I'm spending the week in the Boston area with my friend and mentor, Selene Kempton, helping her prepare for her upcoming weekend retreat. We were both busy working in yesterday when we got a call from our friend, Brenda Qunintana. Both Selene and Brenda were recognized last week's OnStage as being top performers in Stampin' Up, and I was so proud to see them walk across the stage to be proclaimed in the Top 100 Globally. So, when Selene called me into the other room to talk to Brenda on speaker phone, I naturally thought is was about their awards. I about fell off the couch when Brenda said "Congratulations, Michelle. You're ranked at #203 in the Top 250!"
Sure enough, when we went and looked at the numbers Stampin' Up! had just posted, out of 48,000 demonstrators worldwide, I rank at #203 globally, and #107 in the U.S. I don't know who was more excited, Brenda (#91 Globally) or Selene, (#34 globally; #19 in the US). To think that I've gotten this far in less than 3 years is just truly magical. If we are known by the company we keep, I am truly in the very best company!
But I couldn't have done this with you YOU! Being part of Stampin' Up! is more than just being a number. And it's more than paper and ink. It's about building a community of stampers. It's about bringing women (and men) together for a few hours of stress-free creativity. I strive to create a safe, fun, and relaxing stamping environment, where we can all just sit back and have a few hours to ourselves, to craft and create something beautiful. The cards and projects we make we then share with others. Time spent crafting isn't wasted; it's about sharing our time and ourselves with others. I've seen so much goodness come from the cards and projects we create. There are countless lives that have been touched all from the simple act of creating and sending a handmade card.
So...THANK YOU! Thank you for your support. Each and everyone of you is so very special to me. You all have your unique gifts and our time spend stamping together is something I look forward to each and every time.
The tutorial today was my swap for my Creating Success team swap at OnStage. I created 50 of these and swapped with 50 amazing fellow demonstrators, many of whom also placed in the top 250. I'm excited to finally be able to share it with you!
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Bermuda Bay, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: 15" Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon
Layer 4: Bermuda Bay, Layering Circle Scallop
Layer 5: Whisper White, smallest Stitched Shape Framelit
November Thanksgiving Special
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I send a lot of thank you cards. It's funny because my grandmother was such a stickler for us sending thank you cards for birthday, Christmas, and other gifts received. With the advent of the internet, it became second nature to quickly pop off a "thank you" email and call it a day. I'd fallen out of the habit of sending a handwritten note. Then, when I joined Stampin' Up!, one thing that my mentors teach is the value of a handwritten, handmade thank you card. If this is what we do, then we should share that with others. It started out small. I'd send 5-6 cards per moth. In two years, I send ten times that many every month! Needless to say, I have several Thank You stamp sets! This set, All Things Thanks, has a great large font that just speaks volumes: thanks for everything! Plus it's on my favorite Painted Autumn paper.
Yesterday, was my Second Sunday Coffee & Cards class, featuring the Painted Harvest Suite. Earlier in the week, we wondered if Hurricane Irma was going to ruin our Sunday afternoon crafting. We were all thankful the storm path had changed and we were in the clear, but still were worried about family and friends in the direct path. Coming together yesterday was just what we needed as we sat, shared, stamped, and laughed our way through the afternoon. For a couple of hours, we were able to take our mind of the devastation be wrought by Mother Nature just a few hours away.
To celebrate the cooler weather, and the fall-like atmosphere, I made a scrumptious pumpkin cake to serve with our coffee. The house smelled of pumpkin spice early in the morning and I'd cut squares and had out my pretty floral dessert plates. No paper plates here yesterday! I told the ladies that the cake was called "Better than Sex Pumpkin Cake", so they could go home and tell their husbands that crafting at my house is better than sex! We had a new lady join us yesterday, and she announced that since she is a widow, she better have two pieces!!! Susan asked for the recipe, so I thought I'd share it with you today.
Better than Sex Pumpkin Cake
In a large mixing bowl, beat:
Pour into greased 13" x 9" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Immediately pour 1/2 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk over the top (I used the fat free version) and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting (below). If you frost it too soon, the frosting will start to melt. Swiftly put it in the refrigerator to set. (Ask me how I know this little trick!)
For Frosting, beat until smooth and fluffy:
This cake is sweet and super moist. It goes great with a large cup of coffee. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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My grandmother, who's birthday was today, was a stickler for us sending thank you cards for all gifts received for holidays and special occasions. I remember feeling so guilty when, months after my wedding, she mentioned, "Aunt Mary told me she never received a thank you card from you." To this day, every time I use my favorite paring knife, I think of Aunt Mary, my grandmother, and that thank you card!
It's been a very busy month and I found myself needing a new stack of thank you cards. I wanted something cheerful and summery and the new Delightful Daisy Daisy Designer Series Paper (available June 1) is just the perfect thing. I really like this bigger patterns for creating quick, simple cards. it really doesn't get much easier than this! The hardest part is going to be sitting down and addressing all of them!
I send thank you cards each month to everyone who attends a class or makes a purchase from me. So, you should be watching your mailbox for your own very special thank you!
Base: Daffodil Delight or Calypso Coral, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2",
scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper , 5 1/4" x 4
Layer 2: Whisper White, 1" x 4"
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The Scenic Sayings stamp set was on my "Must Have" list last year, and is retiring at the end of May. I'm pretty sure I bought it just for the "Oh Happy Day" sentiment! And as you can see, I used it a lot! It was just the perfect size and could be used a a nice variety of happy occasions.
And the set made perfect thank you cards, too!
Sadly, the Serene Scenery paper is all sold out, but the navy and white Floral Boutique and Seaside Shore papers are still available. Inventory is low though, so order your soon! The Scenic Sayings stamp set will be available through the end of May. Click the links below to view the full retiring list.
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