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Monday, September 17, 2012


It was a busy weekend for this girl.....Jerry went fishing on Friday, so I got busy with everything BUT what I had intended to do--clean my "cave".... I went to Kalispell for a quick shopping trip, once home (7 hours later) I stamped for the Tacoma Regional. On Sunday I picked tomatoes which resulted in this...
20 half pints of Salsa While the Salsa was cooking down I cleaned the house, and I made this
I then painted this chair....love the color!
Busy, busy, busy....

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I've been neglectful again....

I have been so neglectful of my poor blog again..I promised myself I would try harder to keep the blog up, but sometimes life throws you some unexpected curves and you just have take a deep breath. I was doing great until the end of July, that is when the world just started spinning on me. It started with a visit to my mom's home late July to see my favorite Aunt and Uncle from Oklahoma. It had be a couple of years since I last saw them and just was not ready for the decline in their health, that coupled with the decline in my mothers health started the spin. Back home I had so much to do that what usually seemed simple became overwhelming, so very little got done. I was looking forward to starting back to work when the final blow came. Our beloved pet of almost 16 years finally said she just couldn't continue with us.
Putty may have been small in stature but she was huge in personality and compassion. She is still missed, but now she is no longer in pain and able to run with all her friends in heaven. Well my deep breath is over and I'm back. It felt so good to be back in my "cave" creating cards and scrapbook pages again for this weeks clubs. This weekend Jerry will be going to Sequim to do some visiting and fishing so that means I can 1) Stay up as late as I want creating cards for the Tacoma Regional on September 29. 2) Tear apart my craft room and put up more selves 3) Go to Missoula for a "pamper me" day. 4) Eat popcorn for dinner Oh so many things to do that when he gets home on Tuesday I'm hoping I have had enough time. I would also like to welcome my new downline Becky and send brave thoughts to her today. She is demonstrating at her first party today and is just a little nervous about it. I know she will do wonderful! Just wish I could be there to help calm those nerves. Good Luck Becky!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been so busy for the last couple of days, oh my....I really do want to start back to work soon just so I can stay home!! Right now I am in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. I grew up here and mom and all my siblings still live here. Mom is doing better now, her second round of chemo really tested her strength. Right now her older sister (and my favorite aunt and uncle) are visiting from Oklahoma. They brought the cutest little chihuahua with them. If I hadn't agreed with Jerry that once our three dogs are gone we wouldn't get anymore I would be hiding that little guy in my pocket and bringing him home with me! His ears are as big as his whole body!!! Worked a little tonight on general swaps for the Tacoma Regionals with one of my nieces....tomorrow we will do more, but she had a cranky baby and a husband (my nephew) who apparently doesn't know how to care for his child. We need to talk. Good night for now, it has been a long day of driving, visiting and card making....

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Oh My What Happened to My Power??

I spent a good part of my day yesterday driving to Trout Creek to visit Becky, who contacted me about becoming a demonstrator just before I left for convention. I met some of her friends, did a scrapbook wooden block craft, (which I was very nervous about since I really had no idea of what to expect and what to bring), and had a wonderful time! They were welcoming, delightful ladies who were VERY excited to hear that Becky was becoming a Stampin Up! Demonstrator….they started planning who would hold the first party! Although I haven’t taken the time to complete it here is what I accomplished while there.
When finished it will go to Alaska for Mandy's desk. Her "kinders" love seeing family pictures of Mrs. Fausett. Thanks ladies for an enjoyable morning! Day 3 of being home I decided it was time for me to be semi-productive. Finish laundry, clean my stamping room to get ready for my upcoming events, more traveling and the Tacoma Regional’s (yes Nicole I have decided to come) but the Stampin' Up! "Gods" were against that! NO ELECTRICITY!! At 10 am the power went out on me. Now in Montana that isn’t so unusual so I finished my coffee, checked my e-mail (love those lap tops), read a little. At 11:17 I decided to call the power company and found out that while I was at convention I missed the memo about a planned power outage in my area until 4 pm tonight! So I have now taken the soggy laundry that was sitting in a full tub of water out, wrung it as best as I could, put it on the line to keep it from getting yucky. My plans for cleaning are out the window since I have no water, so what am I to do???? OH I KNOW.
Enjoy the patio and sort my swaps!!! Wish I had made more ice tea before I lost my water!!! Since starting this post plans may have changed again!! Isn't it amazing how that happens? It seems Stampin' Up just wants me to play....look what just arrived!!
This is the package I ordered while at convention! Yippy!!...I've got to go!!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Home Safely

Well after a nine hour drive I am home safely surrounded by swaps, swaps, more swaps and laundry!!! The laundry is mine from my week stay in Salt Lake, Jerry did his before I came home. Had such an amazing time at convention! I met so many wonderful ladies from all over the country, not to mention most provinces Canada and Puerto Rico. You are all so amazing! But that isn't the only reason we attend Stampin Up conventions. We go to learn and learn I did! All in all I had one massage, shopped Momento Mall every chance I got, I was the hostess of no less than five swaps, participated in 8 swaps, handed out general swaps and attended 10, (yes 10)classes. Speaking of the classes I have to say Stampin' Up! does a great job of selecting their instructors. They are informative, helpful and just down right funny and well human, but isn't that what Stampin' Up! is all about....being human and kind? I was most interested in the I am Earning an Incentive Trip class. I mean doesn't everyone want to go on a free trip? With the help of Karen Hauley, Jill Hilliard, Meg Holland and Cynthia Millan you can make it happen, so that is my goal. As of right now I have a downline of 2, but just today I had someone contact me wanting to become a Demonstrator...so exciting for us both. The good news right now is if you join in the month of August you qualify to get the Halloween package pictured below also.
Isn't is so cute? The good thing about this is you can switch it up so you can use this cute tray to decorate you house all year long. If you want to own your own business for only $99, get this free promotion and come join me for Convention 2013 (July 18-20 2013) go here Stampin' Up! Demonstrator click on join the fun and complete the online application! It is that easy. Now for one more Convention 2012 swap from me...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Convention 2012 Highlights



Just so you can see I'm not the only one who loves the Stampin Up Company!!!!

Convention 2012 Lip Dub!

Last Day of Convention 2012

Oh it is with a heavy heart I write this because in the morning I will be leaving what I consider an adults Disneyland....The Stampin Up! Convention for 2012 will be ending. It has (like always) been a rollercoaster ride! Full of ups and downs, thrills and chilles, laughter and tears, but always AMAZING! I have attended so many wonderful classes and listened to the funniest speaker (Jason Dorsey) I have ever heard! In all honesty I believe he could give Bonnie Thurber a run for her money....Bonnie is an amazingly gifted lady, but you never really know what she is going to say, Jason was much the same way. The "I am" theme was carried through to all the classes, I am Reaching Out with Emily Montoya was a good one to attend for those of us who are trying to convence those 25-35 that paper crafting is not only fun, but it will help you stretch your creative side. "I am Savvy" with Donna Griffith, Meg Wheeler, Dawn Griffith and Laura Milligan showed us how to use different product, turn them into very "now" items and just WOW our customers. The use of ribbon from Dawn was an eye opener to me, Laura had the cutest apron on that a friend made her from our fabrics, and Meg showed us how to use the Simply Scrappin products for more than just scrapbooks! Great job ladies. Just wanted to show you the candy dispencer I made for the 3D swap I was in....must admit they turned out pretty cute!! What do you think?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Convention Classes 2012

Convention news: Ohhhhh so many swaps, but I have survived the HUGE one. 120 different techniques with over 80 ladies participating, yep that is right about 20 of them did all 3 groups, so they each did a total of 123 techniques pages to swap!! I was so nervous about organizing that many ladies, but all in all I think it went well.... Just when you think it couldn't get any better we have Bonnie talking about marring Santa (I think mainly for the presents, but it could be for his portly good looks) and Shannon West having us turn into a flash mob in the middle of her "I am Having Fun" session. Actually she confirmed what I always believed....music with a good, happy beat will not only make your customers want to dance, sing and have fun, It will also encourage them to spend more money in subliminal ways of course!!! I know when I have oldies music in the background my ladies tend to laugh, sing, dance and write bigger checks....Bring on the Mo-Town!!!! Okay here is another card I made for the Stampin' Up! box.....
Until tomorrow, good night for now....
I am currently in Salt Lake City at the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention!!! Learning lots, seeing old friends and making many new ones....I will be coming home with tons of new ideas and fun projects! Can't wait to share them with you! Yesterdays classes were very interesting, but my favorite was with Bonnie Thurber, Tami White, and Ronda Wade. Ronda had a wonderful way to incorporate a private class, yet have a hostess....good way to hold a party!!!! Here is one of the cards I put into the Stampin Up! box....

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Sample of My Shoe Box Swap for Convention

After a VERY late night last night protecting a VERY nervous 15year old Pomeranian from the thunder and lighening we had (from 1:30 to 4:15 am) I felt I should start designing more of my convention items so I got busy tonight and actually remembered to film it for my CD' and DVD's I will be offering for sale in the future. I decided to make a fancy folds 3D card for my Late Night Stampers Pre-Convention swap so here it is.....looks hard, but really isn't once you get the hang of it.....I also worked on my WOW's demonstration for Monday night Late Night Stampers Pre-Convention and I think it will really WOW everyone....Will post more as soon as I can find my work table top......
Pretty amazing huh???? This card will be offered in my fancy folds CD or DVD in the near future..... Sorry for the short post, but the night is late and I'm to nervous about tomorrows retired list!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend of Stamping and Sunshine.....

What a beautiful Montana weekend we had. Since we now get Fridays off from school I am able to sit in my "cave" and play all day, well until Jerry gets home anyway....This Friday I was able to almost finish my 3x3 cards for Virginia's Love Notes swap at convention, just need to wait for the retired list to come out on Wednesday to finish. I also completed 35 general swap cards, designed two 3D swaps, thought about my Scrapbook swaps, and got myself into a stamping on silk swap.....YIKES, that could be interesting as I have never done that sort of thing before.
Saturday morning brought rain, so that meant it was time to clean house while Jerry took care of some much needed burning and fixing of the driveway....by the afternoon the sun came out and there was no staying inside anymore. The afternoon was spent in our greenhouse transplanting tomatoes 90 of them! Anyone need tomato plants?????
I started cleaning some of my winter carryover plants and picked some pansies to play with in my stamping room....I will post the results tomorrow!!! One card I'm so proud of I plan to submit it for the contest at convention!!!!
Sunday brought beautiful weather and a husband with a very sore back, so we took a drive to Sandpoint, ID. and just enjoyed the drive and a nice meal. Sometimes you just have to take the time to enjoy the day without the worry of work......but Monday came and back to the grind..........

Friday, April 20, 2012

Let's Give This Another Try

So I have been sorely lacking in the posting on my blog department....I knew that, but it really didn't hit me until I finally found time go on my blog to see how neglected it was......I hadn't posted since JULY of 2010!!! OMG as the kids would say. Well I'm going to try to get better at updates, pictures, etc.....so keep checking in on my progress. With that said I will let you know now it may be rather sad at times as my mom was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatments for it. She is constantly on my mind and I just pray that the chemo and radiation will work. To loose both parents to such a mean, degrading disease is unthinkable.

To help keep my mind from running a muck I am currently preparing for the Stampin'Up! Convention that is held in Salt Lake each year. I have ideas running through my head day and night for the various swaps I have committed to, along with the general swaps I always find fun and amusing. General swaps are almost like a shark feeding frenzy really...kind of fun to go on the upper level of the convention center and watch the action, but then you start feeling left out, so you rush into the frenzy!!!!

Well friends, please give me some time and I will change my header (Christmas still) and have this site up and running in no time....but for now I hear my cave calling me.....