Friday, September 30, 2011


It's cold outside!

PERFECT weather for crafting. I have been making items for my Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 5th (along with doing the BOY's homework - not mine this time!).

This kind of weather makes me just want a nice cup of hot cocoa (or my favorite peppermint mocha from an unnamed source!). Well, that and my adhesive, papers, stamps, punches, and everything that goes along with them!

Maybe I'll try out my Peakaboo Frames die - won't that make just the CUTEST hidden message cards? Maybe with the Dinoroar stamp set with "I dig dinosaurs" on the outside pocket and "I dig you" on the inside/hidden message. Markers are just WONDERFUL when I want to divide the saying. Have to play around with that for a little bit, I think...

As you can tell, I haven't yet canceled my Demonstrator Website. SO, it will remain in effect until about October 10th.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Today's Ronald McDonald House Card Making...

was so much fun!
Jennifer (print shirt), Dawn (blue shirt), and Stephanie (red shirt).
I think we all know the guy in the yellow and red!

We had SEVERAL families stop over and either pick up some cards to use, stamp some cards, take a bookmark, or just generally visit.

One of the moms, her baby is now six months old and hasn't been home yet; she's hoping that will occur soon! One of the other moms - her baby is 28 days old and the mom has been making different bows and various headbands for her daughter - she even said that her husband makes prettier ones that she does! (I don't believe that for a minute - the cards she made were BEAUTIFUL!). Both of them shared their cell phone pictures of their beautiful daughters with us.

Jennifer joined us for the second time, and one of my downline Stephanie was able to come today (after completing a 5K in the morning!). Thank you - both of you - for sharing your Sunday afternoon with me and the families at Ronald McDonald House for this worthwhile cause.

Today, I was a little smarter. I actually made several cards ahead of time; they just needed colored and stamped (if they wanted a sentiment on the card). Made it SO much easier! Jennifer was making and assembling cards left and right for the residents and Stephanie was helping the residents and their families with how to operating the crop-a-dile, paper piercer, and explaining brads vs. eyelets. I think a good time was had by all!

We left a box of cards, about 50 or so, along with some of those corner bookmarks, with the staff at the front desk. We also let the residents know that those cards would be up there. It's the little things that can make a difference. One of the ladies who stopped said something about "oh yes, I would like some cards, but I don't have time to make them now." So we handed her several. She wanted 3 stamped with "thank you" - because of the wonderful staff at Children's, along with family and friends who have been so helpful. The other blank cards were for her to fill out as she needed.

Crafters - if you ever have the chance to help out at Ronald McDonald House - please consider doing so. When they gave me the tour of the facilities, it really gave me reason to pause. They showed me the room where they have some of the food ready to help out with the families. On this one shelf, they had peanut butter and a variety of cereals. Now, don't get me wrong - I like both of those, just not together. However, it was explained to me that many times, these families come very quickly, without a chance to prepare. By providing the family with a box of cereal and a jar of peanut butter, the family only needs to pick up milk and bread and they can have several meals. Very humbling and things like this continue to show me how truly blessed I am - in so many ways...

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Did you hear that sigh of relief from our home?

I just finished the last assignment in my accounting class. That makes nine classes complete with one remaining class. WHEW! 

Now onto prepping for the cardmaking at Ronald McDonald House on Sunday (and yes, it is 2:30 in the morning - smile). I have found it is so much easier to take quizzes and exams in the wee-hours of the morning than when the small child is awake. I'd much rather play and spend time with him instead of concentrating on exactly what the steps are for Activity-Based Costing. We made Origami Yodas earlier tonight - let me assure you, that was WAY more fun!

So I hope to see you on Sunday at RMHC! All supplies will be provided, but if you could bring your adhesive and scissors, it would be much appreciated.

And last, I leave you with few thoughts (all are from the NIV):
1) There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens - Ecclesiastes 3:1
2) I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. - Ecclesiastes 3:12
3) So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? - Ecclesiastes 3:22

I really like Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 - check it out!

But the reason I list those three specific verses is because I feel that they really fit with Stampin'Up!'s Statement of the Heart:
To love what we do and share what we love,
as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . .
in this we make a difference.

Sometimes "things" (and even people) get in the way, zap our joy, and just generally get the better of us. None of us are perfect. And that impacts how we do the things we enjoy (like papercrafting!).  Why do we allow that to happen? As I tell my downline, this (our crafting passion) is supposed to be fun! And although we are supposed to turn the other cheek, sometimes branches have to be cut; and those branches that remain, sometimes have to be pruned.

I think I'll grab my pruning shears and go to work... look for a few changes in the next few months...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Way to Go Stampin'Up!

We all know that Stampin'Up! has just the best stamps (and papers, and inks, and ribbons, and brads, and buttons, and don't you just LOVE the SU! Exclusive dies they offer in conjunction with Sizzix? But I digress...)

Anyway, don't you just LOVE SU! stamp sets? I know I do! It's so nice that the sets coordinate and when I make a set of cards, I can use a wonderful set like Sincere Salutations and have the font match.

So, did you see?

Stampin'Up! has been named the winner for Rubber stamps, wood-and-clear-mount for the Creating Keepsakes Top 10 Tools for 2011!

Congratulations Stampin'Up!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse

Crafters -

As many were, we were at church yesterday. Still seems surreal that it was 10 years ago.

We (hubby, boy and myself) went to the Ohio Statehouse yesterday afternoon. Here are the pictures from my phone. They don't do the memorial justice.

Taken from the front steps

Taken from the front steps

All in rows

As we walked the outer perimeter of this, the boy said "Wow! That's a lot of (U.S.) Flags!" He heard the same sermon and the same numbers (one of my stampin' buddies - Stephanie - always quotes the numbers as well - she provides a FABULOUS History lesson!). But he couldn't comprehend the sheer number until he saw the flags that represented the people who died that day.
Can you see the cutout?
My camera phone doesn't do the pictures justice. Here's the professional view and the story that goes along with these:

The flags are schedule to be removed this morning and this is an annual event.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2011

As you know, today is September 11th. Today is an anniversary. Anniversaries take many different shapes and styles and are celebrated or remembered in different ways. My husband and I celebrate a wedding anniversary and (usually) do something special. I celebrate my official hire date at my real job. Our former pastor celebrates an anniversary - his cancer anniversary - with his family (they go to Florida to celebrate).

The musician, Alan Jackson, has a song called "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" - I couldn't find an official video of the song, but if you haven't heard it, it really does place things in perspective. Spend time with those you love. There are a number of memorials planned today throughout the country. Sometimes we forget what is really important...

**UPDATE: Although I couldn't locate an official video of his song, I did find an interview he did when he discussed this song.

I do have homework today (blech!), but we will also be celebrating with family. Our son was born shortly after September 11th. How many of us re-centered our lives after September 11th? I remember going to church the evening of September 11th to pray with friends and my church family. The churches were packed right after that day.

I did find a video with Lee Greenwood singing at the Grand Ole Opry. It is part of an official video from Opryland. This was a live performance. Hope you enjoy the words and sentiment behind them...

God Bless the USA!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ronald McDonald House Charities

We will be making cards at the Ronald McDonald House. You don't need to bring a thing - just yourself! If you would like to bring your adhesive and/or scissors, it would be much appreciated.

We will be meeting at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, September 25th from 12p-2p. I will be there around 11:45 with the supplies.

Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Holiday Mini

Have you received YOUR Holiday Mini Catalog yet? You know the one - the link is on the left if you don't have your own copy yet (updated button - thanks to Webmistress Michelle). Have you seen the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool? What about my FAVORITE new set - Christmas Lodge, oh wait - I mean Hand-Penned Holidays, or was it Always Thankful? I can have more than one favorite, right?  (smile)

And have you seen the beautiful new papers? I'm really having trouble narrowing it down between Holly Berry Bouquet and Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Papers.

And the new Big Shot items? Well, let's see, I think my favorite is the new Peekaboo Frames, but I really like the Holiday Stocking as well. And then there's the new Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and I really need to play more with the Festive Finishes Pick a Pattern Letterpress Plate (that one works best with the Watercolor Paper).

In case you can't tell, there is SO much in the new Holiday Mini Catalog. And although it is really nice to look at the individual items in my online store (click the "Shop Now" button on the top right), it is even BETTER to hold one of the Holiday Minis in YOUR hands and look at all the beautiful design ideas. Contact me to get your own copy today!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's official - I'm going to the Louisville Regional!

Well, it appears that two are also going in my downline - so it's official! I just registered for Friday, October 28th for the Regional!

Stephanie is going to apply to be a "Workshop WOW Presenter" - maybe we'll see her on the NEXT Stampin'Up! Workshop WOW DVD - available only to demonstrators!

I just have to remember where I parked my car when we go - maybe someone else will drive and then I won't have to remember where I parked my car?  Hmmmm......   :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

YEAH!!! TWO Things from Stampin'Up!

Two great announcements from Stampin'Up!

1) Summer Mini Catalog Write-in Set

The Open Sea stamp set from the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog will be available as a catalog write-in until July of 2012.That means you can still order it!
  • Wood Mount, item # 123030, $26.95
  • Clear Mount, item # 123032, $18.95

So for those of you who missed out on this GREAT stamp set, which makes FABULOUS men's cards, it is not too late!

2) My Digital Studio Contest

This contest is open to ALL - demonstrators AND customers - those who have access to My Digital Studio. You can win digital downloads from SU! - What A Deal! Click here for more information on the contest.

And, as always, remember to check on the website. New downloads arrive EVERY Tuesday! It is also a GREAT place to get fabulous ideas!

Enjoy - and THANKS to Stampin'Up! for these GREAT offers!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Holiday Mini!

Crafters -

The Holiday Mini Catalog is now up and running! Thanks to the Web Mistress Amy, you will notice a link on the left side that shows the Holiday Mini Catalog.

And because I'm a demonstrator, I have already placed my preorders, and they should be arriving next week. Cannot wait to play with the new goodies - especially my new Simply Scored Scoring Tool, along with a few other items...  :)

Don't forget - you can always order online at my Demo Website. Enjoy looking through the Holiday Mini Catalog!