Sunday, May 3, 2015

A little of my weekend!


Well it's here, welcome to May!!  The Morgan household month from 'heck' to be polite!  Family events will be taking top priority around here!  There's no if and or buts about it.  We will be celebrating both of my birthday girls this month with milestones, Mother's Day (and both my mom and mother-in-law are coming!) and a high school graduation and more ...  so much to do I can hardly focus!

Since we just received the set of pictures from our Senior Pics Photo session, I have to share one of my favorites with you!  I hope you don't mind too much!

Photographer:  Dano Grayson
Last week was Rachel's last Desert Vista High School Spring Show on Thursday and Friday nights!  It was so great to see her having fun on stage doing what she loves to do!  A favorite from the performances was this one, she and her friend Lauren choreographed this hip hop number together.  And I held it together, for all of you that know me, this was a huge success not to let out a trickle of a tear!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy a peek into my family filled week and some of my special moments.  I will be stamping as the weeks allow, so I'll be posting more cards and projects too.  This weekend was just a little sentimental.

Come back to see who's birthday it is tomorrow!  Show Box Swap team gathering!  Dance Banquet on Wednesday! I'll be stamping with the staff from Pieceful Solutions, Autism schools this week as a treat for teacher appreciation week!  And to end the week we have our last regular Dance Competition in Mesa at Celebrity Dance on Friday and Saturday!  Yep, that's my week!  I got this!!  Right?

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

MDS, Make It Personal


Since we went the traditional route of High School Announcements, we needed to include the info for her graduation party and we of course wanted to include a Senior Photo too.  Since April and May are always so tight for time, I knew better than to think I could hand stamp the quantity that I'd need, ... what better way to get them personalized and still use Stampin' Up! in some way!  My Digital Studio!

I basically created a custom size project (sized to fit a 3.5"x5" photo -- which by the way NO ONE prints anymore - ugh, hard lesson learned) and imported her Senior Pic and then added some fun fonts in a text box with the rest of the info!  Rachel didn't want to get all crazy with layering and adding embellishments, so we kept it quick and simple!

And YES, I had to resize my project to a custom 4"x6"photo size (thank you MDS for making this easier than starting over), print and then come home and trim them 1 by 1 to size, taking some off the right and bottom edge so that they would fit in the envelope with the standard invitation.  But Tah-Dah, it's done and they were mailed out 3 weeks prior to her party date, so a success in my book!

My Digital Studio
That's all for today folks!  Don't forget that MDS My Digital Studio is 'retiring' and tons of digital downloads are on sale and as always enjoy no shipping charges (unless it's a CD item that physically ships) and YES you can enjoy hostess/ stampin rewards with $150 or more too!  Get what you WANT before they are GONE forever!

Now is the time to make sure you have actually downloaded all of your prior purchases to your computer and installed them, and then completely BACK UP your software!  For me, I know I click to download, then I double-click on the .exe file to initiate the install (which loads it into MDS software).

Also check for any tips and tricks and maybe check out the videos section too before the website is taken down.  I know I will be doing the same!  I am in the process of 'taking inventory' of what I have and seeing what gaps I want to fill in, what sets I may want as well as all the punches and background papers and probably my favorite thing to purchase are the KITs where you get a little bit of everything!

As long as you back up and installed your downloads, you can continue to use MDS and print at other print houses (vs through SU directly).  You can also use any of the SVG files/downloads with your e-cutter tools and software.  LOTS of use and life still to come, but sadly we didn't do enough to make this product line profitable over the years in order for SU to continue to offer the levels of support that they have in the past.

I know I love the software but I'm still late to the party myself!  I use it more for here and there but still hope someday to make some albums and books, so yep, I'm planning to order those layouts and templates too!  It'll make it easy once I get to doing that scrapbooking!

Thanks, Happy Stamping - physical or digital!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Eeek! New Weekly Deals

Hi there!
Oh my, it has been a very busy week and I'm so sorry that I have been absent from blogging!  Stampers Club, Go Gold Stamp Camp, Senior Prom ... definitely was busy!

To play catch up:

NEW Weekly Deals are available via my ONLINE STORE,
you can order any amount, any time, and combine products from ANY catalog on one order!  Take advantage of Weekly Deals, Clearance Rack, Retired Lists, Digital Downloads, Annual Catalog and Mini Catalog - all at once, from home!

It was also a busy week with Rachel's senior prom - I know you didnt come here to see this but I can't help it, proud of my beautiful girl who has helped me for years with my Stampin' Up! business long past when most teenagers would.  


And I've been preparing for her Graduation! Check back for that on another day!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Going & GONE Forever!


It's that eagerly awaited and highly anticipated day of the year when the RETIRING LISTS are announced!  As many of you know, once an item is on the retiring list, it is being discontinued and will no longer be available once supplies are depleted.  Some items will set out quickly, some quicker than others.

Check out the RETIRING LIST here

To place your orders, please order through my ONLINE STORE 
If you have any difficulties, please contact me immediately.  The longer it takes to place your order, the higher the chance of an item becoming unavailable.

Also ready for you today, this wonderful Tuesday are 
this weeks WEEKLY DEALS

Thank You and Happy Shopping!
And I apologize up front that as you can imagine today will be one super busy day at the Stampin' Up! website due to larger than normal traffic, so there might be delays.  Sorry ahead of time for any frustration, please let me know if there's any way for me to help you and I will do my best where possible!  


Monday, April 20, 2015

Which do you prefer?

Happy Monday and I hope it will be the start of a great week for you!  It'll be a busy week here in the studio thanks to my amazing customers that signed up to come to my Go Gold Stamp Camp this weekend (Fri-Mon)!!!!

Tonight is my Club INK night and I can't wait to show you what one of their projects is!  I had fabulous response to my latest ensemble from the 2nd Autism Blog hop that I decided to do them for my club gals too!

They will make either version depending on which supplies kit they receive.  Which do you prefer?  Are you a blue/yellow kinda gal or a pink/purple fan?

I changed the greeting out on the bag to speed things up and I found the perfect (sadly, retired though) brads for the centers of the tissue flowers!  I love being able to make gift packaging and cards that coordinate!!  So much cuter than store bought!!

Have a great day!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stamp Out Autism, Blog Hop #2


Today I am participating in a 2nd Blog Hop with other fellow demonstrators to STAMP OUT AUTISM!  

Whether you are beginning here or have popped over from Wendy's blog, I'm glad you're here!  Be sure to use the BUTTONS below to continue on the tour, we have 13 great projects and artists joining together today!  Bonus day, hop #2 so I did 2 projects today, let me know if you like them!

Polka Dot Gift Sacks & Celebrate Today come together with Painted Blooms DSP to create this darling little Birthday Ensemble!  Tuck a gift and the card inside and instant Tah-Dah!
I used our white Filter Paper and 4 Scallop Circle Punches to create the Flower (secured with a candy dot base) and then stamped the extra layers for tissue in the bag topper!
Created a coordinating card using the same elements, the flower is stamped cardstock to duplicate the tissue paper and die cut with the Flower Frenzy Bigz Die and a SAB button center!

With this blog hop we are trying to raise awareness for Autism and to raise funds as well!  I think many of us are impacted by Autism whether directly within our own personal families or just one or two steps removed in the lives of our friends and families near to us!  For me, I have several great friends and moms that come to mind -( you know who you are )- that deal with this on a daily basis and they have absolutely lovely children that I am blessed to know.  Several of my girl friends are making careers in helping to grow, progress and enrich the lives of children fighting Autism every day.  I salute them with my whole heart!

If you would like to Donate Directly to my
Autism Society page that would be awesome!

If you would like to Order Stampin' Up!
supplies via my Online Store.  
I am donating my 20% income
for all orders placed through April 18th.  

We are also sharing Autism Facts
as part of our awareness campaign too.  

If one identical twin is diagnosed
with autism, the other twin has about 90%
 chance of develop an autistic disorder.

Thanks for stopping by, please use the buttons below to continue through all of the stops on the blog hop!  Together we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Wendy Cranford       or       Patty Chenail

Hugs, Thanks for stopping by and helping us make a difference in the lives of others!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's Your Day!

Hello again!

It's Your Day!!  Yep, another day with a shout out to Stampin' Up! Support Services staff!  It's a week long celebration for us demonstrators to share and show our appreciation for those that serve us every time we call in!  #weloveDS

This card features the Big on You stamp set and Stacked with Love DSP paper stack, and the background paper is from Birthday Bash DSP - both featuring Calypso Coral!  Thanks again to one of my team members for swapping this card at my Feb Shoe Box Swap meeting!

Have a great day!