Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial! Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

It's hard for me to choose my favorite flower. Each blossom is unique in it's smell, the way it looks, how long it lives, when it blooms and even in the emotions it evokes: Give me tulips and I am instantly with my (much younger) family at the Tulip Festival petting llamas and delighting in the joy of my children. Hand me a red rose and my heart skips a beat for my husband who would send them to me on special occasions before we were married. Walking past honeysuckle makes me 7 years old and I want to pull apart the flowers and suck out the honey!

Maybe that's why I {LOVE} the quote on this fresh card: Every individual flower puts their face to the sun and OWNS their distinctive beauty! Shouldn't we do the same?


Click on image for .pdf tutorial or click here.
To shop for supplies to make this card, visit my Stampin' Store.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Is it too early for Christmas?

My husband and I enjoy Sunday afternoon drives and not long ago we noticed a few homes with Christmas lights still up...then I pointed out we can't say "still" because after June 25th, we are officially on the downhill slide toward the holidays = Now we should consider these merry folk "EARLY" with their decorating! So I'm just helping you get a jump on the holidays and help you create some lovely greeting cards EARLY with the Big Shot August Special and the Bright & Beautiful stamp set and framelits:

Card Recipe (All supplies from Stampin' Up!): 

Stamps: Bright & Beautiful stamp set (Holiday Catalog!)
Ink: Silver Encore pad (132142)
Paper: Whisper White and Smoky Slate card stock, Silver Fancy Foil Vellum (133364), Silver Foil Sheets (132178)
Accessories:  Stars Framelits (133723), Big Shot, 1/8" Silver Ribbon (132137), Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (132817), Silver Embossing powder (109131), Rhinestone Jewels (119246)

And special thanks to Create with Connie and Mary for the beautiful sketch challenge this week (CCMC315)...it was perfect for this card!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Blend with Friends: Class and Tutorial

Have you tried the new Blendabilities markers from Stampin' Up!?  You'll feel like an artist once you get your hands on these amazing new coloring tools and the best way to try them out will be at my Blend with Friends class, August 14th in Spanish Fork, Utah. There are two times to choose from: 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. so just let me know which you will be attending ASAP so I can prepare for you (and a friend).

At this class you will create a card, a "stained glass" box (show below), a gift bag and tag. You'll also go home with a brand new BLENDED BLOOM stamp (included in the class fee).


And let me thank you for dropping by: Click on the image to download a FREE tutorial for the Stained Glass box!
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Don't Miss Another Month of Paper Pumpkin!

We interrupt this blog to bring you a Public Service Announcement: The dangers of missing another month of My Paper Pumpkin are very serious, folks! Do NOT let this happen to you or someone you love:

To assist you in preventing loss of income, health or happiness, Stampin' Up! has offered to let you receive your first two months at 50% off (new subscriptions only) when you subscribe by September 10th...just enter code HALFOFF2 when you subscribe.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Everything is AWESOME...in August: Big Shot with FREE Bundles!

Hear that? It's the sound of summer speeding by...and I'm not going to bore you with my excuses for being absent today. Instead, I'm going to shout that EVERYTHING IS AWESOME in August!
(This card was created by UK SU! demonstrator Joanne James and if you click on it, it will take you to her blog, with the supplies she used to create it.)

WHY is August so AWESOME, you may ask?
That's why! If you don't have a Big Shot, you must consider it an essential Back-to-School tool to purchase this month--The bundles essentially make the machine 1/2 price! And if you are one of the wise crafters who already own a Big Shot, you can save 15% when you purchase the bundles separately from the machine.

Here are my Top 5 reasons to love the Big Shot:
  1.  The Big Shot cuts and/or embosses, taking your projects to a new level of lovely. 
  2. It can cut shapes from over 70 materials (including fabric, magnet sheets and pop cans, so you are being GREEN when you use it and recycling, too)
  3. The Big Shot is super easy to use...and cranking the handle counts as (light) exercise.
  4. It doesn't need electricity (So when the power goes out, the crafting continues)!
  5. The framelits that coordinate with the stamps solve the challenge of cutting out by hand and seriously, that's worth it's price in gold.
I'm off to make you some cute samples that will make you NEED the Big Shot... or if you are ready to discover crafting Nirvana today, go to my stampin' store to place your order :)
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Love Your Mailbox

If I could crochet, I'd make one of these for my mailbox:
"WHY?" you may ask...we'll let me tell you:

Once a month I go to my mailbox and it gives me a beautiful RED BOX like this: 
And inside this box is a magical creative escape!

I've told you about My Paper Pumpkin before, and you may be thinking "But you are always making something crafty...what's so special about this box?" and the answer is: "But I don't have to cut any paper or come up with a new idea...I just open the box and create something that is prepared for me!"

And that's why I want to thank my mailbox. I think it should know how much I love it.

If you want to love YOUR mailbox as much as mine (but don't want to crochet a blanket for it), then you can subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin, too: https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=810

Check out the AWESOME Pinterest board of all things Paper Pumpkin here:  

You can now pre-pay for subscriptions too:

These can be ordered on my website or at a workshop!
 You will get an email with a code to enter at MyPaperPumpkin.com to redeem for your subscription. 

Subscribe by July 10th to receive the July Paper Pumpkin kit (rumor has it you don't want to miss it!)
Subscribe by July 27th for a FREE GIFT from me to help you organize your Paper Pumpkin stamps!
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Persistence Pays Off!

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." ~Henry David Thoreau

After 22 years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I finally earned my FIRST Incentive Trip: The Getaway to Washington, D.C.!
This is a goal I have set many times and though I have fallen short until now, I don't count any of those attempts as failures because there are so many things I learned as I attempted to achieve it. I'd like to share a few of the things I learned along the way, but am still in the process of perfecting:

1. God first, family next. Work comes after the first two. It's easy to get your priorities skewed when you set a goal for your business. This I know personally. But I have never regretted an instance when I had to set aside my business goals to serve my Heavenly Father and my family first. It is vital to keep an eternal perspective.

2. Every time you attempt a goal, your failures teach you more than your successes. How often do we give up after we try a few times and can't do something? It's tempting to say, "I just can't do it." Did you know it's believed that Thomas Edison tried thousands of times to invent the lightbulb before he succeeded? He's credited as saying, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

3. Try and try again. Yep. It's worth it. 

4. Be grateful to those who help you. There is no way I could have earned this reward alone! My husband was incredibly supportive and continued to believe I could do this even though I've tried 20 times. My children have been so very patient, too (Thanks K, K, B & K!!). And my wonderful customers and hostesses are not simply people I sell to ~ they are my friends and my creative inspiration. Thank you for your loyalty and for supporting my business. I appreciate you so much!
I'm still becoming who God wants me to be, and I think my journey with Stampin' Up! has helped me learn some valuable lessons.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Is it Tomorrow Yet?

Well, for all my good intentions, I didn't get to post "tomorrow" as I had hoped! Last weekend we helped clean out grandma's pantry and went to watch my boys play Dodgeball in Las Vegas. Their team (The Squirtle Squad) played with honor and heart, but lost to their friends in the semi-final game. However, their friends won the championship, which was almost as good!

My reason for being absent so long in May and June was this:

My beautiful oldest daughter was married to her sweetheart in the St. George Temple for Time & Eternity by her grandfather Derrill Larkin. What a marvelous event! It actually started a few weeks earlier when my husband and I flew out to Washington D.C. to go with her to the Temple for the first time and celebrate Zac's graduation from Law School at American University:

And a few days after the wedding we held a spectacular reception at Wadley Farms in Lindon, Utah. I wish I had some photos to share of that, but we are still waiting for some from the photographer (my sweet Sister-in-Law Melanie Gardner took pics at the temple and Ken Pak from D.C. came to photograph the reception...both were A.MAZ.ING!!) But I do have one that I love from Ken...it's my neice Libby as the newlyweds dance in the background:
Yep, pretty adorable.

So that's 2 kids down, 2 to go! 

I'll share a few reception pictures later as we get them, but just wanted you to know I had a good excuse for being missing: A wedding is A LOT of work and the recovery time was almost as brutal because it happened at the transition to a new Stampin' Up! catalog!  I'll be back to posting SU! stuff now. I have been keeping up on my Creative Juice Facebook page, so make sure to "like" it and choose to get updates! Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Super Birthday

I really do have a great excuse for being absent for 6 weeks (yikes! has it really been that long?!) and you can come back tomorrow so I can catch you up on what that was, but for today let me share my favorite new Photopolymer stamp set: Calling All Heroes!

Living in a household of comic book nerds (they correct me when I mix up Marvel and D.C. characters...apparently Avengers don't mix well with Xmen or Justic League) this stamp set was a no brainer! I've discovered I also love the alphabet that comes with it for little letters:
I am *REALLY* close to earning my first ever trip with Stampin' Up!...I only need about $500 in sales by Monday, June 30...so if you have been needing supplies (card stock, adhesive, new stamps, punches, glitter, etc) would you please order it on my website  or give me a call (801-376-8685) ASAP? And if you use Hostess Code KEYE2EX9 with that order before the end of June, I'll send you a THANK YOU gift for helping me reach my goal...using the Calling All Heroes set ;)

Have a SUPER day!
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Project Life and Stampin' Up!

Since I've been super busy with wedding preparations, I have neglected to let you know of some of the awesome news from SU!...the biggest of which is Project Life!
Not familiar with Project Life from Becky Higgins? Well if you've been intimidated by scrapbooking, let's just say this is the easiest solution and one I'm thrilled about! Simply slide your photos into a pocket, write on a card for the next pocket and you are done :) While more will be available with the new catalog on June 1st, here's what you can order NOW (click on any of the pictures to take you to my Stampin' Up! Store) :

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