Thursday, April 24, 2014

Retirement Lists!! my BIG news that I mentioned previously is that I have become a Merchandiser with Chloe and Isabel. They are a new jewelry company that recently celebrated their third birthday...I LOVE everything about it...the product, quality, support, price and even their logo: Ca-ute!!!
These little birdies have taken up residency here at the Barker household. This last Tuesday I held my Grand Opening Pop-Up here at my home and I loved that fact that while I was 'go-to' for decorations was still Stampin' Up!. I have embraced the fact that I am indeed a's in my blood!! It was funny trying NOT to use Stampin' Up!
Here was a banner I made:

Then using the same Etcetera DSP (130129) I made this cute frame:

There was glass, that I removed and screwed it tiny eyebolts. Added some wire and ta-da!! I love that I will be able to swap the paper out to coordinate a themed event or season!! (Thank-you Pinterest!) 

When you get a chance, stop by my online Boutique and see for yourself!! There is something for everyone!!

Here are the 'thank-you' cards I made for my customers who placed an order during the month of April...I am SO excited that I have lots of bird stamps and accessories!!
Stamp Set: Hostess set Morning Meadow (129678 C, 129675 W)), En Francais (127790 C,128562 W)
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral
Ink: Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand
Access: Mini Clothespins, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine (125573), Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon (120999), Big Shot (113439), Big Shot Magnetic Platform (130658), Chalk Talk Framelits (129983), Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (118772)

The shimmer really POPS with the flash!! It's SO purdy in real life!!

Tomorrow night I am hosting Stamp has been QUITE a busy week!! I was supposed to go to Bunco tonight but I have my son's baseball game to attend..the last game I missed he hit a triple!! So I bailed on Bunco this month...I don't want to disappoint Aiden (they grow too quickly as it is!!)

Here is one of the cards we will be making:
It's actually an envelope~ you seal it shut and cut off 1/4" to create a pocket...EASY!!
Here is another pic:
And...last pic is a close-up:
Stamp Set: Blooming with Kindness (126422 C, 131961 W), Dictionary (130351 C, 130348 W)
Card Stock: Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White Craft ink
Access: linen thread (104199), Big Shot (113439), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Heat tool (129053), Clear Embossing Powder (109130)...oh...I also used the Crumb Cake marker and Color Spritzer tool (retired)....I could use that on everything!!

Tip: I stamped the bloom image first in the Summer Starfruit and waited until that was dry. Then I applied the Whisper White over that...and embossed with clear embossing powder.

Here is the other card that we will be making which could be perfect for Mother's Day!! Remember that it's on Sunday May 11th!!
Very soft and delicate...shabby chic!! I am in LOVE with this DSP from the current Occasions's seriously amazing!! This card would be great for a wedding...a baby shower...bridal get the idea!!

Stamp Set: Four Frames (123442 C, 128589 W), Hostess Express Yourself (130339 C, 130336 W)
Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Smoky Slate
Access: linen thread (104199) Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), 7/16" Natural Trim ribbon (129287), Whisper White 3/8" taffeta ribbon (109070), Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555), Vintage Trinkets (118764), Stampin' Sponges (101610), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Watercolor Wonder DSP (132994)

Another HUGE announcement is that the Retirement List is out!!

Dates: April 21-June 4, 2014 (all items available while supplies last)
We're saying goodbye to hundreds of retiring products from the 2013-2014 annual catalog!! ALL products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!
Also, make sure to take advantage of FREE standard shipping on EVERYTHING from April 21-25.
Retiring Lists
  • Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)
If you have any questions, please let me know!! Have a great day...I'm off to the game!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My first 1/2 Marathon!! I did it!!

April already?? Where to begin?? Had taken a bit of a break again from my Stampin' Up! business~ life gets crazy and hectic you know?? To pick up where I left last Stamp Camp was a great success thanks to the help of my good friend Beth!! Beth is also in my downline and instead of stamping the projects I had created...she was a little busy body grabbing supplies from one end of the table and showing everyone what/how to make the projects. A HUGE help and I am SO grateful!!

I made this card as a thank-you (hope she doesn't see it!!) I am finally getting around to sending it out!!


Stamp Set: Horse Frontier (132019 W, 126347 C), From My Heart (132007 W, 126557 C), Hardwood Background stamp (133032 W)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Versamark
Access: black gingham ribbon (retired), heat tool (129053), pewter embossing powder (124114), dimensionals (104430), Blender Pens (102845), pastels (retired)

Okay..other BIG news from my previous post~ I DID IT!!! I successfully ran my first 1/2 Marathon!! Whoop Whoop!! I had a goal to complete it by 2 hours and 27 minutes (because that's my birthday lol). But actually it was a realistic goal since during my training I was running between a 10-11 minute mile...I also had NO idea as to what to expect!! It was an amazing was the weekend of March 14th in Virginia Beach. We had beautiful weather and the course was flat (great for beginners). My husband joined me and he actually decided that morning to run it to. He's CRAZY!! I had trained by myself...he injured his hip several weeks prior and thought he was done...I honestly don't think he wanted me to gloat in his he ran it...limping/running the last few miles. He was in some serious pain the rest of the day (needless to say..I drove home!) But it's all good...I still beat him!! I even beat my goal!! I finished at 2:21!! I think that was part of the reason I wasn't dedicated to stamping as much...distance training takes a lot of time, dedication and it's hard to fit that into an already crazy family life!!

I can honestly say has been the most amazing thing I have ever done for myself. I learned a lot...about myself. I so many ways. I have officially been bitten by the bug...I consider myself a true runner...I love it. I hope I will always be able to get out there (or on the treadmill) even if it's only for a mile or enjoy the sounds of nothing else but my footsteps,beating heart and steady breathing. It is so rewarding and I now know why they refer to it as a 'runner's high'.

Okay...onward~ are you yawning yet?? Hee hee!

Here is another card I made using one of my latest favorite stamp sets. It's called Happy Watercolor (133191 C). It's on pg. 22 of the current Occasions Catalog.

Stamp Set: Happy Watercolor (133188 W, 133191 C), Dictionary Background stamp (130348)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Vellum, Raspberry Ripple
Ink: Versamark, Raspberry Ripple
Access: heat tool (129053), pewter embossing powder (124114), Antique Brads (117273), Tea Lace  Paper Doilies (129399), Silver Baker's Twine (132976)

Leave a comment if you have any questions, or if you want to place an order please visit my store!! Remember the current Occasions Catalog is valid until June 1, 2014.

Have a fabulous day!! More BIG news to announce for tomorrow!! See you then!!


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