Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Stampin' Up! has opened a Clearance Section!

Stampin' Up! has opened up a Clearance Rack Online!

This is a permanent & consistent sale of retired & discontinued items up to 80% off!! These items are only available while supplies last & need to be ordered via my SU website/online store.

Check it out often as the items available will be posted & removed based on inventory levels.

Click on the Shop Now button and follow the links to the clearance section.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Here's a quick card using the new Sweet Centers set from the holiday mini--using my favorite Halloween color combo of Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. And lots of punches.
The 1 3/4" circle, the 1 3/8" circle, the new modern label punch. don't they look like monster hands? Too cute!

We are off to BG for the weekend of camping and football. It's supposed to rain all weekend so we rented a camper from Morale services---$120.00 for the whole weekend! Love the perks for being military!

Anyway, getting ready for my big holiday kick-off party next week. Lots to show and see, so stop by! 9:30am or 7pm on Tuesday. Have heard from several people and can't wait to see everyone!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Today is our 15th Wedding anniversary.
It's hard to believe that 15 years has passed so quickly. It seems just last year that we bought our house and moved in. We bought the house in Oct. 1995 and moved into the house in Dec. 1996---it was a serious fixer-upper!

I don't have any pictures of us back then or of the house back then on this computer. I'll have to see if I can track down some and share.

Not much has changed for Mitch or I. We have more wrinkles. I have more gray hair and a few more pounds.

Over the years we added onto the house twice: the sunroom/kids' playroom and my craft room. We dug a well and updated most of the plumbing, but still have several large jobs to do. We put in new windows, a new roof, new gutters, ran electric, planted trees, cut down trees. Added three dogs and three kids. Still have two dogs and three kids.

Professionally, it's been a crazy ride. Mitch has been promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel. Together we endured a 14-month separation while he was deployed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I earned my Master's Degree in Curriculum from Ashland University in May, 2001. I taught for 7 years before we began our family. When we began our family, my job was to keep the house together and take care of the children. I joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator in April 2005. Keeping the house together is a relative term, because I'm not a very good housekeeper--never was--and I feel like I can have a clean house when the kids are grown and out on their own!

It's amazing how quickly these years have passed. I look forward to the challenges that the next 15, 30, 45 years bring us.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Yes, I've joined the craze of Facebook.

I'm still learning the deal. Right now I have just a personal page and I'm working on creating a business page. So, if you are on FB, I'd love it if you became a fan!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Two days till SU! Regionals in Cincinnati

Whoo Hoo! Less than 48 hours and I will be in a room full of other crazy stampers from all over! I know people who are traveling from Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia---it's a small taste of what Convention is like.
I chatted a bit last night with a Convention buddy and her group from Michigan who I'll be reuniting with Saturday morning. Can't wait!

Beth will be traveling down with me, my sister, and the kids and staying at my parent's house. The kids will then spend the day with the gparents while we head downtown.

I wasn't going to make any swaps this time. I've participated in several swaps last month and have a good selection. But I started getting the swap fever. So this morning after I put the kids on the bus, I headed upstairs.

I used a card I designed for this month's stamping playdate, but I cut the main panel too short and had to rework it a bit. I'll take a picture and show you tomorrow how I managed to make 25 swaps in less than 3 hours---including reinking my So Saffron pad and a 1/2 hour phone call with Beth!

Update on $75.00 GC give-away

This gift certificate give-away didn't happen this weekend as I had hoped. Bad timing---close to the school year beginning and all that goes with that, the holiday and no one getting the new holiday mini yet.

But never fear! My 15th wedding anniversary is later this month and I'm having a holiday kick-off party on the 29th, so there will be plenty of chances to win!

Stacey M will recieve a sampling of Big Shot die cuts, including the new Build-a-Bear, for being the first to let me know she received her holiday mini in the mail.

Samples for September's Color Combos

Here are some examples of this month's color combos.

The color combo of Rose Red, Regal Rose and Pretty and Pink is really easy to use!

The second picture is one of the other color combos this month: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry.

This stamp set is called "Wandering Words" and is available in the holiday mini. It will be featured at my holiday kick-off party on Sept. 29.

I'll be ordering last month's color combos along with this month's, so if you would like any or all, just let me know. Each combo is $6.45, included shipping and tax for local pick-up. Your name will be entered in this month's customer appreciation drawing for every three combos you order. Each combo has 8 sheets of each color.

Combos available:

August #1: Soft Suede, Ruby Red, More Mustard
August #2: Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
August #3: Apricot Appeal, Gable Green, Rose Red

September #1: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in pink
September #2: Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Dusty Durango
September #3: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Example of #2 Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Dusty Durango

Autumn Days Stamp set is on the left.
So Saffron, Ruby Red classic ink.
Dusty Durango and Soft Suede markers were also used. (REALLY like these In-Color markers!)
Autumn Splendor is used on the card on the right. Found in the Holiday mini.

The Cast-a-Spell bundle is still available till the end of the month.

Friday, September 4, 2009

$75.00 Gift Certificate Give-Away

Are you feeling lucky?

To celebrate my birthday I am giving away a $75 gift certificate to the new catalog to one very lucky lady!

Just think... you could get the Color Caddy, completely free. What about all the new In Colors, inks, paper, you name it? Free. Or get the Big Shot for $25.00! Or all those yummy embellishments that keep getting bumped off your order...FREE.

And how do YOU get in the drawing for this amazing offer?
Simply place an order of $40 or more between now and Monday, September 7th at midnight. Every person's name will go in the drawing once for every $40 they spent.

No one loses---everyone gets what they ordered for every $40.00 spent---but one lucky person will receive an additional $75.00 to spend! Increase your chances of winning by placing a $80.00 or $160.00 order or more if you'd like.

This offer can not be used in conjunction with other coupons, discounts, color combos or bundles from me. All orders must be placed by phone or email by midnight Sept. 7 through me, and not through my website. Payment is required at time of placing the order. Shipping and tax is additional. This offer is contingent on 10 participants. Participants will also be entered in the monthly Customer Appreciation drawing to be held Oct. 1.

I'm so excited for YOU to have this chance to spend $75.00 totally guilt-free!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September's Color Combos

September's Color Combos

Remember, each color combo has 8 sheets of each color. 8x3=24; this way you can get several colors of cardstock for the same price as a solid color pack. Don't forget that you will have to pay tax and shipping, just like you are ordering a pack of cardstock. The deal is getting several colors instead of just one. And you know that the colors work really well together!

Color Combo #1
Rose Red, Regal Rose and Pretty In Pink
(in celebration and preparation for October's Breast Cancer Awareness cards!)

Color Combo #2
So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Dusty Durango

Color Combo #3Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
(See the Very thankful class examples for these cards)

Contact me today if you would like any of these color combos. I have enough cardstock on hand for #1 for you to pick up today. The other colors will need to be ordered. I will have several orders this month---so don't wait till the end to say you want these color combos! Price is for local pick up only. If you don't live in the Columbus area, then shipping with be additional.

Very Thankful Class

I changed up the examples for the Very Thankful class later tonight. The last samples all used the same color scheme---which I like very much---but was a bit boring. So I did these up.

I like these color combos so much that they will be this month's color combos!

The peacock card: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay textured, Crushed Curry textured, Very Vanilla
Scallop edge punch and Crushed Curry 1/2" polka-dot grosgrain ribbon.
Soft Suede and Bermuda Bay markers

The turtle card (not colored): Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry textured, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla CS. Black Stazon ink.
Modern Label, Word Window punches, Watercolor crayons and aquapainter.

Thanks So Much: So Saffron, Dusty Durango textured, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla CS. Eyelet edge punch, Dusty Durango 1/2" polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. So Saffron ink and Dusty Durango marker, 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals.

Thank You(boy)card: Sahara Sand, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla CS. Black Stazon-on ink. Heart to Heart punch. Watercolor crayons and aquapainter, dimensionals.

Did you notice that the textured cardstock comes in 8.5x11 size now? Yep! In an assorted pack, same as the 12x12, which is what I got. LOVE it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

August's Customer Appreciation Winner

Congratulations Carrie B! You are now the proud owner of the "Darling Dots" stamp set.

Fortune is also on my side as Carrie is coming over in the morning for the Ribbon of Hope class.

Since my kids should be sleeping; I had Mitch pick the winner.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's classes.

I'll have September's color combinations and the customer appreciation prize up later this week. Reagan was helping me choose the colors----she likes lots of contrast!