What in the world have I been doing?

I have been creating sample boards for my Reps and brick and mortar stores!  60 of them to be exact, with 6 fronts each for a total of 360 card fronts.  WHEW!  While they are super simple, the sheer number of these has had me completely overwhelmed and now my work is DONE.  Hubby is adhering them to the board itself and I had help glueing layers from B and her BF Craig (remind me not to let teenagers layer card fronts again…).  This week they will be mailed off to all the Reps for MFT and the stores that have requested them so far.  I will probably end up making more of these for the brick and mortar stores that carry MFT, but wanted to get the bulk made and shipped before Thanksgiving.  I am so THANKFUL to be finished!  Partially at least since I won’t be truly finished until the last one has shipped.

Thanks so much for all your well wishes on my last post.  How heart warming!  In addition to the comments, I received so many beautiful emails.  It meant SO much!  We were really attached to him, you know, sometimes you just bond with pets in a deeper way than normal and such was the case with Hoodster.  I am bonded with all of our pets of course, but sometimes there’s just a deeper connection than others, ykwim?  I’ll hafta post pics of all of our other creatures as a happy animal post soon!  

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Goodbye little guy…

Meet Houdini…aka Hoodster, Hoodalacker, or any one of a hundred funny nicknames.  He is our beloved pet rat.  Yes rat.  Put aside for a moment that he’s a rodent, and just think beloved pet.  

Houdini came into our lives in an odd, and fateful way.  While heading upstairs to go to bed last Thanksgiving night, through our large window that overlooks the front yard, I saw a little white scurry at the edge of the road, and that little white scurry sharply turned and walked up our driveway.  Of course I had to investigate!  He promptly walked into our hands when we placed them on the concrete of the driveway and into our home he went!

Brianna and I have had many pet rats over the years, they are clean, nesting (no flight risk means no chewed wires and mad escapes like hamsters), and very loving animals.  But there has never been, and never will be, another like Hoodster.  He was truly a lap dog in a rodents body.  You’d walk into B’s room and he’d hop to the top of his cage nudging at the door at the top of the cage wanting you to open it.  Then he’d put his head up and close his eyes for a long petting session!  He literally would curl up in your lap and hang out for hours.  He was, truly, a loved and loving family pet.

As rats often do these days (since they are bred for food and not as pets) Houdini developed a tumor which went from grape to golfball in 3 days.  After a trip to the vet to confirm cancer and see what our options were, we were saddened to hear that that form of cancer he had was quickly replicating, and even surgery to remove it would be at best a very short term solution.

Yesterday we took Houdini back to the vet and had him put to sleep.  His tumor in another 3 days had doubled and the light in his eyes had turned to tiredness.  Today we will of course have his “service” as we do with any animal transistion, to say goodbye and allow the girls a chance to grieve.

So, while I know this is a personal post, and has nothing to do with cards or stamps, I wanted to share with you a little piece of our lives and our hearts, and say goodbye to a little love…

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Did you see this?

Is this not the most clever use of this set you’ve ever seen??????  Seriously!  I’m in love!  Created by nd pattycake on SCS, I HAD to show it off to all of you!!

One of the features for WUW is an I Spy feature which will have us perusing the gallery for incredible MFT Customer Creations!  I hope you’ll enjoy a second look at some MFT eye candy, as well as being recognized as some of the best stampers out there!

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Welcome to YOUR Brand New What's Up Wednesday!

Hi all! Welcome to our Brand Spankin’ New WUW!!! Here are the deets for Wed., Nov 12th:

The WUW Hook Up! - Now that you have your NEW MFT cupcakes, we want to offer you a super special deal so you can “frost” them. I mean… really… who likes PLAIN cupcakes? Not us! Until midnight tonight, we will be discounting EVERYTHING in our store that can be used to color your cupcakes by 10%!

That’s right, 10% off EVERYTHING used to color! Included are: Copic markers, Twinklette glitter markers, Peerless watercolors, Pearlescent watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, White gel pens, Spica glitter pens, and Shimmerz!

Simply enter code COLORITIN when placing your order, and the 10% will be deducted off ALL coloring mediums! This coupon is valid on Wednesday, Nov 12th only! Ready to shop?

The First 15 - Orders under number 6985 will receive a FREE Quickie Glue Pen! And you’ll want one after seeing what Joanne has in store for you with her How’d They Do That? tutorial!

How’d They Do That? - You’ve asked for tips, techniques and how-to’s, and here they are! Tomorrow, you’ll notice a brand new sub-Forum called How’d They Do That? That is where our techniques and tutorials will be posted for easy access. Up first is the lovely Joanne Basile with some fancy goodness you can create using your Quickie Glue pen with Paper Piecing AND embossing!

Weekly Challenge - The challenge will be posted early Wed morning, so make sure to check back and play along! You might be the next We Pick 3 winner!

I SPY - Some MFT eye candy! MFT customers are the most talented in the land, and we’ll be starting a new thread tomorrow to toot YOUR horn!

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Welcome to YOUR Brand New What’s Up Wednesday!

Hi all! Welcome to our Brand Spankin’ New WUW!!! Here are the deets for Wed., Nov 12th:

The WUW Hook Up! - Now that you have your NEW MFT cupcakes, we want to offer you a super special deal so you can “frost” them. I mean… really… who likes PLAIN cupcakes? Not us! Until midnight tonight, we will be discounting EVERYTHING in our store that can be used to color your cupcakes by 10%!

That’s right, 10% off EVERYTHING used to color! Included are: Copic markers, Twinklette glitter markers, Peerless watercolors, Pearlescent watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, White gel pens, Spica glitter pens, and Shimmerz!

Simply enter code COLORITIN when placing your order, and the 10% will be deducted off ALL coloring mediums! This coupon is valid on Wednesday, Nov 12th only! Ready to shop?

The First 15 - Orders under number 6985 will receive a FREE Quickie Glue Pen! And you’ll want one after seeing what Joanne has in store for you with her How’d They Do That? tutorial!

How’d They Do That? - You’ve asked for tips, techniques and how-to’s, and here they are! Tomorrow, you’ll notice a brand new sub-Forum called How’d They Do That? That is where our techniques and tutorials will be posted for easy access. Up first is the lovely Joanne Basile with some fancy goodness you can create using your Quickie Glue pen with Paper Piecing AND embossing!

Weekly Challenge - The challenge will be posted early Wed morning, so make sure to check back and play along! You might be the next We Pick 3 winner!

I SPY - Some MFT eye candy! MFT customers are the most talented in the land, and we’ll be starting a new thread tomorrow to toot YOUR horn!

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Have you heard the news? There's a new Forum in town!

And it’s right HERE!  Come join your fellow MFTers on Paper Craft Planet!  And once you do, leave a comment below for a FREE, unreleased BC Dzyns sample set!  and then I said…will be released November 19th, but you can have it early by joining the MFT family on PCP and then leaving a numbered comment below!

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Have you heard the news? There’s a new Forum in town!

And it’s right HERE!  Come join your fellow MFTers on Paper Craft Planet!  And once you do, leave a comment below for a FREE, unreleased BC Dzyns sample set!  and then I said…will be released November 19th, but you can have it early by joining the MFT family on PCP and then leaving a numbered comment below!

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What's Up Wednesday Revamp News!

Isn’t this PRECIOUS!!!!  I about fell of my chair when I took a gander at it this morning, so stinkin’ cute!  It was created by scrapperLinsey for the MFT Ambassador Program.  LLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVVE it!

I wanted to post the new format for WUW, now that it’s completed.  I hope you recognize some of YOUR suggestions and desires in the mix, we paid close attention to the feedback we’ve received regarding the WUW and Release Revamp!  

Here is YOUR new What’s Up Wednesday! (WUW)

Running Time – 12pm – 9pm EST

I Spy – Each week, several Design Team members will go lurking in the gallery to find their favorite MFT Customer Creations and we will celebrate them on a new thread each week!  The cards will also be featured on my blog as well with a creative shout out to the stamper!

MFT Hot to Trot Once a month, an MFT Customer will be featured in our Forum on the 3rd Wed of the month.  Stay tuned to find out who the Hot to Trot designer is for November 19th! 

First 15 – The First 15 orders every Wednesday (starting at 12am each Wednesday) will receive a special FREE gift, much like the First 50 on release night. I will post the last order number that qualifies each Tuesday night.

WUW Special of the Day – Each week we will offer a special, discount, or product bundle.  WUW Special of the Day will be good ONE DAY ONLY, through midnight Wednesday night.  The WUW Special will be posted every Wed morning by me on my blog and in our forum.  I will also send the special via e-newsletter. 

WUW How’d They Do That? – Each week, one special technique or project will be featured in our Forums.  You’ve asked us repeatedly for tips. techniques and how-to’s, so we’ve made it happen! Every week, on WUW, there will be something new to try! 

WUW Weekly Challenge – Our Weekly WUW Challenges will continue, so check our Forums each Wed morning!

WUW We pick 3 – We will select 3 stampers who participate in the WUW challenge of the week and offer them a $5 gift cert.  The selection is random, and will be the following Wed for the week before. (For example, we will choose on Nov 12th those who’ve uploaded to the SCS Gallery from Nov 5th to the 11th)

We hope you like to new format!  We will be popping in and out of our Member Company forum during the WUW hours to answer questions, chat and just hang out in a more relaxed environment. Just think of it as a coffee house chat instead of our usual Cocktail Parties!

We hope to see you there!

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What’s Up Wednesday Revamp News!

Isn’t this PRECIOUS!!!!  I about fell of my chair when I took a gander at it this morning, so stinkin’ cute!  It was created by scrapperLinsey for the MFT Ambassador Program.  LLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVVE it!

I wanted to post the new format for WUW, now that it’s completed.  I hope you recognize some of YOUR suggestions and desires in the mix, we paid close attention to the feedback we’ve received regarding the WUW and Release Revamp!  

Here is YOUR new What’s Up Wednesday! (WUW)

Running Time – 12pm – 9pm EST

I Spy – Each week, several Design Team members will go lurking in the gallery to find their favorite MFT Customer Creations and we will celebrate them on a new thread each week!  The cards will also be featured on my blog as well with a creative shout out to the stamper!

MFT Hot to Trot Once a month, an MFT Customer will be featured in our Forum on the 3rd Wed of the month.  Stay tuned to find out who the Hot to Trot designer is for November 19th! 

First 15 – The First 15 orders every Wednesday (starting at 12am each Wednesday) will receive a special FREE gift, much like the First 50 on release night. I will post the last order number that qualifies each Tuesday night.

WUW Special of the Day – Each week we will offer a special, discount, or product bundle.  WUW Special of the Day will be good ONE DAY ONLY, through midnight Wednesday night.  The WUW Special will be posted every Wed morning by me on my blog and in our forum.  I will also send the special via e-newsletter. 

WUW How’d They Do That? – Each week, one special technique or project will be featured in our Forums.  You’ve asked us repeatedly for tips. techniques and how-to’s, so we’ve made it happen! Every week, on WUW, there will be something new to try! 

WUW Weekly Challenge – Our Weekly WUW Challenges will continue, so check our Forums each Wed morning!

WUW We pick 3 – We will select 3 stampers who participate in the WUW challenge of the week and offer them a $5 gift cert.  The selection is random, and will be the following Wed for the week before. (For example, we will choose on Nov 12th those who’ve uploaded to the SCS Gallery from Nov 5th to the 11th)

We hope you like to new format!  We will be popping in and out of our Member Company forum during the WUW hours to answer questions, chat and just hang out in a more relaxed environment. Just think of it as a coffee house chat instead of our usual Cocktail Parties!

We hope to see you there!

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Wanna join the MFT DT?

Then play along in our monthly Guest Designer challenge!  Here are the deets:

Do you want the opportunity to be My Favorite Guest Designer for December?

All you have to do is complete the challenge below and include “MFGD12” in the keywords and link your card back to this thread. You have until 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday night ( 11/9/08 ) to complete this challenge. The winner will be selected from the entries and posted on Monday.

CHALLENGE: Watercoloring
Watercoloring is such a pretty way to color an image. Plus you don’t need to just use watercolor paint/pencils – you can use re-inkers, pearlescent watercolors, Peerless watercolors and more choices I’m not thinking of right now. Use a watercoloring technique on your project for this challenge.

We’re looking for original and unique projects, something that makes us say “Wow – that’s so cool!!” Please make sure the project you submit is a new one and not something already in your gallery.

As a My Favorite Guest Designer, the winner will receive ALL of the new releases for December before anyone else AND will be able to post early with the design team. We will also choose 2 “Ambassadors” who will receive the any pre-released mini set, plus $10.00 in MFT “cash”, PLUS they are invited to host a challenge during the next MFT Release Party!

Don’t forget to put MFGD12 in the keyword section and make sure your project is uploaded before 10:00 pm Eastern time on Sunday.

If you have any MFT stamps, please use them on your design if you can. If you don’t have any (yet!), feel free to play along. The judging will not be based on stamps used, rather on your execution of the challenge!

If you don’t have a gallery on Splitcoast, create one in our Forum HERE!

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