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Monday, July 30, 2012

A personally fulfilling weekend.......

For those of you that know me, you know that I always like to see a smile on someone's face when they are recreating something that I have made or when I do something that they like.  Well this weekend, Paul and I had the opportunity to fulfill the wish of a 90-Year Old woman from our town!  She is the mom of a friend of ours and she has been thinking about being able to ride on a Harley Davidson for her 90th birthday!  Here is an excerpt from the local newspaper (who by the way got wind of her wish and was on hand to video, photograph and journalize a story for our paper!)

Mary McShane wanted to celebrate her 90th birthday with flair — by taking a ride on the back of a motorcycle.
“I’ve been reading about all these people doing stupid things when they turn 90, so I said, ‘why not?’ ” McShane said shortly before she donned a pink-and-black leather jacket and matching helmet Saturday to take a ride on a cherry red Harley-Davidson driven by family friend Paul Chenail.
It was her second time on a motorcycle. Her first was nearly 70 years ago, when a friend zipped her across the Gold Star Memorial Bridge during a time when she worked as a cook in Groton.
“I had a ride once, back in 1943. I decided it was time for a second one,” McShane said. “You don’t forget something like that. It’s only the important things you tend not to remember.”
Saturday’s short ride was the culmination of a wish McShane expressed on her 80th birthday, when she told loved ones she’d ring in 90 from the leather seat of a hog.
Of course, for a woman whose life was built on free-spirited spontaneity (like the time she honed her archery skills by practicing in the attic of a building on the University of Connecticut campus), wanting to jump on a motorcyle didn’t come as much of a surprise for McShane’s family.

Read more: Plainfield woman celebrates turning 90 with spin on Harley - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x2095085747/Plainfield-woman-celebrates-turning-90-with-spin-on-Harley#ixzz2247AqEuD

I thought I would also include the video and some pictures from the day!

It was an awesome day and one that left me feeling happy both on the outside and on the inside!  To be able to fulfill her wish made my day!

............... until tomorrow!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Final Christmas Deer Class Project

Well, I hope that you have enjoyed these four days worth of Christmas Deer projects!  This is the final one for Monday's class!

I couldn't resist doing something totally different....non traditional Christmas colors.  For those of you that know me, you know that I really like non-traditional!

The card base is Not Quite Navy and it is layered with our new Christmas DSP called, Be Of Good Cheer.  This paper is in our big Idea Book & Catalog.

With this project I wanted to really zoom in on the deer's face and neck...so i could make the studded collar.  Using some very vanilla cardstock and the early espresso ink, I stamped the deer and then used my 1-3/4" circle punch to capture the area I wanted.  I backed the focal point on a double layer of espresso and not quite navel medallions.  These medallions are from our Perfect Pennants Die for the Big Shot!  Because I also LOVE texture, I just had to add an embossed edge using our Delicate Designs embossing folder! The greeting is stamped in not quite navy ink and I used an image from the "Petite Pairs" stamp set!

................ Until tomorrow!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Third Day of Christmas Deer

Almost finished with my class samples!  Here is the third installment! 

This project did not photograph nearly as well as it looks in person!  I used whisper white cardstock and layered it with cherry cobbler.  I then used the Delicate Designs embossing folder that creates the snowflake border.  I have been dying to use our new scalloped edged tulle ribbon and this was the project for it!  I cut a small strip, tied a knot, and the just fanned out each end and it made this awesome looking bow!!  So easy!!

The deer was stamped in basic black on whisper white cardstock.  For the greeting on the front of the project, I used the Do Not Open Until Christmas stamp from the stamp set, "More Merry Messages".  I used the 1" circle punch to punch it out and the mounted it on a 1-1/4" basic black circle. The entire card was spritzed using our brand new spritzers and my homemade brew!  lol

Spritzer Recipe

1-1/2 Teaspoons of Frost White Shimmer Paint poured into one of our new spritzers
Fill the remaining space of the spritzer with Isopropyl Alcohol

Shake REALLY well and spritz away!  Remember, don't spritz too close to your project or you will get big drops.  The further you are away, the more evenly the shimmer is distributed!

............... Until tomorrow!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Christmas Deer #2....

As promised, here is the second edition of my Christmas Deer stamp class! 

This one is done in traditional Christmas colors; real red and old olive.  I layered the red onto the olive and then created a center strip to enhance the focal point.  I used olive cardstock and very vanilla for the scalloped border on either side.  I also used our victorian lace ribbon with a bit of a gather above and below the deer.

The deer on this project is stamped in basic black and I couldn't resist hanging both a real red and an old olive ornament from each side of his antlers!  The focal point is popped up a bit using our fabulous dimensionals just to give it a bit more texture!

Two down...two more to show you!  .................. Until tomorrow!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christmas Deer - My first creation

Hello everyone!

I got back into the studio yesterday and created four awesome projects with the Christmas Deer Stamp Set!  I will be doing these projects at my classes on Monday!  Those of you that registered are in for a treat!  I even used some products from our upcoming Holiday Catalog!  You will be the FIRST to see and use them!

This card is very "woodsy" or masculine and it features lots of Big Shot stuff!  How did I ever make a card before I had my Big Shot machine?  I LOVE texture and this project certainly is not lacking that!  The card is from Crumb Cake cardstock and it is enhanced using Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla and it is stamped in Basic Black with a cherry cobbler (cardinal) bird!  The card was first run through the big shot using the Labels Collection Framelits.  The second step was to emboss the front of the card using our brand new Woodgrain embossing folder!  This one is so new it isn't even available to customers until August 1st but those taking my classes on Monday will get to use it then!!  In order to get the frame around the front of the card, I used two of the Labels Collection Framelits and cut the paper using them both at the same time!  It is very difficult to see on this photo but I also used the 2-way glue pen on the antlers so that I could sprinkle them with dazzling diamonds!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another of my Christmas Deer samples!

............. Until tomorrow!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Convention...A lasting impression

Morning my friends!  I just couldn't resist sharing two items from Stampin' Up!'s Annual Convention!  Both of which happen to be videos!  First I want to share the theme song for this year's "I AM" theme.  I love this video because it was created using all of the employees at the home office!  They created the lyrics and had a singer record it and then used the employees to lip sync it!  It is amazing!  It includes Shelli, Sarah (Shelli's daughter), and Sean (Sarah's husband) as well!

In addition to the theme song, I couldn't resist sharing the video of the highlights of convention!  I actually made the video!!  If you look around 2:49 into the video, you will see me on stage!  Thank goodness I shaved my armpits!  LOL

Thank you to ALL of you for allowing me to be your demonstrator of choice and to inspire you to create each and every day!  I truly am blessed because of all of you!

.............. until tomorrow!

Monday, July 23, 2012

And another one down......

Wow how time flies when you are doing what you love!  I can not believe how fast the time goes when I am on one of my Stampin' Up! adventures!  It seems like yesterday that I arrived in Salt Lake for the annual SU! convention and now I am sitting in an airport in Phoenix, AZ waiting for a delayed flight.  We will be traveling late into the evening / early am of Monday but it was so worth it!

On our final day of convention there was plenty of action!  We had several members of the Stamp-Patty's group win prize patrols, and several BIG announcements were made!  Let me tell you about the day.....  We entered the make and take area and were seated with one of the SU! Board of Directors, Jeff and his wife Joyce!  They were absolutely delightful and Jeff quickly became my stamping assistant.  We had the job of making adorable fabric flowers and I must say he did a great job helping me!

After make and takes, we made our way to the main stage for our last hurrah.

Here is a shot of our group patiently awaiting the final General Session to begin.  During this

session, Rachel won a prize patrol and several AWESOME announcements were made!  

The first announcement was where our next incentive trip will be!!!  From July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 every SU! demonstrator is working towards achieving this trip!  The trip will be for ALL SU! demos all over the world!  This will be the first ever incentive trip where all demos that earn it will be on the same trip!  We will be treated to a 7-day, all expense paid, cruise with Royal Caribbean cruise line about the Allure of the Seas to the Western Caribbean!!!

Following the announcement of the trip, Stampin' Up! announced a fabulous package for New Demonstrators that join the SU! family during the month of August!  This package is ONLY available if you sign up as a demonstrator under someone that attended convention!  That is me!!!!!  Let me show you the bonus package that you will receive when you join my team in August! Isn't this home decor absolutely adorable?!!!!
When you join me team in August, you will receive ALL of the materials that you need to make this frame, as well as full instructions!  Below you will see the materials spread out!  It includes the stamps, paper, ribbon, frame, etc.!  Remember, joining my team is easy!  For only $99.00 you get to customize 
your kit the way you want!  You select $125 worth of products but only pay $99!  You will not pay shipping charges and it will be sent directly to your home!  Not only will you get the $125 in product but you will also get this adorable Halloween bonus and all of your business supplies!

contact me today and I will hook you up!

I am going to leave you with a final photo of our group before everyone started heading home!

............ Until tomorrow!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Convention 2012 - Is nearing the end.....

I can hardly believe that another convention is nearing the end!  It has been such an incredible time!  We have seen some awesome presentations, had a lot of "girl" time, and have forged many new relationships.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the time that I have been able to spend with my friends from all over the US and Canada.

 Our group had some great luck with prize patrol! Both Mel and Erin one some product from the Halloween suite in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog!

I had the privilege of walking on stage for both my annual sales, and my downline promotions!  This is always a highlight for convention attendance!

 I also had the opportunity to be the proud "mama upline" and witness my first downline member to walk across the stage for special awards!  I am so proud of all my girls; however, Erin has surpassed  my expectations in that she has achieved not only 1 but ALL of the SU! Stampin' Start objectives!  She was able to be recognized on stage for all of these achievements!

I will share my last days of convention with you tomorrow...but I wanted to leave you with a couple doses of inspiration from convention.
This project is one demonstrated by Sara Douglas, Shelli's daughter, at convention.  It is a sneak peek of items from the upcoming mini catalog. 

For all my scrapbookers out there....how about a Super Mario page?  Let me know what you think!!

............. Until tomorrow!

Friday, July 20, 2012

First Official Day of Convention 2012

Not sure if you will actually get this posting on Friday or Saturday because it is so late here and my computer is still on eastern time...it gets me so confused!  Anyway, I wanted to report on our first full day of Convention 2012 - Thursday!

We started the day with a general session.  Shelli greeted us all and this year's convention theme song was sung/acted out by all of the SU! employees!  It was awesome!  The theme of this year's convention is, I Am.  We have been encouraged to be who we want to be and run our businesses Our Way!  I love that.

I attended a number of classes, one of which was done by my pal Dawn Griffith!  She did a great presentation on uses for SU! ribbon!  Look carefully at the adorable box below.  Not only are the little bows done with the ribbon but look carefully at the top sides of the box.  Those adorable ruffles are also ribbon! The image is the "Two by Two" stamp set found on page 60 of the Idea Book and Catalog. I would LOVE to show you how this is done!

Of course I had to add a picture of Dawn and I!

After a great day of classes we had a quick dinner and had to change for awards night.  These next few shots are from the evening.  After the formal ceremony, we were able to do photos on the SU! Red Carpet!  It was so much fun!  We even got a great group picture with Shelli!

 My red carpet shoot!  lol
Erin, Me, Rachel, Judy, Shelli, Shannon, Mel, Brandy, Brenda, and Jenn

 A photo captured of me on stage with Shelli and other Top 100 earners!  Yup, that is right!  Thanks to the loyalty of my very valuable customers and friends as well as the hard work of ALL of my downline members I have been blessed with a spot in the Top 100 of all SU! demonstrators in the US and Canada (there are more than 40,000 demos in the US/Canada)!  Wow am I blessed!  THANK YOU ALL sooooo much!My incredible Dooney & Bourke Founder's Circle bag!!!   Can you say LOVE?!!!!

Ok....it is 3:00 am, I MUST go to bed!

............. Until tomorrow!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Salt Lake City - What a great day!!

First day of Convention 2012!  Some of us went on the tour of the SU! home office in Riverton, UT, while others of us went to stand in line for the Momento Mall!  During breakfast, I conducted a poll of any demonstrator in sight.... I asked, "What do you think this year's convention bag will look like?"  All year long SU! has talked about doing business "YOUR WAY".  I was thinking that our bags might be reversible or have multiple colors to choose from so that you would have your bag...your way!  I was wrong.  It is an adorable fabric bag!  It is whisper white and summer starfruit with a basic grey accent.  It has our new chevron folder pattern.  Here is a pic for you!

After checking in and getting our bags and stamp sets, we headed to Momento Mall!

After Momento Mall, I headed over to the Award and Recognition Booth.  I was TOTALLY shocked to find out that I had made the Top 100 of the Company this year!  I want so say a HUGE THANK YOU!!  to ALL of my incredibly loyal customers and my precious downline for all of your support and loyalty, and for all of the hard work of my girls!!

 A special thanks to Rachel, my pal from PA, for reading my award letter to me because I couldn't find my glasses!

We spent the afternoon stamping at a shoebox swap hosted by another demonstrator.  We all got to go home with 40 great cards/ideas!

Rachel, Brenda, and Shannon

Melanie and Erin

  Here are some samples from one of the swaps!

To conclude our day, we all decided to visit P.F. Changs - Asian Bistro for dinner.  We had quite the smorgasbord on our table!  I tried egg drop soup for the very first time and I really liked it!  We shared many dishes so that we could try a variety of items.  We had mongolian beef, spicy chicken, prawns, sweet & sour chicken, and my absolute favorite...lettuce wraps!  We had a great meal, with great friends!

Brenda, Melanie, Shannon, Rachel, Erin, Judy, Me, and Jenn

The view from our room last night!

.......Until tomorrow!