Monday, June 30, 2014

Personalizing your Life

Hello Friends.  

It's been a dream of my husband and I to own our own business someday.

We've worked many long hours and late nights since last November to get it started and I'm super excited to finally say we are up and running strong! 

We played with so many company names and had some good laughs over ideas but we finally came to an agreement to call it "Consider It Done".  
Our business is a non-tenant based property management company offering services including home watching and maintenance complimented with a first class concierge service.  Our property management services are offered to vacation homeowners, snowbirds, and lenders owning foreclosed homes with an ultimate goal of protecting their client's investment and enhancing their quality of life.

Our concierge services include a wide offering of household services, transportation, and project management.  I am LOVING what we do!  If you want to check out our website you can visit  

Tonight Matty will be heading to Calgary, AB to service our first big client and so, rightly so, I had to combine my love of creating with my joy of servicing others to create a thank you gift.

If you own your own business, I highly recommend a Personalized Monogram Stamp from Stampin' Up!  Granted, you don't have to own your own business for the stamp as it's great for home addresses, announcements, and so many more ideas!  

You can design it online and it arrives within a week! This Circle Monogram Stamp coordinates with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch to make it breeze for punching out or you could simply stamp the back of your envelopes, marketing pieces, etc.  

I highly recommend a dark ink pad (Basic Black, Early Espresso) or you could purchase from our 40 other colors to coordinate with any company colors or event you are hosting.  You'll also want the Clear Block B for your stamp to attach to...makes it whole lot easier to align and hold.  :-)

You can visit my online store HERE to create your own Circle Monogram Stamp.  There are a few other designs you can choose from as well.  

As a reminder, TODAY is the last day to join Stampin' Up! like I did 12+ years ago and receive all your purchases at a great discount!!  In the party-planning business?  Excellent decision!  Love to scrapbook and create?  This is the time.  You can join for only $50 and receive awesome discounts and so many more benefits!  Visit my website HERE to learn more.  You'll get to choose $55 worth of product for only $50 and pay no shipping too...sweet deal!     

Thank you for swinging by today...hope you have a wonderful day!

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SU Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Circle Monogram Stamp (132852)
Ink:  Early Espresso
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  1-3/8" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear Block B (132852)

Monday, June 16, 2014

One of a Kind Card

Oh, how I've missed my stamping time!  Busy times with year end activities with school and simply enjoying the start of our summer.  

Last week though I was blessed to hang out with many friends through a couple of my stamp clubs and we made the following card.  

Quite busy, I know, but I was aiming for a card that didn't have any type of floral arrangements on it, that would be suitable for a man AND that where I could use my new Moonlight Designer Paper.  

I accomplished all three with this one!

I sent one of these to my uncle who means the world to me.  I hope he enjoyed a special treat in the mail!

I really like the color scheme of Moonlight which blends Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  The three bolded colors are three of the five new In-Colors this year.  L.O.V.E. them!  

Matt and I are in the process of beginning of dream of ours of owning our own business. Another reason for my lack of stamping and sharing.  I have had several friends ask me if I will continue with Stampin' Up! and my answer is YES!  I've been a demonstrator for over 13 years and I'm sticking around for the main reason I joined.  

I love Stampin' Up!'s product, I love my discount and I love my stamping friends!  

Right now you can join me as a demonstrator too for only $50!  

Isn't that cool?  For $50 you can choose $55 of Stampin' Up! product, pay no shipping on your items and mark a few items off that growing wish list!  With the new Idea Book out and your list a mile long of favorites, this is a great time to join!  

CLICK HERE to

You'll love the benefits and the special treatment you'll receive from Stampin' Up! just as I have all these years.  

Of course the $99 starter kit is still available (you can choose $125 worth with this kit) but if you want to start small, the $50 kit is perfect for you!  Click HERE to see your options.

Thank you for swinging by today!  I hope to share more with you in the coming days.  


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SU Supplies:
Stamps:  A Dozen Thoughts
Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Whisper White, Honey Hello, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate
Ink:  Lost Lagoon
Accessories:  Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Round Array Thank You

Quick "Thank You" for you all.  

Simple.Beautiful.Plainly Stated.

When I see this card it reminds me of the cards you would find neatly boxed up in one of those specialty gift stores.  EXCEPT, I would be looking at paying $20 for 4 to 5 cards and quickly the glee on my face would turn to a pitiful expression.  

How beautiful it is to be on the other end and know I can create the same look for about 1/2 the cost.  :-)

Don't forget your layers...they add such a happy touch!  Thanks to Liz Miller who inspired this card when I swapped with her at Convention 2013.  :-)

Just a reminder that we have ONE MORE WEEK to get our favorite retiring items.  June 4th is the deadline so take a few moments to head over to my online store and browse through those products that will be gone FOREVER after June 4th.  :-)  A few retiring products used on this card are listed below in my Stampin' Up! supplies.  

Enjoy your Wednesday friends!  

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SU Supplies:
Stamps:  A Round Array
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pool Party
Ink:  Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones, Big Shot, Needlepoint Border (RETIRING-129383) embossing folder, 7/16" Trim (RETIRING-129287), 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, May 26, 2014


Here in the U.S. we set aside one day a year to remember the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces.  

My gals from club this past week created this card which can be used for the upcoming 4th of July and anytime we want to thank a veteran.

The "Simply Stars" stamp set is retiring and actually sold out last week on the retiring list BUT the "Words of Courage" set is still available although it is on the retired list. 
It's perfect for cardmaking for troops overseas. Or use this set to create a scrapbook page for a loved one serving in the military.   

And, it's 25% off until June 4th too and after that it will no longer be available!  You can find it on my online store HERE and so may other retiring products at a discount as well.   

Happy Memorial Day to you, my friends!  
Enjoy the blessings today of living in America!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

That's the Ticket & 50% off!

Thoughout the year I have stamp clubs where 5-6 stamp fans sign up to meet bi-monthly to create, to inspire each other and to learn.  I've been hosting these clubs for years now and have met some incredible ladies who now happen to be dear friends.  After gathering for a year, tonight one of the clubs come to an end (hope they all want to sign up again though) and one of the cards we are all creating was inspired by one of the cards on display on my recent Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip.

It is so pretty in person! Since it was on display I don't even know who to give the credit to, but I love them for the inspiration.  I changed the Designer Paper as I didn't have black striped (that is what the original card looked like) as well as the flower punch.  But that's what it is all about!  

See something you like?  Start with it as an inspiration and make it your own!  

I hope my club gals will love it just as much as I do!  The colors are so vibrate in person...must be my crazy iPhone photo that's not doing the trick.  ;-)

We all have 13 more days to take advantage of all of Stampin' Up!'s retiring product!! And starting TODAY we get go choose from 100's of items from 25-50% off!  

You can check out the retiring items at great deals by visiting my website at if you are viewing my blog by email.  Otherwise, click on "Shop Now" over there to your top left.

And, if you want to join a stamp club throughout the year, take 1 minute to contact me.  We meet once every other month, you create 3 projects for free, we rotate the shopping benefits to each member and have a ball!  Besides, we all need a girls night out...I say monthly but will bi-monthly suit you?  :-)

Have a beautiful day, friends, and thank YOU for swinging in!

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Stampin' Up! Product:
Stamps:  That's the Ticket, Express Yourself (Retiring Hostess Set-no longer available)
Ink:  Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock/Designer Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Eastern Elegance Designer Paper
Accessories:  Paper Doilies, Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (will be in the new catalog), Curly Label Punch, Ticket Duo Builder, Fancy Flower Punch (Retiring & 25% off!), 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8" Mini Brads, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Petite Petals Punch (Occasions Catalog & in new Catalog)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Back from the Caribbean & Weekly Deals Reminder!

Hello and Happy Monday!

As many of you know Matty and I were blessed to join a few hundred top Stampin' Up! demonstrators on the Western Caribbean Incentive Cruise a week ago.  I can't put into words how amazing the trip was for Matty and I and how thankful I am for such a company to be associated with.  They don't spare expense when it comes to thanking us for our hard work and we truly felt appreciated all week!

Here is just a few of my favorites I wanted to share with you.  I have many others posted on my Facebook page over at Embrace Ink.

First sighting of our ship.

We were greeted with a personal Stampin' Up! touch at our staterooms.

16th floor of this amazing ship.

Sweet Stampin' Up! friends from Germany we met our first night in the dining room.

The ship by night.

The shows on the ship were amazing.
Water diving and acrobatics on a moving ship..c.r.a.z.y!

Dessert was always my favorite meal.

A beach Matty and I spent a day at while visiting Haiti.  
You can see our ship in the background.

Matty was in his element when bartering with the Haiti men.

The size of the Allure of the Seas was just amazing...
boarding back on the ship in Haiti.

Another meal spent with Maxi and her daughter Leoni from Germany.
Such an enjoyable evening! 

That is our ship docked at Jamaica.  
Can you see my stateroom?  We were on the 9th floor.  :-)

Matty snorkeling in Cozumel.

Highlight of the trip...playing a bit of beach volleyball on this beautiful piece of beach.

Where we spent a wonderful day at sea...the Solarium. Reserved for 18 years and older, cool pool with fountains, restaurant and relaxing in the sun.
My attempt at getting a panoramic.  :-) 

One of the last shows of the trip...once again...a.m.a.z.i.n.g!

Sweet times with this incredible man all week!

While we were on the ship we had a swap and many ideas were up on boards for us all to view.  I'll share those this week with you so make sure to come back!

Tonight is the last night to take advantage of this week's Weekly Deals. 

I LOVE my Tastefully Trim and Perfect Pennants Die!  
Both of these are retiring so great time to get them at a discount! 
You can pick them up online TONIGHT at that discount when you visit my online store HERE!  

Thanks for visiting...we'll "chat" more this week after I'm done going through a million emails and prepping for some fun clubs this week!  

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Project Life is HERE!

Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. 

Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products. 

Becky explains, "It's called Project LIFE because it's about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book."  In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

YOU and I can now order these awesome items!  I received mine in the mail this past week and if I wasn't going on vacation I would be sitting down and playing with these babies!  

These are just a couple of the sweet items available now. 

Click HERE to check out Stampin' Up!'s flyer regarding Project Life!
Click HERE to check out the pricing and products available for pre-order! 

Starting June 1st we'll be able to order the WHOLE product line but Stampin' Up! is offering a pre-order to get our feet wet.

And TODAY until May 17th whenever you place a minimum $20 online order, not only will you receive a FREE sweet greeting card from me in the mail, you'll also get the opportunity to receive the hostess benefits when you add hostess code 9GDNKNHW to your order before checking out!  

Click on Shop in the green banner bar.
Sign in or Create an Account (in case you've never shopped online before).
Start shopping the 
and SO much MORE!  
Before checking out visit your Shopping Cart and add hostess code 9GDNKNHW to be entered into the drawing!  
I'll notify the winner by Monday, May 19th.  The last winner was able to choose $75 for free!  
So GO...and grab yourself a deal or two!  

Happy Stampin', friends!

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