Paper Pumpkin: One in a Melon

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 / Leave a Comment
I have started this summer out sick which is no fun whatsoever.  I hate going to the doctor but I finally threw in the towel and went this morning.  I have a sinus infection which is what I figured.  Since I've had more than four this past year I am now getting put on two daily allergy medications on top of the allergy medications I already take.  If it's going to help me feel better I'm all for it but good gosh!  Anyone else struggling with allergies more this year or is it just me?

One bright spot in my sick haze was the arrival of this month's Paper Pumpkin!  There is nothing like opening up my mail box to see this...


I couldn't wait to tear into it and was even more excited when I saw the stamps and the two fun and summery colors included in this month's kit: Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy.


I haven't had a chance to work with Emerald Envy so that got a squeal from me (which was quickly followed by a cough!) and I could already tell there was going to be something summery and fun inside.


Say hello to One in a Melon!  Isn't it adorable?! The little watermelon bags are what really steal my heart with this kit.  I also love the sentiment that you stamp on the front of the envelopes.  I love to decorate envelopes when I have the time and this sentiment is perfect!


Here you can see the entire kit laid out.  The fun, bright colors are a perfect kit to kickstart summer and I cannot get enough of that watermelon tissue paper!  So fun!



I haven't had a chance to put anything together yet but I'm already thinking about ways to alternate this kit and what I'm going to put inside those adorable watermelon bags.  What else am I supposed to do when I'm laid up right?! ;)

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You Warm My Marbled Heart

Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Tuesday night we celebrated my moms birthday.  Doesn't she look AMAZING for 55!!

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 My mother's favorite color has always been blue so I knew when I sat down to make her card that I wanted to do varying shades of blue.  I also can't get enough of my Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies which highlights my newest stamp perfectly.

Adorable birthday card using the new Marbled Backround stamp from Stampin Up!  I also found a new use for the leaves stamp in Sheltering Tree set. #thesweetsassystamper

I started out with a Whisper White card base that is the standard 5.5x2.25 and added another Whisper White panel that is 4x5.25 that is popped up on dimensionals.  I used the leaves stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set to create the background which was stamped in Night of Navy and Marina Mist.

The heart is my favorite part of this card because I got to use my new Marbled background set!!  I used sponge daubers and dabbed four different ink colors all over the stamp: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, and Tempting Turquoise and stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock.  I then used my Sweet & Sassy Framelit Dies to cut the center heart.  I wound some Silver Metallic Thread and used some Tear & Tape to place it behind the heart and popped the heart up on dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment from Sheltering Tree in Night of Navy which finished off this card nicely.  My mom loved it (I knew she would!) and I have to admit I love it too!  I love using stamps for other things besides their intended purposes! :)

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Stampin' Up's New 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Yes that's right! The new catalog is NOW AVAILABLE and it is amazing!!!


If you need a new catalog please email me and let me know and I will get you one!

Don't forget when you order to use the current host code J9MHTDFW on your order and get a free gift from me from the new catalog!  If your order is over $150 please OMIT the host code.

What is your favorite product from the new catalog?  Mine is definitely the Love Today Planner Kit which you can see for yourself on the Stampin' Up! YouTube page. :)


Isn't it amazing?!  SO many possibilities!  I am thinking it's time for me to start planning a planner class. ;)
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Teacher Appreciation

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / 2 comments
My sister contacted me a few weeks ago and asked me to make her something special for two of my nephew's teachers.  My nephew has a learning disability and these two teachers have went above and beyond for my nephew over these past several years, so my sister wanted something that would show that appreciation.


I fell in love with the Window Box bundle in the Occasions catalog and am so excited it made it to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  I haven't had much time to play with it, but when my sister said she needed a teacher gift I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  


I used the Window Box Thinlit Dies to cut my Whisper White cardstock to make the box itself.  This box is pretty much one whole piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock to give you an idea of the size.  My sister wanted the box to open on the side as opposed to the top so I used these instructions to create the box, stamped the hearts and circle stamp from the Window Shopping in Smoky Slate, and assembled the boxes using my multipurpose liquid glue.


I still had some Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from the Sale-A-Bration catalog that I have been hoarding that was the perfect accent to these boxes.  Even though this particular glimmer paper is no longer available I did find this awesome tutorial showing how you can make the Dazzling 
Diamonds Glimmer Paper into whatever color you want!


On this box I used the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper which is on SALE right now! Today is the LAST day to get your hands on this beauty before it's gone!  Tomorrow kicks off the NEW CATALOG and I can't guarantee that this paper will be on clearance or not so get some while you can!

I cut out the hearts using the Sweet & Sassy Framelit Dies and my Big Shot and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals onto the different sides of the box, and stamped the 'Thinking of You' sentiment in Smoky Slate, and used my Triple Banner Punch for the edges.

I finished off the boxes with another Sale-A-Bration item that is not currently available: the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon.  I love how it gave that extra bit of soft shimmer to the entire look of the boxes and it is what is keeping the boxes closed.  I did tape a piece of cardstock over the ribbon on the bottom so the ribbon would stay in place even when the ribbon is untied or pulled off.  

My sister loved the boxes and I hope my nephew's teachers will feel the love that went into them as well. :) 

Don't Forget...

TODAY is the LAST day of the 2016-2017 Annual catalog and the Occasions catalogs!  TODAY is also your last day to use the May hostess code (May 2017 hostess code: BEM6XB7Z) on your order to get a little something from me so get those orders in!! If you need me to order something you can email me at mysweetsassylife@gmail.com and I will be happy to put your order in for you.  Happy Shopping!! 

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Two Hearts Become One

Sunday, May 28, 2017 / Leave a Comment
A few weeks ago I received a call from my sister who informed me that two of my friends went to Las Vegas and got married!  My friends are very low key so this is definitely their style but all of their family and friends wanted to share in their wedded bliss so yesterday we attended their wedding reception!  It was wonderful!  Even though the did not want any gifts, I had to make them a little something to celebrate the occasion. 

Going through my stamp collection, I quickly realized I did not have anything that was fit for a wedding reception, so I had to get a little creative and think outside the box.


I started started off with a Whisper White card base and added another Whisper White panel that is 1/2 inch smaller than the card base and popped the panel up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I cut out two hearts from the Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper (that is retiring and on SALE right now!) using my favorite die set, Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies, and used my Stamping Sponges to ink the edges of the hearts in Chocolate Chip ink.

My favorite part of the card has to be the gold sequins that I positioned all over the card to give it that little extra bling using my Fine Tip Glue Pen.


I finished off the card with one item that is not Stampin' Up! and that is the sentiment which is from a set from Verve Stamps called Chevron Love.  You better believe that once the new catalog is available June 1st that I will be purchasing a set fit for a wedding/anniversary but I'm so thankful that I had this set!

Don't Forget...

The retiring list is available until Wednesday!  Everything is while supplies last so don't delay in getting your orders in!  If you do a search on my site for something that you want and nothing pops up, that most likely means that particular item is sold out, and is no longer available.  Don't forget to use the hostess code (located on my sidebar) on your order to get a little something from me as well.  Happy Shopping!!

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Paper Pumpkin: Perfect When You're In A Pinch

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Leave a Comment
I hate to admit this but I have been in a creative rut these past few months.  I'm not sure what my deal has been!  I will sit down to create something, and instead of a finished product I leave the card or project halfway finished on my desk.  So frustrating!
Where do you go when you need a quick card and you have ZERO mojo?  Paper Pumpkin


I am SO in love with April's Paper Pumpkin kit!  The watercoloring is so much fun and I love the bright and bold colors!  Since my creativity is on vacation right now I stayed true to the kit design for this card but I colored the watercolor heart all pink with a few hints of purple.

The flower embellishments are gorgeous but I wanted to add a little more bling so I used some silver metallic sequins from another kit in the centers to really make them pop.

My May Paper Pumpkin kit came last week and I haven't had a chance to get it out and play yet but I'm hoping it might help spark something.  Do you ever have those creative rut times or is it just me?  This month has been so crazy busy but that's what I love about Paper Pumpkin!  It's all right there for you and it takes all the "thinking" out of the equation!

Check out this SWEET Paper Pumpkin promotion!!


If you've never subscribed to Paper Pumpkin before now is the time!!  Anyone that subscribes to Paper Pumpkin between now and June 10th and enters the promo code "STARTHERE" will get 25% off their first three months!!  You can't beat this deal!  Sign up today! :)
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Sending LipSense Love

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Last Wednesday was my 36th birthday and I challenged my Sweet & Sassy Stampers Facebook group to make anything that shimmers!  I knew when I created this challenge that I wanted to make something with my Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and my Sweet & Sassy Framelit Dies and I made this a totally girly-girl creation, just like me! :) 


On April 1st I took the plunge, after several months of debating, and I became a LipSense demonstrator.  I really only signed up for the discount, but several women started asking me about ordering and now I'm getting customers and starting to grow a business!

I wanted to show my LipSense customers my appreciation for their orders AND give them a taste of what Stampin' Up! has to offer, so I created these cute little 3x3 note cards using the Sealed with Love stamp set from the Occasions catalog.

I used the Softly Falling embossing folder for the Basic Black panel and one of the tag dies from the Window Box Thinlit Dies for the "Sending Love" sentiment.  A piece of Bermuda Bay Thick Bakers Twine adds a splash of color and a beautiful dimension to this card.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Happy stamping!

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Loving Project Life While I Can

Monday, May 8, 2017 / Leave a Comment
When I first started stamping, scrapbooking was what I started out with but I was never really that good.    I would see these women doing amazing projects, and I never felt like mine could compare.  When I signed up as a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! I was so excited to see a new way to scrapbook!  Project Life!! Looking back, I think my biggest struggle was the size of the layouts.  12x12 is a lot of ground to cover but with Project Life you can focus on one square a time.  Love this!!

Sadly, the contract between Project Life and Stampin' Up! comes to a close on May 31st but I still have time to play!!



Forgive the not-so-great picture but I am still learning how to photograph scrapbook pages.  I made this page for my son's 12th birthday photos.  I am the WORST about getting pictures printed so it's going to stay blank for a little bit.  ;)

My favorite series from the Occasions catalog has hands down been the Cupcakes & Carousels suite.  I am going to miss the Cupcakes & Carousels designer series paper SO much!  It's such a fun stack and right now the paper and the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment kit that I used on my layout are on sale!!!

The layout is extremely simple so I'm going to skip the instructions and let you enjoy the eye candy instead.  You can find all the goodies that I used on my layout linked below.

Happy Stamping!
xoxo

P.S.  I just updated the hostess code for May!  Any order that you place through my website and put the code BEM6XB7Z in the hostess code field will receive a FREE goodie from me!  To celebrate the new catalog release the goodie will be something NEW so go grab some of the retiring products and get something new!

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My Nephew Turns Eleven

Monday, April 17, 2017 / Leave a Comment
I have recently started a new business venture and it has been taking up ALL of my time lately.  Pair that with a part time job and a full time household to manage and it doesn't leave you with much time to do anything let alone stamp.  *sniffle*

My nephew is turning eleven on Monday and since I am having to miss his birthday party today, and his birthday on Monday, we met up for a special pre-birthday lunch for him yesterday afternoon.



I love being an aunt and I love my nephews more than they know.  To show my love, I stayed up WAY too late Thursday night (or should I say VERY early Friday morning) putting together this card to show my sweetie how much his Cici adores him.


I am SO sad that Carousel Birthday is retiring from Stampin' Up!  It has to be one of my favorites from the Occasions catalog this year and I hate that it didn't make it to the annual catalog.  BUT that doesn't stop me from giving it more love. ;) 

This week's Mojo Monday sketch was the perfect sketch to show off my Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper (which sadly is also retiring).  I sponged each panel with Chocolate Chip to give it a more grunge feel.  The sentiment is also stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White cardstock and used the Triple Banner Punch to create the banner.  



I recently purchased the Large Number Framelit Dies and I couldn't wait to put them to use!  I added a few gold sequins to give the card some bling but still keep it more boyish.  Making masculine cards is SO hard but my nephew loved it.  He also loved the "present" that was inside. ;) 

Happy birthday my sweet Payday! Cici loves you!! xoxo

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My Stamping Journey

Saturday, April 15, 2017 / 2 comments
How It All Began

In 2007 life was pretty crazy for me.  I was a stay-at-home mom to one and two year old boys and my marriage was rocky at best.  I was in a deep depression and plunging deeper day by day.  I took care of my family but did not take care of myself.  Being a one income family made it hard to do anything but stay home with the boys with the occasional walk to the park.  Life was mundane and hard and I realized quite quickly that I needed an escape or I was going to go mad.

As I was online browsing Facebook one afternoon, while the boys were taking their nap, I noticed one of my friends had posted a link to a scrapbook page that she had made.  I was instantly intrigued.   A lot of my family is very creative but I always assumed I did not inherit that artistic gene (with the exception of music) so the thought of me being good at paper crafting was laughable.

I decided to contact my friend and get some tips on how to start scrapbooking.  I scoured the web in search for beginner ideas and after some begging to my (then) husband for money I went to Joann's and purchased my first paper pack, adhesive, and a cutter.

I made a few scrapbook pages but realized very quickly that 12x12 scrapbook pages were just too intimidating for me.  So I decided to try my hand at cardmaking.

  My First Card

This is one of the first cards I ever made. It's nothing amazing by any means but it sparked something in me.  I immediately started making cards for everyone and for any occasion.  I loved seeing the look on people's faces when they would open the envelope and realize that the card was hand made.  Even from the beginning, I always tried to design my cards with a particular person in mind, and I truly believe the recipient realizes the love behind each one of my cards. 

Before I knew it I was stamping every day when the boys went down for their nap and after they went to bed at night.  I couldn't get enough of it!  My scrapbooking friend was also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I signed up almost immediately.  If I was going to do this stamping thing I had to get a discount!


Design Teams 

Before long I was asked if I would like to be on the design team for Sweet & Sassy Stamps.  I was honored and could not refuse the offer.  That's when my stamping career really took off.

I was on numerous design teams from 2007-2010 including Paper Pretties, There She Goes, and was the co-founder of Paper Makeup Stamps.  I recently found out that almost all the companies I used to design for went out of business but I will be forever thankful for the time I was on each of these teams.

I also did a lot of guest designer spots for several challenge blogs and companies including one of my all-time favorite companies, Verve Stamps which was a dream come true.  I finally felt like I had "made it" in the stamping world.

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During my entire design team time I remained a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and almost exclusively used the product.  I have always loved how everything coordinates and the colors and styles are unmatched.


My World Ends

In 2010, everything in my life changed.  I left a bad situation at home and moved in with my mom.  When I left, I ran with my boys and not much else.  It was not a good situation at all and one that I hate to think about even to this day.  I'll just say that I'm thankful that I had the strength to leave when I did and leave it at that.

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I brought what I could of my stamping supplies and tried to use what my mom had in her craft room but when I would sit down to stamp I couldn't do it.  My heart just wasn't in it anymore.

After a few months of struggling to keep up with design team demands I made the very hard decision to quit all of my teams and quit stamping for a little while.  I lost a lot of friends in this move but when you're going through a divorce I think that's part of the deal. Due to abuse on my blog from my ex's family I decided to completely delete my stamping blog.  I remember hitting the final delete button and bawling my eyes out.  I had everything on that blog.  Years of work and stories that I could never get back, but I felt like it was something I had to do to move on with my life.

Stamping had been an escape for me for years and I was tired of escaping.  I needed a clean slate.  A new beginning.  I told myself I would never stamp again.  If I didn't have the heart anymore why bother? So I said goodbye to Stampin' Up! and the stamping world.


Only By Grace

For the next nine months I was in a deep pit of darkness and depression.  Instead of escaping into stamping, I escaped into other means that would wash away my woes.  When I wasn't working I was sleeping and the only thing I cared about was hanging out with my friends.  I am not proud of where I was but I think I had to go through what I went through to realize what was about to be right in front of me.

In October 2010, my best friend got a new roommate.  When I first met Louie I didn't care for him at all.  It wasn't until December that we actually started talking and slowly began developing a friendship.  Despite the horrible first impression he gave me, we had a lot in common.  I didn't realize that this budding friendship would again turn my world upside down, but this time for the better.

April 1, 2011, after months of being almost inseparable, Louie asked me to be his girlfriend.  I couldn't believe it!  My best friend is asking me to be his girlfriend!  It wasn't until then that it really hit me.  I am falling in love with this man!  It was all over after that.

Two years later, on April 20, 2013, I became Mrs. Flores.  I married my best friend.

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A few months after we were married I became extremely ill.  I've had to have four surgeries over the years, including a full hysterectomy, which was devastating because I had wanted more children.  I, again, sunk into another deep depression but this time God intervened. 

Louie and me found a wonderful local church and we both have rededicated our lives to Jesus Christ.  I tell everyone that God sent Louie into my life, as my angel, to bring me back to God. 

My faith has always been important in my life but I left that life for awhile and God brought me back.  Now that my priorities are where they should be I am stronger and happier than ever.  I do still struggle with the medial issues that have plagued me for years, and life is not without its problems, but now I have a best friend and partner who will help me stand strong through the turbulent times.



There Was Still Something Missing

In 2016, as the dark cloud of depression started to lift, I felt this feeling like something had been missing in my life.  On a whim one Saturday afternoon, I decided to go online and check on some of my old stamping friends.  Man, was I shocked at how much things have changed!  I realized that I had been gone from that world for far too long, and I couldn't go back.  Still, that longing deep inside me continued to grow stronger and stronger.

During VBS at our church I struck up a conversation with one of the other volunteers.  We were both doing crafts for the event so of course the conversation was about crafting.  I mentioned that I used to be a stamper and she told me that she WAS a stamper!  Before long, we are talking about our favorite company: Stampin' Up! 

I couldn't believe it!  Here I had been thinking about stamping again and I meet a fellow stamper.  We exchanged phone numbers, and agreed to get together to stamp soon.  I went to a class at her house and that did it.  I was hooked again!


Here We Go Again

September 2, 2016 I (again) signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and this time it's for the long haul.  I feel like I am home again.  It was a long journey that got me here, and one that I think is important for you, my reader, to know.  It humbles me to look back on my journey and to realize how far I've come but I am also not looking back.

I have decided to make Stampin' Up! a business this time around and I am so excited for the road ahead.  I have already started a group, The Sweet & Sassy Stampers, and am in the process of planning monthly card and scrapbooking classes.  I have an amazing upline who I know will help me achieve my goals and I can't wait to one day fill this page with all of my achievements with the company and my team.

Thank you again for reading my story and I hope you enjoy my creations! 

Happy stamping! xoxo
Christi
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