Friday, November 16, 2012

You asked ... Stampin Up listened!

What an exciting day- a new product is available from Stampin' Up! but ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!
The best part is it's an affordable new product!
Introducing the...
Textured Boutique Embossing Machine!!!
In a test trial partnership with Sizzix, Stampin' Up! is offering ONLY.....I repeat.....ONLY 4000 of these new Embossing machines!

So, what does it do?

So, if you LOVE using embossing folders......this is the machine for you
How much does it cost???
Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim 
  • Texture Boutique Bundle
     Item 132700
  • 39.95
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Visit
  • Click on "Shop Now", and place your order! It will be shipped directly to you, and you can even combine this order with any other products you may want! Be sure to check out the clearance rack for more great deals too!!
  • Don't wait ... these will sell out FAST! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's in the Air ...

It was such a cool day in Vermont ... the scent of Fall lingers in the air as I watch the yellows, reds and oranges shadow the backyard.  That could only mean one thing ... Christmas is around the corner.  For me that means it is time to switch in to overdrive and prepare for an annual craft fair I attend in VA with my sister.  The Ovitt household has endured a very tough year (I had two major surgeries) so I am praying that I may bring in a bit of holiday income.  My mind is swirling with many project and card ideas ... just waiting for my body to catch up with my mind!!  

What are you up to ... crafting for the holidays?  Would love to hear from you!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stampin Up ... it's all about fAMily.

    I have been asked quite a few times why I love Stampin' Up so much ... certainly I have been unsuccessful thus far in making it the business I dream about it becoming so why stay in it?  The answer is quite simple ... I love my family.  When I talk about my family I am not simply referring to my biological family but also my extended Stampin' Up family - women (and men) I have met and some I haven't who have become important support pillars in my life.  Each year Shelly, founder of SU, presents a theme for the business.  This year's the was "I AM".  I finally realized ... I AM fAMily!

  On a lighter note, I spent the day playing with composition notebooks ... what fun they are to alter.  I enjoyed coming up with some fun color themes while maintaining my "Less is More' motto!  What do you think?

Happy Stamping !
                Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Jingle Bell Rockin’ Cards!

Sunday, Oct. 14 @ 10:00-4:00

Set your sights on holiday lights and eggnog around the tree.
We hope you can join us for our holiday card festivity!

58353 Lake Road
St. Albans, VT  05478

Pre Registration:  $25.00 for 12 cards (including envelopes)
Pre Registration due by:  Monday, Oct. 1stLimited Spaces Available
Pre Registration doesn’t include adhesive.  Please bring plenty.                                                

Event will include:
Make 12 homemade holiday cards before Frosty the Snowman is here!
Everyone will Rock Around the Christmas Tree for a homemade ornament!
There will be Elves to assist you in making your cards!
It’s a Marshmallow World around the luncheon table!
Have a Holly Jolly time with your family & friends!

*This event is for everyone including the beginners - 12 years and older!
*You can come and go as you please & stamp at your own leisure!
*Card Kits are prepped for you, all you need to do is stamp and assemble!
*We will have a Raffle & Ordering/Booking Specials!

If you have any questions on this event please contact me @ 827-6547 or email @

Please mail pre registration before Monday, Oct. 1st

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I'm in Love!

I dug out the Keepsake Ornaments bundle and man this is one product I fell in love with!   I cut a piece of card stock that was 5x4 and was able to cut out three ornaments at once using the framelits and the forth I used the 3/4 inch punch to punch out the circle.  Save some paper!!  I am learning to use the edgelits and framelits.   I was able to use my favorite color combo on cherry cobbler and crumb cake! I plan on using the Greetings of the Season stamp set on my holiday cards but the order isn't here yet!!   I'm feeling festive!
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lurking around the corner ...

     Where has the time gone?  I feel as though summer has slipped through my fingertips.  I look around me and ask, "What have you accomplished"?  I shrug to myself "nothing". The calendar is chanting 'school, school, school' in my ear.  The realization that time with my children is dwindling as we scurry about making the preparations.  I try to imagine what it will be like to say goodbye to my oldest daughter as she begins a new journey in college.  I can't even fathom it! 
      The start of school also sends signals darting at me as reminders that the annual craft fair I attend with my sister in VA  is just around the corner.  I decided to play for a bit today.  In order to transition slowly after spending months healing from surgeries I decided to start out small.  I remembered how loved the envelope gift card holder / treat bag was in previous years and decided to put a few together.  It felt amazing to craft ... my favorite country music playing in the background ... my mind escaping from its depths of stress.  Stamping is so therapeutic!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Can't Keep a SU Demonstrator down!

I just couldn't help myself!  I have been visiting Brian King's blog quite frequently during my recovery period and the past two days I have found myself motivated to get my fingers inky!  If you haven't checked it out ...!

For this card I grabbed some Early Expresso and Crumb Cake paper and ink.  I knew that I wanted to play with the color combination.  I remember seeing Fabulous Florets stamped in similar colors on Stampin Connection.  I only wish that I had some wide ribbon in Early Expresso as the Chocolate Chip is a bit off.  What do you think?

Yes ... I have to stand to stamp since I can't look down!  I just had to get inky!!


Triple Time Stamping Technique using Everything Eleanor and in Midnight Muse / Crumb Cake and Black / Pretty in Pink

Dear Friends,
    I am so blessed to find that you haven't left me!  It has just not been my year!  As I found myself healing from shoulder surgery that I had at the end of November I began looking forward to moving forward with my Stampin' Up business.  My body had other plans.  The shooting pains and numbness returned in my arms and fingers sending me back to the neurosurgeon who confirmed another necessary surgery.  I had cervical disk fusion in 2005 that did not fuse and thus caused problems in a couple of other levels.  In June I had another multi - level fusion done and my body seems to be rejecting the manufactured bone that they used.  I have been in a brace for over six weeks!!
    Two days ago I decided that the only thing that would make me feel better was to stamp ... but oh where to begin?  I found myself visiting a favorite blog Stamp and Scrap with Frenchie  I fell in love with her Triple Time Stamping card she shared and decided to 'get my feet wet' by CASEing her!  I am sharing the results with you!
      Thank you for your continued support!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

With the introduction of the 2012-2013 annual catalog, we have made a very big change to our Stampin’ Pads.
Introducing firm foam pads! They change your stamping experience for the better.
We know you’re going to love these new Stampin’ Pads—just look at all the exciting benefits listed below:
  • Provide better ink coverage for your stamps!
  • Light-tap stamping produces flawless images!
In addition, our new Stampin’ Pads
  • Create wonderfully solid images. The Firm Foam releases more ink onto your rubber stamp than the felt pads. When using the Firm Foam pad, your stamp will get an even, solid covering of ink that you may not have been able to achieve with the felt pads. Please note: if you are using the ink pad frequently you may need to re-ink your Firm Foam pad more often.
  • Have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top of the pad that is easier to read and that will not fade or chip off!
  • Come with color name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German)--just choose your language, peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification! 
  • Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
  • Are available in all colors, including our exclusive In Colors!
Please note: Five ink colors have undergone formula changes to improve functionality and color stability with the new firm foam pads. These colors are
  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Tempting Turquoise
All five colors of the reformulated inks have been fully tested and approved. While using the new ink formula in the old Stampin’ Pads is fine, we do not recommend using the old ink formula for these five colors in the new firm foam pads. Any refills purchased after April 30, 2012, will contain the new formulated ink.
Contact me for more information! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Come out!  Come out!  Wherever you are!

I finally found my way back to my blog!  Oh how I have missed blogging with my cyber friends.  I am determined to figure out this blog posting thing so as I may join in future blog hops. I joined an amazing yahoo group VC Rocks and want to share some of my creations.  In a final plea for help I purchased a book written by Heather Wright - Porto titled Beginning Google Blogger.  My fear of 'all that techy stuff'' is being tossed in the can and I am ready for this challenge!!

I have been doing a bit of crafting.  My upline, Michelle Bushey Deslandes, shared a really cute card at our Cards for Cancer benefit and I couldn't leave it alone.  I had to play with the color combination until I came up with the "just right" look.  My winning combo:  Cajun Craze and I Dig You!!  Such an easy card to put together don't you think?

 As is was crafting and visiting with my sister who is in Vermont from Virginia, I needed a 'girlie' card for her to send back to a special little girl at home.  I remember seeing lots of ideas to make a cheerleader girl using punches.  Though I wasn't sure exactly what punches were used I did manage to put one together using her favorite color purple.  I can't wait to have time to play around with this idea some more soon!

 Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  



Thursday, May 24, 2012

I love my amazing daughter
Graduation Announce for my daughter

Just yesterday I was holding her on my lap and singing lullaby's in her ear as she gazed at me with the unconditional love shared between a mother and daughter.  As I sat amongst stacks of Stampin' Up card stock I found myself wandering through time ... we have shared so much over the past 18 years.  I fight the tears as I think about the changes we are in for as my daughter prepares for her High School graduation.  I have been trying to get her invitations made (not easy working with card stock and ink when you have a tear escape every now and again!)  I hope she treasures them as they were made from the heart!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

We've been spoiled ...

Inspired by Connie Babbert and Barb Mulikin

The weather in Vermont has been record breaking ... reaching near 80 this past week!  I found myself drawn to the outdoor sun.  We just finished a few short weeks of making some yummy syrup in the backyard sugar shack (the season cut short by the unusual weather).  I found myself slacking in preparation for a scheduled Stampin' Up workshop (Yup, it's tomorrow) ... tonight I pulled some supplies off the shelf and enjoyed some time putting together some card kits.  I made this adorable tootsie pop bouquet inspired by Cindy Vinson.  I love the Mixed Bunch stamp set and punch offered by Stampin' Up in their current mini catalog!  There is so much that you can do with it...

Now it wouldn't be right to talk about Vermont syrup making without sharing some of the fun with you.  It is such a priceless experience to share with your children and I can not wait to take the pictures from our season in the backyard sugar shack!

 Here I am with my first jar of pure Vermont maple syrup!  For those who do not know ... it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup ... and we do it all by hand from tapping trees, to gathering sap right down to the boil and draw!

Below you will see the stages of boiling sap - a truly amazing picture captured!

And of course I had to share a tapped tree!



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cards for Cancer Benefit

Cards for Cancer Benefit

Come join the fun in creating 12 all occasion cards on Sunday, May 6th!

Your $25 registration fee will include:
 A $10 donation to the American Cancer Society
Card Kit supplies
Door prizes
Demonstrator support
  ... and MORE!

 We will have ordering and booking specials plus you will each receive a donation card for you to honor someone for that day and it will be sent to the American Cancer Society along with your $10 donation.

Wow all that for a low cost of $25!!

The deadline for the registration is April 20th. If you would like to know more about the Cards For Cancer Benefit please contact me at!

I hope you can join this wonderful cause!  See you soon!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Let's Get Organized!

I feel so great now that I am back in the crafting mode.  Though I still have daily pain from my rotator cuff and tonotomy surgery, I am working hard in physical therapy and moving forward every day.  A week ago I gave some weekly planners to my top group of ladies, each customized with Field Flowers stamped in their favorite Stampin' Up colors.  I received so many compliments back that today I disassembled a monthly planner and customized it for myself.  I only wish that my photo abilities were much greater as the planner is so pretty up close!  Now when I am sitting in a meeting and we are looking at dates to schedule follow-ups or pulling out my planner to schedule a workshop I have an easy way to mention what I do!!  
Recipe:  CS and Ink- very vanilla, artichoke, razzleberry, wisteria wonder, pool party, cherry cobble, garden green, concord crush
Stamps:  Field Flowers


Sunday, February 19, 2012

First workshop ...

It's a CASE success!
I spent many weeks sitting at the computer drooling over photo's of craft projects waiting patiently for my shoulder to heal.  I read everyone's emails talking up Leadership.  It felt as though I would never be able to dust off my Stampin' Up supplies and put them to use.  It took just one visit to Tami White's blog to motivate me to get my arm working again!  Though I have been a demonstrator for a little over two years, I had never tried the water color technique.  Tami posted a tutorial on her blog  It was a love connection!  I decided to bring this to my first workshop of 2012 and it was a huge success!!  I wrote a thank you to Tami thanking her for inspiring me.  Now understand, I am just a little, never heard of demonstrator in a very tiny town in Northern Vermont.  I struggle just to stay active and if I have half a dozen workshops a year I am happy.  Can you imagine my reaction when I received a response from Tami White, the #1 Demonstrator of 2011!!  For someone of her statue to take the time to send me a message meant so much to me!  I'm ready to tackle 2012!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Back in the Ink again!

Hello Stamping World!
     Happy belated New Year!  Yes, I have finally ended my hiatus from the crafting world.  After nine weeks of recovery (I had rotator cuff surgery on November 23rd) I am slowly beginning to stamp again.  To get motivated, I have pulled a few cards from a file and CASEd them.  I forgot how relaxing stamping can be.  I'm excited to try all of the new products that have been drizzling in from the mini.  
     I have a workshop booked for next weekend and am nervous about putting something together that quickly... I am thinking about water coloring an image and framing it with the new framelits die.  No idea for the second card LOL.  These women are not newcomers to the stamping world so I will have to 'put my game on'! 
      I hope the new year brings much love, happiness and success to all of you in cyber world!