Cool New Specials & Darla’s Perfect Blend Card

"Last Thursdays" Card Class—Last Thursdays - logoThursday, May 29

Join us as we create 4 fabulous cards with envelopes.  This month we'll feature some of the retiring products for the very last time, plus you may see couple of new catalog sneak peek items, too!   

It's your absolute LAST CHANCE to order any remaining retiring products from the current catalog! 

Cost is $10 or FREE with a minimum qualifying order at the event

Please RSVP By May 28, 2014


Hi Stamping Friends!

I've got lots to share today including some new specials coming soon, a sneak peek project, and the beginning of my Project Life journey!  So we'll get right to it!


Retired List Blow-Out Sale—Starting tomorrow, Stampin' Up! will be offering a 25%-50% discount on many of the retiring products. You'll have to act fast, as this special offer is only available until June 4, 2014, while supplies last!  Look for all the details tomorrow!


Recruiting Special Starts May 28—From May 28-June 30 new recruits can join Stampin' Up! at one of two cool prices. New demos will still be able to purchase the traditional Starter Kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for 4 weeks only they also have a choice to select a reduced priced Starter Kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value). Woohoo! Check back on May 28 for full promotional details.

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Today I have another fun card from our Too Cool Demo Team masculine card shoebox swap last week, courtesy of Darla Eigenschink.  

Blackberry - darla perfect blend copy  

New Goodies—Darla's background gives you a little sneak peek of a new Designer Series Paper Stack (you know, the 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" kind) called Moonlight.  This chevron pattern features two of the new In Colors: Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.  It's a great combination!

We also got to use some of the new Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon—so yummy!

Blackberry - darla perfect blend2 copy

Coffee Cup—We stamped the coffee cup from the Perfect Blend stamp set in Blackberry Bliss, then cut it out using our super-sharp Paper Snips.  I love how Darla had us stamp the image again on Hello Honey card stock, then cut out the coffee cup wrap part only and run it through the Big Shot with the Chevron Folder.  It picks up the pattern of the paper—coordination, baby!

Blackberry - darla perfect blend3 copy

Sassy Salutations—We spruced up the Sahara Sand background by stamping the splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge in Sahara Sand ink.  It gives it a nice subtle texture.  Then, we finished off the card by stamping a sentiment from Sassy Salutations in Blackberry Bliss. 

It was another quick & easy card that works great for any male or female coffee-drinker!  Thanks, Darla, for sharing this awesome card!

Complete Supplies List (in the new catalog):

**These products will be available on June 2, 2014 with the release of the new catalog (Blendabilities release still undetermined).

Find all the supplies to create this project & more at my Online Store!

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Starting My Project Life Journey….Or, Stop! Man Down!

I received my first Project Life Kit, called Everyday Adventure, last week and I was so excited to start this new way of journaling my life!  I pulled out all of the coordinating cards and divider pages and journaling pens and accessories and started mixing & matching to see what worked together.  I was having fun filling in some of the pockets with cards imagining some of the stories I could tell once I got photos taken and printed. 

I LOVE the designing part of scrapbook pages, but not necessarily the photo taking and organization part.  I quickly discovered that with Project Life, FOR ME, I had to approach this new form of memory keeping in a whole different way than what I'm used to.  And, FOR ME, that means getting better at taking my camera with me and recording my day-to-day activities, not just special events. 

So, this week, I've been trying to take my camera with me (my phone isn't good for pics) everywhere I go.

Darla & angie trek the trails4 

Dozens of cyclists listen to the guidelines for the Trek The Trails ride, on May 20.

One of my first outings was to go for a community bike ride, called Trek The Trails, through our neighborhood trail system with my friend Darla Eigenschink.  I thought that was the perfect time to do a little photographic journaling.

Darla & angie trek the trails 

Here we are before the ride—all smiles!  I'm not a "selfie" girl, but I did a pretty good job on this one!  Perfect photo for my Project Life page! 

Our ride was scheduled to be about 7 miles, and I walk the same path daily, so even though I don't cycle much, I felt pretty good about this being a leisurely ride. 

About 2 miles into the hilly ride, the pedal crank of my bike got loose and just about fell off.  We had to wait for the the Summit City Bicycles tool guy at the back of the pack to come and tighten the bolt.  Thanks, James!  Once I was all fixed up, we got going again.  Did I take a photo of this memorable moment.  Shoot, no!  I completely forgot!

And, then this happened…

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Cycling & Angie—Not the Perfect Blend.

Man Down!  OK, to be truthful, it wasn't anything like this photo is suggesting, but, like TMZ, I simply enjoy the shock-value of it.  This is actually a "re-enactment" photo after the ride of how I "felt" about 3 miles into the ride. 

Dazed & Confused—I made Darla stop our ride because I wasn't feeling well. I'm not sure what happened, but I think it was a mixture of walking 5 miles a couple hours earlier, being dehydrated, having some low blood sugar from not eating much all day, having a slight sunburn, and the fact that it was pretty hot out. All of those things combined left me feeling dizzy, thirsty, and a little confused.  Did I have Darla take a photo of me sitting in the grass along the side of the road looking like I might vomit?  Shoot, no!  Another photo op missed!

Hydration!  I felt completely embarrassed, but Darla was so great coming about to my aid!  She gave me her water and we walked to the nearby YMCA to get more water.  The gentleman at the wellness desk took my blood pressure and gave me a free juice to help my blood sugar.  I was relieved to learn I wasn't dying.  Did I think to get a photo at the Y?  Shoot, no!  I was too busy getting some hydration! 

We took the rest of the ride slowly and I had to walk a lot of the uphill parts. 

When we got back to our starting point, I lamented about not getting any good shots of this "everyday adventure," so that's when she took the "re-enactment" photo of me laying in the parking lot.  Honestly, it felt good to lay down by that point!  Exhausted!

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Thanks, Darla, for trying to kill me coming to my rescue and helping me get home safely! 

Our trek on the trails may have been a bust, but at least I got to spend time with Darla and I have some photos and a good story to start my first-ever Project Life spread!  And, now that this post is done, I also have all the journaling to go with it!  On my way!  I'll be sure to post it when it's completed!  Woohoo!



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