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Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

 

So, here we are two weeks until the first day of school.  I have to say, I am hating/dreading going back to school.  While I thrive on schedule, routine, and patterns I also miss the easy-going days of no homework and no stress.  To combat the stress and chaos of the coming year, I have really loved working with my new Love Today Planner Kit.  I know that everyone has a preference for planners and organization systems, please take a look at this and see if it will work for you.  It can be a planner or a memory keeping system.  The inserts for the Memories and More albums fit perfectly into the Love Today Planner binder.  So, that’s pretty diverse.

Enjoy this video from Stampin’ Up! about how to use the Love Today Planner.  You can start this with ANY month and there is a refill available for you to use next spring when it is time to update everything. Click here for the planner video.  Enjoy  this video and click here to shop in my on-line store.

Keep on Dreaming (in color) –

Virginia

 

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[Outside] My Comfort Zone

One of the best things about being a part of Stampin’ Up! and a member of the Paper Made Prettier and Spread Joy Teams is the support and encouragement to get outside your comfort zone.  Support comes in many ways – a smile, a pat on the back or simply a ‘good job’ or liking a post.  Encouragement also comes in many forms, but best of all, it comes with no pressure.

A fellow team member suggested to me recently, after completing a monthly swap, that I should put my name in the hat as a display board stamper for OnStage.  Me?  Seriously?  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, why not?  This is simply one more way I am testing my boundaries and trying something new.    So, with that, I present my submission for the OnStage display board stampers.

Special Delivery

Although I love all paper crafting, my first love is creating scrapbooks.  My grandmother was a scrapbooker WAY before it was trendy or popular.  Because of her, our family history was painstakingly recorded from her days in high school at the turn of the century, through both World Wars, my grandfather’s lengthy railroad career, and the successes of her children and grandchildren.  It is an incredible treasure.

As a parent, I have recorded the highs and lows of our family, especially since the birth of our now 15-year old son.  Like many other family historians, I am not completely up to date.  This photo is from his 13th birthday party.  The Birthday Memories Suite is perfect no matter the age of the celebrant.

The colors are beautiful and work for any age birthday.  The polka dot paper is torn and the edges are rolled back a bit to emulate tearing the paper off a package.  And, in keeping with the package theme, I fussy cut packages from the coordinating DSP to provide a 3-D look to the page.  And I stamped on the banner being held by the fox. 0 The ‘package’ at the bottom left of the page contains the journaling for this page.

Paisley Power

I am constantly searching for card ideas and inspiration that are unusual, with different color and texture combinations, and different folding techniques.  I stumbled upon the inspiration for this card and immediately knew I had to make it.  I love that it allows more detail for the card front, while at the same time providing more than adequate space for writing a note or short letter.  With the new catalog items available, I was able to make it more current by including the gold flower made with the Daisy Punch.  When folded, this is the standard 5.5″ X 4.25″.

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Fall is in the Air

While we are looking at the fall colors, check out this 3-D item inspired by the catalog images for the Color Theory Suite.  I love making these little packages.  It pr3d pt 2-1ovides the perfect size for gifting treats to my friends and co-workers.  To make this box, I used Old Olive card stock, Colorful Seasons Stamps, and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.   This is a super fast and super easy bag you can make with the Gift Bag Punch Board.   This version of the gift bag was made using the small template, but it can be enlarged depending on the size of the available paper.

The bag is topped with one of the Pretty Labels Thinlits, linen thread and more die cuts from the Seasonal Layers dies.

This Little Piggy

I LOVE this set stamp set.  I fell in love with it at OnStage Local in Shreveport and could not wait to get one of my own. First, it is incredibly cute and second, being in Razorback country, this is going to get a LOT of use.  But, for now, I wanted to keep it rather simple.  I added a pennant from the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies.

card2-2I cut the pennant twice, once in Whisper White and once in Lemon Lime Twist.  I further trimmed the Lemon Lime Twist piece to fit perfectly on the piece of Whisper White, adding the perfect amount of dimension to this card.

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Kisses for You

My second 3-D item is a simple packaging technique for an up-cycled bottle.  You might recognize the shape.  3d part 1-1You can buy these beverages in four-packs at the grocery store.  If you saw my stash of recycled/upcycled bottles, you would know just how much I love this beverage!!  Not only do you get to recycle these awesome bottles but it provides a quick way to send a ‘happy’ to someone without breaking the bank on filling it, or wrapping it. The label is made from the Label Me Pretty stamp set and the Pretty Label Punch.   Want to know the best part about this?  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!!

 

 

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And, Last but not Least…….

This is the third and final card for the Display Board stampers evaluation.  While this card is a bit larger than the typical quarter-fold, it is simply a single piece of card-stock scored in half.  The balloons have been fussy-cut from the scrap paper, adhered with dimensionals, and embellished with a bit of Wink of Stella.

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I think this may be my favorite card of all the ones presented here.  But, with all of the cute DSP and stamp sets, I know there will be many more cards, scrapbook pages, and trinkets to come.

I hope you enjoyed this medley of new Stampin’ Up! products.  Please contact me if you want any more information regarding what you have seen here.

Keep on Dreaming in Color!

Virginia

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Two for Tuesdays….

Wow! I am glad I missed yesterday’s posting so that I can include some AWESOME news about Stampin’ Up!   First, I want to thank everyone that has placed an order with me.  You guys are the best.  THANK YOU!

Now, here’s some really big, big news.  Stampin’ Up! is paying you to shop.  Yes, you heard me right.  For every $50 you spend during July, you will receive a $5 discount to use in August.  And if that’s not enough, let me tell you the big news if you are thinking about being a colorful dreamer (or happy shopper 🙂 ).  In July, if you decide to join my team, you will receive the same $125 worth of stamps and supplies for $99, but you will also receive the Carols of Christmas as a gift from SU to you.   It’s so much fun to get new stamps and supplies – but if you can get them at a discount AND before everyone else — that’s even better.

Now, to a recap of my weekend.  I had an extended workshop here to make 12 cards from the Eastern Palace bundle.  We had SO much fun just playing.  I may have been a “little ambitious” in what I had planned for the workshop.  Here are a couple of photos of works in progress and finished projects.  And, I promise, that’s ink on Sassy’s arm – it is NOT a bruise!

And, as promised last week, here’s a video for your entertainment and education. The Color Theory Suite is so cool. Great starter set – paper, dies, inks, and embellishments.

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Monday Funday

Good Morning, or afternoon, or evening, depending on when you see this.  I am starting a new series of videos highlighting new products in the 2017-2018 catalog, showcasing some tried and true techniques, sharing some videos by other demonstrators, and possibly even a video of my own.

The first video in this series highlights the Color Theory Suite in the new catalog.  If you are new to stamping or paper crafting, this is a great initial investment.  There are papers, stamps, thinlets, Memories and More cards and embellishments for all of our seasons.

A link to the video is here:

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 20 – Don’t forget the Monthly Card Club.  RSVP here here or on my Facebook page.

July 22 – Extended Workshop (1-5 PM) Planner Love. RSVP here here or on my Facebook page.

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NEW CATALOG

What am I counting down?  Why am I counting down?  The NEW CATALOG will be live on June 1.  There are hard copies floating around my group of customers, but if you don’t have one yet, you can see it on-line on June 1 by clicking on this link , or pick up one at my Catalog Launch on June 3 (1-4 PM) at my house.  We will make three projects using the new catalog products.  The cost is $10 (or free with a minimum purchase).  Also, you will be able to shop my BOGO (buy one – get one) sale of retiring Stampin’ Up! products, pre-made cards, and other stamping supplies. What you spend at the BOGO sale will earn you a gift certificate for products you can order.  It’s a win-win!!

Call, text, or email me to let me know you are coming (RSVP not  necessary – but I want to be sure I have enough supplies prepared for you).


CARD CLASS

On Thursday, June 15, come to my monthly Card Class (6:30 – 8:30).  We will make six cards (two of three designs) for $15 (or free with a minimum purchase). If you bring a friend (adult, new to my classes) you and your friend will each receive five gorgeous handmade cards.  RSVP is due via text, email, or calling 24 hours prior to the class.


EXTENDED WORKSHOP

On Saturday, June 24, I will host an extended workshop featuring the Eastern Palace Suite.   RSVPs and prepayment are due by June 14 so that I can pre-order all of the supplies for this class. The cost for the Extended Workshop is $50.  You will make 12 greeting cards, matching envelopes, and a storage box.  And you will have stamps and paper left to create more cards on your own.  The following video shows a sneak peek of the stamp set., thin-lets, and the new 2017-2019 In Colors.    We will be using these colors and a couple more summery combinations.  As always, there will be a prize patrol.  Increase your chances of winning by bringing a friend with you.