Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ack! Time has flown by!

Ack!  Time has just completely flown by!  So, obviously, I didn't meet my New Year's resolution of blogging every day.  And not as an excuse, but just as an explanation of where some of my time has gone, I experienced a hospital stay, a great Stampin' Up! Leadership & Regionals convention, and then 75+ hour (accounting) work weeks all during January. 

Now, the hospital trip I could have completely gone without, needless to say.  I'm feeling much better now, and even though the doctor says it'll take 2-3 months to get back all my energy and for my lungs to heal completely, I am feeling MUCH better!  (Also, I had no energy to begin the loss of what little I had isn't too large of a change.)  However, the Stampin' Up! events I ended up attending did boo-koos to re-energize me in the way of growing my Stampin' Up! business, and I felt so privileged to attend and experience what all they had to offer us demonstrators.  I'll do my best to start incorporating all I learned, and re-reading all of my notes and sharing with everyone the great tips and tricks they presented us, as well as some really awesome swaps I received!  Who knew there were THAT many talented ladies (and a some men!) out there!  For the most part, the entire experience was wonderful, and everyone was so kind, and I don't think I'll ever forget a moment about it.  Several of my upline's group, the South Texas Big Shots were there, and I hope to post all my pictures with this great group of ladies, as well as their uplines/downlines, and fellow demonstrator friends soon. 

For now, I'll leave you with some eye candy I started off in a blog never finished at the beginning of January.  It includes some great Christmas swap cards I received, from some really talented ladies.  I LOVE Christmas, and making cards for that time of year is my absolute favorite thing, I think, in starting off this journey with Stampin' Up!.  I promise to get my camera to cooperate soon, and post some more relevant Valentine's Day and Spring cards soon.  :)

Happy Stamping!

I don't know about everyone else, but I just can't seem to let go of Christmas just yet.  I love this time of year!  I did actually send out all homeade, Stampin' Up! Christmas cards this year, and I'm so proud of myself.  :)  I did wipe out my entire stock I had, though, so I'm raring and ready to start creating new ones as soon as I get some free time.  Tell me what you think about all of these holiday card swaps I received, and if I should add some of them to my crafting stockpile for 2012. 

This card was crafted by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Nyla Kelley.  Nyla does a fabulous job of crafting the neatest holiday items.  This card had a little slot inside, and she gave every swap recipient a neat treat of hot cocoa mix inside.  How fabulous!

On her card, I spy the following products:Greeting Card Kids stamp set (#119887 - pg. 34 of the 2011-2012 IBC)
Bells & Boughs stamp set (#120831 - pg. 43)
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (#115370 - pg. 157)
Frame, Oval Scallop Bigz Die (#114521 - pg. 222)
Ovals Originals Die (#114525 - pg. 220)
Modern Label Punch (#119849 - pg. 209)


This card is brought to you by my upline, Judy Garza.

On her card, I spy the following products:
Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP - #124004  (this was from the 2011 Holiday Mini)
Christmas Lodge Stamp Set (#123767 - pg. 29 of the Holiday Mini)
Mini Jingle Bells (#124116 - pg. 30)


This card was actually our November 2011 Group Gathering card  we got to make and take home with us.  Created by Judy Garza, my upline, I just absolutely love it!  It looks like a ton of work, but was actually really easy to make!  Want to create it for your Christmas next year?  Contact me, and we'll get a start now.

Happy Stamping,
Misty Kulik

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