Free Shipping on Mon Dec 11th

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Surprise!  Stampin’ Up! just announced that we are offering FREE SHIPPING for one day only – Monday, December 11th.  That’s a 10% savings on your entire order!

The best part is that you have time to get ready, to make the most of this deal, to check your list twice and to see who has been extra crafty and nice!

So if you have a wish list ready to go, or if you are considering placing an order — now is the time.  Please place it in my online store from 12:00 AM, December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT) — which is 2:00 AM Eastern Time!

Here are some shopping ideas to consider:  

Please contact me if I can assist you in anyway!  And, forward this email to anyone with my contact information — if you want something special for Christmas!

Free shipping runs from 12:00 AM, December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT).

For those of us in the Eastern Time Zone – it starts at 2:00 AM on Monday, Dec 11th and ends at 1:59 AM on Tuesday, Dec 12th!

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





End Of Year Sale

The countdown to year-end deals and discounts has begun!

Stampin’ Up! is ending 2017 with a bang! This is your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals.  This list contains all of the retiring and surplus items featured in the Year-End Sales Event. 

The items in the sale are last-chance and limited-inventory and will no longer be available for purchase after January 2, 2018. 

These items are available only while supplies last!  Please please check my online store for the most up-to-date information.

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





Free Shipping – Mon Nov 27th

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Stampin’ Up! just announced that on Monday, November 27th…

they are doing something that they RARELY DO…..

and that is FREE SHIPPING for all orders!

I’m so glad so many of you have been having fun buying sale items during the Online Extravaganza sale this week.  The sale ends on Sunday so make sure you take advantage of the 10-40% off offers on the sale list itmes.  Click here to see the sale list items.

But in case, you were waiting to get everything else on your Wish List… why not take advantage of FREE shipping on November 27th?  This is a great time to stock up on basics — like adhesives and cardstock — and also to purchase anything from the holiday and annual catalogs and/or clearance rack and pay NO shipping!  That’s a 10% savings on your total order — large or small — because there are NO minimums.

Free shipping runs from November 27th 12:00 am to 11:59 pm Mountain Time

*******That’s 2:00 am to 1:59 pm Eastern Time for us!*******

Are the new Stampin’ Blends on your wish list?  If you purchase a couple of additional items such that your total is $150 or more, you’ll qualify for Stampin’ Rewards, too!  Now, that’s a sweet deal!

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Have fun shopping on Cyber Monday and enjoy free shipping.  Click here to visit my on-line store.  

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


Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

May your holiday be filled with perfect balance of faith, family, friends and food!

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Thank you for taking the time on this very special holiday to connecting with me via my blog.  Sending you hugs of appreciation, love and friendship!


World Kindness Day – November 13, 2017

Last month, I posted about Random Acts of Kindness and how we as paper crafters are RAKtivists — quietly changing the world through random acts of kindness. While we should probably celebrate kindness every day, the official day is Monday, November 13th.  

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‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’ a kindness ambassador who inspires others with hope, kindness and generosity through their actions.   Thank goodness, RAKtivists are everywhere! 

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Recently, Cathy Caines, a Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team posted her Holiday Random Acts of Kindness tradition.  Now that her children are older, they countdown to Christmas with a RAK advent calendarWhat a lovely idea!  I’m sure that the Elf on the Shelf would approve of this idea!

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Cathy die cut 25 stockings using Trim Your Stocking Thinlits DiesMerry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper and the Merry Little Christmas 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Pack (Old Olive and Kraft).  She die cut the numbers using Real Red Cardstock and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies. She attached each stocking with Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon and hung it on a large decorative frame using the Jute Twine. If you don’t have a large frame, you could quite easily use a three-foot Christmas tree to hang these stockings.

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The Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies also come with a pillow box-shaped die, which fits a gift card perfectly or a Holiday Random Acts of Kindness instruction.  Below is an abbreviated list of the Caines Family Holiday RAKs — which you can tailor to create your own family RAK list.  

  1. Send a card to a stranger, such as an overseas service member.
  2. Donate new toys to charity.
  3. “Sock” a friend by putting a treat in a holiday stocking on someone’s doorknob with a special note.
  4. Make five sticky note messages and place them on a mirror or door. A drawing or a note like “You are beautiful” would be perfect.
  5. Bring a joke to school to read to your class.
  6. Donate food to the food bank.
  7. Help an elderly neighbor with a household chore.
  8. Draw a picture for your teacher and give it to her along with a treat.
  9. Shovel for a neighbor or clear off their cars before they wake up.
  10. Donate 10 books you no longer need.
  11. Help clean the neighborhood on a walk. 
  12. Go through old towels and blankets to donate to the animal shelter.
  13. Drop by a senior’s home and bring a poinsettia. Be sure to say hello!
  14. Donate some cards to Ronald McDonald House.
  15. Write a list of five things you are thankful for
  16. Pay for someone’s coffee.
  17. Donate some money to a charity.
  18. Leave candy canes on someone’s windshield.
  19. Put a treat in the mailbox for the mail carrier.
  20. Call both your grandmas just to say hello.
  21. Bring coloring books to the doctor’s waiting room.
  22. Decorate rocks using paint and place them around the neighborhood for strangers to find (“kindness rocks”).
  23. Be a helper by picking up 10 things off the floor each day.
  24. Give five people a compliment. Or more!
  25. Merry Christmas!

I’m looking forward to hearing how you celebrate World Kindness Day, and I challenge you to spreading some Random Acts of Kindness over the holidays.

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


Season Like Christmas

The Season Like Christmas stamp set will have you singing Christmas Carols becuase nothing says Christmas like a Christmas Tree.  This photopolymer stamp set with meaningful sentiments is perfect for crafting and sending hugs to family and friends this holiday season.  season like christmas catalog image

Here are two beautiful cards made by my two talented uplines and friends – Lisa Freeman and Melissa Ellis.

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If you have always want to make your own Christmas Cards, it would be my pleasure to assist you with crafting hugs for family and friends.

Sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




More fun with Stampin’ Blends

The other day, I was practicing with my Stampin’ Blooms markers using the large flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  And once again, these practice pieces were so pretty that I just had to turn them into cards.

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Here I used both the light and darks shades of Pink Pirouette, Calyspo Coral, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. Next, I used the Color Lifter marker along with Pool Party and Night of Navy to color around the outside of the image to create some depth and shadows.

Tip:  Always start with the brush end of the lighter shade, next add some color with the darker shade using a flicking motion and blend with another application of the lighter shade or Color Lifter marker using small circular motion.

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I was so happy with the results, that I colored another image using all the same colors except using Rich Razzleberry instead of Calypso Coral.

Notice the light blue shading under and around the floral image.  I created this with small flicks of Light Pool Party around the image.  Next, I used the fine tip of the Color Lifter, and making small circular motions to blend the outside edge (furthest from the flower image).  I added some of the Light Night of Navy underneath, for a darker shadow.

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These markers will be available for purchase beginning November 1st.  Click here to see color brochure.  Or click here to see a 1-minute video of just how easy it is to color with these amazing markers.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Playing with My Stampin’ Blends

You are absolutely going to love, love, love coloring with Stampin’ Blends.  These alcohol-based markers are so easy to use!  As a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, I had the opportunity to pre-order the Stampin’ Blends.  And you will have the opportunity to purchase these markers on November 1st.

When I was practicing, I stamped a couple of the big, bold flowers from the Remarkable You stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Well, these flowers were so pretty that I just had to mat my “practice pieces” and turn them into cards.  

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Here I colored one of the big, bold flowers of the Remarkable You stamp set using the following Stampin’ Blends:   Cherry Red light, Pumpkin Pie light, Pumpkin Pie dark, Daffodil Delight light, Daffodil Delight dark, Old Olive light and Old Olive dark.

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Tip 1:  When coloring with alcohol markers, protect your work surface with grid paper or printer paper because the color will blend through the paper. 

Tip 2:  You’ll want to mat your colored artwork to hide the backside.  

Tip 3:  If you accidentally color outside the lines?? No worries!  The Color Lifter marker takes care of it — it doesn’t lift the color exactly; instead, it pushes the color pigment through the cardstock to the back side – making it invisible from the front side. 

If you are interested in purchasing Stampin’ Blend markers, they will be available for purchase on November 1st — which is just around the corner!  

To learn more, click here to see a color brochure with 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors that you know and love — each with a light and dark marker for easy blending — and other Stampin’ Blend products.  Or click here to watch a 1-minute video to see just how amazing there markers are!

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


Painted Harvest

Here is another lovely card made with Stampin’ Up! Painted Harvest stamp set.

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Recently my father-in-law passed away after a several years of fighting the good fight against cancer.  And, my husband asked for some thank you cards to send to family and friends for their love and support.  This stamp set makes elegant cards and the sentiment just says it all.

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I used Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso cardstock.  I really could decide which color made the design pop, so I did some of each.  The leaves were punched with the coordinating punch, and the acorns were fussy cut.  I added some linen thread for a delicate touch.  The stripe was created with some Old Olive washi tape.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes and a gentle reminder to hold your love ones close today.

Hugs, Lisa

Expressions of Friendship

Finding the perfect gift is never easy, especially when it’s a special occasion for someone you care about as much as your best friend.  Other times, you just want a little something to say “I was thinking of you!” or “Hey, I’m so glad you’re a part of my life.”  Whatever the occasion, you want gift giving to be spontaneous, fun and easy!

With the holiday season ahead, it is important to remember, that with gift giving, it is the thought that counts.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  It just needs to be thoughtful – a remembrance of a private joke, time spent together or reflect their personal interests.   Second, it should be inexpensive to avoid the guilt of reciprocal gift giving.  In fact, over-gifting can harm a friendship; whereas, an expression of friendship that represents generosity of time and thoughtfulness is almost always appreciated.

This is one of the reasons I named my blog – crafting hugs – because homemade gifts and cards come from the heart.  They represent an investment of time (not money) in our friendship.  And like a warm hug, homemade gifts and cards are wonderful and unexpected ways to express our appreciation, gratitude, and joy of friendship.

Simply put, it is the thoughtfulness and effort behind the gift that makes it meaningful  – like this framed art piece featuring Painted Harvest stamp set.

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Recently, I attended a Painted Harvest Framed Art Class taught by Lisa Freeman.  In about an hour, she taught us how to recreate her framed art piece which featured Painted Harvest bundle in Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand inks.  The Painted Harvest bundle is one of my favorites from the holiday catalog.

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This would make a wonderful handmade gift for your friends, sister, mother or mother-in-law.  It could be recreated in a different color scheme or select from hundreds of different stamp sets and sentiments for a different theme.  For more details on how to make this framed art piece, please visit Lisa Freeman’s Blog by clicking on this link.

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