Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday!
Just a quick reminder that some of the specials I talked about
in Friday's post, END TODAY!!!!!
Go HERE to see the details
& get your orders in before it's too late!

Here's looking forward to August & the start of the Holiday Catalog!  If you haven't gotten a copy yet, please contact me to make arrangements to get yours!

How many NEW products can you see?!?  Halloween is only 3 months away!

I'm pretty excited about the new Holiday catalog, but I need to go get my last Designer Series Paper order in while it's still on sale!!!  (You should too!  Use Hostess Code: 69MXRB39 to order your DSP & you will get a Free Gift too!)
Happy Shopping on this Wacky Wednesday!
Thanks for stopping by & I'll see you tomorrow!!!



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday, Tuesday...

Today is Paper Pumpkin Tuesday!!!!!
"What is a Paper Pumpkin?", you ask!?!

"My Paper Pumpkin" is a subscription Kit that is delivered to your door every month.  Every kit includes new exclusive products, instructions & everything you need to complete a fun project!!
(except adhesive)
Why should YOU subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin?!?
  • Do you LOVE new projects?!?
  • Would you like EXCLUSIVE products?!?
  • Do you wish you had more TIME to create?!?
  • Can you find 30 minutes per month to make something FUN?!?
 Here are some pics of a few of the Paper Pumpkin kits I've gotten so far!
 The top right photo is the Starter Kit!  This is the kit you will get the 1st month you subscribe!  It comes with the clear block that you will need for the upcoming months!
The top left kit also comes with a clear block!  This is the Try It Kit.  You can order this kit HERE without subscribing.
If you are not sure about My Paper Pumpkin, you cannot beat this deal!  Get your 1st 2 months at 50% off!!! Go here now & use the Promo Code in the photo. Offer expires August 31st!

  Once you sign up for My Paper Pumpkin, join
My Pumpkin Patch!
Every month, once your kit arrives, Join Me & the other 'Patchers' to work on our projects together!!  You will also get ideas for alternate projects as well!
This month's Pumpkin Patch is
TONIGHT @ 7p.m.!
RSVP now if you've gotten your Kit &
 plan to join us!

The last day to subscribe & get the August Exclusive Kit will be August 10th.  Don't wait!!  Subscribe NOW so you don't miss out!  The August Pumpkin Patch Meeting will be August 27th @ 7 p.m. 
Also, don't forget that NEW MDS Downloads were released today!  Check them out HERE! 
Hope to see you soon!

Monday, July 29, 2013

MDS Monday! (MDSM24)

Happy MDS Monday!

(read all the way to the bottom for the chance to win a FREE GIFT!)
This MDS Challenge is a Card Sketch.  Talk about stepping WAY outside of my comfort zone!?!  I have used MDS for a couple years now, but usually just for flyers, coupons & other 'advertising' type things.  I plugged some photos into a few pre-made layouts in the past, just so that I had some samples to print out...but I just started actually using MDS to create scrapbook pages! 
Cards, not so much...until NOW!
Here is the sketch for this challenge:
Click on the photo to go to the Challenge Page!
I went & looked at the submissions soo far...& did not expect to find soo many Layouts submitted for a Card Challenge.  (I AM new to this!!!)  I really like many of them...& some of the cards as well, but I knew right away that I didn't want to do what 'everyone else is doing' I tried to do a card...without using the sketch exactly...or CASEing the other samples that I liked...mostly the ones with the hexagons!
Keep in mind that this is my FIRST MDS CARD!!!!!
Please comment & let me know what you think about it!  Good or bad, I'd love to hear what you have to say.
Now...I also promised the chance to WIN a FREE GIFT!!!!!  Here's what you need to do to WIN:
  1. Purchase & download the MDS Software here 
    • you must be a NEW MDS user & purchase your copy from me to enter
    • Free Trail does not qualify
  2. Create a scrapbook page OR card of your own!
    • It cannot be something that comes pre-designed in MDS
  3. Go here & 'Like' my FB page
  4. Post a photo of your project to my Wall 
  5. On Wednesday, August 13th, 3 (three) lucky people will be chosen to receive a FREE MDS Image Disc!
  6. If you are the winner, I will message you for your mailing address to send your prize! 
Happy Digital-Creating!!!!! Good luck to everyone!


Friday, July 26, 2013

It's Finally Friday!

Welcome to the Friday Feature!

I've made it through my 1st week of posting on my blog daily! (Thanks again, Jena...for keeping me going!)  Ok, maybe not a whole week...but my goal was Monday through Friday & I DID IT!!!!!  I'm still doin' the 'Happy Dance!'

But what do I share with you today?!? 

This week I am going to use the Friday Feature to recap all of the wonderful promotions & time sensitive products that Stampin' Up! is currently offering!

 Buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for free!
Ends July 31, 2013  Don't wait to order!
The Fine Print:
  • These items don't qualify for the offer:
    • Designer Series Paper Stacks
    • Specialty Designer Series Paper 
  • To get your free DSP, enter it in your order separately from the three packs you're paying for. For example, if you want four packs of the same type of paper, put in the three you're paying for and enter the fourth as a separate item.
  • No limits. Order six? You'll get two for free. Nine? You'll get three for free.
  • Check out our Designer Series Papers in the annual catalog pages 151, 153, and 154.  
Go NOW & use Hostess Code 69MXRB39 for a chance to WIN FREE PRODUCTS!!!
Single Stamps are only available until July 31st! 
These are all clear-mount & come in a small cello-bag. I have put mine into one of our Clear-mount Stamp Cases.  You can get a set of 4 of the empty cases for only $5.95. (Item #119105)  They are also great for storing markers, rhinestones, pearls & even small projects that you are working on!
Go NOW & use Hostess Code 69MXRB39 for a chance to WIN FREE PRODUCTS!!!

Get 50% off of an already amazing deal for 2 Months!!!
Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month's worth, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You and your customers need to visit HERE to join.
  • You must click "Add Promo Code" and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion.
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).

  • If you need more information about What My Paper Pumpkin is all about, check out my Album on Facebook!
    (or just ASK me!)
    Join My De-stressed Divas! Team NOW!
    Whether you just want to get a discount on all the great supplies you can buy from Stampin' Up! or you are thinking about little extra income, Join My Team for the best De-stressed options!
    I do my best to provide a low-stress, fun & creative environment for my Team to follow the Stampin' Up! motto of 'My Way!'  Run a business or don''s all up to you & I'm here to support you no matter what you choose!  If you need more information, please don't hesitate to ASK ME!!
    Offer: New recruits get to pick one of four project kits for free in addition to their starter kit when they join Stampin' Up!

    Ends: August 31, 2013

    Kit Options:
    The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog (Available Aug 1st unless you contact me to sign up!) and the last option is from the annual catalog.


    Kit Description


    Total Value
    Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
    Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
    Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
    Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
    Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit133463
    Tag a Bag Bundle AND
    Tag a Box Bundle
    Happy Shopping this Weekend! 
    See you on Monday! 


    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    MDS Challenge! (MDSM23)

    Just a quick post to share something that's been a week in the making!

    If you read Monday's post, you remember me mentioning that I was starting to try more My Digital Studio (MDS) projects & that Jena suggested these challenges as a 'jumping point' for learning new things in the software...

    Well...In order to submit my creation to the Challenge, I need to have a link to it! is the challenge sketch:
    Click on the photo of the sketch to go to the Blog & see all the amazing pages that were submitted!

    And here is MY version!
    Of course, I'm a 'double-page' I will be adding a coordinating page to this before I have it printed for her album...but this will do for the challenge!

    I hope you all enjoy!  I should have ANOTHER MDS item to share on Monday and I feel a CONTEST of my own coming soon too!  Keep a keen eye here for more!


    Christmas in July!

    Merry Christmas! JULY!!!
    More years ago than I like to admit, I worked at a Boy Scout Camp for a summer...or two.  The staff became very good friends, but since we lived all over the neighboring states, we rarely saw each other outside of Camp.  So we celebrated Christmas in July!  We had a tree with lights & decorations...a special dinner and SANTA even came to see us & pass out our gifts!
    The fond memories of these events have led me to hold some kind of Christmas in July celebration throughout my life!  Some years it is a larger celebration than others, but not a year goes by that I don't recognize this day in some fashion!
    This year, in addition to a Christmas in July Card Making Event at my Studio, I am also sharing with you a couple cards made with some NEW PRODUCTS that will be available in the Holiday Catalog starting August 1st!  These are NOT included in the cards for the event tomorrow, but will be an option for a private class once the catalog goes 'live' on August 1st.
    While these cards use a few of the same supplies & a lot of the same colors, I still find that they have a different 'feel' from each other.

    Supply List:
    • Stamps: Love & Joy (available Aug 1st)
    • Ink: Old Olive (#126953)
    • Paper: Old Olive (#100702); Cherry Cobbler (#119685); Whisper White (#100730); Baked Brown Sugar (#131296); Seasons of Style Designer Series Paper Stack (available Aug 1st)
    • Embellishments: Large Rhinestone Jewels (#125577); 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler (#120992)
    • Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)
    • Tools: Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (available Aug 1st); Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003); Stampin' Trimmer (#126889); Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334); Big Shot Machine (#113439)
    Please let me know what you think about these cards!  If you'd like to book a Private Class for you & your friends, I'd love to set up a date with you!  Book NOW to get the best date selection!!!
    Thanks for stopping by today!


    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Wacky Wednesday!

    This Week for Wacky Wednesday, I'm going to share some details of a Special Promotion that Stampin' Up! is running...and some samples to go along with the products!

    Here is the special: are some samples that I have made with 3 of my favorite collections of Designer Series Paper!
    This and That Epic Day (#130814)

    Birthday Basics (#130145)

    Modern Medley (#126926)
    Remember: If you order these 3 packs of Designer Series Paper, you get to pick a 4th for FREE!!!!!
    If you order 6 packs, you get 2 FREE PACKS!  There is no get a FREE PACK for EVERY 3 packs you buy!!!  Stock up now!
    You MUST order this before July 31st! 
    If you order on-line, please use Hostess Code: 69MXRB39 
    Anyone who orders $50 or more (before tax & shipping) AND uses the Hostess Code listed will receive a Free Gift! 
    (You do not have to have DSP on your order to get a Free Gift, but why wouldn't you take advantage of such an awesome deal?!?)
    There are a few exclusions on this promotion.  The following items are NOT included in the sale:
    • Designer Series Paper STACKS
    • SPECIALTY Designer Series Paper
    If you're not sure, just ask!  However, all of the sale DSP packs included in the special should be $10.95.
    Thanks for reading!  Come back tomorrow for more!!!

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Technique Tuesday!

    Today I'm going to show you a TECHNIQUE!!!!! 
    We're going to Make & Use a MASK!
    A complete list of supplies (with Item #'s) will be available at the end of this post!

     Decide what shape you'd like to use for your image. 
    I chose a Heart from the Hearts Framelits.
    Cut the image out of your 'extra' cardstock...where you would like your image to be on your card.  (The paper is 1/4 inch taller than your card to help keep ink off your fold when stamped...keep this in mind when placing your shape.)
    Now you have your MASK!
     Place your mask over the front of your folded card.
    Ink up your background stamp. 
    I'm using the Positively Chevron Background Stamp & the Coastal Cabana Ink pad!

    Stamp your background over your MASK!
    Press firmly...without rocking & hold for 6-10 seconds.

    Remove your MASK.  Your image might be a little 'rough' around the edges. 
    This gives it character!!  Enjoy the 'different-ness' of stamping through a cardstock mask! 

    Choose a greeting or sentiment and another ink color to add to your card.  I chose 'I Miss You Already' from Really Good Greetings & Chocolate Chip ink.

    Choose a small punch and a coordinating color. 
    I chose the Small Heart Punch & Strawberry Slush Cardstock.

    Punch out your accent!  (a small butterfly or flower would be awesome choices as well!)

    Use a small drop of 2-Way Glue Pen or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to place the accent & accent it with a Rhinestone
    (or more if you'd like!!) 

     Ta-da!!!!!  Here is your finished card!
    (& you can save your mask to use again later!)

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    MDS Monday!

    Soo...thanks once again go to Jena! Thank you for soo many things!!!  Thank you for getting me to play with MDS more, for getting me to work on my Blog, for helping me brainstorm ideas & for attempting to keep me on track a little more often...& mostly for just being there...on the other side of the country (almost), but just an IM, text, phone call or e-mail away...anytime I need you!  It really is amazing how you can build friendships & relationships with people you have never met in person with the technology we have today!  (Soo much quicker than my pen-pals of the 'olden days'...when we had to rely on 'snail-mail' to write to each other!!) lol 

    You can visit Jena's Blog HERE!

    Now, you're probably wondering when I'm going to get to the stuff this post is actually about...  How about right NOW?!?

    Jena told me about this Blog that does MDS challenges every week...& told me how she started doing them to get some more 'practice' using our amazing My Digital Studio software.  While I wanted to go there right away & jump in, I didn't make it.  Instead, I glanced quickly at the current challenge & the submissions that were already in...LOVED the layout design & thought, "There is NO WAY I'm going to be able to learn how to do THAT in just 2 days!"  So...I closed it & went on with my list of everything else that I needed to do...keeping it in my head that I WOULD learn how to do that & make a layout with that design, even if it was too late to submit it.  I'm extremely happy to say that it was not as difficult to learn as I expected (& then I was kicking myself for not just doing it then & submitting it to the challenge)...

    Here is the challenge sketch:
    Click on the photo of the sketch to go to the Blog & see all the amazing pages that were submitted!
    And here is the 2-page spread that I made!!!!!  ( I wish I could figure out how to get them to sit next to each other, but that will have to be something I learn later...)
    I hope you enjoy!!  If you need more info about My Digital Studio or you would like to purchase the download, please go HERE!  If you would like the software on a disc, it is available here as well!  If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!
    Thanks for visiting!!



    Friday, July 19, 2013

    Soooo Many Announcements at Convention!

    No...I'm not physically in Salt Lake City, enjoying this year's Annual Stampin Up! Convention...although I'm there in spirit!  However, I do have many friends there...and a couple people that are doing their best to keep me up-to-date on all the cool announcements!! 

    So...special Thanks to Kathy & Jena for keeping me up to speed! 

    I've found more info on the Demo Website so that I can share this exciting information with all of you!

    Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn't find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you'd like to have as a stamp. Well now she can! Undefined is Stampin' Up!'s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.
    When you carve your very own stamp, you have will have an entirely new and different creative experience. And when you're finished, you will have created a one-of-a-kind stamp!

    How exactly do you carve a stamp? Watch the video for a tutorial...HERE! 
    Then make sure you contact me to order yours TODAY! 
    YES, these are available to order NOW
    Want more exciting news?!? 
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