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Four Frames and Trust God Notebook

How stinkin' cute is this?
* Place a $25 online merchandise order with me between now and July 4th, and you will receive one of these cute notebooks, as a "Thank You" from me!
Well, I wish I could take credit for the entire concept and design, but alas, I cannot. I saw a YouTube video for this but she used a junior legal pad. I had some of those little notepads that are about 3.5" x 5", so I altered her measurements and made my own! Thanks to Melissa for sharing her gifts and talents!
Here's what it looks like when it is partially open... And finally, check out the pen! I ordered these YEARS ago when Stampin'Up! used a different vendor for some of our supplies. The advertising is good on the pen, but unfortunately, the ink didn't work very well so I stopped giving them out when they stopped working. Well, my wonderful husband found some ink refills for me so I will now be giving out these pens until my supplies run out. I made this for a friend as a li…

More Papillon Potpourri!

I just LOVE the Papillon Potpourri stamp set - and it's coordinating Elegant Butterfly punch - makes card making just so easy!
Well, as many of you know, my folks are in town. My mom is also a crafter and a former downline member. So, while she is here, because we have been so busy, we haven't been able to craft much. But we did tonight! Here's what we made: And here they are individually... And the closeups of the butterflies. Mine used Stampin'Dimensionals to pop up the entire butterfly. Mom used one Stampin'Dimensional in the middle of the butterfly's body and she made his wings "fly".
Did you notice how complete the ink coverage was with the new InColors FOAM stamp pads? Wow, huh? Don't have to press as hard and it looks so pretty! Here's the Stampin'Up! video about the new ink pads, if you haven't seen it yet:


We both used the same design from the big catty (page 6, top right picture, if you want to check it out yourself). Although t…

Papillon Potpourri and an Easy Purse!

Crafters -
You have seen these purses before. I made them a couple of years ago, I have shown our Church's Card Ministry members how to make them, and we even sold a few of them a year ago (maybe two?) at our annual fundraiser. The snack size candies fit PERFECTLY into these, as do incentive stamps! Well, fast forward to today. My wonderful upline Sandi posted an Easy Purse pdf for all of us to see. It is the exact same pattern I used those couple of years ago, but with an updated twist. She used the Labels Collection Framelits and ribbon! She also used the Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom Punch, but I'm not so much the flower-type of girl. BUT I am a butterfly-type of gal, so I used the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and Elegant Butterfly Punch. And here's a close up of the butterfly. VERY easy to do this, especially if you use your Stamp-a-ma-jig!
So, my special until the end of June is... IF you purchase the new Labels Collection Framelits from me, I'll give you one of th…

Postage Due and the 2012 Tour de France

Crafters -
As many of you have heard me say before, don't purchase a stamp set unless you can make five different designs out of it. Not the same design, in five different colors or with five different sentiments, but five different designs.
Of course, there are always exceptions. I purchase dinosaur sets like Dinoroar because we have a boy. Ours likes dinosaurs and I know I'll use this set over and over and over again. Well, hubby is a cyclist - he participates in a number of rides that support cancer research and the like. So when I saw Postage Due, I knew I had to get that set! Especially with him participating in Pelotonia this year. You can read more about his rider profile here.
Well... he also watches the Tour de France! And the Tour begins Saturday, June 30th. It is on our TV throughout the day and it is recorded each and every day, each and every stage. This year, he is going to be able to go to France to actually watch a couple of the stages in person! We are VERY excit…

Welcome Nina!

Is this a GREAT time to be a demonstrator or WHAT? And is this a GREAT time to join my "Latte Joy Stampers" group too? You betcha!

My former downline member Nina had resigned from Stampin'Up! And guess what? She just re-joined TODAY, taking advantage of the wonderful Starter Kit - that she customizes! I think she said that she is already working on her Wish List especially since she can preorder out of the HOLIDAY catalog!

The Holiday catty isn't available for customers to order from until August 1st. BUT Stampin'Up! demonstrators can preorder from it beginning July 1st!!!! Stampin'Up! does it that way so the demonstrators can get some of the items into our hands to play with, I mean to prepare our samples for the next month! Yeah.... that's what I meant to type...  Aren't they wonderful for offering that opportunity to us? I think so!


And, because Nina was a demonstrator for about six years, she knows the ropes and how everything already works. She has …

Welcome Charlene!

Crafters -
As many of you know, it is a GREAT time to join the Stampin'Up! family and my team of "Latte Joy Stampers"! My friend Charlene was looking at several items in the new catalog. It was actually CHEAPER for her to become a demonstrator than for her to pay me! 
So, after much thought and prayer, she joined today (I do have to tell you - I LOVE some of the stamp sets she ordered with her starter kit)! What a deal! All the business supply things like catalogs (a FULL box of EIGHT - yes 8!), order forms, and workshop postcards. And the Make a Cake stamp set, Patio Party Designer Series Paper, and Patio Party Digital Collection DVD (up to a $48 value!). And then she was able to pick the items she wanted in her Starter Kit - WITH NO SHIPPING CHARGES - all for a total of $99!!!! As I've said before, and you will probably hear me say several times in the future, if you are even THINKING about having a workshop - you really should become a demonstrator. You don't ha…

10 More Days Until...

That's right! 
Only 10 more days for you to: Sign up and enjoy up to $48 in extra merchandise when you join my team of Latte Joy Stampers. When you join by June 30th, you'll receive the "Make a Cake" stamp set and more! Click here for more information.RSVP for my Christmas in July card class. We will be using two new stamp sets - Christmas Blessings (my new favorite) and Christmas Deer along with a couple of others... Hope to see you here! Click here for more information.
Hope to see you soon!

The New Foam Ink Stamp Pads!

Did you like the previous post? The one that showed how the new foam stamp pads worked? Showed how much better the ink was (if not check it out! Look at the difference between the Plum flower and the raspberry flower).

Well, here's a video from Stampin'Up! that shows the whole thing in detail, INCLUDING the new labels!


It's almost like Christmas came early this year huh? I've met Shannon West at SU! events before and she is just as lovely in person as she is in this video. Hope you enjoyed her video from Stampin'Up!

Fabulous Florets and More!

I don't know what my new favorite item is out of the new catalog! Do you? I know I like the card on page 181 of the new Stampin'Up! catalog so I played with my Fabulous Florets stamp set, along with some other new items.
First, using my new "pages" for my Color Coach, I decided to start with the Raspberry Ripple color. One of the color combinations was the new InColor Raspberry Ripple, which coordinates with Perfect Plum and Crumb Cake. (I'll list all of the supplies at the end of this posting).

Then, again using my Color Coach, the other coordinating colors that go with Raspberry Ripple are Pretty in Pink and Old Olive. With this card, I decided to play with my new Raspberry Ripple FOAM Classic Stampin' Pad. WOW! Do you see how perfectly the new FOAM stamp pad works? WOW!!!!

And here they are side-by-side. Using the Crumb Cake combination, it gives a muted image. Using the Pretty in Pink, perks up the card and makes it look "happy." Both cards are exa…

My SU! order has arrived!

And it arrived today! It was so nice coming home from my "real" job - and finding the SU! box... especially since Mr. Brown is usually here SEVERAL hours later! And this was on top of a GREAT day at work - my friend Jen called me and asked me to come out to her area to assist with some work training. God is GOOD!  :)
SO, after going through everything AND I even mounted ALL of the stamp sets I ordered and they are already on my shelf! Anyway, I logged onto the Stampin'Up! website to look at the sample they provided for this new stamp set and I made it my own. I changed a couple of things and LOVE how easy this card and this design is!
Don't recognize it? It is called "Reason to Smile." PERFECT for my day on Wednesday! This is a stamp set that will be available for July ONLY! AND only if you purchase a $50 order - you will be able to receive this stamp set for only $5... Yes - $5!!!! Where else can you get a stamp set of this quality that is a 2-step stamp set…

Today's Mini Downline meeting

Crafters -
As many of you know, I rejoined Stampin'Up! about 6 weeks ago. I received my starter kit with all my paper, placed my preorder (WONDERFUL part of being an SU! demo), and have had several events since I rejoined (card classes, retired sale/workshop).
Well, when you quit Stampin'Up!, you lose your downline. Thankfully, they have remained friends. :)  So, while I am rebuilding my business - let me know if you want to have a workshop! - I am also rebuilding my downline. With the $99 Starter Kit, it is a wonderful time to become a demonstrator at ANY time.
Today, I held a mini downline meeting for my former downline ladies and a few who are thinking of joining my current downline, the Latte Joy Stampers. Several of the stampers were at graduation parties, out of town, and the like; but there were FOUR of us here today. It was so much fun to craft with these friends today.
Here are the cards we made:



I think we all had fun! Which one is YOUR favorite? Leave me a comment and l…

Hostess Special and Retired Items For Sale

Crafters -
I just have to say "WOW!"  After my Open House / Retired Items sale over the weekend - thanks to those who came and shopped - it was MUCH appreciated - I'm getting a bit more organized.
Well today, I received a phone call and a few of the stamp sets are now sold. You can view them here, if you are looking for any retired items. AND today, my hubby received an email from that online place with a special goings on right now. SO, I will be placing the stamp sets on that online place by Wednesday.  ***UPDATE: The Retired Items have now been removed from the blog.
AND, I am placing my first demonstrator order. I'm still entering it and tweaking the items - I must have played with this order about a dozen times! And because it is my first demonstrator order and I'm placing it within 45 days of rejoining Stampin'Up!, this wonderful company even gives me an extra 10% off - it's like receiving FREE shipping!
AND because I have been planning this order FOREV…

Today's Open House and My Many Stamp Sets...

UPDATE: I have posted pictures of the many stamp sets here. Just click "here" and it will take you to that page. If you would like additional pictures, let me know!

WOW! I had so much fun today with the crafters who came to my home. We played with some of the new InColors, one of the new hostess sets, and we made THIS card.
And here's a close-up of the puppy - isn't he cute?  :)
And about 15-20 of my stamp sets found new homes. They were looking to leave me anyway - they needed someone to play with them. 
So thank you to my crafting friends who came over today and spent time with me. And thanks to my dad for sending me my Grandma's Coffee Cake recipe! We moved here about 18 months ago and I KNOW I've seen my cookbook since then, just couldn't locate it this morning! So my dad sent me the recipe. Isn't he a GREAT guy?
And because I have a plethora of retired stamp sets  - here's the proof too!
and from the side view.
I will be posting them throughout to…

Specials, Specials, and MORE Specials - Check THESE out!

The new catalog is effective TODAY!!!! It wasn't up just a few minutes ago, but they have stated that it will be up and running at noon Mountain Time (which makes it 2pm Eastern). 
AND WOW!!!!  I just logged onto the Stampin'Up! (demonstrator side) website. They are offering a couple of specials, and one will be added at the end as MY special. Click on the individual flyers for the full details!
Here's the first one - for those who join during June. I know of THREE of you who are thinking about it.

And here's a WONDERFUL hostess special for JUNE AND JULY!!!! Please note - ONLINE orders are not eligible for this promotion. You can have a CATALOG party (meaning your friends order from the catalog, you don't have to have a sit-down workshop) OR you can have a sit-down workshop! They come to you and we make a card or two and I'll demonstrate something (or two somethings). As the hostess, YOU get what I make at YOUR workshop! Contact me NOW to schedule YOUR workshop!

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