Friday, September 19, 2014

Founder's Circle 2014

 Good Morning!  I am sitting here in St. George, Utah at the Founder's Circle retreat and all I can say is "wow!"  Feeling very blessed and thankful to have this amazing, amazing opportunity!  

We are leaving soon to visit Stampin' Up's Kanaba facility - where we manufacture our stamps and ink pads.  Fun day - and this year we have planned a little surprise for the employees at Kanab.  More about that later! 

Here's a brief recap of what I have been doing since I left Canton bright and early Wednesday morning - 

Flew to Las Vegas - and hooked up with my friend Kim on the way there.  

 Once in Vegas, we are taken by tour bus up to St. George - I tried to get some photos of the beautiful mountains on the way - not the best photos but pretty none the less! 

When we arrived in St. George, we were greeted by some of the Stampin' Up! staff who are here this week - they totally spoil us - lunch was ready when we arrived, and while we had lunch, our luggage was being delivered to our hotel rooms.  And yes, we all get our own hotel room!!  For me, this is a real treat - I have a family of 6!!! So to have my own hotel room is so wonderful. 

We had a "get to know you" event that evening before dinner - our theme this year is Home for the Holidays, so we were divided into groups - my group was called the Hot Cocoas!!  Each group made a gingerbread house - so fun! 

Here's my group ! 

And yes, there is one man here - first time a male demonstrator has achieved the Founder's Circle trip!!! 

Some decorations in the "holiday lodge" - which is our gathering area.  

And the highlight of the evening was our welcome dinner - look how beautiful - 

Later that night when I returned to my room, I had a pillow gift waiting - this is "the loot" as my girls would call it - from just the first day!  Sheesh!!!  Stampin' Up! does not miss a detail! 

So I am off to breakfast now and then headed to Kanab!  More later!  Thanks for visiting! 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Headed to Founder's Circle

Getting Ready to head out to St. George, Utah for the Founder's Circle 2014 Retreat! Beyond excited!  Please check back this week as I will be sharing what I am doing on my blog! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Spooktacular Stampers Dozen Blog Hop

 Welcome to our Spooktacular Blog Hop!  I LOVE Halloween - the fun costumes, the treats, the decorations, all of it!  

Here's how I greet our trick or treaters on Halloween!  Too funny - and I get lots of looks and laughs from everyone! 


My card today features a cute witch from the Freaky Friends Set, and also Holiday Home stamp set and coordinating framelits.   This little witch is flying above the town, up in the sky across the moon! 

 Measurements used for this card, if you would like to recreate it!

Basic Black base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches,  scored at 4 1/4
The next layer is a fun design from  the Motley Monsters Designer Paper - cut 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

I used the Memento Black ink pad and stamped the witch and also the Happy Halloween greeting.  The Happy Halloween greeting is from the Holiday Home set.

 I flagged the ends of the little banner with my Hexagon Punch.  (don't miss this - it is on sale through tonight, as part of our weekly deals - see it here)  Just hold the punch upside down and center the small strip of paper on a "v" and punch!

The rooftops are created by stamping the three house stamps from Holiday Home onto Basic Gray cardstock with Whisper White Craft ink.  
The shapes are quickly and perfectly cut out with the coordinating framelits.    (tip - the Holiday Home Stamp Set and framelits are bundled together - save 15% by purchasing them in a bundle!  See it here )  

All coloring on the witch was done with Blendabilites.  

My moon was created using the 2 1/2 inch circle punch - I punched one in whisper white and a second one in So Saffron cardstock.  I snipped the So Saffron moon a bit - creating the crescent moon shape. 

And to finish the card, I colored some small rhinestones with my Smokey Slate blendabilties for some color co-ordinated sparkle!  

All supplies used in my card are listed below.    Hope you enjoy the rest of our hop! 

Now it's time to visit my friend, Stella MacKay  - I can't wait to see what she has created!

And if you would like to travel backwards to Josee's blog, here is that link -

 Supplies used for my card: 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Unite and Excite

 Unite and Excite was held last night in Jefferson, Ohio.  There were about 75 demonstrators from surrounding areas - one came as far as Tennessee!    As always when demonstrators gather, this was a ton of fun as we all shared and inspired one another. 

My friend, Linda Bauwin hosted the event and did an amazing job! I could tell that she put a lot of time and effort into this event - hope she rests up today! I will get to see her next week in St. George when we attend the Founder's Circle Retreat.  So excited for that!

I was asked to speak briefly on a Stampin' Up! promotion we have going now - it is for an exclusive, limited time only stamp set called Good Greetings.  

It is a set of words - greetings - and some are words that we don't have in current stamp offerings.  To get this set, you have to submit a $300 product order - either a big order yourself, by hosting a fun stampin' party with your friends, or even doing a book party and gathering orders without actually meeting.  Any of these would work! Please contact me if you would be interested in any of the above options to get this set for YOU!!! 

I made up a few samples using some of the greetings in this set.  How many times do you see a hand stamped creation and think "Ah, I didn't think I needed or wanted that set, but now that I see what you have done with it, I HAVE to have it!"  And that was my thinking behind my presentation.   I wanted to focus on the words - and I hope that is what my samples do!  Also a great showcase of some of our designer series papers.  All of my samples use the great Postcard stamp as a base - please contact me if you have questions about products used on my samples.  

Here are my samples -

Merry Christmas -

Happy Halloween


Give Thanks

I Love Us

Happy Valentine's Day 

And for my display at the event, I put all the cards on this cute frame.  And now that I have made this, I will have it on display in my studio, The Bee Spot until Oct. 31 when this special promotion ends.

A fun, fun evening.  I traveled with my sweet friend, Rene' - we always have fun when we were together - but boy oh boy did we get twisted around coming home!!! We were on some roads that we probably shouldn't have been on - lots of road closures, etc.  And totally dark! AH!!  Well, with Rene' it is always an adventure. 

It was a VERY late night, but I would do it again in a minute! 

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, September 12, 2014

For All Things

 Pretty colors in this card - don't you think?  Maybe not a typical fall color combination, but I love it, none the less!  Hope you do, too!

The card uses the For All Things Stamp Set, colors are Always Artichoke, Pear Pizazz, Wisteria Wonder and Very Vanilla.  I added a bit of Venetian Crochet Trim and Linen Thread, too. 

And here is a slightly different version - I needed a Thank You card, so I switched the greeting to a stamp from the Good Greetings exclusive set - (only available with a $300 order/party).

Tonight I am attending a Stampin' Up! event called United and Excite - purpose is to bring area demonstrators together! I am sure it will be a great time. I was asked to present and will share with you tomorrow what I did!   Wish me luck!!! 

Supplies Listed Below for your convenience.    I have included the Hexagon Punch - it is what I use to punch the ends of cardstock to create a V shape -  and this happens to be one of our Weekly Deals - it is on sale through Monday for  $11.96.  

Click on the images and you will be taken right to my online store.  Day or night - the store is always open!