Thursday, July 24, 2014

LAST day of Trade Show... DAY 9

Today is DAY 9 of the 30 days of INSPIRATION. 
*this is the NINE & CO monogram alpha 12x12 paper.
Please note it is blurry and faded so that it cannot be copied.***

I wanted to show how I took the papers in the Nine & Co line and created cupcake and cake monogram and word accents.

First, I punched my paper with Fiskars punch. Then I cut out the monograms letters from the 12x12. Simply spell out a word or an initial from the alpha paper. Then you can put inside the punched shape. Place on toothpick and do the same on the opposite side.

I LOVE how super FAST and simple it is... with just ONE sheet of paper.

This is an affordable way to say ANYTHING!!!  An easy way to customize your next celebration.

I love to design my papers so that they are unique and give value in what they can become. I hope you like these too!
Today was the last day at the SPC Trade Show here in Utah. I am so tired. It is a lot of work to do a trade show. I love it. I love talking to the retailers and LOVE spending time with them.
My son Zach came to the show today to help Sean and I.  He was having a great time and enjoying everyone already knowing who he is. I promise to post lots of photos.

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes. I have been overwhelmed with love and support. It was the most amazing day!
My day was so special and I am truly so fortunate for all the love and support everyone gave me. 
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TODAY... It's my BIRTHDAY!!!!

It is day 8
I am celebrating my birthday today and will be at SPC trade show showing all my new collections to everyone.

I am GIDDY to show you my new WOOD pieces that are die cut. They come with both of my Christmas collections.
They are actual wood and you get SIX per package. *yes, I glittered the tree on the book stand.

This is my TINSEL & COMPANY papers. I rolled them up and tied a bow around them and hung the die cut ornament. I did nothing to this. It's gorgeous. PS everyone is loving this "glam chic" Christmas line... ha ha- that is what a buyer called it yesterday. I guess I made her year. She had been wanting a line like this forever.


Can you see the candy cane paper?
I am in love. Oh, loving the STAR ornament.
There are MORE designs.
I am warning you now that they are going to SELL OUT fast!
Just after one day at the trade show I can see both lines are going fast and everyone loves the unique and "glam" additions I have done with two Christmas lines this year.

I taught a class yesterday to the Crafters Home group. I am so grateful for this. I love teaching... I love sharing. To me this isn't work. It's just what I was born to do. 

We are at SPC show all week. This was set up day. It started with a 10x10 space. I love how truly DIY a show is for us. It was so busy yesterday and I head back today. It is in SLC and so love how close it is for me. RIGHT NOW... this is such a blessing. I am so fortunate to have Brie and Sean helping me. I will keep sharing  from the show via Facebook and instagram too. 

Booth set up is always fun. Sean loves all the "let's put together the tables" work. He is the best! 

It's my birthday.
So I am just celebrating
this morning with my boys until
I head to the SPC show. I film a few shows
there today too.
I am so GRATEFUL for each and every day.

I celebrate each day and each year.
I don't want to take a moment for granted.
I am happy in spite of many things that
make my heart very sad.

Last night, we kneeled today as a family and prayed.
I started crying as my husband offered the prayer. THIS is what keeps me going. This is why today... is another amazing day.
Ty is struggling right now. He is fighting. We are fighting with him. The best gift ever is having him with me today and everyday. There is nothing better than having two boys... young men, age 15 and 16 kneel beside us and pray. This is a gift to have
my boys, my children... my family.
We realize Heavenly Father is in charge and
he is guiding us, loving us and supporting us. This is what I posted on my Facebook page- and yes, I was crying as I wrote it:

TODAY is my BIRTHDAY. My heart is FULL to the brim. I am so thankful and grateful. Each day we have is a blessing. I know that right now the trials only make me stronger and APPRECIATE more what I have. I am passionate about LIFE and sharing LOVE. I have the best husband, children, family and friends. My life is surrounded by those who love me. I shared on my blog today a sweet experience of my husband, sons and I last night. I know that LIFE is be cherished, celebrated and documented EACH day. I love that my son Zach wants a photo of our family TODAY together. This is GOLD. This is what matters most. I realize what matters most. TODAY I am celebrating the LIFE and LOVE that is bursting from my heart. I am celebrating ALL of you who love me... who inspire me. Many of you have NO IDEA what you bring into my life. I love and thank you all for your support. I am so happy in spite of the trials that are refining me right now. I am so busy that often I wonder how can I do anything else. Yet, I find that I can and am doing this. I hope TODAY you will celebrate TODAY with me too. I am going to pretend that CAKE has ZERO calories today. I am going to go get my favorite frozen yogurt and make it LARGE. I am going to continue to praise God for helping me with my struggles and for the daily OVERLOAD of blessing. I am happy despite the trials. CELEBRATE TODAY!!!!!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


It's DAY 7 of INSPIRATION today.
I am definitely feeling inspired. I set up yesterday for the SPC trade show in dowtown SLC. I love decorating and so this is
just my favorite thing... PLUS I get to met my friends and make new ones.

Can't wait to show you the entire booth.

This is BUCKY and I thought his gold deer was adorable. Yes, we were facing fun during set up today.

Today's 7th day of inspiration is adding this beautiful GOLD FOILED transparent overlay to a photo.
This is NINE & Co.
I love the added effect of the gold overlays. I added my clear TC gems into a Fiskars punched seal punch.
Isn't the arrow and fox cute?
This is my darling son... 16... Zach. I am such a blessed mother.

So many people asked me what type of paper I am printing on. This is the only paper that I use. It is the Photo Paper Pro (luster) and I can print up to 13" x 19". It is a beautiful print and you thenknow you have archival saved the photo for up to 300 years. Don't skimp on the brand or quality of your photo paper. It makes a HUGE difference in the quality and the archival life span if you are using a printer (*Canon PIXMA iP8720) with the genuine ink and paper combination. I've learned so much in my efforts to document and preserve memories and this is something that I will not skimp on. Quality is so important. 

I use this photo paper for my 4"x6" prints.
Canon paper plus glossy II

I am off to the trade show. I am teaching a workshop this morning to a large group of retailers in my office to. BUSY BUSY and I love it!

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Monday, July 21, 2014


Today I am showing a fun way to use my BRAND new 12x12 NUMBER Stencil with Signature Essentials. I love the BIG numbers. You can use them individually or you can use them as one piece that you can put on a layout, bag or anything.

This layout with Maxson is 12x12. I have NEW 12x12 clear paper too with this release. This is how to do this glittered number layout with my NUMBERS stencil.
1. Take 12x12 TC clear paper. Place number stencil on top of clear paper. Fill in TC modeling paste evenly. Lift off the number stencil and clean.
2.  Sprinkle GOLD glitter on top of the modeling paste. Allow to dry completely.
3. Adhere TC clear paper that has been stenciled to TINSEL & COMPANY triangle paper. Use TC liquid adhesive so that it will dry clear and or the TC stapler to attach to layout. Add photo to right side of layout. Add limited edition circle from TC Hello, My Name is paper.

I wanted to show my adhesive mega runner. So many people have no idea how amazing and easy to change my mega runner is to change. It comes with 100 FEET of adhesive.

This is the clear cartridge for my refill. The adhesive lasts a very long time. When you run out, you simply open up the pink case and put in the new refill.

It's super easy and durable. I travel with mine.

TODAY is a new TC show on Today you can see this beautiful project:

This is the NEW Christmas Countdown project that I designed for 2014. I am teaching this too. It's a yearly tradition. This is MERRY & BRIGHT with Candy Cane Lane & Tinsel & Company mixed. I am so excited to show it on the show today.

Today I am setting up a 10x10 booth for the SPC show here in Utah. There are 100 retailers or so coming to Utah to see new products. I will be showing video, photos and MORE this week.

Happy MONDAY!!!!!!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014


I love these girls!
I have had the best time this weekend.
I am leaving in a few minutes to catch my flight back home to SLC. I know that I am going home a better person from the time and memories that I have had here.

Thankfully  Beth and Tamara came and helped me
the entire weekend. They are SUPER ROCK STARS
and my workshops went so smoothly with their assistance. I begged them to go with me every time. I met them on the cruise last year and could not wait to spend the weekend with them. I am grateful for the friendships that I have gained through my journey. THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT to me.

Well, this is supposed to be a SILLY shot. I have NO IDEA what we were all doing but I LOVE THIS PHOTO!
(the worst photo is the one YOU do not take!!!!)

I can honestly say I look at EACH of these amazing girls and feel a connection. ARKANSAS was the place to be! These girls are
so sweet and melted my heart. I felt like I was going home
to NC and visiting with my best friends...

Oh yeah... it was going to be a silly photo. Only maybe two of us GOT the message. HA HA! 

I  may or may not have went to eat at RIB CRIB twice in only two days.

I am a FAN...
oh and FRIED OKRA (both days)
We do not have FRIED OKRA in UTAH at
any restaurant and I miss my southern food. 

These sweet girls. I think we took TEN photos and every single photo someone had their eyes closed.
Regardless... they are WONDERFUL> 

LOVE that they are the sweetest girls. Darla and these girls made me a special Christmas countdown and shipped it to me last Winter. Darla bought all my products here and had the LONGEST receipt I have ever seen in a scrapbook store.
Sorry Lindsey for changing your name to Ashley. HA!
PS I want to go GLAMPING with you girls. 

THIS TABLE was FULL of ANGELS. Hmmmm.... I can't even express some heartfelt feelings but they EACH know.
The BEST compliment was one of these girls who came with her friend (she was talked into taking my class from her friend)
and after the workshop she told me this. She said, " I am so GLAD I came." This means so much to me that in some small way I have made a difference in someone's life.  So many people think it's just PAPER...
Oh, it's so much MORE to me.  

The AWARD goes to these beautiful girls who were ALWAYS SMILING and HAPPY! 

We kept really busy. I enjoyed meeting these two friends.  

The Three Amigos
The are so FUN. So CRAZY...
I love how they love and pick on each other. Their bond is
special. I love to just watch them! I will NEVER ever
 forget the keepsakes I will cherish that they had made for me. One was a pillowcase with a photo of my husband and I on one side and the opposite side was a FAMILY photo of all of our children. It was for when I travel to put on my pillow.
Isn't this the sweetest? 

PAM look at how cute this is????
These cuties are waiting for the TC cut n' boss machine.
This machine is always so LOVED and used
nonstop in all my workshops. 

I love HER...
SELFIES are the BEST!!!!! 

SIGNS SIGNS everywhere.
I have a thing for NUMBER 8.
It is my FAVORITE number.
It is our number... Ty and I have this connection with 8.
I got number 8 at LUNCH at McAllisters.
It's always showing up.
I took out my CANON S110 power shot camera and  asked
Beth to take this photo.
*always keep a camera in your purse!

We used my brand new SIGNATURE ESSENTIALS stencils and modeling paste. It was a hit! I love this workshop and how girls who have never used this medium end up LOVING it.

YOU know GLITTER is EVERYWHERE in a TC workshop. 

I loved watching each of them create.

I gave away my TC Cratwell cut n' boss machine, new gold dies and 7 embossing folders to one lucky winner... it was a very excited ASHLEY!!!!

Did I mention I went here TWICE?
Hmmm... I may have a problem.

When can I come back??????

I will miss you all so much. LOVE YOU girls.
I will see many of you on my cruise in November.

*2015 cruise is happening. The cruise does not have schedule until January 1st. I will have a list sign up list COMING soon for notifications of all of my events, dates and how to get on this list. I have many exciting things planned for 2015. WATCH my blog and Facebook page on how to join my list of notification.

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