Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This Year is Starting off With a Bang!

Okay, I'm not one who would normally toot her own horn...oh, who are we kidding, I TRY not to toot it too much, okay? Anyhoo, I received the most amazing email this morning from Kellene Adams, who works in Shelli Gardner's (founder and CEO) office at Stampin' Up! (can you say "dream job"?). She wanted to let me know that my entry was a winner in Shelli's Terrific Techniques Challenge (one of the monthly So Shelli challenges).
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I was flabbergasted, to say the least! If you could see the quantity and quality of the entries that get submitted every month, you'd understand why it is such an honor to be one of the ones chosen. This is the card that won. Thank you, Shelli, for making my day, and Kellene for letting me know!!!
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This challenge open to anyone, not just Stampin' Up! demonstrators, and the entries don't necessarily have to be cards. Just stick to the theme Shelli gives each month, and maybe you can win, too! The prize is any stamp set out if the current catalogs. Yep, even the pricier ones!

So, winning the So Shelli contest today is just continuing a month that started out great by Mickey Roberts (Paper Conversation), a "sister" SU demonstrator, awarding me a Stylish Blogger Award. Thanks, Mickey! Sorry it took so long for me to acknowledge & pass it on. Been busy!
The deal is, I have to tell you 8 things you may not know about me, and then pass the award on to 8 bloggers whose work I admire. (Oh man, how can I narrow it down to just eight?!)

1.  I used to be the owner/designer of my own line of bra patterns, and had a home-based mail order sewing supplies business.
2.  I am a published author (in a couple of magazines, anyway).
3.  I began card making three years ago this month, after years of not doing anything "crafty". The blame, uh... I mean, credit for this addiction rests solely on my BFF Barb's shoulders. (Love you bunches, Barb!)
4.  I spend way too much time on the computer, looking at other people's blogs for inspiration, checking in at Stampin' Addicts and Splitcoast Stampers, playing Free Cell, and on Facebook. I could get so much more done if I could just pull myself away!
5.  My husband and I are big Moody Blues fans, and we've seen them six times in the past five years. (Number seven is coming up in May, woohoo!)
6.  I love to garden, even though I only have a very small space to "grub in the dirt".  Nothing tastes better than a fully ripened home grown tomato, still warm from the sun!
7.  I love horses.  Always have, always will.
8.  I love being a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator! Sharing the fun of making something beautiful with people who never thought they could do it, gives me so much joy. And just think about how much happiness one little card can give!  There's the pleasure you get from making it, the happiness you feel when you see how much the recipient enjoys it, and the joy that THEY get in receiving it!  That's a lot of happiness in one little card!

And now, here are the names of 8 bloggers who inspire me.  I am passing this award on to:
1. Jennifer Timko, Stampin' on the Fly
2. Debra Burgin, Heartfelt Inkspiration
3. Ilina Crouse, My Creations
4. Sally Jones, Sally's Creative Corner
5. Lisa Young, Add Ink and Stamp
6. Judy May, Just Judy Designs
7. Sharon Field, Created by You
8. Krystal De Leeuw, Krystal's Cards and More


  1. Congrats! What a fun phone call to receive!

  2. Congratulations on your win. Love the card and I can easily see why it was a winner. That is the one fold I can do. I'm folding challenged among a few others. LOL. Thank you for the lovely award. Made my morning.

  3. Congratulations on winning! It is a well-deserved honor!

  4. Cindy congratulations on your win! Well deserved too. The card is stunning, so go ahead and TOOT that horn!

  5. Congratulations Cindy!! What an honor to have your card chosen by Shelli!! That card is gorgeous. It deserves to win.

    I loved reading more about you. Really, a bra maker? Never knew there was such a profession. I thought everyone just went to JC Penny for those things.

    Thanks for the blog award!! I'm so honored. You are the sweetest.

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!! It's a beautiful card :)

  7. Cindy, Congratulations again (I "high fived" you on Stampin Addicts)! And Congrats on your blog award and thanks for passing it on to me! I loved reading your list of 8 things about you. :)

  8. P.S. I too named you for the Stylish Blogger Award. http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

  9. Congratulations on your So Shelli challenge win Cindy - how cool! It is a great card. Thanks so much for the blog award. I was really shocked, but chuffed.

  10. You are deserving!! Thanks for thinking that I am Stylish...I just aspire to be a winner like you! ;-)

  11. Congratulations!!! It is such an honor to be chosen as a winner of Shelli's challenges. Of course you should be bragging. I sure did when I won.

  12. Congrats on your selection! Woohoo! AND new stamps! Doesn't get much better than that!!!

  13. Congratulations!! What an honor, and what a great card! That tree is beautiful!!

  14. Oh I love that card too. Congratulions and so well deserved!!! Hugs,


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