Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Are You Up For a Sale?

I know I ALWAYS am!

Head over to Unity Stamp Company and shop the year away!!

COUPON CODE: NEWYEAR
gets you
35% off every order for ONE FULL DAY!
NOW till MIDNIGHT!

And how about this:

Angela is giving away 3 boxes of rubber.
50 stamps EACH BOX!
Each box will contain 50 random un-mounted, pre-cut rubber stamps!
Place an order on December 31 to have your name put in a drawing to qualify!
3 winners will be chosen!

and

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEARS EVE

SEE YOU IN 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday Challenge Extravaganza Card and a Sneak Peek!

Happy Monday y'all!! Well...how about Happy "Really Hard to Get Out of Bed After 5 Day's Off" Monday???

Phew, I didn't think my eyes would ever open this morning! I have been staying up late and getting up late for my whole Christmas vacation. I had to hit the snooze 5 times this morning and I still didn't have time to do my makeup and had to carry it to work! It was rough, I tell ya;)

Here is a card I made for Maren's Holiday Extravaganza Challenge:
(I used my new camera that is WAY too technologically advanced for me, sorry the pic isnt great!)
I used Butterfly Beauty and Simply Said to make this card and some SU! paper available very soon called Raspberry Tart!

Check out the challenge HERE!!
Here is a little sneaky peeky of the January Kit of the Month!

I can't wait for you to get it;)

I am busy in my stamp room (well when I am not at work at this desk...) working on setting up the storage cubes I got for Christmas! I got 6 from my sister in law and 2 from Rachel! I think I need about 4-6 more to get everything in them so I will try to get 1 or 2 every time they are on sale and i'll be ready to go soon enough!

I took some before pictures of my stamp room last night and it is at it's VERY worst, you will not beleive it. I can't wait to show you those and the after photos!

Rachel bought me a little sewing machine for Christmas. She knew I wanted one since I was talking about it so much, she's such a good listener! She got me the Singer Pixie Plus from the Home Shopping Network when it was on sale. I have seen on SCS that the Janome is the only way to go but I am going to give this machine a chance and since it's all I have ever had, I really have nothing to compare it to do I ;) I'll let you know how it works if I can ever get the nerve up to take it out of the box...apparently sewing scares me!
Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My Holiday Extravaganza Challenge

This card is for the Holiday Extravaganza Challenge I am hosting today!!

My challenge is to make a Birthday card with a few simple requirements! Check it out HERE!

I hope you'll play with us!
I used my new Justrite stamp and new Raspberry Tart SU! designer paper!

I probably won't talk to y'all until after Christmas so I want to wish ALL of you a wonderful Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

This and That and a Family Visit

Just a little of this and a little of that because I have no stamping to share but wanted to talk to y'all anyway:)

My sister, brother in law and my neices were here for 3 days all the way from Italy. They left Friday night/Saturday morning at 1:30 am and I was so sad, I cried all night and all day yesterday. I am just now coming out of my funk and feeling somewhat normal. It was an unexpected visit so I wasnt ready for all of these emotions...

I miss them so much and it hurts so bad to be away from them. My sister is my best friend in the whole world, my brother (we dont use the "in-law" part cause were tight like that) is the best guy ever and my neices are just like my own children, only better because I don't have to deal with them after I spoil them ROTTEN!

{Me, Mike and Cadence}
I got to meet my neice Payton who is 10 months old now and I hadn't met yet. OMG she is such a doll, so adorable! And my neice Cadence who is my other little bff...she is an angel and the light of my life, I swear, I would do anything for that girl.
{me and Payton}

I was wondering if it's more painful to have seen them and now miss them again or to not have seen them at all for another year...I think it was definitely better to have seen them now! Even though it wasnt long enough it was well worth the sadness I felt when they left.
{Payton and her mommy}
Cadence really likes taking pictures of herself...I think she gets it from her cousin Rachel;)
I have about 50 pictures on my camera like this one...Cousins...so sweet!

I'll be back with some stamping SOON, I promise!!
And while you are waiting there are some WONDERFUL Holiday Extravaganza Challenges going on at SCS! I am hosting one in a couple of days ;)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Congrats Jess!

My sweet neice Cadence picked her favorite number to draw: #29


Jess said...
Jimmi, that snowflake card is so beautiful! I am a snowflake gal, and I love everything about this card! My Christmas wish is that my dh and I are able to find a way to move back to Michigan to be near our families. (this will require jobs...)
December 18, 2008 11:36 AM
Congratulations Jess! I got you pm and will send you your stamps on Monday!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Last Hip Hop of 2008!!!

And boy is it a GOOD one!!

I am so glad you Hip Hopped over from Wendy's blog! If you didn't start at Angela's blog be sure to head back there and see WHAT'S UP!
My first card is one I have had on my mind for weeks now! I just love the Growing in Unity tree and I've used it every season since I got it and really wanted to make it a Christmas tree too!

So here is my Growing in Unity Tree all decked out for the holidays!
My next card is for Amber's sketch this week and uses the December Kit of the Month and some goodies I got from my secret santa, Chelsea!
Now, who wants to win these stamps??
Just because it's Christmastime and just because I love you all and just because I happen to have these sitting around (and I have 2 of the flower;) I want to give them to someone!!!
Just leave me a comment with your Christmas wish in it and i'll pick a winner tonight...sometime! I got my Christmas wish and will be spending every minute with my sister and her family so if you don't see me Hip Hopping too much you know why. I only have 72 hours with them and I want to soak up every second! Good Luck!
Now Hop on over to Jeanne's blog and see what fabulousness she has for us today!!!
And be sure to join us in the Unity SCS forum for tons of prizes and Hip Hoppin' FUN!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Do You Have What it Takes??

To be a HEARTBREAKER??
My fellow VSN Coordinators, Maren, Jennifer and I are looking for some Heartbreaking Hostesses for the next VSN Weekend!!
You can find all the details HERE
We would LOVE to have you join us!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Fun Challenge #14!!

This week I am the challenge hostess!!

My challenge is to use your Rubber Romance stamps! Don't worry, if you don't have any Rubber Romance, then use whatever Sassy stamp you have;)

This week, I decided on a self-portrait, LOL!!

What do you think, don't I look good?? My lipstick was a little much that day but overall I think I'm workin' it, hehehehehe:)

Check out the other girls cards on their blogs:

Kim - Papertastic Creations
Kath - Blame it on the Mojo
Sherry - Stamping, When I'm Not Working

And join us for our challenge!! Just use keyword FFC14 on SCS or link your blog here, I'd love to see what you come up with!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hip Hop Thursday!

HIP HOP EVERYONE!!!
Glad you hopped by!!

No matter what you do today BE SURE TO GET TO ANGELA'S BLOG for all the fabulous specials for today's Hip Hop and maybe some new releases, too ;)

So, I am having some SERIOUS stamping issues!! I use my blender pens for pretty much everything I make and I don't have any right now! I had a brand new one last week...left it open on my desk for days and days and it's dry as a bone. I am in quite a pickle! I have some on order so until then I have to use my aquapainter and I am not used to using it so I could only come up with one card this week. I am sure when the blender pens come my MOJO will be in the box with them! {that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!}

This sweet little birdie is from Birds of a Feather and she is all dressed up and ready for Christmas!
Now hop on over to see Christi, one of the craftiest girls I know!!
And join us in the Hip Hop Forum for all the fun and prizes today from 11:00am EST until....whenever!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stampin Up! Retired List 10% Off and Free Shipping

Stampin Up! is pulling out all the stops for the last of your holiday shopping needs! Especially if you need a little something for yourself;)

The Retired List is out and everything on it is 10% off! In addition to that, all orders over $70 get FREE SHIPPING!

Check out the retired list: HERE

I am placing a little order on Thursday or Friday so if you want anything just shoot me an email and you'll get free shipping too..without having to spend $70;)

Have a great day!

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's Snowing!!

On my card, not here in VA!!!!!!!! I would not be in such a great mood if it was real snow...I am not a fan ;)

This week our Hostess for the Friday Fun Challenge is Kim! She challenged us to make a *snowy* card with no shades of blue on it.

I used the Papertrey Ink set called Snowfall Additions and my Marvy Snowflake punches, love those things!! And my Top Note Sizzix Die that I love, too!!The cardstock I used is from Stampin Up!, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose and Shimmery White. The 5/8 in. Regal Rose ribbon is also from Stampin' Up!

Check out the girls cards here:
Kim - Papertastic Creations
Kath - Blame it on the Mojo
Sherry - Stamping, When I'm Not Working

You are going to love what they created!!
If you'd like to play with us, and we would LOVE you to play, use Keyword FFC13 in the SCS gallery or link your blog here for me to see!!

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hip Hop!!!!!!

Hi Hip Hoppers!! Thanks for hopping over from Heather's blog. Don't you just love her??? I do:)

Be sure to start your Hop at the Unity Stamp Company blog! That's where you will find all of the specials for today!!

My 1st item to share with you is one that I am so proud of! It's rare that I make something and absolutely LOVE it! We are, afterall, our own worst critics, and I am no exception. But this ornament is going to be something that my grandma in CT is going to love more than anything I have ever given her! My husband is afraid she'll cry too much....but it will be a happy cry. I can't wait for her to get this!

I used a 4 in. round chipboard coaster for the base and covered it in Basic Grey Wassail paper.
I used Birds of a Feather for the sentiment and the cute mittens are from the December Kit of the Month. Added a few little touches of ribbon and gold string and it came together REALLY fast, like 10 minutes or less. I love quick and easy stamping!

This Christmas Cupcake card is one that a certain person should be recieving today in her Unity Secret Santa package! I can't wait for her to get her surprises!!! OMG she is going to flip when she gets it!!My Christmas Cupcake card uses Ginormous Sweet Cupcakes! This is one adorable, fun kit to use, I am lovin' it!!

Now off you go to Laura's blog to see if it is the end of the rainbow...or not!

And don't forget to Hip Hop with us in the Unity SCS Hip Hop Forum...all day and night for tons of prizes!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's December!!

That means there is a new Kit of the Month at Unity Stamp Company!
And it's Tuesday, December 2nd, so that means that I have a Christmas project and card over at Angela's blog today {I don't know what time...just keep checking:)}!

But first I have this little plaque I made for my desk at work...I'll think of Brooke all day long with this hanging in my office;) It's very sparkly in person...you should come over to my office and see it!!Did you know that Unity is putting together a Scrapbooking Design Team?? No?? Well, if you are interested check out this post: Unity Scrapping Search
Heather, one of the sweetest cyber-friends I have ever *met*, awarded me with this Kreative Blogger Award!! Isn't it pretty??

OMG, I can't believe the sweet things she said about me...I am so honored, Heather, thank you!
Rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs. I could seriously list about 100 that I love and ready EVERYDAY!
4. Put links to their blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Brooke, because I am all about Brooke today for some reason...she posted some adorable new pics on Facebook, too, and I have this new little plaque I made to remind me of her and every single thing she posts on her blog is 2 DIE 4! {I am not a stalker!}

Christi, because I always love her blog and recently she did a 12 Days of Christmas series and made some of the CUTEST things ever!!

My Sassy friend Kim, because she always, even with a broken shoulder, makes beautiful and elegant cards that I adore!

Jeanne, because I wanna be Jeanne, lol...who doesnt?? Oh and she is so sweet and honest and smart. I am really glad we *met*.

And Bethany because I love her style and her SCS gallery is one of the 1st one's I ever noticed and is always full of cards that are my favorites. Her blog is also one of the 1st I ever realy followed...I have always been her fan!
Have a great Tuesday...or Wednesday...or whateva day you happened to stop by!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday Fun Challenge #12 {a day late!}

I am a day late posting the Friday Fun Challenge. If you saw my blog yesterday you'll see why...I was kinda busy shopping and sleeping!!
So here it is!
This week our challenge is a sketch created by Katherine.
Here's her sketch:
Here is the card I made for it:
I used the Unity stamp called Christmas List and paper and embellishments by Stampin' Up!
Check out the other girls cards on their blogs:

I'm off to a Big Craft Bazzar today, maybe i'll get some ideas for the Craft Fair I am supposed to be in 2 weeks from now...yeah, I have nothing prepared!!

Have a great day!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday ~ Total SUCCESS!

First of all...we are normally 3 hot chicks...but it was 3:45am and FREEZING! So, excuse the crazy strained faces...though Sherry is looking pretty darn good...

So, today is my favorite day of the year and here is how it went:

We left my house at 3:15am and headed to the Mall to go to JcPenney. Got to JcPenney and there were tons of people lined up outside, I love that part, so exciting. But we waited in the car to look over our lists and the ads and get ready until it was closer to 4am because we didnt want to carry our jackets, though I did anyway and was mad but oh well, you live and learn;)

Here we are before we went in:

At JcPenney I got some FAB deals! I got a wool/cashmere blend coat for $40 for myself and some $100 boots for $35! And some sweaters for Rachel and jeans for Mike...GREAT deals were to be found at JcPenney..that reciept says I saved "$296.27" and I only spent $140.42!

Then we went to WalMart because my sister in Italy had a long list for my nieces that Auntie had to come through with. I am proud to say that with the help of Sherry and Tiffany we got EVERYTHING on her list and there were some WILD women trying to stand in our way. While in WalMart I had a slight panic attack while I was stuck in the aisle by electronics for 20 minutes without moving....my face was all read and I felt faint and the lady next to me said "are you ok??" and I said "no, I need to get out of her NOW!" and people suddenly started moving!

Next it was to Target, they opened at 6am (lame!) so we waited in the car for them to open and went in and I got the Wii for a co-worker that asked me to get one for him, I got my Guitar Hero single guitar, some dvd's and a few toys for the nieces.

Next we ran to our FAVORITE store, New York and Company!! We all had our coupons in hand and were looking for our free watch (omg, it's so cute!)! We all got some new sweaters and pants and jewelry...of course as our reward for all of our shopping for others, right?? My receipt says I saved "$175.92" and I only spent $84.69!

Then we had to have breakfast so we went to Chic-Fil-A and relaxed and recharged!

Next we hit Shoe Carnival for some Clark's shoes for Mike that were on sale from $89.00 to $39.00 before noon and I accidentally got a pair of black pumps for only $14.98.....that's almost free!

Finally we went to Kohl's just to see what they had and I got some great deals on dress socks for me and little short socks for Rachel and the Levi's were on sale so I got some of those for Mike and some clothes for my nephew.

Here is the car after all was said and done:
(this is the back of a GMC Acadia with the 3rd row seat down...that sucker is FULL!)
I'd say that was a succesful day, wouldnt you????????????????

I love this holiday, it's the best ever!! I so cannot wait for next year!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for ALL of you, my wonderful, beautiful family, my warm home, my safe job, this wonderful stamping hobby that found me 3 years ago and SO much more!!
Have a wonderful day!
{my song today is for all of you!}

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hip Hop Into the Holidays!!

Hip Hop everyone!!!!!!!!

I am so THANKFUL you decided to stop by from
Robyn's FABULOUS blog today!!

Today I have a little gifty thing you could make that is QUICK and easy!

I went from this: To this:
In less than 30 minutes!!! As Jen would say, Shut Up It's True!!

I used Jesus is the Reason for both creations and just some punches and pretty paper and ribbon and voila!

Wanna know something cool?? Through Friday all Unity Stamp Company orders are 20% off! Now that's a Black Friday sale everyone will love!!

Speaking of Black Friday (the BEST day ever), who else is going to join me in the shopping madness??? I was just looking over some of the ads online and I am really scared over here...I am afraid I am going to go NUTSO, SHOPPING CRAZY!! There is so much I want, I need, I have to have....WISH ME LUCK...I feel faint just thinking about it!!!

At this time of Thanksgiving I really want to say...before you leave...how THANKFUL I am for all of you and all of the friends I have made because of stamping and Unity and this blog, it is so wonderful and I feel so blessed, thankful and loved!! Don't we all have so much to be thank ful for??

Now Hop on over to
Laura's Blog before you make me cry;)!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tagged by Lindsay!

I was tagged by Lindsay, isn't she awesome?? I actually like to be tagged, I'm just wierd like that;)
Here are the rules:
7 Random/Wierd Facts About Me:
1. Some noises make me gag...yes gag and almost throw up. Like just now I was using the tape gun at work and it made an awful high-pitched squeel and I gagged...in front of my boss.

2. I am not a baby person, I am a dog person. Babies don't even like me, they cry EVERY time I hold them. Except of course my nieces, Madison and Cadence, Payton I have never met but I am sure she'll love me, my nephew cries when I hold him...

3. I get such a huge shopping high that people think I am drunk, true story! Saturday, went shopping at Kohls, picked up Rachel and her friend from the movies, friend says "Rachel, is your mom drunk?"...Rachel said "no, she just went shopping, she gets like this!".

4. Speaking of shopping, I love Black Friday shopping and will get up at 2am but can't get up at 7am to go to work.

5. I have only changed maybe 10 diapers in my whole life and yes I have a 16 year old and neices and a nephew...thank God I lived with my mom and dad when Rachel wore diapers;)

6. My bedroom is a WRECK! I won't even let my closest friends see it, it's so bad. I have clothes covering every inch of everything in my room...my husband can't stand it and sometimes will hold out on..."you know what" until I clean it...(tmi??)
7. I talk to my dog, Tara, every morning all morning long and ask her what I should wear, what shoes to wear, what I should make for dinner and she definitely answers me in my head!

Still love me??

Now to tag some unsuspecting victims.......
Sherry
Now for the HIP HOP news!!
Hip Hop is TOMORROW! NOT THURSDAY SINCE THAT IS THANKSGIVING!!!
DON'T MISS IT, IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME, AS ALWAYS!!




Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Fun Challenge #11 & A Hip Hop Hangover!

(EEK!!, do you see my cute new Christmas banner that Veronica made me?????)

It's Friday Fun time and Hip Hop Hangover Day - all in one!!!!!!!

This week our Hostess is Sherry!
She challenged us and YOU to make a Thank You card.

My card uses the cute birdies from the August Kit of the Month, which you can still get;)

Please play along with us, we would love to see what you make!!! Use keyword FFC11 if you upload to the SCS gallery or link your blog here for me to see!

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GIRLS CARDS:

Sherry: Working and Stamping
Today is also the day after Hip Hop and with all the fun that is had there, you always have a hangover to show for it, I GOOD one though!
Later today Angela, the Head Unity chick, will post the blogs of everyone with a Hip Hop Hangover and there will be tons of eye candy to see!! Check out her blog today for her post and to see if there are any leftover Hip Hop specials from yesterday...I think there are;)
OMG and it snowed here this morning...WHAT??? I SO do not like snow in any way shape or form and I actually made me nauseous when I saw it...so pray that it gets warmer here, and FAST or I'll be headed South!
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hip Hoppin' New Releases!

Hip Hop everyone!!!!!
Thanks for hopping over from Inky Jeanne's blog!! If you are just starting here, be sure to start at Angela's blog to see ALL the new releases and specials for today!!

Don't you love Thursdays????? I know I do especially this Thursday because I have an adorable new stamp so show you!
This little guy is from the kit called: SnowOne Like You!
I think I am totally in love with his adorableness!!!
I used this weeks SCS Color Challenge (again) for this card.
This is a release from a few weeks ago that I love called Trinity Trio! I think this is one of my favorite stamps ever..until another one becomes my favorite ever, lol!

For this card I used the Sparkly Stained Glass technique from SCS. This was so much fun to do and I almost never do techniques, but I like sparkly things so I couldn't resist:) If you could see this in person the sparkliness would blind you, hehe! I used this weeks SCS Sketch Challenge for this card!
Now it's time to Hop on over to Brooke's blog! I can't wait for you to see what fabulousness she has created for you today!!

Join me and the whole Unity Design Team and family in the Unity SCS Hip Hop Forum today from 11:00am EST thru Midnight!! There will be lots of laughs and giveaways, too!!

See you there!!!!