A BIG Simple Stampin’ HELLO!

 

I hope that no one falls off of their chair….but it’s little old me popping in to say a BIG MARYLAND HELLO and catch up! I was actually scared if I would have remembered how to blog and trust me…my fingers and toes were crossed that Word Press remembered me and that my fingers would enjoy hen-peckin’ away!

Where in the world do I begin….(hmmmm – kinda sounds like a song!!!) First and foremost…I am fine….I am actually great in so many ways that I could just KICK MYSELF that I have not been hen-peckin’ away little by little so it is not so darn overwhelming!

Lots has been going on but it is all good and the best thing is that I DID NOT shut down my Blog as I truly realize how blessed I am to have so many that care and enjoy my silly ways of blogging…my creative yet simple card designs…my tips and tricks – and also my silly and fun stories of life and my love for animals!!

I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (it’s ok and YES – I am still stampin’ away) but I think that you know me well enough that stampin’ and crafting will ALWAYS be so near and dear to my heart. I do hope that this decision that I made will not make you leave my blog! (as that would just be silly as I do love to share, inspire and create)

I had so many wonderful years with Stampin’ Up!  and I made so many amazing friends (just like YOU) but I am so excited for this new chapter in my life. It was a hard decision to make but I will say that once I made the decision – I felt like it was the right thing for me!

There is SOOOOOO darn much to fill you in with and then once you see all of the pieces of the puzzle of my life coming together – you will see and hopefully say…..I am happy for Susan and I am glad that she is back!

Before we go any further I want to put this out there….loud and clear…I am NOT going to be affiliated with other companies and have affiliate links….I just wanna do what I love to do and that is….SHARE MY LOVE AND PASSION making clean and simple cards and inspiring you along the way!

I use so many different products from other companies (and always have) but you all know….the computer thing and I are not Peanut Butter and Jelly and I just want to keep things super simple and do what I love and what I do best….creating clean & simple cards and offer simple kits for you to create and send on to others to make them smile!

Just creating this blog post is a HUGE MILESTONE for me and I am hoping that this will kick start my energy to blog and have FUN with you all! I have soooo much BLOG CANDY to share and give away to you all….I just love to make you smile!

My years with Stampin’ Up! taught me so much and I would not have changed a thing as I truly am a happy person because of you all! When I reflected on what made me the most happy with Stampin’ Up! and what me me roll….these are the things that always came to my simple mind!!

  • My friendships made from my team and my blog…
  • My LOVE of designing and creating kits…
  • My LOVE for sharing and showing you tips & tricks to enhance this crafty fun…
  • My LOVE for doing Product Shares…
  • My LOVE for sharing stories of my wonderful PEEPS…sweet hubby…..and menagerie of animals!

 

The GREAT NEWS is…..that I can still do all of the above with the exception of Product Shares (but I still help team members if they need it) – I know that it is crazy but I truly loved doing Product Shares as I know how amazing that feeling is to get “the goods” in the mail! Heck, who doesn’t love happy mail!

So…..what does this mean? I am going to be doing some simple card kits but not like I have done in the past…..I am going to offer single card kits for you to be able to assemble. Some of you might have remembered in the Fall I did a WICKED Halloween Card kit and it was so well received!

My goal remains the same…to show you fun and clean ways to make a card that not only you will be proud of…but one that can be easily duplicated with other stamps and dies that you have!

I have shared this many times before but I truly believe that we are all so hard on ourselves and that many of us have a feeling of “I just can’t do that” and it is as simple as this….

 

THAT MINDSET MAKES ME SUPER SAD!

 

My Mom was the most wonderful person in the whole wide world but I noticed as she was aging that her self confidence in herself  was not as strong…again, that makes me sad and I also can see this happen to me at times…..so I am here to say…..

 

WE ALL HAVE GIFTS and WE ALL CAN DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING…

 

What we need to do is so simple yet something that we all find that we need to remind ourselves (sometimes quite often)…. to be patience and not so hard on ourselves.

This is the MAIN reason I started making kits years ago….and trust me, it was a labor of love and many times I was told ….“are you crazy….why do you put so much time, love and hard work into them – you simply can’t be making money off of them”

 

I am a big believer in listening to your “gut instinct”

 

Here is what my heart always told me … – it is a passion within me to make sure that each and everyone feels positive and accomplishes something they set out to do….as WE CAN DO IT….and I know how it feels to not only accomplish something that you want to do but to also stand back and look at what you made.

In a nutshell….I get it – as I also can be in the same camp of – “WOW – that is great…..but I could not do that…” In so many ways I am a self taught – I love to watch YouTube Videos, I love to take as many classes as I can – I guess you can say that I am a big sponge that likes to soak up any techniques, tips & tricks that I can learn!

I love to be creative in many ways…that is one thing that WILL NEVER CHANGE!!!

 

 


 

In the Fall, John and I purchased a home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Our new home is very close to my Dad (actually about 3 miles away). This was a HUGE decision for us and one that we did not intend to do so quickly. It was as simple as this….the moon and the stars lined up as we found a place that we could easily see us grow old together ….continue to make memories together….and the rest is history…(well kind of) – We are trading the 30 acre farm life to a 2 acre peaceful water life.

Below is my view …it is just so peaceful.

 

 

I took several months of thinking and soul searching as to what I wanted and needed to do (with Stampin’ Up! & the whole moving thing) – and 1st thing was to figure out what to do with the animals!!! It’s not as easy as it seems as they are so near and dear to my heart and I needed to make sure that this was settled.

I am sure many of you are thinking….what about Daisy? Well….she is still at the farm but she will be moving down here to the shore and will have a new home with a friend that lives on a farm and I am just thrilled with that! We do have a contract on our farm but it has not settled yet so we are taking care of (2) yards for mowing and weeding but hopefully that will be settled soon!

I know you will all get a kick out of how we have been moving….YEP…with the HORSE TRAILER…works like a charm but we always giggle while we are going down the road as we feel like Sanford & Son!!!

 

 

I have been living on the shore ever since the terrible Virus outbreak. I do and pray that you all are safe and healthy. This is just an unreal time that we all are experiencing and I feel very blessed that I am here with my Dad. He has been great with only coming and going from his house to mine (he is getting antsy)

I have actually been a card making machine during this stay at home time and I have also been a weed picker machine….I have sent out more cards in the past 2 months  – I think that when I sit and create I realize how simple yet powerful a card is to make someone feel special and appreciated!

I have a NEW HELPER….my Dad – he is now helping making cards with me. He loves the Big Shot but he gets frustrated with the magnetic plates jumping around (sounds familiar??? we all have been there!!!)….it truly has been a blessing for him to have us move here and I have learned to appreciate and cherish that we are spending so much time together.Trust me, I think that I am being tested with my patience at times but I do know that I am blessed and it is times like this that I miss my Mom so much!  She would have just been over the moon to have us so close!

 

 

 

 

Besides our new home, the other FANTASTIC news I have is…..(drum-roll)…I AM GOING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER! I am so darn tootin’ excited as James and Ashleigh are expecting a firecracker of a boy…the due date is July 4th!!! WOOT-WOOT!!! I just cannot tell you how excited I am.

My Mom was a “GiGI” and I have BIG SHOES to fill as she was just the best Grandmother…..and you can see by the smile on my face…I am excited!!!

 

 

 

Back to the blog…Back to Stampin’…Back to simple kits!

 

Like I did before, I am going to offer single card kits for you to make up and assemble. They will be $4.00 each and they are totally on a 1st come first serve basis. When I post card offerings they will be ready to go OUT THE DAY I BLOG ABOUT THEM but I am only making up a limited quantity so once they are sold…they are gone until I create and make up a new batch of card offerings!

This 1st batch of card offerings (3 in total) are made with stamps/dies from other companies but ones that I know you will love as they are perfect for the times that we are all going through. I will always use Stampin’ Up! Heavyweight White Cardstock & envelopes and also SU paper as it is just the best with the color coordination etc….. I am just like you – excited to see the NEW catalog and once I see that…..perhaps I will design simple card kits with Stampin’ Up! goodies. We all know that I have TONS & TONS of Stampin’ Up! stuff!

I will post tomorrow with the offerings but remember, when they are sold through….they are sold through! I am in the process of creating a space for me to stamp in at the new house…but it is under construction. I am actually doing pretty good but it is a good thing John is not here during the week as it looks like a tornado hit as I have things here, there and EVERYWHERE! We often Facetime each other during the week as he goes on a search and rescue at the farm for something I cannot find here!

Below you will see the space that we are transforming into my piece of hobby heaven…I will be able to sneak upstairs and be lost…I am sooooo excited!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for hanging in there for this long post but I hope that you can also see that I am going to be doing some fun things with my blog besides card-making….I am going to share “life stuff” with you all to inspire you…and to also express myself from my little corner of the world!

I must say, it feels GREAT to do “other loves” that I have….cooking, gardening, needlepointing….yoga & long walks…we all know this, Life is a precious gift and one that we all need to nourish and be grateful for.

I will be back tomorrow with some BLOG CANDY and the reveal of the (3) super cute card kits…do you remember when I would do blog candy that I would ask great questions to get you all go down memory lane….well – that’s what we will do with my 1st post back!

Below is a little sneak peak of one of the cards….something I love to do and something will all need to so…..SMILE!!!!

 

 

Until tomorrow…..sleep well!

 

 

How about FREE Hostess Stamp Set? Sale today!!!

 

 

Today is the one and only day that Stampin’ Up! is offering a 24 hour sale on selected Stamp Set that are all discounted 15%!!! We all know what that 4 letter word of SALE can do to us….but remember, it is just today!

To sweeten the SALE….I have decided to also throw in a special that I know you all would love to win!

 

 

 

 

Below you will see the fabulous Hostess only set, Greatest Part of Christmas.….and one lucky person will win this! Trust me, I get it…..that it is frustrating when you see SUPER STAMPS and then….you cannot purchase it unless you have an event or a large order….been there – done that!

You can see that this stamp is filled with not only amazing sentiments….but the fonts are out of the ballpark! HOW CAN YOU WIN IT? Easy….anyone that places an order with me today will have the opportunity to win this from me!

 

 

 

Below you will see ALL OF THE STAMPS that are part of the sale today. Once you click on them – you will see the 15% off price…

Here is another tip……BE WISE with your order….remember that you will be paying $6.95 for shipping if you just get product at $18.00….and if you add to that…..say….your order is $56.00…you still will be paying the $6.95….so look at things you might need (paper, refills, dimensionals) and order wisely!!! (shipping is always a frustration to me and I am just trying to help!!!)

Tomorrow – I will announce who won the Hostess Stamp Set…and I have a BEAUTIFUL Fall Card for you……Have a great day and HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

 

 

 

Are you ready for 5 FFFFC’s????

Happy Sunday to you! It is another beauty out there today and boy do I have 5 “FFFFC’s” for you on this great day! I bet you’re thinking….what the heck does “FFFFC” stand for?

 

Fun, Festive,Fabulous Fall Cards!

 

These were made by members of my team and there will be NO DOUBT that you will have a smile on your face with you gander at these beauties! Please leave them some loving comments and also – if you have any questions on how they created them….ask away! That is how we learn….from others!!!

Hands down Fall is my favorite season of the year and honestly…..I could have this type of weather…cool, crisp, no humidity…..all year long! I hope that wherever you are, you are having a great weekend!

You will see that Alene has (2) cards….she sent me one personally and I just could not resist not sharing it with you all – talk about the queen of a FUN FALL CARD and utilizing punches….WOW!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration to start your week off!

Happy Monday and I hope that everyone had a great weekend! We sure did as we had a couple of days that there was actually a chill in the air…but now we are back to humidity and it is trying to rain! We are soooooo dry… I think we could use a week of rain!

Today I have for you several swap cards that we made by amazing crafters from my team! These should have been posted EONS ago….but if you are anything like me….than you will always be happy to see some ideas made by others!

Please give these ladies some love if you have a chance to leave them a comment!

I think that it is so much fun to see what others do and also to see where they are from. Enjoy and let’s get this ROLLIN!!!!

I encourage you to look at the details…I am the QUEEN for forgetting to use embossing folders….you can see many of these cards had them and I admit…they add such an addition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who likes a SALE – Clearance RESTOCKED!

 

 

Who likes a SALE….YOU DO!!!

 

I know if we both do this crafty addiction that we all seem to have – a deal is a deal so why not take a peek and see if you have some retired favorites to snatch up!

 

The CLEARANCE RACK has been restocked

with some newbies….so take a peek and see!

 

I just did a quick peek and right off the bat…the goodies that hit my simple button are the 6 X 6 Designer Series Papers in the classic stripes and polka dots for just $4.40 each! (There are all of the collections Subtles, In Colors ……)

The other one that I adore are the Stripe Treat bags for just $2.20!!! To me, a classic way to present a goodie is a win-win for me and also I have an idea for the holidays that was using in these bags and I was fearful that I might not have enough! PROBLEM SOLVED….for just $2.20 – I am a happy stamper!

The other item at a glance that tickled my craft bone was the White Gable Boxes….these are GREAT to add some DSP to…..make a tag and YOU LOOK GREAT when you share a gift…some candy etc….to whomever. If any of you make holiday candy and are always looking for a great way to present them….well – here you go! I like to use a small bag…put my candy in and then put it in the gable box!

Well….I could go on and on with ideas for you in how to take advantage of this re-stocking…..but I need to place my order as once they are gone…..WELL….THEY ARE GONE!

Have a great day and have fun shopping the sale!

 

 

 

Are you ready for these next months to ZOOM!

It is finally here…..and I am finally here!

It is time for the Holiday Catalog to go live and it is a super fun one!

Am I the only one that has a wonky week when a Holiday falls on a Monday or a Friday? I needed to have my head examined as on Monday I told my local corn man that I would take 200 ears of corn on Wednesday…..

What the heck was I thinking about….as that was CATALOG LAUNCH day and I need to make sure all of my “I’s were dotted and the T’s crossed) as it is a bit tricky making sure that you ordered all of the Product Share requests!

Below you can click the catalog image and have fun flipping away. There are PLENTY of things in this simple minded stamper that I will be playing with!

I think that there is a bit for any style of crafter and it is always super exciting to see what everyone likes! Sometimes there are sleepers in a catalog and then sometimes there are items that we all know will be super popular!

 

I think one of the popular ones that zoom out the door will be the Advent Calendar (page 38). I have not ordered it yet but I have all sorts of ideas to make that in my style. I love the concept and I have seen the product and it is SUPER STURDY……and the size is just great!

I am not personally a fan of the stamp set that they show with it but I know I can “jazz that puppy” up to make my family and friends smile. I know that this ALWAYS HAPPENS EACH YEAR….we have intentions of doing a project like this….but then that TIME FACTOR squeezes in and we cave in and say….I do not have time!

I say – set a plan and MAKE THE TIME & EFFORT to make one! I bet when you see what I do with it…you will smile – I plan  to get together with my stamping friends….Jeanie and Ramsey and we are going to see what twist we can do….

 

Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog

 

Let’s chat about the Designer Series Paper….it is BINGO-BANGO…..as it will take you all seasons long in using the “FLIP SIDE” but I have a hunch that the Holiday Sides are so classic…that you will use them up! I am giddy about the Wrapped in Plaid, Brightly Gleaming and the Let It Snow Collections….just tooooo cute and classic!

There are just soooo many things going on with Stampin’ Up! that it is hard to keep up with and digest! Below I have highlighted a couple that might just tickle your fancy! Take a deep breath and try to digest it all….


 

 

I do not subscribe to Paper Pumpkin on a monthly basis but when I have a hunch that there is going to be a cute and festive 3D one…. I HIT THAT BUTTON and did it for 1 month to get the Halloween Offering. I do not know what it is but I can imagine that it is going to be super cute!

Heck, the Halloween selections in the NEW Holiday Catalog are stellar and I am sure that this Paper Pumpkin offering will be no different! Please remember….you can just GET THIS KIT and then BE DONE….that is what I will do – and then if I find another month that I might like….I just purchase it again for that one specific month!

 

 


 

The BUY 3…get 1 FREE DSP Offering is back this year – just remember that it is only good until Sept. 30th….so take a peek at the offering and here’s a great idea….go together with a friend and split the paper!

I know that we all have so much “STUFF” but when there is a good deal, it’s hard to pass up! Below you will see the DSP’s that are included in this sale!

 

 

 

Well…..there you go – some scoop of exciting promotions…and speaking of exciting……guess what came this afternoon……my UPS man and several boxes of Product Share goodies….

I always bite the expensive bullet to get expedited shipping for things that take a bunch of time for me to sort etc……so you know what I will be doing…..YEP…..getting yours shares sorted!

Have a great weekend….we have a break in the heat and humidity and that makes me a HAPPY CAMPER STAMPER!!!

 

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