“Cultivate a passion”

As part of the big January clean-up, I’ve been tidying up sandblasting my part of the office.  Included in that effort is the bulletin board that hangs in front of my desk.  It gets out of hand.  So many interesting quotes:

  • “At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.”  Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
  • “I always think there’s something rather foreign about high spirits at breakfast.”  Mr. Carson
  • “If you don’t ask, the answer will never be “yes.'”
  • “Anticipate the reward, not the sacrifice.”

And other things I need to remember:

  • 12:00 p.m. is noon, not midnight
  • The size of my blog header needs to be 940 x 198 pixels
  • Club host schedules
  • My “why”
  • 3/8″ ≅ .375″ and 5/8″ ≅ .625″ and 7/8″ ≅ .875″

And pins, ribbons, trinkets, buttons.  A picture of a row of blue and green pencils (more than once, Peter has asked why I have that), my very first stamping effort, the address of my high school music teacher, two kraft paper dogs with tags for DH and for me (from my sister on our Christmas presents a long time ago), a small calendar from 2015 (why?).

Finally, this:

I cut that out of Where Women Create some time ago, and I’m afraid I don’t have the author of that quote.  But it’s a good one!

What’s on your bulletin board?

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Inside the Lines

As I continue to prep for next week’s first-ever Watercolor Pencils 101 class, I’ve been playing with one of the FREE products available during Sale-A-Bration:  Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.

Not only are the designs beautiful as is, they are very fun to color with your choice of color applicator.

Maybe not just fun; did you know that some say there is a health benefit to coloring?  Marygrace Berberian, a certified art therapist, says “Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness.”  And I thought I was just making pretty things!

Learn more about Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper in this Stampin’ Up! corporate video:

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Simply Love

Simple, fast, pretty.  My kind of Valentine!

By starting with a Whisper White Note Card — pre-cut with matching envelope! — and this stunning doily from the 2017 Occasions Catalog (page 51), all that’s left is to find the appropriate scraps and start cranking away!

Why not take an hour and make a handful of these to send to those who need a sweet word of encouragement?

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Opportunity is knocking

Did you know that during Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up! has sweetened the deal for signing up as a demonstrator?  Only until the end of March, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 US and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit — any stamp set, any price!  (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.)  Plus, the kit (worth $125) is made up of products you choose and ships for free!

Maybe the thought of becoming a demonstrator fills you with a bit of trepidation.  Relax — signing the demonstrator agreement with Stampin’ Up! in no way obligates you to any further sales or purchases.    That’s right:  you don’t have to hold classes, do home workshops, recruit any other demonstrator, or buy anything else.

If you do choose to continue, you can simply enjoy the demonstrator discount of 20-25% and other perks and, when it’s not the right fit for you any more, simply stop.  No one will call you, knock at your door, or bug you in any way.

But if want to build a business, get “inside” information, take advantage of early ordering opportunities, earn incentives, and be in charge of much of your career, Stampin’ Up! (and I) can help!

You can read more about the benefits of signing up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator HERE.

Does this sound appealing to you?  Can we talk about what it means to be a Heartfelt Inkspiration team member?  It does make a difference who you sign under, and I want you to feel we’re a good match and that I can give you what you need.

Of course you could just jump in and complete the Independent Demonstrator Agreement online, but I’d certainly love to buy you lunch or coffee if you want to talk.  Contact me at debra@heartfeltinkspiration.com or 815-756-8101 and let’s get started!

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Sweet and cool

I haven’t done “conventional” scrapbooking for some time — when My Digital Studio was discontinued I had a difficult time transitioning back to paper.  And although I’ve put together entire books using Project Life products (and put them together quickly!), a single, empty 8″ x 8″ square of Bermuda Bay card stock seemed like a really big space to me!

I’m not a sophisticated scrapper.  I start with a picture and build the page around it.  I can’t do a lot of fussy embellishments or techniques.

But for this page I had two things in my favor:  this adorable picture from 2½ years ago and the fun Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Even without using the patterns with the frozen treats, it was perfect.

If you haven’t done so already, check pages 32-33 in the Occasions Catalog to look at the Cool Treats Suite.  We were given the Cool Treats stamp set at OnStage in November — yum!  The colors in this suite are delicious, aren’t they?

Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker

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What, me chicken?

So, as I said last week, I love to try out new products for birthday cards.  And no set tempted me more than this one.

For a few reasons:

  • A CQ (cuteness quotient) that’s off the charts
  • The perfect practice piece for trying out the Watercolor Pencils
  • Free, free, free!*

Did you see that thing I did with the oval?  I mean, the EGG?  Ha ha, I crack myself up!

This is another one of those cards that hit the mailbox before I wrote down the recipe.  I think I’ve got it right, but I think anything you do with this image will be terrific!

*Place an order for Stampin’ Up! product of at least $50 (before S/H and tax) and chose any one Sale-A-Bration item for FREE!

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Watercolor Pencils 101 — are you in?

This, this was the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog product I was most excited about:  Watercolor Pencils.  So excited, that almost before they were in my hands I was planning the Watercolor Pencils 101 class that would explore various techniques and tools.

Read more details and registration information about Watercolor Pencils 101, held Saturday morning, January 21, at my DeKalb home.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, January 11.

On Monday, I’ll show you a card I made with a practice piece from this class.  But meanwhile, a tip to get you started with Watercolor Pencils, from my most adorable coloring partner (who will not, I’m sorry to say, be present at class):

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What an occasion!

It’s here, it’s live — it’s the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog!  The cover is so pretty, with colors that take away the grays of winter.  And inside?  A delight at every turn of the page!

If you do not have your own copy, click the image here to download a pdf file.  I’ll have additional copies with me at camp this month, or leave a comment to remind me if you need one.

I’ve been playing with some of these products for almost two months (one of the perks of being a demonstrator!), and I’ve put together my list of five favorite items, so far and in no particular order:

1.Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Bundle
144712s The detailed hot air balloon die is amazing, and the dies that create the stripes are genius! I love the sentiments in this set, too.
2.Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
142733s Nothing but Real Red and Whisper White, with a wide variety of patterns — this 6″ x 6″ paper stack is excellent for many different kinds of projects!
3.That’s the Tag Photopolymer Bundle
144725s This is my “sleeper” product. Look at all the sentiments, and the dies with the piercing details can be used for extra effect.
4.Watercolor Pencils
141709s I have been waiting impatiently for watercolor pencils in true Stampin’ Up! colors! I’m offering a class using this product, where we’ll experiment with several techniques.
5.Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Bundle
144728s This was my first OC purchase, and I was not sorry! I love any kind of bee (except ones with faces), and the dragonfly and Thinlits are fab used together or separately.

I hope you love this catalog as much as I do!  Of course, its debut is not the only thing happening today … Sale-a-Bration has started as well!

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Sale-a-Bration 2017 begins today!

Hooray!  Sale-A-Bration begins today!  It’s three months of FREE items that you earn with a qualifying order of $50 US (before S/H and tax).  You will not be disappointed with the offerings this year — but the can-it-get-any-better news is that we’ll see more SAB freebies in mid-February!  Just when we’re in the middle of cabin fever, we get a creative shot in the arm!

Click the image here to see the Sale-A-Bration brochure, but make sure you’ve got your wish list handy!

Sale-A-Bration is more than free product.  Here are the details of what we have to look forward to for the next three months:

Most of us are thrilled with this part of the promotion alone:  for every $50 US you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.  That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  (And don’t forget that you’ll be earning Burgin Bucks as well!)  Why not stock up on paper and adhesive during Sale-A-Bration?

Need another excuse to get together with friends?  Just host a workshop with at least $250 US in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 US more in Stampin’ Rewards!  Hold a book party, start a three-month SAB club, or have a traditional home party with a demonstration and make-and-takes — any of those can earn you more.  You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up!  During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 US and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit — any stamp set, any price!  You might want to read that sentence one more time!  (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.)  Plus, the kit ships for free!  I can talk with you about this opportunity to join the Heartfelt Inkspiration team and get you started.  Whatever your reasons for joining — the discount, the business opportunity, or the Starter Kit alone — Stampin’ Up! loves and supports its demonstrators!

So there you have it, the Sale-A-Bration kickoff  has begun.  I’ve got my list (almost) ready — how about you?

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Window Box Birthday

The title of this post brings to mind an image other than the one you see below, I’m sure!  But as you’ve seen in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, that’s the name of of the Thinlits Dies on page 43.  Not only is the die-cut box amazing, but the coordinating dies are simply wonderful to play with.  At the OnStage event in November, I won the Window Shopping set (part of the Window Shopping bundle!) and after having played with the dies, they will be on my first order this month!

I created this card for a friend’s birthday last week.  That’s the “excuse” I love to have to try something new!  Every week I have a sticky note in my planner with a list of cards to make.  If I can, I experiment with new product.  (Items from the Occasions Catalog will be available on January 4.)

Well, actually, this card also has a product on the verge of retiring:  the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This embossed paper is so pretty and easy to use.  Although you could use the Sponge Brayer to tint the raised portions of the design, I love it plain like this.  When I last checked, this paper is still available — and on sale for 20% off.

Remember, the 2016 Year-End Closeouts promotion ends today!  Click the link to make one last check!

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