Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Spring (finally!)

I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a project with you guys. Whoops haha. Today I want to share two cards I made for swaps at a Stampin’ Up! Regional event I attended this last weekend. First I have to share some pictures from regional, because even though it’s an event centered around stamping and your business, you meet the nicest people and have so much fun! And bonus! We got our new catalog early before everyone else. (Trust me when I say the new catalog is awesome).  I went with my friend and upline Jennifer Thomas (if you haven’t checked out her blog you should). Stampin’ Up! Events really are so much fun. I’m so lucky I get to be a part of such a great group of people and go to such awesome events. If you’d like to come along to convention this year, contact me and I’ll let you know how you can.

Here’s Jennifer and me in our hotel room sending pictures to other demonstrators so they know what we look like so they can find us. 

Here’s us outside the Stampin’ Up! Home office. It was cold and we wanted to go in already (but we managed to take a nice picture haha)
Anyway moving on. For those of you who don’t know, swapping is something done at events (but not always) and generally you make a bunch of cards, usually only the card fronts, and you swap them with other people in order to get more ideas and give your ideas. They are tons of fun and a great way to see a ton of awesome ideas.

Since you’re usually making a bunch of cards, swaps tend to be fairly simple, but some people like to go crazy and do amazing over-the-top cards. I’m a poor, college kid so I kept mine simple haha. My idea for these swaps was to do the same greeting but in extremely different styles. Each card has the same sentiment “happy spring” but as you can see they are very different happy springs (if that makes sense). Let’s look at the cards now.

Stamps: A Little Bit of Spring
Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pens, Natural Linen Thread

Stamps: A Little Bit of Spring, Four Frames, Spring Sampler
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Cloudy Day Textured Embossing Folder, Decorative Label Punch, 1-1/4” Circle Punch, 1-3/8” Circle Punch

Sorry for such a long blog post, I just had so much I wanted to share with you guys. If you have any questions let me know. If you’d like to come to convention let me know. And if you like these projects let me know! ;)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Retiring Product!

It's that time of year, the new catalog is coming out and certain stamps and accessories are going away. While it really is sad to see some of our favorite stamp sets go, (Easy Events, I'll miss you) the new catalog is totally worth it. Trust me ;) Thank goodness Stampin' Up gives us this list and time to make sure we get whatever we can't live without. Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2012-2013 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early! The great part is that some of the products have amazing discounts; 25% off, 40% off and even some at 60% off. You definitely don't want to miss out. I've posted the downloadable retiring lists below. Take a look, try not to cry too much and when you're done grieving for your lost favorite set, contact me to place your order. Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Paper Pumpkin

Today I get to tell you all a little bit about something Stampin' Up offers that I really think you're going to like. It's called Paper Pumpkin. Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!
Paper Pumpkin comes to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
Paper Pumpkin comes in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program by visiting HERE, click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month. 
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10, we'll send your kit around May 15. If you sign up on May 11, we'll send your first kit around the June 15.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • We offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month. 
This program is perfect for everyone; especially those people that don't have a full craft room or a huge amount of time, but still want to be creative.

Contact me or click the link below to join Paper Pumpkin, I promise you won't regret it!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets

As many of you know, but some of you might not so I'll tell you now, it is Stampin! Up's 25th anniversary this year. It's an exciting time for Stampin' Up! and great things are happening. One of those great things is an awesome idea that Stampin' Up! announced at the beginning of the year (since I started this blog not that long ago I'm only telling you about it now, sorry!)

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

I know what you're thinking, "show me the stamp sets already!" Alright, Alright. Here they are: (just fyi, these images are not to size)

April's Stamp set is Best of Butterflies  
(barf! if you know me at all, you know I do not like butterflies)

March's Stamp set was Best of Flowers

February's Stamp set was Best of Love

January's Stamp set was Best of Birthdays
Check back here every month to see the new 'Best Of' Stamp set! And contact me if you'd like to order any of the sets, they're all available until March 31, 2014.

Friday, April 12, 2013

New Wood-Mount Cases!

Hey there!

I am so excited to tell you guys about this. Stampin' Up! announced new wood-mount cases and they're going to be so awesome!

These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier. 

Starting May 31 all wood-mount sets will come in this new packaging and empty cases will be available with the launch of the new catalog. That means you can transfer all your old sets to these new boxes! There will even be a template for you to create your own label for your old stamp sets (available May 31). A pack of four half-size cases (3-3/4" x 5-1/2") will sell for $4.95 and a pack of four full-size cases (7-1/2" x 5-1/2") will be $6.95.

Okay, so if you already aren't excited you should watch this video. It'll show how awesome they are better than I can explain in words.

In my opinion, May 31 can't come soon enough! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Photopolymer Stamp Sets

Stampin' Up! has searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And they've found it. Stampin' Up! is excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options.

What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself. 
We now offer two sets in the photopolymer style: Designer Type and Bombs Away (both only $13.95!)

Contact me to place your order (you know you want to). :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

This & That

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast. Stampin' Up! is happy to introduce their newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That will debut in the 2013-2014 annual catalog, but they're giving you the chance to get it now!
This & That is a smashbook line. I know, many of you are wondering what a smashbook is so... *drum roll please* A smashbook is just what it sounds like; a book that you smash things in to! Haha. But really, its like scrap-booking on the go, or idea booking on the go. It doesn't have to be perfectly put together because your life is rarely perfect put together :) Its a great idea that lets you have fun as you go, work on something creative and crafty and most importantly capture things that are important to you! 
 Trust me, you're going to want one of these! And you save 15% when you order the This & That line together. Contact me to place your order!


Just an addition to this post. This picture includes everything that comes in the bundle and it's displayed so nicely. :)
 Thanks for reading! 


Friday, April 5, 2013

Free Shipping!

Hey all,

I know I mentioned it in my last blog post but it's just such a great deal I had to give it it's own post! Stampin' Up! is giving everyone free shipping April 6th-8th. Completely Free! On everything! If you've been waiting for the perfect time to order some awesome stuff (and I know you have been), this is it

Contact me at and place your order!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Huge Announcements! Color Refresh and Free Shipping!

Announcing our Color Refresh! We love color and we know that you do too. Color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It's important for us to stay up-to-date with color trends so we are thrilled to share our updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as we are by the new possibilities!

Why now? In 2010 we did a big color renovation and shared our plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep our colors on trend. Well it has been three years and we are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! We are welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!

 Beginning on April 4, 2013, all retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period.

FREE shipping on EVERYTHING for THREE days!
We're excited to let you know that we are offering FREE shipping on EVERYTHING April 6-8 (excluding expedited orders)! That's right. There are no minimums or limits and all order types qualify (customer, demonstrator, workshop, online). Did we mention that the free shipping is on everything?

I'm super excited about this color refresh! I think it's proof that Stampin' Up! is on the forefront of what's fresh and definitely keeping up with the trends. Don't miss out on this free shipping offer, contact me today to place your order!