Only a few more days

Of my Sail Away Cruise Special.  Thanks so much for all of your business!

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The Shabby Tea Room Challenge 7 - a Sneak Peek

a new Stampin Up! set called Elements of Style

This card was inspired by a card I saw at the RemARKably Hot retreat. I totally copied the fold over top note but I'm not sure who's card it was so I can not give proper credit. Its absolutely adorable!! 

the challenge theme:  Comforts of home

here is the Inspiration:  

Come Play at The Shabby Tea Room challenge blog

All supplies are Stampin Up!  

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Kraft, Vanilla, Soft Suede
ink: soft suede
Accessories top note die, kraft taffeta ribbon

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Sail Away Cruise Special!

Thank you to every single one of you!  As a special Thank You Gift, I'm going to start my "Sail Away Cruise Special" a bit early!  We will be cruising with Stampin' Up! to the Southern Caribbean from April 26th - May 2nd. 
As a gift to my husband and family, I will be turning off my iPhone and e-mail and internet while we're on the boat!  Therefore, if you'd like to place an order, you may still do so online 24/7!  When you do place an order online between NOW and May 2, 2010, I will give you a gift certificate for 10% of your order to use on a future order between May 3rd and May 31st.


Are you a Club Member? you will be getting a very special offer just for you!

So, for example, if you place a $100 order (before tax and shipping), you will earn a $10 gift certificate from me to use in May.  And, yes, you may use these gift certificates on any order...including club orders.   There is NO LIMIT to the amount of gift certificates you can earn!

But, that's not all!!!  Everyone who places an online order with me will be placed in a drawing for a free hostess set of their choice!  The winner will be announced on May 3rd.  Level one, Level 2 or Level 3!!!

Here are a few things you may want to order:
- Stock up on any of your favorite retiring colors of ink, paper, and accessories.  See my blog post HERE for the list of retiring colors.
- April 30th is the last day to order items from the Occasions Mini Catalog!
- Awash with Flowers special ends April 30th
- May 1st is the first day to order items from the Summer Mini Catalog!

Thank you!!! Thank You!!! Thank you!!! for all of your Stamping Business!!!!

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A note of Thanks

Playing with some designer paper scraps

All Supplies are Stampin Up!

Stamps: Thank you Kindly
Paper: Sale-abration paper, melon Mambo, basic black, razzleberry lemonade dsp
Ink: Black
Accessories: scallop border punch, brads & ribbon

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On the Extreme side

Guess what?  Yup, more retreat projects-- I tell you I stamped until I could not stamp anymore !!!

cased this one, but I can not remember from where....

All supplies are Stampin Up!

Stamps:  Extreme Elements & extreme surfer & guitar, On your Birthday
Paper: Sweet Pea dsp and coordinating card stock
Ink:  stazon black, dusty durango
Accessories:  ribbon

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Some Flower fun

Here is another project from my recent stamping retreat! I ran home and found the PERFECT pictures for the page!

Stamps: Extreme Elements
Paper: sweet pea dsp, whisper white, taken with teal
Ink: taken with teal
Accessories: buttons, large clear flower and flower layers with leaf Stampin Up dies for the big shot

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The Shabby Tea Room Challenge 6 meets SMOOCH

Here is a Sneak Peek  at the New Smooch spritz Stampin Up! is offering in the new Summer Mini.  I have never used these before now all I can say-- WOW they take covering chipboard to a whole new level!!

Take a closer look at the pictures-- My son REALLY likes chocolate milk and he likes it really chocolate-y.  So he skipped the spoon and poured.  I'm not sure how I got this shot- I was in the kitchen just playing with the camera.  He soon realized I was taking his picture.   Hmmm,  How much chocolate is too much???

And The Shabby Tea Room inspiration:

Here is a close up of how just a few spritz sprays cover chip board.  WOW

I also sprayed it right on the card stock.  My son constantly spills the Nesquick powder on the kitchen counter so I thought that it looked similar.  Sparkle texture...LOVE IT!!

On a side note, make sure you get the New Color Catcher.  This Smooch stuff sprays all over!  The color catcher is perfect for chipboard and cards, if you are spraying your 12x12 pages you will need to have a big box or go outside.  I made a bit of a mess!

Come play with the sketch at the Shabby Tea Room

Stamps: Things I love
Paper: Creamy caramel, chocolate chip, very vanilla
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: Smooch spritz in log cabin, chocolate chip striped grosgrain ribbon, chipboard letters, scallop border, curly label and 1" circle puches.

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Some Sweet Pea Please

Another Tote from the retreat:

and the inside pockets

and the note cards

SPECS for this can be found HERE

Sweet Pea Paper, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Sweet pea Felt.  Be careful-- these are FUN!!

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More Retreat Projects and Camera Class

Oh my!!! did I stamp and scrap up a storm at the retreat!  Here are a few cards.  I had time to ink up my extreme elements stamps and the various "Extreme sports" Guys I earned for free during sale-abration. I love free stamps!  these were loosely cased from one of my teammates Deb over at Artfelt impressions

This weeks Homework assignment for Camera Class was motion pictures and Shutter speed.  Now mind you I had no clue what this meant when I left class.  But after a litte time reading the book and googling it these were a few of my best shots.  Some of my class mates got some AMAZING pictures.  Im a beginner-- soon to get better!

so the easiest things that "moves" and has lots of Motion in my house are the dogs....Here is the mad dash for the "ball".  Look---- Zoe is air born. normally she can beat Jake to the ball, she's a bullet.  She must have had a late start.

this was a car driving by, poor driver was looking at me like I was crazy.  the purpose of this shot was to have the car in focus and the background as it appears through panning.

Here is Jake jumping for the ball.  He jumps like this to go for a ride in the car too.  Funny!

My 2 boys were the ball throwers in these various shots.   Here I tried to get them head on running for the ball.  Don't they look like they are smiling?

Cards used sweet peas DSP and matching card stock.  And Stazon black ink!

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Retreat Projects-make and takes

Here are 2 of the make and takes that were included in the retreat.  

Some older treats and some New ones available in the Summer mini!!  LOVE these!

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Remarkable HOT Retreat- Project

Hot Hot Hot!  here are a few gifts....

And when you open the Package:  


8.5 x 5.5 ( 2 pieces) scored at 1 end at 1.25 inches.  glue the scored ends together

Pocket 1:  6-1/8 x 4-3/4, score at 1/2 and 1 on three sides.  two short sides and one long side.  snip short scorelines to form pocket

Pocket 2:  4-3/4 x 7-1/4, score at 1/2" and 1" on three sides.  two short sides and one long side.  snip short scorelines to form pocket

And here is what inside:  Altered Notebook, 4 cards and envelopes, mini gel pen

this is made with the Shades of Spring DSP in the Occasions mini.  All card stock and ink match the paper.  Stamps are Upsy Daisy.

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Club Project- GIFT BAGS

Each one of my club members got 2 designer sheets of paper to learn how to make a gift bag.  the gift bag specs can be found HERE in a PDF from Stampin Up!

You piece 2 sheets of the dsp together.  the trick-- score BOTH sheets exactly the same way.  with score lines down the left and along the bottom.  the little tiny rectangle at the bottom left of the PDF gets cut out.  Embellish as desired.

I know you all, Like me are looking for a way to use up some of that designer paper we have on hand.  I made 5 bags so I had them ready for gifts.  the Hard part-- they are so pretty you don't want to part them!


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The Shabby Tea Room Challenge 5

“It’s Hip to be Square” – a project with anything square – the more the better! 

the inspiration photo:

My take on the challenge:

Play along at 

Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny wishes
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate chip, Sweet Pea dsp
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate chip
Accessories: Chocolate chip satin ribbon, dazzling diamonds glitter, word window punch, modern label punch

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An Amazing time at the retreat!

Oh my!!! - I had an amazing time at the Remarkable HOT city Night retreat!  Ladies-- Some serious stampin, crafting and scrapbooking occurred this weekend.  Not to mention some FUN FUN FUN times with my teammates and fellow Demos!!

Left to right:  Jan, Deanna, Me, Cathy, Kelli, Lanie, Sharon and Nicole

A big thanks goes out to  Jan (and her helpers) for making my weekend (and all the other attendees) so fabulous!  You are amazing at what you do!

Tomorrow is The Shabby Tea Room challenge and then this week I will share all the AMAZING projects I made at the Retreat.  WOW  I have to say I'm exhausted --definitely not alot of sleeping happens  ...but its offset by the FUN!!  and boy oh boy was it FUN!!!  

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