Throwback Thursday

I apologize that I failed to post last week as promised, but I am still determined to stay on track with a post a week 🙂

Today is Thursday, the ever-popular “Throwback Thursday” in the social media world. Another demonstrator that I follow asked us about our first card we made and that sparked some inspiration… so, take a stroll down Memory Lane with me to where it all began…

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I attended my first workshop back in September of 2009 at my friend Danielle’s house. I have always been crafty, but at that time, I wasn’t really doing anything specific, my craftiness just laying dormant.

I’d never heard of Stampin’ Up! I had attended a Close to My Heart party some years before when I lived on Ft. Bliss, and my mother and I had a stamping/embossing phase back when I was in high school, but I knew I wasn’t a scrapbooker, so stamping and paper crafts hadn’t piqued my interest at that point.. But, I went to her house, and… Mind! Blown! I immediately fell in love. I don’t remember exactly what we made, just a couple of cards, and I do remember that we used Teeny Tiny Wishes, a versatile stamp set that is still around!) I remained a customer of Danielle’s for about 9 more months before she was finally like, “Look. I hate to lose my best customer, but you spend so much, you may as well get a discount!” So… I took the plunge. Those amazing products that I fell in love with that day? They’ve only gotten better and better! 😀 (I could wax poetic about Stampin’ Up! products as well as the company as a business, but I’ll spare you….)

Anyway… to the point of my post– my first card ever. I suggest that you make sure your mouth is free of anything lest you spew it out or choke on it in laughter! 🙂

At that workshop (or shortly thereafter), I purchased the stamp set Season of Joy, and ink and cardstock in Bashful Blue, Old Olive, and Ruby Red, thinking I’d hand-make Christmas cards that year. As far as I know, this was before the days of Pinterest, and I definitely did not know about CASEing (or where to find things to CopyAnd Share Everything), so I was relying on my product novice and rusty creativity, so…. After several failed attempts at anything, I did NOT make a ton of beautiful Christmas cards like I’d envisioned. I did about 5 that I hate (but I keep the pics I took to remind me LOL)… But here is the first one:
I really don’t think I’ve made much in the way of Christmas cards since then LOL But to compare, here are a couple of the ornaments I made about 20 of a few years ago 🙂 (The color schemes I used are all from my head, but I follow assembly instructions very well HAHA)

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll down Memory Lane! I hope to actually get some crafting done this weekend to have something new and fresh to share with you next week! 🙂

Until then… stay warm and safe (is cold with icky weather here of late)…


The Fox say, “I Love You”

Hello, Blogisphere…

I am excited to be writing my first Stampin’ Up blog post ever!! I hope to be able to keep up with posting something at least once a week. If I can, I will move to a more robust blog platform.

I have been a Stampin’ Up demonstrator off and on (mostly on 😉 ) for almost 5 years now! I have mostly been what we like to call, “a happy shopper,” but this year, I have decided I want to try to run this as a business. If you’d like to know just how happy you can be as a shopper, just let me know! 🙂 And now through March 31st is THE best time of year to join up, whether as a business opportunity or “just” for the discount!!

I certainly have many more creations that I’ve done over the years (see some of the most recent here on Pinterest in My Creations), but I’m not going to try to back-blog (haha… that sounds like “backlog”– oh yeah, I’m a nerd 😉 ). If you see anything on Pinterest that you would like to know how I made or what I used to make it, just shoot me an email!

First up are a couple of Valentine’s that I made to send to the man in my life. Yes… I said, “send”… we are seperated by two time zones and will be for awhile yet. It’s hard, but we’re working! 🙂 I made both of these cards in less than an hour (and that includes rummaging around for the occasional supplies as my craft area is a wreck right now).

The first card matches the utterly ridiculous gift I sent– a musical fox that plays that obnoxious and infectious song, “What the Fox Say?” LOL (one of those “us” things 🙂 ) I used the stamp set, Hey Valentine, and colored the fox with Blendabilities from the Skin Tone Assortment. Punch him out with the Note Tag punch, add a little piece of paper and a strip of washi tape, both “Stacked with Love,” and Boom! Done! 🙂
valentine foxThe next one is a more serious card. I used the Ampersand embossing folder (using my new Texture Boutique) and cut out the “You” and “Me” pieces from one of the stamps in the You Plus Me stamp set. Added a couple of strips of the Stacked with Love paper stack (which I saved some dough cheese on by purchasing the stamp set and the paper stack as a bundle!), and this guy was done super quick! 🙂 The “hardest” part was deciding which paper to use on the banners LOL

valentine you plus me

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to have more for you next week! 🙂