Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Best Christmas Present EVER!!!

Yesterday, I got the best present ever! We were finally able to go finalize Brianna's adoption! She has been with us for almost 7 months, and we have been so looking forward to finally getting a court date and officially making her a member of our family. I was so nervous/excited yesterday morning. The butterflies in my tummy were going crazy, I couldn't eat breakfast. We were at the courthouse a little early so that we could visit with our lawyer for a bit. The courtroom opened at 11:00 am. We were the first case #. We had to answer a few questions, and Brianna had to answer a few, you know like, "do you want to be adopted by them? - Do you understand what is happening?" type questions. The Judge, looked over everything smiled and said he was signing the papers then. We were so happy. It all took about 7 minutes! We went to Artic Circle for Egg Nog Shakes to celebrate, then later in the evening we had some of neighbors and friends over to have ice cream sundays and rock out to Sing Star.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

January Card Kit

It's card kit time again! You will LOVE this
stamp set and these cards!

In this kit, you'll receive the supplies to create SIX of EACH design shown above - so you will receive all of the consumable supplies that you need to create 12 cards total.

You will also receive 2 additional full color samples of "alternative" cards that you can make with the combined contents of the kit, as well as step by step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 designs.

Card Kit Price is just $15--that's 12 cards, plus envelopes for just $15!

Each month, the card kit also features both a Stamp Set of the Month and an Accessory of the Month. If you purchase the card kit, you may also purchase these items at 20% off.

January Featured Products:
· Always Stamp Set ($28.95) $23.16 with the purchase of the Card Kit
· Filigree Designer Brads ($5.95) $4.76 with the purchase of the Card Kit

What else will you need? See the list below for items that were used to create the cards in this kit. If you already have everything--just buy the card kit and you are ready to create!

If you don't have everything--place a product order with your kit (don't forget about the discount on the "featured products!")

Or--you can use the card kit to create your own designs using other stamps and inks that you already have--the choice is yours!

Orders for the Card Kits must be received by January 10th. You will receive your kits by the end of the month.

Call or email me today to order:
Deborah Larsen
(435) 279-8520

Please Note: I am glad to ship kits directly to you! If the kit needs to be shipped, there will be an extra $3 postage charge.

Products you will need to complete cards as shown:

· Sage Shadow Stampin' Write Marker ($3.95)
· Sage Shadow Classic Ink Pad ($5.25)
· Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad ($5.25)
· Stampin' Sponges ($3.50)
· ½" Circle Punch ($5.95)
· 1 ¼" Circle Punch ($15.95)
· Always Stamp Set ($28.95) $23.16 with the purchase of the Card Kit
· Filigree Designer Brad Assortment ($5.95) $4.76 with the purchase of the Card Kit
· Stampin' Dimensionals ($3.95)
· Paper Snips ($9.95)

The Card Kit ($15) Includes:
6 Pieces of 5 ½ x 8 ½” Sage Shadow Cardstock
6 Pieces of 11” x 4 ¼” Chocolate Chip Cardstock
6 Pieces of 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” Very Vanilla Cardstock
6 Pieces of 3” x 3” Creamy Caramel Cardstock
6 Pieces of 2” x 2” Sage Shadow Cardstock
12 Pieces of 1” x 4 ¼” Creamy Caramel Cardstock
6 Pieces of 3 ¼” x 2” Creamy Caramel Cardstock
6 Pieces of 3” x 1 ¾” Very Vanilla Cardstock
6 – 5” Pieces Sage Shadow ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon
6 – 14” Pieces of Chocolate Chip 1” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
18 – Silver Brads
12 – Very Vanilla Envelopes
Step by Step Instructions to complete 4 different card designs using the kit pieces

Monday, December 22, 2008

Love You Much Bundle & Last Day for FREE SHIPPING

Stampin' Up! has done it again! They have put together a fabulous bundle perfect for Valentines preparations! All of the products in this bundle will be available in the Spring/Summer 2009 Catalog individually, but from December 23-January 31, you can get the bundled items for 20% off!DON"T FORGET the last day to order and get free shipping is Tuesday, December 23. So order this cute bundle then and save yourself 30%!! You can shop for this bundle at my Stampin' Up! website, or you can call or email me as I will be placing an order on the 23rd, so everyone will get free shipping regardless.

Have fun with this bundle, get your Valentines day treats, cards, and gifts done in January! If you have any questions feel free to call or email me anytime.

Lastly, I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS holiday! Drive safely, stay warm, and Cherish time loved ones!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

And the Winner Is.......

It was fun to see your guesse for my decorating. Candice is the winner. She was the first to guess the Chocolate Life is Good.

Here is the picture of the landing, and below that a picture of the Decor Elements up close. My oldest sons most current picture is not in his frame though, I had to take it out of for a school project, but you'll get the idea anyway.
Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Guess Which One I Got

I love all the Decor Elements. I can see so many places I want to put them in my house. The problem is I want to paint or do something to the walls first in every room! Well I finally decided and bought my first DE for my home. I even have it applied to the wall.

The master bedroom and 2 other bedrooms are upstairs. There is a wall at the end of the little landing/hall what ever you want to call it, that can be seen from the bottom of the stairs. That is where I hang our family picture and the pictures of the kids.

Well, I got the idea in my head and started to work. I took down the old eucalyptus swag that used to hang over the pictures. I scrubbed the wall and filled in the old nail holes. Then I painted it a nice lighter tan with some left over paint from when we finished my sons room this summer. I really liked the single darker wall. I just got my Decor Elements yesterday and promptly figured out the "layout" for it and the pictures, then applied the DE and hung the pics. I LOVE the result!! and it was so easy to do! Literally took 5 minutes.

What's that you say? You want to see it? You want to know which one I put up? Well, I am feeling a little playful today, so I want to see if you can guess which one and color I put up. Simply leave a comment to this post with your guess and the first person to guess it right will get a goodie! If no one guesses the right one by December 20, I will put the names into random.org and draw a winner. I think we'll play for your choice of Decor Element valued up to $10!

Let the games begin!

Pictures of my Manger

There are several people visiting my blog looking for the picture of my manger from my Christmas tradition I shared with Stampin' Up!. I am writing this update to let you know that I have posted pictures in the original thread HERE. I am so glad you are excited to see it! So, please check back.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Sunday Afternoon Project

Sundays are always a pretty laid back day around our house. I especially like to stamp on Sundays. Usually I am preparing for an upcoming class or workshop, or putting together left over kits from previous classes or workshops. Yesterday, however, my children seemed to have much energy (perhaps from the freshly fallen snow outside) so we decided to make a project for them to give their friends.

I rummaged through the pantry and pulled out a few boxes of hot chocolate packets, the bag of marshmallows, some Hershey's kisses, and a box of peppermint sticks. Grabbed some of my Stampin' Up! Cello bags - love those!, and some Christmas bows. I printed out a cute little poem for snowman soup and cut some 4x6 cardstock toppers for the poem. Then I realized my workshop on Saturday didn't happen (I ended up in the marshes off the road on my way to the workshop-that's another story) so I pulled out my workshop bag and used the already pre cut DSP to teach the kids how to make those cute little pouches. I did the embossing for the Merry Christmas Faux Metal label.

They proceeded to each make 5 little snowman soup sets. They filled the small cello bag with 3 kisses and 12 marshmallows then taped it shut and stuffed it in the pouch and placed a peppermint stick in next to the bag. Then they put the pouch in a medium cello bag with the hot cocoa packet and stapled on a topper, added the poem and a Christmas bow. Then the hard part was choosing which friends to give them to.

This was a fun simple project that kept them busy for about an hour and half putting them together, and then another half hour while they ran around and gave them out. Give it a try!

Here is the picture of our finished project, I know it isn't the greatest, but that's what you get when scanning a 3D project. Maybe one day we'll get the USB fixed on the comp so I can upload pictures! In the meantime, please for give the quality.

Maybe tomorrow I will put up a tutorial on how to make the pouches.

Oh, and I have heard several different versions of the Snowman Soup poem, the one I used came from OrganizedChristmas.com.

Snowman Soup
Was told you've been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to warm the spirit.
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It's sure to do the trick!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Chat with Shelli Gardner

Last night we, as demonstrators, had the opportunity to listen to a conference call with Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!. She talked a bit about the company, mentioning how stable it is-even in these stressful economic times. Stampin' Up! is a debt free company and is going to be fine!

Let me rewind a bit, before the call, Stampin' Up! asked demonstrators who planned on listening in to the call, to submit one of their traditions. A few of the traditions would be selected to be read in the call. Well, growing up we had a unique tradition that I wanted to share-so I submitted my "story".

Well, at the end of the conference call, Shelli and the two other presenters shared a tradition of theirs. Shelli's was a fun story about Christmas Eve dinner centered around the neighbor goodies that were brought through out the month as gifts. Cori shared how they would drive around and look at all the lights then eat dinner at Burger King - every year! Pam shared how they make yummy Mexican dinner on Christmas Eve and a fabulous sounding German dinner the next morning.

Well, I was tickled when my tradition was chosen as the first one to be read (out of a stack of emails Shelli said was 1/4 inch thick!). I will share what I wrote in a moment. The other stories were kind of fun too. One gal wrote how she give her daughter a Christmas book every year from the time she was a baby and how her daughter was now being deployed to Afghanistan and how she hoped the Book would this year help her find some normalcy. Another shared how they stay in PJ's all day on New Year's Day. One talked about how when their children were young they started only receiving 3 gifts at Christmas-just like Jesus did. She talked about how it helps them stay on budget and now as older kids, they don't expect more than that.

Anyway, here is my tradition. I hope you enjoy it!

As many others, I grew up with several traditions, e
verything from making/decorating the special recipe Christmas Cookies, to Caroling, and the annual extended family Christmas party with Santa. But, the one tradition that meant the most to me, even while young, was our manger.

Mom made a manger, about 6 inches long and 4 inches or so high. It was nothing fancy, just made with a few twigs from the backyard and some hot glue. It sat on our piano, next to it was a box full of straw. Every time we,the children, were "caught" doing a good deed during the month of December, Mom would tell us to "Go put a straw in the manger". We were always so eager,as young children, try to get a straw and would often pick out the biggest, fattest pieces first in an effort to fill the manger faster! So, good deed by good deed the manger would fill straw by straw. On Christmas eve, along with placing out the stockings and cookies and milk, we would place the Manger in the middle of the living room floor in front of the tree. Then, as we went to bed, I always hoped there was enough straw in the cradle to make a nice bed for Jesus to be "born". On Christmas morning, as we eagerly ran into the room to see the gifts from Santa, the first thing we had to do was check the Manger. Then we as a family would sit in a circle around the manger holding a sweet Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, and Dad would say a prayer of thanksgiving, and only after that could we dig into the presents.
I do, however, remember one year, when we were teenagers, that the straw was thin in the manger, and hence, Jesus wasn't born. We still had our prayer of thanksgiving, albeit around an empty manger, but it was a very solemn Christmas. There were lots of presents to open, but, that Christmas morning had a totally different feel from any of the others, a feeling I can still remember today. It really made an impact on me, it was then that I REALLY realized and understood that Christmas wasn't all about the presents that WE give, but it's about the greatest gift of all that was GIVEN TO US, and how empty my life would be without that wonderful gift.
I have always wanted to continue the tradition with my children, but had never gotten around to building the manger. This year, my mother passed down to me her manger and Baby Jesus. So now, my manger and jar of straw sit on my piano, next to my Count Down Till Christmas advent calendar, and my children ages 10, 9, 7 are loving the new tradition. And, as odd as it may sound, I sincerely hope that one year, when they are all old enough to understand, they get the opportunity to NOT have Jesus born.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's that time of Year!

The retirement list is here. and for a limited time (Dec. 9-23, 2008) you can get the retiring stamp sets for 10% off! How fabulous is that? It gets better though! There is also FREE SHIPPING from Dec. 9 -23, on orders over$70, that includes personal orders, or workshop and catalog show orders. Merry Christmas!

So, without further ado:

Retiring List by page number

Retiring list reflecting the 10% off prices

You can view pictures of the retiring stamp sets and shop online by clicking HERE then on the yellow Shop Now button in the upper right corner. Or, feel free to call or email me with your order or questions.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

As Promised....

Last time I told you how I was planning for my December workshops. Well, here is the card that I finally settled on for one of the make and takes. Remember, if you left the 6x6 Real Red cardstock unfolded, so it is a 6x6 square not a 3x6 card, it would be a brag book scrap book page. I used the Season of Joy stamp set Real Red and Old Olive Classic Inks, Real Red-Old Olive Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla Cardstock for the poinsettia along with a gold brad. The background strip is Very Vanilla Textured cardstock and the green stripes came from the Halloween Designer Series Paper set (I just lost the name and don't have a catalog with me).

Then we made this little pouch. Since it was a smaller group for this workshop, I had them do the Faux Metal technique with the Curly Punch bundle. They also stamped an Avery address label and wrapped it around a Hershey Nugget.

The last make and take is a little love note. 3x3 card, uses short and sweet set, Night of Navy, Pacific Point and Baja Breeze inks. The circles on the Right side are punch out and the Pacific Point ink was applied to the edges using a dauber. The snow flakes are actually stamped on the inside. A touch of silver cord from the mini catalog is the finishing touch. Super fast card.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Different Christmas Color Combo & Sneak Peak behind the sceens of being a Demo

Over the last week and a half of November, I spent some time preparing and planning for my December workshops. In preparing, there are always lots of different criteria (reasons) I choose the projects I do for demos and make and takes. For my first workshop in December, my hostess expressed an interest in scrapbooking, so for one of the make and takes, I wanted to design a 6x6 scrapbook page they could make, but for those who do not scrapbook, I wanted this page to be able to be converted into a 3x6 card. Sometimes that is easier said than done. I also had A LOT of textured Neutrals, so I thought I would try a combo using Basic Gray as the base color. This project also had to be Christmas Related-and my Christmas sets are limited this year. OH, and it has to be a fast project with only 5-7 steps. Wow, that's a lot of criteria! When planning a project like this (page that can also be a card) I find it easiest to start designing the card. So here is the first card I came up with.

I used Basic Grey Textured, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Brushed Silver Metallic, and Whisper White Cardstocks. Ruby Red, Old Olive Markers, Versamark Pad (for the poinsettias), Silver Cord, Scallop Edge, Scallop Square, 3/4 inch square punches and the Season of Joy stamp set.

Here is the card opened and now a Christmas Page.

It is not what I finally settled on for my projects. I will post them tomorrow after my workshop. I didn't end up going grey, but it was fun to think outside the box a bit for a color combo. Oh, and please forgive the crooked strip. I didn't notice how crooked it was until it was posted.

Have a fun Creative Day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nov CIC Challenge

I know I am so behind! I haven't been able to get into my stamp room to just create for the fun of creating for a few weeks now. I was supposed to post my Color Inspiration Challenge #2 card on Nov. 19. Well, Workshops and Thanksgiving later, I still have not had the time to do it. I will post the random winner today, and post my card as soon as I can get it done. There were two players this month I am feeling a little Christmasy....so I think I will send each of you a little something (Kasia, I need your address)!

There were 2 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Rhonda
  2. Kasia

Timestamp: 2008-12-02 14:35:48 UTC

I'll share my card a bit later, perhaps this weekend.

Wow! Thanks so Much!

As I was doing my daily blog read of all my favorite blogs a week or so ago, Megan had passed on this award to me. How sweet! Thanks so much Megan! Now, I am asked to nominate 5 other people. Since Megan nominated many of the same blogs I go to, so I picked 5 others that I check on an almost daily basis. I now nominate these:


I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!