08 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Okay, so one of my New Year's Resolutions is to write more frequently on my blog.  It's been a bit challenging for me to write on here because my other commitments are kind of LARGE these days.  But one big one has completed...

For those who might not know, I have had a very lovely little Mary Kay business for about five years that I shut down at the end of 2011.  Because I have worked on it so little over the last two years, though, I had no real concept of what it would take to try to get as much inventory off my shelves as possible and clean up my ill-kept books-- in a span of three months that happened to fall over the holidays, three long weekends of travel, three bouts of house guests, and unfortunately 2+ weeks of sick kids home from school!!  I'm still doing a bit of financial cleanup, but I am mostly done and VERY tired!

So although I will post a couple of things on here, I have to send a huge shout out to my loyal and amazing Mary Kay customers!!  These ladies kept me in business and kept me sane and smiling for years.  I have been so fortunate to have made good friends through Mary Kay, and so even though I won't be selling products for them anymore, you remain an amazing blessing in my life.

This card was made by cutting cardstock to 10"x7" and folding it in half for the 5x7 card base (DCWV Spring Glitter Stack paper).  I cut the green cardstock (DCWV?) at about 2.5"x5", and then I border cut the long edge with a fiskars scalloped punch.  Then I embossed the green (Cuttlebug folder with swirly butterflies on it) and attached it to the card base.  I die cut the castle with my Cricut and the Once Upon a Time cartridge (probably at 3.75", but I don't remember for sure!) and pieced it together with some foam dots and adhesive.  I added a ribbon,  some Recollections bling and rounded the corners with my Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper.  And last, but not least, I stamped the sentiment with a CTMH stamp from the Everyday Celebrations set, cut out the pink and blue cardstock and adhered it to the card.  Voila-- A happy birthday for a 4-year-old princess!  :-)  [Special thanks to Eva, my sister-in-law for her help with this card!  So fun to play with you and my crafts!!]

Happy New Year to all!  I hope you are starting 2012 out with the sense of hope, anticipation and excitement that comes from new beginnings!