I hibernate in the summer time. I used to joke that I had reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. And one day, I found out there really is such a thing! It seems I'm not the only person to feel stressed and depressed in the summer. The heat and the humidity are so oppressive to me, that I just hide inside in the a/c. It's just too sunny! I don't want to go anywhere or do anything, unless it involves shade and a screened porch.
Come fall though, that's a completely different story. The humidity breaks and I'm rejuvenated. The sun isn't burning directly overhead, and there's a freshness in the air. I live for the day I can turn off the a/c and open up the house to let the fresh air in.
Fall is a time of cleaning for me too. It's a time to count my blessings, and be thankful for who and what I have in my life.It's a time to purge and go through cabinets and closets that seem to be bursting at the seams. I started this weekend in my kitchen. I'd be challenged by a friend to begin intentionally living, and in order to do that, we must intentionally remove the physical clutter around us. When our environment is clean and beautiful, we can live cleanly and intentionally.
It's been a big chore to clean and purge my kitchen. I'm spent several hours going through every cabinet and pantry shelf. Everything has been wiped clean. I know where everything is, and have a good sense of what foodstuffs I have. Does anyone need an extra jar of curry powder or thyme? How about some non-fat sweetened condensed milk? If a zombie apocolypse happens, I've got you covered on all 3 accounts because I've found multiples scattered throughout my kitchen! And truly, how silly is that? I don't like curry powder; and I only use sweetened condensed milk and thyme at the holidays.
This week, we're counting our blessings and cultivating thankfulness with the Many Blessings Stamp Set. Remember to post a comment on today's blog for your chance to win a DIY Card Kit every day this September. (Offer valid to US Residents Only).
Today's Blog Winner: Shirley Best! Congratulations! Please send me your address for your DIY Card Kit.
Base: Mint Macaron, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2:
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 2 1/8" x 3 3/8"
Layer 2: Country Lane Designer Series Paper, 2" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Early Esprsso, 4 1/8" x 2 5/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 4" x 2 1/2"
September Sweet & Simple Class
Retreat in a Box
Can't make the Fall Stamping in the Mountains Retreat? Don't worry! I've got you covered. Come let me surprise, delight, and spoil you! This special edition retreat-in-a-box is perfect for fall crafting. We're showcasing fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas projects created just for you. Click on the image for more information.
September Card Club
September Christmas Card Club
For a full calendar of events, please see myevents page.
People have asked me, "Michelle, why do you work so hard? You work full time and you've made Stampin' Up! your business as well? Why do you do it?" The answer is simple. I love what I do.
I've always been crafty. From counted cross stitch to quilting to paper crafting, I have to do something with my hands and occupy my mind. I'm not content to simply sit. I don't like gardening; I'm allergic to grass and I don't like to get dirty. But I love making something beautiful. Like most crafters, I rarely keep anything I make. Being able to give it away and share it with others is truly a gift, for both the recipient and the giver.
As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I often encounter women who are quick to tell me, "Oh, I'm not artistic!" Neither am I! I'm not an artist; I practice my craft [almost] daily to improve my skills. I am passionate about my craft and I love to share it with others. I know that I've done my job well, when someone puts ink to paper for the first time and exclaims, "I did that!" The pride in their very first card erases all self-doubt, and I often get texts and emails a few hours after they go home telling me, "Michelle, my husband couldn't believe I made those cards myself! He didn't know I could do that. He put them up on the mantle for everyone to see."
In today's "gotta have it all/gotta do it all" world, women (and men) have given up that creative side in order to pursue jobs, take care of families, keep house. To hear someone say, "I don't have time for that", breaks my heart. When we don't take time for ourselves, everyone - and everything - around us suffers. And paper crafting doesn't have to take a lot of time. Today's card, for example, took me all of about 10 minutes. There's a card in the new Delightfully Detailed Memories and More card pack (available June 2) that says, "Put down your phone." While rather tongue-in-cheek, it is amazing how much more we can accomplish if we just unplug for 30 minutes a day.
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness. -Gilda Radner
When people come craft with me, I recognize how important their time is. I realize what they've given up to take 2 hours out of their lives to come, breathe, relax, and be creative. I do all the hard work ahead of time for them - cutting paper, die cutting, tying bows - and nurture their spirit by providing a safe space, with snacks to nourish our bodies, friends to nourish our spirits, and crafts to nourish our souls. What is made at my studio is made with love, from the heart. And then, for the cost of a postage stamp, it is shared with others who I will in all likelihood never meet.
I don't just teach crafts and I don't just sell paper...I make a difference in the lives of others. Won't you come join me? My list of May and June classes can be found below. Or arrange for your own private card class; I'm happy to come to you. Email me today to set a date! (Qualified June hostesses will receive a Free ink pad and coordinating pack of cardstock!).
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Grapefruit Grove, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Grapefruit Grove Scalloped Layering Oval (You can cut it from Layer 1; no one will know!)
Layer 4: So Saffron Scalloped Layering Oval
Layer 5: Whisper White Stitched Shape Oval
May 2018 - Do you need a new catalog? Contact me to get yours in May!
June 2018 - Get ready for annual product shares!!
Yes...that's my BRAND NEW Pineapple Punch ink pad. And no, no I didn't clean my watercolor wash stamp from the Love What You Do stamp set before I put it away the other night. I thought I did. I really and truly thought I had. It looked clean when I went to use it...on Facebook Live...this morning...right after I had give that oh so helpful tip about starting with your lightest color ink first to reduce your chances of cross-contamination. And then....
And in the back of my head, I heard my father's voice saying, "Do as I say; not as I do." That's right folks, I'm just keeping it real for you on Crafty Saturday's. Making mistakes, live, on camera for you to learn from my mistakes. LOL You really do just have to laugh because there just isn't another option.
All is not lost however. The ink pad can be fixed once i get my re-inkers in my pre-order next week. Maybe I'll do a Facebook live on how to fix it. After all, what could possibly go wrong with that, right?
Are you a member of my Making Memories VIP Group?
When you use my monthly host code and spend $50 or more, you are part of my monthly VIP group! At the end of the month, you'll receive an exclusive, free 4-card tutorial. These cards are not featured anywhere on my blogs or in any of my classes. They are exclusive just for you! A PDF document will be emailed to all VIP members, as well as all of myStamping Bee Team.
As with any Crafty Saturday, I post measurements along with link to the video. The 5 In Color Ink Pads and Love what you Do stamp set are available to purchase now! The In Color cardstock and Detailed Trio Punch are available June 1. Can't wait for June? Join my team of Stamping Bees and you can include NEW products now! Contact me today to learn more!
Base: Whisper White Note Card, 5" x 3 1/2"
Layer 1: 2018-2020 In Color Cardstock (Lovely Lipstick, Call me Clover, Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove, and - not shown for obvious reasons - Pineapple Punch), 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 4 1/2" x 3" (corners punch with new Detailed Trio Punch)
May 2018 - Do you need a new catalog? Contact me to get yours in May!
June 2018 - Get ready for annual product shares!!
Today's the day! The brand new 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalog event starts today! I've been sharing some samples with you the last few weeks, and now you can order yours starting right now.
If you aren't familiar with Sale-a-Bration, just know that it's my favorite time of the Stampin' Up! year. For every $50 you spend, you'll receive a free exclusive Sale-a-Bration item. These products are not available for sale, and are often while supplies last, which means the most popular ones go first.
This year, there's a new reward level, too. Check this out!
Get a quick look at all the beautiful 2018 Sale-a-Bration items.
And if that isn't enough, Stampin' Up! is offering even more Stampin' Rewards for hostesses and personal orders. Earn $25 MORE in Stampin' Rewards for any sales over $250! Now is a great time to email me and book your Sale-a-Bration card class so you can take advantage of these extra Stampin' Rewards.
The best deal of Sale-a-Bration...
Now is the time to join my Stamping Bee team. Not only do you get all the amazing perks and benefits of being a very special member of my Stamping Bee team (read more about that here), but by spending only $99, you receive:
Email me to learn more, or to sign up today. It truly takes less than 5 minutes and you'll be on your way.
Are you still with me? Here's January's Thank You Gift
During January, when you shop spend at least $75 with me using Host Code VCUCNWXZ, you'll receive a free spool (10 yards!) of Berry Burst Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon.
The Party Panda Stamp Set and Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper are just two of the many Level 1 items featured in during the 2018 Sale-a-Bration Event!
Base: Bermuda Bay, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper 5 1/2" x 2"
Layer 2: Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper Scalloped Circle
Layer 3: Whisper White Stitched Shape Circle
Layer 4: White Perfect Accents
My events calendar has been updated! Be sure to check out all the fun stamping events happening in the next three months, including my brand new Seasonal Sampler Series! For more information, or to register for an event, please email me.
Christmas is fast approaching; you can feel it in the air! This weekend, it was full on holiday festivities, with a day of holiday baking with the children next door. I've never seen so many sprinkles on cookies before! But oh, such a great time!
Friday night, in front of the Hallmark Channel, I made 10 swaps for Sunday's Stamping Bee Christmas party. I couldn't decide which Christmas Around the World paper to use - cookies, nutcrackers, or global Christmas objects. So, I used all three! The team swap was so much fun; I can't wait to show you all the swaps I received from my team mates. Each and every one of them were made with the Christmas spirit and truly work works to be proud of.
This week is starting to be a very busy one...let's look at some important announcements. First....
We have a winner!
Angie Hunter, you've won the Be Merry Kit. I'll drop it off tomorrow night since I'm going to be just around the corner from you. (And to make it even better, today is Angie's birthday, so happiest of birthday wishes to you!)
Next...Stampin' Up! has done it again. Enjoy FREE Shipping today (Monday, 12/11) ONLY - until midnight Mountain Time. And when you use the December Host Code - V64A2PQG - I'll send you an extra little something special in the mail. Happy Shopping!
This is a great sketch to use when you have scraps of designer series paper, or a large image that you want to break up into something more usable.
Base: Real Red, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Real Red, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 4: Strips of Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, 1" x 3 1/2"
Layer 5: Basic Black Scalloped Layering Circle
Layer 6: Real Red Stitched Shapes Circle (2nd largest)
There are TWO upcoming events, which, due to the holiday shipping season, must be registered for by Friday, 12/15 - Bingo! and the 16-Card Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Quarterly Kick Off. Don't miss either of these fun and fabulous events, both featuring brand new stamps and products from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. Email me today to register!
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