Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A little Blendabilities Therapy

Sometimes the best thing to do when I'm feeling a little stressed is to sit down and stamp.  I purchased this beautiful Gentle Peace stamp set for no other reason except that I wanted to own it.  I knew it wouldn't be practical for a class since there is so much colouring.  I knew I wouldn't be making any swap cards with it.  I wanted to own it simply because it was beautiful.  It didn't even deter me that I don't feel like an expert with the blendabilities markers.  I knew it would be okay.
Monday was the day I needed to take some down time and enjoy.
Here's what I created.
I was pleased with the results and colouring didn't take as long as I thought it would.  When I showed Kevin I knew he liked it because he right away took a picture of it and posted it on facebook.  :-)
I certainly am enjoying these markers.

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Here's today's watch it Wednesday video.  It's a Stampin' Up! video showing one way to use the blendabilities markers. 

 Want to own the whole set?  December 1st is your day! the Blendabilities are on sale!  30% off!  You get 12 blendabilities assortments (does not include skin tone or color lifter) but only for one day while supplies last! There's lots of other things on sale so make sure to check the list HERE or shop on my online store!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Extravaganza sale!

It started today! Are you ready to take advantage of an awesome sale? Unbelievable deals on stampin supplies and gifts.
Check out the entire list here. I would suggest getting your catalogue and a highlighter and going through the list carefully. 
If you want to see everything more visually, head to my online store and check it out.
Here's a card using two items that are on the specials list.
Most embossing folders (including this large polkadot one) is on sale today only for $7.00

The banners framelits that cut out the perfect banner shape on this card is on sale in the Perfect banner bundle.  Enjoy 30% off when you get the perfect pennants clear stamp set and banners framelits together!  (use bundle code 140356)

Can't decide what you want because you want everything? Or maybe your wish list is just super long?  Then you need to take advantage of the Stampin' Up! starter kit special.  It's only on for one week!
Get $155 of product but pay only $93.75 NO TAX NO SHIPPING!
Ready to take advantage or learn more?  Click HERE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm getting a Watch it Wednesday Video

I know we haven't had Christmas yet but my mind is already getting excited about the spring catalogue to come and the Hallmark promotion of Stampin' Up! called sale-a-bration. Just being excited in my mind is not enough...I have to have a party to celebrate!  So mark your calendar and plan to attend the January Stamp Camp event.  It's the perfect place to get inspired, play with new goodies and do something fun to beat the winter blahs.
The early bird deadline of December 17th will be here before we know it!
Register today!

Speaking of playing with new goodies, that's what I did this morning!  Here's this week's Watch it Wednesday Video:

Here's a close up of the card.  I really had fun making it!

And here's the other card I showed in the video using the same kind of layout.
Still making your Christmas cards?  Here's what you'll need to make that pretty Bright and Beautiful star card.  Click on any of the images to take you to my online store.  
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Stamp set and Weekly Deals

It's pretty common for Stampin' Up! to come out with new stamp sets outside of the regular catalogue periods.
I don't usually announce them on my blog because it's hard to keep up!  If you always want to be in the know of what's new and happening, the best place to check is my online store.

However, I couldn't help but give a shout out for this sweet new set called Banner Blessings. (item 136720)
I can already think of several friends I would like to make cards for using this set.

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I just ordered mine and I can't wait to play with it!

Also, don't forget every week on Tuesday there are new weekly deals.
Check out these ones that end on Monday!


Ready to shop?  Click on an image below to go to my online store!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Watch it Wednesday: How to Make a Card

I've been busy with Stampin' parties.  Did you know this is one of the most popular times to host a Stampin' party?  That's because cold weather means women need to gather together indoors and drink wine and laugh and enjoy each other's company.  Since women also like to be productive, why not make some Christmas cards at the same time as drinking wine and laughing and socializing?

So, that's what I've been up to.  In doing these parties I see that the women love what they've made but because I've precut some paper to make it a little easier for everyone, I realized some might want to see how I actually make a card from start to finish using the 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock sold by Stampin' Up!

Here's my grassroots, unedited made at home video.  :-)  Enjoy.  (don't forget to contact me to book your Stampin' party with your friends.  The next most popular time to host is during Sale-a-bration! January-March)

Monday, November 10, 2014

My Baby's Crafting Thoughts

One of my very important roles in life is to be a mom.  I have three fantastic and beautiful children.  It amazes me that my "baby" boy is now 7 and seems to be very grown up.  I just thought I would share with you conversations I had with him yesterday.

N: "Mom I need string"
G: What kind of string do you need?
N: " I need string that is sort of thin and not too wide.  It also needs to be very strong"
G: "I do have string like that but I need it for my stamping classes.  If you look at the catalogue you can tell me which string you want and I will order it for you so you can have your own."
N: I need it now for my Beyblade case.
G: "let me look and see if I have an old retired ribbon"
At this point I am still not getting why he needs string but I don't let it bother me since my children do all sorts of things.  I wouldn't have been surprised if he decided to use the string to wrap up his beyblade so he could sell it in some kind of pretend store that he was setting up.

Lo and behold of course I found some old ribbon.  He then showed me his beyblade case and clearly directed me what I should do.  It turns out his zipper pull was broken and he had a plan for fixing it.
Check it out. I was very impressed with his solution to his problem.  He now has the cutest beyblade case around.

Since I started being a Stampin' Up! demo when my "baby" was less than a year old, he has grown up with stamps and crafts around him. 
Yesterday I got a glimpse of what he thinks of it all as I heard him talking to his friend who had come over for a playdate.  
I'm in the basement making this beautiful home decor piece and I hear him coming down the stairs.
N: "You want to go downstairs?  Okay but it's really dirty down here because my mom crafts.  See she's crafting now.  She does a lot of crafts that's why it's dirty."

I suppose neither he nor his friend were really put off by my dirty, crafty basement because they promptly set up a spider man pop up fort in the corner and connected it with my craft tables which they were crawling under.  

My day ended by buying a frame for the home decor piece I created and then taking my daughter out for a dessert date at Kelsey's.  (like I needed a chocolate lava brownie but I figured it would be rude for me to go on a dessert date with my daughter and just watch her eat her dessert.  ha ha)

It really was a super Sunday.  I'm so thankful for my family and crafting with Stampin' Up!  

Want to copy and create your own pretty home decor piece?  Here's some of the key supplies you'll need.  click any of the images to take you to my online store
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Stamping with Team Stic

I had a great evening last night. It was our monthly team celebration. Every month is different but you can bet there's always stamping and more often than not there's swapping.
The swap cards were amazing this month. I hope to dig them out and post them later but here's mine:
Shout out to friend Laura Linda who helped me colour in the little kids using a variety of ink and blender pens.  Super cute don't you think? You can't see but there's cherry cobbler glitter on the wreath. I used pool party ink refill and an aqua painter to get the splatter of colour around the polar bear. Click on any of the images to shop on my online store. 

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Here's one of the make n takes from last night. This will be one of the tags for my upcoming tags and ornament class on nov 27th. (RSVP by nov 15th)

Stamping 3-4 projects and swapping are just a few of the perks included with purchasing the starter kit with me.  Read more HERE
Interested in coming to check out a team celebration for free?  Let me know!  I'd be happy to bring you as my guest.