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Posted on May 25, 2018

Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial

Die Cut/ Samples/ Stamping

Happy Friday Stampers! From what I hear, a lot of people are heading towards “water” this weekend, perhaps to a lake nearby or maybe just to a backyard pool. I thought this Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial would get us in the mood!

Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial

Aren't these tiny boats just the cutest? You can use markers, colored pencils or Stampin' Blends (shown here) to add your choice of color. Here are all the instructions. This set will be available on June 1!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets Lilypad Lake (146496)
  • Card Stock – Pool Party (122924); Whisper White (100730) Crumb Cake (120953)
  • Stamp Pads – Memento Black (132708); Pool Party (147107)
  • Misc. – Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack (144177); Linen Thread (104199); Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Wink of Stella (141897); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs: Bermuda Bay (144600), Calypso Coral (144045); Daffodil Delight (144603); Big Shot (143263), Snail Adhesive (104332)

Measurements:

  • Pool Party: 4-1/4 x 9-5/8 (score at 4-1/4 inches); 1-1/4 x 4 (score at 3 inches)
  • Wood Textures DSP: 4 x 4; 3×3
  • Whisper White: 5 x 3-3/4
  • Crumb Cake: 3-1/2 x 3-1/2; 4-1/8 x 4-1/8; 5-1/4 x 4

Instructions:

  1. On 3 x 3 Wood Textures paper, stamp ocean with Pool Party ink. Stamp sailboats and sun with Memento black ink. Using blends, color as desired.
  2. Cut out image with layering circle framelits.
  3. Cut out crumb cake scalloped circle using layering circles framelits.
  4. Adhere stamped image to crumb cake scalloped circle Apply Wink of Stella as desired and let dry.
  5. Adhere crumb cake square to front of card. Adhere 4×4 piece of Wood Textures DSP to crumb cake mat.
  6. Attach folded end of 1-1/4 x 4 Pool Party Cardstock to back of Crumb Cake mat.
  7. Inside card, attach Crumb Cake (5-1/4 x 4 piece) to card base.
  8. Stamp sentiment so that it is hidden behind the Pool Party folded cardstock.
  9. Wrap linen thread around Pool Party flap.
  10. Adhere Scalloped Circle accent to end of Pool Party flap.
  11. Fold over card, and you’re finished!

Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial

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Posted on May 23, 2018

Stampin’ Up! Color Coaches

Samples/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! As promised, today I have the new Stampin' Up! Color Coach resources to share with you. I was so sad when Stampin' Up! did away with this splendid resource. I had it by my crafting table and used it all the time! So, I am thrilled to provide the NEW Color Coaches to you today!

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Feel free to print out the PDF, cut up the pages and put together on a ring so you'll have handy whenever you need some color inspiration. You'll notice there are “blank” sheets that you can print out to keep track of your favorite color combinations. No reinventing the wheel each time you make a card!

Speaking of favorite color combinations, here's a project with one of my favorite combos; Pacific Point,  Granny Apple Green, and Mango Melody. I just love the bright, vivid look of this card.

Stampin' Up! Color Coaches

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Abstract Impressions (147513 Photopolymer)
  • PAPER –Whisper White (100730), Mango Melody (146898), Poppy Parade (119793), Pacific Point (111350)
  • INK –– Pacific Point (147098), Mango Melody (147093), Poppy Parade (147050), and Granny Apple Green (147095)
  • OTHER – Poppy Parade Marker (147157 Brights Markers), Triple Banner Punch (138292), Clear Wink of Stella (141897), Bone Folder (102300), Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Mango Melody – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White – 3 ¼ x 3 ¾”
  • Poppy Parade – 3 ½ x 4”
  • Pacific Point –1 ½ x 5 ½”
  • Whisper White — ½” x 4 ½”

Instructions:

  1. Stamp “ground” swish at bottom in Granny Apple Green ink, add stems above, both full strength and stamped off.
  2. Add flowers in Mango and “details” in Poppy Parade ink. Add Butterfly in Pacific Point.
  3. Spritz with Poppy Marker. Embellish with Rhinestones. Adhere to Poppy Panel.
  4. Punch end of Pacific Point Cardstock with Triple Banner Punch.  Using Bone folder, rub against paper until layers start to separate.  Pull apart to reveal “faux suede”.  Adhere to Mango card and pop up flower panel on top.
  5. Stamp Thank You in Pacific Point and punch with banner end.  Pop up onto card.

If you want to check out what's on sale right now or order any of the pre-order bundles featuring new colors and products, click here to go to my online store.

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Posted on May 21, 2018

Product Spotlight – Share What You Love Suite

Product Information/ Stamping

Product Spotlight – Share What You Love Suite. Hey Stampers! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We were supposed to go to the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in Dallas but the weather was so bad, we opted out. That was okay with me; I stamped all day! I am totally in love with the products I'm spotlighting today; exclusive “share What You Love” bundles, one for every crafter!

Product Spotlight - Share What You Love Suite

Just look at some the stunning cards you can make:

Each bundle comes with at least one “free” item in addition to all the products in the bundle. The “Gotta Have It All” bundle is definitely the best value; it comes with three free items! There is also an exclusive stamp set that will not be available after May 31, the last date these bundles can be ordered.

Buy any one of the bundles before the end of the month and I'll send you exclusive tutorials with extra ideas! ORDER NOW.

 

 

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Posted on May 15, 2018

It’s A Beautiful Day to Love What You Do!

Announcements/ Stamping/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I can truly say it's a beautiful day to love what you do here in north Dallas. I heard rolling thunder this morning as I was getting ready to leave the house, but the accompanying rain did not linger!  I know in a few weeks when temperatures are in the 100's, I'll be begging for rain. HA! But I digress! I DO love what I do, especially around new catalog and new catalog pre-order time!

Today's share is two cards made with the Love What You Do stamp set that is available now in one of our Stampin' Up! bundles. The font used for the “it's a beautiful day sentiment” is so pretty; easy flowing and graceful I think.

It's A Beautiful Day to Love What You Do!

These cards showcase different elements from the Love What You Do Bundles, available now as a new catalog pre-order, only available in May! I love that Stampin' Up! made some of the new products coming on June 1 available to customers as well as demonstrators. Click on any picture below the project information to order one of these bundles before they disappear. (note: the individual products in the bundles WILL be available, but the free gifts in each bundle will not). I've included project supplies and instructions below; enjoy!

PS-There are pages of products available to demonstrators to order now! If you'd like to start creating special projects before the new catalog comes out, click here to check it out. You can choose $125 in product plus you'll get a full box of new catalogs to give to your friends. AND…there's never any shipping on your starter kit!

PROJECT INFO

Card # 1 above

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsLove What You Do  (148042)
  • Card Stock – Tranquil TIde (144246); Whisper White (100730); Vellum (101856)
  • Stamp Pads – Tranquil Tide (147146)
  • Misc. – Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes (131527); Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper Stack (146926); Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372); Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Pearlized Thread  and Silver Rose from the Embellishment Kit (146928); Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (146927); Leaf Punch (144667); Lovely Floral Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (148048),
  • Big Shot (143263); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Snail Adhesive(104332); Mini Glue Dots (103683);  Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon (147016)

 Measurements:

  • Whisper White: 4 7/8” x 3 3/8”, 3” square
  • Tranquil Tide : 3” square
  • Share What You Love Designer Series Paper –  4 7/8” x 1 1/2″

Instructions:

  1. Emboss the Whisper White cardstock in the Big Shot with the Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing folder.
  2. Attach strip of Designer Series Paper onto embossed panel.
  3. Stamp “It’s a Beautiful Day”  with Tranquil Tide Ink onto white scrap.  Use Stitched Shape Circle framelit to cut out.
  4. Cut a scallop circle framelit with Tranquil Tide cardstock.  Attach with snail adhesive to the white stitched shaped circle.
  5. Punch a leaf with vellum cardstock and use a glue dot to attach behind the circle.
  6. Attach two lengths of the velvet ribbon to the back of circle – using dimensionals to hold in place.
  7. Use the pearlized thread to make a “swirl” and attach to back of oval shape with a glue dot.  I like the look of the long threads but if you don’t- just snip them shorter.
  8. Use dimensionals to attach circle shape to card front.
  9. To finish the card, add the adhesive backed Silver Rose embellishment  to the card front.

Card #2 above

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Love What You Do
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Memento (132708)
  • Misc. – Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (131259); Clear Block C (118486); Stampin’ Spritzer (126185)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White (base): 4” x 8”, scored at 4” and folded

Instructions:

    1. Using the Melon Mambo marker, cover the top third of the Clear Block C with color. Color the center of the block using the Pumpkin Pie marker. Color the bottom portion of the block using the Daffodil Delight marker.
    2. Spritz the block with water using the Stampin’ Spritzer. Stamp in the center of the Whisper White base. Hold in place for about 30 seconds to allow the ink and water to disburse over the cardstock. Allow to dry completely or use a Heat Tool to speed up the process.
    3. Stamp the floral image using the Memento ink.
    4. Stamp the greeting using the Memento ink.
    5. Color in the bottom portions of the flowers using the Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight markers as shown.

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Posted on May 14, 2018

Stamping Cruise Coming in 2019

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! Hope you all had fun celebrating Mother's Day with your favorite, mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, mother in law, well you get the idea! I had my kids and grandcherubs together for a swim party and we all had a blast! Today's exciting news is….I am excited to announce a stamping cruise coming in 2019!

Stamping Cruise Coming in 2019

My travel agent and fellow stamper extraordinaire is busily getting the cruise booked on the awesome Royal Caribbean, Liberty of the Seas. We've narrowed our sailing down to late September or early October; depends upon when the conference room is available on board. We'll be leaving Galveston, headed to the Caribbean,  for 7 fun-filled days of sightseeing in ports AND stamping on our sea days. More details to come but wanted you to be able to tentatively plan on joining us!

We'll be featuring lots of exclusive stamping projects using NEW products from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. As part of your cruise fee, you will also receive a box of products to bring with you for the projects and all will be yours to keep. Pillow gifts and raffles will be part of the package as well!!

Leave me a comment below or email me if this sounds like fun; I'll put you on our notification list when the details are set. Quite a few of my customers and downline have already expressed interest!

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Posted on May 2, 2018

Order New In Color Ink Pads and Share What You Love Bundle Today!

Announcements/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Stamp Clubs/ Stamping

Woo hoo for today! You can now order a Share What You Love Bundle AND the NEW 2018-2020 In Color Ink Pads! Each of the 3 bundles comes with at least one free gift and the Ink Pad bundle is priced at 10% off!

Order New In Color Ink Pads and Share What You Love Bundle Today!

My absolute favorite product in this Suite is the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper included in the Gotta Have It All Bundle. Here's a sample that also uses other products in this bundle:

Order New In Color Ink Pads and Share What You Love Bundle Today!

Join me tonight at 7:00 pm CST on Facebook where I'll be making this “shutter” card in a LIVE presentation. If you want to make it with me at home, you'll need a 12″ x 12″ sheet of any solid cardstock (or two 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets) and 1 sheet of any coordinating Designer Series Paper. I'll give you measurements as I go so you can make more once your bundle arrives!

Click to order your bundle today!

Just Getting Started Bundle #149524

A Little More Please Bundle #149525

Gotta Have It All Bundle #159526

In Color Ink Pad Bundle #147153 (10% discount)

Here's  the scoop you need to know:

This pre-order opportunity is available May 1 – 31, 2018
Your products ship right away just like a regular order
You can add anything else to the order
Orders over $50 qualify for 3 free card kits using bundle products AND PDF tutorials for the cards! (make sure I have your email address to send tutorials and your regular address to mail your card kits at the end of the month!)
Orders over $150 qualify for host benefits from Stampin' Up!

I hope I'll see you tonight when I'm LIVE on Facebook!! 🙂

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Posted on May 1, 2018

Gift Tutorials and Early Release Bundles

Announcements/ Stamping

 

Gift Tutorials and Early Release Bundles

Hey Stampers! Gift Tutorials and Early Release Bundles for May is my share today!  If you caught my Facebook Live videos from my weekend retreat you saw some of the products; log into Facebook and see them here if not. We had such a fun time, especially “playing” with all the “early release” Share What You Love Suite of products I've been able to get as a demonstrator! My exciting news today is that YOU can get some early release bundles during the month of May! I also have a hostess code for some PDF gift tutorials that use products available now in these bundles. Here's the list of bundles and ala carte products:

Early Release Products

Each of the bundles has at least three free items! You will be able to get the individual products starting June 1, but the bundles will not be available after this promotion ends on May 31.

The projects for my May clubs (both in person and online) use the absolutely YUMMY Designer Series Paper included in the Gotta Have it ALL bundle:

Gift Tutorials and Early Release Bundles

Order one of the bundles, ala carte items, or anything else you need at my online store and you'll receive not only the three PDF tutorials but I'll also send you three card kits that include the consumable supplies to make these projects…woo hoo! Order now and use hostess code 3CR4XTFQ. If you order $150 or more, don't use this hostess code; I'll still send you the kits and PDF tutorials. You'll get the Stampin' Rewards, too!

I'm so excited that all my customers can get their hands on these early release products, too; can't wait to see what you create with them!

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Posted on April 24, 2018

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

Die Cut/ Samples/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! No, I'm not talking about the popular “Dungeons and Dragons” fantasy tabletop game. I do know quite a few professionals who are obsessed with this game, but it's really not my cup of tea. What I'm spotlighting today is also in the land of Dragons and dungeons; it's the Magical Day Suite of products from Stampin' Up! This suite made it's debut for a limited time in the Occasions 2018 catalog; sadly it's disappearing on May 31 when the catalog period ends.

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

The stamp set has mythical and whimsical images, perfect for all sorts of occasions. The little blue wizard in the picture above brings Merlin the Magician to mind. Isn't he adorable? Notice the coordinating framelits that make cutting out stamped images a breeze!

The coordinating papers and washi tape make it so easy to complete your projects, whether these are cards, party invitations and decor, or scrapbook layouts from a trip to Medeival Times Dinner Theatre.

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

Here are just a few samples of things you can create with this suite of products.

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

Thanks for popping in today! I hope you enjoyed our time in the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards! You can purchase any of these products right now at my online store. Remember they are only available until May 31st!

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Posted on April 16, 2018

If You Purchased EVERYTHING in the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Catalog…..

Announcements/ Facebook LIVE/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! Hopefully you have seen pictures from all the recent Stampin' Up! Onstage events. I was blessed to be chosen as a presenter and I've posted lots of photos on my Facebook page. The best part of the event was receiving our 2018-2019 Catalog! It is LOADED with so many WOW new products; I can't wait to see my customer's faces when they get their very own copy to browse over and over again as they make their wish lists.

If You Purchased EVERYTHING in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog.....

Speaking of wish lists, let's have a little bit of fun. If you purchased EVERYTHING in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog…how much do you think you would spend? $1,000? $5000? Leave me a comment OR send me an email with your guess. The closest person to the correct number will win a pack of new embellishments from the catalog. EVERYONE who enters will receive an excel spreadsheet that can be used as a wish list and log of purchases. My contest will run until April 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm CST; there is absolutely NO PURCHASE required to enter.

If you leave your comment here, please leave your email address with your comment OR send your email to me privately! I want to be able to contact you for your address if you are the winner and I want to be able to send everyone who enters the Excel “wish list” spreadsheet!

HINT: the answer is not as much as I thought it would be; maybe one of everything IS in my future! 🙂

By the way, if you don't currently have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like to receive a catalog, email me and I'll tell  you how to get it. My customers always receive their catalogs for free; another reason to shop with me!

Below are some samples made with new products…enjoy!

My samples board (and me!) at Ft. Worth OnStage

If You Purchased EVERYTHING in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog.....

From OnStage in Hartford, CT.

If You Purchased EVERYTHING in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog.....

From OnStage Sydney

More project samples to come during the week!

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Posted on March 29, 2018

What does CASE mean to Stampers?

Samples/ Stamping

What does CASE mean? Now, I'm not talking about a CASE of soda, a CASE of chips, or a CASE for your clear stamping blocks. So what “case” AM I talking about? That would be COPY AND STEAL EVERYTHING! If you've been in the stamping world for awhile, I'm sure you've heard of this. But, if you're fairly new, this term might be unknown to you. So let's explore this a little more.

We all have those creative “dead zones”. We need a card quickly, our stash is empty, and we've got zero ideas. No need to panic; that's where “casing” comes in.

Some great places to start are:

any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs – our catalogs, of course, are meant to sell product. But, did you know, the pages are filled with beautiful samples? AND, these samples are there for you to use, as is, or with your own creative changes.

Pinterest – lots of people use these ideas for cards, mini albums, home décor projects, etc. It is courteous to give credit where you've gotten a project, but honestly many people don't. Use your own discretion.

My email newsletter! I share lots of projects, tips, techniques, AND exclusive offers only for my subscribers. Everyone who subscribes gets a free PDF project tutorial and a video series…just for subscribing-no purchase necessary!

right here on my blog! I share lots of projects and you are more than welcome to CASE; if you use an idea you see here and change it up, I'd love for you to post YOUR creation in the comments section.

Google – my husband laughs that I'm always saying “google” if we need to find an answer for something. You can also “google” things like Easter card, photography, sympathy card…you get the idea.

You Tube – I have a You Tube site with project videos and tutorials and I post almost every day on Facebook. You are free to “CASE” away! I hope you'll share ideas you find on my sites with your stamping friends!

Now that I've explained all about it, let's look at some samples to CASE! 🙂

What does CASE mean to Stampers?

Thanks for popping by today!

 

 

 

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Posted on March 28, 2018

May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!

Paper crafting/ Samples/ Stamping

Hey Stampers and greetings from Texas! Our weather has been so dreary the last few days that many of my coworkers are just plain down in the dumps. I think the sentiment on this card, May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!, should bring some joy to their faces. I mean really, who could be grumpy when you open up an envelope and pull out this card!

May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!

Project supplies and instructions included below in case you want to spread some happiness to those around you!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Bubble Over Bundle (146082)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Melon Mambo (115320); Peekaboo Peach (141417); Basic Black (121045)
  • Stamp Pads – Lemon Lime Twist (144086); Melon Mambo (126948); Peekaboo Peach (141398); Whisper White Craft (101731)
  • Misc. – Sponge Daubers (133773); ¾” Circle Punch (119873); Embossing Buddy (103083); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
  • Whisper White (layer): 4” x 5 ¼”
  • Whisper White: scraps to punch and die cut
  • Lemon Lime Twist: scrap
  • Melon Mambo: scrap
  • Peekaboo Peach: scrap
  • Basic Black (layer): 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Basic Black (greeting): ¾” x 3 5/8”

Instructions:

  1. Adhere the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black layer.
  2. Die cut three of the large bottles using Whisper White scrap cardstock.
  3. Using a separate Sponge Dauber for each color, color in the die cut bottle, one each in Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach. Leave a small area at the top of the bottle uninked as shown.
  4. Die cut three large bottle caps; one each in Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach. Adhere the bottle caps to their respective colored bottle using a Glue Dot.
  5. Die cut three large bottle labels using Whisper White scrap cardstock. Adhere the labels to the center of each of the three die cut bottles.
  6. Stamp two (2) star images on Whisper White scrap cardstock; one each in Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach. Use the ¾” Circle Punch to punch the stars. Adhere the stars using Dimensionals to their respective colored bottle label.
  7. Stamp the “yay!” greeting using Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White scrap cardstock. Stamp off one layer of ink on scratch paper to reduce the overall shade. Use the ¾” Circle Punch to punch out the greeting. Adhere the greeting to the Melon Mambo bottle label as shown.
  8. Adhere all three bottles in the center of the white layer. TIP: Start with the Melon Mambo bottle for centering purposes.
  9. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the Basic Black (greeting) cardstock. Stamp the greeting using Whisper White Craft ink. Immediately sprinkle with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Set the powder using the Heat Tool. Let cool. Adhere this piece across the front of the trio of bottles as shown.

If you need any of these supplies, visit my online store. Remember, time is running out to grab your free Sale-A-Bration gifts!

 

 

 

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Posted on March 23, 2018

Stamping, Scrapbooking, and Kenya…WHAT??

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Stamping, Scrapbooking, Kenya…WHAT? Happy Friday Stampers! Before I started writing this post I was looking at Facebook. Okay, I spend WAY too much time doing that, but Facebook is one way Dave and I keep up with friends and family that live outside of the state of Texas. Two of our friends, Jeff and Stephanie Bys, are missionaries in Kenya. We all used to go to church together and Stephanie was in one of my stamp clubs. She loved to create beautiful cards and became quite good at it. I remember scrapbooking also piqued her interest from time to timel.

We've kept in touch through the years, even when stamping wasn't on her “front burner”.  Instead of a stamping project or Stampin' Up! special,  I wanted to share a bit about their story with y'all today. Stampin' Up! is involved with many charities and it is one of the reasons I love what I do! I hope you enjoy this little peek behind the curtain into another part of my life and enjoy some thoughts from Steph!

Stamping, Scrapbooking, and Kenya...WHAT?? Stamping, Scrapbooking, and Kenya...WHAT??

These pictures are from Steph's Facebook post today, and here is what she wrote:

You are probably tired of my sunset pics and my posts gushing about how much I love this life, but here's another because this life and these sunsets are too good not to share.

The longer I'm here living this life the more I realize that my whole life has been preparing me for this work in Kenya. That might sound wonky or out there to some of you, but I'm just certain that this is the case.

As a child I watched my Momma💜 try and save my Dad. Others would quickly give up on him and rightfully so because he was a BEAR. For 14 years she stayed with him trying to save him, trying to save our family. As bad as things were she just kept thinking he could change. She just kept trying different things to make our family work. I have that same “they can be saved” mentality. In large part Kenya has given up on saving these boys who live on the streets, I refuse to accept that. I've seen first hand how great these boys can be and what a blessing they are. A couple of weeks ago we took in an older teen girl who was in terrible shape. Some of our team tried to send her back where she came from because they were afraid she would die here (they were really trying to look out for us💜). She needed a lot of help (She has been to the Dr and talked with a counselor). Usually when we take in new children we go as a team, but this time it worked out better for her to just come here with our social worker since she was staying near where he was going to be that day. I was not prepared for her condition, I was actually shocked, but I refuse to give up on her just because her current status seemed terrible. Someone had failed this girl, someone should have gotten her help a long time ago, but we couldn't let that stop us from trying. In just a couple of weeks she has made huge changes and is well on the road to recovery!

As a child I wasn't protected the way I feel children should be protected, so as an adult I became a voice for children. As a child I needed an adult to be my voice, because my voice had been silenced. You will never see me keep quite when a child needs a voice. I've been in some hard situations, but speaking up for a child is always right. I can't tell you how many adults we've had to “get on to” over the boys on the street and our boys. Most of the boys living on the street in Bungoma know us so they flock to us when they see us. If we are in an area we don't frequent then a guard will almost immediately start to threaten to beat the boys. We have to calm the guard down and tell him/her that we know them and we are friends. I can't tell you how many conversations we've had with teachers, pastors and people in general where we've had to speak up for our boys. Sometimes it is hard and very uncomfortable, but it is something that must be done. These children deserve a voice so I will use mine since usually people will listen.

In my marriage we've been through some really tough stuff. Marriage is hard enough, but when you add in all the baggage we brought into it, it makes it almost impossible. My marriage has has shown me just because things are hard right now doesn't mean they will always be hard. It has shown me that even though something has ugly parts that it as a whole can be beautiful! It has shown me that you can't just give up because something is hard. Aside from Jesus, Jeff is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Seriously, I know that sounds cheesy, but it is true. Without Jeff I wouldn't be where I am today (in all areas of my life, not just my physical location). So while this first year of Kenya has had many hard times I know it won't always be hard. While we've had many hard days, we've had many, many more beautiful days!

I can't tell you what a blessing it is to be able to actually live out my purpose daily. If you know my story or even part of it, you know some of it has been incredibly hard. I wouldn't change it, not any part of it because I know it has made me who I am today. If I hadn't walked through some of the fires that I have I wouldn't have learned the things that I've learned. If Jeff and I hadn't worked through all we have worked through we would be the team we are today. This past year I have really been learning how to count it all joy. While I'm not perfect at it, it is much easier to see now than before.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2‭-‬3

Thank you a million times over. We are SO, SO, SO blessed to be here serving Him and our community. Without your support this wouldn't be possible. We never take this for granted and this is never an “us” thing. We always tell others that the money comes from our donors, not us. We are just here on the ground and the faces they see, but there are MANY others actually supporting this work.

I love Stephanie's transparency! And to think our friendship started from one little rubber stamp! If you are interested in learning more about their ministry and adventures in Kenya, I encourage you to follow them on Facebook. You will be encouraged and blessed!

 

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Posted on March 17, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day…Think GREEN!

Announcements/ Contests/ Stamping/ Uncategorized

Hey Stampers! Before I head out to a Stampin' Up! party with one of my new team members and her peeps, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Saint Patrick's Day! You know, this is the “day of green” so I thought we should think about Stampin' Up! “greenery” and have a little fun!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day...Think GREEN!

Over the years, we have had quite a few different shades of green in our color collections. What's your favorite Stampin' Up!”Green” – current or past? Mine are Lucky Limeade and Wild Wasabi. Post your answer in the comments section and let's see how many different greens we can name!

Also, did you see the Limerick contest I posted the other day? If not, you can read about it here, and I hope you'll play along. Winner of the contest (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY), will get fifteen handstamped cards with envelopes!

 

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Posted on March 16, 2018

STAMPARATUS Window 2 UPDATE

Announcements/ Customer Q & A/ Stamping

STAMPARATUS WINDOW 2 UPDATESTAMPARATUS WINDOW 2 UPDATE  Happy Friday Stampers! I have some TIGGERiffic news from Stampin' Up! if you reserved your Stamparatus in the Reservation Window 2. This was at the end of 2017. Here is the update direct from SU:

Isn’t it awesome when everything goes pretty much according to plan? We think we can say that about shipments during Stamparatus Window 1, and now we can’t wait for more of our demonstrators and customers to get their Stamparatuses during Window 2.

And we have good news! While we announced that Window 2 would have two different shipment dates—March 20 and one in early April—we’re excited to tell you that all reservations from Window 2 will be ready to ship in March.

Please note that (due to factory shipment schedules) we will stagger our deliveries by market: North America, the South Pacific, and Japan can begin finalizing their orders on Tuesday, March 20, while our demonstrators in Europe—who may experience shipment and customs delays—can begin finalizing their orders approximately one week later.

As you prepare to finalize your order for Window 2, please keep the following in mind:

Take care not to delete the Stamparatus from your order. If it is deleted, we will return it to the order; however, there will be a delay.
You may add other items to your order; also, current promotions will apply depending on when the order is closed. – So if it is during Sale-A-Bration, add to your order and get a SAB item for free!!
Thanks to everyone for their amazing support as we work to get this fantastic stamping tool in the hands of as many demonstrators and customers as possible—before it goes live in the 2018–2019 annual catalog!

I am so  excited about this! I have my Stamparatus and Stamp Slave Dave and I have been busy testing it and figuring out all the tips and tricks to share with you!

 

You will get an email from Stampin' Up! telling you the Stamparatus has been placed in your shopping cart at my online store. You will just log in at annebrown.stampinup.net, put in your user credentials and complete your order. ANY questions once you are ready, please call or email me!! I can't wait for you to get your hands on this wonderful new tool!

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Posted on March 7, 2018

Charming Café – Black & White with a Pop of Color

Projects/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! Hope you all are having a great week…we are officially on the downhill slide and close to Friday Eve…lol! Who's excited?? Today's card, Charming Café – Black & White with a Pop of Color, is so simple, yet “charming” I think!

Charming Café - Black & White with a Pop of Color

This scene reminds me of one of the cafes in Barcelona that hubby and I visited last year on the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip. We fell in love with this beautiful city in Spain and actually spent more time there this past fall. Dave is ready to move right away but I'm not quite ready to leave the kids and grandcherubs…we'll see! 🙂

If you have any questions on today's project, give me a shout. Here are the instructions and, of course, you can find all supplies at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCharming Café Clear Mount Bundle (147508)
  • Card Stock – Calypso Coral (122925) Basic Black (121045) Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Inkpad (140931)
  • Misc. – Charming Café Clear Mount Bundle (for framelits – 147508) 2 ¼” circle punch (143720) Whisper White Bakers twine (124262)

 

Measurements:

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock                             –   11” x 5 ½”
  • Basic Black cardstock                                   –   5 ¼” x 4”
  • Basic Black cardstock (for punching circle)     – 3” x 3”
  • Whisper White cardstock (need 2)                 –   5” x 3 ¾”

 

Instructions:

  1. Score Calypso Coral in the middle (at 5 ½”) and fold
  2. Adhere Basic Black 5 ¼” piece to front of Calypso Coral card base
  3. Add one of the two Whisper White cardstock pieces 5” to the inside of the card base
  4. Stamp the store window on the 2nd piece of 5” whisper white
  5. Stamp chairs on scrap piece of whisper white and die cut with coordinating framelits
  6. Use dimensionals to add chairs to whisper white card piece that has store front stamped on it
  7. Punch 2 ¼” circle
  8. Fold circle over top of 5” Whisper White piece that has stamped Charming Café elements
  9. Adhere this piece to layered Calypso Coral and black cardstock base
  10. Cut length of bakers twine, tie into bow and add to basic black circle (For my bow I doubled the bakers twine for a fuller look)
  11. Add greeting of choice to inside card or handwritten message

 

 

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