Thursday, July 30, 2009

congratulations becky & adrian!

{becky & adrian}
saturday july 25th 2009
a beautiful outside wedding!
{greg & i enjoying cocktail hour}

{each table was a "location" from their travels. becky's dad made the bases for the center pc.}

{LOTS of stamping (and thought) was involved in their wedding, the invitations, the programs, these favors, the "boarding passes" to let us know our destination. it was all just beautiful! the favors included a set of stamped note cards and envelopes.

{lisa, becky & i!}
congratulations becky & adrian!! we are SO happy for you!!
andy :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

happy 6th birthday e & j

Yesterday the boys received some birthday mail from "Grandma Kath".
{She is my friend Scott's mom that always sends the boys stickers in the mail. As they opened it they kept saying "Holy cow!" and "She's nice!"
Today was the big Birthday Day!
Jabin was up first and spotted the presents, so he went and got Evan up! :)
That started our day. They played with their new toys, we had French Toast for breakfast, then headed to the Mall of America for a day of fun. {Greg took the day off so we could ALL go!!}

{bummper card}

{a train ride}

{a hot-air balloon ride}

We met Sponge Bob,rode a ton of rides, played at Lego land and had some cotton candy.

We went to Chili's for dinner on the way home. I just happen to have two "6" birthday candles with so I
let our server know about the Birthday Boys and
asked her
to put them on their dessert. Then Greg & I sang to them. :)

Our fun day ended with a movie night at home.
Happy Birthday Boys!
{we LOVE you!}

Saturday, July 25, 2009

two cute cards

i've had a chance to make some cards while the boys have been at grandma kc's. i can't post all of them because i'm mailing a bunch out to people that look at my blog.
i just made evan & jabin's birthday cards! {even a few days early! go me!} i used some cosmo cricket paper, su! kraft card stock, chocolate chip ink and the set: look who's turning from the new catalog. i found some really cool 6's that are like mirrors, so you can see yourself! they went perfect with the set and i love how the cards turned out!

here is a "what i like to do":
when i make a sandwich for the boys i always add a heart!
{it takes two seconds & they LOVE it!}

Friday, July 24, 2009

July 2009~Stampin' News

Hello Stampers!!
{ETA: the items listed in red are the corrected items from the customer newsletter I sent out Friday 7/24/2009!!}

Here we are towards the end of July!! I hope you all have been having a great summer so far! The Boys are sure keeping me busy! :)

Deal of the Week: Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware

Our Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware adds class to any project. Get them for just $18.99 (over 30% off the regular price of $29.95)—only July 20-26! Throughout July, be sure to check my web site every Monday at 10 AM (MT) for the week's new deal.

{these are on page 178 in the catalog, and MUST be ordered by SUNDAY July 26th!}

July Mystery Hostess
Starts today and ends at 10 am on Monday July 27th!!

For each $25 spent on merchandise you will be entered to win the following "Hostess" items:
1. Hostess Level 1 Counrty Morning Stamp Set {seen above}
2. Ribbon Sample Jar from me {seen above}
3. 4 Hand Stamped Cards from me
4. Hostess Luncheon Invitation for you & a Guest
{the Luncheon is Sunday October 18th 4:30pm}

And for each $50 in merchandise spent, you will get a FREE Classic Stampin' Pad, of your choice, from me!! Make sure you pick your color when you place your order! :)

To place your order, please e-mail me at Thanks!

Monthly Stamp Club Info:

Join us and make 6 cards for ONLY $6 or Make the 6 cards for FREE with a $25 order placed the day of the club meet. If you are bringing a Friend{s}, please just let me know so I can have enough supplies ready.

**NEW to the Stamp Club**
I am going to ask that you to bring a basic supply kit with you to each Stamp Club Meet. {a BIG thanks to those of you that have started this already!} Your Suppy Kit should include:
*Personal Paper Cutter
*Paper Piercer & Mat {if you have one}

It's time again to become a Stamp Club Member!!
Agree to spend a Monthly Minimum of $25 (before tax & shipping)
For 6 months and YOU will earn the Hostess Benefits once within that 6 months!
*Free Merchandise *Hostess Only Items*
*Free Idea Book & Catalog*
*Hostess Luncheon Invitation*
*6 FREE Make-n-Take Cards per Month!*

Here are the dates for my Monthly Stamp Club:

Wednesday Morning Stamp Club Starts at 9 am
August 12th, September 9th, October 14th,
November 11th, December 9th, January 13th

Thursday Evening Stamp Club Starts at 6:30 pm
August 13th, September 10th, October 14th,
November 12th, December 10th, January 13th

{We meet at my house.}

Looking ahead there is a Holiday Mini Catalog that starts September 1st!!

Happy Stamping!!

andy :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

yesterday & today

yesterday the boys & i went to the neighbors to pick green beans.
{thanks win & jane!}
i might have taken a few pictures of the boys...

i love this b&w picture!

it made me think of grandma & grandpa retz's farm . i sure do miss them! :(

today while i should have been working on my customer newsletter i was out shopping. i brought the boys to greg's parents and had the day all to myself.

it is my favorite shopping season... school supplies!! :) i am happy to report that i finished school supply shopping today. the boys just need some new shoes and a few other things and we will be ready for FRIST GRADE. {first grade! ok... now i'm sad again.}

greg & i just had a nice beef and chicken kabob dinner with a rasperry lemon dessert at home. {big thanks to the meat & dessert counters at family fresh!:)}

now i need to put away school supplies!

{and finish my customer newsletter!!}

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

{fruit pizza}

Here is my summer yummy recipe to share! I thought I would post this while I work on my newsletter!! {Can you say "get ready for a mystery hostess" weekend!!}

{fruit pizza}

½ cup soft butter
½ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups oatmeal
¾ cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together and spread on a greased pan. {9x13 pan}
Bake at 350 for 10 minuets or so. {do not over bake!}
Let cool.

8oz cream cheese
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Spread on crust.

1 ½ cups of minuet maid orange juice
3 tbsp corn starch

Cook on medium heat , while stirring, till thick.

Let cool while you cut up the fresh fruit.
{any kinds of fruit and how much you want!}

Top crust & filling with cut fresh fruit and spread the orange glaze over the top.

Refrigerate, cut and enjoy!

{Thanks Mandy for the recipe!}

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thank You {Note Cards}

My Dad needed a door prize for a speaking event and asked me to make {another} set of note cards for him.
I used a pack of 20 Note Cards w/envelopes, added squares of designer series paper, stamped the sayings, packaged them in a cello bag, tied the bag with ribbon, added the tag and here is the finished project... I wish I could go to the speaking event and win the prize!! I need to stamp a few thank you cards to send out!
Have a great rest of the weekend!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

12 x 12 organized {for now}

I am often asked how I store my 12x12 paper. I just organized all my 12x12 card stock, paper and Simply Scrappin' Kits on Sunday evening so I thought I would share what I did...
I went with a simple {low cost} label system. Post-It notes, tape and a black sharpie marker. {how's that for economical??}
First, I sorted out my Non-Stampin' Up! papers and made some tabs for them. {Thomas, Monkey, Birthday, etc.} I also made tabs for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. I made a tab for *used on past projects, because I wanted to keep that paper handy. I've used it on b-day invitations for the boys and I might want to use it for a scrapbook page. To divide the paper I taped the "tab" to an extra pc of 12x12 cardboard.
For my Stampin' Up! paper when I open it, I only make a cut at the top of the pack and keep the papers in the packaging. That way I can keep all the smaller pcs of that paper in that same pack and it keeps it all together! :) I made a tab for the paper Name and taped it to the 12x12 pc of cardboard that comes WITH the paper pack.

I sorted the solid 12x12 card stock, made tabs for them and taped the tab to a pc of matching 12x12 card stock. {So if I made a tab for Kraft 12x12, I taped the tab to a pc of Kraft card stock.}

For the Simply Scrappin' Kits I only open the top of the package also, so I can keep all the contents together. I made a tab for each kit {by name} and taped the tab to the Simply Scrappin' page that comes WITH each kit.

I hope you {get} how I organized my papers! :)

I know you'll ask about the red baskets so here you go...
I use red "shopping" baskets that I bought at a Scrapbooking store that went out of business. The funny part is I bought 4 12x12 paper racks and when I was checking out she asked if I wanted anything else... so I asked about the shopping baskets! She sold me the 12 baskets & the stand for $5. I have used them a lot! I can't use the racks I bought because
a) I don't have room for them in my current stamp room.
b) I had one in my room once and my paper started to fade because of the sun.

So for now I use the red shopping baskets. :)

There you go.
I hope seeing my {low cost} simple way to organize my papers & kits will help you to organize your own stash of papers.

I'd LOVE to see what you come up with!

andy :)

July W & Th Stamp Club Cards

Here are the cards we made at my monthly stamp club... Set: On a Pedestal
Ink: Melon Mambo
Ribbon & Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black & Whisper White
Set: Enjoy Every Moment
Ink: Crushed Curry & Dusty Durango
Ribbon & Card Stock: Crushed Curry & Dusty Durango
Punch: Modern Label

Set: Nursery Necessities
Whisper White Card Stock {3x3 cards}
We will be starting another Stamp Club in August... stay tuned for more details!
andy :)

e & j: brothers

OK one more quick {e & j} moment! Then I'll post some stamping things...

This was them sleeping in September of 2003. {3 months old} I got up to get ready for work and found them like this...

{jabin & evan}

I am SO glad I took this picture {and that I didn't wake them up!} It is one of my favorites!!

And this morning {two weeks shy of turning 6} here they are sleeping in our bed...

{evan & jabin}

Enjoy your day!

andy :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

e & j: happy craft day

Today I was looking for some birthday ideas for the boys on the Lakeshore Learning site. {while talking to tina!} Evan spotted these faces and they made me think of the Bigz Scallop Envelope die!!

Evan picked out some paper, I started cutting out shapes, found some crafting supplies & glue and the next thing I knew they were making faces! :) The faces full of pom-poms are "gum balls" stuck to the face.

Jabin {aka: fantastic 4} made these and took the pictures...

{a monkey}

Evan {aka: electro-man} made these and took the picture...

Here is a little video we made...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

e & j's scrapbooking project

Evan & Jabin have been working on their own scrapbook pages this summer. I have been printing some extra photos for them to use. They have even inspired me!
It is fun to watch them work. They are SO proud of their pages and LOVE to show them off. So if you are ever visiting I'm sure they would let you look!! {Just don't ask to see mine! :)}

In June I took them to Archiver's for the first time. Both of them stood in there with their mouths dropped open! {I wish I had my camera for that moment!} They were so excited to find a few goodies to use on their pages. We had Gramma Kathy with and ate a picnic lunch in the parking lot! What fun! :)
Well I better up-load some more pictures to print!! We have had lots going on around here!!
~andy :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Together Forever Card

In true {Andy} style we have a wedding tonight at 5 and at 2 I realized I haven't made a card yet!! {Am I the ONLY one that does this??} I had to use my secret weapon for an idea!! I LOVE this web site...
You can look for ideas by the Stampin' Up! stamp set names!! I had the Together Forever set and wanted to use it so I just went there looked under "t" and found the set name... There were TONS of pictures & ideas!! I found *this* one and used that idea to create my card!! :)
I also used the Scallop Edge Punch.
{On sale through Monday!! Click *here* for more details!}
Have a great Weekend!!!
~andy :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The NEW Idea Book & Catalog... Is HERE!!

Today {July 1st, 2009} is the first day to order from the NEW Idea Book & Catalog!!
If you don't have your Copy yet and would like one let me know! {I'll give you the details then.}
If you JUST can't wait to see what's new visit my Demonstrator Web Site click on shop now.

Item # Description Special Price
112091 Scallop Edge punch $10.99
If you would like to order one let me know and I will group some orders together!! :)
I'll post more tomorrow!!
andy :)