What a wonderful weekend!

Hey y’all! Happy Memorial day! I hope your long weekend has been as wonderful as mine! I decided to “take a few days off” from everything and I am so glad I did! Usually, our weekends are super busy. We run here and there and in between I am squeezing in Stampin’ Up stuff. SO, sometimes, the weekend seems busier than the weekdays! So, I took Friday off to spend with the Littles on their field trip and we have had lots of family time the rest of the weekend. MUCH.NEEDED.
On Saturday morning, I held my Catalog Kick off Sneak Peek Party. Wow! What a huge turnout I had! Thank you to all my friends and customers who came by to grab their new catalog and to play with new goodies!
One of the cards we made was adapted from one in this month’s Stampin Success (SU Demos get this awesome magazine once a month published by SU with tons of great ideas in it!) I wanted my customers to get their hands on the new in colors as well as some of the new DSP.
This is a very simple card that uses lots of stuff! Great for a workshop!
Stamps: Betsy’s Blossoms, Word Play, Betsy’s Blooms Wheel
Ink and Paper: Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Patio Party DSP, Floral District DSP, Comfort Cafe DSP (We used Stampin’ Markers to color the word stamp)
Punches; 1 3/8″ Circle, 1 ” Circle, 1/2″ Circle
White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Jewel
Now, just because I can’t stop complaining about them on Facebook, I have to show you what has been “bugging” me for the last few weeks:
This is a a Katydid. And we are INFESTED with them. The “croak” all day long, but once it gets dark, it is deafening. I mean, outrageously so. Wakes me up at night it’s so loud. And, this guy was sitting on the window when I took the card picture. At any given time, when I walk outside, there are 10-12 sitting on my porch. Awful!! Anybody else dealing with these right now??
I wanted to remind you that right now, you can join Stampin’ Up and my team, the Sweet Stampede, for only $99! That is simply the best price SU has ever offered it. You get $190 worth of product and business materials! And, new this year, you pick ANYTHING you want from the catalog! WOW!
Product discount: Demonstrators get a 20 percent discount on all Stampin’ Up! products, including stamp sets, paper, and accessories. It’s a great way to support your love of stamping, paper or digital crafting, home décor – or whatever your passion may be!

Extra income:You’ll earn extra income based on your sales and recruiting – just how much extra income is up to you. Maybe you want enough income to pay the electric bill every month, or maybe your goal is bigger – the monthly payment for your new car. That’s the beauty of the demonstrator experience – it’s all up to you! See the Compensation Table for more information. Learn more about the financial benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Flexible schedule:This is your business, so you can put as much (or as little) time into it as you’d like!

Support from Stampin’ Up!:We love our demonstrators and it shows through our demonstrator support materials. Workshop ideas and audio and video trainings on all kinds of topics are available at your fingertips on our demonstrator website. Plus, you’ll receive our monthly magazine just for demonstrators, which is full of informative tips and beautiful samples.

I’ve spent the last year building my team and am thrilled where we are headed! I’d love for you to join us, no matter where your from, no matter if your career minded or just hobby minded!! We are truly a mix of both! Email me if your interested, or click here to sign up!

Also, I wanted to give you a heads up about Product Shares! They are filling up FAST! Even before the catalog has come out! I am shipping the first round for FREE!! Here is what I am offering:

#1. In Color Stitched Ribbon
5 Colors, 1 yard each= $5.50 free ship

#2. 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain
10 colors, 1 yard each= $5.50 free ship

#3. Scallop Dots Ribbon
10 colors, 1 yard each color= $8.50 free

#4. 3/8″ In Color Ruffle Ribbon
5 colors, 1 yard each color= $5.50 free ship

#5. 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon
10 colors, 1 yard each color=$6.50 free ship

#6. All
five ribbon shares
= $28 free ship

#7 DSP Shares

Get a 6X6 square of every single sheet of new DSP from the
new catalog. That is 120 squares! Includes 10 different DSP sets with 12 sheets
120 squares= $30, free shipping!

#8. 12-14 In Color Bundle
Dahlia Embellishments (5 flowers)
8 1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock in each of the 5 colors (20 sheets
total, 4 of each color)
2 yards of each of the 5 colors in the new Stitched Satin
$21 (free shipping!)
#9. AMAZING Fabric Share
Receive 1/4 of each fat quarter (10 different patterns, 2 Cherry Cobbler, 2
Early Espresso, 2 Old Olive, 2 Daffodil Delight, 2 Marina Mist)
$8 free
**Just wait till
you see these fabrics! I can’t wait to use them as ribbons and bows on my pages
and cards!!**

I will offer FREE
SHIPPING on all the shares until the first round fills up. Second round will go
up some for shipping.
Email me now to reserve the
ones you want. Be specific in your email. Tell

  • Your name
  • specific names of
    shares you want
  • your mailing
  • your email address
    to which I can send the invoice

Ok, and last, I just want to share some photos from my fabulous family weekend:

We took the girls to the Medina River for a lazy day of swimming.

There was a giant tree over a section of the river. It made for a great jumping spot!

Mr. Fifty Shades ain’t got nothin’ on my man! 😉 Sill just as cute as the day I first laid eye on him in 10th grade..

A was a little nervous. The water was swift, but only about 12 inches deep. She eventually got used to it, but not until the very end of the day! 

E was the bravest of them all. Fearless! Which, is not normally her style!
Daddy is the biggest kid of them all!
I even joined in the fun to prove that yes, in fact, Mommy can be fun sometimes too! LOL! (I can’t believe I am posting this picture of me in my bathing suit! Promise to never blackmail me with it, alright!? LOL! Please pretend my legs are nice and tan and toned. Running 10 miles a week, and they still look like that! UHG!!)  

There were many ropes across the small river, and the kids tried to make a zip line.. LOL! Didn’t really work, but they had fun trying over and over again!

On Friday, I got to spend the day with The Littles on their field trip. So fun! We went to Morgan’s Wonderland, which is a special needs amusement park. their preschool is an inclusion class, so we were able to go there. Normally, only families with special needs get to go, so this was a special privilege for my kids!

All in all I think I took 500 pictures this weekend! I’ve got scrapbook pages for months now!

Ok, if you made it to the end, I’m so glad you did! Thanks for being patient while I took a few days off. I missed Scrapbook Saturday again. Sorry! I’ll make up for it, I promise!!
Have a great Memorial Day!
And, in case you’ve forgotten:
2011-2012 Retirement List can be seen HERE.
Product Shares can be seen HERE.
All my classes can be seen HERE.
Stamper’s Round Up Card details can be seen HERE.

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4 thoughts on “What a wonderful weekend!”

  1. If you want to get rid of katydids, think in terms of a three step program. Habitat, deterrents and removal. First, reduce the number of attractive habitats for katydids, crickets and grasshoppers in your garden. Clean out gutters where damp collected debris offers a welcome haven. Trim any long grass areas down to a low level since they love long grass, and sweep the cuttings away from the house. If you have a compost heap, keep it a good distance from the home, and if you bin it, keep the bin a good distance away and ensure the lid is held down securely.

    Next, use deterrents to discourage them from feeding on your plants. There are two ways to do this. You can plant "barrier plants" that these insects are repelled by such as horehound, cilantro, calendula or alliums. These crops will repel a wide range of insects long term, but if you don't have time to grow them, a short term solution is to use a repellent spray.

    Try solutions of garlic oil, neem oil or Tabasco mixed with water and spray the plants. While the garlic and Tabasco will repel the katydids, neem oil acts not only as a repellent, but also as an anti-feed and growth regulator, and even sterilizes some species. If using insecticides such as Talstar Pro, read the instructions carefully and follow the manufacturers instructions.

    If using barrier crops and sprays to protect your treasured plants is not enough for you and you don't want to listen to the "Katy did, Katdy didn't," argument all night, you can reduce their numbers by trapping and removing Katydids in home made traps. Mix a solution of black strap molasses diluted in water in an old jar or can, and bury these up to the neck in the ground. The katydids will be attracted by the sweetness and crawl in attempting to feed, only to drown in the solution. They will also be attracted to ultraviolet bug killers left in the garden overnight. Be warned, if handling larger species, they are capable of pinching the skin painfully.

    With these simple measures you should be able to keep katydids off your plants and enjoy the night song without being driven to distraction.

  2. I have to laugh at those bugs! First I don't like bugs at all…have a few stories way. However, when I was in college at SFA in Nacogdoches we had the strangest bugs and they jumped. Eeek! So I feel your pain.

    I love your cute little purse. I also love seeing your family pics! Super sweet to share those.

    christie daugherty

  3. Great card! Love all of the new goodies on it!
    Fantastic family pics too! Looks like so much fun!

  4. I LOVED Morgans Wonderland our PK/PPCD unit spent a day out there and they loved it. I think I was more excited about the trip.

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