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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Touch of Fall...and PARIS!

Today is "Paris Day". It's a miracle that I slept at all last night...I am just so darn excited!! Our flight leaves at 7:25 pm and if I had my way, I'd probably go to the airport right now - LOL!

I've never been to Europe (like ever!), so this is all pretty awesome for me! While we're there, my hubby and I will be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary (a little early) and doing the "tourist" thing. I can't wait to check out the Eiffel Tower, l'Arc de Triomphe and Versailles. And macarons, I can't wait to eat a REAL French macarons. Have I mentioned that I'm excited?

But...enough about me. I'm pretty sure you came here to look at a card and not hear all about my adventures...

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but the week that I created this card, I got to TURN OFF the air conditioning and get some fresh air in the house! We're into August now, so being in Southern Ontario, I'm looking forward to fall (my most FAVOURITE season!)

While I was away at Convention, I got to swap with the most awesome True North Swappers IN PERSON! The True North Swappers are a group of Canadian Demonstrators who swap monthly. The swaps stay in Canada, so we don't have to worry about figuring out postage for returns from the US - kinda handy!

Our theme for August (I KNOW! I'm actually ahead of the game!) is Fall, so I chose Sweater Weather for my Designer Series Paper and Magnificent Maple as my image. The "hello there" sentiment is from the Happy Day Stamp Set (one I earned for FREE just for having one of my friends take advantage of the Stampin' UP! opportunity).

I decided to use the sketch from this weeks Paper Crafts Crew to make my card:

Except...I couldn't decide which paper I liked best, so:

Which one do you like best? Leave me a comment below before August 14th and on the Paper Crafts Crew post for August 21st,  I'll let you know if YOU'RE the winner! If you are, you'll get to choose one of the tutorials on my tutorials page and I'll email it to you for FREE.

Here's the sketch on which the card was based:

What do you think?

STAMPS: Marvelous Maple, Happy Day
INK: Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Soft Sky Cardstock; Sweater Weather DSP
ACCESSORIES: 7 1/6" Natural Trim Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Sponges, Punches, Labels Collection Dies, Big Shot, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Are you SURE you used blue?

Yes. Quite sure. You know what they say...less is more!

Be sure to join me in class on September 7th to see just WHERE and HOW I used blue (Night of Navy to be exact) on this leaf.

September's class is all about techniques and you won't want to miss it!! Click here for upcoming classes and be sure to register early for the BEST price!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Have you ever wanted to create a truly CUSTOM stamp?

Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates

Included in the Refill Kit:
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction sheet

The Undefined Stamp Carving Kit (#133402) is available NOW (no waiting) for $25.95 and the Refill Kit (#134808) is available for $12.95

I've ordered mine and should have something to show you in the next couple of days - can't wait!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

They're HERE!!!

OH. MY. GOSH! You have GOT to check this out! We saw these at Convention and my lucky downline Dianne even WON one of them:

 If you qualify for FREE SHIPPING (you KNOW who you are!) don't forget to add these to your list!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's a brand new month - GET STAMPING!

Admit You’re Happy Month
American Adventure Month
American Artist Appreciation Month
American History Essay Month
American Indian Heritage Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Celery, Fennel, and Cactus Month
Children’s Vision and Learning Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Family Fun Month
Foot Health Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Happiness Happens Month
Home Business Month
May Reading Be Your Haven Month
Medic Alert Month
Motorsports Awareness Month
Mushroom and Onion Month
National Catfish Month
National Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month
National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month
National Golf Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Inventors Month
National Minority Donor Awareness Month
National Pain Awareness Month
National Panini Month
National Picnic Month
National Peach Month
National Runaway Prevention Month
National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
National Truancy Prevention Month
National Water Quality Month
National Win With Civility Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Orange and Papaya Month
Pedestrian Safety Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
Romance Awareness Month
What Will Be Your Legacy Month

1st Week
International Clown Week
National Simplify Your Life Week
World Breastfeeding Week

2nd Week
Assistance Dog Week
Exercise With Your Child Week
Exhibitor Appreciation Week
International Clown Week
Knights of Columbus Family Week
National Apple Week
National Bargain Hunter’s Week
National Farmer’s Market Week
National Fraud Awareness Week
National Health Care Center Week
National Hobo Week
National Smile Week
Old Fiddler’s Week
Psychic Week
Rock for Life Week
Single Working Women’s Week
Sturgis Rally

3rd Week
Air-Conditioning Appreciation Week
American Dance Week
Elvis Week
Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week
Little League Baseball World Series
National Aviation Week
National Friendship Week
National Scrabble Week
Weird Contest Week
World Money Week

4th Week
Minority Enterprise Development Week

5th Week
Be Kind to Humankind Week
National Safe at Home Week

August 1st
Anne Frank’s Last Journal Entry (1944)
Francis Scott Key’s Birthday (1779)
Gail Gibbons’ Birthday (1944)
Girlfriend’s Day
Herman Melville’s Birthday(1891)
International Forgiveness Day
Jerry Garcia (1942)
MTV Debuted (1981)
National Minority Donor Awareness Day
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
Respect for Parents’ Day
Spiderman Day
Sport’s Day
Sweet Corn Day
Switzerland Founded (1291)
William Clark (1770)
Work Like a Dog Day
World Scout Scarf Day
World Wide Web Day
US Air Force Day
Yves St. Laurent’s Birthday (1936)

August 2nd
Betsy Bloomingdale’s Birthday (1926)
First Income Tax-Congress enacts first income tax (1861)
First Lincoln Penny Issued (1909)
India Pale Ale Beer Day
Isabel Allende’s Birthday (1942)
Laura Bennett’s Birthday (1963) – Project Runway
Naitonal Beer Day
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Ice Cream Soda Day
Official Signing of the Declaration of Independence
Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s Birthday (1754)

August 3rd
American Family Day
Anne Klein’s Birthday (1923)
Braham Pie Day
Columbus Set Sail on His 1st Voyage (1492)
International Tree Climbing Day
John Landis’ Birthday (1950)
Leon Uris’ Birthday (1924)
Martha Stewart’s Birthday (1941)
National Mustard Day
National Park Day
National Watermelon Day
Tony Bennett’s Birthday (1926)
Victoria Jackson’s Birthday (1958)

August 4th
Champagne Day
Friendship Day
Louis Armstrong’s Birthday (1901)
Louis Vuitton’s Birthday (1821)
My Sister Margie Schiller’s Birthday
National Chocolate Chip Day
National Doll Day
National Kids’ Day
Percy Shelley’s Birthday (1792)
Queen Elizabeth I (1900)
Single Working Woman’s Day
Sister’s Day
Social Security Day
Twins Festival Day
U.S. Coast Guard Day (Established 1790)

August 5th
Assistance Dog Day
Half of Summer Day
John Huston’s Birthday (1906)
Maureen McCormick’s Birthday (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!)
National Oyster Day
National Underwear Day
National Waffle Day
Neil Armstrong’s Birthday (1930)
Work Like a Dog Day

August 6th
Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Birthday (1809)
Andy Warhol’s Birthday (1928)
Hiroshima Day
Lucille Ball’s Birthday (1911)
National Fresh Breath Day
National Night Out
National Root Beer Float Day
Peace Day
Peter Bonerz’ Birthday (1938)
Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 7th
Betsy Byar’s Birthday (1928)
Garrison Keillor’s Birthday (1942)
National Lighthouse Day
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
Professional Speakers Day
Purple Heart Established (1782)
Sea Serpent Day
Twins Day

August 8th
Admit You’re Happy Day
Assistance Dog Day
Bonza Bottler Day (eighth day of the eighth month)
Dave “the Edge Evans’ Birthday (1961)
Dollar Day
Dustin Hoffman’s Birthday (1937)
Eleanor Roosevelt Day
Esther Williams’ Birthday (1923)
Happiness Happens Day
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Birthday (1896)
Odie Day
Sneak Some Zucchini on Neighbor’s Porch Night
The Date to Create Day

August 9th
Betty Boop’s Birthday (1930)
Book Lovers Day
Dance a Polka Day
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
John Dryden’s Birthday (1631)
Kool-Aid Day
Michael Kors’ Birthday (1959)
Nagasaki Day
National Rice Pudding Day
Worldwide Art Day

August 10th
Betsy Johnson’s Birthday (1942)
First Steam Locomotive
Herbert Hoover’s Birthday (1874)
Lazy Day
National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
National Garage Sale Day
National S’Mores Day
Smithsonian Day
Take an Aspirin Day

August 11th
Alex Haley’s Birthday (1921)
Cherry Popsicle Day
Don Freeman’s Birthday (1908)
Ingersoll Day
Joe Jackson’s Birthday (1955)
Play in the Sand Day
Presidential Joke Day
Sons and Daughters Day

August 12th
Cecil B. DeMille’s Birthday (1881)
IBM PC Announced (1981)
International Youth Day
James (Diamond Jim) Brady’s Birthday (1856)
Middle Children’s Day
Sewing Machine Day
Truck Driver’s Day
UN International Youth Day
Vinyl Record Day

August 13th
Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday (1899)
Annie Oakley’s Birthday (1860)
Blame Someone Else Day
Dan Fogelberg’s Birthday (1951)
Don Ho’s Birthday (1930)
International Left-Handers Day
National Filet Mignon Day
Trail Mix Day

August 14th
Gary Larson’s Birthday (1950)
Healthy Feet Day
National Creamsicle Day
National Navajo Code Talkers Day
Sandcastle and Sculpture Day
Sarah Brightman’s Birthday (1960)
Steve Martin’s Birthday (1945)
VJ Day

August 15th
Angel Food Cake Day
Best Friends Day
Julia Child’s Birthday (1912)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s Birthday (1769)
National Failures Day
National Relaxation Day
Rose Marie’s Birthday (1925)
Sir Walter Scott’s Birthday (1771)
Tom Colicchio’s Birthday (1962)

August 16th
Bratwurst Festival Day
Chinese Valentine’s Day
Elvis Memorial Day
Hug Your Boss Day
Joe Miller’s Joke Day
Men’s Grooming Day
National Airborne Day
National Tell a Joke Day
Roller Coaster Day (Patented in 1898)
Sandcastle Day
Steve Carell’s Birthday (1946)
T. E. Lawrence Birthday (1888)
Vanessa Carlton’s Birthday (1980)

August 17th
#2 Pencil Day
Archeology Day
Belinda Carlisle’s Birthday (1958)
Davy Crockett’s Birthday (1786)
First TransAtlantic Balloon Trip (1978)
International Geocaching Day
International Homeless Animals Day
Maureen O’Hara’s Birthday (1920)
National Thrift Shop Day
Robert DeNiro’s Birthday (1943)
Samuel Goldwyn’s Birthday (1882)

August 18th
Bad Poetry Day
God’s Preeminence Day
Mail Order Catalog Day
Max Factor’s Birthday (1904)
Merriweather Lewis’ Birthday (1774)
Moot Point Day
National Personal Chef Day
19th Amendment Ratified-Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
Paula Danzinger’s Birthday (1944)
Robert Redford’s Birthday (1937)
Serendipity Day
Wizard of Oz Premiered (1939)
World Daffodil Day

August 19th
Black Cow-Root Beer Float Anniversary Day
Coco Chanel’s Birthday (1883)
Cupcake Day
Kyra Sedgwick’s Birthday (1965)
Malcolm Forbes’ Birthday (1919)
National Aviation Day
Ogden Nash’s Birthday (1902)
Orville Wright’s Birthday (1871)
Peter Gallagher’s Birthday (1955)
Potato Day
Spicy Food Day
Stay At Home With Your Kids Day
World Humanitarian Day

August 20th
Chinese Valentine’s Day/Daughter’s Day
Edgar Guest’s Birthday (1881)
Joan Allen’s Birthday (1956)
National Men’s Grooming Day
National Radio Day
Pony Express Day
Robert Plant’s Birthday (1948)
Sandcastle and Sculpture Day
Virtual Worlds Day

August 21st
Count Basie’s Birthday (1904)
Distilled Water Day
Dorothy Parker’s Birthday (1893)
Hawaii Becomes the 50th State (1959)
National Spumoni Ice Cream Day
Poet’s Day
Senior Citizens Day

August 22nd
Annie Proulx’s Birthday (1935)
Be An Angel Day
Claude Debussy’s Birthday (1862)
Eat a Peach Day
Giada de Laurentiis’ Birthday (1970)
National Tooth Fairy Day
Norman Schwarzkopf’s Birthday (1934)
Ray Bradbury’s Birthday (1920)
Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day

August 23rd
Gene Kelly’s Birthday (1912)
Hair Dye Day
National Sponge Cake Day
Potato Feast Days
Ride the Wind Day
Valentino Day

August 24th
A S Byatt’s Birthday (1936)
Can Opener Day
Children’s Day
Knife Day
International Bat Night
National Peach Pie Day
National Waffle Day
Pluto Demoted Day
Rupert Grint’s Birthday (1988)
Strange Music Day
Vesuvius Day

August 25th
Elvis Costello’s Birthday (1954)
Gene Simmons’ Birthday (1949)
Go Topless Day
Kiss and Make Up Day
Leonard Bernstein’s Birthday (1918)
National Banana Split Day
National Second Hand Wardrobe Day
Rachel Ray’s Birthday (1968)
Sean Connery’s Birthday (1930)
Soybean Day
St. Bartholomew’s Day
Tim Burton’s Birthday (1958)

August 26th
Albert Sabin’s Birthday (1906)
Christopher Isherwood’s Day (1904)
Horseshoe Day
Macaulay Culkin’s Birthday (1980)
National Cherry Popsicle Day
National Dog Day
Women’s Equality Day

August 27th
Banana Lovers Day
Confucius’ Birthday (551 BC)
Global Forgiveness Day
Just Because Day
Mother Teresa’s Birthday (1910)
Paul Reubens’ Birthday (1952)
Petroleum Day
The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day

August 28th
Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
Dream Day MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech (1963)
Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Birthday (1774)
Jack Black’s Birthday (1969)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Birthday (1749)
Leo Tolstoy’s Birthday (1828)
National Cherry Turnover Day
Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
Radio Commercials Day
Tall Building Day
Tasha Tudor’s Birthday (1915)
World Sauntering Day

August 29th
According to Hoyle Day
Charlie Bird Parker’s Birthday (1920)
Chop Suey Invented (1896)
First Scout Camp Opened (1934)
Ingrid Bergman’s Birthday (1915)
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
John Locke’s Birthday (1632)
Lea Michele’s Birthday (1986)
Lemon Juice Day
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
Oliver Wendell Holmes’ Birthday (1809)
Todd English’s Birthday (1960)

August 30th
Frankenstein Day
Fred MacMurray’s Birthday (1908)
Geoffrey Beene’s Birthday (1927)
Get a Slinky Day
Jean-Claude Kelly’s Birthday (1943)
Laurent de Brunhoff’s Birthday (1925)
Mary Shelley’s Birthday (1797)
National Holistic Pet Day
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
Slumber Party Night
Virginia Lee Burton’s Birthday (1909)

August 31st
Alan Jay Lerner’s Birthday (1918)
Eat Outside Day
Franchise Appreciation Day
Itzhak Perlman’s Birthday (1945)
Love Litigating Lawyers Day
Maria Montessori’s Birthday (1870)
National Trail Mix Day
Remember the Summer Day
Richard Gere’s Birthday (1949)
Van Morrison’s Birthday (1945)

As always - thanks to Jane Hignite!