Sale-a-Bration Gifts – while supplies last!

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Cock-a-doodle-do!  Hello to my crafting friends!  If you still have Sale-a-Bration gifts on your wish list, please get them as soon as possible.  
The GOOD NEWS that there are 22 wonderful Sale-a-Bration gifts to receive between now and March 31st — including this handsome guy from the Home to Roost stamp set.
The BAD NEWS is that Sale-a-Bration gifts are only available while supplies last.  Four Sale-a-Bration item are already SOLD OUT!  And once those Sale-a-Bration gifts are gone, they are gone for good.  Unfortunately, this includes our extremely popular coordination products too.
   
If any of those gifts are on your wish list, please act soon to avoid being disappointed! 
Click here to see what gifts are still available with your qualifying purchases.  And click here to see what coordination products are still available.  

Sale-a-bration Items Sold Out: 

  • Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Butterfly Elements
  • Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets
  • Precious Parcel Card Kit

Sale-a-bration Coordination Items Sold Out:

  • Call Me Cupcake Framelits Dies
  • Hop Around Framelits Dies

Sale-a-bration Coordination Items in LOW SUPPLY:

  • Lily Framelit Dies

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Enjoy this Amazing Tote

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This great tote is exclusively available to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, but only for a limited time (promotion ends March 31, 2019).  You can join my Crafting Hugs Demonstrator Team and get this amazing Craft & Carry Tote!

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You will enjoy this multipurpose tote you will use for years to come. This stylish canvas bag has two carrying straps making it super each to take your crafting supplies with you anywhere you go.  It has adjustable panels for rearranging the interior carrying space to accommodate all your favorite products.

In this video, George from the home office demonstrates all the features of this amazing tote — making it a must have item to promote your business, to organize your crafting supplies or to craft on the go!

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This tote is only available as an option to new demonstrators who join Stampin’ Up! between January 3 and March 31, 2019. Want to join us? Find out more here.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

 

Reorganizing Your Craft Space

Have you been binge-watching Netflix’s show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo?  People everywhere are enthusiastically talking about Marie’s “Does it spark joy?” method. 

Growing up, Mom had her own version of “does it spark joy”.  Twice a year, she gave me three large garbage bags for hand-me downs, donations and trash!  LOL!  Today, I am still a twice-a-year purge girl – yet, my craft room is a constant challenge.  There are days when every horizontal surface, including my desk chair and the floor have piles of stuff!

With the new Norfolk IKEA store opening April 22nd, now is the perfect time to evaluate your craft space and make plans to reorganize

Here are some tips for reorganizing your craft space:

Step#1:  Reorganize by categories!  Try dealing with all of your cardstock and paper at once, or try dealing with every stamp set you own at once!  It is much easier to tackle smaller tasks and it more rewarding to see progress being made.  Alternatively, you can start with your craft desk and systematically work around the room.  Start by removing everything stacked on/in/under your craft desk, piling it on the floor before you start purging and reorganizing.

Step#2:  Purging Feels Good!  Touch everything!  Assess what you need to keep, what you need to keep close by, what you need to donate, and what you need to toss.  And like Marie Kondo, ask yourself “if it sparks joy”.  This simple question gives you permission to let go!  If you have not used it in the last year or five years, chances are great that you never will.  Crafting trends change over time, and your crafting style changes with it.  It is time to give those neglected items a new purpose by selling, by donating or by making room for something else!

  • Tip: Make your purging decisions FAST and RUTHLESSLY.  Avoid over thinking it!  Find joy in the purging process:  let go of the guilt from unfinished projects, relieve the stress of clutter, and surround yourself what brings you joy!
  • Tip: Purge when no one else is home to avoid the possibility of relocating items from your craft space to another room in the house. 
  • Tip: Clean as you go.  Dust flat surfaces, wipe down walls, cabinets and drawers, and vacuum all those weird nooks and crannies to get rid of dust bunnies and bits of paper.  Having a clean craft space will make you happier!

Step#3:  Create Designated Spaces and Reorganize with A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place!  After purging, it is time to re-organize, re-evaluate your storage, and put things away “logically” where they should go.  Store your things for easy access – both to get them out to use and to put them away when you are done!  Keep frequently used items within easy reach of your work area.  Assign special areas for cardstock and designer paper, ribbon and embellishments, punches and your Big Shot Machine, etc.  Use seal-able plastic containers to keep items dust-free.  Store cardstock and paper out of direct sunlight.  And, plan for growth because it is always better to have too much storage than not enough. 

Step#4:  Label everything!  Craft boxes and plastic bins provide easy and affordable storage and organization solutions.  But, it is easy to forget what you put away in them.  It is much easier to label and read the outside of a box, then to pull down ten boxes from the top shelf in order to look inside.

  • Tip#1: Purchase a label maker from your favorite Big Box Store – that one store that you are in/out of all the time.  This will avoid special trips to an office supply store or having to place special on-line orders for the label refill cartridges.

Step#5:  Put things away every time you use your craft room!  You deserve a fun crafting experience without the guilt and the stress from chaos.  It is easier to spend last 15-minutes organizing and clearing your craft space.  It much harder to work around the clutter and to find the time to clean up after weeks of neglect.  Using designated areas and labeling will make it much easier to automatically put things away as you go!

Final thoughts:

Sometimes you need a fresh start in order to move forward.  I recently did this with my old cardstock – perfectly good stuff in hundreds of retired colors and from many different suppliers.  Donating my old cardstock (and its storage system) to my niece’s classroom made me happy, made my niece happy and gave her second graders hours and hours of joy!  Going forward, I have a new paper organization system and new color-coordinated cardstock and designer papers!

Invest in durable furniture and shelving, upgrade your lighting and personalize your craft space.  You spend a lot of time crafting, so make your craft space as beautiful as the art you create!  When you can afford to, purchase purpose-built furniture and shelving for a more functional craft space, and replace old light fixtures with new LED lights for better task lighting and color coordination.  Finally, personalize your craft space to reflect you – your favorite colors, your artwork, your collectibles, etc. – all things that inspire you and bring you joy! 

Purchase what you need, upgrade when you can and continue to refine your craft space.  Maintain a shopping list and a separate wish list in order to know what you really need and to know what you would like to have As your collection of craft supplies and tools grow, new items come on the market and your crafting style changes, remember the adage: “OUT with the old and IN with the new”.  New purchases make you happy, motivate you to reorganize and clean, and inspire you to create.  As you refine your craft space and evaluate your storage needs in order to make room for those new purchases, take the time to sort through those storage containers, purge and re-label as appropriate, and continue to surround yourself with what brings you joy!

Please let me know about your ideas for reorganizing your craft space and any purchases from the new IKEA store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Paper Pumpkin gets Distinktive

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Try out Stampin’ Up!’s latest innovation in stamping when you sign up for the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit.  Distinktive stamps have a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single stamping step. The results are crisp, clear, and photo-realistic images with elegant shading. You’ll be amazed.

At the regular price of $20 per kit, Paper Pumpkin is a great bargain!  Every month, Paper Pumpkin offers an all-inclusive crafting experience that is delivered right to your mailbox and that contains all the coordinating products (stamps, paper, envelopes, ink, and embellishments) plus adhesive to make beautiful cards, or gifts or home decor projects.  

Sale-a-Bration is a GREAT time to either renew your subscription by purchasing another 12 month prepaid code, or, try out Paper Pumpkin for the first time! Paper Pumpkin kits are fun and easy Paper Crafting project kits delivered right to your mailbox!  

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To enjoy the fun of receiving your monthly Paper Pumpkin kit, simply use this link BEFORE April 10th to receive the next month’s distinktive stamp set.  If you subscribe BEFORE March 31st, you’ll earn free Sale-a-Bration gifts for more crafting fun!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes delivered to your door!

Lisa

 

Use Stampin’ Blends like an Expert

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COLOR LIFTER BLENDS MARKER

To achieve different blending techniques like adding highlights and adding dimension, you will want to add a “colorless” Color Lifter Marker to your collection of Stampin’ Blend Markers. In fact, I have several color lifter markers so that one is always handy.  Color Lifter Markers are useful for many different blending techniques because the colorless ink helps to push the colored ink around on the paper.  Here are some tips for using your Color Lifter Marker.

  1. For coloring large areas, first apply a colorless layer from your Color Lifter Marker, then apply the colored maker while the area is still wet. This will make it easier to get one solid color, or to blend two colors together.
  2. For a lighter shade of color, simply touch the tips of two markers together (the colored marker and the color lifter marker) and you will transfer color onto your color lifter marker – this is also called “color tip transfer”. (Note:  the darker the actual color, the less ink you need to transfer to the color lifter marker.)
  3. For the dark to light effect – Use the color tip transfer technique above. With color on the tip of the color lifter marker, drag the tip in a straight line. The beginning of the stroke will be darker and will fade as the stroke continues. You’ll want to do this in a quick motion to get the desired look.
  4. For the circle technique – Similar to the color tip transfer from dark to light effect, use a circular stroke instead of a straight light. If you start in the center of a circle, your darkest area will be in the center and gradually get lighter as you move outward.  If you start around the outside of a circle, your darker area will be around the outside of the circle and will gradually get lighter towards the middle.
  5. For lightening dark areas – In general, you should limit how much color is added to dark areas to avoid over-saturating the paper with ink and over-blending!
  6. For creating color highlights, simply touch the nib of your color lifter marker on the colored image to create highlights or texture.
  7. For erasing stray marks outside the lines, use the colorless ink of your Color Lifter Marker to “push” the color back in the lines with a blender. Let dry and keep repeating to lighten the color.
  8. To clean your color lifter marker, simply scribbling away any color on scrap piece of cardstock.

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COLORING AND SHADING WITH STAMPIN’ BLENDS

Stampin’ Blend markers are high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers.  They come in the exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in 2 shades to give you the best blending experience out there.

Stampin’ Blend markers are fairly easy to use for coloring and shading.  Coloring is simply saturating the area with one color.  Shading is layering your lightest color first, strategically layering your darker colors next, and then blending the hard edge with lightest color or color lifter.  Here are some coloring and shading tips.

  1. Stampin’ Blend markers work best with coloring on wet color. Starting with your lightest color, fill in the whole area adding a solid layer of color. While the paper is still “wet”, add a layer of darker colors for shading.
  2. To blend, color in small circles. You will be applying more color (or “wetness”) making it easier to get more even, blended look between the lighter and darker color.  The trick to blending is to blend lighter color on wet darker color.
  3. Leave some areas un-colored for natural highlights.
  4. In the beginning, it is best to only work with two colors at a time. Using the lighter color to blend into the darker color.
  5. As you advance with confidence, you will be able to blend with three or more colors. Start with coloring from your lightest color to your darker color, and reverse the process for blending.  The trick is always the same, coloring on wet color.

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TIPS AND TRICKS WHEN USING STAMPIN’ BLENDS MARKERS

  1. Color on Whisper White cardstock or Very Vanilla cardstock. The smooth paper finish works best for coloring with alcohol markers and preserves the tips of your markers.
  2. Stamp your line art image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Recommend stamping using your Stamparatus to get a solid black line image.  Plus, you can re-stamp image after coloring to “sharpen” the line art image.
  3. If you are using different inks and paper products, it may be necessary to heat set your stamped image prior to coloring with Stampin’ Blends. Test the paper, ink and Stampin Blends, then apply color close to the line but not color over it to minimize blurring the line art of the stamped image.
  4. Protect your work surface because the alcohol-based ink will bleed through the cardstock. Recommend coloring your project on a piece of grid paper.
  5. When finished coloring and blending, mat your colored art piece to hide the backside so that the bleed through will not be seen.
  6. Stampin’ Blend markers can be used with other mediums like colored pencils and water coloring.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this incredibly long post.  I hope you found the information useful for getting the most out of your investment in your Stampin’ Blends markers.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

2017-2019 In-Colors

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STOCK UP ON YOUR FAVORITE 2017-2019 IN-COLORS

If you love Powder Pink, Lemon-lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig – these colors will be retiring in June when the new 2019-2021 In-Colors are introduced.  Please stock up on your favorite In-Colors very, very soon.  Why you say?  Every year, inventories on retired products go quickly, and I would hate for you to miss out on stocking up with your favorite color! 

Do you need Reinkers?  Or ribbon and embellishments in your favorite color? 

Please order NOW while supplies are available AND earn those fabulous Sale-a-Bration gifts, too!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Tuscan Vineyard to the rescue

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The other day, I needed a quick card.  I used Tuscan Vineyard, Half Full and Colorful Season stamp sets to make a quick designer paper for the background — stamping several images on Very Vanilla cardstock and sponging it in Old Olive ink.  Then I stamped the bottle images in Soft Suede and the die cut it using Stitched Shapes Framelit dies.   Some Burlap ribbon and some dimensionals and that’s it!  The result was a lovely card for a new friend.

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To send a piece of Tuscany to a friend with the beautiful and artistic stamp set, just click on the links provided above.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Amazing Life Stamp Set – a must have!

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I am one of those people who firm believes that cake is worth celebrating.  Any cake, home made or purchased from a Bakery — I love my cake!  And, I love to eat it, too!  While I would prefer to not have to work off the calories associated with cake, I certainly enjoy every savory bite!  Please don’t tell my personal trainer — I’ll have to do a bazillion mountain climbers and gazillion burpees!

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The Amazing Life stamp set is beautifully designed with many versatile sentiments that are appropriate for many different occasions.  This is a great stamp set to have in your craft room. 

Did you notice the four-leaf clover?  Stay tuned for some Saint Patrick’s Day theme cards.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

 

Third Sale-a-Bration Release!

We’re in the final days of Sale-a-Bration, and Stampin’ Up is offer even more free gifts — a total of 24 gifts — with qualifying purchases.  Simply click on this link to visit my on-line store.  And more good news, the very popular Organdy Ribbon is back in stock with limited quantities.  So, if you’ve been waiting — please place your order soon!Third SAB Release 2019.jpeg

And, Stampin’ Up is also offering Sale-a-bration Coordination promotion to purchase  coordinating dies, punches and stamps to go with those free gifts you love!

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If you have any questions, please let me know!  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st — and those 24 free gifts are while supplies last.

Sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Time for a Tropical Escape!

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With all this rain, you’d think we are living in a rain forest!  Maybe it is wishful thinking, but I am definitely ready for some warm weather or better yet — a vacation!  Somewhere with a warmer climate — maybe  Bora Bora? Maldives? Turks and Caicos? Bahamas? No matter the tropical destination, this card will put you into a traveling mood in no time!
Created using the Tropical Chic stamp set, this card was stamped using Granny Apple Green and Old Olive inks on Whisper White cardstock and matting it with Early Espresso cardstock.  

Actually, Stampin’ Up has put together the Tropical Escape product suite that features lots of coordinating products — including Tropical elements and Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  Tip:  You save 10% when purchasing the Tropical Chic Bundle before the new catalog is issued in June.  After that, you will have to pay full price for the Tropical Chic stamp set and Tropical Thinlit dies.  

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If you’d like to escape to the Tropics and create your own masterpieces, please click on the links provide to visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa