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Posted on June 25, 2019

Stampin’ Up! News!

Announcements/ Product Information

First of all.. I've been out of pocket for a few days in the hospital in Intensive Care. I'm out now and feeling much better!! Guess the Lord wasn't ready for me yet.. Ha! Super excited doctor said we can still go on the SU cruise to the Greek Isles that I earned! Just have to take it easy! We are so very blessed. ♥

Wanted to give you some SU news. First the long awaited trimmer blades can be ordered at 11:00 am CST on Thursday, limit three pkgs. https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/102500/tools?dbwsdemoid=49697. Order number is 126995.

Also tomorrow Wednesday at 12:01 am there will be thirty stamp sets added to the clearance rack!

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SSome July News! Bonus days coming back. For every $50 you spend you'll get a $5 coupon to use in August!! Also July is a great time to join Stampin' Up! because you'll get to choose an extra $30 in free stuff.. Woo hoo!!

 

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Posted on June 4, 2019

Stampin’ Up! New Catalog Excitement

Announcements/ Samples

Have you been awaiting the new 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog? Well…wait no more, it's LIVE today!

Stampin' Up! New Catalog Excitement

There is so much nestled into the 212 pages. Here are just a few things I'd like to highlight for you:

  • all the bundles are listed in the front so you can see them all in one place
  • each product suite has one ordering number if you want all the products in the suite; of course you can still order by individual product numbers if you don't want to order everything all at once.
  • all new product samples and tips throughout
  • brand new stamp sets, dies, accessories and colors

You can see all the new products HERE If you haven't yet received your own copy of the catalog and you don't currently have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I'd love to get a catalog into your hands! Just shoot me an email with your mailing address and phone and I'll mail out to you!

Here are a few project samples featuring some of the new products. If you'd like any of the instructions, please ask!

Stampin' Up! New Catalog Excitement

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Posted on May 30, 2019

Last Chance Items – Discounted TODAY!

Announcements

Last Chance Items - Discounted TODAY!

 

Hello Stampers! I've just gotten notice that Stampin' Up! is going to be offering discounts on some of the retiring Occasions and Annual Catalog products! This is your chance to save some money on the products you'd like to own before they disappear!

Below are lists of the discounted items being offered in both catalogs.

AC 18-19 Retiring List_US_Discounts

OCC 19 Retiring List_US_Discounts

Starting at noon MT, you can grab any of these items at my online store. As usual, discounted items tend to sell out quickly so I'd jump on it!

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Posted on May 29, 2019

Only THREE More Days To Get This Product Medley!

Announcements

Hello Stampers! There are only THREE more days to purchase your Everything Is Rosy Product Medley! I have been creating like mad ever since I got my hands on this stuff! Here's a “patriotic colored” card; seems appropriate since we just honored our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

Only THREE More Days To Get This Product Medley!

Here's another sample using some of the “pre-cut” flowers and a pre-cut tag from the product medley..

Only THREE More Days To Get This Product Medley!

This medley of products was created to allow total artistic creativity. There are no instructions to follow so you can create whatever your mind (or Pinterest…lol) can imagine!

Use this link to see more samples and find out more about what's included in your product medley!

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Posted on May 28, 2019

Magnificent Magnolias Facebook LIVE Class

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Hello Stampers! I am excited to announce my newest Facebook LIVE Class, Magnificent Magnolias, coming on June 25, 2019!In my class I'll be teaching you three projects with two fancy folds. The first fold you'll be learning is the “arrow” fold, as shown below.  These cards use the NEW Garden Lane and Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper, coming on June 4 with the debut of Stampin' Up!'s 2019-202 Annual Catalog.

Magnificent Magnolias Facebook LIVE Class

The second fold I'll be teaching is the popular “buckle” fold.

In the third project I'll show you some coloring techniques using our Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

To find out more about this class and get in on the early bird price, click HERE.

 

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Posted on May 24, 2019

Do You Need an Easy Gift Idea?

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Friday Stampers! Those of you moms, students, and just busy peeps,  I have an easy gift idea to share with you today! This card folder which holds six cards with envelopes,  can be made with minimal supplies. To save time since you would have all your supplies out, you could even make several at one time to have on hand. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't need a set of cards organized in a cute folder! Heck, why not make a couple for yourself and put birthday cards in one, sympathy in another, Thinking of You, and so on!

I purposely designed this to be a simple project. Now, if you are the Glitter Queen or lover of any embellishment, you can certainly “glam” it up!

Do You Need an Easy Gift Idea?

For my supplies I used:

1 sheet of Designer Series Paper (I used our new Garden Lane DSP coming June 4 in our Annual Catalog)
6 sheets of neutral CS, I prefer using Whisper White or Very Vanilla THICK CS – depending upon which is in your DSP
3-4 sheets of coordinating, colored CS, depending upon how many layers you want (for my project I used Mint Macaron, Garden Green, and Mossy Meadow)

I did this class in a Facebook Live video and you can watch it below. In addition to showing you how to make the folder and cards, I also share a few extra tips that I think will help you in your papercrafting:

easily cut your layers AND mount to your card base straight every time
save time mounting your cling stamp sets
stamp your sentiments perfectly straight every time.

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If you have any questions, please do give me a shout!

I'm also sharing the links to other blog posts that might be of interest!

2019-2020 New Catalog Paper and Ribbon Shares

Everything is Rosy Product Medley

Last, but not least, if you are interested in Stampin' Up! Products and don't currently have a demonstrator, I'd love to get you a catalog; email me and we'll take care of you!

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Posted on May 20, 2019

Be Mine Stitched Framelits

Big Shot/ Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting

Be Mine Stitched Framelits

Today I'm sharing a card using the Be Mine Stitched Framelits, retiring this year. I'm sure you've seen many Valentine projects using these, but I wanted to show a different “look” today.

When I am purchasing my stamp sets and dies I try to look for ones that are versatile, having other uses than just the “normal” ones.

I've included card instructions, including measurements below!

Just click on any picture to order!

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Posted on May 17, 2019

Everything is Rosy – Rose Gold Samples

Die Cut/ Samples/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Friday crafting peeps! I am having so much fun creating with the Everything is Rosy medley of products.

Everything is Rosy - Rose Gold Samples

My favorite thing about this box of goodies is all of the rose gold that is inside! This is a new type of product offering for Stampin' Up!, so some of my customers have been a little confused as to everything that is included. For $80 (plus tax and shipping) you get a stamp set, a coordinating set of dies, eight 6″ x 6″ sheets of Rose Gold Foil, forty-eight sheets of 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper, six sheets of die-cuts, two full rolls of ribbon, a sheet of mirrored embellishments,  and a bottle of Rose Gold Shimmer Paint!

I have 2 cards to share with you today and I think you'll notice the rose gold on both of them! 🙂

Everything is Rosy - Rose Gold Samples

To get the shimmer background, I used a sponge with a tiny bit of shimmer paint and “swept” it on the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Melon Mambo cardstock, starting at the top. It gets lighter near the bottom so I did this same technique again, starting at the bottom and working up, just to make sure I had the right coverage.  I punched a 2 1/4″ circle from one of the DSP pages and then adhered several of the floral stickers behind this circle.  I chose my tag and then used a “third generation” stamped flower in Melon Mambo ink, followed by my sentiment in Night of Navy ink.

If you haven't heard of the term “third generation” stamping it's just a fancy way of saying “stamping three times without reinking in between”.

I added a small piece of the pink ribbon to my tag and popped it onto the card front using a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I attached this piece to a Whisper White Thick cardstock base. Personally, when I'm using layers and embellishments, I prefer to use one of our thick cardstocks. I think it is sturdier.

My next card uses a gorgeous piece of DSP with lots of rose gold!

Everything is Rosy - Rose Gold Samples

For this card, I stamped the sentiment on a 2″ Whisper White circle and attached this to a 2 1/4″ circle punched from one of the Rose Gold foil sheets.  The layer is a 2 1/4″ x 4″ piece of the floral DSP, cut it into three strips, each 3/4″. I mounted these on a 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Rococco Rose, one of our new In Colors.

I added one of the die-cut stickers to complete my card. Easy, peasy…done!

To order any of these products, just click on a picture below. Remember, the Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available only while supplies last, through May 31.

 

 

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Posted on January 13, 2017

Friday Fun – How Well Do YOU Know The Stampmaven…ME!!

Contests

Ok stamping peeps! It's Friday and I thought we should have some Friday fun in the form of a game: how well do YOU know The Stamp Maven  (that's ME)?!

Some of you might not follow me on Facebook so I wanted to post here (but of course you should follow me on ALL my social media platforms!), too, so you all could play and maybe win a prize! We all like prizes, right?

Here's the game. Below you'll find a series of questions. Put a comment here on the blog with the answers you think I would make. I'll be awarding a few fun prizes. Iin case of a tie, Stamp Slave will draw for the winners from the group who answered the most questions correctly!

You must post your answers no later than Saturday night at midnight to be eligible for a prize…have fun!

  • What is your favorite craft (crochet, flower arranging, cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc)?
  • How long have you been stamping?
  • Do you have a favorite stamp company?
  • Favorite embellishment?
  • Favorite type of stamp (wood, foam mount, photopolymer, other)?
  • Prefer cardmaking alone or with others?
  • Most often do you create from scratch, sketch or CASE?
  • Do you still use punches?
  • Do you like to fussy cut?
  • Do you mail your cards?
  • Do you typically use black or colored ink?
  • Sell your cards?
  • Do you ever foresee giving up stamping?
  • Dedicate room? Shared room? Kitchen? Living room? Basement?
  • What do you use most often on your projects/cards/scrapbooks?
  • What is one crafting item you don't own but am considering purchasing?
  • Given a choice you would rather create a card with no layers, one layer or multiple layers?
  • If you had to give away all my crafting supplies except one thing, what is the ONE item you would keep?

Remember, you want to comment answers you think I would make!!

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Posted on August 22, 2016

#HelloLovely

Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!

The Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection has so many beautiful choices, whether you want to create a memory album or whip up a bunch of cards in no time!

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All of these gorgeous cards were made with different sized cards from the collection and mounted on coordinating cardstock. You'll notice each one also has some linen thread tied around to create a finished look. The stamped sentiments are all from the Watercolor Words Stamp set.

If you've never heard of Project Life by Stampin' Up!, you'll want to check it out. I promise, if you've said any of these phrases to yourself at least once:

  • I would love to make handmade cards, but I'm not creative
  • I don't have time to craft
  • I am on a budget and can't spend tons of money on supplies
  • I don't have room to store craft “stuff”

I have the perfect solution: #PLxSU…..Stampin' Up! even has holiday themed card collections and accessory packs. Why not order now and get a jump on your holiday cards and/or photo organization – you'll be glad you did! Complete instructions are below and just click on any photo to go right to my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Watercolor Words #138702
  • Card Stock – Crumb Cake #120953, Soft Sky #131203
  • Stamp Pads – VeraMark #102283
  • Misc. – Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection #141668, Linen Thread #104199, Copper Embossing Powder #141636, Embossing Buddy #103083, Heat Gun #129053, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Dimensionals #104430.

Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake Card Stock (Card Base)– trim to about 1/16″ larger than Soft Sky layer (or to a larger border if you choose)
  • Soft Sky Card Stock (layer under for card front)– trim to about 1/16″ larger than Project Life card
  • Trim Hello Lovely Project Life large card – Wreath (Card Front) to 4″ x 5 1/2″

Instructions:

  1. Dust the Wreath Hello Lovely Project Life Card (PL)with the Embossing Buddy (this will assure the Embossing Powder goes on cleanly).
  2. Stamp the ‘Just for you’ sentiment in VersaMark into the center of the Wreath Hello Lovely Project Life card. (Pre –trim this card as per measurements above.)
  3. Cover the Wreath Hello Lovely PL card with Copper Embossing Powder and set with your Heat Tool.
  4. Adhere the Wreath Hello Lovely PL card to the Soft Sky card stock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Center before glue sets.
  5. Wrap Linen Thread around adhered card fronts twice and finish with a small bow. Trim ends to make neat.
  6. Add Dimensionals to the back of the adhered card fronts and place on Crumb cake card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these #HelloLovely Project Life by Stampin' Up! samples!

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Posted on August 18, 2016

What IS the History of Greeting Cards?!

Announcements/ Contests/ Projects

Hey stampers! I came across an interesting article during my internet “trolling” so I thought I'd share. Be sure to read all the way to the end because I have some “blog candy” to share 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.

 

While I prefer  handmade greeting cards using  fabulous Stampin' Up! supplies,…

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…I thought this article was pretty interesting stuff; did you?

If you leave me a comment here on the blog (or on my facebook site), telling me what you found most interesting in this article, you'll be eligible for today's blog candy…a selection of five full sized (with envelopes!) cards from my personal collection…woo hoo!

 

 

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Posted on August 17, 2016

Showcase Your Creativity

Paper crafting/ Product Information/ Stamping

You'll definitely want to showcase YOUR creativity with Stampin' Up!'s new “I Stamped This” stamp set. Let everyone know that your projects are made by hand, with love; after all, you've taken the time to create a special, one of a kind project…now give yourself the credit!

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There are 16 fun, detailed images in this set, available in either clear mount (suggested clear blocks: a and g) or wood mount. If you sell any of your handmade items, this stamp set fulfills Stampin' Up!'s Angel Policy.

Don't worry, if your creativity is in the kitchen rather than the craft room, there are images for you, too!! Just click on one of the images below to see more info and to order at my online store.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Posted on August 11, 2016

BOGO ALERT!

Paper crafting/ Paper Pumpkin

It's Paper Pumpkin BOGO time…woo hoo!!

For the FIRST time ever, first-time subscribers can buy their FIRST month and get their second month completely FREE! Sign up at PaperPumpkin.com and use BOGO for the promo code.  You'll be able to make cute projects like these… AND save money!

Here are just a few of the features and benefits:

  • Every kit comes with an exclusive stamp set to use over and over!
  • You get at least one Classic Stampin’ Spot with every kit. The colors don’t repeat in a 12-month period, so it’s easy to build a collection of colorful ink.
  • Every new subscriber receives a clear block (size D) with their first kit to help them get started and to use throughout their subscription.
  • It’s an incredible value! In addition to a stamp set an ink spot(s), the kits are packed with supplies many to make awesome projects like cards, home décor, gift packaging, and more. For example, our card kits (6+ per year) always include 8 cards—at least!
  • It’s flexible! You can suspend (for a month) or cancel at anytime.
  • Since all the prep work is done, the projects take a shorter time to complete, making it the perfect on-the-go craft. Headed out of town? Grab a kit to create during some downtime. It’s all contained in one little box, so it’s easy to take anywhere!

I love getting my creative “escapes” in the mail each month; I invite you to join me for your own  fun!

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Posted on August 3, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Project

Paper crafting/ Projects

Hi stampers! I'm excited to share another Thoughtful Branches project; this would make an awesome Christmas card. SO easy to put together!

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This exclusive stamp set will only be available for purchase during the month of August. With the versatile designs and sentiments, this is a “must add” to your collection. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I can pre-order products before release to customers so I've had a few weeks to create with this new stamp set.

There is a bundle available that includes coordinating thinlits dies and is a great option for a 10% discount! You'll see instructions for this card and a supply list below. You can click on any picture to go right to my online ordering site to grab yours. Once you have your set and need ideas, I'll be happy to send you additional pdf's that will help to inspire you!

Supplies:

Stamp SetsThoughtful Branches (143539); Wondrous Wreath (135047)

Card Stock – Thick White Cardstock (140272); Real Red Cardstock (102482)

Stamp Pads – Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949)

 

Misc. – Big Shot Machine (143263); Beautiful Branches Thinlits (143538)

 

Measurements:

  • Thick White Cardstock: 4-1/4” x 11”, 5” x 3-3/4”; scraps for die cutting
  • Real Red Cardstock: 5-1/4” x 4”

Instructions:

  1. Fold White cardstock in half for card base and layer with Real Red cardstock.
  2. Stamp “Happy Wonderful Christmas” in Real Red at bottom right corner of smaller piece of white cardstock and layer onto card base.
  3. Die cut tree four times from Thick White Cardstock scraps. Glue layers together to make one thick piece. Adhere to card center.
  4. Stamp bird in Real Red on scrap of white cardstock and die cut. Adhere to tree.
  5. On inside, stamp “Many Happy Moments. . .” and another bird.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project; click here to see Monday's idea for using Thoughtful Branches.

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