Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Today for playgroup we went to the tidepools. This is one of my favorite places to go.  No one else came from our playgroup, but I didn't mind.  I love this place.  It's one of those places that truly relaxes my mind and helps me focus on what's truly important.  It's just beautiful here.

The kids tried and tried to catch the little fish in the tidepools today.  They caught a couple fairly large crabs but didn't catch any fish.  They are bound and determined to catch some next time. I love the option of creating your own background and fill the punches with pictures!  Have you checked out the downloads today?  I LOVE the Chevron Punch Kit and More Candid Frames.  Tomorrow you can order MDS 2!!!!!  I can't wait!!!! :)  Order your supplies here.
Accessories:  My Digital Studio

Have you received your Holiday Mini yet?  You can hardly call it a “mini” catalog!  I’m in LOVE!!!  I’ll be placing an order on August 1st for some of you who can’t wait….send me your order today if you would like to order from the Holiday Mini also.  J  Want to see and touch product from the Holiday Mini?  Join me for Technique night on Thursday, August 2, at 7 p.m.  We’ll be creating two cards using the new spritzer tool and holiday mini products will be out on display for you.  Bring your cameras because I’ll also have Convention swaps out for you to see.  I’m always so inspired by the incredible talent by those I’m able to swap with at Convention.

August is Digital Month!  MDS 2 is AVAILABLE on August 1!  I was able to play with MDS 2 while at Convention…WAHOO!!!!  I can’t wait  J  I’m placing my order for the new MDS 2+ as soon as I can Wednesday morning J  In August get 31% off some of our best digital content (30 downloads and 1 content disc)and ALL cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags.  You’ll love these products!  I’ve been working on some projects for my kids, and I’ll definitely get them printed during August!

When you sign up as a demonstrator during August, you’ll receive the products and supplies to create this adorable Halloween Tray.  How awesome that the starter kit is now only $99!!!!  That’s $125 of product for only $99.  The best part is is that you choose your own kit supplies!  Questions?  Contact me today or sign up here!

Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m. Technique Night.  Create two projects with the new Stampin’ Spritzer.  All supplies will be provided including adhesive.  Fee:  FREE—Stamp Club Members/Demos; $7—Customers/Guests (FREE when you place a $40 the night of the class)  RSVP TODAY!

Tuesday, August 14, 7 p.m. Demo Group Meeting.  Join me and other local demonstrators for a night of fun.  You’ll create 4 fun projects that will set you on the right track to get your Stampin’ Up! business started.  Contact me for more information and cost of class.

Friday, August 17, 7 p.m.  Embellished Events Stamp Camp.  We’ll be creating 6 cards using the fun new stamp set “Embellished Events” found on p. 40 of the current Catalog.  You’ll love the versatility of this stamp set. All supplies will be provided except SNAIL adhesive.  Please bring your own.  Fee:  $20—Stamp Club Members; $25—Customers & Guests  ($5 off when you place a $40 the night of the class); FREE with the purchase of this stamp set.   RSVP by Tuesday, August 14.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sympathy Card

My heart has been very heavy this past week after having received the news of my great uncle & aunt's son's passing.  Even though he is my mom's cousin, it really hit me hard since he's just a few months older than I am.  I knew I needed to send a card that expressed our sympathies to them and his wife and four precious children.  Here's what I came up with.
I love the effect of sponging in an area using a template cut out with the Big Shot.  I first embossed the tree and the greeting and then sponged on the colors starting with the lightest color first.  Order your supplies here.
Cardstock:  Basic Gray, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, More Mustard, Cajun Craze
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Petite Pairs
Accessories:  Sponge, Big Shot, 3 1/2" Circle Die, Black EP, Embossing Gun, Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Robot Baby

A few months ago, I told a friend from church that I would host a baby shower for her.  She's having a boy, and his room will be a robot theme.  So I thought it would be fun (and different) to use the robot theme for her shower, too.  It took a bit more time to design her invitation because I had to create my own robot using punch shapes in MDS.  It's been fun to be creative and think outside the box. :)
I also used MDS to create one of the centerpieces...
I had this picture developed.  I sprayed painted some dollar frames, hot glued on some nuts and bolts, and inserted the picture!  Super simple but CUTE centerpieces...of course with a tin bucket that's filled with nuts & bolts snacks, a slinky on the side, and a fun little robot that each table will create.  Now I'm off to finish working on the banner and the matching thank you cards.  Did I tell you that the AWESOME new MDS 2+ will be released on August 1?!?!  Oh, my!  I can't wait :)  Order your supplies here.
Accessories:  MDS

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

You're Amazing

Today I'm sharing another project from our Make-n-Takes.  I love the little tickets added to the banner.  Yes, it took time to get them added on the linen thread...but isn't it ADORABLE?!?!

Another busy day at our house with soccer camp and swimming lessons.  Hoping to get in some more pool time later today :)  Hope you are enjoying the summer!!
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Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, More Mustard, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Midnight Muse, More Mustard, Primrose Petals
Stamps:  You're Amazing
Accessories:  Linen Thread, Pearl Jewels, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Paper Piercer, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Ticket Duo Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Halloween fun

One of the best things about convention is the swaps.  I received this swap from Michelle Moseman.  Since Halloween is the next holiday, I loved getting the Halloween swaps :)  Can't wait to start creating spooky cards!

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Cardstock:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark, White Craft, Basic Black
Stamps:  Tricky Treat, Tiny Tags
Accessories:  Basic Black Scallop Dot Ribbon, Baker's Twine, Jewelry Tag Punch, Big Shot, Chevron & Designer Frames Impressions Folder, Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


While I was at Convention, I got to play with MDS 2+.  Oh, my!!!!  I'm so excited for the new updated version of MDS!  There are so many things you'll be able to do...including coloring in stamps and changing the colors of embellishments!  Those were two AMAZING new tools.  While Wicked was playing in town, Sierra and I were able to go.  It was so fun!  I had to document this special time.  I used a sketch I found on Pinterest.  

Remember today is download day!  Order your supplies here.  In the new MDS, you'll also be able to see a list of supplies you've used to create your MDS projects.  It will be much easier to share supplies with you after I create  :)

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Adorable Notecards

At check-in day at Convention, we did our make-n-takes in the afternoon.  These cute note cards were our first project.  Aren't they adorable?!?!
I love all the little detail added to these adorable cards...even though they are just one layer.  Order your supplies here.
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Primrose Petals, More Mustard
Ink:  Early Espresso, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Midnight Muse
Stamps:  Affection Collection, Daydream Medallions
Accessories:  Rhinestone Jewels, Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Convention 2012...I am!

I just returned home last night from an amazing four days in SLC at our annual SU! Convention!

This year was a quiet year with just MJ and me going this year.  The deciding factor for me actually attending this year is that because I promoted to Manager this past SU! year, I had my Convention fee waived this year.  Can't pass that up :)  Here are our adorable bags we got this.  I'll definitely be re-using this bag as a purse!
After visiting Memento Mall, we went and did our Make-and-Takes.  Look how clean the table is before we started....
 Here's what it looked like about halfway through our projects...
Pictures of the projects will be posted soon :)
We took a few pictures before heading back to our hotel for a few minutes.

We finally ate lunch/dinner at about 3:30 p.m. at the Cheesecake Factory which is new with the new City Creek Mall.  (we spent a lot of time at the new mall in our free time :)  Thursday began the fun....it's always exciting when you walk into the Convention Center and you see thousands of demonstrators crowding the halls!  MJ added the text to this fun picture SU! posted :)  Perfect match to our theme.
The stage was so very fun this year.
Our guest speaker was hilarious!  He specifically spoke about how to reach out to the GenY generation.  Which is kind of funny to me because according to my birth year I actually fit into that generation.  He had some great tips...most of them were social media related.  We did a social media test where we took pictures of him and then friended him on FB by text all at the same time.  It was pretty cool :)  BTW, if you haven't friended my demo page on FB, you can do so by texting the number 32665 and then in the message typing Fan stampnscrap.jenn  
He had some very specific information that I found that not only applied to my SU! business but also to my personal life.  It was fun to be able to use his talk in both worlds :)
The first day of Convention is always a great day to swap.  These are my swaps from this year (which you should have seen posts about already :).
After a quick dinner at Chick-Fil-A, we attended the awards night.  Of course, we had to take our picture on the red carpet before entering  :)

We thought it was kind of funny that the weekend getaway will be held in San Diego.  Maybe we'll just catch up with our friends somewhere around town while they are here :)
 Then we attended the after party.  It's always fun to see how much dancing goes on at these things.  MJ and I are definitely are the younger side at this event so it makes it even better to people watch :)
 We finally caught up with Vickie and Latisha at the after party...just had to see Latisha dancing :)  I love SU! events because even though we only see these ladies once a year, it's SO fun to see each other EVERY year.  Vickie celebrated her 15-year anniversary as a demo at convention this year!

 These are the fun desserts they serve us :)

 When we got in the elevator, we happened to get in the elevator with Megan (one of the Gardner daughter's) and her husband.  We also had ridden down the elevator with her that morning.  She started up a conversation with us.  It was fun that she had remembered us from that morning.  Friday we started with another general session.  We just happened to get seats behind our new friends.  Just in case you haven't been to convention before, we're on the 2nd row...center section just behind the entire Gardner family :)  It didn't take long for our new friend, Megan, to wave to us.
We took a picture with here...she was very kind to us and talked us a bit here and there as we saw her the rest of the convention.
The fun part of this picture was after her husband took a picture with MJ's phone, he pulled out his phone and took a picture of us as well with Megan.  :)
Of course, we had to take a few pictures on the stage :)

After a few breakout classes and lunch, we had another general session.  This time we didn't get very close seating but it worked okay this time around.  I did get to walk officially on stage this year for reaching $100,000 in total sales since I began.  I reached this back in August (and was so close to it last year when I went to Convention)...so now that it was a official I had to walk on stage :)

 Of course, we headed back to the mall, and I happened to snap a quick picture of the temple.  It's beautiful!  I giggled a little when I noticed that Tiffany's is located on the 2nd floor of the mall and has windows that look out towards the temple.  Very SMART on their part :)
 That night we attended an amazing class.  So many new techniques and ideas to share!  Can't wait!
I'll post this project when I finish.  We had to take such good notes we didn't have enough time to stamp in between presenters :)  On Saturday as we were sitting waiting for the last General Session to start, I realized that we hadn't even taken a picture of the two of today.  So a quick snap shot :)  Second row from the front again for us!   It's much easier to get seats for just 2 of us...although, we would have loved to have our usual crowd with us this year!
 Stampin' Up! live streamed the first bit of General Session for the demonstrators that couldn't make it.  After paying the Richtar in stamps, we found out that the Grand Vacation is a global event for all of the markets of SU! on a Western Caribbean Cruise!  Guess where we have been talking about cruising next?!?!?  Hmmm, now how can I sell $40,000 in 12 months?! :)
 One of the best parts of SU! is they are so giving!  All of the demonstrators received the Ronald McDonald stamp set from the catalog.
 We also received a hostess stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.  Look at all that excitement.
Convention is ALWAYS a blast!  After the session ended, our upline picked us for dinner.  It was fun telling Kathy the condensed version of convention.  She then took us to the airport to head home.
Who's coming with me to Convention July 18-20, 2013, for the 25th anniversary of Stampin' Up!?  You know it will be BIG!!!  Watch for more posts about Convention 2012 coming soon! :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Roads lead to happiness

I love the new Chevron Impressions folder in the catalog.  When I was making these, everyone thought the "tire" background was really cool.  So of course I had to use the new car!  :)  Again, you're getting a sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog...the new framelit is called Window Frames Framelits.  I really liked this new framelit!
I added sponging around the edge to just set it off a little bit without adding another layer.  I thought the mini pearl was a cute little accent to the bride's veil.  Order your supplies here.
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps:  Road to Happiness
Accessories:  Big Shot, Window Frames Framelits, Pearl Jewels, Sponge, Dimensionals, Chevron Impressions Folder

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Birthday

Today I'm sharing one of my swaps that I made for Convention.  It's also a sneak peek into the Holiday Catalog (yes, you read that right...Catalog...not Mini Catalog...You'll be surprised when you get it in the mail soon!!!)....just like I hoped there's another Paper-Piercing pack!  This one is called "Festive" and matches the Labels Framelits we already have in the main catalog.  I love the idea of creating a stencil with the framelit and then sponging ink and stamping onto to your card front.  I then paper pierced using the new paper piercing pack :)  Quick and easy...but fun technique! 
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Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Gumball Green
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Gumball Green
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Bring on the Cake
Accessories:  Big Shot, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Labels Framelits, Paper Piercer, Sponge

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

4th of July

I'm on my way to the annual Stampin' Up! Convention!!  YEAH :)  I'm so excited!  I'll try to post a time or two but until then I have a project to share today.  We had an awesome 4th of July.  We got to spend part of it in Idaho and part of it in Utah.  We got to share a piece of our childhood memories with our kids...perfect!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Riding the Horses

One of my favorite things to do while visiting my parents is to ride the horses.  Everyone got their turn.
Fun times, fun times!  Be sure to check out today's downloads.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Car Fun

I fell in love with this new stamp set as soon as I saw it in the catalog...
I can't wait to keep playing with this fun set to see what creations I can come up with.  Pretty sure I'll be using it to creating some of my swaps.  (Yup, I'm leaving early Wednesday morning for Convention, and I still have swaps to complete! :)  Order your supplies here.
Cardstock:  Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink:  Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Stamps:  Road to happiness
Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels Framelits, Pearl Jewels, Large Scallop Edgelit, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Dimensionals
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday the 13th!

Hi Friends!  I'm sure you've wondered where I have been.  Family vacation for my sister's wedding took us away for a bit...and it was WONDERFUL!  We had a fantastic time while on vacation, and my sister was an absolutely beautiful bride.  Now I'm busily getting ready to head to Convention next week (YEAH!!!!!!!).  Haven't decided how many swaps I'll make this year...I'll I know is I better get busy if I want to take any.  Today I'm taking a little break to celebrate my birthday with my family :)

I'll check back in soon :)  Happy Stampin'!  Order your supplies here.
Cardstock:  Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist
Stamps:  A Fitting Occasion
Accessories:  Curly Label Punch, Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, White Gel Pen, Ribbon
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