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Stamparatus Accessories!

 

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That right! The Stamparatus now has additional accessories, available to you, through my online store!  This handy tool just got better!  If you haven’t seen all the useful ways this tool can enhance your stamping sessions,  watch this video by Stampin’ Up! to learn more.

The Stamparatus comes with two hinged plates; however, now you can purchase additional plates (in sets of 2) to add in the convenience of your crafting.  How exciting is that!  Additionally you purchase grid paper that fits right on the base, as well as a couple of other items you can add or (or replace as needed).

Take a look at all the new accessories and feel free to contact me with any questions you have.  Make sure you try my Stamparatus at your next class, workshop or coffee & cards to see how wonderful it really is!

If you choose to purchase online, make sure you check out my Stampers with Benefits page to order with the current Host Code to receive your gifts!

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Get Organized – Tackling Paper Pumpkin Stamp set organization

Today I wanted to share with you how I have been storing my Paper Pumpkin Stamp sets.  Those mini sets are great! But, what to do with them when you finish your kit?  There are so many great sentiments and images but it is easy to loose track of what you have and if you aren’t keeping track of them, if they are not organized, then you probably aren’t using them!

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I decided I wanted something that could sit on my stamp shelf and had easy access for me to be able to thumb through and quickly glance at the stamps to see which I want to use.  I have prepared a video tutorial to show you how to make my stamp file box.  It only uses a few products and holds one years worth of Paper Pumpkin Stamp Sets.

If you are new to my website, or Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what I am talking about when I refer to Paper Pumpkin?? then you should definitely go read learn more about this fabulous monthly subscription kit HERE!

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Another use for this box would be to organize and store your handmade cards!  Keep those beautiful creations safely stored until they are ready to be signed and sent away!  All of the products used in this project can be purchased from my online shop.

Additional Tip:  Of all the months I have been a member of the Paper Pumpkin Club there has only been one stamp set (Manly Moments, May 2018) which was too long to fit inside the clear envelope.  My solution was to cut the stamp set in half, acetate sheets and all, and put one half on one side of the whisper white cardstock and the other half on the back side.  It works just fine!  I forgot to point this out in my video.  Sorry!

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Thanks for watching today.  Let me know if you make your own and share with me how you chose to decorate yours.  I kept my simple but I know some of you will really make yours spectacular and I would love to see them!  Share your photos with me on facebook.

Have a blessed day and happy stampin’!

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The Holiday Catalog has arrived!

It may be hard to believe the the Holiday season is just around the corner, especially if you live in the south like me and are still sweating out mid 90 degree temperatures on most days.  However, it is time to think beyond summer and prepare for the best paper crafting season of the year!!!

I have a struggled to come up with a “Stamp of the Month” to feature for my classes because there are so many I love, so I finally realized why limit myself to ONE stamp of the month?  Maybe there are others who love more than one set too!  LOL!  So throughout the holiday season you may see multiple classes offered on my Stamp of the Month page.  Pick any or all of the ones that interest you, just be aware that they may sell out so make sure you sign up before the class kits are gone!

This holiday catalog is packed with so much variety it will knock your socks off.  I typically lean toward traditional Christmas cards but I LOVE the Joyous Noel suite (pg 28-29) which contains a trendy color palette with accents of copper as well as the fun and whimsical Santa’s Workshop suite (pg 18-19).  So you may just see it all this year!  Watch for technique classes featuring the Great Joy (page 22) stamp set (no line watercoloring) as well as stained glass technique carried over from the Holiday catalog with the new Illuminated Christmas set (pg 14).  There are just so many possibilities!  And, that is just Christmas, I have much to offer before we even get to those.

We will kick of the holiday catalog with classes incorporating the Country Lane Suite and Falling for Leaves bundle.  Watch next week for those to be announced.

 

If you haven’t seen the new Holiday Catalog yet, you can view it online HERE or, better yet, contact me today to get your FREE hard copy!

Happy Stamping!

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Dashing Along Host Promotion

To help kick off the new Holiday Catalog, ThisChickStamps is offering a free project kit to coordinate with the new Host Promotion being offered by Stampin’ Up!  YaY! We love our Hosts!!  Read on for all the details….

During the month of September, when you host a qualifying Holiday Event or individual order of $250 (not including tax and shipping)you will earn (on top of all the usual Host Rewards) the Dashing Along exclusive Designer Series Paper Pack for FREE!!

This festive pack contains 12 sheets of DSP.  There are 3 different double-sided 12×12 papers (so six designs total) and there are 4 of each sheet in the pack.  These beautiful papers contain traditional holiday colors in Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Whisper White perfect any holiday project!

As an added bonus when you hold your event or order with me, I will also send you a FREE project kit which includes all the extra paper pieces and embellishments (including instructions) to make 10 cards, 2 of each of the following designs which feature the Dashing Deer bundle in the new Holiday Catalog.  Sentiments included in this bundle cover both your pre and post holiday needs!  Imagine, having all your Thank You cards prepared and ready to go before Christmas even comes!

NOTE:  You will need the Dashing Deer stamp set, coordinating inks and your own adhesives to complete the cards as pictured; however, you may certainly substitute with stamps you already own.  

Contact me ASAP to schedule your event or place your order before September 30th to qualify for this promotion.  Remember if you place your qualifying order online please send me an email letting me know so I can be sure to send you the free card kit, it will come separately from your ordered items.

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Paper Pumpkin SAVINGS!

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Now is a great time to sign up for Paper Pumpkin!  From now until August 10th, if you sign up to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you will receive 50% off you first kit!!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting subscription that is delivered right to your door.  Everything you need in a little orange box for a creative escape for only $20 per month (usually).  So that means, right now you can subscribe and get your first kit for $10!

As always, the project is a surprise.  I can’t say what exactly you get for that price but take a look at some past kits to see what kind of projects you can make.  Paper Pumpkin is a great way to get your feet wet in this fun hobby (try new products build your supplies), to stock up on handmade seasonal cards and gift items for giving and be assured you will have at least one fun creative escape each month!  Remember, projects are designed for the busy crafter in mind.  Much of the prep work is done for you, so even if you usually tell yourself that being creative doesn’t work for your because your life is too busy, I’m here to tell you THIS is the way to go!  If you have an hour you can sit and complete all the projects at once.  They will be ready to give at a moments notice.  Can’t fit in a 1 hour crafting escape?  No problem, 10 minutes is all it takes to sit with your little box and make one or two items (I find it takes just as long to make 2 of anything as it does one).  Wish to be even more creative, have a little extra time this month?  Then step outside the box, ditch the predesign project instructions and create something entirely different.  The choice is yours!

There is no commitment to continue after your first month.  If you find it isn’t for you, you can cancel anytime.  Although, I can’t imagine you would want to.

To read more about Paper Pumpkin click here to be taken to my Paper Pumpkin page with FAQ, learn about the perks I give to my subscribers, and more.

If you are ready to get enrolled, then CLICK HERE to begin your subscription today! Remember to enter Promo Code: BLOOM0818 at checkout.  You will receive an email when your account is billed and another when your kit ships so you can be on the watch (and maybe prepare a dinner ahead of time to free up an evening for fun!).

Happy Stampin’ and have a blessed one!

P.S. Don’t forget about the other great savings going on right now.  Just a few more days to take advantage of deals like these (click either photo to learn more):

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Tuesday Tip: DIY Pick Up Stick

Sometimes in paper crafting adding the smallest bits of bling can make all the difference to finish off a project.  However, getting them to cooperate may some times be a bit fussy!

Today I want to share a tip on how you can make your own Pick Up Stick using  Stampin’ Up! adhesive:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or as some refer to the green lid glue).

Have you ever stopped to consider the name… “Multipurpose”?  Why is it called that?  Something I think we may forget in our everyday crafting tasks – this wonderfully, useful adhesive is a 2-way glue!  Use it wet and it dries permanently.  Apply it and allow it to set/dry for a while and it becomes repositionable  and can be used for several purposes.  Sometimes I use this temporary bond to hold close a flap or enclosure I want others to be able to open and close (similar to velcro).  Or to make a custom post-it note.

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You only need 2 items to make this tool.  Your Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item number 110755, $4) and a stick of your choice.  I used a skewer I found in my kitchen and cut it to the size I found works well in my hands (approx. 5 inches).  You could use the end of a Qtip (after you have removed the cotton) or even a tooth pick (I would cut one pointy end flat across).  I have even considered using the back end of my piercing tool as I always have it handy; however, I use that rounded end for adding dimension to punched/cut flowers and such so I don’t really want it to be tacky.

To make the tool:

  1. Hold the skewer (or stick of choice) so that flat end is up.
  2. Add a drop of glue to the flat end and allow it to dry until it is firmly set and tacky.  (I let mine sit overnight)  I have a scrap of an old piercing mat that I keep on my desk which holds my piercing tool at the ready.  I also use it to stick sewing needles if I’m sewing on a card.  And now it also holds this handy tool.  It keeps the tip free of lint by standing upright and not rolling around in a drawer.

 

To use your new tool:

NOTE: Usually the first time I use it, I find it a bit to grabby.  So, I simply touch my finger to it a few times to transfer some oils off my hand and then it is ready to go.  

  1. Add a small dot of glue where you wish to place your embellishment onto your project.
  2. Touch the tacky tip of your tool (say that three times fast…) to your embellishment (such as a sequin, small die cut, bead, etc) to pick it up
  3. And place it right where you want it to go, onto the dot of glue.  If your tool newly made and the grabbiness is strong you can use your piercing tool to nudge it to release.  Usually, the small dot of glue it is enough to grab the item off my tool.

I have found that after a couple of weeks (depending on how much it has been used), I need to freshen it up.  I simply wipe as much of the tip off as possible and apply another drop of glue.  Let it sit a bit (or overnight) and wallah! Grabbiness is back.

So, there you go,  your DIY Pick Up Stick!  I hope it helps you get those pretty bits of bling where you want them to be.  Yes, I know you can buy a premade tool that will accomplish the same task at the store.  I used to have one.  I think it was around $7-10 way back when.  It had blue putty in the end and I found as it got older the putty would come off onto my embellishments.  It went into the garbage.  Why would I spend another $7+ on a tool when I have everything I already need to make my own.  I can buy some new embellishments with the money I save.  LOL!

Hope you have a happy stampin’ kind of day!

 

 

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Plain or with Pizzazz? (MIY Monday #3)

Today I wanted to show you how pretty a card can be simply using stamps, ink and paper!  It truly doesn’t take a lot of materials (or time) to make something special.  Additionally, I show you how adding just a couple of embellishments you can really make your project pop!

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I was inspired, yet again, from the catalog (page 176).  These colors are so soft and elegant I was drawn to them.

The card came together very quickly using just a basic tool kit.  Here is a step by step video showing you how I did it.

If you prefer to print this tutorial out click on the TAMS# link for a printable version.  Remember all the supplies can be ordered directly at my online store (directly linked) and you can earn perks if you order using the current Host Code (or click to learn more about my Stampers with Benefit club.  I thank you for checking in today and hope you will come back to visit again soon!

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10 FREE Ink Pads! WHAT??

Yes!  You read that correctly!!  When you join the SU! family this month, you can choose a collection of classic ink pads in any of the color families below:

(NOTE:  For this exclusive offer both In Color collections have been combined into one 10 pad collection for equivalent value as our standard color families)

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That is a value of $75!  What a deal!

If you would like to :

  • Receive discounts of 20-25% or more on your favorite paper crafting supplies
  • Shop newest releases before anyone else
  • Be a part of a fun and inspiring community of crafters
  • and so much more!!!

There has never been a better time to join.  For $99 you get to choose $125 of product (your choice, though I am happy to offering any assistance you need in making your selections), $50 in business supplies, PLUS $75 worth of FREE ink pads!

That is more than 40% savings!

 

For more details click HERE!

And, that is not all!  Don’t forget this month we are also offering a Buy 3 Get 1 FREE promotion on selected Design Series Paper collections.  Keep on saving during July!  Don’t miss out.  We are more than half way through these fabulous promotions.

 

 

 

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DSP Sale – Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Back by popular demand!  Everyone’s favorite – the DSP sale (WooHoo)!!

Buy 3 Get 1 FREE 

From July 1 – 31st when you purchase any 3 packs of the DSP listed below, you get a 4th pack (of your choosing) FREE!! There are NO LIMITS to this offer.  Buy another 3 and get another FREE!

Our Design Series Paper is such a beautiful product!  If you are in a hurry and need a card quick (no time to stamp or design a spectacular card?), just layer a piece of DSP onto a card base, add a sentiment (Happy Birthday, Thank You, etc.) and you have a beautiful card!  It can also be used to create party favors and dress up gift packaging.  There is no time better than to stock up on DSP during this sale!

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Interested in seeing what each pack contains?  Here is a short video that shows each sheet of beautiful DSP!

 

Some things to know before you shop:

  • When three qualifying Designer Series Paper packs are entered, a prompt to add a FREE Designer Series Paper will appear in the merchandising section.
  • If you order four packages of the same qualifying Designer Series Paper, you will need to enter three together and then order the fourth free item separately.
  • There are no limits! Buy another 3, get another FREE!
  • Sale ends July 31st.  This sale has only come around once a year.  Don’t miss out!

Shop for DSP HERE Now!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

 

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Manly Moments (Paper Pumpkin)

Paper Pumpkin to the rescue!!!

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We have been undergoing renovations in our home for what seems like forever!  Demo day was actually April 12 (that day is forever emblazoned in my brain).  We gutted the kitchen for a complete remodel AND my backyard was destroyed as giant equipment came in digging a hole and ripping out trees for a swimming pool.  Of course, we didn’t plan it that way.  In fact, the pool construction was supposed to begin early in the new year!  However, as things happen, there were “complications” obtaining permits (the woes of purchasing an old house in unincorporated land that was apparently never properly subdivided and documented with the county (how that was not discovered when we closed on the sale 2 years ago is beyond me!).  In any case, that caused a long delay (and much added stress to my dear husband…talk about hoops and hurdles!).  In addition, the kitchen remodel began about a week early. Seriously though, I arrived home from attending SU! Onstage event in Atlanta (FUN!!!) on a Sunday evening and received a call the next day, “Sherrie, would it be okay if our demo guys come Thursday to start the tear out?” and I’m looking around my fully stocked kitchen trying not to panic!  The tear out was not supposed to be until the following week so I thought I had another week/weekend to pack and prepare some meals to get us through the period we would not have appliances (other than a microwave and outdoor grill).  So, we went into hyper mode because how do you tell a contractor, “um, no don’t come early”.  Seriously! Usually you are begging them to come on time!  Anyway, we are now in the midst of it all and there has been little time (and motivation) for crafting.  So, you can imagine, how thrilled I was to receive this kit in time to create cards for the special men in my life!  They are gorgeous and came together so quickly!

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Not to mention that completely calm, serene color palette! I couldn’t help thinking how much I would LOVE to be tucked somewhere inside that mountain range on my card!  Maybe drifting through the lake with no place I needed to be.  LOL!

The stamp set is equally amazing!  I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had more masculine friendly sentiments to customize my cards.  These will come in handy for a long time to come!! The fonts are simple.  I never realize how flourishy (is that a word?) sentiment stamps I choose are until I am trying to create a masculine card.  I really must pay more attention when I am placing my orders.

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Thank you, Paper Pumpkin for coming to my rescue this month!  I think this month was the epitome of a “creative escape”  because I am sure I would not have done any crafting without it! Who am I kidding?  I would have found a way to make these needed cards because purchasing cards causes me very real, palpable pain; however, there would have been much stress in the process. And crafting is supposed to relieve stress, right?

Do you ever feel like that?  Wish you had time to create a special card or gift but for whatever reason (no time, no mojo, no supplies) you just can’t pull it off?  Paper Pumpkin is such a no brainer.  Always reliable.  Always on time.  Whether you are creating to make ahead and stock up or find yourself in a pinch and need something quick, it will be a life saver.  To read more about Paper Pumpkin and the perks my Paper Pumpkin subscribers receive click the icon below.  I would love to have you join my club!!

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Don’t delay!  Join today!

 

Thanks for stopping in today!  I hope your day contains lots less dust than mine! (truly I cannot keep up with it right now).  I’ll go for some of the pixie kind, please?  So, even if I’m not, I hope you are out there making something pretty!  Have a blessed day!