Saturday, July 20, 2013

Convention 2013 Videos!

Almost like being there, but without the lines!

(NOTE: If you are receiving this by email, the videos will not work within the email. You can go to my blog by clicking HERE to see this posting.

Opening Ceremony

New Stamp Carving Kit called Undefined - What a GREAT idea!

Closing Ceremony

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin

Attention Pumpkineers!

I received my email from Stampin'Up! that the July kit was on the way to me. I just LOVE the anticipation of the monthly kit! And I HATE surprises! That's the funniest part of this whole thing!  :)

Well anyway, I just realized that I never posted the pictures from the JUNE Paper Pumpkin. It was called Hello to You and had some of the BEST individual stamps!

June Paper Pumpkin
Hello to You

Not quite sure how I got such a shadow on the left side of the photo, but you get the idea! All I added was a few little ribbon pieces and some scraps. You can see on the back Primrose card, that I used the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and the Primrose 2012-2014 InColor Core'dinations paper with the sanding block. My crafters will tell you - it just jazzed up that card! Throw in a few stampin' dimensionals and really made the card pop!

My monthly pumpkineers receive the PDF via email, especially helpful for the long distance crafters! I include step-by-step instructions if they want to use the little extras. Of course, the card itself that comes in the kit is perfect on its own! But this way, it's an easy way to see if you like a specific product. You can see there is the suede taffeta ribbon AND the daffodil stitched grosgrain ribbon on two of the cards. There is also a little bit of primrose ribbon on the primrose card. And did you notice all those little ribbon pieces inside the hexagons? WOW, huh? (NOTE: Because the kit used the now retired color of More Mustard, I also added a little bit of the More mustard ribbon for my crafters. That item is no longer available for purchase.)

And finally, for an added surprise for my crafters, I also included one of the Anywhere Glue Sticks. Now these come two to a package for just $3.95, but those little glue sticks made it SO MUCH EASIER for the little hexagon pieces. Not the primrose or daffodil printed hexagons, cuz those were already stickers, but the plain white ones that we were able to stamp the suede zig-zags onto! WAY easier! And, in case you didn't know this, the SU! glue sticks are in a square or rectangular shape. Makes it easier to get into all the corners!

Don't forget - after the monthly kit has come and gone, you cannot backorder monthly kits. At least that's the way it is right now. I'm really hoping that Stampin' Up! revisits that idea.

Hope you enjoyed the June My Paper Pumpkin Hello to You! One of my favorites so far! If you liked it too, why don't you JOIN NOW?! We'd LOVE to have you as one of our Pumpkineers!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Promotions, Specials, Oh My!

Crafters -

Have you seen this promotion that Stampin' Up! Is offering?
Designer Series Paper

How great is this promotion? And you saw by my post the other day how easy it is to make a quick card using Designer Series Paper.

And with this special, it is such a great savings! Some of the local big box stores have been giving 10%, 15% or 20% off coupons. This is even better! Now, I don't know about you, but in days past, I would spend SO MUCH TIME matching this red color with that blue color and making sure that it coordinated well with the other green color.

With Stampin' Up!'s color coordinating cardstock and DSPs, no more 'eeny-meeny-miny-moe!" SU! is kind enough to list the colors with the DSPs, so all I have to do is pick out which color of cardstock I want to go with it! Add a matching ribbon, brad, button, or other embellishment - and it's a card. GREAT, huh?!

With each Buy-3-Get-1 FREE Designer Series Paper Special that you order from me through the end of the month, I'll send you my retired card kits too (6 cards and 6 matching DSP pieces). That way you can make LOTS of cards! Just as a way to say "thank you" for your order.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Crafters -

Check out what one of my new friends and customers emailed to me!

Don't you just LOVE them?! And they are so easy - well, the coloring she did wasn't easy, that took some time - but the card design was easy!

I started going through some of my retired papers and have been making some cards myself using the retired items. Let's face it - Stampin' Up! cardstock and the matching Designer Series Paper (DSP) are just the best! While I LOVE the new colors, I still have a few retired favorites too...  :)

Anyway, about two or three weeks ago, I started sending/delivering some of these retired card kit packages to my customers with their orders. The retired card kits included the cardstock, the matching DSP, and on a few of them, I even added a few of the DSP (retired) butterflly punchouts. It is so easy to just add a piece of white or neutral cardstock and stamp a design on it. Lynn also added ribbon or twine to jazz it up. And we all have stamps that we LOT to use...

So Lynn, thanks so much for sharing your gifts and talents AND your permission to post your card designs on my blog!