Monday, January 31, 2011

If Your Man "Doesn't Do Pink"

If it's a challenge to come up with a Valentine for your man who balks at pastel colors, I'm here to lend a little inspiration! My husband isn't afraid to wear an apron in the kitchen (he was grateful when I finally gave him a masculine version that reads "I TURN GRILLS ON") but he has a strange aversion to the color pink. And since women are more likely to be making cards and gifts for their husbands/boyfriends, we should show some respect for those men who enjoy receiving a hand-stamped valentine, but want to retain their man-card.

Here's a Not-Quite-Navy Explosion Card that we created at my Stamp Club last week:

 All you need to do is add some photos or a message of love inside:

And here is a Tuxedo-Ready version using the new "Lots of Love" letterpress plate and Glimmer Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog:
One thing I love about the Glimmer paper is that NO SPARKLES rub off onto your fingers, clothes or face...but if you need it on your face, you can always use Dazzling Diamonds glitter :)

Don't forget to register for the Valentine's Stamp Camp by Monday, February 7th!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Love Birds (Valentine Stamp Camp!)

These little flip albums always make me smile, and you can create this one at my Valentine Stamp Camp! Here's a peek inside...
It's the perfect size (6x6) to present to your own "Love Bird" for Valentines Day (with your pictures inside) AND we'll also be creating a CD cover so you can burn an album of all your love songs, too!
Friday, February 11 at 10 a.m. 
Saturday, February 12 at 1 p.m. 
Spanish Fork, UT

Cost: $20  
Click Here to Reserve Your Spot!
Bring: scissors, paper trimmer (optional) and Adhesive  
(Sticky Strip adhesive *strongly* recommended to keep your projects together...order when you register if you don't have any!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Stars are (RE-)Aligned!

"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground" ~ Theodore Roosevelt

In the early 80's, one of my high school teachers read daily horoscopes (from the day previous) out loud to the class to see if the predictions truly were accurate. As members of the class "oohed" and "aahed" and nodded their heads in agreement that indeed, yesterday had been just as their horoscope had read...I, as the lone astrological skeptic, thought, "I could have fit yesterday into any of those generalities." Then the teacher revealed that he had actually "twisted the dial" and read the incorrect horoscope for everyone.

Well, it seems the stars have (re-)aligned, and just when
you got that Taurus Tattoo, you became an Aries! That's progress people...the earth tilts and suddenly the whole galaxy as we know it is put into a primordial spin. On the bright side, it is certainly going to help the tattoo-removal business. In case you need to go re-read today's horoscope, "here's your (new) sign":

Capricorn: January 20 to February 16
Aquarius: February 16 to March 11
Pisces: March 11 to April 18.
Aries: April 18 to May 13
Taurus: May 13 to June 21.
Gemini: June 21 to July 20
Cancer: July 20 to August 10
Leo: August 10 to September 16
Virgo: September 16 to October 30
Libra: October 30 to November 23
Scorpio: November 23 to November 29
Ophiuchus: November 29 to December 17
Sagittarius: December 17 to January 20

If you are disturbed by this shift in the galaxy, you are not alone! There are claims that perhaps this doesn't apply to the western world (we can choose our own reality!), or since we added that 13th constellation, we should add a 13th month to the year (poor Ophiuchus...he's been there all along and now he's finally getting some respect! Let's name the new month "Ophiember"), or (my favorite): Earth's movement does not determine astrological signs (Hello? Do they not understand the definition of Astrology?). But wait, there's more: Maybe it only applies to people born after 2009...

Most likely, it doesn't matter at all. Because if you are the type of person who won't get out of bed when your horoscope tells you it's a one-star day, you have bigger problems.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Art from the Heart

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Sharing a few cute Valentine Card Ideas from a recent Group Gathering with the demonstrators in my Stampin' Up! family...enjoy! Clockwise from top left: Pam, Kay, Me (I cased this card from another demonstrator and would give them credit if I could remember who!!), Sally (Approved by MEN for Valentines Day: NO PINK!!).

Did you know that Valentines Day is the holiday when people send the most cards (after Christmas)? If you didn't get your Holiday Cards sent, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Don't miss the Stampin' Up! Filled with Love Promotion...the perfect choice to create art from the HEART, but only available until January 24th.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hugs & Kisses: Clean & Simple 122

Thank you, Clean & Simple, for another way to use some of my beloved designer series paper scraps! This is the sketch:

And here is my Valentine {{xoxo}}

One Great Year Scrapbook Class

If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to catch up on your Memory Albums (or to get ahead of the game in 2011), then you won't want to miss the "One Great Year" Scrapbook class! Using the One Great Year Simply Scrappin' Kit, you can create 24 6"x6" page layouts (or 12 double-sided 8.5x11" or 12"x12" pages~ for a total of 24 pages) AND finish them all in just a few hours, ready to add your photos each month! It would make a lovely gift, too :)

Tuesday, January 18th at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19th at 9 a.m.

Down Spendlove Lane in Spanish Fork, UT
Cost: $25 (Bring scissors & adhesive)

REGISTER by January 13th! Call 801-376-8685

**Receive 10% any Stampin' Up! Album ordered at the class!**

Monday, January 3, 2011

Filled with Love

A few years ago, I was on a date with my husband and a few other friends when another set of couples exited the restaurant we were at and we overheard this conversation between the two men:

Man #1: "Hey, that football game is on next you want to come over and watch it?"
Man #2: "Um, isn't that Valentine's day? I don't think my wife would go for that."
Man #3: "Really? Is Valentine's on the 14th this year?"

Just in case you missed it, Valentine's *IS* on February 14th this year (and last year, and next year...and the year after that...) and I'm here to help you show your love in the most creative ways :)

  • Create beautiful cards and gifts with the Stampin' Up! Filled With Love promotion (click on image above for more details). Free Bitty Button Offer good only through January 24th!
  • Plan to attend my Spanish Fork Valentine Stamp Camp on Friday, February 11th (10 a.m.) or Saturday, February 12th (1 p.m.). SAMPLES COMING SOON! You'll create a fabulous "flip" album for your Love Bird and a beautiful card/CD cover for you to..."say I Love You with a song". The cost is only $20 and space is limited! RSVP today: 801-376-8685

2011: Looking forward...