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.

 

Paper Pumpkin and Sale-a-bration

I have always enjoyed getting my Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail. I love that everything I need to create cute projects comes in one little box, and every month is something different. Right now, with Sale-a-bration in full swing, Paper Pumpkin subscriptions can earn free merchandise out of the catalog…3, 6, and 12 month prepaid subscriptions all qualify for Sale-bration merchandise!!

Prepay for a 3-month subscription, and you can earn the Beautiful Peacock stamp set! Or one of a number of other items from the catalog!

Not sure what Paper Pumpkin is all about? Watch a quick 90 second YouTube video to find out why I love my monthly shipment! Once you’ve finished watching, head on over to the Paper Pumpkin link on my website to join in on all the monthly fun, and earn your Sale-a-bration goodies, too!

Sale-a-Bration Birthday Card

While this card used a variety of stamp sets, it does use one from the Sale-a-bration catalog, even though it only part of the set. I used the text from the Beautiful Peacock set, found in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I am becoming more and more fond of the sets in the Sale-a-bration catalog as well as in the Occasions catalog because they are so fun and versatile. Enough chat…here’s the card:

Delightful Daisy/Beautiful Peacock

When creating this card, I used Beautiful Peacock and Delightful Daisy stamp sets, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Delightful Daisy Designer Series Papers, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive Garden Green and Soft Suede Inks,  Basic Rhinestones, Daisy Punch, and Dimensionals. The Daisy punch made creating the 4 layers of the flower quick and easy to put together. The butterfly is inked with the “rock-n-roll” technique, which is one of my favorite inking techniques.

Quick, simple…and cute.

Here’s another quick and simple birthday card that I put together.

This card is created using Butterfly Basic stamp set, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Easter Palace Designer Series papers, Pacific Point and Old Olive inks, fine tip glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Scalloped Edge Tag Topper punch, Basic Pearls, and 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, and Snail adhesive. Dragging the Very Vanilla card stock across the Old Olive ink pad gives the edges of the paper some “texture” so it stands out from the Eastern Palace paper.

Creating the pocket for the tag makes an interactive card sure to please anyone who receives this card.

To purchase any of the items listed in making these cards, or any Sale-a-Bration or Occasions stamp sets, click on the “shop with me” button on the right, or at the top of my blog, or click here.

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January Blog Hop

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Happy New Year and Welcome back to a wonderful set of great new stamps…and sales!! This month’s theme is Sale-a-bration and Occasions stamp sets. What, you may ask, is Sale-a-bration? Or what is Occasions stamps? Well…for every $50 purchase you make from January 3, 2017 through the end of March, you can earn stamps from the Sale-a-bration catalog! And the Occasions catalog has some great new stamp sets to help you get started with birthday cards, Valentine cards, Easter cards, or whatever you decide!

My personal favorite stamp set from the Occasions set is the Petal Palette clear mount set. The little bird is soo cute! And the flower designs are perfect for coloring with the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. The matching Framelits make cutting out the stamped images a breeze, so putting together your finished card is a snap!

The Petal Palette stamp set also has a matching Designer Paper, which has some designs which you can color, too!

Here’s a cute little card I made using the Petal Palette stamp set. I used the matching Petals and More framelits to cut out the bird and the flowers. I colored everything with my Blends markers, and used the Petal Palette DSP for the background and placed them all on a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock for a complete look. In order to jazz it up a little more, I added some basic rhinestones to some of the flowers and used a basic pearl as the bird’s eye.

Occasions swap card

So I could keep the flowers on a curve for more of a “wreath” look, I used the layering circle framelits, cut out my preferred circle and glued the flowers in the arraignment I wanted with glue dots and snail adhesive before placing them on the card. I used some dimensionals to add some depth and to “pop” the bird out of the flowers.

I can’t wait to show off more projects with this cute little suite! If you are interested in getting any of the items I used in making the project above, feel free to click the “shop with me” link at the top of my blog, or click on the catalog links along the right side of the page.

To see more wonderful projects created with sets from the Occasions catalog, or from the Sale-bration catalog, follow the links below:

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and if you happen to forget where you are in the hop, just come on back here and find your way back to the hop!

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com

Barb    http://www.beelinestamping.com

Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com

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

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

Melissa http://www.stampinupwithmelissa.blogspot.com

Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com

Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog/

 

 

What to do when not papercrafting:

Yesterday was a day to NOT use my Stampin’ Up stamps and do some paper crafting. Why? Because I was totally frustrated with my paper ornaments…which kept coming unglued at the points, and because I was totally uninspired by anything I had in my craft room while I was waiting for my latest shipment to come in with my Occasions order in it. Not being someone to just wait around for orders to show up, I decided to move along with other projects. After all this is my “…and other such stuff” blog, not particularly just Stampin’ Up. So…not to keep anyone waiting to see what I was doing (since waiting is sooo boring as my sweet little lab, Sophie, keeps telling me), I’ll post the various outcomes of all my little adventures from yesterday, beginning with Sophie’s boredom with all of my activities.

Sophie was so glad when her Daddy (Bobby, my fiance) got home because she could snuggle with him instead of snoozing on the couch alone (because I don’t snooze with her when I’m busy crafting or doing other stuff, of course)!

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My first adventure of the day was to make some Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip cookies. Turned out ok, not sure if I’ll make this recipe again or not, but if I do, I’ll definitely need to add more chocolate to the mix.

red velvet cookies

Then I made my Cracker Candy, which always turns out yummy!

cracker candy

After that, I finished up with some White Trash and a Coconut Cranberry Macaroon.

Both turned out deliciously, even the macaroons, and I don’t like coconut!

Once I finished up the baking, and dinner, I got started on the stained glass work. This is the part that always takes the longest since it is the most meticulous part. I started putting the foil on the beveled pieces so I can finish up some gifts for Christmas. I’m still not sure how I finish this particular one off completely, but a finished project will be posted once Christmas is past and gifts have been exchanged. Surprises are so fun, aren’t they!

stained glass piece

There are 20 of these as well as 20 of a 1 inch square piece that still needs to be finished foiling. I also have to cut glass to finish off all the individual items and foil those pieces. Once that is done, there is cleaning, soldering, more cleaning, and then the final polishing for the final product. I will be leaving this project silver (which is the solder color) so no adding any other color to the solder. I think it will take another 2-3 days to finish this project up…and that’s barring any distractions lol.

Oh…and btw, those distractions just may happen as my Occasions order as well as my December Paper Pumpkin kit were BOTH delivered TODAY!! Hmmm…stained glass or distractions…stained glass or distraction…stained glass or distractions…

I’m off for now, time will tell which I will choose, and most likely the stained glass will win. For now, I will be doing more posts after Christmas since I will be busy crafting and making Holiday merry fun until then.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Meow-y Christmas!

I’ve been busy making some Christmas presents, along with a little helper who just couldn’t stay away from my work area most of the time…and I have MOST of those presents finished. I still have some things that need to be done, but rest assured, things will be completed in time for the big day.

Here’s my little helper, Patches, who, with a quick sweep of her tail, kept my desk top free of little scraps, but also brought all those little scraps all over the house. Notice she’s proudly keeping watch over my pile of completed Christmas cards…”no stirring Christmas Mouse will get those cards before Mommy can send them out” is what she’s thinking. LOL

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As for those cute little Eskimos I mentioned earlier…they became these sweet keepsakes to hang on a tree (or maybe even a mantle next to someone’s stocking, who knows!).

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Those same sweet little Eskimos are in yet another little project, which will be posted later. I can’t give away ALL the gifts, now can I? What would be the fun in THAT? There has to be some surprises after all.

I also made the “gift bow” to top off the presents this year. It is a star ornament made from some of the designer paper found in the Holiday catalog, along with basic pearls, rhinestones, and ribbons. I think they will look sooooo adorable on top of their color coordinating boxes.

Here’s the star ornament beginnings and completed forms:

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The stars were made in about 10 minutes, with only 1 6″ x 6″ piece of paper! I made 4 of them from one sheet of designer paper, and in less than an hour!! They are so easy and fun to make, a great idea for kids as well…not to mention a great last minute gift! Just change up the paper to the foil paper to make the star,  add the rhinestones colored with  the alcohol blends markers the paper. and you have just transformed this simple star to something much more elegant. If you still need last minute gift ideas, both these ornaments are quick, inexpensive, thoughtful, and something that can bring memories for years to come.  If you like these ideas and would like to purchase any of the supplies, click the “shop with me” button at the top of my blog.

Stamp sets:

Carols of Christmas, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Layering Circles Framelits

Paper:

Whisper White, Merry Little Christmas Specialty Designer Paper, Window Sheets

Ribbons:

Cherry Cobbler 1/8″,  Silver 1/8″,  Silver mini sequins

Inks:

Momento Black, Blends Alcohol Markers (various colors)

Miscellaneous:

Basic Pearls, Rhinestones, Silver Glitter, Snail Adhesive

1/8″ hole hand punch, bone folder, paper snips,

(I found the empty globe ornament at a local craft store, which of course, inspired the whole idea in the first place.)