Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blog Candy Winner

It's Sunday and as promised, I am announcing the winner of my Blog Candy, but wanted to say a few words first.  Thanks to all of you who embarked on the First Jacksonville STARZ Blog Hop.  I hope you all enjoyed it and come back to visit us again soon.  I know we all had a great time getting this ready and I'm looking forward to doing another one real soon.

So, without any more delay................................the Winner is:  GAYLE (FROM TEXAS)

Gayle, contact me with your address so I can get your Blog Candy in the mail.

Thanks again to all who participated. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

First Jacksonville STARZ Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!!!   Welcome to the First Blog Hop of the Jacksonville STARZ.  You have been directed here from Lee Conrey's Stampingleeyours blog. 

I'd like to share with you my current Stampin' Up! Family Tree. 
How would you like to join my family?  Stampin' Up! makes it so easy and affordable.  Look what a $99 investment can do for you.....
  • $99 kit gives you $125 in Stampin' Up! product of your choice and all the Business Supplies you will need to set up your business
  • The current sign up promotion from Stampin' Up! is a full set of 10 Ink Pads in your choice of color family (excluding Neutrals).  This is a $49.95 retail value and you don't even have to pay for shipping or tax
Stampin' Up! also has a Hostess Special right now that you can take advantage of.

  • Sign up and be your own Hostess.  Hold a $450 Party/Workshop this month and you will receive another full set of 10 Ink Pads in your choice of color family (excluding Neutrals) for FREE.  Plus, this $450 Party/Workshop entitles you to $65 in free merchandise and 1 half-price item
  • And if that isn't enough to entice you.....Lee has offered a "Signing Bonus".  She will provide you with either a Magic Bow Maker or a Set of 3 Card Stands (your choice) just for signing up with me
How amazing is all of that?????  The specials from Stampin' Up! make this an offer you can't pass up.  Join my Stampin' Up! family and let me show you how to do what I do...that is to run my own business, meet wonderful new friends, do what I love and have fun while doing it.

I know you also stopped by to see my card for today so here it is.
I used Tweet Leaves from the current Holiday Catalog.  My card base is Early Espresso and I used More Mustard and Cajun Craze for my mats.  The DSP is Orchard Harvest.  I colored my stamp using Stampin' Write Markers in various colors, huffed on the stamp to remoisten the ink and then stamped the image onto Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is from Just Believe.  I hope you like it!!!

I'm also giving away some blog candy....a brand new Fresh Vintage stamp set and a Holiday Frame embossing folder.  All you have to do is leave me a comment with your contact information and I will draw for the Winner on Sunday

In case you get lost on your journey following are all participants in today's First Blog Hop of the Jacksonville STARZ:
I certainly appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop in.  Before leaving, make sure to leave a comment to be entered into the blog candy drawing.  

Your next stop on the Blog Hop is Rose Ann Marr from Lehigh Acres, Florida.  Click HERE to go to her blog.  Have fun!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Come To Bethlehem

Today's card is one I made for a fundraising event this past Saturday.  At these events we usually make cards that are easily duplicatable as the attendees who support our fundraising efforts have varying degrees of stamping/cardmaking skills.  We have long time stampers and those that are brand new, but they all enjoy themselves and usually can't wait until the next event. 

I used the Come To Bethlehem stamp set from the current catalog.  This stamp set came out last year and I have used it several times to create some beautiful holiday cards.  This time I changed it up from traditional Christmas colors and used Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.  I used the Early Espresso Core'dinations paper and embossed it with the Lacy Brocade folder and then sanded it to expose the light colored core.  I hope Stampin' Up! releases additional colors in the Core'dination line because it is so much fun to use.  This paper lends itself to both vintage looks as well as those that are whimsical.  The image piece was framed with a narrow border of Champagne glimmer paper and the center of the star is a rhinestone.  What's a Christmas card without a little bling? 

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog today.  Thanks for returning and I hope you check in again soon.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Welcome back friends!  It is finally starting to feel like fall here in Florida.  This has been such a HOT summer this year and I,for one, am very thankful for the cooler temps we are starting to see.  
In honor of the changing season I have created a card using the beautiful new stamp set called Wonderfall and the matching Autumn Accents Bigz Die that can both be found in the current Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  Also in the catalog is the Woodgrain Embossing Folder used here.  My cardstock colors are More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip.  Inks used are More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake.  I sponged the woodgrain Chocolate Chip cardstock with a little Stampin' Up! Craft White ink and a little Chocolate Chip ink, all in an effort to make the woodgrain look a little distressed.  All in all I am pretty happy with how the card turned out.  I left off a sentiment so I could add it at a later date when I decide what I am going to be using it for.  The card would be fabulous for Thanksgiving or a masculine birthday. 
I made this card at a recent workshop, everyone loved it, and I sold 4 Wonderfall stamp sets and 3 Autumn Accents dies.  These items are only available until January 2nd so don't let the opportunity pass by without getting these fabulous products.  You can click directly on my name below this post to be taken to my Stampin' Up! store.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions about the techniques used on this card or anything else I can help you with.  Thank you very much for the return visit. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Warm Winter Mittens

Today's card was done with the Make a Mitten stamp set (#127943) found on page 11 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  I used the Mitten Builder Punch (#127824), Snow Festival DSP (#126908)and Primrose Petals In Color Ribbon (#126844).  I just noticed how crooked the bow looks on my ribbon.  Oh well, just picture it without the downward tilt. 

I love how this card turned out and it was so simple to make.  Stampin' Up! is the leader when it comes to products that all match so you can create beautiful projects from cards to scrapbook pages and 3D items.  If you would like to duplicate this card just click on my name below and go to my Stampin' Up! store where you can purchase everything necessary.   
Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  I'll see you again soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Convention Photos

I know this is a little late in coming, but I wanted to share some of the photos from the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City this past July.

This is where all the magic happens....the beautiful Stampin' Up! home office located in Riverton Utah.
Following are photos of the lobby inside the home office that was decorated for convention.

Here are 3 additional decorations in the lobby...Christina Cummings, me and Lee Conrey.

Here are 2 photos of the warehouse where all the goodies are stored just waiting for our orders.  This section of the building is HUGE!!! 

I've been told if you go to the Stampin' Up! home office you have to get your picture taken at the huge rock with the Stampin' Up! logo.                So here I am!!!!! 
I met so many new friends (fellow demonstrators) at convention.  Here I am with just a few of them...Carole'Anne Sluchinski, Lee Conrey, Sandi MacIver, Shelagh Freemantle and me.  This photo was taken in the hotel restaurant where we had several great meals and lots of laughs.
Here is one of those meals...Check out this FABULOUS French Toast.  YUMMY!!!!!
Following is a photo of me, Lee Conrey and Christina Cummings taken on Awards Night. Notice the wrist corsage that Lee has on. Christina and I didn't get them this year but we are aiming high for next year.          Wish us luck!!!!!

I think I have a couple more to share but will have to do it another day. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Free Ribbon!!!!

WOW!!!!  Stampin' Up! is such a great company.  Check out what they are offering for FREE in the month of September.

While the kids are heading back to school, Stampin' Up! is going back to 'spool'! For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend! 

Choose from the following ribbons:

Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

If you want to take advantage of this fantastic offer just click on my name below to place an order thru my Stampin' Up! store.  Or, you can always come to one of my classes and place your order directly with me.  Or just give me a call or send me an email.  Pick just one or get all five, just don't let this great opportunity pass you by.

Thank you all so much for your continued support.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I'M BACK!!!!!!

I can't even begin to tell you what this past year has been like, except to say that it has been busy, frustrating, much too long and blogging has been the last thing on my mind.  However, I went to the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City last month and I am stoked to get started again.  The convention was everything I had expected it to be and more.  I will be posting some photos in the next few days to share my experiences with you.  I met so many new friends and was able to be there as my upline, Lee Conrey, was honored with the Heart of Stampin' Up! Award.

I'd like to share a card with you today that I created prior to convention but never got around to posting.  I used multiple stamp sets...Papillion Potpourri, Summer Silhouettes, Papaya Collage and One In A Million.  Can I just say that I love the new catalog this year.  The stamp sets are so versatile and so much fun to work with.  Don't you just love the new butterfly punch that matches Papillion Potpourri???  My colors are Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade and Baja Breeze.  I don't know what made me put these colors together but I really like how it turned out.

Thanks for coming back to visit and I promise it won't be another year before I post again.