Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Paper Pumpkin and Crafting for a Year!!!

Today I'm mailing out my Paper Pumpkin subscriber bonus projects and I wanted to share the March Paper Pumpkin kit and some alternative projects.  A while ago I posted on how you can have a year of paper crafting for only $250.  I'm going to share that again in case you're still thinking about it.  If you're already getting Paper Pumpkin, you can take advantage of this great opportunity as well.  Keep reading for more details.

Samantha and I are leaving for NY with the JHS Band tomorrow morning, flying out of Little Rock, so we'll be leaving around 3:00am.  I'm getting ready today, tying up some loose ends, getting paperwork finished and a workshop tonight - woohoo!  It's supposed to be snowing tomorrow when we arrive - not woohoo, and it will be fairly cold and windy.  Not my favorite weather for sight seeing, so I've got to add my long underwear to my suitcase.  I won't be posting again until Tuesday, but I'll share some photos with you then.

Here is the March Paper Pumpkin Kit:

Supplies to make 9 fun cards.  
What a great stamp set!!  In the catalog, you'd bay at least $14.95 for this set alone.  
Here's a quick video about the kit.  You cannot view this from the email, so click on the blog title and you can view it directly from the blog page.  


Here are some projects I made with the kit:

On this card, I used a Coastal Cabana Marker to color in the "YOU" and a Basic Black Marker to draw between the holes for a quick faux stitching look.  I also stamped the "HELLO" on a small scrap of Coastal Cabana card stock.  

This card was straight out of the kit examples.  It takes about 20 minutes to sew the words.  I plan on sewing the rest of my cards on the plane this weekend.     

I also did some faux stitching with  Basic Black Marker.  

For this one, I make my own white card base, trimmed a card from the kit, added a strip of Coastal Cabana card stock, then trimmed down the white word piece, made a boarder with a Coastal Cabana Marker and used markers to color the words on the stamp.  
I'm going to share my bonus project with you this month, along with another option for it.

This is the bonus project - 3 cute 3" x 3" gift cards with envelopes. I used the Back to Black DSP for these.  
Another option for these cards is to use a coordinating marker to color in some of the DSP - adorable!  I used Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo and Melon Mambo.  

Today I wanted to show you how to get a full year of paper crafting for only $250, plus lots of FREE STUFF!!!!  During our Sale-a-bration sale (ending March 31st), you can purchase a 12 month pre-paid subscription for only $215.40 (that's a savings of $24).  Paper Pumpkin is a project kit mailed right to your door every month with cards, home decor, or other paper crafting items.  After you make your projects, you will have stamps, ink and extra supplies left over - what do you do with them?  Make more cards of course.  You don't even have to worry about monthly payments since it's all paid up front.  So, if you make the following purchase, you can earn free goodies and have plenty of supplies on hand to make even more projects.  Already have these items, pick what you want out of our catalogs, just making sure your order total before tax and shipping is at least $250.  Already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  You can cancel your subscription, place your order and it will be mailed right to you.  You will receive an download notification for your Paper Pumpkin subscription, so just follow the instructions and you won't miss a month!  This is also a great gift and you can have the kit sent to the address of your choosing.

12 month pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription:    $215.40   #137861
2 packs of Whisper White pre-scored, pre-cut card bases ($4.95 each):  $9.90   #135804
1 pack of 40 Whisper White envelopes:  $6.50    #107301
1 Jet Black StazOn ink pad:  $7.95     #101406
1 SNAIL Adhesive:  $6.95    #104332
1 Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue:  $3.95   #110755

Your order total (before tax and shipping) is $250.65.  Now, if you make this order before March 31st, you will receive 5 FREE Sale-a-bration items of your choice AND another $65 in your choice of FREE products (stamps, ink, paper, embellishments, punches or dies)!  That's about $140 in free stuff - you can't beat that!!!  We even have 4 more Sale-a-bration choices beginning on March 1st!  Just remember that our Blendabilities line has been discontinued.

BUT WAIT!! THERE'S MORE!! HA!  You get a bonus project from me each month with another idea you can make with that month's Paper Pumpkin stamps and ink!    If you send this as a gift, the recipient will receive the bonus project.  What a great deal!

You can place your order at my online store here.  Once you've placed your order, you can download your pre-paid subscription with a code and instructions on how to redeem it to start receiving your monthly kits.  The rest of your order will be shipped directly to you.  If you have any questions, please send me a quick email to sjrisix@aol.com and I'll be happy to assist you.

12-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription 
One Year Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription137861
Price$215.40
Save $2 every month (that’s like getting one kit free!) and enjoy a prepaid 12-month delivery of Stampin' Up!’s subscription kit program. A fully designed project kit will arrive each month with stamps, ink, and paper–everything ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting.

After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail to redeem your subscription at PaperPumpkin.com.





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Weekly DealsI love and One Tag Fits All!


Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
ARGYLE TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Price$7.95 $5.96
Calypso Coral 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
CALYPSO CORAL 1/2" SEAM BINDING RIBBON
Price$6.95 $5.21
Chocolate Chip 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
CHOCOLATE CHIP 3/4" CHEVRON RIBBON
Price$8.95 $6.71
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
HONEYCOMB TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Price$7.95 $5.96
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
MODERN MOSAIC TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Price$7.95 $5.96
MOSAIC MADNESS CLEAR STAMP SET
Price$18.95 $14.21
Very Vanilla 5/8 Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
VERY VANILLA 5/8" SATIN RIBBON
Price$6.95 $5.21

For more information on our weekly deals, click here!

I've been busy trying to get classes and workshops set up for this month and fit in a quick trip to NY with the JHS Band this weekend, so please forgive me for not posting very often.  Jackie will be home for spring break so I spent some time today cleaning up her room, now I'm trying to catch up on a few things and then am leaving for a class in Kennett this evening.  I received my Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail the other day and will try to get some samples posted in the next day or so.  If not, I will get them finished when I get home and then get out a bonus project to my subscribers.

I have an adorable project to share with you from CrEW Stamper Mary Harvey.  Mary used the One Tag Fits All stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  

What a fun combination of colors!

I love the raised duck image with the great trims.
Supplies used:
One Tag Fits All stamp set
Birthday Bash Specialty DSP, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB), Daffodil Deligth and Whisper White card stock
Memento Ink pad, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities
Note Tag Punch, Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine, Calypso Coral Pompom Trim

One Tag Fits All Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

One Tag Fits All Clear Stamp Set138583
Price$17.95
Giving a gift? You need a tag! From birthday to baby to thinking of you, the images in this set cover so many occasions. Set quantity: 6.
Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper   by Stampin' Up!
Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper137783
Price$12.95
Make birthdays super festive with cards and packaging made with Birthday Bash paper. 12 sheets: 2 each of 5 double-sided designs; 1 each of 2 single-sided embossed gold foil sheets. 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5) cm. Acid free, lignin free. Coordinates with Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Gold, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White.
Note Tag Punch by Stampin' Up! 
  
Note Tag Punch135860
Price$16.95
Top off that treat with a trendy tag that coordinates with a variety of stamps. Punched image size: 1-1/2" x 2-3/16".

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A happy hello, a sad goodbye, weekly deals and a fun new product!

I have a lot to share with you today.  First the good news!  We have a new photopolymer stamp set available called Just Kidding.  I've already ordered this set, so we'll be using it soon.

Just Kidding Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
Just Kidding Photopolymer Stamp Set140667
Price$15.95
This funny new set is just what you need for laughs that will last. It's so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Recommended clear block sizes are D, G (not included in the set).

Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You'll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and gives a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!

Set Quantity: 15
We also have new weekly deals available through next Monday.  For more details, click here!


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BLENDABILITIES UPDATE:  There have been continued quality issues with the Blendabilities Markers product line.  Due to the nature of the defect (see below), Stampin' Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin' Up! is certain would meet their high quality standards and provide them with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.
BLENDABILITIES Q & A

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will continue to be available for purchase.  
Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.
Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended and I haven't personally encountered this problem.   
Q:  What if I have Blendabilities markers that are defective?  If you ordered them through me, please email me for assistance.  
Today's project is a fun card we made in our workshops last month and features our new Chalkboard Paper and Chalk inks.

For the card base, I stamped the Hardwood background stamp in Smoky Slate ink on the card front and used a square framelit to cut the bottom out to create legs for the chalkboard stand.  

I used the Rose Coral Chalk Ink pad for the words and embellished with a clip, twine and sequins.  
Supplies used:
Big Day (SAB) and Hardwood stamp sets
Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral card stock and Chalkboard Paper
Smoky Slate and Rose Coral Chalk inks
Basics Hodgepodge Clips, Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine, Gold Sequin Trim
Squares Collection Framelits

UNSET 
Hardwood Clear-Mount Stamp Set133035
Price$13.95
When you walk into a house and see beautiful hardwood floors, you instantly drool. Get that same reaction to your cards with this clear mount background stamp. Set Quantity: 1. First appeared in 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.
Big Day Wood Stamp Set 
Big Day Wood Stamp Set139109
Price$0.00
Help someone celebrate their big day with a card filled with your biggest birthday wishes. Set quantity: 5.

First appeared in 2015 Sale-a-bration brochure.
Chalkboard Paper  by Stampin' Up! 
Chalkboard Paper137786
Price$7.95
One side of this heavy paper has a smooth grain that pairs
perfectly with ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads; the other is perfect for
Craft Stampin' Ink or Chalk Markers. 10 sheets: 6" x 12" (30.5 x 15.2 cm).
Rose Coral ColorBox Chalk Ink Pad by Stampin' Up! 
Rose Coral Colorbox Chalk Ink Pad138091
Price$5.95
Permanent ink creates realistic chalk effect. Use with Chalkboard Paper to create distinctive designs.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bundles of Balloons!

I had a productive day today - I attended a bridal shower for one of Kim's friends from high school, cleaned downstairs, finished many loads of laundry, sent some emails and then plan to get to bed fairly early for our Monday morning stamp class tomorrow.  It feels like I did more than that, but I did sleep in late, so it seems like more.  Ha!

I wanted to share a couple cards with balloons today.  This first card was one we did at a few classes last month.  I features the Balloon Bash stamp set in the Occasions Catalog along with some of the coordinating Birthday Bash Specialty DSP and a cute punched owl.


The #HAPPYBIRTHDAY stamp is actually part of one of the images.
Supplies used:
Balloon Bash stamp set
Whisper White, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede & Crumb Cake card stock
Birthday Bash Specialty DSP, Owl Builder Punch, Bermuda Bay & Tangelo Twist ink

Our second card today is from one of our newest CrEW Stampers, Teresa Belk.  This fun card was inspired by the Disney movie "Up"

Teresa used the You Brighten My Day stamp set from the SAB Catalog  and a 1" Circle Punch to make the balloons - too cute!!
Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp Set137144
Price$25.95
Turn a big day into a big deal! Balloons, candles, confetti--this set has it all. Set quantity: 8.
Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper   by Stampin' Up! 
Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper137783
Price$12.95
Make birthdays super festive with cards and packaging made with Birthday Bash paper. 12 sheets: 2 each of 5 double-sided designs; 1 each of 2 single-sided embossed gold foil sheets. 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5) cm. Acid free, lignin free. Coordinates with Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Gold, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White.
Builder Owl Punch 
   
Builder Owl Punch118074
Price$16.95
Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest, dimension, and color to your cards, tags, and scrapbook pages. You can glue punched shapes directly onto your projects or layer a sheet of cardstock that has been punched over a coordinating cardstock for a reverse effect.

■ Sleek body style
■ Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
■ Locks to store
■ Slim and stackable
You Brighten My Day Clear Stamp Set 
You Brighten My Day Clear Stamp Set139106
Price$0.00 - Free with a $50 purchase
There is always something to be thankful for. And a reason to thank someone. Use the images in this set to help you send words of encouragement or thanks. Set quantity: 9.

First appeared in 2015 Sale-a-bration brochure.



Saturday, March 7, 2015

A couple of Lotus Blossoms!

Yesterday was a good day.  I dropped off Samantha and her friends to go sledding, ran a few errands and played Catan with Katie and Jackie.  Katie, Samantha and her friends made us dinner and I made some dessert crepes.  Today I'll be cutting some fabric for our t-shirt quilts which we'll be working on tomorrow, paying bills (gross) and then we're out to dinner with some friends from John's work.  They plowed our street in the middle of the night, so I hope we have enough snow melt to have our class on Monday.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Today I have two great cards to share with you.  They both use the Lotus Blossom stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  The first one is from CrEW Stamper Laura Diamond.


I love how she used the flower as a water lily - beautiful!

All the sponging, white highlights and swirling water effect make this simple layout perfect.
 Our next card was a make and take that CrEW Stamper Janet Hathcoat provided at our last Demonstrator meeting.

I love the colors and layout on this card!

A little closer look at this flower made with Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I also loved the little scallop trim detail added to the tag.  

The left front side of the card was also scalloped and a strip of Typeset DSP was added to the inside for a nice touch.  
Ornate Tag Topper Punch 
  
Ornate Tag Topper Punch137416
Price$22.95
Most tag punches punch out the entire tag, so you're limited to one size. But the Ornate Tag Topper Punch cuts out just the top of a tag so you can choose how long you want your tag to be. It also punches out the hole for a tassel or thread so you don't have to do it separately. Make quick tags, bag toppers, bookmarks, and more. Tag width: 2" (5.1 cm). Tag length: any length you want!

* Push to punch--no squeezing
* Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
* Slim and sleek--easy to store

Scallop Edge Border Punch 
  
Scallop Edge Border Punch119882
Price$15.95
Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest, dimension, and color to your cards, tags, and scrapbook pages. You can glue punched shapes directly onto your projects or layer a sheet of cardstock that has been punched over a coordinating cardstock for a reverse effect.

■ Sleek body style
■ Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
■ Locks to store
■ Slim and stackable