Thursday, July 24, 2014

MDS Blog Hop--What Am I Working On?

Yay!  I'm finally done!  Sorry to make you wait, it's just been a crazy few days, so last night kind of caught up with me.  Well, as you can imagine we have been working on getting settled in our new home and since we now have our Stampin' Up! print services back (Hallelujah!!!) I am ready to finish my "We've moved" announcements.  I plan to add a photo to the back, but as of yesterday I've had some landscaping issues and large piles of dirt in my yard as well as electrical cords strung along the front porch to my side window well which has been filling up with water--hence the addition of a small sump pump!!  Yikes!  Once I get that all fixed, I can actually take a nice pic of my home for the back of my card.  I made 2 cards, I can't quite decided which one I like the best (just so you know, that is NOT my address!) Maybe you can help me decide.  The main downloads used are Natural Composition Overlay (my fav!), Delightful Digital tape and Back to Black overlay.

The first one is kind of fun and silly and the other one is more modern and stylish.  It's hard to believe we've been here for more than a month, I'm actually feeling more settled (still have to work on my stamp room!) I can actually relax a little bit and enjoy the summer.  Even though it's in the high 90's it's a drastic change from the 110's in Vegas, and at least it cools down in the evening so we can sit out on the "stoop" and enjoy the neighborhood.
Make sure you visit all the other talented MDS designers and please give a warm welcome to my super-duper creative friend Wendy Weixler who will be joining our blog hop. Yay!

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah, a commemoration of the day the Mormon Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake valley in 1847, so I'm looking forward to our new neighborhood BBQ and fireworks later this evening!  As a descendent of pioneers, I'm forever grateful for the sacrifices that were made so that we could truly have the freedom to worship according to our own conscience.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

MDS Blog Hop--Summer Fun

Well, to say that my summer has been fun so far is not quite accurate.  It's definitely been eventful, but fun...well, not yet anyway!  I'm excited that Stampin' Up!'s annual convention is one week from today--YIPPEE!!  I always look forward to seeing everything that Stampin' Up! has in store but more than that, I so enjoy seeing all the friends I've made over the last 18 years being a demonstrator.  This is such a great company to be a part of.  I've still been unpacking (and re-packing) boxes and organizing (and re-organizing) my new home.  I'm sure you all know where I'm coming from.  This first month has been a whirlwind and I am so glad we made this decision, but moving is HARD! No wonder I stayed 20 years in the last house!!  Well, with all of the stuff going on here, I realized I hadn't updated my iPhone screen saver in a while, so I made a few that were kinda summer-y (that's what I'm calling them so they fit with the blog hop, don't tell the others-- wink, wink!)

Sorry about the spacing, computer isn't cooperating.  Anyway, you can download these and add them to your own iPhone, but it's very easy to make your own with MDS.  Choose the custom project option and add the size of your screen (google it!) and then go crazy!  You can add whatever you want!  Save the project as a .jpg and then email it to your phone. Simple enough?  This is what it looks like on my iPhone:
I can't wait to share the fun from convention so check back in or follow me on twitter (@stampinjul), I'll be trying to keep up with all the excitement!
Check out all the rest of the bloggers on our hop, they always have fun projects to share. Julie L. is next.

Time for bed, sleep seems to be alluding me this week, I think some type of pharmaceutical is in my future!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

We Create Blog Hop--Bundle and Save

With all my best intentions, my stamp room is still in boxes!  Although, before I moved, I packed critical two boxes, one labeled "Stampin' Essentials" and the other "Big Shot" (I had stopped labeling boxes weeks ago, instead using colored duct tape for each room!).  I was grateful that I had those two easily accessible boxes and that the stuff for this blog hop was available to use.  I'm just hoping that I will have my room together enough to make my swaps for convention which is just a few short weeks away.  Anyway, with many of my tools in boxes, I have had to be extra creative.  Our theme is Bundle and Save and with all the great stamp bundles currently in the catalog, we hope you can see some great options with using the bundles (besides, who doesn't like a discount!!)

I used the Chalk Talk bundle with Moonlight paper stack and Hello Honey cardstock.  I added some hand drawn borders with our new In Color markers and tied at bow with our new 3/8" stitched satin ribbon in Blackberry Bliss (this ribbon is lovely in person!!).  I found my package of Candy Dots, so I used one of those. I kind of felt like a new demonstrator with just a few supplies!

I can't wait to see what Michelle has created for our hop, she always has such cute projects!

I'm still getting settled, but at least I feel like I have most of the unpacking done.  Now for the organizing...darn, not something I'm very good at, oh well. Anyone good at organizing?


Thursday, June 26, 2014

MDS Blog Hop--Freedom

Have you missed me? I've missed you!  I've spent very little time on the computer (just got my internet on Saturday) and getting unpacked has taken up much of my time.  I've missed the interaction with my online friends, so I'm glad I could jump in for a few minutes and rejoin the blog hop gals!

I thought I'd show you a couple photos of just about the only thing presentable at this time!!   I do need to find a cute wreath or something to put on the door but I haven't found anything that I'm crazy about and I haven't had time to make one, so stay tuned!  I love this mat I found at Target--the colors make me happy!
I started this project before I moved.  I was hoping to get it finished and framed before this post, but it's just not going to happen, but I will finish it before next week.  There are many reasons why this word is so powerful. Even though it's a noun, true freedom requires action.  Someone, somewhere had to sacrifice something in order for me to experience freedom. I also must live my life so that I do not lose my freedom because of my own actions or even inactions.  Freedom is not free and I'm so grateful to those who have paid the price so I can celebrate it!
Julie L. is next on the blog hop, so go show her some love!

My stamp room is still in boxes.  I'm afraid to unpack them!! Help!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

We Create Blog Hop--Brand New Catalog!

It's here!  The 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog goes live today at 11am Pacific Time!
There are so many new, fantabulous products in this new catalog, my list is growing longer by the minute!!  You'll have to forgive the shortness of this post, I've got so much going on with our move that I will make this short and sweet.
I made part of this card at my friend Jeanna's (thanks, girlie!!) It's good when you have a friend who gets new stuff first!  The inside of the card is done with Dotty Angles for the background (I like the bokeh look!) and High Five for the sentiment with gold embossing powder.  Envelope card is made with Tangerine Tango and the Envelope punch board, Decorative Dots embossing folder, a bit of gold washi tape and a heart stamp from Something to Say embossed and punched out with the heart in Pink Pirouette from the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
Hop on over to Michelle for her take on the new catalog--she always has such cute projects!
I will be taking a short break for a few weeks as we transition to our new home!  I may add a few photos of the move here, but not much blogging.  Thanks for all of your support and encouragement, see you soon!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Postponed We Create Blog Hop

We will be posting our We Create Blog Hop post on Monday, June 2 instead of our regular first of the month because of the new 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog release.  You will see some exciting new stamps and accessories that will be available to purchase after 11am Pacific Time on June 2nd. The catalog will also be available to view online as well.  Make sure you check back on Monday!