Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sneak Peek - You've Got This - Stampin' Up!

Check this out!
You've Got This
Clear - Item #139575
Wood - Item #139572
Available June 2, 2015

This is one of the cards we made on Saturday. Don't you just LOVE this?

Do you recognize the stamp set? What about the colors? Well, if you have a new catty from me, you should! Go to page 113 in your new 2015-2016 catalog. That is the You've Got This stamp set (clear, item #139575). All five of the new InColors are also on that bookmark you received too. And you already recognized the ribbon from that bookmark too, I'll bet!

As a demonstrator, we are allowed to preorder select items to play with, I mean prepare, for our upcoming classes. This is just ONE of the preordered stamp sets! (Check back Monday and Tuesday, because I'm showing TWO other stamp sets too!)

We played with the 2015-2017 InColor markers to color the flower stamp AND to add those little dots. ALL of the new InColors are used here. Tip Top Taupe for the card base; Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush for flower, with just a little bit of Delightful Dijon in the center of the flower; Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon (LOVE THIS STUFF!); and even a Delightful Dijon Butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits. We also used the Note Tag Punch (SO glad this little beauty is staying with the new catalog!), and added a little bling with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels. **FYI - The new InColors items are available beginning June 2nd - That's TUESDAY!!!!

This card was a VERY easy card to make. It took us about 20 minutes to color and put everything together. Of course, we were talking while we we making the card, so it might take you a little bit less.

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Hope you enjoy this card! I don't know about you, but I'm anxiously awaiting Tuesday - when we can order from the NEW CATTY!!!!  YEAH!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Masculine Cards - Stampin' Up!

Here are a few of the masculine cards we made at my Celebration class for my Sale-a-Bration hostesses.

Don't you just LOVE them? They were SO easy to make too!

In the photo above, the top left is using the Traveler, Guy Greetings, and Dictionary stamp sets. We used Smoky Slate and Night of Navy ink pads and even a little bit of the Smoky Slate 7/8" Chevron Ribbon. As a final step, before we assembled the card, we also used the square from the Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. FUN card to make!

The top right card, used The Open Sea stamp set. We used Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana stamp pads. I'm gonna miss my Lullaby Designer Series Paper! Added a little bit of the Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon too.

And finally, the bottom center card used both By the Tide and Petite Pairs stamp sets. Everything was done in Crushed Curry. A small piece from the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper was used. The 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, along with the 2" Circle Punch, and a bit of Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon just set this card!

All of the cards used the Note Cards and Envelopes.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Catty Par-Tay is NEXT Saturday!!! - Stampin' Up!

WOW! Can you believe that my new catty party is exactly a week from today?! I KNOW! Me neither!

All of my customers who have placed a $50 or more order in the past year, should have the new catty is his or her hands by now. Don't you just LOVE it?!

If you have placed a $50 merchandise order recently and were missed,
please let me know!
If you already have a demonstrator,
contact her for your new catalog,
you will LOVE IT!)

Exactly one week from today, I will have my new Catty Par-Tay! YUP! Say it with a little attitude! :)  You will get to make three cards for $5 AND I've even added a PayPal button so you can RSVP for the class!

My customers who already have the new catty will tell you. I've even added a bookmark in with their catalog (along with a Wish List - a MUST for the new catty!). I used the new Host Stamp set called Best Thoughts on the bookmark too! I think that little butterfly is just so cute!

Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Love Is Kindness - Stampin' Up!

I LOVE the single stamp in the Occasions Catalog called Love Is Kindness. This stamp is a wood mount stamp, but I just put the sticker on the foam rubber and make it into my own style of clear mount stamp so I can easily see where I want to position it on my paper. (NOTE: I also separated the words from the flower, so I can stamp just the flower.)

Here is a REALLY easy card we made over the weekend with my crafters:
Love Is Kindness
Using Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe
AND Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Don't you just LOVE it? Gotta be honest here. We actually made it using the Coastal Cabana cardstock. But, because I always cut extras, I had one extra of the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper. And since I didn't want to waste it, I cut an additional card using Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock. **I just cannot get over how FAST the 2013-2015 InColors are selling out! Normally, we would not use a retired item during a class, but since the crafters in attendance all had workshops and several had earned this paper, nice to have extra ideas on how to use it, huh?  :)

I told the crafters that this was the easiest card they would be making all day! They had just made the Berry Basket Project (see Sunday's post for that one) and another project, so this one seemed like a piece of cake! Did you notice the little bit of Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim Ribbon too? I just liked this card and how easy it was to make! 

I had already cut the White Vellum 8.5" x 11 Cardstock from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit so the only thing needed was the assembly on the bag. VERY easy! And was enjoyed by all!

REMEMBER - you can only get the Love Is Kindness stamp through June 2nd. Stampin' Up! has advised that they will make more stamps (if the stamp set sells out), but once May 26th arrives, they will STOP producing retiring stamps. So if this is a stamp set you want, make sure you order it before it is gone!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hubby's Bicycle Accident

Crafters -

As I blogged about previously, during my One Sheet Wonders class a few weeks ago, my husband was involved in a serious bicycle crash in southern Ohio, about two hours from our home.

First a little backstory. My husband is an avid cyclist. When we began dating, almost 20 years ago!, he rode his bicycle A LOT! Some insane number like 10,000 miles a year - ON A BICYCLE?!?! What? Yeah, that's him.

And he's really good too! When I did my first century (that's 100 miles!), which was also my LAST century, at about the 80 mile point, we were going up a rolling hill and I was done! I stopped pedaling my bicycle, and figured I'd just get off the bike and he could come back and pick me up! I was that done! Put a fork in me, whatever your saying is, that's where I was.

He advised me that I could finish the last 20 miles and he placed his hand on the back of my bicycle seat. With him riding next to me, and I wasn't pedaling at that time, he pedaled the BOTH of us up this stupid hill. Never lost his balance. Neither of us fell. He just pedaled us up this hill.

Now I don't know about you, but when I cycle, I look at the sky, watch the road for bumps, watch the cars, chat with other cyclists, look at the ducks and geese, etc. I enjoy cycling, but there is no way that I could cycle me and another person up a small hill without crashing! NO WAY!!

So, after he got me over that stupid rolling hill, I continued to cycle and we made it through the 100 miles. I still have a bicycle and I still ride it on occasion. But I am NOWHERE near the cyclist my husband is.

Ok, so you have a visual picture of the type of cyclist my husband is. Fast forward a few years. In 2012, hubby was able to go to France and was able to cycle on some of the same roads and same courses as the Tour de France. The group he was with was able to get their photographs taken on the Tour de France PODIUM! Here is my hubby's photo:
Good looking fella, huh?

Well, fast forward to April 25th. He was riding his bicycle with some other avid fitness gurus. Most of them are triathletes, so they are really in shape and know what they are doing. Paul's back wheel hit something (diesel fuel or oil), keep in mind that these guys ride on each other's back tire, and Paul fell. His friend Dan Wesley (Wes) was right behind him and thankfully Wes is equally skilled on the bicycle. Wes also fell, but it was a controlled fall (is there even such a thing?). He was injured and was treated as well. 

Paul doesn't remember the crash. His friend Christine held his head while they waited approximately 45 minutes for the emergency squad to arrive - they were WAY out there in rural Ohio. Cell signals and reception are hard to find. The emergency squad transported Paul by ambulance to the Columbus area from Portsmouth. That's usually about a two-hour drive. Paul said they made it in about one.

And here's what my husband looked like when I got to the Emergency Room in Columbus:
Thumbs up!
He always has such a positive outlook!

And here is his helmet:
That "ding" is the front left side of Paul's helmet.

The back of Paul's helmet.
It basically shattered.
BUT it did its job!

So what this very long posting is about is...

  1. Please wear your helmet. On every ride, even the short ones. This elite group of cyclists were only about 2.5 miles into their ride when this accident occurred. For me, that's a bike ride to the grocery store and back. It can happen that quick. Wear a helmet for your family's sake.
  2. Make sure someone knows where you are and how to get in touch with your emergency contacts. Both hubby and I (and even the boy) have Road IDs. Their website is HERE. I'm not receiving any monies from them. That's just who we use. There are a number of styles that should fit most lifestyles. Thankfully, Paul was able to call me himself about 90 minutes after the accident occurred.
  3. Make sure you are with people who know what to do. They don't have to have advanced lifesaving skills. If they can just call 9-1-1, that's good! Thankfully, Paul's friend Christine Pfaff knew what to do! She didn't move him around and she held his head still. She basically made herself his human cervical collar so his head didn't move and she did this for about 45 minutes. Talk about someone being a Godsend. Thank you Christine for being there.
  4. Paul's friends packed up his personal belongings and placed everything, including the bicycle into his car. And my husband had a LOT of stuff! He hangs with some WONDERFUL peeps!
  5. His friend Rocco Maiolo drove Paul's car home for me and parked it in the driveway so that I could concentrate on Paul. I didn't have to worry about finding someone to drive 2 hours, one-way, with me to get his car and bring it back home. Thank you Rocco!
  6. Wes met with us a few days later to check on Paul and to give him the few items that were left behind. Keep in mind, Wes was injured in this accident too! What a nice guy! Thank you Wes!
I know there were others involved in helping my husband, I just don't know everyone. I'm confident I missed at least one person, and I hope they will forgive me for not listing them. But I am so thankful that my husband was ok on this accident. I have never been so thankful for a bunch of bumps and bruises, and even two black eyes!

Bottom line. Safety first and always - wear your helmet. And always surround yourself with wonderful friends. Friends are just BEST!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Berry Basket Project - Stampin' Up!

Several crafters stopped over on Saturday. I had invited my Sale-a-Bration hostesses because I wanted to thank them for having workshops during Sale-a-Bration. 

Check out one of the projects that we made on Saturday.
Berry Basket Die

Ten 3" x 3" cards
(Two of each of 2013-2015 InColors)
Don't forget the Square Envelopes too!

We used the Berry Basket Die and the soon-to-be retired 2013-2015 InColors. We used the Banner Blessings and Papillon Potpourri Stamps sets. All of the 3" x 3" cards were stamped using Baked Brown Sugar (BOY! Am I going to miss that color!). **If you want any of the colors, get them while you can because they are selling out FAST! **

ALSO - Banner Blessings has been around for about six months. It is one of those sets that Stampin' Up! has advised will be here for six months but cannot guarantee it will be here longer. If that set is something you want, get it now too!

We also used the soon-to-be retired (AND on Clearance Rack!) All Abloom Designer Series Paper Pack. and Bitty Butterfly Punch. We used our Stampin' Dimensionals to allow the little butterflies to take flight!

We decorated the Basket with a Tea Lace Doily, added a Deco Labels piece and then used the WONDERFUL Butterflies Thinlits Die.

Because I always cut a few extras, after the crafters had all gone home, I got to play! I stamped the coordinating color on each of the cards. I also added the Trust God Stamp Set. Here's what that set looked like:
Basket Die
Using 2013-2015 InColors Stamp Pads

All other items remained the same.

AND, everyone had a LOT of fun putting this project together. SShhhh... don't tell, but I'm going to make this project (using different colors) for my son's teachers. His teachers are just wonderful. They encourage the students all the time. What a great little note that the teacher can give to the student!