Monday, October 31, 2011

Checkin' In.....

Good Morning & Happy Monday Friends!
First off let me say how happy & thankful I am for all your sweet and uplifting comments & emails.  Believe me when I tell you that my eyes weren't dry either but now I shed tears of joy instead of pain & frustration!!!!

Sooooo, we're officially moved but by no means are we completely moved in!!!  I'm saying hello from my new local library since things are still a bit chaotic at home right now.  I don't even have my pc together yet but hope to very soon & that's driving me completely nuts LOL!!

On a very happy note, I did manage to get the kiddos off to school this morning without a hitch & I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll have a great first day.  There's so much that I need to do still & I feel like my head is spinning right now.......visualize me screaming at this point!!!!!  I'll post again when I can & thanks so much for stopping by!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time For Change....

Good Evening & Happy Tuesday Friends!
I'm going to take a moment to explain why I haven't been posting as much to my blog:

I lost my baby brother 1 year ago & his death completely devastated me.  I didn't think I would ever get to a point in my life where I could smile & actually be happy again without breaking into tears but I'm happy to say that the day has finally come!  I will never get over his death & my heart will always ache for him....however; I'm now at peace with everything that occured June of 2010. 

My husband & I took the financial brunt of having to deal with my brother's death and I'm here to tell you that it wasn't pretty & it completely wiped us out.  It's funny how the insurance company can do whatever they want regardless to what's written in *stone* & people around you turn their backs very quickly when things aren't going as planned......a year ago I was a very depressed, extremely  bitter & angry person because of all this crap but today I'm just at ease!  I've found my happy place & it's really peaceful and serene....I've surrounded myself with positive, upbeat people and cut ties with those that choose to stir up all kinds of trouble.  What a relief that was!!!!  It wasn't easy getting to *my* place & I most certainly couldn't be rushed into takes time to get your head & heart together after all the mess we've had to deal with!

After falling in such a dark hole where we couldn't even see the bottom; I'm elated to say that we're moving this Friday!!!  I have just about my whole entire home packed up.....I'm leaving the food for tomorrow but my work here is done!  We're loading up the truck on Thursday & we're leaving this town for good very early Friday morning!  Maybe I shouldn't say for good since I will have to take a road trip once a quarter to do classes here for my most loyal, faithful & new friends alike!!!  Kathy R., Misti & Adriana will be truly missed!  These 3 ladies have seen us through our darkest days with hugs, groceries, shoulders to cry on......teaching me how to jump start my car when the battery died!  I couldn't ask for better friends & I wish I could pack them up and take them with me!  I do believe they know how much they mean to me & just in case they don't; I'll show them just how much I appreciate them with lots of Stampin' Up! gifts when I return LOL!!!!  You guys are awesome & I LOVE you very much!!!!!

My children are very excited to start their new schools on Halloween & to get into their new home this weekend!  I'm so happy that I've been completely honest with them about everything that's happened to us & I'm ever so grateful for their giving kiddos have been my lil' rocks through this whole process and they've taken good care of their Mama....I am truly BLESSED!  We're looking forward & not backward and I see a very bright future ahead for us! 

Thank you all for sticking with me through an extremely rough year & the words of encouragement mean so much coming from you all!  I lose my internet on Thursday & won't get it back until Saturday so please bear with me while we hit the road and get all set up in our new home.  I'm excited to be in a different town & meet new stamping friends.....after a nice long nap of course LOL!  I appreciate your visit & I'll be back as quickly as I possibly can! 
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Stamp Camp Fun

Good Morning & Happy Tuesday Friends!

I had so much fun sponsoring Lessology & it's going to be very tough for the DT to pick just 2 winners with so many FAB projects!  Good luck ladies & can't wait to see who wins!!!

My post for today is featuring the projects we made last Friday night here at my home.  I held my annual Halloween Stamp Camp & it was a BLAST!!!!!  I truly enjoy stamping, meeting new people & watching them *grow* into a seasoned stamper!  I experienced this on Friday night....Kathy S. is new but she jumped right into  these projects with no fear &  this was just her 2nd class!!!!!  I'm looking forward to many more sessions with her & the rest of my friends!!!

Well, that's it for me today!  I really have to get *BUSY* but I'll be back in a couple of days with an announcement!  Thanks so much for stopping by & I hope you have a great rest of the day!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Supplies:  House of Haunts, Spooky Bingo Bits, Delightful Dozen & Batty for You Stampsets; Frightful Sight DSP; Old Olive, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Cajun Craze & Whisper White Cardstock; Basic Black, Craft White, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive Ink; Daffodil Delight, Old Olive & Pumpkin Pie SU! Markers; Simply Scored; Big Shot; Box #2 Die; Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; Decorative Label, 1 3/4" Circle, 1 1/2" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1" Circle, Scallop Circle & Scallop Oval Punches; SU! Rhinestones; Silver Mini Brads; White Gel Pen; Dimensionals, Sponge; Wax Paper; Tissue Paper; Candle

Thursday, October 6, 2011

LESSology Sponsor

Good Morning & Happy Thursday Friends!!!!!

Poppin' on really quick this morning to let you all know about a new challenge blog called LESSology!  Their challenges are dedicated to altered things & upcycling & I am their sponsor for the Brown Bag Challenge that's going on right cool is that?!!!

This is the prize package for one lucky International Player!  I'm sure whoever wins will truly ENJOY all these goodies!!!!!

I'm also offering a $20 Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate to a US player...redeemable only through Jacquel L. Bowman; Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

For your chance to win, hop on over to LESSology & read all the rules to make sure you're elgible to win one of these FAB prizes!!!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great rest of the day!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Free Big Shot Offer From Stampin' Up!

Join my team & become a Stampin Up Demonstrator during the month of October and get a FREE BIG SHOT DIE CUTTING MACHINE!!!!!

Click here if you'd like to join now (when you get to this site click on Join the fun).

If you'd like to chat about becoming a demonstrator please let me know and I'd be happy to contact you. You can email me at the address below.

Please read all the details below (before you join):

Dates: October 1-31, 2011
  • Anyone that joins during the promotion period will receive a Sizzix Big Shot Machine or $100 in Stampin' Up! products of your choice from any of our current catalogs.
  • New recruits who join online will be given access to the Promotional Product Bonus one hour after they complete their online IDA (you will be provided a link to OEX for this redemption via e-mail).
  • In this order type, you will either enter the item number for the Big Shot (item 113439) or the item numbers for up to $100 in Stampin' Up! products.
  • Products can be chosen from any current catalog and shipping is FREE!
  • New Recruits should ensure that their free total comes as close as possible to $100 without going over since the Promotional Product Bonus order type will not allow items beyond $100 to be added to the order.
  • Those who mail in their Indepedent Demonstratror Agreements can simply list the items they want for free on their accompanying order form.
  • New recruits will have until November 30, 2011, to redeem their product bonus.

Starter Kit Information

  • Promotion applies to the purchase of the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kit. You may add the Stampin' Memories, Definitely Decorative, or My Digital Studio Software Add-On for the regular add-on price.
  • You have the option to substitute a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ($7.95 or less; see pages 218-219) for the Always Bird D├ęcor Elements (p. 233) that comes standard in the Starter Kit.
  • As a part of my team and the Stampin' Up! family, you can take advantage of Stampin' Up! demonstrator privileges and discounts through March 31, 2012 with no obligation to buy or sell anything more (that includes Sale-A-Bration!!). A minimum of $300 in sales per quarter is required to stay active after that.
  • Starter Kit is only available to new members and not to current demonstrators.


HAVE A QUESTION? Please EMAIL ME. I'm ready to help.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this & I look forward to hearing from you!!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,