Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August Paper Pumpkin Kit

Have you signed up for Paper Pumpkin yet?  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit subscription and it's filled with all the goodies you need for a 30 minute creative escape!  The 50% off deal for new subscribers is still going strong and it's a great time to give it a try!  With a deal like this, you'll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try, too!   Use the code:  HALFOFF2 during checkout to receive the discount.

Just check out these adorable cards and envelopes that were in the August kit:

I love the bright colors in this kit.  The envelopes are just adorable, too!  The 50% off promotion is good through September 10th - so get signed up today and enjoy receiving a new kit every month!

Wanna see a sneak peek of September's kit?  You'll receive adorable Halloween treat bags! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Endless Wishes Photopolymer Set - It's Coming Back!

The Endless Wishes stamp set was so popular when it was first released and it actually sold out.  Well, guess what stamp set Stampin' Up! is bringing back in the upcoming Holiday Catalog?  That's right!!  It's back once again and on September 1st, you'll have the opportunity to purchase it. 

Did you know that if you purchase the Starter Kit, you can choose items from the upcoming Holiday catalog?  That's right!  The Holiday Catalog doesn't go live until September 1st, but you can get those products early!  It's one of the many benefits of purchasing the Starter Kit!

Christmas Wishes to You
Stamps:  Endless Wishes
Ink:  Soft Sky Classic Ink , Real Red Classic Ink
Paper:  Whisper White card stock, Soft Sky card stock
Accessories:  Basic Jewels Rhinestones

A Very Merry Christmas
Stamps:  Endless Wishes
Ink:  Smoky Slate Classic Ink, Real Red Classic Ink

View the PDF flyer of the Endless Wishes stamp set here - keep in mind that the flyer has "Sold Out" written on it but no worries!  It will be available again in September!  Is Endless Wishes on your wish list?  It should be!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Yee - Haw it's Here!

I am SO stinkin' excited about the latest Photopolymer stamp set - Yee-Haw!  I first saw it at Convention in July and I couldn't wait until they released it!  Well, it's finally here and available to purchase!

I can just see some adorable fall and Christmas cards with this set, too!  Wouldn't a "Happy Fall Y'all!" card be cute?  Or what about "Merry Christmas Y'all!" or "Yee-haw it's Christmas Y'all!".  (Is this just a crazy Texas thing or can you see all the ideas, too?)

Purchase your Yee-Haw stamp set and all your other stamping supplies 24/7 through my Online Store today.

Yee-Haw Y'all!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's All About the Relationships

This past July I had the honor of speaking at the annual Stampin' Up! Convention and what an experience that was!  I have never spoken to such a large crowd before and to say that I was nervous is an understatement.  However, through all the preparation and practices, my prayer remained the same.  I asked God that even if one life is touched by what I have to say, then all the work (and nervousness) was worth it.

Well, have I got an answer to prayer to share with you!

I guess I should give you a quick summary of my presentation.  My topic was "gathering" and I focused on all the different ways that people gather together - in Bible study groups, coffee with friends, stamping groups, etc.  My message was clear - don't give up gathering together.  Being in community with others in small gatherings is where real change and personal growth can happen.  In the age of online communication and social media,  it's so important to meet and gather together - face to face.

After my presentation, I had a woman stop me and tell me that my presentation had inspired her.  I had no idea how much until I received the following email a couple days ago:

Hi Christi,

I'm the demo that spoke with you about how your presentation at convention touched me and inspired me to have a stamp class for some women I have stamped with for years but had not had a class for them in a few months.  One of the member's husband is losing his battle with cancer.  

Just wanted to follow up and say that I did contact those ladies right after convention and we had a class on July 30.  The member with the sick husband was able to come and we all had a great time together.  Her husband took a turn for the worse this past Saturday and they called in hospice.  Another friend called me today to say that he isn't expected to live through the night.  

I'm so grateful to you for nudging me to do this.  God truly was at work in your presentation.  I hope that other demos were as touched as I was.  Stamping really is about relationships!

WOW! See what I mean about an answer to prayer?  This is why I do what I do!  I can't begin to tell you how many friendships have come into my life because of Stampin' Up!.  Stamping cards and projects is what brings us together initially, but it's the support and encouragement of friends that keeps us coming back again and again!  So, don't give up gathering (and stamping) together!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gathering with Friends

Any time I'm stamping with friends is a great time!  And, gathering together with the Cowtown Crafters this past Friday was no exception!  During our monthly gathering times we stamp, share ideas and always have tons of laughs!  Would you like to see what being a Cowtown Crafter is all about?  Then I'd like you to join me as my guest at our next gathering in September!  Contact me today and I'll give you all the details.

There's lots to 'show and tell' each month.  I love seeing all the creativity!

What would our monthly gathering be without stamping?  We created 5 adorable projects together!  Keep scrolling down to see the projects we made this month.

Our make-n-take projects for August
Our projects this month featured the Work of Art stamp set and the Project Life Remember This stamp set.  We also focused on the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack.  This is one versatile stack of 4 1/2" X 6 1/2" paper!

Would you like to get in on the fun, too?  Contact me today to be my guest in September!  Happy Stamping!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

From the Archives - Label Love Quick Card

Sometimes there are card layouts that just 'stand the test of time' and no matter what supplies you use, they turn out cute every time.  This is one of those cards!  Even thought the Designer Paper I used in the video is no longer available, how easy it is to simply swap out the paper and create an entirely new look!  Below the video are my "current" versions of this simple layout.

**Note the texture on the background of these cards.  I've used several different embossing folders with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to create the texture.  August is the month to purchase the Big Shot!  Click here to find out why.**

My 'Updated' Version of this Card

The sentiment in this card is a sneak peek of an upcoming stamp set called Good Greetings!  It will be featured in an upcoming promotion on September 1st!  I'll pass along all the details as soon as I have them!

Supply List for Celebrate Card: 
Stamps:  Good Greetings (coming soon!)
Ink:  Soft Suede Classic Ink
Paper:  Whisper White, Lullaby Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (use with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine), Pear Pizazz Chevron Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch

Did you know that in Texas it is Tax Free Weekend?  You can save on Stampin' Up! markers (including Blendabilities!), adhesive and more!  Check out all the items that are tax free!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Christi's Classroom - Featuring Bright and Beautiful Bundle

Our lesson for today in Christi's Classroom is all about using the Stars Framelits with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine!  Did you know that one of the bundles you can choose for free features a stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog?  That's right!  The Bright and Beautiful bundle includes the Stars Framelits and the Bright and Beautiful stamp set.  You'll have to watch the video tutorial today to see it!

In the video, I also show you how to create this adorable Star card!  It's easy to cut out the stars using the Big Shot to create a "window" effect.

 I created this adorable tag using the new Bright and Beautiful stamp set.  What a pretty one for Christmas!

Purchase your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine today and receive a FREE bundle of products!  It's a great value!  (If your order reaches the $150 mark, you'll also receive hostess benefits which mean more FREE products for you!)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Adorable Little Birdies - Wetlands Card Samples

The Wetlands stamp set is one of those than can be easily missed when first looking through the Annual Catalog.  It didn't catch my eye in the book but boy did these card samples from Convention catch my eye!  The little birdies just too adorable!  Can you guess another thing they all have in common?  Go ahead, I'll wait.  Scroll down and look at the cards.  The answer is after the 3rd card!

This first card was created by Vicki Soni.  She used the Work of Art stamp set to create the background behind the little birds.  She also used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder on the Crumb Cake card stock.  (The Big Shot is great for adding texture to any project!)

This next card was created by Cindy Ardis.  I like the texture she added on the Soft Suede card stock using the Chevron Embossing Folder.  She also used the Party Pennants Bigz die for the Pool Party piece that she stamped on.  (The Big Shot cuts out dies of all shapes and sizes, too!)

Carol Siers created this third card using the same little birdies.  The Soft Sky card stock was embossing using the Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  (More embossing ideas with the Big Shot!)

Ok - I guess it wasn't too hard to figure out with my "subtle" hints!  If you noticed that they all used the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, then you are correct! 

Did you know that when you purchase the Big Shot in August, you'll receive a FREE exclusive bundle of products (stamp set and coordinating Framelits valued up to $54!)!  If you already own the Big Shot, you can purchase these bundles for 15% off!

And, it gets even better!  If your order reaches the $150 mark, you'll also start earning hostess dollars which means more FREE products for you!  Check out the table to see how much!

Purchase your Big Shot and your favorite Big Shot accessories today!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Texas Sales Tax Holiday (Tax Free Weekend)

The state of Texas is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $100 per item from August 8 - 10.  It's a great time to stock up on those craft room essentials!  It's like a little bonus to be able to purchase your Stampin' Up! essentials tax FREE!

Here's what will be tax free from Stampin' Up! during that time.

·         2-Way Glue Pen (item 100425) $4.50
·         Snail Adhesive (item 104332) $6.95
·         Snail Adhesive Refill (item 104331) $4.50
·         Sticky Strip (item 104294) $6.95
·         Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430) $3.95
·         Mini Glue Dots (item 103683) $4.95
·         Paper Snips (item 103579) $9.95
·         Craft & Paper Scissors (item 108360) $29.95
·         Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (item 105021) $3.95
·         Blender Pens (item 102845) $9.95
·         Stampin’ Write Markers (various item numbers) $3.50
·         Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131263) $28.95
·         Regals Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131262) $28.95
·         Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131259) $28.95
·         Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131261) $22.95
·         Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (item 110755) $3.95
·         Anywhere Glue Sticks (item 104045) $3.95
·         2012-2014 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (item 126856) $14.95
·         2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131260) $14.95
·         2014-2016 In Colors Stampin' Write Markers (item 133654) $14.95
·         Stampin’ Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034) $28.95
·         Stampin’ Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034,131259,131263,131262,
131261) $28.95
·         Project Life Journaling Pens  (item 135304)  $4.95
·         Stampin" Dazzle markers gold and silver (item 133634 & 128978) $3.50 ea
·         White Stampin' Chalk Marker  (Item 132133)  $3.50
·         Blendabilities Markers (Item all)  $11.95 ea
·         Blendabilities Skin Tone Assortment Markers (item 129370) $22.95
·         Paper Snips/Scissors, Fringe Scissors $9.95