Saturday, April 06, 2013

Free Shipping!!!!!

Stampin' Up! is 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?  Place your order HERE NOW!
Free shipping starts: Saturday, April 6, 2013; 12:00 AM (MT)
Submit orders by:
  • Phone: Monday, April 8, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT)
  • OEX or online: Monday, April 8, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)

Friday, April 05, 2013

Just Believe and Pursuit of Happiness Mini Book

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  I'm Learning More And More That It's The Inside That Counts
What you write inside a card or journal.  What you fill your home with.  The kind of person you are on the inside.  As I walk Buddy in the morning, I stare at homes and, at times, wish I could just move into a different one.  Of course, I pause and ask myself "Why?"  And the answer is always the same - I think that inside each one of those beautiful homes is a huge empty space - no clutter, no signs of life, just wide open space that you can breathe in.  Yes, I know, I'm delirious!  Each of those homes likely is filled with all kinds of stuff and all kinds of people and even if I did find one that was a big empty space, I have no doubt I would fall prey to filling it with all the stuff I wouldn't have the time or patience to sort through before moving!  I know that beneath all the clutter that I have created there is a gorgeous home waiting for me right here!  In this very office where I am typing this post - somewhere beneath all the papers, books, computer cords and knick knacks, there are some beautiful walls and a gorgeous wood floor.  Hmmm, maybe my home is like someone who is trapped in a heavy body.  Knowing inside that if my home could just lose the weight, it would be free and flowing and exploding with possibility!  I wonder if I could figure out a weight-loss regimen for my house?  Where do I begin?  Ah - the same as I would begin if I were dealing with body weight - start to become conscious of what I am putting in my body...start to become conscious of what I am bringing into my house.  Then I can start figuring out how to exercise - how to discipline myself to take this stuff and truly give it a workOUT!!!!!  Yes, I'm learning more and more that it's what's on the inside that really counts and I'm really to take a long hard look at that and keep working on it!  Wish me luck!!!
I decided to create another little mini book - this time using Basic Grey card stock and some silver glimmer paper!  I ran a small strip of the card stock through the Big Shot with the Chevron embossing folder to create some texture.  Next, I stamped the floral image from Just Believe and cut it out and added a bit of dazzling diamonds.  I am coming to the conclusion that I enjoy dazzling diamonds more than dazzling details because it dries more quickly with the use of 2-way glue.  I then punched out three butterflies from the Creped Filter paper.  Some punches work better than others - this one seemed to do okay and I like how this looks layered.  I just glued the three together in the center and glued it to the front of the mini book before adding the adhesive rhinestones.  The sentiment is from Pursuit of Happiness.  My next mini book is going to be one suggested by my friend Helen - a mini book to keep track of my journey with clutter!  Thanks for the idea Helen!  Hopefully I will create it over the weekend and be able to share it with you all next week!  Maybe I can even get my act together and create a video on how I've been making these mini books so that you can make one for yourself too!  Have a beautiful weekend!!!!!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Color Refresh - A Comparison Of Some Of The Shades of Blue

In case you are wondering how Soft Sky and Bermuda Bay compare to some of the colors that will be retiring (I'm gonna miss you Baja Breeze!), here is a quick sample using some of the incoming and outgoing colors...Let me know if you have questions about any of the other incoming colors!  Keep reading to find out more about Stampin' Up!s Color Refresh:
Beginning on April 4, 2013, all retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last.  Order your retiring colors NOW!  And remember, free shipping is going on April 6-8, 2013, which would be a great time for you to get your favorites before they are gone! (Free shipping is for North America only.)

This and That

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy.
And happening really fast. So we're happy to introduce our newest product
line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That will debut in the
2013-2014 annual catalog, but we're giving you and everybody else the
chance to get it now.  You can also...
Enter to win a free trip!!!!!
Description Price
Epic Day This and That Journal $10.95
Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper $10.95
Remember This and That Rotary Stamp $5.95
Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers $4.95
Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape $4.95
Epic Day This and That Bundle
Includes the five This and That products listed above.

Only available in a bundle until April 30.
15% Off Retail Value!
Read On . . .

We're introducing the line with these five products, but we'll be adding more This
and That stuff as time goes on.
Bundle Dates: March 23-April 30 (remember the items that come in the bundle
will be available in May and in the new catalog, but we're
only offering the discounted bundled until April 30).  
Bundle ordering deadlines:  Phone: Tuesday, April 30, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT)
or online: Tuesday, April 30, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)

Free Shipping On Everything For Three Days!!!!!

Stampin' Up! is 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?

Free shipping starts: Saturday, April 6, 2013; 12:00 AM (MT)
Submit orders by:
  • Phone: Monday, April 8, 2013; 6:50 PM (MT)
  • OEX or online: Monday, April 8, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT)

Nature Walk Mini Book

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  At Some Point, The Procrastination Must End!
Yup - it's that time of year - tax time!  And, once again, I have waited 'til I can't wait any longer to sit down and start working on my taxes.  Yes, I know I can get an extension, but I no longer allow myself to procrastinate that long!  So I consider getting my taxes to my accountant prior to the 15th progress! :)  Each year I vow to attempt to sit down and get taxes done at the beginning of the year...but somehow that vow is one that I have quite a hard time keeping!  Maybe next year????  I'm not sure I'd put money on that bet ;)  At some point, the procrastination must end!
I am still enjoying creating these mini books!  For the inside pages I use recycled printer paper.  Today I chose to begin with a piece of Always Artichoke card stock.  The paper is from the Festival of Prints stack (retired).  I then took a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock and scalloped the edge with the scallop edge punch.  I distressed the edges and then stamped with both the Nature Walk and Loving Thoughts stamp set.  The bird is also from Nature Walk, stamped with Baja Breeze onto Naturals Ivory card stock and cut out.  I used a few embellishments to dress up the cover - a neutrals button, vintage brad and a rosette I made out of Baja Breeze seam binding.  A bit of crochet trim finishes the look!  I hope you like it :)

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Art Journal Pages

For today's art journal pages I used the Letter It stamp set and stamped onto tissue paper.  I then outlined the letters with a white gel pen.  Notice the retired Stampin' Up! rub-ons?!  Art journal pages are a great place to put retired products to good use!!!!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Pursuit of Happiness Mini Book

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Edit
This word is in the running to become my favorite word during this phase of my journey with clutter.  Our friend who is a realtor uses this word a lot when he advises people on how to set their homes up prior to putting them on the market.  Edit, pare down, eliminate, lighten - whatever word you use, the action is the same.  Take a look at what is around you and decide what stays and what goes.  It is a slow process for me, but in the grand scheme it's not that slow.  I figure it took me years to accumulate what surrounds me, so if it happens to take months to edit, so be it!  At least I'm on the journey!
Today I decided to create another mini book :)  Sometimes I love having cards on hand and other times I enjoy creating a little stack of these books to use or to give away as presents.  I seem to go in phases :)  I began with a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and the greeting from Pursuit of Happiness that I cut out using the Framelits Labels Collection.  I used both Early Espresso and Pretty In Pink card stock.  I also cut some strips of Brights designer series paper to adhere across the front of the book.  A few added embellishments and some pages sewn into the inside complete the mini book!  I hope you like it!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Print Poetry Mini Book

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Some Days You Are Up And Some Days You Are Down
By the time you are reading this I am hoping I will no longer be sitting on my couch feeling blah (which is where I am right now as I am typing this).  I've spent a lot of time on the couch today - mostly because my right ear feels like it is clogged.  I'm assuming it is a sinus issue and that it will go away - I was just hoping it wouldn't take all day to disappear!  Ugh!!!!  Yup, some days you're down and other days you're up...I think I'm ready for an up day!!!!! :)  If you are having a down day, I hope this little project perks you up!!!!!  (Ooh!  As I was scheduling this post I realized that it will post on April 1!  That's April Fool's Day!  I will definitely be off the couch for that! :)

I decided to make a little book today.  I love carrying these little books with me wherever I go - just to be able to capture thoughts and ideas.  It's also nice to keep one by the bed in case inspiration comes to you in your dreams!  I began with a piece of Early Espresso card stock that was cut down and folded in half.  Next I adhered a piece of Print Poetry designer paper to the cover.  I then layered a few pieces of card stock - Not Quite Navy and Naturals Ivory and knotted a piece of Crumb Cake seam binding around the card stock before adhering it to the book front.  I stamped one of the Four Frames images onto Soft Suede card stock and punched it out and did the same with one of the That's The Ticket images.  I then stamped the word "notes" using the Simply Serif alphabet set.  Finally, I punched some scallop circles with various sized punches, layered them together and added a vintage trinket brad in the center.  The pages inside the book are recycled printer paper pages that I inserted into the book by punching 3 holes through all of the layers and threading hemp twine through the holes as you would with a book signature.  I hope you like it!