Wednesday, April 13, 2011

An Awesome Donation!

This awesome group of items was donated by my wonderful sister-in-law Carrie Geever. Carrie is a consultant for Creative Memories. You can visit her website by clicking here. Right now she is donating a portion of all of her orders to our cause. Which just incase you are stopping by for the first time this week is the American Cancer Society -Relay for Life - Chillicothe & Dunlap High School.

Included is a Disney Characters 12" x 12" Specialty Coverset, 15 12" x 12" white scrapbook pages, 15 12" x 12" page protectors, Demo version Stroy Book Creator 3.0 & Memory Manager 3.0, Disney Mickey & Friends 12" x 12" additions (includes 4 sheets double sided paper, 8 double sided mats, 1 sheet title stickers & 1 sticker sheet), Disney Mickey Mini Paper Album Kit, Disney Magic Maker, $20 gift certificate, 12 coupons, spring/summer idea book & catalog & march/april mini catalog.

Retail value is over $120 - bidding is starting at $40.

Remember all bids must be into me by 2 PM this Saturday April 16. Silent auction bidding will end by 6 PM & all winners will be notified Saturday night.

Tomorrow's Donations are from Party Lite, Scentsy & some wonderful fleece blankets.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A couple more baskets for a good cause!

Here are 2 more "baskets" that are up in our silent auction fundraising for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Chillicothe & Dunlap High School.

The next item is a set of two $50 gift certificates to Starcrest Cleaners. They have locations all over Illinois & some in Missouri (see bottom of certificate for listing). They are good for any dry cleaning. They do NOT have to be used all at one time & they do not expire. Total value $100 bidding will start at $25. We have 3 groups of these for a total value of $300 - which bidding would start at $75...what a deal there. : ) Thank you Startcrest Cleaners & Brett Craft.

This great item is a Hostess Exclusive Picnic Tote by Thirty One. Donated by Kristen Maher - Thirty One Consultant. It's retail value is over $50 & bidding will start at $15. It's dimensions are 22" wide x 16" high with a base of 10". It is totally lined inside & has a big pocket on the back side. Be on the lookout in the coming months for a announcement about thirty one from me. : )

More to come. Thank you for stopping by & your interest. Remember ALL of the money raised from these items goes to the American Cancer Society - Relay for Life - Chillicothe & Dunlap High School.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Silent Auction Baskets!

Happy Monday Everyone! Where have I been you, kids & the American Cancer Society Relay for Life have taken over my house. Our 2 oldest kids had their Prom this past Saturday (I will share a few pictures soon). I was sick with strep throat all of last week. Plus this Saturday we are hosting a big fundraising event for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Dunlap High School & Chillicothe. My father passed away almost 2 years ago after a very long battle with cancer & this is our way of honoring his memory. By fighting back & raising money in hopes that one day they will find a cure so that everyone can celebrate more birthdays.
Part of our fundraising event is a silent auction. Every year wonderful friends & companies donate products that we can auction off. 100% of the money goes to the American Cancer Society. We cover all costs associated with the event so that ever penny that is giving to us goes to Relay for Life. Below are the first baskets that I have photographed & listed. If you would like to bid one one (especially the FABULOUS Stampin' Up Baskets) please email, call or text me. We are taking bids from people that will not be attending our event up to 2 PM on this Saturday April 16. Bidding will end by 6 PM & all winners will be notified that night. Don't forget to let me know what your top bid would be.

Stampin' Up Basket #1 - Retail Value over $240 - Bidding will start at $40
Included in this adorable basket - 1 2010 - 2011 Idea Book & Catalog, 1 Occasions Mini Catalog, 90 assorted colored 12" x 12" pieces of cardstock, cherished memories rub-ons, 20 pack Stampin' Up washable markers, 35 pre made cards with envelopes, 10 pack precut card set, Punch Pals stamp set, Trio de sentimientos Spanish stamp set, Background Basics stamp set, Annie Fancy Fibers ribbon, Vintage Violet ribbon, Hooray Designer Hardware, Glue stick, 4 classic stampin' spots (Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery & Barely Banana)

Stampin' Up Basket #2 - retail value over $235 - bidding will start at $40
Items included in this FABULOUS basket are one 2010 - 2011 Idea Book & Catalog, 1 occasions mini catalog, 90 assorted colored 12" x 12" pieces of cardstock, 1 sheet of die cut flowers, two 10 packs of pre-cut cards, flower friend single image large stamp, rough type alphabet stamp set, tropical party stamp set, so happy for you stamp set, 6 pack of Thank You Cards, 5 pack (10 yards total) Fairytale originals assorted ribbon, Basic Black classic stamp pad, glue stick, 20 rhinestone brads, 30 premade cards.

Pampered Chef Pantry Basket - Donated by Shannon Dinzeo, Independent Director for Pampered Chef - retail value $60 - bidding will start at $15
This great basket includes Ginger Wasabi Sauce, Garlic Infused Canola Oil, Cocoanut Lime Sauce, Spinach & Smoky Reg Pepper Oil Dipping Seasoning, Citrus & Basil Rub & Chili Lime Rub

Pamper Me Please Bakset - Retail Value over $60 - Bidding will start at $15
Basket includes 8 pack of Wedding Day Tealight Yankee Candles, a Sugar Cookie jar candle, fresh picked raspberries votive candle, 3 handmade scarf necklaces, 4 bracelets & a gift certificate for a haircut & style from Cindy Shepherd at Petite Maison Salon in Peoria, IL

More Baskets to come including a great bag from thirty one, a basket with some great Scentsy products & more. Thanks for looking & Happy Bidding.

PS if you are on Facebook stop by either my personal or stampin' page (INKredibly INKspired) for a link to our event.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Everybody needs a good quilt!

My grandmother was a huge quilt maker. We easily have 20 some quilts in our house that she made me or one of the kids during her lifetime. When I was pregnant with my youngest child Robert. I was so very upset that he would not have a Grandma GG quilt (GG stood for Great Grandma - smile). My Grandma had a stroke the month before I got pregnant with Robert & was in a nursing home facility. My wonderful mother in law & sister in law threw me an awesome baby shower & my mom (of course) came along. One of the last gifts was a gift that had a card in my mom's handwriting which I thought was odd because I had already opened a gift from my parents that was a beautiful glider rocker. So I open the card & it says "Love Grandma." Odd again but I thought maybe the gift was for the was it was this wonderful quilt that I had actually started the blocks for about 10 years before when I thought maybe I too could make a quilt (insert loud laughter here). My grandma had finished it before her stroke & was waiting till the right time to give it to me (insert lots of tears here - smile). So my Robert has an awesome quilt from Grandma GG too. She passed away almost 2 years ago & this card is made in her honor.

I have seen some really intricate quilt cards & at some point I hope to have the time to do one. But this is my basic to start one. Because it's that how your 1st quilt should be? The base of this card is always artichoke. n on a layer of pear pizazz I cut 6 squares from the Springtime Vintage Designer Paper, glued them down then ran the whole thing through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder (I love all embossing folders don't you - want to hear a sneak peak? There is an new one in the Summer Mini Catalog that comes out May 1st - be on the lookout in April for a visual sneak peak). Then I ran some chantilly lace ribbon around the middle. Stamped the Happy Easter words from the Easter Blossom stamp set in always artichoke on pear pizazz cardstock, then punched them out with the extra large oval punch. Placed one small pearl under the S & placed it on the card with dimensionals. Just as easy as that.

My husband Craig's grandmother is a HUGE knitter so I will need to come up with an awesome knitting card for her. This summer she is going to teach our girls how to knit. Can you tell we are covered well? Get it covered & blankets...I know don't give up my day job. (smile)

It is amazing all of the different was your creativy can come out in cards. If fact as I am typing this I am wondering how it would come out if I used some of our fabric in place of the designer paper...I will have to try that.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Boo! We are almost at the End!

The end of Sale-A-Bration is coming. We are only 1 week away from the end of Sale-A-Bration. If you have not got your favorites NOW is the time to do so. If you are thinking about taking advantage of the deal for becoming a Demonstrator (see below) contact me today to discuss it. If you are ready to take advantage of this awesome deal click Here then click on Join Now on the left.

Today I want to tell you a funny story about one of my downline team members Crystal. She & I have been friends since we were 5 years old. But unfortunetly after high school our lives took us in different directions (as life often does). Well about a year & a half ago by the magic of Facebook we got reconnected. She came to one of my workshops & just feel in love with the products & the fun. Her wishlist was super long & she wanted it all right away (who doesn't right?). So I suggested to save herself some money that she sign up to be a demonstrator. She thought about it. Saying that she didn't want to be an actual demonstrator but decided to do it "just" for the discount. I told her no problem that is fine. In February she went with me to the Stampin' Up Regional in Minneapolis. At one point in the afternoon she leaned over to me & said "I can do this." I turned to her & with a big smile said "I know." Now I said this for a few reasons. Once she is super creative, Two she is a ton of fun to be around but mostly because of #3 if I can do it anybody can (smile). So almost 1 year later she is getting ready to host her 1st workshop this Saturday. At last count she had 15 people coming to it. Way to go Crystal!

My point of sharing this with you today is to let you know that there are many ways to enjoy Stampin' Up Demonstratorship & all of the perks that go with it. Yes I do mean perks. How many companies have you worked for that give away FREE items at every get together? Sometime we even get FREEBIES just because. Don't you love FREE things? Let alone the access to previews, an awesome monthly magazine, wonderful Demonstrator only websites...I could go on & on. Contact me today to talk about all the other perks.

If you sign up before next Thursday March 31st at 11:59 PM, here is what you would get with the Regular Starter Kit (if you are interested in My Digital Studio, we have a Starter Kit that includes it too, contact me for details):

5 Stamp Sets (value of $33.95, $28.95, $25.95, $18.95 & $9.95 or lower)
Clear Block C (or one of your choice $6.95 or lower)
Blender pen (single) $3.31
Stampin’ Around® standard wheel of your choice $6.50
Stampin’ Around handle (standard size only) $3.95
Stampin’ Around un-inked cartridge (standard size only) $5.25
Stamping Sponge (single) $1.16
Assorted card stock 8-1/2” x 11” (Getting Started or assortment of your choice) $6.95 each

(everything in the list below this line is FREE you have paid for it just adding up the items above)

Card stock (1 pkg. 8-1/2" x 11" Whisper White OR color of your choice) $8.50
Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (color of your choice) $19.95
2 Stampin’ Write markers (2 colors of your choice) $3.50 each
Classic Ink Refill (color of your choice) $2.95
Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (or ribbon of your choice $8.95 or lower)
Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
SNAIL Adhesive® (or any adhesive $6.95 or lower)
Décor Elements(decorative vinyl image) item $7.95 or lower
Décor Elements Applicator Tool $1.95
Stampin' Mist® 2 oz. bottle (or StazOn cleaner) $4.50
4 Classic Stampin’ Pads® (colors of your choice) $5.95 each  
VersaMark® pad (or ink pad of your choice $7.50 or lower)

Plus Sale-A-Bration ONLY Bundle (at no extra cost)
Color Coach $14.95
Any Simply Sent Kit $$11.95
Any Simply Sent Stamp Set $9.95
Any Punch $16.95 or lower

Retail Price over $310 
Sale-A-Bration Deal Price $148.75
Plus 20% off all future orders 
30% off the 1st order if over $150 & placed within 45 days

Plus you may add on one or both of these kits:

Stampin’ Memories Kit Retail Price over $77 Sale Price $50

Definitely Decorative Kit Retail Price over $50 Sale Price $40

Always FREE Shipping – Just add your tax!

For the 1st person to sign up before the 31st of March - that person with receive a cute tote bag that I bought for my downline team members at Leadership. So not only all of this awesome stuff but a cute tote made with one of the Springtime Vintage Desinger Series Paper.
What are you waiting for sign up today! Don't miss out on all of the wonderful extras available only during Sale-A-Bration!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Next Redo!

My next redo of a awesome swap also comes from Stampin' Up Leadership. In fact you have already seen it. But as a reminder here it is.

This card was in the running to be my Mom's birthday card. But she doesn't like any green so I picked a card that had no green. Then she was at my house & I showed her a few cards that I had laying around & she pointed to this one & said " I love that card." So I told her it could have been her birthday card but it's not (it wasn't her birthday yet so I couldn't tell her which one was). Since my Mom liked it so much I thought that I would redo it & make it into a Easter Card. So that is what I did. (smile)

For the base of this card I used blushing bride, which I must confess is a very underused color by me. Then I took a piece of very vanilla cardstock & stamped the lined image from fast & fabulous (level 2 hostess set) in old olive, then stamped the solid image in blushing bride. Don't you just love 2 step stamping. So easy with clear blocks. Then I punched a strip of old olive with the dotted ribbon punch (love this punch) & adhered it to the very vanilla piece. Then I ran the very vanilla with the old olive piece on it through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder. Then I stamped the Happy Easter words from the Easter Blossom stamp set in old olive on very vanilla, punched it out with the extra large oval punch & sponged around the edges. The I took 1 piece of old olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon with 1 piece of chantilly lace ribbon on top & glued them behind the Happy Easter punch. Then popped the oval up on dimensionals on the card. Then a little pearl under the S of Easter & your done.

So this will be one of my Easter cards for my family. Luckily with Easter being so late this year I have time to actually get some cards made. So far I am at 8 (smile).

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Swaps Remade!

So I am posting a few days later than I hoped...big surprise right? We were having Prom dress drama on Sunday. Tis almost that time of year here & this year I have two kids going. My oldest two, my twins, are both juniors so that is double the cost...Yay! (smile) But we now have ordered an awesome tuxedo & bought a beautiful dress (our 2nd one by the way - yes we took the 1st one back). I won't show you pictures of it yet because I am going to make a card in it's honor. It is melon mambo, basic black, basic gray & whisper white - sounds interesting right? Just wait till you see it. : )

Ok so here is today's stamping. My scrapbook event this past Saturday was a springtime/Easter theme & we used the Easter Blossom stamp set. I just love this stamp set...Do you want to hear something funny? At first I didn't think I like this set at all...Until I went to Leadership & saw all these cute things to do with it. So this week's posts are all going to be using the Easter Blossom stamp set.

Today the card that I remade was a swap I got at leadership (sorry I don't know from whom).

Then I was looking for a cute & fast card to send to a friend that needed a little pick me up, so I redid it in 2 different colors.

Here it is in the same original colors, I just changed the ribbon & did some sponging. So the base is pear pizzaz (sorry I know the pictures stink - see previous post for explaination). The I took soft suede & ran it through the Big Shot with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder & sponged the edges with soft suede ink. Then another layer of pear pizzazz, Then I took a piece of very vanilla & stamped the flower image in soft suede & more soft suede sponging. Then I used some of the crumb cake seam binding ribbon (if you don't have this ribbon in all available colors you should order them right now - love them). I then stamped the words in soft suede ink on very vanilla & punched them out with the decorative label punch then more sponging. I punched one piece of soft suede with the decorative label punch, cut it in 1/2 & glued it behind the very vanilla piece (with a little sponging around the outside). Then I popped it up on dimensionals above the ribbon.

Here is the same card just in different colors.

This time I used baja breeze cardstock & ribbon. I personally like it a lot like this. What do you think?

Thank you to whomever swapped this awesome card with me at Leadership. If you know please email me so I can give them credit.