Happy Birthday Tyler!

Saturday, May 31, 2014
12 years ago Dale and I became grand parents for the first time when 
this cute little guy entered our life.  
Happy Birthday Tyler!!  

Tyler missed being born on his Uncle Jeff's birthday by a few short hours and Jeff will never let Julie forget it!!  Tyler is our firstborn grandchild and there sure is something special about that first one. Now here he is all grown up - our little (big) karate master

Not sure why we were so surprised when Tyler came out with red hair because there is plenty of it in our family (nieces and nephews).  What a fun 12 years this has been.  Looking forward to spending the day today watching Tyler play baseball and going out as a family to celebrate Tyler and Uncle Jeff's birthdays plus cake and ice cream later.  I would show you a picture of his cake but I don't want to spoil it for him.  Will post it some day soon I hope.

Thanks for stopping by!
Christi a.k.a. Gramma

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Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Friday, May 30, 2014
33 years ago this cute little guy joined our family as our second child!  
Happy Birthday Jeff!

And now in just 4 short weeks (or so) Jeff will be a daddy himself - 
oh, how fast the time flies!

Jeff, you have turned out to be an amazing man with a heart for God and we couldn't be more proud of you!

 I thought I would share one of the cards that we will be making for the June Stamp A Stack Classes (inspired by Diana Gibbs).  And I am hoping this will get you excited about signing up for one of the June classes. (details below photo)

JUNE 2014 Classes
Stamp A Stack Class
Do you need a stack of cards for all occasions? This is the class for you! In this class you will be making 8 different All Occasion Cards using some of the (YEAH!) favorite stamps that did NOT retire and some brand, spankin' new stamps!!  

Cost for this class is $12.00 or FREE with a purchase*
Pre order or Pre Pay for your class and receive a small gift from me.
Monday, June 2nd, 7 PM, OR
Saturday, June 7th, 10 AM OR
Wednesday, June11th, 10 AM  
*minimum purchase $25.00
Please bring your adhesive along to this class.
Please RSVP by 7:00 PM the evening before any class

Thanks for stopping by!
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Remodel Update Week #7 and Join NOW!

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Grid Work - lots and lots of grid work - all in preparation for the ceiling tiles and lights

We are waiting for our lights to arrive and Dale only wanted to go so far with installing the ceiling tiles before he installed the lights.  I am so thankful that he has such a vast knowledge of most everything, including electrical.

So while we are waiting...  We put up my Medallion Wall Decor' from when Stampin' Up! sold this line.  I am so glad that I made some last minute purchases before they retired.

The Medallion is at the bottom of the stairway and I added a 12" mirror to the center

 We also hung my handy dandy rods that hold my ribbon baskets.  These were purchased at IKEA, and I am already lovin' these babies!!

I added some more of the Stampin' Up! Wall Decor' to my Tempting Turquoise Wall - I love it!! and I will say it again - I am so glad I bought these when they went on the retired list about 3 years ago.

I live in the process of remodeling everyday, so it is fun to see the ladies responses when they come to class and can see the change over a week or even a months time.

OK - NOW ON TO SOME STAMPING BUSINESS!  I know I told you before but NOW the SIGN and SAVE Promotion is in full swing and I want YOU!! to join Christi's Creative Crew!!

Here are the details...
DATES: May 28 - June 30, 2014
  • This offer is only good until June 30, so take advantage of it while you can!
  • During this offer, the special starter kit will also be accompanied by $55 in free products 
  • The regular $99 starter kit is also still available and with that price you get $125 in free product.
  • You may sign up on line or you may contact me and I will help you.
  • A free paper-pumpkin kit will also be included in your starter kit
  • There is no further commitment if you do not want to continue as a demonstrator, but who wouldn't want to ave 20% off all your stamping purchases, PLUS your first order will be an added 10% incentive (a one time offer in your first 45 days)
  • Sign on NOW before May 31st and you can get the fabulous new Blendabilities Markers as part of your kit
  • OR wait until June 2nd and you can add NEW product from the NEW catalog in your starter kit, just be aware that the Blendabilities will have a delayed purchase start date so if that is what you are wanting - act fast so you can get them now!!
  • Here at Christi's Creative Crew we meet once a month and have a ton of fun stamping together and supporting one another.  Even if you decide not to continue as a demonstrator (you can still be a hobbyist) you will be current until the end of October so you can come to any meetings at no cost.
Thanks for stopping by!


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WEEKLY DEALS for May 27-June 2

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Here are the WEEKLY DEALS for May 27 through June 2
And don't forget that today is COME STAMP WITH ME TUESDAY!  My craft room will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.  These four cards will be out for you to make at only $1.50 per card you choose (make as many as you want/need)  and as always please bring along your own adhesive.

As always giving credit where credit is due: these cards were inspired by:
Janice Urke, ME!!, Susy Cote, and Nance Leedy

3 1/2" Circle Die (for your Big Shot) #121811
Regular Price $17.95 Sale Price $13.46
also on the retired list

Full Heart Punch #119883 
Regular Price $16.95 Sale Price $12.71
Also on the retired list

Sweet Buttons Embosslit Die #121813
Regular Price $11.95 Sale Price $8.96
Also on the retired list

Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #123128
Regular Price $7.95 Sale Price $5.96

Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper
Glossy Raised Patterns on heavy weight paper
12 sheets - 2 each of 6 patterns
#126917 Regular Price $12.95 Sale Price $9.71
Also on the retired list

  Typeset Alphabet Dies #127553 
Regular Price $89.95 Sale Price $67.46
4 dies includes 26 letters, 10 numbers and 1 symbol
Also on the retired list

Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
#130132 Regular Price $21.95 Sale Price $16.46
Designer Series Paper make is easy to create a card or scrapbook page 
with coordinating background paper, card stock and stamped images.
12"x12", 40 sheets per package, 2 each of 2 double sided designs in 10 colors

Spring to Life Digital Download #133026
Regular Price $9.95 Sale Price $5.97
Download includes:  
11 piece SVG Stamp brush set
12 Designer Series Papers
15 Embellishments

Thanks for stopping by!  
See you soon!

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Sign and Save Product Kit Promotion!

Monday, May 26, 2014
Beginning May 28 and going through June 30 you can begin saving 20% on all your paper crafting supplies in this special Sign and Save Product Kit Promotion!  This is just 2 days away!!

Select any product or combination of products in the catalog up $55 and pay only $50!  This product will also ship to you FREE! - that's a $6.95 savings!! (your local sales tax will still apply)

The discount doesn't stop there - you KNOW you are going to want more than $55 in product so your next order will be a 30% discount (a one time extra 10% offer after the purchase of your kit)!

After that you can shop at 20% off until your heart is content until October 31st with NO COMMITMENT!  That's right...no commitment, no obligation, no contract!!, but tons of savings and fun!

If you sign up by May 31st you can get these fabulous new BLENDABILITIES markers in your kit.

 You may remember this pretty flower from a previous post - it was my first attempt using the Blendabilities Markers

So put it on your calendar and on Wednesday, May 28, head on over to Stampinup.com and purchase the Sign and Save Product Kit.  Be sure to choose me as your demonstrator (up-line) because then I will be able to help you with any questions you may encounter.  We will be thrilled to have you as a part of Christi's Creative Crew!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sentimental Sunday

Sunday, May 25, 2014
My sweet Daddy served our country in the Navy during WW11 and now on Memorial Day Weekend I wanted to honor him.

A while back he attended an Outdoorsman Venue and he visited a Veterans booth where he put his name in a drawing to win a FREE fishing excursion - something he has been wanting for a long time. After a couple weeks he received the call that said his name was drawn for a salmon fishing trip!  He was so excited and couldn't wait to tell me about it.  A week ago on a brisk, early, Saturday morning he joined some other Veterans for this fun fishing day.  I was at Mom's when he called and I got to hear the excitement in his voice when he told me that he just pulled in a BIG Salmon that took him 10-15 minutes to land.  That stubborn salmon ended up being 14.5 pounds!  (The largest salmon caught that day was 17 pounds.)

It was a great day for him as he was able to share this event with other Veterans and I am sure there were stories shared.  My Daddy was the oldest Veteran that day to join the fishing excursion so he was awarded an American Flag that flew over Michigan's Capital Building on April 4, 2014 (he even has the documented papers for it)

Today on this Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, this beautiful flag, that holds so much meaning, is hanging on a wall at my parents church.

I am so proud of my Daddy!  My dad was on the USS Harry F Bauer DM26, a destroyer Mine Layer which was used in mine sweeping operations.

Thank you Daddy for serving our country!  You make us proud!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Memorial Day!
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Cake! and Discounted Retired List Items

Friday, May 23, 2014
I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Retired Stampin' Up! Stamps and Accessories garage sale we had this week. It was very successful and EVERY penny is going right back into my Stampin' Up! business so that I can be the BEST Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for you.  I simply CANNOT wait for June 2nd when I can purchase some NEW products from the 2014-15 Catalog to use in the upcoming Stamp Classes.

This has been a tremendously busy section of time for me with the remodeling project going on, Stampin' Classes and a bunch of cake orders.

Today I will share a cake that I made recently for a gal at church.  Mother to 4 boys with the oldest one graduating from High School this year, so her hubby wanted to theme her cake around this big event in their family. It was a lot of words to fit on a small cake.

Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling! YUMMO!

Back to Stampin' Up! business - Don't forget about the RETIRED LIST and the discounted items that are While Supplies Last.

Also... now through June 30 I am giving double the 50/50 benefits with a $50.00 purchase (before shipping and tax).  You will not only get to write your name on the 50/50 board TWICE but your name will also go into a separate drawing to win this BLOG CANDY - a value of over $50.00.

ORDER MY PAPER PUMPKIN TODAY and you will get the June Paper Pumpkin at 50% off!!  You NEED to put in this PROMO CODE: SHELLIDEAL in order to get this deal, and please, please, please, put me down as your demonstrator it will help me out a TON!  Just listen to this video by Shelli.  All the info you need is listed below the video.


What: 50% off June's kit
When: Subscribe by Friday, May 23
Where: MyPaperPumpkin.com/signup  or call 1-800-STAMPUP
How: Enter the promo code SHELLIDEAL

Thanks for stopping by!

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Come to the Light!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Today starts the DISCOUNTED items from the RETIRED LIST.  If there are still items you were hoping to get off the RETIRED LIST - NOW is the time to check it out because Stampin' Up! is discounting items on the list and they are still WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  Please shop on-line for all the  items you were hoping to get.  Just click HERE

Get 25% - 50% off many of the retiring products - This special offer begins tomorrowMay 22 and is only available through June 4 and while supplies last. If you missed out on a product the first time, this is your last chance to get it before it's gone for good!

I guess this would be week #6 and time to show you how the remodel is going.  Sometimes it seems so slow and yet I promised to be patient.  My retired stamp shelving unit is painted and back together...

 and now all these retired stamps...

 have a home again... yes, they are all alphabetized!!

My IKEA desk is back in place...

Along with the shelves, but I still need to use a funky table until my other storage is complete

I love these Key Shaped Coat Hooks that I found at our local Florist (on the clearance rack no less). The ladies will be so glad to have a place to hang their coats when they come during the cold weather.

Well, out new lights are ordered, but not in yet, but as you can see Dale put up some of the grid work last night so now we have the base work for the ceiling tiles and the lights when they arrive.

This laser light looks like something from an alien movie casting a beam of light so the grid work will be perfectly level.

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Weekly Deals and a Sneak Peak

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
TODAY is Garage Sale Day!  So if you live in my area please stop on by to shop the retired stamps and accessories, plus Craft Sale items perfect for end-of-year teacher gifts, Graduation gifts, Father's Day gifts, etc. Looking forward to having you stop by!  Hours: 9am-3pm Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22.

Here are the WEEKLY DEALS for May 20-26...Looks like it is time to stock up on ribbon!

I personally love the ribbon and love to add it to my cards and projects.  It lends dimension and just an added focal point.  Not all cards need ribbon, of course, but I sure am glad that I have it handy for when I do need it.  

BLENDABILITIES!! - I am officially in LOVE with these NEW MARKERS!!  Each color comes in a 3 pack of light, medium and dark.  What I used on this pretty flower is Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight.  They will be available to purchase June 2nd when the NEW Catalog goes live!!  Start your wish list NOW!

I added some highlights using my Signo White Gel Pen.  I loved the way it made it "pop".  The NEW stamp I used is called BLENDED BLOOM and after using the BLENDABILITIES it makes the flower look as if it is 3 Dimensional.

You can be sure there will be a BLENDABILITIES class coming up!!

What else is coming up? I'm planning to do a RIBBON SHARE again this year with the NEW In-Colors and the NEW ribbons offered in the NEW Catalog.  More details to follow.

MORE? YOU BET!  However - I am holding off on my Open House until my craft room is complete so I might be having it closer to when the HOLIDAY CATALOG os released.  It is just too much to work around.

CARD CLUB: We have one more month on this rotation of CARD CLUB and you can sign up to be in the next CARD CLUB starting in September.  We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month.  You are required to make a minimum purchase of $15.00 and it is a 10 month commitment.  One of the months you will be the hostess and receive the hostess credit FREE product.  You are guaranteed $25.00 in hostess dollars where you can choose anything you want including the exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets.  I already have 8 lovely ladies signed up!  So there is room for 2 more.  If I get enough for 2 classes of 10 ladies each, I will revisit that and most likely include a second CARD CLUB that will meet on another night.  How perfect would that be!!??

NEW CATALOG - I have a FREE one for you!!  When you come to a STAMP A STACK CLASS, a Tuesday COME STAMP WITH ME CLASS, or a PROJECTS CLASS you will receive one for FREE!!  For those of you who do not live in my area and cannot pop in for a class I will gladly send you a copy when you place an online order.  Just click HERE to get started.  I can't wait for you to see it - you will love it!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Red Hot Challenge #125

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
It has been a long time since I have participated in the Red Hot Stampers Weekly Sketch Challenge, but when my biggest inspiration (Gracie) came over on Saturday to spend some time with us, we started working on her end-of-school-year teacher gift.  We had already decided to make Miss Scott a bouquet of Laffy Taffy flowers (Miss Scott's favorite candy) using one of my (retired) Stampin' Up! kits, and then we really needed to make a thank-you card to go with it.  That's where the Red Hot Stampers Sketch Challenge came in.  I knew I wanted to use the same flowers on the card that I used on the Laffy Taffy so I checked out the sketch challenge for this week and it worked out perfectly!  This is what I had to work with...

And this is what I came up with...

And here is my inspiration... and her Laffy Taffy flower bouquet for her teacher.  Thank you Grandma Great, for the recycled flower vase it worked out perfectly.

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You're Invited

Monday, May 19, 2014
Last night at church we honored our youth pastor for his years of service to our church as he and his family took a call to a church planting ministry in Chicago.  We will miss this family so very much! He has been a great youth pastor, mentor and friend to our youth with out-reaching effects. Under his direction we have seen several of our young men and women choose to go into the ministry.  We couldn't be more proud of him.  His wife and children also have been a HUGE compliment and help in everything.  WE WILL MISS YOU CHRIS, KRISTI, ERIN, MICAH, EMMA, and MAGGIE!!

After the service honoring our 2014 graduates we held a big party for them and I was very honored to be asked to make a special card for their invitation.  They were making general invitations for the congregation, but they wanted something special just for them.  I followed a sketch by Laura Laures to make this card for them

I used three different stamp sets: Happy Hour, Hip Notes, Just Sayin' and a non-SU stamp for the You're Invited.  Colors used are: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Gumball Green and Daffodil Delight.

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Sentimental Sunday

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Yesterday when Gracie was with us we had several errands or stops to make.  One of the stops was to the cemetery where Dale's parents lay.  Each year Dale's oldest brother and wife order a  bouquet of beautiful silk flowers to adorn their gravesite.  Today was the day to go and bring them and we always take a picture so they can see how nice the flowers look.  Gracie never had a chance to meet her great grandparents but she does carry her Great Grandma Katherine's name as her middle name.  She was quite intrigued when she saw her name on Great Grandma's grave stone.  I don't think she ever connected how she got her name.  So we just had to get a picture of her.  It makes us sad that she never got to meet her name sake because she was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known.

We miss you Mom and Dad!  Can't wait to reunite in heaven some day.

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a wonderful Lord's Day!
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Silly Saturday

Saturday, May 17, 2014
I have an alien in my garage!

Dale is painting my DVD style shelf unit!  His friend came over to check out the new paint sprayer since he bought one just like it.

He wanted to make sure he knew how to use his own so Dale graciously let him spray some of the shelves!

Today, Dale brought all the pieces downstairs and assembled them. Just a few more touch up spots and it will be standing upright.

By Monday I should be able to put all my retired stamps back on it.  I love to be organized!! (and alphabetized)

Just a heads up that I will be having a garage sale on Wednesday and Thursday this week selling a bunch of retired stamp sets in the effort to clear out, but it will also help me to achieve the Washington DC trip.  I will be able to turn the cash into product sales!!  
So stop on by May 21 and 22 from 9am to 3pm and shop our retired stamp sale.  
WHERE: 4845  Summergreen Ln, Hudsonville.  
Contact me if you are looking for a specific stamp and if I have it I can set it aside for you.

Thanks for stopping by!
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