April Blog Hop means Spring is Here…

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And Sale-a-Bration is officially over! I hope you were able to get your favorite items before the close of the sale because all the free items are gone for now. That means we get to focus on the yearly catalog again, which means lots of great choices, colors, and coordination. Despite the seemingly nice weather gradually rolling into the area, this has been a crazy week for me, from computer problems to celebrating birthdays to medication backfires to starting new treatment routines…among other things. With that in mind, I decided to rehash one of my favorite cards I made as a challenge called “card guts”. I had a lot of fun making it, and think it turned out cute. It still represents Spring to me. Let me know what you think.

April Hop

In this card you see the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and matching Detailed Dragonfly Framelits, Whisper White, Old Olive, and Lemon Lime Twist card stock. The ink is Basic Black, and in the middle of the black dots, which were made with the 1/2″ circle punch, are some Basic Pearls. While there are a couple retired products in this card, it’s still a cute card. Great substitutes for the retired DSP would be the Color Theory DSP or the Petal Garden DSP. An excellent replacement for the ribbon would be the Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, in Black of course, and using some Black card stock with A Wink of Stella, or maybe even some silver glitter held in place with the Fine Tip Glue.

This is a super easy, super quick card that is perfect for any Spring occasion! If you like the idea of this card, or any of the other projects on my blog, stop by my store and shop around. I look forward to becoming your Stampin’ UP demonstrator and sharing my ideas with you.

For more wonderful Spring ideas, hop on over to the next blog, which is Diana’s, by clicking on the button below. If you get lost along the way, just hit your browser’s back button until you get back here, and then follow the links below.

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Di   http://www.stampingwithdi.com  (next up)

Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com

Kathya   http://www.stampwithkathya.com

Connie   http://www.texasschoolmarm.com

Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com

Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com

Trisha   http://www.creativelystamping.blog  (you are here)

Last Call

Sale-a-Bration ends tonight at MIDNIGHT!!! If you haven’t gotten your absolute favorite items by now, make sure you place your order by then in order to make sure you don’t miss out. Once the clock strikes midnight, the sales are done, the freebies are gone (at least the freebies for Sale-a-Bration) and they won’t be back until next year! I know I will miss the products that are available until then, and hope my favorites will be sticking around long after the sale is over. I’ll post the carry-overs later next week.

Happy Sale-a-brating!

Sale-a-Bration Videos

The creative team at Stampin’ UP! is so creative! The projects they come up with inspire me even in my least creative moments. Here are a couple of videos they put together using some of my favorite Sale-a Bration stamp sets. I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me!

Blooming Baskets stamp set is part of the second release. Click here to watch the video done by Shannon over at Stampin’ UP! This is a fun stamp set with lots of flowers and baskets. During Sale-a-Bration, you can get it bundled with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder to up the notch on any project you create using this set. The bundle is a level 2 set with any qualifying purchase of $100 or more.

Bubble Over is another fun stamp set you can get during Sale-a-Bration. I love this set because it is fun not only for adults but for kids as well! With the fun bottle shapes, straws, cute accessories, framelits, and matching paper, it’s easy to create beverage themed cards anyone is sure to love! Click here to check out what Andrea over at Stampin’ UP! has to say about the entire Bubble Over suite.

One of my absolute favorite stamp sets from Sale-a-bration is Heartfelt Blooms. It’s a new style of design, called distinktive, which is a photo realistic type of stamp. There are so many ways to use this stamp set, the list is almost endless. Brandi, from Stampin’ UP!’s home office, shows just a few ways to use this unique stamp. Click here to watch the video to catch the same excitement for Heartfelt Blooms that both Brandi and I have.

If any of these stamp sets sound amazing, or if any of the projects you saw in the videos sparked some new creative ideas, head on over to my store to get your Sale-a-Bration stamp sets before time runs out! Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st! Don’t miss your opportunity to get these stamp sets and supplies because once Sale-a-Bration is over, the stamp sets are gone as well!

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With Sale-A-Bration coming to an end soon, there is still plenty of time to see projects, such as the card above, that are made with stamp sets that are featured in both the Occasions Catalog as well as in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog (where you get to pick your free stamp sets or free accessories with a minimum $50 order). The card above was created with the Bubble Over stamp set and the matching Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies, which are found in the Occasions Catalog. The papers are Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Bubble and Fizz Designer Series Paper (free with a $50 purchase from the Sale-a Bration Catalog), and the Foil Frenzy Paper (from the All Occasions Catalog). I also used Memento Black ink pad, Mini Dimensionals, and the Metallic Enamel Shapes in gold to finish up the card.

My youngest son had a birthday recently so I made a cute gift box and card for him. For those projects, I used the Truly Tailored stamp set and matching True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, which are featured in the Occasions Catalog. I used other items that are found in the Truly Tailored suite as well, such as the True Gentleman Buttons, True Gentleman Cardstock pack, and the Tailored Tag Punch. These items are found on page 45 of the Occasions Catalog. Those items alone come to a total of $72 ($64 if you order the clear mount stamps instead of the wood mount stamps), which qualifies for 1 free $50 Sale-A-Bration item! But hurry because the Sale-A-Bration is only around until March 31st.

Here is the gift box and the card I made for my youngest son.

 

The gift box was the perfect size to hold a little bottle of his favorite (?) liquor, which at 28, his taste can vary from mom’s at times. Oh well, I guess that’s what happens when kids grow into adults!

Here’s the card, which “explodes” out of its box when it’s opened. It held the other gift, which was a leather key chain I made for him as well.

Both the gift box and the card used the same stamp set, Truly Tailored, and the rest of the items listed above from the Truly Tailored Suite. The remaining items I used to make both projects are Very Vanilla cardstock, Dimensionals, Tranquil Tide ink pad, Multipurpose glue, Big Shot, Linen thread, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Large Letter Framelits, and the Stampin’ Trimmer. I also used the Little Letters Framelits (which are retired) to do some of the lettering on the card.

To order any of the items used in my projects, click on “Shop with me” at the top of my blog or along the right side of the page, or click here to enter my online store.

I hope you enjoyed the projects posted this week, and since the bugs that kept me from posting pictures have been worked out, look for more projects using Sale-A-Brations sets and other items as the sale winds down.

Remember, if you have been thinking of joining the fun, now is the time to join to get the most out of your starter kit! Just click the “Join the fun” link along the side of my blog to sign up as a hobbist, or to start down the path to turning your hobby into a business. The extras end on March 31st!

Welcome to…

March! The month of crazy weather, and the end of Stampin’ UP’s Sale-a-Bration event. This past week has definitely brought some crazy weather to the entire country. Here, where I am, temperatures have gone from 40’s to high 60’s, then crashing back down into the 20’s and 30’s with over 15 inches of snow in one day! I’m hoping this yo-yo weather settles down soon! I want to get out and start enjoying the sunshine again, and I actually like winter LOL!

Sale-a-bration is winding down this month. If there is a set you absolutely adore, or some paper you just can’t live without, but have been pushing it off because “there’s still time because March 31st is so far off”…guess what, it’s quickly approaching! Now is the time to order so you don’t miss your desired SAB supplies…or freebies! Want to join Paper Pumpkin? Preorder your 3,6, or 12 month subscription and earn your SAB supplies for free while you still have time.

Here’s a cute little card made with the Party Pandas stamp set, which you could get free with a $50 purchase now until March 31, 2018.

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The other supplies are Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, and Rich Razzleberry cardstocks, Light Pool Party, Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry, and Color Remover Alcohol Blends Markers, Basic Pearls, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, 1/4″ Copper trim, 3/8″ Silver metallic edged ribbon (colored with the blender pens), Basket weave embossing folder, SNAIL adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Daisy Punch, Dimensionals, and the 1/2″ Circle punch.

Purchasing the supplies for this card alone would get you the stamp set free, OR you could get another item for free, take your pick, but don’t wait too long because Sale-a-bration is ending soon!

Another choice you have is to add these items to your starter kit, since joining now during Sale-a-Bration is a great time to become a demonstrator (either as a business or for the discount). Your starter kit is only $99, but you get $125 worth of merchandise, PLUS 2 additional stamp sets for free! You’ll get all the business supplies you need to get started as well as free shipping to get your stamps and supplies sent right to your door.

Any way you look at it, joining the Stampin’ UP! team now during Sale-a-Bration is a great deal. Click the “shop with me” link here or on the side/top of my blog to get started. Look for “Join the fun” to get started now.

Did you know…

that Stampin’ UP! is in the middle of its Sale-a-Bration sale? Of course you did, silly question since I’ve been posting about it lately. BUT…did you know that it’s a great time to sign up as a demonstrator?? Did you know that if you join my team now during Sale-a-Bration you will get $226.00 worth of your choice of products for only $99.00 plus tax?? Stampin’ Up! will even pay for shipping to send your starter kit to you. Great deal, right!

Whether you want to sign up for the discounts on the products you’ve come to love, or because you’ve decided you can turn your favorite hobby into a business, or maybe even perhaps your friends and family share your love of stamping and can help you build your business, this is a great time to get started.  I welcome demonstrators of every kind to join my team no matter where you live in the US.

Once you join you will be invited to join a private Facebook group of demonstrators. The lead demonstrator (don’t worry, you won’t ever have to lead a meeting) holds a monthly virtual meeting, during which there is a live “make and take” video followed by 2 hours of chat and support from other demonstrators that are on the same team. These demonstrators have been building their businesses and supporting each other for a few years, and, like me, love to share their knowledge and creativity.

If any of this sounds like you, or sounds like something you would like to know more about, I would love to answer any questions you might have and welcome you as the newest member of my team. Feel free to contact me with your questions.

Stay creatively stamping!

Trisha

Winter Blues?

The past few days I’ve really been feeling under the weather (or maybe the weather has just been that horrible…yep, I said it. Central NY weather is crappy this year). As it turns out I have the flu…and I’m blaming the weather. What can a person expect when one day it’s 50 degrees with lots of sun, and the next it’s 15 degrees with lots of snow. Mind you, I LOVE the snow, and the cold weather because there are many things to do in winter (like ride snowmobiles, sip hot chocolate while sitting around a camp fire before heading out on the next leg of the trail…my favorite), but this winter hasn’t been fun at all. It’s either too cold because of the wind chill, or too warm and the snow is melting, even the ice is too thin to go ice fishing. And now, the flu is rampant…because of this crazy weather…and I got it. I don’t doubt I caught this nasty bug in one of my doctors’ offices (which I’m at on almost a daily basis because of ongoing treatments or else I’d be at home) where people like me are in the same boat. But since I’m starting to feel better, I’m back to getting things done, back to the organizing, and back to the crafting…just slowly. I’ll be posting more in the next couple days again.

In the meantime, stay healthy, everyone! And stay creatively stamping!

February Blog Hop

Country INKers Blog Button ResizedHi again, and Welcome to February, and this month’s Blog Hop! The theme for this month is, of course, Valentine’s Day (and as a secondary theme, Sale-a-Bration because new items will become available on February 16th!!). Sometimes it’s not the biggest hearts filled with candy, or the reddest ones, that make the biggest impressions, but sometimes it’s the card that goes along with the gift. Here is a simple card that will stand out among others. While the peacock struts his/her stuff, the feathers sort of fall into a Valentine’s Day heart, and surround a smaller triple play of pearl embellished hearts. The greeting on this card says it all: I Just Love You! I don’t think it could be said any simpler. The triple fold of the card allows a gift card to hide inside, or maybe some other special little something (wink wink).

Even though it took a few tries to get the feathers to look like a heart, the end result turned out rather cute. This card used the Occasions sets Beautiful Peacock and Petal Palette, as well as Touch of Textures from the All Occasions catalog. For inks, if you look closely you will find Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, VersaMark, Pink Pirouette, and Basic Black. Embellishments were just the Basic Pearls and 1/8″ Real Red Solid Ribbon all on Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Real Red Card stock. My favorite adhesives (Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue) were used to keep it all together.

Another project I created for Valentine’s Day, since I talk about Paper Pumpkin kits on my FB page all the time, was created from a past kit. I want to show how versatile these kits really are, and just because there are instructions that come with the kit doesn’t mean they have to be used. One of the easiest ways to earn a Sale-a-Bration stamp set or project kit this month is to preorder Paper Pumpkin kits, either with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. I absolutely LOVE these kits as they have EVERYTHING you need to create beautiful, simple, and quick projects…and you KNOW I LOVE simple!! With this card, I used the die-cut hearts from the January 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit to make the pop-up heart in the center of the card. The die-cut banners on the front of the card, the sequin ribbon, the ink, stamps, and the pieces of striped card stock are from the kit as well. The only things I added were the rhinestones, Whisper White scraps and the Pink Pirouette card stock.

As you can see, this wasn’t what the kit was originally was designed for. I will be re-doing more Paper Pumpkin kits as well, and planning more classes (both by mail and face-to-face) so stop by to see what’s brewing in the crafting room next!

If you would like to purchase any of the items in either project (Occasions/Sale-a-Bration sets or Paper Pumpkin subscriptions) click on the “Shop with Me” button on the right (or the top under Menu) and it will take you to my Stampin’ UP! store. Thanks for stopping by.

To see what’s hop-pening on the next blog and to get more Valentine’s Day ideas, click the Next button below to head over to Di’s blog. If you get lost along the way, just hit your back button to follow the links for the individual blogs I’ve posted below.

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Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com

Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com

Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com

Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com

Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com

Trisha  https://www.creativelystamping.blog   (you are here)

Organization

The past week or so I have been spending time just doing that…organizing. There is never enough organizing to be done when it comes to crafting, especially paper crafting, and when products are turning over all the time, this is especially true.

I have been spending time on Pinterest, Facebook, and other sites getting ideas for the best ways to organize my craftroom in order to minimize the “clutter” that I work in when I do projects (and I’m sure you all have seen the backgrounds in my completed projects lol). It doesn’t bother me, but when I’m not working in my craftroom, that’s when it does bother me. I really can’t stand messes.

So, this past week, all my DSP have been put together in one pile (and OMGoodness there is a lot of them), all my Paper Pumpkin kits have been put together, and so on. I picked up some little storage units (small desk sized stuff) to start putting things in so I can start breaking down my PP kits into the individual pieces. My desk will no longer be filled with things I’m not using because bookshelves have been reorganized so everything fits…again.

There is still a lot I need to do, such as purchasing floor-sized storage pieces that will go together to form a desk (yes, a second one since you can never have enough desk space in a crafting room) and a photo album for all the stamp sets from Paper Pumpkin kits, but for now things look better and there is more space for me to plan and work.

Once my organizing project is finished, I’ll be back with my paper crafting projects and my regular weekly posts. TTFN, and I’ll be posting again in a few days.

Helping my customers

I received a text message earlier tonight. “Can you by any chance get this Paper Pumpkin kit for me?” It was the January 2016 Cute Conversations kit. I responded with my usual message of being able to do an ISO post to see what responses I’d get and then doing a search for the kit online later on tonight. When I told my customer I had put up the search ad, my customer responded “Awesome, ty”.

Despite the fact that I may not be able to find the kit for her, she knew I was doing what I promised…looking for the kit. This is what being a demonstrator is all about for me…helping my customers to the best of my ability, even if it means I can’t locate a retired item for them. I have been able to locate a couple kits, and as of this blog post, I am waiting for responses to a few emails. I am sure I will have the kit for my customer within the next couple days.

This is just one of the many ways I can help my customers. I love helping my customers, and I’m glad they know they can count on me to help them.