Monday, November 30, 2009

It's All Christmas Now!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday! We sure did! We had the best dinner know how some years it just turns out better than others? This was a great one!

First thing first though, because I have a lot to share with you today.

Today is the last day
of Stampin' Up!'s HUGE Online Extravaganza Sale. Click on the link to view all the fabulous bundles they are offering. Some really great deals if you are shopping for a stamper or scrapbooker or yourself. :)

I have pictures of all the items on sale in this posting. Go check them out then place your order HERE. You will receive your order in about one week...and a hand-stamped thank you card from me!
I got to do a little stamping this weekend...very little as I was also setting up the tree and Christmas decorations and getting ready for my Open House this Saturday.

If you are in the Boise area and would like to stop by, please send me an e-mail so I have plenty of papers cut for you. :)

Snowman Tags
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Shimmery White
Stamp Set: Simple Seasonal Thanks
Accessories: Big Shot (you sooo need this!), Two Tags die-cut, Stampin' Write Markers-Old Olive, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie & Bashful Blue, Watercolor Crayon Bordering Blue and a Blender Pen for shading snowman, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Scalloped Snowman Tags
Cardstock: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Shimmery White
Stamp Set: Simple Seasonal Thanks
Accessories: Big Shot (you sooo need this!), Circles #2 and Scalloped Circles #2 die-cuts, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Stampin' Write Markers-Old Olive, Real Red & Pumpkin Pie, Watercolor Crayon Bordering Blue and a Blender Pen for shading snowman, Round Tab Punch, Crop-a-dile, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon
The day before Thanksgiving we went to the Festival of Trees. It was gorgeous! Obviously we didn't get the tree we bought raffle tickets for...I just don't understand that!! :) The trees were absolutely beautiful and individually so unique if you took the time to look at them and see the story. I have chosen a couple of trees to share with you here.
This tree was the breast cancer tree with the theme 'It's Time For A Change', and seriously brought tears to my eyes. It was huge and surrounded by clocks. All kinds of clocks; clock ornaments, clock tree topper, clocks on the floor that had meaningful messages with them and as you can see a grandfather clock that was intertwined into the tree with bright pink ribbon. So beautiful and so well decorated.

There were a couple of tributes to Michael Jackson. This one was particularly well done and had a cute tree topper with his hat and glove.

Big Bird is a tree, bet you didn't know that! This was interesting because it was simply so tall! The feathers looks so real and it was put together so darling with all the little characters.
I'm thinking about decorating and donating a Stampin' Up! tree next year; wouldn't that be FUN??
Don't forget today is the last day to order

Friday, November 27, 2009

Snowman Tags

I broke down and added the Simple Seasonal Thanks snowman to my order. I wasn't going to but I did...and look how cute these are!
Top Note die-cut layered and embossed. I cut out a part of the snowman to fit in the corner.
Cardstock: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Shimmery White
Stamp Set: Simple Seasonal Thanks, To/From is from Christmas Punch
Ink Pads: Staz On Jet Black
Accessories: Big Shot (you need this baby!!), Top Note die-cut, Embossing plate (swirly one Ü). Stampin' Write Markers in Pumpkin Pie, Real Red & Certainly Celery, Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Natural Rope Twine available in the Clearance Rack

Look how darling this Traveling Trio is. This class was taught by Laura Haffke.
Don't forget about the Huge Online Extravaganza SALE now through Monday November 30th!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and Look At This SALE!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A little Thanksgiving candy for Teacher Appreciation at Nicholas school. I received something similar to this as a swap at convention from Kristy Schalk. I knew it would be perfect for Teacher Appreciation! And I know you want to know...the bags can be found HERE. They are 1" x 8" and they hold about 28 M&M's. such a fun little gift!
A couple of awards from Patti! Patti is one of the MOST creative people I've seen in the blog world and I'm proud to call her my friend. We have mutual admiration and share a for the color RED.

Acquaintance AwardGood Luck and Good Fortune Award

Stampin' Up! just announced a one week SALE called Online Extravaganza! Wow! Look at these discounted prices!!

Get amazing discounts--up to 50% off--on over 40 products and product bundles!
The Online Extravaganza runs Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:01 AM (MT) - Monday November 30, 2009, 11:50 PM (MT).


Sale items are listed below. Get your Christmas shopping done quick and easily by ordering HERE.

For online orders, discounts will be shown in the shopping bag at checkout.

50% off products

40% off products

30% off products

Don't delay, place your order right HERE now.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Bazaar Wrap-Up

What a fun day yesterday at the Holiday Bazaar! I loved meeting all the ladies who dropped by to say hi.
It's a funny thing when complete strangers come up to you and give you a huge hug and tell me that they love you. Then you launch into a stamping conversation like we've known each other forever. Stampers are the BEST!!! Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourselves.
I've included a couple of pictures to share with you. It's awfully hard to look professional in a grade school gym with fire extinguisher boxes and exit signs and doors, etc.
I only had a small handful of things to sell. I was mostly using this event for tutorial sales and class sign-ups. I've had several e-mails inquiring what price I decided to sell the items for...
The Giant Nugget Boxes were $10. I took 5 and sold 3.

The Peppermint Patties in the Pretzel bags were $5. I took 20 and sold 5.

I've had a few questions about the York Peppermint Patties and the packaging not being like the ones shown above. If you shop on the Holiday candy isle, they are packaged in little baggie things with Holiday graphics on them. If you want the plain foil wrappers like these, you have to shop on the regular year around candy isle. Now you know Ü
Secretly, I was kind of excited they didn't all I have teacher gifts for Benjamin's Middle School teachers and friends Ü
Honestly, I was too busy talking to people than selling, so it is probably my fault they didn't sell so well. Good luck to all of you that have told me you are making these items for your craft shows!
Look how cute this Giant Nugget Box is from Hallie Gainer!
Congratulations to Ellie Augustin. She is my 2nd winner for a FREE pass to UStamp Year-end Blowout 2009! I think Ellie was a little excited when she received an e-mail from me telling her that Nicholas and I drew a new winner because the other one did not respond back to me within 24 hours!! is a snippet of her e-mail:

ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET THE BLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEP OUT .. opps.. LOL.. ohhh which one was of your boys do I need to send a BIG GIANT MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMWAHHHHH to ! HA.. GET THE HECK out.. HA... WELL of course you know what I have to say now right... ..hmm SQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQUUUUUEALLLLLLLLL!!! :) YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and you get a BIG MWWWWWWWWWWWWWAHHHH to u as well cause your the mama to that awesome boy of yours that picked my name!LOL.

This may be no surprise after reading her's Ellie hanging off the SU! rock, dangling for her life! Thanks for sending the pix Ellie, I'm so happy you will be joining us at UStamp!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Cake Mixes

More cake mix and frosting Happy Birthday kits for the teachers at Nicholas school. I'm all caught up until, that feels good. I've made about 30 so far! They really enjoy being remembered by the PTA on their birthday!

Real Red with Christmas Cocoa DSP...doesn't really look like Christmas this was, thankfully!
Old Olive with Tall Tales DSP

Melon Mambo with Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

These are all scaled down versions of this ensemble HERE.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Harris She won a FREE UStamp pass for the Year-end Blowout!

The other winner I drew has not responded, so this weekend I will be drawing another winner!

I'm happy to announce that I am now My Digital Studio certified.
I've completed all the Stampin' Up! requirements, taken all the quizzes...and passed shockingly, it's been years since I've taken a test!
This is a very easy digital scrapbooking program. I've never worked with one before and I MDS! I made my Open House fliers with it and I'll show you next week! (Don't laugh at me, I know some of you are whizzes at the program!!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More Holiday Bazaar Goodies

WOW!! I don't even know what to say about all the comments and well wishes and compliments and time you took to share your thought on my blog in reaching One Million hits! It was a bit overwhelming, I actually had no idea that many people were paying attention!
Thank you so much!
Two people were randomly drawn for a chance to win a FREE pass to UStamp Year-End Blowout 2009. I've-mailed them and when they accept, I'll announce the winners. So much fun!!
Now on to some stamping stuff!
I saw these on Splitcoast Stampers and knew this awesome idea would be perfect for the Holiday Bazaar this Saturday.
Some of you have asked where it is. It's at Nicholas' school, Discovery Elementary, 21oo Leighfield Drive, Meridian ID. Off of Locust Grove between McMillian and Ustick. The bazaar is from 9-3 Saturday, November, 21st. Come on over!!!

I used these Pretzel bags to stuff with peppermint patties, you know, the ones I swore off of last year!!! I couldn't resist!
Holiday Lineup elves on some. Others have the snowflake punch with Merry Christmas from Delightful Decorations.

Christmas Punch Holly Jolly words and the Santa from the postage stamp shaped stamp...that's confusing!
If you are in the Boise Idaho area, come see me Saturday and introduce yourself!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Guess What???

Guess What?

Very early Saturday morning my blog counter passed


Can you believe that? A million is a heck of a lot of visitors! Thank you so much for all your support. I love your comments and e-mails and I'm so glad you are inspired enough to check back now and then!

Thank you!!


I said I was done..... I told Dawn I would do UStamp Fall session as a Guest Designer then I was done. Somehow I got roped into the Holiday session and got bumped up to a Creative Crew Girl, then I was sure I was done. Seriously 2 sessions is plenty, I was full, happy and DONE! Then something happened...and here I am again announcing that I will be on the Creative Crew for the Year End Blowout Session 2009 of UStamp with Dawn and Friends.

Please join me for the Year End Blowout session of UStamp with Dawn & friends December 1-31!

Year End Blowout 2009 will give all of us an opportunity to do something REALLY FUN for ourselves by escaping the Holiday Stesses, even if only or a few minutes a day, to check out a project or peak into the chat room to say hello to some friends across the ocean. Don't we all deserve a few minutes of fun to help us re-charge and enjoy what we love??!! Of course we do!!

One of the many great things about UStamp is that YOU create when YOU are ready. LOVE the projects, but don't have time to make them yourself during the crazy holidays?? No worries!! The website will remain open for many months, ready when you are to create so you won't miss out.

Fun project themes of "Parties, Celebrations and Gift Giving" will totally hook you up for all your upcoming celebration needs right out of the gate for 2010!! Once all the hoopla of the holidays dies down, you will be thrilled that you can fill your January making creative projects from the Year End Blow Out event.

We will be celebrating from December 1st until December 31st posting projects everyday AND giving away prizes everyday too!!
Would you like to join in on the fun for FREE?? All you have to do is leave me a comment and 2 random winners will be drawn Tuesday, November 17th at 7 pm! It could be YOU!!!

ETA: Please feel free to leave a comment but a winner has been chosen and will be announced soon. Thank you!

Join us TODAY to get in on the Early Bird Special of only $19.98!! You will definitely want to hurry because the Early Bird Special ends Nov 17th and the fee will go up $24.98.
Click HERE to sign up!
At the top of Dawn's blog, click on the UStamp link and follow the directions from there.
I love it when I am out and about on the web and come across someone who has made something from my blog!
Giant Nugget Box from Cannie Hunter, you can view her details HERE.

This one was on Splitcoast Stampers and is from Theresa Forseth. You can also see it on her blog HERE.

If you would like to make a Giant Nugget Box, the instructions can be found
HERE. Let me know what you come up with!

Thank you again one million times for visiting my blog!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Lineup

Are you ready for more Holiday Lineup cards? Holiday Lineup and Jolliest Time of the Year are my favorite Christmas stamp sets...oh wait, I love Delightful Decorations too, maybe you've noticed. :)

It all started with this card here. I love the Merry Moments DSP (some pages better than others but hey, you can't love em' all!), especially the candy cane striped piece, so this really caught my eye.
I changed it up a little and this is what I came up with.

Then I thought it would make a great pocket card, so I made a few of those too. I'm working on several more.. because you may as well color a bunch of elves at the same time instead of just one! I love these little guys and the reindeer in the Holiday Lineup set too!!!