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Quick Thank You!

July 14, 2009

Take a look at my new banner!! How cute?!?!  And not as “scary” as the big black eyes!!  The cat is mine (Espresso!) and I HAD to have her be part of the banner, given this blog is named for her!  My friend Kate offered to help me create a new, better banner.  She really thought about my personality, what I like and how I’d want to be represented.  THANK YOU! for helping out.  Isn’t it cute??

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A New Day

July 3, 2009

It’s 8:00am and I’m already procrastinating!  I have made the decision to head to the beach for the upcoming weekend/week, but have NO motivation to pack!  I KNOW that once I get there, assuming the weather shifts, I’ll have relax and enjoy myself…it’s just the anticipation that’s killing me.  I have NO CLUE what to pack and what/if any of my stampin’ stuff I should bring. I have plenty of room in my car, but I hate lugging everything.  I also am bringing my cat, which tends to be stressful as well.  I’m going to set a goal for myself…..begin packing clothes and “necessities” around 9am and see how much that adds up to.  THEN…I’ll decide. I have to PLAN a project if I’m going to bring my SU! stuff, otherwise I’ll bring way too much without any direction.  I’ll keep this blog posted regarding my decisions, and if I do make or create anything, I’ll be sure to upload and show it!

I’m Back!

July 2, 2009

The school year got away from me and I kinda forgot about this site. Now that summer  I’m recommitting to updating this site and keeping it current! A  Brand New Stampin’ Up! catalog has been released and I am ready for tons of new projects. I’m so excited for this catalog and all of the New In-Colors and new accessories that are in it. One goal for this summer is to do multiple challenges through blogs that I read as well as a lot of personal stampin’.

Over the past months I have been doing a lot of stamping. A main focus of a lot of my work was creating very special projects for one of my closest friends as they were getting married. Their colors were yellow and light blue, so much of what I created used the Stampin’ Up! colors So Saffron and Bashful Blue. Here was the first item I created, my friend Jen’s shower card:
Jen shower
I used the stamp set “Once Upon A Time” as well as the Big Shot Top Note Die. The wedding dress is from an older, retired, hostess set from a number of years ago.

I then made 8 gift bags for her “Girls Night Out”.  A group of us went out to dinner and stayed downtown for the night, so the bag had some “essentials” like water, advil, mints and some snacks. This was the prototype bag. I kept it for myself. The others were similar….but much better. I used the “Cheers to You” stamp set along with the top note die.  The Designer Paper I used was from this year’s Sale-a-bration.
Jen bag

Lastly I created their wedding card. I stuck with the same colors and used the top note again, to match the shower card and gift bags. I used “Cheers to You” again along with a retired stamp set from a few catalogs ago. I used the technique of paper piecing. I embossed some flowers and colored them on very vanilla.  I then cut the layers out and pieced them onto the cake. The details are very hard to see on the photograph, but I truly think it came out well.  I also used the Bella Bleu Designer Paper which is still available in the present catalog.Erik wedding card

Following the wedding I made a frame for them. My friends met in Nantucket, and I was with them when they met. I feel as if I’ve experienced their relationship with them. It brought me great joy to create a special memory of their day, so I created the following frame:
Erik frame I used the Billboard Letters for the Big Shot to create the lettering and had re-matted the frame with some specialty Designer paper that had been in the Spring/Summer catalog.  The LOVE sentiment is a decor element.  I think it came out well, and they really liked it.

As the summer goes on, I intend to be posting more. So come back often, or subscribe to my blog, to see what I add!

Heading OUT

January 16, 2009

I am MORE then excited.  In less then 12 hours I leave my apartment to head for my upcoming adventures of this weekend.  I’m going to fly to Philadelphia to see friends and begin my INAUGURAL WEEKEND festivities.  I am seeing a lot of friends I haven’t seen in awhile, and do plan to be on the Mall in Washington on Tuesday as the oath of office is taken.  I know I will be one of MANY out there..and won’t necessarily hear/see the oath and speech in the same way I would on the TV, but that will be re-played and I’ll be part of the action!

While all of this is happening, this weekend is also the final weekend of sales for Stampin’ Up!’s Fall/Winter Catalog and on Monday, January 19th at 12:00MDT the NEW Spring/Summer Catalog will be released!!  This weekend will be your LAST CHANCE to get many stamp sets and accessories.  If you are interested in purchasing anything this weekend, go directly to my website to place your order  http://jessh.stampinup.net as I won’t be in constant contact with my email.  And, I would HIGHLY suggest you check out the site on Monday or Tuesday to view the new products and catalog.  There are some AMAZING new stamp sets and accessories being released.  If you are interested in getting a personal catalog…contact me!!

I need to awake early for my flight, so time for some downtime, and sleep.

Exhausted, but EXCITED!!!

January 13, 2009

Today my Saturday late night caught up to me and I am COMPLETELY exhausted!!  Yesterday I ended up having one of my two customers come to make the All Occasions Card Class, and tonight the second customer came, so they are completed!  On top of it…my NEW CATALOGS came!!! On Monday at 2pm EST (12 MDT) the New Spring/Summer Catalog will go “live” and be available for customers.  Let me just say….it is GORGEOUS.  The stamp sets are adorable, and the accessories are TO DIE FOR!!  They also have come out with a number of new elements and simply sent kits. These are GREAT for the crafter who doesn’t want to do the prep work for the paper.  It’s all been done for you (kinda like when you have a workshop or class with me!!)  I’m sitting watching “Idol” and creating a HUGE wish list for myself!! Wait until you see what I’ll be demonstrating  and sharing this year…….

Getting Started

January 11, 2009

With a New Year, resolutions ensue. I’ve made a number of those this year, and do feel as if I will work toward many of them in a productive, successful manner. I even purchased the book “This Year I Will…” by M. J. Ryan to help me keep my resolutions. One of my thoughts for this year is that I want to stamp as much for pleasure as I do for business. I also would like to post more of that information publicly for my customers, or anyone else looking at this blog. So far this year I have done a lot of creating. Here is one of my favorites so far this year:

This card was created with one of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Mini, Season of Friendship. The card base is Brocade Blue with glossy White on top. I then used a brayer to create the sky. I blended multiple inks to create the contrast…Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue and Night of Navy. I’d torn a scrap piece of paper to cover the bottom, to create the snow and stamped the tree in Versamark and Black. I then used clear embossing on the tree to give it some dimension. The ribbon is Night of Navy. All supplies for this card can be found on my website http://jessh.stampinup.net One of my other BIG goals for this year is to take BETTER photographs. I promise…I’ll work on that. Until that time…please bear with me, and enjoy my creations!