Why Yes… I Have Scrapbook Pages!

I thought I would share with you some pages from my wedding album. Yes! I said wedding album… I’m only about seven years behind, but hey… I’m making progress. Scrapbook pages (that’s unusual in and of itself) AND the big day. It felt really good to work with these photos. Great memories.   I must warn you, though, for reasons I can’t really go into here I will only be able to show pictures featuring me not my wonderful hubby — so please don’t think I’m self-absorbed. It’s really not my preference, but a necessity. With that… on to the pages! I love the photo above… it’s a picture of the hallway at the Provincetown Inn where we got married. The room pictured on the right of the photo is the room I stayed in the night before the wedding. The hall is the one my hall family paraded up the next morning to help me get ready (the photo was actually taken the morning of the wedding — isn’t the light in the hall awesome? I digress… here is the full two-page spread detailing the whole venue: Let’s first start by telling you that I selected my new favorite

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Stampin’ Up Convention 2013: Swaps!

  Hello there again! I’m back with some more convention highlights. Today I thought I’d show you one of the swaps I made for convention. This one was a card I made for one of my recent card classes (I have card class on the last Tuesday of every month — another one is coming up on Tuesday, July 30!) I made 40 of this swap and used it for an organized swap with the Ronda Wade Creating Success team. The theme was to create a swap that was easy enough to demonstrate in a workshop setting, but still packs some “prettiness.” I thought this one fit the bill… I love the new In Colors — I used Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush on this one. I also used the Flower Shop Stamp Set and matching punch. I love them!  Here is another photo of the swap — a little closer up… So tell me what is your favorite color from the New In Colors? For me it’s Coastal Cabana — hands down! 🙂 Did you know that I’m on Facebook? Be sure to look for me by searching for “By the Shore Stamping” or you can click

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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013: Community Service Project…. & Stitch Fix!

Hello there! I’m back again with some more stories from convention 2013. Our theme for this year was “Be the Difference.” I really love that Stampin’ Up has always been so committed to making a difference so this theme was really nice. Especially considering we were asked to take part and a really sweet community service project while we were in Utah. This is a picture of the inside of one of the 2,000 birthday kits we put together for the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. It’s a super cute little kit designed to help the 10 or so patients each month that celebrate their birthday while in the hospital fighting for their life. They showed us a really sweet video with pictures of some of the kids and a video about the “Wishing Wall” Stampin’ Up previously donated to the hospital. I don’t think I got a picture of it, but it was a cute wall with two little kids (a boy and a girl) and a tree made up of all scallop circles. Each circle had a different wish written on it from either one of the children or their family members. It was sweet.  

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Stampin’ Up Convention 2013: I made the boards!

One of the highlights of every Stampin’ Up event is the many display boards that are up for photo-taking. What was even more exciting for me this year was that I had submitted 10 projects for the Artisan Award (sadly, I didn’t make it to the finalists), which means I was on the look-out for some of my submissions on the display boards. It’s like a little scavenger hunt! Not all 10 of my projects made it to the boards, but several did! (I’ll have to show you the others in another post). In this photo you can see my scrapbook page in the upper left-hand corner. I have to say this was one of my favorite entries this year. It may not be the most ground-breaking as far as design is concerned, but it really meant a lot to me personally. As many of you may know I lost my Mom last year (you can read more about that here) and we had to sell her house. So I made this layout in tribute to the house where I grew up. It was the only home I ever knew as a kid — I was born there and lived

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Stampin’ Up Convention 2013: Day 1

Hello There! I so wanted to blog while I was at convention this year — I even brought along my computer so I could. But you know what? We were so stinkin’ busy for those three days I was completely wiped out by the time we got back to the hotel room. I know, I know that really shouldn’t have been an excuse! 🙂 But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. However, I am going to make it up to you by doing a series of posts about my trip to the Stampin’ Up Convention in Salt Lake City. Here is a photo of what the hall looked like after the end of our first general session. Were you looking for your Stampin’ Up demonstrator last week? I think I found her! There were 5,800 of us attending this year. It is our 25th anniversary so there were more people attending than I think ever before. We even had demonstrators from other parts of the world — like Australia, New Zealand and France. Pretty cool. Anna and I arrived early afternoon on Thursday, which was the first day of convention. Our opening general session started at 5:30 so

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Top Five Tuesday: Why I’ve been MIA for so long…

Well hello! Long time no talk. Sorry about that… I thought for my Top Five Tuesday post this week (heck, this month!) I would explain why I’ve been absent for so long here on the old blog-o. So here goes… 1. The dog ate my latest crafty project and I didn’t think you’d care to see it after she was done with it — oh, wait! I don’t have a dog… 2. The extreme heat the past few weeks melted the rubbah on my stamps and I had to reorder all of my products again… Nope. That doesn’t sound right. 3.   I was grounded for coming home after curfew… Not likely. 4. All my ink dried up and I had nothing to stamp with — yeah, um… have you stamped with the new firm foam ink pads — if so, you probably don’t believe that either. 5. I was too busy daydreaming about convention? Will that work? It’s sort of true — although I haven’t been daydreaming… I’ve been planning the trip and prepping my soon-to-be enormous pile of swaps! In all honesty, I don’t really have any set reason for why I haven’t been visiting the old blog of late. I am

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Well, hello Summer! I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but here on Cape Cod — Summer has arrived! Well, at least for now. We are in New England after all and the weather could change any moment! While I’m speaking about weather – I do want to wish all of the families in Oklahoma and the other Midwestern states healing and protective thoughts. What a horrible bout of weather they are dealing with… my prayers and thoughts are with them! On to more uplifting news… the new 2013-2014 Idea Book & Catalog has arrived! Have you seen it yet? It is fabulous, I must say. Take a look for yourself (click on the link to view the catalog): I think this is one of the best layouts we’ve had for a catalog in the seven years I’ve been a demonstrator. It truly is beautiful and I love how it includes hundreds of ideas for color combinations. Here is a card I made this week to flaunt the new In Colors:   This uses the new Mosaic Madness stamp set and matching punch (that you can order as a bundle!) as well as

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Top Five Tuesday: Retired Stamps

  I thought today I would list some of my favorite retiring stamp sets on the 2012-2013 Retired Stamps and Accessories lists. There’s still about three weeks left to get items from these lists (although accessories are while supplies last so be sure to order anything from that list ASAP!). Be sure to read through to the end as well as I have a special offer for online orders this week! 1. Tiny Tags – My absolute favorite set that is retiring this year is the Tiny Tags stamp set. It’s not really a set that stands on its own real well, but I am going to be absolutely lost without it! In fact, I audibly gasped when I saw it on the list this year. It will be tough. I actually used it on the card above — now don’t panic the dress forms are staying, but see the three cute little tabs to the right on the top card — those are made using the Tiny Tags stamp set and the equally awesome jewelry tag punch. Sigh. 2. Another one I’m pretty sad about is Easy Events. This is such a great set for new card makers. It

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Overwhelm & Retirement

Hello there! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. Do you ever have so many things on your “to do” list that the only thing you can manage to do is hide? That’s sort of how I’ve been feeling these days. Plus I’m still struggling with this and pretty much questioning all of my “usual” routine things. Me: Maybe I don’t want to be a night person — maybe I want to be a morning person. Maybe I don’t want to work outside the home… maybe I want to focus my creativity on a house renovation or maybe I’d rather work on planning a really fun NEW trip — maybe I want to do both. Maybe I’ll just go to bed. Yup. That’s pretty much how things are going in my head these days. Oh, and I have the attention span of a gnat. Seriously, like two minutes tops. It really makes accomplishing things like reading a book, creating a scrapbook page, writing an e-mail … or a blog post! … very difficult. But, here I am. And I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer so I will share some creativity with you today… albeit old creativity. A blast from the past

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    Well, hello and happy Saturday. And what a happy Saturday it is! I awoke to great news this morning, I’m at a fun scrapbooking event this weekend and I have a sneak peek virtual catalog party reveal tonight! I am very excited to see the new catalog — but I have to admit I’m the kind of girl that likes to see the catalog for the first time as I physically flip through the pages and smell the fresh printing and can ooh and aah over each page… in person! So I’m a bit torn about that… but I know there will be some prize giveaways so I must attend. 🙂   I’m finally getting back to that post I promised you oh so long ago… I’ll be sharing the two other pages I created with the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ kit from the Holiday Mini catalog. While these pages are from a Christmas-themed scrapbooking kit, I really feel that they have a vintage vibe to them as well. They really don’t scream Christmas to me, which is why I think they’d be great for a heritage album as well. Don’t forget, if you are on the Cape

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