Shimmer & Shine

If I were a drinker (I’m not), I would try champagne just because I love the name. Come on, say it with me: “SHAM-PANE”. Champage, Champage, Champage…say it three times and click your heels together and you’ll be taken to a wonderful castle in a cloud! Okay, maybe not, but drink in this beautiful card created with the Champagne Glimmer Paper (Item 127885) and Very Vanilla card stock (this week’s color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary~CCMC230):

Must say I adore how the Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon (Item 122332) matches so beautifully, tying all the elegant elements together 🙂 I used the Stripes embossing folder (Item 123128) for the background, used the Label Collection Framelits to cut the focal points and embossed the New Year’s single stamp (Item 132336) in gold. This stamp is fabulous because you can use it year after year. I’ll be using this card for many upcoming events!

Check out more of the single stamps by clicking on the link on the right (only available through January 2, 2013) and of course, the Clearance Rack Blitz!

Take a Tour Through the New Catalog

I am thrilled to announce that the 2012-2013 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog is now available! New products and new projects in full-color detail…once again Stampin’ Up! has delivered an impressive variety of exclusive artwork, new colours, quality products, and inspiring ideas. In fact, there are so many new products that I would like to take you on a Catalog Tour of the latest Product Suites from the comfort of your own home.

Starting on July 7 (and for the following 11 days) I will be introducing you to a new product suite via email. I know you are going to be as excited as I am to see what we have in store for the new Stampin’ Up! year, so click the link below to subscribe to this limited-time newsletter.

Object Lesson

Just before Christmas, Kayson got a hold of a big (read: illegal) firework and convinced his dad that it would be a great “object lesson” as the “star of Bethlehem”. So after reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 on Christmas Eve, the two partners-in-crime tell the rest of the family to meet them in the valley below our house in 5 minutes. After the object lesson, we should “drive home and deny any knowledge if questioned.” We dutifully follow in the aforementioned time lapse, but low and behold…EVERYONE is driving along this normally deserted road on Christmas Eve in a snow flurry like like you’ve never seen before. DH says, “Let’s try the quarry”. We follow behind them and I’m watching the huge turbines in the mouth of the canyon spin around as the wind rushes through (totally cool, by the way). The boys pull over on the normally-deserted-road and I pull over behind them, turning on my hazards so that the crazy Christmas Eve traffic behind us won’t run into our car as Kayson gets out of the jeep to check the wind (…he can’t SEE the turbines??? DUH). Guess who the FIRST person behind us to stop is?? Yep, a friendly officer of the peace to make sure that everything is okay. (What do I say? Um, yeah…we were just checking to see if we could try setting off an illegal firework in this snowstorm…) Needless to say, I explain that I was just making sure my husband was okay in front of me (who is now driving away leaving me to explain to the police). He wishes us a Merry Christmas and we give up for another night (say perhaps New Year Eve??) Two words: Plausible Deniability.