Posted on February 8, 2019

Sneak Peek – February Paper Pumpkin

Paper crafting/ Paper Pumpkin

I'm here today to share a quick video that our Stampin' Up! concept artists made to introduce the February Paper Pumpkin creativity kit. If you watch the video, you’ll get a taste of what you can expect to see in the February kit.

We don't always get to see a kit in advance but when we do, I want to share! I've been a subscriber to this monthly crafting kit ever since Stampin' Up! first introduced these orange boxes of fun…five years ago. This is a one stop box of crafting fun! At only $19.95 (including shipping), the all-inclusive kit has everything you need to have a short, creative escape in your own home. You can even work in your PJ's! 🙂

Every Paper Pumpkin kit is uniquely created by Stampin’ Up! designers and concept artists. The video gives an inside look at the creative process and what goes into developing a Paper Pumpkin kit.

I encourage you to subscribe, remain subscribed, or reactivate their subscription by February 10 in order to receive the February kit. I know you won't be disappointed!

Even better, right now during our Sale-A-Bration promotion, you can purchase a three month pre-paid subscription AND get a free Sale-A-Bration item of your choice! Click HERE to see all the scoop. Once you're a subscriber, you get an extra perk, the ability to purchase past kits! Sometimes the kits have all the materials to make 8-10 cards and sometimes there is a single project, like the monthly calendar in December's kit.

Sneak Peek - February Paper Pumpkin

These kits even make great gifts!

 

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Posted on January 31, 2019

Stampin’ Up!’s Happy Tails Bundle

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Welcome! Today I promised a project for you dog lovers! (Yesterday's share featured a card made with Stampin' Up!'s Nine Lives Stamp Set). This cute card is simple, too!

Stampin' Up!'s Happy Tails Bundle

I can just picture this little guy sitting at my feet, wagging his tail, ready to give me some lovin'! Similar to the Nine Lives Stamp Set I featured yesterday, Happy Tails also has a variety of fun images and sentiments.

The stamp set and coordinating punch is available as a “bundle”, which saves you 10%! In case you'd like to make this project, I've included step by step instructions, including measurements, below.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Happy Tails Bundle: 150631
  • Inks: Night of Navy (147110); Early Espresso (147114)
  • Paper: Night of Navy(100867); Whisper White(100730); Balmy Blue(146982); Thick Whisper White(140272); Crumb Cake(120953)
  • Other: 2-1/4 Circle Punch(143720); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL (104332); Banner Triple Punch(138292); Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper(148554);Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack/SAB(149623)

Measurements:

  • Thick Whisper White card base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
  • Whisper White card stock: 1-1/2 x 4-1/2
  • Night of Navy card stock: 4 x 5-1/4
  • Gingham Gala DSP: 2×4
  • Balmy Blue scrap
  • Crumb Cake scrap

Instructions:

  1. Fold Thick Whisper White card stock in half. Crease with bone folder.
  2. Stamp dog paws, using Night of Navy ink, in upper right and lower left corners of Night of Navy cardstock. Adhere to card base.
  3. Adhere Gingham Gala DSP.
  4. Punch Whisper White card stock end with triple banner punch. Adhere.
  5. Stamp sentiment with Night of Navy ink on Balmy Blue card stock scrap. Punch out with 2-1/4 inch circle punch.
  6. Stamp dog with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock scrap. Punch out using the Dog Builder Punch.
  7. Adhere dog to Balmy Blue circle using Snail adhesive.
  8. Cut 5 inch piece of Blue organdy ribbon. Fold, and adhere to back of Balmy Blue circle. Trim ends.
  9. Attach Balmy Blue circle to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Mail to a dog lover!!!

If you've fallen in love with this little guy, too,  and would like to add the bundle to your collection, visit my online store HERE.

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Posted on January 30, 2019

Stampin’ Up! Nine Lives Stamp Set

Big Shot/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Welcome! How many cat lovers do I have popping by today? My share is a whimsical Calypso Coral card, using Stampin' Up!'s new Nine Lives stamp set. Don't worry, if you're more of a dog lover, tomorrow's post will have you covered! 🙂

Stampin' Up! Nine Lives Stamp Set

This stamp set has some adorable images as well as several coordinating sentiments.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/148703/nine-lives-photopolymer-stamp-set

If you'd like to create today's share, here are the instructions and measurements. I've also included product numbers for easy ordering at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Nine Lives (148703)
  • Cardstock: Calypso Coral (122925), Whisper White (100730)
  • Ink and Coloring: Classic Stampin’ Pad in Calypso Coral (147101) and Basic Gray (149165), Stampin’ Blends Calypso Coral Dark (144044)
  • Miscellaneous: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies (148551), Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (148533), Cat Punch (144666), Heart Epoxy Droplets (148583), Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (141897), Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (149623 – Sale-A-Bration item free with a qualifying purchase), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White card base: 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” scored at 4-1/4” then folded in half and 2-1/2” x 4”
  • Calypso Coral: 3-3/4” x 5” and 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
  • Ribbon: 4”

 Instructions:

  1. Run card base through embossing folder so that lines of dots are vertical along the longer 5-1/2” direction. TIP: if you'd like a little more “definition” in your embossed cardstock, spritz it before running through the Big Shot.
  2. Using the 3-1/2” x 4-3/4” rectangle stitched die as a guide, stamp the yarn in opposing corners of the larger Calypso Coral piece of cardstock then die cut.
  3. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White with Basic Gray ink then die cut with the 2-1/4” x 3-1/2” rectangle aligning so sentiment ends about 3/8” from bottom.
  4. Stamp striped cat in Calypso Coral ink on Calypso Coral cardstock then stamp the outline over it with Basic Gray ink. Punch out with Cat Punch.
  5. Tie ribbon into small bow and trim ends with Paper Snips.
  6. Color over one of the Heart Epoxy Droplets with a Calypso Coral Dark Stampin’ Blends marker.
  7. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere all layers to one another as well as the cat.
  8. Place the colored Heart Epoxy Droplet onto the Whisper White cardstock so it nestles between the cat tail and cat shoulder as shown.

This stamp set will surely give you more than nine lives as you use it over and over to create cards for family and friends! If you'd like to add it to your collection, and also see the coordinating punch, click HERE.

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Posted on January 29, 2019

Money Saving Tip

Stamping/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I'm here today to share a money saving tip. We ALL like to either save some cash OR put a little extra into our pockets, right?

Money Saving Tip

I bet that most of you own or have at least used the item in this picture. You know, the little guys that you can use to pop up embellishments on your cards and card layers? Yep, Stampin' Dimensionals.

How many of you just throw away the sheet once you've used all of the hexagons on the sheet?

Here's my tip: SAVE the outer edges and then trim up and you will get quite a few extra pieces to use! After I've used all my Dimensionals, I put the leftovers into a small baggie and keep right on my crafting table. They are at my fingertips when I need them and I've saved myself some money, too!

If you have a favorite money saving tip, please share it with all of us by leaving a comment on this post!

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Posted on January 28, 2019

Need New Cardmaking Ideas?

Big Shot/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Hey stampers! Today I've got a fresh, new cardmaking idea for you.

Need New Cardmaking Ideas?

Of course, anything purple is my favorite, but you can choose your preferred color to make this card.

If you love sending handmade birthday cards as much as I do, I think this design will fit the bill!  This project actually uses one of Stampin' Up!'s “bundles.  When you purchase the bundle, you'll save 10% over what you would pay for the individual stamp set and detailed edgelit dies.

Below are the instructions and, if you need any supplies to make this card, you can purchase them HERE.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsBirthday Cheer* (148604c)
  • Card Stock –Thick Whisper White (140272); Highland Heather (146986); Whisper White (100730); Lovely Lipstick (146970); Call Me Clover (146969)
  • Stamp Pads – Highland Heather (147103); Lovely Lipstick (147140)
  • Misc – Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263); Detailed Birthday Edgelits Dies* (148548); Stitched Shaped Framelits (145372); Basket Weave TIEF (146841); Gingham Gala 6” x 8” Designer Series Paper (148554); Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (148561); Wink of Stella (141897); Call Me Clover Light Blends (147023); Pineapple Punch Dark Blends(147030); Lovely Lipstick Light Blends(147026); Highland Heather Combo Blends (147276); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

*Birthday Cheer Bundle (150576)

Measurements:

  • Thick Whisper White CS: 4-1/4” x 11″, scored at 5-1/2”
  • Highland Heather CS: 5-1/4” x 4″
  • Whisper White CS: 3” x 3”; 2-1/2” x 4”; 2” x 2”
  • Gingham Gala DSP: 3” x 3”
  • Scraps: Lovely Lipstick CS and Call Me Clover CS

Instructions:

  1. Fold Thick Whisper White cardstock on score line to create card base.
  2. Run Highland Heather CS through Big Shot using Basket Weave TIEF; Adhere to card front.
  3. Adhere Gingham DSP to card front.
  4. Die cut square layer from Whisper White CS using square framelit from Stitched Shapes Framelits using the Big Shot. Adhere to card front centering over Gingham Gala DSP.
  5. Stamp single cupcake image using Highland Heather ink onto Whisper White CS. Color with Highland Heather Blends Combo. Color sprinkles with Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover Blends. Color ‘icing’ using Wink of Stella ink. Add to stitched square layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Die cut ‘3 cupcakes’ from Whisper White CS using Detailed Birthday Edgelit dies and Big Shot. Die cut ‘cherry’ from Lovely Lipstick CS and ‘cherry stem from Call Me Clover CS. Color ‘icing’, ‘cherry’, and ‘heart’ of die cuts using Wink of Stella ink
  7. Adhere the ‘3 cupcakes’ die cut to bottom of card front. Add Lovely Lipstick ‘cherry’ and Call Me Clover ‘stem’ to fill in die cut with Mini Glue dots; Add Lovely Lipstick ‘heart’ to third cupcake as well using Mini Glue Dots.
  8. Stamp ‘sentiment’ using Lovely Lipstick ink pad to bottom of die cut square.
  9. Finish by adding Gingham

If you need other ideas, my newsletter subscribers will be getting FIVE new ones tomorrow in this week's email newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Just put your name and email in the sidebar and you won't miss out. You'll also get a couple of exclusive, free gifts, including some tool videos and a “shutter card” tutorial!

One last thing before I let you go. My latest Facebook LIVE Online Class airs tomorrow, at 7:00 PM CST. I'll be teaching five new projects. Even if you can't join my LIVE class, once you register, your fee entitles you to lifetime access; you can watch anytime, on your own schedule! Click HERE to see all the details!

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Posted on January 24, 2019

Stampin’ UP! Product UPDATE!

Paper crafting

Hello Stampers! I'm here today to give you some important Stampin’ UP! product information!

Stampin' UP! Products at sold out or nearing sold-out status!

Due to popularity here is updated info on the availability of the following items:

Stampin' UP! Product UPDATE!

1. Butterfly Duet Punch #148523: Selling out FAST! Available only until 10am MT Friday, Jan. 25. The item code will be turned off after that and hopefully available again soon, but no date yet. Order the Punch HERE, or the Butterfly Gala stamp set & Punch Bundle HERE.

2. Cake Builder Punch #148525: Temporarily sold out. If this is on your wish list,ou can add it to your order”HERE (or the bundle HERE) and it will ask you if you want an email when it is back in stock.

3. Organdy Ribbon Combo pack #149623: Temporarily sold out. Should be available again in March.

I always try to keep you  in the loop on the latest and greatest from Stampin' Up!

I also wanted to share a fun project today that uses the Butterfly Gala suite of products; enjoy!

Stampin' UP! Product UPDATE!

Supplies:

  • Butterfly Gala Stamp Set
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Paper: Botanical Butterfly DSP
  • Inks – Memento Black
  • Tools, etc. Butterfly Duet Punch, Gingham Gala Sequins, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Measurements

  •             Basic Black Card Base – 5 ½ x 8 ½
  •             Basic Black 2 ½ x 3 7/8, 2 ¾ x 3 ½
  •             Whisper White – 4 x 5 ¼ (2 of these), 2 ½ x 3 ¼
  •             DSP – 2 ¼ x 3 5/8

Instructions

  1. Fold 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of basic black and crease.
  2. Attach DSP piece to 2 ½ x 3 7/8  black panel.
  3. Stamp image on lower corner of 2 ½ x 3 1/4 white panel.
  4. Attach to 2 ¾ x 3 ½ black panel. Attach to white panel with dimensionals.
  5. Punch out butterflies from DSP paper.
  6. Attach butterflies to white panel.
  7. Stamp antenna on butterflies.
  8. Attach panel to basic black card base.
  9. Attach sequins.

 

 

 

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Posted on January 17, 2019

Lasting Lily 2019 Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration

Hello stampers! I'm here today to share one of my favorite Sale-A-Bration freebies, the Lasting Lily stamp set.

This set is from our “Distinktive” line. Each image was rendered by the artist from an actual photograph, giving so much detail in the image. Here's the image stamped on today's project:

Lasting Lily 2019 Sale-A-Bration

Doesn't this flower just jump off the page and look so realistic? I also love all the different sentiments in this set; so versatile!

You can't purchase this set BUT you can get it for FREE when you order $100 from any of our current catalogs. If you don't have a copy, you can click on the sidebar to download. If you aren't currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like your own copy, please email me.

Here are the instructions for the card, and if you have any questions or need to order any of the supplies, feel free to reach out!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Lasting Lily (149717)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730), Poppy Parade (119793)
  • Stamp Pads – Poppy Parade (147050), Old Olive (147090), Basic Gray (149165)
  • Misc. – Big Shot (143263), Lakeside Framelits (146351), Detailed Trio Punch (146320), Poppy Parade ¼” Striped Ribbon (146938), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White (base): 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 5 ½”
  • Whisper White (layer): 3 ½” x 4 ¾”
  • Whisper White” scrap
  • Poppy Parade: 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”
  • Ribbon: 20”

Instructions:

  1. Stamp the single stem using Old Olive ink on the Whisper White cardstock layer. Stamp the twist, large leaf image using Old Olive ink, along the stem.
  2. Stamp the stem/leaf image using Old Olive ink next to the previous stem.
  3. Stamp the full lily image using Poppy Parade ink on each of the stems.
  4. Adhere the Whisper White layer to the Poppy Parade layer.
  5. Stamp the greeting using Basic Gray ink on Whisper White scrap cardstock. Die cut the greeting using the label from the Lakeside Framelits.
  6. Using the Detailed Trio Punch, punch a small hole on each side of the die cut label. Thread the ribbon through the holes, wrapping it around the cardstock layers. Finish by tying a bow on the left-hand side a shown.
  7. Adhere the cardstock layer to the card base using Dimensionals.

 

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Posted on January 16, 2019

Craft and Carry Tote by Stampin’ Up!

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Hey Stampers! Stampin' Up! is always coming up with ways to make our starter kit better. I've got to tell you, the $99 price is already an incredible value. How many other businesses could you start for $99 and get pretty much everything you need to begin a profitable business?

But, during our Sale-A-Bration months, January through March, the opportunity gets even better! You can choose the starter kit option that gets you this tote AND an extra $50 in products…WOW!

Take a peek at this short video to see all the features of this amazing tote!

 

Pretty darn amazing, right?

You know, I started my paper crafting business over 16 years ago and have never looked back. The flexibility, virtually no overhead, and the profitability model that Stampin' Up! offers, truly is worth a look.

If you'd like to know more about the Stampin' Up! Opportunity and what you can actually choose for your $99 start up cost, please click HERE:

 

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Posted on January 8, 2019

Are You Ready For Your Valentines to “Rock It” This Year?

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Hey Stampers! If you're ready to “kick it up a notch” as Food Channel guru Emeril says, and take your Valentine cardmaking to the next level, I'm here today with the solution: my “To You With Love” Facebook LIVE class.

Are You Ready For Your Valentines to "Rock It" This Year?

In my class, I'll teach you how to make these 4 cards. I'll also teach you a little treat holder that will be your answer whether you have 3 or 30 to make this year!

For all the details, AND to register at the special, early bird price, click HERE.

PS: each card shown here, as well as all the tips I teach you in class, can be used for any occasion where an expression of love is needed; not just for Valentine's Day!

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Posted on January 4, 2019

Keep Your Stamps From Falling Off Clear Blocks!

Announcements/ Paper crafting

Happy New Year Stampers! I'm here today with some exciting news! I'm going to share how to keep your stamps from falling off clear blocks. The solution…CLING stamps!

Keep Your Stamps From Falling Off Clear Blocks!

I'm sure you've experienced the same thing I have, when I've inked up a stamp and then just before stamping on the paper…poof…off falls the stamp and lands on the paper in an unplanned spot! This is so frustrating, right? Well, I've got some great news for you!

With the release of Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog comes the release of our NEW Cling Stamps. These new stamps were tested in our Japan market and I've also had the chance to use them for about a month. They truly are a game changer!

Please watch this short video so you can see why I'm so excited to share this news:

Awesome, right? Our classic red rubber stamps are now better than ever! They are the same high quality rubber material you've always loved but now they come with an adhesive image label that will cling like crazy to your clear blocks (annual catalog page e206) OR Stamparatus clear plates (annual catalog page 207) each and every time you use them!

From now on, our stamps will either be “cling” or photopolymer; our large background stamps will also come with a wood option.

You can check out all the new stamp sets in the occasions catalog at my online store OR open any of our catalogs by clicking on the sidebar here on my blog.

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Posted on December 28, 2018

FAQ About Being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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FAQ About Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Given how many people ask me the same questions around the beginning of a new year, I thought it would be helpful for me to post FAQ about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Over the years I've found that often people are just looking for information and I'm always happy to share about something I love!

For me, recruiting and having a “downline” (more below) is all about leading a team of people who become Stampin' Up! Demonstrators because they love the product, love stamping and want more of it! Whether or not someone wants to become a Demonstrator to earn all the benefits offered by Stampin' Up!, they simply want a discount on their own “stuff”, or they crave community with other kindred crafters, there is a way for everyone to be a part!

OK, here we go.

One of the first questions I usually get is “How much does it cost?” A starter kit with $125.00 of product you choose, catalogs, order forms and other business supplies is $99 plus tax and FREE shipping. During Sale-A-Bration (Jan-March) you will get extra freebies, too! If you decide to continue beyond your first full quarter you need to purchase $300 a quarter, either through your own purchases, through customer orders, events you hold, etc.

Usually the next question I'm asked is “Can I REALLY make money doing this?” The answer is absolutely YES! The amount you will make depends on how much time you are willing to devote to your business. You can have a full business like I do or you can do just enough to support your own purchases. You earn commissions on your sales and that percentage increases as your sales grow. You earn volume rebates (paid by Stampin' Up! directly) on your downline's performance. You can offer classes, sell finished product, maybe even sell at craft fairs!

You can also earn “Flex Points” to spend on crafting products from the catalog, SU logo items, even fabulous trips to exotic destinations like Fiji and Thailand! My husband and I have been blessed to have earned about 8 of these trips and in 2019 we'll be headed on a cruise to the  Greek Isles, all expenses paid!

“Do I have to recruit?” Honestly the answer is no, but why wouldn't you want to share this awesome opportunity with others. Anyone who you sign up is considered your “downline”. They will look to you for guidance and support, but it is totally up to you what you provide. Mentoring my team and signing up new recruits is one of  my favorite parts, but each of us is able to run our business how we see fit.

“If I decide to hold events, what will I do ?” First, as your wonderful and awesome upline, I will help you! Stampin' Up! also provides lots of training and once you become a demonstrator you'll be part of Girls, INK, my amazing team. We have business builders and hobbyists and everyone shares and is  ready to lend a helping hand…so don't worry! We've got you covered!

Now, believe it or not, once we've gotten through these questions, the next one is usually “When and where can I sign up?” It is so easy and you can do it online, right here. I would LOVE to welcome you to my Girls, INK team if this looks like a right fit for you!

Have a few more questions that I haven't covered? Please do ASK! Email me: anne@stampmaven.com and let's have a conversation. I love to share what I do but there's no pressure. If this is right for you, great! If not, that's great, too. This is 100% your decision. I'm just here to give you the information you need.

 

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Posted on December 5, 2018

Stress Free Holidays Part 2

Holidays / Special Days

Welcome to Part 2 of Stress Free Holidays! If you missed the first part on Monday, click here.

Stress Free Holidays Part 2

None of us want to look like this sweet lady! I know I can easily get caught up in the holiday “hustle and bustle” so these tips are a great reminder for me, too!

Part 2 tips, 6-10:

Tip #6: Remember what the holidays are really about – spending time with family and friends! Perhaps you might start a new tradition of volunteering at a local food bank or soup kitchen with  family members. Most of us are blessed with so much and when we can do things to serve and cheer others, we are the ones who really benefit!

Tip #7: This tip is actually a way to “de-stress” someone else's holiday. Most of us know a young mom who might enjoy shopping (or maybe even a warm bath with a good book!) without the kids. Why not give her a call and offer complimentary kid sitting services?

Tip #8: Take care of YOU! Most of us wear ourselves out bustling around, giving to others. We forget that if we aren't feeling well physically and mentally that can truly affect those around us in a less than positive way. Make it a priority to give yourself some “down time”!

Tip #9: Ask for help! You don't have to be Martha Stewart OR Martha of Mary and Martha in the Bible. Delegate! You don't have to cook everything and make your home spotless all on your own!

Tip #10: GRATITUDE! Especially at this time of the year, we should spend more time counting our blessings, remembering what we have instead of worrying about what we don't. Instead of “Keeping up with the Jones's,” take a minute to appreciate the simple joys of love, family, friends, good health, etc.

I hope my tips gave you some good suggestions and, perhaps brought a smile or two as you read through the list! If there is anything I can do to help you have a stress free holiday, please give me a shout!

 

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Posted on December 5, 2018

Year-End Closeout and Last Chance Retiring Products

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days

Today's the day!

Year-End Closeout and Last Chance Retiring Products

Today begins the shopping period for some retiring holiday products, some of which have been discounted! Have you heard the expression “the early bird gets the worm”? Well, in this case if you've waited to purchase some of your holiday favorites, you might just score a discount!

Here is the list of all the holiday items retiring, as well as the available discounts.

Last Chance Items

Shop now before your favorites run out; all items are while supplies last! Happy shopping!

P.S. Why not print out and mark this list for “Santa” and send him right to my online store! You'll be assured of getting exactly what you want for Christmas this year! 🙂

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Posted on December 4, 2018

FREE SHIPPING Today Only Until Midnight!

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days

FREE SHIPPING Today Only Until Midnight!

Hey Stampers! Did you know today is the busiest online shopping day of the year?? So, to celebrate, I'm offering FREE shipping on any order at my online store, today only, until midnight!

Here's how it will work. Stampin' Up! does not have a way for us to allow for free shipping on our websites. 🙁 So, once I see that you've placed your order using host code XH7TYGB2 I will send off a check for the amount of shipping you paid. I've offered this promotion a couple of times in the sixteen years I've been a demonstrator, and everyone has always gotten their refund!

This is a great chance to stock up on items or purchase that Holiday Catalog item you've been wanting! Feel free to have your “Santa” shop for you and they will get the same deal!

Click HERE to shop and thank you!!

 

 

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Posted on December 3, 2018

Stress Free Holidays

Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! If you're like I am, you are always looking for ways to take some of the “stress” out of the holidays and return some ho-ho-ho, instead of OH NO! Today I'll share 5 tips and then follow up with 5 more on Wednesday!Stress Free Holidays

Tip #1: Shop Online! Shopping malls can be absolutely craazzy this time of year! To avoid this, try to shop online. You'll save energy and frustration and you'll be able to get everything wrapped in plenty of time! If for some reason your “perfect gift” is out of stock, at least you'll know it's coming and you can think of a clever way to wrap up a picture or representation of the gift to give the recipient.

Tip #2:  Ship items directly to your gift recipients. If you have friends on the other side of the U.S.  or perhaps in another country, or even if you’re planning on buying gifts online for someone near you, try shipping the item directly to your recipient's address! Many websites even let you to ship items with gift wrapping and an individualized message!

Tip #3:  Plan in advance how you'll be getting home from your holiday celebrations! To make sure you and your friends stay safe,  plan out ahead of time how you will all get home that night, whether it be by designated driver, taxi, or ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber. If you know that you and your friends will be getting home safely, you can celebrate stress-free!

Tip #4: Plan in some “down time” and enjoy a cup of herbal tea! AND maybe a sweet treat or two(sugar fuels the body you know!) to keep your computer typing strength in good order! 🙂

Tip#5:  If you are traveling to visit friends and/or family, arrange to travel at non-peak times if possible. Take the red eye flight when lines will be shorter and getting through security will be easier. If you’re driving, don’t hit the highway right at rush hour if you can avoid it. Also, some major highways choose the middle of the night to work on construction projects, so use traffic apps to anticipate any bumper to bumper construction traffic and take alternative routes to get you to your destination without avoidable delays.

Pop back in on Wednesday when I'll share 5 more tips!

 

 

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