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Posted on June 15, 2018

Cruising and Crafting Girls, INK Style!

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Happy Friday Stamping Peeps! I'm looking forward to the weekend and spending time with all the fabulous dads in my life! Hope you have some fun plans as well! Speaking of fun plans, I wanted to share some info today on Cruising and Crafting Girls, INK Style!

Cruising and Crafting Girls, INK Style!

My team and customers love to stamp and we LOVE to cruise! SO…we decided to take a leap, get a travel agent, and plan a stamping “adventure” in 2019! Can't you just imagine yourself walking this beautiful beach?! I sure can!

We'll be setting sail on August 25, 2019 from Galveston, TX aboard the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. In addition to Galveston, our ports include Fallmouth, Jamaica, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. On our three “sea days” we'll be stamping using the latest Stampin' Up! products from the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Of course, a Girls, INK event wouldn't be complete without door prizes and gifts, too! Did I already mention food, lol? All our events include fabulous food and I think Royal Caribbean just “might” be able to take care of that for us! 🙂

I have a team member coming from Maryland and customers from cities all over. We would love to have you join us!

Take a look at the flyer below and then give me a shout if you have any questions at all. A small, minimum deposit is required to book your cabin and balance does not have to be paid until May 2019.

Cruise Flyer

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Posted on June 4, 2018

Memories Then and Now; In the Blink of an Eye!

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes/ Videos

Memories Then and Now; In the Blink of an Eye!  This is going to be a bit of a nostalgic week for me! Our oldest grandcherub graduates from high school this Saturday! Where has the time gone?  Anyone else taking trips down memory lane with graduates?

Memories Then and Now; In the Blink of an Eye!Memories Then and Now; In the Blink of an Eye!

This kid and I used to put on our yellow raincoats to go outside and splash in puddles. Now he'll be putting on a cap and gown to march across the stage to collect his diploma! His “Poppa” and I are proud of the young man he has become and are looking forward to the path God has for him.

Of course I had to make his graduation card! I made a few extra, too since I have a lot of friends whose kiddos are also making the “graduation march”!

Memories Then and Now; In the Blink of an Eye!

The backgrounds for all these cards were done with Brusho Color Crystals. This is such a fun and easy product to use. I taught an online class in which I stepped through several projects and gave lots of tips and techniques. If you missed the live class,  you can still purchase the recording.

My next online class, coming up on June 20th, will feature 2 “fancy fold” cards; you'll also learn to make gift bags that require no measuring or cutting!

Memories Then and Now; In the Blink of an Eye!

Get all the details here!

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Posted on May 3, 2018

Did You Join my Facebook Online Class Last Night?

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Hey Stampers! Quick post today: Did You Join my Facebook Online Class Last Night? I hope so! I did a presentation teaching how to make a shutter card using the gorgeous new Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Gotta Have It All Bundle that was made available this week! If you missed my earlier post about all the bundles and what's in them, check it out here. These bundles, including the NEW In Color Collection at a 10% savings, are available only through May 31!

If you missed my presentation, I invite you to watch the video and maybe even get out your supplies and make one as I teach!

Posted by Anne Brown – The Stamp Maven on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I've also included a short PDF tutorial with instructions and measurements.

Shutter Card

Thanks to my friend Charlotte for teaching this to us on our crafting retreat!

 

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Posted on April 26, 2018

Why Do We Send Greeting Cards?

Classes / Events/ Join My Team/ Paper crafting

Hey Stampers! It is FRIIIDAAY for me! I'm heading off to a stamping retreat with some of my downline and customers. My friend Irene organizes this retreat a few times a year. I so look forward to it; I get lots of things on my crafting “to do” list accomplished at these weekends. I have lots of new products to play with and will be creating my May events projects. I have lots of fun things coming up so, if you don't receive my email newsletter, you'll definitely want to sign up (just put your name and email above)! You'll get a free gift immediately and also I'll send you a video series that you'll enjoy.

Have you ever thought about why we send out greeting cards to our family and friends; how did this tradition start in the first place? I did some research that I wanted to share with you today.

The History of Greeting Cards
(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum – www.emotionscards.com)

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800's. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer's and manufacturer's perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850's.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer's used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer's held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400's and is in the British Museum. New Year's cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn't gain popularity until the late 1700's. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine's offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800's and early 1900's offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800's, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800's. By the end of the 1800's, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world's first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn't have its own greeting card!

Kind of interesting, ‘eh?

There are lots of amazing new products coming in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog; they'll make creating your own handmade greeting cards fun and easy! The samples below are made with exclusive bundles that customers can pre-order in May:

Customer Pre-order Bundles

Why Do We Send Greeting Cards?

Oh, one more thing. If you have any interest in saving money, you can get one of the bundles as part of a Stampin' Up! Starter Kit.  You can choose any products up to $125 and pay only $99 plus NO SHIPPING! Whether you are looking for a  business or just want to save money on your favorite products, this might be a great option for you!

HAVE a great weekend and be sure to check out retreat happenings with me on Facebook. I'll be posting LIVE throughout the weekend!

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Posted on April 23, 2018

Need a WOW Graduation Card?

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Hey Stampers! Hope you all had a great weekend! Seems like ours are always filled! I had a stamp group and then our daughter and her husband had dinner with us on Sunday night. Their doggies had been with Gee and Poppa for a few days so they had to come and collect their “kiddos”! The big one is Buckley, a goldendoodle and the smaller one is Brodie, a rescue. Now, if I could just teach them to stamp!! 🙂

Need a WOW Graduation Card?

I also spent some time getting ready for my next Online Class, Brusho Artistry. If you need a WOW Graduation Card, this class is for you!

Need a WOW Graduation Card?

Whether you own almost everything Stampin' Up! sells or you own zip, zero, nada you can benefit from this class. My goal is to teach you techniques and give you tips and tricks to make you a better crafter, no matter what products you prefer! Now, I use Stampin' Up! products in my classes since that is my business, and, of course, it makes me happy when you see products you must have! 🙂

But, what makes me even happier is when I've helped you with your stamping “challenges” OR I've helped you to just have fun while learning a new technique or two.

I hope you'll join me for the class; you can sign up now at the special pre-launch” price. You can attend “live” on Facebook or watch later!

Find out more about Brusho Artisty now.

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