Monday, May 15, 2017

Cleaning House Again - BIG SALE!

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Hello, old friends!  I can't believe it has been a year and half since I abruptly stepped away from designing!   While I sold lots of things when I first quit, I had still had an emotional attachment to much of it and could not part with it for fear I would return to crafting and would regret having sold it.   I miss all of the crafty people that I met along the well, but I don't miss being obsessed with this hobby of ours and being a sedentary blob!  

I still have zero desire to get all caught up in this hobby again that consumed me for 7 years.  
SO, it's time to let some of my treasures go! 

Click HERE to shop for lots of crafty deals on all your favorite stamp set, dies, and stencils!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Retired Designer - UNLOADING

Hi everyone!  It's been 9 months since I retired from stamping and I haven't looked back.  I think my I think I am really ready to unloading my stash.  Of course, I will hang on to a small stash of my most favorite stamp sets, but I am letting go 90% of it.  I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog.  Keep watching because I have some ideas brewing!   Meanwhile. go nuts and shop!

You can find all the deals here:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

I'm a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant!

Yep.  So that happened,  I took the plunge and signed up to be an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields!  If you are not familiar with Rodan + Fields, it is an anti-aging skincare line that is created by world-renowned dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the creators of ProActiv. 

They have 4 regimens available: Reverse, Redefine, Unblemish, and Soothe.  I started wth teh Reverse line to brighten my complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines.  The results were IMPRESSIVE!  Now I have added some of the products fom the Redefine line including the AH-MAZING Multi-function Eye Cream which has drastically reduced the puffiness in my eyes and dark circles in just 2 weeks!  Seriously, I always looked like I had been beaten in my sleep.  My eyes were swollen in the morning and now I actually look human when I wake up!  I am SO excited to start trying more of the products! 

Retired designer / paper crafter turned Independent Consultant for Rodan & Fields!  
Let the new Adventre begin! 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Centerpiece

After almost 10 years in our home, we redecorated our living room / dining room in a yellow and grey theme. We have a new dining room set being delivered soon that I'm super excited about and it.  It's sort of farm house style table with a modern twist.  I plan to strip and refinish the server we have and then will swap out the light fixture with something more rustic to complete the look. 

I decided to make a centerpiece for the soon to be delivered dining room table.  Spring is in the air so I was inspired to make a floral centerpiece.   I bought a square glass vase, some Krylon Looking Glass spay paint, some floral foam and bunch of flowers.

I sprayed the vase and then distressed it a little bit with some fine sand paper.  I didn't want it to look like a mirror.  I wanted it to have a little character.    I used some wire snips to cut apart the bunch of flowers and ranged them in the foam. 

This whole project took about 20 minutes including the drying time,  Can't beat that!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Laundry Room Organization

So, my secret is out.  I have retired from designing for stamp companies.  You can read why HERE.  But, as I said in my previous post, my blog will go on and today is an example of that.

I bought the Silhouette Portrait a few years ago and I was basically just too busy to figure it out.   Is it just me or is this not the easiest of things to use?!   It definitely is not self-explanatory!  Now that I have a little more down time on my hands, I put in a bit of time and figured out how to do a few things to create some pretty cool things.   I know I have a lot to learn and learning how to make the most of my Silhouette Portrait is definitely something I plan to accomplish.  I am already thinking that I "need" a Silhouette Cameo because I do even more with that!  Anyway, I am kind of excited that I can at least do some basic things with this thing that has been collecting dust for years on a shelf!  

You may or may not know by now that I am the Memory Care Director for an assisted living community.  The staff does the laundry for the residents and they use sticky notes to indicates which resident's laundry is in the washer or dryer.  Sticky notes.   BORING!   So I decided to create something that is WAY cuter than sticky notes to help us accomplish this.  

First, I found these great metal boards at Michael's Arts & Crafts and they were only $5.99 each. 

For the first laundry board, I purchased the Laundry Room Vinyl Decor by Jennifer Wambach (Design ID# 93931) from the Silhouette Design Store.     I die cut the design using my Silhouette Portrait and some black vinyl.    I used some transfer paper to lift the design and to transfer it onto the metal board.    I chose some patterned paper from my scraps and used a 1.5" circle punch to die cut my circles.  I adhered them onto some 1.5" natural wood circle cut outs.  I used my glue gun to adhere some magnets to the backs of the circles.    Once again, I used my Silhouette portrait, some black vinyl, and some transfer paper to create the apartment numbers on the magnets,  Now the staff can attach the magnet that corresponds to the apartment of the residents whose laundry is in the wash to the washing machine and / or dryer!  

We have 2 laundry rooms on our memory care neighborhood so I made a second laundry board using the Laundry Room Loads of Fun (Design ID# 93949) from the Silhouette Designs Store.

I am HOOKED on my Silhouette Portrait now and I am sure the next thing I post in this blog will be a Silhouete Portrait assisted creation!

Now, I will ask you..........should I upgrade to the Silhouette Cameo?!  You tell me!  


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Retiring from Designing (yeah, that happened)

In 2009, I decided to take my 7 and 5 year old kids into Michaels and picked up a couple of little clear stamps from the $1 bin to make our our own Easter cards.   Those little clear stamps started multiplying like bunnies after I was bitten by the card making bug.   I spent hours watching tutorials online to learn new techniques and I learned how to color with Copics.

I discovered SplitcoastStampers and was obsessed with checking out others work in the galleries, learning from the tutorials, and playing along with the challenges.  I stalked the "Dirty Dozen" and wanted to learn as much as I could so that I could create the beautiful cards they were creating. 


By July of 2011, I landed my first design team position and things just took off from there!  In May of 2013 I became a member of the SplitcoastStampers Dirty Dozen and joined the elite group of paper crafters that I had admired for years.    I had the honor of designing for some amazing companies such as There She Goes Clear Stamps, Kraftin' Kimmie, Tiddly Inks, Stamping Bella, C.C. Designs, My Favorite Things, and of course, SugarPea Designs. 

I have met so many wonderful people along the way in this crafty little world of ours!  Wendy Ramlakhan is one of them.  Though I live in MA and she lives in FL, we became real life friends and I have hopped on a plane 3 times so far to see her in person.  I had the honor of being part of the development of SugarPea Designs.  I can still remember the day that I was sitting in my car at a field watching my daughter's softball practice while brainstorming with Wendy about how to make SugarPea Designs come to life.   SugarPea Designs is now celebrating its 2nd birthday and I am SO proud of Wendy for the success that she has achieved! In December I stepped down from my position of Creative Coordinator for SugarPea Designs and after the January release, I told Wendy I was stepping down from the design team.   It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made.  

At one point, I was on 6 design teams at a time.   Honestly. I simply became addicted to the success I was having with my hobby.  Over the past few years, I started giving up some of my design team responsibilities that were sort of taking over my life.  In 2015, I limited myself to 2 teams.  By the end of the year, I was down to one,............and now I have retired from designing.

Why?  Perhaps it is the 7 year itch and I am just looking for something new?  I don't think so.  Honestly, I think that my hobby became an addiction and my addiction became a job........and that job became work and I lost my passion for it.   In April of 2015, I took on a new job as the Memory Care Director at Brightview Senior Living's Country Club Heights.  Honestly, I have never been happier at a job and my job has become my passion.  There is nothing more rewarding than shaping a memory care  program into something special by educating the staff, by educating the family members, and by ensuring that the residents experience moments of joy throughout the day as they navigate the world doing the best they can living with dementia.   I am driven by goals.  I was once driven to be a member of the elite group of designers that make up the SplitcoastStampers Dirty Dozen.  CHECK!  I was once driven to design for My FavoriteThings.  CHECK! I was once driven to help my friend launch a new stamp company called SugarPea Designs.  CHECK!  

I am now driven to make a difference in the lives of those living with dementia and the family members who are watching their loved ones as they progress through the stages of the disease.  I am driven by the dreams of advancing my career into upper management at Brightview Senior Living.   I am driven to never miss one of my kids' field hockey games, basketball games, and football games.  I am driven to be the best mom I can be as my kids begin to navigate the teenage years and begin to spread their wings.  I am driven to have date nights with my husband and to nurture our marriage.   Sometimes, I will be driven to shamelessly sit and watch 4 seasons of "The Killing" on Netflix  in less than 2 weeks time. CHECK! 

Does this mean I will never create a card again?  Hell no!  I'm sure I will and I am sure I will post it here on my blog, BUT my blog is likely to turn into a mish mosh of random postings as I venture on to the next stage of my life.   Being without a hobby is strange at first.   What's my "thing?!"  I am without a "thing" at the moment.   In the past, I worked for a wedding photographer and that later blossomed into my own little business photographing children and families.  I ditched that hobby when I caught the card making bug.  I kind of caught the photography bug again after doing a little photo shoot of my kids for our Christmas card this year.  So, maybe you will see me post some of my photographs here on my blog now like this:

Lauren - 13 yo

Jack - 12 yo

Lauren & Jack

Lauren, Jack & Cavin (8 yo)

I also recently dusted off the Silhouette Portrait that I bought roughly 5 years ago and never used.  I just didn't really have the time to figure it out.  My mom asked me if I could make something for her that she saw online and I thought, "I could do that if I could figure out how to use the Silhouette Portrait".......and so I did.   So maybe you will see me post things like this:

And once I figured it out, I had to make something for my own house so I made this for the bathroom:

I have a friend who is into wood working and creating projects out of pallet wood.  We have talked about some ideas.  He will do the woodworking and I will do the finishing.  So maybe you will see something like that on this blog.   I also plan to refinish my server in my dining room this spring so you will likely see that here as well.   I love to cook.  Maybe a successful recipe or two will show up here. Who knows?!

This blog will be something new.  That I know.  I am retiring from designing for stamp companies.  This blog will be filled with what interests me at the moment.  I may not post as often.  In fact, I am sure I won't.  I won't disappear from the blogging world.  I am sure of that as well.  I will still admire all of the cards created by the crafty people I have come know and love who live in my computer in my crafty world.  Wendy Ramlakhan, Tracy Valure, and Jenny Peterson, you will continue to be my "real life" friends that I have adopted from my crafty world.  I look forward to our next get together........hopefully in the fall! 

Lots of love,