Thursday, July 30, 2015

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks and Samples!

Ideas!  That's what I'm always looking for - new ideas!  I love seeing all the different projects that people create and when you're at Convention, it is inspiration overload for sure!

Are you ready to see some great projects??  Let's jump in!

Remember my friend Genevieve that I introduced to you from this earlier post?  She was a presenter at convention and the cards she shared were just so adorable!

Take a closer look at the cards.  Do you see some new stamped images?  The gift boxes are from a new stamp set from the Holiday Catalog called Your Presents.  Very versatile set!  I think my favorite image is the word "joy" in it.

More Sneak Peeks

Look what's coming!  The Holiday Catalog is just around the corner and I can't wait to share it all with you! 
These are just a few of the many amazing projects you'll find in the Holiday Catalog!

This is the To You and Yours Shaker Cards project kit. 

These tags were created using another new kit - Oh What Fun Tag Project kit.  Easy, cute and fun!

The new Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set is sure to please!

 More adorable Christmas cards!  These projects were created using a new bundle of products - the Sparkly Seasons stamp set and the Seasonal Frame Thinlits dies.  Adding this to my wish list for sure!

A new Square Pillow Box Thinlits dies are coming!  Cute little note cards fit inside this fun box! 

 More fun Christmas tags:

The Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper is so pretty.  It's designed with a vintage nostalgic feel.

Cute images from the Cozy Christmas stamp set.

Red, pom pom trim!  Woohoo!

This cute penguin and snowman are from the Snow Place stamp set.  

There are a couple new projects featured in the samples below - Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set and the new Into the Woods Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon.

 The Joyful Season stamp set is so pretty.  So many different sentiments and images.

There's no shortage of ideas at Convention, that's for sure!  I can't wait to share the new Holiday Catalog with you in September!

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stampin' Up! Convention Highlights 2015

I am finally back after being in Salt Lake City at the Stampin' Up! Convention.  What a whirlwind it was but tons of fun, too!  I feel like I'm still in a whirlwind around my house now.  You know - all the unpacking, laundry, cleaning and trying to get back into my usual routine of day to day life.  It may take me awhile to get there!

Convention, as always, was a blast and one event of the year I just can't miss!  I think it's because of all the friends I get to see and spend time with while I'm there.  Over the years of attending, I've made so many wonderful friends and convention is like a mini-reunion every year! 

Meet Genevieve.  We met several years ago at Founder's Circle and she is a demonstrator from Canada.  (Hello my Canadian friends!)  Always great seeing her and getting to catch up!

My daughter and I actually went to Canada earlier this year to stay with Genevieve and her family.  Our daughters became fast friends and now are long distance pen pals!  Soon it will be our turn to host them in Texas!

This is Mimi and Angie.  They are both in my way-up-there Stampin' Up! family tree and seeing them at Convention is a highlight!

This is just a part of Mimi's group (we're all in blue):

I can't leave off my amazing group that I traveled to Salt Lake with.  We had an wonderful meal the first night at the Garden Restaurant inside the Joseph Smith Memorial Hotel.  Any time sharing a meal with these ladies is a fun time!

Another highlight of the evening was the 20's themed Awards Night after party.  What a blast!  There was food, dancing and plenty of old time cars all around the hall.  Making memories for sure!

And, I just had to share my good news with all my friends - I was honored to find out that I made the top 100 demonstrators (called Founder's Circle)!  What a shock!  They called our names and I received a pretty bag and will be heading back to Utah in September for an all-expense paid trip!  WOW!  I could not have done it without the support of my family as well as my friends and downline.  Thank you!  Thank you!

Prize Patrol!  It's always fun receiving a door prize during our different classes.  We weren't sure if we were allowed to actually show you the stamp sets because they are from the new, upcoming Holiday Catalog!  It's a good one and I can't wait for you to see it!  You'll have to wait a little longer to see the actual sets we received.

We were cracking up laughing trying to take this picture!  In our efforts to try and cover up the stamp set images, it got a little interesting trying to get Cindy's stamp set (the one in the middle) covered.  I guess we accomplished it in the craziest way possible!  

Now, I can show you the Convention bag.  I just love it!

This post is getting a little longer than I thought and I bet you're wondering where are all the samples and swaps are.  I will be sharing all that with you as well but when I boil down what convention means to me, these pictures say it all - friendships.  I can't imagine my life without the wonderful friends I've made thanks to Stampin' Up!.  I'm blessed for sure.

Happy Stamping,

Friday, July 17, 2015

Christmas in July Project # 3 - Christmas Tote Bag

Today is the day for the Christmas Tote Bag Tutorial!  I'm so excited with the way this cute little bag turned out!  It's such a versatile bag, too.  Simply change out the Merry Moments Designer Paper and you can make this bag work for any occasion - birthday, wedding, baby gift, etc - the possibilities are endless!  This bag is big enough to hold at least 4 cards with envelopes or other small little gifts and treats.

I hope you're enjoying all the Christmas in July projects this month!  If you've missed any of the other cards, you can check them out here:

And, now on to project #3 - Christmas Tote Bag:

Supplies Used for the Bag:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

For more fun project ideas, be sure to swing on over to Facebook and 'Like' my Facebook page!

Wishing you a very
Merry Christmas (in July)!!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Christmas in July 2015

Every year I look forward to and anticipate the month of July!  Not only is it a time to celebrate our nation's freedom but it's also a time for an annual tradition of mine - creating Christmas cards with friends!  Even though it's HOT outside, we enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas inside (and I crank the air conditioning for that "winter" feeling!).  From playing Christmas music to eating Christmas treats and making Christmas cards, all is merry and bright!

Our first card looked like a wrapped present on the outside and on the inside was a fun pocket to hold a gift card.  This card featured the Merry Everything stamp set.  (We also used the Merry Everything set for the tag on the Christmas bag.)

Time to make Christmas tree cards using the Festival of Trees stamp set and coordinating punch.  Love this bundle of products!  (Check out the video tutorial and supply list for this card here.)

The blue card using the Every Blessing stamp set was one of my favorites (you can see the up-close picture below).  With the sparkles and sentiment, it just might be my Christmas card this year!   (You can get all the details and video tutorial for this card here.)

Here are the projects we created:

And the Christmas goodies we shared:  (Yum!!) 
I have to give a big "shout out" to my friend Emily for baking loads of the Christmas trees and wreath cookies!  Thank you!  Thank you!  We also had peppermint bark and sugar cookies.  What could be better for our Christmas celebration?

Do you have a Christmas in July tradition?  Maybe you start your Christmas shopping or begin making Christmas ornaments or cards, too!  I'd love for you to share your traditions!  I might just pick up a new one, as well!

A great resource for Christmas ideas and inspiration can be found on Patience Brewster's website. This small, one artist company is creating some beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit any time of the year!

Merry Christmas in July!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Christmas in July Card #2 - Festival of Trees

Today's Christmas in July card features the Festival of Trees stamp set, coordinating tree punch and the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper.  I just love this combination for Christmas cards!

Did you miss card #1 featuring the Every Blessing stamp set?  Be sure and watch it, too!

Card #2 Video Tutorial: (Enjoy!)

Supplies Used in Today's Card:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Next up is the Christmas Tote Bag tutorial! 
Stay tuned - it's coming soon!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas in July!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Monthly Demonstrator Gatherings - The Place to Be

Friday night was our monthly gathering of stampers in the Cowtown Crafters group and what a fun evening of laughing and sharing!  Who would have thought that our little group of 4 demonstrators who started meeting together would grow to be almost 50 strong?  Wow!  What a blessing to have these amazing, creative ladies as my friends!

We have a brief  business meeting (while we eat yummy food) followed by plenty of stamping!

Our youngest stampers!  (We're training them early!)

Would you like to see the cards everyone was creating?  Check out the post here (and, I'm working on a video tutorial so you can put these cute cards together, too!)

I'd love to have you be a part of the Cowtown Crafters group, too!  It all starts with the purchase of a Starter Kit.  Let me know if you'd like more information about our group.  We welcome hobby stampers, business minded stampers and everything in between - everyone is welcome!

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christmas in July Card #1 - Every Blessing Video Tutorial

One of my favorite classes of the year is my Christmas in July class!  This year we'll be creating 4 different cards plus a little gift bag.  And, since I want my all my stamping friends to be able to join in the holiday spirit and create their Christmas cards, too, (even if you can't join me live), I thought I'd create video tutorials for each of the Christmas in July projects.

So, are you ready for the first card?  I think this one is my favorite!  (Have you seen all 4 cards yet?  Check out this previous post to see them all.)

Video Tutorial for Christmas Card #1:

Supplies Used:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas in July!

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Happy Stamping,


Monday, July 6, 2015

Getting Ready for Our Demonstrator Gathering

It's almost that time again!  This Friday is the monthly demonstrator gathering for the Cowtown Crafters (aka my downline) and we always have such a fun time being together - eating, stamping and sharing!  Would you like to be my guest at this event?  I'd love for you to come with me and see what all the excitement is about!  (Email me at for more details.)  Wondering what the Cowtown Crafers are all about?  Get more information on this amazing group here.

Every month we do 4 to 5 projects and I'm always in need of help getting everything prepped and ready.  So, this month I enlisted my kiddos to help since our cards feature some adorable punch art and punching out all the little pieces takes a LOT of time!  (Keep scrolling to see the finished cards.)

Matthew was on a roll getting all the pieces punched for the lion.  I like his technique of pushing the punch down against the carpet so it would do the work for him.  (One smart kid!)

 Allison was punching lots of small pieces for not only the lion but for the other projects as well.

Here are the cards we'll be making this Friday night!  Aren't they the cutest?

Too cute, huh?  If you're one who likes to gather with other stampers and be inspired, then I highly recommend you attend as my guest to our demonstrator gathering.  Simply email me and I can fill you in on all the details.  We meet in west Ft. Worth.

Happy stamping and creating!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Summer Fun Promotion

Earn entries into a special drawing during the months of July and August and 3 lucky winners will receive a Stampin’ Up! shopping spree from me!

Grand Prize Winner:  $75
Runner Up #1:  $50
Runner Up #2:  $25

Earning entries is easy:

  • 1 entry for every $10 you spend
  • 1 entry for every event you attend
  • 3 entries for hosting a private stamping party (catalog parties qualify, too)
  • 5 entries if you purchase the Starter Kit

The Fine Print:

  • Promotion runs Tuesday, June 30th through August 25, 2015.
  • It is up to you to keep track of your entries.  If you purchase online and attend a class, you can submit your entries at the class.  If you purchase online and are unable to attend, simply email me with the date of purchase and number of entries.  I will submit them for you.
  • The drawing will be held on Tuesday, August 25th during the monthly stamp class.  It will also be the last opportunity to earn any additional entries into the drawing.
  • You do not need to be present to win (but you’ll earn additional entries if you attend and shop on the 25th!).
  • You will still earn initials on your Frequent Stamper Card  for every $50 you purchase.
  • This promotion is only valid through Christi Beck.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 
I look forward to stamping with you all summer long!