Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year is Around the Corner...

Well, crafters, the new year is almost here - Since I have turned 35 or so...  (smile)... it seems that the days go by so much quicker.

Couple of changes for me, especially with the New Year right around the corner:
1) Stampin'Up!
2) New 'do!

Many of you already know this, but I decided to take a break from Stampin'Up! at the end of October. As of this month, there will also be a new Lead for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House Charities. I do not yet know who it will be, but this charity is very important. If you have helped out in previous months with me, I hope you will continue to offer your gifts and talents to the new person.

Originally I had planned to wait just the required six months and then sign up under someone different (those are Stampin'Up!'s rules, not mine). However, now that classes are done, and I have a LOT more time, I have found that although I miss the fellowship with my friends when we craft, I can still craft with my friends! Just without having to do the SU! business portion. Therefore, I have reached the decision not to rejoin Stampin'Up! in the near future. SO, although I will not be a demonstrator anytime soon, I will begin to offer card classes again (in a few months). Please know that there may be some contraband in the card classes. :) 

Also, because I will no longer be demonstrating, I will be having a garage sale of sorts to sell some of my items that I do not use. If you were a customer, you are still always welcome to contact me with your questions, but if you need product - you will need a new demonstrator. I know several wonderful ladies who could assist you.

Please know that this decision was not reached without much prayer and thought. However, it is the best decision for me at this time. I hope you understand.

and my new hairdo (since I just donated 13 inches to Locks of Love!).

I have had several friends email me, along with one friend posting a comment on the blog, requesting that I put an new picture online with my new 'do. For those of you who actually style your hair, you may understand this. I've had long hair for so long, that most times I just washed, combed, and pulled it back! This stylin' thing is taking me a little bit of time.

Thank goodness I am in Florida visiting my parents right now. AFTER the first of the year - probably closer to the middle of the month, I will post an updated picture. This bein' a girl thing, really takes time. The boyz just don't know how lucky they are - we have hair, make-up, and all the other things. I'm not complaining mind you, I'M the lucky one who was able to carry our son, but I have a larger learning curve than most. Keep that in mind, please!

Ok, I'll be taking a few days break from posting. Hoping to show some more after the first of the year. ALTHOUGH, one of my mom's friends purchased an Ohio State post-it note holder, magnets, and notebook from me here in Florida. I brought them with me. I'll have to take a couple of pictures of those and post them before I give them to him.

If I do not talk with you beforehand, please know that there will be future postings - just after I return from Florida!

I have really enjoyed the friendships I have made while in Stampin'Up! I am confident those will continue...

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

13 Inches Donated to Locks of Love!

I'd like to know how on EARTH I misspelled "Palm"? Really? And it had just started to rain when I was trying to take the picture in my car. Wanted to take it right away to the Post Office to mail. Of course, the rain has now turned to snow. YEAH! LOVE this weather! Perfect for crafting and staying inside!

Ok, so my Master's is done, I now have a professional short hairstyle, and I have donated my hair to Locks of Love. Onto CRAFTING!!!!

My actual graduation ceremony is about two weeks away and yes, I will be completing the walk. Really, I just want the Master's hood, but..

I have my wonderful craft room that is so neglected. THAT is one of my New Year's Resolutions. How about you? Of course, losing weight is also one of the resolutions (isn't it every year?), but I think the crafting one will be a LOT more fun! :)

I'm going to take a few days off to enjoy with family - hope you do too! Have a wonderful and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Locks of Love

Crafters -
We make a difference in many ways. Our cards can bring someone's spirit up, let them know we care about them, and just give a great deal of personal interaction. We enjoy looking at our scrapbooks and pictures and re-living the moments when those pictures and memories were made.

In our household, we enjoy reading and sharing our comic strips (the boy LOVES to read us different comics that he enjoys - and that he knows WE enjoy!). One of the comics is ZITS by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman. Here's one of their fabulous comics that ran in May 2003.


Here's the link to the article from King Features about that comic too.

To donate hair to Locks of Love, the minimum donation is 10 inches in length. So I will be seeing Chelley at Divine Angles to have my hair cut tomorrow!


If you are interested in more information about Locks of Love, please go to their website at www.locksoflove.org.

We can each make a difference in so many ways... some big and some small.

A Wonderful Life quote...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Did you see...

the Sherman's Lagoon comic strip today (Sunday, December 18, 2011)?


THAT is why I like to send handmade cards! I wonder if Jim Toomey knows someone who is a cardmaker or scrapbooker? Or maybe he just likes handmade cards? I think I may send him one of my Christmas cards. Of course, he's way bigger than my little cardmaking, so he might not receive it in time for Christmas - it'll have to go through his people first. But I think I'll send one anyway!

And, as many of you know, I just finished (as of yesterday, Saturday, December 17th!) my final class for my degree. YEAH!!!!! I am waiting on my final grade, so because Christmas is just one week away... guess what I have been doing yesterday and today? 

If you look closely, you can see part of my Christmas card...

My goal is to get these finished today and out in the mail tomorrow - yeah, that's my goal! They will probably go out on Tuesday instead. LOVE that the Main Post office is on my way to work!  :)

Enjoy the ritual of sending cards to those who make a difference in our lives. I still receive and I send a card to my first "real" boss. Linda is the wonderful lady who hired me when I was 18 years old. I actually interviewed with her the week before I graduated high school and I started my first full-time job the day after I graduated high school - all those many years ago. 

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy..."

December 7, 1941
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Here's an article showing Pearl Harbor today, 70 years later, and in December, 1941.

While I haven't yet had the honor of visiting the USS Arizona Memorial, I do know that I have many brave men (and women) to thank for the freedoms I have in this country.

So, to our wonderful friend Joe Keihn, who served on the Tennessee on that fateful day, and to all of the veterans who give so selflessly so we may enjoy these freedoms, we say "Thank you."


The wording is so very true...

Thank you to all veterans!
May God continue to bless you and keep you...


“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ - Matthew 25:21 (NIV)




* The Official Site for the Pearl Harbor Memorial is located here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thank You Ronald McDonald House!

Look what I received in the mail today!


and here's what they wrote:

Wasn't that so nice of them?!

I still think that we were the ones who should be saying "Thank You" to them. WE were the ones who were blessed on Sunday...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ronald McDonald House Charities - Christmas Cards!

Crafters -

Yes, I know it is nearing the end of November, but it is still "nice" weather here. Although it is becoming a little cooler...

On Sunday, Geneva, Steph, and I went to Ronald McDonald House and made Christmas cards.


Here are the designs we used:




If you recognize the pretty bows - they are made using Lee Conrey's Magic Bow Maker (LOVE that thing!). Geneva demonstrated it at the Dames meeting in October.

And, if you look at the cards and go "those look familiar, but..." you may be right! I patterned them after Sandi MacIver's Countdown to Christmas Project #5 card. In case you didn't know, Sandi and Lee are in the same Stampin' group! How fun is that?

Anyway, we had about 9 children who made about 20 cards, we also had 3 adults making cards as well. It was a kinda rainy, drizzly day - PERFECT for cardmaking!

If you have never made cards at Ronald McDonald House, you should. You will be blessed tenfold. We were so busy, I wasn't able to take pictures of all the cards that were made, but I was able to get a picture of a card that one little girl (and her mom, of course!) made. We all know we can purchase cards that are storemade - but which one would you prefer? I know THIS card has MY vote!

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. - Luke 12:48b

Hope you are able to join us for the next time we are at Ronald McDonald House to make cards. We are scheduled for Sunday, January 15th. Let me know if YOU are available to attend!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

BEAUTIFUL Handmade Birthday Cards and the Boy's Creation!

Crafters -

Here are some of the birthday cards I received. These are the handmade ones. Aren't they just beautiful?

You can click on the picture to enlarge it. I will tell you that this picture just does not do them justice. They are SO MUCH PRETTIER in real life! You will notice the one on the bottom right doesn't really look handmade. It's from Stampin'Up! and it is made using My Digital Studio. THEN, those beautiful jewels were added.
This photo just doesn't show the shimmer, sparkle, and shine!
They are BEAUTIFUL!

These wonderful people were so kind to send me these handmade cards - and you notice, the WOW! style (when you open the envelope or card, you can't help but just say "WOW!").

So thank you to these wonderful crafters for their gifts and talents by sending their beautiful handmade creations to me.

Please know - I appreciate ALL of the wonderful cards that I received for my birthday (and there were some BEAUTIFUL storebought cards - I will SO be CASE*-ing those!), but since I do try to stay with crafting and stamping on this blog, I thought it was appropriate to show the handmade cards. 

Thank you to ALL of my wonderful friends and family who sent me my birthday cards. They were removed from the mantle yesterday so that we could place the boy's creation on the mantle:
The boy put it together himself!
I even let him use my Stampin'Up! hammer from my (retired) kit.
It was the PERFECT size for him!

We went to the Lowe's store to do this, but there were so few (only one) other children near his age that we decided to bring it home and assemble it. So after he put it together, we colored it yesterday afternoon using shimmery gel pens. (Yes, "we" colored it - he picked out the colors and started, then I finished it.) We used a bit much - it's still "damp". Thanks to Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Workshop for offering this. It was so much fun!

Enjoy this Thanksgiving Week!

*CASE - Copy And Share Everything

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Birthday Butterfly...

Today is my birthday, and I think our son was more excited about that than I am! Maybe something with the number of my birthday, but... (HUGE smile!).

So, yesterday the boy had Art class at school and came home with ink all over his hands! You know what that looks like! When I asked him about it, he said that he was making me something in Art for my birthday but he wouldn't give it to me until tomorrow (now today). Oh the anticipation!

Guess what I received this morning, beautifully decorated?

As that wonderful person Anonymous has stated "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." So although I don't like getting older, I do like the experiences I'm able to enjoy. Especially through the eyes of my child.

And I think he may like paper crafting as much as his dear old mom! And, his words not mine -  "because butterflies are symmetrical," he signed BOTH wings on the back (name and year) - how wonderful was that?

Off to enjoy my FREE Birthday coffee from my FAVORITE coffee place in the whole wide world (I do substitutions, but...) STARBUCKS!  How nice was that of them to send me a postcard for a free coffee? If YOU haven't signed up with them for YOUR Birthday free drink, you should. I just LOVE their stuff. My retirement job... someday...  :)

And as my friend always says "Make it a GREAT day!" Enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Taking a little break...

Crafters -

Thanks so much for everyone who came to the Crafts Fair on Saturday. I had so much fun! It was nice seeing faces I only see once a year, at the Crafts Fair, too!  :)

In all seriousness, I am now officially in my final MBA class. There is a paper, a project, and lots of work each week in this final class. That's ok with me - I don't have to write a thesis!  :)

With that in mind, I will be off-line for a few weeks. I'm not saying that I won't be posting. I am saying that it will be hit or miss. Instead of you checking my blog and being disappointed because I haven't posted anything, you may wish to sign up for the "follow by email" on the right side of this posting. Then you will receive an email WITH the new posting sent right to your inbox!

Thank you so much for understanding. This has been a long year and a half, but as my very first real boss told me when I was just 18 years old "an education is something that can never be taken away from you." Linda is a very smart woman. Glad I listed to her - all those years ago (let's see, I'm 40-something, oh wait, I mean 35 with how many years experience, oh wait, carry the one.... well, you get the idea).

I will be at Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, November 27th and am hoping to have a posting about that!

Look forward to chatting with you soon!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cypress Crafts Fair on SATURDAY!

Where does the time go? I do this every year, and you'd think I'd realize it is nearing the first Saturday of November, but... Oh well.

Here are a few of the items that I have been finalizing and will have for sale on Saturday, November 5th at the Cypress Christian School Craft Bazaar. It is open from 9a-3p and admission is $2.00.

Complete with matching pen!

Those of you who know me - KNOW that I'm not a purse-type of gal.
But these are just too stinkin' cute! I really like the polka dots too!
PERFECT size for a little treat or a gift card, and an easy package to give a gift!

These file folder notebooks are just the best!
You may not be able to see in these pictures, but these also come with a matching pen!


Cypress Christian School is located at 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway. To get there, you will take 270 to 70 west, exit at 91A and turn left on Hilliard Rome Road. Cross over the bridge and take the first right (Feder Road). At the intersection of Feder and Alton Darby Creek you will turn left. The church will be on the right side of the railroad tracks.

I will also have some of my retired items for sale (stamp sets, papers, ribbons, etc.). 

Hope to see you there! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Louisville Regional!

WOW!

What a GREAT time! Yesterday, several of us drove to Louisville, Kentucky for the Stampin'Up! Regional (Thanks so much to Steph for driving the ENTIRE time - YOU ROCK!).

Upon arrival, we saw the fabulous Bonnie Thurber. She was kind enough to pose for a picture.

Stampin'Up! changed the format for this Regional slightly. Some for the better and some I didn't enjoy as well (in my humble opinion). I LOVED how they have us all sitting at the lined-up tables with EVERYONE facing the front stage. That was SO NICE!  It allowed everyone to see the main stage without having to turn around.

After the initial introduction, everyone received crafting time to go to the TWO designated areas to complete the two Make-and-Takes. I wasn't sure about this, at first, then I decided that I really liked this change as well. There were a total of six of us that sat together; we broke into sets of two. Just like a restaurant - it is easier to get seats of two together, rather than a group of six to a table! (smile)


We were able to view all the displays and see the WOW demonstrations! This was the part I didn't enjoy as well. The WOW! demonstrations were throughout the area and they had those fabulous mirrors above the demonstrators so we could see, however - everyone wanted to see! I can say that I cannot blame them, but because of this set-up, you had to stand back and watch SEVERAL of the same demonstration before you could actually get to the front to see the samples and the demonstration displays. I'm not sure how they could do this better, but it did allow us to see the four different WOW! demonstrations up close and personal... eventually.

We then returned to our seats and, after the blessing, received our box lunches - YUMMY!

After lunch, SU! began the demonstrations on stage. The wonderfully talented (and I'm not just saying that because I won!) Carrie Cudney talked about us being savvy shoppers. Many of you have heard me say, because I heard it at Convention a few years ago, that we should purchase stamp sets that we can make five things out of - five techniques, five designs, five different things! That way, you receive the bigger bang for your buck (or the most for your money). And, Carrie discussed that exact same concept and showed us one such stamp set that could do this. She also showed us how to combine the new Dazzling Details with reinkers, to give wonderful color sparkles to our designs.
A little bit of Dazzling Details with a drop or two of colored reinkers

Here is the Dazzling Details with a blue reinker for the background on the scallop - BEAUTIFUL!

My new stamp set!

And the wonderful Carrie Cudney posing for a picture with me -
since I won the Prize Patrol and the stamp set that demonstrated!

Then on to the technologically savvy Holly Linford. She talked about punches and punch art. Now, I have to be honest here... I have several (ok, most) of the punches, but I usually use them for just, well, punch outs! I have altered a few of them, but Holly really took it to the next level. She showed us several cards on the stage, and one of them happened to showcase the local talent of Connie Babbert. I might add... I have this particular card. Connie gave me one of hers at Convention. Isn't this just the cutest?

Holly went on to talk about the Card Keeper that is sold. And she decided to announce that EVERYONE would receive one! Here's the box that it comes in, along with a sample from the screen.


And then Holly, Carrie, and Bonnie went on stage. This picture just does not do these ladies justice - they are all so beautiful. Wish I could have gotten a picture of them all smiling to the camera! Don't they look like they are having fun?

They discussed a Creative Journal Challenge for them and several others, at first. Then a challenge was issued to each of us as Regional attendees. Make your own! So, they gave us the pieces and parts to make our own! Carrie is helping to distributed the journals - I think she looks as happy passing out the prizes as WE are about receiving them. She's at the end of our row at this time.


I won't begin working on mine until after I finally finish my Master's Degree - so it will be AFTER January. I'll show pictures of mine at that time.

Oh, I forgot to tell you! When I won my stamp set, well, you are supposed stand up and wave your arms around (so they can see you clearly!) and are supposed to be just so excited (they actually require us to do that - NOT! - but we do it anyway because we really are so excited!) to receive fun, free stuff! Well, and I knew this, but... my wedding set is a little loose on my hand. When I stood up and waved my arms around, well, my wedding set FLEW off my hand! I heard it land somewhere but didn't see where it landed. Yeah, imagine the sinking feeling... This wonderful lady in the next row, almost to the right end of the row (I was nearer to the left end of our row), well, she found it! I must have REALLY been swinging my arms around! So as Holly is delivering my new stamp set, I'm reaching for my wedding set from this wonderful woman. I know Holly was looking at me really weird, and I wish I could have gotten a picture of her delivering my new stamp set for me, but I think my wedding set was just a bit more important. Thank you to this wonderful woman for returning my wedding set to me! I didn't get her name, but she was kind enough to pose for a picture with me. You will notice my set is not on my left hand in this picture. I've placed it on my RIGHT hand (those fingers are fatter - smile - and I'm really ok with that - NOW!). I'm NOT losing this again!

So, here we are at the end of the day. I've included a picture of two local demonstrators who sat with us. Barb is also one of our crafters at church with our card ministry - she makes the prettiest card designs! Talk about being blessed to know so many wonderful (and talented) crafters!


OH - and one last thing, I promise! Donna Griffith, during her demonstration, mentioned that we need to do some "framping". I had no idea what this was! Do you? It is a combination of the words "friends" and "stamping"! So - go do some FRAMPING! I like that new (to me) word. Friends and stamping. Throw in some chocolate and maybe a little coffee and this is bliss!

Hope you have enjoyed these pictures and the update from the Louisville Regional on Friday, October 28, 2011.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FREE Downloads (after completing a quick survey)

Who doesn't LOVE FREE?!?!?!

Mark your calendar with Stampin' Up!'s four-day online celebration of Digital Scrapbooking Day!

According to the Stampin'Up! DEMONSTRATOR side of the website (only demonstrators can see this part), customers can access the free downloads after completing a quick survey. These are brand-new, never seen before FREE downloads!

Make sure you go to MyDigitalStudio.net on November 4th-7th!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cards to the Winner of the Dames Challenge

Crafters -

As you read yesterday, Nina won both challenges. Here are the two sets of cards she received as her "prizes."

Hope she enjoys them!

Two prizes.
One set is Garden Green, One set is Cherry Cobbler.
Both use Frostwood Lodge DSP, Early Espresso, Whisper White and Glossy White papers.
Isn't the Christmas Lodge stamp set just the best?

Can you see the shimmer paint for the snow on the ground?
Used the crayon resist technique for the snow on the lodge itself.

Inside of the card.
Used Soft Suede and Garden Green markers.


Close up of the shimmer paint
and now you can see how the crayon resist "resisted" the sponging.

Congratulations Nina!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dames meeting today!

Crafters -

First, let me tell you about the wonderful ladies in my downline. We had our quarterly downline meeting today. These fabulous Dames showed up with coffee, pumpkin doughnuts from the Circleville Pumpkin Festival (thanks Steph!), and chocolate (never met a chocolate I didn't like - thanks Geneva!)!

We had two demonstrations today. I don't know about the rest of you, but I struggle with bow-tying. Am I alone in this? I'm a-thinkin' not!  :)

Stephanie demonstrated how to make bows using brads, first. How come I never thought of this?


Then, Geneva demonstrated bows using Lee Conrey's Magic Bow Maker. Let me assure you, we have a group order for Ms. Conrey! We literally went "Wow..." after seeing Geneva demonstrate it for us!


Then we had our Challenge winner (see this post for our Dames Challenge), Nina. She won on BOTH the closest to $50, along with the most DIFFERENT cards/projects using her items. Way to go Nina! (If you are a new stamper, see how easy it is to make cards?)


Finally, we completed our Shoebox Swaps. I think that is the favorite thing of all. Now, I may be a little-teeny-tiny-bit partial, but I think these are just beautiful cards. I may not be a grammar geek, but I know pretty cards when I see them! Hope you enjoy these lovely ladies' talents!
Nina's card

Steph's card is on the left.
I don't know if mine will be a Valentine's Day card, Anniversary card, or wedding card,
so I left mine blank.

I altered Steph's original design. Here's a close-up of mine.

Geneva's card

Tina's design. Can you tell what the clouds are?
That's right - The top of the cupcake punch!

Dawn's card

Close up of the bird.
Don't you just LOVE how the Crystal Effects brings makes this card really pop?

Dames - thanks so much for spending your Saturday morning with me and thanks for the coffee, doughnuts, and wonderful chocolates. Business relationships may change, but friendships remain strong. I'm so thankful that I have these wonderful friends in my life. Thank you Dames!

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)