Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Just checking in!

I am sorry that I haven't posted in so long! I am still on vacation and having a great time. I promise I'll be back in the routine soon!

In Stampin' Up! News... I can't wait for the new catalog that will go live July 1! There are way too many new and exciting things. Stamp sets, accessories, kits... it is one of the best idea books yet! Plus, I now have my copy of the new Definitely Decorative catalog and let me tell you... I want 95% of it! I can't wait to try some new vinyl projects. There are some super cute Halloween and Christmas images in this issue.

I hope to be back in the swing of things next week. I have missed my stamps! All those fun new goodies... just sitting there... calling to me! I am having withdrawals! So I hope that I will have some time to create and share soon. And I want to thank those of you have stuck with me these last several days!

I hope y'all have a Stamptacular Day!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

It has been a Monday all day today.

That's something my Dad says... or some variation of it anyway. Me: Hey Dad! How are you? Dad: Fair to Partly Cloudy. Me: Well, it *is* a Monday. Dad: Yep, aaaaall day today. He's got this great dry sense of humor, he's quite witty. There are a lot of other little saying he has and when I was a teenager I was sooooo embarrassed when we would go to a restaurant and the waiter would say "Hi, I'm Susie Q, I'll be your server tonight." and my Dad would say "Hi, I'm Bill, I'll be your customer tonight." Most waiters laughed (or at least chuckled a bit, thinking of the tip I'm sure), but I hated it when he did that. Now that I have kids, I find myself saying some of the things he used to say. (But I *don't* do the waiter thing!) I'm sure I embarrass my kids, too, but, hey, they'll get their turn one day. I have been thinking about the Monday phrase a lot today, because a lot has happened. We have been with out internet for most of the day. I thought my DS, the 10 year old IT guy, was going to have a breakdown! He couldn't get it fixed before he had to go to camp for the day, but he did finally get it fixed for me late this afternoon. I think it's a bit pitiful that I was somewhat lost with out my internet today! I don't do technology very well. I like to be able to sit down and check my email and a few websites, blogs, etc. And if it doesn't work exactly as it did the days before, I am lost! Sad. I know. I am trying to learn though. I even unplugged and replugged some wire thingies and flipped some switches and even rebooted the computer. (All of which got me nowhere, but at least I tried right?!) Also, my son locked my keys in the car today and I didn't have an extra set. I had to call the DH to come home and take the blank key (it's a long story!) to a dealer here in town so they could cut me a new key. Thankfully I had the title to the car (because they won't cut a key with out proof of ownership) and the extra blank key so I didn't have to call a locksmith. That would have cut into the stamp budget! We had some other minor things happen today, but this post is already too long and quite possibly boring! :) But hopefully you stayed with me, because.....

Since I didn't have internet, I actually stamped! I only got a couple of cards made, but I am super excited about them. These are more sneak peak samples because I used my new SU goodies!

The first one uses a stamp set from the mini occasions catalog. You can shop from that catty now over on my SU website. Most everything else is Sneak Peak stuff!
Isn't it just too cute?? I love that little deer! The cardstock is Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White. The DSP is from the new Razzleberry Lemonade set. The ribbon is the new soooo yummy polka dotted grosgrain. It will be available in all 6 of the new In Colors starting July 1st when the new Idea Book and Catalog is released, as will all of the other Sneak Peek items. I used the new Modern Label punch too! I used the window word punch for the sentiment and then mounted that onto Soft Suede (used the new punch). I am loving it! It's hard to tell here, but the main image and the sentiment are both raised. This was a simple and quick card to make and I think it turned out great.

For this next one, I was inspired by a new purse I recently purchased. It has all these great bold colors and I was looking at it the other day and realized that the colors are all SU colors! How exciting! So I went to work using the colors of the purse as my inspiration. And this is what I came up with:
Don't 'cha just lurve it?? Don't 'cha?? Ok, so maybe I'm a little biased, but I Lurve Lurve this one. This is a 5 1/2 Square card. I used Dusty Durango, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Chocolate Chip, and Night of Navy inks, Dusty Durango, Temping Turquoise, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock, Dusty Durango ribbon and several punches (Scallop circle, 1 ", 3/4 ", and 1/2 "). I used the new Circle Circus stamp set and the Thank You Kindly set.

I actually made one more card today, but it is headed out in the mail tomorrow for my secret sister. I don't want to upload it until after the secret sisters have been revealed at the end of next month. :) So you'll have to wait on that one a while longer.

OK - so now I have to head off to bed. This week is another crazy busy one. I think the whole summer might be that way. But that's OK by me. I like a certain level of busy~

So, as always, I would love to hear your comments and I hope y'all have a Stamptacular day!! Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's a rainy Thursday here....

...which is really ok with me for today. Why? Because I got my new 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog in yesterday!!!! WOOT!! I am sooo excited!
Smiley from millan.net and this is how I feel when I look at it! It is so beautiful! I just know you are going to love it too. So it can rain all day for all I care, because I've got my nose buried in the catalog. Taking it all in... *happy sigh*.

Now, I also got in an order of sneak peek items from this new catalog. As demonstrators, we are given the opportunity to order a few items early. That way we can get them home and play with them and get things ready to share with you! There were a few stamp sets and some accessories, as well as all of the new In Color Line available for us to purchase. Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to play with my new items. In fact, I only had time to make one card. Wanna see it?

Isn't it the cutest? This is the new Lots of Bots stamp set. I think it is great for boy cards or masculine cards in general. And we know how hard those can be. I embossed the robot and the sentiment in silver and then watercolored the little guy in. I used some of the new DSP also. This one is called Razzleberry Lemonade. Doesn't that sound fun? The cardstocks are two of the new In Colors... Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay(these are also the colors I used for the watercoloring.) I used some of another new color, called Dusty Durango, to sponge on the edges of the white cardstock.

I can't wait for some more time to play with the new goodies and to share them with you. But I have company arriving today, so I'll have to wait a couple of days.

Don't forget to check out the Last Chance List and scoot on over to my website to shop for these stamp sets before they are gone for good! And while you are there, don't forget to check out the Occasions Mini Catalog items as well. Many of those are not in the new catalog. One of my favorites, Soft Summer, is going to be retired. Here's a card I made using the set. I was very pleased with the way this one turned out. I hope you like it too.

Ok, I better go finish cleaning the house before my company arrives! I had to put down my new catalog for a while. That was hard! I am already making my wish list!

And as always, I'd love to hear your comments and Have a Stamptacular Day!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Last Chance!!

First, I can't believe that it is already June!!! How did that happen?? Crazy!

Second, it is already time for the Last Chance List! The brand spankin' new Stampin' Up! catalog will be released July 1. That's only one month away. Just a measly 30 days! But before the new catalog is released you still have a chance to get some stamps and accessories from the fabulous current catalog!! Stampin' Up! released the last chance lists last night at 2 AM EST. And I got up to be there for the release! (Crazy? maybe. Exciting? YES!) I have added a button to the stamp set list in my side bar. The stamp sets will be available for order until June 30. HOWEVER - don't miss this part - the accessories will only be available as supplies last and a lot of them will sell out FAST! So you will want to get right over to my website and get to shopping for those now!

More exciting news!!! There is also a great promotion for June Hostesses. You can find more info about that on my website also. While you are there, be sure to contact me to get your workshop booked right away!

I plan on uploading a few projects that I have made with the sets that I own that are retiring. But there is a lot going on, so please be patient with me and look for those a little later this week.

Thanks!! I hope y'all have a stamptacular day!!