May 31, 2018

Out with the Old and In with the New

Hello and Happy Thursday! Well have you missed me? I'm going to start calling myself the Drama Mamma...OH EM GEEEE! I'm not even sure where to begin. Let's just say, it's been one thing after another and leave it at that....It all started with a failed trip to Mobile, Alabama (hmmm, we're gonna try that one again in a few weeks - fingers crossed it works this time) then, I got hacked and my Instagram account was STOLEN! For real...STOLEN! I was able to track down my account using a personal # but unfortunately, Instagram wouldn't help me recover my account. Finally, early this week, the hacker removed my photos, changed the account name again and kept my email address, kept all of my followers and passed themselves off as an Instagram Marketer! I again notified Instagram...I still haven't heard anything back from them and warned as many of my friends and followers as I could that this person was fraudulent and to block them which many of them did do and many "reported" them as well and as of this morning, it appears either the account was removed or I was blocked from seeing them? But I must say, that is the most awful feeling! You truly feel violated and when my photos were still there and I could see my little dog and my husband with someone else's name was down right creepy and that just made me so that consumed a large amount of my time and didn't leave anytime for my for that I am so sorry. But on a side note as a PSA...please do yourself a HUGE favor..turn on 2 factor Authentication for all of your social media accounts! It's amazing what unscrupulous people will do! I have now changed ALL of my passwords and turned on the 2 factor authentication (all that is, is when you attempt to log in, Instagram or Facebook will text you a code in addition to putting in your password, you will enter the code they text you also. That confirms it is really you and not someone that just hacked your account need both to get in.

Ok, now, the good stuff! Today is the last day to order off the retirement list! After today, it all goes away FOREVER...but, tomorrow after 12 PM MT the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog goes live! Talk about happy dance! I just LOVE this new catalog! Just wait until you see it if you haven't seen it already! And to celebrate, tomorrow night, I will be Live on my Facebook page at 7 PM EDT, doing a walk through of the catalog, a little stamping and announcing an UH-MAZING give away you won't want to be sure to join me to learn how you can win this brand new stamp set! So, grab your favorite beverage and come party with me!

Happy Stamping,

May 17, 2018

Itty Bitty Thank You Cards Using the Itty Bitty Greetings

Hello and Happy Thursday! Well, the whirl wind trip to Alabama never actually occurred. I did however, spend several hours sitting at the Syracuse Hancock Airport. But with severe weather in the Chicago area, our plane was so delayed that we were never going to make our connecting flight and they weren't able to get us onto another flight until Wednesday which meant we were going to miss our facility site visit which was our entire reason for going, so, we canceled our plans and came home after sitting at the airport for 4 hours.
No problem. I just used the time to catch up on a few things around the house and had some time with hubby as he happened to have the past couple of days off. Now he's back to work and I have a few more days to myself and decided to catch up on my March and April thank you cards for customer orders and thought I would share them with you since they are using some brand new product coming June 1st.
For my March/April order appreciation cards that go out with the free gift earned for placing orders, I chose to use the new Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and the beautiful Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder along with the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. To create this adorable card, I started with a 6" x 3" piece of Mint Macaron cardstock, a returning favorite color, scored and folded at 3" to create a 3" x 3" card. I ran one end of the card base through the Big Shot with the Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder. . I then cut a piece of Whisper White .25" x 2.5" and stamped the Many Thanks sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and bannered one end. I also cut a piece of DSP .5" x 2.75" and bannered one end of that also. I adhered the DSP flat to the card base and using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, I popped up the sentiment. These little cards fit perfectly in the Whisper White 3" x 3" envelopes. I am so happy Stampin' Up! brought these back last year because I LOVE them.
Well, that's all I have for today. I hope you enjoyed today's sneak peek into the up coming 2018-2019 Annual catalog. If you need a catalog, please let me know, I would love to get one out to you. In the meantime, Happy Stamping,

May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day with A Mothers Flair

Hello and Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there! It's mothers that make the world go round for sure! I am especially grateful for my own mother and blessed to still have her. I understand this can be an especially difficult day for those missing their moms and for that I truly am sorry.
Today, I want to share with you the card I presented to my mom this afternoon. I made it using the awesome, A Mothers Flair stamp set. I love the simple images in this set and think it is really a great set to mix up sentiments with to create birthday and just because cards for the special women in your life, not just Mother's Day
...but in honor of today, it is a Mother's Day card. To create this card, I started with a standard card base of Basic Black cut 4.25" x 11" scored and folded at 5.5" and I cut a second piece of Basic Black 4" x 5.25" and ran it through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing folder.
I added a piece of the Petal Passion DSP cut 3" x 4" and adhered that to the bottom of the embossed piece and wrapped a piece of Berry Burst woven ribbon around the seam and tied a bow. I then adhered the panel to the card base. I then stamped the image onto a piece of Whisper White with Basic Black Archival ink and colored in the flower with the Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Write markers. I cut it out using the Layering Ovals and I cut out a scalloped oval from a scrap of Berry Burst cardstock to layer. I popped these up with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a rhinestone to the flower center. To complete the card I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White measuring .5" x 3" and I bannered both ends and added it to the front of the card using more Stampin' Dimensionals. And for a finishing touch. I added a piece of the DSP to the envelope flap. I hope you enjoyed today's card. I'm off to pack my bags as tomorrow I am heading off to Mobile, Al on hospital related business. I'll be back Wednesday, so until then Happy Stamping!

May 8, 2018

Love What You Do Share What You Love

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! It looks like it's going to be another amazing day today. The sun is already out and it's pretty early yet. This is a crazy week since I have a class I'm prepping for on Thursday, it's Nurse's Week at the hospital and I'm getting ready for another site visit, this time in Mobile, Alabama! I'll only be gone less than 3 days but trying to make sure everything is all set here for hubby and little Tucker. He's going to be a sad boy while mamma is away. He really is a mamma's boy and I can tell he senses something is up, he's sticking to me like glue.

Anyway, today, I wanted to share a card with you that I made using the awesome, Gotta Have it All bundle. I absolutely love this bundle and find I can just keep on going with this suite. I am reaching for it time and time again. And you still have time to take advantage of the bundling of the product. After 5/31 the bundles go away! Anyhoo, here is the card:
I started with a standard card base of Rich Razzleberry 8.5" x 5.5" scored and folded at 4.25". I then added a piece of the coordinating Designer Series paper cut at 4" x 5.25" and adhered to the card front. I then cut a second piece of Rich Razzleberry 4" x 3" and a piece of \whisper White 3.75" x 2.75" and stamped the sentiment in the lower right hand corner, this helped me with the placement of my flowers as I wanted them more toward the right while ensuring enough room for the sentiment and that took care of that. (I stamped these in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) I then took the larger "ink splat" and inked it with Rich Razzleberry and stamping off first, I stamped the flower petals. I did this for all 3 flowers. I then took the small "ink splat" and stamped the center of the flowers with full strength Rich Razzleberry ink. I then layered this onto the second piece of Rich Razzleberry. I wrapped a piece of the Rich Razzleberry velure ribbon around it and added a bow with a glue dot and adhered this down to the upper part of the card base. I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card that measures 4" x 5.25" and that completes our card today.

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May 1, 2018

Last Chance to Save and an Early Release

Hello and Happy Tuesday! It is May 1st and there is just so much happening in the world of stamping! First of all, did you know that the early release of Share What You Love bundles are live today?
Yep, they sure are, you can now get your hot little hands on these amazing bundles of product. I have been playing with it for a few weeks now and I am so in love with this entire suite. It's just gorgeous! The colors are amazing and I swoon every time I get the opportunity to play with them and it's only during May that you can bundle these products. Once June 1st rolls around, you will only be able to purchase the individual products and you will not save the 10%.
May is also the last month for getting your hands on retiring product that hasn't already sold out, and sorry to say, lots has already gone, but there are still plenty left, so don't miss out on your faves. But in addition, May also marks the end to all of our current bundled products in the catalog. So, what I mean is, although the sets themselves may not be retiring, the ability to shop and save 10% on your purchase goes away after 5/31; then you will still be able to purchase the stamp and die or punch, but it will be at full price...and why would you do that if you can save 10% now if you know you want it? So, any current bundles that you want, get them before the end of May while you can still save.
One of my most favorite current bundles is the Wood Words Bundle. I just love this set. It just makes me happy every time I pull it out and right now, you can get if and save 10%! The little crate makes a perfect gift card "keeper" for these adorable 3" x 3" thank you cards I made. And the rooster just makes me happy and works so well with the Wood Textures Designer Series paper, which is also carrying over to the new annual catalog.
To recreate this adorable little set, die cut 2 of the crate pieces from the Wood Textures DSP and assemble using Tear and Tape adhesive. Stamp the rooster onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla with Early Espresso ink and die cut using the coordinating die and attach to the front of the crate with a Stampin' Dimensional. Next, to create the note cards, cut Very Vanilla cardstock into 3" x 6" pieces and score and fold at 3". Next, cut the Wood Textures Designer Series paper into .5" x 3" pieces and adhere to the bottom edge of the note card. Then stamp the rooster image in the lower left hand corner of the card and the Thank You in the upper right hand corner in Early Espresso ink. Then place them in they little crate. The crate will easily hold 10 of these 3" x 3" cards and envelopes. If you enjoy tutorials such as this, be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter, here to have them delivered straight to your in box.
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