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Monday, January 24, 2011


Stampin' Up!'s global campaign this year is simple: plus one.

What one thing can we as demonstrators do to improve our business?

What a simple, yet awesome concept that we can carry over into our every day lives!!!!

What one thing can I do to show my husband how very much I love him, respect him, and, 32 years into this, would do it all again?

What one thing can I do to show my daughters and their fellas how much I believe in them, both as individuals, and as couples, and how much I am convinced that God has a special plan for their lives?

What one thing can I do to be a better mommy, daughter, wife, friend, employee, educator, counselor, pianist, Christian?

I think the first thing is this:

Hey, you - yeah - YOU - the one reading this blog!
God has a special plan for YOU. He loves you, and He wants you to know that! He wants you to know that you are not alone in whatever you do... you are a one-of-a-kind, uniquely created in the image of God, specially designed, wholly wonderful person - in the words of Dr. Seuss, there is NO one more "you-er" than you!

I don't know about you, but I need to be reminded of that frequently...

So... what's your +1? Whether you are a demo or not, you ought to think on that - and feel free to post a comment to share it - I'd love to see your ideas!


Friday, January 14, 2011

SUSTARS January 2011 Blog hop... Love is in the air!

This has certainly been an eventful couple of months for me. I'll post more on that later, because this weekend is the first SUSTARS Blog Hop of 2011.

My thanks to our fearless Blog Hop coordinator, Loni!

You probably arrived here from Stamp With Jane. A complete listing of this blog hop may be found after my Valentine's shares, along with the next stop on the hop! If you are just starting here, there are only a dozen stops, and they will be worth your time, so get hopping, would ya? Our theme was a choice of Valentine or Thank you items.

My first item is a test tube holder. It is made of textured Real Red cardstock and decorated with Blushing Bride patterned paper, punchies, Real Red ink.

(ADDED 1/15 - Finally found the pattern on my desktop - thought I had filed it correctly - original pattern for this holder by Lisa Somerville, printable pattern and instructions by Marie at - do want to give credit where credit's due!)

My second (and last item for today) is my Valentine card for my honey. 32 years of marriage, 2 kids, 2 grandkids - and i'd do it all again -

Riding Hood Red cardstock and Love Letter DSP make a really cool Valentine card that you can give to a guy... add an antique brad, and look out! Enjoy!
(This card sketch was based on one by Robin Messenheimer)

Add the "three little words" stamp, and hit the bonus! You see, when we were in high school, our government teacher, Mr. Harper (who seemed much older than dirt to us as 17 year olds) had a lot of fun ways to teach us things. I'm not sure what those three little words had to do with anything in government, but one day he was talking about COBs (come over baby - curves that you drove fast to make your girl slide over closer to you) and those 3 little words.... and he admonished us to not forget to say those important three little words to one another... and that has stuck with us since the days of being high school sweethearts.

Bo never forgets to say those three little words, and he always finds special ways to show me that he loves me. Frequently we write notes on the bathroom mirrors with dry erase markers, and they are always signed with the number 3, for those three little words. It was really cool to walk into my grown daughter's bathroom one day and find that our tradition had become theirs, and to see the notes of love and affirmation she and her honey had written on their mirror.
(Note - dry erase markers can safely write on glass and be easily cleaned off - leave your honey a note on his car window, the window in the door leading to the garage or the mirror... you may start something wonderful!)

Hope you have a very happy Valentine's Day, and that these projects help inspire you!

next stop on the hop: Mimi to Jett

Full Lineup in case you missed anyone:

Monica Weaver - Add a Little Dazzle
Denise Foor - Denise Foor Studio PA

Raissan Spatola - RaissaStamps
Jane Hignite - Stamp With Jane
Nancy Keithley - Scrapbook Kits & More by FancyNancyKay
Mary Campbell - Mimi To Jett
Veronica Miller - Bluegrass Stamper Studio
Angela Walters - Life with a Wiener Dog
Courtney Johnston - Brighten Your Day the Stampin' Up Way!
Diana Soling - Stamping My Life Away
Maria Nguyen - ScrapLoveCreate
Loni Holt - Loni's Life