Share What You Love

They're here! New colors are definitely something I love, especially when they are these five, bright, fun colors! I already love Lovely Lipstick and Blueberry Bushel, but I can't wait to hear which of these colors are your favorites.
Starting today, while supplies last (I see there is low inventory ALREADY) you can get all five new colors in the new stamp cases for only $33.75! They are not available individually yet (you'll have to wait for the new catalog for that).
 
Early Release Bundles! Share What You Love!
It's always fun when you can get something early! The new catalog goes live in a month, but you can snag some pretty cool bundles of products from the Share What You Love Suite right now!
 
There are kit bundles that are just right for all crafters! Think of the bundles like the Three Bears, there is the Baby Bear kit, the Mama Bear Kit, and the Papa Bear kit!
 
 
The Just Getting Started Bundle is like the Baby Bear bundle. This is for someone new to crafting or someone who just wants a taste of the new products. It is the basics needed to enjoy stamping. It includes a stamp set, two ink pads, a clear block and paper with envelopes!
 
Just like Mama Bear is the medium size in the Three Bears story, the A Little More, Please bundle is the medium size in our story too. It doesn't have the clear block, but it adds a second stamp set and some pretty embellishments!
 
The bundle that was just right for me, the Papa Bear bundle is called Gotta Have It All Bundle! Like the names says it includes everything that the seasoned crafter would want plus adds another exclusive stamp set (only available in the bundle) free and two more freebies! Maybe it will be just right for you too?!
 
Remember the Clearance Rack and the Last Chance Items are still available while supplies last. Get your favorites and don't forget those ink refills while you can still get them! 

 

2018 OnStage Milwaukee Bus Swap

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Here is the swap card I prepared for a Demo only "bus swap". We did a "Top Layer" swap, meaning the size is similar to a top layer of a full card. It is 4" x 5 1/4" and can easily be put on any cardbase. Suggested cardbase colors: Daffodil Delight,

Spring Card idea

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Take a look at a quick and easy spring card idea! You'll love the new "A Good Day" stamp set! Lots of cute greetings and focal stamps. I wanted to make a "thinking of you" type card, but this layout could be for Mother's Day, birthday, anniversary, etc. You name it and change the greeting and this card will serve the purpose!

Waterfront stunner by Dawn K

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I had to share this beautiful card with you! It was the winner of a recent swap I participating in. My friend Dawn Kloman swapped this card with the group! It is gorgeous! It uses a stamp set from the Occasions catalog, called Water Front which allows you to create lots of scenic cards! I will give you the supply list as I think is shown and will give you some tips for recreating this or something similar.

I have three of these

Honestly! I have three of these Sale-a-bration Freebies! My choice may surprise you, but let me explain, before Sale-a-bration ends for this year (Sat March 31) you might decide you need a set or more too. 

You know I love the Playful Panda set. I have been showing LOTS of ideas with it! But that's not it.

Paper is always a great choice when it is offered. Right now there is the Bubbles & Fizz paper! I love the colors and patterns. 

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Recently the  Birthday Memories paper was added to the  choices. One side has party animals and one side has pretty patterns in bright colors!

It is from the full-line catalog and has a cool bundle called Birthday Delivery that works perfectly with the paper. You can cut out the shapes with framelits and stamp greetings to make your birthday ideas. But, no these aren't it!

Ok, but THREE of something?! Really? YES!!! 

The Sweet Soiree Memories & More card packs! 

Are you surprised? Let me explain.

 

You may have heard from my Facebook Page that I am scrapbooking for two high school senior girls. 

The graduation party is approaching quickly and will be held on Memorial Day Weekend.

We are doing birth to senior year for both girls, so our pages have to be FAST but they must be PRETTY!

The solution is the Memories & More card packs!

 

The card packs can be used in the pocket memory keeping format shown above, but I am here to tell you they work perfectly as an embellishment or journaling block on traditional pages too.

Let me tell you about the MORE part of the product  and the reason I got a third pack! CARDS!

Drop one of the pre-printed pretty cards on the front of a cardbase and voila! A card is born! Nothing additional required if you don't have time!

Sale-a-bration 2018! So much cuteness, so little time!

Take a look at all the freebies available and make your list of which ones you want! 

Plan your order to earn them!

Whatever you do, don't wait until Saturday to place your order. Your favorites might be gone! 

Happy Stamping!

P.S. Time is running out on the  BEST DEAL of all time! Choose $125 in product for only $99 - PLUS two free stamp sets of your choice! Check out the Starter Kit!

Please don't be sad!

It happens every year. The past InColors retire. We know it's coming, but we procrastinate and then it happens!

Don't let this be you

The paper, ink (including refills and markers), ribbons and other embellishments sell out before they actually retire.

Do yourself a favor and order what you want RIGHT NOW! You will still get Sale-a-bration rewards, so that means freebies 

along with the peace of mind of getting what you reall want while it is still available!

Here is a direct link to each product for quick use!

Product List

 

Maybe you need some inspiration? Sign up for my weekly emails. I will be showcasing these retiring colors in the weeks to come! 

 

 

 

Party Panda fun

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You said you needed a cute birthday card idea. How about one that is full of color, sparkle, and fun! Nothing could be better than a panda holding a balloon and wishing you Happy Birthday!

If I could speak to the younger me

I recently read a blog post from a Mom of a special needs child who was watching her child prepare for an art competition. 

The mother was concerned with how discouraged the child would become in the process of creating her "perfect" art piece for the competition.

The child struggled with getting what was in her head down on paper in a way that satisfied her, but more importantly trying to capture what she thought the judges will be looking for. She talked about the child not yet being at an age to know her style. 

The child showed great bravery to try to compete and face the possible harsh critique and comments which are a part of a judged competition.

The mom went on to say she knows that is best to resist the instinct to protect her child, but as a 

 

Momma she wanted to discourage her child from competing - to keep her child's feeling safe.

 

Instead she continued to encourage her child to 

"Follow her joy and listen to her inner voice" and to "keep on creating."  

 

She concluded it was best that her child learn that it really doesn't matter if her artwork never brings joy to others or wins awards. All that matters is that the artwork brings her joy in the making and completion.

 

Epic Celebrations

This story hits home for me, as I have had a lifelong love of creating...painting, drawing, crafts, etc. But at a young age my creative spirit was crushed by someone important to me. 

 

A project that I created at school was lovingly given to them and a short time later I found it sitting on top of the trash heap. Leaving me with crushed feelings of inadequacy. 

 

This one heartbreaking and careless act stayed with me too many years and fueled an inner voice that told me that my art wasn't "good enough". 

 

Since my art was very important to me it quickly translated into my own feelings of me not being "good enough". 

 

It was only years later when I was a woman in my 40's that I heard the right words that finally "undid" the damage. 

 

I was asked to create a Creativity Journal and in this process I was able to dig up this old memory that had buried itself . 

 

By digging it out and grieving for the loss of joy in creating I able to comfort that bruised little child and finally heal myself. 

 

It freed me from that harsh inner voice and those terrible feelings once and for all. 

 

I, myself, could move forward to NOT judge my art, but judge the feelings that it unleashed in me. 

 

I was able to learn that if the act of creating makes me happy, then I am happy. I no longer need to go to an outside validation.

 

So, if I could speak to my younger self I would tell her, your art is an expression of your inner beauty. Only by bringing it forward will you truly become yourself. 

 

I would hold her and comfort her. I would let her know that her own joy is the only reward she will ever need. 

 

I would tell her to keep experimenting, keep learning, keep trying, keep creating. I would tell her to bring joy to herself. 

 

In speaking to my younger self, I am also speaking to you. 

 

I give you permission to stop doubting your own creativity. 

 

I give you permission to know it is okay to use Pinterest as an inspiration. 

 

It is okay to copy a project you saw somewhere to bring yourself joy or to give to someone to bring them joy. 

 

If you need guidance to know how to pull everything together, go ahead and use project instructions.

 

Allow yourself to step away from the instructions and try your ideas. 

 

It is with different colors, different papers, different stamp sets that you will make the project your own. 

 

When you allow yourself this freedom then you will find your own style. 

 

Go play! Have fun! Make ''mistakes". Laugh at yourself and let it go!