Sunday, January 31, 2016

Just For You

Happy Sunday morning.  I though it would be fun to share a card I made for the February swap.  There was some involved die cutting, (30 card swap) but once that was completed, it turned out to be a fairly simple card to put together that I don't think appears to be simple.  I love the new Botanical collection in the Occasions catalog.  It can look floral to jungle, depending on how you want to use it.  Look how nice the sentiment stamped too!  I was skeptical that a stamp area that large would have some overly lighter sections or not stamp at all.  This has often been my experience in the past with many stamps I have tried.  This worked great.  All 30 sentiments I stamped worked great without any redo's.

Once again I would like to remind everyone that we have Sale-A-Bration going on with Stampin' Up, and that means for every $50 spent from our annual and occasions catalogs, you get to choose one free item.  It's also the best time to be a hostess or become a demonstrator.  There are so many more benefits than before.  I would be happy to help you out!  My store is open 24/7 and I would be so happy to help you with your crafting adventure.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friends and Flowers Stamp Set

I thought I would make a brief post to share a new stamp set in the Occasions catalog called Friends and Flowers.  When I first saw the set, I wasn't convinced it was one I would want,  but then I started to see possibilities.  I have seen bunnies and other critters, flowers...all kinds of things created with the different elements.  In my January swap, here is the card I created. 
It resulted in a very flat, although layered card.  Kind of pretty I think!  I used the Festive Flower Builder punch to cut out the flower petals.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Craft Room Update

Good morning everyone!  I confess that I have been living under a pile of craft supplies that were unorganized, dumped into boxes and bins...everything in disarray; it was time to come up with a new plan!  Since I joined Stampin' Up, I have been sensitive about keeping my supplies separated from the rest of my craft things.  And, I have a whole lotta craft things from previous design teams, hoarding, etc.  :)  I think I had completely lost my mojo and was more in a collecting mode as opposed to a creating mood.  I had some ideas based off things I had seen on pinterest and other blogs about creating a craft table out of IKEA cubes.  I am lucky enough to have a room in my home that is my own to go to and create, albeit a fairly small space.  I had already made it into my hide-away last year, but I also was not crafting at that time and just wanted things to have a place to go that was more organized.  But, to actually work in this space was difficult because the room on my little desk was limited and I confess to being a messy creater.  Stuff gets everywhere!

I was very concerned that adding a craft table was going to make my room impossibly small and that would defeat the purpose of my even wanting to be in this room.  But, insanity won out, as usual, and I went with the change.

We don't have an IKEA close by, but my husband goes to Salt Lake City frequently (nearly 6 hours away) and so I gave him my shopping list and he bought the items and brought them home.  It took me about a week to shovel through, sort and throw old stuff out.  I also did some purging of things I haven't used in the last couple years, let alone the last 15 years and this was the result.  It's kind of crowded in here, but it still has a fun and creative vibe...and this extra work space allows me to get kind of messy without becoming overcome with mess.
This the vantage point looking into my room from the doorway.  It's a bit close in there, but I was still able to fit my flowery chair in there.  I was worried it was going to work!

Here is my IKEA cubes work table from another angle.  I used 3 cubes, a long one and 2 shorter ones.  I was able to make a knee well this way and can store a bench underneath for when I want to sit down.  Which is pretty much all the time.  All of my Stampin' Up papers are organized with tabbed inserts, so I keep them straight and handy.

This is my old work area.  As you can see, it wasn't much to work with but now is a great place for my die cutting.  It just worked out great for a swap I did where I had to cut everything in multiples of 30!

We bought a few additional IKEA crates to slide into the cubes as drawers.  I splurged as well and bought this lock down punch shelf that fits right in there,

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It's a New Year! Let's have a Sale-A-Bration!

Hello Readers!  I want to welcome you back to my blog and tell you about all the fun things going on right now with Stampin' Up!  Now through May 31st, for every $50 purchased, you can choose a FREE item from our Sale-A-Bration catalog.  These are new and exclusive items that you can view right HERE.  Additionally, our new Occasions Catalog is also available and it is filled with lots and lots of new stamp sets, designer papers, die sets and products that are not currently in our annual catalog.  You can look that catalog over HERE.  And if you decide to place an order with me and your purchase is $150 or more, you qualify for even more free product along with the 3 "free" items.

Here is an example of card that I made with the new Birthday Blooms stamp set in our Occasions catalog.  I used blender pens to "paint" the image with ink.

Right now is the best time ever to become a demonstrator.  And before I go too far along those lines I'd like to mention that it is perfectly fine to sign up as a hobbyist.  This means you don't have to sell to anyone other than yourself.  Of course, if you'd like to demonstrate and share these great products, it's a wonderful way to make a business sharing what you already love.  Normally, to sign up, for $99 you can choose any products you like that value $125.00.    But, during Sale-A-Bration, now through May 31st, you get $155.00 worth of product. What a great way to get started.  If you would like to take this opportunity, please follow this Join my Team link.

Here are some benefits to consider:
*No pressure to sell
*Buy $99 kit and receive your own personal discount on all future orders while a demonstrator!
*Be your own customer for the discount
*Learn how to run as a business or as a hobby demonstrator!
*Join a group of wonderful new friends!
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