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Happy Fall and Stampin’ Up Promotions!

Happy Fall Friends!!

Fall is here in Indiana but not before we experienced almost a week of 90 degree days!  Lucky for us though, this past weekend cooled down considerably!!  It did not get over 75 degrees for a few days and several nights it was in the 40’s!  Woo Hoo!

Fall Traditions – 

Here in Greenfield, the first weekend in October is our Fall Festival – Riley Days.  James Whitcomb Riley, who was born in Greenfield, IN was a poet and author.  During his lifetime they called him the “Hoosier Poet” and his home here in Greenfield is now a museum.  The downtown streets of Greenfield are shut down and vendors from all over set up their wares in hopes to sell to our community.  There is always good food, good entertainment and of course lots of homemade items to purchase.

Because it’s Indiana, you just never know what kind of weather you are going to have.  I’m hoping that this year we will have good weather for our fall festival!

Fall Decor

This week I started getting into the fall spirit and have decorated our fireplace.  As some of you may remember from previous posts, we bought a fixer-upper last fall and have been working on it ever since.  The fireplace room was one of my favorite features of the house and for the first time decorating it, I don’t think I did too bad.  I still think it needs something, what do you all think?

I definitely think it needs some color around the front.  Maybe a swag of some sort?  I’ll work on it!

My Crafting Therapy – 

Part of my “Therapy” is making cards and this week I am posting information from my Stampin’ Up blog since it is giving me fits!!  I am not tech savvy at all and I’m having trouble posting pictures to it so I decided I would just post everything on this site!  Hope you all don’t mind.  In the future, I plan on separating the two and just posting my DIY projects and empty nest journey on this blog.

My stamping ladies met this past Saturday and we made these three cards,

Carols of Christmas Stamp Set

 

Hearts Come Home Stamp Set
Daisy Delight Stamp along with this months Paper Pumpkin Stamp

I know it is the end of September and I should have more fall cards, but it’s the end of September !!!  Time to start thinking about our Christmas cards!! lol  I threw in the Daisy Delight card because it is just so darn versatile!  You can use it as a birthday card, sympathy card or fall card.  I “fussy cut” (hand cut) the leaves we stamped with the September Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  You can’t see it from the picture, but I used our retired wood grain embossing folder.  I should have sponged it with Early Espresso ink and it would have shown the wood grain.  A thought for next time:)

Paper Pumpkin-

Our Paper Pumpkin subscription is designed for those who don’t want to have a huge inventory for making cards or just don’t have the time to try and come up with a card on your own.  This year, Stampin’ Up has a wonderful promotion going on.

Do you love cute, coordinated Christmas projects that look like they’re ready for a magazine cover?  So does Paper Pumpkin!  Stampin’ Up also loves heartfelt and handcrafted holiday giving, which is why they have designed made-to-match kits for October and November!  These festive projects are perfect for neighbor gifts and are easy to make and because they’re pre-cut and ready to assemble, you can get that handmade touch in very little time.

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You will get two coordinating kits that will 1) have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) you will have more creative options, and 3) you get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss!! In addition, Paper Pumpkin is  the perfect way to have that homemade touch without the need for all that product inventory!!  Quick, easy and handmade.  What better way to spread joy of the holiday and show how much you care.

If you would like to start your subscription, which is only $19.95 per month, and receive the first of the two coordinating kits you will want to subscribe at www.paperpumpkin.com by 11:50 p.m. on October 10, 2017.  If you don’t want to start with October’s kit and want to receive November’s kit, you will want to subscribe by 11:50 p.m. on November 10, 2017.  Your kits come with everything you will need to create beautiful handmade projects for all your friends and loved ones.  Each month you will receive a new kit that will allow you to continue to create special cards to share!

Christmas Cards –

The two two Christmas cards are from stamp sets out of our Holiday mini catalog and can be purchased until January 2, 2018!!  This year’s catalog is full of super cute stamp sets and all the trimmings to help you make the perfect handmade card.TH_sharable3_Holiday2017_demo_Aug0117_US

Take a look at the cute video above to see exactly why I love the new Holiday Catalog!!  I just love the two cards we made from the stamp sets in the catalog and I know you will love the catalog too!

October Promotions –

If this wasn’t enough, I have more!  October will be a month jam packed with sales and new products.  From October 1 to October 10, Stampin’ Up will be celebrating World Card Making Day (s)!  All demonstrators, me included, will be having extra classes just for this Celebration (I’m having mine on 10/7/17 at 9:30am along with my Downline Amanda from Stamping with Revolt) !  In addition, during 10/1 to 10/10, Stampin’ Up will be giving 15% off Note cards and envelopes and several stamp sets.

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Also, for the entire month of October, our Designer Series Paper is buy 3 get 1 free!

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If you host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales by October 31, you’ll earn the FREE Merry Patterns Stamp Set.

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I also have a secret!!! shhhh!!  A Stampin’ Up product that was discontinued will be coming back to us!!  I’m so excited to bring you the news, but not just yet.  So keep coming back and I’ll be sure to show you some samples and let you in on the secret!

 

For now, I hope you will all have a wonderful week!

Below is a list of products for each card I’ve shown above.

Painted Harvest Photopolymer Bundle

Painted Harvest Stamp Bundle (stamp set and punch)

Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" CardstockWhisper White 8-1/2 X 11 Cardstock

Cardstock – Cajun Craze and Whisper

Always Artichoke 8-1/2 X 11 CardstockCrushed Curry 8-1/2 X 11 Cardstock

Cardstock – Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry

Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadCajun Craze Classic Stampin' PadAlways Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad

Ink-Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke

Clear Faceted Gems

Clear Faceted Gems

 

Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount Bundle

Carols of Christmas Bundle (stamp set and thinlets die)

Cherry Cobbler 12 x 12 (30.5 x 30.5 cm) CardstockVery Vanilla 8-1/2 X 11 CardstockGold Foil Sheets

Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Gold Foil

 

Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' PadAlways Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad

Ink – Cherry Cobbler and  Always Artichoke

Gold 1/8 (3.2 Mm) Ribbon

Gold Ribbon

 

Hearts Come Home Clear-Mount Bundle

Hearts Come Home Bundle (stamp set and thinlets die)

Crumb Cake 8-1/2 X 11 CardstockPool Party 8-1/2 X 11 CardstockWhisper White 8-1/2 X 11 Cardstock

cardstock-  Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Whisper White

Silver 1/8 (3.2 Mm) RibbonMini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack

Silver Ribbon          Silver Tinsel Ribbon

Clear Faceted GemsWhisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill

Clear Faceted Gems        Whisper White Ink

If anyone would like to make any of these cards or order any Stampin’ Up product, just message me though my contact tab and I’ll be happy to help you out!  Until next time!  Happy Crafting!

First Make and Take Class

Have you ever had those days when you have good intentions but can’t seem to have things go the way you planned?  Well, that’s how this blog is seeming to go! lol

It has taken me 7 months to prepare, plan and execute this blog and when I’m finally live I post backwards!  My first post was of cards from my second Make and Take Class.  This post is of the cards from my first Make and Take Class.  I guess it’s a learning process and I’d better learn pretty quick:)

 

Trio of cards
Trio of cards

I wanted my first class as a Stampin’ Up! independent demonstrator to be colorful and I think I pulled that one off!  Don’t you just love the new heart thinlet die?  It’s so lacy and pretty.

The heart card was made with crushed curry and whisper white cardstock with razzleberry lemonade designer series paper (DSP).  Super easy.

The birthday cake card was made with the Build a Birthday stamp set.  This set is a polymer stamp-it’s clear instead of foam.  Love, love, love the polymer stamps.  These stamps are great for accurate placement of the image on the paper.  Mint macaron, crushed curry, melon mambo and tip top taupe ink were used to build the cake.  This stamp set can be used as candles as well when you turn the stamp vertical.  It’s all about birthday DSP was used as well.

The next card was probably the easiest.  I wanted to show how you can use up all your DSP paper scraps.  DSP scraps were cut up in different widths and lengths, snipped at the end and taped next to each other on very vanilla cardstock.  I added some cute little butterflies I made with a retired thinlet folder and prettied them up with pearl dots.

Hope you enjoyed these cards and maybe inspired you to pull out your scraps!  Until next time:)

Card Class with Floral Phrases and Wondrous Wreaths

Last Saturday was my second “make and take” class as an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!   We had a lot of fun making three different cards one of which was the new Floral Phrases stamp set and coordinating thinlet die.  Another one was made using the Wondrous Wreaths stamp set and it’s coordinating thinlet die.

 

Floral Phrases
Floral Phrases card
Wondrous Wreaths card
Wondrous Wreath card

 

Instructions:

On the left, we started by using Old Olive ink to stamp the Wondrous Wreath on Whisper white cardstock, which is a two-step stamp.  We inked up the 1st stamp and stamped off (stamped once on a scrap piece) and then stamped on the Whisper White.  We then took the 2nd stamp and stamped it full strength.  Then we used the Bigshot machine to cut it out with the coordinating thinlet die.  I brought out a couple of old punches to punch out the flowers and used Crushed Curry,  Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock. We then tied twine into a bow and glue dotted it at the base of the wreath.  We stamped the happy birthday sentiment under the wreath from the Circle of Spring stamp set.  Crushed Curry cardstock served as the base for the card.  We placed whisper white cardstock inside the card and left it blank for a personal note.

 

On the right, we started by using the new Floral Phrases stamp set and coordinating thinlet die from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This is such a beautiful set!  Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock was used and the sentiment is from this stamp set as well.  Whisper White went on the inside after we stamped it with the border stamp from this set.  You can’t really see from the picture but we put small pearl on the tip of the roses to finish it off.

There is nothing like sitting with friends and creating something pretty!  I’ll be posting more cards later in the week so stay tuned!

ps-I had a third card, but I have to do some “fixin” to it because my finger put an ink smudge on it.  Now who hasn’t had that happen to them?  Let me fix it up and then I’ll post it.  Until then, happy stampin’!