Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Raise your hand if you're a fan of poinsettias at Christmas time?  Me! Me!  I love the bright red petals, huge green leaves and the festive feeling I get when I bring one home during the holidays. Mine from last year is still alive, too!  Right now it's just twigs with green leaves but I'm curious to see what it looks like later this year.  Anyone else ever have one stay alive from one year to the next?  I hope to see all those red petals again!

The Holiday Catalog will go live online on Tuesday, September 1st and when it does, you'll be able to check out this great bundle - Reason for the Season stamp set and Festive Flower Builder punch (save 15% when purchased as a bundle!).  item # 140847   $33 (USD)
The stamp set has 10 images and is photopolymer.

You can stamp the "veins" of the petals first and then punch out.  You'd never to punch several times to get all the petals and leaves to create this beautiful poinsettia on this first card.

This second card shows several other images that are included in the stamp set (red inside and black outline).

And, in this third example, my friend Lisa simply punched out the new Red Foil sheets (item # 139607  $4) using the Festive Flower Builder punch.  The background on her bag (the red striped piece) is also from a new vellum pack!  Gotta love the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (say that ten times fast!).  The Designer Vellum (item # 139597  $11) comes with three different designs of vellum - green trees, red stripes (below) and silver snowflakes.  (3 each of 3 designs = 9 sheets total)  So pretty!

Even if you weren't a fan of poinsettias before, I hope you are now!  The projects and ideas created with the punch and set are simply stunning!

Be sure to check my Online Store on Tuesday, September 1st (after 2 am mountain time) to view the Holiday Catalog and to shop for all your Christmas and fall holiday products!  Order early for the best selection and to avoid products going on back order.

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sneak Peek - Embellished Ornaments Christmas Cards

A few more sneak peeks from the upcoming Holiday Catalog are here for you!  These three cards feature the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and the coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies! What an elegant combination of products!

These products can be purchased individually or as a bundle to save you money!

Clear mount bundle (includes clear mount stamp sets and Framelits):  item # 140857  $41.50
Wood mount bundle (includes wood mount stamp set and Framelits):  item # 140856  $48.25

The Framelits are a set of 8 dies - 5 intricate ornaments, 1 star / snowflake shape, 1 ornament topper (seen in the picture above in silver) and 1 ornament "hanger" (has the shape of a candy cane but is the hangy thing that we use to put ornaments on the tree).  You like my technical term "hangy thing"?  I hope that makes sense!

The designer paper used on the card below is also new!  It's from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper pack (item # 139590  $11).  You'll receive 12 sheets of double sided paper (2 each of 6 designs).

The Holiday Catalog will go live online at 2 am (mountain time) on Tuesday, September  1st.  Who's going to start shopping at 2 am??  You'll want to shop early to ensure you get all your stamping products but I don't think you'll have to think of it as "black Friday" shopping after Thanksgiving.

Weekly Deals for August 25th through August 31st:

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You can always shop 24/7 safely and securely on my Online Store.  And, don't forget about my Frequent Stamper Rewards!  Start earning those initials and receive FREE stamps.

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

English Garden and Remarkable You - Perfect Combination

I've got another great combination for you - English Garden Designer Paper and the Remarkable You stamp set.  I've gone crazy with creating different cards using these products!  So many possibilities - so little time!  Did you see the cards I posted yesterday that also showcase the English Garden Designer Series Paper?  It's funny because it's the same pack of paper but the look of those cards are so different!  Check them out.

Tips for Using the Designer Paper:

  • Cut a piece of designer paper to 5 1/4" X 4 ".
  • Place this piece of paper back on your cutter and with the 5 1/4" side along the top, cut off 2".
  • Flip this little 2" piece over.  Since Stampin' Up!'s designer paper is double sided, you'll be able to show off both sides of the paper on these cards.
  • The top piece should measure 3 1/4" X 4" and the bottom piece should measure 2 " X  4".

This last one uses the English Garden Designer Paper but the sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set (another great one!).

Supplies Used:

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Which card is your favorite?  I'm curious - how many different cards do you think you can create with these two products (Remarkable You and English Garden Designer Paper)?  I'm sure there's some math formula I could use to figure it out but for now, I'll just say you can make A LOT!  (That's as specific as I get with math!  Ha!  Ha!)

Purchase these and all your stamping supplies safely
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Happy stamping,

Monday, August 24, 2015

Birthday Blossoms and English Garden Card Set

Clean, simple and elegant - that's what today's card set is all about!  Isn't this combination of the English Garden Designer Paper and the Birthday Blossoms stamp set just a hit?  When something works well together, you might as well make one in every color and design!

Imagine the reaction when the recipient opens the envelope and sees that extra detail of the lined envelope!  So pretty!

Supplies Used:

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Have you ever come across a great combination that lends itself well to making multiples, too? Sometimes, I will purposefully only allow myself to play with a certain number of products and see how many variations I can come up with. I guess it kind of forces me to maximize what products I"m using and, nine times out of ten, I end up with a great set of cards! I'd love to hear if you do something similar.

I hope you've enjoyed today's inspiration!

Happy stamping,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sneak Peek of Your Presents Set - So Many Possibilities

This new stamp set, Your Presents, has got to be on everyone's wish list!  (This set is in the Holiday catalog and will be available for purchase on September 1st. Clear mount item #139806).  It's awesome because it's not just for Christmas!  When I first saw it, of course I thought of all the Christmas cards but I'm loving this set for birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers or really, any occasion!  It's so versatile and fun to use! 

And, when you pair the Your Presents stamp set with the Sassy Salutations stamp set (one of my all time favorite sentiment stamp sets!), you've got endless possibilities!

Stamp some of the images on the envelope, too, for an added touch of cuteness!

Isn't it neat to see how you can change up just a few elements on a card and turn it into something completely different?  So, is the Your Presents stamp set on your wish list yet? 

You can get your hands on it in September or if you want to get it early, purchase your own Starter Kit.  You get to decide what goes in your kit and you can shop from the Holiday Catalog NOW!  That's right!  You can choose products from the Annual Catalog as well as the Holiday Catalog.  Just a few perks of the Starter Kit:

  • You choose $125 worth of products for only $99!
  • Your kit ships for FREE!  
  • Your kit includes Holiday Catalogs and Annual Catalogs to give to friends and family!
  • See more benefits and perks here!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Treat Bag with a Bow

This adorable little treat bag with a bow looks like a little cute purse to me!  And, the fact that it's so simple to make, makes it an even more fun project (I'm all about quick and simple).  Just imagine what this would look like in the new Halloween designer paper or the Christmas paper that will be coming the Holiday catalog!  Imagine making these for the table for Thanksgiving!  The possibilities are endless!

This cute treat bag was a swap I received during our monthly demonstrator gathering and was created by Wendy.  Would you like to give this cute box a try, too!  Wendy even provided me with the instructions (Thank you Wendy!).

  • Cut desired paper to 6 " x  6".
  • Score on the first side at 1.5" and 4.5".
  • Score on the second side at 2 1/4" and 3 3/4".
  • Cut slits on opposite sides and fold up the bag.
  • Adhere the flaps using a strong adhesive like Tear and Tape Adhesive.

Supplies Used:

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What a fun bag!  I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration and can make some cute treat bags of your own!

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Adorable Minion Card

This girl and her crafty skills amaze me!  I was having a stamp class one evening and Allison was on the phone with a friend (through Facetime, of course).  Keep in mind that her friend's mom is also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I hear them talking about cards and different paper colors, etc.  I can hear them saying to each other, "Do you have Night of Navy?  What about the 1 3/4" circle punch?  Ok!  Grab the snail adhesive, too!"  (You get the idea!)  Well, Allison asked if she could use some of my supplies and while I was teaching my class, she was creating this!  Her friend was also creating the minion card at the same time!  That's stamping in the 21st century for you!

Is that the cutest Minion card ever?  I was blown away when she showed me the finished product!  Do I have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the making or what?  (And, even though the watermark has my name on it, this really was her own creation!  I might need to make a watermark with her name on it now!)

I thought I'd also share this adorable frozen yogurt "stand" she created with cardboard and paper.  Give that girl a glue gun, some paper and she's one happy kid!

I just love seeing her excitement for paper crafts and her creativity is amazing!  I love that we can share the love of paper crafting together!

Happy stamping,

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monthly Demonstrator Fun

Not only do I love stamping and having classes of my own, I also like to gather with other demonstrators on my Cowtown Crafters team and actually stamp with them!  (What a concept, huh?)

Every month we gather together for a fun night to have a brief business meeting, celebrate the successes in our group, share project ideas and then get on with some stamping!  It's just one more perk of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and being a part of the Cowtown Crafters team!

This month we made four Christmas cards that feature new products from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!  I can't wait to share them with you! (And I will be sharing them this month as part of my Sneak Peek series for the Holiday Catalog.)

We must have had 18 or 19 people at our meeting this month!

Would you like to see some of the creativity of this group?  There were actually two tables holding all sorts of samples and for some reason I only took pictures from one of the tables (I can't believe I forgot to take pictures of the other table!).  The samples and ideas this month were amazing to say the least!

Check out this adorable wine bottle cover that Kim made.  How cool (and beautiful) is that!?  She used the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper on top of black card stock.  Have you seen this Designer Paper in person, yet?  It is hands-down the prettiest paper I've ever seen!  It truly is elegant and beautiful!

And I just love this card set using the new Pretty Petals Designers Series Paper Stack and the Tin of Cards stamp set.  Great combination!

Here's another way to decorate a bottle of soda, wine or any other drink with a longer "neck".  This was created by my friend, Janet, and isn't that the cutest way to give a gift to someone?  She used the following supplies:  Merry Moments Designer Series Paper, Tree Punch, Greetings Thinlits (for the word Cheers) and the Lots of Labels Framelits set to cut out the shape of the "tag".

And my final share to show you today is this adorable box of cards!  They were made using the English Garden Designer Series Papers and the butterflies!  Don't you just love all the butterfly dies and stamps?  I'm SO hooked on butterflies!  The butterflies on the box were created using the Butterflies Thinlits dies (use with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine). 

We have come together, united over our love of stamping but the friendships with these amazing ladies is what feeds my soul!  If you would like to be a part of this group, too, it all starts with a simple purchase of your Starter Kit.  Whether you are local to me or long distance, I'd love for you to be a part of the Cowtown Crafters team!  I offer resources, ideas and support no matter where you live!

Contact me today if you have any questions or if you're ready to get started with Stampin' Up!.

Happy stamping and creating!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - Promotions and More Promotions

There are always great deals to be had with the Stampin' Up Weekly Deals, Clearance Rack specials and my own Summer Fun Promotion!  Take advantage of these deals while you can!

Weekly Deals:

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More is being added all the time to the Clearance Rack

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Summer Fun Promotion:

Earn entries into a special drawing during the months of July and August and 3 lucky winners will receive a Stampin’ Up! shopping spree from me!
Grand Prize Winner:  $75
Runner Up #1:  $50
Runner Up #2:  $25

Hurry!  This promotion ends August 25th.

It's a great time to snag some great deals with Stampin' Up!.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to School for the Becks

It's early in August but it's already back to homeschooling for the Beck family!  I am just amazed at how quickly time is going!  This will be our 4th year to homeschool and I can't imagine doing anything else!  Kind of ironic that I actually have my teaching degree (and taught school for 6 years) but have found that homeschooling works best for us.  I'm also thrilled that Stampin' Up! allows the flexibility for me to stay home with them and provides me with a creative outlet as well!.

So, without further ramblings from me...let me introduce you to my 6th grader and 8th grader!

 So, once again it's back to the "drawing board" for me to figure out the balance between my stamping stuff, "school" stuff and family stuff (Is there ever really such a thing as balance?  I'm still looking for it!)   And even with all the school scheduling and Stampin' Up! business planning, I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Stampin' Up! has a mission statement (called the Statement of the Heart) and I think it really sums up why I do what I do (personally and in my business).  It says, "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile this we make a difference!"  I just love that!  I love sharing what I do - whether it be homeschooling ideas or stamping projects or anything in between - and striving towards making a difference in the lives of my children as well as my stamping friends!

To me, being a part of Stampin' Up! and homeschooling are both worthwhile endeavors that work well together!  Thank you for being a part of that!