Sunday, July 21

Convention 2013!

All I can say is WOW!!! What an amazing experience! So much to share almost don't know where to start...ok how about with THE biggest announcement ...ARTISAN DESIGN TEAM 2013! You might want to cover your ears...SQUEALLLL!!!

My dream of becoming part of this amazing team has finally come true and I am Over The Moon! Even more exciting is the other 9 gals that made it! They are just totally FABULOUS! And I must say the whole top 20 group is pretty much amazing! So awesome in fact that we are doin one giant blog hop with all 20 of us!! You won't want to miss this- trust me their creativity will knock your socks off!
I want to take a moment to thank a few people, first and for most I have to thank the Lord for blessing me with the ability to be creative & the strength to persevere & follow my dreams. Next I have to thank my family. First my husband who is truly my biggest cheerleader (whew getting teary as I write this), he pushes me to be better than I ever thought I could be, he believes in me even when I don't believe in myself, and he supports me even when my ideas seem crazy even to me!
 Next my kids for being totally awesome and putting up with my insanity, for being good sports while I snap a zillion photos for scrapbooking, for behaving like angels when I have a house full of stamping friends, and mostly for their love and encouragement & being my inspiration for many of the things I create.
Next my Mom who has ALWAYS supported me & also puts up with my craziness! LOL! I am beyond blessed to have her here with us!
Next I have to thank ALL my Stamping Friends!
My Fabulous demo friends that inspire me with their creativity and have encouraged me to follow this crazy dream! Big shout out to Lynda, Sandy, & Margery who attended Convention with me this year. It was SO much fun because of you ladies! Thank you for being my cheerleaders on Awards Night! It was an honor to have you there. =)
Now my AMAZING friends that stamp with me every month...Love You Gals! I enjoy your company So very much & I truly look forward to our time together! I thank you for your keeping my Stampin "business" going, for your friendship, & for spending so many evenings creating with me. Next I have to thank all of You! I am so grateful that you stop by to see my creation & I truly appreciate your sweet comments. I am so blessed by all of you! Ok now that I have finished my Academy Awards speech (LOL) how about some more Fun News!
New Products Coming Soon! So here's the scoop-
#1 Envelope Maker!
#2 New Framelits
 #3 Carve Your Own Stamps What?!

2 words about these new products...Uh. Mazing. Seriously Fun stuff!

Other News....
$10 PAPER PUMPKIN KITS for new subscriptions! Now you can try Paper Pumpkin for just $10 for your first 2 months!  To join click HERE or the Paper Pumpkin icon on the right side bar & make sure you put my name in as your demo to automatically become a member of my Paper Pumpkin Club and get more FREE projects sent to you!

Offer Dates: July 18, 2013 -August 31, 2013
Offer Details: Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month's worth, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You and your customers need to visit to join.
  • You must click "Add Promo Code" and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion.
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).
Now I am Super Excited about PAPER PARADISE REWARDS PROGRAM! Yep that's right starting August 1st you will start receiving Rewards points for shopping with me! More details to come but basically when you place orders with me you will earn points that you can redeem for FREE products!!!!! ALSO how about a chance to get some Hostess Rewards including exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets (Woo Hoo!) with the "Crack The Code" program you will have a chance to do just that! PLUS if that didn't get you excited enough everyone that places an on line order using "The Code" will get a project kit in the mail from me! Keep an eye out for more details about all these fabulous new promos! 

Holy Cow! That was a long post but glad you stuck with me now how about a little eye candy....

This was one of the cards I created for the display boards. Can I just say the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set is a Must Have! I have a bunch more projects to share so stay tuned! ~Hugs

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Animal Talk 
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Basic Black, I Am Me DSP
Ink: Versamark, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate
Big Shot: Square Framelits, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Neutrals Buttons, Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, white, Bakers Twine, Hung Up Cute Clips


  1. Congratulations Mercedes!!! I have enjoyed your art for some time and it was a pleasure to meet you at convention :-) Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations!

  2. Congratulations! You are so talented and I look forward to see your future work. Love the stamp you were awarded with.

    From the gal who asked if you were from Fremont - close!

  3. Mercedes, I am thrilled beyond belief for you. You are incredibly talented and I look forward to working with you this year! Hugs!

  4. Mercedes, I am thrilled beyond belief for you. I look forward to working with you this year! It is gonna be awesome! Hugs!

  5. Hi Mercedes - I met you at the convention waiting in line, I am one of Margery friend in the bay area. I love your work and creation and congrats on the award - well deserve!

  6. Congratulations, Mercedes! You deserve it!!!

  7. Congratulations!! I was squealing and cheering for you from my seat!!

  8. Congratulations! You are so creative and you are an inspiration!

  9. Hi Mercedes I was sitting 2 rows behind you when they announced the Artisan winners and I can't tell you how excited I was for you...congratulations and I can't wait to see your projects.

  10. Long time follower (first time commenter...) and I was cheering for you at Awards Night. Congratulations to a talented and deserving Artisan. XOXO!!

  11. Congrats!!! You SO DESERVE IT!!! Can't wait to see all the great stuff you come up with this year!


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