New Year, Beautiful You !

Let me start off by saying that I finished my year sick in bed with a really bad cold and virus that was lurking in my body for a few weeks. As soon as the cold weakened my immune system the virus took over and weakened my body. Plenty of rest and downtime along with minimal medication has helped me recover. Enough on my health because now that I’m feeling a lot better I’m ready to start the new year with new ideas!

My plan was to catch up on my videos and projects so I’m just going to have to carve out some time and for that later on this month. What’s exciting about this month is that tomorrow all of you have the opportunity to see and purchase products from the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs! If you don’t know what Sale-A-Bration is let me explain; for every $50 you purchase from the Annual or Occasions Catalog you get to pick one FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Best of all, there are no limits…the more you purchase the more Free products you get!

Watch the video below to see some of the new products.

There are so many stamp sets that I love  from the Occasions catalog but a few are my top favorites. A couple of them are Beautiful You & High Tide. They were both used to create the card below.

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I used a few techniques for this card and plan to show them in my upcoming Technique Class so this will be one of the cards my stampers will be making. My goal is to make a video demonstrating these techniques.

Check back tomorrow for the links to the new catalogs and if you’re not on my mailing list and would like to receive a catalog just comment below and I’ll get one out to you.

By the way, it’s the last day to order from the Holiday Catalog.

Until next post, take care and have a creative day!

This Christmas…

This Christmas was full of family fun, cookie decorating and lots of love! First of all we started our celebration a little early because most of my sister’s family is in the restaurant business and had to work on Christmas eve. We usually have a fancy sit down dinner at one of homes but as we did last year and expect to do for the upcoming years we celebrated early. We had a our fancy sit down dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse where my baby sister works. We had a double private room and spent over 4 splendid hours full of fine dinning, family fun and lots of love! Below are just a few photos of my husband, children and my brother in-law Victor celebrating!

We started Christmas morning with one of my favorites, a Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole. I prepare the casserole the night before and bake it while opening our presents.

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Spinach and Roasted Tomato Breakfast Casserole

I have 8 great-nieces and great-nephews and since I still don’t have any grandchildren of my own I treat them as such. I wanted to let them have some fun decorating Christmas Cookies so I made a Cookie Decorating Station. I saw this idea somewhere on the internet and had to try it. I’m so glad I did because they loved it!

Christmas Day continued with lots of celebration…

We had a great fun family time and look forward to a great 2017! I hope your Christmas was filled with love, joy and family fun.

Love it Even More!

wp-1482373660274.jpgThat’s right, I can’t believe I’m saying that I love this journaling kit even more. In addition to a scrapbook, there are so many wonderful things you can create with the December kit. Watch our alternate video for a few more ideas to get you started.

I love the lunch note idea, just a simple note to let someone know you’re thinking of them.

Happy Birthday Papi!

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On a short trip to Puerto Rico in September, he was at my sister’s house everyday to visit.

“Papi”, that’s what I call my father. It’s the Spanish word for dad, daddy, pop and so on. This incredible man turns 82 years old today and I couldn’t be prouder to be one of his daughters.

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My parents, Mary and Angel Figueroa. Circa 1956

Sadly my mother passed away over 20 years ago and my father stepped up to the plate to fulfill both parent roles. This was a pleasant surprise for my sisters and I. My father was always on the sidelines and let my mother take the reins when it came to celebrations, giving advice, getting together for holidays and such. The first mother’s day after she passed my father called each of us to wish us a happy mother’s day and let us know that we were blessed to have a great mother and she will always be with us in our hearts. This was very special because my father never called us, it was always our mother and we were all very touched by this. He didn’t stop there, now he calls us for every special day in our lives, Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and sometimes just because.

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Left to right, my sisters Yolanda, Awilda, Me, Brenda and of course “Papi”!

Two of my sisters live in Orlando as I do and one lives in Puerto Rico. We recently all got together for my niece’s wedding  in Puerto Rico and my father was with us every day, all day. It was a special treat.

This man still wakes up early in the morning to go to work at a plant nursery he owns. He’s there all day long helping clients, moving things around, replanting, seeding, and tending to the plants. He’s finally talking about taking it easy!

I want to wish my dad a very happy birthday and many, many more to come!

Learned to Love It!

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016! It’s also time to document all your memories from the year—enter the December Paper Pumpkin Kit, Another Great Year. This kit makes memory keeping easy and completely customizable. Use the patterned papers, window sheets, stickers, and washi tape to embellish your book. And, for the first time ever—they’ve included a rotary stamp and Basic Black Stampin’ Write® Marker to help you jot down and journal every moment!

I’m not a scrapbooker so I have to admit that I wasn’t totally in love with it but then I realized that this is perfect for my pics from the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera (Shhhh, I haven’t received it yet, it’s a Christmas present but I know I’m getting it!). This camera prints instant credit card size photos and the Paper Pumpkin kit is the perfect place to display them. I’m actually ordering a couple more kits for other family members who have this camera.

We’re going back to instant print and that’s a good thing, because we keep all our digital pictures on our phones, computers and the cloud so it’s nice to have a place to display your favorites and comment on the moment.

Lift Me Up and Away…It’s Almost Here!

That’s right the 2017 Occasions Catalog is almost here! On January 4th you will be able to view and purchase products from the new Occasions catalog. To get you excited about the awesome new products here’s a sneak peak of one of the products.

The Lift me Up and Away coordinating Stamp Set and Thinlits is a fun set with many options. Take a look at the video and see some of the possibilities.

Contact me to receive your copy of the new Occasions Catalog.

Chalkboards: Not Just for School Anymore!

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I’m going back to when I was in school and there were actually chalkboards in the classrooms. Today the classrooms have whiteboards, no more chalk or chalk dust. When I was in grade school I fantasized about being a teacher and writing on a clean chalkboard with perfect penmanship. Now that’s all in the past because we have whiteboards! But it doesn’t mean we have to abandon the chalkboard look. Take a look at the video below for some Chalkboard Techniques.

So get out your Basic Black card stock, Whisper White Craft Ink and make some chalkboard cards!

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This a card by Paper Diva

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Details coming soon!

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New Product on it’s Way!

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A while ago I was excited to become part of Stampin ‘Up’s Leader to Leader (L2L) team. This team consists of a group of Stampin ‘Up! employees and demonstrators like myself who collaborate in coming up with ideas for stamping tools and helping stampers enjoy the art of stamping. Adding to the excitement, one of my classes was selected to feature and try a prototype Stampin ‘Up! has been developing for the past few months!

On Saturday, November 19th I had 13 stampers at my home to use this product in development. Tanner Smedley, Sourcing & Development Specialist and Mike Vanderlinden, E-Commerce Specialist from the Stampin’ Up! home office joined  my stampers and I at my Stamp-A-Stack class. We were all very excited to use and play with this prototype and give our feedback. It was an overwhelming positive response and we can’t wait until it’s available for purchase.

Unfortunately I cannot share pictures of the prototype or go into more detail about it and because of this I forgot to take pictures of everyone while they were at my home but here are a couple of pictures before everyone left.

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That’s Mike on the far left and Tanner on the far right. We were all busy putting together the cards we made.

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Here’s Mike giving a one-on-one demonstration.

We had a great time with Mike and Tanner and after everyone was gone they treated my husband Darren and I to a late lunch. They wanted to try something different so we took them to a local Hispanic (Puerto Rican) restaurant called Guavate. They both had a taste of Mofongo and loved it! They are currently on the search for a Latin restaurant in Utah that serves Mofongo.

Today is the last day for the Online Extravaganza, just click on the image below to view these deals.

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Wonderful Winterland, Oh What Fun!

 

wp-1480265789124.jpgI love all the Paper Pumpkin kits, but I am especially excited about the Wonderful Winterland Kit!

Stampin ‘Up! changed the box to match the kit, it’s holiday cards, includes two Classic Stampin’ Spots, and it’s unlike anything they’ve done before in Paper Pumpkin. The laser cut pieces are similar to Edgelits and give the cards wonderful depth and character. As you layer the houses and trees with dimensionals, a lovely little landscape takes shape and helps you feel right at home for the holidays.


Paper Pumpkin should be on every Crafter’s Wish List because it’s like a present every month. You don’t have to stick to the traditional card designs, there are many alternative ideas you choose from on Pintrest and many other sources.

Here are some alternative ideas, you can use a card base to make a matchbox-style holder and slip in a Peppermint Pattie. It’s the perfect little treat for a friend or loved one.wp-1480265614573.jpg

You know those days when all you want to do is sit by the window with a cup of hot cocoa and watch the snow falling outside? That about sums up this shaker card. Use your Big Shot and some fun supplies like the Layering Squares Framelits, Foam Adhesive Strips, Mica Flakes Trio Pack, and Window Sheets to recreate this beauty.wp-1480265611196.jpg

If the weather outside is frightful, stay in and stamp this next card. Use the Softly Falling Textrured Impressions Embossing Folder and Layering Circles Framelits Dies along with a touch of silver ribbon from the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon Combo Packfor a card that’s sure to warm someone’s heart this season.wp-1480265607834.jpg

And since it’s the season of giving, why not consider giving yourself some Wonderful Winterland Refill Kits today so you can keep on spreading holiday cheer. Refills are available now, while supplies last.

You can also click HERE and give yourself the gift of Paper Pumpkin or give a gift subscription to a special crafter.

Thanksgiving + 1 Day

wp-1480180580808.jpgThis year was a little different for a couple of reasons, first, it wasn’t in my house and second we celebrated Thanksgiving on Friday instead of Thursday.

For the first time in many years my sister, brother-in-law and niece had to work on Thanksgiving Day and evening. They are all in the restaurant business and it has now become tradition for the restaurants to open and serve a Thanksgiving meal for those who do not prepare at home or are not at home or just want a break. The concept is good for those who enjoy the meal at the restaurant with their families but it takes away those working from their families. The same goes for the stores opening on Thanksgiving Day, but this is the society we live in and we have to accommodate for these situations.

I am one of four sisters with three of us living in Central Florida and one living in Puerto Rico, the three of us who are here always celebrate these events together so we accommodated, we celebrated on Friday! One day later doesn’t make a difference, it’s all about getting together as a family and being thankful for the many blessing we have! This will be our new Thanksgiving tradition from now on since my sister and brother-in-law will be opening their own restaurant next year and will be open for Thanksgiving Day. And next year we will be back at my house for Thanksgiving Day + 1!

We were a total of 30 grateful family members getting together to celebrate! Here’s the setup at my sister’s house, it was amazing! The one thing missing from the table settings are the name tags, I arrived almost an hour late (don’t ask!) but they were added before everyone sat down (because now they knew where to sit!).

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I don’t have a close up of the name tags but you can see them on the table here.

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Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza going on until Monday, November 28th. Click on the image below to see the list. Don’t miss out on products up to 40% off!

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