a blur of motion.  And yes, Scarlet is usually looking at us with this look of "Why?" LOL

Molly had surgery last Sunday to remove her left eye after it ruptured overnight on Saturday/Sunday. :(
Molly with her Cone of Shame... she's healing/recovering quickly :)

I've taught at least one stampin' class a month, sometimes more!

I've recruited two more members to my downline team, the Monterey Bay Card Sharks, since June. (One more and I will promote to Manager - yay!)

I've partnered with a local small business to co-teach a Paint, Stamp & Sip class (first one is tonight!).

And there are a few other crazy things that have happened that will have to wait until another day to be shared! :)

My sister, brother and I at Tahoe!

I'll be back soon with posts on Lake Tahoe, Stampin' Up!'s Convention, Scarlet n' Molly stories and to share my newest crafty pursuit -- painting + stamping!

As for what is left in the last days of summer... I'm still hoping to fit in some more time with Brian, some more time with family & friends, and some time to catch up my blog with the 100+ cards I've made since I last posted!! eek! :)

How is your summer going?!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sneak Peek Card from Convention... !!!

Hello from Convention!! I'm having a blast and cannot wait to share everything when I get home. In the meantime I wanted to share something fun!

I took a Master Class tonight for the upcoming Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit and Stampin' Up! challenged us to make and share a card using the contents of the kit.... So here is my contribution!


You're all going to love this kit.. So much fun and so cute!! Best part? It makes 20 cards, comes with all the envelopes and only costs $24.95 plus tax, s&h!! You can't buy store bought cards for that price. 

Who wants to host a Christmas card party? :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit, Real Red Reinker, Old Olive Reinker, Coastal Cabana Reinker, and Smokey Slate Reinker

Thursday, May 29, 2014

365 Cards: You're Invited... Stamping with Markers Video Tutorial

Here is the third of the three cards for this month's Stamp of the Month Club!  So if you have ever come to one of my classes in person, you know this is my most frequently taught "skill"... using markers to stamp your image is a great way to stretch your dollars and make your cards interesting!


For this card, the sentiment is one stamp that I colored in using markers, then stamped:


It is hard to explain stamping with markers using photos or words, so here it is in a video tutorial! :)



I'm still working on my filming and video editing skills, so go easy on me! ;)

I think this would make for a fun invitation...

What do you think?!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss
Markers:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Big Shot: Apothecary Accents Framelits
Other: Daffodil Delight 3/8" Seam Binding Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals





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Featured Stamp Set for May: Sketched Birthday

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

365 Cards: Happy Birthday

Back again today with this second of the three cards for this month's stamp of the month club!


This card features one of the five new colors coming out in the new catalog next Monday -- Blackberry Bliss!  It's a beautiful, deep purple color.


I'm kind of obsessed with it!

What do you think of it?

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Markers:  Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Big Shot: Bitty Banners Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
Other:  Blender Pen, 1/4" Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon





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Featured Stamp Set for May: Sketched Birthday

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

365 Cards: Celebrate!

Here's the first of the three cards for this month's stamp of month club cards!


This month I'm using the Sketched Birthday stamp set.  I also used my fringe scissors to make this grass.  I love these new scissors!  They are awesome :)

Aren't the balloons cute?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Garden Green, Whisper White
Other:  Fringe Scissors, Whisper White Baker's Twine




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Featured Stamp Set for May: Sketched Birthday

Friday, May 16, 2014

My Newest Obsession... Spotify.

First things first.... this obsession is ALL my friend Brianne's fault!!

So if you haven't heard of it, you're probably wondering what is Spotify?


It's the most amazing thing since Napster if you ask me!  You pay a flat monthly fee of $9.99 and you can listen to any song you want, save it, create playlists, listen to radio stations based on genre, browse based on moods, listen to entire albums or just one artist... you name it, it has it.  It's AMAZING!

So I have three playlists going at the moment:
*Killer Instrumental Covers
*Getting Christmas-y Up in Here
*My Absolute Favorites
All pretty much self explanatory! :)


Another cool feature is the ability to search by artist.  So say, hypothetically, you wanted to listen to Mariah Carey.  You search her name, her artist page comes up.  You can see every album, every single, every live version she has ever recorded.  In order.  You can save albums, follow her, add songs to your custom playlists.


Also, Spotify available in a web browser, as a free player you can download to any computer, as an app on any Apple device (iPhone, iPad, etc)... now for portable devices, you have to download what you want to listen to, but no big deal.  I'll be doing this next time I go on a road trip for sure!  In fact, I'll probably add a road trip playlist.

There is also a social aspect to the product (of course!).  You can connect with your friends by connecting your spotify account to your facebook account.  Once connected?  You can share playlists, songs, and all that good stuff you would expect from connecting two software applications in this day and age! :)


So yeah, I'm hopelessly addicted.  And happy to pay my $9.99 per month once my free 30-day trial expires.

OBSESSED.  Did I mention that already?! :)

What music should I go listen to next?  Have you ever heard of or tried Spotify? :)

Please note: I am not affiliated with Spotify in any way. I just really love this product!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Starbucks Hidden Menu Item: Blackberry Cobbler Frappucino

My brother now shares my addiction for random drinks that aren't on the menu and notified me that I needed to try this drink ASAP.  :)


I'm so glad that I did -- super tasty!  Because the freeze-dried blackberries are included, they give the drink a little bit of a crunch.  Almost like you are getting bits of berry cobbler when you drink it! :)

To order, pick your size, ask them to add white mocha syrup and 1 scoop of freeze-dried blackberries (2 if you are ordering a venti).

Thanks for the recommendation Tom! :)

Who is ready for a drink?! :)

365 Cards: Just Because... Embossing with Glitter Video Tutorial

Update:  As of today, Stampin' Up! has announced the Retirement List and (lucky me....!) the Backyard Basics stamp set is on it :/ .... So if you want this month's kit, you'll need to buy the stamps from my store immediately.  As of 5:00 pm PST today, the clear version of these stamps are already sold out and gone forever! YIKES!  If you do buy the stamps from me, I will send you this month's kit at no charge due to the inconvenience. Wish me better luck next month... :)  

Today is the third and final of the three cards for April's Stamp of the Month Kit!

The April Stamp of the Month is Backyard Basics and here is the third of the three handmade cards that will be included in your kit:

It's my favorite of the three cards this month for sure!! :)


This card uses a technique where you heat emboss with glitter and I thought it would be fun to show you how that works in today's video tutorial:





If you want to join the club, please fill out the form or visit this page for more details!

What do you think of the video this month?  Are you ready to try embossing with glitter?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Backyard Basics, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Big Shot:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Backyard Basics Framelits
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Heat n' Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Heat Tool, Versamark Marker




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Featured Stamp Set for April: Backyard Basics

Sunday, April 20, 2014

365 Cards: Happy Easter!

Excited this morning to show you the next card for this month's Stamp of the Month Club kit!

Easter is today and this image in the set is perfect for all your Easter paper crafting needs! :)

A quick and easy card that you'll love to make.... just stamp, color with a blender pen + ink and you are ready to go!


I'll be back tomorrow with a video tutorial you won't want to miss! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Backyard Basics, Delightful Dozen
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Other:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Blender Pen



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Featured Stamp Set for April: Backyard Basics

Saturday, April 19, 2014

365 Cards: Mom You're 1 in a Million

Time for another Stamp of the Month! The April Stamp of the Month is the Backyard Basics set and it has lots of great images for use with whatever sentiment stamps you have in your stash. :)

The first of three cards you'll receive in your kit is this one!


I used a Blender Pen to color the tulips and an Aqua Painter to color the sky :)

For the sentiment stamp to accompany these tulips, I used the My Mother stamp set from the Occasions Catalog and added the "Mom" stamp from the Family Reunion stamp set:


If you want to join the club, please fill out the form here!

Hope you come back tomorrow to see the second card for this month! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Backyard Basics, My Mother, Family Reunion
Ink:  Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz,
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Punches:  Bracket Label Punch, Small Heart
Other: Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones



Stamp of the Month Club: Get a new Clear Mount stamp set each month plus three completely finished hand-stamped cards!
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Featured Stamp Set for April: Backyard Basics

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