Thursday, July 24, 2014

Holiday Homes for Pals Paper Arts...a set from the Holiday Catalog

It's Thursday, and time to play at Pals Paper Arts! This week is a sketch challenge, designed by the talented Nicole Watt.  I was fortunate enough to win the Holiday Home stamp set and coordinating Homemade Holiday Framelits from the upcoming Holiday Catalog during the first Prize Patrol of Convention.  I hope you enjoy this peek at a holiday set!

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.
  • Deciduous delights! Snowy hills were created by tearing Whisper White card stock, while Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter creates a glistening effect.  The Leafless Trees were inked in Soft Suede, while the sky is a wash of Lost Lagoon.  Your science tidbit for today...deciduous trees are those which lose their leaves in the fall!

  • Coniferous confections! The darling Evergreen Trees were inked in Mossy MeadowSmoky Slate Snowflakes, and a trio of Pearls, fall from the sky.
  • A happy holiday home!  An adorable Mossy Meadow Wreath, decorated with Cherry Cobbler Pearls, graces the facade of this cute home.  The bonus is that there is a framelit that fits each of the three homes in the set! Woo hoo! How cool is that!

Holiday Homes is a photopolymer set.  I am a little embarrassed to say that this is really the first time I have used a photopolymer set.  I have "collected" a few of them, but I really have not used them.  Yikes! What kind of a demonstrator am I! However, I can now truthfully tell you that I LOVE Stampin' Up!'s photopolymer stamps...and you can bet that I will be inking up some of the ones that are collecting dust!

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I think this set is going to be a hit for sure. What do you think? Won't you let me know in today's comment? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one of them.  As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time...

Stamp Set: Holiday Home:  Inks:  Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler Blendability; Card Stock: Shimmer White, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon; Tools:  Aqua Painter, Big Shot, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Distressed Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Glitz and Glam: Pearls Basic Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Emboss Powder

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday's Weekly Deals and Specials...An Information Round-up

These latest Weekly Deals are now available in my online store.

Paper Pumpkin Subscription Offer

If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up and get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you'll want to invite your family and your friends to join you.  What could be more fun than having a Paper Pumpkin Party Night where you and your friends create your Paper Pumpkin projects!  Through September 10, 2014,  use the code HALFOFF2 to get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, "HALFOFF2" when you sign up. 
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).
Buy 3 Designer Series Papers, and Get 1 FREE!
During the entire month of July, when you purchase three Designer Series Paper packs, valued at $10.95 each, you'll get one free. There is no limit to the number of FREE Designer Series Paper packs you can receive.  Here are the papers eligible for this special offer:

Flowerpot Designer Series Paper

Flashback Designer Series Paper

Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper

Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper

Park Lane Designer Series Paper

Maritime Designer Series Paper

Lullaby Designer Series Paper

Back to Black Designer Series Paper 
And in case you missed the news from last week...

New Stamp Sets Available

Dear Hearts Photopolymer Stamp Set
Item #138157, $25.95 
"Boy" version of the sold out Sweetie Pie set!

Christmas Bliss Photopolymer Stamp Set
Item #138897, $15.95 
Christmas imagery for holiday cards and tags 

Beauty of the Season 
Clear Mount - Item #135779, $16.95 
Wood Mount - Item #135776, $21.95
Christmas in July! You have the opportunity to purchase the Beauty of the Season Stamp Set - now available as a special sneak peek of the 2014 Holiday Catalog!

Available Stampin' Blendabilities Markers

These exclusive, alcohol-based marker sets come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same color), and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colors. Stampin' Up! recommends using Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock with your Stampin' Up! Blendabilities, but choosing any one of Stampin' Up!'s cardstocks will add a unique look to your project. 

Available Blendability Products
Cherry Cobbler   (#130995 - $11.95)
 Coastal Cabana  (#131000 - $11.95) 
Daffodil Delight   (#130998 - $11.95)
 Old Olive   (#130999 - $11.95) 
Pumpkin Pie  (#130997 - $11.95)
 Rich Razzleberry  (#131003 - $11.95) 
Skin Tone Assortment (#129370 - $22.95) 
Memento Ink Pad (#132708 - $5.95 ) 
Memento Ink Refill (#133456 - $4.95 )
 Color Lifter  (#129369 - $4.95 )
Corner Garden:  A card I colored with Blendabilities
Additional Blendabilities color assortments will be available August 1st:  Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Smoky Slate

If you do not currently have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would LOVE to be yours!!! Until next time...

Guess What Happened at Convention!

Convention 2014 is history...but the memories will linger on. 

I arrived early Wednesday afternoon, only to rush to the Salt Palace in order to rehearse my "In a Nutshell" presentation.  It was thrilling to see my name and picture in the official Convention program.
Yep...there I am on the left-hand page in the lower right hand corner.  I truly enjoyed presenting on Thursday, and received many wonderful compliments. 

Old teachers never die.  I hope those who attended walked away with useful tips to help them achieve balance in their lives.

Thursday was also great because I won the very first prize patrol of Convention...the Holiday Home set with the matching Homemade Holiday Framelits. 

My floral sweater made me easy to spot in a crowd. Can you find me taking a selfie with one of my fellow Stampin' Pretty Pals?
 Here is how that selfie turned out:


Of course, I also wanted to have my picture taken with fellow Paper Player teammates LeAnne Pugliese and Nance Leedy...

and my partner in crime at Pals Paper Arts, Linda Callahan.

I presented twice on Thursday, so I was more than ready for a little fun at the organized classes that evening. I attended the Trends, Techniques and Tips class.  I learned so much!

Day Two was filled with marches.  Here I am marching across the stage for Sales.

Because of my wonderful downline and fabulous customers, 2014 was an excellent year for me. 

Of course, the highlight of Day 2 is Awards Night.  But before it started, I ate supper with fellow Pals at Caffe Molise.  The food there is incredible, as you can see.

I was so proud to march across the stage with the other winners of the Achiever's Bonus.  We were all given beautiful wrist corsages made from fresh flowers.  Although mine looks a little worse for wear, it was gorgeous when I first received it.


But there was another march to make. You cannot imagine how shocked I was to earn Founder's Circle, where Stampin' Up! recognizes it's Top 100 demonstrators in the United States.  As you can tell from my attire I was not dressed to be parading across the stage with my fabulous upline, Mary Fish, and her upline, Lisa Pretto.  In fact, Mary came running back to get me when she heard my name announced, with Lisa close behind.  We crossed the stage together.

This will forever be my most cherished memory of Convention.

On the final day, I was able to snap a few pictures of display boards.  The Stamp Review Crew created a board featuring Lovely As a Tree.  Can you spy which two cards are mine?

Just in case you could not tell, they are the Christmas tree, with pearls, and the sympathy card, with pearls.

My favorite part of Convention is reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new ones. I am always sad when it ends.

But I returned home to three happy dogs...and my son and husband were happy to see me, too. On the flight home I planned all of my fall classes, which I will be posting soon.  In addition, I also planned my Holiday Catalog shares...the paper, ribbon, and embellishments are awesome! I will be putting the finishing touches on my next Lesson of the Month, featuring Choose Happiness. I can't wait for you to see the cards I have designed.

As always, I would LOVE to be your demonstrator.  And if YOU would like to join me at Convention next year, please email me and we will set up a time to talk.  I would LOVE to discuss having you join me in the Schach Pack Pals. With the Holiday Catalog preorder just around the corner, couldn't you benefit from all of the perks demonstrators receive?  Until next time...

(A huge thank-you to my fellow Pals for taking such fabulous pictures, including the very talented Amanda, Kris, Beth, Mary and Lisa!)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Lovely As a Tree Edition

Welcome back for another round of inspiration from the Stamp Review Crew This week we are featuring Lovely As a Tree. I am #2 on the hop. You may have just left stop #1: Mike Funke.  If so, you are in the right spot. 

Lovely As a Tree is a classic.  It was in my Starter Kit when I joined Stampin' Up! five years ago.  I opted to make a Christmas card, using a sentiment from a new Hostess Set, Good Greetings, from the upcoming Holiday Catalog. In addition, I also created a sympathy card.  If you were at Convention, you may have seen these cards on the Stamp Review Crew Display Board.

The Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding bow adds texture, while the Gold Foil adds a touch of elegance.  Gold and Mossy Meadow are a dynamic duo for sure.  And how about the Pearls, colored with the new dark Cherry Cobbler Blendability? It's great to be able to color match!  This card is an updated version of this one from a couple of years ago:

I really love the look of the Mossy Meadow color on the updated version!

The second card also features Mossy Meadow, and a plethora of Pearls. Blender Pens and Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, and Hello Honey inks were used to faux watercolor the leaves.  I wanted to keep this card simple and serene.

I hope you enjoyed today's Lovely As a Tree cards.  Won't you let me know in your comment? Your comments are important to me.  Now, hustle along to Stop #3 on the hop:  the talented Holly Krautkremer If you get lost along the way, visit The Stamp Review Crew blog for a list of all of the hoppers!

(This is the second post for today.  Please scroll down for this week's The Paper Players challenge card.)

Stamp Sets:  Lovely As a Tree, Good Greetings,  Thoughts and Prayers; Inks: Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist; Tools:  Big Shot, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Ovals Collection Framelits, Blender Pens, Paper Snips, Simply Scored, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate;  Glitz and Glam:  Pearls Basic Jewels, Gold 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon