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Posted on April 26, 2018

Why Do We Send Greeting Cards?

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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 19, 2018

Be Part of the 30 Year Celebration!

Announcements/ Classes / Events/ Join My Team

Hey Stampers; happy Friday eve! This weekend, I've got a fun stamp club coming up and get to go to a Baby Expo; no, nothing new to report here! 🙂 Any trips or fun celebrations in your plans? Speaking of celebrations, I would love to have you on my Stampin' Up! team and Be Part of the 30 Year Celebration! That's right, it has been 30 years since Shelli Gardner and her sister Vonna founded Stampin' Up! I  joined in 2002 and have been on the best journey ever since. Both the company and I have “come a long way baby”. Look at the difference in catalog covers from then and now:

Be Part of the 30 Year Celebration!

One of the reasons I joined was to be able to get my hands on all the new goodies before anyone else. Demonstrators get to “pre-order” select items a whole month before the catalog is released to everyone else. Did you know you can actually choose BRAND NEW STUFF when you purchase your starter kit?!! Yep, for $99 plus tax (Stampin' Up! pays the shipping), you get to pick $125 of products. AND you get all your business supplies like catalogs and order forms, too!

“Anne, I don't really want to be a Demonstrator right now. I'd rather just order from you, come to your classes and enjoy your AH-MAAA-ZING customer service! But, I would like the catalog”.

My stamp club members will get a free new catalog in May at our meetings and I would be so happy to get one into your hands, too! Just email me and I'll let you know how to get one. If you already have an active demonstrator, please ask them for a  catalog. I do not want to take business away from someone else.

Please note that I am only able to mail catalogs within the United States per company policy. Catalogs will be mailed around the middle of May and you can begin placing orders June 1.

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Posted on April 10, 2018

Life Happens Coffee Helps – Coffee Café Card

Announcements/ Facebook LIVE/ Join My Team

Hey Stampers! I think I'm rested up from OnStage and am ready to start sharing some of my favorite projects using retiring products. Today's share is Life Happens Coffee Helps – Coffee Café Card. This sample uses the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and, sadly, this paper won't be carrying through to the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. I know…it's so sad we're losing so many of our favorites.

Life Happens Coffee Helps - Coffee Café Card

But, look on the bright side! SO MANY fun new products are coming AND you still have time to order all your retiring favorites! If you missed yesterday's post, I shared the retiring products list and how to order. YOU know, the absolute BEST way to get everything on your retiring product wish list is to join my team! Not only will you save money (get an extra $25 in free product plus NO SHIPPING!); you'll become a part of the BEST team in all of Stampin' Up! Why yes, I MIGHT be a teeny bit biased! 🙂

Here are the instructions for today's card. Be sure to visit my blog often as I'll be posting new projects frequently. IF you don't receive my email newsletter, sign up and receive a free project tutorial as my gift!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCoffee Café      Bundle (145331)
  • Card Stock – Garden Green (126973) and Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Early Espresso (126974), Crumb Cake (126975), and Garden Green (126973) Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • Misc. – Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (DSP) (144156); Corrugated Elements (144158); Crumb Cake 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon (144162); Whisper White Bakers Twine (124262); ½” Circle Punch (119869); Banner Triple Punch (138292); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683)

 

Measurements:

  • Garden Green: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, folded in half for card base
  • Whisper White: 2” x 5-1/4” plus scraps for stamping, die-cutting, and punching
  • Wood Grain DSP: 5-1/4” x 4” plus scraps to cut little cups from

 

Instructions :

  1. Stamp cup, lid, wrap, and tag with Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock. Die cut cup, lid, and wrap. Punch “HI” with ½” circle punch.
  2. Stamp coffee bean with Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Garden Green on strip of Whisper White cardstock and punch with Banner Triple Punch.
  3. Adhere DSP to card base. Adhere banner to card. Adhere wrap to cup die cut and attach to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Attach lid with Dimensionals.
  4. Fussy cut several little coffee cups from DSP and attach with Dimensionals.
  5. Attach “HI” with a Dimensional to a corrugated tag and attach a length of white bakers twine. Fold 6” length of ribbon in half and secure with twine. Attach to card with a couple of glue dots.

Thanks for popping by today. OH…one more thing. I did a Facebook LIVE last night explaining the color Revamp and showing all the new colors and the new ink pad style. You'll definitely want to check that out. Hint: there are some old “faves” returning in the revamp.

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Posted on March 30, 2018

Reasons I’ll be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Forever

Announcements/ Join My Team/ Sale-A-Bration

Hey Stampers! Can you believe it is already the 31st of March? Summer will be heresoon and all of us here in Texas will be complaining about our 100 degree weather! Today is the last day of our Sale-A-Bration promotion and I wanted to share with y'all some of the reasons I'll be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator forever! In case you've been thinking about joining SU to get all the extra perks during SAB, today at midnight is the last day to do so. I thought it might be fun for me to share my reasons to make it a little more personal, so here we go!

  1. Relationships I've made with other demos around the world, my Girls, INK team, and my customers. This is by far the best part for me!
  2. Business opportunity I can offer to others who want to make extra money for their families.
  3. Fabulous-trend products I can offer to my customers.
  4. Free trips I can earn for my hubby and me! (we're headed to Alaska for a cruise in July!)
  5. Demonstrator discount of at least 20%
  6. Ability to pre-order new products before anyone else.
  7. Excellent training offered by Stampin' Up!
  8. Opportunity to gather with other demonstrators from all over the world for twice a year trainings.
  9. Providing fun classes for Girls Night Out gatherings.
  10. Awards to earn and recognition for achievements.

There's so many more, but this gives just a taste!

I truly hope you'll consider joining my Girls, INK team and the Stampin' Up! family! Check out the SU starter kit. (no obligation by clicking; you'll just find out more info). If you do decide to take advantage of the $99 offer, you'll be able to move on through the steps to do so.

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Posted on March 22, 2018

Gift Card Swap…on Steroids!

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Join My Team

Hey Stampers! It's Friday Eve…aka Thursday night. One of my favorite nights of the month when it is Card Swap night! Tonight our theme was gift cards and it truly was a Gift Card Swap…on Steroids! What made it extra fun tonight was one of our out of town swappers, Chris joined us on Facetime for the entire time. Chris is one of my Girls, INK team members and she is truly an artist. She now lives in Albuquerque but tries to join us for our monthly swap. She mails her stuff and we all eagerly await the arrival of her envelope into our midst. Here are tonight's creations:

Gift Card Swap...on Steroids!

These are all exquisite, don't you think?! Since I bragged on Chris, hers in in the upper far right corner of the grouping. Check out the detail on the little gift package.

The thing I most love about our swaps is everyone comes up with a different idea and they are all fabulous! I hope my share today gives you some fun ideas! Many of these are done using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper. We have lots of different packages from which to chose!

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