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Well, I have a confession for you…..I’ve been lazy this week…which is why you haven’t seen a post until today.  The couple weeks prior to leaving on our trip were an absolute frenzy of activity.  In addition to last minute shopping and packing I spent quite a bit of time creating Stampin’ Up! projects for you to enjoy while were gone.  Enough that I would have three per week for the entire two weeks we were away, but not enough to carry me into this week.  I had thought that Monday I’d get back into my studio and start creating again having completely forgotten that Monday was a holiday here in Canada.  Instead of stamping, I pretty much spent all of Monday unpacking and doing laundry.  By Tuesday morning I was feeling tired, cranky, and in an after-trip funk, which carried somewhat into Wednesday.   Although I did get back into the studio and start creating some projects, I didn’t really have the energy or wherewithal to post. Honestly, right now a big part of me wants to sit and do nothing and try not to think about my huge to-do list.  The other half of me knows that that will just make me feel worse, so I’m forcing myself to work and to post, and to try and begin tackling my to-do’s one at a time.

While I was away, I received a number of emails (which were fielded by my virtual assistant Michelle), asking when the first Stampin’ Up! newsletter would be released, as I have said in the sign up area that you can expect the newsletter every two weeks.  Because of the events leading up to my trip and the trip itself, you can expect the first newsletter next week on Wednesday.  Right now, the plan is the following, you will receive an email on Aug. 15th, Aug. 29th, Sept. 12th and then on Sept. 26th we will be launching the 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter.  That means that from Sept. 26th until December 12th, you will receive an email newsletter Wednesday of every week. That will then be the last newsletter of 2012, and I will start the newsletters up again the second week of January (January 9th).

And now,on to today’s card.  Today’s card is another clean and simple card, this time featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Blue Ribbon stamp set. As you can see from the picture below, this card has quite a bit of dimension to it given by the medallion I created, which is why it’s a card I wouldn’t mail, but give by hand to someone. When creating the medallion I scored the card stock at every 1/2″. For a lower profile, you could score it at every 1/4″. The main colors used in this card are Pacific Point and Real Red.  Other products I used include the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper as well as the Rhinestone Basic Jewels

You can link to most of the products I used above.  Make sure you are logged into your country’s Stampin’ Up! site.  You can purchase any of these products through your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator or if you don’t have one, you can use the “Find a Demonstrator” feature at www.stampinup.com – just make sure you select the appropriate country first.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section of this post and I’ll answer them in my next post.

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