Running behind & my health :(

I figured it's time I do some explaining so that everyone knows the whole story.  Before I begin…..I'm sorry I didn't post all the details sooner!!  I try to keep my blog professional and & keep the personal stuff to a minimum….in my attempts to do that I've not only confused you all but myself as well. (Some of you already know the whole story and in my mind because a few know ……everyone knows….in blogging sometimes that's the case).

So, in October I injured myself at the gym.  When it all began…I thought it was a sinus infection because I was also feeling sick. (Turns out I was dealing with two issues…not one.)  After the chest xrays I was told I had a pulled muscle (huge knot between my neck and shoulder….made sense at the time).  For two weeks straight I took pain meds, muscle relaxers and steriods….and bought a new pillow.  But the pain would not go away…in fact it was getting worse.

So, I went to a different doctor and it turns out ….I pulled my 1st rib out and my levator muscle is what's been giving me TROUBLE!   I've been in and out of the doctors office, she had to put a sling on my arm so that I wouldn't use the left side of my body.  I've taken off the sling (removed it Sunday)…but I still have to limit how much I use my left side and still no lifting or house cleaning …because every movement I make…uses that muscle. (That also means the 8 quilts I was making for Christmas will not happen.)

I'm explaining all this because I'm a tad behind…maybe even more than a tad and I'm going as fast as I can…but it's 7:30 now and I've been working since 7am and the pain has arrived….that means it's time to shut it down.

If you're new to my blog.. sorry to be such a downer…I promise this isn't the normal. 

If you sent me an email asking about my arm….sorry I didn't reply.  Because I've been typing one handed for more than a week…I put those off.  Let me just say …..I love my left arm and had no idea how much I used it!!!

Thanks for caring and listening!!

Have a good night πŸ™‚

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p.s. For the next 24 hours I'm going to struggle with keeping this post on here….if you read it and find it gone later…you'll know I couldn't handle it.  I feel like I have a bad case of TMI (too much info).


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Don’t miss out….it’s the last day!

Tonight is the deadline for the Online Spectacular sale and the Starter Kit at half price.

If you need help placing an online order ….or joining please feel free to call me 913-851-3336 or you can email me at [email protected]

If at all possible please don't wait until the last hour….if you have problems …. Stampin' Up! will be closed and we'll have no way of asking for help…until it's too late.

I plan on being home all day to answer your questions πŸ™‚


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p.s. I'll post the names to the Chic Stand winners this evening…I have a few more names to draw since I went to bed a little early.


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Cyber Monday Special

Just a reminder that my Cyber Monday special carries over from my Black Friday specialClick here for all the details or click here to watch my video tutorial on how to assemble the free Make n Take Kit over at my Chic n Scratch Live! website.

And check this out…..I'm going to be drawing names for Free Chic Stands on Monday.  I'll draw random names between 10am &10pm and I'll post the winners name & comment on my facebook fan page.   Then on Tuesday I'll post all the winners name & comment here on my blog.

Click here to visit my Facebook Fan Page (

To enter to win all you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog, on this post.

Don't forget … only have a few more days to take advantage of all the Stampin' Up! Specials …the online sale and the Starter kit.

Let me know if you have any questions.


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p.s. We're home from traveling for Thanksgiving….please allow me a few days to get caught up on my email.  If you have an urgent question…feel free to send me a new email (there's a few thousand in my box and I'll start checking them first thing Monday morning).

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Black Friday Special

Noel-boxMy Black Friday Special is  …everyone that places a minimum order of $25 (before tax & shipping) will receive a Free Make n Take Kit for this box (patterned paper will vary). 

This special starts  on Black Friday, November 26th and goes through Cyber Monday, November, 29th.

Here's all the details:

  • Stamped images are not included.
  • One kit per $25 (before tax & shipping) ordered (yes, that means if you order $50 you'll get two kits…etc.)
  • Orders must be placed on my Stampin' Up! website.
  • This special can not be combined with any other offers.  For example, club order minimums or reward punch card. 
  • Your name will be entered to win the Free stamp of the month.
  • Kits will mail out mid December, you do not have to do anything to receive it.   When I return I'll print my sales report and go down the list and ship them out. 
  • Don't forget…before you order….to check out the spectacular sale we're having.  Click on the picture below to see the Online Spectacular Sale.  Nov spec button

Here's a picture of the kit and a few of the other boxes.


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Let me know if you have any questions … email is:  [email protected]

Thanks & have a great day!!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving-pumpkin I received this darling box from Colleen.  It's the perfect project to post on Thanksgiving day!  Don't you just love it?

She used the Top Tall Note Box for the box and the Oval is from the Frame, Oval Scallop Die #114521.  She embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175 And, you can use the Two-Step Bird punch  #117191for the leaves or the Leaves #2 Die #113459.

I'm so thankful for all of you and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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p.s. Tune in later for my Black Friday & Cyber Monday Special (will post it around 1am Friday morning…central time).

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Change of Plans Blessing Mix

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Change of plans…since I'm using one arm/hand to craft…..I needed an easier Blessing Mix to make for Thanksgiving.  I had already filled the Small Cello bags with the Blessing Mix …. so I was looking for something to put them in that wouldn't require me to do much.

I came up with a Scallop Circle Sandwich :)  Kinda reminds me of an Oreo cookie.  If I could….I would have added a cut out image …like a leaf or something….oh well ….calling it done.

I used the Scallop Circles #2 die and cut out two Early Espresso scallops per bag and I taped the cello bags to the circles.

Would you like a laugh?   I could have or should have passed on making the blessing mix this year (because of my sling) but the ingredients to make these things are not cheap….so I felt I had to make them or otherwise all those Bugles, candy corn, pretzels, peanuts and orange slices would go to waste.   And after I finished making them…it occurred to me that I could have dumped all those ingredients into a big bowl…. printed the poem & slide it in a picture frame and set it out like that…I can see it in my mind…but I'll have to try it to see if I really like the idea (maybe next year).

Thanks for stopping by!!

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p.s. One last time …before it strikes midnight….. Happy Birthday Chase!!

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Reindeer Food

I started this Reindeer Food tin Saturday on UStream.  But I didn't finish it…until later.

The Reindeer is from the Sparkly & Bright stamp set # 115346 and I stamped it with Early Espresso ink  #119670 and then colored his nose with the Cherry Cobbler marker #119681. I applied Crystal Effects #101055 to his nose to make it shine πŸ™‚

I added the Silver Tinsel Trim #120994 around the lid using Mini Glue Dots #103683.

Magic Reindeer Food is Oatmeal and cookie sprinkles (some use glitter instead of cookie sprinkles).

Don't forget to check out the online sale!                                 Click here to Shop Now.

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Thanks for stopping by!!

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p.s. my left arm is in a sling …..I'm typing one handed.  it's Thanksgiving week…..tomorrow is Chase's 18th birthday. Long story short….. I'll return to my regular working hours next week …I'm praying the sling will be gone!!    See ya πŸ™‚

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Online Spectacular Sale

Dates:  November 22-30, 2010

During this one week only, you get incredible discounts–up to 50 percent–saving big on your favorite products, as well as qualifying for FREE SHIPPING with online orders of $150 or more.  (Please see all the details below before placing your order.)

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You can click on the images above to view the list in a larger format or click below to download the pdf version.

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Things to Remember

Discounted Products

  • Discounted digital downloads are only available with online orders.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the discounted products promotion.
  • For product bundles, you must use the bundle item numbers provided. Bundle discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are used.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent.

Free Shipping

  • In order to receive free shipping, orders must be $150 or more before tax and shipping.
  • Free shipping is available for qualifying online orders only.

If you have any questions or need help placing your online order…please let me know.


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p.s. I'll be back this afternoon with a project πŸ™‚

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