The New Catalog...

Ok...here goes. I have had a chance to really look through the catalog twice now and as I write this post I will be going through it again. I just wish you could all be here with me as I'm looking at the new catalog!

The first thing I would like to tell everyone is that this catalog is running from August 11th until January 18th. So it looks like we will have another great catalog just in time for my birthday on January 20th!! YEAH!!

Here you will see the cover. It's very pretty with some of the new In Colors on the front. And you will see that one edge is spiral bound...that is just special for demonstrators that attend convention. However the other edge looks like it was cut using the new Scallop Edge punch. We are wondering if that is just special for convention attendees as well or if they will all be that way?! We will just have to wait and see!

Now...on to the stamp sets! There are a lot of new Halloween sets. Some new Christmas. (And just remember that all of the NEW stamp sets are going to be die cut! YEAH!) There are sections in the catalog between the stamp set categories that show techniques like tying a perfect bow and heat embossing and others. I think that's pretty neat!

I thought that this set was so cute. It's called Cheers to You and it has a bunch of alcoholic drinks! Perfect for a party or New Years invitation. And it was just shocking because I didn't think that Stampin Up would ever do something like that!

There wasn't too many new stamp sets in the Growing Up section. I'm so excited that Tart and Tangy is in the catalog (along with the paper that was in the mini!).

I love this background stamp. It's called Classifieds. It's so cute...Here are some examples of the statements on it: "Needed ASAP. Bridge needed to cross the distance between us. Miss You." AND "One Day Only. Chocolate cake with more candles than last year, balloons, party hats, & tons of presents. Wish list available upon request. Call 555-BDAY for details." So CUTE!

Then there is this double-mounted background stamp for only $26.95. On one side you get a calendar for the week and on the other side you get a to do list that even has little boxes to check complete! I love it!

I'm seeing a lot of square images that might make me want to get the square punches!

There aren't too many new alphabet sets. There is a cute mini alphabet that has the full numbers 1-31 that would be great for the Calendar background that I already have!

There are all new papers and Simply Scrappin kits! I love them all...almost. I think the papers are posted on boards I will just have to see if I can get pictures of them tomorrow. New rubons too! And new chipboard.

There are no new albums. No new colors. No new sizes. No bringing back the 8.5x11...sorry mom!

I think these new metal clips and brads are SO cute!

And there are new ribbons! YEAH! Look at that cute 1" Double stiched ribbon! It comes in Real Red, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, and Chocolate Chip.

Check out this cute button assortment! So cute!

And more ribbon!

And here is the back of the catalog! If you have questions just post a comment or email and I will get to them soon!

My trip so far...

Day 1, Tuesday

Well I started the day leaving my house around 2pm. It didn't take me too long to get the airport and I was chillin in the terminal by 3:00pm. My flight didn't leave until 5:18pm! I totally should have left later than that. Now I know for next time! Anyway...I boarded the smallest plane that I have ever seen...there were just 3 seats across, one on one side and two on the other. There were probably about 50 seats and there was just one flight attendant for us all!

On the 2.5 hour flight I slept and read my book. And I took this really fun picture! (Clouds Mom!!)
Then I took this picture of myself. It was cold on the plane so I was trying to soak up the sun!

I got to Salt Lake City and to the hotel around 7:30pm. Then my roommates and I went out to eat. We went to a fish restaurant but I hate fish so I had a chicken ceasear wrap. It was very yummy!

Then it was back to the hotel to get some sleep!

Day 2 - Wednesday

Well my roommates and I started the day by leaving the hotel around 8am. We got to the convention center and stood in the "Get Your Convention Bag" line. It was very long but not as long at the "I Want to go to Momento Mall" line. So we got our bag...
(Here is a close up!)
And in the bag was...The New Catalog...
There will be an in depth post about this in a few minutes!

From there we went to stand in the "I Want to go to Momento Mall" line and we stood there for a few hours and didn't seem to be moving up in line very much. So...we went to look at the Display board!

I think this was a cute use of the photo storage boxes! I just love that calendar stamp!

This calendar was on a cookie sheet! Magnetic! So cute! Who wants to have a class?!!!

Well then around 11 we headed to Stampin Up's facility. It's located in Riverton, UT...about a 30-40 minute drive. It was a neat tour! (But not as neat as 2 years ago Colette...I will explain as I continue.)

They have this room where displays are set up just like they have them in the catalog. I thought this one was fun! I particularly like the way they put the pictures in the glass jars on the shelf! If I had room for something like this in my house...I would totally be making plans now!

Here I am sitting in the room that they use the Decor Elements roses. Of course my eyes were closed! HA HA!

We also got to see the warehouse where they fill all of our orders. Although this year we didn't get to tour the facility and help out...just peek in. They said it was because they have some many people this time coming through in one day. We also didn't get to see Shelli's office this year...bummer!

There I am with the Stampin Up building in the background!

It's such a beautiful building!

After we took the tour, we stood in the "I Want to go to Momento Mall" line. It was only about 40 minutes this time and we were in! I got the project tote, a chapstick, and a convention charm!

We then headed back to the hotel to drop off all of our stuff! We had to walk because there were no shuttles available. It's about a mile walk (not like staying at the Hilton Colette!). Around 3 we went to have lunch at a sports bar and grill. It was funny because they also serve Chinese food! HA HA!

And now I'm just sitting in the hotel room alone. My roommates are attending a dinner at our hotel that cost $30 to attend. So I'm a loner tonight!


I'm here...1 more hour until I get to see the new catalog! YEAH! I will update with pictures later today! PROMISE!



Well...I'm sitting here on Tuesday morning at my house and I'm loving it! YEAH! I didn't work yesterday either. I'm so glad that I decided to take Monday and Tuesday off work. And the reason that I'm off the rest of the week is that I'm heading to Salt Lake City for Stampin Up convention! YEAH!

But I wanted to share a few things with you first! Here are my Decor Elements that are located in my family room. I love the word family!

And here is my swap for convention! Do you like it? So if you are a blog reader and you see me there...come say hi! I'm on Track 6, taking the Riverton tour on Wednesday @ 11am. Hope to meet a lot of new people there!


101 Things About Me

My friend Danielle posted 101 Things about her a while ago and I thought it would be fun to try to fill in 101 things about me! So here goes:

1. I am a Christian.
2. One of my favorite snacks is regular Cheese-Its and a big glass of ice cold milk!
3. I am in love with Samuel Hunter.
4. I have two dogs: Chloe and Gus that are just like my children. I love them so much! They even get their own scrapbooks.
5. In my cubical at work I have 3 calendars: One is the TV show The Office and is set on the current month, One is the Kerry calendar that is set on next month, and the other is the one that I created myself and it set on the current month...a little much, I know!
6. I get extremely annoyed when I hear the same story for the 5th time (you know...when someone you are close to have to tell everyone the same story and you are with them every time).
7. I have a secret.
8. My favorite outfit to wear is jeans, a tank top and flip flops!
9. I wear flip flops until there is snow on the ground.
10. I have been wearing the same toe ring since the summer I started dating Sam. That was 7 years ago!
11. I love to watch reality TV.
12. I am currently watching Shear Genius and Project Runway on Bravo.
13. I love to have my toes (currently hot pink) painted but not my fingernails.
14. I put off lots of things at work so that I can work really fast in the afternoon to get everything done. It's silly!
15. Some of my best freinds have been made through Stampin Up!
16. I have close to 30 pictures hanging on my cubical walls...I love pictures!
17. My husband is hot!
18. I love taking vacations where everything is lazy...leave the sight seeing and go, go, go for someone else!
19. I have 5 hand-stamped/made items in my cubical at work.
20. I will be 28 on my next birthday.
21. I have tons of papers to file at work...stacks and stacks!
22. I love office supplies.
23. I probably have around 50 pens on my desk at work...they make me happy!
24. I'm going to Chili's today with my sister for lunch.
25. My sister works with me and I kinda like it...there is always someone on my side that I can talk to.
26. I love the musical Wicked. I've only seen it once but I have listened to the soundtrack a million times.
27. I actually enjoy High School Musical and most of the shows on The Disney Channel, like Hannah Montana.
28. I prefer to use a pink highlighter!
29. When I was a senior I won prom queen because of my lips!
30. I have known my very best freinds: Kristin and Annie, since 7th grade and we still talk!
31. I'm having pizza with Kristin and her new hubby tonight.
32. This year I have lost 20 lbs! (And kept them off.)
33. I love to read Chick Lit books. I am currently reading Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.
34. I always wear two hair rubberbands on my wrist unless they are in my hair. I'm like a boyscout...always prepared.
35. I have a pink iPod.
36. I'm addicted to email! I check my yahoo addresses (yes plural) about 50 times a day!
37. I'm also addicted to Facebook...send me a message!
38. I hate cleaning the house with a passion.
39. I get annoyed by clutter.
40. I have good intentions of being more organized.
41. When I have stamping events in my basement, I throw all of my clutter in the laundry room!
42. Then I put off doing laundry because I have to clean out the room before I can do it!
43. I'm very excited to see the new Stampin Up catalog in 6 days!
44. I pay all of my bills online.
45. I am in love with Target merchandise. I wish I could win a shopping spree!
46. Every summer at Old Navy, I get more tank tops. I have a rainbow of colors!
47. I handle dental claims at work and a majority of complaints (about 90%) come from California. I find that interesting!
48. I die my hair because I'm already going gray.
49. I work 5 minutes from my home.
50. My husband and I chat, leave messages, email, and talk in abbreviations...it's fun!
51. I get all next week off of work!
52. I'm leaving on Tuesday evening to head to Salt Lake City for the Stampin Up convention!
53. I'm rooming with people I have only met through email and phone calls.
54. I hope to have a cheeseburger pita from Red Rock Brewery while I'm in SLC...so yummy!
55. I have never flown on a plane all by myself.
56. I am hoping to make freinds easily in SLC...if you are going let me know and we can meet up!
57. When my "To Do" list is a mile long, I find myself sitting on the couch watching TV.
58. I like playing RockBand.
59. I had a dream last night that I was having surgery on my nose with a doctor that my mom didn't approve, all so I could breathe a little better. I woke up with a stuffed up nose. It's weird how the mind works!
60. I try to drink 60-80 oz of water per day out of my chemical free nalgene bottle.
61. I have not purchased a purse or a writing pen all year (My New Year's Resolution). That's 7 months! WOW! On January 1st, I might go a little crazy!
62. I love chips and salsa...sometimes I just eat that for dinner.
63. I'm very excited to have children some day so that I can hang out with all of my mommy freinds and have playdates!
64. My eyes are bigger than my stomach a lot of the times!
65. NSYNC still makes me happy.
66. I once got to meet NSYNC with my good freind Lisa...we won a radio contest!
67. I use Blistex all of the time. I actually have a tube on my desk and still keep one in my pocket every day.
68. I have a really good smile thanks to my parents providing braces for me!
69. I like wearing my glasses and don't think that I will ever want to wear contacts.
70. My husband wears contacts.
71. Our kiddos are going to be blind...I see many years of paying for glasses in our future!
72. When I have a vacation coming up, I count down the days on my calendar at work!
73. I get very excited about things...my husband just doesn't understand that!
74. My favorite Stampin Up color is Old Olive.
75. I secretly want a new cell phone...but they are so expensive!
76. It's 2pm and I've already had 54oz of water today.
77. I used to drink 54oz of Diet Coke a day...just kidding...but I did drink it a lot! Now I have stopped that habit because I was way too dependent on my morning Diet Coke to keep me awake.
78. I secretly like when I have difficult situations at work...it makes the day more fun and time fly!
79. This list has taken me all day to finish. I will work for a while and think of something to add. Go back to work. It's been fun!
80. I like wearing my hair in pigtails.
81. I get excited about school supplies time (even though I really have no reason to buy them now, I still look)...I think this was always one of my highlights as a child and I know I will have fun when I have kids to shop for!
82. I have to sleep with a fan on at night so that I have white noise. I became addicted as a young child from my parent's sleep machine. Sam hates that I have to have it.
83. I can fall asleep in less than a minute...I get that talent from my dad.
84. After work each day I come home, lay in bed and watch Rachel Ray for 30 minutes. Then at 6 if I'm feeling inspired by her show, I will cook something for dinner.
85. I rarely cook dinner. We are more of a "cook 1 big meal a week and eat off of it and other things for the rest of the week" type of family.
86. I love fresh pineapple and strawberries...that is the ultimate fruit salad!
87. I have phone phobia with people that aren't my best freinds.
88. I love to wear rings and necklaces but can't get into bracelets.
89. I love attending wedding. Mostly for the cake! HA! And the love that is being shared there.
90. I keep way too much stuff in my purse that is not used on a daily basis.
91. I have a framed picture of Dr. McDreamy in my cubical at work...my coworker gave it to me for Christmas.
92. I sleep with 2 feather pillows: head on one, hug one.
93. I can't be touching Sam when I try to go to sleep. It's not just him it would be anyone that would happen to be in bed with me...Sam is just the only one that I usually have to worry about.
94. I've been told that I hog the covers at night...but I think Sam does.
95. I love sleeping on my stomach.
96. I wish I was a better scrapbooker.
97. I wish I had the time and the energy to submit my scrapbook pages to magazines.
98. I give Gus a backrub every morning...he is spoiled.
99. After my morning shower, I crawl back in bed and watch the Today Show.
100. I love wet hair...I wish it could be wet the whole day.
101. I have exactly 2 hours and 30 minutes of work today! YEAH!

Hope you enjoyed it! If you have a blog, I would like to hear your list as well! Have a great weekend!


Olympic Fever!

16 More Days! I'm am addicted to the Olympics! When they are on, I'm watching them almost every day and night, taping things that I really want to see. The great thing is that with so many channels now there is something Olympics on just about every minute of the day!
Here is what I'm looking forward to:
Michael Phelps - Swimming. Love to see him swim and win a lot!

Natalie Coughlin - Swimming. Loved her in the last Olympics as well!

Shawn Johnson - Gymnastics. I love women's gymnastics almost as much as swimming! Shawn just makes me smile when she is interviewed...she is so excited!
Any other Olympics junkies out there? What are you excited for?


4th Pictures...Just a Little Late!

Here are some of the best pictures from the 4th! I know I'm a little late...what can I say?
Here is Chloe...lovin that she gets to roam around and not be fenced in.

My cute husband!

Chloe found the trash that had chicken bones in it. She wa holding on with th jaws of life!

My MIL showing off the the "Adults ONLY" pinata.

Sam giving his brother the eye as he gets ready to take his turn with the pinata. Jer was raising and lowering it when our eyes were closed.

Gus was sleepy!

Sam jumping on the trampoline! (I love this picture!)

Doin a back flip!

Me and my sweaty husband.

Erica had to hold Gus during the fireworks portion of the night. He gets a little freaked out.

Playing with my camera as the kids play with sparklers.


100th Post and FREE Stuff!

I'm very happy today! Just found out that Stampin Up updated our Great Rewards points and we could now place our final orders! For those of you who don't know, Great Rewards points are earned throughout the SU year based on your sales amounts! So if you sell $1000 in a quarter, you get 1000 points!

I had already used some points throughout the year to order the SU jacket and a new pair of craft and rubber scissors. So I had 7587 points left to spend today! I ended getting $96.05 worth of merchandise for FREE! Here is what I will be receiving:

Summer Days Simply Scrappin Kit
Grid Paper
Bone Folder
Chipboard clipboard (4 1/2" x 9")
Slit Punch
4 Cutting blade refill blades!
Rhinestone brads (ice and fire)
2 snail refills

Can you believe it!!! YEAH!


Info About ME

Two names you go by:
1. Kim
2. Kimmer...there are many more but it only asked for 2!

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. Tan Capris
2. Brown shirt

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. To be at home...I would probably be cleaning and doing laundry!
2. To go to Salt Lake City for the Stampin Up convention!

Two things you did last night:
1. Watched John and Kate Plus 8
2. Had a Decor Elements Open House

What did you have to eat yesterday
1. Celery and Carrots...YUM!
2. Chips and Salsa

Two people you last talked to:
1. Samuel
2. Rhiannon

Two things you're doing today (or did today?):
1. Going to the pool!
2. Actually cooking dinner!

Two longest car rides:
1. Kansas City to Colorado
2. Kansas City to Florida...that was in high school

Two favorite beverages:
1. Water
2. Fanta Zero...orange flavor

Two things you want to do before Summer ends
1. Visit the pool enough to make it worth the pool pass that we bought.
2. Scrapbook while at home...a few pages a night or something!


About My Scrappy Self

1. Name your ONE favorite scrapbooking topic.
Everyday life. I like to record things like how many flip flops I have or how I love to see wet paw prints on the deck. It's those things that I never want to forget!

2. Where is the ONE best place you've been to?
I have to say Disney World! We went there on our honeymoon. First of all, we were there to celebrate a great thing that happened in our lives AND it's just so much fun!

3. Name ONE thing you do everyday.
Read Blogs. My list is growing and growing! It's rather crazy! I have exactly 60 blogs in my favorites right now. CRAZY!

4. Tell us ONE thing that pretty much everyone knows about you.
I love to scrapbook!

5. Tell us ONE thing that everyone doesn't know about you.
I have 16 pictures of my puppies in my cubical at work and 10 pictures of my of me and my husband. I love pictures!

6. Tell us ONE thing that got you into the hobby of scrapping.
I was in to it before I met Margie but I really kicked it up a notch and signed up to be a Stampin Up demonstrator because of her! And then I met Colette. The combination of Margie and Colette is just SUPER!

7. Tell us ONE thing that you want to accomplish in the next 6 months.
Get the garage and the crawl space cleaned and organized! That was my goal this year. I need to get motivated again to get moving!

8. Name your ONE favorite scrapping tool.
I don't think I could get anything done without my 12" paper trimmer!

9. Name your ONE favorite source of scrapping inspiration.
I love Creating Keepsakes magazine but I also think that when I buy new things, it inspires me too!

10. How has your scrapping changed since you FIRST started?
I only use Stampin Up cardstock now because it's AWESOME (and heavy...80lb.)! I used to only use white backgrounds too so now I have color in my life! Also...I use a lot of ink and stamping in my scrapbook pages! I would have never thought of that before!

What about you all???


And the Winner is...

I love how they like to make you think that one person is the underdog when in actuality they are the WINNER! I knew it from the very beginning! Can't wait for another season to get involved in! Congrats DeAnna and Jesse...May 9th, 2009 isn't too far away!


Who Will It Be?


Or Jason...
I'm pulling for Jesse! More tomorrow!



Here are the much awaited scrapbook pages that I created last Friday while I was scrapbooking at church!

These first two pictures are of our first full day at sea and the time we spent relaxing.

This next page was a little bit of a struggle...right Danielle! I love scrapbooking with freinds because they can always give you a little advice or a piece of red cardstock when needed!

Don't you just love that little paperclip with the silverware on it?!

This next page is of our first port of call, Cabo. I used some rubons in the right hand corner. I also have to mention that I love the shapes that decorative paper comes in lately! So cute!

This page of the Land's End rock formations is pretty plain...but sometimes you need a page like that!

This page is also pretty plain. I wanted to fit all of these pictures from our excursion in Mazatlan on one page. We went 4 different place so I divided the page into 4 slots. I think there are 15 pictures on this layout!

And the last page for today is about our last stop in Puerto Vallarta. I love the torn edges with the ink and also the cirlces that I made with my couzzle!

Close up!

I hope you all have a great 4th! Be safe and have fun!