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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.

Today's Ronald McDonald House Card Making...

was so much fun!

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 an…


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 t…

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!

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.

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.
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.

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 cel…

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!

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 Catalo…

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......   :)

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, $26.95Clear 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!

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!