Saturday, July 23, 2016

So Much Stamping (And a Little Life, Too)!

Well, I joined a gym about a month ago...I had forgotten just how much I enjoy going to the gym.  I can easily be there for an hour and a half...this sounds good, right?  Yes, but it's seriously cutting into my blog time! I guess I've chosen a healthy, fit me who doesn't have a ton of extra time over a slug me with an amazing blog! LOL

July Card Club
I am in love with these cards!  I love the colors and patterns and how simple they were to make!  That black border around the flamingo card?  I just drew two squares with a pen held loosely in my hand!

Spread Joy Stamping July Card Club cards
The three cards from July Card Club














Card made with Layering Love and Pop of Paradise by Spread Joy Stamping
Look at this Flirty Flamingo!















Enjoy Your Day with Badges and Banners by Spread Joy Stamping
Enjoy your day - this is so versatile














A little bird cage from the Badges and Banners Set with Pop of Pink by Spread Joy Stamping
A little birdie told me...


Thoughtful Branches
The upcoming Thoughtful Branches stamp and matching thinlits set is beautiful!  I saw a hydrangea card on pinterest and had to order the set immediately!  Kay and I are making "registration cuties" for the people who come to the Ronald McDonald Card Making Blow-Out on July 30.  I decided to use this set and then had to figure out what to make!











I like the composition of this and I think the gold binder clip sort of "toughens it up".  Oh, and also please check out the antique telephone card holder that Charlie got me for our anniversary.  He's been looking for something for me to photograph my cards on.  Isn't this is adorable?.












Here's a closer view of the treat bag.  I used the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags and added some Tip Top Taupe Mini Stripe Ribbon, the hydrangea and stem, a circle stamped with the For You stamp, and a gold binder clip to hold it all together!






I thought that rather than a treat (that might mess up the front of the bag!) I wold use the bag like an envelope and make a card to go inside.  This is a quick card just using Whisper White paper, stamps, and ink.  I kept to the same color scheme of Sweet Sugar Plum, Emerald Envy, and Tip Top Taupe.  I'm sure the guests at our Card Blow-Out are going to love it (and maybe want to make some of their own!)



I Pulled the Trigger (finally)
My latest obsession has been Tieks.  I've wanted a pair for a while.  I finally pulled the trigger and bought a pair...using the upcoming trip to Disneyland as an excuse, LOL.
They came in the CUTEST packaging!  Look at the tiny box with the adorable flower on top!

This is the most precious box...
Who are these people?  They must have hired psychiatrists to design their packaging to make women even MORE obsessed with their product!    Evil geniuses!












Look at all of the goodies I got!







 All of these things were in that tiny box! There is a soft black lycra-ish bag to hold your Tieks when you are carrying them around for emergency use.  A pocket on that bag holds the blue bag folded into an attached tinier bag.  The blue bag is to carry your heels home once you switch them out for your Tieks!  See what I mean? Evil geniuses!
How cute are they folded up?





Look how cute they are all folded up!  The blue sole is so cool!  They even included a hand written note!


At the moment they are kind of squishing my left big toe, but my friend EA assures me they will stretch just enough so that I'll never want to take them off! I love this color.  It's called Clover Green.  I thought a color that doesn't match anything I own would be cool...I can wear them as a pop of color with everything! I hope I love them and can wear them on our short days at Disneyland.










And Finally...

I am a klutz.  Seriously.  I think I just try to do everything in a big hurry; I probably just need to slow down, but that's just not in my nature!  So, Friday's klutz move is this.

I poured a giant bag of cashews on my desk.  That is all.

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Some Days You Have to Change Your Plans


Kay, me, Patience, and Cindy at OnStage Live
I have a blog schedule (I do fairly well sticking to it, LOL) and decide at the beginning of each month what I'm going to blog about in each post.  This one is supposed to be about the July Paper Made Prettier Team Meeting, but I have something else I want to blog about (don't worry, I'll recap the meeting in my next post).

Today I want to talk about my upline.  One day back in August of 2013, Kay Cogbill invited me to a workshop that she had.  She had just been to Convention and was super excited. I think we decorated journals.  She led us in making them and told us about Paper Pumpkin.  I immediately signed up for Paper Pumpkin (I have to say that I was a pretty easy sell for that!).  On the door prize form I checked that yes, I was interested in becoming a demonstrator.  I think Kay panicked!  But she called m, I signed up, and we've never looked back (I call myself Patient Zero!).

Kay and I bumped along, she got a few demos and we had some team meetings along the way (mostly just her sister, Kathy, and me for a while!).  We went to Stampin' Up! Convention in July of 2014.  We had a blast!  Kay got to walk across the stage for earning the smaller of the two trips (she and Clark went to Washington, D.C. for a weekend that year) and we hollered and cheered for her.  But then they announced the next incentive trip...a Mediterranean cruise.  Well, Ms. Cogbill decided at that very moment that she was going to earn it!  She worked her little butt off.  We went to Leadership in Orlando in February of 2015 and learned a lot about running our businesses (and maybe went to a couple of Disney World parks with Linda!)


Cindy, Kay, Sara Douglass, CEO, and me!
About that time, my world at work fell apart and I lost all motivation to stamp or do anything with my business.  Kay kept me going.  She made sure I stayed involved, met my minimums, she checked up on me, and she was there for me.  Meanwhile, her business boomed and yes, she earned the trip!

I didn't go to Convention in 2015, nor did I go to the first OnStage Local event in Dallas in November.  I just wast interested in them. But she kept on bugging me to do stuff.  I had even stopped going to the Team Meetings. But still she wouldn't leave me alone.  (And there were times that I wished she would!)  I mostly kept my card class going and did piddly things here and there.

As soon as the dates for the April 2016 OnStage Live were announced she started asking me to go.  I relented and said that I would.  I still didn't really think I wanted to do much with my business, but I just thought I'd shut her up!

But then I started planning my swaps.  And then I recruited help to make my swaps...120 swaps!  And then she talked me into ANOTHER swap, so I made like 50 more swaps! Sheesh, was I tired of making cards!

And then I was back into it.  I stopped letting work control how I felt about myself.  I know Kay's smart (she went to Medical School after all!) so I started listening to what she said about me.  I guess having a psychiatrist friend can be a little dangerous to those who are stuck thinking poorly about themselves.

We went to OnStage Live, had an amazing time, and got incredibly motivated.  I started working on my class schedule at OnStage; I actually booked a class and made plans to stamp with two friends in May while I was still in Salt Lake City.  I made two other good stamping friends (shout outs to Cindy and Patience) and we have continued to support and encourage each other since we got back from OnStage.

Kay continues to motivate and encourage me.  She tells me fairly often that I encourage and motivate her!  I don't see how, but there you go...psychiatrist!

I was thinking about applying to be a sample maker at the next OnStage Local event...she encouraged me, helped me with project ideas, and then was just as happy as I was when I was selected, even though she knows that I can't show her any of the new products that I get!

Three cards...when one would work
Kay is a great upline.  She celebrates our achievements (even the little ones) and makes us all better uplines through her great example.  She actually sends thank you notes.  I got THREE today!  She could have put it all in one card and saved $1.00 on shipping.  But no, I had three successes so I got three cards.

She is determined to help us grow our businesses and to help me get to Silver Elite before the end of the year (she might promote to Gold at that point, just saying).  She got us a discount to sign up for training on how to hold better events.  She's willing to sit down with us to help us figure out our goals and how to meet those goals.

Anyway - this is my shout out to Kay Cogbill for being my friend, my biggest fan, my role-model, my confidence booster, and the best upline ever!

Love you, Kay.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

My Super Secret DSP Project

For the July Paper Made Prettier Team meeting, the creative challenge was to make something with the new Designer Series Paper.  Ah, my interest was piqued, I love playing around with DSP!  Then on Saturday afternoon I went to Tuesday Morning for some 4th of July stuff (nothing like the last minute!) and saw a whole section of book boxes.  Yes!  Perfect!  I bought the smallest one because I only had a week to get it
 finished.  I vacillated between the Moroccan DSP and the Affectionately Yours DSP.  They both have great potential.

When I pulled out the Affectionately Yours DSP pages with the copper embossing on them, I decided they were perfect! I used the sheet with the large flowers for the cover and the tan one with the smaller flowers for the binding part.  I also used one of the non-embossed pages inside the book.

I cut out flowers from the DSP to embellish the book.  I added calypso coral, night of navy, and blushing bride pieces cut out with the Sunshine wishes thinlits and the layering squares framelits.

And then, because I'm who I am and can't stop at just eleventy hundred steps, I covered the flowers and the cardstock elements with crystal effects.  The flower elements needed the crystal effects to stiffen them because I wanted to attach them with Stampin' Dimensionals and also because shiny is better!  And once you do some, why not do everything shiny!!

I worked on it in stages, but for some reason didn't take any pictures of those steps.

This has been a long post without pictures; thanks for hanging in there with me.  

Enjoy the Book of Love!
Love book made by Spread Joy Stamping using Affectionately Yours DSP.
Here's the cover with all of my crystal effects elements.

Love book created by Spread Joy Stamping using Affectionately Yours DSP
In this view you can see that the flowers have height

Inside of Love Book with Affectionately Yours DSP created by Spread Joy Stamping
The inside wasn't forgotten.  It got coordinating paper and some embellishments

Affectionately Yours DSP covered and embellished book box by Spread Joy Stamping
The spine reminds you to love!




















Thanks for stopping by and reading all of the words!  

Joyful Stamping,

Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas in July

It's Too Hot Outside!

Do you know what July 25th is?  It's Christmas in July!  (It's also might be my 18th anniversary, but my husband is awesome and is letting me stamp with you that night!)  I'll turn the air conditioner down low, make hot chocolate, put on Christmas Carols, and put an apple cider melty thing in the Scentsy warmer.  I might even wear Christmas clothes!
I think I might have owned this one.






















Let's get your Christmas cards made.  Then you just tuck them away (in a place you can find them) until Thanksgiving.  After you wake up from your nap on Thanksgiving afternoon, pull out your cards, address them, and write a tender message inside.  After you hit the Black Friday sales, stop at the post office and put them in the mail. 
Bam!   
Your friends will be envious of your amazing organizational skills.  Then when they see that they're handmade...you will win both the earliest and the most awesome Christmas Card awards!  You're welcome.








Peaceful Pines Card



The card class will be $15.00 for 10 cards or $25.00 for 20 cards.  Here is a picture of the general idea of what we are making.  I'll update this with a picture of the sample when I finish it.  I borrowed this from Susan Horr's blog.  Thanks for the idea, Susan!


RSVP and payment are due by July 12.  So, don't hesitate on this...the clock is ticking!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Weekend Stamping (with an extra day to stamp!)

This Fourth of July (Independence Day, really, but who calls it that?  no one) weekend was great!  I stamped all three days of the long weekend (because George Washington) and made some cute party stuff and three things for the Paper Made Prettier Team Meeting Creative Challenge!

Fourth of July Festivities

Festive banners using stampin' up! real red and tempting turquoise
Real Red and Tempting Turquoise


I woke up super early on Monday morning.  I got up and made ice cream, cleaned the kitchen, put away laundry...and then it was 8:00 AM...so I decided to make decorations!

Festive 4th of July banners from Stampin' Up! real red and tempting turquoise
Feeling so very festive with banners!













I found some red foil paper left over from Christmas that seemed just right for this!  I cut the paper to 6"X6" squares, I then marked the 3" location on one edge.  I put the squares on the paper trimmer lining up the 3" mark and the upper right corner and cut.  Then I did the same with the other side.  A couple of holes punched, the triangles threaded through with twine, and voila! Banners!  I really love Real Red and Tempting Turquoise together.
These are pinwheels made from real red DSP and then glued to pencils
Pinwheels from Real Red DSP





I made pinwheels from 4" squares of Real Red DSP.  They ended up being a little large for the straws, so I glued them to stars and stripes pencils.  Because Ben Franklin. 














Paper straws with pinwheels made from Stampin' Up! Real Red DSP
Pinwheels on straws!
I also tried out a 2" pinwheel.  It's pretty small, but totally adorable!  I put a pearl in the center of each one.  


I also bought turquoise paper ice cream cups, tied real red ribbon around them, and then attached a tiny silver colored spoon to them with a bow.  Everyone loved them...and used them and threw them away and I didn't get a picture of them.  :(







Lefty had too much fun and needed a nap on the bricks
Lefty is worn out by the party!




Lefty had a great time at the party!  She was beautiful and charming and didn't bite or claw anyone!  Then she had a nap on the bricks.  Because she's a cat.














Team Creative Challenge - Use DSP in a Project 
Challenge Accepted

DSP project for Team Meeting doing double duty for work gifts.
These are packages of Trident gum wrapped in DSP and then decorated with owls made using the owl builder punch and sitting on a branch made using the tree builder punch.  I make my office staff a creative gift once a week or so.  I'm taking these to work tomorrow.  They are going to love them!  (That cat is from Camark Pottery in Camden, AR.  These were all over Camden hanging on trees when I was a kid.  Because people were weird back then.)

Here's a sneak peek of the DSP project for the team meeting by Spread Joy Stamping
Sneak peek of my secret DSP project. 
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Here is a sneak peek of the third DSP project for the team meeting.  It's so amazing, that I'm keeping it a secret until Saturday!  People's heads are going to pop off!  Stay tuned for the big reveal here on Sunday










I made a third project, but it's a total secret...stay tuned for a picture!  Think of this a little Revolutionary War Spy Craft.

I hope you had a great day celebrating our forefather's traitorous behavior a couple of hundred years ago.  I'm sure Ben would approve of our drinking of beer and eating of meat cooked on a grill!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth
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