Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sweet Press Cookie Stamp Giveaway!

Can't believe that the end of March is fast approaching!  I can't believe that in a few days, I will no longer be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I have mixed emotions about letting this go, but I know that there will be other opportunities waiting for me when I'm ready to start up again.  I've been cleaning up my craft room slowly, and found these cute and fun cookie stamps that I bought when SU first released it last year.  Never got a chance to use them and now I really don't have time to bake cookies and stamp them.  Anyway, I would like to give this set of cookie stamps away to someone who could use them.  If you are interested in winning this cute set of cookie stamps, leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite cookie is and if you like baking them.  I'll select a winner on Friday, April 6.
My caregiver Tobie just celebrated a birthday, so I forced myself to make a card for her.  I bought this table tent big shot pro die from J's Knicknacks and really wanted to use it.  The image is an older one from The Greeting Farm, one of my favorite images.  I haven't used my copics in so long, I kind of lost the touch of blending with these wonderful pens! 
Here's a side view of the tent.  I reinforced the tent by adding a strip of cardstock in the center of the tent.  Because I did this, I couldn't fold the tent.
 This is the message that I stamped on the back of the tent.  The heart on the bottom of the card holds it closed.  I wrote a birthday message to her on the inside.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I can't wait to hear about your favorite cookies!  Some of my favorite cookies are almond cookies, holland cookies and sesame seed cookies!  I love to bake, but now days, don't have the time to (boo hoo!). 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Panda Nails and Some Mochiko Pics

Anyone like nail art?  I love to fuss around with nail art, but usually there's not enough time to play.  I was determined to try it just for fun and decided to have some fun.   I was inspired by a co-worker who does her nails every Sunday.  Not just polishing them, but doing nail art on every nail.  This is the first time I tried anything like this, but I had fun playing around.  Of course, I didn't take a photo of my nails when they were freshly done, so by the time I took this pic, my nails were ready to be re-done.  LOL!  This week, I have strawberry nails.  I'll post a pic of that soon.  They came out much better as I'm getting used to doing some artsy stuff on my nails - I think it's therapy for me!
Anyway, I had a request to post more photos of the Queen of the house.  Here are some of my latest favorites.  Although this girl is so high maintenance, she makes me laugh and smile all the time. Well most of the time!

 Well, the weekend is fast approaching and hopefully, I'll be able to find some time to touch my crafts.  I've been thinking about putting some projects together for some kind of class.  I know I'm dreaming, but it's a start. 
Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope I can work on another post soon! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Snowmen in March

I just had to share with you the cute marshmallow snowmen I made to give away during the holidays.  I know that Christmas has been long gone and it's almost Easter, but I've been wanting to post this since December!
These cute treats was one of the only things I made to give to the day care workers, etc.  Got this cute idea from Jessica Witty who is a designer for Papertrey, Inc.  Her blog Witticisms is awesome and I was so inspired by her.    You can find her post for the snowmen marshmallow project HERE.  Here's the snow guys after getting dipped in white chocolate waiting to get dry.
A close up shot... I added mini chocolate chips for the eyes and cut little pieces of orange slice candy for the noses.  Somehow, I needed to add a face!  Funny thing is when the dipped marshmallows are waiting to dry, some of them started to slide down.  I ended up trimming the sticks.

Here they are, all dried and wrapped ready to be given away.   Aren't they fun?!  I had so much fun making them with help from Tobie (Dad's caregiver).
Here's a close up of the tag that I attached to each treat.
I know that posting back to back will not be happening too often just yet, but I had a few minutes to spare while waiting to get my turn to shower and off to bed I go. 
Thank you to those who already left encouraging comments for me on my last post.  It really brightens up my day reading them and to know that you all are such caring people!
In the weeks to come, I will be weeding out all kinds of craft things that I will not be using and will end up having a nice craft sale sometime in the near future.  I'll be sure to announce that on my blog so you can plan on stopping by to get some bargains!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Making Changes

Hello Friends!  Just wanted to send out a big Thank You to all of you who commented on last month's post.  It's so wonderful to have so much love and support out there.  I am truly blessed by all of you!
So, did the title of this post make you curious?  What kind of changes??  Well, this change is something pretty big for me, so it took me a while to make my decision.  I have decided that because of my current situation and the lack of crafting, being able to plan classes, etc. that I will no longer be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  What??!!  I know! hard to believe after almost 10 years!  Can you believe, 10 years??  My heart is sad, but I know that this is the right thing to do for now.  I totally could not support my business and take care of my Dad and my family and to top that off, I'm totally exhausted.  I know that the crafting will always be there for me when I'm ready to do it again and I totally believe in living life with no regrets.
To my wonderful downline, I thank you for your trust and for believing in me and for letting me share my passion for stamping and crafting with you.  To my loyal customers, thank you so much for supporting my business with your orders and also for attending my classes - I cannot tell you how good it feels every month to have "sold out" sessions.  You guys put me on top of the world!
I know that this is not the end of crafting and classes for me, but just a break to take care of my priorities.  I know that as soon as I can catch up with my rest and figure out where everything needs to be, I'll be back and I hope that our paths will cross again!
On Friday, I whipped up this card before I left for work for my caregiver's friend who was celebrating her birthday.  I saw a similar card while surfing the blogs. 
Here's the inside of the card...
I still haven't given up hope that I'll be able to post a couple more times...I'm still gonna post my Christmas stuff - haha!
Well, I guess I better end my post here.  Just wanted to let you all know of the changes with my SU status.  If you need to place an order, I am still good to order til the end of March.  If you need a demo referral, please send me an email so that I can hook you up with some fantastic demonstrators!
THANK YOU once again to everyone who has supported my SU business for the last 9 1/2 years.  It's been a great ride and I have grown so much through this wonderful opportunity!  More soon!