Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A little Blog Candy...

*This contest is now closed! Result will we posted tomorrow!

My first Blog Candy giveaway is in honor of my mother, Julie Higginbotham. She was a wonderful mother. And, as I became an adult and parent myself, my best friend. My mom loved supported me unconditionally, but was also there to give me a kick in the behind when I needed it. :) She was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 35, and fought it with everything she had until she passed away in September 2007, at 48. It was a bittersweet year for me, as I married Travis July 6, 2007 and her birthday is July 7th.

During the year leading up to my wedding, my mom suffered complete kidney failure, and was on dialysis. She spent most of the year in and out of the hospital, but was DETERMINED to walk down the aisle at my wedding. She did, and she looked stunning. But that was my mom. Nothing could stop her once she put her mind to something. When I started scrapbooking and paper crafting about 5 years ago, she was right there with me. She would go out and buy stuff all the time. It wasn't until after she passed away that I found out how much...lol

Which brings me to the Candy. This is a collection of a little bit of the stuff my mom left. She was a VERY generous person, and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. Most of this stuff she bought in triplicate, so I still have a lot for myself. She would love that I am giving it to a fellow papercrafter that would put it to good use. I tried to group it so that it coordinated a little, and I added a few things! To enter the drawing, all you have to do is comment on this post, or follow my blog. The contest will close on July 7th, at 8:00 p.m. Central. I'm so very sorry, but I can't ship overseas.

The Candy!

My beautiful Mom. She would be the 50 this year! :)

Good Luck! :)

* I have been thinking a lot about the fun and special times I had with my mom. If you would like, leave a comment about a special memory you have of your mother, or of your children (if you have them!) Thanks!

Saying Goodbye...

Well, sort of. ;) Hello! I spent most of today day sort of saying goodbye to the retiring In Colors. Even though they will no longer be available to order, You will continue to see me use them. I've only been a SU! demonstrator for a few months, so I really haven't had long to use these fabulous colors. I think Pacific Point has to be my favorite!

I also used the One Sheet Wonder method for this set of cards. I got the inspiration from Mae, a super creative lady on Splitcoast. You can visit her blog here I altered the color palette a bit, and used Kiwi Kiss and Real Red. That is my other favorite SU! color. It is a very deep and beautiful red, I find I use it often!

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Vouge Verses, Lots of Thoughts
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango

I actually did these two projects on Sunday. It was really fun, I love the So Tweet chipboard!

I used the Good Morning Sunshine dsp for this card. I'm really going to miss this cool retro paper! I got the inspiration for this card from Angie on Chic n Scratch. Her blog is so awesome!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2009

My first Mojo Monday

Hi! I have completed my first card in the Mojo Monday challenge! I really enjoyed myself, and it made coming up with a card in a short time REALLY easy! I think this is going to be a part of my card making routine!

This is the sketch that I had to work with...

And this is what I came up with! With this card, I forced myself to use supplies that I rarely use, and a stamp set I have never used. I tend to prefer bold shapes and colors, but I ordered this stamp set to do something different. I really like how it turned out.

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose, "Friendship" stamp from Michaels
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pixie Pink,Bella Rose dsp
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pixie Pink, Kiwi Kiss

Friday, June 26, 2009

A few more pages...

Hello! Here are a few more of my favorite scrapbook pages. Life has been really busy for me lately, so I apologize for the delay in posting. But, here they are!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Feeling a little nostalgic...

Hello! I was on Splitcoast today, (as usual these days!), and I was looking at some of the fabulous Scrapbook layouts of some of the members. It made me a little nostalgic, and I dug out some of the pages I have done in the past. Just looking at them has made me miss scrapbooking! It has kind of taken a back seat to my card making these days, but I think I am going to do some pages in the near future. Hope you like what you see. Enjoy!

Alyssa LOVES Olivia. She is a lot like her. This was something else my mom introduced her to during one of their many field trips to Barnes and Noble. The cake is one of my creations. That little pig was hard to render in buttercream! :) As you will probably notice as I post more pics, I suck at getting my journaling done. I'll get to it, one day...

This was THE MOST time-consuming, pain-in-the-butt layouts that I have EVER done. I didn't have the die-cut that would have made this a lot easier, so I measured, and cut each of the pics by hand. I was thrilled with the end result, so it was worth it! (Notice the mini notecard? :)

Amaiya in a Strawberry Bikini. She was about 7 months old, and my mom took this pic. She was the one who bought the bikini. It was one of her favorite pics of her!

I love, love, love these pages. I got the inspiration for the design from Alyssa's outfit. I don't think you can see it very well, but the flower design is on her shirt. I just love the color combination. I had so much fun with these pages!

Oh my goodness, it's late! Well, I will post more after I get a little sleep. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lots of LadyBugs!

A few weeks ago, my wonderful husband bought me my dream car! That car is a VW Beetle, or as my kids call it, 'The LadyBug'. Since then, I have developed a bit of an obsession with them. I have been making them almost non-stop...lol. I put together a few small projects in honor of 'The LadyBug', I hope you enjoy!

I love it!

I would once again like to thank the creative ladies over on Splitcoast for the inspiration, as well as Angie at Chic n Scratch. I watched her video on making the bugs about 100 times! :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More coming soon...

Hello! I just wanted to take a sec to let you know that I am working on new projects, patiently waiting on my Stampin' Up! shipment, and dealing with the start of summer vacation! I will be posting some new stuff soon, I promise!

I would really like to thank the ladies that attended my first Mom and Me stamp club. We had a BLAST! (I think the kids had a pretty good time too.) We will be having our next meeting Friday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. We are going to be working on a stationary gift set. Becuase this is a pretty involved project, I am going to break it up into two parts. As usual, drop me a line to let me know if you are attending. the cost is $12.00 for each pair, and you can pay the night of class. Hope to see you!

Also, I am going to have a party to celebrate the new 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! catalog! I am still trying to work out the date. With the 4th, I know people are busy! I will keep everyone posted. Have a great day!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mom and Me Stamp Club

Hello Everyone!

On Friday, I am having my first meeting of the Mom and Me stamp club! First of all, I apologize. I promised my new club members I would have the pictures of the projects that we are going to be working on posted yesterday. However, the day just got away from me. So, here they are!

We are going to be using the Tart and Tangy stamp set to make these super-cute Popsicle Cards. They are just the cutest things, and I think the kids will love them! Very simple to do. We are also going to be making some mini note cards to coordinate with these.

A very simple, Father's Day card...

Just playing with the Cricut a little! :)

This is going to be a really fun gathering! Can't wait to see you. Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Enjoy Every Moment

This is another stamp set I am in love with. I have used it for a couple of workshops, and the response has been very good.Got the inspiration from Splitcoast, I love that site! Have a great day!

I see I need to buy that adhesive eraser! :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Big Bold Birthday Set

Hello! I am posting some pics of a few projects I did using the Big Bold Birthday stamp set, that is currently on the Stampin' Up! Last Chance List. It is only going to be available to order until June 30th. Click Here to place your order for this cute set before it's too late!

I cut the gift tags using my Cricut, and the 'George' cartridge.

For both of these cards (above and below), I got inspiration from a site called splitcoaststampers. I get TONS of ideas from there. It has been a God send! I also used a retired stamp set, 'So Very' for the card above.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Uploading more pics

Here are some pics of the first stationary gift set I've ever done. I don't think any of the paper is Stampin' Up!. I've had this paper around for ages, and finally found a reason to use it. I mailed this set to a friend in Texas. Her and her husband go to Amsterdam in the summer, and I thought she should have some cute notes to send back home! I had so much fun doing this set. I love bold colors and patterns, and this fit her personality perfectly!

This card is my favorite!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

More Pictures

My mini notecards! The card is 2x3, and I made the envelope using a template. As soon as I find it, I will post a link. :)

Ok, so I found the link. And when I looked at it, i realized that I folded mine upside down! HA! Click Here for envelope template.

A Work In Progress...

I have been working REALLY hard trying to get things together. I am slowly getting more of my work uploaded to a number of different places, so please be patient, it IS coming. If I don't provide the info with the pic, just drop me a line, and I will let you know what I used! Thanks so much for your patience. ;)

This card is a CASE! I loved it so much, I just had to do one for myself! The original was done by:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Friday's Workshop

Hello All! This Friday, I am having a workshop where I will be demonstrating some projects using the Tart and Tangy stamp set. It is the cutest set, and I have so much fun working with it. It just puts me in a summer frame of mind every time I look use it!

During this workshop, you will also have the opportunity to sign up for my summer classes, join a Card Club, or book a workshop of your own. If you sign up for a class or club and pay fees in full at this workshop, you will receive a FREE Stampin' Up! 2009/2010 Idea Book and Catalog when they are released July 1st. ($10.00 value) As always, if you host a workshop, you will receive a free catalog. Also, one lucky person will win this set of cards made with the Tart and Tangy stamp set! I like to call it my 'Fruit Salad in a Box'. It was hard for me to keep things simple, I LOVE to embellish! I also used the One Smart Cookie stamp set, which is on the Last Chance List. So, if you would like to recreate this set of cards, don't wait for the workshop!
Click Here, and ACT NOW!!

I decided not to post a picture of the box I made to put to cards in, you will just have to wait until Friday to see it! Hope to see you! :)

More Hostess Benefits!

There is so much stuff going on this month I am excited about! We are running a Summer Fun promotion, that gives you EVEN MORE Hostess Benefits!

From June 1-30, in addition to the already fantastic hostess benefits, get even more hostess awards when you host a qualifying workshop:
Hold a $250-$399.99 workshop and receive an additional $20 in hostess free dollars!
Hold a $400 or more workshop and receive an additional $40 in hostess free dollars!*

Earn more rewards while having fun with friends and family this summer! Contact me today to schedule your workshop. I will also give you a speacial hostess gift just for having a workshop!

The Last Chance List is HERE!!

I am a barrel of mixed emotions right now. It's official. Stampin' Up's Last Chance List (formerly the "Retired List") has been released. While I am sad to see some of my favorite stamps and accessories leave forever, I am SO EXCITED about the new stuff Stampin' Up! has in store for us!

So, if there are some things that you have been wanting from our current catalog that you have been holding off on getting, GET IT NOW. Because the list is now out, the supplies are going to fly out of the warehouse! I will have links to the lists on the right. I will also have the lists on hand at my next workshop, on June 5, 2009.

At the upcoming Stamp Clubs and Workshops this month, I will be featuring supplies that are on the list, so if you have not had a chance to try before you buy, here it is! All available items on the list can be ordered until June 30, 2009.