Thursday, March 27, 2014

MDS Blog Hop--New Families

It's time for MDS Blog Hop again and while I haven't been spending a whole bunch of time on MDS, but I do have a few things that I need to be finishing up in the near future.  I have a few weddings coming up and while I can't reveal what I'm working on for the next wedding, I would like to share some of the wedding "gifts" I've made previously.  I love making personalized framed art for the new family with their name and wedding date and add it to a nice frame. Here are a few of my favorites!

I try to use the colors that the couple has chosen for their new home (I love online wedding registries!!) along with a style that they seem to like.  Sometimes I even have to pick the brains of friends and parents to find out more info.  Each framed gift is made especially for them.  It's always nice to get a note from the couple saying that they have it hanging up in their new home/apartment!  It's a gift that is kinda "return proof", at least they can use the frame for something else later if they want ;).
Time to hop around to all the other bloggers, but you can start with the other Julie (glad she's back from vacation!!)

Just a few more days left for Sale-a-bration...don't miss out!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

I Miss You Already

Well, after a lot of prayer, we have decided to leave Las Vegas after almost 20 years!  We will be moving back to Utah after our youngest graduates this summer.  It will be a new adventure for the whole family, but I still think I have a little bit of anxiety.  It's hard to leave the friends we've known and loved for 19+ years and the home we've raised our family in, but it is time for a change and the Lord keeps opening doors for us to go back--how can we say "no"?  As the boxes slowly get packed up and the last few projects are finished, the reality of the whole thing is starting to hit me...hard!!  We have loved living here (I know that is hard for some to believe but it's true!)  Las Vegas is really two different cities!  The tourist "Vegas" and the community "Las Vegas valley".  It's completely different from where we grew up, but we love it and will miss it here.  We have made some lifelong friends along the way who really have become family since our family has been so far away.  We left Utah for better employment way back in August of 1994 with one toddler and dreams of a wonderful life and now we leave to go back with two grown children and more wonderful memories than we could've imagined!  We're not sure how to thank all those who have touched our lives, but we know we have been blessed more than we deserve.  It will be wonderful to keep in touch with today's modern technology and social media, but it's not nearly the same as one on one, face to face.
When I first saw this stamp, I really didn't get it, but now that I am really leaving, it's making more and more sense to me.  The pain of separation is getting stronger each day and memories are filling my mind to the brim, but I have to keep packing and cleaning (ugh!) and planning and home-searching (thanks, Zillow!) and try not to "think" too much, or it will overwhelm me!  I certainly plan to thank my friends personally, but this sentiment just made it all very real to me.  I miss you already!!

Sale-a-bration is coming to an end in just a little more than a week, make sure you get your order in before the end of the day on March 31!

Better get back to packing (again...UGH!!)!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

MDS Blog Hop--Cut it Out!!

Ok, I have finally tried my hand at using MDS with an e-cutter (thanks to my bestie, Jeanna B) and I LOVE it!  I'm glad that we had 'using e-cutters' as a theme for our hop this time. I will  definitely be putting one my wish list this year!  I saw a card a few years ago that caught my eye and I pinned it thinking that I would somehow replicate it with MDS, but I never got to it. As I was thinking about what to create for this blog hop, that card popped back in my head, and luckily Stampin' Up! has a plethora of downloads to create it.
The numbers were from Days in December stamp brush set and a few different alphabet/number punches.  I laid them out all over the card front and then cut it out just smaller than the card base.  Because it was my first e-cutter project, I didn't think too much about the small cuts and the tiny corners that were cut off, I will keep that in mind next time.  I just love the way it came out.  I added the Bermuda Bay ribbon for some color, but it looks fine without it as well (more masculine).  My husband even said "Ooo, that's cool!!"  I hope these blog hop creations give you some inspiration to create your own e-cutter project (or even just a pattern to cut out by hand), it really is super easy.

Hop on over to Rochelle (Julie L. is on vacation this week) I'm sure she will have something completely darling to share, like always!! Leave some comments for the girls too!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

We Create Blog Hop--Retro Fresh Dots

Promotion Playtime is our theme this month and there are so many promotions at Stampin' Up! right now that it's hard to keep track. Occasions catalogSale-a-brationPhotopolymer StampsHip Hip Hooray card kitUndefined stamp carving kitEveryday Occasions cardmaking kitEnvelope Punch Board...I'm sure I'm missing one!  I used the Retro Fresh DSP and the Just Sayin' bundle from the Occasions catalog and the Decorative Dots from our Sale-a-bration catalog.  I love the Retro Fresh DSP patterns and colors, but just so you know, I used two different colors that aren't listed on the DSP package, but I love that they still coordinate well.  
I'm so excited to introduce my friend Jeanna Bohanon as a new We Create Blop Hopper!  She is my BSFF (Best Stamping Friend Forever!) and a very sweet person, not to mention that she's a super talented stamper and a Stampin' Up!, eh?  Make sure you stop by and welcome her to our hop (tell her I said "Hi"). Now head on over to Michelle for her pretty promotion playtime project (don't you love alliteration?).
It's been raining the last few days but I was still able to have a fun birthday yesterday!  Thanks to all who made it fantastic!