Sunday, March 22, 2009

Packing Up My Stamp Room

Oh gosh, it feels so good to sign on and say hello to all of you... my loyal friends. I am so sorry that I am having to neglect you so much! But if you're keeping up with me, you know that I am in the throes of moving from Dallas to Denver. And it's getting very close... we will most likely have a moving truck here on April 13th. This is sooner than we anticipated, but we cannot complain one bit... I don't know if I told you the whole story:

When I sent an e-mail out to some of our friends a couple months ago that we were moving, one of them responded back with, "We gotta talk!"... as it turns out, they wanted to move into our neighborhood and have always liked our house. We ended up selling our home to them without even listing it! How's THAT for an easy sale?! To make the story even sweeter, this particular friend is one of the Stampin' Up! demonstrators on my team!! Of course, I told her that she'll have to carry on my legacy of having workshops in the dining room... :) They were just about as fortunate as we were in selling their home - they sold it in only 4 days. Obviously, this whole move was just meant to be, don't you think?

Well, needless to say, Michael and I have had to make some quick trips out to Denver to find a home. We have done just that, and the inspection last week went very well. We now hope that the chain of closings will go smoothly and everyone involved will find themselves comfortable in their new homes.

As for my posts, just as I warned you before, they will be scarce to non-existent over the next couple months. As the title says, I have to begin packing up my stamp room, and I will not see any of it again for several weeks... Can you say OUCH!!? Don't forget, though, that I am selling all of my retired items for 20% off the prices shown! The less I have to pack, the better!

I do hope you'll continue to be a follower of my blog... I'm so afraid that by the time I get settled in Denver, all of you will have moved on and forgotten about me!!

Signing out with lots of Stampin' Hugs,

Monday, March 16, 2009

BIG Savings...

I'm sorry it's been a whole week since you've heard anything from me... but I've been on vacation with my family in Hawaii! Needless to say, I haven't stamped anything, either. :( But, the good news is that we found our new home! That's right! We placed the initial offer and did all the negotiating from Hawaii. It's beautiful! We'll be on 4 acres in the middle of a flat lot with a ton of trees... it'll be like we're camping everyday! Michael and I will be heading out there again this week for the inspection, and if all goes well, it will be ours the middle of April... which means I better get crackin' on all this packin'! :)

In celebration of this (and because I want less to pack!), I am going to hold a SPECIAL SALE on all of my retired items... From now through April 10th, you can own any of my retired items for 20% OFF! (This discount does not apply toward shipping costs.)

In addition, don't forget that this is the last couple of weeks of the Sale-a-Bration sale... through March 30th, with every $50 catalog purchase, you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. And if you place your order through my website, you can even get a FREE Idea Book & Catalog!

And finally, Stampin' Up! just announced a new way to help you get started as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator... the Three Easy Payment plan! Through April 30th, you can pay for the kit over 3 months instead of all at once! With your initial Starter Kit payment, you will be able to start earning back your initial investment as well as take care of the remaining payments! PLUS... if you decide to join before Sale-a-Bration is over (March 30th), you will get the kit at a 15% discount ($169 total instead of $199) and ALSO get to choose a FREE stamp set from the catalog!

This is a lot to digest... feel free to let me know if you have any questions! I'm more than happy to help you start saving!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Iain!

Moving Update: Michael and I went to Denver this weekend and looked at a dozen or so houses... and I think we may have found the one we want. There's still a ways to go before we can make it "ours", but we'll be taking those steps very soon because if things go as currently planned, we need to be out of our current house by the middle of April... Eeeeeeeek!! Needless to say, my posts over the next few weeks will become VERY sparse. Keep us in your prayers that things continue to go smoothly.

Now onto a card... My dear Scottish friend Audrey's husband Iain (did you follow that?!) just had a birthday and here's the card I sent to him...

Iain loves a good beer, and "Cheers" is such a Scottish thing to say... hence, Cheers to You was the perfect set to use!

I'm going to keep this post short because we're headed for Hawaii for Michael's club trip with work. I know I should be excited about that - and I am - but it's our 4th time there (isn't he fantastic?!), and I've got a lot of other things on my mind at the moment! ...namely, a house in Evergreen, Colorado that hopefully has our name written all over it!


Card Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Cheers to You, Sanded background
Ink: Black StazOn, Basic Gray
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Summer Sun, Bordering Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Clips Assortment
Tools: Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Photo Corners punch,Curly Label punch

Friday, March 6, 2009


I don't like "needing" good sorrow stamp sets, but when the occasion presents itself, it's a good thing to have around. A dear friend of mine just lost her father-in-law and I made this card for her and her husband:

This was my first opportunity to use the new Thoughts & Prayers set, and it's really very beautiful. I love the sentiments it includes... on the inside of this one it says, "Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to heal your heart." Couldn't have said it better myself.

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock: Kraft, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Bella Bleu DSP
Accessories: Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Photo Corners punch, Key Tag punch

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pre-Order Your Easter Sets!

Real quick... I wanted to let you know that Stampin' Up! is giving you a sneak peek - and a chance to order - 3 of the new sets that you'll see in the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog! These are Easter sets and they wanted you to have a headstart in making your Easter projects. Click here to view the sets and prices (I also put the thumbnails below) and then contact me to place your order! ...or, visit my website and click on "Shop Now"... remember that an order of any amount through my website will earn you a FREE Idea Book & Catalog!

PS: The Eight Great Greetings set also comes in French and Spanish!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cheep Talk Thanks

If I do really quick posts... will you forgive me? I am able to squeeze in a few minutes here and there to stamp a card or two, but it's the prepping it for publication and writing the post that seems to take more time (plus it's not NEAR as much fun as the actual stamping part!).

So here's a quick card I made the other day. I'll spare you the "Cheep Talk" (the name of this adorable set) and let it speak for itself! If you have any questions about it, feel free to leave a comment (with your contact info) and I'll get back to you!

Have a great afternoon, everyone!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Cheep Talk
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Versamark
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive Textured, Whisper White, Pacific Point
Accessories: Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, Corduroy Button
Tools: Photo Corners punch

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Marelle!

Again (and I'm starting to sound like a broken record here), I'm sorry for the lack of posts. It seems that I'm online every spare moment looking at houses in Denver. It started out being fun... but anymore, it's getting very tiring! Michael made a trip out there last week for an initial look-around, and we'll be going back later this week. Here's hoping we can find a good compromise between price, location, lot, and layout!

My dear friend, Marelle, had a birthday last week and although I haven't done a lick of stamping lately, I did manage to get this one made and sent off to Australia in time for her birthday! Priorities, you know!

It's a simple card, really, considering the Big Shot once again created my background for me. Here's a closer look:

Marelle, I hope you had a super, terrific, fabulous birthday!!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Animal Crackers
Ink: Black StazOn
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Striped Grosgrain
Tools: Big Shot, Textures Backgrounds