Friday, May 31, 2013

Order from the New Catalog Today and 25% off promotion on Most Popular Greetings!

Today starts the day we can order from the new catalog!  I just placed my order earlier this afternoon.  And SU! is having a special on their most popular greetings, Sassy Salutations (132070), Sweet Essentials (132085) and Petite Pairs (128706) all at a 25% discount!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Romantic Getaway with My Husband!

My husband and I try to get away over night 3 times a year without the kids to rejuvenate and connect with each other in addition to getting together weekly for dates.  We had such a great time!  We always wanted to explore Hunterdon County, NJ and we found this trail in Long Valley, NJ called Columbia Trail.  The scenery along the trail was so pretty, I snapped a few pictures to remember it.

My friend Hetti at the nursing home

I visited my new friend, Hetti on Tuesday at the nursing home while I was on my way to run errands for my family.  She doesn't have any family that comes to visit her.  I brought her a word search puzzle because she told me she liked doing them. 

That's me with Hetti.  My face is all puffy because I was crying after listening to her stories.

2013 Summer Stamping Classes!

Tue 7/ 9 – Gingham, Gingham Everywhere!

Summer reminds me of picnics, apple pie and gingham!  In this class, we will be using the new gingham designer series papers, stamps and wasi tape to create notecards in a jar and fun clothespins.  These make great gifts!

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
My House

Tues 8/13 – Paper Pumpkin’

Just in time for back to school, Paper Pumpkin is a monthly, affordable card kit that comes delivered to your door each month!  It’s professionally designed and comes with all the supplies you'll need to create things like cards, journals, home d├ęcor and more in 30 min or less. Every month is a surprise!  In this class, we will be using the try it kit to make a little keepsake journal and notecard.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
My House

Tues 9/10 – Working with Clay Embellishments

We will be making beautiful flowers, buttons and more out of clay to embellish your cards/projects in this class!  See how to custom color the clay so it will coordinate with your projects!  We will be making 2 cards each and you can take home your extra embellishments!

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
My House

Please RSVP 3 days prior to class at so I can have enough materials prepared for you!  Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend!  We will have so much fun! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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rhododendrons in bloom!

Check these pictures out of our rhododendron from one day to the's just amazing how fast they bloom!

I will sustain you

"Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
       all you who remain of the house of Israel,
    you whom I have upheld since you were conceived,
        and have carried since your birth.
  Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,
        I am he who will sustain you.
    I have made you and I will carry you;
        I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
                                                                                  Isaiah 46:3-4
I get a scripture sent to me every Monday from a great blog called Mind Change Moments by Tom Jones.  I love this scripture because it reminds me that God is in control of my life and not me.  Yes, I make decisions (hopefully Godly ones) but he determines my steps.  He is the one who gets me through all of my times, good, bad and ugly.  And because of that I can be at rest in my soul knowing he cares and is taking care of me, and my family.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Quintessential Flower

I made this card using the free stamp set I got during Sale a Bration called Quintessential Flower, Item #126790.  I stamped it in 3 different colors, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive and punched the other two layers out with the scallop punch and the 1" circle punch.  Then added a button with thread.  The Thank You Banner is also a Sale a Bration stamp set called itty bitty banners.  Background stamp set is from Madison Avenue Set.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Preparing for My New Catalog Workshop June 1st

The invites are finished and I'm sending them out tomorrow.  And below is a picture of the thank you card we'll be making at the workshop!  It's perfect to give to that special teacher to thank him or her for all of their hard work.
I got this design from the 2012-13 catalog, just changed it up a bit.  I love this stamp set, Summer Silhouettes, Item Number 132082.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Starting our Garden

For Mother's Day my kids and I started a garden!  Thankfully we waited to put our seedlings in as there is an expected frost tonite.  So we just prepared the bed.  Tomorrow I will put the seedlings in.
We put the plants in today and we had so much fun!  All 3 of my boys helped out.  We planted pumpkins, gourds, string beans, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, lettuces and romaine, morning glories, mixed flowers, and cucumbers!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Book Marks!


Check out these adorable, and lively book marks I made using ideas from the 2012-13 SU! catalog.  What's so great about keeping the older catalogs is that even though some of the products may not be available to purchase (Best of Everything stamp set retired this year and is what I used to create these), you can still refer to them for ideas.  I love how these came out, so simple but the detail on each of them makes them very special.  My son and his friend's favorite is the flowers, my husband and other son's favorite are the purple flowers.  I like the one with the colorful buttons because they look like gumballs!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Good Enough Parenting

The other book I'm working on reading is called "Good Enough Parenting" by John Philip Louis & Karen McDonald Louis.  It focuses on 18 lifetraps we can fall into and then bring into our marriages and our childrearing.  But the good news is that we can break those cycles!  Tune in for more on this later.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mother's Day Cards Using My Digital Studio

I got this idea from my upline, Patty Bennett.  She used My Digital Studio to create quilt-like cards and I knew I had to try it out.  I used Sun Garden Designer Series Paper from My Digital Studio, printed it out on white cardstock, cut it in fours and layered them on matching cardstock and embellished them.  The only other tool I'm waiting to get are the embossing folders but I have to wait until my next order.  Those are what will make them look like it's quilted.  You can try My Digital Studio Free for 30 days!  I had alot of fun with these and can't wait to give them out for Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Oh Happy Day!

My Starter Kit came today after a week long wait.  I ordered all of the cardstock and ink pads that I didn't have or needed to replenish.  And look at the cute note SU! tucked in my box...And if that wasn't enough, my upline, Patty Bennett gave me a welcome package that also came today filled with card samples and other goodies.  She is very helpful.