I'm back...finally!

 Hello dear friends! 
It feels like I have been gone forever.  I was actually out of state for a few days (Portland, Oregon for the Stampin' Up! regional convention).  It was awesome and I will share my experiences and goodies with you, but I have been gone even longer from the blogging (and Facebook) world because my internet service has been down since Saturday night ( I was in Portland, but my family was at home and not very happy).  So it came up today and here I am!  I have been so busy, just got home from a great downline meeting at my upline, Kim's house.  Super cute projects to share, but more on that later.  The pictures that you see on this post are just one of my 3D swaps that I took to regional with me.  I got a lot of compliments on it and I was super pleased with how it turned out.  It is a magnet but could also be used on a gift or as an ornament.  I made 4 different kinds for the regional convention but I wanted to share this first because it is my favorite!

Special offer!
Place an order of $30.00 or more with me before October 31st and you will receive one of these magnets as a gift from me!  You can order online directly from my store or email me with your order and charge/debit card info. 


*****Ribbon Share update:*****
If you signed up for ribbon share this last round, you will receive your share in the next few days.  I am cutting up all of the ribbon this weekend and will be putting it in your orders for pickup or delivery.  If you are a faraway customer, it will be mailed on Monday.   Thanks for your patience!


Stamp-pink Out Breast Cancer!

Today was my Stamp-pink Out Breast Cancer Event and it was fabulous!  We raised a nice chunk of money for the American Cancer Society and made a pile of cards for the Women's Cancer Center here in Turlock!  Check out this GIANT prize basket that my friend Veronica put together for a fund-raiser!  One of my customers is a Creative Memories consultant (Hi Kelly!) and she donated some cool scrapbook supplies and Veronica's mom knitted a beautiful scarf and Veronica's sister-in-law is a Gold Canyon Candle rep and she donated a couple of her awesome candles.  There were also a ton of other items that Veronica put together for the raffle, which made this an awesome basket.  Congrats to my cousin's wife, Chris, who won it!

Here are some cool braceletes that were donated to our event by the Emanuel Cancer Center.  They also provided us with info on mammograms, checkups and exams.  Thanks to Nancy, for dropping these off.

Here are my girls, hard at work creating cards for themselves as well as the ladies at the Emanuel Cancer Center. 
A shot of our display table.  Look at the black metal basket, the cards in there were some that Anita made ahead of time and brought with her.  Soon that basket was full with cards made by the ladies in attendance.

A close up of some of the goodies inside the prize basket!
Great job, Veronica!  You rock!

Above is my friend Tonia, aka Miss Speedy Stamper.  This girl can churn out cards in no time flat.  She is awesome!

Here is Chris, she was my helper for the day and came early to help me set up and she helped me clean up.  She is my cousin's wife and an awesome woman.  It was great getting to know her better today and she is coming back to stamp with us, which makes me happy!  She was also the winner of the prize basket!  Woohoo, way to go Chris!
 Look at all of these cards, this is awesome and warms my heart.  I know these cards will make a difference to the ladies at the cancer center and put smiles on their faces.  Great job, Stamp Tramps!
I will share the cards that we made in my next few posts!


Spooky Treats!

Here are a couple of items that my Hostess Club members made at our September gathering.  This cute little treat holder is made from one of the tags on the Two Tags Die for the Big Shot.  These were super easy to make and are just the right size to hold a roll of Smarties!  We ran them thru the Big Shot using the Polka Dot Embossing Folder (the Spiderweb Folder looks awesome, too!). We decorated them with the Halloween stamps from the set "Grateful Greetings".  They were stamped and punched out with the Decorator Label Punch.  We also added some bats that were punched with the Bat Punch.  What do you think of the new Shimmer Brads?  I just love them and they add just the right amount of bling to these treat holders.  We topped them off with a bit of Black Raven Lace.  Aren't they spooky?


I am addicted to banners!

Here are a couple of banners that I created and took down to Vintage Market today.  I am really into the banner thing right now, it is a great creative outlet for me and they seem to sell very well for me at the shop, so I see lots of these in the future.  They are a nice change from cards. I created my first one for my Fall Frenzy class last month and now I am hooked.

 Right now I am concentrating on Seasonal/Holiday themes, but I plan on making birthday, baby, bridal and home decor themes as well.  I am also thinking of starting a monthly class so I can share my ideas with my stamping friends, so if you are interested in learning how to make these banners, as well as my tabletop/mantle versions, let me know, and I will get the first class set up.  I would like to keep up with the holidays/seasons so each month would be a different theme.  These banners are a great way to decorate your home on a budget, which I think is helpful to a lot of people right now.  Stampin' Up! makes it so easy for me because all of my supplies coordinate beautifully and these banners or fairly inexpensive to make.



OK ladies, you better check this out quick!  Stampin' Up! has added over 200 items to the Clearance Rack today and you will not believe some of these prices!  $7.99 for Big Shot Dies?  Crazy!  $2.99 for Ink Pads?  What!?!  That is right!  I took advantage of the HUGE SALE earlier and you should too!  These items are available ONLY in my online store, so make sure you follow the link, select me as your demonstrator and log on for the savings.  Best part is: everything gets shipped directly to you!  WOOHOO, you get your bargain items delivered by the man in brown instead of me!  HUBBA-HUBBA!! Wink, Wink!
What more could you ask for?

Here is the link, now get to shoppin'!


Back for a bit!

Wow, where to begin!  I had a fantastic weekend at a Stamper's retreat hosted by my fabulous upline, Beverlee.  My other fabulous upline, Kim, invited me as her guest and in turn I was allowed to invite a few of my downline as well.  Thanks to both of you wonderful ladies for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this awesome experience.  This was my second time at the retreat and it was so great being around so many creative, talented ladies.  I have not had a chance to take pics of the beautiful projects that I brought home but I will share a few pics that I borrowed from Beverlee and Niki's blogs. 

This was an adorable bag made by Angie, who is one of my favorite demonstrators.  She is such a sweetheart and always fun to be around and so very talented.  She made this for Beverlee as a surprise, which was so nice of her.  A few of the other girls liked it so much that they each made one too.  That is what is so great about the retreat, you get so many great ideas from other stampers and the creativity spreads like wildfire. 

Here is a little gift that Niki made for each of the girls.  A butterfly bookmark!  It is so delicate and pretty that I think I will hang it on my bulletin board so I can see it when I am stamping at my desk.  It was fun hanging out with Niki and wait until you see the adorable project that she made for the project contest that Bev had us all enter.  I can't wait to share it with you , but I need to get busy on some cards for the shop right now.  I will share more tomorrow!

Here is a shot that Niki took of our cabin, we were literally in the forest and it was great!  We saw deer and squirrels and the trees in fall colors were gorgeous.