Laurie’s Line UP!

Yesterday 7 of my closest peeps gathered at my home for a card making event.  Even though we've had several card making events in the past, this event was special for all of us.  Normally we have made cards for soldiers sending them to From our Hearts for distribution.  On this occasion, we made cards for Card Care ConnectionCard Care Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sympathetic messages and motivational cards to those who face cancer.

Our dear friend Laurie has been battling this disease for several years.  Laurie is an avid stamper who not only makes cards for soldiers, she also makes cards for the St. John’s Mercy Cancer Center.  She fondly calls them her “cancer cards”.  Thus came the decision to name this event in her honor . 

Even though she could not be with us yesterday, Laurie’s presence was felt as we made 204 cards (a new record) that will provide uplifting messages to brighten the day of many patients.  Here are some photos of our cards, my remarkable peeps & of course just one snapshot of the fabulous food we shared.

A big thanks to Sally Nusbaum who also brought 300 completed cards & card fronts that will go to From our Hearts for the soldiers.

Using our talents to give back is a part of our mission.  For those who weren't able to make it, we missed you.

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Posted on : Jul 28 2013
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Customer Appreciation

This past Sunday, my Stampin’ UP! demonstrator pals Judy Sumner, Mary Taylor and I hosted a Customer Appreciation Soiree to express gratitude to our clients for their support and friendship.  We had three make & takes for them to do and a table spread with lots of delicious food & beverages.  I also gave a short tutorial on how to use the My Design Studio 2 software to color a stamp using a variety of colors as in the Tweet Leaves card. 

Our distinguished  guest was our upline and friend, Pam D’Urso who came from Mahomet, IL to be with us.  Her presence made our day extra special.

All three of us were totally wrapped up in the day that we forgot to take pictures.   Maybe next time.

These are the make & takes from this lovely afternoon. 

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Posted on : Dec 04 2012
Posted under Events, Friendshp, My Digital Studio |

Valentines for Solidiers Stamp-a-thon

Over the weekend, nine terrific ladies joined me at my 2nd annual Valentines for Soldiers  Stamp-a-thon.  We had a wonderful time making 158 Valentines cards to send our soldiers stationed in the likes of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Hopefully they will be able to send the love home to their families & loved ones with these cards. 
hanks to Barb, Elaine, Judy S., Judy T., Kathy, Marla, Mary, Patti & Sally for all your help and support.  Thanks to Kim who was not able to join us but sent some money to help pay for postage. 

To our dear Laurie who was not able to be with us.  We hope your recovery is swift so that you will be able to rejoin us real soon.

Making cards for with my peeps something I love to do and the memories we make are abundant.

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Posted on : Dec 03 2012
Posted under Events, Valentines |

Christmas Card Workshop 2012

Yesterday, over 40 ladies attended the Christmas Card Workshop hosted by myself and 3 of my fabulous peeps, Judy, Mary & Mary Ellen.  It was a great day and our customers enjoyed, sharing ideas and making new friends.  That’s what stamping is all about.  Meeting new people and creating beautiful cards.  Here are some highlights of the day for you to see how much fun we had.  A big thanks to Judy, Mary and Laurie (our "business manager") who spent countless hours preparing the card kits while I worked.  This is what friendship is all about and I am blessed to have them. 


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Posted on : Oct 07 2012
Posted under Christmas, Events |

Christmas Cards for Soldiers

Yesterday, 10 amazing ladies gathered at my home to make Christmas Cards for our country’s Soldiers.   We had a great time making 165 handcrafted  cards that will be distributed to some 39 locations worldwide by From our Hearts out of Jefferson City, MO.   

This mission is very near & dear to my heart having two career Air Force brothers.  They’ll both tell you today that knowing the folks back home were supporting them was something that helped their morale especially during the Christmas season.

Enjoy these cards & let them get your creative juices flowing  for making your Christmas Cards.  Speaking of this year’s Christmas Cards, 3 of my peeps and I are hosting our 2nd annual Christmas Card Workshop on October 6th.  Our attendees will make 24 cards (4 each of 6 designs).  If your interesting in joining us, please let me know and I  will send you a brochure.

Thanks to all my peeps who helped support this mission.  I can’t wait for the next Cards for Soldiers event where we will be making Valentine cards.

On a personal note,  we sure did miss my brother Dave yesterday who would have taken pictures and cheered us on.  Unfortunately, duty called.

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Posted on : Jul 29 2012
Posted under Christmas, Events |

Blog Upgrade

Please bear with me during a blog transition and upgrade.  I have moved my blog from Network Solutions to  Amy Celona is a Stampin' UP! demonstrator who has a successful webhosting business.  She is cognizant of the needs of SU demonstrators and has a full range of training videos to support us. 

Michelle Laycock of Laycock Designs facilitated moving my blog and did an update at the same time.  Michelle is the graphic designer who designed my blog initially.  Her talent is beyond my comprehension.

Both of these ladies are absolute professionals in manner and service.  This was truely a synergetic turnkey transition from my aspect.

I am now running on the latest and greatest WordPress functionality and will be able to upgrade when ever a new version is published.  You may notice some subtle changes in the layout.  There is only one sidebar now on the left.  This should allow the blog to load faster in your browser.

If you have a problem viewing anything, it may be that your browser is out of date (like the version I use at work IE 8.0).

Stay tuned as I get back at posting cards from last Stamp Camp and thank you for your patience.

Posted on : Jan 31 2012
Posted under Events |