MAKE IT MONDAY – Thank You for Being My Friend Tutorial

Make It Monday - THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 29, 2017 blog post!MAKE IT MONDAY - FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Happy Memorial Day to my USA stamping friends!  I hope you are enjoying a nice long weekend and today off of work.  Why not take some time to create today since you don’t have to be in the office!

I have a beautiful Make It Monday tutorial for you.  It was designed by my friend Linda and I wanted to share it with you because it was such a wonderful technique and a great way to add that burst of color without a lot of work.

Make It Monday - THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 29, 2017 blog post!

I love the “spotlight” look of this card, don’t you?

Make It Monday - THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 29, 2017 blog post!

The sentiment is from Bookcase Builder but any sentiment would be lovely here.

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Now it’s YOUR turn to create!  Want to work off your mobile device?  Just take it to your stamp space and work from here.  Click the picture to make it larger!

Make It Monday - THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 29, 2017 blog post!

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Would you rather save the document to your computer?

Download the free THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND tutorial HERE

Can I make a recommendation?  Create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY so you can always find the downloads whenever you need them.  Or, you can always search the Categories (left side bar) and click on Make It Monday.  You will see all of them in one place.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND card.  Use what you have, order what you need.  Just click a pic!  

*Also available in Wood Mount

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Best. Day. EVER!!!  Yesterday we drove to Tulsa, OK to see a musical I have been dying to see – “Something Rotten“.  The show was absolutely FABULOUS!!!  It’s been a long time since a show has moved up the ranks in my list of Top 10 favorites but “Something Rotten” just earned the #1 slot.

The cast was amazing and oh so talented and I was beyond excited to see Adam Pascal (whom I have loved since I heard him sing in the original “Rent” soundtrack) played William Shakespeare.  He stole my heart!!!  He was so fun to watch and you could tell he was having a blast in the role.

I found a fun video from “The Today Show” if you’d like to get a little taste of it but let me just say, if you love musicals, THIS is a “run don’t walk” to see it show!!!

 

And here is a fun piece of trivia for you.  The guy in this video who played Nick Bottom is one of my favorite actors, Brian D’Arcy James.  Well, I was digging through some old Playbills from shows I’ve seen and I found “Les Miserable” from 1991.  Mr. Awesome and I saw it on our honeymoon.  A little slip of paper fell out of the program and it had the understudies listed for our performance and you guessed it, Brian’s name was on that list.  He was understudying for a no-name character!  We must have seen him in this when he was a struggling actor.  I flipped my lid when I realized that we had seen him “way back when”!  It always makes me smile when I see him now.

It’s a shame the show closed yesterday or I would have paid to see it again. 

That’s it for me today!  I am going to enjoy the day with Mr. Awesome and the girls!  I hope you have a wonderful day as well!

 

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TEACH ME THAT – How to Use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog postTEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

Are you ready for a new Teach Me That? Every Thursday I share a new technique to help take your stamping creativity to a whole new level.  

Today in Teach Me That, I will be showing you how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig — a great tool with a strange name.  

Stamp-A-Ma-Jig - #101049 - Get yours at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

The cool thing about the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is that it will help you position your stamps perfectly every time and it’s really quite easy to use.  

Before I get started, you will notice that the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is black and mine is purple. Well, WAY back in the day, it used to be purple.  Yes, I have had this same tool and the same imaging sheets for 15 years.  No hinges, nothing bulky, just this super cool little bar.

Are you ready to learn how to use it? Here we go!

TEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

  • Begin by stamping your first stamped image in the 2-Step process.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

  • Place Imaging Sheet (this comes with your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig), smooth side up, securely in the corner of the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

  • Align your stamp in the corner and stamp onto the Imaging Sheet and stamp.  This will leave the image on the Imaging Sheets allowing you to see where you need to stamp onto your cardstock.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

  • Position the Imaging Sheet over the stamped cardstock, moving it around until you have it lined up right where you intend to stamp.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

  • Line the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig up with the Imaging Sheet.
  • Remove the Imaging Sheet but leave the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig in place.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

  • Align the inked stamp in the corner of the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamp.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog postCheck it out!  A perfectly aligned 2-Step stamped image!

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

Now you’re ready to create a card using the technique!  

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

I needed a quick baby card and the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig made it so easy to do.  Did you know that Baby Bear was the most popular stamp set from our 2016-2017 catalog?  I can see why.  That bear is just so sweet.

TEACH me that! Learn how to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 11, 2017 blog post

By the way, this bear actually has a 3-step but I wanted it to be a little softer so I just used 2 of the stamps.

Here are the measurements for my card but get creative with your project: 

  • Blushing Bride – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Sahara Sand – 4 ⅞” x 3 ⅝”
  • Very Vanilla – 4 ¾” x 3 ½”
  • Blushing Bride Ribbon – 16″

Want to create my BABY BEAR CARD using this technique?  Just click a pic to order!

 

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

Here’s another version of how you can use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to create a shadow effect.  No special stamp needed to create a shadow — just pull out your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and you’re ready to go.

This card features the Scenic Sayings stamp set and the Greatest Greetings stamp set.  Both of these sets will be retiring on May 31st.  They have always been a favorite of mine!  You know how much I love big stamps. They make cards go together so fast.

Don’t you just love that bright shadow on the card?

Here are the measurements for my second card: 

  • Daffodil Delight – 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White– 4 ¼” x 3 ½” 
  • Melon Mambo – 3” x 3″
  • Whisper White – 2 ¾” x 2 ¾”

Here’s what I used to create my OH HAPPY DAY CARD.  To order, just click a pic!

 

*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

Today is the day…. today the bike comes out of winter retirement and hits the road.  Oh my, I am so nervous.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been on it.  I have no doubt that my behind will NOT be happy with me but I’ve got to get it reconditioned to the bike seat.  Now that Christina is home from college for the summer, we are going to try to ride in the mornings.  As I type this, she is still in bed so we’ll see how this goes.  Yep, that’s one exhausted kid!

I am excited to get back out though.  I truly enjoy riding….it’s the building up the endurance that is hard.  I am ready for the challenge and I know that Christina is too.

Boy, I’ve missed these rides and I am looking forward to the fresh air and sunshine!

I had some great stamping time yesterday and I am going to create a video on my project.  It’s a SIMPLE way to create a pop-up card.  I can’t wait to share it with you!  Please join me tomorrow for a Now or WOW video! 

Have a fabulous day my stampin’ peeps!  Mwah!

 

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Make It in Minutes Video – 12 All Occasion Cards

Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog postMAKE IT IN MINUTES - a new video series from Connie Stewart, featuring great cards and gifts made in minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Back in November I shared a video teaching you how to make 12 Christmas cards in a matter of minutes.  As I was looking through some of my retiring Designer Paper, I came across my Sending Love paper stack.  It was great paper and even though I used it mainly for Valentine’s Day, I came up with this idea on how to use it up…. in a non-Valentine way.

Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog post

Talk about a great way to use up some Designer Paper!!!

Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog post

I did add stars and heart punches to the cards but it tied the cards together so nicely.

Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog post

What do you think?  Fun, right?

Let me share the video I did on how to create the Christmas cards but you will see that you can easily convert them to my All Occasions cards pictured below.

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Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog post Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog post Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! CheMake It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog postg post Make It in Minutes- Create 12 All Occasions cards in a matter of minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - April 21, 2017 blog post

Here the measurements to make 12 cards:

  • (3) 8 ½” x 11″ Real Red – Score at 4 ¼” and cut at 5 ½” to create (6) cards
  • (3) 8 ½” x 11″ Basic Black – Score at 4 ¼” and cut at 5 ½” to create (6) cards
  • (12) Whisper White – 3 ¾” x 5″
  • (12) Whisper White – 4″ x 5 ¼” (inside panels)
  • (12) Basic Black – 3 ½” x 3 ¼”
  • (3) Designer Series Paper – 6″ x 6″ (use 3 different patterns)
  • (12) Gold Glimmer Paper – ¼” x 3 ½”, plus scraps for punches

Here are the items you will need to create my 12 All Occasions Cards.  To order, just click a pic!

*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in Red will retire May 31, 2017 or while supplies last
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I hope you enjoyed my quick cards today.  Any designer paper will work so I’m thinking why not create some different cards using other Designer Paper that needs a little extra love?  It’s so easy with this layout!

Yesterday, Ginny’s Show Choir (you may remember them singing to you on Valentine’s Day) had Oklahoma State Choir Competition. She was excited to compete but 6 days before the competition they hit a brick wall.  One of the other groups competing, a trio, discovers that one girl isn’t able to go so the choir teacher asked Ginny if she could quickly learn the words and the music.  Challenge Accepted!  I am so proud of how Ginny jumped in to help, otherwise the trio would have had to drop out.  There was no way Ginny would let her friends do that.

I am happy to say that Show Choir received a 1 on their performance and the trio received a 2 (1 is the highest so they did really well).  Congrats to these teens and their hard work!  What a great day for them!  I think celebratory ice cream might be necessary, don’t you?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  I hope to see you back here on Monday!

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip – Vellum Tip #2 Create a Card Cover

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #2 - Card Cover - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the April 18, 2017

Last week I started a little mini series on fun ways to use Stampin’ Up’s cardstock vellum.  Did you catch that?  “Cardstock” vellum.  This isn’t that flimsy vellum you may have used in the past.  Because of its heavier weight, it has so many more possibilities.

Let me share today’s tip on how to create a vellum card cover like this one.

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #2 - Card Cover - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the April 18, 2017

 

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #2 - Card Cover - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the April 18, 2017

Here are my measurements in case you missed them:

  • Cardstock Vellum – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Blushing Bride cardstock – 8 ¼” x 5 ¼”, score and fold at 4 ⅛” 

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Want to order any of the supplies you need?  Just click a pic to add them to your order!

 

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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If you are a Law & Order: SVU fan, you know that we are kindred spirits.  This is my favorite TV show.  If there is a Law & Order: SVU marathon on, forget it.  I am on the couch for the rest of the day.

One of our local channels airs L&O on Monday nights.  Last night was a repeat of my favorite episode ever.  If you are fan like me, when I say, “The Stuckey Episode”, do you know which one I mean?  Of course you do!  BEST PLOT TWIST ever!  

What’s sad is that the opening scene is a couple rollerblading and I scream, “It’s the Stuckey Episode!!!!”  Mr. Awesome just looks at me like I’ve lost my mind.  “How do you know that from 2 people rollerblading?”  All I can say is…. it’s a gift.

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Well, that’s it for me today.  Join me tomorrow for a throw-back video to a wonderful shaker frame using the Endless Wishes stamp set. It’s always been a favorite of mine and this stamp set is going to retire at the end of May.   I just had to share the video again because the project is just too cute.

Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday everyone!  


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MAKE IT IN MINUTES – Swirly Thanks Card

MAKE IT IN MINUTES by Connie Stewart - Swirly Thanks Card - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 12, 2017 blog postMAKE IT IN MINUTES - a new video series from Connie Stewart, featuring great cards and gifts made in minutes! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

 Hello my stampin’ friends!  How are you today?  It’s a little on the dreary side today in Oklahoma so I decided to create a card with some spring colors.  

MAKE IT IN MINUTES by Connie Stewart - Swirly Thanks Card - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 12, 2017 blog post

I needed a thank you card for my wonderful hostess in Minneapolis and this card turned out fabulous.  I love that a card so pretty can be made so fast!

MAKE IT IN MINUTES by Connie Stewart - Swirly Thanks Card - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 12, 2017 blog post

Let me share today’s video with you….

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MAKE IT IN MINUTES by Connie Stewart - Swirly Thanks Card - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 12, 2017 blog post

Here the measurements for my card in case you missed them:

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock – 11″ x 4 ¼”, scored and folded at 5 ½”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 3 ½” x 4 ¾”
  • Marina Mist – 3 ⅝” x 4 ⅞” or 3 ¾” x 5″

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Want to order any of the supplies needed to create the SWIRLY THANKS CARD?  To order, just click the pic!

*Also available in Wood Mount

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So yesterday I told you that I attempted homemade yogurt made in the microwave and promised an update.  I am so excited to tell you that it worked….for the most part.  lol  

It tastes great but the texture isn’t quite what I wanted (a little grainy) so I will try it again.  The good news is that it’s edible and adding some blueberries and a tiny bit of sweetener was all it needed.  It’s very fresh-tasting and doesn’t have any of that icky aftertaste.  I am not a big fan of yogurt but THIS is amazing.

I did learn, after some Google searching, that microwave yogurt is a recipe that you have to practice so I will make some adjustments next time.  The price was awesome!  I made 6 servings for under $2 and I can add what I want to it.  It’s always fun to try something new, am I right?  I think I will stick to stamping though.  I am not that great in the kitchen.

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Stampin' Up Retirement List 2017 - download it at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 11, 2017 blog post

CLICK HERE to see the full list of stamps & accessories that will be retiring on May 31st.  Many of them are on sale up to 50% off!  Everything on this list are “While Supplies Last” so get your favorites while you can.  CLICK HERE to order!  Remember, if your order is $50 or more, you will receive a special invite to the SPOILED STAMPERS SUPPORT GROUP!

When you place a $50 or more order in my Online Store, you earn a coveted spot in this exclusive Facebook group.  You will enjoy special perks available only to my Spoiled Stampers.

  • 1-month pass* to the Spoiled Stampers Support Group
  • A hand-stamped thank you card with your invitation inside
  • Guaranteed to receive the most current Stampin’ Up catalogs
  • Prizes, prizes, and more prizes
  • Exclusive project and tutorials not available anywhere else
  • Sneak peeks of new products and videos
  • A fun place to share what you love – stamping and paper crafting!
* Place a $50 or more order in April and your 1-month pass begins in May

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And that is all for me today.  I started doing a big clean up on my stamp room (hello Spring cleaning!) and I want to get some more things organized today.  I guess if it’s supposed to rain, this is a good day to do it.

See you tomorrow everyone!!!


Use APRIL HOST CODE CRTQN3WE on your order of $20* or more and you’ll receive a fabulous set of 30 stamping tutorials to inspire your creativity!  If your order is over $150, DON’T use the code.  Why?  Because I don’t want you to miss out on the Stampin’ Rewards that await you!  Rewards start at $15 in FREE product!

*Before tax & shipping

MAKE IT MONDAY – Quick & Easy Manly Birthday Card

Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY MANLY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!MAKE IT MONDAY - FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Happy Monday everyone!  I am so excited to be back here on the blog AND to be back home.  I spent the last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Stampin’ Up OnStage conference.  I had the BEST time.  I will share more below but i wanted to get started with today’s Make It Monday project.  It was inspired by a card that a friend made using one of the new stamp sets that will be in the new catalog.  I changed the stamp set, changed the colors as well, and voila!  I created a quick and easy masculine birthday card!

Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY MANLY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!

Masculine cards are always a challenge but just wait until you see what stamp set I used to create this manly card.  There’s nothing masculine about the stamp set at all!  It’s the That’s the Tag stamp set from the Occasions catalog (page 23).  It’s a bundle as well but I chose to use just the stamps for this card.

Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!

Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY MANLY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!

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Now it’s YOUR turn to create!  Want to work off your mobile device?  Just take it to your stamp space and work from here.  Click the picture to make it larger!

Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!

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Would you rather save the document to your computer?

Download the free QUICK & EASY MANLY BIRTHDAY CARD tutorial HERE

Can I make a recommendation?  Create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY so you can always find the downloads whenever you need them.  Or, you can always search the Categories (left side bar) and click on Make It Monday.  You will see all of them in one place.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the QUICK & EASY MANLY BIRTHDAY CARD.  Use what you have, order what you need.  Just click a pic!  

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This card was so quick & easy I decided to make a card for a friend.

Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!

Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, and Very Vanilla.
Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!

I colored the dots with a pink Sharpie marker.  They look like bubbles!

Make It Monday - QUICK & EASY BIRTHDAY CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 10, 2017 blog post!

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As I mentioned earlier, I had a great time in Minneapolis.  I never even thought about the fact that Mall of America was in Minneapolis!  I have always wanted to go there.  I’m not much of a “shopper” so we pretty much just wandered around.  We did stop for dinner there on Saturday night because I had to try a Minneapolis staple – the Juicy Lucy.  I ate it before I remembered to take a photo so I swiped this one off the internet but check this out!  The inside of the burger is filled with cheese.  I was in beef & cheese heaven!!!  I have to tell you, my stomach is growling as I look at this photo.  No trip to Minnesota would be complete without Cheese Curds either. Here in Oklahoma we have fried cheese, sure, but Cheese Curds are the rich uncle to fried cheese.  The cheese was so smooth and yummy. 

The conference itself was incredible.  It always is.  I have seen the new catalog and although I can’t show it to you yet, I can tell you that you are going to LOVE it!  There are so many new fun stamps and framelits waiting for you!!!

A highlight for me was meeting some of my team members for the first time.  I had a blast hanging out with Mary Beth and Tracie!  These two had me laughing and smiling all day.  I had other team members who attended some of the other venues that Stampin’ Up hosted and I have been stalking Facebook to catch some photos.  It looks like everyone had a marvelous time.  That makes my heart happy.

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Before I close I do have something very important to tell you. A couple of weeks ago, my email server, Cox Communications, sent me a message saying they were going to shut off my email address due to….. wait for it…. “lack of activity for over 150 days”.  You have GOT to be kidding me?  I send dozens of emails every DAY.  What do you mean lack of activity?  I contacted Cox before I left to check on this and they assured me that the email was sent in error.  Well, you guessed it….they shut down my email address.  Anyone who contacted me got a message saying that the account was deleted.  Thank heavens I have a back-up email address but I was one unhappy camper.  I spent an hour on the phone with them and they had no clue why this happened.  It’s back on but I still think a lot of my emails aren’t coming in.  With that being said, if you contacted me last week and you haven’t heard back from me, would you send me another email?  I would really appreciate it and I apologize for the inconvenience.  I think it may be time to shop for a new email provider.  I am not impressed with Cox right now.  They really didn’t fix the problem… Mr. Awesome did.

Well, my rant is done and as you can imagine, after being gone for a week, I have a lot to catch up on.  Laundry, emails (those that I could save), and I have a new idea for a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video I want to share. Join me tomorrow!


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