Birthday Girl Necklace

The more I use my Stampin’ Up! stuff and other paper crafting supplies the more I find myself using them.  My oldest and my daughter is turning 8 this weekend.  Earlier in the week my sister and I were shopping for birthday party supplies and saw a cute little rosette pin for the birthday girl.  Being frugal people we asked our selves is that something she really needed and my next thought was I can make one of those.  So after I got the kids to bed I sat down and thought about my baby girl and what she would like.  I thought about her favorite colors pink and purple and how she is a cross between a princess and a tom boy.  This is what I came up with.

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She enjoyed wearing it during the party and even wore it out to dinner. I just used Stampin’ Up’s Paper Doily Sizzlits L and their 2 1/2″ circle punch and 2 3/8 ” scallop circle punch. The stamp is Stampin’ Up! Create a Cupcake Stamp set. I used retired card stock colors for the paper. The ribbon was from what we found in my Grandma’s basement.

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

My kid’s school has a teacher appreciation week and the kids and parents are given the opportunity to let the teachers know how much we have appreciated all they have done over the last year. My kids have a number of teachers even though they are only in elementary school because they have separate gym, art, spanish, music, resource center, library, and of course you can’t forget the principal and school secretary.  So we had a number of teachers to thank so we needed a simple project my 2nd grader and kindergartener could help with, something mommy could finish without pulling an all nighter, and something that would not break the bank.  I thought of the matchbook sticky note projects that were in the May Stampin’ Success Magazine were the perfect project.

I actually ended up creating two versions one for the female teachers and one for the male teachers.  I used a combination of current paper colors and accesories and retired paper colors.  My daughter was able to use the Stampin’ Wheel to apply the background design to the card stock.  She was also able to help punch the flowers and circles out.  I chose the For All You Do stamp set as I thought the sentiment was just perfect to give to their teachers.  The baker’s twine in the 2011-2012 color was a fun addition.       The version for the guys we used the school colors and the school logo.  We wanted to give them something they would be willing to have on their desk and not feel awkward and I think this design achieved that.

Vintage Vogue Class Preview

I was saddened by the retirement of one of my favorite stamp sets. This inspired me to offer a class using that stamp set before it is retired. I am still looking to do this class and would love to get a group together yet before the end of May and spend some time making these beautiful cards inspired by the Vintage Vogue stamp set by Stampin’ Up. 

The first card is very different from a traditional card it does not open but is more 3-D. The card stands up and gives a shadow box effect showing off the designs through the holes.

The next card is more traditional and elegant. The very delicate crocheted lace and vine stamp with tiny pearl accents make this card a lady’s card perfect for Mother’s Day sentiments.

The third card also use the vintage vogue set but also features Butterflies made using Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.  This is a favorite of mine.  It also has pearl embellishments and a small ribbon bow at the top.

If you like these cards contact me for more information on how to attend a class or you could even host a private class with your friends.  For specifics on the cards and what was use to make them from the Stampin’ Up Catalog check out my Stampin’ Up Website projects page at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jennyoneal/distPages/projectList.soa?easyTemplatePageType=1

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My Story

      Wow!  Here I am again a new demonstrator amazed at all the changes life has handed me since I signed up the first time 3 years ago.  Last time I signed up because I needed a hobby and something to help me balance my life between my family, work, and me as an individual.  Unfortnately, the job won and there wasn’t room for it, my family and Stampin Up.
So what changed that I have room for Stampin Up again you may wonder?  A lot for starters, I was laid off from my job at the end of September.  This wasn’t just any job.  This was my dream job.  The job my two degrees and a life time of experience had uniquely qualified me for or so I had thought.  I was the victim of governmental budget cuts and all the overtime, blood, sweat, and tears meant nothing budgets had to balance and that meant positions had to be eliminated and mine was one of the ones that got cut.  Here is the kicker, I found out that I would be unemployeed in 4 months on my 9 year wedding anniversary.  Yeah, you read that right I had 4 months to keep working 60 hour weeks knowing I would not have a job at the end of those months.  As if that wasn’t enough to handle in one summer, I also had to have hip surgery and my husband had to have shoulder surgery.
Thank God he is a faithful and loving God who is there to carry us through valleys.  I was given what I believe to be the greatest gift I could have been given.  I went from being a full time 60+ hours a week working mom to a stay at home mom virtually overnight.  My kids were thrilled.  My husband was happy he didn’t have to be a single parent every night but that didn’t answer those important questions like how were we going to pay the bills and where were we going to get health insurance and most importantly what was I going to do with the rest of my life.
The answer I have come up with for the moment is that I am going to be the mom that I have always wanted to be and I have been able to to that over the last year as I have been blessed with a part-time job at my kids school where I get to see them everyday.  As much as I love being at their school as a staff member, volunteer, and parent.  I can’t provide everything my family needs on a part time position.  I am praying that I can continue to remain a stay at home mom so I thought of Stampin’ Up as a perfect fit to my new life goals.  I can earn an income while remaining at home with my kids and with the flexiability to be there for those big and small moments in my kids life.           I am excited about this latest adventure in my life as I get to do what I love and share that passion with others as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  I am looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends.

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