Monthly Archives: March 2015

Winner Winner, Catfish Dinner! Oh, and a few updates as well!

This is it!  Today is THE VERY LAST DAY for Sale-A-Bration.  If you’ve been waiting – wait no more!  Let me know ASAP if you’ve decided you want to order something!!

New Weekly Deals out today!  See the new fun stuff below.  Lots of framelits this week – AND the wonderful. magnificent ever-so-useful-if-you-use-framelits-and-a-Big-Shot MAGNETIC platform!!  Folks – I’ve mentioned before how incredibly useful this tool is – don’t just take my word for it – now’s a super chance to get it at a REALLY good price.  You won’t be sorry – in fact, you’ll wonder how you ever used framelits and thinlits without it!! 🙂

BLOG CANDY WINNER!!

The Random Number generator randomly generated number 22!  And that comment came from Debbie G!  YEAH!  Congrats to Debbie.  If you’ll e-mail me your snail mail address, I’ll get your Blog Candy packaged up and off to you quick as I can!

Random Number Screen shot for 26 Mar Blog Candy winner

Thanks so much to all who took part in the Blog and left us a comment.  We all appreciate it very much.  Next Blog Hop?  Last Thursday in April….and I hear that Mother’s Day is the theme…. 🙂  Hope to see you all back here! (Well, don’t wait until the next hop, okay!?!?)

I’ve gone ahead and switched us over to the new Hostess Code.  So – if you go online today, you can use the code listed below!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 31 – April 31 HOSTESS CODE:  JMYYMNGF Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for April is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

NOTE: If you place your order online, don’t forget to add the hostess code (if your order is under $150) to get your free gift! If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.

***Please Note: If your account it set up as “No Contact” or you check “no” in the box that says “Allow my demonstrator to contact with order updates and important information.”, I have no way to contact you. So be sure to check YES – to allow me to contact you, okay?

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If your account is set up so that I am not allowed to contact you, you will need to either update your account so that I can contact you or send me an email to let me know how you’d like me to get your refund to you. Unfortunately, when you choose this option, Stampin’ Up! will not give me any information about you other than your name so I have no way to find out your email address or mailing address to send the refund automatically. Please let me know if you have any questions.

WEEKLY DEALS 31 Mar – 6 Apr 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 6 Apr.

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NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS!
Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack.  I spied the Holiday Home die set, the snowflake card thinlits die and bunch of new stamp sets (some great Christmas images and sentiments – and it’s just not THAT far away!).  Head over to the Clearance Rack now and check out the deals.  Might want to hurry – the prices I saw are pretty good   – and it’s only while supplies last.  When they’re out…they’re out!
Shop the Clearance Rack here
3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription on Sale Now!
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Purchase a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription during Sale-A-Bration and Save  – PLUS You’ll Get a free Sale-A-Bration Item! TODAY’S THE LAST DAY TO GET $5 OFF AND A FREE SAB ITEM WITH SUBSCRIPTION!!
Stampin’ Up! has put the 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions on sale during Sale-A-Bration. You can purchase the 3-month subscription for $54.85 ($5 off the regular price) and if you purchase one of these, you automatically qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! You can see the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription options in my online store here.

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

Backorder Report – as of 30 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

131169: Regals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–April 1
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
120801: Die Storage Large Insert–April 3
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
133718: 2014-2016 In Color Cards–April 3
131192: Regals Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131193: Subtles Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
119686: Early Espresso 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
121044: Basic Gray 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
105117: Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
102544: Rose Red 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
121043: Sahara Sand 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131173: Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 7
134417: Beau petit chou Clear Stamp Set–TBD
135053: Four Feathers Clear Stamp Set–TBD
129708: Polka-Dot Pieces Clear Stamp Set–TBD
134862: You Rock Wood Stamp Set–TBD
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131195: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–TBD
131186: Brights Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die (currently due in warehouse April 8)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits (currently due in warehouse April 8)
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
120907: Decorative Label Punch

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Into the Forest

A week or so ago marked a sad anniversary in the life of one of my very best friends.  So, I needed and wanted to send something to let her know that….I knew it was a hard week for her, and that I was thinking of and praying for her.  One of the very best parts about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is having pretty immediate access to a number of really excellent tools for making nearly any kind of card, to fill nearly any need.  And this was no exception.  I pulled out my Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and, since my friend is outdoorsy and loves the woods and the forest, my stack of Adventure Bound DSP.  And in that stack I found the perfect card front.  When I added some vellum…it became perfect in the extreme.  Take a look-see:

In the Forest Outside 1 watermarked

The photo-quality picture of the forest was lovely as it was, but I feel like it became something other-worldly with the addition of the vellum over the top.  It’s a perfect misty morning, with the sun shining down; the kind of morning that sometimes gives me a lump in the throat and always makes me remember to send a little prayer of thanks upstairs.

But, I digress.  I SNAIL’d the DSP to a piece of Crushed Curry Card Stock and then used my Handheld Stapler to adhere the vellum over the piece of the DSP.  Doesn’t get much simpler than that, does it? 🙂

For the sentiment, I inked up the stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers set with Versamark, stamped it on a circle of Mossy Meadow CS and sprinkled it with Crushed Curry Emboss Powder, which I then heat embossed.  I SNAIL’d that circle onto a slightly larger Crushed Curry circle – that I’d sponged with Mossy Meadow ink.

In the Forest Outside 2 watermarked

The banner under the sentiment is just the bottom part of the DSP that I’d cut off to create the correct size for the card front.  I used my Hexagon punch to make the banner ends, and then SNAIL’d it to the vellum.  The sentiment circle layer is popped on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I put the entire layered front onto a Mossy Meadow card base with some more Dimensionals….And the front was done!  Yes, you read me right – done.  And not a pearl to be seen!  gasp!

In the Forest Outside 3 watermarked

The inside got a strip of the DSP – again “harvested” when I cut the paper down to size – not a piece was wasted…too pretty! I first adhered it to another piece of Crushed Curry CS.  I SNAIL’d it to some Whisper White CS and then stamped the inside sentiment in Crushed Curry.  Then I decided to play with it a little bit more and did some sponging with Mossy Meadow – just to give it a little depth.

In the Forest Inside watermarked

And the card was done.  In about two shakes, really.  The Adventure Bound DSP offers so many opportunities for quick cards – that are still just gorgeous.  Quick doesn’t mean not-beautiful!  And, when a card is quick AND beautiful, it encourages us (well, me, at least!) to make some cards ahead of when I might need to have one.  Almost like…thinking ahead.  Anti-procrastinating.  Crazy!

So – that’s it!  Hope that you enjoyed my share for you today!

Today and Tomorrow.  Might ought to be a song title – but, in fact, it’s how much time is left to cash in on Sale-A-Bration AND my Free Shipping Weekend.  To give you one last shot at Sale-A-Bration deals, I’m extending my free shipping deal to match SAB – so, it’s good on any order over $50 (before taxes and shipping) placed thru about 5pm West Coast Time tomorrow (31 Mar).   See details on how to get the free shipping here.

To help you choose some great items, this week’s Weekly Deal are still good thru tonight.  There are some really fun things this week – so don’t miss out!  And don’t overlook how handy that Adventure Bound DSP is!

Hope to hear from a bunch of you that you’ve placed an order and reeled in some free stash! 🙂

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS 24 Mar – 30 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 30 Mar.

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $13.46

Price: $17.95

Sale: $9.71

Price: $12.95

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NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS!
Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack.  I spied the Holiday Home die set, the snowflake card thinlits die and bunch of new stamp sets (some great Christmas images and sentiments – and it’s just not THAT far away!).  Head over to the Clearance Rack now and check out the deals.  Might want to hurry – the prices I saw are pretty good   – and it’s only while supplies last.  When they’re out…they’re out!
Shop the Clearance Rack here
3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription on Sale Now!
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Purchase a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription during Sale-A-Bration and Save  – PLUS You’ll Get a free Sale-A-Bration Item!
Stampin’ Up! has put the 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions on sale during Sale-A-Bration. You can purchase the 3-month subscription for $54.85 ($5 off the regular price) and if you purchase one of these, you automatically qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! You can see the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription options in my online store here.

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Price: $29.95

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 1 7/8″ circle (sentiment)
Crushed Curry Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x 5 3/8″ (large mat); 2 3/8″ circle (sentiment mat)
Adventure Bound DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4′
Vellum Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (Inner liner)
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

Backorder Report – as of 27 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
120801: Die Storage Large Insert–April 3
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
133718: 2014-2016 In Color Cards–April 3
131192: Regals Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131193: Subtles Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die (due in warehouse April 8)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit

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Here’s a Sweet Deal! FREE shipping this weekend!

 


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So – since you’ve been reading my blog, I know all y’all know that this Tuesday, 31 Mar is the very last day of Sale-A-Bration.  But, I betcha did NOT know that tomorrow is Black Forest Cake Day and Sunday is Lemon Chiffon Cake Day!  Well, it is!  And, since Black Forest Cake is one of my VERY FAVORITE CAKES ever… I’m going to help you all celebrate it AND get free stuff from SU with a FREE STAMPIN’ UP SHIPPING weekend!  

I’m offering free shipping on all orders of $50 or greater for the whole sweet, fattening weekend!! Here are the details:

For all orders of $50 or greater (before taxes and shipping) placed through me between now and Monday, March 30, 2015, I’m offering free shipping. Here are the two ways that you can order and receive your free shipping rebate:

1.  Place your order through my online store and give me your mailing address and I’ll send you a check to rebate your shipping costs

OR

2.  Send me your order via email and let me know that you’d like to pay with a credit card.  I’ll contact you to make arrangements and I’ll deduct the shipping costs from your order total.

So – here’s what you’ll get:

1. Every order gets a free gift valued up to $4.95

2.  Every $50 you spend (before taxes and shipping) gets you a free Sale-A-Bration item.  This is $50 from….Weekly Deals, Clearance Rack (check out the new items recently added), Paper Pumpkin 3-month Subscription, Occasions Catalog or Annual Catalog!

3. You pay not a dime in shipping.

NOTE: If you place your order online, don’t forget to add the hostess code (if your order is under $150) to get your free gift! If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift. And don’t forget that with order of $50 or greater, you’ll get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item too!!

***Please Note: If your account it set up as “No Contact” or you check “no” in the box that says “Allow my demonstrator to contact with order updates and important information.”, I have no way to contact you.  So be sure to check YES – to allow me to contact you, okay?

 

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If your account is set up so that I am not allowed to contact you, you will need to either update your account so that I can contact you or send me an email to let me know how you’d like me to get your refund to you. Unfortunately, when you choose this option, Stampin’ Up! will not give me any information about you other than your name so I have no way to find out your email address or mailing address to send the refund automatically. Please let me know if you have any questions.

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS 24 Mar – 30 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 30 Mar.

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $13.46

Price: $17.95

Sale: $9.71

Price: $12.95

Supply List

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS!
Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack.  I spied the Holiday Home die set, the snowflake card thinlits die and bunch of new stamp sets (some great Christmas images and sentiments – and it’s just not THAT far away!).  Head over to the Clearance Rack now and check out the deals.  Might want to hurry – the prices I saw are pretty good   – and it’s only while supplies last.  When they’re out…they’re out!
Shop the Clearance Rack here
3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription on Sale Now!
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Purchase a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription during Sale-A-Bration and Save  – PLUS You’ll Get a free Sale-A-Bration Item!
Stampin’ Up! has put the 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions on sale during Sale-A-Bration. You can purchase the 3-month subscription for $54.85 ($5 off the regular price) and if you purchase one of these, you automatically qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! You can see the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription options in my online store here.

Backorder Report – as of 26 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
120801: Die Storage Large Insert–April 3
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
133718: 2014-2016 In Color Cards–April 3
131192: Regals Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131193: Subtles Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die (due in warehouse April 8)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit

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Happy Easter and How To Set Up Shop in a Hotel Room!

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Hello – and welcome to the Happy Stampers Blog Hop for March.  Our theme today is Spring or Easter and….organizing and storing your crafting supplies.  I decided to do an Easter project for you and, since I’m not actually at home….I’m going to show you my crafting-area-away-from-crafting-area in the hotel.  It’s not gorgeous, but it works!  A bunch of us are sharing with you today, so be sure to check out their blogs when you’re done here.  And, in the spirit of blog hops everywhere (and chocolate-filled Easter Baskets!) – we’ve all got a little blog candy to give away, too!

So, settle in – get you a cuppa something hot, and let’s get started.  I saw a card on Pinterest with a technique that intrigued me, so that was my starting point today.  I used the beautiful Indescribable Gift stamp set and I kept the card quite clean and simple.  Take a look-see:

Happy Easter Outside 1 watermarked

I cut an oval from a piece of Whisper White card stock with my new Ovals Framelit Dies.  This piece I adhered – very lightly with a little dab o’ SNAIL – to another piece of the white card stock.  I didn’t want it permanently stuck down yet – just needed it to hold still while I stamped and colored it.  Then, I inked up the pretty flower image with Blackberry Bliss Ink, and stamped it on the layered piece – making sure to get the stamp part way on and part way off the oval.  That’s total permission to go OUTSIDE the lines!

With my image stamped, I colored it in with my new Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used Sahara Sand on the branches; Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral on the flowers; Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz on the leaves; and some Daffodil Delight for the stamen in the open flowers.  I was really worried that without the Blendabilities, it would be awfully difficult to get the shading and blending that I wanted. But, I just worked kind of quickly and in small areas – and I think it turned out quite pretty!

Happy Easter Outside 3 watermarked

You can see from the picture above that to permanently adhere the oval, I used SU Dimensionals.  I love the 3-dimensional look it gave the card! I SNAIL’d the layered art piece to a mat of Wild Wasabi CS (love the Blackberry Bliss combo with the Wild Wasabi!) and then wrapped a strand of the velvet “ribbon” from the Artisan Embellishment Kit (Occasions Catalog) around it twice, securing it in the back with some tape.  I debated a little bow, and decided against it – I like the kind of tailored look of the plain ribbon.  I decorated the largest flower center with a tiny Pearl Basic Jewel and popped the entire piece onto the Blackberry Bliss card base with some more Dimensionals – and the front was done!

Happy Easter Outside 1 watermarked

The inside got a piece of Whisper White card stock, that I stamped in Blackberry Bliss with the Indescribable Gift sentiment and another image of the flowers.  Then I colored in this flower the same way I did the front.  And that was it.  Done!

Happy Easter Inside 2 watermarked

And then… I made a fateful mistake.  I decided it was time to have a little lunch.  So, I carefully placed my lovely card into my “photo booth” – you’ll see a picture of it down below – and got myself a little bowl of ramen noodles.  I returned to my spot on the sofa – the photo booth was on the table next to said sofa.  As I was going to sit down, the fork in the ramen bowl…flipped.  I promise, it did a double half-gainer, twist with a curl, and then a backwards somersault – the Russian judge gave it a 10!  And where do you suppose it ended up?  Yup.  It flew OVER the side of the “photo booth” and landed inside.  Smack.  Dab.  On.  My.  Beautiful. Card.  Ramen noodles.  On my card.  And I can tell you what, folks – there ain’t no getting that off.  No way no how.  So – the pretty card you see in this post is actually the SECOND iteration.  I said “Golly!” a few times. If you catch my drift!

Anyway – note to self.  “Photo Booth” and card must be VERY far from Mary and food.  I have a similar issue with t-shirts, but…that’s a ‘nother story!  I think the card turned out very nice the second time, too!

Happy Easter Outside 2 watermarked

So – on to the second part of our hop for today.  As you all know, I’ve been on an extended business trip for a while now – and will be for a while longer!  But, I just could NOT bear the thought of not being able to stamp and make cards and blog while I was gone.  So….I boxed up all my Stampin’ Up! supplies – yes, even the Big Shot (don’t leave home without it!) – and mailed it all to myself at the hotel.  When I walked into the room, here’s what I had to work with:

Hotel Before craft area 1 watermarked Hotel Before Crafting area 2 watermarked

Well, that’s a nice spot to eat a little bite of dinner – but it’s sure no crafting spot!  I went down to the front desk and asked them if they had a banquet table that I could borrow for my time here.  The next day, when I got home from work, I had the exact thing I was looking for.  I spent a few minutes unpacking and arranging and re-arranging and organizing and….here’s what I’m working with now:

Hotel crafting area 2 watermarked Hotel Crafting area 1 watermarked

It’s not too bad, really.  If I could change something, I’d have a desk chair that rolls – that would make it easier to turn around for my “stuff” behind me while I’m working.  But, it’s okay!  You can see my “photo booth” on the left side in the bright light.  Here’s what it looks like:

Photo Booth watermarked

It’s just a few pieces of white card stock, taped together, with my Ott Lite over the top of it.  Actually, I use the same setup at home – but I have two Ott Lites there.  I didn’t want to try to ship both of them. (I got this “photo booth” idea from Amy Koenders’ blog – thanks, Amy!) Just beware – it is NOT up to the challenge of ramen noodles.  Just sayin’.

Here’s what I store my stuff in – I have one for ink pads, embossing folders/dies and for embellishments.  It’s an ever-renewing resource at my house/hotel…..

Boscotti watermarked

Works pretty good – has a lid.  Doesn’t travel well – “lost” one in the transition from home to hotel.  Sadly, that means I’ll be forced to keep eating a biscotti with my morning coffee.  Darn the luck! 😉

So there you have it.  I have great aspirations to a beautiful crafting room with oodles and boodles of perfectly organized storage from Ikea and Stampin’ Up and http://www.stampnstorage.com.  But for now, I have my SU! things and a place to use them – I’m good! 🙂

We’re down to the wire for Sale-A-Bration folks – don’t miss out!  SAB ends next Tuesday, 31 Mar!  You can see a final update from my latest blog post from last Tuesday here.

If you’ve stuck with me this far, let me tell you about the….

BLOG CANDY BLOG CANDY BLOG CANDY!!!

 You got a little sneak peak at my offering for today in my “Photo Booth” picture above.  Here’s a better look:

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That’s a package of Tangelo Twist Baker’s Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, and the very fun Painted Blooms Thick Twine.  And it can be yours!  Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite storage or craft organization solution.  It can be one you HAVE or one you COVET!  Leave your comment before 7 AM ET on Tuesday, 31 Mar 15 and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll have the random number generator pick a comment on Tuesday morning and then I’ll announce the winner on my blog that day! Please note, anyone is welcome to leave me a comment but I am only able to ship the blog candy items to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding.

With that, scroll down right quick-like and leave your Blog-Candy-entering-comment and then come back up here and check out the other stops on the Blog Hop.  It’s a talented group, so be sure to check all of them out!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my share today – have fun “hopping”!

To hop back to Amy Koenders’ Blog, click the Back arrow button. To move forward to Sandi MacIver’s Blog, click the Forward arrow button.

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In case you get lost along the way, here is a list of the Happy Stampers Team Members who are joining in this blog hop:

Amy Koenders – www.stampwithAmyK.com

Mary Deatherage – http://www.stampsnlingers.com <<<<You are here!

Sandi MacIver – www.stampingwithsandi.com

Heather Van Looy – www.handcraftingwithheather.com

Enjoy!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS 24 Mar – 30 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 30 Mar.

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $13.46

Price: $17.95

Sale: $9.71

Price: $12.95

Supply List

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NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS!
Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack.  I spied the Holiday Home die set, the snowflake card thinlits die and bunch of new stamp sets (some great Christmas images and sentiments – and it’s just not THAT far away!).  Head over to the Clearance Rack now and check out the deals.  Might want to hurry – the prices I saw are pretty good   – and it’s only while supplies last.  When they’re out…they’re out!
Shop the Clearance Rack here
3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription on Sale Now!
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Purchase a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription during Sale-A-Bration and Save  – PLUS You’ll Get a free Sale-A-Bration Item!
Stampin’ Up! has put the 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions on sale during Sale-A-Bration. You can purchase the 3-month subscription for $54.85 ($5 off the regular price) and if you purchase one of these, you automatically qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! You can see the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription options in my online store here.

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Wild Wasabi Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x 5 3/8″ (large mat)
Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Art piece); oval (3″ long die); 4″ x 5 1/8″ (Inner liner)
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

BLENDABILITIES DISCONTINUED

You’ve been reading that the Blendies have been on ordering hold, due to quality issues in manufacturing. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner the company is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. If you have Blendabilities that you feel are defective, please let me know and I’ll guide you through what to do next. Hopefully SU will find a new source for alcohol markers – you’ll know just as soon as I do!

Backorder Report – as of 25 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

131297: Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131296: Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131201: Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131198: Blushing Bride 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
139097: Nature’s Perfection Wood Stamp Set–March 26
131203: Soft Sky 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 27
131188: Smooth Regals Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–March 27
135804: Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases–March 26
105225: So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–March 26
122934: Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–March 26
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 27
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit

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Here’s What’s Happening on 24 Mar 15

Quick update for 24 Mar.  First of all:  Sale-A-Bration is almost in the history books.  If you hurry, there’s still time to “cash” in, as it were!  We can get an online workshop in before the 31st and you can reap the benefits!  Here’s a reminder:

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You can also still take advantage of the sale on Paper Pumpkin 3-month subscriptions.

 

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There’s still time to purchase the 3-month subscription for $54.85 ($5 off the regular price) and if you purchase one of these, you automatically qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! You can see the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription options in my online store here.

This week’s Weekly Deals (whenever I write that, I feel like the boss in the Department of Redundancy Department!  🙂 ) are really fun – I feel an order coming on!  Don’t miss out on some great deals.  There I go again – sorry!

Don’t forget to stop back by here on Thursday. Happy Stampers is having another Blog Hop (planning tip – we’re having one the last Thursday of every month) and the theme is Spring/Easter and some ideas on crafty storage.  And, of course, no Easter discussion would be complete without CANDY.  Of the Blog-variety in this case!  So, be sure to come back now, y’hear?

Thanks for stopping by!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Reminder: My Digital Studio To Be Discontinued 31 May 15
Stampin’ Up! has determined that we will no longer offer My Digital Studio (MDS) or its associated professional print services after 31 May 15. If you’ve purchased My Digital Studio from SU!, you will still be able to use the program after that date. However, Stampin’ Up! will no longer provide support for the My Digital Studio or print services. The Download Manager will also be unavailable after 31 May, so Stampin’ Up! suggests that you download and back up any digital downloads you have purchased, including MDS content and Online Classes.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you through this transition.

WEEKLY DEALS 24 Mar – 30 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 30 Mar.

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $13.46

Price: $17.95

Sale: $9.71

Price: $12.95

Supply List

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

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Backorder Report – as of 23 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

139100: Nature’s Perfection Clear Stamp Set–March 25
131297: Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 25
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 25
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 25
131199: Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 25
131201: Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 25
135804: Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases–March 25
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 27
105225: So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–March 31
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–TBD
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits

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Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Boy!

My friends had their little baby boy last week!  Yeah!  He and mom – and dad, of course – are doing great, and home by now I’m sure!  I’d built cards for all the couples who were “in a certain way” at the beginning of the year (you can see the one that I waiting for this little guy’s arrival here), but when I pulled it out, I decided I wanted to make something new.  I’d gotten new stamp sets and die and….well, ideas – so, I wanted to create something special just for Noah (that’s little dude’s name!).  Take a look-see:

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On Thursday evening, I got my latest SU order in the mail.  And it had all sorts of fun things in it – yes, I went the tiniest bit crazy!! – and so, after I opened everything and put it “away”, I started pulling out the things I was most anxious to play with.  This great background stamp, that I got when it was on a Weekly Deal, was one of those things.  It’s the Wildflower Meadow stamp, and I just love it.  I inked it up with Versamark, stamped it onto a piece of Soft Sky Card Stock, sprinkled it with Stampin’ Up white Emboss Powder, and heat embossed it.  Beautiful, isn’t it? I adhered it with some SNAIL to a Wild Wasabi mat – love that color combination! – and got busy on the sentiment.

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 Using my go-to sentiment set, Sassy Salutations, I heat embossed in white on a 2 1/2″ circle of Soft Sky – cut with my brand spanking new punch!  Then, I used the Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up just the sneakers from the Baby, We’ve Grown set.  I didn’t want the “cute boy” part on the card – don’t judge – I just didn’t want it!  Then I stamped it right over the top of the embossed sentiment, which acted as a resist.  I tidied up a few spots on the sentiment with a little piece of paper towel – which was easy peasy, it wipes right off!  Then I stuck on a heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Sticker set.  To mat the sentiment, I used Wild Wasabi, cut with the circles framelits – which I SNAIL’d directly to the card front BEFORE attaching the sentiment circle.  Then I wrapped a couple strands of the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine around the card – securing it in back with tape.  Finally, I popped the sentiment circle over the twine with Dimensionals, and then adhered the entire layered piece to a Soft Sky card base – again with Dimensionals.  Never one to miss an opportunity to add my favorite embellishment, I added some tiny Pearl Basics to the centers of the flowers and some on the little embossed dots – and the front was done!

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For the inside, I started with a piece of Whisper White Card Stock, and stamped the first part of the sentiment – again from Baby, We’ve Grown – in Wild Wasabi.  I added the tiny sentiment from the Petite Pairs set in Soft Sky.  At this point, let me make a little plug – when the Blendabilities became a discontinued item, I wisely used that as the very excuse I’d needed to buy the Many Marvelous Markers set.  And –  It.  Is. Marvelous!  It was like being a kid again and opening that giant box of crayons – you know, the BIG BOX!!  It has every color SU makes – except Whisper White and Black – and the box had spaces for the two In-Color sets, which I already had.  It’s one of my favorite things – I say that a LOT, don’t I!?  Sorry – again, don’t judge.  I just happen to like a lot of SU things….can’t help it (it’s why I joined the company!! ;0)  Any-who….back to the card!  After I stamped the sentiments, I decided that I really wanted that little bunny guy in there.  So, I used a couple of sticky notes to cover the sentiments, and added just the top of Mr. Bunny.

Happy B-day Sweet Baby inside close up watermarked

I stamped him in Wild Wasabi and then colored his little bow with Soft Sky and gave him a tiny pearl, just to up his dashingly cute factor.  I SNAIL’d it in place and…..inside – done.

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I added another Wild-Wasabi-with-Pear-Pizzazz-accents Mr. Bunny to a Whisper White Medium Envelope.  Since I knew that this card is going in a box with a completely adorable set of little clothes (and an actual bunny that was sitting enticingly next to the register just begging me to take him home) and not going thru the mail by itself, I even gave Envelope Bunny a pearl of his own.

I think the final results turned out pretty darned cute (she says modestly…).

Happy B-day Sweet Baby with envelope watermarked

I hope they like the card, and the clothes and the softer-than-soft-floppy-eared-stuffed-bunny.  Here’s his picture (it’s not the best lighting – he didn’t fit in my photo “booth” very well!):

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I’m sure Noah will be just thrilled!  Actually, I DO know that infants can’t have stuffed animals – at least not unsupervised – but I hope that mom enjoys him (he’s VERY huggable!) and that Noah will too.  One day!

As of today, 23 Mar 15 – there are only 8 days left to get in on Sale-A-Bration!  Don’t forget there are some additional products – Annual Catalog items – now available as freebies:

New 17 Mar 15 SAB Items

Today’s the last day for this week’s Weekly Deal specials, so if you’ve had your eye on some of the embossing folders (or how about the coordinating Mosaic Madness stamp set?) – now’s your chance!

SNEAK PEAK!  Thursday is the monthly Happy Stampers Blog Hop!  Several of us will be sharing Easter/Spring projects as well as some ideas on how we like to store our Stampin’ products and tools and set up our crafty areas.  We’ll all have some blog candy to give away, too – so be sure to mark your calendars and stop by! 🙂

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS 17 Mar – 23 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 23 Mar.

Supply List

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription on Sale Now!
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Purchase a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription during Sale-A-Bration and Save  – PLUS You’ll Get a free Sale-A-Bration Item!
Stampin’ Up! has put the 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions on sale during Sale-A-Bration. You can purchase the 3-month subscription for $54.85 ($5 off the regular price) and if you purchase one of these, you automatically qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! You can see the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription options in my online store here.

 

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Price: $29.95

Supply List

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Soft Sky Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Embossed art piece); 2 1/2″ Sentiment Circle
Wild Wasabi Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x 5 3/8″ (large mat); Sentiment mat – circle framelit
Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (Inner liner)
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

BLENDABILITIES DISCONTINUED

You’ve been reading that the Blendies have been on ordering hold, due to quality issues in manufacturing. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner the company is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. If you have Blendabilities that you feel are defective, please let me know and I’ll guide you through what to do next. Hopefully SU will find a new source for alcohol markers – you’ll know just as soon as I do!

Backorder Report – as of 19 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

131171: Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad–March 23
131170: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–March 23
132133: White Stampin’ Chalk Marker–March 23
131169: Regals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–March 24
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 27
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–TBD
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits

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Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy Card

When I built this card to share with you today, I meant it as a “hip pocket” card.  You know – one that you have ready – in your hip pocket so to speak – in case a need arises.  Well, a need arose much more quickly than I anticipated.  My good friends back in Atlanta had to put their lab to sleep a couple of weeks back.  She’d been with them her whole life and it was a big loss for them.  I just found out at the beginning of the week – my friend wanted to spare me the upset on top of the stress of the job out here in California.  I sent this card right away – and hope that it brought them some comfort.

Thinking of You Sympathy Outside 1 watermarkedThis card started with some plain vellum card stock, which I background stamped with the Something Lacy stamp (a favorite of mine!).  One piece was done with white ink and the other in Sahara Sand.  I let the pieces dry for several days – it takes a while.  But, once it was “done”, the ink adheres nicely!  I inked up the tree from the Thoughts and Prayers set withNight of Navy and stamped it onto the Sahara Sand piece.  Then did the same with the sentiment.  And let both of THOSE dry for a while.  

I did a little coloring with my Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush Stampin’ Write Markers on the white background.  You can color right on the front of the vellum (versus coloring the back of the preprinted vellum in the new SAB Sheer Perfection Designer Stack).  I didn’t add any color to the other, Sahara Sand, piece.  I edged both pieces with Night of Navy ink – just to finish them off a little. 

I cut two mats from Sahara Sand Card Stock, sponged both those edges with more Night of Navy, and then used Glue Dots to adhere the vellum to the mats.  I tried to get the glue dots under inked portions of the paper – and kept them as flat as possible so they wouldn’t show thru.

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I wrapped a length of Sahara Sand lace trim around the larger mat, taping it on the back.  Then I popped the mat onto my Night of Navy card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.   And gave the top mat the same treatment.  About the time I got the card all ready for final embellishment, I got my new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Thanks, Amy Koenders!) in the mail.  The little flower punch was exactly right – so I put a few of them on the tree with glue dots and then added some small pearls.  Done – and I love it! 🙂

For the inside, I used some more of the Sahara Sand card stock, sponged with Night of Navy.  I stamped the Thoughts and Prayers sentiment and the flowery flourish in Night of Navy as well.  Thinking of You Sympathy inside 1 watermarkedAt that point, I was thinking I’d wait until I got my last SU order in – with another pack of the Pearl Basic Jewels in it – because I wanted to accent the inside flowers with the teensy little pearls.  I’d done a silly thing, people.  I’d let myself run out of the tiniest pearls in the package.  And those were the only ones that would do for this card.  Don’t be like me – order early.  Order 2 or 3 packages at a time!! 🙂  Anyway – my need to send the card came up much faster than my order was going to arrive – so it went out as is.  Which I still like a lot.  And, hey – when I started to put the pearls on I might have changed my mind anyway!

So – I love this stamp set.  The sentiments are nice and the images are pretty and serene.  You can go spiritual or not-so-much.  Definitely consider adding it to your tool box – if you haven’t already!

As of today, 19 Mar 15 – there are only 12 days left to get in on Sale-A-Bration!  We’ve added some products that are now available as freebies:

New 17 Mar 15 SAB Items

These are items found in the Annual Catalog – so it’s a good opportunity to get some of those tools you’ve been meaning to add to your kit bag – for free!  This is, of course, in addition to the other great items still available in Sale-A-Bration!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for February is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS 17 Mar – 23 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 23 Mar.

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Price: $4.95

Supply List

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Night of Navy Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Itty Bitty Flower accents
Sahara Sand Card Stock: 4 ” x 5 1/4″ (large mat); 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (smaller mat); 4 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner)
Vellum Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (bottom piece, stamped in white); 3″ x 4″ (sentiment piece, stamped in Sahara Sand)
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

BLENDABILITIES DISCONTINUED

You’ve been reading that the Blendies have been on ordering hold, due to quality issues in manufacturing. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner the company is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. If you have Blendabilities that you feel are defective, please let me know and I’ll guide you through what to do next. Hopefully SU will find a new source for alcohol markers – you’ll know just as soon as I do!

Backorder Report – as of 18 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

133660: Bordering Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set–March 20
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 20
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 20
131195: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–March 20
131171: Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad–March 23
132133: White Stampin’ Chalk Marker–March 30
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–March 31
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–TBD
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon

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An Updated Update for St. Patrick’s Day

Weird – I know.  Two posts from me today.  BUT – I wanted to share a quick, late-breaking news report from Stampin’ Up!  With just 14 days left in Sale-A-Bration, SU! has added TEN new items for you to choose from as your FREEBIE item when you spend $50 in any catalog.  These 10 items are all in the Annual Catalog, so they may be something you had on your wish list.  Now’s the chance to get them for FREE!  Take a look-see:

New 17 Mar 15 SAB Items

I also made another update to the backorder list – it got SMALLER!  Yeah!

Enjoy!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

My Digital Studio To Be Discontinued 31 May 15
Stampin’ Up! has determined that we will no longer offer My Digital Studio (MDS) or its associated professional print services after 31 May 15. If you’ve purchased My Digital Studio from SU!, you will still be able to use the program after that date. However, Stampin’ Up! will no longer provide support for the My Digital Studio or print services. The Download Manager will also be unavailable after 31 May, so Stampin’ Up! suggests that you download and back up any digital downloads you have purchased, including MDS content and Online Classes.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you through this transition.

WEEKLY DEALS 17 Mar – 23 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 23 Mar.

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

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Backorder Report – as of 17 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 20
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–March 31
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137380: Paper Pumpkin Clear Stamp Block (2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″; supply item)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon

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Just a Few Updates for 17 Mar 15

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Hope you’ve got yer green all picked out for the day – even if only to keep from getting a pinch!  Maybe you’ve got some corned beef and cabbage all ready for dinner. However you celebrate the day – or don’t! – I hope it finds you well.

It’s Tuesday again – which means it’s time for a new set of Weekly Deals.  Always fun to see what’s in the line-up.  Scroll down to check out this week’s specials. I see several Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, some ribbon and the cool mosaic stamp set!

Only 14 days left in Sale-A-Bration!  There’s still time to do a catalog/internet show and take advantage of the potential for and extra $25 in Hostess Dollars.  And, have the chance to get the exclusive freebie items – that quite likely won’t be available after Sale-A-Bration ends.  Let me know if you’re interested!

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Thanks for stopping by!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

My Digital Studio To Be Discontinued 31 May 15
Stampin’ Up! has determined that we will no longer offer My Digital Studio (MDS) or its associated professional print services after 31 May 15. If you’ve purchased My Digital Studio from SU!, you will still be able to use the program after that date. However, Stampin’ Up! will no longer provide support for the My Digital Studio or print services. The Download Manager will also be unavailable after 31 May, so Stampin’ Up! suggests that you download and back up any digital downloads you have purchased, including MDS content and Online Classes.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you through this transition.

WEEKLY DEALS 17 Mar – 23 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 23 Mar.

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

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Backorder Report – as of 16 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

140594: Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set–March 18
140667: Just Kidding Photopolymer Stamp Set–March 18
137362: Balloon Framelits Die–March 18
127821: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–March 18
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 18
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 18
131158: Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–March 18
131189: Subtles Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–March 18
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 18
131298: Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 18
131199: Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 18
127821: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–March 18
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 20
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–March 31

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137380: Paper Pumpkin Clear Stamp Block (2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″; supply item)

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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A Lotus Blossom Bouquet for a Birthday

As Sale-A-Bration draws to a swift conclusion, I thought I’d share another card made with my fave set – the Lotus Blossom.  Which I got for FREE during SAB – and so can you (if you hurry!).  I flat love the versatility of this stamp.  And, one of my very favorite color combos is the Crushed Curry and almost-any-other-color!  So, take a look-see at what happens when you combine it with Cherry Cobbler:

Lotuse Bouquet Happy B-day Outside 1 Watermarked 

While I don’t think you’d ever put any kind of curry – crushed or otherwise! – into a cherry anything – let alone cobbler! – I definitely think the combo works for this stamp.  I stamped the blossom on a piece of Whisper White card stock, three times.  As you know, this is a 3-step stamp.  And, it only comes in photopolymer – so you do need to remember to put some sort of squishy mat (a piercing mat or an old mouse pad) under your paper when you use it.  The Photopolymers don’t have any cushion of their own, so you have to provide it.  But, the ability to precisely position your stamp is one of the PP’s greatest qualities.  I love them!

Anyway – steps 1 and 2 of the blossom are Cherry Cobbler.  Step 3 is the Crushed Curry.  For the stems, I started with Old Olive and did the second stamp in Mossy Meadow.  I did make a little “mask” – I stamped a blossom on a piece of scratch paper and fussy cut it out.  Then I laid it over the bottom right blossom while I did the stems.  That’s how I got that one stem to look like it was “in the back” – and made it look more realistically like a bouquet!

Lotus Bouquet Happy B-day Outside 4 watermarked

I ran the long edges of the white card stock thru the Big Shot – using my Magnetic Platform – to cut them out with my Finishing Touches Edgelits.  I love how that lacy edge looks on the Cherry Cobbler card base.

I dipped into my go-to sentiment set – Sassy Salutations – and stamped Happy Birthday in Versamark Ink.  Then heat embossed it in Cherry Cobbler.

A bow and button from the brand new SAB freebie – the In Color Accessory Pack – plus a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels finished off the front.  The bow and button are adhered with a glue dot.  The entire front is popped onto a Cherry Cobbler card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, I just stamped another blossom in the bottom corner of a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  And added a few rhinestones.  The ones across the top hide a little boo-boo! Rhinestones and Pearls – two of my never-be-without embellishments – for obvious reasons! (I need them for my t-shirt fronts – but that’s a whole ‘nother story!). 😉

Lotus Bouquet Happy B-day Inside 1 watermarked

And that’s that!  One each Happy Birthday card for someone special – I hope that you like it, and will put the Lotus Blossom on your “must-have” list.  It’s just too pretty not to have.

As of today, 16 Mar 15 – there are only 15 days left to get in on Sale-A-Bration!  Your opportunity to add the Lotus Blossom to your stash is almost over!  The chance to get that additional $25 in Hostess Dollars is almost over!!   Don’t miss out.

This is the last day to get in on this week’s deals.  The weekly deals are below – some great Baker’s Twine colors on sale this week!  And that Wildflower Meadow stamp…. 😉 (yep – I just ordered the stamp and the TIEF, and some Baker’s Twine and ….)

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for February is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS 10 Mar – 16 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 16 Mar.

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ (front art piece); 4 ” x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

BLENDABILITIES DISCONTINUED

You’ve been reading that the Blendies have been on ordering hold, due to quality issues in manufacturing. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner the company is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. If you have Blendabilities that you feel are defective, please let me know and I’ll guide you through what to do next. Hopefully SU will find a new source for alcohol markers – you’ll know just as soon as I do!

Backorder Report – as of 12 Mar 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

131169: Regals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–March 16
137362: Balloon Framelits Die–March 18
127821: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–March 18
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 20

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137380: Paper Pumpkin Clear Stamp Block (2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″; supply item)

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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