Monday, August 31, 2009


Jeni just became my newest Stampin' Up! family member and I'm excited for her stampin' journey to begin :)

Today (August 31st) is the last day to join Stampin' Up! for just $85 with the Summer Mini Starter Kit and I'm looking for THREE MORE PEOPLE who would like to join my stampin' family! When you sign up today, I'll also send you the In-Color Markers FREE as a thank you :)

If you have ever just wanted to try Stampin' Up!, now is the time! To get started (or to find out more) just go to my Stampin' Up! website: My recruiting password is "stampwithme".

Things I Love, Clean & Simple style

So I'm trying something new! Here is a card I created using the Fall-To Layout #57 from Clean & Simple Stamping:

Supplies Use: Rich Razzleberry card stock & ink, Bermuda Bay and Chocolate Chip Ink, Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper, Whisper White card stock, Hodgepodge Hardware

Thursday, August 27, 2009

For Kayson

This goofy kid calls himself the "sexy diabetic"...not that I'd argue the point, since he's beefed up quite a bit in the past year and is a total chick magnet:

Okay, so that's really a duckling, but his personality attracts all sorts of lovely creatures :)

ANYHOO, we are nearing our annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and I'm asking for your help. Our goal is $1,000 and we haven't raised one red cent! (I could make excuses, but they wouldn't be any good...)

Living with diabetes sucks (pardon the French). Kayson spent a few days in Primary Children's hospital in June getting "re-trained" because his blood sugars have been too high, too long. It scares me, but he's a teenager and learning to assert his independence, which sometimes translates to "I don't want to deal with this anymore". Unfortunately, that's not an option...YET. We are committed to finding a cure and have been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for almost as long as Kayson has had Diabetes (7 years). But we can't do it alone.

You don't need to donate $100 (but you certainly could if you want to!), but if you have an extra $10, we could put it to good use: 90% of your donation goes DIRECTLY to research to find a cure for this disease.

To make it even easier, you can donate online! CLICK HERE to make a difference in Kayson's life and every child who suffers from Juvenile Diabetes.

Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts...or in Kayson's case, the bottom of his pancreas!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Flutterby, Butterfly

At a family reunion a few weeks ago, we made these beautiful butterflies using the Big Shot and Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper and old magazines. It makes me feel like a true lepidopterist (Word of the day: The scientific name for someone who studies and collects moths and butterflies).

It was such a hit with the family--as well as a fun way to use up those scraps creative people save--that I took it to Convention and invited my friends to make one, too: Sue, Penny, Kristi and Murlynn show off their personalized creations below.

I found Ghostline Grid paper in 11"x17" (also available in postersize that you can cut to whichever size you want) at Walmart. It's the perfect background as it looks scientific and popped the butterflies up with Stampin' Dimensionals (or your excess rubber as pop dots to be "green"). Some of our favorite magazines to find amazing pictures to make into insects were Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Country Living. Try this at home, or we could make it a workshop at your house!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stamp-a-Stack class

This is one of the cards we will be making for the Stamp-a-Stack event on Saturday, August 29th at 10 a.m. in Washington, UT (idea borrowed from Patty Bennett)

You can "Stamp a Stack" of cards: 4 each of 4 different designs (includes envelopes) for just $20...and who doesn't love a beautiful handmade card MORE than an expensive generic card from the store?? All the material will be cut and ready for you to stamp and assemble, simply bring scissors and adhesive (SNAIL recommended)

Please RSVP by Monday, August 24 to ensure we can order plenty of supplies: 801-376-8685

Register with a friend for TWICE the fun! And when you register for both the Stamp-a-Stack AND the "Things I Love" Stamp Camp in the afternoon, it's only $40 (save $5).

Crafty Creativity (more from Convention...)

Shelli Gardner, Co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! shared a tower of gift ideas with us at convention, including some beautiful hand-made jewelry (a peek at what's coming in the Holiday Mini Catalog beginning in September!) I enjoyed this article from the Deseret News about convention and a blog report from Paper Crafts Jennifer Schaerer who also shares a look at just a few of the display boards we as demonstrators flock to during convention to fill our creative cups!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stamping Brings Us Together...

Here are 10 great reasons I LOVE Stampin' Up!
{cue music} We are family! I got all my girlfriends and me! {dancing follows}

These ladies are part of the reason I do what I do: reuniting with some of them year after year, meeting new friends, laughing/crying/stamping/creating/sharing/sleeping/eating/celebrating/mourning/working/playing together. In 17 years, we've done it all!

It would be great to have YOU with us next year at Convention (and all the fun in between now and then!). E-mail me ( for a no-obligation packet to see if Stampin' Up! is for you!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Things I Love" Mini Stamp Camp

Do you love shopping? Shoes? Chocolate? If so, the "Things I Love" Mini Stamp Camp is for you!

The camp includes the "Things I Love" stamp set (pg. 54 of 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog) AND 3 projects: cards, scrapbook page and chocolate matchbox for only $25! The sample above is not one we will be making, but a sample from convention using the stamp set. There will also be plenty of other samples/ideas using this set to inspire you, so you may want to pack a camera, too! Bring your scissors, paper trimmer, adhesive* and bone folder (optional).

Bring a daughter or granddaughter (10 yrs+ please) for an additional $10 (additional stamp set not included)

Location: Lion's Head Clubhouse, Washington, UT
Date: Saturday, August 29
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Call to reserve your spot: 801-376-8685

I will also be holding a Stamp-A-Stack class in the morning and if you wish to attend both events, you can save $5! Details coming soon :)

*Snail Adhesive recommended. If you need a Snail or refill, please order it when you register.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back from Convention...and ordering winner!

Give me an S! Gimme a T! Gimme an A! Gimme a M! Gimme a P!

I'm home from convention and FIRED UP about the creative outlook for Fall from Stampin' Up! this darling cheerleader card (wish I could give credit to whomever created it!) using our punches and cardstock. But what is coming is even MORE exciting...a partnership with Build-a-Bear in the Holiday Mini Catalog, Digital Scrapbooking, lovely jewelry charms to hand-stamp and personalize, crafty gifts for every season, home decor that will knock the antlers off Dasher himself, and much more!

As I'm wading through card swaps and samples, notes and photos, e-mail and school registrations, I just want to congratulate Karen Weatherspoon who won a Holiday Card Kit for her online order while I was away!

Here are another few snapshots from convention:

Thousands of stamped samples to enjoy:

My friend/roommate Sue and I paused for a photo with the theme (and new tagline for Stampin' Up!):

The opening session featured a new Theme Song, complete with gymnastic dancers:

Awards Night entertainment, Tonic Sol-Fa (totally awesome A capella!)

I'll post more convention photos later!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Convention Special!

I'm attending Stampin' Up! Convention this week, so I'm offering a special: For every $20 order you place through my website, I will put you into a drawing for one of the new Party Kits (Princess or Pirate) or Holiday Photo Card Kit! If you order $40, you will be entered into the drawing twice.

And don't forget: If you are interested in joining my Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator, you can sign up on my website (my password is stampwithme) and I'll give you a FREE set of In-Color Markers AND an entry into the drawing when you sign up between August 3-8! Click on the link in the left column to learn more about the limited time $85 starter kit...then go to my Stampin' UP! website to join!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Web Site Story: Sublime Musical Parody!

I'm an avid admirer of the musical parody genius of the likes of Weird Al Yankovic, Capitol Steps and now College Humor has hit gold: When I saw "Web Site Story" with all it's cunning social-networking name-dropping, I was hooked! West Side Story is one of my all-time favorite musicals (side note: my mom was Maria on the Dixie College stage back in the 60's and I stepped into Anita's shoes in the Dixie High production 20 years later!) so sit back and enjoy some harmonic creativity:

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER: There are other videos on the College Humor Site that I DON'T recommend...obviously "college humor" leans to the crude side for some sad reason (is it because the brains of college kids aren't fully developed??), but Web-Site Story was a moment of unsullied clarity for these folks :)