Friday, June 3, 2016

One Sheet Wonder - Make 9 cards in 9 minutes! (My first EVER video tutorial!)

The new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog is full of amazing new products, but one thing I often hear from new stampers is that they are overwhelmed with where to start.  Today I'm going to show you that all you really need to create beautiful handmade cards are stamps, ink, and paper!

This is my first EVER video tutorial, and I'd love to hear your feedback on if you like it and if you have any suggestions for improvement.  :)

See how easy that was?  

The products I used are all part of the Affectionately Yours Suite on pages 44 & 45 of the new catalog.  If you want to add embellishments like washi tape, ribbon or embossing, check out the matching accessories on those pages.  Also, there are hundreds of other choices for you in the new catalog.  How gorgeous would those cards be with a few pearls?  Or maybe stamp and cut out a few matching flowers and attach them with dimensionals? The possibilities are really endless.  What will you create today?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Good morning everyone!  It's finally here!  The brand new 2016-17 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up! is LIVE!

Here are a few things to know:

  1. Because today is the first day of ordering, the system may be a tad bit slow.  Be patient.  Email me if you run into problems.
  2. Purchase the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit in June for $99 and you get $125 of anything you want from the new catalog, free shipping AND two extra stamp sets!  This offer is good through June 30th.
  3. Get extra Stampin' Rewards in June!  Parties totaling $350 or more in sales get an additional $35 in Stampin' Rewards!  That's more free stuff from your wish list!  Even better, use those additional rewards to purchase the Starter Kit and get even more freebies and an ongoing discount!  Get a few friends together and combine orders to reach the minimum, or host a craft night with your friends.  The new Tin of Cards kit would be a fun project!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Need a Crafty Weekend Getaway?

Are you ready to escape your house and spend a weekend crafting with the girls? Join me for a fun crafting weekend!

The fun starts at the Foster Retreat Center in Osseo, WI at noon on Friday, November 11th and ends at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 13th. You can bring your stamping, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, quilting, painting or anything else you want to work on. The weekend is yours to do whatever you would like.

The $125 fee includes lodging for both Friday and Saturday nights, as well as pizza Friday night and two meals on Saturday. You will get your very own table to work at all weekend. The fee also includes 10 stamping projects for you to make at your leisure throughout the weekend. All the supplies will be cut and ready for you to assemble...just like at my card classes. I will also have some additional a la carte projects that you can purchase to work on, as well as a few card kits from previous card classes. (Just in case you don’t want to pack up your craft room and projects!)

PLUS, I’ve been stockpiling lots and lots of goodies to give out, and will be doing prize giveaways all weekend long!

We do have limited space so make sure you send in your registration form and check as soon as possible to secure your spot. It’s a first come, first served basis. Get the girls together and stay the weekend!

To register:

Print this registration form, fill it out, and mail it to me along with your registration fee.

Make sure to invite ALL your friends!

Friday, May 13, 2016

A "Honey" of a Treat!

I have a guest stamper on the blog today!  When Amber told me that she had purchased the Bear Hugs bundle, I immediately asked her if she would share some of her projects with me.  I just love that stamp set, but I haven't had a chance to get it for myself yet.  Amber didn't let me down, and today is sharing this cute project that she made!

Of course, Amber was happy to share with me how she made this darling little treat...

"I had no idea what I was going to design. I just sat and stared at the stamp set for a while, trying to decide what I wanted to use for my first project. The cute little honey pot? Or the fish? I couldn't use both. Father's Day is a little over a month away and my dad likes fishing...

But I really liked that honey pot (it's currently my favorite stamp in the set)! As I sipped my coffee, contemplating, it hit me. Coffee. Tea. Honey drops in tea. Boom!

I started with a sheet of Whisper White card stock. Using the Early Espresso ink pad, I stamped the biggest bear. I also stamped that cute honey pot with the Hello Honey ink pad. Since I had ordered the Bear Hugs Bundle from the Retiring List, my life was simplified by using the Framelits and Big Shot to cut out both pieces!

I had already tested the size of the bear against a tea bag, so I knew he would be a good match. I attached him using SNAIL adhesive. Although it looked like his arms were holding the tea bag up, I decided to cut his arms off and attach them down on the tea bag. Then I could tuck the flower bouquet under his paw and use one of the sayings! (I stamped both with Early Espresso.)

Then it was time to add the honey drops.  I had made them with a simple hard candy recipe (sugar, light corn syrup and honey) and wrapped them individually in plastic wrap once they had set. Using SNAIL adhesive again, I attached the honey pot to the drop and attached the drop to the tea bag. I loved the way that the tea bad stood up once it was all assembled.

I think I'll bring them along as favors to the next Paper Pumpkin night with my friends!"

Amber, your friends are going to love them! :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cards & Corks - A FUN New Event!

On Thursday, May 5th, I held a new class at Bemis Bluff Winery in Eleva, WI.  It's called Cards & Corks, and it was sooooo much fun!  Fifteen beautiful, crafty ladies joined me for wine tasting and cardmaking.  Each person got to make two cards.  Here are a few of the gals showing off their projects for me!
We had so much fun that I've decided to make this a monthly event, so if you missed it, watch for details on the next one on my Facebook page.  I will be posting the June event VERY soon! The last one filled up in less than a week, so you are going to want to RSVP right away!
As a special gift, I made these wine bottle tags for everyone.  Of course, they each may have had to go home with a bottle of wine to put their new tag on (wink)!  
The tags were made with two of my favorite retiring In Colors - Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss.  I am going to miss those colors so much...they are so rich and elegant.  If you haven't stocked up on retiring In Color card stock and ink refills, now is the time.  Supplies are selling out quickly on the Retired List.  Also, now is the time to stock up on the basics in other colors - card stocks, inks, refills, etc., as there is a price increase as of June 1st.
I also used one of my favorite product bundles of all time.  The Framelits make such beautiful flowers (you have to try it with glimmer paper) and I just love the sentiments in the Rose Wonder stamp set.
I plan to show everyone how to make them at the next class, so there's another reason you don't want to miss it!
Don't forget that all orders of $35 or more from me during the month of May get this card kit for free.  So not only can you save up to 50% off on discounted retiring products, you can get free cards (made with new products you can't even get yet).  Talk about a great deal!  

Monday, May 9, 2016

I'm Having a Virtual Stampin' Up! Party!

I'm so excited to host my first ever FACEBOOK VIRTUAL PARTY and I want you to be here with me!

It is going to be 60 minutes of FUN!

The event will take place on Facebook tomorrow night at 7 pm and will last one hour. There will be giveaways, product ideas, demonstrations and maybe even a surprise or two! Invite your friends because the more people there are, the bigger the prizes! Grab a beverage, slip on your pajamas, and get ready for a party right from home! 

Can't wait to "see" you there!  Click here to join the party.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Perfect Card for the Angler in Your Life

When my friend, Becky, showed me this adorable card she made for her son's birthday, I knew right away that I would have to share it on my blog!  The timing is perfect as well, as here in Wisconsin, the fishing season opens the first Saturday in May.

Becky got really clever and used the inside of zero (cut in half) from the Large Numbers Framelits to make the bobbers!  (Great, now I'm totally going to have to get those Framelits). And I especially love the real fishing tackle in the "pockets"!

What do you think?  Do you know some fishermen (or women) who would love to get this card?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Will You Get a Free 2016-2017 Annual Catalog?

If you are currently a customer of mine and have placed an order with me in 2016, you will automatically receive a catalog for free as soon as I get them!

If you are looking for a new Stampin' Up! demonstrator, or if it's been awhile since you have ordered, I would also love to send you a free catalog.  However, I am going to ask that you simply pay the postage.  To request yours, simply email me and I will send you a Paypal invoice for the $6.45 Priority postage.

BUT will receive a $10 credit on your first order!  (If you'd rather send a check for postage, just let me know.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Going, going....GONE! Don't miss out on your favorite items!

The Stampin' Up! retired list is here.  Have you gotten everything on your wish list?  What about cardstock and refills in all your favorite In-Colors?  Now is the chance to take advantage of some great deals...many items are on sale for up to 50% off!

View the Retired List here.

All items are available only while supplies last, so please don't wait to place your order.  I'd hate for you to be disappointed!

As an added bonus, all orders placed during the month of May will receive this set of cards for free!

Just place a qualifying order ($35 before tax and shipping) online or in person with me, and I will ship your card kit to you the beginning of June!  All pieces will be cut, stamped and ready to assemble!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Get This Exclusive Card Kit!

See these pretty cards?  They are the cards for my Affectionately Yours card class on June 20th! 

We will be making these four cards with matching envelopes AND a matching gift box to put them in!  Class fee is $35 and includes a package of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Love & Affection photopolymer stamp set for you to keep (both items are exclusive to the new 2016-2017 Annual catalog that will be released June 1st)!     

See how pretty the gift box is?

Register today to join the fun!

BUT WAIT!!!  I have another exciting announcement!  You can also get all four of these cards for free if you place an order of $35 during the month of May!  Yes, you heard that right...FREE! Just place a qualifying order ($35 before tax and shipping) online or in person with me, and I will ship your card kit to you the beginning of June!  All pieces will be cut, stamped and ready to assemble!  The matching gift box is not included, but I will include instructions if you would like to make it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sale-A-Bration is Here!

This is my 4th Sale-A-Bration as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and every year I feel like the deals get better and better!  For those of you who are new to Stampin' Up!, Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is the BEST time of year.  For every $50 you spend, you get an exclusive product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for FREE!  You can choose from stamp sets, Designer Series Paper, Project Life and more! Everything you purchase counts toward earning the freebies - regular catalog merchandise, new products from the Occasions catalog, prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions (which are also on sale right now!), and even items from the online clearance rack!

Speaking of the new Occasions catalog...if you haven't received yours yet, send me a message or give me a call and I will get one to you this week!  I will be delivering on Thursday evening!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Rose Garden Wedding Card & Sale-A-Bration Starts Tomorrow!

The best part of having an additional day off work for New Year's is that I had some extra time to play with my new toys!  There are so many amazing new products available in the new Occasions catalog, and I can't wait to try them all out!  One of my new favorites is the Rose Garden Bundle. The Framelits are gorgeous!  And the matching stamp set is so pretty as well...I just love the font and the beautiful sentiments.  I have a feeling this one will get a lot of use!

To make this card, I used the largest of the rose Framelits twice; once with Old Olive cardstock and once with Silver Glimmer Paper.  I then trimmed the leaves off the one cut from Glimmer Paper and adhered on top of the Old Olive cut out to make the rose pop.  It's so pretty!  (Tip: The Precision Base Plate and new Big Shot Die Brush made this a breeze!  No more waxed paper and dryer sheets!)

The new Occasions catalog goes live tomorrow, just in time for Sale-A-Bration!  What is Sale-A-Bration?  It's our biggest celebration of the year!  For every $50 you spend, you get to select an exclusive item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for FREE!

Have a wishlist a mile long?  (I mean, have you seen the amazing new products in the new Occasions catalog?!?)  Host a party during SAB and earn an additional $25 in Stampin' Rewards when your party total reaches $250!

But wait!  That's not all!  Want to save even MORE money on your crafting supplies?  Purchase the starter kit for just $99, and you get to select an additional $30 in free product!  That means you get $155 of awesome Stampin' Up! products for just $99, and you get free shipping!  Add to that an ongoing discount of at least 20% off through June 2016, with no additional requirements! Click here for more information.

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