Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stampin' Up Workshop

Talk about an unbelievable start to my first workshop of the year. I've been a Stampin' Up demonstrator for almost a year. March 2 will be my year anniversary and I'm just now feeling like I have things going in the right direction. Truth to be told, I wasn't really putting my all in to it but I made a promise to myself and to my husband that I would put my all in to it. My husband has been so supportive through out any journey I take on and I don't want to let him down. 

It's funny the people that God bring in to your life. You may not know why an individual enters your life until days, weeks, months or years later. When I met Claire, it was at a scrapbook retreat a year ago.  I knew within a few minutes of meeting her that we would be instant friends! She is one of the sweetest and most generous people I know. She also has one of the biggest hearts. Needless to say, I love her! 

She has been so supportive of me, my company and my success with Stampin' Up. It may be that she has such a love for embossing folders far more than me but I'll take it either way. We scheduled my first workshop of the year at her house. It is 2 hours from me so our mutual friend, Pam and I turned it in to a long weekend. I loved being there with these two ladies who both teach me so much and I just love being in their company. 

There ended up being 18 people that came to the workshop. I was so nervous the night before but by the time the morning arrived I felt confidant and ready to show these ladies that they could be crafty. We had 2 different sessions with 9 ladies each. I showed them 5 different techniques and then I let them try it all on their own. Claire found a card on Pinterest (http://lisacurcio.blogspot.com/2012/11/tea-for-two.html) and knew that her ladies would love it. 

I love the designer paper, the colors and stamp set. We all had such a fun time with this card and I'm so glad she found it to showcase. All of the ladies loved the card. The look on their faces when they saw that they could stamp, use a punch and put it all together was so rewarding. Some of their eyes lit up when they stamped their word and it came out just right. It's so fun to teach people how to do things that I love to do as a hobby! The workshop was amazing and set an all time record for myself. It gave me the push that I needed and made me feel like I was on the right track! I loved that Claire and Pam believed in me and wanted to do all that they could to help me get my business going and succeed. Thanks to you both! 

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Rainy Day Recipe

Chicken n' Dumplins is one of my husbands favorite meals. I honestly think he could eat it every night. So, when my mom told me about her super easy recipe that we have all LOVED for years, I knew I had to make it. I've made it a couple of times since she first showed me how to do it and I'm still amazed each time at how easy it is. I posted a picture of a big pot of this yumminess last night on FB and had multiple requests for the recipe. So, here it is:

These are all the ingredients needed plus a rotisserie chicken. You can boil a chicken and use the broth from that but I like the simplicity of an already cooked chicken. It helps with last minute WHAT AM I GOING TO MAKE FOR DINNER decisions. I have used one chicken but like it better with two. The best thing about this recipe is following the directions to the tee or adding whatever you like. 

First you add two 32 oz containers of chicken broth. Again, this is only necessary if you don't boil your own chicken. After that you add 4 cans of soup, 2 cream of chicken and 2 cream of celery. 

Let all of that come to boil and let boil for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken and stir. Let boil for another 5 minutes or so until all is combined. Now comes the fun part that every single person is shocked at when I tell them. To get the dumplins part, you use flour tortillas. Yes, you read that correctly, no need to go back. I couldn't believe this part until I saw it and you'll have to see it to believe it as well. 

These are the tortillas that I like to use. You can use any brand that you choose just as long as they are flour and not corn. This is a family pack which has about 20-30 in it and I use ALL of them. I use 2 chickens because I like a lot of chicken and Chris likes a lot of dumplins so I use the whole pack. Together we make a good team. The best way to explain this part is to tear them in to strips and then in to squares. You can do one at a time or 2-3 at time. There is no set pattern as how to do this. Make sure that the broth is still boiling when you start to throw in the tortillas. Stir frequently while adding them. After everything is incorporated, let it boil on medium for about 5 minutes and then simmer for another 5 minutes. I add some pepper at this point and enjoy!

Here is my finished pot of yummy Chicken n' Dumplins. Please let me know if you try the recipe and if you have any questions. It is a recipe that we have on rotation at our house. Hope you enjoy as well! 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Card

Who doesn't love receiving a birthday card? But what about a homemade birthday card. Sounds fun, huh? I decided to make a card for one of my friends who has a birthday today. She says that she is boycotting birthdays but I'm sure when she gets this she won't be too mad at me. It didn't take very long to make and I just love all the colors of this DSP. 

She is one of my dearest and oldest friends. Happy Birthday, Kathy!

Products used: Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper - 125409
                        Whisper White Cardstock - 100730
                        Basic Rhinestone Jewels - 119246
                        Tiny Tags Stamps - 118592
                        Itty Bitty Banners - 126257
                        Bitty Banner Framelits - 129267
                        Jewlery Tag Punch - 117190
                        Real Red Inkpad - 126949

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Hearts A Flutter

Another fun design from the new Spring Catalog. I am in LOVE with this one. The colors are fabulous together.

This is one of my brand new favorite embossing folders. From the moment I saw it I knew I was going to have to have it. There are so many awesome ideas on Pinterest that just blow my mind. So many creative people out there.

Products used:
         Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla
         Ink - Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals
         Ribbon - 5/8in crochet trim victoria
         Stamps - Hearts a flutter, Tiny Tags
         Die Cuts - Hearts a flutter
         Punch - Jewelry tag
         Honeycomb Embossing Folder
         Embellishments - In Color Dahlias
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New Fun Stuff

I finally received some of my goodies from the new Spring and Sale-A-Bration Catalog. I had to control myself and not buy EVERY. SINGLE. ITEM. in there. Love everything about it. I had some time yesterday to play around with some new DSP and stamps.

This is a small 3 x 3 card that I whipped up.

Since I was just playing around I used the part of the paper that has Stampin' Up stamped on it. It's not part of the decoration, haha. I love these colors together and the stamp set as well. Hope you enjoyed!

Products used:
      Paper- Print Poetry DSP Pack - 129312
      Pattered Occasions - Sale A Bration
      Small is from Owl Punch

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