Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving

Are you a subscriber to Pinterest?  If not, let me tell you about it.  Pinterest is a free website that is like a virtual bulletin board or virtual bookmark tool.  I have hundreds of bookmarks on my computer, which are kind of useless because of the volume.  Well, Pinterest let’s you develop categories and you can add a photo that automatically links back to the original site, of items you want to keep handy.  You can also search on Pinterest for absolutely anything and “repin” the item to your boards.   I know I sound like an advertisement for Pinterest, but I just want to share with you this terrific site.  Click on the Big P below and it will take you to my page:



Which brings me to today’s project.  I found this on Pinterest and decided to make a few adjustments and create a little Thankfulness Jar for a my sisters, mom and aunt.  Each jar has  little slips of paper for each family member to write what you are thankful for each day.  Then, on Thanksgiving, empty the jar and share your “thankfulness” with the entire family.

Thanksgiving Jar

I added Stampin’ Up! Spice Cake Fabric, some tomato twine and cut out some leaves from the Gently Falling stamp set.  About 10 minutes each jar and it can be used every year.  I just kinda love it!

We are getting ready for Thanksgiving next week and Isabella’s first birthday party.  She was here this weekend and is walking everywhere.  She looks like a little monster holding her arms straight out for balance.  I have a lot to do to get ready for the party and Thanksgiving Dinner for about 35 and I am a little under the weather, so it will be a few days before I can get back to it.   In the meantime, I can get a lot done on the computer printing cupcake toppers, banner, treat toppers, etc.  Here’s the invite that we sent that was created for us by 3PeasPrints, a terrific shop on Etsy.  I really wanted to make it myself on Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio software, but I am just not quite there yet with my expertise.  Maybe next year.

We are so thankful for this little miracle baby that it is only fitting that her first birthday theme is one of thanks.

Isabella Invite edited

I hope your holiday plans are moving along nicely.

Blessings to you,


Monday, November 7, 2011

Little Lamb

The little sweetie and her parents had planned to visit here this past weekend, but plans were changed because she began running a very high fever….and needed her Mimi and Poppy.  So we abandoned all plans for the weekend and made our way to Franklin to help out.  We took her to the doctor on Friday who said she didn’t see anything major- perhaps a cold was coming on and to continue with the baby fever reducer and call if…..you know the drill.  And sure enough, her fever went away and all was well, except that she had her days and nights mixed up….so that is where Mimi and Poppy stepped up.  Fortunately, she didn’t know she was sick (except for a lack of appetite) and played hard with us.

She’s walking a little bit and probably will be running all over the place on her first birthday in three weeks.

Poppy took her for a couple of stroller trips in the beautiful fall weather of Middle Tennessee and she loved it.  Here she is all bundled up….our little lamb.

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Blessings to you,


Stampin’ Up! Louisville Regional–How Fun is That?!!!

My sweet friend and my upline Lisa and I attended the Stampin’ Up! full day Regional Event in Louisville, Kentucky the last weekend in October and it was wonderful!  Our trip was so fun and we saw some amazing color on the trip.  God is truly in the details.

The demo demonstrations were awesome and I truly appreciate the time that my fellow demonstrators gave to teach us new tips and techniques.  And the home office gals- well what can I say.  Terrific as usual. 

One of the traditions at all Stampin’ Up! events is the “Swap.”  Many of the attendees make a number of “swap” cards or other items and swap with other attendees…well, you get the picture.  And here is a photo of the two tags I made for the swap.

I made about 75 of the first tag as my general swap and then around 10 of the more detailed tag.  Both tags use Creative Elements and Established Elegance and on the general swap I used the fabulous Morning Mocha Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I had so much fun making these and can’t wait to get started on my Leadership swap item that will be held in January in San Antonio. 

Regional Swap Tag-1Regional Swap Tag - Enhanced2

AND, at each we could add our swaps to be taken back and shared with the Home Office staff.  From those the Stampin’ Up! staff attendees chose their two favorites and announced the winners at the end of the day.  Boy was I honored when Bonnie Thurber called my name and flashed a photo of my more detailed tag on the big screen!  What an honor when she said that one reason they chose my tag was it looked like one that Shelli would make.  (Shelli Gardner is the co-founder of Stampin’ Up!).  I managed to make it to the stage to receive a beautiful card and gift certificate.  I absolutely loved the tag and am so pleased that others did too!

Well, not gonna toot my horn again for awhile.  But I had to share that with you.

We spent the weekend in Franklin with a little “under the weather” sweetie.  More about her on my next post.

Blessings to all,


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It’s Good to be the Hostess! Add’l $35 in Hostess Benefits through Dec. 15, 2011

If you have considered hosting a Stampin’ Up! workshop with me, then there is no better time than right now.   Our normal hostess benefits are very generous…but from today through December 15th, we are adding $35 to your hostess benefits for a workshop of $350 or more.  Take a look:

My workshops usually average at least $350 which would be $85 in free quality Stampin’ Up! product that you choose from our Idea Book and Catalog.  And, because I am so proud of our product and want to show you and your friends just how great they are, I will add another $10 to that in free product.  There is nothing better than free, is there?

Good to be the Hostess - 35

Call me today and let’s set up your workshop.  I will show you step by step how to make something from paper that is beautiful and that you would be proud to send to anyone. 



Free Big Shot Recruiting Bonus Extended!!! Plus Bonus Stamp Set…..


The Big Shot is a big deal! And through November 11, when you decide to join our family you will move your creativity to a whole new level and you will  get a FREE Big Shot (or up to $100 in free Stampin' Up! products).  Start your Stampin' Up! experience strong, while sharing the fun and creativity of Stampin' Up! products with your friends, family, and neighbors.


And, that’s not all!  I attended a Stampin’ Up! Regional Event last weekend in Louisville and the deal is even sweeter.  In addition to the Big Shot (or $100 free product) along with your AMAZING Starter Kit, you will receive a brand new, not yet released, stamp set, Sweet Cake,  that includes these images:

Sweet Cake 1 - CopySweet Cake2 - CopySweet Cake3


Check out my promotions button above and get more details, plus a description of all the premium Stampin’ Up! products you will receive in your starter kit.  Don’t wait….the Big Shot Big Deal expires on November 11!!!  The free stamp set will expire on November 13th.




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