Hi there. I am a full time Mom and wife and a part-time therapist. I have been using Stampin' Up! products for over 12 years and became a demonstrator Feb of 2008. This is my hobby, my 'me' time. My kids like to stamp too, so you may see some of their projects mixed in. I am hoping to inspire, share ideas, and mostly have fun. I hope you enjoy my blog!
Here is a quick birthday card I made for a classmate of Josh's. I got a call from his teacher Friday wondering if he could go to the party after school.... oh, what party would that be!!! So, I need a quick gift. Luckily I work with Shanna who just so happens to keep some gift certificates for the Scenic Theater with her. Lucky me!! Got the gift, now a quick card.... On my way home I planned this card in my head. I ran downstairs and whipped it out in 15 minutes and then off to pick up Josh from his party. I thought this card went well with the movie pass, popcorn and pop. Sorry, I didn't take a pic of the inside, but it was the full image of the robot, which says 'Happy Birthday Human'.
Here is the invitation I made for Josh's B-day party. I thought they turned out really cute!! It took a looong time to make them, but was worth it.
After school, we walked down to the Pizza Ranch; 17 kindergartners in all!! Ben and Bethany and an extra Mom helped get us there. We ate pizza and pop and started off the festivities with a rousing game of pin the buckteeth on Spongebob. A few well placed circles on a piece of yellow tag board and voila a giant spongebob!! The kids loved it!!
Here is Josh holding his treat he brought to school that day. I made dirt cake complete with flowers and gummy worms. I think it will be a memorable day. Treena
Good morning to all!! The top list is the list of retiring colors that will only be available until June 30th. The bottom list is the new color collections we will be able to choose from starting July 1st. It is a huge change, but I am excited to play with these new color combos.
Here are 2 cards we made last night featuring two-step stamping sets. The top is using AWASH WITH FLOWERS which is a sneak peak from the new catalog coming out in July. I am offering this at 20% off: wood-mount regular price $39.95, sale $31.96 clear-mount $27.95, sale $22.36 This card also uses a couple retiring colors: Almost Amethyst and Apricot Appeal
This card features a 2 step set that SU! is offering at 20% off: Greenhouse Garden $25.95, sale $20.76 Two step stamps make quick beautiful cards. Don't worry about lining them up perfectly, imperfection makes them even better! This card uses several other retiring colors: Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, and Blush Blossom Here is the link to go to the customer website where you can see more about the 2 step stamping sale. Others sets include: Trendy Trees $17.95, sale $14.36 Fancy Flower $36.95, sale $29.56 Fifth Avenue Floral $24.95, sale 19.96
Don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack to get some good deals on retired items.
The kids beat me home from school and called my cell phone to tell me the porch was filled with boxes!! They carried them into the living room for me and I waited until they were in bed to open them....how fun!! One box holds a gift for my hubby....can you guess which one??
Not all are mine.....but it is sure fun to unpack these boxes. Ladies....your Big Shots are on their way! Treena
Here are a couple cards you could make on Tuesday if you come to my Easter Workshop! It is hard to see, but they both have fun glitter on them. I will have about 6 card options some Easter, some not. The cost is as follows: Milk Carton treat boxes----$1.50 each or 9 for $12 Bunny Bags----50 cents each Carrot treat holder----$1.00 each Cards----$2.00 each or 7 for $12.00
Scroll down to see the pictures of the projects.
Please RSVP by Sunday night so I can prepare. If you know what you would like to make, let me know and I can pre cut these kits to save us both time that night. I could deliver kits in town if you aren't able to make it.
Hello everyone!! Where does the time go.....it has been forever!! Here are the latest projects I have been working on. I just love my new Big Shot die, the Mini Milk Carton. It makes the sweetest little treat cartons that stand 4 inches tall. Any taller and you'd go broke filling the little suckers with candy!! I had so much fun making these little guys and am excited to have the kids help make teacher gifts.
This little bunny bag turned out so cute and could be filled with any colorful candy. Lay the milk carton on its side and viola, a little bunny. And where there are bunnies there must be a carrot! This uses yet another Big Shot die, the scallop circle. I plan to find some suckers to stick in the carrot or maybe fill a baggie with jelly beans. I am so looking forward to Easter and want to decorate for spring big time!!! This dreary weather is for the worms.
My plan is to have an Easter workshop next Tuesday March 23. So save the date and more details to come. Thanks for stopping! Treena
My little 'baby' Joshy attended his first wrestling tournament a couple weeks ago in Valley City. He got pinned so fast he looked at me and smiled and asked "Why did that kid win?" I answered "Because you got on your back and didn't try to move". "Oh" was his simple answer. Needless to say his first 3 matches were pretty quick.... His last one, however, lasted the whole 3 periods and Josh rolled around with his opponent scoring point after point. His big brother Ben was offering his coaching advice mat-side, well maybe he was busy taking pictures. He loves being behind the camera. The final score was 26-16. When the match was over and Josh realized he had won he threw up his hands and jumped up and down giving me a big grin and 2 thumbs up while I was taping from the stands. It was AWESOME!!!!! He got his first ever trophy and is so proud of it. As we left the gym I visited with some friends for a minute to find Josh showing the entire bottom row his trophy. It was a VERY long day, but that made it worth it.
The big day made for a very sleepy Joshy on the way home. Big brother Ben also had a successful day winning 2 of 4 matches. They were very tough matches and he worked his butt off. I would show off his trophy too, but he wouldn't let me get a picture without it in front of his face!! I think I can get used to being a Wrestling Mom.
Here are 2 cards from the last club night. This one uses my Big Shot and the movers and shapers die to make the fun heart cut out featuring the heart embosslit die.
This one uses the two step bird punch. It gives such great detail and is soo easy to use! The square uses the new scallop trim corner (which is only $9.95) The cute butterflies are from a new embosslit, beautiful wings, in the Occasions Mini.
We even focused on the inside with another beautiful butterfly, elegant border with the scallop trim border (which you can get free during Sale-a-bration!) It was a fun night playing with new punches, clear mount stamp sets and new toys for the Big Shot! Hope you enjoyed and if you are interested in joining club...let me know!! Have a great day! Treena
Making Valentine cards has turned out to be a fun time for me! This one uses the Well scripted clear mount stamp set and With all my Heart set both from the Occasions Mini and the beautifully pre-glittered sending love paper...you need to see that specialty paper up close!
This is a wedding card for future use. It also uses the Well scripted set. The large heart is cut out with the Big Shot and the movers and shapers die. I plan on adding the special couples initials in the heart. I made the 'lace' on the bottom using the eyelet border punch, crunched it up a bit and sponged a little chocolate chip ink in it. I loved how it turned out and will definitely be playing with that again.
Another fun new toy from the mini is the Scalloped Heart to Heart embosslit die. It cuts and embosses this heart which is just a hair bigger than the large heart punch, so it layers wonderfully as seen on the first card. Hope you had a fun weekend...I did! Treena
Hello, Here is a link to help you assemble your new clear mount stamps. She explains it very well on her blog in written and picture form. The stamps don't always stick tight to the acrylic blocks and this technique really helps.
Let me know if you have questions.
PS Don't forget Sale-a-Bration is a great time to host a party and earn lots of free stuff!! Email me to schedule your party!
Hello all, Enjoying the blizzard??? We had a fairly peaceful day at home. This weekend was another story.
We went on a snowmobile trip to Pequot Lakes, MN which is near Brainerd. This is an annual vacation for us for about the last 5 or 6 years. We left late Thursday night and arrived at the motel around 11pm. We enjoyed their free breakfast of waffles, bagels, juice, coffee, cereal, etc early the next morning so the kids could get some swim time in before we left for the trail ride. In past years I measure the success of the trip based on the hours spent in the pool... and we did rather well this year with about 8 total between 3 days.
After swimming, however, Ben our snowmobile enthusiast (pretty cool, I spelled that right without spellcheck!) didn't feel right and was rolling around the floor all curled up like a ball. When asked if he wanted to skip the trail ride he proceeded to get his gear on while curled up...it was quite a task. He was a good sport and drove his Skidoo from the motel to downtown Pequot and took a little cap nap in the little red and white cutter that Bethany and Josh rode in behind Paul's '66 Arctic Cat. He found his second wind and made the trail ride to the restaurant, just in time to take another rest on the floor laying on my coat. He found his 'third wind' and made it back to the motel and rested and watched cartoon for awhile, while we went swimming. He caught his forth wind and joined us pool side throwing a ball for Bethany and Josh. He finished the night feeling like he had to puke, but didn't and by 7:30 am on Saturday he woke me up stating, "I feel awesome!"
Saturday went well with a snowmobile show and races which Ben raced two and got a trophy for the youngest racer. More swimming for us and Paul and Ben went to the banquet where Ben got his trophy. Sat night around 3am, I awoke to Bethany puking which lasted for a good 2 hours. Luckily, Paul was able to sleep through the whole ordeal....
Sunday, Bethany was feeling a little better, but tired. Josh started getting sympathy pains and they both declined breakfast. We packed up and headed for home by about noon. About 20 min into the drive, Josh was complaining a bit more loudly about his tummy hurting so, I told Paul we had better find a bucket somewhere. Luckily, Paul found a sympathetic gas station employee who found us a large bucket and wished us luck and off we went. We took Josh's coat off to find him rather clammy, but he seemed content to watch the movie on the laptop. About an hour in to the drive....Bethany was the first to use the bucket....and eventually Josh did too. Not too pleasant of a trip. By Wahpeton, Ben was needing to go to the bathroom, but decided to wait til home. Off we went.
We arrived at home around 4:30, just in time to unload the pickup before we watched the Vikings game. (Yeah, yeah I know they lost) While we unloaded here comes my black lab, Lena, holding her hind leg up. Looks like she broke it, but with the icy roads decided to bring her in the house and take her to the vet in the morning (lets make that Tuesday morning) Ben finally made it to the bathroom and shortly was yelling for....you guessed it, a bucket.....
So the blizzard was a pleasant surprise seeing the kids weren't going to school anyway. Unfortunately, Lena had to wait to get to the vet (I'll post her update tomorrow)
On the bright side, Ben's fish tank went from 3 fish to about 20 when a black molly exploded with babies!!! They are way too cute. And tonight, Josh found an itty bitty little orange fish, so who knows how many fish will be in there in the morning.
No puking today and with 2 extra hours in the morning we should get to our destinations.
I hope you had a less eventful weekend than we did, although we did enjoy it.
More later with pictures...I can't find the picture card thingy again.
Here is a cute little box I made for a family gift exchange. It held a deck of cards, dice, and notepad.
I thought it was so cute, I made one for myself too!
I used my Big Shot to cut the letters out using the Billboard Sizzlet decorative strip die.
I embossed the dice and dominoes and used crystal effects on the little hearts and spade to give them some shine and thickness. It took some time, but was worth it! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. Treena
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a memorable New Year's Day. This is the gift exchange I made for my Christmas Party with the gals in theStamp til youCramp club. I had this idea in my head for months and finally made it! It uses the specialty designer series paper from the Holiday Mini, Night & Day. The black and white make such elegant cards and projects. If this paper was on your 'gotta have' list you better act fast as today is the last day to order it!!!
The recipe for this box includes 6 matchbox 'drawers' assembled and taped together, some white punched flowers to frame the shot of red in the rhinestone brads, drawer pulls. The entire set is then wrapped in the Night & Day DSP with another shot of red for the bow. I added some white matchbox die cutouts for the recipient to use on her own projects. I was very happy with how this turned out and can't wait to make more. These would make great gifts for holding jewelry, stamping bling, or other treasures. Ooo, what a great activity for Bethany's birthday party! But that isn't until April...
I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by! Treena