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I have two children. My daughter Jennifer is 27 and my son Christopher is 25. And two step-sons, Trevor and Adam ages 24 and 26 along with their beautiful wives Emily and Julie and their babies, Noah and Madisyn. I also have I've been married for 12 years to my husband Gary. I'm a full time Junior High Language Arts teacher and stamping is one of my passions. All products I use are from Stampin' Up! Be sure to visit my Stampin' Up! website to view my calendar of events by clicking on the link to the right!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Medallion Wedding

I need a card for a wedding next weekend, and my Medallion stamp arrived this week sooooo.... this is what I came up with. The gold embossing and Very Vanilla card stock coordinate with the bride's wedding invitations. (They were vanilla colored and printed in gold ink.) I tried adding one of the hat pins from the Pretties Kit but the ribbon wasn't sturdy enough to hold it after I added all of the beads so I took it off. I figured it would just cost more to mail with the pin on it anyway.
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Trendy Earrings

Won't this add a twist to my sister's jewelry making? I got her started on making jewelry a few years ago and I created a monster. She refuses to get involved with stamping because she knows she'll become addicted to it, too. Well, this is the first pair of earrings I've made since I started stamping 2-1/2 years ago. I got the inspiration for them at Convention during one of the General Sessions. Why don't I ever think of this stuff? Anyway, they were really easy to make and if you want the directions, just shoot me an email. Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This little Altoids tin...

This little Altoids tin was supposed to be my business card holder once I got it finished, but guess what? The business cards are a hair too long for it. Talk about the best laid plans...and I thought I'd be saving myself some money by not buying an expensive holder. It is just like me to not think things all the way through. So I had to quickly decide what I could do with this once I learned my cards wouldn't fit in it. It would make a cute little paper clip holder for my desk, don't you think?
It was so easy to do. I traced the top and bottom of the box on DSP and cut them out. I used sticky strip to adhere them to the tin. Then I cut a half inch strip to go around the bottom of the box, just below the hinges in the back. I again used stick strip to adhere this. I sanded the edges on the bottom with a sander. Then I used sticky strip to adhere the ribbon around the edges of the top. I cut out flowers from the dsp and stuck them on using dimensionals, added a pearl to the top one and used card stock for the leaves. I used the Tea Party dsp, almost amethyst card stock, rose 1/4" ribbon, dimensionals, sticky strip, and a pearl from the Petty's Kit. It will make a nice desk top accessory.
I still need a card holder for my business cards! I guess I'll have to get one of those expensive ones...darn. :)
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Friendship Card & One Convention Photo

Here is a photo of me sitting at one of the reserved demonstrator tables at Stampin' Up!'s home office in Riverton. I felt special because I've never been any where and found a reserved table for me! Stampin' Up! really treats its demonstrators like members of the family. Of all the direct sales companies I've ever worked for, I've never had one make me feel like I really matter, until I found Stampin' Up! It is nice to know that they aren't only concerned with what I can do for them. They are genuinely concerned with what they can do for me as a demonstrator too.
The other photo is of a card I made with the Wings of Friendship hostess set from Stampin' Up! I love this stamp set because there are so many things you can do with it. You can cut out the flowers and bird wing and pop them up, add glitter, or even color the bird, flowers and flourish different colors with the stampin' write markers for a totally different effect. Here I went totally monochromatic using the tone on tone technique. I used tempting turquoise and very vanilla paper and ink, along with a piece of very vanilla taffeta ribbon. I added a little dazzling diamonds glitter here and there and...voila! A beautiful card for my best friend.
I really like the tone on tone technique. It takes little thought and I think it looks so elegant. You know the old saying, less is more, and the older I get the more I believe that.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back from Convention

I arrived back from convention Sunday evening after a week of fun and excitement in Salt Lake City, UT. This was my first Stampin Up! convention and definitely not my last! I've only been home a little over 24 hours and I have already marked next year's convention on my calendar.

Convention was a fun-filled learning experience where I forged new friendships that I know will last forever. I hardly knew the two ladies I traveled with at the start of our nine hour road trip from Colorado Springs, but by the end I felt like I'd known them forever. I also met and became friends with my 3rd room mate who is originally from Iceland but now lives in Hawaii.

Convention started with an early wake up on Wednesday so we could all get over to the convention center for the opening of Memento Mall. We waited in line for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours but once inside we learned it was definitely worth the wait. Later Wednesday afternoon we visited Stampin Up!'s Riverton campus for a self guided tour of the facility. Everyone was very kind and welcoming. On the way back to SLC we made a side trip to IKEA. I'd been to IKEA before when I was stationed in Germany in the 80's but hadn't been to one since. It brought back excellent memories and...great prices! Got a lot of nice organizational items for my stamping office.

Thursday morning started with another early wake up so we would get good seats for the Opening General Session of the convention. The excitement continued to escalate until the doors for the first general session finally opened at 7:45 a.m. to 3,000 pumped up women. As we made our way to our seats, music continued to play until Shelli Gardner made her first appearance on stage at 8:30. There was dancing in the aisles and much singing and laughter as we awaited her arrival. It was hard not to get caught up in all of the excitement
Friday and Saturday was much of the same and I was sad to see convention end on Saturday afternoon.

I got home about 6:00 p.m on Sunday evening and spent yesterday unpacking, catching up on laundry, working on my stamping business and getting some much needed sleep.

I've posted photos of the long line for Memento Mall. I'll post more photos as the week progresses.

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