Monday, February 19, 2018

Hey, Friend!

Hello out there! 

When you look out your window, do you see snow this morning?  If so, lucky you!  It can be a pajama day for you!  I'm thinking that for my retired friends and those who don't work outside their homes, every day can be a pajama day, but not every day is filled with the beauty of SNOW!  So enjoy every minute of the day if you are lucky enough to be surrounded by snow.

Here in Woodland, California it is sunny, with an expected high of 54.  We are excited to see that there is rain in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.  We are desperate for rain!

I've got a fun card for you today, using one of my favorite In-Colors.... Berry Burst.  Have a look and then I'll tell you more about it...




The base of the card is Whisper White card stock, with an added panel of Berry Burst card stock on top of it.  I embossed the Berry Burst panel with the beautiful Layered Leaves embossing folder.  It is one of the Dynamic Textured Impressions folders, which means it is thicker and more detailed than the regular embossing folders.
(#143704, $9.00, p. 211)

The stamp set is Orange Blossom, (#143765, $17.00, p. 175).  This is one of those sets you might overlook, but if you are paying attention, you can see that it is an extremely versatile set because it has both images and sentiments.   In my opinion, this is the best kind of set there is!

The ink colors are Berry Burst, Basic Black, and Lemon Lime Twist.  The ribbon is the 1/4 inch Ombre ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist (#144234, $7.00, p. 198) and the circles were cut with the Layering Circles Framelits, (#141705, $35.00, p. 214).  While you might be thinking that $35 is a lot to pay for the circle dies, they are much cheaper than purchasing punches.  You get 16 different circle dies, some smooth and some are scalloped around the edge.  Most of the punches are $15-$18 so at that rate, 16 circle punches would cost between $240 and $288 and you'd need a lot of space to store them.

Tomorrow is a big milestone for me in my Stampin'Up! journey... my 17th anniversary as a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator.  I have an awesome special I'm offering... $17 extra dollars to anyone who holds a party-in-a-box, submits a "catalog party, " or an order of $150 or more.  I'm still hoping that someone will take me up on this very generous offer.  Being a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator has been a great blessing in my life.  I've earned some amazing trips and been places I wouldn't have been able to visit on my own.  So I'm very grateful to all of you, my wonderful customers. Thank you for 17 years of fun and friendship!

May the week ahead be filled with good things!
Hugs to all,
Susan

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sneak Peek of a New Sale-a-bration Bundle!!!

Good news, Stampers!

The new Sale-a-bration items are almost here!  They can be added to your order of $50 or $100 beginning on Friday, February 16th and they'll be available until the end of Sale-a-bration on March 31st.

I was able to pre-order the very beautiful Blossoming Basket Bundle, which is free with a $100 purchase.  In this bundle you get the Blossoming Basket stamp set and a Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder in a basket weave pattern.  The Dynamic Textured Impressions folders are thicker and produce a more deeply embossed pattern than the regular embossing folders.  When using this type of folder, you use the regular embossing platform for the Big Shot, but you only use one clear plate, not two.  

Here is the card I made using the new stamp set and embossing folder...



As usual, my photograph doesn't do the actual card justice.  There's a bit too much light reflecting off the card.  In real life, the colors are more vibrant.  I used a brayer to add Sahara Sand ink right onto the inside of the embossing folder before sending it through the Big Shot.  It's an easy technique, but looks so amazing.  People will ask, "How did you do that?"

I used my new Blends alcohol markers to color the basket and flowers and it didn't take long at all.  The color flows on quickly and smoothly and the results look professional.  Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.  My coloring skills are not up to snuff but these markers make it so very easy!  The best thing is, you can buy the markers individually, so you can get just the colors you want.  Check out the full offering of Blends markers on page 51 of the Occasions catalog.  There is a light and a dark shade of each color, with a total of 11 colors available. For this card I used the light shade of Old Olive and both the light and dark shades of Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight.  Add one or two of these markers to your next order and give them a try.  I think you'll love them as much as I do. And at $4.50 each, they won't break the bank.  Note:  You must use Memento ink when coloring with the Blends alcohol markers.  Otherwise, the ink will run.   

Got your Valentines done?  There's still time to make a few for your nearest and dearest friends and relatives.  And as the song says, "What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.  It's the only thing that there's just too little of."  This is more true now than ever, so do your part to spread some love around and make this world a better, happier, more loving place.  

Don't forget the February Host code  H4E4W9HY.  Please use this code when placing your online orders of any amount.  If your order is $50 or more, you will get your name added to my 50-50 board, and also have your name entered into the February Host Code Drawing which will take place on Feb. 28th.  Plus you'll get to pick a FREE Sale-a-bration item from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  When placing an online order of $150 or more, do not use the host code.  Then you will receive host benefits on your order.

Make the week ahead a good one!  To make a good week even better, take a little time to be creative with stamps, ink, and paper.  
Love what you do, share what you love!
Susan







Monday, February 5, 2018

Love at First Sight

Hello and happy Monday!

Do you ever see a stamp set and just instantly know that you've got to have it?  It happens to me more than I'd like to admit!  When I was at the OnStage event in Salt Lake City last November and the new Occasions catalog was unveiled, the minute I saw the Petal Palette stamp set, I knew I just had to have it. 

Here are the reasons why this is my favorite stamp set and coordinating product suite (Petal Passion Suite) in the Occasions catalog:

1.  I love the images and the way they look softly sketched.  There are no hard, crisp lines anywhere... just soft-looking leaves and flowers.

2.  There's a bird!  And what a sweet little bird he is!  I'm not sure what kind of bird this is supposed to be, but I think it's fun to color him any colors you like.  He's an imaginary bird, so color him blue or purple or yellow or maybe a little of each.

3.  There are some great sayings in this set...for example "I just love you." and "Life is so much better with you in it."

4.  Did I mention the amazing font?  I love the way the font mixes a curvy upper- and lower-case script with very simple upper-case printing.  Take a look on page 23 of your Occasions catalog and you'll see what I mean.  

5.  The coordinating Designer Paper is done in black and white...so very sophisticated and so fun to color!  

6.  There's a coordinating set of Thinlets to make cutting out the images as simple as pie.  (Don't know where that expression came from... in my book there's nothing simple about making a pie, but I digress).

7.  The Petal Pair embossing folders are amazing!  You get two skinny embossing folders, perfect for adding texture to your Petal Palette cards.

OK... after all that I guess it's time to show you a card I made with this great set...



I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for the base.  Next I cut a panel of Pool Party card stock and a smaller panel of the Petal Passion DSP. After adhering them together,  I wrapped the two panels with two pieces of Baker's Twine... one of Basic Black and two of Pool Party before adhering the two panels to the card base.  I cut a circle of Whisper White card stock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered it over the Baker's Twine with a couple of Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, cut them out with the matching framelit, and colored them with my Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers.  I used both the light and dark shades of Pool Party and the light shade of Old Olive.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Start to finish, you can make this card in under 10 minutes.  Note that there are no lumps or bumps of any kind on this card, making it perfect to slide into an envelope and mail with assurance that it will arrive intact, something you cannot be sure of if you are adding embellishments such as pearls, rhinestones, or even a ribbon bow.  It is best to use a bubble mailer if your card has elaborate embellishments.

You and your friends could make this pretty card at your Stampin' Party-in-a-Box.  I'll send you everything you need, except for the blocks and stamp pads.  Just let me know you'd like to host and we can put our heads together and decide what kinds of cards you'd like to make.  Please email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com.  I'd be happy to help you order the supplies to make today's card and I'm just an email away!

May the week ahead be a happy one and remember, stamping is cheaper than therapy, and a whole LOT more fun!  So, in case of emergency, get out some stamps, ink, and paper and stamp the winter "blahs" away.

Before I go, the February Host Code is H4E4W9HY   Use this code when placing an online order of less than $150.  You will then be entered to win a host stamp set of your choice at the end of the month. Don't forget that Sale-a-bration is in full swing and that NEW products are coming! 

Blessings to all,
Susan







Monday, January 29, 2018

Tutti Frutti is very Cute-y!

Hello my friends!

Here we are, back together again on a fine Monday morning!  I hope all is well in your world!  Down here in Northern California it almost seems like spring.  Yesterday was sunny and warm-ish and we've noticed that all of the almond orchards near our neighborhood have bee hives placed in them, ready for the blossoming of the almond trees.  It's a bit early for that, but the bees are actively buzzing about the hives.  I'm pretty sure that those of you in the Portland area are ready for some sunny springtime weather, even though that is probably a few months away.  

Today I've got a couple of sweet cards for you, made with products in the Tutti Frutti Suite on pages 28 and29 of the Occasions catalog.   The first card I'm going to show you was made by my very talented down-line member, Janet Jones.  Janet's cards are just my style... clean and classic with a touch of WOW!  Take a look and you'll see what I mean...



Wouldn't this sweet card brighten up someone's gray and rainy day?  

The next card is one I created, using the same Tutti Frutti Designer Paper, the same Fruit Basket Stamp set, and the same Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack (set of 4 fruit punches).  I also used the same basic layout as Janet's.  




I just love the Tutti Frutti DSP!  It has melons, bananas, pears, apples, strawberries, pineapples, watermelon, kiwis, papayas, and citrus fruits. What bright, happy, yummy paper!  Check it out on page 29 of the Occasions catalog.  It is item # 145607 and will only set you back $8.00.   The matching stamp set, called Fruit Basket, is item # 145833, has 25 stamps for the amazing price of $16.  Best of all, you don't need to invest in a big set of framelits... just the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack, item # 145657, for $23.00.

You might be wondering how we raised the very cute but very tiny punched fruit on the front of our cards.  It's very simple!  We both used the new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, item # 144108 on page 203 of the annual catalog, $4.00 for 720 of them!  No more cutting up the regular dimensionals to fit on a small spot!

I hope these fun cards have inspired you to pull out some stamps, ink, and paper and indulge in a little creativity today.  Stamping can make even a gray and rainy day more bearable and a sunny day even happier.  Give yourself a little break today,  The dusting and laundry will still be there tomorrow!  

Remember, everyone, my free shipping offer lasts only until the end of January, so if you want to get free shipping on your online order of $50 or more, please submit your order by 10 pm on January 31st.  If your order is less than $150, please use the January Host Code:  HTZ4RFVG.  
Happy stamping!
Susan


Monday, January 22, 2018

Good Things in Small Packages

Hello stampers and hello Monday!

Is it just me?  Lately it seems like I blink a couple of times and another week is gone and it's Monday again.  How does that happen?  Wasn't Christmas just a couple of weeks ago?  

With February just around the corner, I'll continue with some Valentine projects for at least another week or two.  Today's project isn't limited to Valentine's Day, though.  This pretty little gable box would be good for all sorts of celebrations, but it could be especially sweet on Valentine's Day filled with some Dove Dark Chocolate hearts.  Have a peek...



This great little box measures 4 inches long, 2 inches wide and it's just a hair over 4 inches tall, to the top of the handle.  I know that doesn't seem very large, but you can fit a good amount of candy, small cookies, nuts, or other sweet treats in this box.  It would also be great for a gift of jewelry, votive candles, fragrant soap, lipstick, nail polish, socks, theatre tickets, movie tickets, gift cards, keys to a new car (we can dream, can't we?) or even a roll of money.  And wouldn't these be perfect for wedding favors or a 25th Anniversary celebration? 

You can find these little gems on page 13 of the new Occasions catalog (#145568), Silver Mini Gable Boxes, 12 for $8.00.  The
box in the photo above was one I created at the OnStage event in Salt Lake City last November.  It is covered in the gorgeous Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (#145564), 12 sheets of 12 x12 paper, with silver foil designs on one side and printed images on the other, $13.00  The photos do not show just how beautiful this paper really is.  The ribbon is Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon (#145489), 10 yards for $7.00.  The boxes, DSP, and ribbon are all on page 13 of the Occasions catalog, part of the Sweet Soiree Suite.

Items like this very seldom "carry over" to the next catalog, so if you have an upcoming occasion where you'd like to use these boxes, please get them now during Sale-a-bration, when you'll get a free stamp set or other free product every time you make a $50 purchase.

Don't forget that my free shipping offer ends on January31st.
You'll receive a check via snail mail from me for the amount of your shipping on orders of $50 or more placed online using the January host code  HTZ4RFVG
If your order is $150 or above, please do not use the host code.  Then you will receive host benefits on your order and I will still send you a refund check for the amount of your shipping.

I don't know what's on your calendar for the week ahead, but please know that I'm thinking of you, wishing I could stamp with you, and that I'm hoping that happy days are coming your way!  
Hugs and love,
Susan




Monday, January 15, 2018

Show some love!

It's Monday and that means it's time to blog again.  And since Valentine's Day is the next big card-sending event, I've got another Valentine to show you today.

But first, let's talk about just how big Valentine's Day is.  According to the site www.statisticbrain.com, 180 million Valentine cards were exchanged in 2017 and 85 % of those were purchased by women.  The Fortune.com site reports that 18.2 billion was spent on Valentine's Day in 2017... on things like flowers, chocolate, jewelry, dining out, clothing, cards, and even gifts for pets.  Yikes!  That's a LOT of money!

We who love to stamp can show our love for a lot less than what people spend on a store-bought card (usually somewhere around 4.95 and up to 8.95).  Check out this pretty card...



I have a confession to make, though. You won't be able to purchase the embossing folder I used here to make this background of tiny hearts.  I can't recall the name of it, but it is now discontinued.  However, you could certainly use the Softly Falling embossing folder on page 211 of the annual catalog for a very similar look.  

I used the new Painted with Love Specialty DSP that's on page 19 of the Occasions catalog for the heart, which I cut out with the Sweet and Sassy Framelits on page 214 of the annual catalog.  I think you can see the shimmer of the gold foil on this gorgeous new paper.  

The sentiment is from the Bloomin' Love stamp set (page 88 of the annual catalog).  I stamped it in Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White card stock, then punched it out with the Duet Banner Punch
(page 206 of the annual catalog).  

That pretty gold ribbon can be found on page 198 of the annual catalog.  Sadly, the tiny heart sequins are no longer available, but you could easily substitute some of the pink sequins in the Sequin Assortment that's on page 197 of the annual catalog.

Here's a quick list with item numbers and prices, just in case you'd like to make a similar card:

Whisper White Thick Card Stock, p. 194, #140272, $7.00
Painted with Love Specialty DSP, p. 19 (Occasions catalog), #145580, $13.00
Softly Falling embossing folder, p. 211, #139672, $8.50
Sweet and Sassy Framelits, p. 214, #141707, $35.00
Bloomin' Love stamp set, p. 88, #140643, $17.00
Duet Banner Punch, p. 206, #141483, $18.00
1/8 " Ribbon in Gold, p. 198, #134583, $5.00
Sequin Assortment, p. 197, #144212, $5.00

Don't forget, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more only during the month of January when you place your order online and use the host code, so if you'd like to take advantage of my special offer, then please submit your order by January 30th.  The January host code is HTZ4RFVG.  If your order is $150 or more, please don't use the host code!  Then you will get the freebies you are entitled to!  I will send you a refund check by snail mail for the amount of your shipping.  If you have a large order ($150 or more) I will still refund your shipping charge, even though you are not using the host code.

One last reminder.... today... January 15th is the last day to sign up for my 2018 Card Challenge, where we are committing to send one card a week to someone who needs a lift, is having a birthday, etc. Any occasion works... even a "just because" card.  The point is to make the world a happier, kinder, more loving place... one card at a time!  We can all do this!  It's just ONE card a week! If you'd like me to count you in, just send me a quick email at sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll add your name to the list.  You will be entered into a drawing to win your favorite $50 level Sale-a-bration product!  The drawing will be held on January 16th, so be sure and let me know you are participating asap.

That's it for today, my friends!  Have a great week!  
Hugs,
Susan
PS  We are excited that rain is in our forecast this week... yippee!  We really need it!

Monday, January 8, 2018

From the Heart

Hello there, stampers!

Sale-a-bration is now in full swing!  What a fun time of year to be a stamper and a Stampin'Up! customer!  I made time to stamp this past weekend, even though I had a million other things to do.  Valentine's Day is sneaking up on us, and I wanted to be prepared with some cards ready to go.  Having some fun Valentines tucked away in advance is almost better than having money in the bank. Almost.  

Here's one of my Valentine creations...






This card is called a Triple Z Fold card.  If you would like the directions, just type "triple z fold card" into the google search box and you'll see several sites that will give you the measurements.  
Note:  The small heart DSP that you see is not part of the card.  I just used it for the background of my photo. It is part of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP on page 19 of the new Occasions catalog.

That cute panda is part of the Party Pandas stamp set that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  You can see it on page 15 of the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  The base of the card is Powder Pink, and the inner Z fold is cut from Smoky Slate card stock.  The Powder Pink base is embossed with the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder on page 210 of the annual catalog.  The inside sentiment "I just love you" is part of the new Petal Palette stamp set that's on page 23 of the Occasions catalog.  The ribbon is 3/8 inch Shimmer Ribbon.  I used Powder Pink to match the card stock.  You can find this silky and sparkly ribbon on page 199 of the annual catalog.

I hope that more of you will join in my 2018 Card Challenge.  I'm challenging you to make 2018 a kinder and more loving year by making a commitment to send one card a week.  It can be a birthday card, thinking of you, thank you, get well, etc.  The point is to give those who might be going through a difficult time a little encouragement and love.  Please sign up for the Card Challenge by January 15th to have your name put into a drawing for a free host stamp set of your choice.  I think we can all manage one card a week, don't you?  

FREE shipping continues throughout the month of January!  This offer is from me, not from Stampin'Up!   I will send you a check via snail mail for the amount of your shipping charge.

When you place your online order for $50 or more and use the Host Code HTZ4RFVG,   I will add your name to my January Host Code drawing.  And of course your name will go on my 50-50 board, for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from me!  And you'll get one Sale-a-bration item for each $50 you spend!  

I hope I've inspired you to get started on your own Valentines!  Valentine's Day is more than a romantic occasion to celebrate love with our husband/wife/significant other.  Valentine's Day is much more than that!  It's a day to spread love around like confetti to everyone... brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, moms, dads, friends, neighbors, children, grandchildren, grandparents... everyone!
May the week ahead find you busily creating some cards to spread love and affection to everyone you hold dear!

Happy creating!
Susan