Saturday, April 7, 2012

Back to Blogging!

Hi there!

I didn't expect to be away from blogging for so long. It's nice to be back and I'm glad you are here!

Here's the latest DIVA sketch challenge, DSC183. Our sketches this month are by Ruthie B. I stayed true to the sketch but substituted a large oval for the butterfly. Thanks for a great sketch, Ruthie!

I was itching to play with some of the new Summer Smooches products that I had ordered. I got them just before I went away and had no time play. Here's my card:

Stamps: Bright Blossoms
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Summer Smooches DSP
Markers: Real Red, Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Big Shot, ovals die, Daffodil Delight 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, mat pack

I used the paper piercing pad to get the dotted border on the oval evenly spaced. I love the repetition of all of the little dots in the background paper and the scallop border punch as well. Trying to figure out how to cut the scallop ribbon in half was quite a challenge! I first tried with a scissors, but it wasn't straight. I looked at my tabletop cutter (#106959) and new I would never be able to hold the paper in place, so I finally used my paper cutter (#104152) and it worked like a charm. Next time, I think a little dotto to hold it in place will probably help. The stamps were colored with markers rather than an ink pad. In retrospect, I think Daffodil Delight paper would have better than the grosgrain ribbon. With such vibrant colors in the DSP they shadow through the ribbon. Oh well, lesson learned!

Well, it's good to be back to blogging! I have missed it, and I hope you are glad I'm back too!

Easter Blessings to you and yours,

P.S. A lot has been going on in the last three weeks that I would like to share.

I have been working to promote for Manager and have been close several times, but in the last several weeks, I've gotten even closer! I got a new recruit who actually found me! (Thanks, Linda!) We've known each other for about 30 years, and while she was vacationing in Florida, she went to a card class and fell in love with Stampin' Up! products! As soon as she got home, she searched for a demonstrator in her area, and the rest is history!

Two weeks later, one of my downline members (Hi, June!) had her first Stampin' Up! party. I think the party was over $650, and she got a recruit as well!

Last week, my daughter Becky, who was my upline but had dropped, rejoined Stampin' Up! I'm so glad she's back because I love to talk about stamping with her and she inspires me!

Here's the one thing holding me back. I need $1,000 more in annual sales to promote. I am running a special (through me, not Stampin' Up!) sale where I will pay the tax and shipping on all orders. For every $25 spent, your name will get entered in a drawing for hostess dollars as well as items at 50% off! That includes the Big Shot as well our Stampin' Write markers. The bigger the order, the greater the rewards! And I have a free product gift for any one who places an order.

Please shoot me an email if you would like to be part of the fun! You cannot order from my business website since this is a special that I am offering.


  1. Very cute, Barbara! Welcome back!

  2. You are right! We were on the same wave length LOL! I love yours! Congratulations on Becky rejoining!!!! That is so exciting! Good luck on meeting your goal!