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WEll, it's been a DAY!
I started to write this post about 12 hours ago, early this morning. Typepad (the server for this blog) couldn't be pulled up and has been down off and on all weekend, evidently. Since I'd pre-posted I wasn't on here to discover it. What that means to YOU is that you might have tried to get on and found you couldn't. In fact, at the time of this writing, I'm still not able to get into my site, just into Typepad itself (which is where I go to create these posts!).
I'm unsure WHEN you'll be able to see this, but hopefully SOON.....
Stampin' Up! released the 2014 Retired List for both Stamps and Accessories today. A MAJOR CHANGE from years past is that ALL PRODUCTS (stamps included) will ONLY be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! SO check out these list ASAP and get your order in ASAP. To help "push" you into action, Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING THIS WEEK (April 21-25) - they really want you to be able to get the products you WANT and NEED while they're still around!
So CLICK HERE to go to my online store. Choose Products and then Shop Now. Then from the list on the left, choose Retired Lists. You don't have to do this step, but when I get to that page, (or any page in that area) I click where it says "SHOW" and choose "ALL." Then I'm not changing pages so often!
Have fun shopping this way! If I can help, let me know! Don't forget the FREE SHIPPING!
Just a quick note to tell you Happy EASTER!
"He is Risen", "He is Risen, Indeed" is the traditional greeting at many churches around the world on Easter Sunday. I hope each of you has a WONDERFUL, FUN filled Easter day. Whether or not you spend part of the day at a church worship service, I hope you'll take some time to remember or read:
It's full of LOVE!
Again, Happy Easter! I'll see you back here next week for more fun stuff. TOMORROW - April 21 - Stampin' Up releases this year's RETIRED LIST! See Friday's post below for more information about the FREE SHIPPING being offered next week!
I JUST FOUND out that NEXT WEEK (April 21-25), Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on all regular ship methods. Just in time to coordinate with the RETIRED LIST coming out on the 21st! Isn't that wonderful? Be one of the first to order and you'll get FREE SHIPPING!
ALSO - NEW NOTE to the Retired List--- This year, when ANY item on the retired list is (including stamps!) is out of stock, it is GONE and will NOT be available after that. This is a slight difference from past years, so don't wait and miss out on products you want and need.
On another note.... TODAY is GOOD FRIDAY! I hope you plan to take some time and thank the Lord for the Salvation this day provides for us. I know this comment may get some negative feedback from those who don't believe. Instead of being negative, why don't you ask me WHY I believe this and I'll be glad to share with you.
Enjoy the weekend,
I'm SO Excited to find out that Becky Higgins, the creator and founder of Project Life is joining with Stampin' Up! to bring her products to YOU! (& me!)
A few years ago my sister-in-law started the Project Life program. THAT made me sad, because I knew it meant she was uninterested in the products I sell (:(), but to tell the truth, I was a little jealous. a picture and a few words to say what it's about, or a "funny" that the child said, and you're done! I've REALLY ENJOYED seeing the books she's created with this fast and easy program. If, when the kids are grown, and she has time and desire, she can put together some "traditional" scrapbooks if she likes, but for now (or eternity) the thoughts are there with the pictures! SO much better than boxes of photos or hard drives full of pictures no one sees!
and..... NOW we can have the BEST OF BOTH Worlds! Project Life is coming to Stampin' Up! Here are the details that I know as of today---
Here's a video from Shelli (the founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!) and Becky Higgins to tell you more.
Are you as super excited about this as I am? Leave a comment and let me know. I"ll post more when I know more!
Check out the latest Digital Downloads! This NEW method of showing you products is really easy to use. First, it makes is much easier for you to actually SEE the images, and Second, all you have to do is click on them to be taken to the page in my Stampin' UP! site to get all the details!
This is a GREAT time to join Stampin' Up! and get ready to make some money AND have a FUN summer! I just love this cute clip art that Stampin' Up! has (created on MDS, I'm sure!) provided. It really says it all, don't you think?
Stampin' Up! is an incredible company to work with - noticed I said WITH, not FOR! When you join Stampin' Up! you're going into business for yourself. Stampin' Up! provides the product and some guidelines to follow so that we ALL can benefit and have FUN and be profitable, but the business is yours to run.
As we approach "tax day" tomorrow, you should know that there are some tax benefits to running a business out of your home. You do, of course, have to be TRUTHFUL in claiming those deductions, but they are there for you to use wisely.
Stampin' UP! has put together a series of videos to give you more information. To see these, you can click on the "Join for $99.00" button to the left, or CLICK HERE. You will notice that the title of the video includes "1 of 3". To see the next video, click on the "Forward" button next to the "Play" button at the bottom of the video.
When you join MY team you get ME - and my almost ELEVEN years experience as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I'm here to help you get started, and over any hurdles you experience along the way. I have a GREAT upline myself and love the communication and friendship we've developed over the years. (She has almost 20 years experience!).
Have questions? I know you probably do, I did! I'm here to answer them, both BEFORE you join and AFTER you join. Just call email me or leave a comment below! Hope to hear from you soon!
"Everything will be OK......," may well be my new favorite sentiment from Stampin' Up! This is in the Really Good Greetings stamp set. To create the scalloped border for the greeting, I used the Petite Pennants Builder Punch. I punched the Scallop Pennant 4 times, and then just twisted each piece to be straight along one edge, giving it the appearance of being a scalloped rectangle.
I thought that pairing it with the new Chevron Border Punch (available in Occasions Mini Catalog) gave it the feeling of "GO" or "FULL STEAM AHEAD!" I punched them in a sheet of I Am ME Designer Series Paper then positioned some Real Red card stock behind it to show off the punched design.
A piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon tied around seemed to bring the whole thing together!
I hope you all have a great week and find some time to STAMP! I can't wait until this hand/wrist is well enough for ME to stamp again. I'm so glad I made some in advance to be able to share with you! Soon, and very soon..... I hope! Meanwhile, YOU enjoy and...
Are you ready for this week's Weekly Deals? Well, Here they Are....!
Best Pick for MY Money? I'd say the Secret Garden Framelit Dies. Especially since they now fit TWO stamp sets - both the Secret Garden Stamp Set and the new Simple Stems Stamp Set in the 2014 Occasions Catalog (Good through May!) I LOVE how these 2 distinctly different stamp looks can use the SAME Framelit Dies!
Next Best? The RIbbon, LOVE all of Stampin' Up!'s Ribbons!
It's also Digital Download Day!
Click HERE to see the NEWEST Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio.
Need more information? Just Click on the SHOP NOW link to the left!
Questions? Leave a message or a comment. I'll be glad to answer any questions.
FANTASTIC NEWS! I've resheduled this class that I had to cancel due to my hand surgery. ALSO--, thanks to my great friends, Tracy Hobdy and Donna Randall (the Doterra Essential Oil representatives), I've found a WONDERFUL Location!. Traditions Bank on the Grand Parkway (99), just NORTH of Highland Knolls has a WONDERFUL conference room that they will let us use. It has COMFY chairs and a LONG conference table - just PERFECT for this type of class. HOWEVER, it only seats 10, so attendance is limited.
You will leave with 4 cards similar to these and the knowledge to make more and save money on cards for all occasions.
When: May 1, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 pm - this is a Thursday.
Where: Traditions Bank (Grand Parkway (99) - just NORTH of Highland Knolls)
It is imperative that you sign up for this class IN ADVANCE. I've set up a special page for you to sign up and pay using PayPal. Click HERE to register for this class.
This class is limited to 10 students so sign up and pay early to save your spot.
Today's card is something you could make in less than 20 minutes and that includes the "what DSP should I use?" decisions!
For this card, I chose the I Am Me Designer Series Paper. I may have told you that one of my daughters is a photographer, so this DSP really inspires me! After that, it was easy to choose the card stock colors, Real Red for the card base and Pool Party for the strip across it. I could have run this strip through the Big Shot with an Embossing Folder, but for this card, I chose not to since I wanted the cameras to be what the viewer sees. I used the Elegant Butterfly Punch and the Hexagon Punch on other pieces of the same DSP. I added some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine and some of the small Basic Rhinestones to the Butterfly to make it 3D and folded the wings up a little. The sentiment is from the Sweet Essentials stamp set. I cut the word out and then cut back piece.
That's ALL there is to this cute card! Leave a comment if you like the card, and then go make a few to share with friends! This is card that will easily transfer to OTHER Designer Series Papers and change up the "look and feel" of the card. Just change the sentiment to fit the "new" card!
Have you ever seen a card that you thought looked SO SIMPLE (like the one above), but when you sat down to make it, it overwhelmed you? Well, that is the card above for me. I've seen these "mixed diagonals of lots of DSP" cards, but when I go to make one, it just hasn't turned out the way I wanted it to - all my proportions seemed to be "off." Then last month, I looked at my upline's blog that she keeps for us demonstrators. She has a section called "Techniques" and there was a card similar to this one! INSTRUCTIONS are a handy thing!
Here are her instructions for the SUNBURST BACKGROUND:
The Starburst (or Sunburst) background is much simpler than you might think. The secret is in the cuts. Cut 4 pieces of Designer Paper each 4” x 1-1/2” and then cut each diagonally to form 8 triangle-shaped pieces. Cut a piece of paper (can be anything because it won’t show) 5” x 2-3/4” and mark the center of the 5” sides. Apply adhesive over entire piece (can be glue stick or liquid glue all over, or about 3 strips of SNAIL adhesive). Starting in the middle, align one triangle piece along the center line. From there, just add the remaining triangles, letting the edges extend past the edges of the base paper and being sure to cover all of the base. Trim off excess and use as desired!
That LAST sentence is what set me free! "letting the edges extend past the edges of the base paper and being sure to cover all of the base. Trim off excess and use as desired!" Extending PAST the edges and then TRIMMING never occurred to me. I was trying to cut to fit into place from the first!
Well..... now that I had the instructions, this wasn't so hard! I used Tangerine Tango and Island Indigo and Whisper White card stocks. I used The Watercolor Designer Series Paper (I LOVE that!). Since the DSP is double sided, you can get 2 different papers from one rectangle cut!
I also used the 1 3/4" and the 3 3/8" Scallop Punches and the Bitty Butterfly Punch.
This may be my favorite card yet! If you are on my mailing list, then look for what I did with the "trimmed" pieces in this week's "first of the month" newsletter! You KNOW I couldn't throw them away! haha! Curious, but not on my mailing list? Sign Up NOW in the box to the left.
If you try this technique, let me know -- of if you have questions - just comment below.
I told you a couple of weeks ago that I was having surgery. This is the "smaller" contraption I've had around my hand/wrist/arm! Seems an awful lot for the "about an inch" of bone they took out! I'm now suppose to take it off periodically throughout the day and do exercises. I can leave it off "until it hurts" - which currently means about 10-15 minutes at a time. Guess I'll learn to write shorter posts!
I was also told, by the Physical Therapist, yesterday that I could return to stamping! (happy face!) BUT -- I'm not to lift anything heavier than an pen (sad face!). I take that to mean, no punches, left-handed use of the Big Shot; still no manipulations with scissors; But I CAN use markers, ribbons (if wrapped where one does not see the left=handed cutting!), sponges. Stamps themselves may have to be lifted with the left hand.....
Any thing else? What do YOU see my being able to do for the next few weeks? Leave a comment and let me know! I'm so glad I have a few more "pre-surgery days" cards to show you! Hopefully by the time I run out of them, I can create again!
Meanwhile..... YOU can still create. Create something and leave a comment or picture. I'd LOVE to see what you make!
It is once again Digital Download and Weekly Deal Day! To see today's newest downloads, Click Here
It's also the day that NEW Weekly Deals are released. These deals are "while supplies last" and are current merchandise. Here are today's deals: Click HERE for more information or to order.
If you've been a "fan" of Stampin' Up! and this site for several years, you might recall that the NEW catalog will be available in early June. You might also recall that prior to that event, Stampin' Up! releases a RETIRED LIST of product that will no longer be available. The RETIRED LIST will be released on April 28 this year- WATCH this space for more information!
If the "road to the new catalog" proceeds as in years past, there will LOTS of information released by Stampin' Up! between now and then. I'll let you know as soon as I know, or as soon as Stampin' Up! LETS me tell you! So check back regularly for all the information. Meanwhile..... let me know if I can help in ANY way!
DON't let this be YOU! Sale-A-Bration 2014 ENDS tonight! Last chance to get FREE product for every $50.00 you spend.
This week's WEEKLY DEALS end tonight also - LOTS of paper choices on sale this week - Grab them while you can (they count toward SAB goals also!--win-win!)
The FREE Marker offer with a My Paper Pumpkin subscription ENDS tonght also. Take advantage of this offer and every month (until you un-subscribe) you'll get a BOX of fun activities to create. Everything you need (except adhesive!) to spend some "creating for yourself time" EACH month - for only $19.95/month! I've always said "Stamping is cheaper than therapy!" Now it's WAY cheaper! lol!
To join My Paper Pumpkin, go to www.mypaperpumkin.com -- be sure to list ME (Geneva Chapin) as your demonstrator! We might set a "do our MPP projects together" visually or in person group! If you WANT to! Seriously, listing me will help ME keep up with your needs, etc.
Have a GREAT Day! I'll be back tomorrow to tell you more good stuff from Stampin' Up! It's Digital Download Day AND a NEW MONTH! (and that's no April Fool's!)
Come out and check out all the booths! I'll be there with a Make & Take and a coupon for upcoming classes! Lots of fun!
For those of you who have been keeping up, I'm getting better. Went to the doctor today, have a lighter splint on my arm and kind type (kind of!:)) It's doing "well" in his professinal opinion. Start therapy next week, but have tasks to work on until then. Some are easy, some not-so-much, and some downright HURT! But I know the alternative is worse in the long range! "Carry-on" is my motto these days!
My daughter has agreed to be my "hands" and lifter for setting up and taking down tomorrow. Come out and see me and all the fun things happening!
You may recall that a few weeks ago I showed you some Peacocks that I'd made. Click HERE to go to that post. This is the last of those peacocks. This one was created because the earlier one was a mix of Embossing Powders. I then just used the "trash" that I'd created with the earlier one. You can see in the picture, that it sort of looks gold, with other cutting in. Depending on the light, it takes on an almost eerier feeling.
Today I go to get a special brace made to fit my hand. I'm typing this in advance, but I should be feeling better by now. Tomorrow I go to the doctor to see how it's doing! YEAH!
YOU have only FOUR more days to order for SALE-A-BRATION! You'll be glad you did!
It's TUESDAY - Digital Download DAY! Since I'm not sure I'll be able to use my hands today, I'm posting this in advance. The problem with that is that I can't give you direct links to the pages. BUT I CAN tell you how to get there on your own.
FIrst - Look to the left side bar. You may have to scroll a tad, but there's a black and white round piece that says "SHOP NOW." Click on that link. It takes you to a page that looks like this:
Click on the link across the top that says PRODUCT and then choose SHOP NOW. It will take you to this page:
Always check to see if my name is still in the right hand upper cornor!
From THIS page, you decide where you're going. For the DIgital Downloads, you'll have to scroll a little further down - right underneath My Digital Studio. You'll get a page like this:
Choose NEWEST DOWNLOADS and then choose TODAY.
To find this week's WEEKLY DEALS - follow the above, and check the appropriate box at the top for the WEEKLY DEALS.
Go ahead - give those a try! I'll meet you back here in a few minutes!
This card has a Calypso Coral base and uses a selection of papers from the I AM ME Designer Series Paper. The Basic Gray piece of card stock was run through the Big Shot with the Stripes Textured Impression Embossing Folder. The small DSP's were punched with the Hexagon Punch and attached with Stampin' Dimensionals to create the raised look.
Today marks the ONE WEEK TO GO date of this year's SALE-A-BRATION -- What FREE items have you recieved? What FREE items do you still WANT? ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO!
This card uses one of the "ads" in the Etcetera Designer Series Paper for the vocal point. The Crisp Cantaloupe card base is brought out the polka dot pattern on the DSP. I backed the "ad" with a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock with the bottom edge torn. The top edge wraps around the top of the card.
The Hexagon Punch gives the "honeycomb" look in Crisp Cantaloupe and Tempting Turquoise card stock . The Butterfly from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set was stamped in Stazon Black ink and then I sponged some colors on to create the colored effect. I don't remember what colors exactly - sorry. When you sponge colors you'll get a slightly different look each time anyway! I used the Elegant Butterfly Punch to punch out that shape and a solid Chocolate Chip to back it with to look 3-D.
This was a lot of fun to create, but a little outside my comfort zone. What do you think? Does it work? Would you like to get it or give it? Leave a comment and let me know!
Don't forget about SALE-A -BRATION! It ends in TEN days!