Saturday, April 30, 2016

50/50 Board Winner

The 50/50 Board has filled up once again and I just had the drawing this morning! (Actually, I used a random number generator but you get the idea.) And, the lucky winner is.....

Kathy P. from Corpus Christi

Congratulations Kathy!
You've won a $50 shopping spree!

Now a new 50/50 board will be started and as soon as all 50 spots are taken, I'll do another drawing for another $50 shopping spree!

Want to be in on the next drawing? Here's how:
  • For every $50 purchase (before shipping and tax), you'll receive one number on the board.
  • Purchase $100, and you'll receive two numbers.
  • Purchase $150, and you'll receive three numbers (PLUS you'll also begin receiving host only benefits!)
  • Once all 50 numbers are taken, I do a drawing for the $50 shopping spree. I'll contact the winners directly.
Have a super Saturday of stamping!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Update and Inspiration

Time sure has gotten away from me! Seems like here recently my life (and my family's lives) have all gotten a little hectic. We are in the middle of getting our bathrooms remodeled (it's been a long time coming!), we are trying to finish up another year of homeschooling, I am in the middle of planning a baby shower, we're making plans for summer events and camps, and I'm trying to keep my blog up to date. Goodness! I know I'm probably not the only one with a crazy schedule and more the likely I'm "preaching to the choir". 

I tell you all this to just say please be patient with me. :)
I love stamping, I enjoy designing, creating and preparing for classes - sometimes I simply don't have time to blog about it all. 

With all that being said, today I want to share with you some cute card projects. If you would like to step-by-step instruction sheet, simply click on the title of the project. 

Thank you to all my stamping friends, customers, blog readers - everyone - for your support, encouragement and understanding during this busy season in my life.

I hope you've enjoyed today's inspiration!

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories

Can you believe that it's time once again for the retiring stamp set and accessory list? A new catalog is just around the corner and to make room for all the new products, Stampin' Up! has to retire many products. And, the best news - there are lots of retiring products that are being discounted up to 50%!

There are a couple different ways to view what stamp sets and accessories will be retiring:

Important things to note:
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin' Up! will continue to keep producing the retiring stamps until May 22nd.
  • Accessories will only be available while supplies last.
  • Place your order early for the best selection.

Happy Stamping and Shopping,

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Last Two Weeks of Weekly Deals

The Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals will soon be going away! The last week of Weekly Deals is the week of April 18th.  The Weekly Deals will be replaced by Special Offers which will occur every few months. If there's something on the Weekly Deals you'd like to purchase between now and the week of the 18th, be sure to get your orders in.

Happy Stamping,

Friday, April 1, 2016

Retiring In Colors 2014 - 2016

Did you know that the Annual Catalog will only be around for a couple more months? It's hard to believe but the current Stampin' Up! catalog ends on May 31st, 2016 and that means getting your hands on the 2014 - 2016 In Colors will also be coming to an end!

Now is the time to stock up!
If you've enjoyed using Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey or Tangelo Twist and want to still use them, you'll want to be sure to stock up on these colors while you still can.

Many of the products in these colors will sell out very quickly (especially the re-inkers).

Which color will you miss the most? I'm really going to bummed without Blackberry Bliss! I'm a fan of all things purple and that is one rich, beautiful color!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Last Chance for Sale-a-Bration and Starter Kit Deal

The end of Sale-a-Bration 2016 is quickly coming to a close! The last day to earn FREE products with every $50 purchase ends Thursday, March 31st - that's just two days away! 

And, it's also your last chance to take advantage of the Starter Kit Deal! If you have a long wish list, then this is the way to get the most bang for your buck!

  • The Starter Kit is $99 (plus tax; ships for FREE - a 10% savings!)
  • Normally, you select $125 worth of product - ANYTHING you want.
  • During Sale-a-Bration, however, you get to choose $155 worth of products - ANYTHING you want!
  • Curious about what else is included with the Starter Kit? Get the details here.
  • Ready to put together your Starter Kit? Get it here.

Take a look back through the Sale-a-Bration brochures and make sure you've gotten your FREE choices while you still can. Scroll down to see the At a Glance image of products still available as well as samples galore!

Sale-a-Bration Products at a Glance
Here's a handy picture of what is still available for FREE!

This fun tag for this Kraft Treat Bag was created using the What I Love stamp set (Sale-a-Bration 1st Release brochure).

With the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set (Sale-a-Bration 1st Release), you can decorate bags, cards and so much more! The ice cream cone and sentiment as well as the chick and balloon in the second picture are all part of this adorable set!

The sentiment in the chick card below comes from the Perfect Pairings stamp set (Sale-a-Bration 1st Release).

If I had to pick a favorite product from Sale-a-Bration this year, the Botanicals for You stamp set (Sale-a-Bration 1st Release) would have to be the one! With the big "Just for You" sentiment and the little sentiments for the inside of the card, it's a hit!

This first picture features not only shows the Botanicals for You stamp set (card on the left) but also showcases the Botanical Garden Designer Vellum (on the card on the right). The vellum is another FREE choice (Sale-a-Bration 1st Release). 

*If you like the color combinations in the flower card below, it all comes from the Botanical Blooms Bundle. Purchase the bundle and you automatically qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration product!*

Here's an adorable bag decorated with the Botanicals for You and the little white strip is one of the fun sentiments included in the set. 

I couldn't resist sharing one more featuring the Botanicals for You (I told you it was my favorite, didn't I?). The vellum comes from the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum stack (it's the same vellum used on the flower card above).

There is one additional Sale-a-Bration item on this card, however, that I haven't mentioned yet. See the strip of designer paper in the middle of the card behind the sentiment?  That comes from the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper and it's yet another free choice (Sale-a-Bration 1st Releas). That paper has been very popular!

Both cards below showcase more sentiments from the Perfect Pairings stamp set (Sale-a-Bration 1st Release).

This adorable card below showcases some of the fun designer paper from the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration 1st Release).

We made this fun "bicycle built for two" card using the Pedal Pusher stamp set (Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release) during my monthly Stamp Factory class. The sentiment was from the Greatest Greetings stamp set.

There's still so much more to see in both Sale-a-Bration brochures. I hope you'll look take a few minutes to look through them by Thursday because once they're gone, they're gone! These products will not be available for sale in the future.

Shop for all your stamping supplies 24/7 through my Online Store and qualify for your FREE products!

Happy Stamping and shopping,

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Nice Cuppa Tri-Fold Card

Earlier this week, I shared this fun fold / tri-fold card with you along with the project tutorial and today I have one more to share with you that features the A Nice Cuppa stamp set and the coordinating Framelits. Too cute!

The stamped image on the front of this card is heat embossed using white embossing powder. If you've never heat embossed before, it's actually quite simple with the right tools.
  • Rub the Embossing Buddy over the piece of paper your going to emboss on. The powder in the Embossing Buddy keeps the powder from sticking where you don't want it, too.
  • Stamp desired image with Versamark Ink.
  • Sprinkle white embossing powder (or your choice of color) over the entire image. Gently tap off the excess powder.
  • Using the Heat Tool, heat the image until the embossing powder is shiny and set (at first the powder has a matte finish).
  • That's it!

Supplies Used:

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Free Stamp Set with Paper Pumpkin

I just received my Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail this week and I haven't even had time to put it together. I couldn't wait, however, to share the news with you:
What is Paper Pumpkin you ask? It's a monthly surprise paper crafting kit that arrives to your door with everything you need to create adorable projects (cards, home decor items, calendars, etc.).

Here's everything that came in the March kit. Like I said, I just received mine and haven't had a chance to put it together but the cards this month are all about gift cards - pocket holders and gift card envelopes. So creative!

This month's Pocketful of Cheer (March kit) contains:

  • 8 gift card envelopes
  • 4 gift card pockets
  • Exclusive stamp set (see pic below)
  • Baker's twine
  • Adhesive (glue dots, strips and dimensionals!)
  • Bermuda Bay ink spot
  • Accessories for all the projects
  • All you need is a pair of scissors (and possibly a Snail Adhesive or other tape runner).

Exclusive March Kit stamp set:

Are you ready to give Paper Pumpkin a try? Now's a great time! 

  • The regular cost of the monthly kits is $19.95 (cost includes shipping; plus tax). To subscribe, click here.
  • Special Deal: Since Sale-a-Bration is still going on (through March 31st), you can get the 3 month pre-paid subscription for only $55 (includes shipping!) AND you qualify to receive one FREE Sale-a-Bration product!

    AND - don't forget you'll still get that FREE stamp set in April's kit!
  • Click here to view and purchase the 3 month pre-paid subscription. Click below to view all the FREE Sale-a-Bration choices in the two Sale-a-Bration brochures.

    Sale-a-Bration Brochure 1

    Sale-a-Bration Brochure 2

I hope you'll give Paper Pumpkin a try! I know once you see these kits for yourself, you'll be hooked!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Me = Grateful Tri-Fold Card with Tutorial

I love it when I come across a fun fold card that is easy to put together and I just love how this tri-fold card looks complicated but it's actually rather straightforward. There are more layers on this card than I usually do but I just couldn't resist layering the card stock with this fun paper from the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack.

How about I share with you the tutorial so you can make this cute card, too? Your wish is my command!

Here is a side view that begins to show you how this card opens.

Here's the inside of the card that shows how the pieces open up. Too cute!

This is such a fun card to make and is even more stunning in person! 

Supplies Used:

My friend, Kim, was the one who inspired me with her tri-fold card and when I saw it, I knew I had to design one as well. 

It's such a versatile card - just change out the paper and sentiment and you have a completely different look.

I hope you, too, enjoy the inspiration! This is fun fold /
tri-fold card is a great one to make and give!

Happy stamping,