Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Online Quilting Cards Class - Stampin' Up!

Happy July 1st!!!

We celebrated hubby's birthday last month - and am STILL so thankful he continues to improve from his CRASH in APRIL!!! We were out in the sun the other day and I could see where he has healed on his face, because the skin is still a different color. His knee is still healing, slowly but surely (and don't call Shirley! - Anyone else remember that movie? Leave me a note in the comments section, if you do!)

ANYWAY, I digress! When hubby had his crash, I had several wonderful ladies at my home with me for my One Sheet Wonders Class. When we were crafting the cards, the quilting card was a big hit, so it got me a-thinkin'!

Quilting Cards Class
July 2015

How about a class on QUILTING CARDS? The card design we made in that April class was a big hit, so I came up with a few other designs.

Here's the grouping of the four cards in the July 2015 Online Quilting Cards Class:
Quilting Cards
July 2015 Online Class

For those quilters out there, you probably recognize all of the patterns! I'm not a quilter (YET!), although I am working on my first "REAL" quilt. The designs I patterned the cards after are, going clockwise from the top left (the whisper white card), the designs are Card Trick, Flying Geese, Basket, and Half Square Triangle patterns.

All cards used the English Garden Designer Series Paper AND the English Garden Cardstock Pack (I did throw in a little Blushing Bride and Night of Navy on one of the cards). And your 1" Square Punch is INVALUABLE in this class! There are a few extras used within the card designs too!

How do you sign up for this Online Quilting Class? It's EASY!

  • Place an online order of $50 (before shipping and taxes) with me during the month of July 2015
  • Use Host Code XBFBRY4G
  • Send me an email after you place your order - that way I can send it to you right away!

All instructions are emailed to you in PDF form with your list of supplies.

Hope you enjoy this online class as much as I did designing it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weekly Deals and...

(**See below for details)

Today's Weekly Deals are WOW!

There are a couple of Glimmer Papers on the Weekly Deals (the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper is so WOW!!), but the one that REALLY caught my attention was the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die! This thing is normally $40, but is now only $30. I have used this die in the past couple of months in my classes. For those of you who have attended, you KNOW how easy this thing is to use! LOVE IT!!!!

Here are two of the cards that used that die:

Now, because I really think anyone who has a Big Shot and who makes cards should have the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, I'm gonna offer a little something extra BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 30TH.

When you place an online order with me, and your online merchandise order uses Host Code VU766XBM, and is $50 or more (does not include shipping and/or taxes), you will receive FREE standard shipping! U.S. customers only. After you place your online order, send me an email. I'll get the standard shipping (10% or $6.95) in the mail to you within 24 hours. Remember this is only good through June 30th!

FYI - If you decide to be your own host and place a $150 or more order, do not use the Host Code. You will still receive the FREE standard shipping from me.

Can you tell that I really like this die?


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cottage Greetings and Backorders from Stampin' Up!

Don't you just LOVE the new catalog?! I know I do! I may have to go back to work to be able to afford ALL of the items I want from the catalog. Is it bad to want just about EVERYTHING in the catalog? Ah... if I would win the lottery... oh well! I'm very blessed and thankful that I was able to retire, but I really wish I could have seen the new catalog before I did! :)

Seriously though, I do have a Wish List, just like many of you. I budget each quarter based on my class schedule and my personal "wants." The next few months of my classes were based on BOTH of those! I love when I can combine those (so does my hubby!).

My first class with this new catalog is the Cottage Greetings Class. The reservation deadline has already passed and I have placed the order. Everything I ordered shipped and the order is supposed to be here early next week.

Well... and because I have everything already for the class, I don't usually check the "Backorder Report" from Stampin' Up!, but I did today. WOW! Looks like everyone else really likes the Cottage Greetings Kit AND Cottage Greetings Clear-mount Stamp Set too! The Cottage Greetings Wood-mount Stamp Set is currently available. Here's the Backorder Report from Stampin' Up! I'm only posting this so you know what's available when. FYI - The Cottage Greetings items can still be ordered, they are just on backorder.

17 June100425: 2-Way Glue Pen
22 June
135294: Variety Pack 1 12" x 12" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
2 July
138422: Tip Top Taupe 1" Dotted Lace Trim
9 July
138426: Delightful Dijon 1" Dotted Lace Trim
1 August
138295: Tree Builder Punch
Date to be Determined
131185: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin' Pads
138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit
139962: Cottage Greetings Stamp Set

138435: Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
138436: Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
140406: Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (not available until July 2015)
 So thankful my class supplies are enroute! This kit really is the BEST kit I have purchased from Stampin' Up! in the 10 years I have purchased from Stampin'Up! LOVE - LOVE - LOVE IT! And I know you will too!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Craft Sale

Whew! The room is all set up and it has been so nice seeing so many of you! 

Hope you are enjoying your goodies! 

Today's craft sale goes until 6pm. Don't forget - you can now pay by credit card too!

Items for Sale - HOLD

The Items for Sale page has temporarily been turned off.

My Crafting Sale is today (Monday, June 15th). I'll update the items after the sale has been completed and the dust has settled.

Thanks so much for your understanding!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cottage Greetings - Stampin' Up!

I have been working on my Craft Room for the past week. I have NO IDEA how I have so much stuff! Thanks to all of you who have purchased some of my retired items. Several of you have already received your items and I really appreciate the nice emails from you! Thanks! Hope you enjoy your goodies!

BUT, now that I have most of my stuff into the right cubbies in my Craft Room, I actually got to play with my order that arrived on MONDAY! I think that it is almost a CRIME to have it sit there all week without any attention! Especially since I do have to prepare for my class at the end of the month! See? It's all about the business, huh?  (wink-wink!)

So, I grabbed my new Cottage Greetings Stamp Set and its coordinating Cottage Greetings Card Kit, and I prepped for my class. The RSVP date is Friday, June 12th (your payment is your RSVP). PayPal buttons are on the CLASSES page for your convenience. FYI - You do not have to have PayPal to pay, you will be taken to that page and then you can pay by credit card.

For the class on June 27th, we will be making one of each of the three card designs in the kit, but my crafters will also be making a surprise fourth card. Want to see a sneak peek of that fourth card?
Cottage Greetings Card CLASS
Surprise fourth card included with class fee!

LOVE IT! AND we are using almost every stamp of the 12 stamps in the set! Do you recognize that silver butterfly? That's right! It's the smaller butterfly in the Bold Butterfly Framelits. THAT's the next thing I'm gonna pull out and play with too! Because THAT's the July class - see? Again, business! That's what I tell my hubby when I place my orders, too!

I put together my set of the cards tonight from the kit. I think it took me all of 15 minutes for ALL 3 of the cards! This kit really is that easy!
Cottage Greetings Card Kit
Make one of each card design on June 27th at the
Cottage Greetings Card Class!

As you can tell, I copied the cards directly from the directions. If you are looking for a really quick (and I mean, REALLY QUICK!) card idea or gift, this is DEFINITELY what you are looking for! The directions even tell you exactly what color to stamp! I've been doing this a long time and the Cottage Greetings Card Kit is, BY FAR, the easiest kit I have EVER used! Have you priced cards lately in the store? This kit is a STEAL at just $16 too!

Although you will use all of the enamel dots on the three cards, and the Basic Grey Baker's Twine is all used, I was able to punch out a few things from the leftover Silver Foil Sheet that came with the kit! I even had a few of the sequins leftover; BOTH sizes! My crafters will see what we will do with those little beauties on Saturday, June 27th!

If you haven't yet registered for the class, GO! REGISTER! And don't forget to bring your favorite adhesive(s), refills, and scissors to the class!

I look forward to seeing you on June 27th at 9am! Enjoy!

Monday, June 8, 2015

MORE Items for Sale - for the Big Shot!

Crafters -

A friend of mine emailed me and asked if I had any items for her Big Shot and would I be adding any photos to my blog. Well....

I found that box and added a few items! Here are a few photos.

The Fine Print
** The item cost is listed with the photo. Shipping is extra. Please contact me via email or telephone with your mailing address, so I can determine the most cost effective method to send them to you (unless you have a preference). I will send a PayPal invoice to you, so you can pay it promptly. The item(s) will continue to be available for sale until the PayPal invoice is paid. US only. Please ask any questions before you purchase. **

Snow Flurry Bigz Die
Shipping is extra

Scallop Envelope Bigz Die
Shipping is extra
Scallop Square Bigz Clear Large Die
Shipping is extra

Scallop Circle Bigz Die
Shipping is extra

Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die
Shipping is extra

Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die
Shipping is extra

Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die
Shipping is extra

Blossom Box Bigz L Die
Shipping is extra
Blossom Box Directions

Petal Cone Bigz L Die
Shipping is extra

Box #2 Bigz XL Die
Shipping is extra

Bitty Box & Envelope Bigz XL Die
Shipping is extra

Sizzix Matchbox Bigz XL Die
Shipping is extra

Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die
Shipping is extra

Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
Shipping is extra

Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions (Embossing Folder)
Shipping is extra

Holiday Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Shipping is extra

Finial Press Textured Impressions (Embossing Folder)
Shipping is extra

Sizzix Scallop Rectangle Clearlits
Shipping is extra

20th Anniversary Exclusive Embosslit
Shipping is extra
Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps
Shipping is extra

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Items for Sale

Crafters -

Whew! It has been a whirlwind around here! School has ended. I am now the parent of a HIGH-SCHOOLER!!!! I have no idea how that happened as I certainly haven't aged that many years!  (wink-wink!)

My mom will be here next month and she is going to stay for two months. We will be having my father's Celebration of Life Party in July. My husband has been training for, and will be competing in, a triathlon in September.

I don't know about you, but I have a few stamping and crafting items in my home. Sometimes, when I couldn't find just the right spot to put something (or somethingS), I would just place them in a box and set the box in my room or the spare room or the basement "until later." Anyone else ever do that? Thought so - I'm the only one!  :)

Well, since I am retired now, and I really should have all of my craft items in one room to make it much easier on me (and my family!), I have been going through my crafting items. When my mom was here at Easter, I emptied about 15 boxes and started really going through my stuff.

Thankfully the teenager is very strong and is BORED already, so I put him to use moving boxes for me. I had already cleaned most of the items out of the spare bedroom since mom was here, but I still had things in my room and in the basement. The boy carried boxes for me and now everything is in my craft room IN LOTS OF BOXES!!!!

So, I am purging! I will have a Crafting Sale on Monday, June 15th from 1p-6p. There will be stamping stuff, scrapbook stuff, and a few other items also available!

I am noticing, as I'm going through my items, I have a lot of stuff! WAY too much to fit on the tables that I have in my craft room. So - I have added an ITEMS FOR SALE link on my blog. 

The Fine Print

** The item cost is listed with the photo. Shipping is extra. Please contact me via email or telephone with your ZIP Code, so I can determine the most cost effective method to send them to you (unless you have a preference). I will send a PayPal invoice to you, so you can pay it promptly. The item(s) will continue to be available for sale until the PayPal invoice is paid. US only. Please ask any questions before you purchase. **

Here are a few of the items I have added:

Feathers Framelits Dies
Shipping is extra

Starburst Framelits Dies
Shipping is extra

Paper-Piercing Pack Essentials
Shipping is extra

Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack
Shipping is extra
Coastal Cabana Marker, Ink Pad, and Refill
Shipping is extra
Nature Walk Clear Mount (Set of 7)
Shipping is extra

Beautiful Season Clear Mount (set of 4)
Shipping is extra

Friday, June 5, 2015

Cottage Greetings Class - Stampin' Up!

You know, most people do not look forward to Mondays, but I am so excited about this coming Monday!!

Wanna know why? Because "Mr. Brown," that's UPS, will be delivering my new goodies from the new catalog!

Wanna know which item(s) I'm anxiously awaiting? Here's a hint:

Do you recognize these from pages 94 and 154 from your NEW Stampin' Up! catalog? The items are the Cottage Greetings Card Kit and Cottage Greetings Stamp Set. THIS is what we will be playing with on Saturday morning, June 27th from 9a-10a!

When you attend from 9a-10a, the cost of the class is $10. You will make four cards - one of each design shown AND an additional surprise card!

Want to have your own card kit and stamp set? Well, and I'm not quite sure why Stampin' Up! didn't bundle this GREAT kit and stamp set, but I'm offering DAWN'S COTTAGE GREETINGS BUNDLED CLASS!

When you attend the BUNDLED class, you will:
  • Make the 4 cards in the class
  • Receive the Cottage Greetings Card Kit (15 cards in kit)
  • Receive the Cottage Greetings Stamp Set (12 clear stamps)
  • Stay from 9a-11am to put together YOUR cards
  • Please bring YOUR clear blocks to the class
  • All for just $40
  • You must RSVP by June 12th

Also gotta tell you something. This card kit is so stinkin' cute! But, did you notice? The cards and envelopes in the kit are 5" x 5" in size. So this will be a VERY nice change! When you come to the class, you will also see a few ideas how to change the cards to the A2 size (4.25" X 5.5").

When you go to the CLASSES page, I have added a PayPal link for the BUNDLED class.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 27th!

**I've also updated my CLASSES page so you can see some of the upcoming card classes!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Catty - Floral Wings - Stampin' Up!

YEAH!!!! The new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog is LIVE today! Oh, I am SO glad! During my first pass through the catalog, my initial Wish List was several hundred dollars! Yeah.... Since I just retired, and don't really want to go back to work full-time, and I haven't won the lottery, I'm pacing my ordering.  :) 

My order has been revised so many times since that initial pass through the catalog. I think I have it to a more reasonable amount AND am able to order the items I need for the next few classes. (Don't forget to check the class schedule HERE or click the word "Classes" at the top of my blog.)

I am REALLY looking forward to the Cottage Greetings (on page 94) class in June, and the Watercolor Wings (on page 75) class in July. FYI - Stampin' Up! has advised that the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit on page 155 (stamp set close up is on page 80) will not be available UNTIL July. So, that class is now going to be offered in September. I see many cards using that exclusive stamp set in my future! That is a GREAT stamp set! Plus I always like having the card ideas already put together for me!

**Check back late July/early August for more information
on the Watercolor Wishes Card Class.**

But I digress. How about the final card we made this past Saturday at the new Catty Par-Tay?! 
Floral Wings
Photopolymer Host Set, Item #139169

Available June 2nd
What do you think?

Gotta tell you, this is WAY prettier in real life! This is a new Host Set, available TODAY, called Floral Wings. It is only available when you host a $150 (or more) party. You would use your Stampin' Rewards to "earn" this stamp set. All of the new Stampin" Rewards information, including the stamp sets, begins on page 178 of the 2015-2016 Catalog.

Floral Wings is listed as a two-step stamp, but it is really a THREE-step set! The first stamp is the butterfly which we stamped in Mint Macaron. Then we added the Blackberry Bliss flowers. The third step added the Mossy Meadow leaves. We also stamped the sentiment with Lost Lagoon. I just LOVE how each color family matches. I combined both of the InColors, the old and the NEW ones that you can order beginning TODAY!

With the new catalog release today, there will also be a matching framelit called Bold Butterfly Framelits. I cannot wait to get my hands on this baby! It looks like it matches with our current Butterfly Thinlits, BUT there are no cutouts with this size butterfly. So I can use it to make our butterflies "fly into the sunset." CANNOT WAIT!!!!  :)

**They are updating the website today, if the new items do not link yet, check back.
They have to add all the new items for the new catty!**

We added some of the little Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments and a bit of the Gold Metallic Baker's Twine to finish this cute little Whisper White Note Card & Envelope.

I think this card was the most time consuming because we practiced lining up each of the stamps on our Grid Paper before we stamped it onto the note card. It took a minute to get used to how to do this, and make sure you are on a SOLID SURFACE when you stamp the butterfly. A folding table will NOT do! But you will absolutely LOVE the end result on this. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sneak Peek - Best Thoughts - Stampin' Rewards - Stampin' Up!

Can I let you in on a little secret? I LOVE THE NEW HOST STAMP SETS! Did you notice the name change? Stampin' Up! is revamping the Hostess items with the new catty. It will be called "Stampin' Rewards" instead of "Hostess Dollars," and no longer "Hostess" - everything is "Host." I'm so glad - I have TWO husband/wife teams who craft with me! Should make them feel more comfortable! More on the Stampin' Rewards a little further in the post, but check out this card!
Best Thoughts Host Stamp Set
Clear, Item #138700
Wood, Item #139234
Available June 2, 2015


Ok, if you have received your catalog from me, you should recognize that little butterfly on the envelope. YUP! That's the little guy stamped on your bookmark! And you should recognize the ribbon too. This card uses the Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon. This ribbon is so pretty and so easy to tie into ribbons, and bows, oh my!

Did you notice that the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper is staying in the new catalog too? I LOVE this paper - it goes with EVERYTHING! And it is so lightweight (the catalog calls it "ultra lightweight"). And I just LOVE that you get 24 sheets (4 each of 6 double-sided designs). Makes it really nice when I want to have several card designs. YEAH!

Ok, back to the card. We used Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder, and Basic Black for the cardstock. Go to page 141 of your new catalog and you will see that there is no longer a Basic Black stamp pad, so we used the Memento Tuxedo Black Stamp Pad for the greeting. (The Basic Gray stamp pad is gone too - and I LOVED that color...)  We stamped the flower and butterfly in Watermelon Wonder. Added a little color with the Watermelon Wonder and Basic Black by punching just the flag ends on the Bow Builder Punch (SO glad this punch made it to the big catty!), a piece of one of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies, and finished it with a Very Vintage Designer Button (under the ribbon). Don't forget to add Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes to complete the look!

I thought this was the easiest card we made! It took us about 15 minutes, and again, we were talking, so your time might be a little bit less.

NOW, back to the Host Sets and the NEW Stampin' Rewards! Few things:

  • On June 2nd, you still fall under the OLD Hostess Dollars (for a $150 workshop, you will receive $25 in Hostess Dollars).
  • On June 2nd, and June 2nd ONLY, you can choose from ANY Hostess/Host set from from the OLD (2014-2015) catalog, the Spring Occasions catalog, AND the NEW (2015-2016) catalog. On a $150 workshop, you would just pick out your $25 in Hostess Dollars. You can also choose from the regular merchandise. But if there is a Hostess/Host stamp set you like, get it while you can. These are only available when you have a $150 or more workshop/party.
  • On June 3rd, the NEW Stampin' Rewards program begins. AND you only have the NEW catalog (ONLY - HAHAHA!) On a $150 party, your Stampin' Rewards is now 10% (or $15).

  • If you are like me, (GEEK), you can do the math quickly and figure out that is $10 less on a $150 party. To me, that's about a package and a half of cardstock!
  • Check out the prices of the Host Stamp sets. The most expensive CLEAR MOUNT stamp set is $10 in the new 2015-2016 catalog. (The most expensive CLEAR MOUNT stamp set in the OLD 2014-2015 catalog is $17!) See, right there? Just saved you $7! :)

Personally, I like the NEW Host stamp sets WAY better than the OLD Hostess stamp sets. The way I am looking at it - While I REALLY liked the OLD Bloom With Hope Hostess set, I REALLY-REALLY like both the Best Thoughts and Floral Wings Host sets in the NEW catalog. Using the new cost system, I'm able to choose BOTH of those Host sets for about the same cost as the one OLD Hostess set. It's like I'm getting more for my money.

If you have any questions about the new Stampin' Rewards when you place your order with me, please contact me BEFORE you place your order. I'd LOVE to talk with you!

I will tell you - I'm getting my order ready for June 2nd, so I can still get the higher Hostess Dollars, but also choose from the new Host stamp sets in the new catty!

Check back tomorrow - Tuesday - to see my really easy card using the Floral Wings Host stamp set too!

And Tuesday (tomorrow) is the first day of the NEW Catalog! YEAHHHH!!!! Can't wait!!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sneak Peek - You've Got This - Stampin' Up!

Check this out!
You've Got This
Clear - Item #139575
Wood - Item #139572
Available June 2, 2015

This is one of the cards we made on Saturday. Don't you just LOVE this?

Do you recognize the stamp set? What about the colors? Well, if you have a new catty from me, you should! Go to page 113 in your new 2015-2016 catalog. That is the You've Got This stamp set (clear, item #139575). All five of the new InColors are also on that bookmark you received too. And you already recognized the ribbon from that bookmark too, I'll bet!

As a demonstrator, we are allowed to preorder select items to play with, I mean prepare, for our upcoming classes. This is just ONE of the preordered stamp sets! (Check back Monday and Tuesday, because I'm showing TWO other stamp sets too!)

We played with the 2015-2017 InColor markers to color the flower stamp AND to add those little dots. ALL of the new InColors are used here. Tip Top Taupe for the card base; Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush for flower, with just a little bit of Delightful Dijon in the center of the flower; Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon (LOVE THIS STUFF!); and even a Delightful Dijon Butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits. We also used the Note Tag Punch (SO glad this little beauty is staying with the new catalog!), and added a little bling with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels. **FYI - The new InColors items are available beginning June 2nd - That's TUESDAY!!!!

This card was a VERY easy card to make. It took us about 20 minutes to color and put everything together. Of course, we were talking while we we making the card, so it might take you a little bit less.

If you do not already subscribe to my blog, go ahead and subscribe (just enter your email address in the block on the right). That way, you will receive an email when I update my blog. And I'm working on the next couple of days right now...

Hope you enjoy this card! I don't know about you, but I'm anxiously awaiting Tuesday - when we can order from the NEW CATTY!!!!  YEAH!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Masculine Cards - Stampin' Up!

Here are a few of the masculine cards we made at my Celebration class for my Sale-a-Bration hostesses.

Don't you just LOVE them? They were SO easy to make too!

In the photo above, the top left is using the Traveler, Guy Greetings, and Dictionary stamp sets. We used Smoky Slate and Night of Navy ink pads and even a little bit of the Smoky Slate 7/8" Chevron Ribbon. As a final step, before we assembled the card, we also used the square from the Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. FUN card to make!

The top right card, used The Open Sea stamp set. We used Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana stamp pads. I'm gonna miss my Lullaby Designer Series Paper! Added a little bit of the Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon too.

And finally, the bottom center card used both By the Tide and Petite Pairs stamp sets. Everything was done in Crushed Curry. A small piece from the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper was used. The 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, along with the 2" Circle Punch, and a bit of Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon just set this card!

All of the cards used the Note Cards and Envelopes.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Catty Par-Tay is NEXT Saturday!!! - Stampin' Up!

WOW! Can you believe that my new catty party is exactly a week from today?! I KNOW! Me neither!

All of my customers who have placed a $50 or more order in the past year, should have the new catty is his or her hands by now. Don't you just LOVE it?!

If you have placed a $50 merchandise order recently and were missed,
please let me know!
If you already have a demonstrator,
contact her for your new catalog,
you will LOVE IT!)

Exactly one week from today, I will have my new Catty Par-Tay! YUP! Say it with a little attitude! :)  You will get to make three cards for $5 AND I've even added a PayPal button so you can RSVP for the class!

My customers who already have the new catty will tell you. I've even added a bookmark in with their catalog (along with a Wish List - a MUST for the new catty!). I used the new Host Stamp set called Best Thoughts on the bookmark too! I think that little butterfly is just so cute!

Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Love Is Kindness - Stampin' Up!

I LOVE the single stamp in the Occasions Catalog called Love Is Kindness. This stamp is a wood mount stamp, but I just put the sticker on the foam rubber and make it into my own style of clear mount stamp so I can easily see where I want to position it on my paper. (NOTE: I also separated the words from the flower, so I can stamp just the flower.)

Here is a REALLY easy card we made over the weekend with my crafters:
Love Is Kindness
Using Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe
AND Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Don't you just LOVE it? Gotta be honest here. We actually made it using the Coastal Cabana cardstock. But, because I always cut extras, I had one extra of the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper. And since I didn't want to waste it, I cut an additional card using Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock. **I just cannot get over how FAST the 2013-2015 InColors are selling out! Normally, we would not use a retired item during a class, but since the crafters in attendance all had workshops and several had earned this paper, nice to have extra ideas on how to use it, huh?  :)

I told the crafters that this was the easiest card they would be making all day! They had just made the Berry Basket Project (see Sunday's post for that one) and another project, so this one seemed like a piece of cake! Did you notice the little bit of Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim Ribbon too? I just liked this card and how easy it was to make! 

I had already cut the White Vellum 8.5" x 11 Cardstock from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit so the only thing needed was the assembly on the bag. VERY easy! And was enjoyed by all!

REMEMBER - you can only get the Love Is Kindness stamp through June 2nd. Stampin' Up! has advised that they will make more stamps (if the stamp set sells out), but once May 26th arrives, they will STOP producing retiring stamps. So if this is a stamp set you want, make sure you order it before it is gone!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hubby's Bicycle Accident

Crafters -

As I blogged about previously, during my One Sheet Wonders class a few weeks ago, my husband was involved in a serious bicycle crash in southern Ohio, about two hours from our home.

First a little backstory. My husband is an avid cyclist. When we began dating, almost 20 years ago!, he rode his bicycle A LOT! Some insane number like 10,000 miles a year - ON A BICYCLE?!?! What? Yeah, that's him.

And he's really good too! When I did my first century (that's 100 miles!), which was also my LAST century, at about the 80 mile point, we were going up a rolling hill and I was done! I stopped pedaling my bicycle, and figured I'd just get off the bike and he could come back and pick me up! I was that done! Put a fork in me, whatever your saying is, that's where I was.

He advised me that I could finish the last 20 miles and he placed his hand on the back of my bicycle seat. With him riding next to me, and I wasn't pedaling at that time, he pedaled the BOTH of us up this stupid hill. Never lost his balance. Neither of us fell. He just pedaled us up this hill.

Now I don't know about you, but when I cycle, I look at the sky, watch the road for bumps, watch the cars, chat with other cyclists, look at the ducks and geese, etc. I enjoy cycling, but there is no way that I could cycle me and another person up a small hill without crashing! NO WAY!!

So, after he got me over that stupid rolling hill, I continued to cycle and we made it through the 100 miles. I still have a bicycle and I still ride it on occasion. But I am NOWHERE near the cyclist my husband is.

Ok, so you have a visual picture of the type of cyclist my husband is. Fast forward a few years. In 2012, hubby was able to go to France and was able to cycle on some of the same roads and same courses as the Tour de France. The group he was with was able to get their photographs taken on the Tour de France PODIUM! Here is my hubby's photo:
Good looking fella, huh?

Well, fast forward to April 25th. He was riding his bicycle with some other avid fitness gurus. Most of them are triathletes, so they are really in shape and know what they are doing. Paul's back wheel hit something (diesel fuel or oil), keep in mind that these guys ride on each other's back tire, and Paul fell. His friend Dan Wesley (Wes) was right behind him and thankfully Wes is equally skilled on the bicycle. Wes also fell, but it was a controlled fall (is there even such a thing?). He was injured and was treated as well. 

Paul doesn't remember the crash. His friend Christine held his head while they waited approximately 45 minutes for the emergency squad to arrive - they were WAY out there in rural Ohio. Cell signals and reception are hard to find. The emergency squad transported Paul by ambulance to the Columbus area from Portsmouth. That's usually about a two-hour drive. Paul said they made it in about one.

And here's what my husband looked like when I got to the Emergency Room in Columbus:
Thumbs up!
He always has such a positive outlook!

And here is his helmet:
That "ding" is the front left side of Paul's helmet.

The back of Paul's helmet.
It basically shattered.
BUT it did its job!

So what this very long posting is about is...

  1. Please wear your helmet. On every ride, even the short ones. This elite group of cyclists were only about 2.5 miles into their ride when this accident occurred. For me, that's a bike ride to the grocery store and back. It can happen that quick. Wear a helmet for your family's sake.
  2. Make sure someone knows where you are and how to get in touch with your emergency contacts. Both hubby and I (and even the boy) have Road IDs. Their website is HERE. I'm not receiving any monies from them. That's just who we use. There are a number of styles that should fit most lifestyles. Thankfully, Paul was able to call me himself about 90 minutes after the accident occurred.
  3. Make sure you are with people who know what to do. They don't have to have advanced lifesaving skills. If they can just call 9-1-1, that's good! Thankfully, Paul's friend Christine Pfaff knew what to do! She didn't move him around and she held his head still. She basically made herself his human cervical collar so his head didn't move and she did this for about 45 minutes. Talk about someone being a Godsend. Thank you Christine for being there.
  4. Paul's friends packed up his personal belongings and placed everything, including the bicycle into his car. And my husband had a LOT of stuff! He hangs with some WONDERFUL peeps!
  5. His friend Rocco Maiolo drove Paul's car home for me and parked it in the driveway so that I could concentrate on Paul. I didn't have to worry about finding someone to drive 2 hours, one-way, with me to get his car and bring it back home. Thank you Rocco!
  6. Wes met with us a few days later to check on Paul and to give him the few items that were left behind. Keep in mind, Wes was injured in this accident too! What a nice guy! Thank you Wes!
I know there were others involved in helping my husband, I just don't know everyone. I'm confident I missed at least one person, and I hope they will forgive me for not listing them. But I am so thankful that my husband was ok on this accident. I have never been so thankful for a bunch of bumps and bruises, and even two black eyes!

Bottom line. Safety first and always - wear your helmet. And always surround yourself with wonderful friends. Friends are just BEST!