Crazy About You!

Crazy About You!

Today I am showcasing a Sympathy Card using Delightful Dijon and Elegant Eggplant. While these two colors would not be a go-to combination, I came across a set of napkins on my sister’s table and thought about the two colors together. Do you ever look at colors through Stampin’ Up’s! eyes? I do ALL the time.

img_2267-1I set out to make a quick and easy sympathy card for a colleague at work who recently lost her father.  Two stamp sets jumped out at me, Crazy About You and Better Together.

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  • Start with the Delightful Dijon ink and stamp the leaf image across the bottom.
  • With the Elegant Eggplant, stamp across the bottom filling in between the Delightful Dijon leaves.
  • Add your sentiment in Elegant Eggplant ink.
  • Stamp the coordinating flowers and add pearls.

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Ready to get shopping?  SHOP HERE online 24/7!  (. . . when you do, please select “allow demonstrator to contact me” so I can thank you!)  But, I’ll understand if you choose “No Contact” as well.

*If your order is under $150, please use host code  above and I will send you a special gift valued at $15.

Over $150, be your own host/hostess.

Happy Stamping!

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Make Your Own Paper!

Make Your Own Paper!

Have you ever wanted to make your own Designer Series Paper, but you weren’t sure where to start? This simple and easy technique has been around for a long time.

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  • You could start with a piece of neutral cardstock, 3.5″ x 4.5″, to make one card.
  • If you wanted to stamp a larger piece, just use an 8.5″ x 11″ and stamp away.
  • Stamp off of the edges to achieve the texture that you want.  Here I used Penned and Painted for a watercolor look.
  • You can use just about any stamp set.  Mixed it up a bit and use solid images along with line images.
  • Keep your colors to a maximum of three.
  • Use darker ink for smaller images and lighter ink for larger images.

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Today is the day!  The Occasions Catalog and Sale A Bration go LIVE!

Occasions Catalog

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Sale A Bration Catalog

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There is really nothing like having the paper copy of the catalog in your hands to browse through!  Request a copy!

Special January Event using the above hostess code!  Place an order of at least $30 or more, I will send you three cards from my monthly card club.  (valued at $15)

NOTE: for orders of $150 or more...I recommend NOT entering the Hostess Code and keeping the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself!

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Quick Card Idea! Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper

Happy NEW YEAR to each and everyone of you!

Need a quick card idea?! I am all for it! No need to grab all your supplies to send a card. The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper and a word stamp are all you need as well as a coordinating cardstock base.

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Christine’s Tips:

There is still time to take advantage of the Year End Close Outs. 

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For the most up to date look at what’s available, you’ll want to check out my ONLINE STORE! Shop at your convenience, but remember that most items are only available while supplies last!

Ready to get shopping?  SHOP HERE online 24/7!  (. . . when you do, please select “allow demonstrator to contact me” so I can thank you!)  But, I’ll understand if you choose “No Contact” as well.

*If your order is under $150, please use host code below and I will send you a special gift.  Over $150, be your own host/hostess.

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Happy Stamping

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When The Unexpected Happens…

You may have noticed that I haven’t exactly been active in posting on my blog lately or even for that matter, sending out emails to all of you, who happen to pop in occasionally.

You may have wondered why…well now that the holidays have come and gone, I need to focus on something a little more important happening in my life.  Even though it was NOT expected, the time has come to share with you that I have breast cancer.

In October, I had a routine mammogram.  By November, I had a second mammogram and an ultrasound and just simply thought it was routine.  I should have known something was up when the radiologist made an appearance and did her own ultrasound and wouldn’t answer my questions.  She simply stated that I had two areas of concern in my left breast and that my doctor would be calling to set up a consultation with the breast surgeon.  WHAT!!!!  It was really all a blur as I left with tears in eyes to call my husband on my way back to work.

No sooner had I walked in the door at work, my primary doctor’s office called and said they recommended a doctor with the Norma Pfriem Breast Center.  Off to call and I immediately received an appointment for the following week.

Fast forward to the appointment.  As I sat in the room with my husband, in walked the most amazing and personable doctor I had ever met.  She was matter-a-fact, but gentle in her delivery.  She assured me that whatever the outcome, it was caught early enough and that she would schedule a breast biopsy the next week, just before Thanksgiving.

When I received the results of the biopsy after Thanksgiving, I guess I wasn’t surprised.   The team of doctors sat around and gave me my options and off we went to tell the kids, my Mom and family.  That was the hardest part of this.

I do know that over the next 8 weeks or so, I will be embarking on a new journey.  Mastectomy and reconstruction and in May/June, reduction of the other breast to even things up a bit.  Hopefully, if my lymph nodes are clear, no radiation or chemo will be needed.

I am not really a spiritual person and am handling this situation with LOTS of humor.  I was inspired to write this post after Carrie Fisher passed away the other day.  She once told an NPR reporter, “I think I do overshare,” Fisher says. “It’s my way of trying to understand myself. … It creates community when you talk about private things.”  I so agree.  I am an open book and hope that others who are going through this will understand that having breast cancer is a “community”.

So, off I go in two weeks for my surgery and as the end of the year approaches, I will have nothing but good cheer for the New Year and to bounce back to health.  Talk with you soon…and BTW, get your mammogram.

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Online Extravaganza Is Coming!

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Online Extravaganza only happens once a year!  One week only, November 21-28!

Save up to 40% on select products. Stampin’ Up! will be having 24-hour sales on the FIRST and LAST day of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only.

Get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future holiday catalog retiring list.

You won’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save!

And now for the “not so fine print.”

• Promotion period: November 21-28, 2016
Discounted items/bundles available on all order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop, starter kit, and online).
You must use the bundle item codes provided. Discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are entered separately.
Some bundles have been created exclusively for Online Extravaganza and will not be available after the promotion ends.
There is no minimum purchase required in order to receive the discounted price.
Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
• Discounts range from 10-40 percent and may vary per market. Note: While some retiring holiday products may be discounted during the retiring list promotion in December, no discounts will be greater than the discounts being offered during Online Extravaganza.
Online Extravaganza includes two 24-hour sales.
• The first 24-hour sale begins at 12:01 AM (MT) on November 21 and runs
through 11:50 PM (MT) that same day.
• The second 24-hour sale begins at 12:01 AM (MT) on November 28 and
runs through 11:50 PM (MT) that same day.

SEE THE DEALS NOW!

If you order is under $150, please use the November Hostess Code and I will send you  a FREE gift! 

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November Special-25% Off!

Brand new Framelits and a sale on a bunch of coordinating stamp sets? And not just holiday sets, but regular sets as well? WOW! Stampin’ Up’s November special is awesome! Check out the sweet new set of dies that is being released ahead of the next annual catalog… available now! Will you be adding them to YOUR collection?!

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Look at all those wonderful shapes… so many possibilities!  Click here to view the Stitched Shapes Framelits and click on any photo below to see the sale-priced stamp sets up close! Have questions, contact me, TODAY!

 

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Look at those prices! Amazing. I’ve been on the fence, but at that kind of deal I can’t resist! What will you be getting on sale this month?

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Be sure to use the November Hostess Code below!  I will send you a FREE gift along with a thank you card!

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Tin Of Tags With Two Light Strings

Tin Of Tags (Two Light Strings)

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If you haven’t started your Christmas cards yet, here is another take on “Making Spirits Bright” with the Tin Of Tags stamp set.  All I can say with this one is, make two criss crossing lines with your Stampin’ Write Black marker and add the lights in various colors of Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Garden Green.

Not only was this card fun to make, but easy to do as well.

If you are still in need of Stampin’ Up! supplies to begin your Christmas cards, be sure to use the hostess code below for the month of November.

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Want to purchase the card?  Visit my Etsy Shop today and place your order.

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Tin Of Tags

Tin Of Tags

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Have you ever been inspired by Pinterest?! Oh sure you have! This was the case here when I thought about my Stampin’ Write Markers.  Not many of us feel empowered to just free-hand drawing a line.  But here, I did just that!

I used the Tin of Tags Stamp Set and added the Christmas lights along the strand giving that “hanging on the house” look!  With a couple of stars and a sentiment from the same set, you have a very clean and simple card idea.

Added Bonus:  The Tin of Tags Stamp Set can be used during the year as well.  Many of these sentiments work well outside of the Christmas season!  Think, baby, birthday, special surprise, hostess and teacher gifts, etc…!

142180gBe sure to use the HOSTESS CODE below to get a FREE GIFT from me!

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Christmas Pines

Christmas Pines

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As you can tell, if I could, I would skip right over Halloween.  (audible gasp)  I have never been a big a fan nor will I send out cards for the event.  So without further adieu, today’s card features the Christmas Pines stamp set!  What I love most is the clean and simple elegance of this card and the WOW factor that it provides.

Love To Ink’s Tips:

  • I have kept the inks to two.  Old Olive and Archival Basic Black!  By the way, it is my NEW favorite ink.
  • Stamp off the sides of the Whisper White layer cardstock for that peek a boo look.
  • I added pearls for a little bit of POP!

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Be sure to use the HOSTESS CODE below and I will send you  a FREE gift!

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Wonderful Year!

Wonderful Year!

joyful-christmasWhen you have to mass produce cards, think of Designer Series Paper and a large sentiment stamp set.  Wonderful Year is perfect when paired with This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.  The best part about this paper pack is that it comes with 4 sheets of each design.  Whoo Hoo! for mass producing your cards! Add some coordinated punched holly and berry from the NEW Holly Berry Builder Punch and you have a super easy card that can be mass produced in no time.

Christine’s Tips:

  • Need to mass produce your cards this year?  No worries.  My tip for you is to cut all your cardstock and designer series paper first.  Then, handstamp your sentiment.  After that, punch your holly and berry embellishments.
  • The next step would be to adhere all the Designer Series Paper to your base cardstock.
  • After that, adhere the stamped image to your solid cardstock layer and adhere to your cardstock base.
  • Finally, add your embellishments.
  • In no time will you have a complete set of holiday cards to send out.

Need to order the supplies to make this easy card?  Use the hostess code below to place your order in my ONLINE STORE and I will send you a FREE gift.  If your order is over $150, do not use the hostess code, but I will still send you a FREE gift, valued at $7.50.

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