Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Card Haul!

While it may be too late to make all your Christmas cards and get them out to folks in time for 2015... it's never too early to start preparing for next year!

Here's a quick video showing off some of the cards I'm sending this year:

Friday, November 13, 2015

On my way to OnStage San Diego!

Woohoo!   A weekend away in Southern California!  The only thing that could make this trip sweeter?  Stamping fun, of course!

It's Stampin' Up!'s very first rendition their new global form of Stampin gatherings.  The main event is happening this week in Brussels, but for those of us not able to travel to Europe... there are smaller one-day events throughout the country.

I'm so exctied to see what's coming up in the new year, but I'm most excited to get together with my other demonstrator friends to catch up and swap card creations!

Here's what I'm swapping:

It's definitely a simpler card then I usually make, but I love its simplicity.  It's clean and beautiful (and would be great for mass-production if you have a lot of cards to send this year!)  The sentiment is from the Cup of Cheer Stamp Set.

Here's what I used:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Convention Love!

You guys - I had so much FUN at Stampin' Up's annual convention in Salt Lake City this week.  This is my first time going and I don't know what I had been waiting for - it was totally worth coming.  Here are my top four reasons why you should come with me to the next event in November 2015!


Our fantastic leader, Patty Bennett, at the opening night gala!

One of my favorite bloggers, Katina Martinez

2.  SWAG

All attendees recieved the NEW Archival Basic Black ink pad - sooo excited about how this is going to ink up on Whisper White Paper!

So much fun brand new product!  This won't be available for anyone else until August 4 and customers can start ordering on September 1.

3. Sneek Peeks at New Product

Playing with the new Precision cutting mat, thinlits dies and fine-tip glue pen!  Must have them all!

Inspiration Board featuring the new Seasonal Snapshot kit of Project Life by Stampin' Up

4. Swaps

I made 50 of one card (stay tuned for info!) and get to come home with 50 different cards for inspiration!  So much fun to see what everyone comes up with!

Well - do I have you sold?  The next event is November 15 in San Diego, CA and is a one-day mini-version of convention.  It will be chockablock full of stamping fun and great friends!  Please email me if you are interested in signing up as a demonstrator so you can come too!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Flea Market Haul!

It has been waayy too long since I've gotten a good flea market fix.  All was corrected today.  I didn't find everything on my wishlist, but I came away with a lovely piece I didn't even know I really needed.  The Silver Fox and I got to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire at a leisurely hour, I'm sure die-hard bagain-finders would find out noon arrival to be almost a waste, but we still made out pretty well:

I was on the hunt for two narrow end tables (clearly did not happen) and a vintage phone for our other-wise rediculous built-in phone nook (surely a non-functioning phone makes the nook serve more of a purpose, right?)  The phone is pretty disgusting in it's current state... but I'm hoping after it gets cleaned up and maybe with a coat of glossy spray paint, it will tranform that redundant phone nook into a conversation piece.  Also - why did Jenny need a reminder that this was her phone?  So confused...

The Silver Fox was on a hunt for some hand tools.  Don't get me started on this man and his hand tools....  Has he ever really built anything?  No.  Will he ever get the garage cleaned enough to build anything?  Remains to be seen.  But then again, I have absolutely no room to talk with the amount of craft crap treasures I have accumulated and a good deal of that garage mess is mine and most of the time I can't even find my desk top to craft on....  So yeah, I guess we are both allowed a hobby that is currently more in the dream stage than the production stage.  He made out with a couple of saws, some rusty clamps and some othe miscellaneous tools are a mystery to me.  But if he can put them to use to make me the dream end tables I didn't find today... That would be ok!

The crown jewel of my finds today is an old (slightly rusty) army green metal card catalog.  I'm not super in love with the color, but I don't know if I'd want to paint over it and lose it's rustic charm.

The lady I bought it from did some great styling with the stamped number cards (of course I lost the #18 somewhere between her booth and my house, but I bet I know where I can get some number stamps if I want to recreate the look.  Personally, I'm thinking I'll never remember what's in a drawer based on it's number, but to maintain the look, I think handstamping the labels with this amazing rotary stamp would be just the thing.

I have dreams of mounting the cabinet on some hairpin legs to lift it off the floor like this one


But for now, it's going to live on my desk among the mess and we'll see how it evolves!