Happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW) to you.
And you. . .
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And YOU too!
Thanks for stopping by today to see just what I have going on! Please visit The Stamping Ground with Julia to learn more about WOYWW. Then bloghop around the world and be a peeping desker!
There it is in all it's crowning glory. My workdesk. I know, I know, I hear it all the time - It's TOO neat! I'm a neat freak, what can I say? So, what exactly is going on there? Well, the boxes stacked on the right are going to be filled with the cards from the basket on the left. They make great gifts when you put 10 cards and matching envelopes in a nice little gift box wrapped with gold twine.
There is also the Stampin' Up! retired lists beside the Brother P-touch label maker. OMG - label makers RULE! I'm working on going through and labeling all of the 2013 retired items. BOOOOOO!!! So sad to see some things go. . .
Hehehe, betcha didn't notice the box of Honeycomb cereal hidden behind all those boxes? Shhh, it's my little secret. I LOVE snacking on dried cereal!
Here's a closer look at some of those cards and also my little "energy" drink - chocolate milk! I know chocolate milk and dried cereal - what am I, 5? Hey, we all have our little secrets, right? Only now all the WOYWWers know some of mine!
Introducing an all-new event brought to you by Stampin' Up!: the 2014 Catalogue Premiere!
Last night, my two downlines (Laurie and Melissa) and I were among the first to see the 2014-2015 annual catalogue! That's right, I have IN MY POSSESSION the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog! It was just as if we were at a star-studded Hollywood movie premiere! We saw sneak peaks of upcoming new releases and received a bit of SWAG!
Are you ready to see the brand spankin' new catalog?
Are you ready now?
How about now?
What about now?
Just kidding. . . I'm going to make you wait just a little bit longer (which is exactly what they made us do last night at the premiere!)
First up is a photo (forgive the bad cell phone images) of my two downlines (Melissa on the left and Laurie in the center) with me at dinner last night at East in Branford before the premiere. It was the most delicious Asian meal ever! I can't wait to have my leftovers for lunch today!
Here is moi, with my "Tahitian Tea" in hand (super yummy - it's one of those beverages that's almost dangerous to drink because you can't taste the alcohol!) and my Ginger Pineaple Chicken and Shrimp dish. Look at the size of that plate! There's a half a pineapple in there! Literally.
Are you NOW ready to see that brand new catalog?
You're just dying to see it aren't you?
Well. . .
Not just yet. Sorry! (Not really!) I'll let the anticipation kill you a little while longer. . .
So, one of my personal, most exciting parts of the catalog premiere (aside from the catalog itself) was that I got to meet Justin Krieger! Who is Justin Krieger you ask? You DON'T know????? LOL. I have pretty much followed his blog since I signed up witih Stampin' Up! He is a fellow demonstrator and BSF (Best Stamping Friend) to Brian King who is my BSF Laurie's favorite! Brian and Justin are besties, like Laurie and I are besties! It was such a pleasure to meet him. I look up to Justin as a bit of a "celebrity" and that's always cool to meet someone you admire! Here is a photo of Justin, his upline Sandy Mathis, and myself. For more on Sandy's website click here.
Here is Laurie, Justin and Sandy:
Laurie and I were truly like giddy schoolgirls upon hearing that Justin would be at the catalog premiere. I wouldn't call us quite "Justin stalkers" but we are definitely big fans. So, a big thank you to Justin for being so gracious upon meeting him and giving me a hug! It was truly an honor.
And now. . . the part you have all been waiting for. . .
THE NEW CATALOG!
There it is! The cover of your new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog and Idea Book! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I love the stamps and framelits and inkpads on the cover. It just embodies all that Stampin' Up! is. Now, I wish that I could open it and share with you what's inside, but unfortunately, Stampin' Up! policy prohibits me from sharing anything online until the catalog goes live on June 1. HOWEVER, I can share the catalog with you in person, so next time you see me - just ask. Inspire. Create. SHARE!
What's your idea of fun on a Friday night? Does it involve six 14-15 year old teenage girls, homemade pizzas and cardmaking? No? Well, you should try it sometime, because it turned out to be a ton of fun!
I was asked by a fellow cardmaker (and new downline!) if I would do a stamp camp for her Senior Girl Scout troop. This was actually my second go-around with cards and Girl Scouts, but I think THIS class was far more well received than the first. These girls LOVED making cards and actually asked to do more! I can't wait, girls!
Here are the two cards and one 3D project that we made:
A special thanks to my mom who helped me out for the evening! Though I think she said something to the effect of "Wow, I can't remember what having six teenage girls in one house meant!"
Thanks girls, it was so much fun!
Oh, how I love Fridays! They lead into the best two days of the entire week - Saturday and Sunday! And, what better way to begin a Friday than by sharing a smile.
Woman Goes From Waitressing to Nursing School -- With a Generous Customer's Help
Waiting tables isn't such a bad job if you're serving generous customers like Benjamin Olewine III.
Melissa Mainier from Harrisburg, Pa., is currently a nurse at Pinnacle Health's General Osteopathic Hospital, but it wasn't too long ago that she was serving patrons at Peachtree Restaurant and Lounge. Her life changed when regular customer Olewine, a local philanthropist, decided to take a chance on her.
The two were engaged in some chitchat in 2010 when Mainier mentioned that she was working her way through college and had massive student loans. "He said, 'I'd love to help you.' I was like, help me? What is he talking about?" she tells the Good News blog. "He elaborated, and he said if I needed help financially, he would be happy to help."
Mainier was skeptical and turned him down – twice. But the third time Olewine extended his offer, Mainier took him up on it and sent him her tuition bill. The next day, he returned with the bill and a check for the full amount. He went on to pay every single expense relating to her studies, from tuition to books. Mainier estimates that he's paid about
"[My parents] were both so shocked when I told them, they couldn't believe it," says Mainier, who adds that her father passed away two years ago. "My dad was so happy for me. Both my parents were just so happy for me. I'm sure they would want to help me if they could."
Olewine is the third of four generations to be involved in the food service industry and continue his family's tradition of
giving back to the community. His father ran a grocery store in the middle of the Great Depression and would often provide food for those in need. The business grew over the years and was handed over to Olewine to run before it was
consolidated and sold to Sysco Foods in the late '80s.
In 2005, Olewine donated $1 million to the culinary arts program at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, the same school where Mainier completed her associate's degree in nursing. He's also donated to Harrisburg's PinnacleHealth Spine, Bone & Joint Institutes, where a wing was named after him last year. And, as luck would have it, that's the wing where Mainier now works as a nurse.
She is currently working toward a bachelor's degree from Drexel University. Olewine hopes she continues her education and earns a master's -- and he's more than happy to cover her expenses.
And Mainier isn't the first student Olewine has helped. She says there are others – including another server from the
Peachtree Restaurant – though she might be the first stranger he's approached with the offer.
Olewine's kindness is not lost on this grateful nurse. "I'm going to continue to pay it forward," she insists, "for the
rest of my life."
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That's a LOT of pink going on! But, it's so fun and girly.
And SO pink. Like Pepto Bismal meets paper pink. . .
This card was actually created for a Stampin' Up Only challenge which simply required you to use the colors pink and/or purple. But, I never submitted the card in time for the challenge, so I'm sharing it with you now.
I love this new honeycomb framelit! I love the unique dimension it adds to the card. I love how it adds a layer to the card that still allows you to see a layer behind it. I love it so much that I believe YOU need one too!
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We're saying goodbye to hundreds of retiring products from the 2013-2014 annual catalog. Now's a great chance to get your favorite retiring products before they're gone for good! ALL products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!
But, wait! There's MORE!
FREE shipping on everything today through April 25, now is the time for you to order! You automatically save 10% just on shipping alone with any order you place today until April 25th! Don't miss that deadline!
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Happy Sunday to you! Don't you just L-O-V-E the weekends? Even though they ought to be one more day longer!
Oh yeah and Happy Easter too!
Do you have any exciting plans? I "babysat" for my dear friend, Laurie's daughter, so I have had lots of 6-year old kind of fun! For starters, we made "bunny butt" cupcakes and birds nest cookies too. Then last night, we went to see "Disney on Ice - Princesses and Heroes." Super exciting, considering the last time I saw Disney on Ice, was years ago. I won't say HOW many years ago, but I know for a fact that Mulan and Elsa were not around when I knew Disney. . .
Today's card is inspired by the sketch challege at Mojo Monday:
Here is my take on the sketch:
Crumb Cake cardstock and ink
Island Indigo cardstock and ink
So Saffron cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Fabulous Florets stamp set
Gingham Garden DSP
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R Sunday!
It's been a long time since I have combined challenges. I typically shy away from them, simply because I get to make more cards if I create individual ones for every challenge I participate in! So, this card was initially created for the Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch challenge. Here is their banner:
Well, wouldn't you know that once I completed the sketch with an "Easter" theme, I realized it would suffice as an Easter card for the Stampin' Up Only challenge theme too!
Wisteria Wonder cardstock and ink
Whisper White cardstock
Champagne Glimmer Paper
Crosses of Hope Stamp Set
Certainly Celery Ink
Retired (unknown name) daffodil stamp set
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R Saturday!
Today is Share a Smile Friday with Annie, so once you read this uplifting story, please visit Annie's website and read more smiles:
Grieving Dad Honors Late Toddler With Stolen Moments Campaign
A father whose toddler recently passed away has taken his grief to social media with a powerful Fundly campaign, inspiring parents to not only cherish their own children, but also honor his late daughter, too.
April 3 was a typical evening — Larry Carroll, a 39-year-old Los Angeles-based reporter was home with his 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter Savannah (nicknamed Savvy), his 5-year-old son, and his wife, who is currently eight-and-a-half
months pregnant. "I put Savannah to bed in her crib, and she had a bit of a fever but everything else was normal,” Carroll tells Yahoo Shine.
However, the next morning, he didn't hear his little girl waking up for their usual 6 a.m. breakfast of peanut butter toast. “She would lick off all the peanut butter and hand the bread back to me,” says Carroll. When he went to check on Savannah, he discovered that she had passed away in her crib during the night, from causes not yet known.
That day was a blur and by night, Carroll was wired with adrenaline and grief. While his wife slept, he sat at his computer, struggling with how he could honor his daughter’s memory. He began thinking about a family tradition he and his wife had started that they dubbed "stolen moments." “If we suddenly have 30 minutes free during the day, instead
of checking email, we spend that unplanned time with our kids, taking a walk or eating ice cream,” he says. What if other parents could create their own stolen moments?
Carroll turned to the fundraising site Fundly to launch his idea. “If you'd like to make a donation in Savannah's name — any size — please do it here," he wrote. "And my dream is to take every penny of those donations, locate a special little
girl somewhere in the world —and give her and her family the 'Stolen Moment' that we'll never be able to make with our baby Savannah. I will find a family somewhere — someone I have never met before and has no connection to anyone I
know — and help them make a Stolen Moment."
Carroll had three requirements: The parents must have a little girl, they clearly love her very much, and they don't have the financial means to spend on such an experience. "Perhaps we can send them to Disneyland, and get them the greatest hotel room ever. Perhaps we could fly them somewhere," wrote Carroll. "I want to give some little person a moment with her Mom and Dad that she'll remember forever — a moment that they would never have without us doing this. Any money raised above the costs of the 'Stolen Moment' will be put into a college fund for that child.” Carroll capped the donations at
The next morning, Carroll woke up to $5,000 in donations from people all over the world. “One woman in Haiti contributed. Another said her two kids opened their piggy banks and wanted to send $23. One woman filmed her daughter letting a pink balloon fly in the sky for Savannah,” says Carroll. Over the next few days, people also began tweeting photos and videos of their own stolen moments, tagging Carroll and using the hashtag #StolenMoments. And Carroll used Facebook and Twitter to encourage parents to sing their children to sleep with Savvy’s favorite song, “Swee’Pea’s Lullaby” from the movie "Popeye." He also set up a Facebook page to honor Savannah.
The fund, which, as of Thursday morning, has almost $48,000 in donations, is set up for 49 days. Eventually, when Carroll and his wife feel ready (most likely at the end of the summer, he says), they'll search for a family. “We’ll either take a long drive or get on a long plane ride and sit at a café in a new city and observe families,” he says.“We’ll approach one with a child that reminds us of Savannah.” Carroll says he’s prepared for any reaction (“I’m sure some will think what we’re doing is strange,” he says), but he’s confident that they’ll find the right child. “My only request is that after the family spends the money on their daughter, they’ll sit down with my wife and I and share every photo and video of the experience,” he says. “And my wife and I hope to attend the college graduation of the girl we choose.”
Carroll says he and his wife derive true joy from seeing other parents share their stolen moments on social media. “I set my ring tone to a recording of Savvy’s laughter," he says, "so each time a donation comes in or I get a social media notification, I hear her laugh."
Yippee! Woo hoo! It's Friday! TGIF! Today I have a fun card for the funnest day of the week! Here is the color challenge from The Paper Players:
At first I thought to myself, self, there is NO way that Always Artichoke can work with Coastal Cabana and Calpyso Coral. They are on two different color spectrums. Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral are so bright and tropical, and Always Artichoke is so regal and earthy. It's impossible. But, nothing is impossible, right? Or so they say. . .
Like with many things, I find it's all about finding the right balance between all the colors involved and composition of a sketch. For me, I found that balance in just using the Always Artichoke for the "hello" sentiment. It's almost barely noticeable because your eye is drawn toward the fun geometric circles.
Whisper White cardstock
Calypso Coral cardstock
Coastal Cabana cardstock
Always Artichoke ink
3/4 Circle Punch
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a S-U-P-E-R Friday!
We are so excited to let you know we’ve partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal--authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in:
*it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards.
*It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life.
*In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.
Coordination, coordination, coordination. You know Stampin’Up! does it best, and the Project Life line is no exception.
- Our products center on things that matter most-weddings, babies, kids, and the everyday moments of getting together with your favorite people-all things that need to be remembered.
- Our card collections come without rounded corners so you can decide if you want to keep them that way (and match the corners of your photos as they come) or use our Project Life Corner Punch to round them out.
- Our card collections come packaged in an exclusive storage system that holds all your Project Life supplies on your desk: cards, journaling pens, photos, accessory packs, stamp sets, and more.
Becky explains, “It’s called Project LIFE because it’s about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone
and everyone get their pictures into a book.”
Project Life Product Availability
You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1!
It's a double post card challenge kind of day today! Simply because I had two time deadlines to meet and not enough days in a week to post them individually! Bu,t that just means more fun cards for you to see.
Here's the challenge for the Friday Mashup:
I never, and I do mean, NEVER, create shaped cards! I'm a square kind of girl. I rarely venture "outside of the box." Anything that wouldn't fit so snuggly in it's envelope gives me anxiety. What DO you do with all that extra envelope space? But, I took the challenge and here is my fun shaped card:
Whisper White cardstock
Daffodil Delight cardstock and ink
Calpyso Coral cardstock and ink
Pool Party cardstock and ink
Wisteria Wonder cardstock and ink
Wild Wasabi cardstock and ink
Bird punch (leaves)
Petite Petals punch
Today's card was designed using the color challenge this week presented at Pals Paper Arts. It's a fun, fresh spring blend of colors. I probably should have considered doing some Easter-themed card, but (gasp) dare I say, I don't really send out Easter cards?!
My card is a very "Clean and Simple" (CAS) design. I have always loved this retired "Seaside Sketches" stamp set and thought it would work nicely with this color scheme.
Whisper White cardstock
Calpso Coral cardstock and marker
Pear Pizzazz cardstock and marker
So Saffron cardstock and marker
Seaside Sketches stamp set
Basic Black ink
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Here are this week's "Weekly Deals" from today until Monday, April 21, 2014:
Click here to shop online now! Don't forget to check ou the Clearance Rack too while you are shopping! Items up to 80% off!
Mark your calendars, as it's almost that time of year again! Stampin' Up! clears out the "old" to make room for the new. Below is the schedule for Stampin' Up!'s retired products list and new catalog releases dates.
How to get your greedy hands on a new Stampin' Up! 2014/2015 Catalog:
If you are a regular customer of mine, you will automatically receive your very own copy right in the mail in mid-May! You don't need to do anything! Love it! Can't wait to have it!
If you place an order of $35 or more with me in person, via email, or online, you will automatically receive a new catalog with your order! So, start building your wishlist and place your order today!
Thanks for shopping with me! I very much appreciate you choosing me as your demonstrator!
While we won't know the full retirement list until Monday, April 21, 2014, these 5 colors are products that WILL retire - s,o if you need to stock up on Ink Refills, Cardstock, Embellishments (ribbon and such) - you'll want to do that now. They have been know to sell out in the past!
Here are the swap club cards for the month of March (we're always one month behind due to deliver/swapping of all the cards!) Enjoy the many talents of our swappers!
Hello and Happy Monday! I'm super excited to be posting a challenge card today! It has truly been weeks since I have been able to participate in any challenges what with my vacation to Japan and then coming home sick. I carved out some time on my Sunday afternoon to get down into my craft room and it was just heavenly!
Today's card is for the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge. Here is their banner:
And, here is my fun, fresh, spring take on the sketch. It was my first time using my new Petite Petals stamp set and punch and oh, how I love these cute little flowers! I also realized while looking for the perfect bird to go with the sentiment, that I only had one choice in my entire stamping arsenal (I know, it's hard to believe, right)? It was a retired chicken set, so my options were a bit limited, but it works all the same!
Coastal Cabana cardstock and ink
Whisper White cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock and ink
Retro Fresh DSP
Polka Dot TIEF
Petite Petals Stamp Set
Petite Petals Punch
Calypso Coral ribbon and ink
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
It's been a long while since I last joined Annie's Share a Smile, but I read this inspiring news story online today and didn't want to pass up an opportunity to share it.
Heart Recipient Honors 21-Year-Old Donor
As Sandra Chesterman cleaned out her recently killed daughter Kristina’s college apartment last fall, she noticed a makeup bag stuffed with pieces of paper. In it, she found one tattered note that had been folded and re-folded many times. It was Kristina Chesterman's bucket list.
“Kristina had said something to my husband at one time about something that was on her bucket list, but he didn’t realize she had something written down,” Sandra Chesterman said. “It was so like her because she was so organized. She had her whole life planned out. ... It was almost like she knew her life was going to be short. She felt like she had so much to
Kristina Chesterman, a 21-year-old nursing student at Chico State University, was hit by an allegedly drunk driver in September while she was riding her bike home from studying. She was declared brain dead a few days later -- but, despite her premature death, items will continue to get checked off the bucket list.
Kristina Chesterman's organs went on to save several lives, including that of Susan Vieira, the 64-year-old retired
nurse in Campbell, Calif., who received her heart.
Because organ donors and recipients are anonymous to each other for at least the first six months, Vieira didn’t know who her donor was. Then, one day, a friend called her and told her to look at the San Jose Mercury News. There was an article about Kristina Chesterman, her bucket list, and how her mother hoped to meet the woman who received her heart.
“She read me Kristina’s bucket list,” Vieira said. “It was as if I was getting a CV of my life. There were so many points that I had already accomplished on that bucket list. It was uncanny.” For instance, Vieira had already ridden a camel and learned to fly a plane, she said.
Sandra Chesterman and Vieira connected on social media that day and agreed to meet in person soon after. Hugging Vieira was especially important to Sandra Chesterman because she could feel her daughter’s heartbeat.
“It just felt so good to be close to Kristina’s heart,” she said, adding that Vieira has offered to let her use a stethoscope next week to listen to it.
“It was almost as if Kristina hand-picked Susan," Chesterman said. "The heart is who you are, and I think Susan is the perfect person to get this.”
Now, Vieira wants to honor Kristina Chesterman by ticking off the rest of her bucket list. She’ll need to visit all of the continents and sky dive, to name a few.
“I’d like to think all the things I continue to accomplish in my life, I’m taking Kristina with me,” she said.“Together, we will finish her bucket list."
I recently received this beautiful "Get Well" card from my downline and BSF (Best Stamping Friend), Laurie. It's so uplifting with it's spring-y colors, floating butterflies and cheerful sentiment.
Don't you just love getting snail mail? It's WAY better than bills or jury duty notices! And yes, despite this being a modern digital era, some occasions still call for handwritten notes. I'm old fashioned like that. It's just so much more personal.
Thanks, Laurie for thinking of me. I'm sending good thoughts right back at ya!
On our recent Pilgrim Pines creative weekend getaway a few weeks ago, one of our very talented fellow crafters made these "pizza boxes" for everyone in the group. She stuffed them with mini chocolate bars to carry us through the long days and nights spent stamping away!
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We have finally arrived home from our most AH-mazing adventure to Okinawa! We are beyond jet lagged and screwed-up sleepwise with our 13 hour time change difference, plus, Mark has a chest cold and I developed bronchitis, so we'll be a few extra days than planned recovering. But, I hope you have all enjoyed some of the photos I have been posting over the past two weeks. Here are just a few more!
Today's card is a Stamper's Showcase card made by someone just like you.
My mommy made it! (I love you, Mom!)
I'm so glad that I share my love of stamping (and well, really, all kind of crafts) with my mother. She's one of those uber-crafty women who knits (to include spinning her own wool!), sews, scrapbooks, arranges flowers, hooks or braids rugs, and stamps! Plus, you know she works full-time and organic gardens full-time. This is a woman who, in her "downtime" makes her own granola, cans her own food, tends to chickens, feeds an outdoor wood burning fire, mows 90 acres (or so it seems) of lawn, climbs mountains (literally), stains her own hardwood floors (physically laid down by her husband, my stepfather) and still finds time for Zumba, Yoga and volunteering with the Special Olympics and the Appalachian Trail Committee!
I made you tired just listening to all that, didn't I?
Yup, she makes me look like a sloth sometimes. . .
But, she really has come a long way in her cardmaking abilities. I'm not sure she'd agree with me, but I can definitely see her improvement. So, enjoy this fun spring-y card "made by Mom." Don't forget to leave her your love with some kind comments!
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