we did it!
It was only a month ago that we found out we'd need to move out of our apartment because our landlord was selling the place. 

And here we are all moved in and just about settled into our new place just a few blocks away! It happened so fast, with tons and tons of effort, but it's done! Thankfully my mom came up to help with the final stages of cleaning and packing, I really don't think we could have done it without her. 

We started officially moving last week on May 19th and had movers haul the really heavy stuff. We did everything that would fit in the car which involved lots and lots of trips back and forth but it did save us money. I got so many bruises carrying everything I think I counted 15 at one point, it's a good thing I'm not going on HSN anytime soon because I look like a wreck! 

We are exhausted but excited it is done. I'm still getting my wits about me and my studio organized but as soon as it's photo ready I'll take some pictures!
clear stamps giveaway #3!
Let's have another giveaway! Stampers Anonymous has provided a few samples from my new stamp release to giveaway. Today we have my new Party Time Set! 

UPDATE - WE HAVE A WINNER! winner has been picked! scroll down to view winner! We'll have another giveaway next week! thanks for playing! 

Check out what Cee Cee of Cee Cee Creations made with this stamp set and the wonderful tutorial video (posted below) that shows how to make the card along with my Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and Sticky Back Canvas and lots of other goodies too! 

Thanks Cee Cee for the beautiful card and tutorial! Don't miss Cee Cee's blog here!

One winner will be selected for this giveaway. Prize is one  Party Time Stamp set. I'll pick a winner at random using the contest picker from the comments in this post. Just comment on this blog post to enter and don't forget to leave me a way to contact you in your comment if your profile doesn't have that information! We'll run the contest to 5pm Wednesday May 16th. I'll post the winner Wednesday evening here! 

UPDATE - WE HAVE A WINNER! winner has been picked! scroll down to view winner! We'll have another giveaway next week! thanks for playing! 

The new stamp collection is now available! You can find them on the Stampers Anonymous web site, and on Ellen Hutson,and  Simon Says Stamp (type my name into the search bar), and don't forget to ask your local craft store to carry them too!! 

FTC Disclosure: some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I will earn a small referral fee. I appreciate your clicks and support! No purchase necessary to enter the giveaway. just leave a comment in this post and you are entered!

UPDATE WE HAVE A WINNER! winner has been picked! Congrats to Lee!! We'll have another giveaway very soon! thanks for playing! 

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i can't believe we are moving
It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here! 

About 10 days ago we found out that our landlords planned to sell the condo we have rented from them for the last 4 years and so would not be renewing our lease. 

We had a couple of months to look until our lease was up to find a place. But we knew the DC rental market is really competitive and with summer fast approaching it will get harder and harder to find a new apartment! 

So we decided to start looking right away! 

And then we found something right in the first weekend of looking. Only a couple blocks from where we live now, in a building that was built in the early 1900's but renovated in 2003. 

We love it! The new landlords are pet friendly, it's still in our neighborhood so we jumped on it and now we are moving in starting May 19th! I can't believe it! If someone had told me just a month ago that we could be moving in mid May I would have laughed and laughed! But here we are :)

I can't wait to get my new studio space all settled, it's been so hard to work with knowing that this move is fast approaching, but I still have deadlines I am frantically working on to get finished! So I won't be able to blog much in the next couple weeks, but make sure to stop back by tomorrow, I'll be doing another stamp sheet giveaway!


hello new jersey!
Today I'm heading up to the Ranger offices for a weekend of teaching art, techniques, networking and fun with Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley (and me!) at Ranger University! What's RangerU? Here's all the info on Ranger's web site.

I'm lucky that Ranger offices are only 4 hours drive from DC! I am so happy that I don't have to deal with all the hassles of airport travel. Hop in the car and go!!

I'll be checking in via phone on Twitter and Facebook and I'll try to give you a few little sneak peeks!

Have a great weekend!


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