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. 

Bubbles & Fizz


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!

 

Who do you know?

There is an amazing opportunity available right now for the right people.

It may not be you, but maybe you know someone that would be a perfect fit.

Who do you know that loves Stampin' Up! products?

They are top quality, always coordinating, industry leading materials, tools, and designs.

Who do you know that loves to get a great deal?

Where else can you get $125 in product and only pay $99? Plus add two FREE stamp sets of your choice? There is no price limit on the free sets, so you could add up to $101 to your already good deal! Imagine, $226 in product for only $99! Not even the Big Box stores can beat that!

Who do you know that loves to craft and wouldn't mind getting a discount on all their supplies?

When you purchase a Starter Kit, you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and as part of the perks you will get at least 20% off all your future orders (as long as you stay a Demonstrator). 

Who do you know that wants to be the FIRST to see new products, new catalogs, and get lots of ideas?

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator you will get to see the new catalogs and products before they are available to the public. You will get see ideas from Stampin' Up! that aren't available to customers, and you can join several Demonstrator only Facebook Groups where other Demonstrators (who will become some of your best friends) will share ideas with you!

Who do you know that would love the freedom to set their own hours and be their own boss?

When you say Yes to a Starter Kit you are an Independent Demonstrator, this means you can decide if or how you want to run your stamping business. Get together with friends and family. Collect a few orders. Reach out to others and hold parties with them. Maybe you decide you don't want to do any of those things. The business end just isn't right for you. No problem! You get to keep the great products you purchase. There is no penalty. It just means you don't get a discount anymore and you go back to being a customer!  Nothing wrong with that!

Want more information?

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Birthday Card Bash Project 3

Picture Perfect birthday wishes!

Since 70% of the cards I make are Happy Birthday I scope out the catalog for sets and accessories that will help make those cards easier! 

The Picture Perfect Party Suite does that! It contains pretty paper (including cardstock), a beyond awesome stamp set with lots to offer, and even ink!! 

I love that Stampin' Up! has brought back the little Stampin' Spots! A perfect "try me" size of ink in a 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" square. 

The Picture Perfect Party Stampin' Spots includes 4 colors, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, and Pool Party. 

Here's the Basics

Cardbase (Whisper White): 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half along the long side for a left side opening card

Accent layer (Berry Burst): 4" x 5 1/4"

Paper Accent (Picture Perfect Party): 4" x 2"

Greeting piece (Whisper White): 1 3/4" x 3"

Greeting Accent piece (Lemon Lime Twist) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Add a little splash of color with Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon laid across the paper seam (you'll want to use Mini Glue Dots to hold the ribbon)

The candles are stamped "watermark style" by using Berry Burst ink (Spots) on Berry Burst cardstock!

The greeting is stamped with the Bermuda Bay ink spot!

I didn't use the new embossing folder that is part of the Suite: Simple Stripes Embossing Folder or the cute and colorful Birthday Mini Binder Clips but both of them are in my Shopping Cart!

Stash tools (you will use these often on many projects):   2 1/4" circle punch and the Everyday Label punch

Use SNAIL or your favorite adhesive to hold the two punched greeting pieces together. Then pop them up with Stampin' Dimensionals!

Just so you know, if you pick up the basic supplies for this card you'll have enough to get a Sale-A-Bration freebie

Add in the Stash tools and the Suite products that weren't used and you can choose two freebies or one of the new this year $100 choices

The tough part will be trying to decide what to choose! 

Have fun making this card! 

Meet My Team - Pt 4

Meet the first member of my team! 

 

She had attended her first Stampin' Up! party way back in 1998

 

She fell in love with the coordinating colors and the stamps that were sold in sets that all worked perfectly together! 

 

Very different than stepping into a craft store at that time. It could be so overwhelming in those stores. She would find herself lost and confused!

 

Fast forward to 2004. She had hosted and attended parties, but about this time of year (during SaleAbration), she attended three parties in one month!

She got lots of free stuff while building her stamping stash. 

 

She liked that!

 

But going to so many parties so close together got her thinking:

 

She knew she loved the product and she definitely liked getting stuff for free! She wondered if there was even more for her. 

 

She saw that there was a great deal called a Starter Kit. She was told if she bought it she would be able get a 20% discount on all her future purchases! 

 

She really liked that!

 

She was already enjoying a discount with another home party company so she knew a little bit about these "party plans". 

 

The discount sounded nice, but it made her curious about what her experience with Stampin' Up! might be like.  She had a couple of requirements that were important to her.

 

She checked with all three people she had just stamped with to ask: 

  1. Are you part of a larger, fun group who could answer questions if I had them?
  2. Are you going to be around in case I need help?

The "Demo" at the first party, didn't have many answers. That Demo didn't have anyone to ask. In fact, that Demo was thinking about getting out. 

 

That wasn't the right fit.

 

The second "Demo" had a group around her. The Demo could answer questions, but seemed more concerned with herself and came across as pushy.

 

That wasn't the right fit either. 

 

The third "Demo" took her time. That Demo was patient and wasn't pushy! There was an amazing group available too. They were just as much fun as the Demo.

Finally, all the requirements were met.

 

It was "just right"! The perfect fit!

 

 

She bought that Starter Kit and she lived happily ever after!

 

 

Have you guessed yet? 

 

 

The first member of my team was:

 

 

Me.

 

 

Maybe you're like me and you want to go for the great deal!?

 

Right now you can get $125 in product for only $99!

Plus you get to add two stamp sets of your choice for FREE

No price limit!

 

Maybe you're like me and want to be around a fun group?

 

Let me tell you, things are even better today!  There is an even bigger group!

 

We easily connect in a private Facebook Group and you could have stamping friends from all over the US that inspire and share with you!

 

 

CURIOUS?

 

 

You decide what to do with the opportunity! 

 

In 2004 I only wanted the discount. I wasn't ever going to do parties! 

Then one of my friends asked me to do a party. I did it and it was fun!

 

It was just me stamping with friends! Plus, I made a little money! 

 

I liked that!

 

You decide what will work for you. Give it a try!

 

You can do as little or as much as YOU want to do!

 

 

I would be honored to be that "Just Right" person for you! 

 

 

I'd love to help you have YOUR best experience with Stampin' Up! 

 

Questions?  Contact me!

 

Need more information?  Check it out!

 

Are you ready to get started? 

  

ORDER YOUR STARTER KIT TODAY!

 

Happy to Juggle your Birthday

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A festive and cute card idea that uses the Free stamp set Party Panda available until the end of March (or until supplies run out). This was my favorite stamp set immediately when I saw the Sale-a-bration catalog. I just saw so many options of cards that could be made with the set. I had been seeing others showing the panda juggling, so I wanted to do my own spin on that idea. The pretty Tutti Fruitti sequins are so festive so I knew their color combination would be perfect with this card.