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LINK:  Hello, Monday 02.29.2016

I was over in the CLASSroom yesterday (link above) with a fun and easy interactive card video. Check it out, when you get a chance–I loved makin’ those things!

I’ve got lots of irons in the fire lately, including these upcoming classes in Sacramento

As always, too much to do, and not enough day.  Or me. Hah!

Last weekend, the Mister & I booked a rare, last-minute (literally) weekend down in Seattle, to attend the Home Show…  It was mostly contractors and service providers that serve the Seattle area… We learned a few things, but I was kind of disappointed (in the show itself), to be honest… I guess I thought it would be bigger (I mean, Seattle, right?!), and there would be more manufacturers exhibiting?  I thought we’d see a lot more innovative design kinds of things… like faucets, lighting, flooring and countertops, storage solutions… It was interesting for us to note that in the area we live, there is such high demand that contractors and builders have full/booked out schedules…

But, it was a fun weekend and we enjoyed a few restaurants that we’d never been to before–we love good eats! :)

In the downtown area, check out Lola’s  and/or  Dahlia Lounge.  We had fantastic and out-of-the-ordinary breakfasts at each of these places!  And, based on the crowds, they are both very popular dining spots–I imagine their lunch and dinner dishes are equally fabulous!

Hope your week is going splendid!

A new Essentials by Ellen release in the works!

Maybe you follow me on Instagram, and maybe you don’t.  If you don’t, you can if ya’ wanna, right HERE.   Since moving from Typepad to WordPress a few years ago, I STILL haven’t figured out how to put an Instagram button up there at the top right of my blog with all the other social media icons.   Nor, how to change the colors of the little buttons when you hover over them. *argh*

All that aside… I meant to say that I’ve been sharing sneak peeks on Instagram of my latest upcoming release for the Essentials by Ellen line ! Yip yip!!!  Just look for the hashtag:  #essentialsbyellen to see what all our team and guest designers have been sneaking peeks of.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 9th– we’re gonna have a FAN-TAS-MAGORICAL hop–I’ve seen some of the designers’ samples behind the scenes, and at the risk of sounding like a total SAP, I get kinda misty-eyed… Because they see things in different ways and they each bring their own unique talents to the table when bringing the stamps and dies to life… They leave me in awe, for lack of better words to describe it.

For those of you that don’t hang out on Instagram, I thought I’d share some of my own sneaks right here:

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LINK:  See the full-size card above + a video tutorial on this die HERE



Sneak hello roses


Sneak hugs inside


Sneak hydrangea


Hope you can stop by the hop, which starts Tuesday, February 9th in the CLASSroom–the eye candy will inspire you so much, I guarantee it! :)


CHA 2016 Shenanigans…

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Long time, no post.  *chortle* I dropped off the grid to finish up artwork for an upcoming Essentials by Ellen release and then took off for Florida for nearly two weeks to spend the holidays with my daughter’s family!  Trying to capture Lilly on camera (and not just a blur) is challenging.  There were a few brief moments where she held still long enough for us to snap a shot or two… LOL!  She’s a bundle of energy, I tell ya’!  I soaked up every minute of it and we had an amazing time!

You can call and Facetime until the cows come home, but there’s nothing like having those little arms wrap around your neck in a big “pink” hug… She brings us joy in ways I can’t begin to describe…

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A few days after returning, I was back on a plane with my dear friend and colleague Ellen headed for CHA (Craft & Hobby Association Conference & Show) in Anaheim, CA!  Hooked up with many friends, saw lots of new crafty goodies coming and also got to have dinner with my little sister! GOOD TIMES, GOOD TIMES!!!

Carissa's Selfie Stick

Carissa brought a selfie stick and I can’t tell you how many times we TRIED to get a good shot… Laughed so hard I thought I’d split my sides!

Check out our Favorite Finds video in today’s InTouch Newsletter Article HERE.

I did a recap Flip-a-Gram of our adventures… You can see that HERE.

I wish I could figure out how to embed the Flip-a-Gram, but alas, my technical skills are crap and I’m clueless.

While down in Cali, my latest Hello, Monday posted over in the CLASSroom HERE.

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Happy Friday and have a gooder! ;)


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