Gender Neutral Happy Birthday Card

Gender Neutral Happy Birthday Card

I have enjoyed the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper so much that I was on a roll last week just before my port install on Friday in preparation for my first chemo treatment.

It bears repeating that I am not completely blown away by the Occasions Catalog and it has taken me a little bit to warm up to it!  But what I do notice is that there seems to be just about something for EVERYONE in the NEW catalog!

I love to create cards that are simple and easy because, like YOU, I am always on the go!  While I have a studio full of Stampin’ Up! supplies, many of you do not have the luxury of space.  Therefore, you are probably working out of a storage bin.  Am I correct?  Using what you have on hand is easy.  Grab your Designer Series Paper, coordinating cardstock and  a large font style stamp.

Over the next few posts, you will find me using this wonderful and trendy paper and the stamp set, Big On Birthdays to create an assortment of masculine, feminine and gender neutral cards which will be perfect for the time strapped individual.

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If your shopping list is nearing $99, it’s actually a better value to purchase the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit right now during
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  • For only $99, get your choice of $125 Stampin’ Up! products!  (That’s $26 free!)
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No matter how you take advantage of SALE A BRATION,  it’s a great time to stock up on your favorite paper, adhesives, and everything else that Stampin’ Up! offers that you know and love!   When you do, you can earn FREE Sale-a-bration rewards . . . one for every $50 you spend!  There’s NO limit!  An order of $150 or more earns not only Sale-a-bration rewards, but FREE Stampin’ Rewards as well!

Shop ONLINE with me!  online 24/7!  . . . when you do, please select “allow demonstrator to contact me” so I can thank you, if not, I totally understand!

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Cancer Update & A Great Masculine Birthday Card Idea!

Cancer Update and A Great Masculine Birthday Card Idea!

Let me say that I am not sure where to begin!  There has been so much happening in such a short amount of time!  I have been to two post op visits with my breast surgeon and plastic surgeon.  These two are an amazing duo.  I like to refer to them as the Dream Team of Yale!

My breast surgeon had to give me the news that I have a different type of cancer than what they originally took out.  This particular kind did not show up on the biopsy that I had.  The good news is that my lymph nodes are clear!  Whoooo Hooooo!  Stage 1 cancer.  However, I will still need chemo treatments. Sigh!

My plastic surgeon took out the drain tube a week and a half ago.  She said the post surgery scars look great.  I asked her when I could go back to exercising…her exact words, “No bouncy, bouncy stuff…” I guess I can’t run yet or do high intensity exercise!  Insert sad face!

Next stop was the Onocologist!  He won Ed and I over with his kind and caring ways.  He sat with us for an hour and a half, telling us what treatment, drugs and side effects to expect during the upcoming treatments.

I guess one would think that the most important thought on chemo is hair loss!  Not for me, it would be the nausea and vomiting that are associated with treatment.  So that leads me to another appointment, wig and head covering shopping.  The idea is to go before you actually start to lose your hair.  Hmmmm!  This should be interesting since I have never colored my hair.  I am a natural red head and my hair has gone blonde/strawberry with age.  That is what redheads do when they gray.  Not so bad, eh?!  I do know that if and when my hair starts falling out, out will come the clippers and my husband has volunteered to do the deed!  I will save those pictures for another day!

This week also marks my port install…stay tuned for more!

Your cards, letters, phone calls, texts, gifts have all meant more to me than anything else in the world.  It is comforting to know that so many people care about you and the struggle that one goes through.

One of the things that has kept me going over the last 3 or so weeks in addition to all of the above,  has been creating.  Now that I can use my arm sufficiently, but not yet walk the dog, is to make cards.  I would love to get back into having classes and clubs, I am just not ready.  I love to have people here in my studio. I am a people person and love it when there are stampers here.

I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling the love with this Occasions Catalog.  I am not sure whether it was the drugs talking or my lack of desire to stamp.  But when inspiration hits, you just got to go with it.   I have found a new favorite printed paper from the Occasions Catalog.  It is Urban Underground and it is absolutely a great source of masculine patterns, and textures all wrapped into one.

The color combination for this suite of products is, you guessed it, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla and Delightful Dijon.  I know that the Envelope Framelit is retired, but I just couldn’t help to take it out and add a piece of Designer Series Paper to the envelope.

And that stamp set, Big On Birthdays, has a little bit of masculine, feminine and gender neutral appeal to it as well.

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Stampin’ Supplies:

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Archival Black Ink

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Urban Underground Cardstock Pack

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Don’t you just love that this card is quick and simple to make?!

By the way, if you love FREE stuff!

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It doesn’t get better than FREE . . . There are 3 ways to earn FREE products!

      • SHOP to earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item for every $50 you spend . . . no limit!
        • Click here to see all of the FREE items available!
      • HOST to get more FREE products with Stampin’ Rewards (an extra $25 FREE with a $250 order or party!  Book parties are most welcome at this time!
      • JOIN & GET A BONUS . . . GET 2 FREE STAMP SETS OF YOUR CHOICE
              when you purchase the $99 Starter Kit – it’s the Ultimate Stampin’ Up! Bundle! During Sale-A-Bration, you can choose2 FREE stamp sets.from either catalog (ANY PRICE) as a bonus to add to your starter kit.   Join for the discounts, ideas & fun!
      • For $99 you choose:  $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product for your kit.  That’s $26 in FREE product!
      • The kit ships for FREE! That’s a savings of another 10%!
      • After joining, get everything you’ve been wanting at a minimum 20% discount!
      • NO RISK . . . NO OBLIGATION!  When the time comes, you decide whether you want to renew or not!
      • DO IT FOR YOU!
      • Join here and learn more and I will contact you when you do!

No matter how you take advantage of SALE A BRATION,  it’s a great time to stock up on your favorite paper, adhesives, and everything else that Stampin’ Up! offers that you know and love!   When you do, you can earn FREE Sale-a-bration rewards . . . one for every $50 you spend!  There’s NO limit!  An order of $150 or more earns not only Sale-a-bration rewards, but FREE Stampin’ Rewards as well!

Shop ONLINE with me!  online 24/7!  . . . when you do, please select “allow demonstrator to contact me” so I can thank you, if not, I totally understand!

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Stamping Is The Best Therapy!

Stamping Is The BEST Therapy!

It is hard to give myself permission to give myself time off! (Let me tell you, it IS hard!) Thank you for checking in to see how I am feeling. I am feeling a little bit better this afternoon, but I fatigue easily.

One of the things that I wanted to share is that I am overwhelmed by your outpouring of affection! Each and every card, flower arrangement, phone call, email, text or meal means so much to me. I guess you could say it is like one HUGE hug! I consider everyone an angel on my shoulders!

This sweet little hand carved angel has been watching over me.

IMG_2524 (1)One of the many things that I have come to learn is being better at receiving.  It is hard and I am getting lots of practice.

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mantelYour gifts and flowers have all brought me much encouragement and I have certainly never felt so loved during this difficult time.

flowersIt is sometimes so overwhelming that words cannot express how truly grateful I am that you have reached out to me!  I am not sure what tomorrow brings and I have lots of fears, but I know that I am very blessed to have so many wonderful and caring people behind me.

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Bridgeport Hospital and it’s staff have been wonderful.  The doctors and staff of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center have been caring and kind professionals and I thank them wholeheartedly.

But, last Thursday, Ed and I received news that deflated my positive balloon. The results of my pathology report came back that I had Stage 1 cancer and an appointment with an oncologist was scheduled for Jan 30th. The bright side of my mastectomy is that my lymph nodes are clear. I am not sure where my journey and recovery will take me, but you can be sure that I will stay in touch in the next week or so.

I am taking advantage of this afternoon to write to you and get some thank you notes finished.  I wanted to show you that you don’t need to send anything elaborate for your thank you notes.  I will be sharing a few ideas over the next few weeks.  (I have a lot of them to stamp and write.)  Like the post title says, “Stamping is the BEST therapy!”

I fell in love with the Swirly Bird Bundle a few months ago when the Annual Catalog came out.  I think it is versatile.  So much so, that I used it for some Christmas Cards this year.

To make your thank you cards even easier, add a set of Note Cards and Envelopes, either in Whisper White or Kraft.  They are cut and scored for you.

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By the way, if you love FREE stuff!

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It doesn’t get better than FREE . . . There are 3 ways to earn FREE products!

      • SHOP to earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item for every $50 you spend . . . no limit!
        • Click here to see all of the FREE items available!
      • HOST to get more FREE products with Stampin’ Rewards (an extra $25 FREE with a $250 order or party!  Book parties are most welcome at this time!
      • JOIN & GET A BONUS . . . GET 2 FREE STAMP SETS OF YOUR CHOICE
              when you purchase the $99 Starter Kit – it’s the Ultimate Stampin’ Up! Bundle! During Sale-A-Bration, you can choose2 FREE stamp sets.from either catalog (ANY PRICE) as a bonus to add to your starter kit.   Join for the discounts, ideas & fun!
      • For $99 you choose:  $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product for your kit.  That’s $26 in FREE product!
      • The kit ships for FREE! That’s a savings of another 10%!
      • After joining, get everything you’ve been wanting at a minimum 20% discount!
      • NO RISK . . . NO OBLIGATION!  When the time comes, you decide whether you want to renew or not!
      • DO IT FOR YOU!
      • Join here and learn more and I will contact you when you do!

No matter how you take advantage of SALE A BRATION,  it’s a great time to stock up on your favorite paper, adhesives, and everything else that Stampin’ Up! offers that you know and love!   When you do, you can earn FREE Sale-a-bration rewards . . . one for every $50 you spend!  There’s NO limit!  An order of $150 or more earns not only Sale-a-bration rewards, but FREE Stampin’ Rewards as well!

Shop ONLINE with me!  online 24/7!  . . . when you do, please select “allow demonstrator to contact me” so I can thank you, if not, I totally understand!

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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! 

hostess**Do not use the above hostess code if your order exceeds $150!  Be your own hostess!  I will still send you the FREE gift!

Christine Sig

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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Christine Sig