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Clean & Simple Thank You Card

Sometimes, the classic designs are the best. Today’s project shows a simple and clean card design. This classic design allows the sentiment to be the focus. Take a look.

Clean & simple thank you cardThe beautiful, curvy lettering is stunning. That alone makes the sentiment stand out. By the way, this stamp is part of Daisy Delight. It’s one of my favorites. Can you tell?

For even more emphasis, I added 3 mats under the stamped layer. Their widths vary. I find it makes a more interesting image, don’t you?

Another star of this card is the Designer Series Paper on the card front – Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I needed only the single layer on the card front. This saved me tons of work. And stamping.

World Card Making Day Promotion

But here is the best part. The main components of this card design are on sale! Yes, you read it correctly. On sale.

To celebrate World Card Making Day (October 7) Stampin’ Up! is offering 15 percent off a select group of stamp sets, including Daisy Delight. I love saving 15 percent.

Also on sale are the Very Vanilla and Whisper White note cards and envelopes.

And if you’re still looking for an incentive, purchase a Fast Fuse dispenser, and receive 2 refills free. I love FREE even more than saving 15 percent!

Check out the flyer here.

Designer Series Paper Savings

Designer Series Paper is also on sale. Stampin’ Up! selected a group of 13 different packages. Buy any 3 of these and pick a 4th one for free. For those of you into math, that’s a savings of 25 percent!

Check out the DSP flyer here.

The best part of all this is that the products in each of these promotions coordinate!

Yay! Save money and buy products that coordinate. Talk about making the work easy.

That means you have more money and more time for fun. Win-Win!

If you need some help choosing, well, come to me. I’m happy to lend a helping hand!

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects – Just a Day Away

And while you’re getting ready for World Card Making Day, don’t forget that the 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects begin tomorrow, Wednesday (October 4).

It’s What’s Inside that Counts

It’s what’s inside that counts. Isn’t that what we’ve been told, since we were little? Well, that’s true… to some extent. But when it comes to hand stamped cards, what’s on the front counts, too!

It's What's Inside that CountsThe sentiment is part of the Tags & Trimmings stamp set that is in this year’s Holiday catalog. This set is so fun. And it’s good to use all year long.

Did you notice the bling that dots the second “I” in “INSIDE”? It’s one of those Glitter Enamel Dots. They are so cool, that I try to use them sparingly. At first, I put one on each “I” – but it was too much. I have no idea why I settled on the second “I” – except that maybe it’s because it’s more in the center of the word. In any case, I like it there. How about you?

The background on the card front is made by stamping images from Timeless Textures. For each inking, I stamped twice. Otherwise, the lines and dots were too dark.

I popped up the matted sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals, to add depth to the design.

Other than that, this is probably one of the simplest cards to make or CASE (which means Copy And Share Everything).

And what’s on the inside???

It's What's Inside that Counts

Supplies I used to Make This Project

Note that Tags & Trimmings is not listed here, as it will only be available, starting on September 1.

By the way, do you have your copy of the Holiday catalog? If not, then let me know and I’ll get one to you!

I know it’s only the middle of August, but (for some of us) it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!

24-Hour Paper Pumpkin FLASH Sale!

Here’s some good news for you! For just 24 hours, news subscribers can receive their first month of Paper Pumpkin for just $5. That’s 75% off the regular price (of $19.95). Amazing!

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale

The image above pretty much tells it all, but here are the fine points:

  • It’s for first time subscribers only.
  • Sale starts June 29 at 11:59 pm and ends on June 30 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time.
  • Use Promotion code ONEDAY0717.
  • You cannot apply the discount to prepaid subscriptions.
  • After the first month, the subscription price goes to $19.95.
  • Visit here to sign up!

Don’t let this pass you by. It’s the perfect time to try Paper Pumpkin!

Still Loving Eastern Beauty

I’m still loving Eastern Beauty. I worked with this stamp set a lot during May, since it was the ONLY  product I could sell from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But now that the entire catalog is open for sale, I find than many people are leaving this stamp set on the side.

Why? This stamp set is still amazing! It works so well with our other Stampin’ Up! products. Bus most importantly, it makes it easy to implement good design practices. Pull it off your shelf and use it. Here is a fun – and well-designed – card that I designed.

Eastern BeautyCan you guess what stamp set I paired with Eastern Beauty? I’ll tell you, even though I think you might have figured it out. (I don’t want you to need to work your way through my post!) The background splotches and the repeated Celebrate are part of Beautiful You. Love it!

Eastern Beauty stamps contains intricate lines and there are almost an infinite number of ways to combine them. The result is that Eastern Beauty easily lends itself to forming a focal point in almost any project design. An that’s exactly what I did here.

I stamped the sentiment, then cut a circle around it, sponging the edges. then I stamped the unusual shape for a mat. I could give this stamp set and card stock to a dozen people and each one would come up with something totally different!

The best feature of Eastern Beauty is that no matter how simple or detailed your stamping taste is, you can easily design a fabulous focal point. And every project – whether a card or a scrapbook page – needs a focal point!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card


Bundle and Save $$$

Did you notice in my supply list that you can buy the Eastern Beauty stamp set with the Eastern Medallions Framelits in a bundle? Why buy a bundle? To save money, of course. When Stampin’ Up! bundles products, they reduce the price by 10%. So, if you like the products and believe that you’ll buy both, then purchase the bundle and save! Another WIN-WIN!

Just one more reason why I’m still loving Eastern Beauty!

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Happy Birthday to the New Catalog!

It’s finally here! The 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! And here’s a card to say Happy Birthday to the new catalog!

Happy birthday catalogThis card shows a bunch of new products. Isn’t it fun???

Let’s start with the colors. The card base is Berry Burst. It’s richer than our soft pinks, and richer than Rose Red. The green layer is Lemon Lime Twist. Oh my gosh – this is the best color. I absolutely hated it when I first saw it. Too bright for my taste. But when you set it with other more neutral and traditional colors, it relaxes a little. The flowers are 2-step flowers, inked with Berry Burst and Powder Pink. All 3 of these colors are new In Colors, here until 2019.

The sentiment is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlit. I love this font, don’t you?

The stamped flowers are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, one of the new stamp sets. Those flowers are so cute. And the sentiments that come with the set are perfect for the inside of this card.

I added a Metallic Enamel Shape to dot the “I” in Birthday and Glitter Enamel Dots to each flower center.

The Order Entry System is down now. Stampin’ Up! promises to bring it up by noon, Mountain Time. That’s when the shopping fun begins!

Because it’s a new catalog, we know that they will run out of some things. I predict that the Thinlit I used will go on back order very shortly.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

This is one of the best catalogs in a long time. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to my customers who say this!

How to Order

Get your credit cards ready. Shop at my online store. Or, if you’re worried about products running out, send me an email and let me place the order for you. (This offer is to previous customers of mine only.) But don’t procrastinate. It’s almost time to shop from the 2017-2018 Catalog! Happy birthday to the new catalog!!

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One Last Look at the Annual Catalog

On the last day for shopping in the 2016-2017 catalog, here are some of my favorite cards… In addition to showing each card, I’ll explain why I like it so much!

Lots of Flowers Make me Ridiculously Happy

I love flowers. I love to stamp flowers. And, whenever I can stamp bunches and bunches of flowers, I’m especially happy!!

Colors include Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim. How can you help but smile when you see this card? Read more about it here.

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Pop Up Balloons are the MOST Fun!

Because I love flowers so much, I often stamp them on a birthday card. However, this year, there was a huge selection of other birthday images to use. I especially liked the balloons!

This card, in addition to stamps from Balloon Adventures, it also it used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They are the best, adding an unexpected surprise to the card when you open it. As a demonstrator, I keep very little product that retires. But this pop-up is a keeper!

Read more about this card here.

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Groundhog Love. Sigh…

I’m not one for cutesy cards. I don’t have a nickname for my husband. But these little groundhogs are irresistible! I’m sad to see them go. However, they were a host reward, so, by definition, they were in the catalog for only one year.

Read more about this card here.

Love You Lots - http://stampedimpression.com

What Will You Miss?

How about you? What products are you sad to see go? Leave me a comment.

But don’t be too sad. Tomorrow will be the start of a new catalog! I can’t wait!

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May Paper Pumpkin Project & a Special for YOU!

Do you know about Paper Pumpkin? It’s a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! that provides a whole lot of fun delivered right to your home. Here’s a quick video from Stampin’ Up! showing the May projects.

Isn’t that cool?

How to Get Paper Pumpkin

There are a few ways to subscribe. You can subscribe

  • month-to-month for $19.95
  • prepaid 3 months for $59
  • prepaid 6 months for $114
  • prepaid 12 months for $215

Shipping is includes. Sales tax is extra.

What’s Included

Every month, the kit contains a unique stamp set and an ink spot (i.e. a tiny ink pad). The colors are not repeated for at least 12 months. Plus, you’ll receive everything you need to complete the project, except for scissors and your favorite Go-To adhesive. Sometimes the projects are cards. Sometimes they are ornaments, decor or some other 3-D item. Projects tend to be seasonal. Instructions are complete and easy to follow.

In your first month, you’ll receive a slat clear block on which you can mount your stamps. Keep that. However, if you don’t want to collect the stamps and ink, toss them when you’re done! The choice is ALL yours!!

Have Fun!

The most important benefit of Paper Pumpkin is that the projects are FUN. I spend up to 60 minutes finishing my projects. It takes me longer if I decide to make alternate projects.

There’s no need to stress. Just enjoy!

Save 25 Percent on Your New Subscription

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=99633Join by June 10, 2017, using the promo code STARTHERE, and you’ll save 25% of the first 3 months! Why not try it?

  • This promotion is good only for first-time subscribers.
  • You can apply the discount only on month-to-month subscriptions.
  • After 3 months, the price automatically returns to the full price.
  • You must enter the code STARTHERE when you sign up.

As they say, it’s easy peasy. So try it out. But you must sign up by June 10.

Stampin’ Up! refers to Paper Pumpkin as Creativity in a Box. And it is.

Give it a shot and sign up today.

Chase Your Dreams Using Glitter!

It’s important to chase your dreams. Today, I show a card that demonstrates how to chase your dreams using glitter!

Chase Your DreamsThis card has so much going on. Let’s examine some of its features.

The 4-1-1

  • Glitter 2 Ways – I used glitter by adding Gold Glimmer Paper – both in the horizontal strip about 1/4 from the bottom and in the die-cut star at the top right. That’s one way. I also added glitter with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the building. By the way, both the Stars Framelits and the Gold Wink of Stella glitter Brush are retiring at the end of this month.
  • A window on the world – Use the Hearth & Home Thinlits to create the window. It lets you look out on “what’s out there”. That always makes me feel hopeful and happy!
  • Brick wall adds even more texture – Running the Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is yet another kind of texture on this card.

Don’t you find the combination of all these textures interesting? I know that I do!

The main star of this card, however, is the stamp set, Chase Your Dreams. It includes images of architecture from all over the world. I wouldn’t normally include 2 buildings from different cities on one card, but this is for someone who has traveled a lot. So, it feels appropriate. The important point I want to make today is that this stamp set is retiring on May 31. And it’s on sale! At least, the rubber clear-mount version is on sale. The rubber wood-mount version is full price.

The card design was inspired by one of my sidelines. That’s another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who has the same upline as me. One of the fun parts of being a demonstrator is participating in swaps. That’s where each person designs and makes several copies of a card. You mail them to the organizer. She puts together packets where each has exactly 1 of each card. Then she mails the packs to each participant. So, you design one card and receive a bunch back. Talk about inspirational!

Call to Action

So the message today is to be sure to pick up anything that you need from the retiring list. May 31 is just 8 days away.

And, if the idea of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator sounds interesting to you, let’s talk. Until you have all the details, you can’t make an informed decision. Being a stamping business owner maybe just the right thing for you!

So, chase your dreams using glitter!

I Invented Something! Or, Maybe I Discovered Something!

What a productive day I had yesterday! I invented something new!

Or so I thought. Later on, I found someone on Pinterest who made the same “discovery”. I guess Great Minds think alike!

First, My Discovery

Here are 2 of the stamps in the Eastern Beauty photopolymer stamp set. Simple. Clean. My favorite kind of design… other than a flower, that is!

Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingThen, I stamped each image again. But the second time, I rotated the stamp a bit. Since they are photopolymer, I could sort of see through them to place them accurately on the cardstock. Here is what I stamped.

Eastern Palace - I discovered something Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingAren’t these designs cool?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Card Design with the Technique I Discovered

Eastern Palace - I discovered somethingSo, I started with my cool design. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock. Cropped it with a die from the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I matted it on a circle cropped with a Stitched Shapes Framelit.

The next challenge was to create a card to go under this fabulous element. Do you ever do that? I think it’s a backwards way to design. True confession time. I do that sometimes. Sigh.

The card is done in Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, and Whisper White. Other than my main image, the stamped images are from Timeless Textures. I created a collage on the card. The Thick Bakers Twine “grounds” the central circle, so that it doesn’t float in the air.

Here are the Supplies I Used

The stamp set is part of the Eastern Palace bundles, here until May 31. The items making up the bundles will be in the new catalog. But not the bundles. Hmmm. Decision. Time

But, I’m serious. Tell me what you think about this discovery. Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

Then , fell free to share your discoveries!!

Proud to have discovered something new!!!!

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Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers

Happy May! We’re just one month away from the new catalog, and Stampin’ Up! is providing the opportunity to order some new products NOW. How cool is that? Today’s project, Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers, is the very first card I made with the new products. It came together so easily! You can click on the photo to see it larger.

East Eastern Beauty FlowersLet’s start with the stamp set, Eastern Beauty. These 21 photopolymer stamps are primarily “abstract” in design. The circles and other shapes can maximize your creativity. It was by accident that I discovered the shapes I chose resembled flowers! Okay, it’s springtime and I have flowers on my mind LOL!

I used 2 different stamps. The first stamp created the outline of the petals. Then the second stamp gave me the detailed design on each petal.

Then I grabbed the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. These are more abstract dies with what I (privately) call the inside-outside-design. Some Thinlits cut out a shape. Then other Thinlits cut out the interior design, allowing the layer beneath to show through. Use them together or separately. They provide a ton of design possibilities!

So, I cut out my flowers with the 6-point shape. Then I place the smaller 6-point shape over the first piece and ran it through the Big Shot. The petals were partially cut out. After stamping the smaller design on them, I gently raised them up with my finger. You can see it better in this photo.

East Eastern Beauty FlowersThe 4-1-1

  • Stampin’ Write Markers are FAST! – I could have cropped the stems for the flowers. But, you know what? It was quicker to just grab a Stampin’ Write Marker – Wild Wasabi, as a matter of fact – than to search through my Thinlits. Just SWOOSH and you’re done.
  • Regals Enamel Shapes finish the design – I put an Elegant Eggplant enamel shape in the center of the primary flower. I think it just finishes the design nicely. If you look at the second, lighter flower, you can see how it looks without an enamel center. Both work. But the enamel shapes are on the Retiring List. Just saying…
  • Abstract background works well – At first I was trying to make a traditional grass-and-sky background for this card. But then the collage background started to appear. Does that ever happen to you? You start with one design in mind and end up with something totally different?

How You Can Buy Eastern Beauty in May

This is so special! During the month of May, you can purchase one of these bundles. There’s the bundle created for the newer paper crafter, or the person who doesn’t want to collect a lot of stamping “stuff”. The Starter Bundle costs $60.50.

For the avid crafter and those people who want to collect a lot of stamping “stuff”, there’s the Premier Bundle. It costs $103.50.

These may seem like a lot of money at first, but look at all that you get.

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=99633But here’s the catch. These bundles are only available until May 31. After then, you can buy the pieces a la carte. So, you won’t miss out on the products. Just on the bundled priding. Something to think about.

So, bottom line, do what fits for you.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

Whatever you decide to do, head on over to my online store. Take a look at how cool these bundles are. Order yours today and make your own Easy Eastern Beauty Flowers!

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One Big Thank You Card Design

When I design a Thank You card, I like the words to be “front and center”. I like the font to be large and easy to read. That’s exactly what I have on this one big Thank You card design.

one big thank you card designI started this card design with the Moroccan Designer Series Paper. I love the lines and the colors. The color combination certainly makes me step outside my comfort zone. But, oh, what a result!

Please note that this Designer Series Paper is going to retire, as soon as supplies run out. Furthermore, it’s on sale for $7.70. Quite the bargain!!

The sentiment, from the One Big Meaning stamp set, was stamped in Emerald Envy. While I’ve always found this color to be fun and almost-flirty, it comes across as quite serious and meaningful on this card. Do you think it’s the paper design? Or maybe the words themselves?

I mounted the sentiment on a series of rectangles and a banner. You don’t always need to keep your lines parallel!

But the angles lines of Rhinestone Basic Jewels are critical to the lines. They run parallel to the end of the banner.

By the way, these rhinestones are also on the retiring list. However, Stampin’ Up! says they’re going to be “re-configured”. That means they will come in new packaging. Sometimes that means that the price is going up. Just sayin’…

Supplies used to create this card

This is a pretty short list, isn’t it? I believe the detailed design of the paper makes it unnecessary to add lots of “stuff” to your card design. As they say, Keep It Simple, Sister!

This is the perfect way to say one big Thank You!

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Say Goodbye to the Retiring Items… Sob!

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to say goodbye to the retiring items. I find that time flies by faster and faster. Wasn’t it just last week that I was offering sneak peeks to the 2016-17 catalog?

Retiring itemsYesterday, Stampin’ Up! published the list of items that will retire with the current catalog on May 31. There are several different ways to look at what’s on the retirement list.

At my online store:

  1. Retiring Stamp Sets – As Stampin’ Up! manufactures its stamp sets, these will be available until May 22. From then until May 31, stamp sets on the list will be available while supplies last.
  2. Retiring Bundles – The bundled items offered at a 10% discount are available until May 31, only while supplies last. In some cases, the stamp sets and accessories making up the bundles will still be for sale afterwards. But the special bundled pricing will be over.
  3. Everything Else – The products on this list are available until May 31, only while supplies last. So, if there’s something on this list that you want, don’t put off your decision to buy. You may miss out.

If you prefer a printed list to look over, here are a couple:

  • PDF file, listing products by page number. Unfortunately, the Occasions catalog and Annual catalog pages are mixed together.
  • Excel spreadsheet, that can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy searching.

After May 1, some of the items may be discounted. These discounts will not be preannounced. Furthermore, if you purchase an item at full price and it’s discounted later, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.

I suggest that you order anything you really want, as early as you can. Avoid the disappointment of missing out.

My advice is pour yourself a cup/glass of your favorite beverage and spend some time going through the list. It’s pretty long. Stampin’ Up! needs to make room for all the new products arriving in June. So, shop away!

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Another Sale-A-Bration Thank You

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it now. I love the So Very Much stamp set. It’s one that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration – which runs until March 31.

I love this stamp set so much, I used it on other cards. You can read about one of them here. The other card designs are still sitting on my work table. But trust me. I made almost as many of these as the cards from Hey Chick! As always, you can click on the photo to see the card enlarged.

Sale-A-Bration Thank YouCombine Simple and Detailed Lines

I love the simplicity of the font in this stamp set. It stands in the center of the top layer of the card front. Enough said about that.

For the background, I randomly stamped two images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set, which was carried over from the last Holiday Catalog. I used VersaMark ink so that the images are the same “color” – although darker – as the background card stock.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

I stamped the sentiment on a square of Whisper White cardstock, then mounted it on a square of Basic Gray cardstock, 1/4″ bigger all around. I randomly stamped the detailed circles all over the card front. I attached the matted sentiment to the center of the card front. Finally, I added a couple of rhinestones to some of the letter.

This card is so simple, in fact, it’s suitable for mass production. That means that you can easily make up a stack of these, perhaps in different colors, to keep on hand. Best of all, you can earn this stamp set for free during Sale-A-Bration! How perfect is that?

Designer Tee Is Designer Easy!

As we approach the end of Sale-A-Bration, I’m starting to bring out the stamp sets I haven’t used yet. Among them is Designer Tee. To be truthful, the whole T-shirt thing doesn’t appeal to me a lot, even though I wear T-shirts a lot. go figure.

Designer Tee EasyBut more than the T-shirt images, I love the sentiments in this set.

I combined the sentiment and cake, with the birthday balloons. Fun!

Just an example of how easy the Designer Tee is. But it’s here only until March 31. So, don’t forget to place your Sale-A-Bration order at my online store.

Miss You, Blue Hair Chick!

Miss you Blue Hair Chick! It seems like days and days since I last posted a photo of you. You can see a couple of cards I made with the Hey, Chick stamp set here.

Miss You Blue Hair Chick!

The first thing you might wonder is why in the world did I ever decide to color her (or is it “him”?) with blue hair. The answer is that I love the color blue. And THAT is the best reason ever!

Miss You Blue Hair Chick - http://stampedimpression.com

The 4-1-1

  • Take the time to let your ink dry – First I stamped the chick using Basic Black Archival ink and let it dry well. I colored her/him with my Stampin’ Write Markers and let that dry even better. In fact, I let it dry until I completed and assembled the entire card. Then I added the glitter, so it wouldn’t smear the ink. Patience is a virtue. And it makes for better hand stamped cards!
  • One Stamp. Two Uses – Can you figure out how I made the chicken foot prints on the card front? I used the cup cake sprinkles from Sprinkles of Life stamp set! Would you have thought of that? Award me a point for creativity!!
  • At least 6 layers in my card design – When I first started to make cards, I was taught that every card should have at least 6 layers. Excluding the die-cut ovals, this card has 6 layers of cardstock, 2 layers of oval cardstock, 1 layer of ink on the Tip Top Taupe cardstock, 1 layer of ink on the top oval, 1 layer of glitter, and 1 layer of ribbon. Phew! That makes 11 layers! Definitely meets the minimum requirement.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

By the way, you can earn the Hey, Chick stamp set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration! Spend $50, before shipping and sales tax, and this is one of the Stampin’ Up! products you can choose for FREE!

My Favorite?

So what’s my favorite part of this card? Well, probably the chickie. I love her!! Or him!!

Maybe it’s the glitter or ribbon.

Nope, it’s the use of Stampin’ Dimensionals. They really make the blue-haired chick pop!

 

Miss You Blue Hair Chick - http://stampedimpression.com

But, whichever way you look at this card, I can definitely say, “Miss you blue hair chick!

Noteworthy Birthday Pop-Up Card

Birthday Pop-Up Card! Has there ever been a design more fun than this? I don’t think so! Let’s take a look.

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Overall Card Design

Well, this starts out kind of like lots of birthday cards. Bright colors –  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay. Then there are balloons a-plenty – each is stamped and punched out.

But the sentiment is definitely energetic: “Open me ALREADY”. Hmmm. Does it mean to open the attached present or the card? Let’s open the card to find out. Wait. There’s definitely a surprise on the inside…

Birthday Pop-Up

Ahhh, there it is. A pop-up of balloons. How festive!!

Birthday Pop-Up - http://stampedimpression.com

How to Easily Create the Pop-Up

If you examine the pop-up, it seems pretty intricate. How in the world can you do this quickly? I mean, it’s great to create a card that looks special. It doesn’t really matter how long it takes or how much effort it requires. But using tools to make the job faster and easier is an added bonus. That’s just what I did here.

The Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits dies are new in the Occasions catalog. I have balloon stamps. I have the Balloon Bouquet Punch. (In fact, you can see a card I made with the balloon stamps and punch by clicking here.) But I never bought a pop-up die before. I never thought it was worth the money.

Until the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They just called out to me. And stood up tall! I just love them. Sometimes, I stamp a balloon image over the die-cut shape, like I did with the middle Daffodil Delight balloon. Sometimes, I die-cut patterned balloons and attached them over the die-cut shape of the pop-up, as I did with the Bermuda Bay and Real Red balloons.

I mean, is this festive?

The die-cut shape is scored, so that you can easily attach it to the inside of the card. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Fold the die-cut pop-up along the 3 scored lines, making a zig zag.
  2. Apply adhesive to the back quarter.
  3. Place die-cut on the inside right side of card.
  4. Fold up die-cut and apply adhesive to front quarter.
  5. Carefully, close over card front.
  6. Gentry rub your hand along the front of the closed card, to make the adhesive “take” well,

That’s itI

Let’s See the Products I Used

When you look over the supplies list, I omitted the paper trimmer, the bone folder, the different adhesives. If you want more information on these, then just holler!

Also note that if you buy bundle containing both the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, then you’ll save 10%. By the way, the bundle costs $53, so it qualifies you to choose 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Woo-hoo!!

Birthday Pop-Up Card. It’s the BEST!!!

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How to Earn Free Products during Sale-A-Bration

Do you need ideas on how to earn free products during Sale-A-Bration? It’s a dilemma that many people face. The way it works is that for every $50 you spend, before shipping and sales tax, you can pick one Sale-A-Bration item for FREE!

One of the most popular Sale-A-Bration freebies is the Hey, Chick stamp set. I featured that a few times last week. You can click on any photo to see the blog post about it.

Hey Chick - http://stampedimpression.com

Hey Chick Sale-A-Brate - http://stampedimpression.comHere are a few ideas of how to spend $50 and earn some free products!

Lift Me Up Bundle

This bundle from the Occasions catalog contains both the Lift Me Up stamp set and the Up & Away Thinlits dies. If you choose wood-mount rubber stamp, then you’ve spent $53 and you can choose a Sale-A-Bration item. How about the Carried Away Designer Series Paper? That was made to go with the hot air balloons in the stamp set!

If you choose the clear-mount rubber stamps, then you’ve spent $45.75. You need another $4.25 to reach $50. How about a Sequins Assortment? These cost only $5.00 and they will enable you to choose another item for FREE!

Balloons

Select the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits dies, and you’ll spend $59. That earns a Sale-A-Bration item!

Here’s a card from a card class where we used Balloon Adventures. So fun!

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Watercolor Magic

A few days ago, I featured the Beautiful You stamp set and the Watercolor Pencils. Click on the photo to read that blog.

Own stamping business - http://stampedimpression.comTeam the stamp set, Watercolor Pencils and either Blender Pens or Aqua Painters, and you have enough earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Masculine Stuff

How about something I haven’t shown yet?

I love the color combination – Basic Black, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon – of the Urban Underground products. These include the Specialty Designer Series Paper, The Designer Washi Tape and the Embellishments. Team these with the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Nailed It stamp set, and you have a winning combination for any guy’s card. Here’s a sample that Stampin’ Up! designed.

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How to Earn Free Products During Sale-A-Bration

I could go on and on. But here is the process:

  1. Identify an item that you REALLY like and want to have. Say, it’s a stamp set.
  2. Note the price.
  3. Repeat step #1. Add the price to the price you noted in step #2.
  4. Continue to do this until you reach $50, or a multiple of it.
  5. If you go over, stop and pick your Sale-A-Bration items.
  6. If you’re close to $50, or a multiple of it, then add a little item to bring you to the Special Number. Think riboon, or adhesive. Maybe Washi tape.
  7. If you’re stuck, then contact Sandi and she’ll help you!!

Just make sure to earn your Free products!

Top 3 Reasons – Own Your Own Stamping Business

Today we’re exploring the Top 3 reasons to own your own stamping business. That says it all. Let me illustrate with this card design.

Own stamping business - http://stampedimpression.comBeautiful You

I stamped the main image and the sentiment from Beautiful You, a new stamp set in the Occasions Catalog. I received this set when I attended a Stampin’ Up! meeting for demonstrators. As a demonstrator, you have the opportunity to purchase products before they are available to the general public. This is fun perk of being a demonstrator. Not necessarily a good reason for everyone to join Stampin’ Up!, really. But certainly one of the things I enjoy about being a demo!

Here are the products I used to make this card:

The REAL Top 3 Reasons

So what are the real top 3 reasons to start your own stamping business? If you sign up as part of my downline, I see YOU as being the person to decide:

  1. Your business goals – You choose how much profit you want to earn. Not your boss or the “organization”.
  2. The products/services you offer – You choose whether to sell products in person, to sell products online, to give classes, to sell finished products, to write books, to consult, etc.
  3. How to make the business fit into your lifestyle & commitments – you choose your working hours, so that  you’re available to the people and organizations that mean the most to you.

Owning your own stamping business really means being your own boss. I spend 22 years in a corporate career, one that I enjoyed very much. But the advantages of owning my own business, are way higher than that.

So, Why Join NOW?

Sale-A-Bration is on! That means extra benefits for becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

To join, you must purchase the Starter Kit for $99. This includes some business tools (like catalogs and business forms) and $125 in Stampin’ Up! products. You get to choose the products. Shipping fees are waived.

But during Sale-A-Bration, you also choose an additional 2 stamp sets for FREE – any 2 stamp sets. That can be worth over $100 more! Choose wisely and you will start with an awesome demonstrator’s tool kit!

Plus, since Sale-A-Bration is such a good time for our customers to shop, you will be starting during a high sales time. Great boost!

So think about it. If any of the Top 3 Reasons for owning your own stamping business resonate with you, let’s talk about it. Together we can be sure that you create a business that’s right for you. Or, if you’re ready, go to my Demonstrator Business Web Page and sign up directly. The choice is yours.

Consider carefully the Top 3 Reasons for Owning Your Own Stamping Business!

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Stampin’ Up! Provides Excellent Videos

Did you realize that Stampin’ Up! provides excellent videos? They have a library that provide both sales information, as well as sound instructions and advice. Each video is fairly short. Most are quite entertaining and are easy to watch!

Pretty Pocket Card Kit…

Pretty Pocket Card Kit - http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=99633Did you notice the Pretty Pocket Card Kit in the Sale-A-Bration brochure? Perhaps you passed by it, because you didn’t know what it was or you found it confusing. This kit contains everything you need to create 8 pocket cards. The Stampin’ Up! video begins by showing the kit contents. Then it goes on to show how to assemble the cards.

… and the Excellent Video

Watch the video here. It’s less than 4 minutes long

Just thought I’d point out the video. In fact, I suggest that you subscribe to the Stampin’ Up! video channel. You’ll find all kinds of useful information there!

Just trying to help!

To Host or Not to Host? That is the Question

To host or not to host? That is the question. Especially during Sale-A-Bration! Should you host a party? That’s where people gather to see the latest Stampin’ Up! products. If you’d like to host, what form should the party take?

By the way, you should host a party. During Sale-A-Bration you can earn even more free products than during the rest of the year!

Party Formats

The party we’re most familiar with is the the Home Party. Typically, the hostess invites people to her home. I demonstrate some projects. Everyone makes a couple of cards – called Make & Takes. I offer some door prizes and other prizes. Maybe we play some games. There are some snacks and/or beverages. Some people order products. We all laugh and have a good time. Then everyone goes home.

The Facebook Virtual Party is almost the same thing. Except that the hostess and the guests are all in their own homes. There are no Make & Takes. Everyone provides her own snacks and beverages. You can wear PJs – or whatever clothing makes you comfortable. We all laugh and have a good time.

So which party would you prefer?

Card Samples

This is a card sample I’m showing at January parties. Isn’t that chick cute?!?!? I talk about her in yesterday’s post. You can read about it here.

Hey Chick Sale-A-Brate host- http://stampedimpression.com I used the Hey, Chick stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Yesterday, I explained that you can pick a free Sale-A-Bration product with every $50 you spend. This applies to every party attendee.

I also stamped a sentiment, from the same set, on the inside of the card.

Hey Chick Sale-A-Brate host - http://stampedimpression.com

Extra Sale-A-Bration Earnings for the Host

Parties are fun. Throughout the year, the party host can earn Stampin’ Rewards, based on the purchases at the party. During Sale-A-Bration, these rewards can be a little higher. Take a look.Furthermore, if the host decides to sign up as a Stampin” Up! demonstrator, the $25 can be applied to the Starter Kit. No risk! How about that?

Product List

Getting beck to my card design, here are the products I used to make it:

So, now that you have all the facts… which party format would you prefer to host: Home Party or Facebook Virtual Party? The choice is entirely yours. Contact me (either by phone or email) and let’s pick a date!

To host or not to host? That is the question!

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