Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Something's Up with June 2nd

The planets won't be in alignment but in the Stampin' Up! world it will seem like they will be on June 2nd!  This is going to be an interesting day when you'll be able to order from the "old" catalog as well as the "new" catalogs and this only happens once a year!  PLUS the Starter Kit will be better than ever (see below).

Let met take a moment to explain about June 2nd:

  • The new 2015 - 2016 Annual Catalog will go live on Tuesday, June 2nd.
  • The old 2014 - 2015 Annual Catalog will still be up on the ordering page.  This is your absolute last day to order any retiring products (while supplies last).
  • The Occasions Catalog will also still be up on the ordering page and you'll be able to order from it as well (while supplies last).
  • The current Host Rewards Program will still be in effect on June 2nd.  However, on June 3rd a new Host Rewards Program will begin.  If you're order reaches the $150 mark, you'll have $25 in FREE host rewards to use on both "old" products or choose from the new products in the new catalog!

    "Hosts" (or those whose order reaches $150 or more) can choose host only items from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, the 2015 Occasions Catalog or the 2015 - 2016 Annual Catalog.  (That's a lot of host choices!)

  • Here's the BEST part about June 2nd:  You'll have more choices than ever for your Starter Kit!  The Starter Kit is $99 (plus tax; ships for FREE) and you choose $125 in product PLUS, Stampin' Up! is sweetening the deal with a BONUS of 2 FREE stamp sets from the NEW catalog!

    In Texas, the total for the Starter Kit with tax is around $107 but you'll actually be receiving more than $150 in products!
  • And, as always, you can take advantage of the savings of products on the Clearance Rack, Weekly Deals and discounted retiring products.
Can you see why June 2nd is going to be an interesting day?  Mark your calendars, hop online and snag some great deals! 

PLEASE let me know if you have any questions.  I want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quick Rock & Roll Technique Video from Stampin' Up!

Got 47 seconds to watch a fun technique in action?  It's been awhile since I've done the Rock & Roll technique so I love to see it again with one of my favorite stamp sets - Sheltering Tree.

Stampin' Up! has created some amazing video tutorials and I'm always inspired!  I hope you are, too!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another Great Reason to Give Paper Pumpkin a Try

If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin yet, now is a great time to sign up and get 50% off your first two months!  That's just $10 each month for two months AND that cost includes shipping!  WOW! 
This deal is only available through June 10th.  

What's Paper Pumpkin?  It's a monthly kit that arrives to your mailbox with everything you need to create fun projects!  It can be cute cards, home decor items, mini memory albums and much more! Each kit comes with an exclusive stamp set, ink, and all the supplies to create the surprise project for the month.

Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95 (this amount includes shipping!)
  • Enter the Promo Code, SAVE50 when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT). 
Are you ready to give Paper Pumpkin a try?

Just to give you an idea of what the kit looks like and what's inside.  Be sure to scroll down to see the video tutorial from Stampin' Up!  You'll receive a clear block in your first kit, too!  (This was the April kit.)

Stampin' Up! also includes specialty adhesives like Dimensionals and little glue dots (pictured on the far left in the photo below).

Check out what this fun kit makes!

One additional benefit to joining Paper Pumpkin - you'll have the opportunity to purchase refill kits of your favorite past kits!  Only subscribers have that ability!

Give it a try for 2 months - what do you have to lose?  Just be sure to subscribe by June 10th before this deal is gone!
Click here to subscribe!

Happy stamping,


Friday, May 15, 2015

Say Goodbye to Pleasant Poppies

Here's another great stamp that is a tough one to see go.  Pleasant Poppies was so easy to use and it filled the entire background of a card base.  There's just something about coloring in the poppies that was therapeutic.  (It's cheap therapy, if you ask me!)

Even though the Blendabilities markers are no more, you can simply color in images like the poppies with a Blender Pen and ink.  It's pretty simple!  I've even created a fun video tutorial to walk you through the process:

Have you checked out the entire Retiring List for 2015?  You can get an Excel file copy here or you can view all the retiring products on my Online Store.

Whatever you do, don't let these great stamps and accessories slip away!  Accessories are only available while supplies last.

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coffee and Friends are a Perfect Blend

Oh no!  Not, this stamp set!  I just love the coffee mug and the sentiments in this stamp set - it really was a "great blend"!  And, the Perfect Blend clear stamp set is just $10.95.  It's a great deal, too!  (Cheaper than a couple of cups of coffee at Starbucks!)

Just check out these great ideas with Perfect Blend:

This first card was a swap card I received at Convention and it was created by Eve Janean Ikeda.  I just love that the card base is cut to a standard size (8.5" X 5.5") but the way it's scored and folded, it makes a great gift card holder inside.

With the 8.5" side at the top of the Score Tool, score at 3.5" and 7".  Just check out the cute pocket it creates. How fun is that?  A fun pocket for cash or gift card!

This next card was also a swap card I received from Wendie.

 Another Wendy created this adorable card I received at Founder's Circle 2013.

And, finally one more fun idea.  Look closely in the lower, left-hand corner.  See that little cluster?  It's actually coffee beans!  When I received this swap, I could actually smell the beans (they smelled so yummy!). 

So many fun ideas with the Perfect Blend stamp set!  I'm sorry to see it go!  Get it while you still can!
Accessories are only available while supplies last but stamp sets will continue being manufactured until May 26th.

June 2nd is the last day to order from the 2014 - 2015 Annual Catalog.

Happy stamping,


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I'm Just Sayin' - I Miss You Already!

This is too funny!  Isn't the sentiment on this card rather fitting since the stamp set is retiring?  I posted a cute card on yesterday's blog post and the sentiment on that card is very fitting, as well (it says "Cheer up buttercup").  What a coincidence!  The sentiments are saying goodbye to the stamp sets for me!

Just Sayin' Clear Mount stamp set is regular price - $18.95
Just Sayin' Wood Mount stamp set is discounted to $21.56 (normally $26.95)
Word Bubbles Framelits are 50% off - now just $12.48 (normally $24.95)
Flashback Designer Paper is regular price - $10.95

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I guess we've got to say goodbye to some great products to make room for the new!  Grab these deals while you can!  Accessories are only available while supplies last.

Happy stamping and snagging deals!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cheer Up Buttercup

I know the new catalog is just around the corner but before we get too wrapped up in the new catalog, I don't want you to miss out on some amazing deals with the retiring products.

For example, the Geometrical Clear Stamp Set is not only retiring, it's also on sale!  And, the coordinating Triangle Punch is 50% off!  Take a look at how cute a card can be made with this fun duet!

Isn't this a cute card?  The front panel is cut just a little short so the designer paper on the inside shows along the right edge.  Simple but so cute with all splashes of colorful triangles!


Geometrical Clear Stamp Set - discounted price $16.46
Large Triangle Punch - discounted price $7.98
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I'll be posting more "oldies but goodies" as we countdown our way to the new catalog!  Take advantage of these deals while you can!

Keep in mind that the retiring accessories (punches, designer paper, embellishments, ribbons, etc.) are available only while supplies last.  Stamp sets will continue to be manufactured until May 26th.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sneak Peeks with the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit

I'm sure you've heard by now that the new 2015 - 2016 Annual Catalog is just around the corner (June 2nd to be exact!) and, if you're like many stampers right now, you can't wait to see all the new products inside, right?

Well, did you know that there's a way for you to get your hands on many of those products NOW?  That's right!  When you purchase your Starter Kit, you can choose selected Sneak Peek items to be a part of your Starter Kit!  Woohoo!  Why wait for June when you can order them now?  Things like new In Color card stock, ribbons and ink pads as well as embellishments, stamp sets, new tools and more!!

Sneak Peeks are just one of many benefits and perks of being a part of an amazing company and you'll become a part of an amazing group of stampers known at the Cowtown Crafters!

And, you choose $125 worth of products for only $99 (plus tax; ships for FREE!.  Can't beat it!

So, don't wait til June!  Purchase your Starter Kit today and get stamping with new products now!

Contact me today if you plan on purchasing the kit - I can get you the Sneak Peek list!

In the mean time, here's a little sneak peek for you to enjoy:

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Saying Goodbye to the Kind and Cozy Stamp Set

Have you had a chance to process, I mean really comprehend, all that is retiring?  Wow!  I've looked at the list several times and each time I find something else that I'm going to be sad to see go.  The Kind and Cozy stamp set is one of those products we'll be saying goodbye to very soon!

This list is in a larger font so it's easier to read and it's sorted by page number.
I just went page by page highlighting and circling items that are retiring so I wouldn't miss anything.

I was going back through some older video tutorials and came across this adorable tutorial on how to create a watermelon using the Kind and Cozy stamp set.


Summer will be here before you know it and watermelons would be a great embellishment on any card!

So, grab the Kind and Cozy stamp set before June 2nd.  After then, it'll be gone for good!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Makeover Monday - Mother's Day and Father's Day Cards

Going through an old box of cards, I came across this Father's Day card and just knew this would be a good one to makeover using new stamps and paper.  Once I got started, I just couldn't stop with one card.  So today, is a bonus!  It's Makeover Monday with two "made over" cards - one for Mother's Day and one for Father's Day!   (Scroll down to see the video tutorials of both cards!)

Just take a look at how I turned this....

into this.....

 and this....

Mother's Day Video Tutorial:

Father's Day Video Tutorial:

Don't you just love it when a few simple changes to a card just jazzes the whole thing up?  If you have older cards laying around, take a look at each one and see what you can create when you spend a few minutes making it over!  I'd love to hear your stories of making over cards!  Share them in the comments section below.

Happy Stamping,