Friday, August 26, 2011

SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER!

LAST CALL FOR SUMMER MINI CATALOG ITEMS!!


After August 31st, 2011, you will not be able to order any of the items in the Summer Mini Catalog. There are some great stamp sets and accessories in this Mini Catalog that you will definitely need for your stampng and scrapbooking, so do not miss out! Use the link below to place your order today!

ORDER YOUR MINI CATALOG MUST-HAVE ITEMS HERE!


MY LAST SUMMER VACATION IS HERE!

I am leaving town yet again! This is my brother and sister-in-law's boat docked at St. Ignace. They got it in long before the other boats, so it looks all lonely sitting there. Since this photo, though, lots of other boats have joined them and it's not quite this peaceful, but very close!! And, hey, if I'm not at home working, it's very peaceful and relaxing!



I will begin my trip first thing Saturday morning and will head to the J & J Retirement Resort. That is on the West Shore of Houghton Lake, Michigan and it is really my sister and brother-in-law's home. I often vacation in the summer with them, and since they are retired and living blissfully in Northern Michigan, I refer to their house as the J & J Retirement Resort (their name's are Jesse and Judy). They are the perfect host and hostess and Jesse waits on us gals like we are queens. He always waits on Judy like that! Since I'm not used to being waited on in such an awesome manner, I feel VERY PAMPERED and just refer to Jesse as my "Cabana Boy".

This trip I am hoping for a little boat time, but we'll see how it goes. I spent yesterday shopping at the Farmer's Market and local fruit markets to get canning tomatoes, roma tomoatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, canning jars, etc..... We are going to make stewed tomatoes, spaghetti/marinara sauce and some bread and butter pickles. The sauce has to cook for 12 hours in the roaster, so we will be peeling our tomatoes for stewed tomatoes while the sauce is cooking... yep, we have a plan going on! It's lots of work, but my "Cabana Boy" will be slicing and dicing for us (between freshening our adult beverages and fixing our meals), so hopefully it will go rather quickly. AND it's always more fun canning with family than it is by yourself. We always take a trip down "memory lane" while we're canning. When we grew up we had a huge garden and lots of kids to feed. In the summer we did lots of canning with my mom, and we really miss the taste of those stewed tomatoes in our chili, etc... So, as we are going along, we always do the "remember the year that..." thing. We end up having a great time and laughing a lot!

Then on Tuesday my mom will be coming up, and we will head to St. Ignace to stay on my brother and sister-in-law's boat for a few days. While we are there we will spend some time on Mackinac Island visiting with my other sister and my nephew. They both work on the island in the summer and love it! But that means we don't get to see too much of them, so it will be a nice relaxing time catching up and catching some rays.

Then next weekend on Saturday we will head to Lakes of the North to spend some time with my Aunt and Uncle and Nieces and their spouses.... Again, lots of catching up and perhaps a few more trips down "memory lane". Then I will head home on Sunday for the Tiger Baseball Game Sunday evening and a big barbeque on Labor Day.

Bet you are tired just reading about how I plan to relax!

This summer has been full of lots of vacations, classes, an Open House, gardening, stamping with demonstrators, getting together with friends, Tiger Baseball Games and, of course, the usual cleaning, laundry, etc...

As you know, I have not been posting on my blog in my usual fashion. However, after I get home and settled back into a routine, you can expect the usual daily blog posts, as well as Watch It Wednesday Videos.

I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

SCENIC SEASON GLITTERS!


This is another one of the cards we made at last month's Holiday Stamp-A-Stack. For this card I used the Scenic Season stamp set with a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and some Red Glimmer Paper. I love the Glimmer Paper. It adds so much sparkle to bling to a card.

Monday, August 15, 2011

DON'T FORGET YOUR FREE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!



I love Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper! These papers are absolutely gorgeous AND they're two-sided AND they coordinate not only with Stampin' Up! colors, but with Stampin' Up! stamp sets too. This Designer Series Paper makes creating simple! AND from now through August 31st, when you order three packs of Stampin' Up's! wonderful two-sided Designer Series Paper, you will get a pack for FREE! Stampin' Up! has introduced all new Designer Series Paper in the 2011-2012 Idea Book and catalog, and all of it is gorgeous! Use the link below and order your Designer Series Paper now!

ORDER YOUR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER NOW!

Friday, August 12, 2011

LAST DAY TO RSVP FOR FANCY FOLDS!

Want to learn how to make this card?

Well, you can learn how to make this card and two other amazing cards at the Rubber Room Fancy Folds Class. The class will be held on Friday, August 19th, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

When you join the fun in the Rubber Room on August 19th, you will learn the Center Fold card (similar to the one pictured above); the Never-Ending-Greeting card and a side-fold card. You will make all three cards and receive the card patterns for all three "fancy folds" for only $15. I will provide decaf. coffee; water; light snacks and all the materials you need to make your cards. All you need to do is RSVP and bring your own adhesive with you! BUT DON'T DELAY! Today, Friday, August 12th is the last day to RSVP!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

SNOW MUCH FUN!

Here is a card Michelle and I made when we got together last week. It's a little spinner card~~the snowball spins around, and it's just adorable!


Friday, August 5, 2011

HOLIDAY HAPPINESS!

This is another one of the cards from our Holiday Stamp-A-Stack in July. For this card we used the new In Colors, Poppy Parade and Lucky Limeade; along with the Holiday Happiness stamp set.

I think this card looks really festive with the little Red Glimmer Paper Heart on the top of the tree!

ORDER SUPPLIES TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY HAPPINESS CARD HERE!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

POLAR PARTY!

The Polar Party stamp set was one of my "must have stamp sets" from the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog. I just love these little penguins. They are so happy looking and fun. I made this for a Christmas card at my Holiday Stamp-A-Stack, but it would also make a great birthday card for a winter birthday.



For this card I used the new In Colors and some of the new 3/8" ruffled ribbon in Calypso Coral.

CLICK HERE AND ORDER YOUR OWN LITTLE PENGUINS STAMP SET NOW!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A LONG WEEKEND FOR ME!

I will be leaving on Thursday morning to head up north and spend some time with my family for a long weekend. I will be returning on Monday evening.

Thanks to my friend, Denise, my sister and I will be planting a perennial garden for my mom! Then, providing Mother Nature is in a cooperative mood, we'll spend the rest of the weekend on the boat relaxing after having planted the garden.

Have a great weekend!

SIDE-STEP DRESSER CARD!

My dear friend and customer, Brenda, made this card to send to her friend; and she shared it with me. I am thrilled to be able to share it with you. This is so gorgeous!


This is a little close up view of the drawers. I love the antique look she acquired with distressing.


Brenda is so talented! Thanks for letting me share your card, Brenda!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FANCY FOLDS CLASS COMING SOON!

Love learning a new card fold or two? If so, the Fancy Folds class is for you!

The Fancy Folds Class will be held on Friday, August 19th, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. If you got my August newsletter, this class was listed on my "Calendar-At-A-Glance" on August 9th~~but that was an error and the class is August 19th!!!

When you join the fun in the Rubber Room on August 19th, you will learn the Center Fold card (similar to the one pictured above); the Never-Ending-Greeting card and a side-fold card. You will make all three cards and receive the card patterns for only $15. I will provide decaf. coffee; water; light snacks and all the materials you need to make your cards. All you need to do is RSVP and bring your own adhesive with you!

Monday, August 1, 2011

FREE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!


From August 1st to August 31st, when you order three packs of Stampin' Up's! wonderful two-sided Designer Series Paper, you will get a pack for FREE! With the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog Stampin' Up! introduced all new Designer Series Paper, and all of it is gorgeous! Use the link below and order your Designer Series Paper now!

ORDER YOUR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER HERE!