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It IS the most wonderful time of the year!

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It IS the most wonderful time of the year!


I know, I know! The kids might not even be back in school yet but it is time to start thinking HOLIDAYS!!!!

Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalog is FULL of bundles to make your holiday crafting more coordinated than ever!! I will be sharing some of the goodies my team and I have made over the coming weeks.
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If you don’t yet have a holiday catalog and if you don’t have a demonstrator, let me know. I would be happy to get one to you!

Now–It gets better!! Stampin’ Up! just released a special they are offering for hostesses during the month of September and October.
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And check out this video to see exactly why you want this set:

You NEED this, right? Well, contact me and we can work out the details. You can host a party at your home and invite your family and friends. If that is not your style, you can simply collect orders. If your wish list is big enough, you can be a “Party of One”! All you need to do to get this stamp set for free is have $300 in sales. Once you see the holiday catalog, you will see that is a very doable!!

So contact me ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.

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Life IS a Beautiful Thing….even though sometimes it is tough….and how to effectively Kiss Off!

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Life IS a Beautiful Thing….even though sometimes it is tough….and how to effectively Kiss Off!

Hello!

So much is going on the world in general….and even in your own personal worlds.   I feel a bit ridiculous but I am having my own personal pity party today.

Yesterday, we dropped off my youngest daughter at college   I know as a parent, you work towards the day your child  will be independent and go out into the world to learn who they are, be what they will be, and share what they can share.   But when that day comes,   the practicality of knowing it is the right thing does not ease the reality!

Not only that–but it is the end of the summer!  At least here in NE, Mother Nature is not letting us forget that fall is on the horizon.   It has been chilly!!   Great for sleeping but not great for trying to savor what is left of summer!!

I have a little card to share with you today that we did with my stamp clubs earlier this summer.

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This is from the crazy popular stamp set called Colorful Season.    Check out the stamp set:

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I have not seen anything but great cards come out of this stamp set.   Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces a must have set –THIS is this year’s set!!   I will share more of this set with you throughout the year as you can see it is perfect for every season.  Today, however, I want to focus on SUMMER!

You may wonder how I got the look of the polka dotted beach chair.   It is a technique called “Kiss Off”!  Technically, I don’t know if that is the name but that is the name I am using.

I inked  the chair in the new–and wonderful- Lemon Lime Twist ink.

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Before stamping on the paper, I used another image (from Timeless Textures) and stamped (uninked) directly onto the inked beach chair image.

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The result of this is that some of the ink on the chair stamp is actually removed by the polka dot stamp.   Magic, right?  Just imagine the possibilities for your bold stamps now!

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(*If you stamp an inked image onto the first image, the technique is called Kissing.  Since I was technically REMOVING ink from the first image, I am calling it Kissing Off!)

And one more time, here is the final product:

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And just in case you wonder where the top “messy” stuff is from, that is ALSO from Timeless Textures!   (Get the message?  You need that stamp set too!)

I sponged the sand and then added a little Wink Of Stella–which NEVER translates in a picture.  It is just like real beach sand with a little glimmer.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Should you need supplies you saw here today, stop by my store here and shop away!

 

 

Check out THESE deals from Stampin’ Up!

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Check out THESE deals from Stampin’ Up!

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Happy Day!!  Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of goodies to the Clearance Rack.  You can find that right here.

They won’t last so grab the goodies you need ASAP!

More good news!  Stampin’ Up! is offering Paper Pumpkin, a monthly craft kit , at 1/2 off for the month of September!!


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The kit includes everything you need! All you need is about a 1/2 hour to complete it!
I have friends who buy several kits and then get together for a “Girls’ Night Out” to complete it. I also have friends who purchase kits for grandchildren or friends who live far away and Facetime while working on their kits “together”.
Some people prefer to order the kits for themselves and have a little “me” time. Regardless, now is the time to subscribe to take advantage of this deal.

While I don’t know what the kit will be (always a surprise), I suspect it will be festive.

Contact me for more info or head on over to my website to sign up for your Paper Pumpking (don’t forget the HALFOFF0917 Code!)

FREE Essentials Gift Pack AND a Free Stamp Set??? You must be kidding!

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But I am NOT!!!   When you get the Starter Kit this month, not only will you get $125 worth of anything you want in the catalog but you will get these goodies for FREE!   Just to let you know, they ARE essential and they are worth $52 (altho some would call them priceless!).

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PLUS 2 “D” stampin’ blocks!

But wait—there is more!

You will also receive a FREE stamp set, Carols of Christmas for FREE!!th_carols_xmas_flyer_jun2017_us

And–it gets better!  You can use preorder the framelits that go with this little beauty of a stamp set as part of your starter kit!!!

Check it out here.

Going forward, you will receive a 20-25% discount on merchandise for as long as you are active.   Now–who wouldn’t want this?

Ok–I know I sound like Billy Mays but this is legit!!   IT is a great deal!  Whether you are new to stamping or have been with Stampin’ Up! in the past, it just might be the right time to get that starter kit!!

Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.  You won’t be sorry!

 

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale!

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Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale!

Don’t wait!  This is one SHORT sale!  New Paper Pumpkin subscribers will get their first kit for $5!!!!!   That is 75% off!!!   To be a “new ” subscriber, you need a new email when you sign up.   Go visit paperpumpkin.com from June 29 at 11:59 PM to June 30 at 11:59 PM and use promo code ONEDAY0717 to get your first kit at this incredible price. You  can keep the creativity coming after that for only $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD per month (shipping included).  You can cancel at any time.   Don’t forget to list me as your demonstrator.

 

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In Colors Two Ways

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In Colors Two Ways

Last night I had “Shoebox Swap” with a bunch of demonstrator friends.   We did NOT swap Shoeboxes–THAT seems ridiculous!  What we did do is make and swap cards–NOT ridiculous!  We come up with one idea for a card, make it, get the materials together for our friends to make it and then stamp each other’s cards!

Here is my card:

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LOVE this new stamp set, Crafting Forever.

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Pair this up with the new In Colors from Stampin’ Up! and you have a simple, stunning card.   I feel this is very Vera Bradley-ish.   I would buy this bunch of pens in a heartbeat!

Now, to color in these pens, you have some options.   You can use the Stampin’ Write Markers which have a thin tip for detailed work or a brush tip for a wider stroke or coloring directly on stamps.  The image comes out like this:

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The colors come out quite bold.

If you are looking for a softer look, you can go with the Blender Pen/Ink pad lid option!   Here is how that works:   turn your ink pad over (CLOSED!) and squeeze the top and bottom together (for some reason–works better if you turn it over.   Don’t know why–just reporting the facts!).  When you open the ink pad up, you will see that you have created a pool of ink there.   Then, using a Blender pen, you can pick up the ink  and color in your image. When you are ready to move on to a new color, just clean off the blender pen by rubbing it on your scrap paper until you don’t see any more color.  Then pick up a new color ink and repeat.

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This allows for a softer, more subtle effect.

So there you have it:  In Colors two ways!

Thanks for stopping by.   For any supplies you might need, check out my website.

 

 

Lemon Lime Twist–in small doses!

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Lemon Lime Twist–in small doses!

HI!   I apologize for my “hiatus”.  There were a lot of things going on around this house….and every one of them was good….so I am not complaining.  That said, I don’t think I touched a stamp for almost a month!  But I am back and life is returning to “normal”.

While I was on my hiatus, Stampin’ Up! released their brand new catalog!!   I LOVE it.   There are so many bundles of goodies in there and so little time in the day.   So far, I have had the chance to play with just a few of them.   Today, instead of cleaning or weeding, I decided to check out the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set called Sharing Sweet Thoughts.

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This coordinates with the Everyday Jar Framelits.   Not only is this set adorable and sweet but with each purchase of this set, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.   Let me offer you even more reason to need it:

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I paired this set up with The Paper Players challenge:

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(My sample looks like I used Pear Pizazz but I promise you it is Lemon Lime Twist and this is a great combo!)

Lemon Lime Twist is a delicious new color that has just been introduced as a 2017-19 InColor at Stampin’ Up!   It is PERFECT for a summer card.  So fresh!  That said, I need it in small doses.

This year I subbed in a nursery school class.  This Spring, the kiddies got to watch as caterpillars turned into chrysalis –es(?) and then into butterflies.   I learned SO much about the process….like, why it is amazing and beautiful–and sort of philosophical –starting as one thing and evolving into something so completely different that you didn’t see coming, it can also be a little stinky.  Just like real life, I guess!

In any case, this is sort of what our classroom “butterfly container” looked like in the end….Except it was mesh and much larger, and there were gross left over chrysalis thingys hanging on the side….and it was stinky….but that aside, it sort of looked like this.

Here are the two cards I came up with.   I couldn’t decide which one I preferred.

A couple of tips on this card:

*I gave the jar a little pool party “wash” as it was too stark white without it.   Since I was using an aquapainter to color the jar and the butterflies, I used the Thick White CS.

*I needed something up at the greeting–but so far, I don’t have all the ribbons I want.  I used the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in the Lemon Lime Twist that I cut in 1/2 to get the size that I needed.   I think the Ombre Ribbon would have been perfect as well!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any questions or need any supplies for your own paper crafting, contact me–I am happy to help out.

 

Stamp A Stack Samples

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Stamp A Stack Samples

I had a great time this weekend meeting with my local group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.   They are so talented and FUN!   I challenged them to come up with some “Manly” card samples this month.   I will take photos today of their works of art to share with you.

In the meantime, it is Stamp  A Stack week.   That means I am having classes where we will make a stack of cards.   If you are local, I hope you can attend!  (RSVP here.)

I apologize for this photo.  (Can I just say, it is time for a new phone!).  In any case, I hope you get the idea.  These are two of the cards we will be doing this week:

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Both of these cards are using sets that will be retiring soon!  (Chase Your Dreams and Crazy About You).   I know!  It breaks my heart too!  If you want to see/purchase any retiring items, you can find then all here.
Thanks for stopping by!

Inside the Lines for the Lazy!

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Inside the Lines for the Lazy!

For those of you who might have gotten the “Inside the Lines” paper free during the Sale a Bration special that just ended, I have sample that you might enjoy.  This technique of using a magnify glass could work for any line image.  When I saw this fun paper, I knew I liked it but was not sure I wanted to color ALL of it.  Here is how I handled it:

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One of my aunts used to do needlepoint and she always wanted the back to look as good as the front.   I don’t have the same standards:

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Our Foam Strips are great for this type of thing as you can manipulate them as you need to fit your shape.

Now–this is where I get lazy and don’t want to color the whole thing!  Don’t be confused by my photo.  The paper does not match the final product.

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Here is a close up where I hope you can see the Wink Of Stella that makes a statement!

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So if you haven’t yet used this paper, get out there and get coloring.  Such a fun look when only a small space is colored.

If you need any supplies to make your own cards, you can purchase them here.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Retiring Products –Get them NOW!

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Retiring Products –Get them NOW!

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Wowzer!  Stampin’ Up! announced their list of retiring products from both the Annual Catalog:

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And the Occasions Catalog:

20161007_occ17-cover_en-usThere are some fantastic products that are retiring that you will want to get your hands on before they are gone for good on May 31st.   Good news for you!  Some of those products are on sale for up to 50% off!!  That is great news.  The downside of that is that they are likely to sell out.

So carve out some time soon to sit down with your favorite beverage and go through the list.  Here is where you can see what is retiring and shop!

While I place orders pretty frequently, you will want to order these on my website right away so that you don’t get shut out.

NOW–I have also seen what is coming.   The future is bright!!!  Trust me!   More on that when I am able to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by.