Monday, April 20, 2015

Cowtown Crafters Stamp and Share Event Highlights

Once a quarter I host an exclusive event for those who are a part of the Cowtown Crafters group!  What a fun time we had this past Sunday afternoon stamping and sharing together!

The focus of our gathering was all about creating masculine cards!  Do you ever need masculine cards?  I'm always needing something for the guys in my life.  Not only did we create 3 masculine cards we also created a fun box (the full size stamp cases) to hold them in.  Here's what the sets looked like.

The cards featured the Guy Greetings stamp set as well the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper.

Just a few of everyone stamping and creating....

What is an event without door prizes?  Our winners for the Stamp and Share!

This is an amazing group of stampers and friends!  We'd love to have you become a Cowtown Crafter!  It all begins with the purchase of the Starter Kit and you'll be amazed at the friendships you'll make, too!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Butterfly Thinlits are Back with a Special Offer

They're here!  They're here!  The wait is finally over!  The much-anticipated Butterfly Thinlits dies are back in stock and Stampin' Up! is bringing you 2 special offers when your purchase these amazing dies!

These specials are available now through April 30th.

Sale-a-Bration items to choose from, include:
  • Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
  • Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
  • Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper (item 138635)

Just check out these adorable cards all made with this amazing stamp set and die!

I'm so glad these Thinlits have finally made there way back in stock!  It's been a long wait but the wait is finally over!  Get your hands on these Thinlits today

Cowtown Crafters - Friends and Stamping Fun

There's just something about gathering with other demonstrators in the Cowtown Crafters group that just makes me happy!  Our passion of stamping has brought us together but the friendships that I've made with these ladies has kept me truly inspired!

Each month we gather together to stamp, share ideas (both business and projects), and celebrate!  We celebrate birthdays, Stampin' Up! anniversaries, promotions and more!  (We love to celebrate and have a good time!  Isn't that a song??)

This month we celebrated Janet and Marilyn's birthdays with cake and candles!

Ideas galore!  This group is such a creative group!  Just love seeing what they come up with every month!

Cindy used the Build a Bouquet Project Kit to create this adorable shadowbox display.  So pretty!

Janet knows how to create the cutest scrapbook pages!  I just loved her Bluebonnets layout!  The Yee-Haw stamp set and the Painted Blooms Designer Paper worked perfectly on her pages!

Speaking of Bluebonnets, Vicki created this adorable basket full of flowers that look like Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes.  Aren't they cute?  These wildflowers are popping up all over Texas right now and they are stunning!

 A fun little gift basket created by Janet!  She used the Work of Art stamp set for decorating the circle piece and the basket was created using the Berry Basket Bigz Die.  Isn't that a cute way to give a gift to someone?

I just love this adorable seagull card!  Very creative!!

And, of course, our night wouldn't be complete without stamping!

What a fun evening with these amazing ladies!  If you'd like more information about becoming a Cowtown Crafter, simply email me and I'd be happy to tell you more about who we are and what we do.  Whether you're local to me or live out of state, you'll be thankful you're a Cowtown Crafter!

It all starts with the simple purchase of your Starter Kit through me.  Check it out!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Big Changes Coming to My Blog & Weekly Deals

My blog has been in need of an overhaul for quite some time and this next week, it will be getting just that!  I've been blogging for a little over three years now and up until this point, I've kind of done pretty much everything (blog layout, header picture, buttons, etc.) on my own (with my hubby's help, of course). And, now it's going to look even better than ever!  (This time I've hired some professional help for blog layout as well as graphic design!)

I've always wanted a Texan theme to my blog without being overly "country western" looking and I think you'll find that the new elements are just that!

I wanted to be sure and give you a "heads up" so the next time you land on my page you're not wondering if you've gone to a different website or something.  You're in the right place!

I'm still Stamp in Texas!  I'm still blogging, sharing, crafting, demonstrating and everything in between!  It will just be in an up-to-date, Texan themed website!  I hope you enjoy the new facelift!

I'd love to hear your comments and feedback when everything goes live!

Now, on to the Weekly Deals for Tuesday, April 14th through Monday, April 20th:

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Thank you all so much for reading and commenting all these years on my blog!  I can't wait for you to see everything!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Butterfly Thinlits are Coming and So is a Special Offer from Stampin' Up!

I know you've all been waiting for the return of the Butterfly Thinlits dies and guess what??  They are on their way and so is a special offer from Stampin' Up!

From the day the Butterfly Thinlits are available again until April 30th, Stampin' Up! is bringing you two special offers:
  • Get the Butterfly Thinlits at at 15% discount - just $21.20!
  • Buy any of the Butterfly Thinlits bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-a-Bration items (only while supplies last!). 

    Choose from:
    Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
    Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
    Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper (item 138635)
It's been a long wait to get your hand on these amazing dies but the wait should be over soon!  Check back this week and I'll let you know as soon as you can order them again!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Last Chance for FREE Shipping!

Today's the last day to get FREE shipping on anything - no minimum required!

This amazing promotion ends tonight -
11:50 pm (mountain time)!

With FREE shipping, you can't go wrong!  Happy shopping and stamping!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Painted Petals Shadow Box Card and More

This month during our monthly stamp classes, we'll be making a different type of card called a Shadow Box card.  My friend and fellow stamper, Debbie, shared this adorable card with me and I couldn't wait to share it with you!  (I think this card originated with Julie Davison.)

This is one of three projects we'll be creating together in April.  Card classes are a great way to learn new stamping techniques (and fun card folds like this one), as well as try out new products and just enjoy a fun night out with other stampers!  This shadow box card showcases the Painted Petals stamp set.

When you open the card, it creates a little "box" with hole for the words "thank you" to peak out.

Our second card uses the Lovely Amazing You stamp set and the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper stack.  I just love yellow and black together.

The third project we'll be making is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit.  I just loved these little treat bags Stampin' Up! sent us for Valentine's day.  Well, I decided to change up the sentiment and shape a bit and now they can be used for any occasion!

Would you like to join the fun? We meet twice a month (a Tuesday or Thursday) in Fort Worth. 

There's always something going on!!

 Save 25% on select Framelits and other great products when you shop the Weekly Deals!    Check them out below:
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Friday, April 3, 2015

FREE Shipping is Coming!

Have you heard the news?  Stampin' Up! will be offering FREE shipping April 6th - 10th only! 

The fine print:
  • No minimum amount to order!
  • Expedited orders do not qualify.
  • Online orders must be received by Friday, April 10th 11:50 pm (mountain time).  
  • Phone orders must be received by Friday, April 10th 6:50 pm (mountain time)>
  • Paper Pumpkin past kits and kit refills are eligible for FREE shipping if purchased online.
  • Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are not eligible.
  • Orders placed for Hawaii and Alaska will receive FREE 2nd Day Air Shipping.
What's on your wish list that you'd like to have shipped for FREE?

Shop my online store April 6 - 10 to take
advantage of this great deal!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2013 - 2015 In Color Products Will Be Retiring

Do you know about the Stampin' Up! "In Colors"?

Every year Stampin' Up! introduces 5 new colors known as the "In Colors".  (This is in addition to our 4 Color Collections.)  The "In Colors" are around for 2 years and after that time, they are phased out.  Every year we have to say "goodbye" to another set of In Colors.  And this year is the time we say goodbye to the 2013 - 2015 In Colors (shown below).  I think these were some of my all-time favorite colors, too! 

(from left to right)
 Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Strawberry Slush

These colors will be phasing out with our new catalog in June.  This means all the card stock, ink, markers, twine, basically anything in these colors will be retiring and based on past experience when the retired list is announced (sometime in April or May), these items WILL sell out VERY quickly.

Why am I telling you this?  If you love these colors and know they are being phased out, plan to stock up now.  Save yourself the money and frustration with trying to bid on the products on ebay once they are gone.  I can tell you that you'll pay 5 to 10 times more trying to get these products on ebay!  Why do that?

Below are some fun thank you cards that I created using the 2013 - 2015 In Colors (aren't they just yummy colors?).

Which one of these colors is your favorite?  Comment with your answer.  If I had to just pick one, I think I'd choose Coastal Cabana.  I just love that blue and I'm sure going to miss it!

If you have any questions, let me know and I'm happy to help!

Supplies Used for these cards:

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Versatile Card Ideas Featuring the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack

In honor of the last day of Sale-a-Bration, I had these last few cards to share with you.  The background piece on the cards below feature the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack (item #138639).  Aren't the designs beautiful?  The only way to get your hands on this stunning vellum is with an order of $50 or more or with the purchase of the Starter Kit.

This layout is such an easy, versatile one (you'll be seeing it again on some of my other upcoming card ideas)!

I cut the vellum to 4" X 5 1/4" and adhered it to the card base.  The gray strip on the right side is cut to 4 3/4" X 1 1/2" and the piece along the bottom (perpendicular to the Basic Gray strip) is cut to 4" X 1 1/2".

I also used the Lovely Amazing You stamp set.  I think it's the font of the sentiments that I like the best! 

This final card was my inspiration from Mary Fish.  Once I started making this layout, I couldn't stop!

I hope you have had a chance to take advantage of all that's going on during Sale-a-Bration 2015 because after today, it will be gone for another year! 

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