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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Books can change your life #worldbookday

World Book Day or World Book Night depending on who you ask is my kind of holiday.  I don't need an excuse to read for pleasure, but I will definitely take it.  The hardest part will be choosing what to read.  I am just beginning "An Acceptable Time" (book 5 from the Wrinkle in Time Quintet) by Madeline L'Engle so I think I'll spend some time with that book today.  I'd make a list of favorite books, but I always say what I'm currently reading is my favorite.  )  I am also going to put a list here of books I've read more than once or authors I always look for or have read most of what they've written.  This is probably going to be added to most of the day, so check back tomorrow to see my completed list  :)

Books I've Read More than Once:                            Authors that keep me coming back for more:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett             Frank Peretti
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott                               James Patterson
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken                             Mark Batterson
Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer                                Jodi Picoult
Alice in Wonderland by Louis Carroll                             Anna Quindlen
Charlotte's Web by EB White                                          Rick Riordan
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle                         Roald Dahl
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oliver Wilde          Ruth Soukup
 Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter                                       Louie Giglio
The Ralph Mouse collection by Beverly Cleary              Francis Chan
The Ramona collection by Beverly Cleary                      Max Lucado
 Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Page                    Agatha Christie
 Wizard of Oz Series by Frank L. Baum                          Oliver Sacks
 O Pioneers by Willa Cather                                            Temple Grandin
 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin                               Lysa TerKeurst
 Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach                Ann Voskamp
The Giver quintet by Lois Lowry                                    Beth Moore
25 Days, 26 Ways to Make This the                                 Joni Eareckson Tada
            Best Christmas Every by Ace Collins                  Meg Cabor

Can you tell I'm a reader?  These are only the ones I could think of right now.  They are in no particular order  Which books have you read more than once?  Which authors do you follow?  What are your favorite books?

 

This card uses both retiring product and a sneak peek of what is new.  The stamp set, Hand Delivered is a retiring host set.  You can get it with any order $150 or more.  It can be your own personal order or a workshop order.  The Designer Series paper I used is coming in the new annual catalog June 1.  It is called "Follow Your Art."  If you can't wait until June, join my team.  Demonstrators will have access starting May 2.

I think it's time for a give away.  In honor of World Book Day, I will be giving away this card along with a book to one lucky winner.  To be entered in this giveaway, just leave a comment below.  If you win, I will contact you for your mailing address.


Make sure you head over to PCC333 to see the inspiration cards by the design team and other creative entries.





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Host code for April 1-30 is VKW2Y9GB

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Wonderful Earth. . Wonderful Nature . . Wonderful You

She was so excited.  They had picked out their first home together and it even had a white picket fence and what you would call curb appeal--a manicured lawn and beautiful flowers blooming in different colors under the window.

They moved in, got their boxes unpacked, and started living life.  Work everyday, pick up supper on the way home,  and settle on the couch to relax for the rest of the evening.  Then, wake up to repeat the cycle.

Weekends were filled with fun, adventurous outings and hours of relaxing and enjoying time together.

Soon, they began to notice there was less and less space to walk around their beautiful home and the curb appeal was disappearing (unless you consider overgrown lawn and a weed filled flower bed curb appeal.)

What went wrong?
They didn't take care of their beautiful property when they moved in and it slowly turned from a place of peace, calm, and relaxation into a slowly growing monster creating stress and overwhelm.
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Finally, they decided to reclaim the peace and tranquility and spent time getting their home and yard back to the beauty they had first fallen in love with.

If this story were true, perhaps she would have made him a card like this.


Nature tends to soothe my soul and help me find that peace and relaxation that is so vital to not just surviving, but thriving.  The story above reminds me how vital it is to take care of our corner of the Earth--not just our home and yard, but also our community, our state parks, anywhere we can touch nature  This Earth Day I find myself looking for that place in nature that can provide peace and relaxation, not stress and overwhelm
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
                                                                                              --John Muir


 Make sure you head over to FMS384 and WWC217 to see the inspiration cards by the design team and other creative entries.





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Host code for April 1-30 is VKW2Y9GB

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Spoiled by Stampin' Up!


OnStage spoils you rotten.  Not only do you get to see the upcoming catalog and watch presentations with the new products, you get to play with them yourself.  We started the day with an amazing bag full of goodies at check-in, including a stamp set.  And, that was just the beginning. 


We had make and takes with four suites we got to see presented as well as a make and take  from the upcoming May Paper Pumpkin --The Shelli Kit  If you don't currently subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, let me know I can help you get set up before May 10 so you can receive the Shelli kit.  You're going to love it.


Bird Ballad Suite

Come Sail Away Suite
Perennial Essence Suite
Follow Your Art Suite
Sample Card from the Shelli Kit
May 2019 Paper Pumpkin

I was very excited about my Prize Patrol stamp set.  I won the Genuine Gems stamp set.  It seems like the perfect answer about how to find appropriate sentiments for a card for someone with a chronic or terminal illness.  


Before the day was over we received another all attendee giveaway and got some Mosaic Mood DSP to take home as well as passed around the box of products we used to create our make and takes and picked out those items to take home as well.  They will go to good use and you will see samples using them in the next few days, weeks, etc.
Mosaic Mood DSP

It Starts with Art Stamp Set



My Haul from OnStage San Antonio 2019


Besides the amazing was Stampin' Up! home office spoils us at OnStage, you also get spoiled by your team and have the chance to get amazing swaps from other demonstrators.
I did get some great presents from my team leader, but they were food items, so they didn't quite make it home for their photo op.

San Antonio OnStage Swaps
San Antonio OnStage Swaps 2

Bunny candy wrapper swap by Stephanie McKinney
Check out the cute little tail


If you've ordered from me or attended a class in the last six months, you are already on my mailing list to get a catalog.  If you haven't and would like a catalog, please let me know. 

EXCLUSIVE Project Medley "Everything Is Rosy" available May 1-31 as long as supplies last.






I have a loyalty program to thank you, my loyal customers.  See details here.



Host code for April 1-30 is VKW2Y9GB

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Video: April Online Class Featuring Petal Palette Stamp Set--Week 3

It's the third full week of the month which means it's time to create a Christmas card using the featured stamp set of the month.    I decided to CASE a card design by Sherri Price and tweak it a little to make a Christmas card.  I changed the DSP  to a Christmas design from the Under the Mistletoe DSP set.  I also changed the floral wreath and used the Stamparatus to create the wreath and then colored the flowers using a blender pen and colors from the DSP   I decided to use a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set, but you could use a Merry Christmas sentiment from a different stamp set.


Designing a Christmas card with each featured stamp set is sometimes easier than others.  Sometimes, the card is complete and it doesn't really scream Christmas card to me.  This is one of those cards  Perhaps if I had chosen a different pattern of DSP, it would scream Christmas or perhaps if I used an actual Christmas sentiment that would have helped.  The good news is I now have a card that may be used for Christmas, or could be used for any number of other occasions.  It doesn't take Christmas to send a card "from the heart"

Check out the video of this week's online class below:


If you've ordered from me or attended a class in the last six months, you are already on my mailing list to get a catalog.  If you haven't and would like a catalog, please let me know. 

EXCLUSIVE Project Medley "Everything Is Rosy" available May 1-31 as long as supplies last.






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Host code for April 1-30 is VKW2Y9GB

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Sneak Peek of What Is Coming . . . #sanantonioonstage2019



Last weekend was April OnStage  I am still coming down from my high from the weekend.  Not only did I get a sneak peek of the upcoming 2019-202 Annual Catalog, I got to spend time with my team learning and growing and just having a great time together.

OnStage fun starts even before the travel starts  I don't always manage to get swaps ready to go, but thanks to encouragement from my team and even getting together to work on them, I did get some made this year.  I managed to get all stamping done and dies cut out by late Wednesday night before we were planning to leave on Thursday.   I got all the pieces gathered together in a shoebox and put them together during my kiddos state testing on Thursday morning and finished them on the trip to San Antonio.  Take advantage of all those "waiting" moments.


My completed swaps
Here are the sneak peeks of what is coming in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog which goes LIVE June 4.




















In Colors




 One of my favorite parts of OnStage is getting to spend time with my team and even give them some pillow gifts each day to show just how much I appreciate them.

Pillow gifts for GRRRace Inkers (and one each day for my team leader as well)




I got the idea for the cute mini bags from Pootles.  See her video and get dimensions here.  The are they perfect size for a Clear Block A btw.

Daveda's Stamping Sisters and our adopted team members
Stephanie and Elizabeth missed out on this picture.  :(


If you've ordered from me or attended a class in the last six months, you are already on my mailing list to get a catalog.  If you haven't and would like a catalog, please let me know. 

EXCLUSIVE Project Medley "Everything Is Rosy" available May 1-31 as long as supplies last.






I have a loyalty program to thank you, my loyal customers.  See details here.



Host code for April 1-30 is VKW2Y9GB

Use this code if your order is under $150.00 and I will send you a host gift with your thank you card from me. If your order is over $150.00 DON'T USE THIS CODE so you can choose your own host rewards.


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