Count My Blessings

When the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog first arrived, my heart did a little flip flop for the Count My Blessings stamp set.

The images are simply gorgeous. To make them easier to watercolor, I embossed them in gold. The gold was hard to capture on camera, but here you can see it better. Embossing also makes them easier to fussy cut.

To watercolor the acorn, I used ink squished into the lid of my stamp pad and an aqua painter. I also did a watercolor wash on the cardstock behind the fancy foil.

Our October Stamp of the Month Club members will receive the supplies to make this card along with three others.

Speaking of blessings at the top of my list, the Stamp of the Month Club continues to grow and I’m so thankful for all of our lovely members. Thank you all!

Want to know more about the Stamp of the Month Club? Click here.

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

 

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Celebrate World Card Making Day with 15% Off!

World Card Making Day is October 7th and to celebrate, Stampin’ Up! is offering some amazing items at 15% off!

And, as a bonus, you can receive two free refills when you buy one Fast Fuse Adhesive! What a deal!

Click on any image below to see these sweet products for yourself: (Price listed is not the sale price)

 

Don’t miss the Designer Series Papers on sale- buy three get one free.

They coordinate with the stamp sets on sale. It’s a great way to get matching suites at a discount!

 

 

To see all the lovely Designer Series Paper on sale, click here and to see the World Card Making Day special deals Click here.

 

Putting in an order? Be sure to use the October Hostess code to receive a free gift from me!

October Hostess Code:

Q3G6WWBC

(If your order reaches $150, don’t use the hostess code because you receive the hostess rewards yourself.)

 

 

Stampin’ Up! loves to celebrate with amazing sales, but this one only lasts until October 10th, so don’t miss out!

Happy sale friends!

Michelle

 

 

Designer Series Paper Sale- Now Until October 31st!

What could be better than pretty paper? FREE pretty paper!

From now until October 31st, you can earn a free pack of designer series paper when you buy three packs.

 

Choose from the amazing packs listed below (And you get to pick which three to purchase and which one is free!):

Be still my paper lovin’ heart!

Now is the perfect time to stock up on all your favorite designs, and just in case you need a little inspiration, here are some cards with one of my all time favorite Designer Series Papers, Whole Lot of Lovely.

 

Click on any image below to see all the pretty papers for yourself!

 

October has several amazing savings opportunities, my next post will include stamps on sale and free fast fuze refills, so be sure to check that out, too!

 

Happy sale friend!

Michelle

 

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A Season of Joy

Hi, friends, how are you today?

This time last year, we did not know if our oldest son was going to make it. He had a mysterious illness that made him very sick. He stopped talking and swallowing and even quit breathing three different times. He spent the better part of 10 months in hospitals and ICUs. In addition to that, our adopted children were recovering from surgery. Our daughter had life saving heart surgery (we did not know she had a serious heart defect when we adopted her) and our newly adopted son had surgery to correct a birth defect. That was a lot for one family to deal with and I coped by eating. Well, crying and eating.

Lots of crying.

Lots of eating.

Lots and lots of eating.

I quickly put on an extra 23 pounds, which caused my health to go downhill.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heartburn and reflux, insomnia and pre-diabetes all plagued me. Not to mention the trauma of watching our children suffer. Is there anything harder on a mother’s heart than to watch her babies go through unthinkable pain while she stands helplessly by?

But on January 30th, I made the best change of my life. I joined Crossfit. That first night I could not hang from the pull up bar or do a single box jump. (The idea of jumping on a box terrified me, to be truthful!) But my coaches worked with me and little by little, I began to get strong.

In addition to exercise, Crossfit gave me a meal plan that taught me healthier ways to eat. I cut out soda and salted caramel mochas and all the unhealthy foods I loved.

I started sleeping peacefully, even though my son would not get better for many months. My heartburn and reflux went away completely and my cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure all fell in the normal range.

I have now dropped 30 pounds and have never felt better. My kids are all fully recovered, too. Our son made a miraculous recovery that doctors thought was impossible. Our daughter, who could have died, is now healthy and cleared for all activity, including vigorous exercise, and our son’s birth defect is corrected and will never be a problem again.

The before photo above was taken at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event in Utah while I was on the Stampin’ Up! Design Team and the after photo was taken last month, after seven months of hard work and eating healthy. I have never felt better!

But you know what the best part is? All the people who loved me just the way I was. My hubby, my family and friends, my fellow design team members. Thank you one and all for loving me no matter what I look like and thank you Crossfit for making me healthy and strong!

Our days of sorrow have finally gone, replaced with days of joy. Last year is starting to feel like a distant memory as we enjoy our son’s recovery and the good health of our little kids, as well as my own. To say we are thankful is an understatement.

So many of you were part of our journey to now- thank you for every bit of support. It truly means the world.

 

Michelle

 

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October Stamp of the Month Club~ Count My Blessings

Hi friends! how are you today?

Have you heard about the Stamp of the Month Club here at Stampin’ 365? Each month, club members receive a fabulous Stampin’ Up! stamp set and all the paper supplies to create four exclusive cards with envelopes for just $34.95, (or $14.95 for just the card supplies.) Everything is pre-cut, neatly packaged and comes with typed directions. Club members just add ink and adhesive. (I even include a handmade gift tag, created to match, just for you from thankful me!)

The October Stamp of the Month Club features the Count My Blessings stamp set.

 

When I first saw this set, I fell in love. I knew I wanted to design cards with that big acorn and the lovely flowers. The beauty of this set is that it is very versatile and not just for fall. It can easily be used for many occasions.

Check out the gorgeous images for Count My Blessings here:

For October’s club, I picked ink colors that are perfect for fall:

 

Would you like to find out more about how you can become part of the Stamp of the Month Club? Click here and if you’re ready to join, email me at stampin365@gmail.com to sign up today! (The deadline is Octoberr 5th.)

In the club and already have the set? No Problem! Just email me at stampin365@gmail.com with the substitution of your choice (up to $26) by the first of October.

Don’t miss out on your chance to make these fun cards for your stash.

Happy stampin’ friend,

Michelle

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Christmas Tag Class

Recently, I was thrilled to be asked to donate a Christmas Tag Class to a local auction. Talk about a fun class to design. I was like a little kid in a candy store!

The new Holiday Catalog was not yet available to order from, so I designed this class with some of the AMAZING Christmas items in the Annual Catalog.

Each guest will create 20 gift tags that will be presented in this adorable plastic mason jar from www.thesugardiva.com. I’m crazy for that ribbon and those tiny boxwood wreaths! They literally made me squeal the first time I saw them.

And this reindeer? Too cute!

Don’t you just love the shape of the pretty label punch? Gorgeous!

To display the tags, I placed a piece of DSP, scored into a triangle, in the center of the jar and taped the linen thread ties to the inside of the triangle. (I got that idea from a jar of tags I bought at Target last year. Brilliant!)

The DSP insert really helps all the tags to show nicely and this project would be perfect for gift giving.

There are five tag designs all together and class members will create four of each.

In the excitement of the new Holiday Catalog, don’t forget that Stampin’ Up! has a large collection of gorgeous Christmas designs to choose from in the Annual Catalog.

Maybe some of these sets are already in your own collection. Which one is your favorite? (Complete supply list below.)

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

 

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Lemon Zest Tags

Hello friends! How are you today?

One of my favorite things to create is tags. Each month I create a tag to coordinate with our Stamp of the Month Club. For our August Club, I was inspired by a gorgeous stair case in an Italian restaurant. Just lookout at these hand painted tiles!

With this photo as my inspiration and the beautiful Lemon Zest stamp set, I designed these cards for our club members:

Once the club boxes were put together, I set to work designing a gift tag as a small token of appreciation to our club members. The Lemon Zest stamp set by Stampin’ Up! makes creating fun designs a cinch!

Don’t they look pretty, all piled up and ready to mail out?

As I write this blog post, my state is under a thick blanket of smoke and our city has an advisory that the smoke is so heavy, we should stay indoors. The health hazard is so high, many school have canceled the first day tomorrow.

As we struggle to deal with the smoke, and many residents are forced to flee their homes, I am also reminded of all the dear people affected by hurricanes and flooding. There is so much devastation right now! If you are affected by any of the devastation, please know I hold you in my heart and prayers!

With much love,

Michelle

 

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September Stamp of the Month Club~ Lovely Inside & Out

Hi friends! how are you today?

Have you heard about the Stamp of the Month Club here at Stampin’ 365? Each month, club members receive a fabulous Stampin’ Up! stamp set and all the paper supplies to create four exclusive cards with envelopes for just $34.95, (or $14.95 for just the card supplies.) Everything is pre-cut, neatly packaged and comes with typed directions. Club members just add ink and adhesive. (I even include a handmade gift tag, created to match, just for you from thankful me!)

The September Club features the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set.

This stamp set has so may sentiments that I did not even use. You can check it out here:

The colors for September are a bit summery. I guess I’m not quite ready to switch to fall yet!

Would you like to find out more about how you can become part of the Stamp of the Month Club? Click here and if you’re ready to join, email me at stampin365@gmail.com to sign up today! (The deadline is September 5th.)

In the club and already have the set? No Problem! Just email me at stampin365@gmail.com with the substitution of your choice (up to $26) by the first of September.

Need the matching dies? Email me, because you can bundle it with the stamp set and save 10%!

Don’t miss out on your chance to make these fun cards for your stash.

Happy stampin’ friend,

Michelle

An Update

Hi friends! Boy, has my blog been quiet lately! My apologies, but are you ready for the reason?

All of my kids are happy and healthy and we are enjoying our summer!

This time last year, our daughter had life saving open heart surgery, our youngest was recovering from a surgery to repair a minor birth defect and our oldest son was in the hospital with a brutal illness that doctors could not solve. It lasted 10 long, nightmarish months. We were told he would most likely never talk or swallow again and he did not even know his own name.

But,

An army of people responded with cards and meals and prayers and he is 100% better now!

He is truly a living miracle. Did I tell you that I placed my hand on his chest and called his name when he stopped breathing three different times, and three different times the response team at the hospital swooped in and helped him start breathing again. The news just kept getting worse. He lost the ability to talk or swallow and had excruciating muscle tremors that shook his whole body. Now, he is talking about finally starting college in the fall and he is really loving life. I call him the man of steal.

The photo above was taken at the 5k that Thomas and I ran together. What a day that was. My boy, talking my leg off just like he used to. My joy was overflowing.

To all of you who reached out in support, thank you. A thousand thank yous, in fact. Every message, every card, every prayer meant the world to me and helped to light the way when I had no idea how to keep going.

Along with enjoying the summer with my kids, I’m also busy designing the September Stamp of the Month Club and a Christmas Tag Class To Go, and if you have ever placed an order with me, your Holiday Catalog is on the way! (They are going by bulk mail and take awhile to arrive, so don’t worry if yours has not arrived yet.)

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

 

Lots of Love Tags

Hi friends, how are you today?

Here are some tags I made this month for our Stamp of the Month Club members. It’s so much fun to design a tag each month. These took a little longer because of all the fussy cutting, but those layered flowers were worth it, don’t you think?

And that shimmer ribbon- isn’t it so pretty?

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Thanks for stopping by today. It’s always fun to share with you.

 

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle