JANUARY NEWS

1. SALE-A-BRATION REWARDS START JANUARY 28TH. Schedule a workshop with me to get your extra hostess rewards to spend.

2. ALCOHOL MARKERS FOR COLORING AND SHADING COMING THIS QUARTER

3. JOIN MY STAMPIN' UP! TEAM FOR ONLY $99 and GET A TOTALLY CUSTOMIZED KIT WORTH $150 PLUS FREE REGISTRATION FOR CONVENTION THIS YEAR IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH IN JULY.

Tuesday, May 31

JUNE 1ST IS AN IMPORTANT DAY

SEVERAL REASONS WHY JUNE 1 IS SO IMPORTANT:

1.  IT IS THE OFFICIAL START OF SUMMER AND EVER SINCE I WAS A CHILD I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED SUMMERTIME.

2.  TOMORROW IS THE ANNOUNCING OF THE RETIRING LIST OF STAMPS AND SUPPLIES FROM THIS CURRENT CATALOG.  STAMPIN UP WILL TELL US WHAT WILL NOT BE IN THE NEW CATALOG THAT COMES OUT JULY 1ST.  CHECK BACK WITH ME TOMORROW AND I WILL HAVE THIS LIST POSTED.  IT MEANS IF YOU WANT ANY OF THE ITEMS ON THE RETIRING LIST, IT IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.  WHEN THEY ARE GONE, THEY ARE GONE.  SO CHECK WITH ME FOR THE LIST AND THEN ORDER FROM MY SU SITE ASAP.

3.  IT IS MY BLOG-A-VERSARY.  HAPPY VERSARY TO ME, HAPPY VERSARY TO ME....  I HAVE BEEN POSTING HERE FOR A YEAR ON JUNE 1ST.  SO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS....

BLOG CANDY, FUN STUFF, CHANCES TO WIN, ETC. ETC. ETC.  ANOTHER REASON TO CHECK BACK WITH ME FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SOME FUN BLOG CANDY AS MY WAY OF CELEBRATING YOU AND ALL YOUR WONDERFUL COMMENTS.

SEE YOU HERE TOMORROW.  IN THE MEANTIME, INKY FINGERS Y'ALL.

 

Saturday, May 28

ANOTHER PAGE IN MY CREATED SCRAPBOOK

SO, REMEMBER MY SCRAPBOOK I CREATED HERE:

IT IS A FLIP AND FOLD ALBUM THAT I CREATED WITH BOTH CARD STOCK AND DESIGNER PAPER FROM STAMPIN UP.  I USED RIBBON AS THE CLOSURE AND MADE THAT CUTE FLOWER ON THE FRONT.  IT SAYS "GO IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS".  LOVE THAT QUOTE

IT IS A MY GRANDCHILDREN'S SCRAPBOOK WHERE I HAVE A 2 PAGE LAYOUT FOR EACH ONE OF MY 5 GRANDCHILDREN.  HERE IS THE PAGE FOR PENELOPE, OUR YOUNGEST GRANDCHILD:

HER BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT IS ON THE RIGHT.  SO CUTE.


AND HERE IS OUR OLDEST GRAND DAUGHTER, MIRANDA.  THESE ARE HER GRADUATION PHOTOS.  SHE IS GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL THIS NEXT WEEKEND.  WE ARE SO PROUD OF HER AND ALL HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

THE BLANK ON THE RIGHT PAGE IS TO PUT HER GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT, ONCE I FIND WHERE MY HUBBY PUT IT.  HE THINKS HE MIGHT HAVE THROWN IT AWAY!!  WHAT??!!  I HOPE NOT.  :<(

THIS UPCLOSE OF THE LEFT PAGE IS TO SHOW YOU RANS WITH HER SAXAPHONE WHICH SHE PLAYED IN THE MARCHING BAND.  ALSO THE TAG SAYS "GOOD NEWS" BECAUSE IT IS GREAT NEWS THAT SHE IS GRADUATING.  BUT SAD NEWS THAT SHE WILL BE LEAVING FOR COLLEGE IN THE FALL. 

LUCKILY SHE IS STAYING IN TEXAS SO WE WILL STILL GET TO SEE HER OCCASIONALLY.  YIPPEE

MORE PAGES IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.  WAITING ON A FEW RECENT PHOTOS TO ARRIVE SO I CAN COMPLETE IT.

HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED TO KEEP US SAFE.  WE LOVE YOU. 

INKY FINGERS Y'ALL!

Friday, May 27

WHERE HAVE I BEEN??!! I'VE BEEN ZENTANGLIN'

Sorry you have not heard from me in a little bit.  You see, I have two paying jobs (not mentioning the millions of jobs we do that we DON'T get paid for!) ha.  I work as a Hallmark Retail Merchandiser for stores in my area - mostly grocery stores.  So when you are grocery shopping and decide to purchase a card because you need it ASAP, think of me...I put them there and take care of the ordering, displays, etc.

My OTHER paying job is ALSO CARDS - Stampin' Up Demonstrator.  I LOVE BOTH MY JOBS - creative, colorful and they are both pretty much my own hours.

So, besides my two paying jobs, I was feeling a bit stressed with personal life and needed another outlet that would be helpful to de-stress but not require too much thinking.  Enter ZENTANGLE.  Have you heard of it?  Google it and you will be hooked!  I am.  It is basically doodling like we used to do in elementary school, only now they call it ART.  ha

Here is my first official Zentangle.  It is very soothing and I love how smoothly the pen goes along the cardstock.
What do you think?  Zentangles have different names for different kinds of tangles.  The large main ones in this Zentangle are called Muchas.  It looks like several different shepherd's hooks, but if you follow the lines, it is just one line that goes back on itself over and over again.  I shaded with pencil and then I framed it with some DSP  from Stampin' Up! Christmas paper and then with black.  The pen is a special fine tipped marker for artists, but you can probably use any fine tipped marker you want.  Mine was Sakura brand as they suggest for Zentangles.
Here is another photo with better lighting so you can see how nice the black and white plays against each other.  This is being framed for my Grand daughter, Kayleigh, who is the family artist-in-residence.  But it would make a wonderful card front, wouldn't it? 

Wouldn't you LOVE to get a card with an original piece of artwork on the front??

If any of you are also doing Zentangles, Please share with me.  I would LOVE to see what you have been doing.  And Google Mucha Zentangle to see the description of this kind of tangle.

Are you still scrapbooking this month?  Only a few days of the month left so get a couple pages completed so you feel like you accomplished something, ok?  Hopefully this National Scrapbooking Month is just the PUSH we need to get some of our pages completed.  I love when there is someone helping me along, don't you?

Happy scrappinig, tangling and cardmaking.  Inky finger y'all!!


Tuesday, May 10

A flip and fold 6 x 6 album

In honor of Scrapbooking Month, here is another album I created this past weekend.  It is a flip and fold album.  There are many different ways to make a flip and fold.  I chose to do full and half pages that flip open, then in the middle I put a z fold.  It is my Grandchildren album.

Here is the cover of my album.  I used Word Play stamp set for my cover, as well as the big shot die fabulous flowers.

 Here is the album flipped open and with my DSP on each page.  But before I started adding my family photos.

The first page is our newest grandbaby, Miss Penelope.  She was born just a month ago and we are so pleased to have her in our family.  She is such a tiny little girl and so very special and perfect.




I hope you enjoyed seeing my flip and fold album.  I will show it again once I get all the other grandchildren's pages completed.

Do some scrapbooking this month.  Inky fingers y'all.

Monday, May 9

PLANNING MAKES IT HAPPEN...

Have you ever taken a cooking class even if you know how to cook?  How about a sewing class even though you know how to sew?  I enjoy taking classes in areas I like to do things because it gets me to do the things I like!! 

For instance, I just took a sewing class to get myself back into sewing again.  It has been a long time since I dusted off my machine and made anything. Because of the class I made some awesome curtains for our bedroom.  And now I am working on a graduation quilt for my oldest granddaughter.  I like when there is a class or meeting that helps me get into an area that I enjoy.

That is how I feel about National Scrapbooking Month.  I have so much to scrapbook that I just haven't done anything in a loooong time.  But I set a goal of doing scrapbooking once a week for this whole month of May so I can get back into it again.  I am having a good time too!!

I first blurffed (my name for blog surfing) some scrapbooking ideas before I did my first week of scrapping.  And I found several very interesting scrapbooks to make - unusual ones.  I like unique and different...

One was a mini scrapbook made from one sheet of  12 x 12 paper.  I believe it is called the Meander Book or Meander mini album.  Beate on Splitcoast Stampers has a great tutorial on it. Here is the address for her tutorial:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/meander_book/    It was so fun to fold and cut slits here and there, then fold it up and presto, a mini album with pockets for tabs to pull out.  Can't picture it in your mind??  Voila - here is a photo of mine I created:
Sorry for the  poor quality photo.  I am thinking I need a Photo class next, huh?   This is a very very mini album the size for those school wallet photos per page.  I made the cover from 3 x 3 coasters and covered them with dsp.  The little tabs are just pieces of dsp with a stick on deco on the top as the pull tab.
Isn't it darling?  So little yet holds so much.  I am going to give this to one of the grandkids for their school photos of all their friends for this year.

Come back tomorrow for another new album in honor of scrapbooking month - FLIP AND FOLD ALBUM. 
Happy scrapping and inky fingers y'all!

Tuesday, May 3

JOIN MY TEAM NOW WHILE YOUR STARTER KIT IS AN AMAZING PRICE

Digital+ Starter Kit Special


This is the perfect time for you to join the Stampin' Up! family. During National Scrapbooking Month, you will get 30 percent off the Digital+ Starter Kit. You can also purchase the Stampin' Memories Add-On for 30 percent off as well!



Digital+ Starter Kit* (valued at more than $320!)  Sale Price $122.50
Contents:


•My Digital Studio Software

•2 Wood-mount stamp sets - you choose which sets

•1 clear-mount set with clear block - you get to choose

•2 card stock packs of your choice

•4 Classic ink pads, your color choices

•2 Stampin' Write markers, also your choice

•Buttons

•Ribbon, you pick

•Stampin' Scrub

•Stampin' Mist

•Stampin' Dimensionals

•Mini Glue Dots

•SNAIL Adhesive

•Business supplies (product catalogs, order forms, training DVD, and other supplies)


IF you want to purchase the additional Stampin' Memories add on:
Stampin' Memories Add-On (valued at more than $75!) sale price $35

•1 stamp set
•1 card stock pack
•1 Designer Series Paper pack
•1 Quick Accents pack
•1 Designer Printed Album (12" x 12")

Contact me and I will discuss how fun it is to get all these products at such a discounted price.  There is no obligation to ever order any more items if you don't want to.  You can quit at any time.  But I think you will enjoy all these products and want to order more as well.  :-)

Sunday, May 1

AND THE WINNERS ARE.....PLUS NEW CONTEST

I decided to choose TWO winners of a free hostess stamp set!!  More is always better isn't it?  Especially if it is MORE FREE STUFF!!  Congrats to Jackie and to Dee for being my TWO winners for the "end of Occasions Mini" event last week.

Wow, giving away free stuff is FUN, FUN, FUN.  I think I am going to do this more often.  I said MORE FREE STUFF MORE OFTEN!  (that was a big shout to those who missed out on their chance to win with this last contest.)  ha

NEXT CONTEST

My NEXT contest is going to be with the new STRENGTH and HOPE stamp set.  Everyone who orders this set from me in the month of MAY, then submits an email with the card they made with this set will have a chance to WIN WIN WIN.  And there will be more than just YOU who wins - this STRENGTH and HOPE stamp set is very special - we at SU! are donating $2 from every stamp set purchased towards breast cancer research in hopes of finding a cure.  YOU can help by purchasing this stamp set and then you can win by also sending me a photo of your card you made to enter into the contest. 

This stamp set is on the last page of the new Summer Mini catalog so you can see all 4 of the stamps in the set.






Wood stamp set item #118100  $17.95
Clear stamp set item #123660  $13.95
Digital kit item #124475  $9.95

I will post a photo of WHAT you will WIN if you are chosen in this contest in my next post.  (Getting it all together so it will look nice and pretty in the photo. . .)

as they used to say on the TV - STAY TUNED FOR MORE...

Inky fingers y'all!


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