Saturday, March 31, 2012

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!!





Have you sale-a-brated yet? Today is the LAST DAY!!!!

Don't miss out on free product with every $60 order you place!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Dying from the CUTENESS!!!

OK, earlier this week, I made this. And it was cute. But what I'm about to show you is SO cute you won't be able to STAND IT!!! Better sit down!

Here's a little close up:


And now...


Are you dying?? Is this not just the cutest thing EVER?

The die that made these little gems will be in the NEW Catalogue which will be available on June 1st, 2012. Demonstrators could order it in March and YOU can order it as a preview BEFORE the new catalogue comes out beginning on April 1st.

You're going to LOVE it!!!

Special thanks to Sandy for her fabulous tutorial on keeping the patterns straight!

Don't forget! If you're a newsletter subscriber, this is your LAST day to take advantage of the special offer you received in your inbox on March 26th!!


Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Testing, Testing, 1...2...3...

So, back in January, I made this card. I made it for my mom's birthday which wasn't until March. By March, we had the Diagonal Simply Scored plate, which allows you to make custom envelopes! This is especially helpful when you're making a non-standard card.

So, I posted on Facebook when I was sending the card off to my mom and later reported that it had made it through the postal system safe and sound!! I had several friends (mostly other Stampin' UP! demonstrators) who decided that it wasn't any good to JUST test Canada Post. They determined that to REALLY test the handmade envies, I needed to send cards south to the US and even as far away as AUSTRALIA!!!

To that end, this card will be doing just that!


It seems a little blurry to me, so if it does to you too, my apologies. I'm still learning the ins and outs of my new camera. :)

I'm not sharing WHERE this one is going, because I want the recipient to be a little surprised, but I am sharing the card with you. And here's a close up:


I love the way it turned out! I do hope my friend will like it too!

In other news, there's just over 48 more hours left for you to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration! The set I used above is FREE with your purchase over $60. AND if you're a newsletter subscriber, you KNOW there's an even BETTER deal for you!!!

In other, other news...it's National Mom & Pop Business Owner's Day! Not that I'm a "mom & pop" business, but I think it applies to "small business" too. So, support a small business today!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Elementary Elegance
INK: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party
PAPERS: Basic Black and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Everyday Enchantment DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How much fun can you have with a Simply Scrappin' Kit?

LOTS!!!!



This little mini albums inside a Clear Mount Stamp Case is just ADORABLE! It uses barely 1/2 of the Country Club Simply Scrappin' Kit, so you have a whole BUNCH left over for other projects. Or...just make two mini albums! The Clear Mount Stamp Cases come in packs of four, so you might as well make use of them, right?


This is just one of the pages in the album. It came together VERY quickly!


Th pages are staggered on the inside, enabling embellishments to peek out!


With the cardstock sticker in the Simply Scrappin' Kit, you'll have EVERYTHING you need to create this mini album which would make a wonderful end of year gift for a favourite teacher.


There's journaling space in here too - it's on the BACK of each page. Or, you could just add more pictures?

Would YOU like the step-by-step tutorial for this adorable gift? It can be yours with ANY order placed during the month of April. Just place an order and when I get the notification, you'll get the tutorial. How easy is THAT?

Happy Scrappin'!

A Note of Thanks for the Stampin' Queens

OK, I took a bit of poetic license with the sketch...flipped it sideways, moved the strip of paper, used an oval instead of a tag...you get the idea!

Here's the sketch:


And here's my version:


See? SERIOUS poetic license - LOL!

My dear friend Allison (mom to Princess Brigid) and her family recently held a fundraiser so they could purchase a MUCH needed bed for the princess. It's a Sleep Safe bed and carries a hefty price tag of $13,000! Brigid NEEDS this bed to "sleep safe" and government funding leaves MUCH to be desired!

Anyway...a LOT of people donated their time and talents and I told Allison that I'd make the thank you notes to send to those who helped.

Brigid's favourite colour is purple and the bumblebee represents how awesome Brigid is.

The bumblebee is from the now retired set "Just Buzzin' By and the sentiment is from Thank You Kindly.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Just Buzzin' By, Thank You Kindly
INK: Basic Black and Elegant Eggplant
PAPERS: Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant Cardstock; Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess)
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot!, Designer Frames, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A little Easter cuteness!

OK, so I've been talking about this on Facebook for like TWO days and TODAY you get to see the end result!

Here are only a few of the Easter treats:


I'm actually making 32 of them, but I promised my little man, Jonathan, that he could help me. He needs 19 for his class. The other 13 will be for spreading the love among mine and DD's friends. I asked my other DS if he wanted some, but being 13 he's too cool for these - LOL!

Here's a close up of the sentiment (Happy Easter from Teeny Tiny Wishes) with the "stem".


I found the tutorial on a fellow demonstrator's site and was THRILLED to be able to use up some of my 2010-2012 In Colour Designer Series Paper. I still have lots left over, but this little project put a pretty good dent in it! :)  I even managed to find enough Chocolate Chip scraps to complete the scalloped circles - AWESOME!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK: Early Espresso
PAPERS: Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Cardstock; Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Paper Crimper, Sticky Strip

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Oh Happy DAY!!!!

Not only have a I managed to FINALLY find my MOJO (thank you Teneale!), I also FINALLY have a camera again! Now...it's not new by ANY stretch of the imagination, but it's new to me and I already love it!

I was up BEFORE dawn today to head over to the Henry's Outlet where they had 25% off EVERYTHING in the store! I picked myself up a Canon 40D, an 18-55mm IS lens, a spare battery, a filter and a CF card. I can't tell you how EXCITED I am!!!

I've only taken a few pictures, but I'm very much looking forward to playing with all the features!

One of the pictures I took was a close up of my CASE of Teneale's card:


I can FINALLY (have I said that enough? LOL!) get a decent close up of my card elements - that alone was worth getting up at 6 a.m. on a Sunday!

The full card will be available in my April Tutorial which will be available for purchase toward the end of April. The tutorial will also include the other cards (six in total) from my "Just the Girls - WOW!" April class.

SO happy to be back!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's been a CRAZY day!

Had to pick up all three kids at school - YIKES!! Thankfully two of them were after school, but one had a pounding headache and was seeing spots, so she got to come home earlier.

Needless to say, I haven't had ANY time to create!

I do have a super special announcement though!! It'll be going out to my newsletter subscribers ONLY on March 26th! So...if you're NOT yet subscribed to my newsletter, you might want to do that between now and March 26th - which is ONLY 6 days away!

You won't want to miss out on this - you're going to love it! So, sign up now by clicking on the link at the top of my right side bar.

Happy Stampin'!

Apologies are in order!!!

It's been a crazy busy few days around here what with Spring Break wrapping up, a teenager who has discovered he likes to text (and that "T9 is neither efficient or practical" - yes, that's a DIRECT quote from said 13 year old teenager) and this heat!!!

Don't get me wrong, I love that it's THIS warm and that today is the first day of spring (I had my first popsicle on Sunday and it was STILL winter!), but the heat in a high rise condo where they won't turn the air conditioning on until at LEAST May is not so conducive to creativity!

I'll be back later on today with something fun and hope you'll stop by. Tomorrow is Stampin' Queens Sketch Day and I KNOW you don't want to miss that. :)

Until then...Happy Stampin'!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Drop Donuts - YUM!

Happy Friday!! This is the LAST official day of Spring Break (except for the weekend), so to celebrate, I made DONUTS!!

You may remember this post from last year. For this one, I just changed up the ingredients and changed the picture. Same layout, different recipe!

Here's my recipe for my donuts (handed down from my mom!):


You're going to LOVE it! Beware, they're addicting!

Enjoy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dogs...and FLOWERS?

Yeah...not sure where I was going with this one either.

I wanted to use the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper because it's only available for a short time...and then I wanted to use a stamp set that hadn't seen a lot of ink (OK, NO ink!) and ended up pulling out "Not So Seriously".

I originally started thinking that I'd use the gift bag, but then realized that the dogs would fit in the panel I had - WOOT! But then, I ended up with dogs and flowers. Oh well!!

Here's the card:


I found a new sketch site, that just made my day...mostly because of the way the sketches are presented (not even kidding), and this was their first sketch.

I stamped the dogs using Basic Grey and then coloured them in using my Many Marvelous Markers. Did you know that More Mustard makes an EXCELLENT chihuahua colour?

I asked my daughter if she thought it was a totally weird card (what with the dogs and flowers) and she replied that she hadn't even noticed the flowers and thought it was a cute "guy card". So, I'm going to rework it and change up the papers, making it one of the cards we'll be creating during my, "Let's hear it for the Boys" class. What do you think?

They're on to week two now, so I did that card too:


I did flip the sketch 90 degrees, but I like the way it turned out. I took out Word Play and stamped the "Happy I do day" in Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White. While I was at Keely's workshop on the weekend she asked about the paper piercer and the mat pack, which made me realize that I hadn't used it in a while, so I added some piercing to the corners. A few pearls and the colour spritzer were the finishing touches.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Not So Seriously, Word Play
INK: Basic Grey, Pear Pizzazz
PAPERS: Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock; Twitterpated DSP
ACCESSORIES: Many Marvelous Markers, Basic Pearls, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wish Big for the Stampin' Queens!

This week's Stampin' Queens sketch was a fun one with stripes!


My version has fewer stripes, but I love how it turned out!


I found the colour combination on Pinterest and loved the idea of all that bright happiness on a Crumb Cake base!



My strips are Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Tempting Turquoise. They're all just one inch wide, leaving a little 1/4" border of Crumb Cake at the bottom.

I stamped the sentiment from Short and Sweet in Melon Mambo on Whisper White and then matted it on Crumb Cake.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Short and Sweet
INK: Melon Mambo
PAPERS: Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock; Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Tempting Turquoise DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FREE CLASS!!!

Place an online order in March (of ANY SIZE!) and receive the step by step instructions for this darling set:

Monday, March 12, 2012

Check it out!!!

As of April 1st, you'll be able to see this:


On the Life With Kids site!

It's my first foray into advertising and I'm pretty excited about it!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's a Christyne Original!

These don't come along very often, so please...feel free to bask in the glory!

HA! OK, only kidding! Though...it does seem like I spend a lot of time CASEing or using sketches. Every once in a while I get struck by genius and actually create something that just popped into my head.

Today you get to see this:


I created it a little while ago, but don't think I ever showed it to you here on my blog. The set is called "Party this Way" and it's in the big Idea Book and Catalogue. Until the end of March though, you can ALSO get it as a FREE set with a purchase of $60 because it's SALE-a-BRATION!

I think this card is versatile enough to be a card for just about anyone! Boy, girl, young, old - this is the card!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Party this Way
INK: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
PAPERS: Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler
ACCESSORIES: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gotta love Pinterest!!!

Pinterest has SO many wonderful ideas on it! I could stare at it and browse for HOURS...which I have done on occasion. Shhhh! Don't tell my husband - LOL!

Today's card is courtesy of Pinterest and Anne Marie Hile. I just loved it so much, that I had to CASE it!

My apologies for the late post today. I seemed to have experienced my first migraine yesterday and let me tell you, it was NOT fun!! Fortunately, the loving care of my hubby and the 13 hours of sleep seemed to have done the trick!

Here's my card:


I'll be showing it and having guests make it at Keely's workshop tomorrow afternoon and I just KNOW they're going to love it!

The photograph doesn't do it justice! There's just SO much going on...and the blue is actually Baja Breeze, not whatever it looks like - LOL! And the "orange" is Peach Parfait, not Pumpkin Pie or Tangerine Tango.

The butterflies were stamped using Versamark. In a workshop setting, this cuts down on the amount of supplies the guests need to handle and on the amount of supplies I need to carry!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Flower Fest, You're a Gem
INK: Wild Wasabi and Versamark
PAPERS: Whisper White, So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze and Wild Wasabi cardstock; Bring on the Cake DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, BIG SHOT, Embossing Folder

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Just a little thanks...in Pool Party

So, yesterday I got an email from the SUDSOL Sketch coordinator and decided to have a go at the sketch. I proved, once again, that you don't have to go overboard to create something wonderful! This, of course, doesn't mean that I don't like overboard...it's just that sometimes, overboard can scare new stampers.

So, I came up with this:


Pool Party, Attic Boutique, Ribbon, Punch. That's it. Total time? About five minutes! Perfect when you need a card QUICK!!!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Teeny Tiny Wishes (sentiment)
INK: Island Indigo
PAPERS: Pool Party and Whisper White Cardstock; Attic Boutique DSP
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Punch

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Love Notes!

So, late last week, I received my Simply Scored Diagonal Plate and had fun making some cute little envies to hold a 3 x 3 note card. Of course, I gave them all away at my class and FORGOT to take a pic - YIKES!

So, yesterday I decided to make up some envies that will hold a 1/4 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 folded in half. The finished card is 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 - it's SO cute! Check this out:


I actually made the envelopes first - LOL! I had a sheet of Pool Party Designer Series Paper that was already out and decided to use it up. The cards came next and they're VERY simple, but also cute. And...as we all know, CUTE is where it's at!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Aviary, Little Friends (sentiment)
INK: Pool Party and Calypso Coral
PAPERS: Whisper White and Pool Party Cardstock (cards); Pool Party DSP (envies)
ACCESSORIES: Basic Rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lots of Love for the Stampin' Queens!

Last week, my honey and I celebrated our 26th date-o-versary.

Your what? Date-o-versary.

You're nuts. Maybe...but it means I'm guaranteed a fancy dinner out every six months - LOL! You see, our wedding anniversary is on August 31st. And we still celebrate the day we started dating 26 years ago, on February 28th, 1986. See? Fancy dinner every six months! This year, we saw the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and had dinner at Big Daddy's Crab Shack - YUM!!!

I used today's sketch as a jumping off point and then added - LOTS! Here's the sketch:



And here's my take on it:


As you can see, I went a little nuts with the hearts. I kind of had to since it's our 26th date-o-versary and all. When we celebrated our 15th date-o-versary, I was working part time at that big craft store and brought home 15 helium filled heart shaped balloons. He was floored.

I started off stamping with stamping the sentiment from Loving Thoughts (a FREE set I received when I attended Leadership in January) and added heart #26 to the left of it. Then I had to draw lines because I'm not QUITE that awesome to line up the rest of the 25 hearts. I remembered to erase the lines before I gave it to him - LOL!

You'll want to join us this week! We have a SPONSOR for this week's sketch and winners will receive:

What do you think?

STAMPS: Loving Thoughts
INK: Cherry Cobbler
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Tweezers, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Leadership Make and Take

While at Leadership, we received LOTS of goodies for Make and Takes. As so often happens though, there was just not enough time to get them done! What with all the talking and catching up with friends 2 1/2 hours just isn't enough. I suppose if we DIDN'T talk we MIGHT get them all done, but what would be the fun in THAT?

Last week, I went out to get the white frame I needed to complete one of the make and takes and I just LOVE the way it turned out!

Look at this:


The quote was created using MDS and printed on heavy weight cardstock. I put in the frame and then added the flowers from the Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit available in the Occasions Mini. Here it is:


There are LOTS of cardstock flowers that you can layer to your hearts content and COLOURED rhinestones - WOOT!

The only stamping on this project is the Lucky Limeade centre on the large Daffodil Delight flower and the stamping on the banner.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Mixed Bunch
INK: Lucky Limeade
PAPERS: Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Ribbon, Blossom Builders

Happy Stampin'

Monday, March 5, 2012

It's time to CELEBRATE!!!

Today is MORE than a little busy, so I'm sharing a cute little card that I found on the Stampin' UP! website. It uses the "Outlined Occasions" stamp set which you can earn for FREE when you purchase $60 worth of Stampin' UP! goodness! Better hurry though...there's only 26 more days left to Sale-a-Brate!

Stamps
• Outlined Occasions

Paper
• Blushing Bride Card Stock
• Pool Party Card Stock
• Poppy Parade Card Stock
• Whisper White Card Stock
• Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper

Ink
• Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad®
• Jet Black StazOn® Ink Pad
• Bluching Bride Stampin' Write® Marker
• Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker
• Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories
• Silver Mini Brads
• 2011-2013 In Color Designer Printed Brads
• Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack
• Paper Piercing Tool
• Blossom Bouquet Punch
• Big Shot™
• Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Happy Stampin'!

Feelin' Blue with Pals Paper Arts

So...you know how sometimes you just go surfing around the blogosphere and end up somewhere TOTALLY awesome, but then don't remember HOW you got there? A little click here...a little link there...you know what I mean...

I think I started off on Pinterest and came across an AWESOME card that I just KNEW was Ann Schach's and then wondered how the heck I had missed it...you know since I stalk visit her blog everyday. Well, I went to comment on it and in my comment let Ann know that I'd be CASEing it and using it in my "Just the Girls" class next month. Of course, to use it in class, I'll probably have to cut out the handles first, but since I just LOVE all that fussy cutting, it's not a problem.

Here's my card, which I actually DID "selectively edit" instead of just copying the whole thing outright - go me! LOL!


The things I edited: I didn't run the stamped panel background through the Big Shot...mostly because my Big Shot is across the room and I was too comfy to get up. Yeah...not even kidding - LOL! I angled my sentiment...mostly because I already had a pearl in the tiny flower above it and I didn't want to have to take it off. Lastly, I added a pearl to the little seam binding rosette.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tea Shoppe
INK: Not Quite Navy (stamping); Always Artichoke (colouring with blender pen)
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy Cardstock; Subtles and Regals DSP; Twitterpated DSP
ACCESSORIES: Seam Binding, Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Square Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Are you ready for this?? And a Patty Bennett video!

I introduced this product to my customers at class yesterday, because I wanted them to be the first to see it. Now it's YOUR turn!!!

At Leadership, Stampin' UP! introduced us to the DIAGONAL Simply Scored and were BLOWN AWAY! Imagine being able to make CUSTOM envelopes for your cards!

Check this out:



I was SO excited about it, that I EXPEDITED my order to be sure that I had it in time to present at my class yesterday. You're going to LOVE IT!!!

Product Features
  • Sits on top of the Simply Scored base
  • Held securely in place by rubber pads on back of the plate
  • Has etched grooves every 1/8"
  • Can score any size card stock up to 12" x 12"
  • Includes instructions for creating common envelope sizes
  • The new Diagonal Score plate has limitless possibilities for creation--especially when the price is just $15.95. You can’t afford not to buy it!
  • The Simply Scored products are just what they imply--simple! This new plate was designed to make everything that deals with scoring easy. The plate includes the same 1/8" spacing as the Simply Scored, so each groove of the diagonal plate corresponds with the ruler--and all of your projects!
  • No worries about finding another place to store your tools! The Diagonal Plate stores easily right on top of your Simply Scored, so you’ll know exactly where to find it.
Here's a video by the AWESOME Patty Bennett with a quick little double pocket card:



You can order this piece of awesomeness RIGHT NOW!!!

Contact me to order yours TODAY!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Reasons to Stamp - Courtesy of Jane Hignite

MONTH-LONG OBSERVANCES

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
American Red Cross Month
Bell Peppers and Broccoli Month
Berries and Cherries Month
Child Life Month
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Credit Education Month
Deaf History Month
Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month
Employee Spirit Month
Exotic Winter Fruit and Leeks and Green Onions Month
Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science &
Engineering Month
Furniture Refinishing Month
Hemophilia Month
Holy Humor Month
Honor Society Month
Humorists are Artists Month
International Expect Success Month
International Hamburger and Pickle Month
International Ideas Month
International Listening Awareness Month
International Mirth Month
International Women’s Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Middle School Month
Music in Our Schools Month
National Athletic Training Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Cheerleading Safety Month
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
National Clean Up Your IRS Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Craft Month
National Ethics Awareness Month
National Eye Donor Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Kidney Month
National Kite Month
National March into Literacy Month
National Multiple Sclerosis Education Month
National Noodle Month
National Nutrition Month
National On Hold Month
National Peanut Month
National Social Workers Month
National Umbrella Month
National Woman's History Month
Optimism Month
Play the Recorder Month
Poetry Month
Poison Prevention Month
Save Your Vision Month
Sing With Your Child Month
Small Press Month
Spiritual Awareness Month
Supply Management in the Workplace Month
Talk to Your Teen About Sex Month
Women’s History Month
Workplace Eye Health & Safety Month
Youth Art Month

WEEK 1 OBSERVANCES
American Council on Education Week
American Summer Camp Week
Federal Employee Recognition Week
Iditarod Week
National Cheerleading Week
National Ghostwriters Week
National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week
Newspapers in Our School Week
Universal Human Beings Week

WEEK 2 OBSERVANCES
Bubble Gum Week
Celebrate Your Name Week
Crochet Week
Make a Referral Week
National Consumer Protection Week
National Money Week
National Pet Sitters Week
National Procrastinators Week
National School Breakfast Week
National Sleep Awareness Week
National Words Matter Week
Newspapers in Education eek
Read an E-Book Week
Return the Borrowed Book Week
Save Your Vision Week
Share a Story – Shape a Future Week
Teen Technology Week
Telecommuter Appreciation Week
Universal Women's Week
Women in Construction Week
World Rattlesnake Round Up

WEEK 3 OBSERVANCES
American Crossword Puzzle Week
Campfire Boys and Girls Birthday Week
Girl Scout Week
International Brain Awareness Week
National Bubble Blowers Week
National Money Week
National Pancake Week
National Spring Fever Week
National Toad Hollow Week
Wildlife Week

WEEK 4 OBSERVANCES
Act Happy Week
American Chocolate Week
Consider Christianity Week
Doctor-Patient Trust Week
Egg Salad Week
National Agriculture Week
National Animal Poison Prevention Week
National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
Well-Elderly Week
Yo-Yo and Skill Toys Week

WEEK 5 OBSERVANCES
National Cherry Blossom Festival
National Cleaning Week
National Conference on Family Literacy
National Protocol Officer's Week
Root Canal Awareness Week

March 1st
Articles of Confederation Ratified in 1781
Beer Day
Be Positive, Do Something Day
First FM Radio Station Aired in 1941
Glenn Miller's Birthday (1904)
Harry Belafonte’s Birthday (1927)
National Horse Protection Day
National Pancake Day
National Pig Day
Peace Corps Birthday
Peanut Butter Lover's Day
Plan a Solo Vacation Day
Refired Not Retired Day
Roger Daltry's Birthday (1944)
Ron Howard's Birthday (1954)
Saint David's Day Celebrated in Wales, UK
Share a Smile Day
Witch Hysteria Day
World Book Day
World Compliment Day

March 2nd
Boothill Day
Chris Martin’s Birthday (1977)
Dress in Blue Day
Dr. Seuss's Birthday (1904)
Employee Appreciation Day
John Irving’s Birthday (1942)
Jon Bon Jovi’s Birthday (1962)
Karen Carpenter's Birthday (1950)
Namesake Day
Old Stuff Day
Read Across America Day
Texas Independence Day

March 3rd
Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday
George Pullman's Birthday (1831)
International Sister Cities Day
I Want You to be Happy Day
National Anthem Day
Open Wide Day
Patricia MacLachlan's Birthday (1938)
Peach Blossom Day
Sister Cities Day
Tyler Florence’s Birthday (1971)
Unique Names Day
What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs? Day

March 4th
Antonio Vivaldi's Birthday (1678)
Courageous Follower Day
Daughters and Sons Day
First Meeting of the New Congress (1789 in NYC)
Holy Experiment Day
Hug a GI Day
International Scrapbooking Industry Day
Knute Rockne's Birthday (1888)
Learn What Your Name Means Day
March Forth, Do Something Day
National Grammar Day
National Poundcake Day
Old Rock Day
Old Inauguration Day
Toy Soldier Day
World Day of Prayer

March 5th
Boston Massacre (1770)
Bridge Players Day
Dean Stockwell’s Birthday (1936)
Fun Facts About Names Day
Multiple Personalities Day
Nametag Day
National Salesman Day
Parachute was invented by Leonardo DaVinci
Potty Dance Day
Rex Harrison's Birthday (1908)
Saint Piron's Day
USA Memory Day

March 6th
Brownie Pie Day
Dentist Day
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Birthday (1806)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Birthday (1928)
Lou Costello’s Birthday (1906)
Michelangelo Buonarroti's Birthday (1475)
Namesake Day
National Frozen Food Day
Oreo Cookies for Sale for the First Time in 1912
Peace Corps Birthday
Sherlock Holmes Day
U.S. Snowshoe Day

March 7th
Betty Schiller’s (My Mom) Birthday!!!
Cereal Day
Learn What Your Name Means Day
Maurice Ravel's Birthday (1875)
National Be Heard Day
National Crown Roast of Pork Day
Salt Water Day
Telephone Patent Granted in 1876 to Alexander Graham Bell
Willard Scott's Birthday (1934)
World Math Day

March 8th
Aidan Quinn’s Birthday (1959)
Alfred Hitchcock Day
Be Nasty Day
Day for Women's Rights & International Peace Day
Geneology Day
Girls Write Now Day
Groundwater Awareness Day
International Working Women's Day
Kenneth Grahame's Birthday (1859)
Nametag Day
National Proofreading Day
Organize Your Home Office Day
Purim
Unique Names Day
World Kidney Day

March 9th
Amerigo Vespucii’s Birthday (1454)
Barbie's Birthday (1959)
Cabin Fever Day
Employee Appreciation Day
Get Over It Day
Mary Jo Knapp’s (My Sister) Birthday
Middle Name Pride Day (Mine is Elizabeth)
No Smoking Day
Panic Day
Potato Chip Day
Registered Dietician Day
Samuel Barber's Birthday (1910)

March 10th
Chuck Norris's Birthday (1940)
First Paper Money Issued (1862)
Genealogy Day
Harriet Tubman Day
International Day of Awesomeness Day
International Fanny Pack Day
Land Line Telephone Day
Mario Day
Nametag Day
Raven Legend Day
Salvation Army Day
US Paper Money Day

March 11th
Check Your Batteries Day
Daylight Savings Time – MOVE CLOCKS AHEAD 1 HOUR
Ezra Jack Keats Birthday (1916)
First Basketball Game played on March 11, 1892
Johnny Appleseed Day
Lawrence Welk’s Birthday (1903)
World Plumbing Day
Worship of Tools Day

March 12th
Al Jarreau's Birthday
Genealogy Day
Girl Scout Day (founded in 1912)
Jack Kerouac's Birthday (1922)
James Taylor's Birthday (1948)
Napping Day
Plant a Flower Day

March 13th
Donald Duck Day
Ear Muff Day
Good Samaritan Day
K-9 Veterans Day
Ken Day
Jewel Day
National Agriculture Day
National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
Uranus Discovered by William Herschel in 1781

March 14th
Albert Einstein's Birthday (1879)
Casey Jones' Birthday (1864)
Hank Ketchum’s Birthday (1920)
International Ask a Question Day
International Day of the Seal
Learn About Butterflies Day
Lucy Hobbs's Birthday (1833 – first female dentist)
National Pi Day (get it – 3.14)
National Potato Chip Day
Registered Dietician Day
Save a Spider Day

March 15th
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
American Legion Founded in 1919
Brutus Day (Et tu, Brute?)
Buzzard Day
Companies That Care Day
Dumbstruck Day
Everything You Think is Wrong Day
Fabio's Birthday (1961)
Ides of March – Julius Caesar assassinated 44BC
International Day of the Seal
True Confessions Day
World Consumer Rights Day

March 16th
Black Press Day
Curfew Day
Everything You Do Is Right Day
Freedom of Information Day
Goddard Day
Henny Youngman's Birthday (1906)
Hiccup Day
James Madison's Birthday (1751)
Jerry Lewis' Birthday (1926)
Lips Appreciation Day
St. Uhro's Day
Tumbleweed Day
Well-Elderly Day

March 17th
Campfire Girls Day
Corn Dog Day
Gary Sinise’s Birthday (1955)
International Astrology Day
International Sports Car Racing Day
Ireland National Day
Kate Greenaway's Birthday (1846)
National Quilting Day
Nat King Cole's Birthday (1919)
Rubber Band Invented in 1845
Rudolf Nureyev's Birthday (1938)
St. Patrick's Day
Submarine Day
Tony Dow's Birthday (1945)

March 18th
Awkward Moments Day
Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog
Bonnie Blair’s Birthday (1964)
Companies that Care Day
Edward Everett Horton’s Birthday (1886)
First Walk in Space in 1965
Forgive Mom and Dad Day
Goddess of Fertility Day
Grover Cleveland's Birthday (1837)
I Can Crochet Day
John Updike’s Birthday (1932)
National Biodiesel Day
Supreme Sacrifice Day

March 19th
Act Happy Day
David Livingstone’s Birthday (1813)
National Chocolate Caramel Day
Operation Iraqui Freedom Day
Poultry Day
St. Joseph’s Day
Swallow's Return Day
William Bradford's Birthday (1589)
Wyatt Earp's Birthday (1848)

March 20th
Alien Abduction Day
Fred Roger’s Birthday (1928)
Great American Meat Out Day
Henrik Ibsen's Birthday (1828)
International Earth Day
Kiss Your Fiance Day
Lois Lowry's Birthday (1937)
Maple Syrup Day
National Agriculture Day
National Jump Out Day
Proposal Day
Snowman Burning Day
Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day

March 21st
Children's Poetry Day
Florenz Ziegfield's Birthday (1867)
Fragrance Day
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Birthday (1685)
Kick Butts Day
Memory Day
National Common Courtesy Day
National Teenagers Day
Single Parents' Day
Spring Fairy Fun Day
World Downs Syndrome Day

March 22nd
Andrew Lloyd Weber's Birthday (1948)
As Young As You Feel Day
Bob Costas’ Birthday (1952)
International Day of the Seal
International National Goof Off Day
Louis L'Amour's Birthday (1908)
National Sing-Out Day
Randolph Caldecott’s Birthday (1846)
Reese Witherspoon’s Birthday (1976)
Roller Coaster Day
Stephen Sondheim's Birthday (1930)
William Kidd’s Birthday (1645)
World Day for Water

March 23rd
American Diabetes Alert Day
Chaka Khan's Birthday (1953)
Give Me Liberty Speech Day (1775 – Patrick Henry)
Joseph Barbera’s Birthday (1911)
National Chip and Dip Day
National Day of Unplugging
National Puppy Day
Near Miss Day
Nice Fragrance Day
OK Day
Toast Day
World Meteorological Day

March 24th
Harry Houdini's Birthday (1874)
National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day
Ub Iwerks’ Birthday (1908)
World Tuberculosis Day

March 25th
Arturo Toscanini’s Birthday (1867)
Bela Bartok’s Birthday (1881)
Daniel Boulud’s Birthday (1955)
Feast of the Annunciation
Flannery O'Connor's Birthday (1925)
Greek Independence Day
Gutzon Borglum's Birthday (1871) – Mount Rushmore Designer
Letting Go of Stuff Day
Old New Year’s Day
Pancakes First Made in NYC in 1882
Pecan Day
Tokien Reading Day
Waffle Day

March 26th
Be a Mime Day (Marcel Marceau's Birthday)
Betty MacDonald’s Birthday (1908)
Kiera Knightley's Birthday (1985)
Legal Assistant’s Day
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
Michael Imperioli’s Birthday (1966)
Robert Frost’s Birthday (1874)
Robert William Paine’s Birthday (1908)
Steven Tyler's Birthday (1948)
Tennessee Williams’ Birthday (1911)

March 27th
American Diabetes Association Alert Day
Celebrate Exchange Day
Cherry Blossom Day
Earth Hour
Education and Sharing Day
Fly a Kite Day
Nathaniel Currier’s Birthday (1813)
National "Joe" Day
Everyone who hates their name can be called Joe this day.
Quirky Country Song Titles Day
Viagra Day
Wilhelm Roentgen's Birthday (1845) First to Xray

March 28th
Barnum & Bailey Day
Dianne Wiest’s Birthday (1948)
Garden Seeds Day
Kate Gosselin’s Birthday (1975)
Something on a Stick Day
Three-Mile Island Accident Anniversary (1979)
Vince Vaughn’s Birthday (1970)
Weed Appreciation Day

March 29th
Coca-Cola was Invented in 1886
Have a Pickle Day
John Tyler's Birthday (1790)
Knights of Columbus Founders Day
Mule Day
National Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
Sam Walton's Birthday (1918)
Smoke and Mirrors Day
Texas Loves the Children Day

March 30th
Alaska Purchased from Russia in 1867
Eric Clapton’s Birthday (1945)
Doctors Day
Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence Day
I am in Control Day
National Doctor's Day
Norah Jones' Birthday (1979)
Paul Reiser's Birthday (1957)
Pencil with Eraser Patented in 1858
Robbie Coltrane’s Birthday (1950)
Take a Walk in the Park Day
Vincent Van Gogh’s Birthday (1853)

March 31st
Bunsen Burner Day
Cesar Chavez Day
Christopher Walken’s Birthday (1943) MORE COWBELL!
Coloring Crayons Day
Ewan McGregor’s Birthday (1971)
First Map of the US Published
Franz Joseph Haydn’s Birthday (1732)
Herb Alpert's Birthday (1935)
John Jakes’ Birthday (1932)
Leo Buscaglia’s Birthday (1925)
Liz Claiborne’s Birthday (1929)
National Clam on the Half Shell Day
National Love Our Children Day
National She’s Funny That Way Day
Rene Descartes' Birthday (1596)
Shirley Jones' Birthday (1934)
Tater Day

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Pinterest CASE with a couple of alterations

So...if you know me, you know I pin...A LOT. The other day I was pinning away (or re-pinning) and came across a most gorgeous card by Natasha Hein and I just fell in love with it. I decided then and there that it would be my customer thank you cards for March.

Here it is:


Unfortunately, earlier this week I needed a sympathy card. A dear friend from childhood lost her Grand Maman and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her. Since the card is understated, it lent itself well to a sympathy card. I used teeny tiny wishes, so I just switched out the Thank You sentiment with the With Sympathy sentiment and was able to send it off ASAP. You could use this card for just about any occasion, even a wedding!

I started off with a base of Very Vanilla Cardstock and then ran a layer of Very Vanilla through the Big Shot using the stripes embossing folder.

I punched out pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (free with any $60 purchase during Sale-a-Bration) with the 1 1/4" circle punch and pieces of Pool Party Cardstock using the 1 3/8" circle punch.

I also used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and some Pool Party Cardstock to make those adorable little butterflies which were embellished with Basic Rhinestones.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK: Pool Party
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Pool Party Cardstock; Everyday Enchantment DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot BABY! Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Embossing Folder, Punches, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thanks! I appreciate you!

For the past 6 weeks or so, whenever I sign into my Constant Contact account (the site I use to send my newsletters), I've been greeted with "Thanks! You're Awesome! We appreciate your business!"

How awesome is that? Yes, I know that the same message probably appears on EVERY SINGLE account, but it still makes me smile. How often has a big company told YOU that you're appreciated?

Did you place an order in January/February? If so, THANKS!!! I'm a bit late in getting these out, but I wanted to show you what you'll be receiving:


I started off with one of the swap cards that I took to Leadership. I had a few left over and thought they would be PERFECT thank you cards! So, I trimmed down the Lucky Limeade layer and added it to a Very Vanilla card base. I hand cut the typewriters (because YOU are just that awesome!) and added the little thank you banner, both from the You're My Type set.

The Fresh Vintage set is one that I earned for free when I ordered $60 worth of stamping goodness during Sale-a-Bration. There's still 30 days left to take advantage of the Sale-a-Bration offer! I don't often wish for SAB sets to carry over, but this Fresh Vintage set is one that I wish WOULD carry over! It's so versatile and well...VINTAGE!

What do you think?

STAMPS: You're My Type, Fresh Vintage (SAB set, available till March 31st)
INK: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Lucky Limeade Cardstock; Everyday Enchantment DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Brads, Colour Spritzer, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!